Hari Raya Dinner – Somewhere in Singapore


My colleagues and myself were invited to our Board of Director’s home for Hari Raya dinner last night and boy what a feast! His wife is such a good cook, that we were stuffing our faces from the time we stepped into the house! Of course, the nicely decorated house hasn’t gone unnoticed, very nicely laid out and most of the furniture in the house were made by his own factory. Didn’t snap pics around the house ‘cos won’t be nice to post those pics here without his permission. ;P Anyways, check out the pics below and the awesome traditional Arabic food!

It all started with these gorgeous cakes... All homemade and the cakes are so nicely moist, I could've eaten up the whole plate especially the kueh lapis (layered cake)... But of course I had to be polite... and save some space for dinner! ;P
It all started with these gorgeous cakes… All homemade and the cakes are so nicely moist, I could’ve eaten up the whole plate especially the kueh lapis (layered cake)… But of course I had to be polite… and save some stomach space for dinner! ;P
Then I moved on to try the other cookies and tarts, except from the crackers, his wife made them all... I need to marry a wife like that man!!!
Then I moved on to try the other cookies and tarts, except from the crackers, his wife made them all… I need to marry a wife like that man!!!
Our awesome Arabic dinner!
Our awesome Arabic dinner is served!
Nowadays, the camera has a go at the food first instead of humans... Tsk tsk tsk...
Nowadays, the camera has a go at the food first instead of humans… Tsk tsk tsk… My colleagues haha
This dish which looks like the Indian Briyani, it's not. It'll be an insult to the cook if you've guessed it out loud. This dish is known as Chicken Mandhi Rice, a traditional Arabic cuisine. The sauce on top is the most tedious to prepare. 5kgs of tomatoes melted down to this thick puree with loads of spices and onions. The whole process takes about 2 days to prepare. Then the sauce is then roasted with the chicken and stuffed with eggs.
This dish which looks like the Indian Briyani, it’s not. It’ll be an insult to the cook if you’ve guessed it out loud. This dish is known as Chicken Mandhi Rice, a traditional Arabic cuisine. The thick gravy on top is the most tedious to prepare. 5kgs of tomatoes melted down to this thick puree with loads of spices and onions. The whole process takes about 2 days to prepare. Then the sauce is then roasted with the chicken and stuffed with eggs.
Made with love. I couldn't emphasize how much the love and patience to do this, so just whack!
Made with love. I couldn’t emphasize how much the love and patience to do this, so just whack!
Moroccan Pomegranate Salad with Tahini Sauce - Served cold and very refreshing to go with your rice. Tahini sauce is made from sesame seed and it adds a very nice fragrance to the dish.
Moroccan Pomegranate Salad with Tahini Sauce – Served cold and very refreshing to go with your rice. Tahini sauce is made from sesame seed and it adds a very nice fragrance to the dish.
Salsa is also a cold dish, spicy and sourish, very appetising!
Salsa is also a cold dish, spicy and sourish, very appetising!
Fruit Chutney also to go with the rice. Not a big fan, but tried it and it was good.
Fruit Chutney also to go with the rice. Not a big fan, but tried it and it was good.

The dinner was really good and we tried our best to eat as much as we can but we still left almost half of the large plate behind. As much as I would like to tapao, nah, not so thick skinned. Nevertheless, I’m writing this blog entry to show my deep appreciation. Thank you Mrs Matter, you can invite me over to try your food ANYTIME OK? 😉

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