Friday, September 28, 2012

Poppin' in Little India at Broadcast HQ [Event]

From the gents who brought you Forty Hands, the Grover brothers are celebrating the coffee joint's 2 year anniversary at their newest venue BROADCAST HQ.  I'm heading to ONE Fighting Championship (link for free tix) that evening, then heading over to this hidden bar in Little India for my free pint of beer.

This isn't any ordinary beer.  This is the Forty Hands & Archipelago Coffee Beer.  They're down to their very last kegs of this unique beer, sharing it with the masses on Saturday 6 October complimentary from 10pm-11pm.

Saturday 6 Oct, 9pm-2am
Grover bros as the evening's DJs!

Happy Birthday Forty Hands!

Broadcast HQ
109 Rowell Road, Little India, Singapore

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

How to unbake a cake?

In case you ever wanted to unbake a cake, here's how to do it:

La Tour d'Argent: The History

The famed ducks of La Tour d'Argent
Written for by Victoria Cheng
See the full article here.

Being one of the oldest restaurants in the world is no small feat — neither is being the establishment that popularised the use of the fork. These are both claims confidently made by La Tour d’Argent.

Opened in 1582 on a location between the River Seine and the Bernardins monastery, this  establishment became very fashionable among aristocrats and royalty — kings and their courts frequented the restaurant for elaborate feasts that featured whole ox and Heron paté. During these early years, La Tour d’Argent served the wild ducks that lived by the Seine, a favourite dish of King Henry III. The duck eventually became the speciality of the house.

In 1890, owner Frederic Delair put La Tour d’Argent’s duck on the global map when he created a new ritual, lending each duck its very own number when served. Known as Canard au Sang, or pressed duck (a complex dish, comprising duck served in a sauce of its blood and bone marrow), the dish is still the restaurant’s best-known dish, with numbers still climbing well past the one-million mark in 2003.

The restaurant was acquired in 1910 by André Terrail. He maintained its culinary traditions but sought to further upgrade the restaurant with a modernised façade, new recipes and the beginnings of what would become La Tour d’Argent’s famous wine cellar. He later moved the restaurant to the sixth floor of the building, further increasing its popularity with a stunning view that overlooks the river and Notre Dame. La Tour d’Argent continued to garner countless accolades, including three stars from the Michelin Guide.

With a history spanning more than 400 years, La Tour d’Argent also survived World War I and II. During World War II, Claude Terrail (André Terrail’s son) not only served in the armed forces, but saved the wine cellar from being purged by the occupying Germans by walling up the enormous cellar that contained a majority of its prized rare vintages.

> To read more, see the full article here.

Shark's Meat Nuggets Lor Mee (Tiong Bahru, Singapore)

The famous Lor Mee 178 at Tiong Bahru Market.

I arrived at 4:30pm - no queue and not yet sold out.  Bingo.
For $2.50, you can get a pretty darn decent lor mee here.  For $3.00 you can have that with "shark nuggets", that is, shark's meat fritters (the meat, not the fin - and no, it's not from an endangered breed of shark).  The salty fritters stay crisp even after being soaked in the gravy and the meat is moist in the center.  Shark's meat is not particularly unusual tasting by any standard.  It has the consistency of barramundi, and when the shark's meat is covered in fried batter, most of us wouldn't be the wiser.

I then waddled over to Jian Bo Shui Kueh a few stalls down.  It is hands down, my favorite chwee kueh stall in Singapore.  I got 6 pieces for $1.80 -- all for ME!

Lor Mee 178
Tiong Bahru Market & Food Centre
30 Seng Poh Road #02-58, Singapore 168898
Open Daily: 6am - 930pm
(Closed on Wed)

Jian Bo Shui Kueh
Tiong Bahru Market & Food Centre
30 Seng Poh Road #02-05, Singapore 168898
Open Daily: 630am - 11pm


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