Pumpkin Cheese Cake

pumpkin cheese cake

pumpkin cheese cake

after my chocolate lava cake, tofu cheese cake, tiramisu, banoffee pie, i experimented on pumpkin cheese cake after watching the video recipe by joy of baking.

the other cakes (except lava cake) were all no bake cakes, so while i could taste the cake mix & be confident of the taste, i had no idea how the experiment would turn out, whether i could get the right texture, or even if the cake could stand or collapse, and whether it would be burnt or not enough done.

pumpkin cheese cake

pumpkin cheese cake

pumpkin cheese cake

pumpkin cheese cake

pumpkin cheese cake

pumpkin cheese cake

anyway, i experimented it. i had to make some adjustments-

  • i used 250g cream cheese instead of 1 lb (454g)
  • i used a lot less sugar, 4tbsp flat (about 60g) or 1/4cup

i made the usual biscuit base with 8 digestive biscuit (120g) crushed to sandy texture in a ziploc bag, then added 60g melted butter & pressed the “wet sand’ mixture in a 8″ (20cm) spring-form cake tin line with parchment paper. then placed it in the fridge.

i dice cut & steamed 300g fresh pumpkin till soft. i added 250g cream cheese & 4 tbsp flat brown sugar, 1.5 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp ground ginger & whisked. then i added the softened pumpkin, and then 1 egg at a time, & whisked. i used a hand whisk at medium speed & managed to get a slight rough texture for the mix.

i whisked 250g cream cheese & added 1 tsp brown sugar.

finally i assembled the cake, poured the mixture into the cake tin & added the layer of sour cream. i then placed it in the fridge overnight. it took about 4-5hrs to fully set.

i put some roasted nuts (did not have walnut so used cashew & almonds instead. did not look that nice.

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredients:

  • 8 digestive biscuit (120g)
  • 60g melted butter
  • cream cheese -250g
  • fresh pumpkin about 300g – diced & steamed about 20mins till soft
  • 4 tbsp flat + 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1.5tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 250ml sour cream
  • 2 eggs

Directions:

  1. biscuit base – make the usual biscuit base with 8 digestive biscuit (120g) crushed to sandy texture in a ziploc bag, then add 60g melted butter & pressed the “wet sand’ mixture in a 8″ (20cm) spring-form cake tin lined with parchment paper. then place it in the fridge.
  2. dice cut & steam 300g fresh pumpkin till soft. add 250g cream cheese & 4 tbsp flat brown sugar, 1.5 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp ground ginger & whisked. then add the softened pumpkin, and then 1 egg at a time, & whisk. i use a hand whisk at medium speed to get a slight rough texture for the mix. then whisk 250g cream cheese & add 1 tsp brown sugar.
  3.  assemble the cake – pour the cake mixture into the cake tin & add the layer of sour cream. place in the fridge overnight. it took about 4-5hrs to fully set. put some roasted walnut nuts top to decorate.

Oven Grilled Miso Salmon

oven grilled miso salmon

oven grilled miso salmon

so far, my miso recipe included nobu miso cod & miso belly pork. in that recipe, the miso used was quite substantial to infuse the flavour into the meat. i feel the miso cod texture is a bit firmer than the normal texture, and for miso belly pork, it works well also  for thicker & whole piece of meat.

the cured salmon that we always had in bento in japan felt different. so i was thinking of other marinade recipe options.

anyway i created my own marinade recipe & it turned out really super! :-)

my friends loved it when i cooked this for the first time for 11pax lunch on 15.10.2014. and it was the same for my family for the 6pax family dinner on 24.10.2014.

i have yet to try this on belly pork but i think it would work just as well on sliced belly pork then pan-fried. that’s something i am planning to try next:-)

oven grilled miso salmon

oven grilled miso salmon

miso salmon belly

miso salmon belly

miso salmon belly

miso salmon belly

for the marinade, i just mixed in a large bowl 1 tbsp light soy sauce, 1 tbsp mirin, 1 tbsp sake, 1 tbsp sugar, 2 tsp chopped garlic, 2 tsp chopped ginger & 1 tsp miso.

then i added the salmon (belly) to the bowl & marinated really well, thoroughly. then i used cellophane to press down on the salmon in the bowl to press it against the marinade & sealed the meat from air. the i used another cellophane sheet to cover the entire bowl. i left it in the chiller for 3 days for the flavours to infuse the meat.

when cooking, i brought it to room temperature then placed on a rack over a lined oven tray in a pre-heated 250deC oven for 10minutes. the first time i just placed on the lined tray & there was too much oil. the second time i used the rack to drain the oil. it was nicely grilled but sticked to the rack. the next time i will try lining the rack then poking holes to allow oil to drain. :-)

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredients:

  • 500g salmon belly
  • 1tsp miso
  • 1tbsp mirin
  • 1tbsp sake
  • 1 tbsp flat light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp flat sugar
  • 2 tsp chopped garlic
  • 2 tsp minced/chopped ginger

Directions:

  1. prepare marinade – in a large bowl mix 1 tbsp light soy sauce, 1 tbsp mirin, 1 tbsp sake, 1 tbsp sugar, 2 tsp chopped garlic, 2 tsp chopped ginger & 1 tsp miso.
  2. add salmon (belly) to the bowl & marinate really well, thoroughly. use cellophane to press down on the salmon in the bowl to press it against the marinade & seal the meat from air. use another cellophane sheet to cover the entire bowl. leave in the chiller for 3 days for the flavours to infuse the meat.
  3. cooking – take out from chiller for 1 hour to get to room temperature. line a grilling rack with aluminium foil & poke holes in the foil to drain excess oil. place over a lined oven tray in a pre-heated 250deC oven for 10minutes. serve.

Very Expensive Kaiseki & Way Below Expectations @ GOTO on 23Oct2014

#1 sakizuki – a selection of small appetizers

#1 sakizuke – a selection of small appetizers

we had good recent experience of GOTO’s S$68 omakase lunch on 1.10.2014.

my wife wanted to buy me a good dinner & also to invite her close couple friends. since GOTO will start renovation very shortly & remodel to a casual non kaiseki restaurant, we decided to order the S$280pax omakase dinner on 23.10.2014.

food was good of course, but relative to the exorbitant price, it was really far below expectations, compared with keyaki, kuriya, hachi & of course mikuni. :-(

#1 sakizuki – a selection of small appetizers

#1 sakizuke – a selection of small appetizers

the #1 sakizuke – a selection of small appetizers 先附 was of very good standard, with a very nice pickled sanma (秋刀鱼) pacific dory which i liked, duck, a periwinkle?, prawn, cured squid, ikura, pickled shimeji mushrooms & spinach.

#2 dobinmushi

#2 dobinmushi

#2 dobinmushi

#2 dobinmushi

#2 dobinmushi was a very good soup, very clear, tasty soup, with pieces of fish fillet, mushrooms etc.

#2 sashimi moriawase

#3 sashimi moriawase

#2 sashimi moriawase

#3 sashimi moriawase

#2 sashimi moriawase

#3 sashimi moriawase

#3 sashimi moriawase

#3 sashimi moriawase

#3 uni - sashimi moriawase

#3 uni – sashimi moriawase

the #3 sashimi moriawase was a very large serving than the usual served in a kaiseki or course meal. there were 2 chutoro, 1 botan ebi, 2 hotate, several thick cut tako, 2 kampachi, hirame & tai, & uni. it was good standard but no better, in fact the toro was distinctly poorer c/w the S$45 chirashi don (after 50% feed at raffles discounts) at mikuni.

#6 braised kinki (expensive japanese fish)

#4 braised kinki (expensive japanese fish)

#6 braised kinki (expensive japanese fish)

#4 braised kinki (expensive japanese fish)

the #4 braised kinki (expensive japanese fish) was a good tasty fish but to me it tasted like angkoli (red snapper), so i didn’t really understand why it was expensive. this was a nitsuke or simmered dish.

#5 minced prawn in lily bulb paste

#5 minced prawn in lily bulb + yan paste

the #5 minced prawn in lily bulb paste was an interesting, unique dish. the lily bulb + mountain yam paste had the slightly sticky yam texture, and the dish was very tasty overall. :-)

#6 miso ebi tempura

#6 miso ebi tempura

#6 miso ebi tempura

#6 miso ebi tempura

as with the S$68 lunch, they served a dry miso tempura. it was very nice. :-)

#8 kagoshima wagyu

#7 kagoshima wagyu

#8 kagoshima wagyu

#7 kagoshima wagyu

#7 kagoshima wagyu was very good, but the better marbled much tastier kagoshima wagyu ishiyaki at mikuni only cost S$37.50 alacarte after 50% discounts.

#9 gohan - chicken shimeji musroom rice

#8 gohan – chicken shimeji mushroom rice

#9 gohan - chicken shimeji musroom rice

#8 gohan – chicken shimeji mushroom rice

the #8 gohan – chicken shimeji mushroom rice had good mushroom flavours but otherwise no comparison with any kamameshi at sun with moon wheelock or a unagi chahan at zen japanese.

#10 dessert tray

#9 dessert tray

#10 dessert tray

#9 dessert tray

they offered very good dessert – very good japanese melon + grapes. yuzu ice cream, orange jelly & strawberry mousse.

macha - nice end to dinner

macha – nice end to dinner

& i always enjoyed macha.

the kaiseki dinner was very good standard, but for me price was far too exorbitant relative to other good kaiseki restaurants & it was not at all value-for-money.  one could get a very good omakase dinner at hachi for S$118pax. and at this price i would want to try kumo anytime.

c.h.e.f andy

Family Dinner to Remember @ Mikuni on 26Oct2014

chirashi don - 2 toro, 2 hotate, 2 shake, 2 kajiki. 2 hirame, 2 kampachi, 2 tamago, uni, botan ebi, ikura

chirashi don – 2 toro, 2 hotate, 2 shake, 2 kajiki. 2 hirame, 2 kampachi, 2 tamago, uni, botan ebi, ikura

had 5pax family dinner at our favourite restaurant, mikuni, on 26oct2014. an occasion to remember for me. :-)

we came mikuni quite a few times. the most recent which i blogged on was on 23.6.2014.

sous vide & deep-fried tako

sous vide & deep-fried tako

sous vide & deep-fried tako

sous vide & deep-fried tako

we ordered 4 chirashi don & 1 kagoshima wagyu don as main courses, and had few other dishes to share. :-)

we had the superb sous vide & deep-fried tako to share. this still the best octopus dish i have tried, better than all the very nice grilled octopus dish at alle darsene lake como & miky at monterosso cinque terre.

chirashi don - 2 toro, 2 hotate, 2 shake, 2 kajiki. 2 hirame, 2 kampachi, 2 tamago, uni, botan ebi, ikura

chirashi don – 2 toro, 2 hotate, 2 shake, 2 kajiki. 2 hirame, 2 kampachi, 2 tamago, uni, botan ebi, ikura

& i think this the best chirashi don (2 toro, 2 hotate, 2 shake, 2 kajiki. 2 hirame, 2 kampachi, 2 tamago, uni, botan ebi, ikura) in singapore for quality & price. don’t think there is anything better. :-)

kagoshima wagyu don

kagoshima wagyu don

we tried a new dish, kagoshima wagyu don. wagyu was very good. quite surprisingly to me, the rice was not great. hmmm, any of the  kamameshi (釜饭) at sun with moon wheelock or unagi chahan at zen japanese dining was tastier than this.

kagoshima wagyu ishiyaki

kagoshima wagyu ishiyaki

kagoshima wagyu ishiyaki

kagoshima wagyu ishiyaki

kagoshima wagyu ishiyaki

kagoshima wagyu ishiyaki

& another new dish – kagoshima wagyu ishiyaki. i estimated the 6 cuts to be about 80g or 100g. beef was excellent of course, very nicely marbled. JH said reminded him of hida beef 飛騨牛 on a hoba leaf 朴叶 or magnolia leaf he had at takayama. :-)

kagoshima wagyu sukiyaki konabe

kagoshima wagyu sukiyaki konabe

& kagoshima wagyu sukiyaki konabe, our favourite. :-)

drawer dessert tray - pick your own

drawer dessert tray – pick your own

drawer dessert tray - pick your own

drawer dessert tray – pick your own

they served complimentary dessert in drawer dessert tray – pick your own. :-)

chocolate banana cake from ritz carlton

chocolate banana cake from ritz carlton

chocolate banana cake from ritz carlton

chocolate banana cake from ritz carlton

daughter collected a nice chocolate banana cake from ritz carlton. they do very nice cakes these days, not too sweet & very nice choc mousse. the cake not really my favourite though.

c.h.e.f andy

Superb Homecooked 6pax Family Dinner on 24Oct2014

wife's quinoa salad

wife’s quinoa salad

had a 6pax family dinner on 24.10.2014. missing our son who is in london. :-)

wife made a very nice quinoa salad, with some avocado & roasted nuts. i really liked this. she brought this salad with some packed food sometimes for office lunch in.

pan-grilled portobello mushrooms

pan-grilled portobello mushrooms

our helper made a pan-grilled portobello mushroom. this was also very nice with simple sea salt, pepper & olive oil.

oven grilled miso salmon

oven grilled miso salmon

oven grilled miso salmon

oven grilled miso salmon

i recently came up with a new very light miso salmon recipe. this was quite different from the miso belly pork & nobu miso cod recipe which used a lot more miso & infused flavours. i served this to my friends during 11pax lunch on 15.10.2014 (first attempt of the new recipe). they all loved it. & i did this the second time this evening. again it was everyone’s favourite. even my wife & eldest daughter who generally didn’t like salmon that much, liked this dish.

pan chargrilled kurobuta

pan chargrilled kurobuta

i did a pan chargrilled kurobuta. it was not as good as the other day. i should not play safe & try to cook it totally well done & have it just a little pink instead.

the tagliata di manzo (sliced pan chargrilled beef) was excellent today, both the USA grain fed ribeye & australian wagyu MBS 4/5, very nicely charred for maillard reaction and nicely medium rare. my wife did the very nice restaurant plating with rockets & cherry tomatoes. :-)

i did a squid-ink linguine today, with squid & littleneck clams (la la). it was excellent, and the la la were done very nicely. :-)

& i have kind of perfected my “miky monterosso” seafood risotto, very sweet & tasty prawn stock (head & shells) with vegetables (celery, leek, yellow onions, carrots). :-)

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pumpkin cheese cake (very 1st attempt)

pumpkin cheese cake

pumpkin cheese cake (very 1st attempt)

1 charmed dish was my very first time new dessert – a pumpkin cheese cake. i could taste the cake paste i mixed & knew the taste was good. but it was the first time i baked it so uncertain about timing & texture & how it would turn out. as it turned out it was almost perfect – beginner’s luck! :-)

c.h.e.f andy

Simple Enjoyable Zi Char at Forture Restaurant on 25Oct2014

thai fish head curry (S$25)

thai fish head curry (S$25)

had simple zi char dinner with wife & daughter last evening at forture restaurant at old holland road on 25.10.2014. :-)

went there about 6.50pm. luckily i found a parking lot in front of restaurant. the place was 90% filled with many tables of western expat families.

it was very popular eating place. for me that’s a good thing really, that expats, western & others, were enjoying nice local zi char food. there would always be concern if some dishes would be adulterated, but it didn’t really affect the dishes we ordered much (maybe the cuttlefish kang kong sauce & the satay sauce).

we ordered our favourite, the thai curry fish head. used to be S$15 (guess that was eons ago..haha), now S$25. i ate this here more recently on 2.4.2014.

we were lucky we were served like in 5 mins. not always the case & place was quite packed.

the thai curry fish head was really good. it was tangy, sweet, very tasty, lot of vegetables. it was a large 1/2 angkoli (red snapper) fish head. the nonya song fish head at keng eng kee, also S$25, i had on 9.6.2014 came close. the sauce was thicker, same tangy sweet flavours but a red snapper head was always going to be better than song fish head for curries.

seafood hor fun (S$4)

seafood hor fun (S$4)

seafood hor fun (S$4)

seafood hor fun (S$4)

we like the hor fun here & occasionally “tapao” (did a take-out). usually wok hae (pan flavours) very good. this time it was ok average.

thai fish head curry (S$25)

thai fish head curry (S$25)

cuttlefish with kang kong

cuttlefish with kang kong (S$10)

cuttlefish with kang kong

cuttlefish with kang kong (S$10)

we ordered the “jill her eng chai”- cuttlefish with kang kong (S$10). the kang kong was very good. the cuttlefish was good, came with an unusual sweet sauce (looked & tasted just like yong tau fu very red colour sweet sauce). it was not the usual sambal. i didn’t mind it actually but i guessed the usual sambal should be better.

beef &  chicken satay

beef & chicken satay

beef &  chicken satay

beef & chicken satay

the satay were very good, very tasty & not dry or tough. the sauce was watery & a bit sweeter than most satay sauce (to cater for expat diners maybe?) but still nice. I thought this was a very good satay if only they served a usual better sauce.

the dinner for 3pax was S$45 exclude drinks. it was not cheap but not expensive also, just the going price i guess.

c.h.e.f andy

Tai Hwa Bakchormee at Blk 466 Crawford Lane on 23Oct2014

tai hwa bakchormee at blk 466 crawford lane

S$5 tai hwa bakchormee at blk 466 crawford lane

went to immigration checkpoint authority (ICA) to take passport size photo today.

i applied online for passport extension but my scanned photo for e-submission was rejected.  anyway it’s about time i took some current day photos. heard from b-i-l that the studios outside now charged S$22 for 8 (or maybe 12) photos, and better off for me just to go to ICA & pay S$5.50 for 4 photos. that’s what i did, and no hassle.

was planning to skip lunch as i have a kaiseki dinner at GOTO this evening. but since i already parked, and i have not been to this stall for the last maybe 10years and the time 11am looked promising, i decided to walk over to tai hwa bakchormee @ blk 466 crawford lane. this the original stall from hill street 1932.

tai hwa bakchormee at blk 466 crawford lane

tai hwa bakchormee at blk 466 crawford lane

tai hwa bakchormee at blk 466 crawford lane

tai hwa bakchormee at blk 466 crawford lane

i joined the queue at no.7. no one ordered like 5 bowls or packets, so i got my bakchormee in just over 15mins.

a very pleasant surprise. the stall proprietor was very polite & friendly, not the usual nazi chef! :-)

tai hwa bakchormee at blk 466 crawford lane

tai hwa bakchormee at blk 466 crawford lane

tai hwa bakchormee at blk 466 crawford lane

S$5 tai hwa bakchormee at blk 466 crawford lane

tai hwa bakchormee at blk 466 crawford lane

S$5 tai hwa bakchormee at blk 466 crawford lane

well, the  S$5 tai hwa bakchormee was good. :-)

noodles were qq (al dente) and tasty mixed in the sauce. ingredients minced pork, pork balls, pig liver, soi kao (fish/meat dumpling) & tipoh were good. i thought this style bakchormee had mushroom sauce, but there was none, just the very nice vinegar, chilli sauce taste. very good. overall i think i like the bakchormee at ming fa bakchormee upper thomson a bit better. close fight anyway.

but after all these time, i think i now prefer the S$4 jalan tua kong meepok tar at 6th avenue. & don’t think i will wait 1/2 for this tai hwa bakchormee.

c.h.e.f andy

Early Birthday Dinner @ Chef Chan’s Restaurant on 22Oct2014

#1 deep fried sliced pork with fermented bean curd & deep fried pumpkin with pork floss

#1 deep fried sliced pork with fermented bean curd & deep fried pumpkin with pork floss

my 2 close buddies organised an early birthday dinner for me & for my wife on 22.10.2014. :-)

the friend suggested xiyan private dining. i looked at the menu. the cheapest was S$88pax, and it goes up to S$188pax. it didn’t make sense to me.

my wife & i had tried xiyan though it must be 10 years ago. only dish that impressed (as also for my friend) was the very nice hokkaido tomatoes. last year we went to hong kong & the guys came back complaining the food at xiyan private dining hk was expensive & average (i did not join that lunch).

knowing my “lor li lor sor” friend, if i were to say it’s too ex, we would go into a protracted dissertation good enough for PhD, so i simply whatsapped back “i would like to try chef chan’s 神厨三绝”..end of story. haha! :-)

5-course menu = S$40pax

5-course menu = S$40pax

i looked up chef chain’s menu. the S$88pax for 4 looked about same or better than xiyan. i guessed i was biased. anyway since the guys really wanted to buy me a nice dinner why take the cheapest set, so i picked the S$80 for 2pax 5-course menu (above photo), which looked about alright. :-)

chef chan’s restaurant was located at national museum. nice colonial building. nicely furnished & decorated interior.

#1 deep fried sliced pork with fermented bean curd & deep fried pumpkin with pork floss

#1 deep fried sliced pork with fermented bean curd & deep fried pumpkin with pork floss

#1 deep fried belly pork with fermented bean curd was quite an excellent dish. deep fried pumpkin with pork floss was pretty good too. it’s a bit like variation of deep-fried egg plant with pork floss which i liked too.

#2 braised compoy thick soup with 4 treasures

#2 braised compoy thick soup with 4 treasures

#2 braised compoy thick soup with 4 treasures

#2 braised compoy thick soup with 4 treasures

#2 braised compoy thick soup with 4 treasures was very average though, not tasty enough. i was expecting a much better soup at chef chain’s since 1 of his 3 signatures (三绝) was a soup. the ah yat abalone seafood soup was way better & most of tunglok & imperial treasures lie tong (例汤) would be better than this.

#3 steamed cod with preserved olive vegetables & black beans

#3 steamed cod with preserved olive vegetables & black beans

#3 steamed cod with preserved olive vegetables & black beans

#3 steamed cod with preserved olive vegetables & black beans

the #3 steamed cod with preserved olive vegetables & black beans was good. the flavours were excellent.

#4 chef chain's famous crispy roast chicken

#4 chef chain’s famous crispy roast chicken

#4 the signature chef chain’s famous crispy roast chicken. the skin was crispy & chicken breast was moist & sweet (a test of whether chicken was good, quite a few restaurants turned out dry roast chicken).

#5 fried rice with seafood wrapped in lotus leaf

#5 fried rice with seafood wrapped in lotus leaf

#5 fried rice with seafood wrapped in lotus leaf

#5 fried rice with seafood wrapped in lotus leaf

the #5 fried rice with seafood wrapped in lotus leaf was also a tasty dish & had a lot of diced prawns etc.

#6 doubled boiled pear & aloe vera with red dates

#6 doubled boiled pear & aloe vera with red dates

#6 doubled boiled pear & aloe vera with red dates

#6 doubled boiled pear & aloe vera with red dates

my wife liked the #6 doubled boiled pear & aloe vera with red dates served chilled. it was light, refreshing, not too sweet. :-)

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apple millecrepe from classic cakes

apple millecrepe from classic cakes

apple millecrepe from classic cakes

my friend brought an apple millecrepe from classic cakes. it was good. initially i felt it was not as smooth & creamy as the one at lady M. but actually with the apples, there was a bit more bulk & the combination tasted better, c/w with eating what felt like all cream.

looked like there were only 2 tables for this evening. our neighbour was a well dressed couple about our age & they joined in singing happy birthday. the husband quipped that the children were away & no one reminded him to buy cake. so we offered to rent him our cake for the photos..haha just kidding! :-) anyway we got the restaurant to serve them 2 slices of the millecrepe. the restaurant followed up with a longevity bun (寿桃) with a candle & my friend took the photos for them. :-) great service!

overall, it was an enjoyable evening with my wife & close friends over a nice quite dinner & nice ambience. food was mostly above average, maybe not so refine as majestic & tunglok, and cheap & tasty as imperial treasure.

c.h.e.f andy

Quite OK Bento Lunch @ The Flying Squirrel on 21Oct2014

summer chirashi don set (S$25)

summer chirashi don set (S$25)

had dental appointment today. i was in the good hands of a close friend. :-)

post dental, 3 of us went to lunch nearby at the flying squirrel at amoy street on 21.10.2014. :-) the restaurant has like a hidden side road entrance, not accessible from the front.

parking at amoy street, telok ayer street & boon tat street was tricky, but we were there past 1pm and cars were moving off, & i managed to find a good lot at boon tat street.

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The Flying Squirrel, Amoy Street

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The Flying Squirrel, Amoy Street

summer chirashi don set (S$25)

summer chirashi don set (S$25)

my daughter has been talking about this place & sushi kou & i wanted to try the chirashi don. there was only a summer cchirashi don set (S$25) on the menu. i took that & my friends ordered ebi furai bento (S$19) & tori karaage bento (S$19).

when the food arrived, it looked to me like a bara chirashi don with diced sashimi, which usually was of lower quality than a chirashi don. i asked the server & he said there was actually another ala carte chirashi don for both lunch & dinner (guess it was on another separate menu) but he said this lunch set was popular. :-)

the service was pleasant & attentive & there had a hand-written welcome card at the reserved table, so i decided to just go with the bara chirashi don.

taste-wise it was pretty good, and the sashimi quantity was good too. it also had 3 pieces of chicken karaage (not my favourite) & salad. still, this was not quite comparable to the S$20 quality chirashi don set at kuroson. and overall presentation wise, food quality & quantity it was not quite the standard of bara chirashi don & salmon set at sun with moon wheelock.

ebi furai bento (S$18)

ebi furai bento (S$19)

tori karaage bento (S$18)

tori karaage bento (S$19)

my friends were happy with their tori karaage bento & ebi furai bento which came with curry.

there was 10% service but no GST.

overall, the lunch was quite average for me, something doable but not special. my sashimi cuts were fresh & sweet, and the rice combination was quite good, & service was pleasant & good.  i may still come back to try their ala cate chirashi don during dinner. :-)

c.h.e.f andy

Good 5-course Dinner @ Ah Yat Abalone Forum Restaurant on 18Oct2014

braised abalone & mushroom in brown sauce

#2 braised abalone & mushroom in brown sauce

had 3pax dinner with my sis & b-i-l at ah yat abalone forum restaurant at hotel grand pacific last evening on 18.10.2014. :-) last time i came here was when a friend had his birthday dinner on 16.7.2014.

wife was having her own homecookd get-together with her friends & i made a seafood risotto & tiramisu for her.

lobster claw seafood soup

#1 lobster claw seafood soup

#1 the soup was good. the lobster claw was quite tasteless, but the soup stock was good & tasty.  i felt that the cooking here at ah yat abalone was generally better than the other ah yat outlets.

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#2 braised abalone & mushroom in brown sauce

#2 braised abalone & mushroom in brown sauce was very good.  abalone was 2in size & had excellent texture & bite. the brown sauce was excellent!

fish fillet japanese style

#3 fish fillet japanese style

fish fillet japanese style

#3 fish fillet japanese style

was not expecting much with the #3 fish fillet japanese style but it was good. fish was firm & bouncy & batter was  good. the sauce was just right & not overpowering.

braised yee meen noodles

#4 braised yee meen noodles

braised yee meen noodles

#4 braised yee meen noodles

& i finished the entire #4 braised yee meen noodles despite my usual low carb preference, meaning it was good. very tasty for a plain vegetarian dish! excellent! :-)

bird's nest in almond cream

#5 bird’s nest in almond cream

bird's nest in almond cream

#5 bird’s nest in almond cream

desssrt was a #5 bird’s nest in almond cream. it was competent but bird’s nest does not register much with me, non-descript. almond cream was smooth. maybe i would be able to taste the smoothness better w/o the bird’s nest.

for this dinner, i bought 3xS$28.80pax groupon vouchers. there was a S2.50pax cover charge for tea & towels & a S$3 charge for peanuts (both compulsory charges whether you took or not), which came up to S$12.95. so in total we paid S$33nett pax for the 5-course dinner. quite a good deal.

c.h.e.f andy