Squid-ink Risotto Par Excellence

squid-ink risotto with squid

squid-ink risotto with squid

daughter bought me an excellent squid-ink risotto at father’s day dinner at follia recently on 20.6.2015.^^

i really liked the flavours of the risotto with good shellfish stock, smooth & creamy. the proprietor told us later though it was butter & no cream.

so i thought i will do one with butter & no cream.

i do a very good squid-ink pasta myself but have not tried it on risotto.

i decided not to use browned garlic & alio olio flavours. i did not have chicken stock so i cut up 1 carrot, 1 whole yellow onion, some leeks leftover in the chiller & put in the crockpot overnight to make a vegetable stock. that should be enough with the squid ink & sauce from pan-fried squid.

squid-ink risotto with squid

squid-ink risotto with squid

& it was an excellent squid-ink risotto, about same or very close to the follia standard.^^

squid-ink risotto with squid

squid-ink risotto with squid

for the preparation –

get enough squid ink – the normal elongated squid has very little ink so needs about 5 large squids, i happened to have a flat squid (cuttlefish) in the freezer & that has a lot of ink.

i had 2 medium squid. these were very thin, so i cut them in rings instead of the usual cross/chequered cut

i seasoned with fish sauce & white pepper & butter-fried the squid & set aside.

i fried & softened 1 cut red onion in olive oil, added the squid ink & then added 1 cup of carnaroli rice & coat the rice

i added 1.5 cups of stock (including draining the sauce from the fried squid) to cover the rice & bring to boil

then i placed in a preheated 205degC oven for 10minutes.

squid-ink risotto with squid

squid-ink risotto with squid

the rice would be like 80% to 90% cooked, centre still slightly hard not yet al dente. i added salt to taste.

squid-ink risotto with squid

squid-ink risotto with squid

i did not read up any recipe, but i guessed the butter had to be added at the time of tossing, otherwise will be just boiling butter. :-)

just like adding butter to toss for my mentaiko pasta.

squid-ink risotto with squid

squid-ink risotto with squid

when serving-

i added another cup of stock & boiled & reduced, checking that the risotto is al dente & not overcooked

then i added the pre-fried squid, again so that they were not overcooked & rubbery

i cut about 20g butter into small cubes, off the fire & toss the butter with the risotto

& it worked wonders. i say almost the exact same flavours & texture like what we had at follia.

c.h.e.f andy

Chicken Ballotine

chicken balotine

chicken balotine

tried a chicken ballotine the last few days.

when we were in cornwall recently, we had a really good mother’s day lunch at gurnard’s head on 10.5.2015 & the chicken ballotine was excellent. ^^

i googled for the recipe & found a really pretty chicken ballotine at whereismyspoon.com.

chicken balotinechicken balotine

chicken ballotine

in my first attempt, i put too much filling & it was not easy to roll & make it hold tight, especially when cutting.

chicken balotine

chicken balotine

anyway it was easy enough to make (i used chicken breast instead of thigh)-

butterfly a chicken breast (i cut from whole fresh chicken & remove skin)

cover with a large cling film (later used to wrap & steam the chicken) & pound & flatten (i use a metal soup ladle…can use rolling pin)

season with 2 teaspoon fish sauce

i added white pepper, paprika, parsley flakes

chicken balotine

chicken balotine

for the fillings, i –

slightly browned 2 streaky bacons on non stick pan on low fire

fried 1/2 cut onions in butter to soften

then add a bunch of spinach

chicken balotine

chicken ballotine

i laid the bacon strips first, throw on some cheddar cheese shreds, then added the onions & spinach.

i rolled tightly in the cling film & twisted the ends to tighten.

then placed in a metal dish to steam for 15minutes.

chicken balotine

chicken ballotine

must say the taste was really quite good, steamed meat was very tender not tough or overcooked, & the sweet onions & spinach & not overly strong flavours of the bacon was a great enhancement. :-)

chicken balotine6

chicken ballotine

can certainly improved on the looks. this one had too much fillings.

chicken balotine

chicken balotine

fillings were reduced & looked better.

chicken balotine

chicken ballotine

i did not blend the fillings this time. may try that next time or just chopped up the bacon & fry lightly.

c.h.e.f andy

Good Thai Food Good Value @ Nakhon AMK on 3Jul2015

green curry beef

green curry beef

a friend arranged lunch at nakhon @ AMK on 3.7.2015.^^

nakhon @ AMK2

nakhon @ AMK

it’s nice & airy at corner of blk 529 AMK ave 10. there were tables orderly set at a cover extended area w/o encroaching on the walkway.

queue at 12.10pm

queue at 12.10pm

my friend was there 10mins early to get a table. i was there at 11.55am. nakhon starts lunch at 12pm.

a queue started to build up almost immediately.

queue at 12.40pm

queue at 12.40pm

by the time we finished lunch, queue was 10+ long.

pandan chicken

S$6 pandan chicken

my friend ordered 4 dishes. we ordered a S$3 red ruby to share afterwards.

the pandan chicken was not bad for S$6.

condiments

condiments

lots of sauces, i only used the sweet thai chilli for the pandan chicken.

tom yam talay

S$6 tom yam talay

my friend loved the clear tom yam talay (seafood). his whole family adored this dish.

tom yam talay2

S$6 tom yam talay

for me, i prefer the red tom yam. the prawn was ok, so maybe next time i will order tom yam gung.

cannot really compare this S$6 soup with patara’s which cost nearly 5x more.

pineapple fried rice

S$6 pineapple fried rice

i mostly do not take pineapple rice, kind of sweet. usually we take olive rice at patara.

pineapple fried rice2

S$ pineapple fried rice

for S$6, more than ok i think. :-)

green curry beef2

S$8 green curry beef

i just loved the green curry. beef was fine, not tough, not the tenderised artificial texture, quite ok. i drank most of the curry.^^

bill

bill

red ruby was S$3. ordinary, which is good i guess.

pandan chicken with pineapple fried rice

pandan chicken with pineapple fried rice

i think this is really good authentic thai food. may not be the top restaurant or fine thai kind of food, but it is s authentic as any thai street food, comfort food or small restaurant/shop food. and the price is very reasonable, which accounts for the constant queue. well above average food at very good value prices.

will be back soon!

c.h.e.f andy

Protected: RI G20 15pax Dinner Great Food & Ambience @ Kith Cafe Park Mall on 30Jun2015

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Great Food & Ambience @ Kith Cafe Park Mall on 30Jun2015

crabmeat linguine in tomato sauce

crabmeat linguine in tomato sauce

a RI friend is a proprietor of kith cafe at park mall & sentosa cove (kith has another outlet at robertson quay). kith does all day breakfast (till 5pm) and seems like a good coffee place too.

after our may G20 dinner at peach garden @ metropolis on 26.5.2015, we all agreed we should be young again & be spotted at kith. so this friend volunteered or was volunteered to organise the june dinner at kith cafe @ park mall on 30.6.2015. :-)

we had 15pax. :-)

i didn’t know if kith meant anything in particular, but after googling i found out that kith was like kin or kindred or –

acquaintances, friends, neighbors, or the like; persons living in thesame general locality and forming a more or less cohesive group

a cafe for friends – good name!

a few friends went early & took a short walk at fort canning park. the rest of us got a tour of our friend’s high end office chairs & system furniture shop adjacent to kith cafe.

watermelon & lychee smoothie

watermelon & lychee smoothie

the friend ordered watermelon & lychee smoothie for a few of us. it was good, refreshing, quenching, not too sweet. not particularly a favourite for me though.

some ordered ABC – apple, beetroot & carrots me think…sounds healthy. i will try that one next time.

sweet corn soup

sweet corn soup

couple friends ordered a soup. think it was the soup of the day, maybe a sweet corn soup. looked ok.

calamari

calamari

my friend ordered some calamari & 2 pizza to share, and each ordered our own pasta dish.

calamari was good. squid was very slightly tough, batter was good.

calamari

calamari

this a common dish in many restaurants, and it’s quite competent here. :-)

gong bao pizza

gong bao chicken pizza

the gong bao chicken pizza was better than i expected. we all liked the thin crust pizza.

gong bao pizza

gong bao chicken pizza

gong bao chicken may have sounded cheesy & chinatown like but it was actually good – no sticky sauce, taste was not too sweet & combined quite well with the pizza. :-)

parma ham pizza

parma ham pizza

parma ham pizza was competent also. pretty ok. :-)

parma ham pizza

parma ham pizza

pizza not particularly my favourite but it is an excellent dish for communal dining & i do enjoy a slice of good pizza (i shared 1/2 gong bao chicken & 1/2 parma ham pizza with a friend) to start the dinner.

spaghetti alio olio

spaghetti alio olio

the spaghetti alio olio was good!

good helping, very flavourful, good garlic flavours & lots of shiitake mushrooms. I shared 1/2 of it with a friend who shared 1/2 of my squid ink pasta. not a usual dish i would order as i like meat or seafood. :-)

linguine gamberini (garlic prawn)

linguine gamberini (garlic prawn)

the linguine gamberini (garlic prawn) looked good. i will order that next time.

carbonara

carbonara

carbonara. looked ok. somehow looked a bit like hokkien mee. egg was mixed in the pasta. i think it would taste good as most pasta here were good. though i am more used to the look/colour of carbonara at alfresco gusto.

bolognese

bolognese

i had a try of the bolognese, and the tomato sauce was good. meat sauce/ragout preparation not my favourite but this was good.

vongole

vongole

did not try the vongole. it looked fine. :-)

vongole

vongole

they said vongole is a test of a pasta chef. the lala (littleneck clams) have a distinctive shellfish taste & if the linguine is done al dente the combination is quite excellent. my own vongole linguine here.

veal spinach tortellini in tomato sauce

veal spinach tortellini in tomato sauce

the veal spinach tortellini looked interesting.

veal spinach tortellini in tomato sauce

veal spinach tortellini in tomato sauce

& looked yummy! i must try that next time. :-)

squid ink spaghetti with seafood alio olio

squid ink spaghetti with seafood alio olio

my friend the proprietor ordered the day’s special, a squid ink spaghetti with seafood alio olio.

i tasted. it was good.

squid ink pasta

squid ink pasta

i liked my own squid ink sauce pasta better though. it was more intense & flavourful, though my immediate reaction was it was a bit salty. my own squid ink seafood spaghetti here.

the friend who shared 1/2 my squid ink thought it was very salty, and that the alio olio was also salty. i was good with the alio olio, & salt does bring out the flavours (though too much would kill it).

my friend the proprietor ordered 2 more pizza – a duck & mushroom ragout & a special – with sausage.

my phone died so i did not have photos. duck ragout was good & had some meat pieces. i liked the sausage special pizza a bit more, sausage very flavourful.

yuzu cheese cake

yuzu cheese cake

the pastry chef among us went to select the dessert.

i didn’t think much of the yuzu cheese cake nor the biscuit base. probably i was programmed to think anything yuzu must be specially good. this was average so-so to me.

tiramisu

tiramisu

didn’t think much of the tiramisu either. i had a small teaspoon scoop near the top, somehow thought it felt like penna cotta.

tiramisu

tiramisu

that did not prepare me for interrogation by our pastry chef. she asked if i tasted the lady finger biscuits. seemed that i didn’t (i guess that’s why i thought it tasted like penna cotta – soft, light w/o the tiramisu texture) nor did i tasted coffee or liquor.

our pastry chef thought it was good, and she said there was liquor at the bottom & she didn’t take coffee anyway, so that suited her. guess i have to defer to pastry chef!^^

anyway my palate a bit hesitant, not very sharp like my daughter…give me excuse to try a few more times.^^

lemongrass chocolate cake

lemongrass chocolate cake

the lemongrass chocolate cake looked really pretty, but it’s not my thing.

lemongrass chocolate cake

lemongrass chocolate cake

my least preferred of the 3 dessert.

i had a flat white afterwards. it was good. but didn’t feel that it was in the chye seng huat, dutch colony, or the assembly coffee category.

it was really enjoyable evening. company was super fun, outdoor ambience was cool & nice open space, & food was great. i will probably come back with my family. :-)

c.h.e.f andy

Great Teochew Muay @ Shi Le Yuan 实叻圆糜 on 29Jun2015

ngor soon fish-baby treadfin

ngor soon fish-baby treadfin

a RI friend organised a teochew muay this morning at shi le yuan 实叻圆糜 on 29.6.2015.^^

we had lunch & long chat 2 weeks ago at happy duck at bukit merah view food centre, and arranged to come for this teochew muay.

shi le yuan 实叻圆糜

shi le yuan 实叻圆糜

lunch started early for patrons of this market stall.

constant queue from 10am

constant queue from 10am

a queue started at 10am. my friend was already there in the queue. we arranged to meet 10.15am. i arrived just a bit later.

ngor soon fish-baby treadfin

ngor soon fish-baby treadfin

our expert teochew ah hia earlier spoke with the stall proprietor & we had the ngor soon fish-baby treadfin. this was really good. sweet, tender, tasty, especially with the tau jeoh.^^

spicy black bean minced pork

spicy black bean minced pork

earlier the teochew ah hia & i were wondering about the stall. we were thinking maybe the food is ok & the price is cheap. that would be enough reasons for a constant queue. basically i don’t think too much of teochew muay in singapore myself. i just feel that its really expensive (like >S$10pax) for very cheap ingredients & ordinary cooking.

overall, this stall is certainly very cheap. we only paid S$43 for 7pax & so many dishes. we had repeat helpings for 3 dishes – the spicy black bean minced pork, salted fish minced pork (kiam her bak) & black bean pork ribs. so its easy to tell, in addition to the ngor soon fish-baby treadfin, these were among the best dishes.

the other dishes were not like supergood but they were generally also competent. :-)

spicy black bean minced pork was good. i may try this myself.

salted fish minced pork (kiam her bak)

salted fish minced pork (kiam her bak)

salted fish minced pork (kiam her bak) was very good. texture was slightly firmer & different from my own salted fish minced pork dish. maybe it had a bit more flour. it had less salted fish. that’s good. minced pork & salted fish should not be competing.

black bean pork ribs

black bean pork ribs

black bean sauce minced pork was good. it was not out of the ordinary but was quite good really.

kor leh - cabbage

kor leh – cabbage

the other dishes were all quite ok. kor leh – cabbage was like any other.

chim char lor

chim char lor

chim char lor nothing standing out, but it was not very salty so that’s good.

deep-fried bean curd with leek

fried bean curd with leek

fried bean curd with leek, a favourite of mine, not particularly tasty but ok. i think my sis in law did a better one for chinese new year.

fried egg

fried egg

fried egg felt a bit like my tamago (japanese egg roll) w/o rolling up. there might be a bit of sugar, which is what i do with my tamago.

salted egg

salted egg

salted egg, not the very reddish oozing with oil kind. i guess it will do.

bean curd

braised bean curd

bean curd – this was non-descript & the second poorest item among the mostly nice dishes.

somehow i did not take a photo of only 1 dish = the teochew fishcake, and that was the poorest dish, felt like a lot of starch, totally not the texture & sweetness of a teochew fishcake. strange!

mixed mushrooms

mixed mushrooms

the mixed mushrooms i think was complimentary from the proprietor to us for ordering too much. haha!^^

very good teochew muay S$43 for 7pax

very good teochew muay S$43 for 7pax

well, this teochew muay totally suit my palate, very competent food with quite a few standout dishes & very good price.

i will be back soon enough.

c.h.e.f andy

Enjoyed the Food This Time @ Tian Bao Restaurant (天寶閣) on 28Jun2015

saliva chicken口水鸡

saliva chicken口水鸡

had dinner at tian bao restaurant (天寶閣) at taka with wife & daughter on 18.4.2015 but wasn’t impressed.

i had one S$50 groupon voucher left expiring on 30.6.2015, so not much choice than to go with sis for dinner on 28.6.2015.

tian bao restaurant (天寶閣)

tian bao restaurant (天寶閣)

the placed had 2 seatings 5.30pm & 7.30pm. it was quite packed and this was a monday. everyone was using the vouchers. i wonder how traffic be like if no vouchers, but groupon vouchers tend to keep reappearing anyway.

saliva chicken口水鸡

saliva chicken口水鸡 – S$8.80

we ordered the saliva chicken口水鸡 – S$8.80. it was pretty good actually.

i would say crystal jade lamian xiaolongbao version had a lot more kick.

saliva chicken口水鸡

saliva chicken口水鸡

this one was a large helping. chicken was good, chilli was mild but still quite flavourful especially taking a little together with the chicken. maybe my own saliva chicken口水鸡 standard.

soup dumplings 海味抄手

soup dumplings海味抄手

i had soup dumplings海味抄手the last time & it was good, so i ordered it again.^^

never knew there was a different version than spicy dumplings 红油抄手, which was the usual we had at crystal jade lamian xiaolongbao.

soup dumplings 海味抄手2

soup dumplings海味抄手

there were 6 dumplings. dumplings skin was smooth & meat filling was good.

soup dumplings 海味抄手4 soup dumplings 海味抄手3

soup lagi best!

this soup dumplings海味抄手, i think S$9.80 was very worth ordering.

deepfried tofu with pork

deepfried tofu with pork

we were deciding between braised beef & bamboo shoot & this dish. server said this dish was more popular. but it was a very average dish at S$13.80.

deepfried tofu with pork

deepfried tofu with pork

can’t really say the dish was not good. it was quite average if competent, nothing much to say about the tofu. & in comparison would be the worst dish we ordered.

dan dan noodles 担担面

dan dan noodles 担担面

dan dan noodles 担担面 S$9.80 was very good!

dan dan noodles 担担面

dan dan noodles 担担面

again the spiciness seemed to have been moderated, but it was still tasty & flavourful. i liked it!

ice jelly with cheng chao

ice jelly with cheng chao

the ice jelly was also something i had last time.

ice jelly with cheng chao

ice jelly with cheng chao

i did not actually remember it, but somehow i seemed to have gravitated to ordering the same item.

ice jelly with cheng chao

ice jelly with cheng chao

it was refreshing. a small dish at S$3.80, i guess not cheap or expensive in particular. :-)

i find the pricing generally far more expensive than a good restaurant like crystal jade e.g. 小笼包 S$9.80 (i.e. w/o the groupon discounts). guess problem with such a place is always what dishes one orders. this time we ordered mostly good dishes we liked, except that we still had a lemon (the deep-fried tofu dish).

the dinner for 2pax came to S$30.80 using my groupon vouchers (S$25 for S$50 voucher value). at this price i would say the food was pretty good!^^

c.h.e.f andy

Steamed Minced Pork with Salted Fish & Sliced Ginger

steamed minced pork with salted fish & sliced ginger

steamed minced pork with salted fish & sliced ginger

this a really simple dish & ever so satisfying, lagi shiok! a true comfort food. ^^

usually my helper will make this. she is away (back home) for a month, so i made it myself this evening on 25.6.2015.

i was eating alone, so i cooked small rice, & since i was at it throw in a sausage & liver sausage while rice was steaming. and also fried a broccoli for a balanced diet. haha!

salted fish though not very ideal for a healthy diet, lots of sodium, not to be take too often.

steamed minced pork with salted fish & sliced ginger

steamed minced pork with salted fish & sliced ginger

i bought 2 packets of minced pork from sheng shiong.

initially i was going to do a few dishes for my friends after a movie the next day. as it turned out they decided to have tea near orchard instead & happened that i also need to settle some urgent stuff on my company at the auditor’s office. so i used a packet (about 250g) & made the dish for my own dinner.

steamed minced pork with salted fish & sliced ginger

steamed minced pork with salted fish & sliced ginger

for the simple recipe, i used –

250g minced pork.

minced a slice of salted fish (the kind from a bottle, about 3 slices in a bottle).

cut a lot of sliced ginger (about 5cm piece) – i love lots of ginger.

1 tablespoon of the brine from the salted fish bottle. no fish sauce etc. it was just salty enough.

2 tablespoon of olive oil.

steaming - quick & easy preparation

steaming – quick & easy preparation

i mixed the minced pork, 1/3 of the sliced ginger & the minced salted fish & placed it in a metal dish for steaming. i used my heavy stainless steel pan & just placed the steaming dish in the water, covered & steamed for 10minutes (making sure minced pork is properly cooked).

steamed minced pork with salted fish & sliced ginger

steamed minced pork with salted fish & sliced ginger

so easy to prepare & such a wonderful dish.

2 disadvantages being (a)the high sodium content (b)made me eat more rice than usual.

c.h.e.f andy

Man Fat Sze 10000 Budhhas Monastery 万佛寺

man fat sze 万佛寺

man fat sze 万佛寺

visiting 10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺 was a contributing reason for choosing royal park hotel at shatin. ^^

my sis is buddhist & man fat sze 万佛寺 would interest her.

way to man fat sze 万佛寺 from shatin MTR station

way to man fat sze 万佛寺 from shatin MTR station

starting out from shatin station, it is very easy to go to  man fat sze 万佛寺. :-)

way to man fat sze 万佛寺 from shatin MTR station

way to man fat sze 万佛寺 from shatin MTR station

upon exiting shatin MTR station, there is a sloping covered walkway to road level.

temple at start of uphill path to man fat sze

福宝山crematorium at start of uphill path to man fat sze

after that turn left & walk about 100m, then turn left at first side road by grand central plaza & go forward about 50m till you see the 福宝山crematorium..

start of path to man fat sze 万佛寺

start of path to man fat sze 万佛寺

there is a direction sign showing the way to man fat sze 万佛寺.

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

the uphill passage is lined on both sides with lohan statue me think?? all the way up man fat sze 万佛寺. :-)

lohan statue

lohan statue

one of the  lohan statue. :-)

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

uphill was ok but it was a hot day, though nothing like the scorching sun we suffered on our lamma island trip & cheung chau island trip. :-)

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

finally arrived at man fat sze 万佛寺, and looking down.

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺8

man fat sze 万佛寺

man fat sze 万佛寺

man fat sze 万佛寺

the main square also lined with statues & a pagoda in the background.

pagoda at man fat sze 万佛寺

pagoda at man fat sze 万佛寺

the pagoda.

man fat sze 万佛寺

man fat sze 万佛寺

man fat sze 万佛寺

man fat sze 万佛寺

the front & entrance to the monastery.

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

wall of buddhas statues.

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

wall of buddha statues. they i.e. the monastery are maintained供养 by sponsors’ donations.

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

& this is the actual body 真身 of 月溪禅师after he had 圆寂 passed away.

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

there are many sponsors & donors.

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

wall of buddha statues.

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

& i guess devotees & tourists like us.

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

at the side garden.

view from 10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

view from 10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

view from 10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺.

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

back to the square.

after the exertions at man fat sze 万佛寺, we went to mong kok & wondered into 旺角小肥羊 LittleSheep at agile street for dimsum.^^

c.h.e.f andy

Excellent Italian Food @ Follia on 20Jun2015

osobucco alla milanese

osso bucco alla milanese

daughter arranged a father’s day dinner at follia on 20.6.2015.^^

this the 3rd father’s day. wife arranged a 2pax father’s day lunch at kuriya dining earlier, and then a family father’s day dinner at valentino, as wife & youngest daughter were away during father’s day.

pane pizza all' aglio

pane pizza all’ aglio – just S$4.80

we started with pane pizza all’ aglio, just S$4.80.

pane pizza all' aglio

pane pizza all’ aglio

it was good as any pizza minus the toppings. :-)

bisque di aragosta

bisque di aragosta

the lobster bisque was good, flavourful, and came with mussels, clams, prawn & flower crab. most important the bisque tasted great! :-)

bisque di aragosta

bisque di aragosta

flower crab had no meat, the ingredients looked good, but not really important. i was curious that 2 reviewers – one said dislike the mussels the other said they had a bad taste. the mussels were ok for me though.

crayfish squid ink risotto

S$35 crayfish squid ink risotto

the special crayfish squid ink risotto was very good. really like the flavours of the risotto with good shellfish stock, smooth & creamy. the proprietor told us later though it was butter & no cream. it was especially good with the tomato sauce for the crayfish mixed into the risotto.

crayfish squid ink risotto

crayfish squid ink risotto

there were 2 halves crayfish & 2 large prawns. :-)

crayfish squid ink risotto

crayfish squid ink risotto

S$35 not really overly expensive for the dish. however i don’t really need to pay for crayfish. i can do my own very well bought from chinatown, at times just S$12/kg. the squidink pasta dish on their menu is good enough for me.^^

linguine frutti di mare

linguine frutti di mare

i liked the frutti di mare a lot too. it was really an excellent flavoured tomato sauce.

linguine frutti di mare

linguine frutti di mare

the ingredients were also very good.

linguine frutti di mare

linguine frutti di mare

i will definitely take this again.

follia 4 clover way

follia 4 clover way

we arrived at 7pm & the place was empty. but by 8pm, it was full left 1 table. a simple but pleasant place & a very friendly proprietor who took photos with us later.

osobucco alla milanese

osso bucco alla milanese

i ordered the osso bucco alla milanese as it was the only dish featured on their homepage.

& i was not disappointed. it was the same saffron osso bucco dish i had at a riverside restaurant along milan’s navigli district, just as good! :-)

the osso bucco was very well done, fork tender, tasty & not sinewy. braised meats are never my favourites though, nothing to do with the dish itself. & the saffron risotto was excellent, and very nice garlic toast too.

i do very good pastas (like squid-ink spaghetti and lobster angel hair pasta) & also an excellent seafood risotto myself, but the pastas & risottos here were really good i will come back for more.

c.h.e.f andy