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Published: September 9th 2009
Michelle had warned me that we had to be out of the hostel and on the road for 9am. She had something planned for my 30th birthday at 10:30am that morning, somewhere on the outskirts of Singapore. I hadn’t a clue what she had planned so I just went with the flow. On the train I was pestering her as to what it was but she wouldn’t tell me. She had me baffled as it was well outside the city and she had to pay in cash. Eventually we came to the house of Roxanna, a women of Indian origins from Singapore with her own cookery school. Today I was going to learn how to make Springs rolls, Mee Goreng and Onde Onde. As I like to cook this was perfect present. Part of me thought though, that Michelle figured I was getting rusty in the kitchen and needed new lease of life!
There were 8 people attending the class from Australia, England, Germany and Holland. With all cookery courses you get to eat what you make and you will generally be making something you might never of had before. We have had spring rolls but never made them before.
They are very easy and I promise when we get home that Michelle will make them all for you!! Hers turned out the best as she made triangles where as mine were only square. The Mee Goreng was nice but there is a very strange smelling and tasting ingredient in it. She wouldn’t tell us how it is made and she said her whole neighbourhood will know she is using it, it smells that bad. She loved it though. I forget the name but it sounded like blenchin. The dish is basically noodles with many, many different things in it. For desert we made Onde Onde. This involved glutinous rice flour, mixed with water until it forms a dough. Then you roll little balls of the dough and place palm sugar in the middle and roll it in to a ball again. Then you boil it until it rises to the top and cover it in coconut. Best served eating it whole. In the words of Peter Kay “it was a taste sensation”. Everyone sat and talked after eating for an hour or so before hitting the road again. It was a really cool day and an excellent present.
That evening we did something unique. To celebrate my birthday we had Vietnamese food, in Chinatown, in Singapore. It was our first time eating Vietnamese food and it was very tasty. We walked around the markets before calling it time after a tiring day. With Oasis breaking up and me turning 30th it was a strange feeling. It was like a part of my youth finishing. But what the hell. Feck that. Of course harsh realities lie ahead but right now, I’m living the dream. (Cheesy, but thankfully true!!!)
In a bit. DH
Song of the blog: Oasis - Be Here Now
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