Sunday, March 29, 2009

Family Durian Addendum

Two more parents have now tried Durian, of which one was a moderate fan. See if you can tell which one.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Family Durian Tasting

One thing you can enjoy as a family is sampling the king of smelly fruits. It can only help with bonding, what could possibly go wrong? Here is my mom enjoying the new flavours.
During my first taste of durian, I am demonstrating my delicious face.
My dad liked it most of all!
So Barry ate the rest. It's an acquired taste, and we're working on it.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Dogfood in an Indian Parade

This is the story of how I participated in an Indian parade carrying a can of dog food. One night a few months ago, we spotted an unidentifiable glowing vehicle, resembling a chariot, driving down our street accompanied by loud chanting. We had no idea, even after asking around, whether this was an Indian or Chinese tradition, or perhaps a shared hallucination. Then, the other night, we saw this, complete with police escort:
It appeared to be the same thing, however, before we could chase it, it got away. Then, we went out to feed the local stray dog. We can't help it, he's cute, and the French restaurant that normally feeds him was closed. Lo and behold, when we went out, the vision was back! This time, we gave chase. Though we tried to remain unseen, not knowing if this was some kind of funeral, we were seized by an Indian man in robes, who stopped traffic so that we could join the mysterious procession. Here is what we saw. It turns out this is for a lesser sea-oriented Hindu festival called Maasi Magam. Which, of course has nothing to do with our previous magic chariot sighting, so the mystery remains unsolved. Those tricky Hindus. And all this time, I was carrying dog food.
Our buddy was happy about that.

Monday, March 9, 2009

This week: Custard, Soap and Mullets

The fruit of the week is the yummy custard apple. I recommend that more fruits consider a custard form, and look forward to the invention of custard peach and custard cherry.The candy of the week is Japanese DIY ice-cream cone icing candy! Fun, pretty, yet sadly tastes like soap.Finally, the restaurant of the week is Sunset Grill in Singapore's oddly rural North. It's quiet, it's dark, and they serve burgers with coleslaw! Preposterous! Unheard of! I expect someone wearing plaid and a mullet to drive up in a pickup, 4x4 in the back, at any minute.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Cannibalism or Cuisine?

What is Laura eating, and is it still alive?It is Tulang Sop, a Singaporean/Indian dish of mutton bones, curry sauce and red #5. Yes, it's cooked, and no, that's not blood. What you do is you suck the bone marrow with a straw like so. (Satay in other hand for double-fisted meat-eating is optional).
Seriously. Marrow. Straw.
Sound good? It is, actually, fabulous! Novel, creamy, fun, meaty, mild curry sauce. I recommend trying it with any mutton bones you may have at home.(These photos not colour-enhanced, food shown actual colour).