It was a massive outing today at Dallas Restaurant and Bar. More than 40 foodies braved the sweltering heat at Boat Quay for Ladyironchef's food event. He's celebrating his blog's second anniversary (congrats, Brad)! My first time going for such a huge food outing. It was fabulous meeting Fen and Yuan, Jaime La Nourriture and her friend, Arlyna, Mike, Aromacookery, Keropokman and Momo.
Brad of Ladyironchef arranged a special menu for us at S$23++. It offered tasting portions of many dishes, including the signature baby back pork ribs.
One of the things we noticed about the first dish is how "kid-friendly" it is. The Salt & Pepper Calamari is not too salty or peppery, and even the chili dip was not spicy at all. It was still a tad too greasy for me, but kids never seem to mind that.
Actually, almost all the items would be popular with kids! I should have brought Nadine. But never mind, she will guest-star in this episode, bringing you fun Tex-Mex words a la Dora the Explorer!
Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas. Very savoury filling wrapped in thin tortilla skins, and grilled until nearly crispy. Not unlike a grilled cheese sandwich.
QUESADILLA : keh-sah-DEE-Yah!
TORTILLA : tor-TEE-Yah!
Shredded Pork Tacos. The Australian owner tells us the pork has been braised with herbs and spices for three hours. I seem to detect some Asian or Chinese elements in the flavour, which I felt clashed with the Mexican condiments.
TACO : TAH-ko
The much awaited baby back ribs came. There was some confusion with the three flavours, as we could not make out which was which, even with the help of the staff. Well, the one we think that's "Alabama" had strong garlic notes, with pineapple for sweetness; and the "Berry" was slightly tart. I liked the "Fiery" best. But overall, I still prefer ribs that are a bit more fleshy and moist.
Tempura Barramundi with Thai Herbs & Naan Jim. We had trouble getting this dish to be photogenic. But it turned out to be more tasty than it looked. The fish was very tender. The sauce is extremely unusual. It looks like your Thai-style chili sauce, but has coconut, coriander and other Thai-based spices in it. We had trouble looking up what "Naan Jim" means, but I think it could refer to the Nam Jim Thai salad dressing. See another recipe here.
Dallas Wings, with hot sauce and ranch dip. Thoroughly deep-fried and crispy - some may find these a bit dry. As we ate this, our table burst into an impassioned discussion about CP Foods, especially their Mexican Wings.
Corn & Crab Fritters with Chili Glaze. These are really breaded potato cakes with mashed bits of crab and corn in them. The "chili glaze" is oddly a curry mayo dip. Personally I think these went better with the Thai-style chili dip.
Beef fajitas, with guacamole, salsa and sour cream. I cannot remember if the beef is from 120-day grain-fed beef, but there sure were some fatty globules in there. Interestingly, the treatment tasted a little like rendang. Laced with sweet onion and jalapeno slices.
FAJITA : fah-HEE-tah!
By now you probably think you're seeing double. Breaded mushrooms with Cheese and Garlic Mayonnaise, another round fried item similar to the crab fritters. But these were quite juicy and tasty. They signalled the end of the nine-course meal which left us all very full. We had a quick look at the posh bar and al fresco balcony upstairs before leaving. Thanks for organising this, Brad.
Today's post has been brought to you by Ladyironchef and the letter "N" (Nadine!)
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