Chicken Chazuke

A new dish was introduced at Old Hen recently!

I was pretty unexcited when I heard that it was chicken breast. But the dashi got me. It gets me all the time.

Ochazuke is one of my favourite dishes to order in a restaurant. It’s not common in Singapore and there’s something about rice in soup that excites my tastebuds. The texture of rice grains swimming in broth is so comforting.

The dish was overall really homey, but it started to lose the flavour towards the end. Still a good option for me when I do visit the place again.

My friends had the set meals for lunch and it came with a small portion of soup or salad. And what a splendid bowl of soup it was. I usually don’t like pumpkin in soup – regardless of Chinese or Western style. But this was just too awesome. It wasn’t too sweet nor pasty. A just-right bowl of pumpkin soup. I would totally order this in its normal portion.

One of the highlights of this visit was getting to know (through R, because I am still an inconsistently awkward adult) that their tables were Ikea solid wood tops with customised bases. So this has become a furniture piece that Immanuel and I have included in our home concept.

A lovely day there, I would say.

Old Hen Kitchen
Address127 Owen Rd, Singapore 218931
Mon, Wed-Fri: 12pm – 9pm
Sat-Sun: 10am – 6.30pm
Tue: CLOSED

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Creativity

I chanced upon this article on the NY Times:

What happens to creativity as we age? 

I love this line in there:

Why does creativity generally tend to decline as we age? One reason may be that as we grow older, we know more. That’s mostly an advantage, of course. But it also may lead us to ignore evidence that contradicts what we already think. We become too set in our ways to change.

As I make the next most important move in my 20s (only a few months left to continue referring to myself as in my 20s!), I seek to gain more creativity. Having held a job in the civil service for a number of years, it’s the one thing that I craved the most. The freedom and creativity to do what I want and I love, yet at the same time, I have no idea what I want to do. In order to figure out what it is that I want to do, I need the time and being in the job didn’t give me that.

There are fears that what if, after all that figuring out, my conclusion points me back to the civil service, that I had just made the stupidest decision in my 20s.

But, if I don’t try now, I’ll likely never know.

So will I (As You speak)

This song was introduced to me by Immanuel one day, and this was done by our favourite worship leader.

When I first heard it on the album it was a little hard to catch but when I really devoured the lyrics, every word spoke to my heart and I see moving skies and creation lifting its voice to praise Him. It’s amazing because it talks about our amazing God.

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God of creation
There at the start
Before the beginning of time
With no point of reference
You spoke to the dark
And fleshed out the wonder of light

And as You speak
A hundred billion galaxies are born
In the vapor of Your breath the planets form
If the stars were made to worship so will I
I can see Your heart in everything You’ve made
Every burning star
A signal fire of grace
If creation sings Your praises so will I

God of Your promise
You don’t speak in vain
No syllable empty or void
For once You have spoken
All nature and science
Follow the sound of Your voice

And as You speak
A hundred billion creatures catch Your breath
Evolving in pursuit of what You said
If it all reveals Your nature so will I
I can see Your heart in everything You say
Every painted sky
A canvas of Your grace
If creation still obeys You so will I

So will I, so will I

If the stars were made to worship so will I
If the mountains bow in reverence so will I
If the oceans roar Your greatness so will I
For if everything exists to lift You high so will I
If the wind goes where You send it so will I
If the rocks cry out in silence so will I
If the sum of all our praises still falls shy
Then we’ll sing again a hundred billion times

God of salvation
You chased down my heart
Through all of my failure and pride
On a hill You created
The light of the world
Abandoned in darkness to die

And as You speak
A hundred billion failures disappear
Where You lost Your life so I could find it here
If You left the grave behind You so will I
I can see Your heart in everything You’ve done
Every part designed in a work of art called love
If You gladly chose surrender so will I

I can see Your heart
Eight billion different ways
Every precious one
A child You died to save
If You gave Your life to love them so will I
Like You would again a hundred billion times
But what measure could amount to Your desire
You’re the One who never leaves the one behind

Crab in da bag @ Kallang

For once, Immanuel didn’t feel like steak and craved American seafood.

So we went to Crab in Da Bag at Kallang.

  

A lobster, tiger prawns, clams, some pita and vegetable sticks.

Service was alright but they were severely understaffed. I’m just waiting for the next time Immanuel craves seafood to head back to eat something like that.

Crab in Da Bag (Water Sports Centre)
Address8 Stadium Walk, #02-05 Water Sports Centre, 397699
Tue-Fri: 4pm – 11pm
Sat-Sun: 12pm – 11pm
Mon: CLOSED

Hantol

C brought me to this place when I went over to Raffles Place for dinner.

The multi-grain rice was so wholesome and the sides were fantastic. I loved the way they did their fishcake banchan. The beef was fine as well but the highlight was the banchan for me.

Hantol
Address20 Cecil St, Singapore 049705
Mon-Fri: 8am – 9pm
Sat: 10am – 7pm
Sun: CLOSED

Old hen kitchen

I went to old hen a couple of times during the pre-examinations period. I love how they take pride in producing every dish and how while the dishes aren’t the most healthy, they are done so heartily. Everytime I’m there I just enjoy the experience so much.

Old Hen Kitchen
Address127 Owen Rd, Singapore 218931
Mon, Wed-Fri: 12pm – 9pm
Sat-Sun: 10am – 6.30pm
Tue: CLOSED

Santouka

Husband and I went back to Santouka at The Central.

They revamped their menu recently (or have I just not been back in too long?) and the aji-awase no longer comes with a small portion of rice to have with the mixed soup.

The soup was still good though I didn’t remember it being that thick. I got really envious of Immanuel’s simple shio ramen which was a lot lighter but as tasty.

The free-flow kimchi was the highlight which made everything come together so well.

Santouka (The Central)
Address6 Eu Tong Sen St, 02-76, Singapore 059817
Mon-Sun: 11am – 9.45pm