We were invited to Perche No (Italian for ‘why not’) by Eric and Kaylea from Singapore! They work for the Prima Taste company – which makes some of the best instant noodles I’ve tried. We got to try some amazing dishes prepared by Chef David – he came and introduced them to us and talked about the ingredients. Was really great – like having a private special dinner. Great company and great food! I highly recommend checking out Perche No next time you’re in Seattle.
Chef David is originally from Malaysia and enjoys creating Italian dishes. Reminds me of an artist who lived near where I grew up – Paul Luvera – an Italian who carved totem poles.
Durian fried rice! So good – had a great durian flavor and cili padi through out. Was great – Chef David told us about how people who weren’t keen on the scent of Durian would call the fire department as they thought there was a gas leak!
Sole with capers over marinated eggplant and tomato. My mom used to cook sole with capers for my dad years and years ago – reminded me of that.
A durian extract infused aperitif! Chef David had a little bottle of durian extract – strong stuff!
Wild boar with a Belgian chocolate reduction over polenta
Plumcello – made with plums from a tree Chef David has had for 32 years
CIOCCOLATA LASAGNE E MASCARPONE
White truffle gelato with carnation flower. White truffle has such a earthy, musty tone to them and made me feel like I was in my parent’s garage on a cloudy was when I was a kid looking at a moth stuck in a spider’s web. Delicious!
Durian filled canneloni – Kit got to really try durian tonight – was good! She liked it! Wonder if I can talk her into us bringing one home from the Asian grocery…
Chref gave the ladies roses at the end of our meal
From left to right: myself, Kit, Chef David and Eric
Kaylea, Eric and Chef David right before we left. What a great night – was great to hang out with Eric and Kaylea – very nice folks! Never tried all these Italian things before – was like going to school with a Chef, and we had Chef David to ourselves pretty much for 4 hours (yep – the meal literally took 4 hours).. The dishes were served with almost an exact time between each one, kind of like tracks on an album. Special thanks to Aunt Cindy, without whom we would never have been able to attend – she babysat Miles!
Me on God Of Patena!
Approaching the Canadian border!
A weirdly shaped building; probably full of video cameras pointed at people crossing the border.
A raindy day.
So they asked us a few questions – who are you, what are you doing, where are you going, for how long etc etc. Then they let us loose in Canada!
I really like tunnels – this one was especially cool as the center lane has little lights.
My sister Sue has come up to Canada before and gotten me noodles in the past. She told me about this place in Richmond… First stop: Price Smart Foods!
This place was amazing – so many varieties I’ve not seen in the USA before – really awesome!
Five – count ’em FIVE bags full of instant noodles! Wow!!!
Then we drove through Richmond to Yaohan Centre – a big Asian shopping mall.
This place looks rad!
So I was planning on going to a couple more stores: T&T and Osaka. Well, They’re one and the same so that was easy enough. They have a huge cooked food section in Osaka Supermarket – check out all the kinds of dim sum! I like the Shepherd’s Purse bun ingredients (click image to enlarge).
We both agreed that these actually smelled quite good.
Wow! Frozen turtle!
After all the noodle shopping, we decided to check out the food court. There were a few places – a curry place which smelled awesome, lots of Chinese and then there was Seoul Express. Sweet!
My cute wife Kitten made it such an awesome day!
She got a BBQ beef combo.
I decided to get…
Bibimbap!!! Been wanting to try this for so long and it’s so good. Comes in a stoneware crucible of fire! The food was sizzling for literally five minutes after it was at the table!
French language on everything – proof of being in Canada!
Okay, I’ve discovered something amazing here. The rice at the bottom of the bibimbap is stuck to the bottom. I found that with the spoon from my miso, you could pry it off in nice little pieces. This is like the bacon of the rice world – this is great! Kit told me that her grandmother would cook rice and do the same thing.
With pugs at home demanding attention (they’re telepathic), back to the USA we went.
I ended up with 55 new packs of instant noodles to review – in addition to the 26 that were already in the hamper, that’s 81! Pretty sure I’ll be good on noodles for a while!
|Chencun||Rice Noodle Beef With Brown Sauce||Cup||China|
|Chencun||Rice Noodle Fragrant Peppery Beef||Cup||China|
|Chencun||Rice Noodle Spicy Beef||Cup||China|
|Chencun||Rice Noodle Red Roast Spareribs||Cup||China|
|Chencun||Rice Noodle Braised Ribs||Cup||China|
|Chewy||Satay Chicken||Pack||Hong Kong|
|Chewy||Spicy Beef With Chili Flavor||Pack||Hong Kong|
|Chewy||Taiwan Roast Pork Flavour||Pack||Hong Kong|
|Chewy||Scallop With XO Sauce||Pack||Hong Kong|
|Four Seas||Hot & Spicy Mushroom & Beef||Bowl||Hong Kong|
|Four Seas||Chicken||Bowl||Hong Kong|
|Four Seas||Japanese Style Pork||Bowl||Hong Kong|
|Four Seas||Sesame Oil Chicken||Bowl||Hong Kong|
|Golden Wheat||Spicy Beef||Bowl||China|
|Golden Wheat||Mushroom Chicken||Bowl||China|
|Golden Wheat||Stew Beef||Bowl||China|
|Golden Wheat||Stew Pork||Bowl||China|
|Golden Wheat||Stew Pork||Pack||China|
|Golden Wheat||Stew Beef||Pack||China|
|Golden Wheat||Mushroom chicken||Pack||China|
|Hao Hao||Mi Goreng Shrimp & Onion||Pack||Vietnam|
|Itomen||Cinstant Ramen Crab||Pack||Japan|
|Knorr||Quick Serve Macaroni Wonton||Pack||Hong Kong|
|Knorr||Quick Serve Macaroni Shrimp||Pack||Hong Kong|
|Knorr||Quick Serve Macaroni Japanese Pork Bone Broth||Pack||Hong Kong|
|Knorr||Quick Serve Macaroni Abalone & Chicken||Pack||Hong Kong|
|Mamee||Oriental Noodles Curry||Pack||Malaysia|
|Mr. Noodles||Bowl Beef||Bowl||Canada|
|Mr. Noodles||Bowl Spicy Chicken||Bowl||Canada|
|Mr. Noodles||Bowl Noodles Kimchi||Bowl||Canada|
|Mr. Noodles||Spicy Chicken||Cup||Canada|
|Mr. Noodles||Bowl Noodles Chicken Kimchi||Bowl||Canada|
|Mr. Noodles||Bowl Chicken||Bowl||Canada|
|New Touch||Yakisoba Noodles||Tray||Japan|
|Nissin||Demae Ramen Kimchi Flavor||Bowl||Hong Kong|
|Nissin||Demae Ramen Sesame Oil||Bowl||Hong Kong|
|Nissin||Demae Ramen XO Sauce Seafood||Bowl||Hong Kong|
|Nissin||Demae Ramen Artificial Chicken||Bowl||Hong Kong|
|Nissin||Demae Rice Vermicelli Chicken||Pack||Hong Kong|
|Nongshim||Potato Pork Ramyun||Pack||China|
|Sau Tao||QQ Scallop Seafood||Bowl||China|
|Vina Acecook||Oh! Ricey Spareribs||Pack||Vietnam|
|Wei Lih||Steam Noodle Spicy Sichuan||Bowl||Taiwan|
|Western Family||Instant Noodles In A Cup Chicken||Cup||Canada|
|Western Family||Instant Noodles In A Cup Spicy Chicken||Cup||Canada|
|Western Family||Instant Noodles In A Cup Oriental||Cup||Canada|
|Western Family||Instant Noodles Vegetable||Pack||Canada|
|Western Family||Instant Noodles Chicken||Pack||Canada|
Only one duplicate that I’ve reviewed before!
This was such an awesome birthday – I have the most awesome wife in the universe! I love you Kit!