Marks Duck House

***18th August***

I have always preferred Chinese food to western. For the first month in the States, I was pretty upset during meal times. Seriously the burgers, sandwiches, burritos, pizzas, kind of bored me. I was missing the fishball noodles, chicken rice, laksa, fried Beehoon, char kway teow, fried hokkien prawn noodles and the list goes on. Alright I should stop before I get really hungry and crave for all those food. Boohoo… On a happier side note, I actually lost some weight here. Perhaps I should rejoiced for that though I’m no where near my pre pregnancy weight! Heehee 😉


Papa Yap, trying to be a really sweet hubby, brought me to Mark’s Duck House at Falls church, Arlington. It was Papa Yap’s friend, Danny, who came here two years back, recommended us there. It’s approximately a 30 minutes drive from our place (and I’m referring to smooth traffic). Mark’s Duck house, owned by a Hong Konger, sells quite a wide variety of Chinese food like dim sum(my all time favorite), roast duck(well the signboard says it all), soy chicken rice, congee, dumpling noodles and many more.

Looking at the number of patrons, it sure live up to its reputation. Though mostly were Chinese customers, there were Americans who dine there too! It is definitely not of any posh or fancy restaurant. The interior looks old, very similar to those typical Hong Kong olden day style restaurant. Metal chairs with soft cushion padding seats, wooden tables and food carts pushed around. Servers talking in Hong Kong accent and Cantonese brought back those days when Papa Yap and I were holidaying in Hong Kong. Anyway I think they should consider getting a revamp for the shop. Haha 😉




Food was yummy. At least it tastes authentic like those we have back in Singapore. I think the taste is comparable to Red Star but the outlook is not that appealing. We ordered roast duck, siew mai, har kow, carrot cake, beancurd skin roll, egg tarts, pork congee and mango pudding. It was certainly one satisfying lunch and that really made my day. Thank you Papa Yap for bringing me there. Love ya! ❤







Happy Papa Day

***15th June***


On the way for dim sum date


At Asia Grand

Ang and Yanni gave us and Jeff and family a treat at Asia Grand Restaurant, Odeon Tower. We have already planned for this dim sum date way back in early May which I have been looking forward to. Dim sum there is really yummy. Food quality is definitely much better than Red Star but of course more pricey. We were too engrossed eating that I have forgotten to take any photo of the food. heehee 😉 We had a wonderful brunch and were all satiated! Thank you Ang for the sumptuous meal! 🙂

After lunch, we shopped in town. Halfway, Ang and Yanni left to Robinson Centrepoint while Jeff and us went to coffeebean at Ngee Ann City for a coffee break. Darian wanted to catch the Ben 1o show at Takashimaya atrium so we hang around Takashimaya while Jeff and family went elsewhere to look at soccer boots for the two Js. Apparently the duo show a sudden interest in soccer and insisted their parents to get them the boots and socks. Just how fortunate kids are these days.


Darian with his favourite


Happy boy with his ben 10 loots

The ben 10 show started at 4pm. We managed to sit in the front row as we were the first few in queue. Darian was totally excited about ben 10 making his grand appearance on stage. He enjoyed the entire show and had a photography session with Ben 10 and Gwen. He was even happier when we agreed to get him three ben 10 alien figurines and two t-shirts. He held tight to his loots and refused to let us hold it for him even though he was super tired.


Darian and Papa Yap


Love Papa Yap


Hand made card for Papa 🙂

Back at home, Darian presented our hand made card to Papa Yap. Darian did all the writing while I spelled the words, drew, pasted all the dino stickers and stamped the star and heart shape all over the card. Papa Yap was happy to see the card. It was indeed a pleasant surprise for him. 🙂

Happy Father’s Day Papa Yap. Thank you for being such a great papa to Darian and Baby Dyann. You are not only their dad but their friend, their playmate as well. Someone whom they really respect and at the same time love being with. We all love you very much!


Brekkie at Red Star

***2nd January 13***

Right after fetching Darian from school, we headed to Red Star restaurant to satisfy my dimsum craving! 🙂 Red star on a weekend is really packed. So it is the most ideal to go on a weekday. No crowd, no queue and prompt service. Best! The Dimsum are all served on push carts. There will be ladies pushing the carts around serving the dimsum. So can you imagine on crowded days when you are seated at a far end, most probably by the time the carts reach you, most of the dimsum would already be taken. We think that the food standard here is above average but definitely not the best. Dim sum at the Asia Grand restaurant is better. Yet with the total old school style, back to the 70’s set up makes me feel like revisiting Red Star again. Guess ambience does play a part. Every time when I think of dim sum, I will think of Red Star. It’s just that nostalgic feeling! 🙂


Old school dim sum push cart


Darian’s favourite! Yummy egg tarts.


Fried shrimp dumpling


Xiao Long Bao


Prawn dumpling


Siew Mai


Century egg porridge and roasted duck. The roasted duck is really tasty! Tender, juicy and oily! Haha… sinful delights! 🙂


Prawn Chee Cheong Fun


Darian gobbling up the egg tarts.


Papa Yap busy eating the delicious roasted duck.


Us eating the siew mai.


And my very fussy eater Darian ate one siew mai! 🙂


Loves ❤


Cheeky boy!


Our lovely prince and princess! ❤


Sunday with the guys

***29th July***

Ang treated us to a dim sum ala-carte buffet lunch at TungLok Seafood Arena opposite Safti MI. Just the usual group, Ang and Yanni, Jeff and family together with us. The food is relatively good. Not fantastic but not that bad either. However we felt their service is not exactly up to our expectation. Either the waitress got some of our orders miss out or we would have to wait quite a while for the food to be served. Overall, for the price of $21.80 per pax, it is still considered reasonably alright. 😉

Happy kids! 🙂

After lunch was a 3 hours KTV session at the Temasek Club. We reached there an hour earlier and so we brought the kids to the indoor playground. The kids were having much fun while the adults were couching on the sofa. We agreed that the three hour singing session was way too long. We didn’t sing that much and I was really too tired to be singing throughout. For the kids, they spent most their time out in the indoor and outdoor playground under the supervision of the guys in rotation shift. Haha… How do you expect the kids to be seated in the KTV room for hours. It’s tough or rather impossible! Haha… Guess that is also the cause that triggered Darian’s fever… Nonetheless, Sunday with the guys was great! I am pretty sure Darian enjoyed himself very much too! 🙂