Lobster Lunch 12 May 2007
Singapore’s culinary tastes for crustaceans are largely limited to the crabs, prawns and crayfish in your local hawker centre near you. And who can blame you? Fry them.. steam them….gravify them…roll them around in cereal, and all tastes as good. A rarity in the hawkers is the presence of lobsters.
Lobsters, in Singapore, are usually reserved for special occasions or when your aunt/ uncle (never your family) strikes 4D or Toto. I have got to admit that having a whole red head of lobster looks impressive on the dinner table, but it really is a whole lot of fancy decoration in the plate for a few scraps of meat.
Thinking back, the food is really secondary (though it’s a big motivator). What can beat an hour of food revelry would definitely be a ride of approximately 10x that time. A wild statement for some, but so very true for the die hard riders of the Kruzer fraternity.
The crowd gathering early
The meet up place was the usual Esso station and as much as we wanted to leave at 8, we hoped for the best that Terence could make it in time.
“Terence, oh Terence, where art thou?”
With Terence still an hour away, we headed on straight to our breakfast destination, Kota Tinggi, while Cy and LuN stayed behind. An hour’s ride later, many of us tucked into Bah kut teh and wanton noodles. What a lazy way to spend a Saturday morning….
Kota Tinggi’s finest
Being town inundated by floods in recent times, it’s heartening to see the residents rebuilding their lifes again. Big sign boards, repainted walls and a healthy dose of optimism in the locals bring cheer into the town.
The ride into Sedili Kechil was surreal. Before you know it, we were fast approaching our first major rest point! Perhaps the familiaruty with the roads has played its part, but more likely, my engrossment with the GPS and visualing our movement on the minimap on my handlebar made it happen all so fast.
Blue Skies, one road
Just as we were about to make a right run to Sedili Kechil, something caught Isaac’s eye. A new road to the left! With a bridge just 100m away, we couldn’t resist the urge to have a look. A quick stopover the bridge was greeted with great splender. The low tide pulled them last remnants of the clear crisp water out of the bright, crystalline sand, exposing a flat plane of such magnificence usually seen in Discovery Channel.
Up the bridge we go!
Chillin’ out in the sun
In the lowest of tide, out comes the sand
Sean can’t get enough of it
U don’t know how vain these 2 are
Heading to our scheduled stop at Sedili Kechil, much of the convoy took a rest while a couple of us went further down the roads to relive boyhood memories. Catching longkang fish! The brackish habitats around the state of Johor are teeming with many varities of fishes and being an avid aquarist, I could not miss that. Armed with fishing nets and plastic bags, off we went.
Re-living childhood days?
The only pic of the fishing site. Tony’s flat batt and my own obsession with the fishes resulted in no pics…except when
2 clowns go trailing!!
A couple of hours later, with burnt arms and faces and wet, soggy socks, we headed to our next stop, Telok Ramunia, just a couple of kilometres to Penggarang (also known to Singaporean foodies as lobster land).
Off to Telok Ramunia!
The soft, luxurious grass next to the beach was very welcoming. Even to a bike.
The gleeful ones couldn’t resist
Driven by thirst, Tony couldn’t resist the primal urge in him to get us some coconuts.
No one knew where Tony was….but i did…
One clown up there, bigger one below
Tony and his coconuts
Tony’s coconuts finally did quench the thirst…but only much persuasion from the screwdriver and tree trunk……and professional coconut peeler Penguin’s help as well…
Murdering the coconut
Murdering the coconut part 2
His accomplice in crime
Of course, the coconut might be a little fermented…resulting in a little alcohol….and julius’s reaction…
Julius wants to fly a plastic bag kite
As soon we get news that some of the guys joining us at Penggarang were well on their way, we headed to the restaurant for some much needed fluids and what else, lobsters!
Parking at the Jade Garden restaurant
As we were waiting for food, some of us just couldn’t resist the urge to make friends with the guys we’re eating.
Hungry Cs can’t stand it no more
LuN being greedy
The big bugger we couldn’t afford
The invasion of the lobsters
As usual, with the Kruzers, food disappears really quickly once they’re laid on the table. Eating at an unusual hour of 4pm, the restaurant was virtually ours.
Juicy lobster in creamy herbal soup
A Kruzer Clearout!
“Oh baby yeah!” Black pepper lobster = yummy!
No one can ever concentrate when there’s food involved
whack the food first….
same thots here
With full stomachs and great company on the way back, even the rain can’t wipe off the blissful grin on my face.
See ya again soon!!