A Relaxing Birthday Dinner at Tunglok Signature @ Central on 27May2015

salted egg prawns

salted egg prawns

last evening, my close dentist friend and godsis & her husband arranged a birthday dinner for another close friend at tunglok signature @ central on 27.5.2015. ^^

my wife & i & another friend joined dinner so there were 7pax.

birthday was several weeks before but some of us were away, anyway it was just fun to get together.

godsis was feeling rich & happy, and displayed great teamwork with her hubby, and managed to best my dentist friend to grab the bill at the end of dinner. :-)

roast pork烧肉

roast pork烧肉

i just had salted egg prawns & roast pork烧肉 at a 13pax RI friends G20 dinner at peach garden @ metropolis the evening before, and that was good too.

we can see from the photos that the presentation & colours of the 2 dishes at tunglok were better. taste-wise they were close – the roast pork烧肉 about same, the salted egg prawns maybe tunglok a tad better. :-)

deep-fried fish fillet (also salted egg)

deep-fried cod fish fillet (also salted egg)

deep-fried fish fillet (also salted egg)

deep-fried cod fish fillet (also salted egg)

we had the deep-fried cod fish fillet that seemed to be salted egg flavoured also. it was a well executed dish, somewhat oily. not really a preferred preparation for me.

the same dentist friend & mei mei had a birthday dinner for me in 2013 here at this same tunglok outlet. we had star garoupa fillet with broccoli & lily bulbs & that was very good. of course for me, steamed fish is the best. haha!^^

tunglok's 三层楼

tunglok’s 三层楼

tunglok's 三层楼

tunglok’s 三层楼

we had the elegant 三层楼, which is a tunglok’s long standing dish of fried bean curd on spinach & shimeji mushrooms.

charcoal tofu dish

charcoal tofu dish

charcoal tofu dish

charcoal tofu dish

there was a newer dish of charcoal tofu with lily bulbs 百合.

both tofu dishes were very nice!

string beans with egg plant

string beans with egg plant

next was a string beans with egg plant. just mildly spicy (if any at all) & quite nicely done.

another squash dish with edamame

another squash dish with edamame

another squash dish with edamame

another squash dish with edamame

another dish was a bit unusual combination, some squash with japanese edamame & slightly sweet sauce. can’t figure out this dish.

longevity buns 流沙寿桃

longevity buns 流沙寿桃

as it was a birthday, the restaurant provided complimentary longevity buns 流沙寿桃.

birthday message to 101

birthday message to 101

birthday message to 101

birthday message to 101

they were  presented together with the cake mei mei bought, and handwritten “calligraphy” by a talented restaurant manager. haha!

少年壮志当十一

英俊潇洒二十一

状元高中三十一

年龄岁岁四十一

成就显赫五十一

儿孙满堂六十一

回想当年七十一

福禄寿全八十一

享受人生九十一

要找北京101???

the message changes according to occasions, so the guy must have a whole bookcase of them. haha!^^

i didn’t know the price as mei mei paid for it, estimate about S$175 or S$25pax

c.h.e.f andy

RI Friends G20 13pax Dinner at Peach Gardens @ Metropolis on 26May2015

steamed soon hock

steamed soon hock

had a fun dinner get together among RI friends at peach garden @ metropolis on 26.5.2015. ^^

happened to be the same friend who organised G20 dinner 2 years ago also at peach garden (@ novena), aug2013.

come to think of it, this was the 3rd time we had G20 dinners at peach garden in as many years. the most recent was at peach garden @ miramar on 30.6.2014, almost 1 year ago.

many of us had not been to metropolis. 1 who had been associated it with MOE as he is a professor at NUS. for another in a brokerage firm, it was CDP that came to mind.

i parked at the openair carpark before metropolis building, very well located next to the bus stop & MRT. there was a lift that took me to level 2 right by peach garden. :-)

place was new so looked somewhat better than previously at novena & also at miramar. the ala carte buffet menu with 1 free for 3 paying is for steamboat, so we decided to take the ala carte menu instead.

roast pork烧肉

roast pork烧肉

roast pork烧肉

roast pork烧肉

we ordered the roast pork烧肉, a recommended dish. it was good, same standard as the usual places like crystal jade, imperial trasure, tunglok & canton paradise.

roast duck 明炉烧鸭

roast duck 明炉烧鸭

roast duck 明炉烧鸭

roast duck 明炉烧鸭

we were deciding between peking duck & roast duck. they were same price , i think S$56 for 1 duck. more went for roast duck, which was also my preference.

roast duck was good too, very flavourful & tender, & skin was crisp. it was no better than canton paradise. i think the latter still more fragrant & tasty, my gold standard. haha!^^

steamed soon hock

steamed soon hock

steamed soon hock

steamed soon hock

soon hock was S$9/100g. we had 12pax (+ one who came a bit later on), so we ordered a 1kg fish.

i always preferred steam for a very fresh live fish to deep-fried, which is like second best. soon hock was excellently done, very tender, smooth, tasty.

salted egg prawn

salted egg prawn

i was quite wary i.e. distrustful (& weary) of peach garden’s wasabi prawns. it once came with a ton of green wasabi mayo. but looking back at the 2013 photos actually it was not bad. anyhow we ordered the salted egg prawn, which was very good too, though not quite my favourite. :-)

claypot tofu with naibai 奶白

claypot tofu with naibai 奶白

claypot tofu with naibai 奶白

claypot tofu with naibai 奶白

a friend ordered the claypot tofu with naibai 奶白. a simple dish but really quite well executed!^^

chinese cabbage with golden mushrooms

chinese cabbage with golden mushrooms

chinese cabbage with golden mushrooms

chinese cabbage with golden mushrooms

& we had the chinese cabbage (jinbai 津白i think) with enoki mushrooms. again a very simple dish & very tastefully (both sight & taste) done indeed! :-)

egg white dried scallops fried rice

egg white dried scallops fried rice

egg white dried scallops fried rice

egg white dried scallops fried rice

egg white dried scallops fried rice

egg white dried scallops fried rice

egg white dried scallops fried rice is quite a standard dish in many good chinese restaurants. i used to love it a lot at imperial treasure nanbei, especially with the xo chilli sauce.

somehow this one didn’t wow, quite average to me, not much wok hae. i think i can do better than that myself. my favourite now is the spicy seafood fried rice at crystal jade la mian xiaolongbao.^^

fried kuayteow

fried kuayteow

a friend managed to reach when we were down to the second last dish, so he ordered a fried kuay teow. looked ok i guess, like the usual fare.

芝麻豆沙锅饼

芝麻豆沙锅饼

芝麻豆沙锅饼

芝麻豆沙锅饼

the sesame red bean pancake was another standard dish. it was done pretty nicely – look & certainly taste also.

custard bun 流沙包

custard bun 流沙包

custard bun 流沙包

custard bun 流沙包

the last item was the custard bun. pretty good but i kind of tired of them (like i was tired of the crispy charsiew bao at timhowan).

a very enjoyable dinner & evening with friends.

the price came to S$414 nett for 13pax after a 15% credit card discount=S$32nett. of course we did not order much food too. we did not order expensive ingredients so these were average dishes but very well executed. price was ok, about there i guess.

c.h.e.f andy

Fish & Chips on 9May2015

fish & chip

£5 cod & chips

after porthgwarra, we took a short drive to sennen cove on 9.5.2015.

it was past 2.30pm. sun was still bright.

we saw a sign for fish & chips. we turned into a carpark next to a pub restaurant & saw a sign lunch specials:£5 cod & chips outside the shop.

inside, a blackboard said the same thing.

a nice cornish pub restaurant

a nice cornish pub restaurant

it was a nice pub. wife ordered a draft beer.

fish & chip place on the way to sennen cove

a nice cornish pub restaurant

the £5 cod & chips was still available even though past lunch time.^^

fish & chip2

£5 cod & chips

£5 cod & chips

£5 cod & chips

it was just average. & a huge portion. chips were not tasty, peas not great here too. i added a lot of vinegar & salt. haha!

fish was actually ok, but like wife said, cod here is just white fish, somehow a low grade white fish. i wonder.

still, this was no worse than poppies fish & chips, the best in london, maybe this was better!

c.h.e.f andy

Cream Tea & Porthgwarra Hike on 9May2015

privately owned porthgwarra cove

privately owned porthgwarra cove

porthgwarra (in cornish means a very wooded cove) is in fact quite accessible from porthcurno, probably an hour’s walk along the southwest coast path.

we were not certain of the weather & the terrain, so decided to head back to our car after reaching st leaven’s church.

so after minack theatre & the short porthcurno hike, we took a drive instead to porthgwarra. the access road is tricky as for quite a long stretch it is only 1 car width. it seems pure chance that 2 vehicles do not ended head to head & having to reverse (couldn’t imagine how?) but i guess probability of that is low because so few vehicles. there are intervals where there are wider space for 2 vehicles to cross. still we manage to reach & leave portgwarra w/o any difficult manoeuvres.

slipway and winch at porthgwarra

slipway and winch at porthgwarra

apparently porthgwarra cove & the winch & slipway are privately owned, though public are allowed to use them.

porthgwarra cove cafe

porthgwarra cove

porthgwarra cove cafe is left of this building & there is a large carpark beyond that which the cafe proprietress charged £2 for the parking. quite ok.

cave tunnels

cave tunnels

we followed the signs & got up to the southwest coast path.

looking down, some kids were playing hide & seek at a cave tunnel below. seems that there were more tunnels at the foot of the cove’s slipway is a tunnel dug by tin miners from St Just to give farmers horse-and-cart access to the beach to collect seaweed to use as a fertiliser.

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

we were blessed with glorious sunshine. the walk was very pleasant, good wind, not too chilly.

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

for this section, the walk was quite gentle, not too much difficulty.

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike16

porthgwarra hike

we reached the gwennap head lookout station (national coast watch institution).

maybe in the distance is land’s end. the southwest coast path would lead us to land’s end. at our slow progress maybe 1.5hrs. but we were being conservative, uncertain about the sudden change in weather & not wanting to trek back to the car if we went  too far. so we decided to turn back & drive to sennen cove afterwards & walked from there to land’s end.

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

porthgwarra hike

there were these red & black cones along the ridge. we were wondering what they were & the use?

it was until later that i learned that they are “Trinity House navigation daymarks on Gwennap Head”, and “When the red cone obliterates the black and white one the observer at sea is directly above the dangerous Runnel Stone”. wow!

£5.25 cream tea porthgwarra cove cafe

£5.25 cream tea porthgwarra cove cafe

£5.25 cream tea porthgwarra cove cafe

£5.25 cream tea porthgwarra cove cafe

we shared one £5.25 cream tea at the porthgwarra cove cafe.^^

we were not so enthused with this cornish cream tea/devonshire cream tea thingy. just scones & clotted cream. when i read up, they say in america the fat content of clotted cream will make it by definition butter! i do like butter & especially homemade name/fruit preserve etc so i am ok with scones & butter/jam. one is quite enough though. these scones a bit of the crumbly type & not really so “pang” aka tasty.

c.h.e.f andy

The Best Breakfast, Excellent Host & Stay at Glencree House B&B on 9-12May2015

big breakfast at glencree house less sausage & beans

big breakfast at glencree house less sausage & beans

after picking up our car from keddy upon arrival at penzance station, we drove 1.1miles (according to googlemap) to glencree house bed & breakfast in like 5 mins.

glencree house bed & breakfast

glencree house bed & breakfast

wife booked this place for the next 3 nights, 9-12.5.2015. it was an excellent choice.

breakfast at glencree

breakfast at glencree

andrew, the host, was really friendly, cheerful & helpful. he was very busy of course managing the breakfast. the settee was not occupied, and later as he cleared 1 table, he welcomed us to take from the breakfast spread. we took some coffee.

lynsey guided us to couple maps from the bookshelf & andrew told us we could take them with us in our car. we forgot to return the maps when we checked out on 12.5.2015 for st ives. so on 14.5.2015, after leaving st ives, we passed by glencree house & returned the maps. :-)

breakfast room at glencree house

breakfast room at glencree house

breakfast at glencree house

breakfast at glencree house

breakfast at glencree house

breakfast at glencree house

breakfast was as good as shown on the B&B website!

andrew - great host glencree house proprietor

andrew – great host glencree house proprietor

we later checked into trevose harbour house B&B at st ives, which was another excellent & much more luxurious B&B. breakfast was almost identical though trevose had a bit more expensive stuff, but we both agreed the breakfast at glencree was better. must be andrew’s cooking!^^

smoked salmon on scarmble eggs at glencree house

smoked salmon on scarmble eggs at glencree house

we had breakfast for 3 days. for the first breakfast on 10.5.2015, my wife had the smoked salmon on scrambled eggs.

it was good, but obviously my big breakfast was better, so my wife switch to that for the next 2 days.

big breakfast at glencree house

big breakfast at glencree house

big breakfast at glencree house

big breakfast at glencree house

no need to ask why big breakfast? 2 sausages, 2 back bacon, 2 over easy, good helping of button mushrooms, 1 large tomato, & beans.

big breakfast at glencree house less sausage & beans

big breakfast at glencree house less sausage & beans

the farm sausages & baked beans i could do without so i skipped those the next 2 days. this guy’s over easy really good standard. haha! :-)

kellog fruit & fibre at glencree house breakfast

kellog fruit & fibre at glencree house breakfast

i liked the kellogg’s fruit & fibre very much.

kellog fruit & fibre at glencree house breakfast

kellog fruit & fibre at glencree house breakfast

strawberries & blueberries at glencree house breakfast

strawberries & blueberries at glencree house breakfast

strawberries & blueberries at glencree house breakfast

strawberries & blueberries at glencree house breakfast

well, actually i liked the strawberries & blueberries very much!

kellog fruit & fibre at glencree house breakfast

kellog fruit & fibre at glencree house breakfast

& they go so well with the kellogg’s fruit & fibre.

bread butter & jam

bread butter & jam

on the second day i also had the bread. i liked especially the homemade jam, fruit preserve.

we had a really excellent & enjoyable stay at glencree house. :-)

the room?

room was ok. ours on level 3. room was not big but quite ok. bed & bedding were ok. good coffee bags & lots of tea. toilet was small but ok. towel reel was heated in the evening. we never used the tv. wifi in room was ok, sometime a bit slow. basic room really, well provided for the price. we were happy with it.

c.h.e.f andy

Minack Theatre & Porthcurno Hike on 9May2015

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

we were greeted with a morning of glorious sunshine on 9.5.2015. ^^

after depositing our luggage at the glencree house B&B, excellent place we would be staying for the next 3 days, we drove 9miles to minack theatre. :-)

entrance to minack theatre

entrance to minack theatre

entrance to minack theatre

entrance to minack theatre

there was a large free carpark. we paid the £4.50 entrance fee. these days we view entrance fee as contribution to upkeep a place people want to visit (which is exactly what is for!), so we think only whether we want to visit a place, not the entrance fees. haha!^^

minack theatre

minack theatre

minack theatre

minack theatre

minack theatre is literally an open-air theatre carved out of granite cliffs at porthcurno! 

it’s the most famous cliffside open-air theatre in Britain, possibly in the world.

minack theatre

minack theatre

we could see the lizard peninsula & lizard point in the distance. :-)

minack theatre

minack theatre

minack theatre

minack theatre

porthcurno beach (from minack theatre)

porthcurno beach (from minack theatre)

& porthcurno beach. :-)

minack theatre

minack theatre

minack theatre

minack theatre

minack theatre

minack theatre

it was the work & devotion of rowena cade, who owned & started the project in the 1930s.

minack theatre10 minack theatre11 minack theatre12minack theatre10

many concerts were held at this place & continues to do so. :-)

minack theatre

minack theatre

minack theatre

minack theatre

porthcurno

porthcurno

there is a route leading down to porthcurn0 beach. :-)

porthcurno beach

porthcurno beach

very small beach!

minack theatre, southwest coast path, porthgwarra

minack theatre, southwest coast path, porthgwarra

we took the southwest coast path, access from the minack theatre carpark. such a wonderful walk! :-)

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

the meadows. i learned that meadow is an unwooded grassland primarily for making hay & not gor livestock grazing.^

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

such beauty!

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

this is porthchapel beach.

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

we walked through the farm.

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

porthcurno hike

st levan’s church

& arrived at st leaven’s church. :-)

st levan's church from up the road

st levan’s church from up the road

we took the road back to minack theatre.

that’s the view of st levan’s church from up the road.

from road leading back to minack theatre

from road leading back to minack theatre

from road leading back to minack theatre

from road leading back to minack theatre

from road leading back to minack theatre

from road leading back to minack theatre

it was a short walk back to minack theatre, like 1/2 mile.

garden alongside minack theatre

garden alongside minack theatre

we arrived where we started, the garden landscape & carpark entrance to minack theatre. such a wonderful morning walk.

after porthcurno, we drove further to porthgwarra. it was a bit of a u-turn in terms of the route, about 3.5miles.

Sleeper Train & Car Rental – Cornwall Holiday Planning on 8-9May2015

single sleeper cabin

single sleeper cabin

wife planned the cornwall trip & the journey to penzance.^^

we took the sleeper train from paddington at 23.45pm on 8.5.2015 & arrived next morning 7.55am at penzance, cornwall. :-)

it was a good plan. penzance is a great base to explore cornwall. we walked-

the minack theatre, porthcurno, porthgwaraa, sennen cove & land’s end on 9.5.2015;

cape cornwall, botallack mines & dined at gurnard’s head restaurant on 10.5.2015;

the lizard peninsula, starting from kynance cove to lizard point to lizard village & back kynance cove 11.5.2015;

st michael’s mount in the morning before driving to st ives on 12.5.2015.

after day we spent 2 nights at st ives.^^

the advantages are that –

(1) the day journey london to penzance takes 5hrs & cost £215 while the sleeper takes 8hrs, we arrived fresh & no time lost & it cost £100 more per trip (i.e. per night). we had separate cabins (connecting cabins onward journey non connecting return journey). the double bed sleeper cabins were full otherwise the cost is £70 a night no more than a B&B. :-)

breakfast - croisant

breakfast – croisant

breakfast - bacon sandwich

breakfast – bacon sandwich

breakfast was like irrelevant.

penzance station

penzance station

europcar VW Golf

europcar VW Golf

 (2) we did not want to drive long distances & picking up car from penzance, we drove less than 200miles in 6days, very short distances & quite perfect for us at our age.

we picked up a VW Gold at europcar located right at penzance station. it was a manual car. the automatic cost like 2x more!

we booked the car from rental cars.com which is like a broker/consolidator. the actual rental company was keddy (euorpcar). we guess keddy is like a second brand for europcar.

the car rental price was not that much different, however the waiver of excess insurance by rental cars.com was like 1/2 of keddy & europcar. actually we can claim excess from our usual travel insurance, but usually we just took up the insurance anyway to have less hassle. in this case we found out only at keddy that it does not actually, so it served no purpose to take up the insurance. this was because it was not excess insurance by keddy but by a third party rental cars.com so we would have to pay excess of £1000 & still claim from rentalcars.com. might as well claim from amex.

anyway, journey was smooth & not a scratch. i made sure i took all the photos for record when we returned the car & dropped the key at penzance.^^

c.h.e.f andy

Son Made Dinner for Mom & Dad on 17May2015

guo tie 锅贴

guo tie 锅贴

son made a really yummy dinner for us on 17.5.2015. ^^

we were flying back to singapore on 18.5.2015. :-)

2 days before he went to chinatown to buy the guo tie 锅贴 because my wife wanted it. :-)

the guo tie 锅贴 was really yummy! i wonder if i could get the same from qoo10?

brocoli

brocoli

brocoli

brocoli

apparently son had a ottenlenghi cookbook. he was telling us about pan charring the broccoli on high heat. :-)

carrots & onions

carrots & onions

carrots & onions

carrots & onions

he also made some carrots & onions.

making quinoa

making quinoa

& cooked the quinoa. that’s who my wife learned from, so these days we cart back the quinoa & wife cooked that often for her packet lunch & my dinners.^^

making quinoa, carrots & onions

making quinoa, carrots & onions

quinoa, brocoli, carrots & onions

quinoa, brocoli, carrots & onions

quinoa, brocoli, carrots & onions

quinoa, brocoli, carrots & onions

the quinoa, broccoli, carrots & onions dish was really good! not sure if it is a ottolenghi recipe?

guo tie 锅贴

guo tie 锅贴

guo tie 锅贴

guo tie 锅贴

guo tie 锅贴

guo tie 锅贴

but the guo tie 锅贴 was the best.

i didn’t know the cooking method previously until i last visited son in august2014 & he cooked guo tie 锅贴 for me. son said just follow instructions. :-)

you actually add water & oil in a frying pan (seems counter intuitive but that is the standard method) & place the guo tie 锅贴. so the guo tie 锅贴 is cooked as the water evaporated & when oil is left guo tie 锅贴 is cooked & browned.

so simple. so yummy!

guo tie 锅贴 quinoa & wine

guo tie 锅贴 quinoa & wine

cheese jam grapes

cheese jam grapes

after the guo tie 锅贴 & quinoa & wine, we had cheese jam & frozen grapes.

a most enjoyable dinner with wife & son before departing for singapore next day.

c.h.e.f andy

Anniversary Dinner Dishes Experimentation on 20May2015

flamed squid with spinach sauce

flamed squid with spinach sauce

i am doing 5 dishes for our coming 29th anniversary.^^

steamed mussels

flamed squid in spinach saucy

curry cod

pan grilled lobster

roasted pineapples

4 of the dishes (excluding lobster) were inspired by our lunch @ porthminster cafe at st ives.

i experimented on 3 of the dishes today on 20.5.2015.^^

torch - present from a friend diner

torch – present from a friend diner

i saw the photos of the monkfish curry & flamed squid at michael smith’s porthminster cafe. cannot find the recipe on google. i guess the chef is not that famous. so i tried to recreate the dishes w/o the recipe. :-)

my wife’s friend who came for dinner twice bought me a kitchen torch. that was more than a year ago. never used it yet.

i tested it, pretty easy to use. :-)

flamed squid - learned to use the torch very first time

flamed squid – learned to use the torch very first time

flamed squid - learned to use the torch very first time

flamed squid – learned to use the torch very first time

flamed squid

after i cross-cut the squid & seasoned with fish sauce & white pepper, i flamed it on a frying pan. quite smooth going. i knew it was not sufficiently cooked. so i fry in butter over high heat. the key was not to overcook the squid or it would become tough & chewy.

green pepper onions spinach sauce

green pepper onions spinach sauce

i created my own spinach sauce recipe using 1/2 onions finely sliced, 1/2 green pepper cut into small pieces, and a bunch of spinach (only the leaves). i fry in butter the green pepper & onions, & added 1tsp of garlic & 1 tsp light soy sauce. when the onions & green pepper softened, i added the spinach leaves. then i emptied them into the blender & added 2 tablespoon olive oil. i did not have chicken stock so i opened a can of straw mushrooms & used about 2 tablespoon brine from the canned mushrooms.

and blend.

the sauce was really good. first class!

flamed squid with spinach sauce

flamed squid with spinach sauce

when serving, i heat up the spinach sauce, plated it & placed the flamed squid on top.^^

st ives porthminster chef michael smith's flamed squid

st ives porthminster chef michael smith’s flamed squid

hasn’t got the looks of st ives porthminster chef michael smith’s flamed squid. the dish overall was superb!^^

thai yellow curry paste

thai yellow curry paste

thai yellow curry gravy

thai yellow curry gravy

curry gravy

to give bulk & colour, i cut 2/3 of a yellow pepper to small pieces, 1/2 onions thinly sliced, & the leftover stalk of the spinach in small 1cm cuts. i fried them in butter to soften, added 1 tsp light soy sauce & 1 tsp chopped garlic, 2 tablespoon olive oil & some brine from the straw mushrooms and then blend.

i added 2 tablespoon of coconut cream to a pan, heat to boil then added 1.5tablespoon of thai yellow curry bought from sheng shiong, and fried the paste to get the aroma. then i added the blend & more coconut milk.

the yellow curry (above photo) was really flavourful & yummy!^^

mussels & manila clams

mussels & manila clams

i bought mussels & manila clams from sheng shiong. there were no more mussels in the aerated water so i picked up a packet mussels from the chiller display section. they were supposed to be still live but evidently not as fresh.

curry manila clams

curry manila clams

curry manila clams

curry manila clams

when serving i heat the curry gravy on high heat, added the manila clams & cover to steam the clams, & added chopped tomatoes, then spinach leaves.

i think i made a mistake by adding white wine & a bit more brine from the straw mushrooms.

the curry clams (above photo) looked lemak & beautiful. taste wise it was still flavourful but somewhat diluted & not as intense as before.

st ives porthminster chef michael smith's curry monkfish

st ives porthminster chef michael smith’s curry monkfish

this (above photo) how the st ives porthminster chef michael smith’s curry monkfish looks.

mussels

mussels

mussels

mussels

steamed mussels

i made the mussels my usual way, just adding more butter, fry the sliced onions, ginger & orange peel then added white wine & steamed the mussels in the covered pan over high heat.

st ives porthminster's mussels

st ives porthminster’s mussels

we took the mussels at porthminster cafe (above photo). it was excellent. my version was nowhere near in taste.

the results-

the flamed squid was excellent! squid was tender, succulent, tasty & my own green pepper, onions, spinach blended gravy was super. this dish is good!

the curry manilla clams was intended to be the curry base for my curry cod (replacing the monkfish) was very tasty & flavourful before i added the clams but became diluted, still tasty but less intense…need to make it thicker next time.

the mussels not so great. did not have fresh live mussels at sheng shiong today bought the packet ones which claimed live but not as fresh…anyway my recipe need some rethinking.

c.h.e.f andy

Bricklane Market & Street Eats on 17May2015

vietnamese prok baguette £4.95

vietnamese prok baguette £4.95

son brought us to brick lane market in shoreditch on sunday 17.5.2015.^^

this the first time here for my wife & me. :-)

we took the hammersmith line to liverpool street. the last time i came here was with my son in jan2011 when i came with him for his college interview & we went to dine at marco pierre white steak & alehouse (so so only, i only started blogging in mar2013).

old spitalfields market

old spitalfields market

we passed by old spitalsfield market on the way. :-)

old spitalfields market

old spitalfields market

food trolleys.

on the way to bricklane market

on the way to bricklane market

juice stall.

bricklane market

bricklane market

bricklane market

bricklane market

bricklane market. my youngest daughter kind of place.

bricklane market

bricklane market

& my music buff friend’s heaven – beatles, pink floyd, kate bush, sex pistols. ^^ i what sapped the group..”lau nuah” he said.

bricklane market openair food trolleys

bricklane market openair food trolleys

bricklane market openair food trolleys

bricklane market openair food trolleys

broing me only interested in food. :-)

vietnamese food trolley

vietnamese food trolley

the vietnamese food looked delicious, and the aroma wafted as you walked past.

we had the vietnamese pork baguette, £4.95 cut into 3 pieces. quite ideal really. pork was really good, flavourful. & baguette was good too. i can probably eat one myself though i usually would not. too much carbs. taste was similar to my own vietnamese pork.^^

thai food trolley

thai food trolley

thai food trolley looked good too, the curries looked attractive & yummy. :-)

bricklane market

bricklane market

we walked down brick lane. wife took a smoothie. nice.

cab cafe at bricklane market

cab cafe at bricklane market

cab cafe at bricklane market

cab cafe at bricklane market

there was a coffee stall serving out of an old london cab. :-)

salt beef bagel

salt beef bagel

25-man queue at bricklane bakery for salt beef bagel

25-man queue at bricklane bakery for salt beef bagel

there was a obviously popular salt beef bagel stall.

25-man queue at bricklane bakery for salt beef bagel

25-man queue at bricklane bakery for salt beef bagel

queue was like 25-man long, from outside into shop & u-turn back. either it’s really good or a queue just attracted more to queue. :-)

salt beef bagel £3.70

salt beef bagel £3.70

salt beef bagel £3.70

salt beef bagel £3.70

and it was good! bagel itself nowhere as nice as the baguette for vietnamese pork. but the salt beef (with texture & taste of corn beef. i guess it was in fact corn beef) was good. wife didn’t like it as she said it tasted like the student days luncheon meat kind of. for me & son it was good.

we did not try the ones at borough market last time as we already ate the other food, but this looked just as good & cheaper at £3.70.

brick lane

brick lane

shoreditch

shoreditch

we walked to the junction & walked to busaba shoreditch where we had an excellent thai food lunch.^^

c.h.e.f andy