Wine Chicken with Celery – 24th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 9Dec2016

did a wine chicken with celery for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 9.12.2016. ^^

this my 24th friday breakfast community meal at teban gardens community service centre.

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.

basically i used my chinese wine braised chicken 黄焖鸡 recipe here.

so i debone 2 chicken night before, wake up earlu to marinate the chicken with (best to st aside for 2hrs) –

  • 3tbsp fish sauce
  • 2tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2tbsp corn flour
  • 2tbsp sesame oil
  • 4tbsp shaoxing chine wine

then very hot wok, fry sliced ginger (4cm), 2 cut chilli padi, then add 2 tsp chopped garlic in 1tbsp oil.

then add chicken, fry (high heat), added another 4 tbsp shaoxing wine & cover (low heat) to cook the chicken.

need about 10mins..then remove chicken pieces except the wings & cook another 10mins & reduce the liquids.

then i placed the chinese wine braised chicken 黄焖鸡 dish in the aluminium carrier.

celery

celery 

fry the celery (i used about 14 stems from 2 bunch of celery) separately.

high heat, again cut ginger first then garlic. then add cut celery, fry (high heat) then cover (low heat to cook.

i did not add oyster sauce or fish sauce as there was gravy from wine chicken, which i added.

then i placed the celery on the chinese wine braised chicken 黄焖鸡.

all the reisdents & staff enjoyed the dish.

very tasty & flavourful chicken from the shaoxing wine & sesame oil, and celery was crunchy & sweet.

texture is also very important.

chicken was just cook, very tender, & very smooth.

the 3 key to this dish –

  1. shaoxing wine & sesame oil for the flavours
  2. corn flour for the smoothness
  3. cooking just right for the tenderness

most restaurant & zi char places fail in the smoothness & tenderness as the chicken is mostly overcooked thought the gravy is tasty….eg (say) –

  1. hua tiao wine chicken at chong qing grilled fish
  2. claypot sesame chicken at shoon huat bakuteh, taman sentosa, JB

c.h.e.f andy

Day 2 – Pro Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) Raw Sauce Crab on 11Nov2016 (Seoul 10-13Nov2016)

Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab

Ganjang Gejang (간장게장) raw sauce crab

wife had told me how excellent the korean soy crab was. she knew teochews like me like to eat soy crab & raw cockles.

sinsadong’s ganjang gejang alley is the go to place ganjang gejang (간장게장) soy crab! 

these days a bit wary of raw shellfish & seafood & their preparation, so at first i was not too excited, but it is a special delicacy in korea, so decided to try it.

anyhow on the itx train back to seoul after nami island 남이선, we decided to go sinsadong, so took subway line 3 to sinsa station.

wife wanted to walk down garusogil a bit, so we walked there first before proceeding to sinsadong ganjang gejang alley.🙂

Sinsa-dong's Ganjang Gejang Alley

Sinsa-dong’s Ganjang Gejang Alley

there were many ganjang gejang restaurants.

live crabs @ Sinsa-dong's Ganjang Gejang Alley

live crabs @ Sinsa-dong’s Ganjang Gejang Alley

and all the live crabs in the tanks.

Pro Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab restaurant

Pro Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab restaurant

wife brought me to Pro Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장), the restaurant she came with daughter last time.🙂

Pro Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장)

live crabs @ Pro Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장)

all the live crabs.

Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab restaurant

Pro Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab restaurant

chinese name for Pro Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) = 普乐酱蟹。

Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab restaurant

Pro Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab restaurant

we were directed to level 2. the restaurant was quite full at 4.45pm.

Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab dinner

Pro Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab dinner

we ordered 2 medium crabs. prices were all quite expensive here. i think 2 crabs about 65,000won (like S$78). quite steep leh!

Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab

Ganjang Gejang (간장게장) raw sauce crab

but the crab was simply fabulous!

Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab

Ganjang Gejang (간장게장) raw sauce crab

meat so sweet, very nice light soy sauce flavour, very tender, delicate.

the flesh came out easily, including the legs. just bite & the meat literally oozes out.

Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab

Ganjang Gejang (간장게장) raw sauce crab

& the roe simply amazing!

Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab

Ganjang Gejang (간장게장) raw sauce crab

this truly an excellent dish.

for me, the best food i had in korea this trip.

spicy monk fish hotpot

spicy monk fish hotpot

didn’t know what to order. everything was quite expensive.

anyhow we ordered a monkfish hotpot. i think small for 35,000won (S$42).

spicy monk fish hotpot

spicy monk fish hotpot

spicy soup was quite good like most korean hotpot.

the monkfish though so so. texture was quite firm, not so tender & flesh was not so sweet.

i guess hotpot was quite a good complementary dish to the ganjang gejang.

the whole dinner came to about 120,000 won (so about S$144). relatively quite steep price to pay in korea. still it is quite a unique dish, so i will probably still do it when i am in korea next time.

c.h.e.f andy

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Pro Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장)

 

Day 2 – Mr Dakgalbi 닭갈비at Chuncheon 春川 Nami Island Ferry Point on 11Nov2016 (Seoul 10-13Nov2016)

dakgalbi 닭갈비

dakgalbi 닭갈비

after the awesome autumn colours at nami island 남이섬 南怡岛, we were back at the ferry point on Chuncheon 春川.

the next train from gapyeong was 1.30pm. so it was just good time for us to have a dakgalbi 닭갈비 chicken ribs lunch at one of the many dakgalbi restaurants here.

mr dakgalbi 닭갈비at chuncheon 春川 nami island ferry point

mr dakgalbi 닭갈비at chuncheon 春川 nami island ferry point

we picked mr dakgalbi.

they all felt the same to me.another we walked in earlier charged the same 11,000pax.

mr dakgalbi is next to the ‘Topland’ bungee jump tower in the huge carpark area at the ferry point to depart for nami island. while we were dining, we saw one jumper leaping off the bungee tower.

mr dakgalbi 닭갈비at chuncheon 春川 nami island ferry point

mr dakgalbi 닭갈비at chuncheon 春川 nami island ferry point

we walked in at 12pm. there were still a few tables. shortly, it got quite crowded.

dakgalbi 닭갈비

dakgalbi 닭갈비

we didn’t expect much from a dakgalbi dish.

i think we can all cook chicken thighs or ribs better la…anytime really!

but it’s a famous dish in Chuncheon 春川, so since we were here might as well take it. not expensive anyway.🙂

dakgalbi 닭갈비

dakgalbi 닭갈비

some chicken pieces & cabbage.

did not look like a lot for 2pax but it was enough.

dakgalbi 닭갈비

dakgalbi 닭갈비

not much effort or skill required also.

dakgalbi 닭갈비

dakgalbi 닭갈비

& any meat, belly or pork steak or chicken, all come out nicely with gochujang.

and there were some korean spicy rice cake (ddeokbokki: 떡볶이). ordinary perhaps, but still a gratifying lunch.

c.h.e.f andy

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Mr Dakgalbi 닭갈비

Address:

477-804 경기 가평군 가평읍 달전리 106-2

Daljeon-ri, Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, Korea (477-804)

Contact:

031-582-2739/ 010-8773-6601

Day 2 – Getting to Nami Island 남이섬 南怡岛 in Chuncheon 春川 on 11Nov2016 (Seoul 10-13Nov2016)

itx train tickets

itx train tickets

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛 is one of the destinations popularised by winter sonata 冬季恋歌 2002

it’s one of the many korean dramas my family watched (still watches). haha!

we went on a korea tour in 2003 & during winter! covering chuncheon 春川, soraksan, sokcho 束草, yongpyong ski resort, when the children were still quite young.

strangely though, i remembered clearly that our korean driver took us to (to be safe especially driving in treacherous winter roads, we had a personal paid english speaking korean driver & MPV to take us for the entire trip) –

jungdo중도中岛观光地, & according to this link – 

KBS电视剧《冬季恋歌》、电影《娃妮和俊河》、SBS电视剧《父与子》等都曾在中岛取景

Now though nami Island 남이선 南怡岛 is the goto place.

after reading the many good guides on getting to Nami Island 남이선 南怡岛 by several bloggers,

we booked our tickets from yongsan (seoul) to gapyeong (chuncheon) on itx trains(for ourselves staying at hongdae, we find yongsan to be most convenient!).

its quite simple.

go to the link http://www.letskorail.com/ebizbf/EbizBfTicketSearch.do#

enter yongsan & gapyeong in the “Departure/Arrival” boxes,

choose itx-cheongchun in the “Train” dropdown menu,

pick your date & hit “Inquiry” button (they meant Enquiry la…)

be at the ticket window of a korail station early to collect your tickets

be at the ticket window of a korail station early to collect your tickets

be at the ticket window of a korail station early (with passport & reservation confirmation slip) to collect your tickets – like 1/2hr before.

itx train

itx train

train was quite comfortable.

on our way back though, we did not make reservation, so had to stand (sit on the floor) almost the entire journey! it was a friday! so look at the timetable & book your return as well.

gapyeong station

gapyeong station

we arrived at gapyeong station in chuncheong about 9.30am.

commuter bus stop opposite side of road, gapyeong station

commuter bus stop opposite side of road, gapyeong station

we crossed over the road to take the commuter bus. can’t remember the fare. paid with our T-money card.

tour bus stop outside gapyeong station

tour bus stop outside gapyeong station

the tourist shuttle bus cost 5,000 won. we were taking just one stop to nami island so did not need that.

nami island ferry point shops

nami island ferry point shops

there are many dakgalbi (chicken rib) 닭갈비 restaurants at the ferry point carpark area.

we later had lunch at mr dakgalbi. ^^

nami island ferry point shops

nami island ferry point shops

but first to get to the ferry to go over to nami island 남이섬 南怡岛.

ferry to nami island 남이섬 南怡岛

ferry to nami island 남이섬 南怡岛

on the ferry leaving for ferry to nami island 남이섬 南怡岛

on the ferry leaving for ferry to nami island 남이섬 南怡岛

the return adult ferry fare is 8,000won.

view from ferry

view from ferry

view from ferry

view from ferry

view from ferry

view from ferry

view from ferry

view from ferry

arriving at nami island 남이섬 南怡岛

arriving at nami island 남이섬 南怡岛

arriving at nami island 남이섬 南怡岛

arriving at nami island 남이섬 南怡岛

nami island 남이섬 南怡岛

nami island 남이섬 南怡岛 ferry point

ferry leaving nami island 남이섬 南怡岛

ferry leaving nami island 남이섬 南怡岛

arrived at nami island 남이섬 南怡岛 & took some photo at the ferry point.

see here for the awesome autumn colours-

https://chefquak.com/2016/12/08/day-2-awesome-autumn-colours-on-nami-island-in-chuncheon-on-11nov2016-seoul-10-13nov2016/

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛  

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

they also aspire to be secret garden, one with a hundred maples….

what is merlion in nami Island 남이선 南怡岛?

what is merlion in nami Island 남이선 南怡岛?

thye got merlion too? a bit commercialised here…

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛?

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛?

& they have this obsession with naminara republic, make-believe land of fairy tales, & their passport & central bank…

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛...

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛..

nami island

nami island

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

rest stop for coffee & red bean pastry, nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

a great rest stop, for coffee & more…

queue for red bean fried pastry nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

queue for red bean fried pastry nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

red bean fried pastry nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

red bean fried pastry nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

a nice treat, very tasty red beans, not too sweet, & hot & crispy dough….

red bean fried pastry stall nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

red bean fried pastry stall nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

red bean fried pastry stall nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

red bean fried pastry stall nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

red bean fried pastry nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

red bean fried pastry nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

fast food factory, can ram up production quite a bit…

red bean fried pastry nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

red bean fried pastry nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

we bought a second one…it was very nice.

red bean fried pastry stall, nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

red bean fried pastry stall, nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

see again the fallong leaves…in slow mo…

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛 

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

happy mother nursing sculture, nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

happy mother nursing sculture, nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

happy mother nursing sculture, nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

happy mother nursing sculture, nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

like this happy mother nursing sculture…

nami island

nami island

nami island

nami island

nami island

nami island

nami island

nami island

another view of this awesome red maple…

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

sake bottles, nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

sake bottles, nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

sake bottles, nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

sake bottles for the wall…

nami island

nami island

we walked to the quiter side of the island.

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

& along the coastline back towards the ferry point.

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

what about the ostrich? nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

what about the ostrich? nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

rows of ostrich toys….

zip wire to nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

zip wire to nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

you can also take a zip wire to nami Island 남이선 南怡岛.

see the 2 black specks?

zip wire to nami island

zip wire to nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

zip wire to nami island

zip wire to nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

it’s a one directional journey from the tower, then by same ferry as we were taking back.

zip wire nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

zip wire nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

back at the ferry point on the mainland.

we checked the itx train schedule…we were in good time for lunch then catch the bus to gapyeong station to take the itx train back to yongsan station in seoul.

c.h.e.f andy

Day 2 – Awesome Autumn Colours on Nami Island 남이섬 南怡岛 in Chuncheon 春川 on 11Nov2016 (Seoul 10-13Nov2016)

how do one begin to describe autumn colours?

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

we were hoping to catch the tail end of autumn splendour in this seoul trip.

at nami Island 남이선 南怡岛, we were rewarded with the embrace of autumn everywhere we turn.

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

red bean fried pastry stall, nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

red bean fried pastry stall, nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

a nice coffee break..

red bean fried pastry nami Island 남이선 南怡岛 

red bean fried pastry nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

& a warm red bean fried pastry to warm the stomach…

autumn leaves

autumn leaves

autumn leaves

autumn leaves

amidst fallen leaves, falling leaves….

秋的气息

the chilly air,the awesome colours all round, the falling leaves…

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

秋色离靡

endless embrace of autumn everywhere you turn.

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

a red maple in all its splendour…

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

all the ginkyo leaves…

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

we walked along the further quieter side of the island, far from the usual crowd…

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

nami Island 남이선 南怡岛

a delightful stroll.

calm, peaceful, everything in its rightful place.

 

c.h.e.f andy

 

S$5 Fish + Wings @ Adam’s Nasi Lemak, Adam Road Food Centre on 8Dec2016

S$5 fish + wings = 4 ikan kuning, 1 chicken wing, 1 egg, ikan bilis, kachang

S$5 fish + wings = 4 ikan kuning, 1 chicken wing, 1 egg, ikan bilis, kachang

passing by adam road food centre, decided to pick up some nais lemak, 9.50am on thursday, 8.12.2016. ^^

selara rasa already long queue about 10pax.

S$5 fish + wings = 4 ikan kuning, 1 chicken wing, 1 egg, ikan bilis, kachang

S$5 fish + wings = 4 ikan kuning, 1 chicken wing, 1 egg, ikan bilis, kachang 

adam’s nasi lemak only 2pax in front, so i lined up there.

there was this S$5 fish + wing.

i asked makcik “2 fish”? she said “don’t worry i give you more”.

anyway, 4 ikan kuning, 1 chicken wing, 1 egg, ikan bilis, kachang = that’s what i got for S$5….

4 ikan kuning (albeit 2 smaller ones) a bit of overkill, but i “ngiau” so more ikan, merrier la…

S$5 fish + wings = 4 ikan kuning, 1 chicken wing, 1 egg, ikan bilis, kachang

S$5 fish + wings = 4 ikan kuning, 1 chicken wing, 1 egg, ikan bilis, kachang 

i bought 2 packets.

but today, taste-wise so-so leh.

2 larger ikan kuning quite tasteless. 2 smaller ones quite nice especially with chilli…i think my helper can do better la..

the chicken wing ok but again my helper can do better la…i can can also do better…

chilli & fragrant rice always good, and ikan bilis & kachang also so.

cannot be too picky la..for S$5..

son likes the second stall, selara rasa, which is a lot more popular & forever longer queue.

i like that selara also la, just not enough to queue long long…

c.h.e.f andy

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ADMA’S NASI LEMAK
ADDRESS
#01-01 Adam Road Food Centre, 2 Adam Road, 289876
OPENING HOURS
Mon: 08:00 – 14:00
Wed – Sun: 08:00 – 14:00
Closed: Tue

Durians, Bakuteh, Old Town White Coffee Original Cendol = an afternoon with Good Friend on 6Dec2016

D13 durians from sin kian choon tiong bahru

D13 durians from sin kian choon tiong bahru

3 of us (OPS primary school buddies) decided to meet for durians.

one friend went to sin kian choon at tiong bahru to get the durians.

as the durians arrived about 1.30pm, we decided to meet at another friend’s place at 2pm on 6.12.2016.^^

D13 durians from sin kian choon tiong bahru

D13 durians from sin kian choon tiong bahru

our friend bought 3 fruits, 5kg of D13 durians. it was quite a lot of durians for 3pax but knowing us, where got problem to sapu all right? piece of durian la…

D13 durians from sin kian choon tiong bahru

D13 durians from sin kian choon tiong bahru

we always like D13. MSW has come down to S$15/kg but we didn’t get this time.

D13 was sweet, fragrant. 2 of the fruits were tastier, one was plainer, bit 淡.

very enjoyable for us, of course not quite the best D13 we had previously. still, good enough la…

bkt spices

bakuteh spices

we were tired of going out, so decided to just cook bakuteh at the friend’s place & try out a new packet of bkt spices (the teochew bkt spice on the right).

bakuteh

bakuteh

bakuteh is the easiest thing to make. close eyes oso can do la…

bakuteh

bakuteh

my friend had the really good fresh monstrous indonesian 龙骨 long prime ribs (T-rex…lol!) from his usual wet market supplier.

i brought 2 packet of the teochew spices (instruction says 500g 1 packet). the ribs were >1kg so we added 2 packets.

we cooked 10mins longer than my usual 45-50mins! but actually the ribs were still slightly tough, though we still walloped 3 pieces each (2 long & one short so maybe 2.5).

later my friend cooked another 15mins for his mom & family, and he said the ribs texture were softer & soup also tasted better.

bakuteh

bakuteh

i actually like a texture that is firmer & has more bite & not falling apart. but in this case, post testing afterwards, we know now that these ribs needed about 1hr 10-15mins.

for the soup, this was also very tasty, and one friend prefers this teochew bkt spices.

for myself i prefer my usual ilc bkt spices(the packet on the left in the photo further up)., which i feel brings out the natural sweetness of the pork better & make the soup really balanced & tasty.

my friend’s prime ribs were the far superior fresh ribs. i just use frozen prime ribs from sheng shiong.

old town white coffee original cendol

old town white coffee original cendol

after durians & bkt, one friend said he wanted cendol, later cannot sleep if don’t eat that. lol!^^

it’s quite true really, jokes aside!

want to do something, just do it lor….

the haig road food centre was closed. we walked over to onekm & found the old town white coffee place which serves original cendol.

old town white coffee original cendol

old town white coffee original cendol

it was pretty good!

lemak coconut milk, good gula melaka, sweet red beans. at S$3.90++

for me still no comparison to four seasons cendol, more flavourful gula melaka, intense coconut milk, & kidney beans which one class above red beans la…

c.h.e.f andy

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Old Town White Coffee

Simple, Great 3pax Home Dinner on 4Dec2016

pangrilled 400 day australian wagyu MBS 3/4

pangrilled 400 day australian wagyu MBS 3/4

wife away youngest daughter flying off this evening. her boyfriend sending her to airport.

we decided to have 3pax home dinner on sunday 4.12.2016.

i still have 2 pieces of 400 day australian wagyu MBS 3/4 from qbfood in the freezer, so defrosted one piece about 300g.

pangrilled 400 day australian wagyu MBS 3/4

pangrilled 400 day australian wagyu MBS 3/4

did my usual pangrilled tagliata. 🙂

very hot pan, a bit of butter, season with sea salt & coarse black pepper, char in pan, move around pan for even heat distribution, flip over & char the other side…finger test to get medium rare (actually just agak-logy for me la..)..then rest meat for 5mins…

& what a beautiful piece of wagyu…flavourful sweet tender…

as i said, this was so much superior to the grass fed ribeye at momor izakaya, but of course NOT apple with apple…that was S$38. my piece would be like S$25, but then it was far far better.

seafood-pasta-in-pink-sauce-1-12-2016

seafood spaghetti in pink sauce 1.12.2016

i did the usual seafood pasta in pink sauce.

photo above i did on 1.12.2016. that was the best, so tasty the sauce, sotong, prawns & pasta!

prawns & sotong for seafood spaghetti

prawns & sotong for seafood spaghetti

i cut 1 large sotong & 6 pieces large prawns (basically whatever i had in the freezer). some of the quite large prawns i sliced in 1/2. marinated with fish sauce & white pepper.

pink sauce

pink sauce

i made the pink sauce with 1/2 bottle prego traditional sauce, 1/2 can whole peeled canned tomatoes, 1/2 bottle (150ml) thickened cream. had 1 whole bulb of garlic cloves in olive oil with chilli padi & basil before adding the sauce. & i added 1 cup of prawn stock & reduced.

250g spaghetti

250g spaghetti

boiled 1/2 packet=250g spaghetti, just below al dente.

seafood spaghetti in pink sauce 1.12.2016

seafood spaghetti in pink sauce 1.12.2016 

cook prawns first then add sotong, make sure both are cooked but not overcooked, then add pasta, off fire & toss.

my was just right, but can add salt to taste as required. add parmesan cheese & basil to garnish. voila!

seafood spaghetti in pink sauce

seafood spaghetti in pink sauce 4.12.2016

the one i did on 1.12.2016 was the best la…

seafood spaghetti in pink sauce

seafood spaghetti in pink sauce 4.12.2016

the one i did today was pretty good too, nearly as good.

c.h.e.f andy

Can’t Make It S$3 Market Prawn Noodles Dry @ Ah Meng Delicious Food on 5Dec2016

S$3 prawn noodles dry

S$3 prawn noodles dry 

went to blk 353 clementi ave 2 food centre to get a phone card, but shop was closed today monday on 5.12.2016.

ah meng delicious food

ah meng delicious food 

there was this ah meng delicious food stall selling big prawn noodles, fried hokkien mee & char kuay teow.

it was 8.50pm & they were closing, there are 4 other customers waiting for their food, makan there & tapao.

S$3 prawn noodles dry

S$3 prawn noodles dry 

i thought i gave the prwan noodle a try. ordered S$3 beehoon noodles dry.

3 small prawns, some fish cakes, sliced porl.

but mainly the soup & chilli cannot make it!

soup, thin some taste but not smooth no deep flavours. my own prawn stock just for cooking would beat this…

S$3 prawn noodles dry

S$3 prawn noodles dry 

chilli is such an important ingredient!

this one totally non descript, no taste no fragrance…

S$3 prawn noodles dry

S$3 prawn noodles dry

i think even for a market stall, this prawn noodles still tak boleh la…

S$3 prawn noodles dry

S$3 prawn noodles dry

i finished less than 1/2. anyway i bought it just to try no need to finish.

it was quite far from adam road noo cheng prawn noodles standard.

really miss the why eat har! (now closed)

this ah meng delicious food seems to have some regular customers from the nearby blocks. maybe the fried hokkien noodles is good?? certainly the prawn noodles cannot pass!

c.h.e.f andy

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Ah Meng Delicious Food

Address:

blk 353 clementi ave 2 market & food centre, #01-67

A Simple, Nice 3pax Home Dinner with my OPS Buddies on 2Dec2016

my 2 close OPS primary school buddies came over for dinner on 2.12.2016.

it’s an impromptu dinner. i whatsapped them in the morning, & we decided to have 3pax home dinner.

i did not go out to do marketing, just used whatever i had in the fridge, so just 家常便饭.

i had some frozen pork prime ribs. sheng shiong about 500g, not quite enough, so i added some from qbfoods.

i washed them with salt & scalded them to remove scum & clean thoroughly. then just added them with a whole bulb of peeled garlic cloves with “ilc bakuteh spice packet” in 1.5 litre water & cooked for 50mins.

bakuteh is so very easy la…

& the simple dish was so delightful.

my friends were surprise how sweet & tasty the soup was, and quite natural meat sweetness. nothing else added, just ilc spice packet + garlic + pork ribs.

& the frozen prime ribs were very good too. granted cannot compare with fresh pork ribs, but for me the prime cut is more important, so a frozen prime ris with some fat better than fresh spare ribs for me…

recently i ate twice at tuan yuan bakuteh. it was very good.

one bowl = S$9. whereas i had nearly 1kg for S$9. of course not as good, but almost leh…

my fish head was so very good! ^^

the black bean paste was excellent. my friend said better than the chinatown shops. i quite agree actually. it was as good as most song fish head places out there.

again it was quite easy to do.

i had two frozen 1/2 song fish head in the freezer. so i took out one & washed with salt thoroughly.

then i made the black bean sauce paste-

  • 3 tbsp flat lee kum kee spicy black bean sauce
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 2 tbsp mirin (optional)
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp flat sugar
  • 1 tbsp flat corn flour

heat a bit once paste starts to coagulate off fire.

i added cut spring onions & chilli padi, and steamed for 13mins. added some longer cut spring onions when almost done.

garlic fried kang kong

garlic fried kang kong 

to balance the meat dishes, i fried a kang kong.

salted fish fried celery

salted fish fried celery 

& i had some leftover celery, the more tender shoots inside.

i fried with salted fish, like my sis always do.

both vegetables were quite good la…celery was crunchy, tasty, nice salted fish flavours. kang kong was very good too.

a simple dinner for 3pax, no much preparation or effort required.

c.h.e.f andy

Wonderful 5pax Family Dinner @ Momor Izakaya on 30Nov2016

wed ladies night S$2 oysters

wed ladies night S$2 oysters

wife been buying dinners lately. i oso bought quite a few la…^^

there is this momor izakaya she & the children had been to which has this free lobster promotion. she was going away for 11days for a mission trip & wanted me to try before the promotion ended.

so we had a wonderful 5pax dinner at momor izakaya on 30.11.2016. ^^

mussels with garlic toast

mussels with garlic toast

a japanese izakaya with more modern european food. anyway japanese does all the french & italain food very well & french desserts too.

wed ladies night S$2 oysters

wed ladies night S$2 oysters

it was ladies night on wed. wife & 2 daughters had their free 1st drink cocktails. i tasted pretty good.

so we ordered the max 3 oysters ea for 3 ladies = total 9 oysters.

yuzu jelly to complement shucked oysters

yuzu jelly to complement shucked oysters

oysters were good. & came with yuzu jelly, nice citrus condiment.

wed ladies night S$2 oysters with yuzu jelly

wed ladies night S$2 oysters with yuzu jelly

very enjoyable, wouldn’t mind more but this S$2 special limited.

excellent pork jowl

excellent pork jowl 

pork jowl was among the best dishes for me this evening!

really so good, so tender & smooth & flavourful, will order 2 next time.🙂

mussels pot with garlic toast

mussels pot with garlic toast

wife liked the mussel pot a lot.

mussels pot

mussels pot

& it was very good.

mussels were the small french ones & very tender & sweet, not the large local ones. i asked & server said about 500g for the serving. i think about S$34.

mussels pot with garlic toast

mussels pot with garlic toast

the gravy or almost like a very tasty veloute (soup) was excellent.

it didn’t wow me as much though as i thought it was very competent but not special, certainly i have had this before equally good in other places.

ika sugatayaki - grilled whole squid - really good!

ika sugatayaki – grilled whole squid – really good!

the ika sugatayaki (definitely japanese) wowed me a lot though.

it was really very good. the excellent flavours with bbq, slight sweet & great texture.

wonder how i can do this.

i experimented on this dish a few years back, none too successful, and miles from this wonderful dish. lol!

grilled cauliflower

grilled cauliflower

grilled cauliflower always very good in many places including indian restaurants. a great complement to the savoury dishes.

grilled grass fed ribeye

grilled grass fed ribeye

my youngest daughter was greatly enamoured by the australian grass fed ribeye.

for me it was quite mediocre la! so on this dish our opinions vary widely.

grilled grass fed ribeye

grilled grass fed ribeye

the cooking, grilling, beef sauce condiments, salad all great, but the quality of beef was mediocre, so it was tough, has residue (connective issues) & way below any good beef.

grilled grass fed ribeye

grilled grass fed ribeye

any of my tagliata would be far better than this

of course i used mostly 150day grain fed balck angus ribeye, sometimes 400day grain fed wagyu 3/4 or 6/7.

but even my grass fed black angus ribeye is better. black angus quality of meat quite different la…

so for me, this dish ranked second from bottom after the cauliflower, not including dessert. of course i am talking here about ranking among all great dishes!

crabmeat linguine

crabmeat linguine

crebmeat linguine for me a competent dish, no more…

i have had equally good if not better crab linguine or other good wine sauce or creamy pastas in other restaurants, even say a place like alfresco gusto.

crabmeat linguine

crabmeat linguine

so this was ok but not overly impressive for me.

wife liked it a lot, so manybe i should try it again. a lot of crabmeat & good canned crabmeat very ex.

carbonara

carbonara

the carbonara was very good. it’s not among our preferred pastas so we seldom order this.

so in a way this impressed though as a pasta dish it was not better than the crabmeat linguine which i still prefer.

complimentary griled mentaiko lobster

complimentary grilled mentaiko lobster

& here it is the complimentary grilled mentaiko pasta.

it was very good! the grilling was very well done, lobster meat cooked just right, not overdone, bouncy, plump & tasty.

complimentary griled mentaiko lobster

complimentary griled mentaiko lobster

reminded me of ash & elm’s lobster.

ash & elm’s of course better, fine dining standard la…

creme caramel with ice cream

creme caramel with ice cream

wife & i not much into desserts, but this evening she fancied the creme caramel with ice cream. daughter said becos there was liquor in it. lol! ^^

for me the lobster, pork jowl & ika sugatayaki were the best dishes!

the oysters, mussels, crabmeat linguine were good too…

dinner still came to about S$350 i think for 5pax, including a sake wife ordered. the place not cheap la…but maybe ok if go for food only.

anyway, a very enjoyable family dinner.🙂

c.h.e.f andy

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Delicious RI VSOP (Very Special Old Pals) Makan Besar on 29Nov2016

makan besar

makan besar

had a 16pax RI friends VSOP (Very Special Old Pals) makan besar on 29.11.2016. ^^

my friends liked the dishes i made for the recent FGS (For Goodness Sake) Charity Dinner on 21.10.2016.

so i did most of them but for a larger group of 16pax insteand of 10pax.

a friend made the miso white fish, so i skipped my nobu miso cod, and added a teriyaki salmon belly.

another friend made an excellent fruit salad with chantily cream so i skipped my chocolate banana cake.

& i added also braised oxtail, a new recipe i experimented once after the recent FGS dinner where my friend’s helper made a kickass oxtail stew, which was very good indeed!

pumpkin tofu salad

#1 pumpkin tofu salad

my helper made the usual pumpkin tofu salad.

i marinated with extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar & honey 2hrs before. when serving i marinated the rockets & added to the salad.

smoked duck from phoon huat delicatessen

#1 smoked duck from phoon huat delicatessen

had a good experience with phoon huat delicatessen’s smoked duck, so save the trouble of doing my own tea smoked duck breast.

miso white fish

#2 miso white fish

my friend was thrilled with my nobu miso cod at the recent FGS dinner.

he decided to experiment with the recipe. he also prepared some sauce that he drizzled over. i was busy so forgot what he told me. will check with him next time.

the miso white fish was firm & tasty. for me, while i like the texture of cod better & also a stronger miso taste, this white fish was good.🙂

i did a teriyaki salmon belly. 

nice flavours, especially with the fatty belly pieces. very tasty.

this time though, the 2x500g packets i bought from phoon huat delicatessen had more bones than belly. & i went to giant & sheng shiong to check, but there was nothing better.

just compare this with the excellent teriyaki salmon belly pieces (above photo – 1 packet about 500g also from phoon huat delicatessen) i did for a 6pax dinner on 16.11.2016.

i did a slow roasted pork belly. it was supposed to be gordon ramsay’s crackling slow-roasted belly pork.

crackling skin was very good during the recent FGS dinner.

& today when i tasted hot from the oven, it was also crackling.

but unfortunately a few hours later when serving, that crackling skin did not turn up today. skin was tough, not edible la.

anyway pork was still very tasty & all finished.🙂

my friend’s filipino helper made an excellent oxtail stew at the recent FGS charity dinner.

today, i had 2 packets about 2.5kg from phoon huat delicatessen.

i think this was the favourite dish by far for all my friends.

it was very tasty. i like it very much myself.

meat was tender, great texture, gravy was smooth & deep-flavoured, a really wonderful dish.

i did 2 pastas, a seafood alio olio, & a prawn pasta in pink sauce.

most friends i asked liked the alio olio better.

olio was pretty tasty, still not as good as what my helper can make. as i told my friends, it was more for fun & a challenge that i did it myself rather than asked her to do.

& actually the pink sauce pasta was very tasty too.

i made a tagliata di manzo. this was an excellent cut – 150day grain fed anugus ribeye.

tagliata has been a favoruite in all my dinners & also at the recent FGS Charity Dinner. no exception this evening.^^

we had 2 pieces of 300g each. i served the dish 2 times. beef was very sweet & tender & great taken with the cherry tomatoes & rockets with olive oil, balsamic.

excellent fruit salad with chantily cream

#9 excellent fruit salad with chantily cream

& a friend brought an excellent fruit salad with chantily cream.

fruit salad

#9 fruit salad

very refreshing fruit salad.

excellent chantily cream

excellent chantily cream

the cream was out of this world, so supremely good. best i had la!

later we took it with 2 very nice ice creams – a chocolate nut & a red velvet ice cream. ^^

junmai sake

junmai sake 纯米

my friends brought a lot of stuff leh…

flavoured sake

flavoured sake

  • we had junmai sake + melon & strawberry flavoured sake
  • 2 moscatos
  • a white
  • a red
  • the nice red velvet & chocolate nuts ice cream
  • & organic longan

we had a wonderful makan, old pals special friends, great food, drinks, dessert & fruit, & a splendid evening chatting & sharing, not to say listening to american politics.

c.h.e.f andy

Still Good Sungei Road Laksa S$3 + S$1 extra Cockles on 1Dec2016

sungei road laksa S$3 + S$1 extra cockcles

sungei road laksa S$3 + S$1 extra cockles 

was on the way home along jln besar after a-

  1. nice lunch treat at 祥源记xiang yuan ji; followed by
  2. expensive flat white & hot chocolate coffee treat at CSHH Coffee Bar.

by my OPS primary school buddies.

sungei road laksa S$3

sungei road laksa S$3 

passing jln berseh food centre, last minute, decided to turn in kelantan lane & passed by the sungei road laksa stall at jln berseh.

carpark was full at 3pm, but i managed to park along the roadside, also jln berseh.

laksa is now S$3. I asked for extra cockles, now S$1, so total is S$4.

sungei road laksa S$3

sungei road laksa S$3

there was not much queue, so 2 pax ahead of me.

gourmet street

gourmet street 

the place is named gourmet street. quite bright & airy, and the ngoh hiang stall next to the laksa looked quite good. maybe try next time if coming here with friends.

sungei road laksa S$3 + S$1 extra cockcles

sungei road laksa S$3 + S$1 extra cockles 

the laksa still good, still lemak & tasty. the extra cockles were quite a fair bit, & they were large & plump.

on my FB, i recorded-

On the way home I decided to stop by for sungei road laksa $3+$1 extra cockles

Ok but just don’t have the shiok factor like ah heng curry chicken noodles…not as shiok as the 生煎包lunch

so maybe i am less attracted to the dish nowadays la…

& c/w with the much more savoury taste & for me far more shiok ah heng curry chicken noodles, this sungei road laksa has less shine.

still one of the best laksa for me, but maybe i still prefer weiyi laksa which is slight less lemak & more savoury.

c.h.e.f andy

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Great Coffee Expensive Hot Chocolate @ CSHH Coffee Bar on 1Dec2016

flat white & hot choco;ates

flat white & hot chocolates

after 祥源记xiang yuan ji, we decided to walk over to chye seng huat – CSHH Coffee Bar for a cuppa. ^^

another of my OPS primary school buddy boguth coffee.

i had a flat white. it was good as expected, very strong & good flavour coffee & velvety smooth.

& my 2 friends had the S$6.50 expensive hot chocolate.

cshh-coffee-bar5

CSHH Coffee Bar

this was the hardware stall turned coffee bar which my daughter introduced 2 years back.

CSHH Coffee Bar

CSHH Coffee Bar

CSHH Coffee Bar

CSHH Coffee Bar

CSHH Coffee Bar

CSHH Coffee Bar

this place quite busy.

the interior was a nice chill-out ambience. at 2.15pm there were quite many customers but not full & we sat at the back wall with a ledge & tall stools.

CSHH Coffee Bar prices

CSHH Coffee Bar prices

hot chocolate S$6.50

hot chocolate S$6.50

prices not cheap.

my small cup flat white i think was S$5.50, & the hot chocolate was really expensive at S$6.50. something anyone can make at home.

cakes & pastry

cakes & pastry

cakes & pastry

cakes & pastry

they sell decent looking pastries but we just had a good lunch & didn’t need the cakes.

nice place, ambience, crowd & nice coffee. if it is taking hot chocolate better have milo at coffeeshop la…lol!🙂

c.h.e.f andy

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Great 3pax Lunch @ 祥源记Xiang Yuan Ji on 1 Dec2016

生煎包

生煎包 S$5

my OPS primary school buddy bought lunch at 祥源记xiang yuan ji 405 jln besar on 1.12.2016.^^

祥源记xiang yuan ji

祥源记xiang yuan ji

祥源记xiang yuan ji

祥源记xiang yuan ji 

we were there at 1pm.

we heard a chinese customer at the next table saying the food here more 道地authentic than in china!

haha oxymoron maybe! but guess that means it is really good la…

祥源记xiang yuan ji - menu

祥源记xiang yuan ji – menu 

the card menu. very few items, basically both sides of the card.

生煎包

生煎包 S$5

the 生煎包 the best i have eaten (i haven’t eaten many though…lol!)

there’s a lot of soup inside, & very very tasty soup (better than many xiaolongbao), so eaten like xiaolongbao, just bite a hole & suck.

the pork filling very tasty & the dough not too thick & great texture & taste.

have to say it’s very very good 生煎包!

咸豆腐花salty bean curd dish

咸豆腐花savoury bean curd dish S$4.50

& the 咸豆腐花savoury bean curd dish, was impressive too.

the bean curd is smooth, but the savoury sauce is what made it tick…

拌三丝 3 veg salad

拌三丝 3 veg salad S$4

the 拌三丝 which looked like carrots, cucumber & 百叶 fried gluten puff.

spring rolls

spring rolls S$4.50

the spring rolls was quite excellent.

unlike usual spring rolls which are quite packed, these ones quite empty in the crispy shell, yet very tasty.

breaded pork chop

breaded pork chop S$6.50

the breaded pork chop like any good hainanese pork chop, as good as loo’s curry.

breaded pork chop

breaded pork chop S$6.50

quite unusual really, anyway it was very good.

curry beef tanhoon

curry beef tanhoon S$6.50

the curry beef tanhoon a dish i can pass.

but really quite worthwhile trying for first time.

curry beef tanhoon

curry beef tanhoon S$6.50

not that it was not good.

in fact it was more than competent, quite a nice dish actually.

maybe the best way to characterise it is that it is a very good curry beef tanhoon dish, just not my kind of dish.

must say the beef (i think just 3 pieces) was excellent. very very tender..i think better than most taiwan braised beef noodles.

the soup is ok, not the style we are used too. would prefer the intense kambing soup.

祥源记xiang yuan ji bill

祥源记xiang yuan ji bill

lunch was S$38 for 3pax.

we all enjoyed it thoroughly.

c.h.e.f andy

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Exquisite 100Gourmet Dinner @ Pollen by Jason Artherton on 27Nov2016

excellent granita

excellent granita

we had 3 citibank 100gourmet dinners this year, and they were all very good.

not to say one is better than the other, but they all offered new surprises & met expectations, which is not easy as each dinner experience is always compared with those previously & that can often disappoint.

100 gourmet menu @ pollen

100 gourmet menu @ pollen

wife booked 3pax dinner at pollen on sunday 27nov2016, the last 100gourmet for 2016. ^^

wine pairing (6 wines for 6 course!!)

wine pairing (6 wines for 6 course!!)

& she took the wine pairing, w0w, 6 wines!🙂

excellent granita

excellent granita

in terms of fineness & taste, this again easily met expectations, among the best even c/w the other 3 fabulous 100gourmet dinners we had-

  1. Superb Sumptuous 100Gourmet Dinner @ Ash & Elm Intercontinental Hotel on 26Aug2016
  2. Superb 100Gourmet 6-course Degustation Dinner @ Salted and Hung on 21Jul2016
  3. Excellent Citibank 100Gourmet Degustation Dinner @ Lewin Terrace on 24Jun2016

the sorbet starter was quite exquisite!

multigrain & sourdough

multigrain & sourdough

freshly baked bread was excellent! low carbs me actually had a second serving.

sour dough was great. mulitgrain was even better!

sesame butter was superb

sesame butter was superb

sesame butter was very good.

but i had a seaweed butter before, not sure if here, & that was really good!

bouillon of duck (a consomme)

#1 snacks – bouillon of duck (a consomme)

there were 3 snacks-bouillon of duck, toast of beef tartare & mushroom crackers.

the duck consomme was intense yet smooth & tasty. wife found it a bit robust to her liking. daughter & i liked it.

toast of beef tartare + mushroom crackers

#1 snacks – toast of beef tartare + mushroom crackers

mushroom crackers

#1 snacks – mushroom crackers

mushroom crackers also tasted great, especially with the cepe mousse & feta.

toast of beef tatare

#1 snacks – toast of beef tartare

toast of beef tartare good too, less wow..

scottish langoustine with cod roe

#2 scottish langoustine with cod roe

langoustine was real wow!

scottish langoustine with cod roe

#2 scottish langoustine with cod roe

like a botan ebi sashimi, the sweetness & bite were quite “superlative”!

& the sides, the mousse, all incredible combination look & taste.

spiced pork with rose apple shavings

#3 spiced pork with rose apple shavings

the pork with rose apple shavings & roasted fennel was good too.

spiced pork with rose apple shavings

#3 spiced pork with rose apple shavings

looked great, tasted good…just more ordinary, more average.

tarte nicoise with basil sorbet

#4 tarte nicoise with basil sorbet

the tarte was quite extraordinary.

tarte nicoise with basil sorbet

#4 tarte nicoise with basil sorbet

the very thin crust pastry, the basil, oil & different flavours.

tarte nicoise with basil sorbet

#4 tarte nicoise with basil sorbet

this must be the best vegetarian dish for a meat eater like me.

confit of hokkaido scallop

#5 confit of hokkaido scallop

the confit of hokkaido scallop was of course great, with the foam & all.

confit of hokkaido scallop

#5 confit of hokkaido scallop

among the best we had in many restaurants.

the one at disgruntled chef was different, but just as wonderful, perhaps even better.

roast pigeon with winter berries

#6 roast pigeon with winter berries

the roast pigeon was superb, & the winter berries just wonderful.

reminded me of the equally superb quail at beulings, amsterdam.

and of course the sous vide pigeon at jaan!

roast pigeon with winter berries

#6 roast pigeon with winter berries

this pigeon dish was prettier! & i think better even…

& the sides were all fantastic (except the beetroot-i’ve tasted much better ones) & overall such a wow dining experience!

pear compote with ricotta sorbet

pear compote with ricotta sorbet

the dessert was refreshing, & tasty.

pear compote with ricotta sorbet

pear compote with ricotta sorbet

very smooth white chocolate + ricotta sorbet below & some granita on top.

petit four

petit four

the petit four valrhona chocolate was fantastic.

complimentary giftbox (a great gesture)

complimentary giftbox (a great gesture)

& pollen gave a complimentary giftbox for every dining guest, a really great gesture. these were good too, but the petit four chocolate was better!

the other attraction of dining at pollen by jason artheton is of course the complimentary entrance to the flower dome.

since the restaurant is located within the confines of flower dome, once you enter the restaurant, you can access the flower dome (bypassing the ticketed entrance), which is what we did. we went earlier at 6.10pm & walked around the flower dome before proceeding to our table at 7.10pm.

looking back at my blog post, the first & only time i came for a set lunch at pollen (though we had been to pollen in london for lunch several times)was >3yrs ago on 22.7.2013.

that was great too of course, but it was like most good set lunches, not the same fineness & wow as this dinner.

c.h.e.f andy

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Pollen

Address:

Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
18 Marina Gardens Drive, #01-09
Singapore 018953

Contact:

+65 6604 9988
info@pollen.com.sg

RESERVATIONS 

Opening Hours:

Main Dining Room – Level 1

Lunch 12pm to 3pm (last order 2.30pm)
Dinner 6pm to 10pm (last order 9.30pm)
CLOSED ON TUESDAYS

Pollen Terrace – Level 2

9.30am to 9pm daily
Muffins and Coffee/Tea 9.30am to 11.30am
Terrace Menu 11.30am to 9pm
Afternoon Tea 3pm to 5pm CLOSED ON TUESDAYS

Superb Value for Money Lunch 又好吃又抵吃@ Paradise Inn West Coast Plaza on 28Nov2016

claypot tofu prawns

claypot tofu prawns – S$18

went with 2 close OPS friends to paradise inn at west coast plaza on 28.11.2016. ^^

50% off for 4 dishes at paradise inn, west mall plaza

50% off for 4 dishes at paradise inn, west mall plaza

saw the advert earlier & whatsapp the friends, so we all went at a moment’s notice.

order 4 dishes for 50% discounts, lunch or dinner, not bad leh! ^^

claypot tofu prawns + string beans

claypot tofu prawns + string beans

server said fish head (looks like 1/4 seabass from photo) sold out!

anyhow we ordered the required 4 dishes from the menu. we ordered all small.

claypot tofu prawns

claypot tofu prawns – S$18

the claypot tofu prawns was very good.

maybe cannot say better than sek bao sin, a bit different but this was really good.

tofu very crispy & 4 large prawns for “small” order – fresh, plump, bouncy& sweet. bagus la!

chicken soup

chicken soup – S$24.80

the chicken soup was very good.

maybe not better than tunglok’s various lie tongs, but equally good.

very very tasty. the pot has 1/2 chicken & served 6 full (small) bowls.

bitter gourd pork ribs

bitter gourd pork ribs – S$13.80

the bittergourd pork ribs again very good.

pork was tender, tasty, excellent, as good as kok sen’s.

OR that at sik bao sin.

string beans

string beans – S$13.80

string beans just as good too, competent as any good restaurant.

string beans

string beans – S$13.80

overall the food, every dish in fact, was very good, and with the 50% discounts, came to S$43 for 4 dishes.

really superb value for money deal, but most importantly, the dishes were very good. like the hong kong people say “先要好吃,然后抵得吃”.

very enjoyable lunch with good friends.

afterwards we had coffee at coffeeshop opposite, then went to ah seng & bought some D13 durians to eat there.

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Dakgalbi 닭갈비 fried Chicken with Gochujang– 23rd Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 25Nov2016

dakgalbi 닭갈비 fried chicken with gochujang

dakgalbi 닭갈비 fried chicken with gochujang

did a dakgalbi 닭갈비 fried chicken with gochujang  for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 25.11.2016. ^^

this my 23rd friday breakfast community meal at teban gardens community service centre.

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.

dakgalbi 닭갈비 fried chicken with gochujang

dakgalbi 닭갈비 fried chicken with gochujang

we had dakgalbi 닭갈비 fried chicken with gochujang at mr dakgalbi in chuncheon 春川after our visit to the awesome autumn colours of nami island 남이선南怡岛.

two deboned chickens

two deboned chickens

this dish not so different from the korean grilled belly pork with gochujang i did for teban gardens last friday on 18.11.2016.

for chicken, i debone 2 chickens the night before. that took about 35mins.

two deboned chickens

two deboned chickens

in the morning i got up at 6.40am & marinated the chicken – 2 heap tbsp gochujang, 4 tsp chopped garlic, 3cm chopped ginger.

then i let it sit about 1 hr.

cabbage

cabbage

menawhile i cut 1 cabbage (1kg). fried garlic & ginger till fragrant & added cabbage.

fried a while, added 2 tbsp flat oyster sauce, 1 tbsp faih sauce, covered a while then reduced. vegetable has a lot of water so no need to add water.

dakgalbi 닭갈비 fried chicken with gochujang

dakgalbi 닭갈비 fried chicken with gochujang

for the chicken, i cut one large onion & fried till softened & fragrant. no need oil as using the wok for the veg.

added the chicken. if quantity is too much fry in 2 batches.

i managed my ok. high fire, then low & cover to cook the chicken (for small amount like 1/2 chicken no need to cover, charred a bit with bbq flavours nicer) the high fire to reduce. again there is water in the chicken & very tasty already so no need to add water or stock.

dakgalbi 닭갈비 fried chicken with gochujang

dakgalbi 닭갈비 fried chicken with gochujang

the chicken was tender & tasty.

the cabbage & onions very nice too & complemented the chicken.

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 chicken cut to 4cm bite size (about 500g if deboned)
  • 1/2 yellow onion cut
  • 300g cabbage (2 cups?)

seasoning

  • 1 tbsp gochujang
  • 1 tsp heap chopped garlic
  • 1 cm chopped ginger

Directions:

  1. cut (or debone) 1/2 chicken, wash with salt water, rinse well in colander, put in fridge overnight.
  2. season chicken with gochujang, chopped garlic & chopped ginger & set aside for few hrs.
  3. fry cabbage in garlic & ginger, add oyster sauce & a bit of fish sauce. set aside.
  4. fry cut onions till softened & fragrant, add chicken & fry high fire then lower.
  5. add back the cabbage, mix, dish out & serve.

 

8pax Birthday Lunch @ Santaro by Gion Amara Hotel on 18Nov2016

salad

salad

there are 2 november birthdays among our group of close RI friends.

Unagi donburi set meal for 2 people for $49.90

Unagi donburi set meal for 2 people for $49.90

one of us bought a groupon deal & arranged a 8pax lunch at santaro by gion at amara hotel tangjong pagar on 18.11.2016. ^^

he also arranged the cake & gifts.🙂

salad

salad

we took the unagi don set – S$49.90 for 2pax.

we were lucky today we had a private room by ourselves.

first was a refreshing salad.🙂 good.

potato salad

potato salad

& a potato salad with tuna rillette. ok.

chawanmushi

chawanmushi

also a chawanmushi.

chawanmushi

chawanmushi

chawanmushi was competent. but it was plain not crabmeat or ikura so just dashi for flavours. texture was good, nothing special though.

adegashi tofu

adegashi tofu

adegashi tofu likewise. not too bad

adegashi tofu

adegashi tofu

crispy tofu soft inside, nice sauce, garnished with radish, scallions & nori (seaweed).

sashimi moriawase

sashimi moriawase

sashimi moriawase was ok – tuna, salmon, hotate, atlantic surf clam. quite decent.

tempura

tempura

tempura was competent. crispy. my second best dish for this lunch.

tempura

tempura

prawns & veg. i would say about ichiban boshi standard, not as good as sun with moon.

sishamo

sishamo

sishamo karaage.

sishamo

sishamo

quite ok. fresh fish. good batter. sishamo just not my favourite.

tori tonkatsu

tori tonkatsu

the best dish for me was the tori katsu.

tori tonkatsu

tori tonkatsu

the plate was shared by 2pax.

chicken cutlet was tasty, crispy. chicken was tender.

unagi don

unagi don

unagi don was so so.

unagi don

unagi don

unagi was pretty ok. the don (rice) though was quite poor.

not sushi vinegared rice, plain rice & no tasty sauce.

yogurt

yogurt

yogurt dessert not much to say i guess.

food spread & quantity was pretty good, many dishes.

food standard & taste quite mediocre. with the groupon promotion, pax lunch was just S$25nett. we paid S$3++ pax for the ocha but i guess you can don’t order tea.

birthday cake from flor patissierie

birthday cake from flor patissierie

service was quite good. we had a room by ourselves, and the servers took photos for us & also brought the cake & serving plates etc.

we had a good time among close friends. for one, the birthday gift was 2 bottles of wine. for the other, we decided to get him some electronic stuff, so the organiser was going to the IT show the following week to get something.

as always, a great time with old buddies…this time with the added entertainment of musing over the biggest con in american history.

c.h.e.f andy

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Very Good Bakuteh @ Tuan Yuan 团缘 on 23Nov2016

bakuteh

bakuteh

my OPS primary school classmate bought 4pax lunch at tuan yuan bakuteh today on 23.11.2016. ^^

pu er tea 普洱茶

pu er tea 普洱茶 S$6

we had a pot of pu er tea 普洱茶. maybe 铁观音still the more common tea for bakuteh if i am dining with my sis. i am ok with pu er tea 普洱茶 myself, like in any chinese restaurant.

tuan-yuan-bkt-restaurant

Tuan Yuan 团缘 bakuteh restaurant

Tuan Yuan 团缘 signifies reunion & fate, the philosophy of the owner mr gwee song how who owns ya hua bakuteh. this one is a new venture by his children.🙂

service buzzer

service buzzer

they have the service buzzer.

& according to sethlui.com, they also have a mobile app “TuanYuan” on appstore & playstore, where you can order in advance. i am yet to try, certainly good service oriented philosophy & innovations.

bakuteh

bakuteh

what stood out was the soup.

really tasty, the natural meat sweetness!

this one not so peppery which i like also. apparently you can order 3 different pepper level for the soup on the mobile app!

the prime ribs were good too. texture & bite just right, not so soft like falling apart.

i still prefer the texture of the large prime rib at rong cheng though. i have not been there for a while so not sure how it is now.

kidney

kidney

the kidney soup was good.

tasty kidney just the right doneness & texture.🙂

liver

liver

liver soup was good too.

pig trotters

pig trotters

pig trotters was i guess competent. but not among the best i had. will try again next time when i go.

chye-sim

chye sim

the chye sim was a bit off.

a bit “siap”, not so crunchy. it was blanched, maybe slightly over.

side dishes

side dishes

the sides were quite standard – taukee or knots, chye buay & peanuts.

i forgot to take photo but what deserved a special mention was the you tiao 油条.

i never take you tiao 油条 at bkt. they are invariably precut, left on bowls ready to serve & oily, dry & not crispy.

these ones here the boss mr gwee told us they made themselves, & truly it was not oily, very crispy & yet fluffy.

one of the best you tiao 油条, better even than many market specialised you tiao 油条stalls.

tang yuan 汤圆 - 三代同堂

tang yuan 汤圆 - 三代同堂

the boss offered us complimentary tang yuan 汤圆 mochi dumpling dessert. it was supposed to signify 3 generations together 三代同堂, with the smaller & differently coloured mochi dumplings.

ok for me, nothing special. i don’t think it was better than the frozen mochi dumplings i had from giant.

another thing, the service at tuan yuan was really superb!

the son, his wife all came to chat with us.

the owner mr gwee himself came couple times, & to offer the free mochi dumplings.

& the servers kept offering to top up the soup & also top up the tea.

prices here not cheap. my OPS friend paid. i didn’t ask how much, but i estimate around S$65 for 4pax???

but if food & service are good, i will go back & i guess most folks do too.

c.h.e.f andy

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TUAN YUAN

Block 127, Kim Tian Road,
#01-01 Singapore 160127
+65 6684 0123
OPENING HOURS
8:00AM – 3:00AM
Closed on Mondays