Sunday, January 20, 2008
Horenso salad. Don't let the vegetables trick you; it isn't healthy.
What is palate-worthy is also their basil chicken (S$8) and beef tongue. Though Terence is not crazy about the beef tongue they serve at Gyu-kaku, I drool just thinking about it.
What you need to do just before you take the tongue off the grill is to squeeze a generous amount of lemon juice over it. The smokeyness mingled with the salt springled on the tongue and the tangy dash of lemon simply knocks the breath out of you.
The portions are good enough to share and as you can see from the prices, it really isn't very expensive.
It was Saturday night when we went, and the place was packed with gorgeous looking people. Even the waitress looked well made up. But after you've spent the whole day looking after your hyperactive toddler, all you ever want to do is count down to 8pm (his bed time) with great anticipation, and throw your deadbeat self on the bed thereafter. Doesn't matter if your shirt is stained with porridge, apple, and saliva.
But one has got to eat. Thank god the place was smoky. Anyone who claimed that they saw me there, I'd just say they were badly mistaken.
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However, the place is so well loved by the Japanese salary men and well-coiffed Japanese housewives that you know it is the REAL deal. It's also run by a Japanese chef who speaks English, Chinese, and Hokkien.
I've NEVER been disappointed whenever I order the sashimi set at Matsuo. The chef always gives me toro (fatty tuna belly, albeit the more LC or low-class type), scallops, sweet prawns (they're expensive), and plenty of salmon roe. And his sashimi are always very fresh. All for just S$20 (before taxes and service charge)! It is a very, very good deal indeed.
Yet I've never blogged about them; I've could never really decide if they deserve the mention. Perhaps because the service staff can be snooty unless you're a regular, and Terence is convinced that I only get the good stuff because the chef likes me. Plus, they were nasty to our friends, the Chows.
But seriously, I've always had damn good sashimi there. For instance, Terence joined me for lunch on Friday, and we had hirame (flat fish) and fugu (seasonal) in our set. Nonetheless, you can't ignore the fact that the male diner next to us had only one sweet prawn, salmon, tuna, mekajiki, and temago. I could argue that he ordered the chirashi set, but truth be told: I always had scallops and toro even with my chirashi sets.
In the chef's defense, however, he didn't stinge on the amount of fish for the diner next to us, and the freshness of the fish is beyond description.
Anyhow, what tipped me over to blog about Matsuo finally was because... he gave us fugu!!!
Here's their address: Goldhill Plaza, #01-17. It'd be nice to hear what you think of them.
Friday, January 04, 2008
I used to poo-poo the Japanese's take on Western cuisine, but not anymore (or at least not so much anymore). Bentendo does quite a good job with both their tomato- and cream-based pastas, and the spaghetti is done right, i.e. al dente style. And their Japanese sauce-based pastas get a thumbs-up from me and tastes just as good as that expensive soba joint in Paragon.
Dinner yesterday was their cold spaghetti with salmon, salmon roe, sweet prawns, and it hit just the right spot in the stomach. *sigh*
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Destination: Tough Jeans
It's a popular Hong Kong brand that's known for their deconstructed jeans, but what I'm really crazy about are their bags. Their bags have a ruggard, hobo look that's fashionable, durable and funky at the same time. The design of some of their clasps/clips makes the bags look burglar-proof--i.e. even if a thief gets his hand on your bag, he won't be able to open it. I was introduced to the brand, surprise surprise, by Terence many years ago when he bought me my first Tough bag from Taiwan.
Even their paper bag looked so good that I didn't do the environmentally-friendly thing of asking them to pack my purchase into my bag.
Just as I was paying for my t-shirt, Terence called and said, "Are you on your way home?"
Me: "No, I'm still shopping."
Terence: "Still shopping? But Wanti (maid) is cooking steak for dinner."
Me: "I know, go ahead then. I told you I was shopping!"
Terence: "I didn't know you'd take so long."
It's a tough life isn't it? And it was suppose to be my night out.
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Excitement is mounting in the Tan family as Gary (Terence's brother) is expecting his first kid in a few weeks time. So we've been passing on the baby stuff we don't need (for now) to him, and that would eventually include the cot that Kai's using now.
Kai is gradually outgrowing his cot, which was handed down to us from the Tays. We've been debating about what we need to get for months now, and our conclusion always changes. Do we get:
1. A cot that turns into a toddler's bed?
2. A toddler's bed (with rails, if there's such a thing)?
3. A mattress until he's old enough for a bed?
Just what do other mothers do?
According to what I call the "Mother's bible"--"What to expect the toddler years", a toddler should/could move from a cot to a toddler's bed when he turns two. OK, so we thought to let him sleep on a mattress until he turns two, and we'd move him into a bed. Then I thought, and I thought, and I thought (for a night):
1. What if he doesn't want to sleep, and he goes wandering around his bedroom to play.
2. He wakes up in the middle of the night, and decides to play.
3. He gets into trouble with god-knows-what even after we've super-childproofed his room in the middle of the night.
So when Terence woke up the next day, we debated over the issue yet again. We finally decided *drum roll please* to get him a bigger cot that turns into a toddler's bed.
BUT, that doesn't signal the end of our dilemma. We still have to search for a bed that we ALL like.
We've gone to:
1. Baby's Hyperstore (the mother of all warehouse store for baby products in Kaki Bukit)
2. Mothercare (the outlets in Parkway Parade and Centrepoint)
3. Kiddy Palace (Parkway Parade)
4. Mothers Work
5. The ultra nice, but super expensive Flexa store in United Square (it's from Denmark, that's why)
6. Ikea (Tampines)
We still don't have a new cot yet. However, I'm glad to say the solution is near... We've finally shortlisted a model we like from Mothercare and we're going to check out the options at Mothers Work tomorrow (I think).
Wish us luck...