Aeroplane food, again!

So I’m very lucky to be able to eat some good food on the plane this time round again. And yes, I don’t really get to enjoy it all the time, so I’m counting my blessings that I can take pictures of such yummy food and put them on tummytay for all my loyal readers HAHAHA. Singapore is awesome, I love hot weather more than cold weather, so the weather here suits me just fine. The first meal that I had when I came back was….. truffle fries at PS Cafe with Nat & Jac. Ok, ramblings aside, pictures and foooooooooooood!!!

Refreshment from Manchester to Munich:

Baby papaya with kiwi, orange and strawberry
Pan seared salmon escalope, seasonal greens and potato with olive oil dressing

My other option was focaccia with roasted chicken and smoked mozzarella, seared tomato and basil pesto. Thinking about it now maybe I should’ve gone for the focaccia. Cos when the salmon was first served my first reaction was ‘zomg hall dinner’. But honestly, the salmon was done well, the lemon juice that was added really brought out the flavour of the fish. The potatoes were not the starchy kind that is eaten all the time in the UK. But the highlight of my meal was the fruit bowl. I think I really began to appreciate tropical fruits so much more while studying in the UK, cos maybe I hardly eat them, but whenever I buy berries they’re always fresh and sweet and bursting with juice 🙂

Lunch from Munich to Singapore:

Satay


Salad of poached lobster with potato and watercress vichyssoise
THIS WAS MINDBLOWINGLY GOOD. Look, I know the green stuff looks dubious, but it’s such an eclectic mix of potato and I-don’t-know-what and it goes so well with the lobster omg. But then again, the lobster itself was already so sweet, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to eat it with the watercress vichyssoise. Omg it was such a good mix and balance of sweet and savoury and I wish they gave me more lobster I could eat this as a main IT’S SO GOOOOOOD. SIA always does lobster very well I’ve come to realise!!!! And this was a dish concocted by Gordon Ramsay specially for SIA, I think. I cannot emphasise how the flavour explodes full on into your mouth – I would rate it as one of the best dishes I’ve eaten, on par with the first time I ate pan seared foie gras at White Rabbit. Anyway, vichyssoise is ‘a thick soup made of puréed leeks, onions, potatoes, cream, and chicken stock. It is traditionally served cold, but can also be eaten hot’. Thank you Wikipedia for the definition.


Garlic bread
I ALWAYS choose the garlic bread over any other bread roll. There is this pretzel thingy in the bread basket that I’ve always wanted to try but never did. Maybe next time….. if there is a next time.


Oriental chicken soup with quail egg and mixed vegetables
Another thing SIA does right: chinese soups. This is clear soup that is full on flavour. The ingredients don’t distract you from the soup itself and make solid accompaniments to the soup. Yummy.


Pork loin in Grand Mariner sauce with roasted vegetables and sauteed potatoes
Meats are hard to do well on the plane methinks, because it’d either be tough or dry, or both. And this was a bit dry, but the meat was not as tough as I expected it to be. The Grand Mariner sauce was actually quite sweet! And it went well with the pork, though it wasn’t spectacular. I didn’t like the roasted vegetables at all, and barely touched them. While clearing my plate I was hoping that the air stewardess didn’t think that I was a spoilt brat who didn’t eat my vegetables cos I skipped salad too (I didn’t want to look like an even bigger pig by ordering every single course)


Warmed chocolate cake with raspberry sauce, tropical fruit salad and tulle
Arrrgh my chocolate cake wasn’t warm enough but it was good, as always, just like the chocolate cake in this entry. I think it’s the same cake! Anyway I liked my dessert, cake and fruits; made me feel healthy 😀 The colours just make you happy, no? And the raspberry sauce was tart, so the dessert wasn’t too sweet. It was a pretty good end to lunch. Though I think that the lobster set the standards really, really high for the other dishes.

Breakfast from Manchester to Munich:

Fresh fruit plate


French toast with maple syrup, gammon ham, frittata and roasted tomato
Ok so I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t get my bee hoon soup because.. there weren’t any left. But it’s okay! Time to try something new! Between the spiced pork sausages, french toast and the fresh eggs prepared on board, I went for the french toast cos the other two reminded me of hall breakfasts heh. Anyway the french toast was a good choice, because it’s something I haven’t eaten in a while, and I LOVE MAPLE SYRUP. So maple syrup + french toast = great breakfast. The gammon ham was yummy too! Not too salty and really happy that it wasn’t the thin sort of ham you get in supermarkets 🙂 The roasted tomato was good stuff. I had a croissant with blueberry jam on the side which I didn’t manage to finish but what I love most about the breakfast pastry basket is the little jars of jam that they provide on the side – choice of strawberry, marmalade, honey, etc. The croissant isn’t amazing but the blueberry jam + croissant was yummy! Maybe I should switch to blueberry jam in the future instead of strawberry jam… hmmm… Oh man writing about this makes me want to eat some french toast with maple syrup now 😦 😦 and I kind of want to watch Nikita (was eating breakfast and watching Nikita at the same time).

Oh yes, sorry for the crappy breakfast photos I really didn’t want to use flash on board the plane and it was all dark outside. I should be updating tummytay with photos from Italy (food I mean, omg the foooood so good.) soon. I’m quite excited for that, but it’s a lot of work cos we ate SUCH GOOD FOOD. And had a mini gelato trail. And yes, if you were wondering, I am fatter now. Nnnnnngh so hungry 😦

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Ocean Tr235ure

I really have to get a move on all the backlogs that I’ve chalked up before I went to Italy before I even start on all the Italian food which is -omg-. Yeah, no single adjective can describe how awesome the food in Italy is.. safe to say I had some pretty memorable meals in Italy. Anyway before I left for Italy I rounded up a couple of people to go to Ocean Tr235ure with, having heard so much good things about it, notably Mabel and Genia’s ravings about the duck. Anyway thanks to Max & Calvin who came down to try Ocean Treasure (not going to type ‘Tr235ure’ because it’s too much work) during their exam period!!!


Samsui Chicken: Cannot beat the one at Soup Restaurant back in Singapore. The garlic accompaniment was good, but the dish is forgettable. We had to order a chicken dish that wasn’t spicy so we ordered this. Well, the cooking is not bad but overall this dish just isn’t that amazing.


Beef with Yam: If you don’t like yam, you shouldn’t order this for sure. Surprisingly, the yam gives the beef another dimension of flavour. Like, I never thought yam could work with beef, but this dish really grew on me. At the end of the meal I thought it was worth ordering again, it was not bad!


Roasted duck, Peking style: I LOVE DUCK PANCAKES! Okay the duck here is pretty good I guess, but I’m not any duck connoisseur so I can’t really tell. The duck silvers were tender and well done. I think someone commented that we should have tried the crispy duck instead of this original style 😦 Nevertheless, the duck was good. I guess I kind of expected more from all the ravings I’ve been hearing. Still, this is good stuff.


Salt and Pepper Pork: This was a surprise! I was amazed the pork wasn’t chewy, was kind of expecting it to be. Instead of slabs of pork, they cut it into thin slices so that it isn’t too tough. The mixed vegetable medley that was stir-fried with the pork really gave this dish a visual impact, and was also what made this dish perfectly balanced. Love this!


Tofu in Salted Egg Yolk: This was the star of the day. Don’t judge a dish by its looks man. This dish is just mindblowing. And it’s so simple! Just salted egg yolk and tofu. We drenched our rice in the salted egg yolk and it was so, so, so good. It’s not even that salty, that’s the best part. It was very light!! I could actually just eat plain rice with this dish. Omg okay getting really hungry thinking about it right now:(

For the 7 of us, it was a really good meal I think. I was pretty satisfied after that, but big eaters like Calvin Chia wasn’t 😦 Ocean Treasure is definitely pricier than most of the other Chinese restaurants here in Manchester and it’s easy to see why – the decor is way more posh than any other Chinese restaurant. It was a tad difficult to find, not being inside the AMC building itself but rather at the side entrance where the casino was. I was dress in a tank and havaianas and I felt a bit underdressed.. but it was 26 degrees that day! For 7 of us it cost way less than £15 per person, I can’t remember how much exactly. Service was prompt and efficient, with the wait staff being fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. Before I left the manager d00d gave me a name card and suggested reservations in the future. I think I’d definitely be back here. I like the ambience and the food is really, not bad 🙂

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Ocean Tr235ure
Great Northern
2 Watson Street
Manchester, M3 4LP

Summertime in Manchester!

THE END OF EXAMS!!!!!! I know this space has been dead for a long while, but not to worry, Tummytay has gone out after exams to eat at a few places just for my few readers. You guys can live vicariously through me. Anyway as a treat of sorts (and because I took some more photos from dinner that day that were beautiful, though not as great as Renjie’s, but still quite pretty) I’m posting up some pictures of Manchester bathing in the sunlight. The past few days have been amazing. Hot, sunny weather that went up to 25 degrees!

But honestly this is the good stuff you’ve been waiting for:


Spring Onion & Seafood Pancake
It was not so much of seafood than octopus/squid in the pancake. I like korean pancakes very much! Fried till crisp, and it goes well with the soy sauce accompanyment. It possibly beats Seoul Kimchi’s pancake because I had soggy pancakes at Seoul Kimchi before. Hmm I would prefer it if there were more spring onions however. Generally it was a good dish to start the meal! 3.5/5 😀


Teriyaki Chicken
Huiming had this for her main course and I got to try a bit of it. Underneath the chicken there was some chinese cabbage that was fried in the teriyaki sauce that the chicken was done in, and on first bite it was a dish that took me by surprise. For a plain simple dish it was really quite tasty and welldone. I really, really liked it. Subsequently though, it got really salty and you get pretty sick of the taste. The accompanying side salad is a simple lettuce salad with a sesame dressing that you’d normally associate with Japanese/Korean cuisine, and was pretty good as side salads went. Funny though my impression of teriyaki is a sticky sweet sauce. Hmmmmmm.. but whatever it is, this was not bad! 3/5! (£8.50)


Hot-plate Pork Ribs
I didn’t try this but Melvin was having a very hard time eating the pork off the ribs. His exact words, “I’m never ordering this again!”. I think we got this because Baekdu mixed our orders up. He wanted grilled beef slices I think. Ohwell.. no comment on this.


Kimchi Pork on Rice
This was my dish! I was craving some kimchi when I ordered this and I think if I enjoyed chilli more I would have loved it more. Also it was possibly bad timing because it was extremely hot that day and I happened to order well… a spicy dish. I would say the kimchi was well done, and the pork slices were tender. The dish was served extremely hot in a stone bowl which I appreciate! Can’t stand places which serve you lukewarm food. After eating a bit I found it relatively spicy, so it’s really not for those who don’t eat chilli or light chilli eaters! This dish was not bad, I wouldn’t mind ordering it again. But I think there’s a reason why kimchi is served cold… Heh. 3/5! (£7.50)

Overall I find Baekdu a bit expensive for the food that they serve, but the portions are BIG. I suppose we didn’t order the correct dishes though because Davidson raved about the hot pot that Baekdu had. Not to worry, tummytay and friends will be back next academic year (actually, just when it gets colder) to eat the hot pot! The service was prompt, but they get quite busy around dinner time! It’s not as big inside as it looks. It can sit about 20 – 30 people comfortably. Guess we’ll be back sometime in Fall!

After dinner we went for a walk…. to the movie theatre. On the way I took some pretty pictures (again!!!). And then we celebrated the end of exams by watching X-Men: First Class, which I liked quite a bit. MORE FOOD REVIEWS TO COME SOON~~~~


Clubbing paradise plz


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Baekdu
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Manchester
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