ah lam’s abalone noodles and salt-baked chicken, jalan besar

quite a special bowl of noodles at this coffee shop in jalan besar – they might first incite interest because of the expensive mollusk, but this otherwise pedestrian-looking bowl of minced meat noodles would hold that interest with its flavours.

it’s a typical-looking coffee shop, but spruced up white and clean – with an impressively old-looking signboard and a photo of our prime minister up there.

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happy chinese new year 2015

happy chinese new year to you and yours! may it be prosperous, delicious, and full of people you love and enjoy.

may your yusheng be tossed up with family and friends (and may it be full of delicious abalone or whatever fish catches your fancy).

and after you’ve got the most competent-in-mandarin person round your table to grace each ingredient with an auspicious phrase,

HUAT AH!

it’s a massive feast on my side, as it goes – the traditional steamboat replete with good marbled beef, succulent prawns, bouncy fishballs and lots of abalone; hainanese boiled chicken and the requisite auspicious dish of dried oysters cooked with mushrooms and fattchoy.

it’s a jolly good way to start the year (especially since the same good eating repeats at least six times in my celebrations).


when you’re ready to fill that tiny space always left for dessert – there are pineapple tarts and mochi and jelly and cake, and there are also marshmallow treats made by young cousins dipped in chocolate and crushed cornflakes, cheerio atop. and if that’s too much eating for you, perhaps a round of road crossing would help?

恭喜发财, and may you have a great year ahead!
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