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2/28 8pm Get-together @ Singapore Malaysian

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Deb H. Feb 5, 2001 08:25 PM

Made the call to go to Singapore Malaysian (836 Clement); for date I'm thinking Wednesday, 2/28 (need to do a weekday to include Melanie, Tuesdays they're closed & aren't good for Kara Elise, Thursdays aren't good for me, and I'd rather avoid Mondays on the chance that that's the regular chef's day off). Let's say dinner at 8:00 pm, and meet for drinks beforehand if people get there early at the nearby Front Room (823 Clement). I'll aim to be at the bar around 7:00.

*All* area chowhounds are welcome -- lurkers, feel free to come out and join us! Could people please e-mail me at the address above (remove NOSPAM) if you're interested so I can get a handle on numbers? And Melanie, I asked them about corkage; they said it's $6 per bottle. I'd love to chip in to try some of your recommended wines.

Best,
Deb H.

Link: http://www.sfbg.com/Dine/31/31/featur...

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    Deb H. RE: Deb H. Feb 5, 2001 11:16 PM

    Oh, and I'm all for Melanie's suggestion of agreeing to split the bill evenly as we'll be sharing dishes between all of us. It's not that pricey a restaurant to start with.

    Best,
    Deb H.

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      Melanie Wong RE: Deb H. Feb 6, 2001 07:09 PM

      Super, Deb! Thanks for making the schedule work.

      The wines will be on me. I've gotta taste/study them anyway, might as well share them around the table. We can split the corkage charge among whoever chooses to partake.

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        Kara Elise RE: Melanie Wong Feb 14, 2001 01:07 AM

        Count me in, too. And Melanie, that's very kind of you for so generously offering the wine, but I think we should all split the enjoyment. Your judgment in selection is enough of a gift!

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          Melanie Wong RE: Kara Elise Feb 14, 2001 02:32 AM

          It will be great to meet you, Kara.

          That's a gracious offer, but I don't want anyone to be concerned about this being an expensive evening. The wines I'm planning to bring are made for drinking, not just label hoarding. A few are samples and others are not that costly, so it's not such a huge gesture on my part either.

          We can have some fun tasting the wines and trying different combinations of complementary and contrasting flavors. The preliminary line-up includes Oregon Pinot Gris, German Riesling, Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc, Barbera d'Asti, and Napa Petite Sirah.

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            Kara Elise RE: Melanie Wong Feb 18, 2001 11:15 AM

            That sounds great, Melanie! Can't wait to meet all of you!

            Kara

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              gordon wing RE: Kara Elise Mar 1, 2001 09:20 AM

              What a nice evening...Deb thanks for taking the initiative to organize the dinner, Melanie thanks for selecting the wines and schlepping your glassware. Very good food and even better company. We should consider moving seating assignments part way through dinner- hardly got to talk with folks on the ends of the table.
              Anyways, a great success.

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                grow power RE: gordon wing Mar 1, 2001 01:50 PM

                I second that. It was great meeting everyone. Thanks to Deb for the organization and Melanie for introducing me to new wines. Let's do it again soon..

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                  Deb H. RE: grow power Mar 1, 2001 03:53 PM

                  Thanks to everyone for coming last night, we had a great time putting faces to names & talking about food/wine/Chowhound/etc. Special thanks to Melanie for her wines/glasses, and I agree with Gordon that a mid-meal changing of seats next time would give us a better chance of talking to everyone (or maybe a round table?).

                  Anyway, I snagged one of the take-out menus on the way out, & recreated out menu below. I was a little disappointed that the long bean dish had a different texture than I remembered (not as dry), but happy that we came out at about $20 a person and that the restaurant was equipped for serving wine. Other thoughts?

                  * Otak-Otak (fish mousse grilled with green onion and banana leaf -- served with peanut sauce)
                  * Roti Prata (Indian bread served with curry on the side)
                  * Curry Mee (prawns, Chinese beans, bean sprouts, bean cake, egg & chicken -- served in a curry coconut based sauce)
                  * Goreng Kari Sotong (sauteed squid with curry powder)
                  * Daging Rendang (spicy marinated beef with lemon grass, lime leaves -- served in coconut sauce)
                  * Sambal Kachang Panjang (sauteed green beans, lemon grass, prawns, chiles and onions in fish paste)
                  * Mee Goreng (fried egg noodles, prawns, tofu, potato and bean sprouts in tomato sauce)
                  * Hainan Chicken & Rice (deep fried chicken served with rice cooked in chicken broth & ginger)
                  * Coconut rice, ginger rice
                  * Bu Bo Cha Cha (yams, taro and bananas -- served in coconut milk)
                  * mystery dessert (sweet cold soup of smashed red beans with a splash of coconut milk on top?)

                  Best,
                  Deb H.

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                    gordon wing RE: Deb H. Mar 2, 2001 04:09 AM

                    Enjoyed the range of discussion during dinner...learning about wines, the food and a bit about each other but the most memorable tidbit was the Japanese vending machines that dispense used women's panties...it's the kind of image that lingers for awhile.

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                      Deb H. RE: gordon wing Mar 2, 2001 10:47 AM

                      Ha ha ha! I'd forgotten that the subject had come up. Quick clarification: those machines are kind of rare -- you have to search through the sex districts to find them. Not exactly lined up at every subway station alongside the soft drink & cigarette vending machines. My husband & I have also seen vending machines selling porno magazines/videos, clean women's underwear (as a gift on White Day 3/14, when men give presents to the women who gave them chocolate on Valentine's Day a month prior), condoms branded by blood type, etc. Fits squarely into the area of "Those Wacky Japanese" stories that turn up in the papers/TV.

                      Best,
                      Deb

                      Link: http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/6...

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                        Caitlin McGrath RE: Deb H. Mar 2, 2001 01:06 PM

                        You know, I have heard a number of times of the preponderance of vending machines in Japan, of the panty vending machines for White Day (how silly is it that men are supposed to give female acquaintances underwear, yet want to buy it from vending machines so they don't have to embarrass themselves in the lingerie department?), and even of dirty-underwear vending machines. But I always wondered if the latter was for real.

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                      Cheryl Pochapin RE: Deb H. Mar 2, 2001 01:38 PM

                      Lee and I want to add our thanks to the list - it was a fun evening out! Great restaurant pick, Deb! Wines were delicious Melanie - thanks for bringing them and sharing the leftovers (ps, could you email me the info on the Reisling contact in Berkeley?) ! Thanks for the ride home Gordon! I like the idea of moving seating arrangements, cause we defintely didn't get a chance to talk with those at the other end of the table. And thanks for the meal re-creation Deb, I realized yday that I should've pickedup a take out menu so I'd remember what to order next time.
                      We're definately up for another meal!

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                        Melanie Wong RE: Cheryl Pochapin Mar 2, 2001 08:32 PM

                        Great to meet you and Lee. Yes, I'll send you Bill Mayer's coordinates when I get home. It's kismet that you live to close to Riesling's California outpost.

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                        Melanie Wong RE: Deb H. Mar 2, 2001 08:30 PM

                        Deb - what a super job of ordering! Your picks were the best. The roti, curry mee, and fried Hainan chicken (that's a new one on me) were my favorites. The beef rendang and squid were the weakest, imo, and the ones that I had wanted to order.

                        Thanks again for organizing this.

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                      Melanie Wong RE: gordon wing Mar 2, 2001 08:26 PM

                      It was absolutely super to meet y'all!

                      Gordon - after our extensive discussion on wine glasses, I certainly couldn't have let you down. (g)

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                        gordon wing RE: Melanie Wong Mar 2, 2001 11:56 PM

                        Melanie,

                        Believe me, you didn't. Thanks again for bringing such a nice selection of wines for us to taste with our meal.
                        Very generous on your part.

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                        Kara Elise RE: gordon wing Mar 4, 2001 08:45 PM

                        I, too, would like to add that it was a pleasure to meet all of you. And thank you, Deb, for organizing it, and Melanie for generously providing so many delicious wines! I would look forward to future outings, if I weren't moving next week! (Will have to hook up with the LA hounds.) I'll keep in touch via the board. Cheers!
                        Kara

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                          Nancy Reyes RE: gordon wing Mar 9, 2001 05:41 PM

                          I too would like to chime in and thank Deb for organizing the event, and Melanie for the wines. It was fantastic sampling a variety of reds and whites with a meal and seeing what everyone had to say. Although some of the more memorable conversations had little or nothing to do with food or wine.
                          My favorite dish was the fried chicken, and second would be the green beans and shimp combo. I'd never had those two together, but they worked nicely.
                          It was a pleasure meeting everyone, and I would be more than happy to help coordinate another dinner.
                          Thanks once again! - Nancy

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                      Deb H. RE: Kara Elise Feb 14, 2001 11:51 AM

                      Kara Elise,

                      Great that you can join us! That makes eight people so far:

                      Gordon Wing
                      Melanie Wong
                      Nancey Reyes
                      Kara Elise
                      Cheryl & her husband
                      me & my husband David

                      If anyone else would like to join us at Singapore Malaysian 2/28 at 8:00 pm for the first SF Bay Area Chowhound Dinner, just shoot me an e-mail (remove NOSPAM from the e-mail address). Drinks prior at the nearby Front Room.

                      Best,
                      Deb H.

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                        Deb H. RE: Deb H. Feb 26, 2001 11:38 AM

                        Our reservation for the Bay Area Chowhound gathering is in for 8:00 pm this Wednesday 2/28 at Singapore Malaysian. We'll be splitting the bill evenly (corkage of $6/bottle for Melanie's wines to be paid separately by those who indulge), but as the average dish there is around $6, the total should be pretty reasonable.

                        So far we've got eight people:

                        Gordon Wing
                        Melanie Wong
                        Nancey Reyes
                        Kara Elise
                        Cheryl Popachin & her husband
                        me & my husband David
                         
                        If anyone else would like to join us for dinner at Singapore Malaysian Restaurant (836 Clement), just shoot me an e-mail (remove NOSPAM from the e-mail address). Drinks prior at the nearby Front Room (823 Clement).

                        Best,
                        Deb H.

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                          Deb H. RE: Deb H. Feb 26, 2001 08:43 PM

                          Make that nine people: add Grow Power to the list as well.

                          Deb H.

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                            Melanie Wong RE: Deb H. Feb 28, 2001 12:30 AM

                            Great! I'm so looking forward to meeting everyone and have pulled out a wide range of wines that I hope you'll find interesting.

                            2000 Giesen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand
                            1999 Condes de Albarei Albariño from Rias Baixas, Spain
                            1994 Dr. Loosen "Ürziger Würzgarten" Riesling Spätlese from the Middle Mosel, Germany
                            1997 Agostino Pavia "Moliss" Barbera d'Asti from Piemonte, Italy
                            1997 Unti Dry Creek Valley Syrah from Sonoma County, California
                            1995 Robert Biale Napa Valley Petite Sirah from California
                            1992 Kuhmann Kallstadter Kobnert Eiswein, 375ml, from Rheinpfalz, Germany for dessert

                            The recent discussion on the General Topics board inspired two of the choices. If you want to do some "homework", please check out the link below. But don't worry, there will not be a test. Wednesday's dinner is strictly for FUN.

                            Nine people with six and a half bottles sounds right to me. (g)

                            Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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                              howard RE: Melanie Wong Feb 28, 2001 01:34 AM

                              God,what a list!I'm jealous. Dr. Loosen, Marlborough, Asti not Alba Barbera and an Eiswein. The Reisling I've been drinking lately is Kurt Darting,Kabinett and Spatlese. There's a good Thai place in the East Village with an interesting wine list usually have Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Blanc. Tried a Gruner Veltliner which didn't do much for me.

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                                Melanie Wong RE: howard Feb 28, 2001 02:34 AM

                                I wish you could join us, Howard! None of these wines is that dear, only the Biale breaks $30. The Marlborough may be the first taste of the 2000 vintage for some of our party. Haven't tasted the Barbera since release - a sample from my friend Oliver who imports it - and priced less than $13 retail. The current vintage, 1998, is a super deal too.

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                                  howard RE: Melanie Wong Feb 28, 2001 11:19 AM

                                  When I first started trying Rieslings everytime there was a Dr. -- wine I always got a picture in my mind of a mad scientist ala Dr. Moreau or Dr. Frankenstein.Barbera Asti has a rep as usually being lighter than Alba. Because of it's high acidity I like Barbera with tomato based sauces. Syrah goes well with pork.I was in SF a few years ago and ate at Square One (Whose owner closed it to concentrate on writing and consulting), Bizou,Silk in the Mandarin Orient, and a Vietnamese place in the Richmond district among others.

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