Chap-goh-meh (the fifteen day in the Chinese New Year calendar which sadly is the day the celebration ends. Okay clansmen, time to put away those playing cards) was yesterday.
No doubt I've been lax in posting so naturally, here's a late one.
A somewhat annual pre-Chinese New Year dinner do with good friends secured in work life. We bonded slaving away at the same workplace almost a decade back. Now almost half have ventured into other pastures. Some say greener some say vomit’s green too. Sounds disgusting but at a friends' gathering, nothing is sacred.
I just realised that it was the first time I am able to make it. In the earlier years the do would clash with my other commitments and I will only get to piece together the dinner exchanges (read: gossip updates) when impromptu post-mortems were conducted during teh tarik sessions much much later. But not this year. I was there and thoroughly enjoyed the structured mayhem first-hand. Everybody was talking to everybody. If who’s doing what interest you, face left. For who’s doing who, fasten your ears right. Going somewhere? Get some tips from across the table. Want to compare the year’s achievements, look to the one with fluffed coiffure. Secret recipes? Lean over to Kusahi_keat . Boys with toys, check in with fezzaboy.
In between those juicy snippets, these were squeezed in:-
Sharkfins soup. The seats next to a friend and me are in hot demand since both of us have swore off this until sharks can be reared properly as a food source.
Braised Mussels with Fishmeat and Greens
Roasted Piglet. Best dish of the night.
Waxed Meat Rice
Desserts:- Tau-sar Dumplings and Sweet Longan (the canned type) with Sea Coconut Drink
Friends brought these.Wine to me taste no different than plain vinegar. My more cultured friends commented that the left one was very dry while the other was more pleasant. Best is there was no charge for corkage.
Verdict? A dinner do memorable for the company, not food.
We chose the more expensive one. Bill shared by 9 pax:-Location:-