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Wine and zi char dinner

Zi char is still the quintessential Singaporean dinner. Cheap, cheerful and tasty. Then comes the question - which wine should we bring to such an outing? Very good question indeed. There is one way to find out - let us bring some bottles, and taste for ourselves. And we will do just that. 

We will do this free and easy - bring a bottle each, order dishes, eat, enjoy, split the bill. 

Thinking of the all-time favourite zi char dishes, such as prawn paste chicken, sambal kangkong, frogs' legs with spring onion and ginger, deer meat on hot plate, chili crab with fried mantou, egg tofu, champagne pork ribs, just to name a few, we would recommend these as good bets:

Marlborough Sauv Blanc - crisp and herbaceous, to cut through oiliness of deep fried dishes, or dishes with onion flavours.

German Rieslings  - dry ones to work with fried dishes, or off-dry ones to work with spicy dishes.

Fruity/medium body French reds, such as fruity Bordeaux or Rhône blends for not so spicy pork or deer dishes. Medium bodied south Australian red would also work.

Light sparkling, like a Prosecco, because they are fun, happy, bubbly, and also would work with gentle dishes like egg tofu. 

We would recommend these stockers, to help you with selections like the above:

Crystal Wines, http://www.crystalwines.com/,  Fraser Suites ,[masked], for Australian, NZ or French wines.

Le Vigne, http://www.singaporewines.com/, 72 Namly Place,[masked] (talk to Patricia or Lewis), for Australian, NZ, French wines, and also a very nice TLN-recommended prosecco.

Wein & Vin, http://www.weinvin.com/, call Boon at[masked], for well priced German & French wines. They don't have a retail shop, but can arrange pick up/deliveries. 

For specialist of German wines, Magma on Bukit Pasoh (near Outram Park MRT) is having a clearance special of their stock. 

If you want dishes we haven't thought of, ask the vendors for recommendations, they should be able to help you.  Any further questions on what to bring and where to get them, just post a message to me - happy shopping and see you there!




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  • Darren

    Hi all, I'm also still stuck in the office. Might not be able to make it

    May 22, 2014

  • miin

    so sorry m still stuck dont tink can make it:(

    May 22, 2014

  • jiayi

    HI Lucia,
    i might not be able to make it ... stuck at work and probably have to work late. Maybe I can pop by later in the evening when my work's finished?

    May 22, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      sure - see you then!

      May 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello winers & diners! I have booked two tables for us tomorrow. I think we would be the only tables with lots of wine bottles and wine glasses, so we should be easily spottable, but in case you are not sure - just call me,[masked]
    See you tomorrow!

    May 21, 2014

    • jiayi

      i'm bringing a bottle of red, Pezat, from France :)

      May 22, 2014

  • Darren

    Does seem like a lot of wine. Will be interesting to try and finish them all :)

    May 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Lucia, would appreciate if you can help me bring wine. :) ill reimburse upon arrival. :)

    May 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      that's fine - German riesling on $30 mark ok with you?

      May 21, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Lucia, yes that would be ok. Thank you! :)

      May 21, 2014

  • Cindy N.

    Hi Lucia I will bring 'Barefoot' this has many awards am sure will blend in with our food.

    May 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sure - looking forward to trying!

      May 21, 2014

  • Michael C.

    Hi, there are 22 RSVP already, so are there going to be 22 bottles of wines? And my bottle of white is not in the recommended list so I cannot join or I have to buy those?

    May 21, 2014

  • Steve

    Unfortunately I have to pull out.. work meeting... :(

    May 18, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      That's a shame, Steve! We'll see - if popular we may just do it again! Do drop by if you get out not too late and looking for makan.

      May 20, 2014

    • Steve

      theres a change of plans and I might make it after all.. but let me check again before I confirm my attendance

      May 21, 2014

  • Steve

    hi lucia, I guess we have to bring our own glasses too?

    May 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Steve, last time I went there, they have wine glasses. That was why I chose the place. But good point - let me call and ask, and post the confirmed info.

      May 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone - due to low numbers, I am postponing this to mid May. I am posting a tentative date, with actual date TBC. Sorry about this, Lucia

    April 15, 2014

    • Chris Y.

      Oops... Just realized the new date clashes with an event I need to be at.

      May 12, 2014

  • Sylvain S.

    will make it ;) long time without attending the best group of meetup!

    May 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    But if you want me to help you bring wine, do let me know two days in advance. I can help get a bottle for you and you can reimburse me for the cost on the night.

    May 12, 2014

  • Michael

    Do we bring our own wine?

    April 15, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, Michael, see above recommendations.

      May 9, 2014

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