Saturday, December 25, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
The international buffet spread at the Pan Pacific Orchard Hotel is good! Of course, importantly, the company was great which matters more! Lots of fun! Snippets of the spread...
Salad selection was comparable if not better for places that prided themselves for the salad bar. From left, cherry tomatoes, quail eggs, mushrooms (one of Mr. Robotic's favorites of the night) and sweet potatoes. After salad, Mr. Robotic moved on to the raw stuff that included salmon sashimi, oysters. The oysters were incredibly fresh and delicious! Mr. Robotic was swearing off raw oysters as he had pretty bad previous encounters at other food outlets. Mr. Robotic's faith in raw oysters are finally restored!
From left, Blueberry Mousse, Mango Tart, Honeydew thingy. There was a chocolate fondue which Mr. Robotic had to give up indulging in. Mr. Robotic wished he had more room for dessert!
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Express updates by Mr. Robotic on photos taken in this Christmas period...
Orange Juice to load up on Vitamin C to stay healthy in the holiday season!
As Mr. Robotic is more or less done with his Christmas shopping, you can expect more posts to come from Mr. Robotic... till then... Enjoy the Festive Season!!!
Monday, October 4, 2010
Warning: Salivating over the pictures may happen...
Roasted Chicken. The skin is really crispy even though it is not fried!
Chilli Crab. It is so heavenly to eat crab when the shell is removed by other than Mr. Robotic!
Fried Man Tou to dip in Chili Crab is a must! This is what's stopping Mr. Robotic from trying black pepper crab.
Kai Lan with garlic. Some greens to balance the diet.
Fried Rice. Single portion serving for Mr. Robotic.
Steamed Sea Bass.
Almond Jelly with Longan. Mr. Robotic was so full he can barely finish this even though supposedly there is always room for dessert!
Friday, September 24, 2010
The latest couple to get hitched is Mr. Dataminer and wife! Congratulations to the couple!
The take home gift to commemorate the event was a deck of playing cards (above) with an adorable design of a groom and bride. Each card contains a different love quote. Romantic ya?
Mr. Robotic thought it would be socially inappropriate to take out his camera and take photos of the wedding food so there are no food pictures in this post. Overall though, the food at Hotel Rendezvous was good. In particular, Mr. Robotic liked the starter dish and desert which are usually Mr. Robotic's favorites for most banquets. Hotel Rendezvous starter platter includes prawns with mango salad, sambal abalone clams, baby octopus, egg with bean sprouts, fried popiah while yam paste with pumpkin is for desert. Yummy...
A wonderful event!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
The reason why Mr. Robotic adores the fantasy genre is because he admires the visionary abilities of the manga and anime authors to create things that are beyond this world which would have been really extraordinary if it do existed. Think mages, shinigami, ninjas and war robots etc.
Gundam 00 had a new movie recently called Gundam 00: Trailblazer. It seems that Singapore do have a strong otaku base as the movie premieres in English subtitles in Singapore. Hooray to anime otakus in Singapore as it is an indication of possible more diverse animes to come. Animax is also doing a great job in introducing anime to a broader audience. Mr. Robotic was invited to catch the movie together with Mr. Manga (guess who is more of a fan? haha). The story line is weaker compared to the animation series but it is worth watching to appreciate the far ahead gundam designs which Mr. Robotic is doubtful if it is ever achievable in reality in his lifetime.
Gundam Zabanya. Mr. Robotic's favorite gundam in the movie.
Make LOVE, not WAR!
Monday, September 20, 2010
Mr. Manga brought the trio to a diner which serves Japanese BBQ that was located at level 2 of the Concorde Hotel's shopping mall stretch. Most people would have likely missed this diner given that it is a small place (less than 15 seats) and being located in an area surrounded by masseurs, KTV lounges, billiard places, it is not exactly one's first choice for a dinner appointment.
If one can get past that first impression, one would be pleasantly surprised to discover that this diner is a rather homely and cosy place. Credit of course goes to the lady boss who is very chirpy, smiley and mingles easily with all the customers to ensure that the food is to their satisfaction. Half of the customers were Japanese. A gauge to whether the Japanese food served by a eatery is authentic is by observing if it attracts Japanese customers. So this place pass for authenticity? :)
Seaweed Appetizer. A tinge of spice and sourness to work the appetite. A good start...
Pork stew on the left and Salmon Onigiri on the right. The pork stew was very rich in flavours and warmed up the tummy for more dishes to come. It was the first time that Mr. Robotic had onigiri and it was delicious! Mr. Robotic wants more of this!
Assorted BBQ items - Quail Eggs, Asparagus wrapped in Pork and Golden Needle Mushrooms (also known as Enokitake) wrapped in Pork. Mr. Robotic likes quail eggs. Pity few food establishments serve them.
- Melted Mayonnaise and Cheese over Steamed Squid. Mr. Robotic has no idea that mayonnaise can be melted like this.
There were multiple dishes that came with a mayonnaise dip on the side but it is the original taste of the dishes that really won Mr. Robotic's heart. All in all, this place is really worth visiting but do book in advance!!!
Friday, September 17, 2010
Oh well, Mr. Robotic may give it another shot someday...
Vegetables with "Abalone" like mushrooms. Typical but could do no wrong...
Fried Tofu with mushrooms. Average...
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Mr. Robotic also enjoyed the parades around the neighbourhood, showing off his new prized possession, alongside Mr. Songwriter Wannabe, Mr. Annoying Orange and Grumpy Gran. What a beautiful array of lights those lanterns were. A special note to Grumpy Gran who is now in the land far far away - Thank you, Grumpy Gran for the sweet memories.
The event is much less celebrated nowadays in this household without a kid. It is reduced to a sampling of mooncakes. This year, Mr. Robotic is absolutely in love with the Raffles Hotel's Snow-Skin Mooncake with Champagne Truffle and Ganache. The velvet snow skin that dissolves in one's mouth is simply divine. Mr. Robotic is not a fan of alcohol. Yet the little tinge of champagne aftertaste is just the right amount for Mr. Robotic. Mr. Robotic is careful not to indulge too much on this delicacy for fear of becoming an alcoholic. From hearsay, Raffles Hotel is the pioneer in concocting inventive mooncake flavours and that head start definitely shows in how they perfected the taste for this mooncake. Mr. Robotic recommends this to anyone who has not tried it before.
So the above is what the event means to Mr. Robotic. What does the Mid-Autumn Festival means to you?
Monday, September 13, 2010
Train is coming...
Train is coming...
Train is coming...
Please start queuing
Love your ride.
For the fortunate ones who don't need to take public transport, the above are lyrics to a jingle being played at the train stations to announce the trains' arrival. It is part of the Public Transport Council's efforts to encourage commuters to be more gracious on public transport so as to make it a more pleasant commuting experience for everyone.
Mr. Robotic heard the catchy and happy little jingle and fell in love with it immediately! It is an entertaining and fun marketing programme. The satirical one in Mr. Robotic also pictures someone who cannot squeeze on the peak period trains rolling his or her eyes each time the jingle sings at their misfortune. Apparently, there are different versions of the jingle. Maybe, there is one that sings happy waiting... happy waiting... happy waiting...?
The jingles are sang by the local icon, Dim Sum Dollies, who are also the programme ambassadors. Watch the video and love your ride!
Monday, September 6, 2010
Deep Fried Squid
Learned of this recipe from NoobCook.
Ingredients (serves 2):
- 1 medium squid (about 300g)
- 40-50g corn flour for a heavier/crispier batter
- sea salt and pepper
- vegetable oil, for deep frying
- 3 tbsp mayonnaise
- 1/2 tsp lemon zest
- 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tbsp boiling water
1. Mix ingredients for lemon mayonnaise in a small bowl until well combined. Set aside.
2. Slice the squid to thin rings.
3. Place cut squid into a shallow but wide dish. Season squid with salt and pepper, then add flour. Toss squid to evenly coat squid in the flour (add more if needed); shake off excess.
4. Heat oil to 180C (356F) in wok/large saucepan/deep fryer and deep fry squid in batches until tender and browned lightly (about 3 minutes). Drain on absorbent paper.
5. Serve warm with a lemon wedge and the lemon mayonnaise dip prepared in step 1.
It turned out to be like onion rings. And like always, Mr. Robotic overcooked the food and it is a bit too chewy. The sauce is good though and Mr. Robotic has come to a conclusion, mayonnaise can hide bad cooking. Haha...
So what did a typical day off entails?
Mr. Robotic likes the sleek white and black utensils. These colors are simply timeless.
Kai Lan with Garlic. A simple dish but delicious nonetheless. It is a bit costly though at $14 for small serving.
Xiao Long Bao. Don't you just like the soup gushing out when you bite it? Frankly, Mr. Robotic didn't appreciate this delicacy until Ms. Queen kept raving how good Din Tai Feng's ones are!
Crab and scallop bits fried rice. At $18, it is on the pricey side but the rice is really fragrant and the serving is meant for 3 to 4 people. Yup, Mr. Robotic and Mdm. Agaration finished it all though there were only 2!
Cod fish. Under the fish is a thin layer of steamed egg. Nice combination of ingredients.
Egg Tarts. No meal is complete without some sweet stuff... dessert! Mr. Robotic likes the fluffy texture of such egg tarts.
Such little breaks from work serves to motivate one or Mr. Robotic at least to work harder or smarter for his dream of early retirement where he can slow down and experience the life of a retiree instead of the super fast paced which one in Singapore is programmed to follow. Mr. Robotic refuses to believe that the retirement age is expected to lengthen yet again. The forefathers have a longer life expectancy and they retired much earlier. Come on, what about enjoying life and smelling the roses at the sidewalk instead of whizzing through everything? Mr. Robotic refuses to accept his "destiny"!
Wish him luck in overcoming it!
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Marybrown's Chicken. Chicken Delicious! Sides a bit weak though.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
It was Mr. Worry Too Much's birthday (coincidentally it happens to be Mr. Robotic 4th year at his current job too) and Mr. Robotic suggested Pu Tien at Tampines for the mini celebration. However, Mr. Worry Too Much whom again was true to his character was worried that there ain't any parking space at Tampines and suggested to go the Parkway Parade instead.
The group was at a loss at what to eat at Parkway Parade as Mdm. Agaration wanted to eat Chinese food. Surprisingly, as luck would have it, there was a Pu Tien at Parkway Parade too, tucked nicely at one quiet corner and the group was just in time at 2.30 pm to make the last order for the kitchen. So here's the food selection...
Kai lan covered with bean curd skin. Though this dish is standard fare for lots of Chinese restaurants, it was wiped out by the group within minutes. A gesture of how good it is...?
Fried pork ribs with chestnut. Seldom does Mr. Robotic find chunky chestnuts in dishes. This was one of the rare occasions.
Steamed Sea Bass. Standard fare but good enough...
The cute little bag contains a bottle of the their chili. Marvellous!