The hubby is hooked on this local TV series called “118” which he had been glued to the TV, episodes after episodes (via Toggle), for quite a while now. With a huge cast of veteran (like Chew Chor Meng, Pan Ling Ling, Chen Tianwen etc) and new actors/actresses which I dunno half of them, this series is set in Tiong Bahru against the backdrop of a kopitiam called (“118″) and depicts the lifestyles and idiosyncracies of the various characters/families. Occasionally, I will watch the series with Gary. It’s probably the TV series with the longest number of episodes (some 200 over) but each episode is only around half an hour.
Being inspired by the show, the hubby had suggested having lunch at Tiong Bahru market today. Although the kopitiam is fictional, there were a few scenes that were filmed at actual locations at Tiong Bahru. Maybe the hubby just wants to get a “feel” of the place after watching coming to 100 episodes so far. LOL!
We had the famous chwee kueh, Hui Ki’s fishball noodles, lor mee (dunno which stall) and Lee Hong Kee’s roast pork and roast duck combo. OMG! That’s a lot of food but the hubby, who has a larger capacity, had the major share and managed to finish everything. The chilli-vinegar gravy with a generous serving of pork lard for the fishball noodles packs a fiery punch. The over-generous heap of garlic, vinegar and sliced chilli combination in the lor mee is too over-powering for me. I gave up after 2 mouthfuls. The queue at Lee Hong Kee is long but I didn’t find their roast meat that big a deal. In fact, the roast duck was quite salty. The only plus point is, the crisp of the roast pork skin.
A short walk around the vicinity had helped relieve the stuffed feeling. The weather is merciless. We gotta brace for hotter weather ahead.
To prepare for my further studies, I had decided to get another study table. I have an existing one but it’s a little too cramped. Made a mistake of getting a table with built-in shelves on top of the table. Had initially thought that these shelves would be practical for my stationery and other things but after a while, I find that they give the table a rather cluttered look. Anyway, I decided an extra table would provide extra space for any readings or books as part of my studies.
In fact, I had spotted a decent-sized table that was on offer at V-Hive (Plaza Sing branch) but was informed that there was no stock for the colour of my choice. The sales guy said that if there is available stock of my preferred colour, someone from the store would call me, likely end of the month.
Since our afternoon is available, we decided to pop by IKEA and if there’s a suitable table at a reasonable price, I will get it. Long story short, I found a table that I like but was turned off by the extra price for delivery and assembly. That is an extra $100!!! Perhaps I should just wait for V-Hive to call me. The price of the table is around the same and they do not charge for delivery and assembly.
I had managed to persuade the hubby to drop by Tampines and check out the V-Hive branch there. Who knows the stock had arrived? The hubby was initially reluctant but right away agreed when he thought of getting this satay burger from the pasar malam. This burger was recently featured in the papers so he is keen to try it.
Thank goodness, there is available stock of the table that I wanted. How come nobody call me ah??
After purchasing the table, we had joined the very long and slow queue at the “Famous Satay Burger” stall at the pasar malam nearby. Can you spot me in the queue? Quite obvious ah.. LOL..
For someone who hardly perspire, I was almost melting in the heat. Can feel my sweat streaming down my back. My hair is a horrific nightmare, matted and flat with sweat. No way for any selfies…
The process is rather slow. The newspaper article must have given them a surge in popularity. I observed that they had made a batch of burgers first before serving but yet the queue is still moving slowly.
We had queued for around 40mins just for a deer burger and chicken burger. The satay sauce is quite rich and tasty. I had thought the deer patty would be more tender, having eaten a rather tender Springbok burger at Borough Market in London, but it’s quite dry. Maybe it was overgrilled? The chicken patty is slight better. The satay sauce is the key otherwise these burgers would just be normal if the sauce had been the usual bbq or something.
It’s back to work tomorrow. Sigh. Feeling the blues already. Guess I am not the only one. It’s the end of the Jun holidays so I supposed many teachers and students would also dread going back to school. Another 3 weeks more before my no pay leave starts… Counting down now…