Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Bali (the Lotus Cafe)

One of our stops was in the beautiful city of Ubud in Bali.  An absolutle gem, shopping, lots of monkies and great food.  You might have seen it in Eat, Pray, Love.

We tried a traditional Balinese platter with about 8 different items.

One that was my favorite was the tempeh. Tempeh is fermented soybeans often pressed into a patty.
What mad this so different was that is was loose, but held together and a light sweet glaze. Allowed you to enjoy the chewy texture with crunchy little bits.
The view made the meal event better looking across a pond of water lilies at a classic hindu temple.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Singapore (Crystal Jade Dim Sum)

Since we are in the slow season for catering I was able to take a couple of weeks off and travel; I was particularly impressed with some of the food in Singapore and in Ubud, Bali.


First Dim Sum in Singapore

Crystal Jade is a chain of restaurants that were suggested to us and luckily they had an outpost at the airport

We  had Crispy Eel (not shown), I am a huge eel fan.  The thin slices of eel were dusted and fried crisp in a ligtly sweet sauce.  I need time to play  with the recipe.

 The second item with a steamed pork roll (right).  Center cut pork loin wrapped around perfectly cut carrots and cucumber steamed and served with a hoisin drizzle

Pork Belly Buns (above).  Steamed sweet bread that was topped with tender pork belly, good but I like ours better.

We also had a great meal in Bali, which I'll blog about shortly.