June om nom noms

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Hihi, here's another edition of food eats for the end of June.

I realised that I haven't been blogging a lot last year because I really had a hard time juggling both work and studies, so I decided to give myself a break for this semester.

Grumpy also complains that I tend to forget stuff easily, so I'm putting all of them to words while they're still fresh in my mind huhuhu.

My little pockets of free time will be coming to an end next week, so I better churn out posts while I still can. ;(

19th June 2018
Hans im Glück had just opened a new outlet at Raffles, which was really just opposite my office.

The burgers there did look super promising, so Grumpy and I decided that we would have our lunch there one of these days. In fact, Hans im Glück is from Munich, but I had no recollection about seeing it anywhere back then, whereas Grumpy said that we had indeed walked past it back in October 2017, when we were at Marienplatz. He said that he had wanted to go there, but I brushed him off LOL. Oops sorwee Grumpy. I did remember that I was damn sick of Western food though lol, so it could've been that time when I brushed off any of his food suggestions.

This place is indeed slightly pricey for a normal lunch, but they have an ongoing lunch promotion in which you only have to top up an additional $5 to get a hot drink, another drink of your choice and an appetiser of your choice. DAMN WORTH IT I SWEAR. Please do yourself a favour and have the $5 add-on!

Grumpy had the cucumber-basil still lemonade, while I went for the mango-ginger stell lemonade. Fuggin' good. It was damn refreshing, like WOW. O.O'''

Grumpy's Birkenwald burger, which came with a beef patty and mushrooms topped with a sour-cream scallion sauce. He ordered steak frites, which was part of the $5 top-up. Super yummy leh!

I got myself the signature Hans im Glück burger, which came with parmesan cheese, parma ham, rocket leaves and balsamic glaze. I had sweet potato fries as my side. This whole thing really blew me off sia!

Overall verdict: I'LL COME BACK AGAIN. The food was really damn good!!! I do not fancy burgers that much (the only burger that I'd eat for life is actually the filet-o-fish burger from McDonald's LOL), but this really blew me away. The numerous sauces that were placed on each dining table were exceptionally good as well; they tasted so damn good by themselves. In fact, I will be really looking forward to my next lunch date over here, which, ironically, is one of the farewell lunches held for me. Call it coincidence or what, but this very first time I came here, was just the day after I submitted my letter to le section head. Not sure if Grumps had suggested this as a celebration for me after I took the bold step forward LOL.

26th June 2018
After the scorcher that defined at least the first half of June, it was raining almost everyday when it came to the second half of the month, thus the temperature did drop a lot. I was shivering in the office even though I had my sweater on, so I had thought that a good bowl of hot soup would be great. It so happened that Grumpy had the sense to suggest that we have our lunch at Jjigae Jjigae, in which I was very surprised that the suggestion came from him, as I know that he does not enjoy Korean army stew very much. When I asked for his reason as to why he suggested dining here, he said that the army stew and this weren't the same. How is it not the same leh?? *quizzical look*

The anchovy riceballs that I had before were so damn good, so I suggested to Grumpy that we order it. This Indian boi was shook. Loved how the crunchiness of the anchovies complemented the rice and seaweed so damn well.

We ordered just a jjigae pot for one person, but added in a lot of other items as well, including my favourite cheese tofu.

All of Grumpy's favourite. All the same colour lol.

'Twas good having such a delicious and piping hot steamboat for such a cold weather. It did warm me up considerably, and I went back to work much happier. ;D

27th June 2018
Did any of you remember that about 2 months back, I went to watch Infinity Wars in Gold Class for free? This time round, I managed to sneak in for another Gold Class experience, thanks to Vitality!! Omg I totally couldn't believe my good fortune sia!! This time round, it came with free food and drinks! We could order whatever we wanted. Super shiok or what?! We were given the choice of watching Jurassic World or Ocean 8; Grumpy and I went ahead with Jurassic World. I thought that the movie was alright only though; not as exciting or mind-blowing as Infinity Wars. I wouldn't have paid to watch it lah haha.

Huat ah!

Nachos chips with beef, which was still as good as I remembered. Just that this time round, I managed to see how the nacho chips looked like. xD

The truffle fries were actually pretty legit!! Not oily and yet there was such a strong truffle aroma!

Dope chicken drumlets! I wish we had more though.

Probably the only disappointing I had here. The pizza was cold by the time I ate it, and its crust wasn't my favourite. I love thin crust pizzas more.

Look at the spread of food we had for only 4 people. Featuring Grumpy's nutella shake and not featuring my mango-strawberry smoothie... We were so stuffed that we thought we could fall into a food coma.

Do you think that I'll be lucky enough to get another free entrance to the Gold Class cinemas? Stay tuned. ;P

28th June 2018
Today was lunch with Grumpy again, 'cos I kena pangseh-ed lol. Anyway, since my $20 Wafuken cash voucher was about to expire, I managed to drag Grumpy into eating this with me. I must say that the food was really good, but I found the portion rather small for me though. I definitely wouldn't have bought this had there not been an offer for their cash vouchers on Fave though.

I had the sous vide oyster blade steak, mushroom medley and cold soba, together with miso chilli sauce. The oyster blade was exceptionally tender and tasty, but at $8 for just a half portion, I found this really expensive. The whole plate came up to be $13 for me, which I felt was not really worth it, as the portion I had was really small. Sigh...

Grumpy got the donburi rice set, which came with Japanese pickles and an onsen egg, as well as roasted veggies and a half salmon steak. The salmon steak was SO DAMN GOOD, but honestly, I'm not sure if I'd pay to have this again or not.

It wasn't a very filling lunch for me, and I ended up being hungry around 2 hours later, despite the food being delicious. I'm not a big eater to begin with, sigh... ;(

29th June 2018
Masizzim was celebrating their 2nd anniversary in Singapore, so there was an ongoing discount of 50% off for all ala-carte food items. I managed to drag le sis and Clinton to Westgate so that we could order to our hearts' content. After all, we weren't sure if there would be such a good offer ever again.

There was an insane long queue, and after waiting in line for about 40 minutes, we were finally shown inside.

I love Korean riceballs so damn much, so I decided to get the crabmeat and roe riceball set. It was really so good!

Our beef stew for 2 people. Le sis added in udon and ddeokbokki. All of us agreed that this was really dope, for the beef was really fall-off-the-bone tender.

I always order Masizzim's egg rolls whenever I dine here. This is the tuna seaweed egg roll, which is our first time trying. I still preferred my tried-and-tested honey mustard cheese egg roll though, but le sis and Clinton did enjoy this a lot.

Sotong chives pancake was yummy too!

Look at all the food we had!

We ordered a jug of grapefruit yoghurt, which I didn't really fancy, as I do not like bitter stuff.

Want to guess how much our total bill came up to? Only $66 leh, even after taking into account taxes and service charge!! Siao liao. It was so damn worth it, considering that there were four of us, and we left with really satisfied tummies. Could you imagine our total damage had there not been the 50% discount? I shudder to even think about it LOL. xD

It has been a rather happy ending to June, so may the rest of the year look up for me. ;)

Wisdom tooth removal

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I was always bothered by the wisdom tooth I had at the top right side of my mouth, more so especially when I kept getting food stuck there, making me feel extremely uncomfortable and edgy. However, I wasn't that willing to part with my money just to pull out a wisdom tooth, which did cause a bit a problem for me when it first appeared years back, but thankfully, as time passed, erupted fully and wasn't impacted at all.

It took me a very expensive visit to the dentist last year (I spent $300 one shot on my gum treatment lol; there went my dental allowance for the year) and a very naggy dentist from Hong Kong to finally convince me that this tooth had to go. However, I am dead terrified of extractions (although I had 4 of my teeth extracted when I had to put on braces), especially when my last extraction was done more than 10 years ago. I have heard how wisdom teeth extractions are more major than normal teeth extractions, with MCs being granted for at least a week. My lunch kaki's horror story of her first wisdom tooth extraction also made me extremely jittery.

As my mind to leave is already made up, I decided to bite the bullet and finish spending my dental allowance, for the very last time. I decided to get an x-ray of my teeth done, to see if there were any other wisdom teeth besides the one I knew I already had. It turned out that I only had that one, which did shock me and my naggy HK dentist, as people tend to usually have either 2 or 4 of such teeth. Of course, I was more glad that I only had one of such tooth, which meant that once I manage to get rid of that, I wouldn't have to go through extractions anymore (hopefully please).

With my extraction being set for today, I decided to eat McGriddles for breakfast before my impending agony. I went to the clinic earlier than my 11 am appointment, and the clinic assistant told me that my dentist was ready for me. ._. Anyway, the extraction itself went quite well. Besides my head violently shaking when the dentist was attempting to pull my wisdom tooth out, other than that, I did not feel much discomfort, which was really great for me. My naggy dentist was really reassuring during the extraction, and I think that was what made me feel more at ease. However, my extraction was rather expensive though, at $220, when my lunch kaki's extraction was nearly $100 cheaper (at another clinic though). ._. Alright, but I'd rather pay more for a relatively less painful extraction. As of now, I still do not feel much discomfort, and my wound has stopped bleeding already.

Grumpy Cat came down after work to find me, and aww, he gave me a sunflower. I need to blog about this because this is the very first time he has given me a flower, on the 737th day we got together. Kewt boi said that he wanted to buy me lavenders (le favourite flower HAHAHA) but couldn't find any lol. Silly boi - lavenders don't grow anywhere bb. They'd probably die in SG's heat and humidity lol. But I still appreciated his thoughts very much. Don't worry bb, we'll be seeing the real lavenders soon! ;D

My very first flower from Grumpy Cat.

I watched Grumpy eat his dinner, and we discussed about how our day went. I'm so glad to know that Grumpy is going places. Faster get promoted (again) please, then I can rely on you if I'm still jobless. ;P

Brownie making

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I came back from Australia, with a box of Zumbo's brownie mix for Grumpy's mum.

We decided to open it yesterday after Grumpy got back from his business trip to Hong Kong.

The instructions were really easy and straightforward, perfect for Grumpy to follow.

They turned out to be pretty good, though a bit on the sweet side, probably due to the white chocolate that came with the brownie mix.

Grumpy in action.

Our finished product.

Looks good right?

While waiting for the brownies to bake, we settled our teabreak with some snacks le sis got from Amsterdam.

Teatime with some dope cookies from Amsterdam that le sis gave to Grumpy, together with a cup of hot mango peach tea and stroopwafel. The stroopwafel did taste a lot better when it was dipped in hot tea.

So not looking forward to my dental extraction this coming Tuesday huhuhu. ;(

Virgin HDL Experience

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I had always been wanting to try Hai Di Lao (HDL), but each time when Grumpy Cat and I talk about going there, we would inevitably end up putting off our trip there, due to me having exams or suddenly falling sick at inappropriate rimes.

This time round, we were determined to make this trip which we had put off for so long happen, as I felt that I did deserve it (by passing both my papers at one go) and also to celebrate our anniversary early, since Grumps would be in Hong Kong to attend a Group conference on our actual day.

I had to OT till quite late yesterday, and I was already not feeling that well by the time I managed to reach home.

True enough, I woke up today, on a rainy morning, with a terrible sore throat, but since this weekend would be the only weekend I could spend with Grumps before he flies off for the week, I decided to pull myself together, spammed drank le Vitamin C water, along with leftover medicine which I had gotten from my doctor during my visit just a month back. I did feel much better after that.

We had wanted to eat the famous chai poh carrot cake from 618 Sims Carrot Cake last Saturday, but when we went there, it was closed, which made it such a wasted trip for us, since neither of us lives near the area.

Weak body chose to break down this weekend, but I was determined not to let my body condition get in the way of me enjoying good food, and so, the rest was history. xD

Although I don't really consider Grumpy a very romantic guy (he hasn't given me flowers before LOL), he does show his love and care to me through other tangible actions, like walking across the road to buy me liang teh and getting me a bread for me to ease my hunger. I'm super appreciative of this, Grumpy. ;D

We ended up having to wait for about an hour to get our order - thankfully Grumps had bought me the bread, if not I would have been really hangry.

This carrot cake was good, but honestly, I wouldn't wait for an hour for this again. There are comparable stalls nearer my house (like the one at Bukit Timah hawker centre) that sell carrot cake of the same quality, or even slightly better. The main selling point of this was that they put the chai poh (preserved radish) at the side of the plate, but I felt that the amount of chai poh wasn't as much as what Grumps and I expected, considering that we had ordered the big portion. Oh well... ;/

OK, so now back to the main point of this post: our virgin HDL experience. I had called up HDL (IMM branch) on Thursday night, nearing to 12 am, and managed to snag seats for Saturday dinner at 6 pm. Turned out that the reservation guy made a mistake 'cos technically speaking, I was told that reservations are not allowed on weekends, but since it was the mistake of their staff, HDL did call me up to apologise and say that they would still honour my initial reservation, just that I had to be prepared to wait a little while. I was fine with that.

After Grumps bought his sport shoes, we whiled away our time (I actually felt tired enough to sleep lol, must be the medicine) and when it was 5.30 pm, we both decided to head up to HDL. It turned out that for those without any reservations, the waiting time was already 3 hours? #siao As my initial reservation was honoured, I got my queue number and we were both ushered to a waiting area, where they served us snacks, fruit and drinks.

The crackers were so good! We had at least 3 servings of this before there was a table available for us. Kudos to the service staff who were so damn patient and accommodating to us.

We were shown to our table at around 6.15 pm, 15 minutes after my initial reservation. As we had already decided what to order while at the waiting area, our appointed waitress, Hua Hua, just had to confirm if the items were what we truly wanted. I had to admire her honesty, because she was asking if 4 soup bases were too much for us (most patrons only go for 2, especially when there are only 2 diners). She also asked us again to check on the ingredients we ordered for us, as she felt that it would be tough for us to finish all that we had initially ordered. Heeding her warning, we proceeded to check the iPad again on our orders, and managed to cancel off some items.

We got the chicken soup, seafood soup, 3 delicacies soup and the tomato soup. Imo, I felt that the 3 delicacies and tomato soups tasted the best. The chicken came in a close third, but I didn't find the seafood soup any special. I had to forgo the mala soup because I wasn't feeling that well. ;(

Featuring the HDL beef and the handmade fishball with roe.

Grumpy swapped out a few of the other ingredients we initially ordered for this fried pork. Eh hello I thought you were banning me from eating fried food?

There were some must-eats that we would definitely get if we ever get the feel to splurge again, while others could be given a miss. The HDL beef was unbelievably tender and I'd definitely get it again the next time I come; same with the fishball with roe as well as the shrimp paste that I did not get to take a photo of. We had also ordered fishcakes which I felt could be missed as there was nothing much special about it.

The la mian was $4 per portion, and came with much theatrics and skill by the person serving the noodles. You can view the performance in the video below. The noodles would also be one of my must-orders when I visit HDL again, as it was really damn QQ i.e chewy! It tasted super good with the tomato soup base and the 3 delicacies soup base.

Pardon my irritating voice towards the end hahaha. But this guy was just so skillful. The noodles came so close to my face, and yet it didn't touch me at all. #soverywow

Our total bill came up to nearly $110 for 2. I'd say that this was a really expensive meal, considering that we didn't really order much (and we already cut down from the initial order), and not all the ingredients we ordered were mindblowingly-good, but the service was really, really top-notch! In fact, I do not even think that service staff for fine dining would be this attentive. Hua Hua explained to us the different ingredients that went into making each soup base, and also did advise how we should be taking our soup as she was afraid that it would be too salty for us. She also did help to clear our plates and bowls regularly so that our table wouldn't become too unsightly. Hot wet towels were also given to us regularly for us to wipe our hands and clean up our table, ensuring that we would be eating at a clean table. She also did take her time to explain how the ingredients were prepared, and also had some small talks with us, which I really appreciated, as she was waiting on 2 other tables as well. It must have been very tough for her. ;X

We were also being treated to a 变脸 performance. It seems that we were lucky, because my friend didn't get to see this performance when she was dining.

I had originally wanted to pay for this HDL dinner as it was my suggestion to go there, and I wanted to treat Grumpy as our early anniversary dinner, but notti Grumps went to pay up when I was in the toilet. ;( Thank you so much Grumps for all the love you have shown me, then and now. I'm really so lucky to have met you - what would I do without you? T_T Luckily I still have a back-up plan for this anniversary though. ;P