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Chalk Restaurant @ Mount Sophia

Posted in Festival, Food Review, French, Italian, Western with tags on May 24, 2009 by gaz0307

24 MAY 2009

Wifey has been craving for a decent sticky date pudding for sometime now… She kept going on about that sticky date pudding we fell in love with in Melbourne… So one of my mini-quest is to find her a replacement or something close… That quest has been a measly failure until I chanced upon ‘Chalk‘… Some of the HGW reviews I read of this restaurant seem promising…

Chalk Restaurant

Chalk Restaurant

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Prosperous Kitchen (天旺) @ West Coast Plaza – Dim Sum

Posted in Chinese, Festival, Food Review with tags , on December 25, 2008 by gaz0307

25 DEC 2008

HO! HO! HO! Merry Christmas!! Went down to West Coast Plaza in the morning and couched ½ of it away at Starbucks sipping Coffee and Hot Chocolate with Wifey. Like all places, Christmas decorations with pretty lights brighten up the whole place.

Christmas Tree @ West Coast Plaza

Christmas Tree @ West Coast Plaza

Hmmm… This Christmas tree is actually as tall as I am… How come it looks like a miniature tree here? hahah!

Giant decorated "Donut" in the sky

Giant decorated "Donut" in the sky

More Decorations...

More Decorations...

Mini Pearls on Golden threads with Chirstmas Lights...

Mini Pearls on Golden threads with Chirstmas Lights...

There’s a Cold Storage there and we spent sometime grocery shopping, stocking up on snacks and stuffs we can’t get in NTUC or Sheng Siong. Come lunch, we were deciding between Prosperous Kitchen (天旺) and this Korean-styled BBQ chicken joint. I wanted the chicken, but Wifey wanted Dim Sum… and so Prosperous Kitchen it is.

Prosperous Kitchen (天旺)

Prosperous Kitchen (天旺)

The place gives a feel of a ‘tea house’ of the ancient era with wooden chopsticks, tables, chairs and high hanging red lanterns. Many waiters & waitresses were employed on this day and everyone was attentive to the patron’s needs. Since Wifey wanted Dim Sum, she did all the ordering… and the dim sum there were actually quite nice. Frankly, it was quite a nice surprise considering some of the items we ordered were very well-priced.

Crispy Carrot Cake - $3.00

Crispy Carrot Cake - $3.00

 Crispy Carrot Cake (Rating: 8.25/10)

Very nice ‘Crispy’ Carrot Cake that was not as crispy as I hoped for… BUT still quite impressive as it is not the traditional pan-fried type. It was not oily at all. I think this has to be best of the lot in terms of overall taste and value.

Spicy Chicken Claw - $2.80

Spicy Chicken Claw - $2.80

Spicy Chicken Claw (Rating: 7.25/10)

The Spicy Chicken Claw was not that spicy at all. The color, edging towards a fake orangey-red was not very appealing. That aside, it tasted quite good.

Glutinous Rice - $2.80

Glutinous Rice - $2.80

Glutinous Rice (Rating: 7.5/10)

For $2.80, it was a huge Lotus Leaf Glutinous Rice, and the sticky rice was cooked just right. Down side to this was that there wasn’t much ingredient within. Then again, for $2.80, what more can we expect! heh…

Fresh Prawn Roll - $2.80

Fresh Prawn Roll - $2.80

Fresh Prawn Roll (Rating: 5.75/10)

I found this to be a rather average Crispy Skin Prawn Roll.

Chives & Meat Dumpling - $3.00

Chives & Meat Dumpling - $3.00

Chives & Meat Dumpling (Rating: 6/10)

Now, the chives & meat dumplings were relatively huge as well. However, its not the best I tried before. The meat was a little too lumpy and I’d prefer more chives.

In total, the Dim Sum came up to $19.77 (including $1 each for Tea (x2),  $0.20 each for the wet towers (x2) and GST). Overall, I think it is quite a decent ‘budget’ Dim Sum in the vicinity of West Coast and it seems that way too -everyone knows – around 80% of the restaurant were occupied by the time we leave.

Deepavali, the Festival of Lights

Posted in Festival with tags on October 27, 2008 by gaz0307

27 OCT 2008

Deepavali - the Festival of Lights

Ah… Today is Deepavali, the festival of lights… So a happy Deepavali to all my Hindus friends.

There is an interesting legend behind this festival. The story goes that Narakasura ruled the kingdom of Pradyoshapuram. The villagers were tortured and suffered much hardship under his rule. The women were imprisoned in his palace… Seeing this wickedness, Lord Khrishna set out to destroy this evil, and the day Narakasura died was celebrated as Deepavali, signifying the triumph of good over evil!

One key practice the Hindus follow during Deepavali is to light oil lamps in their homes on Deepavali morning. By this act, they are thanking the gods for the happiness, knowledge, peace and wealth that they have received. The Hindus consider Deepavali as one of the most important festivals to celebrate. More about this festival can be read here.