Archive for January, 2012
What comes after Chinese New Year? Yes, its Valentine’s Day!
So here I am, checking out places, planning where I might be able to go with my hubby, yup, its a little cliche I know, but there is just something about this period, where I am usually very happy, shopping for my chocolates or making chocolate brownies, may be is from the sugar high of all the chocolates, may be its just the red heart shape ballons or the cute little cupids pictures plastering at shops. But 14 February I believe its on many people’s mind.
So back to the Valentine’s Day dining option, I shall kick start with the Valentine’s Day Menu from Paulaner Brauhaus.
Treat your loved ones to a special set meal at Paulaner Brauhaus, and sink your teeth and your heart in some of their tantalising dishes.
Many things in life comes in pair, and at Baskin Robbins, this is definitely true.
This Chinese New Year, Baskin Robbins has come up with Berry Brownie Good Waffle Sundae and Berry Kissed Banana Waffle Sundae. Single scoop cost $9.50 and Double scoop cost $10.50, just a dollar more!
Over the Chinese New Year, we have cooked a few dishes which we usually cook once a year, and Nam Yue Duck Stew which is a really simple dish is very popular among the adults. Ingredients are simple and you can use other cuts of meat to replace duck.
Actually many people find duck has this distinguish gamey taste that might deter them from trying it, but rest assure this dish is prepared in such a way you will not even get a hint of the gamey taste.
Ingredients as usual is very simple (I prefer to keep it simple especially during Chinese New Year when there are many dishes that need to be prepared)
Visited Claypotfun at East Coast Big Splash couple weeks back, as one of us was raving about how good the claypot rice is. Claypotfun is actually under the Jumbo Seafood group, and one of their biggest selling point is that their dishes is made from scratch, so they only cook the claypot rice upon order, and usually takes around 20 mins for a piping hot claypot rice.
Their menu boast a series of South China or Cantonese style dishes and over there, you might find a little different from the singapore style claypot rice. They do not use dark sauce for flavouring, but rather they let the ingredients to do the talking, enhancing flavours using salted fish, marinated meats and seafood to obtain the natural flavours with the smoky grains that goes into each order.
If you prefer, they also have their in house secret recipe home made light soy sauce to stir in to up that claypot flavour.
Okay, if you have checked out my steamboat post, then you will have some new ideas of dipping sauce ideas. One of the dipping sauce is citrus soya sauce + grated radish.
This dipping sauce is extremely versatile, and you can use it on many dishes. You can use it with grilled items like grilled fish or barbeque meat, or shabu shabu steamboat meats. I like to also cook steak, top it with grated radish and sprinkle with lots of chopped spring onions and a drizzle of citrus soya sauce.
But how exactly do you make the grated radish. I have a few tips for you to ensure you have some tip top grated radish for your meal
By now you probably have tried different steam boat broth and ingredients, but if you are still craving for more or wanted something different, then you might like to check out my recipes below.
I have set up this steamboat dinner on the first day of chinese new year, as I knew I will be able to eat the traditional steamboat fare at my relative’s place so I wanted to make mine a little different, a little more cosy actually.
So for our home steamboat, what I did is a mixture of Japanese cum Chinese style. I have made meat vegetable rolls, using Japanese seafood like oysters and also using Japanese dipping sauce .
As Chinese New Year is half way through, supermarket promotions are slowly closing in, however you can still purchase many chinese new year items, and of course there is still this big chinese new year day, the 7th day, which is Everybody’s Birthday! Take this opportunity to do your lo hei with your loved ones, and enjoy your birthday
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