This year, we have a new addition to the Lim family – my son, Asher Lim Yu Yi, 5 months old! This is Asher’s first reunion dinner. We dressed him up in a Nepalis costume and shoes given to him by my mother-in-law. I wore a matching Nepalis shirt to accompany him.
We were happy to be able to secure a table at the main branch of Putien restaurants at Kitchener Road. The food was good as usual and the service excellent, despite the large dining crowd. We met and exchange greetings with the friendly boss and some old staff who are friends with my parents.
Asher was very excited to be out today and managed to stay awake throughout. Once we got home, he concussed in bed like a little piglet.
While most people wishes for luck and fortune, Rachel and I will be very contented with a happy family, good health and harmonious relationships in 2012. Happy New Year everyone! May you have a great year ahead in 2012! 🙂
We were unable to get a table at the main restaurant in Kitchener Road this year as we made our reservation late and had to settle for a table at one of their branch restaurants in NEX mall at Serangoon instead.
Along with the common Chinese New Year menu, we had the Hakka-originated, Cantonese-modified luxurious delight – Poon Choi or Pen Cai, a stewed pot filled with vegetable and lots of goodies like abalone, scallops, dried oysters, sea cucumbers and braised pork. This was accompanied with a bowl of signature smooth, springy Heng Hwa bee hoon.
The food was good as usual and the service excellent, despite the large dining crowd. Overall, we somehow still feel that the same dishes taste slightly better at the Kitchener Road restaurant.
After our reunion dinner, we headed to Kovan to check out the various florists and plant nurseries. It was drizzling slightly and past 10pm when we arrived. The vendors were offering larger and larger discounts as the clock ticks by, trying to offload the Chinese New Year plants which will become virtually worthless the next day.
My parents bought a pot of small Mandarin oranges and we headed home for the night.
This year, Pu Tien offered on their CNY menu, the Hakka-originated, Cantonese-modified luxurious delight – Poon Choi or Pen Cai. It’s basically a stewed pot filled with vegetable and lots of goodies like abalone, scallops, dried oysters, sea cucumbers and braised pork.
Eating a bowl of Pen Cai alone was filling enough for the evening. Yummy.
For our Chinese New Year reunion dinner this year, my family headed down to Pu Tien Restaurant (莆田菜馆) at Kitchener Road. The restaurant serves Heng Hwa (兴化) cuisine, which btw, is my dialect group for those who don’t know. 🙂
Pu Tien has always been my family’s favourite restaurant and in fact, we have been visiting it long before the restaurant became famous recently, opening up many branches in Singapore. My parents are quite chummy with the restaurant boss and senior waitresses, which explains why they made special arrangement for us to have the compartmental table in a quieter corner, amidst the Chinese New Year crowd.
Here are the photos taken this evening:
If you are interested to try out quality Heng Hwa cuisine, do visit Pu Tien. The price is quite reasonable compared to most other Chinese restaurants and the dishes are unique; a refreshing change from the usual Cantonese fares Singaporeans are used to. Details as below:
127 Kitchener Road
Desker Road Conservation Area
We had steamboat last Thursday on 元宵节; same as for our Chinese New Year reunion dinner. My mom spent a lot of effort on preparing this meal. She used a toothbrush to manually scrub the shells of every single cockles we dipped into the steamboat that night.
There were less leftovers this time round compared to the reunion dinner. This time, my mom was better able to estimate the amount of food we can all consume.
It was a satisfying meal and we all were too blotted to talk when it was over. 🙂
Just finished my reunion dinner with my family. I am so full now my pants can barely buckle! In the past few years, we had our reunion dinners, outdoor, in restaurants. It was usually a hurried affair where we had to arrive early and eat fast to clear the table for the next batch of reunion dinner diners.
Hence it’s a rather relaxing experience this year to have steamboat at home. We can slowly eat and chit-chat at our own pace.
I hope everyone had a fun and fulfilling reunion dinner as well. 🙂