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Week 19 Day 3

Weighed myself this morning. I am 56.3kg. That’s another 300g from Monday’s feast. Had spicy hotpot with SZ and Christee at the famous Hai Di Lao and I kinda food overdosed.  

 I was so full after dinner that baby kicked to protest. Maybe the stomach is taking up too much space and “invaded” baby’s swimming pool area. 

And because I drank too much of the chicken soup from the hotpot, I had bad water retention the next day. All the sodium accumulated made me swell like a pig. LOL… Had to drink plenty of water to flush it out on Tuesday. 

Today’s breakfast is slightly heavier. Usually I will have a cup of hot Milo and a packet of soda crackers. Today I indulged in Chicken Kway Tiao and soya bean milk~   

Yep, I am drinking soya bean milk. Used to hate it before pregnancy, but now I find it acceptable and sometimes might crave for it. All thanks to the cup of non-genetically-modified soya bean milk I had in Taipei last month. Still can’t forget the yummy taste of it. Shall have it again when I travel there in 2 weeks’ time. 

Last night I could sleep. Baby kicked a lot when I was tossing and turning in bed. Is it kicking because I can’t sleep or is the kicking keeping me awake? I don’t know. Ended up watching cartoon video on the phone till I dosed off. The Husband had no idea… He was enjoying his deep sleep. *Hormone imbalance again*


Xian De Lai Hot Pot @ JEM

Had dinner with Mum last Wednesday at Xian De Lai in JEM. I made reservation for four, but later realised that it wasn’t necessary since the place was not crowded. We chose the buffet option.

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So each of us gets a pot like this which boils over solid fuel. There were Mala, Tom yum, Pork, and Duck soup. I had the Mala soup which was the most tasty out of the 4 choices. Mum and Bro were complaining that their tom yum and duck soup were rather bland.

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We prepared our dipping sauces from the condiment station. There were much choices and I spotted 2 flies drowning in the Thai sauce. OMG… I was glad that my stomach was strong enough for this.

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I was ordering the food on this order chit and it didn’t take long for me to realise that it doesn’t matter how many portions I indicate on the paper, because, the staff will only serve the standard portion size depending on the number of people. =___=”
So that’s the 3 thin slices of chicken (from the cooked dishes menu) for the 4 of us. I do understand that the restaurant does this to prevent food wastage, but I strongly believe that I am old enough to determine how much I can order and consume. Plus, I fully understood that wastage will be charged at $5/100gm.

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It gets extremely tiring to keep ordering food because each time only “kid’s size” portion is served.  See that 5 slices of beef for 4 of us? That few pieces of veggies? ARGH! I have never had a more tiring meal ever!
Some of the food like braised pork belly, spicy chicken, prawn noodles, etc., are good, while the rest are just normal frozen food that need to be thawed at our table.
Overall, we paid around $130+ for 4 people (wet tissues are chargeable), but we were left unsatisfied and worn out. I would rather pay a lot more for the service + fresh food at Hai Di Lao than this.
Enough said.

Hai Di Lao – Revisited

Soon after my first visit to Hai Di Lao, I was craving for hot pot again. The chicken soup is so addictive that I wish they could sell me the soup base for takeaway.
This time, I went there with Hua. It was a Friday evening and the queue was horrendous. The waiting area was so packed that the staff had to give out number queues at level 1 just outside the restaurant. Customers were only allowed to go up to level 2 when they queue number was called.

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Our queue number was 75 and they have only served number 25. Feeling so hungry, Hua and I went to have McDonalds first.
And finally after 3.5 hours, our queue number was called~ Hence, our dinner  officially started at 10.30pm. OMG~~~~~~!

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Without wasting anymore time, we ordered the chicken soup base and tomato soup base ($16++).

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This time, I managed to take a picture of the condiments and dessert station.

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This is my usual sauce combination: Black vinegar, chili oil, sesame oil, chili padi, garlic, spring onions, coriander, and soy sauce.

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This is my new favourite combination: sesame paste, sesame oil, sesame seeds, and special chili sauce. It goes very well with fish~

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Hua and I were on the No-veggies steamboat mission. So our table was filled with only meat and more meat~
We ordered half portion of prawns ($4++).

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Guess what?
The staff automatically peeled off the shells for us! Awesome! We no longer need to worry that our fingers will be dirty from peeling the prawn shells~ One less reason to bring my prawn-peeler there! =P

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We had the pomfret fish ($18++) again because it’s so good.

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I recommended the dumplings (half portion $4++) to Hua, but this time round the dumpling skin was a bit thick.

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We tried the kurobuta pork (half portion $6++), and it’s really good!

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The marinate beef (half portion $8++) is not up to standard. The beef, although smooth, was quite tasteless after cooking in the soup. I would recommend getting the sliced beef instead of this. Our total bill for this round was $96.51. A bit expensive but it’s so worth it!

We ate till 1+am and there were still people coming in for steamboat! OMG~ Hai Di Lao is just too popular. They seriously need to open the second outlet at 313 real soon!