Went over to our neighbors' dining table to celebrate M's birthday. They had a lovely seafood feast delivered. It arrived earlier than expected, at 5.30pm! We totally don't mind eating at 6pm nowadays! So having the food come in early was great since we were all home, and we only needed to pee the dogs, and we could happily eat.
We had crab beehoon and chilli gravy. There were also salted egg yolk prawns, coffee ribs, stir-fried sambal kangkong and kai-lan with garlic. What a nice meal! This type of dinner requires three to four people at the table. It's very hard to have them alone, or with just two persons. Well, the man and I did try having just crab beehoon and rice vermicelli. The man took all the crab, and I ate loads of vermicelli. Fairly satisfying, but we couldn't order any other item. That was all we could stomach.
I don't bother much about crabs, but I liked that crab soup and chilli gravy. It's such a treat to have the rice vermicelli in sweet crab gravy. Slurrrrrrped those up. I asked for those crispy mantou. Loved those. I like them plain or soaked in the chilli crab gravy. Tonight we had 25 mantou! Muahahah. More than enough to go around the table. I asked for two mantou. I might have eaten four... or more. 👀
We brought cake! Pre-ordering (to pick up) on Pantler didn't work since the website requires like three to four days' notice. It was much easier to stop by the patisserie to see what's available. They would usually have something. We got 'Yatsura' — made up of hazelnut dacquoise, dark chocolate ganache and crunchy hazelnut feuilletine.
Our neighbors are very nice people. Of course we never knew that till we bonded over our dogs, and slowly got to know one another. As neighbors, while we randomly might know who live in which unit, and who might have a dog, or as that person who laughs loudly or have friends over, etc. Generic information. We don't pry and nobody would do that either. Nobody has been that mean in our block for anyone to start a fight. A smile and a civil head nod suffice by way of greeting, and being friendly usually means we actually open our mouths to voice a 'hello'. Like us, M and B have been living here for three years, so while they're still living here, we're glad to have them around!
The dogs were on best behavior. Hurhurhur. Even Choya who doesn't usually beg at the dining table joined Maya and Ivy to see what the fuss was about. When she smelt crabs and such, she wasn't interested, so after lying about at our feet while we ate, she abandoned the table and went up the couch.