Food scare and frugality

I woke up this morning, totally exhausted by the happenings of the previous night, and yet truly thankful it was all behind me and that today was the first day of a 3-day weekend.

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Yesterday evening, we had Japanese food for dinner, and as I normally would, I ordered the Tenzaru Soba: Cold soba served with cold tempura sauce which was mixed with wasabi, spring onions and one raw quail’s egg.  It was delicious of course, and I downed it all with gusto.  We then headed for Queensbay Mall for some looksee and shopping, and after an hour, we headed for home.

As soon as I got into the car, I started feeling queasy.  It felt like heartburn, so I thought maybe I had eaten too fast.  Then when we reached our condo, I started hyperventillating, and was very nearly out of breath.  It felt like I was having an asthma attack, what with the wheezing and all.  I know these attacks too well, having suffered from childhood asthma when I was young, but I had since recovered from it ever since I took up swimming.  Anyway, it was all coming back to me all over again, and I could not even talk properly, but had to just sit still and take deep breaths slowly.

When I eventually started regaining my breath, I went to take a shower.  And that’s when I discovered that my face and hands were all covered in itchy raised red patches, something like hives.  The worse part was I couldn’t stop scratching, and soon the rashes spread to my whole body!  I tell you, my face swelled up like some beast woman, and my eyelids were swollen till my eyes looked so tiny!

My husband already suspected food poisoning, and it was further confirmed when I had mild diarrhoea later on.  And then subsequently, I threw up all of the nicely undigested soba meal…which made me feel really much better afterward.  Immediately after vomiting, the rashes started subsiding, and I went to bed shortly after that.

Today, my face has *relatively* returned to normal, but some of the rashes are still present.  They are subsiding though.  I don’t think I will ever look at a serving of Tenzaru Soba the same way again.  In fact, it might take me a long long while to get over the paranoia of it all.  Urrrgggghhh.  I blame it on the raw quail’s egg, which was the only thing I took that hubbs and Ethan did not. 

So of course today, I had to take food which were *kinder* to the tummy.  Homecooked food was the answer.  And although I originally intended to cook claypot chicken rice, I changed plans and cooked steamed rice with dishes instead.  For lunch, we had steamed chicken with black fungus and wolfberries…


…and for dinner, steamed ginger chicken.  Both meals of course had the obligatory vegetables in the form of freshly sliced cucumber and the feelgood factor of my favorite watercress soup.  Apparently the steamed ginger chicken went down better with both boys… 😛

And with that, we succeeded in saving one day’s worth of petrol, because we didn’t even use our car today! 

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14 Responses to Food scare and frugality

  1. LB says:

    Glad you’re feeling much better now.. Raw eggs are always kinda suspect, eh?

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yeah they are, but I have never had a problem with them before.

  2. wen says:

    looks yummy! must give us the recipe

    The Giddy Tigress says: The recipe is very simple only…just marinade the chicken fillet with all your favorite stuff, like oyster sauce, soy sauce, pepper, etc. Then add the sliced fungus and ginger etc and steam for about 15 minutes. Garnish with chinese celery and spring onions and you’re done! MSG-free and toddler and hubby-approved!

  3. Blur Mommy says:

    Glad that you are feeling better.

    The Giddy Tigress says: Thanks!

  4. ehon says:

    oh yum!! i don’t think it’s food poisoning, sounds more like food allergy. oh wells, good that you’re better now. 😀

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yeah, but allergic to what?

  5. kyh says:

    u guys are torturing me! may’s got sushis, and now urs…. *slurps*

    The Giddy Tigress says: Go make some of your own…go go!!

  6. rinnah says:

    Yeah… agree with ehon… sounds like food allergy cos food poisoning doesn’t give you rashes n hives.

    Wow, not feeling well n still can cook two meals? Salute la woman!

    You have a three day weekend? What holiday is going on?

    The Giddy Tigress says: I don’t know la, what I could be allergic to…and I don’t intend to try the same things again 🙁 Agong’s birthday la. It falls on Saturday, so Monday is a replacement holiday for us.

  7. Paik Ling says:

    Poor girl! Trust you all are well now. You were sick and you could muster up your energy to cook all those yummy food??? Terrerrrrrrrrr!!!!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Thanks..I am much better now. But paranoia gets me when I think of that soba meal.

  8. mistipurple says:

    lucky your body strong enough to reject the food. or else very problematic. sounds like allergy with the hives and itch. my friend has to carry some antihistamine and whatnot pills because he gets it even if he eats char siew, or dunno what innocent looking food.

    The Giddy Tigress says: Gosh, your friend’s got it bad… I still don’t know what I could be allergic too though.

  9. Allergeoyce, I happened by your blog again and saw this post — what you had is definitely an allergy, not food poisoning, and I doubt it was the egg (though I could be wrong). I’d advise you to try to figure out what it is you’re allergic to, because otherwise this can easily recur. Allergies can develop at any stage of life (so it could be something you were never allergic to before) and it could have been something that your hubby and boy had as well, just that they’re not allergic to it. Hope you manage to get to the bottom of this! Glad you’re feeling better 🙂 .

    The Giddy Tigress says: Hubbs thinks it is the wasabi! HOWL!!!! I love wasabi, and how on earth am I gonna eat sashimi without wasabi?!?!!!! How to find out what I am allergic to ah, short of trying the food again? SIGH.

  10. michelle says:

    Sounds like you had a bad allergy to what you have eaten.

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yeah…SIGH… bad experience…

  11. Really sorry about the bad reaction on the food. If it is what you always ordered in that restaurant, it would be strange to have that reaction, don’t you think?

    Anyway, good food shot!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yeah, very strange indeed. And I have yet to get to the bottom of this.

  12. Allan says:

    Good to hear you feeling well sis!

    Although my theory would be you just had that terrible itchy feeling France wouldn’t create anything against Romania in their first match…hee hee hee..

    The Giddy Tigress says: Nyek nyek nyek!

  13. sasha says:

    It must be scarry to see yr body swollen and turned red. Luckily everything is well now 🙂

    The Giddy Tigress says: Thanks…yeah, it was scary man…..I was so afraid it would be contagious…

  14. Adino says:

    Wow, that was one horrible scare!

    How come you didn’t see the doctor immediately?

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yeah, donno how come also…it was late at night for one thing. And I don’t really like to see docs 😛

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