“Meri Krismas, Kabayan!”

26 12 2011

Chilli Crab, Jumbo Seafood (Riverside), Clarke Quay, Singapore

I GUESS that when you put on an LED-lit miniature Santa hat on your head, you forfeit any and all right to lose patience at the fickle-minded weather, at the foot traffic, and at the motley crew that had chosen to converge at the only place seemingly open on Christmas Eve here in Singapore.

But come to think of it, the 24th of December is all about Christmas.  And Christmas is love.  As my favorite GAP ad of all time said, “Put a little love in your heart.”  And in your tummy, put a lot of great food.  It doesn’t matter where you are; Christmas Eve is all about Noche Buena (literally, “good night”).  In the Philippines, families gather for this traditional dinner at midnight.

This year, Noche Buena to me meant hopping on the 65 to go to Potong Pasir MRT station, and from there taking the train to Harbour Front.  And throughout the travel time, a little bobbing of the head was involved, as “pa rum pa pum pum” played incessantly on my mind.  (I had just come from the Christmas Pageant at St. Michael’s.)

My friends Loradel and Don and I were surprised to get a table easily at Jumbo Seafood at the Riverside.  We didn’t even break a sweat at the wait.

We vowed to splurge on this season that we are spending away from our own families.  So we had resolved to get the Chilli Crab, and around it built a spread that was worthy of Christmas – Braised Shark’s Fin Soup with Crab Meat, Fish Fillet with Sweet and Sour Sauce, Fried Noodles Hong Kong Style, Deep-Fried Mini Buns, Seafood Fried Rice, and a couple of jugs of arguably the best Homemade Barley.

The best part of the meal for me was the soup, so even at S$ 14.00 a pop, I didn’t mind having seconds.  You can never put a price tag on good food, on food that you love, and especially, on Christmas.

(The title is in Filipino and reads, “Merry Christmas, Countryman!”)

Soup so good that I had to have seconds!


Fried Noodles Hong Kong Style


My first portion of the noodles.


Fish Fillet with Sweet and Sour Sauce


Seafood Fried Rice


The fiery Chilli Crab


This clawed its way to my heart. Haha!


The bill


With the guest check. (I collect these.)


"Meri Krismas, Kabayan!"... With Loradel and Don.


Santa Baby. Hahaha!


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Good eats

26 04 2011

“ONE IS enough.  Two is too much.  Three is a poison that can kill a person.”  That’s one of the rhymes that my mother would tell us whenever we would try to push our luck in getting our ways.

I got reminded of it once more as I recollect my gastronomic adventure in Singapore.  For specific dishes and places, I think I could o.d. before I get satiation.  I could get to “three is a poison…” easy.

Here they are, in no particular order.  (I forgot the details of the hawker center that Partner brought me to, where I had this amazing Fish Head Curry dish!)

CareShop de Café

70 Bendemeer Road, #01-05 Luzerne

Singapore 339940

Tel: +65 6293 9298


Will go back forMushroom Soba with lots of steamed Japanese Rice

Mushroom Soba, CareShop de Café



Culina Bistro

Blk 8 Dempsey Hill,Dempsey Road#01-13

Singapore 249679

Will go back forDe Cecco Penne Crab Meat (with the penne replaced by angel hair) , and all the complimentary bread rolls I could handle!

De Cecco Capellini Crab Meat, Culina Bistro @ Dempsey Hill


Complimentary Bread, Culina Bistro @ Dempsey Hill



TWG Tea Salon & Boutique on the Bridge

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

B2-89/89A, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972

Tel:  +65 6535 1837

Fax: +65 6221 1837

Will go back for1837 Black Tea (tea number T6033), French Onion Soup, and all the complimentary bread rolls I could handle!

1837 Black Tea (tea number T6033), TWG Tea Salon & Boutique on the Bridge


French Onion Soup, TWG Tea Salon & Boutique on the Bridge


Complimentary Bread, TWG Tea Salon & Boutique on the Bridge


Fou de FaFa

168 Robinson Road

#01-05 Capital Tower

Singapore 068912

Tel: +65 6327 9418


Will go back forPizza Fou’d Flewed, and that bluish green drink that’s a concoction of pineapple, grapes, and mint

Pizza Fou'd Flewed, Fou de FaFa


My fave drink, a concoction of pineapple, grapes, and mint, Fou de FaFa


Jumbo Seafood Gallery

20 Upper Circular Road

#B1-44 to 48 The Riverwalk

Tel:  +65 6534 3435

Fax: +65 6536 3836

Will go back forChilli Crab with lots of Deep-Mini Bun, Cold Fresh Barley Juice

Just the apron!, Jumbo Seafood Gallery


Wee Nam Kee

275 Thomson Road #01-05

Will go back forHainanese Chicken Rice, Cold Fresh Barley Juice (which they always run out of!)

Hainanese Chicken Roasted and Steamed, Wee Nam Kee


Hainanese Chicken Rice, Wee Nam Kee


Cold Fresh Barley Juice, Wee Nam Kee


Tung Lok Seafood OC

#11-05 Orchard Central

181 Orchard Road

Singapore 238896

Will go back forBraised Shark’s Fin with Fish Maw Soup, Poached Baby Kai Lan served with Chinchalok

Braised Shark’s Fin with Fish Maw Soup, Tung Lok Seafood


Poached Baby Kai Lan served with Chinchalok, Tung Lok Seafood


Marché at 313@somerset

313@somerset, 313 Orchard Road

Provisional Unit No. #B1-39-45

Singapore 238895


Will go back forMushroom Soup, Calamari, Calamansi Juice with Sour Plum

Mushroom Soup, Marché at 313@somerset


Calamari, Marché at 313@somerset


Calamansi Sour Plum, Marché at 313@somerset


Food Opera at ION Food Hall

Basement 4, ION Orchard

2 Orchard Turn

Singapore 238801

Tel:  +65 6509 9198

Will go back forOyster Omelet (FattyWeng Fried Oysters, #B4-04M), Fishball Mee Kia Noodle Soup (Li Xin Fishball Noodle Soup, #B4-04B)

“FattyWeng Fried Oysters” Oyster Omelet, Food Opera at ION Food Hall


"Li Xin" Fishball Mee Kia Noodle Soup, Food Opera at ION Food Hall


4 FINGeRS Crispy Chicken at ION Food Hall

Basement 4, ION Orchard

2 Orchard Turn, #B4-06A

Singapore 238801

Tel:  +65 4274779

Will go back forChicken Wings

Crispy Chicken Wings, 4 FINGeRS Crispy Chicken at ION Food Hall


Nando’s @ Tanglin Mall

163 Tanglin Road

#01-14/15 Tanglin Mall

Singapore 247933

Tel:  +65 6235 3555

Fax: +65 6235 5581

Will go back forPeri-Peri Chicken, Portugese Rice, Grilled Vegetables

Peri-Peri Chicken, Portugese Rice, and Grilled Vegetables, Nando's @ Tanglin Mall


White Dog Café

No.1 HarbourFront Walk

#02-131/132 Vivo City

Singapore 098585

Tel:  +65 6235 3555

Will go back forLobster Pasta

Lobster Pasta, White Dog Café


Shimbashi Soba

290 Orchard Road

#B1-41 The Paragon

Singapore 238859

Tel: +65 6735 9882

Will go back forGoma Tare Seiro Sesame Soba

Goma Tare Seiro Sesame Soba, Shimbashi Soba


Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts

25 Scotts Road

Singapore 228220

Tel:  +65 6589 7788 / +65 6589 7819



Will go back forEVERYTHING in their international buffet

Soon Kueh, Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts


Roasted Tomato, Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts


Bowl of Noodles, Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts


Macarons, Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts


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Everything and the girl

7 04 2011

My first ever hawker meal, courtesy of my good friend, Rizzie! I'm wearing a shirt that was her and her hubby's gift.

SOMETHING I cooked up for myself: “Be careful who you emcee a wedding reception program for.  They just may not want to ever let you go.”  Narcissism shuts out consideration for the other party and makes the second sentence sound like I’m irresistable.  Though with all honesty, it has always been quite the opposite.

One of the most joyful and enriching friendships I have ever made was born at the workplace, strengthened through adverse opinions in meetings, beautified by being part of one unforgettable wedding, and made more meaningful by distance.

I’ve never appreciated my friend Rizzie any deeper than when we got to see each other during my couple of weeks in Singapore.  Friendship’s and Partner’s excitement has always been warranted – they’re such constants in my life – but Rizzie’s genuine interest in my being there and all the effort she had to exert to meet me up whether in the office or somewhere on Orchard Road, well, kinda warmed the heart.  I didn’t realize something else could put the soaring temperatures in the lion city to shame.

She wanted to make sure I wouldn’t get lost and make it to my appointment with a government office the following day that on my fourth day there, she actually found it as a good segue to invite me to dinner at Jumbo Seafood Gallery at 20 Upper Circular Road, #B1-44 to 48 The Riverwalk.  The restaurant was right across where I had to be on day five.  Earlier in the day, she had actually brought me to my first hawker meal in the city.

Ready to attack! Hahaha! The nice wait staff gave me another bib as souvernir.


Jumbo Seafood... Kaya n'yo ba 'to? (Can you handle this?)

She revealed to me her love for good food (and actually shared with me some), told me stories about Bah KuT Teh, taught me how to get by with the city’s bus transport system, actually waited with me for my bus ride, opened up about how the radiation scare in the news could stir up paranoia in people yet gamely devoured bowls of ramen with me, delighted in my Longchamp purchase for my mother, made me feel really good about myself in a city so fast-paced I could have been drowned and nobody would have noticed.

Hindsight is 20/20 vision and it is making me regret not having taken her up on her offer to show me her and her hubby’s flat.  I guess, I’d have to make it back to Singapore then.  Our Japanese dinner – together with Friendship and Brother – on the eve of my flight back home should see me through ‘til we see each other again.

Rizzie, thanks a lot for spending time with me in Singapore.  You’re undoubtedly one of the nicest people in my life.  Take care!

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