Old Pineapple Birthday

February 28, 2009

Do you have a hard time guessing what is Old Pineapple? Let me open up the riddle for you. Translate it back to Cantonese and you will get “Lou Wong Lai”. The Wong and the Lai part is ok, but Lin have to add in Lou as it’s Lau birthday as well in 4 days time. A bit far fetched, but still acceptable.

And guess where we have dinner? El Cerdo. It’s a spanish restaurant tucked behind the golden triangle where most of the pubs and bars are located. And the main specialty there is pork dishes. I have wanted to try it ever since Lin mentioned in a couple of months back, but with just 2 person having dinner, we would need to visit there a few times before we can try the whole menu.

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Reservations is at 8pm and the 3 of us (me, Lai and Kel) arrived early hoping that we can start early. As usual when you tell your friends dinner is at 8pm, expect them to arrived half an hour late. You know, it’s the usual Malaysia culture. So while waiting, we go through the menu and order a bottle of wine and starter.

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Lai with his “cute” poses while waiting for the food the come.

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We were served a small cup of soup of the day, something asparagus with bacon soup. And after that the first appetizer “Carnitas de Cerdo”, simply meaning Spicy Pork in Tortilla served with Avocado and Salsa Mexicana.

And when most of them arrived, Lin started ordering the food. IMG_0780IMG_0783IMG_0782

The Appetizers from top to bottom, Jamón Serrano from Spain (Imported High Quality Spanish Cred & Air Dried Ham served on Rock Melon and Salad with Balsamico Dressing), Prawn & Shrimp Salad & Jamón Pata Negra Ibérico de Bellota (served with green & black Olives and Rock Melon)

Posing for the camera before the main dishes arrived.

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And the main courses arrived just in time after the photos. IMG_0792

 “One Plate of 4 different Mini Sausages”IMG_0795

Spaghetti (with Mixed Seafood in Lobster Cream) IMG_0797

German Crispy Bacon Knuckle IMG_0798

Grill- Roasted Pork Short Ribs

And last but not least, the mother of all main dishes,

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ROASTED SUCKLING PIG

Apparently there’s a story behind this suckling pig. In Spain, here’s a tradition that the pig’s skin is so crunchy that you can cut it with a plate (mainly because the recipe is originated in a small town in Spain and have been around for more than a 100 years). And by cutting it with the plate, you can actually wish for 2 things, Relationship or Money. And once you make that wish, you will need to break the plate for the wish to come true. So the 3 of them make the same wish, that is Relationship. Haha, if you ask me, I will wish for money.  So after cutting it up, I requested all of them to get a picture eating the pig. And here is what I get…

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Overall it’s a good dinner. Lots of pork and great ambience. And the best part is if you are stress, you can break a leg plate without having to pay for it. Anyway, have a happy birthday Old Pineapple!

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