Local Heart, Global Soul

October 27, 2012

Chopsticks en Guarde, Hotels Duel for The Most Stars…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

These are the photos that a Foodie cannot resist taking… not only is much of it new to me, but the colours the tastes and smells… heaven!

An instant clue that I’m a long way from Kansas The Hague is that where I hoped to find knives and forks there are instead chopsticks and spoons.

Actually that’s not a problem because I’m quite proficient with chopsticks but Kiwi Daughter has a small look of panic on her face. She needn’t have feared, we found knives and forks on the tables and Little Mr would have been totally happy to use this fingers so was actually rather disappointed by this discovery.

Velvetine is delighted to find what she called “porridge” but it’s certainly not “porridge” as I know it, no rolled oats in this, instead it’s a rice porridge and whilst she’s keen that I try it, to be honest it doesn’t look enticing enough when were are on a time limit and there are other goodies I’d like to try.

There were some things I couldn’t identify, and most things I didn’t know the name of but what I picked out turned out to be tasty.

The kids stuck to plain fare in the savoury section and did well considering how picky they usually are. That said,  a large part of their consumption turned out to be in the dessert section where the discovery of a selection of ice creams suddenly made all that sitting still in the coach completely worthwhile.

Himself isn’t totally sure of his stomach today so settled for a lunch that consisted of a  cup of tea instead.

This hotel is touted as the local five-star establishment so Velvetine and I set about seeing how it compares to the Rasa in Singapore.

The verdict is quick and clear… full marks for effort but from what we’ve seen in the entrance area so far (and the Ladies, where there was a very small but hazardous step outside the disabled toilet) and the fact that if you looked in corners or at the periphery of the rooms the decor looks a little tired so we both have the impression that this was a place trying hard to make a grand impression on a less than grand budget and that it certainly doesn’t even come close to the Rasa. That said however, this is a place that’s making an effort and whilst they are not there yet, we are sure they will get there in the end.

Now I get to tempt you with the delicacies on offer… it may not be quite five star but I’m sure you will manage to drool anyway.

First, this is “porridge”… (with additional condiments added) What do you think?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Condiments for in the soup or to put with the noodles…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Fish cakes… particularly good.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Ice-cream,  the kid favourite…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Kiwi Daughter and I loooove fresh tropical fruits…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

4 Comments »

  1. Rice porridge… I think that is similar to the “congee” my kiddo ate in the orphanage in China.
    The meat on skewers looks particularly tasty. And the desserts… mmmmmm!
    Geez, I just ate dinner and you’re makin’ me hungry again! :->

    Comment by gh — October 27, 2012 @ 4:40 am | Reply

    • GH /Noodles…
      I quite often make myself hungry with my own food photos too LOL!
      Our Singaporean friend was delighted to find this and tucked in heartily, me, I like the fish patties best (fabulous flavour) and of course the desserts were at hit, that said the fresh fruit platter sustained the most damage from Kiwi Daughter and I… we looove watermelon and tropical fruits!

      Comment by kiwidutch — October 31, 2012 @ 10:59 pm | Reply

  2. I love that first pic – such a pretty display.

    Comment by Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife — October 27, 2012 @ 12:22 pm | Reply

  3. The jelly-like black egg slice on top of the “porridge” (also called congee here in Australia) is century egg – one of my personal favourites, but if you tried it I salute you! My partner, who is American usually eats everything but he drew the line at it. It is preserved in ash, clay and quicklime for a few months. Delicious with pink pickled ginger! Happy eating!

    Comment by Peggy Tee — October 28, 2012 @ 7:02 am | Reply


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