On the 1st day of Christmas, what is key is my furry inanimate furball wishing all Merry Christmas or we say “compliments of the season once past 25th, followed by 26th December or Boxing Day.
(*Jim Davis and Paws Inc is creative to create my fave pal wearing a nice red bow! Festive!!)
Today was a wash out as the rains poured non stop from the skies.
It was hard to do anything out doorsy as rain is so blinding that it was almost too dangerous to drive.
Luckily we completed part 2 of Kranji visit as we went to the “birdnest museum”
We learnt of the medicinal properties of bird nest as a tonic.
Only the bird nests of black swiftlets or sparrows were edible as these birds would spit out a sticky substance that formed its nest in abandoned houses or specially constructured timber roofed sheds when farmed.
Wild sparrows would produce the costliest nests as the wild nests in the caves of Indonesia were hard to harvest. Sometimes called “blood nests” as these nests have mixture of blood and comes out in oxidised blood red colors.
But with the pollutants of slash and burning of forest vegetation, this has also affected the quality of birds nest in the region.
My good professor Fong has advised me against ingesting these nests as tonics through local natives’ method of cleaning unless they are rigorously processed and filtered through a factory processs, as the allergens could cause me to have breathing difficulties.
Good birds nest in its raw form with twigs and feathers could easily cost in the thousands of Singapore dollars per tael or per 10 grams of dried weight.
It is also touted as a useful tonic for cancer patients as it helps boost blood circulation and immunity against cancer cells.
I had to sneak to take photos as the curator said no photos and as I heard her foot steps approaching, I had to keep my phone. This picture of the raw birds nest is hence fuzzy.
They also sold birds nest made with chocolates and coffees flavored with durian. Chocolate was sold at $5.90 for 100gm bar.
SGD2.50 in a coffee cup ready for you to add hot water and your coffee is ready to drink with birds nest and a herb that boosts energy.
Adjacent to this mueseum was a prawn fishing pond.
Saw other species of fishes in the ponds.
Unsure if these were ornamental or edible fishes.
$18 per hour, a prawn angler would use a bamboo rod and bait to catch prawns singularly.
We met a guy who was fishing from 12pm to 4pm and he barely caught more than 6 prawns. His fee cost him easily SGD90!
For the sake of sport and not the amount of prawns caught…else it would be cheaper to buy prawns at $22 a kilo at Cold Storage supermarket 😉
Next stop was Dempsey Hill. This is a rather hip area of restaurants.
We spotted a new outlet selling lovely cakes. Name of the restaurant is called House of Dreams.
Each slice of cake averaged $7 to $12 a slice and these were large tall slices for cakes other than cheesecakes and cupcakes.
Nephew decided to have a snickers cheesecake! I had a taste. It was lip smacking decadent!
Dinner time swung by and we had to get home as Bro in law was flyingin from Ho Chi Minh.
Our dinner was Japanese for this evening just for 4 of us as mum and dad had a dinner engagement!
Soft shell crabs, maki and a platter of shashimi for them with a claypot of stir fried beef with veggies and 8 pcs of maki.
For me, I was not hungry and had a small plate of Tekan Maki.
Plus I hived off 2 pcs of maki from nephew😉
I also learnt that russian caviar costs $70 for 20gms and $456 for 200gm! Too rich for my blood ha ha!