Looking over my recent posts, it looked as if I didn’t do much eating out — or in. Which isn’t the case, of cos!
I shall keep what I ate recently short, sweet and to point.
First, Siti’s experiment with food guru Sylvia Tan’s kedgeree recipe which appeared a few weeks ago in Mind Your Body. Two versions — the first was for home consumption and the second, for visiting guests. We used the Ayam brand tuna with chilli rather than plain tuna. Very yummy! And of cos, cheap, cheap, apart from Siti’s labour which is paid for any way.
Add $1.50 and one got a robust cup of tomato soup, a slice of garlic bread and coffee. I went a bit wild and had a glass of wine which at $6.50 wasn’t any more over-priced than what they charge at social clubs — and I don’t have to pay hefty club dues at Hot Tomato.
The only drawback as I mentioned to Sparklette is that when one wanted water, one would be served only mineral water and at a price! That’s the reason I decided on having wine instead.
But besides finding the bags, I also found that in one cluster were the 3 banks I use: DBS, OCBC and UOB; Fairprice is also there and lastly, I found my fav Jap restaurant. Ichiban!! Oishi, especially as I had a couple of freebies on my Ichiban card calling out to be redeemed.
I had their dumplings and a California handroll, both free, the latter being substitute for the higher priced dish of spicy octopus –which I hate with a vengeance. I bought myself a plain rice, soup, ocha and fruit set as well (under $6, I think) and had a grand time, crowd watching to understand the constant flow of middle-class looking diners, coming in ones and twos, even tho it was long past lunch time.
Surely all can’t be like me, working on and off and according to my own rhythm and routine? If so, then we Singaporeans are a lucky lot!
Another good eat I ate was at Tangs at its most recent 12% for members only sale: well not inside the departmental store but at the food hall facing the underpasses from Orchard MRT and Shaw Centre.
The popiah was good full of goodies and tasted good too, but at $3 and a long wait it had better be. But it looked terrible mess, so didn’t make a good picture. Instead, what set my gastric juices working overtime (apart fm the fact that all that shopping had stopped me from feeling hungry till way past makan time) were the plates of ingredients used to assemble the popiah. I’ll let the pictures do the talking!
Another occasion for eat and grab was when I ate with the T-sisters, one of whom bought lunch.
We ended up at Itacho Sushi at ION Orchard because T-2, the hostess, thought it was good value for money — for Japanese food.
Well, I tried the chirashi don set which on the menu went for $9.90 (don’t know if this is be4 or after GST, service whatever, since I wasn’t allowed to see the bill).
Well, I’ve eaten better buying takeaway from Ichiban Boshi at Great World City, but where I got value (ie I also paid $9.90) in the food (eg prawn roe at Itacho vs salmon roe from Ichiban takeway), at Itacho, I also got to sit down, eat picked ginger, drink miso soup as well as green tea! Used their utensils, had food brought to the table and chatted with friends.
So on balance Itacho is value for $.