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ODETTE: FINE CUISINE IN SINGAPORE

ODETTE: FINE CUISINE IN SINGAPORE

 

 

It is a blessing to have more than one birthday celebration per year for a person. Yesterday my daughter invited me for a belated birthday lunch at Odette.

Odette in French means wealth or rich. It brings to mind the story of the princess being transformed into a swan in the classic ballet “Swan Lake”. However, it was the name of chef’s grandmother. This Michelin two-star fine dine is located in the Art Gallery cum Supreme Court wing, Singapore.

The entrance door of the restaurant is not impressive. The décor is comfortable, with hanging cards of groceries in air. There is no expensive lightings and no dashing colours on walls to distract. The tables and seats are arranged in two or four, and cozy enough to last the long hours of dinning. The kitchen with a dozen staffs can be seen through a glass door, and the bar is also opened. On entry you are greeted by friendly and smiling waiters and waitresses, and their services are excellent. I had a four-course meal, paired well with wine, for about S 200. It’s expensive and lavish, but I doubt I would have many birthdays left for fine cuisine, with the poor dentition, slower mobility and health to enjoy.

The amuse trio and extra mushroom tea starter were eye opener; not only for gastronomic taste delight, but the art of food decoration, with construction and deconstruction, are well presented. It is also my first experience in sous vide (under vacuum) cooking, prolonged low temperature steamed or water bath, to retain texture and moisture. The Rosemary smoked organic egg (from NZ), poached at 64 C for 55 min,with smokes from dry ice was liked a staged drama, when the egg yoke was cracked into a rounded glass container, with foams and chorizo iberico, to provide a balanced biting feel in the midst of smoothness.

 

 

 

POEM TRANSLATION ECHOES 242

POEM TRANSLATION ECHOES 242

CEREBRATING ON CO-CELEBRATION

   (思考共同庆祝)

 

 

hundred and two years

一百零二岁

celebrate and cerebrate

庆祝和動用思考

fair add and subtract

公平加和减

 

 

one cake and candle

单糕和蜡烛

rebirthing the lights and flame

再生光明和點燃

young has larger slice

年轻享大塊

 

the song recycle

循环的歌曲

wishes and the ritual

愿望惯常的仪式

dreams in dreamy world

梦幻世界里

 

share what is common

分享咱共同

world is yours as well as mine

世界是你及我的

no exclusive right

無專属权利

 

GREECE TOUR ECHOES 246: SUNSET FOR SALES

GREECE TOUR ECHOES 246: SUNSET FOR SALES

 

idyllic ripple

charred terraced volcanic cliff

crescent hugs crater

 

whining winding road

breathtaking beauty top down

rugged majesty

 

crimsoned horizon

rest at romantic resort

cold pool not cozy

 

rebirth with new dawn

spend sweet memory moments

revitalizes

 

classical mansions

foggy peak to sandy beach

lobsters with raw beer

 

cobbled-stone shop lanes

blue shutters with white low roofs

drunken donkey rides

 

sunset views for sale

grand poise for honeymooners

memories to hang

 

 

 

GROUP HAIKU ECHOES 242: CEREBRATING ON CO-CELEBRATION

 

GROUP HAIKU ECHOES 242: CEREBRATING ON CO-CELEBRATION

 

 

 

 

hundred and two years

celebrate and cerebrate

fair add and subtract

 

one cake and candle

rebirthing the lights and flame

young has larger slice

 

the song recycle

wishes and the ritual

dreams in dreamy world

 

share what is common

world is yours as well as mine

no exclusive right

 

 

 

P.S Apology, the pictures come from android to e mails., appears disorderly.

POEM TRANSLATION HAIKU 220 & 221

 

OBDURATE OMNIVORE

   (固执的杂食者)

 

not give in but shif

不弃,但转变

self-righteousness bore silly

自以为是的愚蠢

lifestyle survival

生活式存活

 

food chain and meatscape

食品鏈食肉

uncertain on sentience

不确定的感觉性

hook to taste habits

習惯的口味

 

crave for carcasses

渴望兽尸体

animal lives and short span

短暂的動物生命

fat, salt and spices

脂、盐和香料

 

 

awful appetite

可怕的胃口

hunger and humanity

飢餓危害及人类

direct diet niche

生态的飲食

 

MEALS WITHOUT MYTH

   (没有神话的食物 )

 

food, fuel and fun

食物、 燃料樂

turn the table, joy is ploy

转局面,喜悦伎俩

whine and wine unmatched

鬧和酒無敌

 

 

best cuisine culture

最佳肴文化

balance, not binary meal

平衡,不是二元餐

delectable choice

美味的选择

 

 

menu minus myth

减去神素菜

focus on health or hazards

關注健康或危害

toxic excesses

毒素的過度

 

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 221: MEALS WITHOUT MYTH

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 221: MEALS WITHOUT MYTH

 

food, fuel and fun

turn the table, joy is ploy

whine and wine unmatched

 

best cuisine culture

balance, not binary meal

delectable choice

 

menu minus myth

focus on health or hazards

toxic excesses

   

 

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU 220: OBDURATE OMNIVORE

MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU 220: OBDURATE OMNIVORE

 

 

not give in but shift

self-righteousness bore silly

lifestyle survival

 

food chain and meatscape

uncertain on sentience

hook to taste habits

 

crave for carcasses

animal lives and short span

fat, salt and spices

 

awful appetite

hunger and humanity

direct diet niche