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A Christmassy Weekend Dinner

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 Ten days to go before Christmas! Are you in the holiday mood yet? With the festive mood around, I'm sure everyone is going crazy these days. As for me, I've yet to  finalize my Christmas Eve Dinner Menu. While I've yet to accomplish that, I recently prepared a sort of Christmassy Dinner at home for a friend. Sausage & Mushroom Crostini and Pepperoni & Tomato Crostini - these were a sure hit with the kids. Pepperoni and Sausage can never go wrong for their mini taste buds.

Crunchy Chopped Salad - Chop, mix and toss! That's all there is in this sure pleaser. The dressing is a combination of extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, sugar, honey and finely minced garlic.
Garlic Prawns - Season the prawns with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Pan fry until they turn pink, set aside. Melt a knob of butter on a hot pan and sauté a handful of finely chopped garlic until fragrant. Add in prawns and coat well with the garlic butter sauce. Sprinkle with chopped Ital…

Weekend Dinner #06 : Celebrating Kids' Milestones over Good Food

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The school year 2012 has just officially ended. It's been a relatively good year for both my K2 and P1 students. However, it goes without saying that we had a couple of challenges along the way (read: a love and hate relationship with their Chinese class). Nevertheless, they managed to pull the school year through, thank God! So to celebrate this wonderful milestone, I prepared a special dinner at home. We had this food repertoire for the night... Shrimps Portobello Mushroom Spaghetti Garlic Crabs
Baked Sausages with Apples & Onions  Shredded Chicken & Celery Salad

 Pepperoni Bruschetta

Chocolate Fondue for dessert

A Tale of Beef Noodles - Pho

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Instead of the typical flowers, sweet goodies or other crafts that hotels normally provide as a welcome note to its guests, Rex Hotel surprised me with this Card sitting on my bed. It's not just an ordinary card because it narrates the tale of the world famous Vietnamese dish - Pho. It also describes how a Pho is usually prepared (see recipe below). But what caught me from everything that's written was this: "To appreciate Pho propersly, it should be eaten in restaurants with the atmosphere of people going in and out, the sound of bowls, chop sticks and knives, and the passionate faces."

Broth:
200g ox's bone
50g ox's tendon
100g pork's bone
50g ginger, unpeeled
1 large onion, halved and unpeeled
4 pcs star anise, 2 pcs cloves, a pc of cinnamon

Garnish:
100g rice noodles
2 bunches spring onions, sliced thinly
10g bean sprouts
3 large limes, cut into wedges
fresh hot chillies
100g fillet mignon, fat trimmed & sliced very thinly

Procedure:
1. Put the ox…

Enchanting Ho Chi Minh City (Formerly Saigon) - The Culinary Treats (2 of 2 Parts)

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If there's one country to vote as one of the best culinary havens (if not the best) in South East Asia, Vietnam will definitely be it! Compared to its other Asian neighbors that are increasingly invading the global culinary scene, Vietnam offers no restriction to its cuisine. It is here where you can devour the foods with so much freshness and much gusto without aversion to other taste sensation like chili or hot & spicy (unlike Korea and Thailand). Vietnamese food is recognized as one of the healthiest cusines in the world. The dining table is always generously adorned with fresh herbs and vegetables. The most common ones are basil, mint, spring onions, long leaf coriander and lemongrass. Likewise, condiments are also very popular. Foods are typically accompanied with fish sauce, soy sauce, shrimp paste and other home made concoctions.   On my first day in Ho Chi Minh, we went to the Vietnamese restaurant - Mon Hue in District 7. The restaurant features dishes from Central V…

Enchanting Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon); 1 of 2 parts

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Enchanting city is a fitting description for Ho Chi Minh. Named as Paris of the East, this is a place that's so rich in history and culture. It's not surprising then why foreigners are enticed to visit the place. Going around, you'll see distinct French influences through architectures, foods and other establishments. These are just some of the famous landmarks that you must see.
 Cathedral of Notre Dame

City Hall

Ben Thanh Market - a popular market place in District 1.This is the place to be for souvenir items.

Statue Tran Nguyen Han

The streets are always bustling with motorbikes. Almost everyone knows how to ride on it since it's the usual and more affordable form of transportation. However, the toughest challenge to face in Vietnam is to cross the street amidst a crazy throng of this type of vehicle. Albeit dangerous, I'm amazed how one motor bike can fit in as many people as possible. It can even shuttle a whole family!

I stayed in Rex Hotel. It's a five…