The Measure Of My Powers (2008-2009)

All the food in this post was eaten by me alone in one sitting! Clockwise from top left: Fried oysters, sauteed smoked duck breast, grilled squid, sashimi (mackerel, surf clam, salmon, sweet shrimp, swordfish), grilled sanma, unagi sushi and tempura.

I always order their teppanyaki lamb. It’s fatty with bits of gristle and full of flavor, a cheap cut but totally delicious.

Ordered a prawn to try. Had to be very selective to conserve stomach space.

More sashimi! Love vinegared mackerel and swordfish.

Couldn’t resist another helping of their impressive tempura. Whoever made these knew what he was doing in the kitchen.

Ice cream to top off all that food. Pretty good for one person huh!

I know what you are thinking: A second Japanese buffet post in a row!?! Sadly this is of the now deceased Edogawa at Novena. It used to be my favorite Japanese buffet. The pictures you see here are from a meal I had by myself. I remember coming down the escalator right after working out at the gym and I thought why the heck not. I could do a buffet by myself, order anything I wanted.

But the post isn’t about the restaurant. This post is about food and how it makes us feel. How it becomes something more than just nourishment. How it becomes a force in our lives.

For me it is an anesthetic, a source of inspiration and a focus for hope.

D M K Koh

(Not how I really sign off, just a tribute to someone.)

2 responses to “The Measure Of My Powers (2008-2009)

  1. Hmmm. How does food become a “force” unless you allow it to happen? That said, I don’t know the background to the post but I would love to find out!

  2. I think this quote by MFK Fisher explains what I mean:

    “So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it… and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied… and it is all one.” – The Gastronomical Me

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