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As you might have already noticed, I don't get a whole lot of comments on London Chow. Some say that the number of comments on a site is directly correlated to the number of readers the site has got. If that's true, my entire audience would consists of a grand total of two. And that's the very reason why I get a bit excited whenever I get a comment; the next comment would mean that my audience has increased by a whopping 50%!
Wife has warned me to leave the Little One out of my posts. In fact, I suspect she would very much prefer me not to mention her at all in the posts. I find it difficult to comply really. Firstly, I almost never eat alone. Secondly, it would be odd to just write about the food and ignore the company you're with. After all, the food placed on your table is really just part of the entire dining experience, isn't it?
The best meal that I had was at a porridge stall in Chinatown back home when I was a kid. Every now and then after Dad knocked off work, he would bring Mum and I to that particular stall perched on the side of the road just beside an open drain. By all accounts, it wasn't the most exalting dining experience but I loved it. I remembered balancing on a high stool sipping the piping hot porridge while Dad recounted to Mum about that happened at work that day. I brought Wife there years later and would have brought the Little One as well if not for the fact that the stall is no longer there after a government initiative to clean up the local hawkers' act.
How often do we go back to the same place over and over again trying to capture the nostalgia long gone only to leave disappointed even though the dishes are exactly the same? That's why I do place quite a bit of emphasis on things other than the food itself.
Fine, what's the point of me sharing all that, you might ask. Well, my review on Ottolenghi received its first comment (yes!) sometime back. It was made anonymously. Anonymous commentators are really wildcards, you never know what you're going to get. Unlike some, I do publish all comments (like I said, I don't get alot of that). This particular one found the term Little One "sickly saccharine" and asked what was wrong with the word "baby". I left that one unanswered. I am still thinking of a smart reply. Meanwhile keep the comments coming and here's wishing you a sumptuous year ahead!
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