Live, Love, Laugh....EAT
Trip Start Oct 01, 2007
34Trip End Apr 21, 2008
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In my attempts to bring you glorious food reports, I need you help to encourage me to get to the gym! Nothing bullish or anything but a fleeting, "I sure hope she is going to the gym today" thought as you are reading this and I am sure the food gods will whisper it into my subconscious as I am sleeping. And yes, my friends I have realized that my green curry shrimp with the premade paste and other attempts of "Asian" cooking will no longer suffice when you come over for dinner in the future, so I am paying attention to what I am eating as well as just enjoying it with the hopes to duplicate them in my cramped NYC kitchen when I get back. Just remember to bring the wine and an open mind!...lots of wine =)
Here we go.....
Started dinner with a saviognon blanc from France and the Vietnamese spring-rolls with prawns. The wine was spot on and I could have drank a whole bottle but I refrained (I know, don't fall off your chair). The spring-rolls were okay...a little too much lettuce a little too little flavor, but the fresh mint was nice. Main course: scallops and prawns with lemon-grass puree. I am not sure what was pureed but the dish was light and I enjoyed it after I picked out all the bell peppers. I skipped dessert, though some sounded really good. Control. Service was great and the atmosphere was relaxing and chic. Cost: $45 US. Overall on Trout the wonder fish's scale, I would give it a thumbs up.
Spent the day bumming around Little India and decided to grab a bite. Right off the subway was a street that reminded me of 6th Street in the East Village in New York City, a solid row of Indian restaurants. I chose one because I read its menu and it had black daal, one of my favorites (I have to learn how to make this!). It did not disappoint and the garlic naan I used to eat it with was so fresh and right from the oven. I rounded it out with lime juice, something I developed a fondness for while in India. Cost: < $10 US.
Numerous Cheap Eats - Imperial Treasure, Marina Square Mall, Singapore
Wandering the malls of Singapore is a national pastime and you can find good food mixed in with the fast. I found this gem playing hookie one day and stopping in for lunch. Their noodles are fresh, as you can see the guys making them in the kitchen, and absolutely yummy. I fell for the hot and sour soup with noodles...along with some dim sum and they have a scallion pastry that rocks. I am going to have to figure out how to make that as I can already tell it will become a signature dish for me in the future. So don't be shy in checking out mall eating in Asia, you really don't know what you will find.
Took the advice of my travel guide and hit the Feast Village in the Starhill Gallery mall on Jalan Bukit Bintang, where I was starting my site-seeing for the day. The basement is set up like a small Malay village with stone and timber walkways and restaurant after restaurant of Asian cuisine. I strolled around and decided on a Korean BBQ joint. I looked over the menu and couldn't decide so asked the waiter, who was so helpful. I ended up getting a traditional beef BBQ set-up and a Korean honey & ginger tea. The condiments were amazing as was the whole meal. I am feeling a dinner party coming out of this one. =). Cost: $30 USD. Overall on Trout the wonder fish's scale a hearty two thumbs up.
Since my office was connected to my hotel with the fabulous Pacific Place mall, I headed to the Italian restaurant Grappa's on my way home. Settled into a nice modern place that didn't seem like mall dining (this a VERY upscale mall). I started with a nice glass of Hooley Dooley Mclaren Vale from the land of Oz and ordered the clam appetizer. It was SO good with the wine sauce and fresh garlic slices. I moved onto whole wheat penne with scallops, calamari, shrimp and fish with a fresh tomato sauce. I refrained from the desserts and another glass of wine and instead went home and watched the Oz Open and American Idol. Overall on Trout the wonder fish's scale...I want to go back and have another glass of wine =)
Thursday January 24, 2008 - Zen, Admiralty, Hong Kong
A rainy day caused me to walk through the PP mall again and hit the Chinese joint Zen. I settled in with a glass of Marlborough Savuignon Blanc from New Zealand and skipped the appetizers. I headed right for the braised chicken with shallots and black bean sauce in a pot(this is fastly becoming my ALL time favorite dish on the planet) and a side of rice. The wine was so good I had two more glasses and well the dinner, just see the parentheses...oh. All in all it was a nice dinner with hip surroundings and very nice staff.
Sunday January 27, 2008 - A Lorcha, the Southern Peninsula, Macau, China
After a brisk walk and site seeing at the A-Ma temple and Museu Maritimo, I had killed enough time to get to this gem right after it opened at 12:30pm and glad I did..this Portuguese restaurant was already packed and I was able to get the last table before reservations were essential. The fresh hot Protege' bread was amazing and the simple kale soup perfect to fight off the chill. The bacahlao gratin couldn't have been more welcome (cod fish with onions, potatoes and a cream sauce) and delicious. I would have liked to try the wine and I am sure it would have been perfect on this cold day but I did not want to get distracted and opted for a cappuccino. I had a full day of walking the sites in mind before heading back to Hong Kong. On Trout the Wonder Fish's scale...I can't wait to Portugal for a full week of this food!
Saturday March 15, 2008 - Peswhari, Jaipur, India
Went to dinner in the hotel tonight. I had read about it before hand and I love tandoori but haven't been able to enjoy as much as I have wanted. So tonight I opted to try this place. So glad I did. I was tired and alone so no long dinner with drinks and friends. I ordered the Tandoori Jhinga and onion kulcha (onion and herb stuffed naan). I was sitting next to the open kitchen and watched them make my food, which was so fresh and delicious. The bread was some of the best I have had and the shrimp were perfectly seasoned and like minature lobster tails that I got to eat with my fingers! They also brought over some dal..the black one that is my favorite and loaded with butter and cream. I opted for bottled water as opposed to a bottle of wine as I had an early morning to contemplate. I actually dreamed about this dinner. (about $50 USD but I ordered the most expensive thing by almost 2x) Overall on Trout the wonder fish's scale - I say EAT HERE.
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