Very Good Dinner @Holland Village XO Fish Head Bee Hun on 6Feb2016

S$12 XO fish head bee hoon

S$12 XO fish head bee hoon

wife & daughter wanted to have zi char dinner.

daughter had just been to wah chee dover, and wife & i had just been to hong kong street old chun kee 香港街老珍记 at commonwealth crescent.

holland village XO fish head bee hun

holland village XO fish head bee hun

we decided to try holland village XO fish head bee hun (on 6.2.2016). i had takeawy from here about 1 year ago. ^^

holland village XO fish head bee hun

holland village XO fish head bee hun

the coffeeshop was quite crowded at 6.45pm on friday evening.

S$12 XO fish head bee hoon

S$12 XO fish head bee hoon

a medium fish head bee hoon is S$10. to add XO, S$2 more.

it was very good though, very tasty, slightly intense, reminded us of uncle leong’s crab bee hoon (even though it was really no comparison…uncle leong’s was just soooo good!).

S$12 XO fish head bee hoon

S$12 XO fish head bee hoon

taste wise it was a lot better than  hong kong street old chun kee 香港街老珍记. a simple dish yet quite different satisfaction taste wise.

but hong kong street old chun kee 香港街老珍记 gave large pieces of meat even for the S$6 bowl. here it was a lot too but mostly bones.

it was too troublesome & tiring for me. next time i will just order sliced fish.

S$10 fried kai lan

S$10 fried kai lan

the fried kai lan was excellent!

S$10 fried kai lan

S$10 fried kai lan

so fragrant, super wok hae! ^^

S$10 san lo hor fun

S$10 san lo hor fun

san lo hor fun was very good too.

S$10 san lo hor fun

S$10 san lo hor fun

really, these 2 quite basic dishes the satisfaction quite different la.. for these 2 dishes i will come back here & not old chun kee.

Ghim Moh Edge HDB apartments

Ghim Moh Edge HDB apartments

the HDB ghim moh edge apartments looked really nice like private condos – the veiw from where we were sitting at the coffeeshop.

c.h.e.f andy

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Holland Village XO Fish Head Bee Hun

#01-05, Jumbo Coffee Hub,

19A Dover Crescent, 131019

Good Lor Mee @ Soon Heng Lor Mee Beo Crescent Food Centre on 5Feb2016

S$2.50 soon heng lor mee

S$2.50 soon heng lor mee 

after the enjoyable hainanese curry rice, we walked over to beo crescent food centre next door.

my friend bought a S$2.50 lor mee to share, just for me to try out the food. :-)

soon heng lor mee

soon heng lor mee 

soon heng is a popular stall also.

beo crescent food centre

beo crescent food centre 

it was like 11.30am so the food centre still not very crowded yet. :-)

S$2.50 soon heng lor mee

S$2.50 soon heng lor mee 

the lor mee presentation was quite good.

ingredients were good especially the crisp bits, and substantial.

the gluey broth was tasty unlike the very so-so lor mee at hock lye at ghim moh food centre. almost too obvious when you compare the photos.

didn’t think it was better than the hai tang lor mee at mei ling centre though.

in fact i think hai tang is probably better but i have to try that again, good excuse to anyway…lol! ^^

c.h.e.f andy

Great Hainanese Curry Rice @ Beo Crescent on 5Feb2016

curry rice

S$4.20 curry rice

met my primary school classmate at beo crescent today on 5.2.2016. ^^

he wanted me to try the hainanese curry rice there, at the coffeeshop next to beo crescent food centre.

my friend is a local there, and today he was visiting his mom in the next block. :-)

beo crescent curry rice stall

beo crescent curry rice stall 

we were there early at 11am, so there was just 3 ahead of us. nearer lunch hour, the usual queue appeared.

curry rice

S$4.20 curry rice 

we ordered individual plates & the shared the food items. :-)

S$4.30 curry rice

S$4.30 curry rice

we each had the “bak pao” aka crispy pork chop.. i had the belly pork & cabbage & he had the chicken & egg plant.

total was S$8.50 for 2 plates.

i enjoyed the curry rice thoroughly, very nostalgic…

the crispy pork chop & the sweet curry were the key items. otherwise the belly pork was ok but not special. most kong bak (braised belly pork) at kueh chap stalls would be better & some roast pork stalls also better. chicken, cabbage, egg plant nothing special.

yet overall it was a very enjoyable meal, maybe just nostalgia la…

my friend think this is better than the scissor cut at kitchener road..i am sure it is but i have not tried that for the longest time.

i guess it’s also the great company. i wouldn’t take the trouble to come here for lunch by myself.

c.h.e.f andy

4th Teban Gardens Community Meal – Red Fermented Beancurd Cloud Fungus Mushroom Chicken on 5Feb2016

red fermented beancurd cloud fungus mushroom chicken

red fermented bean curd cloud fungus mushroom chicken

my helper did a red fermented bean curd cloud fungus mushroom chicken腐乳云耳香菇鸡丁 today on 5.2.2016. ^^

this my 4th friday breakfast community meal at teban gardens community service centre (CSC).

i first started doing a community meal dish for teban gardens CSC on 8.1.2016.

the centre was started in 2002 after much effort & challenge by our RI friend who is a pastor of pasir panjang hill brethren church (pphbc) which owns & runs the CSC.

red fermented beancurd cloud fungus mushroom chicken

red fermented bean curd cloud fungus mushroom chicken

this dish was especially popular today. everyone liked it, the residents, the volunteers alike. :-)

red fermented beancurd cloud fungus mushroom chicken

red fermented bean curd cloud fungus mushroom chicken

my helper used the softer small cloud fungus, not the large thick black fungus.

she fried the soaked fungus & chinese mushrooms with the red fermented bean curd & sliced ginger to bring out the flavours. then added the diced chicken & cooked for 30minutes.

red fermented beancurd cloud fungus mushroom chicken

red fermented beancurd cloud fungus mushroom chicken

then she steamed in the steam oven for another 45mins.

it was a simple dish to do.

there are regular attendees for this teban gardens friday community breakfast, last week there were like 100 people, this week looks a bit lesser, also i had to take leave a bit earlier, but probably it would still be over 80.

great place for the residents & older folks to gather, have a good meal & get in touch a bit.

c.h.e.f andy

14pax Homecooked Dinner for my Primary School Classmates on 22Jan2016

the dishes

the dishes

had a 14pax homecooked dinner for my primary school classmates on 22.1.2016. ^^

as i was saying in another post –

we were not in contact for a long time.

recently another classmate came visiting from the states, so i joined a few of them at din tai fung @ gem after lunch on a saturday as i already had a lunch appointment that day.

one thing led to another & a group came to my place today for a 14pax homecooked dinner. ^^

the dishes

the dishes

weather was not so co-operative.

it was almost like thunderstorm at the time my guests were arriving.

this was the first time these friends came to my place.

a friend brought excellent cookies & pineapple tarts, so we had a good chat & munch on the cookies & spanish omelette before all arrived. :-)

pumpkin tofu salad

#1 pumpkin tofu salad

i had a pumpkin tofu salad. taste was quite ok but presentation this evening was not so good.

spanish omelette

#2 spanish omelette

spanish omelette were also tasty. texture for 1 was slightly out & not firmed up enough.

teriyaki cod, char siew, miso belly pork

teriyaki cod, char siew, miso belly pork

the char siew was a taste i liked.

char siew

#3 char siew

colour & burnt part looked good too.

char siew

#3 char siew

but perhaps it was not the sweeter honeyed taste that some preferred. anyway it was mostly finished.

miso belly pork

#4 miso belly pork

many in the group didn’t take much belly pork so there was a bit more left.

overall i think i made a bit too much food, especially the pasta & risotto.

teriyaki cod

#5 teriyaki cod

most friends liked the teriyaki cod.

teriyaki cod

#5 teriyaki cod

the taste was good but i felt the cod was NOT the best. it was hard to tell as i bought from the same source, usually giant, sheng shiong or ntuc.

i felt that the cod itself was not so great this evening.

lemon chicken (son's recipe)

#6 lemon chicken (son’s recipe)

son made an excellent lemon chicken on christmas eve home dinner 2014 when he came back for christmas holidays.

so i whatsapped him for the recipe. :-)

beer can lemon chicken (son's recipe)

#6 beer can lemon chicken (son’s recipe)

& i used the beer can method to give a more rounded roasting w/o using the rotisserie.

lemon chicken (son's recipe)

#6 lemon chicken (son’s recipe)

& it came out beautifully. a friend who used to sell chicken rice, commented she liked the chicken most. ^^

prawn linguine in pink sauce

#7 prawn linguine in pink sauce

the 2 pastas were very good at the time of cooking. very tasty, as good as it looked.

i did them well in advance, thinking of putting them in the oven at 40degC to keep warm.

prawn linguine in pink sauce

#7 prawn linguine in pink sauce

it was a few hours ahead of dinner. i decided to heat them up again.

i felt that the end result was not so good, not the very al dente pasta i liked.

cheese sausage pasta

#8 cheese sausage pasta

same thing with the cheese sausage pasta.

sausage pasta

#8 cheese sausage pasta

another thing was that i cooked just too much pasta.

cheese sausage pasta & prawn linguine in pink sauce

#8 & #9 cheese sausage pasta & prawn linguine in pink sauce

should have trusted my first instinct & not added more pasta.

seafood risotto

#10 seafood risotto

the seafood risotto was also far from my best.

a friend said she liked the risotto most because it had very intense flavours (i used a prawn heads/shell stock moderated with lots of vegetables).

still it was really a very far cry from my best seafood risotto, which should look & taste like this one above!

cut fruits

cut fruits

a friend pre-arranged to bring cut fruits.

excellent almond cookies, peanut cookies & pineapple tarts

excellent almond cookies, peanut cookies & pineapple tarts

another friend really bakes very well (& i suspect cooks very well too).

i really enjoyed his almond & peanut cookies & pineapple tarts.

pineapple tarts

pineapple tarts

the friend who brought the cut fruits also brought pineapple tarts. both were very good but i liked the first version.

the pineapple fillings were less “in the face” (some commented drier) but excellent pastry. i reasoned that i liked that better as it was more differentiated from commercial pineapple tarts & i liked the pastry bits more than the pineapple fillings.

it was a fun evening. think of it we knew each other for 50yrs+ since 1965 (from primary one)…for me it was from primary 2.

for the food, i was actually not so satisfied.

it was quite below my usual standard, and some dishes might not suit some friends. for my cooking philosophy, it is not important what dishes i cook, but it should be dishes that everybody enjoyed.

so in all my dinners, there were hardly leftover food. this evening some of my planning & food amounts were a bit out, but i will adjust in future dinners.

c.h.e.f andy

Nice Chee Cheong Fun @ Teck Hin Congee Ghim Moh Food Centre on 2Feb2016

S$2 chee cheong fun

S$2 chee cheong fun 

after my haircut at ghim moh the other day (2.2.2016), i walked over to the temporary ghim moh food centre to try out some of the stalls –

  1. i had the S$2.50 lor mee at hock lye but it was so-so only;
  2. i decided to tapao (buy back) the chwee kueh (famous 57yrs recipe). again below satisfaction la.

i also bought back the chee cheong fun.

luckily this one was pretty good. of the 3, this was the best for me. S$2, nothing much no ingredients just rice & tapioca flour, but the chee cheong fun was soft & smooth & nicely savoury with chilli & sweet sauce, sprinkled with toasted sesame.

nice!

c.h.e.f andy

Liking it more & more @ Ah Hoe Mee Pok on 3Feb2016

ah hoe bakchormee wed 11.15am

ah hoe meepok wed 11.15am

did my usual 10km run with my good friend at ulu pandan jogging track at faber heights this morning on 3.2.2016. ^^

after water, 100plus & coffee chat, was on the way home nearing 11am & decided to pop in at ah hoe mee pok.

i have tried the japanese father-daughter stall at blk 710 2 times already.

wanted to try the brother’s stall at blk 713. however they only open at 11.30am & i was at the stall at 11.07am.

back to blk 710 then! i like the meepok but i am not really into queueing or waiting for long periods unless with good friends/fellowship.

there was only 1 guy in front of me at blk 710 at 11.15am on a wed. suited me fine. :-)

S$5 ah hoe bakchormee

S$5 ah hoe meepok

they had the teochew prawn version instead of mushroom sauce. i am a sticker of what i know. maybe wait for friends to tell me what that version taste like. so it’s the usual mushroom sauce “tai hwa”  bakchormee for me.

ah hoe bakchormee

S$5 ah hoe meepok

i am really getting to like this more & more.

very tasty noodles, and lots of ingredients.

ah hoe bakchormee wed 11.25am

ah hoe meepok wed 11.25am

took another photo after i sat down & having my noodles. :-)

blk 710 coffeeshop 11.25am

blk 710 coffeeshop 11.25am

the coffeeshop was bright & airy. no crowd yet.

S$5 ah hoe bakchormee

S$5 ah hoe meepok

i am really enjoying this & sending friends photos on whatsapp.

c.h.e.f andy

So-So Chwee Kueh @ Ghim Moh Chwee Kueh on 2Feb2016

chwee kueh

chwee kueh S$2.10 for 6

took the S$2.50 lor mee at hock lye at the temporary ghim moh food centre today on 2.2.2016. :-)

it was quite average, ok but tak shiok!

decided to buy back chwee kueh from the famous ghim moh chwee kueh 锦茂李老三, 55years (now 57years?) recipe.

chwee kueh

chwee kueh S$2.10 for 6

must say i never really thought the chwee kueh was great in the past, when i tried it years ago at blk 20 maybe once or twice, and there was always a long queue.

today at almost 11am there was no queue.

the chye poh was salty. i don’t quite like the chilli. the kueh itself was so so.

according to dr leslie tay, this style is kiam pang (salty savoury). he didn’t prefer this, but he learned to appreciate it.

for me though it didn’t quite work. NOT my packet of chwee kueh at all.

i prefer the very tasty ones with lots of chye poh (pay extra) from chinatown.

for me, the ghim moh ones missed by a million miles la…

c.h.e.f andy

 

 

Average Lor Mee @ Hock Lye Prawn Mee & Lor Mee on 2Feb2016

S$2.50 lor mee at hock lye @ ghim moh

S$2.50 lor mee at hock lye @ ghim moh 

i have not tried the hawker stalls at the temporary ghim moh food centre since they shifted from the previous location at blk 20 which is currently under renovations.

today after my hair cut at about 1030am i decided to drop by & try some stalls on 2.2.2016.

hock lye prawn mee & lor mee

hock lye prawn mee & lor mee 

i never really like lor mee much as they are starchy & gluey.

i remember i had very good one at amoy street market level 2 but that must be 20+years ago, not sure they are still there.

i also remember the long queue at tiong bahru market level 2 (there are more than 1 stalls). again that must be scores of years.

more recently my daughter had a S$2.50 lor mee at hai tang lor mee @ mei ling market & food centre & i tried a bit.

it was really good & that brought back memories. broth was very tasty, good flavourful fish taste, mildly starchy, good amount of ingredients.

S$2.50 lor mee at hock lye @ ghim moh

S$2.50 lor mee at hock lye @ ghim moh 

this hock lye lor mee though was a thumbs down by comparison.

it was edible but mediocre, the broth was not flavourful like hai tang. so while it was a passable noodles, it was also the reason i don’t take lor mee much.

c.h.e.f andy

OK Zi Char @ HK Street Old Chun Kee on 31Jan2016

$25 zi char dinner

$25 zi char dinner

had dinner with wife on 31.1.2016. ^^

friends were watching djokovic murray austrialian open tennis finals…

we wanted to go to a nearby place & decided on hong kong street old chun kee 香港街老珍记 at commonwealth crescent…..

don’t know if the original one still at level 2 of the commonwealth crescent food centre? did not check…

hk street old chun kee

hk street old chun kee

place was well patronised at 6.45pm on a sunday.

hk street old chun kee menu

hk street old chun kee menu

the picture menu showed the food items & prices. made it quite easy.

wife didn’t really like their signature dishes like black bean sauce song fish head or bitter gourd.

we ordered their signature fish head thick beehoon soup, a tofu dish & a fish maw soup.

fish head beehoon

S$5 fish head beehoon

their signature fish head thick beehoon soup was pretty good.

maybe it was not as intense & flavourful as Holland Village XO Fish Head Bee Hun Restaurant 荷兰村XO鱼头米粉酒楼, but then we did not ask for the XO version..

fish head beehoon

S$5 fish head beehoon

still it was a tasty dish, lots of meat fish head pieces & the best of the 3 dishes we ordered, & the cheapest at S$5, :-)

tofu in thai sauce

S$8 tofu in thai sauce

the tofu dish was ok but just ordinary.

tofu in thai sauce

S$8 tofu in thai sauce

nothing much to say really. at least it was quite passable.

fish maw soup

S$12 fish maw soup

i was of course thinking of the excellent fish maw soup at beng thin.

but alas, this was NOT!

fish maw soup

S$12 fish maw soup

miles off!

not that it was a bad soup. it was passable, but really starchy, gluey stuff…

dinner was S$25nett for 2pax no service no GST. ok but totally average except for the fish head beehoon soup.

but then we did not order the signature dishes so not a very good representation of the food.

i checked they are closed for 1st 4 days of cny & prices are different of day 7. my china relatives are visiting so i may likely bring them here to try out the dishes again.

c.h.e.f andy

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Kopi Kia  (hong kong street old chun kee 香港街老珍记)
Blk 117 Commonwealth Drive #01-733 Singapore 140117
Tel: 83606663
Email: enquiries@kopikia.com.sg
Operating Hours:
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