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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

2009 Food Review #4 - Laska Steamboat

The very bright signboard along the main road... you won't miss it!
Before the feast began... waiting for the broth to come to a boil.. and more importantly... the ingredients to be served!
Drinks available... the lime juice was quite good.
With some veg inside the broth... again waiting for it to come to a boil. :P
Some of the ingredients for the feast... the pork belly slices shown here... really good as it's very tender, kinda melts in the mouth.
This is a restaurant we ate at 3 months ago for my mom's birthday. It's a new and interesting experience... to have laksa as steamboat broth!

You know how the coconut milk will separate if you continuously boil it... so I was rather sceptical if the broth will be able to withstand the heat thru'out the whole meal. After the feasting, I was rather pleasantly surprise to see that the coconut milk did not separate and it was really good broth! It was "just right" without being too thick or salty. The "pot" had a divider in the middle, which on one side, there was the laksa broth, and in the other, chicken broth, which was good for the kids, as they could not take spicy stuff.

I really had enjoyed the meal as there was a wide selection of ingredients for the steamboat available, tho' the service may be a bit slow... probably due to the crowd that day? One thing tho' that really piqued my curiosity was the way the place was furnished. It was what I would classify as gaudy... hmm... the gold wallpapers, the gold light fixtures and the furniture did not seem to gel at all.

Price-wise, it was rather reasonable, perhaps because we went in a huge group of 15 pax, which tend to bring down the cost/head abit.

I took more pics of the place rather than the food!... guess I was really "intrigued" by the furnishing! LOL....
See the gold wallpaper... and gold paintings that adorned the walls???
Chandelier! and more light fixtures
All in all, it would be a place I'll return to when there's a chance. However, for those who drive, it's a challenging to find parking lots. There is a small parking space right in front of the restaurant and some lots available at the next block. Also a few (probably less than 10?) at the small lane behind the building.
real pain in the a**

Here's the addy for those who are interested to try the food:
San Katong Laksa Steamboat Restaurant
404 Telok Blangah Road
Tel: 6275 7069 (reservations recommended, esp for weekends, unless you do not mind waiting abit)

Parting shot of another light fixture.. this one even spins slowly, casting shadows on the ceiling!


Saturday, July 11, 2009

Waffles... the bestest!

I finally got myself a waffle-maker while shopping in town on Thursday. This item had been on my shopping list for a long time but I just did not have the time to go buy one or that the model I'm eyeing at was out of stock at the store. In fact, I wasn't hopeful to be able to buy on that day, and was just trying my luck at the household department. I enquired abt the waffle-maker when I saw the display set. The sales person told me that it's the only set left, but I did not want to get that set coz the waffle plate was chipped off at some corners... so she suggested that I try another shop within that building... and off I went! Guess I was lucky that day... I managed to get a new set from the store... and they only had 2 sets left.

Since I had the waffle-maker on my shopping list, I had been gathering several waffle recipes online too! And today is just the day to try out my new toy and a new recipe.

I'm really happy with the outcome... the recipe's great and the waffles were wolfed down by my kids once ready! However, once the waffles cooled down, it turned soft... hm.. I'm thinking of twitting the recipe next time, replacing some of the plain flour with rice flour, hopefully it'll work fine.

Here's the recipe for you to try. I get 14pcs of waffles from 1 recipe. You can create different variations to it and get chocolate, pandan or even strawberry flavoured waffles from this recipe. Happy waffling!

What you need
  • 1 3/4 cups plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (I'll add more next time)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 egg whites
What to do
  • Sift plain flour with baking powder together. Set aside.
  • Whisk yolks, sugar, salt and milk together.
  • Whip egg whites till stiff peaks... meanwhile....
  • Whisk in the sift flour into the egg yolk mixture.
  • Whisk in oil into batter till combined.
  • Stir in oil and mix.
  • GENTLY fold in beaten egg whites, do not over mix.
  • Pour about 1/2 cup at a time into waffle maker.