Friday, April 13, 2007

Happy 1st, Mr Hungry Cow!

Argh...I'm one day late thanks to rushing for the final Black and White Photography portfolio for this entire week. Maybe I should post a bit more about this elective module that I have a love-hate relationship with in a few weeks after I get back my portfolio.

It's a tiny milestone but still a significant one. The Hungry Cow turns one! Yes baby, one year old. And it coincides with my 23rd as well. Celebrations will be pushed to May due to the @#$*ing exams.

The Hungry Cow would like to take this chance to thank all readers and visitors to this humble blog that started off a year ago. Not forgetting friends for their support and fellow floggers for their useful tips and inspiration. Hunger pangs notwithstanding, hopefully, it has been entertaining as well as informative. Taste is personal and subjective so please don't take my word 100% (unless you happen to have the same taste as me). Go eat and judge for yourself. :)

Now comes three weeks of exams. I've drawn up a list of places to hit once exams are over. This serves as my source of inspiration during this study period. Stay tuned.

Chew On This: One thing that I have not done is come up with a rating system for the food being reviewed/blogged about although there are quite a few floggers out there who have done so. In case you are wondering why, my reason is that I find it hard challenging to quantify taste. Also, I try to avoid the inevitable comparison of the rating of one dish to another, once a number is labelled on the food item, which can be quite confusing and conflicting at times.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Pulled. Neither Shaken nor Stirred.

Unlike Bond in his latest movie, I do have a preferrence over my drink.

Tea. Pulled please. Teh Tarik literally means pulled tea in Malay and is one drink that, when done well, can be an instant source of comfort and satisfaction. Strong tea, condensed milk and sugar are poured to and fro from one metal pot to another from a considerable height. And with gusto too. This 'pulling' of the tea mixes the components and also aerates the drink, resulting in a well-mixed and frothy drink that has won many fans.

I haven't had the Teh Tarik here for a long time and so decided to head back for a revisit. It did not seem to pack the same punch as it did YEARS ago. If there does'nt seem to be much froth in the above pic, it was because I had fiddled with my cam and chatted quite a bit before the shot was taken. To call it horrible muddy water would be unjust and untrue but I still prefer the more robust, less-watered Teh Tarik of old from this stall.

Time to clear all the rubbish reports and start studying for exams! Expect blogging to be more irregular and probably less frequent these few weeks. Tahan a bit ya.

Kopitiam Teh Tarik (don't think this is the original name but it's what was stated)
Boon Tat Street
Lau Pa Sat

Chew On This: You won't find pictures of celebrities here but of well-known politicians.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Buffet Lunch @ Cafe Brios

For the last event for this academic year, the Deli Aprecio Club organised a Saturday lunch at Cafe Brios over at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel. The menu really sounded good on paper (think Duck Breast with Sauteed Mushrooms and Figs, Seabass with Carrot Escabeche and Chervil Oil, Lamb Shawerma) but I wasn't really won over by the actual food. The seating outside by the Singapore River with the sun and gentle river breeze was charming though. It helped that because it was outside the main food area, the walks to and fro aided digestion. Oh and I could'nt resist taking a photo of the above salt and pepper shaker. Harmonious pair indeed.

Here's a peak of what was offered that day.

I only had two small helpings of the sashimi. That should say something.

The smoked salmon with capers, pasta salad and mixed leaves made a good impression.

One of the things I enjoyed was the spread of assorted cheese and crackers. Made my day.

I seriously don't know how Yiling could have polished off this plate. To be honest, I was a little intimated by it.

Ok, so maybe the food not only sounds good on the menu but may also look good in pictures. But I guess it suffered the fate of constant heating/warming that resulted in some of the items becoming dry and tough. What a pity.

Cafe Brios
Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel
Tel: 6233 1100

Chew On This: If you are bringing along kids, Cafe Brios have an interesting system of charging the kid according to his age. Call to enquire.