Sunday, March 04, 2007
Highlander Bar, Clarke Quay
I've never been to Scotland before, and don't really expect to be going there anytime soon. And short of a random Scotch egg or deep fried Mars bar from these parts, I've never really had Scottish food either. So I popped on down to Highlander today for lunch (Clarke Quay Block 3B #01-11, 6235-9528), where they had none other than that quintessential Scottish dish known as haggis. I've always wanted to try this notorious concoction, and now I finally had the chance.
Many people have mentioned to me that this stuff, despite its stuffings of sheep lungs and innards, is actually pretty good. I didn't quite know what to expect then, but after just one bite, any pre-conceived notions I had of this thing were blown completely out of the water; it was creamier than I thought it would be, and one could hardly even taste any of the offal aside from a mild tinge that helped to give it more character rather than being anything too distracting. In fact, it was more about the mushy oatmeal than anything else...almost like salty Quaker Oats but being much heartier and richer. I liked it.
Now, I have no reference point for how authentic this was. They didn't do any of that prerequisite chanting that apparently is usually done with a full loaf of this stuff, and I wasn't quite expecting these guys to arrange things in such a posh manner either (this came with a half-decent soup as part of the lunch set, BTW). I don't know if I'll ever be going to Scotland anytime in the near future, but I'll definitely eat this again without hesitation. In fact, I may just start to crave it.
Digested at 2:14 PM
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