It’s a Friday night and I thought of rewarding myself for being pretty productive than usual at work. I decided to try this Japanese restaurant at Bukit Panjang Plaza since I had to meet someone there to collect some office documents.
The place is called Osaka Ohsho. It’s not very crowded and the inside looked cozy. I checked out their menu and apparently, their specialty is Gyoza. I noticed that most of their set menu comes with at least three pieces of Gyoza. Okay, I’ll try it out.
I asked for a table for one. Others may find it weird but I’m used to eating alone. I have no one to drag around in this foreign country. I was ushered to a small table near the entrance to their kitchen area. After looking carefully at the menu, I filled out their order form and handed it to the waiter.
I ordered for their Fry Mix Set and a Japanese peach juice. The waiters and waitresses around were very attentive and accommodating. Or perhaps they were just stationed near my table. I’m not so sure, but they were polite too.
After about 8-10 minutes, my food arrived. It looked appetizing but I wasn’t tempted to take a photo. I was hungry and all I wanted to do was to finish everything ASAP. The fry mix set had 3 pieces of ebi tempura, 3 pieces of fried chicken, some shredded cabbage, a tartar sauce (I think), a bowl of rice, a bowl of soup, and 3 pieces of their Gyoza.
The soup was good. I was surprised that they didn’t serve the usual miso soup that Japanese restos would usually serve. Instead it was a clear yet tasty soup with a little bit of egg. I don’t really like eating eggs but since the soup itself is delicious, I could hardly taste the egg. I even burned my tongue and palate. I guess I was too excited to finish the soup or maybe I was just hungry.
The fried chicken was just okay. The meat inside was kind of pinkish still but it didn’t have any bad after taste. I am very picky and, should I say, sensitive when it comes to how well a chicken is cooked. I cannot eat pinkish or half-cooked chicken meat. But since this one looked deep fried and there were no funny smell or taste, I still managed to eat them. Actually, I did taste it’s ginger flavor.
The very disappointing part of the meal was when I took my first bite on the ebi tempura. It tasted funny. The texture of the prawn was kinda yucky. I scrutinized one piece and noticed that the prawn was half cooked. No, I couldn’t eat it. I checked out the other piece and it’s the same. I wanted to return them and ask them to fry it again but I was afraid they might spit on it or serve me with a dirty one. I just put it aside while trying to shake off the taste from my first bite. So disappointing!
Good thing their Gyoza was really yummy. It was cooked just right and it wasn’t too salty as compared to what I’ve tasted from other Jap restos.
While paying for my bill at the cashier, I saw the auntie who cleared my table looking at my leftover tempura. Well, what can I do. I just couldn’t take it.
I don’t think I’ll eat there again. Or maybe, I won’t order the same set meal next time.
I haven’t baked anything for a very long time. The last time I prepared a banana bread was early 2000’s, I think. I actually love baking. I started baking at an early age, probably when I was around 13. I started with making macaroons. Not the now so popular french macaron type but the ones with desiccated / shredded coconut. I used to call it the gold crown because of its color and shape. (Below is a photo so you can see how it differs from macarons.)
My mom taught me how to bake them using a very small oven toaster. At that age, I feel like a professional chef and I would pretend to be having a baking show while mixing the ingredients. Yes, complete with a voice-over like Nigella Lawson or Gordon Ramsay, if you may.
After mastering macaroons, I started baking banana cakes. It’s quite different than making macaroons and I’m not sure if it’s still considered baking even if I used simmering water to cook instead of the traditional oven. Nonetheless, my mom and brothers really liked my finished product. The pans always go empty. ^_^
Now that I’ve seen a lot of my friends bake cookies and cakes, I’d like to give it a try again and start with easy recipes. My Facebook wall or Instagram feed gets flooded with their photos, it’s so hard to resist.
Perhaps I’ll see if I can still make yummy macaroons and banana bread…I still remember the ingredients and methods by heart anyway. After which, I’d like to try something quick to prepare but still yummy like a recipe of an easy to make shortbread I found online a while back.
Shortbread doesn’t require hard to find ingredients nor does one need elaborate preparation. Since I consider myself a beginner when it comes to baking, this should be the perfect recipe to start with.
I can even bring some to work for tea and coffee break. Or store the rest for midnight snack while I stay up late. Does it taste great with milk? (I’m sure it does.)
Now, I’m off to the kitchen.
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