I'm finally current with my blog updates! Pops champagne!
Friends and long-time readers would know that I'm perpetually updating my blog with stuff that happened a few months ago. I'm not done with all the updates which happened a few months back (or more aptly, last year) but since my mum is always asking me about what happened to all the photos which I took during family gatherings, I have decided to edit the photos from Mother's Day so that I could:
1. update my blog
2. upload the photos on Facebook
3 tag my mum
Yesh, my mummy is on Facebook!
~*Mother's Day Dinner at Sushi Tei*~
Say hello to my beautiful and cute mummy. Like most mothers, she is rather annoying at times and I do not always LIKE her but I LOVE her because she is my mother and she is really very cute sometimes.
We had an advanced Mother's Day dinner on a weekday for my mum at Sushi Tei (Thompson Plaza).
Among all the Japanese chain of sushi restaurant, we love Sushi Tei the best. Almost everything on the menu tastes great.
My mum was so patient and cute that day. She is somebody who is seldom on time for appointments. That evening, she was out with her friend and so she reached the mall one hour before our scheduled meeting. She happily walked around the boring old mall and even bought clothes and groceries without getting impatient, grousing or hurrying us like what she would usually do.
When kh and I reached, she was all smiles. She wanted to learn the names of the dishes in Japanese and asked kh to teach her. She was like a little child repeating the dishes in Japanese after him. She often mispronounced many words which got all of us roaring with laughter especially after my dad quipped,
"Wah Ah Nia ah, your pronunciation then (damn) bad leh."
Family portrait minus eldest sis who was late.
As my parents were clueless about what to order from Sushi Tei, kh did most of the ordering for everyone. My parents were shocked at the amount of food he ordered to which we assured them that we could definitely finish everything.
Round 1 of food spread:
Clockwise -- Edamame, Wakame, Dragon Roll, Sashimi Platter, Gyoza, Sukiyaki with beef slices, Ebi Mentaiyaki, Sushi Platter
Inset -- Food spread
The dishes kept coming and we had no space for them. Do you know why? Coz both my sisters and I would be armed with iPhones and camera respectively to snap photos of the food. It is my eldest sis habit to upload them onto Facebook on the day itself while my second sis would use Instagram to edit them before posting on her Twitter or Pinterest. As for me, the whole family would know that I take months to edit and upload them onto Facebook.
In the past, my parents used to complain about us taking so many photos of the food before eating. Now, my mum has joined the bandwagon; She whipped out her LG to snap photos too.
Apparently, whatever kh ordered wasn't enough for we had Round 2.
Round 2 of food spread:
Clockwise -- Soft Shell Crab, Asari Misoshiru (miso soup with clams), Cha Soba, more beef slices for Sukiyaki, Gindara Teriyaki (Cod Fish in Teriyaki sauce), Hamachi Kama Shio (grilled Yellow Tail cheek), Negitoro Sushi (chopped tuna belly sushi), Golden Roll
Inset-- Sashimi and Uni platter
I lurve every single dish we ordered but my ultimate favourite would always be cod fish in teriyaki sauce. I could eat that with rice alone every day and not get sick and tired of it.
An item worth mentioning is the Ikura Chawanmushi. My 2nd sister loves Ikura a lot. She loves biting into Ikura with salty liquid bursting out from each "bubble". I'm not an ardent fan of ikura but I do love the combination of ikura and chawanmushi.
Another item worth some story space here is the Uni (urchin). In case you do not know how an urchin look like without its spikes, it is the mash of orange thing (see picture below) at the bottom of the platter. That mash you see there cost SGD$38!
Kh loves urchin; I, on the other hand, deem that urchin taste like drain (the smell of drain... duh). My parents had never tried urchin before and so kh and my eldest sister ordered that. I kept telling my parents that it is an acquired taste and they may spit the whole thing out. Surprisingly, they loved it as they felt that it tasted like "sea hum" (clams). I decided to give urchin another try and boy I love the urchin at Sushi Tei. It was really fresh with no drain-taste at all.
While my eldest sister tried to snap a picture of my dad and mum with her iPhone, kh decided to be cheeky with my candid shots of them. He used his chopsticks to "pinch" my mum's head.
As usual, I love to snap individual candid pictures of everyone. My mother refused to coorporate and as soon as she knew I was taking candid shots, she would pose with her peace sign. I would give her a face and put my camera down, refusing to snap. She finally decided to be more creative with her hand signs. Though she wasn't being candid, I relented and snap as I love how cute she looked then.
Trouble never fails to brew whenever MY individual shot was taken. If kh was behind the camera, he would make sure he snapped me at my ugliest. If kh was not behind the camera, he would make sure he do something funny in the photo. He placed a prawn beside my cheek and I was not even aware till my mother and my eldest sis started snapping away too.
Up there, I exacted revenge on him by pinching his ear with my chopsticks.
How could we not end a meal with desserts?
From left: Green Tea ice cream with red beans and mochi, Ice Balls, Black Sesame ice cream
For all the delicious food you see, the bill totalled up to $400+ for 6 people. It sounds expensive but it is well worth the money for the amount and quality of food.
The si gin nah shots
My lovely family
Story behind the above photo...
Mum: Let's make peace sign.
All 3 gals: No!
Mum: Let's make a good sign.
All 3 gals: No!
My poor mum! Even the staff there laughed at the whole scenario.
My lovely family + kh
Story behind this photo:
Mum: Eh girl. You fat already. Your face looks fat in photos. Remember to bend your head down."
Mummy insisted on taking full length shot. If the dowager says so...
~*Mother's Day Dinner at Santouka*~
We had Mother's Day dinner for my mother-in-law on the Sunday itself at Santouka (Cuppage Terrace).
Santouka is not new to all of us in my family except for my mil. My favourite ramen hails from Santouka. It is my comfort-ramen and after eating Santouka's ramen, I became really spoilt and often criticised all other ramen. My fil, both bil and kh also love Santouka whereas it was my mil's first time.
Top: Agedashi tofu, Japanese Egg Tamago, Gyoza
Bottom: combo of Shio Ramen & Salmon Rice (kh, both bil and I ordered the same combo which IMO is the best), Pork Cheek, Roasted Premium Pork Cheek
The Roasted Premium Pork Cheek is either a new item or only available at Cuppage for it was the first time I ate that. That dish is HEAVENLY. Really heavenly. I used to love the normal pork cheek from Santouka and after savouring the premium one, I really couldn't go back to the normal one even though it is already of a much higher grade than pork cheeks in other eateries.
My mil loved the food there and agreed that the ramen and dishes were of better standard than most ramen joints.
This side and that side.
Everyone made fun of my youngest bil act cute/ kiam pa face at the top picture.
As for the bottom picture, we all laughed at how everyone had various funny expressions while trying to remain cool at the same time.