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Late to the party, my CNY backlog ensues (part 2)- this year mum decided to venture away from our usual Regent Hotel to try Old Shen Choong for Nian Gao (年糕).
While I preferred the firmer 年糕 texture as compared to the similar red date “cake” we had; these red chewy rectangles were far off compared to our usual, we suspect because of the glutinous flour used. The taste of which can be corrected with a thin egg wash before heating them up in pan.

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Late to the party, my CNY backlog ensues (part 1)- first I’d like to introduce some of the new goodies I’ve had over the (extended) 3 days of festive feasting.
One, almond pillows from Baker’s Well which reminded me so much of the crushed till fine almond nuts i used in a vegan almond muffin recipe I was trying. What this really means is a little carbs to bind an unadulterated portion of fine almond bites. Very nutritious and almost unfit for the indulgent nature of CNY.
Next, Le’s golf ball pineapple tarts. I’ve known the establishment for their signature beancurd tarts but was pleased to find they do a good rendition of the classic CNY treat; at an abnormal size it was very nice to share a piece with a loved one to leave room for the other containers on the table.

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Late to the party, my CNY backlog ensues (part 1)- first I’d like to introduce some of the new goodies I’ve had over the (extended) 3 days of festive feasting.
One, almond pillows from Baker’s Well which reminded me so much of the crushed till fine almond nuts i used in a vegan almond muffin recipe I was trying. What this really means is a little carbs to bind an unadulterated portion of fine almond bites. Very nutritious and almost unfit for the indulgent nature of CNY.
Next, Le’s golf ball pineapple tarts. I’ve known the establishment for their signature beancurd tarts but was pleased to find they do a good rendition of the classic CNY treat; at an abnormal size it was very nice to share a piece with a loved one to leave room for the other containers on the table.

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Scrambled to find a Chinese place for reunion dinner that my empress dowager Aunt would approve of.
Jumbo was available just a week before yesterday, offering a 8pm booking and we went ahead. We picked a 6 course menu and added 2 signature chilli crabs with fried and steam mantous.
Everything was acceptable with some unexpected stand outs - like the good sesame tang yuans swimming in a pool of sugared cheng teng. Also the soft almost comparable to firm tofu, shiitake mushrooms in the braised baby abalone dish.
Of course the signature chilli crab was on of the better renditions around but my palate still preferred a chilli sauce based without peanuts yet Jumbo’s version is laden with bites of crushed peanuts.
Overall, for the price we were paying I couldn’t stop myself from wondering if I could find way superior alternatives for a similar price range.... maybe next year ✨

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Scrambled to find an approved Chinese place for reunion dinner with my empress dowager Aunt who has a golden palate.
Jumbo was available just a week before yesterday, offering a 8pm booking and we went ahead. We picked a 6 course menu and added 2 signature chilli crabs with fried and steam mantous.
Everything was acceptable with some unexpected stand outs - like the good sesame tang yuans swimming in a pool of sugared cheng teng. Also the soft almost comparable to firm tofu, shiitake mushrooms in the braised baby abalone dish.
Of course the signature chilli crab was on of the better renditions around but my palate still preferred a chilli sauce based without peanuts yet Jumbo’s version is laden with bites of crushed peanuts.
Overall, for the price we were paying I couldn’t stop myself from wondering if I could find way superior alternatives for a similar price range.... maybe next year ✨

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The festive season celebrations at home happen to be a concurrent cake galore for my family. I mean 5 cakes in a span of less than a week is no small feat?

2 of which happened on the same day and were local flavours, Ondeh Ondeh and Durian Pengat ordered from the Malayan Council. The baseline was that both cakes had moist and nice sponge which should be so for all good cakes. But beyond that I found the granulated brown sugar and pale taste of any fresh pandan the minuses of the Ondeh Ondeh cake.
On the other hand the Durian Pengat had some real durian flesh and flavour with your neighbourhood bakery like cake cream that was smooth and saccharine.

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[backlog] The festive season celebrations at home happen to be a concurrent cake galore for my family. I mean 5 cakes in a span of less than a week is no small feat?

2 of which happened on the same day and were local flavours, Ondeh Ondeh and Durian Pengat ordered from the Malayan Council.

On another day mum got a massive salted Carmel red velvet from a trusted cake company we’ve familiarised ourselves with, post moving to the East. Chalk Farm did not disappoint with the dense red velvet sponge dyed in deep red beetroot colouring; layered with thick salted caramel cream, a great pairing in my opinion.

May the new year be of better food experience and delicious cake slices on treatyoself days✨

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The above was a gift from our Taiwanese neighbour who explained that ”这家饼店有60多年的历史;我们挺喜欢它的饼,觉得它的饼皮做得很精细”

He was spot on and this was definitely an amazing taiwanese delicacy I’d hunt for the next time I visit Taiwan

The bulk of my CNY was home cooked meals that was excessive but made with love so I should be appreciative 🙃
Some of my favourites had to be my Aunt’s osmanthus wolfberries jelly that is easy on the throat but more importantly refreshingly light and not overtly sweet. Perfect to end off a festive meal which inevitably included serious feasting.

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Kueh Lapis has been a staple goodie for my household; this year one slice of the above led to a preorder of 2 whole cakes (original and prune). Why? 1. You get the fragrance of cinnamon and nutmeg spices at every bite especially the original version 2. These are not too sweet IMHO. Even as the prune version is slightly sweeter; I’d like to think it is due to the sweetness from the prunes themselves.

With Barcook‘s version of my favourite CNY staple accessibly available at their various outlets; I am confident this will not be our last preorder.

My CNY started when I emptied a tin of home favourite love letters within 3 days in the last week of Jan. 🙊

But the first reunion dinner with my food connoisseur of Aunts was at Imperial Super Peking Duck. Starting the 8 course set menu with the Fatt Choy Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng was starting with a triumphant bang- I loved the restaurant’s prosperous Chinese salad with the interesting addition of fried yam stripes (that quickly became a key component of the Yu Sheng).

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Christmas festive feasting is almost inevitable and I have come to learn to appreciate it better. For yesterday’s Christmas gathering this box of muffins from my Chilay (Chinese - Malay) colleague was my favourite. These sweet (partially because both flavours I had contained strussels); perfectly dense and moist muffins came in assorted flavours. They were excellent that I easily finished one and wanted another; even though a portion of one was filling enough.
Probably the muffins were extra special as a sweet gesture of my good colleague- friend; AJ muffins will now be something I’d have fond memory of.

P.S: pardon the poor photo but I was too shy to make everyone wait for me to photograph the muffins well.

Eat to live, live to eat. Alternating between the 2 all day err day?

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