Best Prawn Noodles for OPS Makan, Karaoke & Chilli on 15Jul2016

wa...prawn bakut noodles so sedap...irresistable la!

wa…prawn bakut noodles so sedap…irresistable la!

my OPS primary school buddy invited us for a homecooked prawn noodles on 15.7.2016. ^^

of course the real chef is the wife la!

wa…this prawn noodles really was mo tuck ten…lagi sedap…totally irresistable! ^^ should have taken 1 more bowl la…but tummy already bulging…

before the real thing - century eggs pickled ginger

before the real thing – century eggs pickled ginger

he has an internet tv so we could youtube songs with subtitles & do our own karaoke.

it was loads of fun actually. we did cantonese 上海滩,帝女花,要拼才会赢, & chinese & english songs. & 2 of our friends broke into cha cha…lots of talents in OPS la…:-)

host provided some small bites, like century eggs pickled ginger.

before the real thing - medex giant topsheel from mexico

before the real thing – medex giant topshell from mexico

like the branded medex giant topshell from mexico..:-)

& we had the koropok from penang i think?

prawn bakut noodles so sedap...irresistable la!

prawn bakut noodles so sedap…irresistable la!

but the thing worth waiting for…tantantantan! was prawn noodles…

must say is way beyond expectations leh…beyond 3 sigma la…even we started from high expectations…

& in this case it was really difficult to do for 13pax & have enough the next day for another group of ravenous boys (my friend’s son’s friends) visiting.

& it’s made bowl by bowl so the noodles were al dente & warm, with my friend taking orders for each bowl. not easy for homecooked preparation, and of course we only had soup version. not easy to make the chilli also…

the soup was the bestest, very smooth, intense but not overly, and very flavourful.

my first impression was it’s almost as good as alan’s!

so i went to why eat har for prawn noodles soon after.

i took my usual dry noodles at WEH, served as usual with a separate bowl of soup. soup was excellent as always, but perhaps the experience of taking soup with dry prawn noodles & taking a more savoury prawn noodles soup whole is somewhat different, so i could not actually decide that alan’s soup was better or not..both were very good!:-)

and the pork ribs were very good too. my friend used better quality prime ribs for home dinner. texture was very good & flavour too, but maybe alan’s pork rib overall was better, though the recent ones i tried were not the best i had at his WEH stall.

& of course my friend had pig’s tail which should make the soup more flavourful.

got dessert table some more

got dessert table some more

we had some fruits after prawn noodles.

almond jelly

almond jelly

i took the almond jelly, was pretty nice.

almond jelly

almond jelly

& according to my friend’s wife quite easy to do.

weng tong brought 糯米荔枝

another friend brought 糯米荔枝

another friend brought 糯米荔枝, the tiny vanishing seeds type.:-)

wai han brought pandan & durian rolls

another friend brought pandan & durian rolls

another friend brought pandan & durian rolls.

6kg ah seng durians orh kue + D13

6kg ah seng durians orh kue + D13

& i brought 6kg ah seng durians orh kue + D13.

the D13 bottom right packet was the best, very intense & flavvourful.

ah seng durians orh kue

ah seng durians orh kue

& through, many friends were belting out songs.

& 2 friends broke out in cha cha. very fun & enjoyable evening.

c.h.e.f andy

Superb 6-course Degustation Dinner @ Salted and Hung on 21Jul2016

king fish & prosciutto

#1 king fish & prosciutto

wife bought excellent 2pax dinner at salted & hung on 21.7.2016. ^^

salted & hung 6-course 100gourmet dinner on 21.7.2016

salted & hung 6-course 100gourmet dinner on 21.7.2016

this the citibank jul2016 100gourmet dinner.

i had a great dinner at lewin terrace with some friends for jun2016 100gourment & wife was not in singapore at the time.

chef at work

chef at work

we sat at the counter & was greeted by brent savage, the visiting aussie guest chef from bentley restaurant & bar, sydney.:-)

we had a good view of the chefs at work.

salted & hung

salted & hung

salted & hung was fully booked for this evening’s 100gourmet dinner.

salted & hung

salted & hung

this restaurant serves contemporary australian cuisine & specialises in curing & grilling.

discriminating birds or human?

discriminating human?

animal farm quip?

discriminating birds or human?

discriminating human?

whatever taste good is good la…

king fish & prosciutto

#1 king fish & prosciutto

this a brent savage dish..chef explained that in line with the restaurant focus salted & hung, we have cured king fish which was brined in salt & sugar.

(i did curing with salmon belly before twice, very nice but a bit worried about food safety so did not do after.

looking at the photos, that was 2 years ago already in jul2014).

king fish & prosciutto

#1 king fish & prosciutto

the combination of flavours was very good. i liked the prosciutto very flavourful. the cured kingfish was ok but nothing special. the cucumber flower & dressing etc went quite well. a good starter certainly, not overwhelming.

raw scallop

#2 raw scallop

the raw scallop was excellent. very fresh, sweet, tasty.

raw scallop

#2 raw scallop

i liked the entire dish…scallop, beetroot, brocoli etc

salad with raw scallop

#2 salad with raw scallop

this a really superb dish by the resident chef drew nocente.

#3 confit egg yolk

#3 confit egg yolk

i like the confit egg yolk too, with its silkiness.

#3 confit egg yolk

#3 confit egg yolk

combined well with the salty nori (seawwed) & there were some crunchy beans.

wife so so with egg yolk generally. for me, i enjoyed it.

#4 salted duck

#4 salted duck

the salted duck was also a very pleasant surprise.

a very tasty dish, very tender & flavourful duck, very nicely brined & sous vided.

#4 salted duck

#4 salted duck

& the comte cheese added to the flavours. enjoyed this less common preparation very much.

i am thinking to experiment & try making this dish.

i do an awesome tea smoked duck breast. can vary a bit & try this salted duck. i guess most difficulty is in creating the sauce?

#5 blackmore wagyu flank 9+

#5 blackmore wagyu flank 9+

the blackmore wagyu 9+ marbling score flank steak was excellent.

according to the grill chef, they browned it first, then smoked of 1/2hr to 1hr in a smoker, then sous vided & finally grilled.

he explained that they try to get the secondary cuts so can offer less expensive choices to diners, and also it offers more culinary challenge to make a good steak from a lesser cut.

#5 blackmore wagyu flank 9+

#5 blackmore wagyu flank 9+

a very enjoyable steak, perfectly charred, very intense flavourful & tender meat.

it was not the japanese wagyu class of marbling melt-in-the-mouth flavourful, but a smooth, intense, beefy flavourful. a really excellent steak for me!

#6 mangosteen, bickwheat soil, sorbet

#6 mangosteen, bickwheat soil, sorbet

and i enjoyed the dessert as well.

#6 mangosteen, bickwheat soil, sorbet

#6 mangosteen, buckwheat soil, sorbet

wife & i not really dessert persons. wife still not particularly impressed.

for me it was quite a superb combination of texture & flavours, milding sweet & tangy as well, and with crunchy bits, almonds, buckwheat soil etc.

chefs team

chefs team

it was really quite fun to watch the chef at work. they were well organised & orderly, & served out the dishes unhurried & in good time.

grill chef at work

grill chef at work

& gave some personal attention time also for some chats & exchanges.

overall when i first looked at the salted & hung menu & the lewin terrace menu i was naturally more sold on the kagoshima wagyu sirloin vs a blackmore 9+ wagyu flank.

as it turned out i liked every course in this menu. & the overall dining experience was superb, maybe lewin terrace already a memory, maybe it’s dining with my wife this evening, but this dinner was very enjoyable indeed.

c.h.e.f andy

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Salted & Hung

Address:

12 Purvis St, 188591

Contact:

+65 6358 3130

Always Good Big Prawn Noodles @ Why Eat Har on 21Jul2016

big prawn + bakut noodles dry

big prawn + bakut noodles dry 

had big prawn noodles at why eat har again today on 21.7.2016.

we had 7pax. a friend’s friend happened to be at the food centre, so he came over to join our table. he already ordered economic rice so did not take the prawn noodles.

alan, the stall proprietor & my good friend’s brother came by to chat.

the most recent time we were here was 19.4.2016.

noodles here consistently good. prawn was fresh & sweet, noodles just right texture & chill yummy. today though i thought the chilli was just slight less intense & flavourful & a bit more spicy, still very enjoyable.

& the soup was so smooth, intense not overly, tasty…

pork ribs here also always good. today more meaty. texture & taste good though maybe some other times even better.

the big prawn bakut noodle was S$7.50.

big prawn + bakut noodles dry

big prawn + bakut noodles dry 

2 friends took the smaller bowls which came with the usual fish cakes & sliced pork that doesn’t accompany big prawn noodles. don’t know the price guessing about S$3.50.

this still the best prawn noodles i had, with the exception that i actually like wah kee @ pek kio food centre better but the price there is like out of the range i want to pay for prawn noodles.

c.h.e.f andy

Fish Head Curry & Chinese Wine Braised Chicken 黄焖鸡 on 20Jul2016

cooked fish head curry this evening on 20.7.2016.

had some left over curry paste from last dinner. my OPS friend gave me a tub & i used 1/2 the last time.

vegetable base for fish head curry

vegetable base for fish head curry

this a very easy dish to cook using a ready curry paste.

  • just fry the curry paste with some coconut milk then add onions, followed by long beans & lady fingers.
  • add cleaned fish head & coat both sides, remove the fish head & set aside
  • add chicken stock & the whole 200ml coconut milk & simmer to cook the long beans & lady fingers. last add egg plants.
  • when ready to eat, boil the gravy & add the fish head, then tomatoes & & tau kee, bean curd skin.
  • cook for 8 mins. serve.

a glorious dish, very tasty curry, yum yum & great fish head & vegetables.

chinese wine braised chicken 黄焖鸡

chinese wine braised chicken 黄焖鸡

a friend bought dinner at 重庆烤鱼 2 nights ago.

one of the dishes was chinese wine braised chicken 黄焖鸡. the sauce was good but the chicken was dry & tough.

so i decided to make my own.

steamed chicken

steamed chicken

i marinated 1/2 chicken in chinese wine 花雕酒, sesame oil, fish sauce, oyster sauce, corn flour & some good light soy sauce. then steamed in a steam oven for 30mins.

this preparation is similar to my very nice claypot rice. the chicken was very tender & smooth.

ginger, onions, scallions, leek

ginger, onions, scallions, leek

i then fried ginger, chilli padi, onions, scallions, leek & added the marinade from the steamed chicken & cooked the vegetables.

chinese wine braised chicken 黄焖鸡

chinese wine braised chicken 黄焖鸡

so i had a very tasty sauce & vegetables & a tender, sweet chicken.

chinese wine braised chicken 黄焖鸡

chinese wine braised chicken 黄焖鸡

anyway i think the steaming may not be necessary. important thing just to marinade the chicken well then cook the vegetables with the marinade & add the chicken & cook for about 8mins (for debone chicken in my case), wings & wingstick a bit longer.

chinese wine braised chicken 黄焖鸡

chinese wine braised chicken 黄焖鸡 

the 花雕酒 & sesame oil flavours were excellent, and the leeks especially nice having infused all the flavours. i found that in the dish at 重庆烤鱼. that;s why i added leek to scallions, yellow onions & also some cut ginger & chilli padi.

a very enjoyable family dinner indeed!

c.h.e.f andy

 

Homecooked White Bee Hoon + Yong Tau Foo on 17Jul2016

white bee hoon + yong tau foo

white bee hoon + yong tau foo

went to chinatown market to buy some fish & prawns for a dinner on saturday.

so bought some yong tau foo as well.

so on sunday, i made a simple yong tau foo & white beehoon for family dinner on 17.6.2016.^^

very moist & stock infused white beehoon

very moist & stock infused white beehoon

i had some leftover very intense chicken stock from saturday’s dinner.

usually i would add chinese cabbage for the base. this time i didn’t have so just browned garlic cloves, added chilli padi & sliced ginger, then stock. & reduced the stock.

very moist & stock infused white beehoon

very moist & stock infused white beehoon

when ready to serve i added the bee hoon, sliced chicken, prawns, sotong (did not have cured cuttlefish).

very moist & stock infused white beehoon

very moist & stock infused white beehoon

then tossed the beehoon well.

very moist & stock infused white beehoon

very moist & stock infused white beehoon

after couple mins i off the fire & continue to toss & mix the beehoon.

white bee hoon & lau pok (crispy lard)

white bee hoon & lau pok (crispy lard)

i also prepared just little bit of crispy lard earlier.

white bee hoon & lau pok (crispy lard)

white bee hoon & lau pok (crispy lard)

in fact, i used some of the pig fat oil to fry the white bee hoon dish.

very moist & stock infused white beehoon

very moist & stock infused white beehoon

the white beehoon was really tasty, very well infused with the stock & moist, with fresh seafood (prawns & sotong) & chicken.

excellent dish!!

yong tau foo

yong tau foo

yong tau foo was simple stuff.

my helper prepared ikan bilis soup befors she left the house on sunday morning.

white bee hoon + yong tau foo

white bee hoon + yong tau foo

i just cut the yong tau foo into 2 & cooked them in the ikan bilis dashi & then serve up a very sweet, yellow beans & ikan bilis flavoured soup.

dinner was simple & fun.

c.h.e.f andy

Wonderful Durian Desserts @ 记得吃 Jidechi on 18Jul2016

durian mousse S$6.50

durian mousse dessert @ 记得吃 S$6.50

after a very satisfying dinner at at chong qing grilled fish 重庆烤鱼, we looked for some dessert & wandered into the stall across the street.

记得吃 dessert stall

记得吃 dessert stall

it’s called 记得吃 remember to eat.

we actually thought it was 吃得记 (chinese read from right to left) like a makan boleh good to eat place but intending to have a double meaning read backwards.

that until i google & found that the correct name is 记得吃.

记得吃 dessert stall

记得吃 dessert place

the dessert they serve almost same as the snow city dessert雪山飞糊 at ksl city in JB which we visited recently.

the durian mousse (top photo) was very good. durian was thick, intense & flavourful probably D24.

it’s actually quite similar to the durian pengat at ellenborough market cafe.

it’s a large helping & we decided to just share 1 among 5pax. it was quite enough, quite big even for 2pax, ok for 3 to 4pax.

durian ice shavings S$6.80

durian ice shavings S$6.80

the durian ice shavings almost replica of snow city dessert.

durian ice shavings S$6.80

durian ice shavings S$6.80

all ingredients the same.

it’s a very good dessert. again i think too big to have one alone, best shared by 2pax or 3.

osmanthus jelly 桂花糕

osmanthus jelly 桂花糕 

we also shared an osmanthus jelly 桂花糕. i think this the best osmanthus jelly i tried, so flavourful.

better than timhowan in hong kong i thought.

chendol ice shavings

chendol ice shavings

we were curious with the chendol so ordered 1 to share.

chendol ice shavings

chendol ice shavings

it was good enough i guess if you have not tasted the real thing like the four seasons chendol at toa payoh lor 8 food centre.

it may even be better than many hawker centre fares where the chendol is quite dilute & no kick.

here the ice itself was coconut milk flavoured i think & quite tasty like the durian ice. the gula melaka was not enough though & not as thick & flavourful like four seasons’.

i think this a very good place for dessert, something different from the usual fare & no need to go JB to have it. will come back again. i think my friend already went back the next day… lol.:-)

c.h.e.f andy

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Ji De Chi 记得吃

Address:

#01-03, Liang Seah Court, 8Liang Seah Street, 189029

Contact:

+65 63399928
Opening Hours:
Daily: 11.00am – 11.00pm

 

Great Dinner @ 重庆烤鱼 Chong Qing Grilled Fish on 18Jul2016

重庆烤鱼 chong qing grilled fish

重庆烤鱼 chong qing grilled fish – S$38

my OPS primary school classmate bought 5pax dinner last evening at chong qing grilled fish 重庆烤鱼 on 18.7.2016. ^^

the restaurant is at liang seah street so quite convenient to just park at bugis junction & walk over.

the entire street is lined up with chinese, mostly sichuan, restaurants. there is a korean arirang & maybe a thai restaurant.

重庆烤鱼 chong qing grilled fish

重庆烤鱼 chong qing grilled fish

we were there at 630pm on a monday & the place, including tables is quite full. people must like the food here.

重庆烤鱼 chong qing grilled fish

重庆烤鱼 chong qing grilled fish – S$38

sichuan is of course one of the 4 major cuisines 四大菜系. i like 水煮鱼best.

i have seen重庆烤鱼many times previously, but was not particularly motivated to try it, as i generally rather have steamed or poached fresh fish than grilled ones.

重庆烤鱼 chong qing grilled fish

重庆烤鱼 chong qing grilled fish – S$38

i liked this very much though this evening! my friend ordered 微辣. we both agreed that it would even taste better it it was spicier, so next time need to order 中辣.

thing about mala 麻辣 is that while people usually think about the numbness, for me the key thing is the fragrance 香 or “pang”. mala makes the fish or beef or fried rice very tasty & flavourful!

there was only seabass this evening. not sure what fish is best for this dish, but seabass was ok. the grilled skin helped to hold the fish & meat was in fact firmer. seabass has “mud” taste so this mala treatment is good.

there were many add-ons & chargeable, the coriander, the “duk” 年糕, & we added enoki mushrooms & pig skin as well.

scrumptious dishes

scrumptious dishes

重庆烤鱼 does not sell 水煮鱼 only 水煮牛肉 so my friend went next door to tapao back 水煮鱼, with the agreement of 重庆烤鱼restaurant.

水煮鱼fom next door

水煮鱼from next door

i really enjoy this dish水煮鱼. seldom eat it as no kakis to eat with, just like the indian curry fish head.

fish is so tender & flavourful.

my favourite水煮鱼 restuarnat is chengdu sichuan at outram road but just read that they were closed & perhaps the old chendu sichuan now located at pagoda is the same restaurant. will find out.

水煮鱼fom next door

水煮鱼from next door

my friend thought it was 鲶鱼 or he said he overheard “pating” (which is also a cat fish) but maybe it was snake head or “loi her”..

水煮鱼fom next door

水煮鱼fom next door

anyway it was so tender & tasty. now i really want to eat this again la…^^

between 水煮鱼 & 重庆烤鱼 i still like 水煮鱼more but now i am quite motivated to try 重庆烤鱼 again. it is a more comprehensive dish with all the add-ons.

黄焖鸡 slow braised hua tiao wine chicken

黄焖鸡 slow braised hua tiao wine chicken

the braised wine chicken (they supposedly used kampung chicken) had very tasty sauce. the scallions & leek were very tasty.

黄焖鸡2 slow braised hua tiao wine chicken

黄焖鸡2 slow braised hua tiao wine chicken

chicken though was dry & tough.

not sure if this was the style, but it is not a style of making chicken i like. i think it should be tender & tasty & not overcooked & still with the tasty braising sauce.

some chilli mushrooms

some chilli mushrooms

this mushroom dish was excellent! i will definitely order this again.

2 eggs with heng chye

2 eggs with heng chye

the egg spinach dish was very good too.

2 eggs with heng chye

2 eggs with heng chye

the salted egg flavour was strong. maybe too strong for some. i liked it though.

salted egg sotong

salted egg sotong

we were quite full after 5 large dishes for 5pax. my friend ordered a salted egg sotong to try.

it was not good though. sotong was small, cooked too long & rubbery, too much batter, slated egg taste were good. we ate about 20%. still it was quite edible so another friend tapao back.

one friend commented it was not as good as my own salted egg sotong u made at a recent 6pax lunch.

i thought so too where sotong texture & batter goes. it was kind of slightly different style actually. that was my first time making the dish so i did not get the amount of salted egg sauce right.

overall i enjoyed the dinner very much & of course the company of friends. din know how much it cost. i estimate about S$170 (the drinks were costly like S$3.80pax).

i will definitely try this 重庆烤鱼 soon. probably will try another restaurant, also there are some groupon promos no harm giving them a try.

c.h.e.f andy

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Chong Qing Grilled Fish 重庆烤鱼 

Address:

 

8pax Family Home Dinner on 16Jul2016

my claypot rice is becoming quite popular. ^^

wife arranged a dinner for her sis, hubby & son & her brother & sil. together with my youngest daughter we had 8pax this evening on 16.7.2016.:-)

everyone loved the claypot rice. it was really flavourful. wife’s sil, this the second time she trying it, said you couldn’t get this flavourful claypot rice outside. chicken was very tender, smooth & flavourful, because of very slow gentle steaming & smokey flavours from the claypot.

quite a perfect dish though there is always slight variations. today just very slightly wetter c/w the last, but wife preferred it so. for me, dryer better, but this ok too.

in fact i am pondering whether i can cook this dish in a large pot for bulk, not claypot, so it will lose the smokey flavours, but will still be a very tasty kamameshi like rice dish (which are very slightly wet presentation c/w claypot rice). will check up on kamameshi recipes later.

i also had claypot tanhoon prawns & fine braised pork ribs.

today though my tanhoon texture was not good enough. became a bit mushy after absorbing the stock.

my stock estimation was a bit over, so after adding the tanhoon i was not able to reduce the stock enough. instead of trying to reduce stock more, i should have left the tanhoon undercooked at the stove (so texture would be perfect at the dining table even if its was a wetter version). something to learn next time.

claypot rice, fine braised pork ribs & romaine lettuce

claypot rice, fine braised pork ribs & romaine lettuce

my fine braised pork ribs was quite perfect today.

very tender but still firm with bite after 5hrs in 90degC oven & 45mins steaming.

just as important, the marinade was very tasty, very nicely flavoured. i think a really wonderful pork rib. steaming added quite a bit of moisture so i reduced the marinade before adding back to the ribs.

HK steamed red garoupa

HK steamed red garoupa

HK steamed red garoupa

HK steamed red garoupa

my wife’s sis is vegetarian who takes fish but no other meat & no eggs.

so my helper made nice HK steamed red garoupa.

sweet peas with baby corn

sweet peas with baby corn

she also did 2 vegetarian dish.

sweet peas with baby corn always an excellent dish, very tasty & sweet.

stir-fried romaine lettuce

stir-fried romaine lettuce

& the romaine lettuce too.

i made a tofu cheese cake which wife’s sis liked too & they brought back the remaining cake. i did not have mascarpone cheese to make tiramisu which was just as well as she does not take eggs.

today’s tofu cheese cake wasn’t done well & the gelatine did not hold the shape of the cake as well when cutting the cake. taste wise it was nice mildly sweet & tangy, smooth as usual.

a fun & quite easy family dinner with my helper making 3 dishes.

c.h.e.f andy

Below Par Semi Buffet @ Equinox L70 Swissotel on 15Jul2016

my plate

my plate 

equinox used to be my favourite buffet destination.

i like the semi buffet arrangement, where the main course is a fine dining ala carte order. especially when i hardly take any main course at buffets as they are the food warmers variety & invariably not great.

the other place i thought semi-buffet is better quality than equinox is the mezze lunch at one ninety at four seasons.

one ninety of course more ex c/w with equinox S$59pax with 50% feed @ raffles discounts.

my one ninety post was 3 yrs ago & no post on equinox, so have not been to equinox like 4 yrs?? basically avoid buffet la…if i can…

singapore river - view from equinox level 70

singapore river – view from equinox level 70 

the other advantage of equinox is of course it’s great vantage, superb view!:-)

of MBS, padang, raffles place etc…

raffles place - view from equinox level 70

raffles place – view from equinox level 70 

on this day i went with my sis for the semi buffet lunch on 15.7.2016. ^^

amex is varying the feed @ raffles discounts so will be 35% instead of 50% discount come 1.8.2016. so i thought i come with my sis 1 last time before the change in discount kicks in.

equinox - level 70 swissotel

equinox – level 70 swissotel 

many people thinking that as well?

buffet spread

buffet spread 

well after 4 yrs absence from this place, it’s like 面目全非. buffet spread halved??

the other side which used to host the cooked small plate dishes & cheese board are now tables & chairs.

sushi

sushi 

there’s the usual sushi.

ok average stuff. i didn’t take much before not taking much now, just the unagi & one maki.

sashimi

sashimi 

same sashimi. i just take the belly.

my plate

my plate 

oysters were quite nice, fresh & sweet.

my sis loved the crabs. i took a few. she took many more!:-)

unagi sushi topped with caviar

unagi sushi topped with caviar 

they had the caviar & tobiko. din have these before.

i piled some caviar on the unagi.

maki topped with tobiko

maki topped with tobiko 

& some tobiko on the maki.

crab claws

crab claws 

the cold crab not too bad la…

pan-fried barramundi

pan-fried barramundi

pan-fried barramundi

pan-fried barramundi 

some how the mains also did not feel as good as before. psychological?

barramundi was ok i supposed, but i though it was a lot better previously…

belly pork

belly pork 

belly pork & pumpkin mash passable also.

belly pork

belly pork 

not particularly impressive taste wise. texture ok did not impress either.

fruits

fruits 

there were some fruits. run of the mill & not sweet, so just took watermelon.:-)

dessert

dessert

tried some cakes.

soft ice creams

soft ice creams 

also the soft-serve ice cream, pretty good, not too sweet.

soft ice cream & cakes

soft ice cream & cakes

cakes also not too sweet. quite nice actually.

cakes

cakes 

took some apricots, dates. sis took some fig also which i tried.

cappuccino

cappuccino 

& cappuccino & tea part of the buffet.

at 50% discounts lunch was S$29.50pax. not really bad but quite poor c/w before.

for this mediocre food, i think even the square & ellenborough market cafe are better so for me no point coming back even at 50% discount so forget about 30% discount from 1.8.2016.

c.h.e.f andy

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Equinox @ swissotel the stamford

Address:

Lean Pork with Onions, Carrots, Potatoes – 9th Newgate Learning Lab Community Lunch on 16Jul2016

lean pork with onions, carrot, potatoes

lean pork with onions, carrot, potatoes

made lean pork with yellow onions, carrots & potatoes this morning on 16.7.2016. ^^

this my 8th community lunch dish for bathesda community’s newgate learning lab (bread of life). ^^

my 1st for newgate community lunch was on 27.2.2016.:-)

lean pork 5hrs 90degC oven + 45mins steaming

lean pork 5hrs 90degC oven + 45mins steaming 

i used 1.2kg lean pork.

scalded, removed some remaining fats, then placed in oven dish with a brine of sugar, salt & chinese hua diao wine 花雕酒in 90degC oven for 5 hrs.

lean pork 5hrs 90degC oven + 45mins steaming

lean pork 5hrs 90degC oven + 45mins steaming

then i sliced the lean pork very thinly & steamed in steam oven for 45mins.

obviously i could have ommitted these 2 steps & fried the sliced lean pork. slicing thinly helps to tenderise the pork so should be ok.

but i didn’t mind the steps & it makes the pork very tender for the old folks.

onions, carrots, potatoes

onions, carrots, potatoes 

i fried yellow onion with chopped garlic first, then added carrots & soften.

then i added the sauce from the pork oven dish & also the steamer & added the cubed potatoes.

i added 2 tbsp tomato sauce & 1 tbsp oyster sauce & reduced while cooking the potatoes.

when potatoes were cooked to the right texture (just separate when pressed with spatula..very nice, tasty) the sauce had mostly reduced nicely.

lean pork with onions, carrot, potatoes

lean pork with onions, carrot, potatoes

then i added the steamed lean pork & tossed to coat the pork with the sauce & to mix well.

lean pork with onions, carrot, potatoes

lean pork with onions, carrot, potatoes 

a simple but very nice dish.

pork tasted tender & good. the potatoes especially tasty.

lean pork with onions, carrot, potatoes

lean pork with onions, carrot, potatoes 

then i transferred to aluminium container & bring to bread of life at bathesda newgate learning hub.

c.h.e.f andy

Mikuni Chirashi Don on 14Jul2016

mikuni chirashi don

mikuni chirashi don

went with wife for 2pax lunch at mikuni today on 14.7.2016. ^^

amex is rebranding & varying its feed @ raffles privileges to love dining from 1aug2016.

there will be additions of new restaurants in shangri-la, marriott, st regis, raffles & W Singapore.

but also for mikuni & equinox, discounts will drop from the current 50% to 30% from 1.8.2016, the trade-offs being the flat 35% will apply for up to 10pax.

so i am dining at mikuni rather often this period. haha!

mikuni

mikuni

others probably thinking the same!:-)

mikuni chirashi don

mikuni chirashi don

chirashi don is always good. priced at S$90, it is S$45 after 50% discount.

there are all the premium cuts including 2 pieces of chutoro, uni, botan ebi.

the sashimi were fresh & premium quality. the don (rice) though strangely poor.

wife was commenting that overall experience the chirashi don at kuriya dining more satisfying.

quite indeed!

& though hachi omakase lunch was twice the price, on a head to head, i would pick hachi omakase lunch everytime.

look at the photos, it is easy to see why!:-)

kagoshima wagyu don

kagoshima wagyu don

the kagoshima wagyu don is S$48 or S$24 after 50% discounts.

wagyu was tasty, but still a long way off c/w the grilled ohmi 近江wagyu at hachi omakase lunch.

kagoshima wagyu don

kagoshima wagyu don

the don again is below par.

strangely sweet & kind of wet.

kagoshima wagyu don

kagoshima wagyu don

the ingredients were good, so has to put down to the preparation. i wonder.

kagoshima wagyu sukiyaki konabe

kagoshima wagyu sukiyaki konabe (stock photo)

we also shared a kagoshima wagyu sukiyaki konabe. forgot to take photos so i am using a stock photo.

still, it was very good lunch for the price, so we would missed it somewhat come 1aug2016.

lunch was S$110nett for 2pax, quite good for the quality.

c.h.e.f andy

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Mikuni @ Fairmont

Address:

80 Bras Basah Rd, Fairmont Hotel 3/L, Raffles City, Singapore 189560

Contact:

6431 6156

Opening Hours:

Mon-Sun: 12-2:30pm, 6:30-10:30pm

Very Good & Cheap Dinner S$68 for 5pax @ Hong Kong Street Sum Kee @ Alexandra Village 香港街珍记 on 13Jul2016

spicy black bean paste fish head

spicy black bean paste fish head

went with my OPS primary school classmates for a walk along the southern ridge on 13.7.2016. ^^

we started just past 6pm, walked along the elevated gangway from hortpark to mt faber & back past 8pm.

hong kong street chun kee @ alexandra village 香港街珍记

hong kong street sum kee @ alexandra village 香港街珍记

decided to go nearby hong kong street sum kee @ alexandra village 香港街珍记for dinner.

this place notorious for parking in the day. but after 6.30pm the season carpark lots are available.

the coffeeshop & sum kee also not crowded, so it was a breeze actually, no hassle.

la pok - crispy lard

la pok – crispy lard

friends ordered the crispy lard.

i have decided to cut down, but still tried one piece. din like this oily style..i like the crispy dry pork lard so no problem to keep to one piece…haha!:-)

fish belly thick beehoon 鱼肌米粉

fish belly thick beehoon 鱼肌米粉

fish belly thick beehoon 鱼肌米粉 was very good.

soup was tasty, quite intense. a friend said could smell the XO. later we decided it was the 花雕酒 fragrance.:-)

i think though the one at holladv village XO fish head bee hoon at dover crescent is better. more intense & tasty than this.

also they gave quite a lot of fish belly. we ordered medium but maybe it was large?

fish belly thick beehoon 鱼肌米粉

fish belly thick beehoon 鱼肌米粉

very shiok la, this! ^^

san lou hor fun

san lou hor fun

the san lou hor fun was just ok passable, taste ok & had a bit of wok hae. but not too great. a lot of other places make this better.

san lou hor fun

san lou hor fun

was better when i added green chilli & chlli padi for the kick!

a friend said got to order smaller plate to feel more wok hae…looked like we again had large?

prawn paste chicken

prawn paste chicken

i liked the prawn paste chicken. another friend liked too. one friend though thought the prawn paste taste was not strong enough.

prawn paste chicken

prawn paste chicken

recently i had prawn paste chicken –

  1. at hup choon @ binjai park
  2. & then at forture restaurant @ old holland road

they were all good. this one was just as good for me. my helper makes very good deep-fried chicken wings also. just as tasty & crispy w/o the prawn paste. enjoyed that equally.:-)

spicy black bean paste fish head

spicy black bean paste fish head

the spicy black beans was very good. everyone liked it!

spicy black bean paste fish head

spicy black bean paste fish head

but having tried this again after a very long time (i think years) i thought it was maybe not as good as the hong kong street chun kee 香港街珍记 at commonwealth food centre?

in fact after looking at the old photos i am positive the song fish head at hong kong street chun kee 香港街珍记 at commonwealth food centre is better.

bean curd skin with spinach

bean curd skin with spinach

this bean curd skin dish never tried before.

it was very good. a very nicely done dish, great bean curd flavours & tasty dish.

bill

bill – S$68 for 5pax

dinner was S$68 for 5pax.

really quite good tasty food at a good price.

c.h.e.f andy

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Very Nice Chendul @ Teochew Chendul at City Square Johore Bahru on 28Jun2016

teochew chendol

teochew chendul

after shoon huat bakutehya wang 鸭皇 early dinner, we walked to the store at taman sentosa.

nothing much to see there so we made our way back to city square in 3 taxis.

one friend wanted to eat bbq cuttlefish….seriously!!

anyhow we walked out of city square & through an interesting market street lane spanning jln siu chin & crossing over jln siu nam. on one side is a malay night market. scross jln siu nam is a chinese night market. some stalls though were exactly the same, basically selling bbq seafood like similar stalls in singapore notably say at newton hawker centre, lau pasat, makasutra gluttons bay etc…

wrong place la…no rojak stalls & grilled taupok, so no grilled cuttlefish…

teochew chendol

teochew chendul

we trooped back to city square…what else to do but to eat again?

teochew chendol

teochew chendul

we found this teochew chendul shop in city square.

look genuine.:-)

teochew chendol5

teochew chendul

& the chendul was good, thick coconut milk, flavourful gula melaka, and got kidney beans!!!

teochew chendol

teochew chendul

very enjoyable!

but i felt that it was not as good as four seasons chendl at toa payoh lor 8 food centre.

Four Seasons GCT Chendol

Four Seasons GCT Chendul

so when i got back to singapore i went to try the GCT chendul again. & indeed that was even more flavourful & intense!

c.h.e.f andy

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Very Good Roast Duck @ Ya Wang 鸭皇 on 28Jun2016

ya wang 鸭皇 roast duck

ya wang 鸭皇 roast duck

like our last JB trip 1 month ago, we bought roast duck from ya wang 鸭皇 across the street opposite restoran shoon huat & ate it with the bakuteh. ^^

ya wang 鸭皇 roast duck

ya wang 鸭皇 roast duck

this time though we were there about 4pm+ and there were only 2 halves of roast duck left.

the last time we  had the 十全flavours, this time it was 当归 &人参.

ya wang 鸭皇 roast duck

ya wang 鸭皇 roast duck

so we managed to get what we could.

however 2 friends wanted to ta pao to bring back to singapore. so we asked again, & actually they had new roast duck ready in 5 – 10mins. but still no 十全flavours.

ya wang 鸭皇 roast duck

ya wang 鸭皇 roast duck

roast duck flavours were still very nice. “pang”…& it’s like RM65 for a whole duck so almost 1/2 price c/w singapore.

ya wang 鸭皇 roast duck

ya wang 鸭皇 roast duck

somehow this time the duck felt a bit dry, not as moist & juicy as last.

ya wang 鸭皇 roast duck

ya wang 鸭皇 roast duck

psychological becos only 2 halves left??

but probably true also, leftovers probably not the best pieces.

duck was good, maybe not really fantastic..

i guess better than singapore hawker ducks, though those in restaurants like –

  1. canton paradise,
  2. tunglok singature,
  3. xin cuisine

here are all very good.

now especially with the fatty london duck (using irish duck).

somehow i felt the london ducks in london were still the best, the ones we ate at-

  1. goldmine &
  2. four seasons

in london….

c.h.e.f andy

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 Ya Wang 鸭皇 @ Taman Sentosa

I Like this Bakuteh @ Restoran Shoon Huat at Taman Sentosa on 28Jun2016

soon huat bakuteh

shoon huat bakuteh

after loading up 22 packets of ming ang ma tie soh 马蹄酥+ some tau sa pia, we decided not to flag taxis but to make a 20mins walk to taman sentosa.

weather was hot but oddly it was quite good to walk rather than get squeezed in a taxi & maybe stucked in jam, but probably no jam at the hour.

anyway we ate too much so walking is always good…

soon huat bakuteh3

shoon huat bakuteh

we came shoon huat the last time.

ya wang 鸭皇 was directly opposite across the road.

we ta pao the a whole roast duck fromya wang 鸭皇 last time & we did the same this time. ^^

soon huat bakuteh

shoon huat bakuteh

we ordered 2 pot of bakuteh, 1 sesame chicken & another chicken (oyster sauce??), you char kueh 油条 & fried veg.

soon huat bakuteh

shoon huat bakuteh

the bakuteh soup was very good here. the soya bean tau kee added to the sweetness of the soup.

soon huat bakuteh

shoon huat bakuteh

it’s a very nice soup for me even trying it the second time.

i like our singapore bakuteh as well, like from-

or

it’s different & both are nice…shoon huat version very tasty as a dish/soup though i don’t equate specifically with my familiar bakuteh taste.

soon huat bakuteh

shoon huat bakuteh

this time the pork ribs were not as good as what we had last time, about 1 month ago. soup just as good.

claypot chicken

claypot chicken

claypot chicken2

claypot chicken

we had both preparation of claypot chicken.

claypot sesame chicken

claypot sesame chicken

claypot sesame chicken

claypot sesame chicken

both were nice. i liked the sesame chicken better.

fried veg

fried veg

fried veg

fried veg

we had some fried veg. it was nice ok nothing special, no special wok hae bascially a blanched veg with loads of onion oil.

walluped all

walloped all

there were 11 of us, so no problem we just walloped everything, including the roast duck. ^^

it was a fun time for us, even though it was just eating & eating. good friends, fellowship, sharing jokes etc. this our second time though eating about same food, still enjoying every bit.

maybe next trip have to look at some other eating places to try out la…

c.h.e.f andy

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Restoran Shoon Huat(順発肉骨茶)
Address:
13, Jalan Sutera 1, Taman Sentosa, 80150 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Contact:

Opening Hours:

daily 8:30AM–9PM

Best Ma Tie Soh 马蹄酥@ Ming Ang Confectionary 明安 in Johore Bahru on 28Jun2016

ma tie soh @ ming ang confectionary

ma tie soh @ ming ang confectionary

after some shopping at the sports shop followed by nice refreshing cooling dessert at snow city dessert,

we walked out of ksl city mall & walked over to ming ang confectionary nearby on 28.6.2016. ^^

ming ang confectionary

ming ang confectionary

this a famous long standing confectionary 老字号. the Ma Tie Soh 马蹄酥 is crispy slight charred on the outside & nice slightly sticky for the filling inside.:-)

in my last trip here a month ago with all these friends, i bought some Ma Tie Soh 马蹄酥 & also tau sha pia, & they were both extremely good…

ma tie soh & pastries

ma tie soh & pastries

for the Ma Tie Soh 马蹄酥, they have “buy 10 packets then 1 packet free”.

we bought like 20 packets + 2 free. i brought home 5 packets & gave 3 to my OPS friends!

ming ang confectionary tau sa pia

ming ang confectionary tau sa pia

i like the “salty” tau sha pia here very much too.

the tau sha was also excellent!

c.h.e.f andy

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Ming Ang Confectionary

Address:

Prawn Bakut Noodles @ Sixth Cafelink on 11Jul2016

prawn bakut noodles

S$4.50 prawn bakut noodles

went to pay some bills at axs at esso station at dunnearn road this afternoon.

on the way back dropped by & parked at Sixth Cafelink 15 Anamalai Avenue

decided to give the prawn noodles stall a try.:-)

i ordered the S$4.50 prawn & pork rib noodles.

prawn bakut noodles

S$4.50 prawn bakut noodles

the pork ribs were actually very well done, perfectly braised, tender, has bite & very tasty…

there were actually about 5 pieces of pork soft bones. i only took photo after eating 2 pieces.

& there were 3 prawns, which were fresh, quite nice. plus like 6 thin slices of lean pork (tasteless like paper).

soup was also ok…

prawn bakut noodles

S$4.50 prawn bakut noodles

the big disaster is the sauce.

chilli seemed ok but there were a pool of sweet dark sauce that destroyed the prawn noodle taste.

it might have been the pork rib braising sauce. & actually the pork ribs though great in texture & taste, may be better taken with rice & other dishes. with noodles it seemed to be the wrong taste.

so i took the ingredients but left 1/2 the noodles uneaten.

not sure if i asked the stall holder not to add the sauce, the result might be better…anyway not sure i want to try this again also…

so far where prawn noodles is concerned –

c.h.e.f andy

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Sixth Cafelink

Address:

15 Anamalai AveSingapore, Singapore, 279985
Contact:
9199 2646

Refreshing Dessert @ Snow City Dessert 雪山飞糊 KSL City on 28Jun2016

durian ice, tau huay, 杨枝甘露

durian ice, tau huay, 杨枝甘露

after buying banana cake at hiap joo bakery & biscuit factory & nice coffee, we went in 2 groups to ksl city.

a friend’s bil who lived in JB came to fetch some of us in his MPV 7 seater. the others took a cab to ksl city.

we bought some Ts & shorts etc at the sports shop, then we went to level 2 to have dessert at snow city dessert Snow City Dessert 雪山飞糊.

durian ice

durian ice

we ordered the usual durian ice shavings. i think we ordered 4 to share. the MSW durian ice too ex so we skipped that.

durian ice

durian ice

the combination of a very flavourful durian mousse, durian ice shavings, some sago etc made it a very enjoyable, refreshing dessert.

i am having this for the second time, still liked it, but didn’t need too much of it either.:-)

sesame & peanut dumplings

sesame & peanut dumplings

the dumplings 汤圆 was good. we ordered 3 to share.

sesame & peanut dumplings

sesame & peanut dumplings

the ginger sauce also very nice.

sesame & peanut dumplings

sesame & peanut dumplings

i preferred sesame to peanut.:-)

durian kueh

durian kueh

the durian kueh so so can do without. we ordered only one.

tau huay

tau huay

the tau huay tib was good too. very smooth & again a bit of ginger sauce.

tau huay

tau huay

we ordered 1 to try first then added 2 more.

杨枝甘露

杨枝甘露

the one dessert never to order here is 杨枝甘露. that’s an absolute disaster! one friend among us can make this dessert & taste 10 times better. actually not a good comparison as this 杨枝甘露 real flop…very sweet, pasty mango, not edible la…

this our second trip & a repeat visit to snow city…got to find another dessert place next round la…

c.h.e.f andy

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Snow City Dessert 雪山飞糊 KSL City Mall

Address:

KSL CITY MALL L2-132 (C-5) Level 2, KSL City No. 33, Jalan Seladang, Taman Abad 80250 Johor Bahru, 80250 Johor Bahru

Contact:

+60 7-330 5616

Opening Hours

 

Every day
10:00AM—09:45PM

Delicious Banana Cake @ Hiap Joo Bakery & Biscuit Factory on 28Jun2016

hiap joo bakery & biscuit factory

hiap joo bakery & biscuit factory

after a most satisfying fish head curry at kam long restaurant,

our friend led us through several streets to hiap joo bakery & biscuit factory. ^^

constant queue hiap joo bakery & biscuit factory

constant queue hiap joo bakery & biscuit factory

there was a very long queue!!!

supposed to be the best banana cake. even my daughter heard of the shop when she saw the banana cake i brought back.

make a guess. all singaporeans?

constant queue hiap joo bakery & biscuit factory

constant queue hiap joo bakery & biscuit factory

one friend started queueing.

i think in the end 8 out of 11 of us bought the large box…

what to do, Singaporeans la!!! ^^

hiap joo bakery & biscuit factory

hiap joo bakery & biscuit factory

a true factory production. the long pieces of banana cake coming out.

hiap joo bakery & biscuit factory

hiap joo bakery & biscuit factory

& the lady cutting & packing the small box (one row) & large box (2 rows).

banana cake hiap joo bakery & biscuit factory

banana cake @ hiap joo bakery & biscuit factory (large packet)

we got 8 packets.

fresh from the oven, very hot! we were told to leave the box open so there would not be condensation falling back on the cake.

according to johorkaki, hiap joo was started by an englishman & operating since 1919, and handed over to the great granfather of the current owners in the 1930s. and they have used the same wood fired clay brick kilns from when the time it started operations.

it was a very nice cake really, slightly charred outside, not too sweet, not too dense, perfect texture spongy & moist…

but of course i am never to queue for this thing myself.

nice coffee - several friends said over roasted

nice coffee – several friends said over roasted

the rest of us sat at the coffeeshop opposite (restaurant kin hua) & ordered coffee.

i enjoyed this coffee though a few friends rmarked that it was over-roasted. the evaporated milk for my kopi c gosong very “pang” & very well smoothly blended with the flavourful coffee. almost like the nespresso at my running mate house very week where he added evaporated milk to nespresso.

some durian pastry

some durian pastry

there was some stall at the coffeeshop selling this durian kueh.

some durian pastry

some durian pastry

i didn’t think much of it. took 1/2. there were like 2 piece left so some friends not taking too.

after that we movd in 2 groups to ksl city mall.

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Hiap Joo Bakery & Biscuit Factory

Address:

13, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

Opening Hours:

Mon to Sat – 7.30am to 5.30pm