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BBQ at Rumah Hope

February 11, 2011 22 Comments

If I get the story right, it all started with one of Rumah Hope’s volunteer, Lydia, asking for a quote from BBQ Addicts because she was thinking of organizing a lunch for the kids.

So instead of writing up a quotation, Grill Sergeant Lance decided to sponsor the BBQ. In the process, we were asked to help out. And of course, we gladly agreed, not really knowing what to expect.

porkgang at Rumah Hope, Taman Paramount
porkgang at Rumah Hope, Taman Paramount

Rumah Hope is a sanctuary for the abused, neglected, and under privileged kids between the age of 4-17 and was set up by the Good Hope Church in 1994. It is located at Paramount Garden in PJ, and today houses some 60 kids.

Rumah Hope is operated solely with public donation, you too can contribute with cash, or other things – see “our needs”

stationaries for the kids, compiled by suanie
stationaries for the kids, compiled by suanie

The biggest credit for this event is shared by both BBQ Addicts and Suan. She laboriously compiled dozens of goodie bags filled with stationaries (different sets for different age groups too) and “sold” them to those who are willing to buy them for the kids.

This beats any candies or toys any day, very practical.

chicken wings, mushroom with cheese, satey too
chicken wings, mushroom with cheese, satey too

Oh yah, the BBQ session itself.

Lance was operating a big BBQ pit and left 2 tiny ones for us to toy with. I think Gareth, Horng, Terence, and myself spent a good 20 minutes to get the fire going (without any fire starter), and yah, we helped grill the easier stuff – satey, bell pepper with cheese, mushroom with cheese, and sausage too.

The grill sergeant himself worked on the those, and more serious stuff, like awesomely marinated chicken wings and juicy lucy. I think the kids enjoyed the food, we certainly did.

the kids at rumah hope mingling with everyone
the kids at rumah hope mingling with everyone

The rest of us played cards with the kids, and there was also a craft session by Melissa too. There was also a bit of music going on with a single speaker hooked up to an iPhone, it was a party!

We stayed till late into the afternoon, and I had to basically pry Haze from the kids as they asked her to draw yet another personalized painting.

the kids at Rumah Hope
the kids at Rumah Hope

I think we took a lot from this little event. I know it’s awfully cliche, but it was good to see the kids smile. We left with a better sense of how lucky we are too.

All of us agreed that we need to do more of things like this, and I think we will.

For those who have had the privilege of joining one of these sessions, there’s a consensus:

You haven’t had BBQ until you had BBQ Addicts!

Today, you, my dear reader, gets to drool over these wonderful grilled food that we had at Michael and Lance’s place at Genting the very last day of 2010. You’ll also fint out how to get your hands on them, read on.

pork ribs, pigs in blanket, asparagus with bacon
pork ribs, pigs in blanket, asparagus with bacon

Firstly, lets look at the first few dishes we had: baby back ribs, marinated to perfection, grilled over charcoal fire, le yums! Asparagus wrapped with bacon, and pigs in blanket, all piping hot and awesomely delicious.

BBQ Addicts - Grill Sergeant Lance
BBQ Addicts – Grill Sergeant Lance

The super happy dude in windbreaker from early 90s, that is Grill Sergeant Lance, the uno supremo of BBQ-Addicts. Don’t let the windbreaker fools you, his BBQ outfit is complete with super short running pants and old school badminton jersey from the same era.

One thing for sure though, this dude is the best in the business when it comes to BBQ.

beef burger with bacon, rolling pin
beef burger with bacon, rolling pin

At BBQ-Addicts, don’t expect to find boring old chicken wings, fish balls, or sausages you find from supermarket. Everything is of premium quality, like the home made burger pattie, sandwiched between buns that’re also grilled, add a piece of bacon in it, and viola – you get instant carb + heart attack material, but it tastes good.

Then there’s rolling pin – marinated chicken wrapped with streaky bacon that is then grilled (well, almost everything is grilled anyway) so that the pork fat seeps into the chicken to make it that much more tender and flavorful…. ah..!

watermelon salad, grill lamb, clam chowder, french cut
watermelon salad, fren cut lamb, clam chowder, steak

There’s more, the french cut lamb is one of my favorites, and that big piece of steak over fire till medium rare, grilled mushroom with cheese and actually we did have some marinated chicken wings too.

Other than grilled food, these guys make some pretty fine watermelon salad (you gotta try it!), and seriously “life altering” clam chowder (that appears in xmas eve at Suanie’s post).

porkgang and more at BBQ Addict's New Year Eve party
porkgang and more at BBQ Addict’s New Year Eve party

We had an awesome time at the little party that had way too much awesome food, good drinks, and glow sticks. It was a New Year Eve with many satisfied stomaches.

frankenstine junior at new year eve party
frankenstine junior at new year eve party

To have your own BBQ-Addicts experience, head over to their facebook site to find out more. They can deliver the ingredients to your event or even be there to cook for you too, BBQ pit rental’s available too. If you want to have a kick ass BBQ party, you know who to contact!

Update: BBQ Addicts is now too busy to be doing BBQ stuff!