Thursday, April 12, 2012


MOS Burger (モスバーガ) is easily one of Singapore's favourite fastfood restaurant
Originated from Japan, their CBD flagship store opened in Brisbane after it's first store in Sunnybank
The store is located on Queen Street Mall, in the spot of the old Krispy Kreme

I had one of their signature burgers, YAKINUKU RICE BURGER
(grilled strips of beef)
for lunch today!
The outlet still does not have ICE MILK TEA though.
I personally feel that they serve healthier burgers,
let's hope that they help solve Australia's obesity problem LOL!


Singaporeans gathered last night for LAKSA NIGHT 2012

What is LAKSA?
Laksa is a popular spicy noodle soup from the Peranakan culture, which is a merger of Chinese and Malay elements found in Malaysia and Singapore.
Curry laksa (in many places referred to simply as “laksa”) is a coconut-based curry soup. The main ingredients for most versions of curry laksa include bean curd puffs, fish sticks, shrimp and cockles. Some vendors may sell chicken laksa. Laksa is commonly served with a spoonful of sambal chilli paste and garnished with Vietnamese coriander, or laksa leaf, which is known in Malay as daun kesum.

If you wanna cook your own LAKSA,
here's what you need (4 serves):

2 lemon grass (serai)
2 inch galangal (lengkuas)
6 candlenuts (buah keras)
10 shallot (bawang merah)
20 cloves garlic
15 dried chillies or 2 tbsp ground chilli powder
5 fresh red long pepper or chili boh
2 tsp of fine shrimp paste
1 tbsp tumeric powder or 2 thumb size pieces fresh tumeric (kunyit)
2 tbsp coriander (ketumbar) powder
4 ozs dried prawns, ground finely
2 shrimp Knorr Cube
2 can coconut milk
Salt and sugar to taste
1 packet daun kesum (laksa leaves)

For lazy people, you may buy a packet of premix!

(from left) Yazeed, Claire, Yen, James, Jared, Fadila
James joined me as International Student Ambassador (Singapore) this year

I need to clarify some misconception about Singaporeans
1. We are not ALL of Chinese heritage
2. English is our First Language
3. We are mostly multi-lingual (Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien, Malay, Tamil etc)

(clockwise from top left) Spicy Fish Cakes, Sambal Chilli, Prawns, Shredded Chicken


"Hou Yeh (好嘢 aka Good Stuff)!"

 "Awesome Laksa is Awesome! LOL"

"Authentic Laksa from Yen! Closest you can get 6,800km away from home!"

Discarded prawn heads and shells can be used to cook flavourful prawn stock
which can be used as soup base prawn noodle or tom yum soup etc
HOW? Simmer heads/shells with garlic, onions, ginger, sugar, pepper, fish sauce, oil, chinese wine and of course water, for about 2 hours - TOO EASY!

Side Dish

James fell asleep after meal (as usual)

Yazeed helps out in preparing dessert

Dessert was Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Red Velvet is a light cocoa and vanilla flavoured moist cake topped with a white fluffy cream cheese frosting.
The red colouring originally came from the cocoa, however, the bold colouring is achieved nowadays with very liberal use of red food colouring. [SOURCE]

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Sunday, April 8, 2012


Easter is a Christian feast and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary as described in the New Testament.
Easter Sunday falls on yesterday 8 April 2012!

Easter Eggs
The resurrection established Jesus as the powerful Son of God and is cited as proof that God will judge the world in righteousness. God has given Christians "a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead". Christians, through faith in the working of God are spiritually resurrected with Jesus so that they may walk in a new way of life.
Saturday is traditionally spent decorating Easter eggs (symbol of empty tombs) and hunting for them with children on Sunday morning, by which time they have been mysteriously hidden all over the house and garden. Other traditions involve parents telling their children that eggs and other treats such as chocolate eggs or rabbits, and marshmallow chicks (Peeps), have been delivered by the Easter Bunny in an Easter basket, which children find waiting for them when they wake up.

This was our Fish Feast! Nom!
Just kidding..

Mat Ram (far right) and myself had the honour to be invited to Kiong and Shona's house
for Easter Dinner! Played Treasure Hunting with Ilka (far left) before dinner, he was Batman I was Incredible Hulk and we could talk to Polar Bears for some reasons.

Mat was assigned to NOT sit in the middle in case it looks like a Last Supper parody
(Photo of Mat Ram: Reiko Dosei)

A traditional Sunday Roast, often of either roast lamb or ham. Easter breads such as Simnel cake, a fruit cake with eleven marzipan balls representing the eleven faithful apostles, or nut breads such as potica are traditionally served. Families in Sweden and Denmark traditionally feast on a smörgåsbord of herring, salmon and potatoes.
We enjoyed the best of both worlds!

Pavlova for dessert
It is a meringue dessert with a crisp crust and soft, light inside, believed to have been created in honour of the dancer (Anna Pavlova) either during or after one of her tours to Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s.

Hot Cross Buns are traditionally eaten hot or toasted on Good Friday, with the cross standing as a symbol of the Crucifixion, we had em' Fried!
Sharing a hot cross bun with another is supposed to ensure friendship throughout the coming year, particularly if "Half for you and half for me, Between us two shall goodwill be" is said at the time.
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Saturday, April 7, 2012

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Kangaroo Kebab
Tender slices of kangaroo fillet with betroot & mustard seed relish, tomato and chilli-lime yoghurt encased in a toasted tortilla

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Corner of Black & Paten St