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Heh..couldn't resist posting these pics of Aidan doing his fave activity. He simply lurvees to eat and he always wallop his food with gusto. The 2nd last pic is him trying to scoop up the remaining grains of rice in his bowl with his tongue...:P

Well, not sure if anyone read the food review section in SuT. Dear ahbang was in the loo doing his business while reading the papers in the late afternoon and chanced upon the writeup of this seafood joint named Seafood Paradise at Defu Lane industrial estate and the writer was raving abt the wonderful crab vermicelli. Since he had his mobile phone with him, he immediately made a reservation for dinner that evening. Was surprised that we'd never heard of the place before especially since it was located so near where we stayed.

Man..the power of the media! The place was jammed packed with people. There was a big queue formed at the front (people without reservation hehe) and I could hear some folks who were obviously regulars wondering out loud why there were so many people that evening (probably blokes like us who'd read the review). Fortunately for the booking, we managed to secure a table almost immediately (much to the chagrin of those waiting for a table)..

Not gonna do a long food review since everything's written in the papers already but you just need to know that I wholeheartedly concur with him . We ordered everything that the reviewer did and we were not disappointed at all. The food was fab *slurp* especially the "crab in superior stock and vermicelli" [$28 per kg for a crab] and the "home-made beancurd in mini wok [$10 only]. The vermicelli is not the same type as the ones sold in Melben@AMK (another of my fave food place)..I don't think it's original though (as said by the food reviewer)..I've eaten something similar at No Signboard before but the one served at Seafood Paradise is definitely much better tasting. I'm not a toufu lover but the second dish won me over. I never knew that toufu with pork floss would taste so yummy and the gravy also included diced sea cucumber which was an interesting combi.

Seafood Paradise@91 Defu Lane 10 #10-01 Swee Hin Building
Tel : 64872429
You guys should go check it out one of these days :)

Well, there was something we felt bad abt yesterday. After a waitress took our order, she was called over to another table right infront of us. At that time, I'd left the table as Aidan was getting a li' impatient so I wasn't around. Apparently, the waitress who was still holding our order was 'stuck' at that table for quite a while, because they wasn't sure what to order. Mom-in-law saw that and she was getting exasperated because it would have meant that our orders would be delayed. So, she approached that waitress and requested that she hand in our orders to the kitchen first so that we didn't need to wait that long (the waitress had told us 40 minutes). The waitress however assured her that it didn't make much of a difference whether she'd send in the order then or a while later which made my mil not too happy..but we just accepted it. I think the other table wasn't that happy with us either and was glaring at mil's audacity at suggesting something like that :P

What happened was that our food came soon after (much faster than 40 minutes)..but not the other table's. In fact, even when we were midway through our meal, none of their dishes had arrived yet. The people at that table kept turning around and glaring at us and we were feeling a li' paiseh..One of the lady at that table finally couldn't take it and marched towards a wait staff and complained that they'd ordered their food the same time as us and their food has yet to come. In fact, it was only when we'd almost finished our meal that their first dish arrived.. Alamak..they must probably be cussing us, thinking that it was our fault somehow..

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Jul. 11th, 2005 12:00 am (UTC)
Mm looks yummy. I don't think it's your fault at all because they did not comply to your request and they sent your order at the same time anyway. Kitchen prolly got it mixed up or something! It's so crowded and they might have been in a frenzy since I suppose many turned up only after reading the reviews like you guys. =D
Jul. 11th, 2005 05:53 am (UTC)
yeah i know it wasnt our fault but we did feel a li' bad though..esp since that table had a big group and there were 2 young kids (a baby and a toddler) plus some old folks. Felt bad that they had to wait so long..
Jul. 11th, 2005 01:24 am (UTC)
wow... it seemed yummy~~~
Jul. 11th, 2005 05:54 am (UTC)
It was very yummy *slurp*
(no subject) - jesmineang - Jul. 11th, 2005 05:56 am (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 11th, 2005 01:25 am (UTC)
wah the food looks yummy! *drool*

I wish my boys can eat as fast as Aidan...both take their own sweet time to eat! Elliot just picked up this bad habit from Ethan and it's driving me nuts to feed them their meals !@##R#%
Jul. 11th, 2005 02:55 pm (UTC)
it is good! Should try it one of these days..and lemme know so we'll join u :)

i know it's a blessing having a kid who loves to eat and does it fast! He's a great kid like this since he was a baby as u know..I think i would have been really impatient if he takes his time so I understand how u feel..Hopefully, Trinity won't be like her brothers..
Jul. 11th, 2005 01:41 am (UTC)
We almost went there (defu) after reading the papers too!
Jul. 11th, 2005 02:55 pm (UTC)
heh..if u had, we would have met hor :)
what stopped u?
(no subject) - mamemo - Jul. 12th, 2005 03:16 am (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 11th, 2005 01:43 am (UTC)
Yummers! New crab place!
Jul. 11th, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC)
heh that's what i thought too..and so near my place somemore!!
Jul. 11th, 2005 03:53 am (UTC)
people like that deserve to have spit in their crab beehoon

incidentally i had crab for dinner last night too! but at no signboard coz it's my mom's bd. we ordered pepper crab.. and then figured that we were still hungry, so we ordered chili crab after that! MMMM!
Jul. 11th, 2005 02:57 pm (UTC)
I think the best No Signboard place is the one at Geylang :) heh..I still prefer Eng Seng for their pepper crab..*slurp*
(no subject) - burbur - Jul. 12th, 2005 01:54 am (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 11th, 2005 04:42 am (UTC)
Awww! you can tell Aidan really loves to eat :D soo cute!

That's too bad :( I wouldn't even give those guys at the other table a second thought. It sucks that it happens at busy restaurants. I hope that was only a one time incident for you.
Jul. 11th, 2005 02:57 pm (UTC)
yeah..and we were so thankful that we didn't have to wait so long like them..but yet we felt bad for them :P
Jul. 11th, 2005 05:00 am (UTC)
Read about the raves at makansutra website too. Gonna try it someday =)
Jul. 11th, 2005 02:58 pm (UTC)
heh..but ur hub's restaurant serves seafood too right :)
anyway, it's nearby ur place too so can go there anytime! Just remember to make reservations.
Jul. 11th, 2005 07:40 am (UTC)
Happened to drop by your journal again...you've been really busy with the TNP New Face this year huh? Haha I met Elyna when she was talent scouting at orchard on saturday. Oh yah, I was wondering..do you have any pics of the photoshoot of stephanie's (just like the ones of elyna that you posted up)? she's in the US now so I thought I'd email them to her cause she asked. It'd be interesting checking out the whole behind-the-scenes aspect too. :D
Jul. 11th, 2005 02:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Hello!
Where did u meet her? I was with them too! She was such a good sport helping me for almost the entire day. The article for the scouting willbe out tomorrow.

I don't have pics of Stephanie at the photoshoot becuz i wasnt there. I only stayed for the morning shoot which Elyna was scheduled for..that's why i took those pics of/with her :)
Re: Hello! - almost_good - Jul. 12th, 2005 11:00 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Hello! - angeliatay - Jul. 12th, 2005 01:13 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 11th, 2005 11:21 am (UTC)
omg the photos of those glorious food!!!! *drool* :P~~~~~~ and i wish gabe eats as well and feed himself like Aidan!! :)
Jul. 11th, 2005 03:00 pm (UTC)
Aidan feeds himself but he's VVVVVV messy!! So at times, we do stop him from doing so but he thinks we feed him too slowly :P
Jul. 11th, 2005 12:54 pm (UTC)
pok pok keeeh!
you should've just flapped your elbows like a chicken there and then just to irk them more. hee hee.
Jul. 11th, 2005 03:00 pm (UTC)
Re: pok pok keeeh!
heh..me not such a meano lah...got old folks n li' kids at their table leh. remember..what goes ard comes ard :P
Jul. 11th, 2005 01:35 pm (UTC)
Adian reminds me of my baby pics. I always have pieces of food stuck on the corner of my mouth.
Jul. 11th, 2005 03:01 pm (UTC)
actually, so did i hehe..i think aidan takes after me in this aspect :P
Jul. 11th, 2005 01:55 pm (UTC)
Good another makan place to indulge in. Looks yummy!

Is the tofu the one below the crab photo? Or is it abalone? It is HUGE!!!
Jul. 11th, 2005 03:01 pm (UTC)
Yup..that's the $10 toufu dish...damn shioks. Not abalone lah..would have been shioks if it was though hehe
(no subject) - lancerlord - Jul. 14th, 2005 12:29 am (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 11th, 2005 03:57 pm (UTC)
Good lah. Eat more then Aidan will grow up big and strong ... and the babes will be knocking on his door in no time. But he better brush up his, um, table manners a wee bit. I don't think chicks will dig the rice-in-hair look ... unless it's the rice shower at their wedding day lah. LOL!

Yay, a new makan place for gf and me to check out. Seafood some more! *happy like bird* :)
Jul. 12th, 2005 01:10 pm (UTC)
sekali he grow up big n fat how????

heh..i think he got my table manners. Chum..methinks he inherited all my bad habits.
(no subject) - buzz_cut - Jul. 12th, 2005 02:18 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 11th, 2005 07:21 pm (UTC)
yeah, that price is pretty decent for seafood just that it is not famous n rather ulu. If it's not b'cos of my mum whose office is in defu lane, i wouldnt be aware of that place. :) Eh..forget abt "no signboard" their crabs might taste good but they are not fresh. Try the one at still road. Damn good. Think the coffeeshop is called something "seng" Get there before 5pm if you want your black pepper crabs. :)
Jul. 12th, 2005 01:11 pm (UTC)
I think it depends when you visit the restarant (No Signboard). On some days, the seafood is fresh..depends when they get their 'stock'.

I know which place u are talking abt..Eng Seng Restaurant at Still Road. I always patronise that place too for their pepper crab *slurp*
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