It was our first time meeting people who share the same passion on food. In the past we have met many who are makan kings & queens, who only know where to look for food but doesn't really know how to enjoy food. But then beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, ones gourmet dish may be another ones poison.

It was an enjoyable night to remember with Penang Tua Pui (but compare to me they are still short of a few kilos), Lingzie, CK Lam, Buzzingbe, Cariso and Criz Lai. There will be more gatherings in plan and we hope that more will join in to make the occasion merrier.

Lets get back to the food at Hainan Town at the Queens St. Pier. It was our first visit there and we did not know what to expect, but as food adventurers we went on to see what was cooking there. Basically we had 5 dishes that would be signature dishes of any Nyonya restaurant, except for the mix vegetable, spring rolls(nyonya style), inchi kabin, Jiu Hu Char, Asam Fish. Imagine with the 5 dishes, white rice and drinks(no liqueur), it was a whopping RM190+. And honestly, I had to go for second round with Gill as the portions were insufficient. Damn! The blades were sharpen on both sides, si peh tai tao.
The photo we've took were not up to standard...pai seh, please dont put high expectation on the DSLR...coz we are still new :P


The first dish to be serve was the Spring Rolls, it was a bit over fried and oily. The complementary sauce that is norm for this kind spring rolls were also not up to par, it was dead sour and lacks the earthy and smoky taste. If one could remember when Hollywood Restaurant at Tg. Bungah, during their hey days, their Spring Rolls were fried to perfection and serve with the special sauce, which brings out the sweetness of the fillings and also eliminates the oiliness feeling that comes with deep fried food.

Food Taste: 5


Next was the Inchi Kabin. My first impression was charcoal chicken because it was so black and doesn't resemble any Inchi Kabin i have tried before. I can't really remember how Ichi Kabin should taste like but definitely this is not Inchi Kabin. Although the chicken looks well done but yet Penang Tua Pui complaint that theirs were not cooked, my drum stick was over cooked and hard. I wonder did the cook stir the chicken when it was being fried!
Food Taste: 4



The Jiu Hu Char taste common, but the texture was coarse may be due to that the turnips(sengkuang) were shredded using a shredder rather that being hand cut.

Food Taste: 5


The Asam Fish, tasted blend, no heat and no fragrant from the Curry Flower. The significant taste was sour and sweet with a tiny hint pineapple. It will suit those who can't take spicy food, like MAT SALLEHs.
Food Taste: 4

No comments on mixed vegetable as it was common and taste so so only.
Food Taste: 5


After the main course, we had dessert made by Buzzingbee, tarts bought by Criz and a birthday cake prepared by Lingzie for Cariso. Those were the only high lights for the night. The main courses were a bit disappointing.
i love the black papper tarlets among 3 of them...(top right, dark in color). If you would like to know where to get those tarlets, please visit crizfood.blogspot.com for more info.
Here comes the tiny "Virgin" fruit tarts prepared by BuzzingBee from her homy kitcken :) This is her first experiment and yet the quality can fight with those who make for living :P~
The Tart overall is ok, but just the fruit cant stand too long on the pastry and color start to changed, luckily she put choclate as base to avoid the water comes out from the fruits...or else, will become a fruit cake...hehehe...Clever! Way to go BuzzingBee!
Cake cutting time. Lingzie bought this Greentea Cake from Ritz for Cariso's Birthday. The cake has mill greentea taste + redbean paste for several layers...
This defenately is a healthy cake...you can only taste the orignal sweetness from the ingrediant. pretty good.


Ladies were busy to snapped the best shot!
from Left to the Right - BuzzingBee, Lingzie, CK Lam, Cariso

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARISO!
Hey, seems sweet looking at the Greentea Cake? Or think about something else? lol
A point to remember, next gathering remember to ask for a plate warmer! All were busy taking photos for their bloggs by the time we all set down, the dishes were already unsaveble, 991 also can't help. haaaa...
Rating 0-10
Average Of The Food Taste: 5
Environment: 7
Service: 6
Price: 8 (pricey abit)
Recommend: mmm....

7 comments

  1. PenangTuaPui // August 6, 2008 at 10:37 AM  

    aiks...... short of few kiloss?...

    definitely can't compete with super heavy weight la... hahaha

    nice meeting you and your hubby....

  2. CK Lam // August 6, 2008 at 12:09 PM  

    finally get to meet both of you in this gathering after missing the earlier two chances.
    Hope to share more stories on the coming event :)

  3. buzzingbee // August 6, 2008 at 2:08 PM  

    Thanks for being so nice and eat the 'under performed' tarts. I'll improve on the feedbacks you all gave. :)

    Nice meeting up with both of you. Such a humorous couple. Can't wait to taste your specialty dish in the next gathering!!

  4. Criz Lai // August 6, 2008 at 5:21 PM  

    What's cooking next guys and gals? One note... no more Nyonya food please. LOL! Anyway, my highlight of the day was not on the food but on meeting up with all the nice and super friendly people present there that night. Nice knowing you all.

    http://crizfood.blogspot.com/

  5. lingzie // August 7, 2008 at 12:42 PM  

    aiyo jason...need to go for second round ah... why never say earlier? i tumpang go also la... hahaha (so greedy la me :P)

    it was really fun meeting everyone. like criz said, that was definitely the highlight!

    irish beef stew here i come!! :P

  6. New Kid on the Blog // August 7, 2008 at 6:38 PM  

    guess I missed out a lot, huh?

  7. cariso // August 10, 2008 at 10:38 AM  

    You two got 夫妻相 leh, like twins.

    Aiyoh, the last photo! *fainted in front of my pc* :)