Archive for January, 2012

As you walk into the shop, one could not help but stop and gape at the wall at Ng Ah Sio’s ( NAS) , and you would probably end up trying to beat whoever you are with, to name the celebrities in the blown up photos that lined the walls. Alan Tam, Ritchie Ren, Penny Tsai, Premier of Taiwan – to name a few. One famous incident – the then Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang’s request to dine at NAS was rejected by the shop because it was not during their regular operating hours. Got principle man !  So- please take note, NAS closes on Monday !

The official website :  http://www.ngahsiobkt.com/ , you can view the menu  online @ http://www.ngahsiobkt.com/#Menu There are three version of the  Bak Kut Teh ( BKT)  : signature spare rib soup, signature pork rib soup ( $5.50) , signature spare and pork rib combo soup ( $7) . there is also Fish Fillet soup ( $ 5.50). The side dishes of porky parts  include: kidney, liver, tail , intestine, skin and trotters. And non porky side dishes include : winter mushroom, tau kua pok, braised peanuts, blanched lettuce, tang-o, preserved vegetables xiao bai chai and fried you tiao ( yau char kwai/ crullers)

 

My bowl of BKT as seen below. the Klang BKT loyalist would probably launch a protest, the taste of NAS’s version of the BKT is so different from the ‘regular’ Malaysian version where the soup is more or less herbal in nature, with variation in the thickness/ heaviness of the ‘herbally’  flavour of the soup, the NAS’s version is more like a black pepper soup . The meat was tender and both the meat and the soup were  tasty and enjoyable  ( – but to me , not BKT lah, this is pepper soup !). You could see a thick layer of peppercorns at the bottom of the bowl,no wonder the soup is  so peppery hot lah

 We ordered rice to go with the BKT and the also some side dishes . In pix below ( starting from top right , clockwise)  : crullers ($2) – goes so well after a soak in the peppery soup. Intestine ( $5.50) – floury and soft..yummy but slightly salty. Pig skin ($2) –not too chewy , good. Braised peanuts ($2) – soft and the flavour of the sauce had penetrated into the peanuts- yumm. Preserved vegetables ( $2) –chunky salty preserved mustard. This would go well with porridge. Tang-O ( $3) – one of my favourite greens although not everyone would like the strong taste of this vegetable.  Missing in the picture is the tail of the oink-oink ( $5.50)- this was interesting as it was the first time I tried pig tail. It has an interesting texture, the skin/fat that surround the bony part of the tail was thick and firm. For one, the tail  wasn’t curly like what I see in the cartoons 🙂

Overall, an ok meal . The total bill ( for 6 pax) plus chinese tea came close to $70

 Location :

Address : No.208 Rangoon Road, Singapore218453
Tel : +65 6294 7545 or +65 6291 4537
Business hours : 7.00am ~ 10.00pm (Closed on Mondays

To honour Mum’s  visit to Singapore, SK had invited a few close relatives for a lunch get together  at  Asia Grand Restaurant, Asia Grand  is said to be one of the most popular restaurant in town for dimsum .. While SK concentrate on the important task of discussing the menu with the captain,  greetings and gossips were exchanged as old acquaintances get reacquainted and new acquaintances get acquainted..

When the first dish arrived,  yours truly faced a dilemma – should I put my finger on the lazy Susan and summon the dish for a photo ? might seemed a bit rude guar, as the elders should be expecting to be served first and this no-manners brat from KL get the plate of roasted pork and BBQ pork in front of her face ! This long tale just to explain why what you see below is not the big picture but the pieces on my plate. Haha..  anyway, the Roasted pork wasn’t too fat but fat enough to have that lubricating effect but not too fat to evoke the guilty feeling that you are eating too much fat. Crispy skin, slightly salty meat….good lah . The BBQ pork ( char siu) was tender, fragrant , not too fat, not too lean , plus the tasty sweetish gooey  thick sauce ..ahh..also good lah..

Next up …Oysters, by this time, I had gotten over the stage fright and had my fingers ready to be in control of the lazy Susan., although there were lots of garnishings that came with the gigantic steamed oysters – spring onions, garlic, bit of chili, ginger, parsley, the oyster-ish flavour managed to came though and  the taste was ok but I must say that eating oysters is an acquired taste. This was the first time my niece got to eat an oyster and she was spending ages chewing that fella and from her expression and the way the jaw was working- I could read that she was considering the possibility of spitting it out, so  the wise auntie had to impart a few enllightening words into her ears ‘ oysters hor, very expensive one, don’t even think about spitting it out, don’t chew anymore one ..just swallow it la..’ , so she did, Bravo..and swore herself off oysters for the rest of her life..we will see about that , let the WWW be my witness !

Tofu with mushrooms-  the tofu had soaked in all the flavours from the gravy and the mushroom, the texture was soft yet firm. This is good tofu ..i likeyyyy 

 Crispy roasted chicken – this was one memorable chicken ! The skin were crispy and the tasty meat just seemed to slip off the bones . The kids worked hard to convey their cuteness to the adults for extra share of the crispy chicken skin. There were a few whines as well, just in case the cuteness strategy didn’t work. Probably could rank as one of the best chicken in the galaxy

Steamed crab…we saw this fella a few minutes ago in his/her glass compartment when we were making our way to our table..that is probably why Nike told us ‘ Life is short, play hard’, here today, gone tomorrow…. SK outdone himself-  the crab was oh so gigantic.  This simple way of cooking brought out the sweetness and freshness of the crab who didn’t die in vain. ( will I say that same if I was the one in the steamer / wok ? )

 Then we were served the broth from the steamed crab, with  a dash of Chinese wine. Oh la- la..Mum used to steam crabs and it has been sometime since  I had this wonderfully tasty steamed crab ‘soup…mama mia..wonderful..

Next up was part 3/3 of the crab….the fried ‘legs’ of the crabs. Alamak..this crab was so enormous that even the ‘legs’ had more meat that the normal sized crab craws. The seasoning was subtle yet effective. The texture of the meat from the legs was firmer that the earlier steamed version of the ‘body’ part of the crab. This was very good

 There were some fried ‘dou miau’ but I missed the opportunity  to take a picture as I was too busy dissecting the wonderful crab, take my word for it, the vegetables were great. I should probably mention the sambal belacan, which  was very addictive, bearably level of spiciness lotsa dried prawns..yummy yummy..is sambal belacan part of the Cantonese cuisine..? I dunno…pix below of sambal belacan and french beans with minced meat – which was tasty too.

The next and last dish was waxed meat rice, the aroma of waxed meat rice is just so good la…so Chinese-new-year-ish. Exquisite. Below are the waxed meat in our rice..chinese sausage, liver sausage ( my favourite), waxed meat, waxed duck, the works !

After the claypot had been scrapped of the rice. You are left with burnt bits in the pot, this won’t go to waste …

Pour some broth into the claypot…boil the contents for a bit..

Voila..burnt rice broth. The broth was slightly over salty..but the burnt carbon-y flavour of the rice was yummy…

The meal above ( for 15 pax) plus drinks came to ~ S$950..

Overall, a very enjoyable meal..Thanks you again SK and family for that scrumptious treat

 http://asiagrandrestaurant.weebly.com/about-us.html

Location :

No.331, North Brigde Road#01-02 &01-05/08, Odeon Towers, Singapore188720.
Tel: 68870010 & Fax: 68870020

The next day started bright and early…and maybe a bit too early for some of us…We had breakfast at Chinatown,there were so many stalls at the food court ! 

An banner at the market place , i wish we could say that we have  ‘low crime’  in Malaysia too… 

We did a bit of walking , these shoplots remind me of Penang…

An interesting shop selling offerings for the departed…look closely at the displays

In case you didn’t spot them, please have a look at the picture below, square : set of dentures ( first time I am seeing these!) and dental care; circle : hair dryer, shaver, hair cream, perfume, soaps and stuff ; diamond : iPad

 Then we reach Sago Lane, which has a morbid history – ‘Death houses once lined  both side of Sago Lane. A death house was literally where the poor came to die…’You can read up about Chinatownby clicking here  http://www.chinatown.sg/index.php

 Along South Bridge Road, between Sago Lane and Sago Street is the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple.

You can read more about the temple by clicking here . And according to the website : the ground breaking of the temple was on 13 March 2005 and completed in 2007. Extract : The temple was built to house relics of the Buddha which were presented to the Ven. Shi Fa Zhao, when he and an entourage was on a pilgrimage in Sri Lankain March 1992. The handing over of the relics was presided by Sri Lankan President, Ranasinghe Premadasa.

The design of the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple was conceptualised by the Ven. Shi Fa Zhao, with help from local and foreign consultants. The idea was to create a temple that follows Tang Dynasty architectural style, and incorporating the concept of the Mandala, or Buddhist universe.

Ground breaking of the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple took place on 13 March, 2005. The temple, which has five levels and a basement, cost about S$60 million and was completed in early 2007. The temple is dedicated to the Maitreya Buddha, that is to say, the Buddha of the Future. The most significant feature of the temple is the two-meter solid gold stupa.


At the courtyard  was a large incense pot …

And a garang-looking guard

The Tang dynasty architectural style

The main shrine is the ‘ 100 Dragon Hall’ with the Maitreya Buddha taking centre stage

 Behind the Dragon Hall is another hall , dedicated to Kuan Yin

 The third floor housed Buddhist artifacts from all over the world

If I remember correctly, this was from IndiaA cute looking lion….

Sign at the Ladies, so cute one…

 For the musically inclinedMy favourite exhibitPeace

Devotion

Footprints cast in stone

Official website http://www.btrts.org.sg/

Admission to the temple is free, operating hours 7 a.m – 7 p.m.