I did not attend MacPherson Secondary School but I attended a recent gathering of old boys, girls and teachers from the school. Well I wasn't really gatecrashing but helped Mum, who attended MacPherson Secondary School, to liaise with Astons Prime, arrange the menu and bring the wines. Sort of a mini F&B manager for a night. Moohehehe.
It is said that Men can't quite multi-task. Apparently this Cow too. I realise I struggle with photograpy if I am also tasked with other things (chewing not included!). So yea, pardon the quick, haphazard shots.
As with most ang moh dinners, the evening started with a soup....ok, there was actually bread before this but too hungry lah. The Beef Soup was a light beef broth with the sweetness of onions and celery. This was alright but certainly could have been better with a beefier taste and deeper flavour but then again Aston is not known for soups.
Next came the Baby Spinach Salad with sun-dried tomatoes and grilled bacon. My plate seemed to have a tad too much oil (from the sun-dried tomatoes) but the people around me had salads that were ok. Draining off the oil that comes with the sun-dried tomato and using a fragrant olive oil for the salad would have elevated this a notch. Nonetheless, a delicious salad with the tangy sun-dried tomatoes and smokey bacon!
The main course was either a choice of Roast Beef or Salmon.
Here's a look at the Salmon. Generous portion that was cooked just right- moist and not cooked through.
No prize for guessing my choice of main course... The Roast Beef was a hunk of a roast beef. Thick and tender, it had a gentle flavour. A few added dashes of salt coaxed out better flavour. A better thing would be to use good sea salt flakes.
I realised that generally the beef used in the steaks and roast beef at Aston Prime tends have a more subtle flavour compared to the robust, beefier-tasting ones at Aston Specialties.
Together with the roast beef and salmon, there was an assorted variety of side dishes. The Thai asparagus was sweet, young and tender. I enjoyed the baked potato with sour cream and bacon bits. The mushrooms were also tasty without being over-cooked and soggy. What I thought was a round hashbrown turned out to be rosti, according to Aston. Some commented that it 'cheapened' the look of the entire dish. While I personally agree, there's no denying that it was yummy.
Dessert was a Mudpie with chocolate ice cream and an awesome frozen oreo base that had a pleasant hardness.
Here were the happy former boys, girls and teachers that night! Some of them have not met in 37 years!! Conversations flowed freely and the chatter was unbelievable. Though I did not understand or relate to their old school days' topics/jokes, I basked in their infectious joy and satisfaction of a happy school reunion decades after having completed school.
This dinner was a special arrangement with Astons Prime and yes, we paid for our dinner. :)
Big thanks to Aston for hosting us and to all the staff of Astons Prime for their service and efforts that evening.
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Chew On This: I hope that I will have the opportunity to attend one of these old schoolmates gathering when I'm 50 years old!