My first Chinese New Year away from home, spent the weekend at a number of Cookouts, 3 to be exact, from chu xi to chu er:
- Friday - Cell Steamboat
- Saturday - Kenny's Steamboat
- Sunday - A little cookout at my place.
Steamboat at cell was out of a rice cooker! Held it at Daryl's place. He made wanton and muah chi! Helped Daryl to get the groceries from Cho Mee's, met Singaporeans from every corner of Cambridge in the shop! Think I'll try making muah chi one day myself. Saw how Daryl made it by heating Glutenous Rice floor in sesame oil and water, think it's quite straight forward once you get the chewy stuff right...
Kenny's steamboat was superb too! Really delicious, had it Seoul Gardens style. But dont know why the food cooked much better than in Seoul Gardens... somehow the meat wasn't stuck to the pan as much as the barbaques I've had in Singapore... And finally got to sample his pineapple tarts :P Very good, even without taking into account that he made it himself!
Ripped this photo off Kenny's blog:
Then attempted to hold my own Reunion dinner... Actually it's just a normal cookout, but invited a few more people so that I could use my Prima Deli Singapore Curry on this special occassion. Cooking that has become routine... Tried making agar agar this time round. Realised it's simply tons of sugar mixed in a little gelatin. Really unhealthy if you ask me. Might as well drink syrup! Anyway, tried using some of the coconut milk for the curry to make the white coconut milk layer of agar agar. Didn't know you have to wait for the original layer of agar agar to solidify before pouring it in. This resulted in cloudy agar agar. Tasted quite nice actually, mmm... coconut milk... It just wasn't very presentable.
Choon Howe, Jack and Shagnik were present. Choon Howe brought roast pork - that was very nice too! All he did was marinated a piece of pork, about 7cm x 7cm x 15cm of it, wrapped it in aluminium foil, and roasted it in the oven at 190 degrees for around 2 hours. Jack was responsible for the rice, and Shagnik did the dishes after.
So much for CNY. No Ang Baos this year :S Jack was suggested inviting this PhD student who was married and had children, just so that we can get Ang Baos, but because of the fact his wife and children were somewhere else, he couldn't join us for the cookout. Tough.
Just discussing with Serene about the Sweden trip. Now got to look out for the plane tickets there. Ah! So many components, so much uncertainties!
- Cambridge to Stanstead by National Express;
- Stanstead to Skavsta Airport in Stockholm by air - Ryan Air or Easy Jet;
- Skavsta Airport to Stockholm City by Flybussarna;
- then from the bus station to the youth hostel and meeting Serene - dont know how :S.
- And from Arlanda Airport in Stockholm to Kiruna by plane, and the rest will be Serene's problem :P
Sigh, gotta book the plane tickets in the next few days. It's going for under a pound!
Yeah, and my work's starting to pile up. Just calculated: We have 2 Example Sheets and around 6 days a week. That means I'll have to complete a third of an Example Sheet everyday. But from the looks of it, I dont think I'm pacing very well.
Nevertheless still enjoying it, but getting kinda stressful, cos now I know that I am able to change things with the effort I'm putting in, unlike last term when I felt like whether I spent time doing work or not wouldn't make a difference. And Ling came to CCCF today! Really incredible! He just decided to come after reading the CCCF email, and he isn't even a Christian! Hm... gotta pray for him to come more regularly, then I'll get a good mathmo buddy in CCCF, a legendary one at that!