2. Nanxiang Xiao Long Bao
Ok, til the next installment of Fatttened in Shanghai, keep savouring the little joys of life... :o)
Food is food! Once it goes into the stomach, it is finished. So, we eat, that's all lor!...
That was what happened last night. My friends and I decided to have dinner and a chill night out, and to have a breather from people and crowds, so we had planned to have pizzas and pastas at an Italian place at Far East Square, where it’s serene and no one’s in your face. Didn’t work out though... since it was closed :( My first reaction was “What?!! But they’re ALWAYS open on Saturday nights!” *sigh*
But we quickly settled on another place – Pagi-Sore, and Indonesian place just a around the corner – and what a gem it was! I had heard good things about it, but never got down to trying it. So 3 hungry hippos plonked themselves at table and ordered their food - slightly over-enthusiastically. And we only realised what damage we had done when the food arrived – Tahu Telur, Sambal Kangkong, Ayam Bali and Ikan Otah Kukus – all for 3 people who don’t usually eat very much!The highlight for me was the Ikan Otah Kukus. I had always known Otah as minced up fish with the otah paste, whether in a tray or wrapped up in banana leaf. But this one is different. A whole leatherjacket fish cooked in a pasty otah gravy. I would have liked the gravy slightly more lemak and pedas, but it did well enough!
Slowly but surely, and slightly painfully towards the end (since our tummies were on the verge of bursting!), we finished our food... only to have the sweet waitress come by and ask us if we wanted desserts! Faint. Though the general rule was that desserts belong to a separate compartment, I was so stuffed it spilled over into the dessert compartment. However, Soursop sorbet caught the eye of my friend, and we decided to share it. Yet another good choice...as it refreshingly cleansed the palette, and gave a nice closure to dinner.
So, sometimes when certain doors (be it that of restaurants or life in general) close on us, be open to others, and you might be just be pleasantly surprised :o)
Far East Square