2012 began on an awesome note with the first church service of the year. The message for 2012? Unceasing Fruitfulness!
For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out his roots by the river, and shall not fear when heat cometh, but his leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
2012 will be a year where heat comes but in Jesus, I stand secure. I shall not be anxious nor worried. My health will not wither. I will be fruitful and be blessed in whatever I do.
What an assuring and powerful promise of God!
After service, we headed near home for the first dinner of 2012- at the recently-opened new branch of House of Seafood @180.
The "kacang" was an interesting medley of nuts. Gone in a flash!
The Poached Live Prawns ($6.50/100g) were very good. Fresh, sweet and the meat did not stick to the shell. Quite a bit of tasty prawn head juice too! :p
There was a small saucer of chilli oil, black vinegar and minced garlic but I felt this sauce was too overpowering. Good for those who prefer very strong (spicy! sharp! intense!) flavours but like that cannot taste the beautiful flavours of fresh seafood leh.
Another yummilicious dish to order would be the Salted Egg Crab ($45/kg; seasonal price). Fresh, meaty Sri Lankan crab smothered in a blanket of creamy, sweet and savoury salted egg sauce spiked with chilli and curry leaves. Absolutely to LIVE for! Die already cannot eat mah. Moohahaha.
This cow has never really been a big fan of shark's fins soup...but shark's bone or cartilage soup? Yes! Love the one at Man Fu Yuan. The Double Boiled Shark's Bone Soup with Fish Maw ($13.80/person) here was also quite nice. Milky, lightly thickened and with the goodness of a well-boiled soup. A mushroom and a piece of fresh fish maw accompanied the soup.
Sauteed Nai Bai with Minced Garlic ($12 for small). Simple and good.
Braised Superior Seafood Delicacies in Claypot ($48 for small) had sea cucumber, sliced abalone, scallops, prawns, mushroom and snow peas in a pot. A pity the prawns were overcooked but nonetheless, this tasty dish spooned over a bowl of rice was quite comforting.
Dessert for us was Sweetened Yam Paste with Gingko Nut ($5/person). Bits of corn kernels and water chestnuts gave the starchy dessert some crunch. I would have preferred more yam paste. This one was, to me, a bit like orh nee + corn soup. Moohehehe.
Oh and yes, I have to say that a very nice touch was the live piano performance. No GST, no 10% service charge still got live moo-sic leh! :D
Here's to a great 2012 ahead everyone! May you be blessed with good health, success and joy...and good eats!
House of Seafood @180
30 Cosford Road (Changi Prison area; other branches at 180 Yio Chu Kang Road & 36 Yio Chu Kang Road)
Tel: 6746 9000
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Besides air-conditioned indoor seating, there are also quite a number of outdoor tables surrounded by greenery and water features. A playground is available to keep the tots busy!
And hey! Wabbits! A small pen of rabbits prove popular with both children and adults.