Last Tuesday, Lohcifer, Alec Ee, Freddie and myself had a wonderful lunch at Soon Heng Fishhead curry restaurant at Race Course Road. That was the first time I visited the place. The others have been there before.
Freddie and myself went to fetch Lohcifer. We subsequently proceeded to Soon Heng Fish Head restaurant curry at Race Course Road to meet Alec who was already waiting for us there. Alec just bought a re-sale 5-room flat opposite the restaurant which is within walking distance to Farrer Park MRT station near to the open field.
Our fren Alec was so glad that we had lunch with him. He ordered a big “ang go li” or red snapper fish head with lots of lady fingers, tomatoes and brinjal, giant sambal prawns, spicy mutton and black ink steam squids. We had ice-cold lemon juice and we settled ourselves comfortably inside the air-conditioned restaurant. A welcome respite from the sweltering heat.
There are many fish head curry restaurants around the vicinity. The famous Muthu fish head curry is also nearby. But those are mainly Indian restaurants. Soon Heng is one of few Chinese curry restaurants there.
Usually, I would prefer authentic Indian curry. I hardly tried Chinese fish head curry before. But after trying out Soon Heng, my opinion on Chinese fish head curry changed. In fact, Soon Heng seems to be better than some of the Indian curry outlets. The way the curry is prepared and presented doesn’t seem to be different from those authentic Indian curry restaurants. You won’t be able to differentiate it from those Indian spicy curry. Surpringly, Soon Heng serves “papadom” which is usually served exclusively in an Indian restaurant.
The sambal giant prawns dish was also fantastic. I really love the chilli paste. The mutton dish was soft and saucy to almost perfection with lots of spices. Wow, it was such a sumptuous delicious lunch. Except Freddie, all of us had another round of rice. We devoured the huge pot of fish head curry leaving only the fish bones behind!
Alec was so generous to call in the tab. He paid at the counter and we adjourned to his seven year old 5-room flat. He bought that flat recently at $710K. Earlier, when he pointed his block of flats just opposite the restaurant, I remarked that it could not be HDB block of flats. It’s more like a condominium to me.
Alec was so eager to show us his newly acquired flat that he declared to us – “Don’t worry. No Indians and no mama shop!” Now that’s a serious statement. I know Alec is definitely not a racist.
It reminded me of a Jln Besar MP’s comment in parliament quite long ago about “a sea of darkness” on weekends in his constituency. That MP was merely stating the fact but he was whacked mercilessly and forced to retract his statement after giving an apology.
If you observe those HDB flats along Serangoon Road where the void decks are fenced up to prevent those foreigners from congregating there leading to much rubbish and sometimes even urinating at the premises; you will appreciate the implications of this statement – “No Indians.” Maybe, Alec is referring to that typical weekend scenario which in the MP’s words – a sea of darkness! You can’t blame him if his flat at Race Course Road is so near to little India.
I told Alec by next year his HDB flat could fetch a million dollars since it’s so near to the city and also five mins walking distance to Farrer Park MRT station. HDB flat sale price breaking the $1 million psychological barrier has already happened. The walkway from his block of flats is covered all the way to the MRT station. That’s what he meant when he said “no rain also!” I was wondering why he kept saying, “No rain?”
The trend is for all apartments whether HDB or condominium to be highly prized if they are near to the city or MRT stations. Those not so well off will have to live further away from the town or MRT stations. Only the rich and well off with lots of money could afford to live near city and MRT stations. Some of us, even if it’s in Timbuktu, far away from city or MRT stations could hardly afford a reasonable flat!
Alec didn’t do much renovation to the flat which he bought in the open market after selling off his private apartment nearby. He only painted it and renovated both toilets. The rest of the flat is in original shift-in condition. It’s cosy and the view is superb. Even the Istana grounds could be seen from higher floors. Unblocked panoramic view of the city landscape is simply irresistible.
After we have seen Alec’s flat, we watched a horror 3-D movie “Fifth Dimension.” Lochifer then suggested that I practice my speech and we role play. I’m invited to deliver a speech next month in a social media seminar organised by a local think-tank. I then took out my iphone to recite my 20-minute speech, Lohcifer and the rest fired some questions on me after listening. They gave me some useful tips and comments for me to consider. Watch out for this space. I’ll blog about it after the event. I may publish it here on 20/10/12; the last day of this blog. The speech is about four pages. Thereafter, Gintai will be interned forever and never to be heard of again.
After drinking our cups of cappuccino from Alec’s Expresso machine – gift from Lohcifer, Freddie and myself decided to go off earlier. It’s about 4pm when we reluctantly left. What a memorable day spent with good food and jovial accompany.