Posts Tagged ‘pancakes’
That’s a lot of acronyms. For the uninitiated that’s All Nippon Airways – Singapore to Los Angeles via Narita (Tokyo).
I took ANA on my home since they had a good deal going for holiday flights. I had 3 meals coming in and going out. Before we jump into the food some musings and takeaways:
1. The planes are nice and the staff is friendly.
2. The movie selection is just ho-hum. Maybe I’ve been traveling too much lately but I had seen most of the movies already.
3. The requisite airplane snack comes right before the meal. It goes snack + drink followed immediately after by food + drink then tea then coffee then tea. It’s like a food ambush.
4. They don’t have ginger ale. What the heck?
5. You have to pay extra for other snacks outside of mealtime.
6. The connecting schedules are awesome – 1.5 hours or so. Just enough time to stretch you legs, pop into a store, run to the bathroom, and then be on your way.
Now on to meal 1.
I had bought a bag of flour to deal with my pancake cravings and had also sprung for some scallions for the cha soba dish that I made. So here we are. Bag of flour. Bunch of scallions. Can you guess what happens next?
Scallion pancakes that’s what. I looked far and wide for an easy how-to and found one here. After a brief pep talk to ready myself for the task, I got down to business and ended up with these.
Yah, this post is totally about Dempsey Hill again.
Before we got into the eats, let’s talk about my arduous journey to get there. I live on the East side of the island which I heart very much. One of the things that I do not heart is that I live on a road that is often closed off and used for marathons, races, and other annoying fitness related activities that I do not care to partake in. When I say ‘closed off’ I mean that they turn off the bus service that feeds into and out of my area. Take the MRT you say? Yah, there is no MRT where I live.
This means during these marathons and races and whatsits I’m pretty much trapped. Not cool. The only way out is by taxi and everyone is scrambling for them so you’re best bet is to call for one. Total taxi fare from my humble abode to Dempsey Hill: SGD17. Ouch.
Whatevs though. I’m getting my darn pancakes – raceathon be damned.
Warning: If you are one of those people who doesn’t like it when their food touches, do not read this post. This is by far some of the randomest food I’ve put together on one plate. I suppose it’s what happens when you eat at a buffet. Even so, it deserves a warning.
I found myself in Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey’s old hood after the LA shenanigans at Ritual the night before. I later saw this place on an episode of Rock of Love. Pretty classy right? For real though, Sagebrush is a pretty neat place. Laid back with sawdust on the floors, friendly servers, lots of champagne, and completely unpretentious food it’s a nice way to spend a Sunday brunch.
My first plate included country style potatoes, a tamale, a slice of pizza, and lasagna. The lasagna and pizza shared the same sauce which was tangy and good. It was like some doctored canned version, the kind of lasagna your mom would make. (Not my mom, she doesn’t make lasagna but you get what I mean.) The masa in the tamale was nice and soft but still had that nice mealy texture.
Check out this shot of Jesse hacking away at the largest rib I’ve ever seen.
JenLui wants to eat at Santa Ramen (and so do I) but we never quite make it all the way up to San Mateo to check it out. This weekend was no different. I hijacked her lunch invitation and asked for Korean bbq instead. Partly because I was craving Korean food but mostly because I was dreading another trek up the peninsula (it would have been my third trip this weekend). We considered Palace BBQ Buffet but decided on the restaurant that Jane’s family frequents – Korean BBQ House (I know, real creative guys) in Milpitas.
The Yelp reviews on HC Dumpling are all over the place. Some folks rave about the awesomeness of their xiao long baos. Other reviewers say that the place has cockroaches. I opted to not eat here for awhile due to recent roach sightings, but have now tried to the place twice with no signs of the reported cucarachas.
Back to the xlbs aka soup dumplings aka juicy dumplings. These kinds of dumplings are special-er than regular dumplings because the soup is actually inside the darn thing. Each dumpling is a spoonful of soup all wrapped up in a convenient carrying case. I’ve tried the scallop, pork, and shrimp and loofah varieties. Of the three, the shrimp and loofah one is the tastiest at HC Dumpling. The loofah is a nice addition to the mix that gives the soup inside a fresh, light taste. I thought the filling on the pork dumplings was a little mushy and the scallops ones I can barely remember.