Yes, it’s been a while, and seeing as we are already in February, I thought I better post something to get the blog going, lest it becomes Lazarus (thus said STP!), only not important enough to be “revived”.
I have taken lots of photos, and thoughts of “…ahh..blogworthy, this….” were prominent and often, just didn’t really have the time nor the inspiration to add words to the photos.
We’re in the middle of the 15 -day CNY celebrations, and festivities are winding down, with kids going back to school this week, and many adults back at work, if they have not already done so, end of last week. With the bleak economic outlook for the year, many have downsized this year’s celebrations, most evident in the purchases of firecrackers and fireworks. The one activity that seems still economically inelastic at this point, is dining out. My brother-in-law and wife treated us for dinner at the Grand Portview Restaurant in KK, last night, and the place was bustling as usual, no sign of recession at all.
Anyway, we had the venison, which was delicious. Both kids loved it, so that’s further proof (my kids especially my son has a very “discerning palate”, so much so that we suggested that if all fails, maybe he’ll make a living being a food critic!).
This was followed by a very small portion of “siaw pai chai” (apparently green leafy vegetables are scarce and thus rather pricey),
Next up was clams, which was just okay, as have had better before;
One of my daughter’s favourite food was next, the yam ring, and this photo was taken after it had been “dissected”. I thought this was just mediocre, nothing really to rave about.
The steamed prawns followed suit, and in my opinion, the best dish at this dinner. My SIL was trying to determine the ingredients, and came up with garlic (lots, as one can see), some sort of rice wine, and she swore some MSG. 🙂 The prawns were steamed just right, succulent and tasted “sweet”.
We then had a braised mushroom and oyster dish, and the last one was a claypot seafood tofu dish.
The service deserves a mention here. We arrived at the restaurant around 7.30 pm, ordered the above dishes, and prepared to wait a long while, as the place was packed. To our pleasant surprise, the first dish was served about 10 minutes later, and the rest were served in quick succession. We left the restaurant at about 8.40pm….not unlike eating in KFC or other fast food joints, eh?