Wondferful 6pax Dinner (in Preparation for Second FGS) on 23Aug2016

our makan dishes

our makan dishes 

After the very successful FGS (for goodness sake) Charity Dinner on 20may2016 which raised $16,948 for HCA Hospice we are planning a second FGS dinner on 21oct2016.

we arranged to have a 6pax dinner on 23.8.2016 to trial some dishes that I may serve for the next FGS. ^^

salad & GR crispy slow-braised belly pork

salad & GR crispy slow-braised belly pork

wife's beautiful mesclun salad

wife’s beautiful mesclun salad 

wife made 2 beautiful salads for my friends.

first was a mesclun salad with blueberries, parmesan cheese, some dried apricots, cherry tomatoes etc. quite excellent la…

wife's pumpkin quinoa tofu salad

wife’s pumpkin quinoa tofu salad 

the other was a pumpkin quinoa tofu salad. & she washed to arugula (rockets) & prepare the olive oil balsamic dressing for me to toss with the salad when the guests all arrived.

the first FGS we had asian food, anchored by robust dishes like fish head curry & curry chicken etc.

for the second FGS, we are having whisky appreciation as well, so the plan is to do modern western, and mostly tapas servings which can be serve cold as “small bites” buffet items.

i made a slow braised prime ribs. the aim was to replicate foc’s kurobuta pork ribs experience.

this a recipe i created myself, fine braising in 90degC oven for 6hrs then charring it to give a very tender texture but still firm retaining the bite.

lately i have been doing mostly chinese & asian dishes, and not do this nobu iso cod for a really long time (>a year i think).

anyway today’s miso cod came out beautifully. i reduced the sugar, and a little less miso too. the >48hrs marinade in chiller though is mandatory.

miso also help to firm up the cod (actually i used chilean seabass or patagonia toothfish which is better) so make it more ideal for cutting & tapas presentation.

the gordon ramsay crispy slow-braised belly pork is really a wonderful dish. i only googled it recently & practiced it a few times. the method enables the skin to crisp while the belly pork slowly braised in liquid in the oven.

today i managed to make the skin really crackling & not chewy like in my first 2 attempts (this my 3rd try). a friend said the reduced sauce & some parts of the pork a bit salty. this because of the thin layer of salt on the skin to crisp it.

today i made a wonderful squid ink spaghetti, as good as any i made previously.

the squid ink aroma was wonderful as i was cooking & dish was very tasty.

today my seafood paella (pronounced pa-e-ya) was excellent too. texture was quite perfect just al dente not too hard in the centre.

perhaps still not as good as the “moterosso miky seafood risotto” i made previously which was truly par excellence, but still a very tasty, flavourful paella.

in fact i used carnaroli risotto rice! i tried paella rice from phoon huat & did not quite like the texture.

today i also vary the recipe for my choc banana cake. will post a second recipe later.

but basically i doubled the ganache topping & substantially reduced the flour (from 1 & 3/4 cup to 1 cup) & did not add mashed bananas to get a very much lighter cake texture c/w the usual dense texture).

i think i may reduce the ganache a bit, and add more bananas at the ends.

korean strawberries

korean strawberries 

a friend brought korean strawberries.

yellow kiwi fruits

yellow kiwi fruits 

& very very sweet yellow kiwi fruits.

table setting

table setting

wife did not join dinner as she had another engagement.

table setting

table setting

she did the nice 6pax table setting for us.

dining lights

dining lights

dining room

dining room 

as a friend posted on FB, “we had a wonderful dinner. Thanks to all diners for the conversation which spans across multiple topics”.

a jolly good time together.

c.h.e.f andy

Good Lunch @ Full of Luck Club by Li Bai at HollandV on 21Aug2016

xo carrot cake

xo carrot cake

went to full of luck club by li bai @ hollandv for 4pax family dimsum lunch on 21.8.2016. ^^

full of luck club @ hollandv

full of luck club @ hollandv

we thought it might be expensive, but maybe worth trying with the li bai brandname.:-)

turned out that the food was really quite good & not overly ex..i think every dish was good, but of course i liked some more than others.

the xo carrot cake was my daughter’s favourite. for me, it was like any good dimsum restaurant, competent but nothing notable, and really i preferred the market/hawker carrot cake la…more fragrant & flavourful!

duo of salted egg prawn & kongbak pao

duo of salted egg prawn & kongbak pao

the pao was like a thing to highlight about this place.

duo of salted egg prawn & kongbak pao

duo of salted egg prawn & kongbak pao

we had the salted egg prawns & kongbak (braised belly pork). both were good, and the bun was good too. but wife & i have low carb preference, so not on our preferred list.:-)

crispy duck 香酥鸭

crispy duck 香酥鸭

children wanted to order the crispy duck 香酥鸭.

crispy duck 香酥鸭 not my favourite dish. i prefer the hong kong roast duck.

& not so long ago i had a none too good one at red house.

crispy duck 香酥鸭

crispy duck 香酥鸭

anyway it was their signature dish & the children wanted to try.

crispy duck 香酥鸭

crispy duck 香酥鸭

turned out that this was one of the best dishes.

it’s a bit like duck confit. skin was crispy & the meat was very flavourful & still somewhat moist not like the dry ones at red house.

i took one wrap with the cucumber & scallions & sauce, and a bit of the duck.

mango prawns roll

mango prawns roll

the mango prawns roll was competent actually but relative to be other dishes was like a passable item.

prawn roll - har fun cheong

prawn roll – har fun cheong

the har fun cheong prawn roll was very good though. the best! the sauce was excellent & it also came with the poached kai lan.

spicy yongtaufu

spicy yongtaufu

the spicy yongtaufu was wife’s & daughter’s favourite.

wife thought kok sen’s was better.

for me this was just as good, different & in fact more distinctive. i can do the kok sen’s sauce too, but this one here was battered, & it had very light batter like tempura.

but yongtaufu is not quite among my favourites… haha!

claypot rice

claypot rice 

i like the claypot rice!

rice looked plain but was very flavourful. so my preferred dishes were the claypot rice, fun cheong & the crispy duck.

the bill

the bill

the price for 4pax lunch was S$113. not too bad actually.

c.h.e.f andy

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Full of Luck Club by Li Bai @ HollandV

Address

Holland Village, 243 Holland Avenue, 278977
Contact
+65 62086845

Opening Hours

Mon – Thu: 11:00 – 23:00

Fri – Sat: 11:00 – 01:00

Sun: 11:00 – 23:00

Poor Flat White @ Baker & Cook Jln Merah Saga on 19Aug2016

flat white sucks!

flat white sucks!

busy day yesterday.

still, steal 1hr to have coffee with son & baker & cook @ jln merah saga on 19.8.2016! ^^

parked quite far at jln kelabu asap – walking exercise…

i came here twice before with my 2 daughters. thought coffee here was ok..but that was quite a while ago, like a few years la…

but for today, the flat white sucks. same for my son.

coffee was so diluted, no silky integration of microfoam with aromatic coffee. it’s just drinking hot milk.

this was really a very bad flat white!

it’s worse than my own coffee at home, worse than nespresso, worse than coffee at my condo clubhouse!

baker & cook

baker & cook

nice place & ambience.

service by the counter girl serving coffee was unhelpful.

not the silky full of aroma coffee like at dutch colony or CSH or wheelers yard etc we were looking for…won’t be back la…

c.h.e.f andy

The Best Curry Chicken Noodles @ Ah Heng at Hong Lim FC on 19Aug2016

ah heng curry chicken noodles

ah heng curry chicken noodles

son wanted to go eat curry chicken noodles at ah heng at hong lim food centre on 19.8.2016. ^^

so i left teban gardens early today after delivering my sweet & sour dory fillet for their community breakfast.

had to get a few things from sheng shiong.

& also prepare the mock kurobuta pork ribs for OPS BBQ this evening.:-)

ah heng curry chicken noodles

ah heng curry chicken noodles

we reached the carpark. i dropped son so he can go queue first at 11.05am.

ah heng curry chicken noodles

ah heng curry chicken noodles

luckily for him there was no queue.

after we had gotten our orders the queue was like 7 or 8 at 11.20am.

ah heng curry chicken noodles

ah heng curry chicken noodles

we bought 2 to eat there & 2 to packet back.

ah heng curry chicken noodles

ah heng curry chicken noodles

everything is good about these curry chicken noodles.

chicken was so tender, sweet & moist. chilli was delightful to add on.

the gravy was sweet, lemak, tasty. & excellent tau pok that soak up all the gravy goodness.

i made my own curry chicken noodles a while back.

it was very good, but of course no comparison with ah heng’s still.

now i am thinking of making this for my friend. so it’s good to try it again today. anyway son was in seven heavens la…:-)

c.h.e.f andy

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Sweet & Sour Dory Fillet – 17th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 19Aug2016

sweet & sour dory fillet with potatoes, carrots, onions

sweet & sour dory fillet with potatoes, carrots, onions

did a sweet & sour dory fillet with potatoes, carrots, onions for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 19.8.2016. ^^

this my 17th 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.

PPH Comunity Service Centre

PPH Community Service Centre

PPH Comunity Service Centre

PPH Community Service Centre

the residents relaxing, having a good time after breakfast.:-)

sweet & sour dory fillet with potatoes, carrots, onions

sweet & sour dory fillet with potatoes, carrots, onions

this is similar to the community lunch dish i did for bathesda community’s newgate learning hub (bread of life) last saturday on 13.8.2016.

sweet & sour dory fillet with potatoes, carrots, onions

sweet & sour dory fillet with potatoes, carrots, onions

i cut the sutchi fish fillet into about 8 pieces each, totaled >72 pieces , washed them with salt & drained & toweled dry.

i fried the vegetables (carrots, onions, potatoes) & fish in separate wokpans.

fish fillet using my usual marinade – 2 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp mirin, 2 tbsp light soy sauce. for sweet & sour i added 1 tbsp flat sugar, 1 tbsp white wine vinegar & 3 tbsp heap tomato ketchup.

also added 2 tsp chopped garlic, & some sesame oil.

the fish i fried only about 4 mins, not to overcook.

as there was a lot of liquids, i strained the fish & added the liquids to the vegetables.

i added 1 tbsp oyster sauce & 1 tbsp corn flour. covered & let the carrots cook & sauce thicken.

then added back the fish fillet. and mixed well so the fish were well coated with the thickened sauce.

finito

finito

today i had to leave early, right after delivering the breakfast dish.

later my friend whatsapped me it was all finished.

c.h.e.f andy

Very Shiok Nasi Lemak @ Selera Rasa Adam Road FC on 17Aug2016

selara rasa nasi lemak

selera rasa nasi lemak 

son is back for a short break.

he can like eat nasi lemak every day.

he bought 6 packets yesterday from selera rasa at adam road food centre on 17.8.2016. ^^

i ended up eating 2 packets, one for lunch & one for dinner.:-)

selara rasa nasi lemak

selera rasa nasi lemak 

it’s very good!

the rice, chilli, & ikan bilis were fantastic!

rice lemak, flavour, individual grain, chilli tasty & super taken with the ikan bilis.

i like the chicken wing too, though i like ikan kuning best, but son doesn’t take that so he didn’t include it.

selara rasa nasi lemak

selera rasa nasi lemak

selera rasa is son’s favourite stall.

for me actually i like adam’s nasi lemak better.

adam’s included kachang (peanuts) which selera rasa does not. there is also the fish cake.

both stalls have long queues…selera rasa longer so more popular of the 2.:-)

for chicken wing, selera rasa a bit more crispy. but i like my helper’s chicken wing best la..

today son went again to buy 6 packets. i told him not to buy for me…if buy sure eat la..but actually the statement is for myself so that he buy i still don’t eat!

c.h.e.f andy

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Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak @ Adam Road Food Centre

Quite OK Food Bad Service @ Feng Bo Zhuang 风波庄on 16Aug2016

braised whole pig trotters

braised whole pig trotters – S$18

bought 2 x $100 groupon vouchers at S$49.90ea & went with my OPS friends to feng bo zhuang 风波庄 on 16.8.2016. ^^

it’s a kungfu themed restuarant. the dishes were all named after famous 武侠小说stories. when you settle the bill they called you 大侠 and said 后会有期. but then what’s the use of gimmicks & superficial stuff when a service philosophy is lacking?

have to highlight that service was bad & extremely unco-operative. they were not outwardly rude but refused to help with the menu & any questions. basically “difficult to suggest anything, it’s up to you what you like to order”.

there were many instances, and not just an isolated server. both servers & manager were all uncooperative. maybe they did not like us using groupons…lol…

the dishes

the dishes

anyway i changed from lao sichuan to this place because some may not take too spicy food.

so basically 2 of us ordered only 1 spicy dish & the rest items non spicy.

xiaolongbao小笼包

xiaolongbao小笼包 – S$8

my immediate reaction & comment “xiaolongbao小笼包 looks like a disaster!”.

xiaolongbao小笼包

xiaolongbao小笼包 – S$8

very little soup, skin not smooth, fortunately the filling was tasty.

so in fact one friend commented she would order this dish if she come here again.

it’s a matter of whether one is looking for a reasonably good dish or a good xiaolongbao小笼包.

this was NOT a good xiaolongbao小笼包 (like the very good ones we had recently at paradise dynasty @ ONEKM)

but it’s a reasonably good dish. for myself though, i would not order this as there are other dishes here at good price to try.

steamed scallops

steamed scallops – S$20

we all agreed the steamed scallops was the worst dish. no taste la!

not so difficult to do leh, scallops or razor clams….

steamed froglegs

steamed frog legs – S$18

the steamed frog legs were strangely also much below par, not tasty. maybe it had to be taken with the sauce.

steamed froglegs

steamed froglegs – S$18

must say the photos actually looked alright, but quite tasteless??

spicy sour veg fish 酸菜鱼

spicy sour veg fish 酸菜鱼 – S$20

i was ordering only one spicy dish. they did not have my favourite 水煮鱼, so i ordered spicy sour veg fish 酸菜鱼.

spicy sour veg fish 酸菜鱼

spicy sour veg fish 酸菜鱼 – S$20

some found it spicy. for me it was not spicy, but for me水煮鱼 is not about being spicy or numb but that it is very flavourful – “pang” c/w with this.

one friend felt the snake head fish was not very fresh. for me it felt ok.

braised whole pig trotters

braised whole pig trotters – S$18

the best dish for the evening was the braised whole trotter.

very flavourful, tender, not old, & just the right texture. even the lean meat was good.

quite surprising! it was not just above expectations but very good even c/w good restaurants, and at S$18 before groupon discounts. ^^

duck soup

duck soup – S$18

we had the duck soup medium.

it was very tasty soup, not like itek tim with special flavours of sour plum or orange peel & salted vegetables, but just a very tasty soup & quite nice duck.

娃娃菜with prawns

娃娃菜baby cabbage with prawns – S$12

the 娃娃菜with prawns was ok, an average dish.

娃娃菜with prawns

娃娃菜 baby cabbage with prawns – S$12

had some prawns, but not sure it made any difference.

百叶 fried gluten puff

百叶 fried gluten puff – S$6

so the forgoing we had 7 dishes for 7pax. trotters excellent, duck soup very good, spicy fish i still like, xiaolongbao & vege ok, the other 2 dishes quite poor.

one friend decided to order 2 more dishes to try.

百叶 - gluten

百叶 fried gluten puff – S$6

i liked the 百叶 – fried gluten puff.

百叶 - fried gluten puff with minced pork

百叶 – fried gluten puff with minced pork – S$10

flavour was strong & unique, maybe a bit of sesame oil & slightly tangy.:-)

百叶 - fried gluten puff. with minced pork 

百叶 – fried gluten puff. with minced pork – S$10

like the 百叶 – fried gluten puff. with minced pork too.

overall bill was S$138.50. there was no GST no service charge. with the groupon S$100 voucher costing S$49.90, dinner with 9 dishes for 7pax was about S$88.

i would often tip the servers(>10% of the nett price) if there was no service charge & especially when there was a good groupon discounts & food & service were good, like at uncle leong.

would have done the same here but service was non existent la…

so i do think food was ok, above average & good value for the price. also as we were not familiar with the menu & with no help form the servers, that explained few misses.

recently, the same OPS friend treated us to a zi char dinner at quan ji 权记 at amoy street food centre, S$102 for 6 dishes for 7pax.

food was good, tasty, good portions & i enjoyed very much & will go back.

& he eats often at the place so he knows all the good dishes to order.

so i would say if it were just food alone, and this is an aircon restaurant ambience c/w a hawker centre table, the groupon deal is rather worthwhile.. & though you don’t have groupon all the time, even S$138 for 9 dishes w/o discounts were ok if we ordered the right dishes.

the thing about bad services is whether one is bothered by it. there are nazi chefs, & places with zero service but if you know what dishes to order & no interactions required, zero service may not matter.

for me, i don’t rule out going back altogether but also not in a hurry to la…

c.h.e.f andy

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Feng Bo Zhuang (风波庄酒家)

Address

57B Temple Street, 058602

Contact:

+65 62233588

Opening Hours

Daily: 11:00 – 23:00

 

 

Wife made Wonderful National Day Family Brunch on 9Aug2016

wife made brunch

wife made brunch

wife made a scrumptious national day family brunch today on 9.8.2016.

brunch treat

brunch treat

i liked every dish la…especially shakshuka & the chorizo…

refreshing salad

refreshing salad

nice refreshing salad – rockets, prosciutto, alfafa, onions…

shashouka

shakshuka

& shakshuka – 7 eggs & cumin..loved it…

we all agreed that the last time was even better though…too much tomato puree this time? not enough cumin? wife said she added lots already…maybe this a much larger portion so balance of taste needed more adjustments…

anyway still very nice la…din stop us from finishing all..

proscuitto

prosciutto

prosciutto nice..flavourful not too salty..

proscuitto & portobello mushrooms

prosciutto & portobello mushrooms

& nicely pan-grilled portobellos…

proscuitto & portobello mushrooms

prosciutto & portobello mushrooms

used to enjoy these a lot at pontini eons ago…mre than 10yrs i think…

din go there after i stopped paying for the M&C hotels “ala carte” card.

smoked salmon, dill & chopped onions

smoked salmon, dill & chopped onions

smoked salmon was good too…

chorizo

chorizo

chorizo the best..we enjoyed chorizo & cheese a lot during our lisbon & porto travels.

these i think wife bought from paris.

chorizo, pumpkin, alfafa

chorizo, pumpkin, alfafa

the australian pumpkin very sweet.

wife decided to served in separately instead of with the salad.

nice ciubatta bread from culina

nice ciubatta bread from culina

youngest daughter bought some nice ciubatta bread from culina. nice!

wife made brunch

wife made brunch

it was a nice leisurely brunch.

wife made brunch

wife made brunch

maybe it was lunch…we started like almost 1pm…lol!:-)

brunch treat

brunch treat

i am about the least keen person in the family with these all day breakfast, brunch, egg bernadette stuff..this one i enjoyed thoroughly, don’t mind having it more often..

c.h.e.f andy

The Best Wanton Mee @ Kok Kee on 15Aug2016

wanton mee

wanton mee 

went with a good friend to our OPS friend’s mom’s wake at singapore casket on 15.8.2016.

sadly…we now at the age where these things happen more frequently.

we had a good chat with this friend this time. though my primary school classmate did not spend much time together previously.

kok kee wanton mee

kok kee wanton mee 

after that 2 of us walked over to kok kee wanton mee at lavender food hub @ zhuge liang at hoa nam building.

kok kee wanton mee

kok kee wanton mee – S$4.50

i like kok kee wanton mee best, better than the other places i tried.

but i have not tried this since they moved from lavender food square 2 years ago.

prices had gone up by S$0.50 to S$4.50 for small, S$5.50 for large.

kok kee wanton mee

kok kee wanton mee – S$4.50 

though the bowl looked small, there were 2 wantons & quite a bit of char siew.

char siew is the standard wanton mee lean char siew. they were tender & tasty.

the best was still their special recipe sauce poured over the noodles. noodles were qq like all good noodle places & very tasty.

for me this is still the best la! ^^

dumpling soup

dumpling soup 水饺汤

friend also ordered the dumpling soup 水饺汤。 this was ok nothing special for me, S$6 for 6 dumplings i can do without.

thomson overhead bridge fishball noodles

thomson overhead bridge fishball noodles 

next to kok kee is the former famous thomson overhead bridge fishball noodles. my friend wanted to try but they closed liao.

i still like this kok kee wanton mee best la!

c.h.e.f andy

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Kok Kee Wanton Mee 国记云吞面
Address:
Lavender Food Hub @ Zhuge Liang, Hoa Nam Building
27 Foch Road, Singapore 209264
Opening hours:
1PM till sold out

30% ST Treats Discount Chirashi Don Set @ Sun with Moon on 14Aug2016

chirashi don set - S$33.80

chirashi don set – S$33.80

went with wife to sun with moon for 2pax dinner on 14.8.2016. ^^

30% off chirashi don set by sunday times treats

30% off chirashi don set by sunday times treats

saw this 30% ST treats discount for chirashi don set at sun with moon wheelock this morning.

i like the chirashi don set here. had it recently on 27.6.2016.

chirashi don set

chirashi don set – S$33.80

this chirashi don came with 14 cuts of sashimi including chutoro, so pretty good stuff.

chirashi don set

chirashi don set – $33.80

at 30% discounts, price about S$23 for a dinner set.

pan fried salmon steak

pan fried salmon steak

& the set came with a choice of side dish.

this time i picked the pan fried salmon steak, which is like S$15.80 on the ala carte menu.

so a fairly good deal.

unagi & toriyaki kamameshi set

unagi & toriyaki kamameshi set – S$22.80

unfortunately the manager claimed that one sunday times voucher only entitled to one set.

there was nothing in the voucher saying that & the normal interpretation would be that 30% applies for all orders of the chirashi don set.

imo (in my opinion) a proper management & marketing philosophy would be when you want to do a promotion, do not shoot yourself in the foot. it defeats the purpose of the promotion. either you are hapy to give the discount or uf you are not don’t give discounts. period.

haha…but i told the manager i was not about to argue with him, so if he insist the discount applies to only 1 set, then so be it. we order something else. not the manager;s fault i guess, but i will mark this against the service philosophy.

so we ordered the unagi & toriyaki kamameshi set.

not bad too, but nothing too great also.

unagi & toriyaki kamameshi set

unagi & toriyaki kamameshi set

i liked the unagi.

the chicken was not as tender or flavourful c/w my own claypot rice. my one was very much better.

unagi & toriyaki kamameshi set

unagi & toriyaki kamameshi set

still it was a good enough dish, overall quite tasty.

dinner about S$57, which was quite decent for the quality & food we gotten.

c.h.e.f andy

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Sun with Moon (Wheelock)

Address:

501 Orchard Road, #03-15 Wheelock Place, Wheelock Place, 238880

One of the Most Value-for-Money Dimsum @ Paradise Dynasty ONEKM on 12Aug2016

braised pork belly lamian 扣肉拉面

braised pork belly lamian 扣肉拉面

went with my OPS friends for tea at paradise dynasty @ ONEKM on haig road on 12.8.2016. ^^

paradise dynasty promo - weekdays 3pm-515pm dimsum lamian 50% off

paradise dynasty promo – weekdays 3pm-515pm dimsum lamian 50% off 

paradise dynasty got this promo 50% off for dine-in at VivoCity and OneKM outlets only till 31.8.2016.
valid from Mondays to Fridays, 3pm to 5.15pm, excluding eve of/and PH.

xiaolongbao小笼包

xiaolongbao小笼包

we ordered one tray of xiaolongbao小笼包, 6 pieces, just nice for 3pax.

xiaolongbao小笼包

xiaolongbao小笼包 

this was good, the soup tasty, the skin thin & held up well, the filling tasty.

so much better than the disappointing xiaolongbao小笼包 i just had at crystal lamian xiaolongbao at hollandv.

crispy ba pao 生煎包

crispy ba pao 生煎包

the crispy 生煎包 was ok, looked nice, not enuf crispy & not enuf soup inside.

spicy dumplings抄手

spicy dumplings抄手

the spicy dumplings抄手 was great, tasty & good spiciness.

braised pork belly lamian 扣肉拉面

braised pork belly lamian 扣肉拉面 

the best for me was the braised pork belly lamian 扣肉拉面. 3 of us share one.

such an excellent lamian. the braised pork belly 扣肉was super! & the broth, runny yolk egg & lamian were all good.

braised pork belly lamian 扣肉拉面

braised pork belly lamian 扣肉拉面 

the chilli also very good. i added soem to my lamian.

sesame dumplings 芝麻汤圆

sesame dumplings 芝麻汤圆 

the discounts apply to the dessert too.

sesame dumplings 芝麻汤圆

sesame dumplings 芝麻汤圆

& sesame dumplings 芝麻汤圆 is always good.

although i can buy that from giant & make myself..haha!

tea for 3pax came to S$27 after the 50% discounts. a far cry from my crystal jade lunch earlier today 3pax for S$61.

my friend paid using OCBC card & got back a S$10 voucher.

i think this one of the most value-for-money makan i had.:-)

c.h.e.f andy

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Sweet & Sour Dory Fish Fillet with Carrots & Onions – 10th Newgate Learning Hub Community Lunch on 13Aug2016

bread of life community lunch at newgate learning hub bathesda bedok

bread of life community lunch at newgate learning hub bathesda bedok

made sweet & sour dory fish fillet with onions & carrots this morning on 13.8.2016. ^^

this my 10th community lunch dish for bathesda community’s newgate learning hub (bread of life). ^^

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

sweet & sour dory fish fillet with onions & carrots

sweet & sour dory fish fillet with onions & carrots

i cut the sutchi fish fillet into about 8 pieces each, totaled >72 pieces , washed them wit salt & drained & toweled dry.

dory fish fillet

dory fish fillet

i fried the vegetables & fish in separate wokpans.

fish fillet using my usual marinade – 2 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp mirin, 2 tbsp light soy sauce. for sweet & sour i added 1 tbsp flat sugar, 1 tbsp white wine vinegar & 3 tbsp heap tomato ketchup.

also added 2 tsp chopped garlic, & some sesame oil.

the fish i fried only about 4 mins, not to overcook.

onions & carrots

onions & carrots

as there was a lot of liquids, i strained the fish & added the liquids to the vegetables.

i added 1 tbsp oyster sauce & 1 tbsp corn flour & some slat to taste. covered & let the carrots cook & sauce thicken.

sweet & sour dory fish fillet with onions & carrots

sweet & sour dory fish fillet with onions & carrots

then added back the fish fillet.

sweet & sour dory fish fillet with onions & carrots

sweet & sour dory fish fillet with onions & carrots

and mixed well so the fish were well coated with the thickened sauce.

for bread of life usually about 60+pax, today slightly more about 70pax. the dish was portioned out nicely.

bread of life community lunch at newgate learning hub bathesda bedok

bread of life community lunch at newgate learning hub bathesda bedok

the main co-ordinator briefing the community on some matters prior to commencing lunch.

c.h.e.f andy

Not Cheap Mediocre Food @ Crystal Jade Lamian Xiaolongbao on 12Aug2016

xiaolongbao 小笼包

xiaolongbao 小笼包

son is back for short break. 3 of u swent to hollandv for lunch on 12.8.2016.

daughter wanted nakhon but shutter not up yet at 11.45am & people were sitting outside.

son didn’t think much of nakhon so we went to crystal jade lamian xiaolongbao for lunch.

last time i made a post on crystal jade lamian xiaolongbao was on 11.1.2015.

didn’t think i was here much if at all since.

anyway the xiaolongbao 小笼包 today (we had 2 trays) was substandard, way below par. people were saying since L Capital Asia, LVMH’s private equity arm took over, food standard going south? don’t know but today’s xiaolongbao 小笼包 was very different from one of the best i had always enjoyed here, soup was still sweet but not as much, & skin & fillings were not good as many others i had, just very mediocre la…

saliva chicken 口水鸡

saliva chicken 口水鸡

saliva chicken 口水鸡 still tasted good..

saliva chicken 口水鸡

saliva chicken 口水鸡

we still like it.

beef brisket lamian 牛腩拉面

beef brisket lamian 牛腩拉面

beef brisket lamian 牛腩拉面 my daughter’s favourite. she still liked it today.

i tasted a bit but i think that sicc’s version was still much better, both the soup & the briskets/tendons.

spicy xo seafood fried rice

spicy xo seafood fried rice – S$14.80

the best here for me was the seafood fried rice in spicy xo sauce.

spicy xo seafood fried rice

spicy xo seafood fried rice – S$14.80

rice was so fragrant, individual grain. we say “tio tio” in teochew. good amount of ingredients. quantity seemed to have shrink quite a bit for S$14.80.

price for lunch was not cheap at S$61 for 3pax for the quality of food.

c.h.e.f andy

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18Chefs at Star Vista + Ah Seng Durians on 10Aug2016

seafood pasta

seafood pasta – S$13.80

my OPS friend came by. he was doing some errands & going for a late lunch.

i already had lunch earlier with wife at mei ling food centre.

my friend decided to go to 18chefs at level 3 star vista.:-)

18chefs @ star vista

18chefs @ star vista 

nice airy place, still empty at this mid afternoon hour.

my friend ordered the $13.80 seafood pasta, and added a soup & drink combo for another S$3.80. i took a tea. friend has 15% discounts, so price pretty ok.

for me though i think both he & i can cook a much better pasta ourselves.

18chefs is a F&B chain by se teo, a facebook friend, with a great social mission, providing gainful & productive alternative pathways & re-integration.  an endeavour deserving of support.:-)

MSW + XO durians

MSW + XO durians 

after lunch, my friend decided to go try ah seng durians.

today no much queue, just 3 before us. MSW was at S$14/kg but no golden phoenix.

XO durians

XO durians 

we decided on 1 MSW + 1 XO durian.

XO was creamy, had bittersweet taste. maybe golden phoenix still better but this was very good also.

it was a tiny durian maybe just 1 kg or less, but yielded like 14 or 15 seeds & very thin husk so very worthwhile.

MSW

MSW 

MSW was good as always, creamy & very flavourful, though not the best i had from ah seng. MSW is heavy & thick husk, so make sure we get round ones with lots of seeds to be worthwhile. today my friend paid S$34 for 2, quite ok for what we had.

c.h.e.f andy

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Eighteen Chefs @ Star Vista

ADDRESS

1 Vista Exchange Green
#02-22 The Star Vista
Singapore 138617

OPENING HOURS

Daily: 11:00am – 10:30pm

PHONE

+65 66945975

Duck Rice & Wanton Mee @ Mei Ling Street Food Centre on 10Aug2016

duck rice - S$3

duck rice – S$3

went with wife for lunch on 10.8.2016. ^^

we booked nabehide for lunch but called them as we were late at 1.30pm. they advised that it takes 15mins to prepare the hotpot & they closed at 2.30pm, so we decided to cancel & go for something simple at meiling food centre.

duck rice - S$3

duck rice – S$3

most of the stalls at meiling FC were closed anyway including xin lu fishball noodles & hai tang lor mee stalls.

wife decided to try out the duck rice.

duck looked ok, good colour & moist. however the taste was not there, not “pang” quite bland.

meiling street wanton mee

meiling street wanton mee

so i decided to order wanton mee instead.

wanton mee

wanton mee – S$3

$3 wanton mee quite ok, a lot of char siew + 2 deepfried wanton & 2 soup wanton.

wantons were good & char siew quite good taste,

wanton mee

wanton mee – S$3

my first taste = noodles not tasty enough, not like kok kee which was very tasty.

noodles were qq & as i took more with the spicy chilli, it was actually quite ok. in fact i finished all the noodles. at S$3 with all these ingredients it was pretty ok for me.

c.h.e.f andy

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Mei Ling Street Wanton Noodles

#02-32, Mei Chin Road Market, 159 Mei Chin Road, 140159

OK Dinner @ Brasseries les Saveurs on 4Aug2016

amuse bouche - crabmeat wrap

amuse bouche – crabmeat wrap

went with wife for dinner at brasserie les saveurs at st regis on 4.8.2016. ^^

1st time coming here since amex love dining (palate) now included this restaurant.

brasserie les saveurs @ st regis

brasserie les saveurs @ st regis

though it is a brasserie the ambience is quite grand with double volume high ceiling.

a bit like the clifford at fullerton bay w/o the seaview.

brasserie les saveurs @ st regis

brasserie les saveurs @ st regis

quite nice la…

brasserie les saveurs connoisseur dinner semi-buffet

brasserie les saveurs connoisseur dinner semi-buffet

we looked at the dinner menu.

there was a connoisseur dinner semi-buffet.

the hors de eouvres buffet items quite limited, not even as good as the below par equinox i recently visited where the spread was like halved.

the main courses though looked better than equinox, and i was eyeing the prime ribs.

the captain advised that the prime rib for the semi-buffet was about 2/3 the serving c/w ala carte (S$76), but if one were taking that then might as well have the semi-buffet (S$73).

i may come back for this, but for this evening, i didn’t want the buffet so we did ala carte.

amuse bouche - crabmeat wrap

amuse bouche – crabmeat wrap

amuse bouche was a crabmeat wrap. ok nothing special but certainly a plus if they offer amuse bouche for regular ala carte orders.:-)

bread

bread

bread though was poor, as in not bad but not the standard of this outfit.

oysters platter

oysters platter S$32

the oyster platter was good.

oysters platter

oysters platter S$32

nice sweet juicy oysters, and a good price at 50% love dining discount for 2pax.

lobster bisque

lobster bisque

lobster bisque looked good, tasted ok, indeed velvety, quite a bit of crabmeat but not that sweet. actually quite an average dish for me…

pan fried scallops

pan fried scallops S$26

pan fried scallops were dry & below par. felt old, not fresh not gummy texture. i think very poor for a good restaurant standard.

even my own pan-seared hokkaido scallops was better than this!

we were a bit the non complaining type. the scallops were not spoilt or bad. but actually it would be better if i told the restaurant immediately whether they replaced it or not. it’s better to feedback to them.

tajima wagyu skirt steak

tajima wagyu skirt steak S$58

fortunately the skirt steak was very good.

very flavoruful & tender enough, though some parts just slightly tendonous.

the mash, herb butter were good too.:-)

tajima wagyu skirt steak

tajima wagyu skirt steak S$58

this audtralian wagyu with jap name & a secondary cut so i was wondering how they prepare the steak as it would be tough with connective tissues. the captain couldn’t really explain or he didn’t understand the question, but anyway steak was good which was all that mattered.

dinner was S$161 for 2 after 50% discounts. the glass of wine wife had was expensive. i think S$29 no discounts. at this price even with discounts dinner was ok not great & could get much better value elsewhere.

but i will still come back for the prime ribs, and maybe also the tajima steak & oysters w/o the other items.

c.h.e.f andy

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Seafood Alio Olio on 7Aug2016

seafood alio olio

seafood alio olio

did a very good seafood alio olio this evening on 7.8.2016. ^^

i have not done this for a really long time.

mainly because my helper does an excellent alio olio. she usually uses prawns & sliced chicken breast. on balance i think her best would still edge out my dish tonight.

still my seafood alio olio was very good tonight.:-)

seafood alio olio

seafood alio olio

i browned the garlic cloves on medium fire. fantastic aroma…added cut chilli padi.

then added prawns & squid seasoned with fish sauce & white pepper.

then added chicken stock.

i removed the prawns & squid then reduced the stock. tasted it, was tasty & intense. i did not add white wine & sugar this evening.

then i added back the prawns & squid, off fire, added the spaghetti & tossed.

last, i added some butter, so the spaghetti & sauce mixed very well.

i topped it with some basil.

seafood alio olio

seafood alio olio

the result was a very tasty pasta.

daughter commented the sotong (squid) was excellent, just the perfect texture. so was the prawn!

& i like the spicy tinge from the chilli padi.

a simple dish & enough for 3pax on a sunday evening.

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredients:

  • 200g spaghetti
  • 1 whole bulb of peeled garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 medium prawns
  • 1 whole medium squid
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce + 2 tsp white pepper (season prawns & sotong)
  • 300ml chicken stock

Directions:

  1. brown garlic cloves on medium fire. add cut chilli padi.
  2. add prawns & squid seasoned with fish sauce & white pepper. add chicken stock.
  3. remove prawns & squid and reduce stock.
  4. add back prawns & squid, off fire, add the spaghetti & toss.
  5. add some butter, so the spaghetti & sauce mix very well.
  6. top with some basil.

Pretty Decent Food @ The Bark Cafe on 6Aug2016

smoked duck

smoked duck

this evening we gathered at a friend’s place for a movie session on 6.8.2016. ^^

long queue at ah seng 4.45pm saturday 6.8.2016

long queue at ah seng 4.45pm saturday 6.8.2016

we started with some durians from ah seng.:-)

i prebooked MSW (mao shan wang) 2 days before. still they ran out of MSW & told me i had to wait till past 6pm for another batch to arrive. i couldn’t so switch to golden phoenix + D13.

i was lucky i got my durians soon enough. as i was leaving at 4.45pm on a saturday, the queue had built up. these people just queueing to get a queue no.

golden phoenix

golden phoenix

golden phoenix + D13

golden phoenix + D13

i had 4 golden phoenix at S$49 + 4 D13 durians at S$29=total S$78.

as it turned out we were very happy with the golden phoenix + D13. D13 was flavourful but actually not as good as the other day. golden phoenix was excellent, very nice flavour, mild but lingering. ^^

lor mai kai 糯米鸡

lor mai kai 糯米鸡

lor mai kai 糯米鸡

lor mai kai 糯米鸡

the host made some lor mai kai 糯米鸡.

i like never take this except for dimsum. this one was very good, chicken very tender, rice was tasty, top slightly dry but inside ok. even ginger was nice.

after all these eating we started our movie. it was a korean movie “the man from nowhere”. quite a nice action movie, good acting.

the bark cafe

the bark cafe

after movie host drove us to the bark cafe just by changi prison. it was about 9.30pm. quite an interesting place.

caesar salad

caesar salad

when i started writing this review, i looked at other reviews. strangely they were almost all negative, only hungrybunnie mentioned that the smoked duck was good.

for the dishes we ordered for this evening, they were mostly ok, good by my standard.

the caesar salad was pretty ok, like any other caesar salad.

chilli razor clams

chilli razor clams

the chilli razor clams was my friend’s favourite for the evening!:-)

chilli razor clams

chilli razor clams

it was ok for me.:-)

dish was overall tasty, razor clams no sand & not overdone = which should equal good la!

sauce i think was the xo type, so the strong flavours type, a bit robust, but then chinese style dishes supposed to taste this way.

spicy beef tenderloin

spicy beef tenderloin

the spicy beef tenderloin was a chef’s special on the menu. i asked & the server said it was tenderloin. i asked if preparation was chinese style, he said there was vinegar.

a friend said the beef was “joon” teochew for tough. actually for me it was ok, for this price not expecting the expensive beef cuts. i have never tried this preparation before, sliced like tagliata, not raw like carpaccio, & with quite a lot of vinegar?

spicy beef tenderloin

spicy beef tenderloin

anyway i quite like the taste, and texture was ok for me, just slightly tough.

smoked duck

smoked duck

for me also, the smoked duck was the best dish for the evening.

the smokey flavour was excellent, and the duck was juicy & tender. like hungrybunnie said, this dish belongs more to the atas restaurants, and they did it exceedingly well here. for me that was top restaurant standard. the mash & rockets were good too.

medium rare tea smoked duck breast - 12.4.2016

my own medium rare tea smoked duck breast – 12.4.2016

definitely better than my own, which was pretty good itself.:-)

chicken & cheese pizza

chicken & cheese pizza

i didn’t mind the pizza. i supposed it was nothing special but still a good pizza. pizzas could be bad too, but this was decent to good.

chicken wings

chicken wings

the chicken wings my friend highly recommended. & it was good.

chicken wings

chicken wings

though not as good as my helper’s deep-fried chicken wings, which is better than most i get outside.

dinner 6 dishes for 6pax came to S$152, abut S$25pax nett. pretty decent la i would say.

c.h.e.f andy

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The Bark Cafe

Address

1000 Upper Changi Road North, 507707

Contact

+65 65454118
Opening Hours

Mon – Fri: 11:00 – 00:00

Sat: 11:00 – 01:30

Sun: 11:00 – 00:00

Gordon Ramsay’s Slow Roasted Belly Pork Experiment (Simply Delicious) on 6Aug2016

Gordon Ramsay's slow roasted belly pork

Gordon Ramsay’s slow roasted belly pork

saw Gordon Ramsay’s slow roasted belly pork on youtube the other day.

decided to give it a try. very interesting! ^^

i used just 200g belly pork (instead of 2kg in the video), cut a smaller piece from 500g frozen belly pork bought at sheng shiong.

& didn’t have fresh whole fennel & host of other stuff, so used 1 small carrots + 1/4 corn.

din want to open a white wine so used red wine.

anyhow the belly pork turned out almost perfect – texture perfect & very tasty….

only thing is couldn’t produce the crackling skin…though it sounded crackling when ran with a knife, the skin was actually chewy & not edible. other the pork was excellent.

2 ways i thought i will adjust this, either reduce the time at 180degC then do 250degC for say 10 to 15mins, or just cut away the skin.

Gordon Ramsay's slow roasted belly pork

Gordon Ramsay’s slow roasted belly pork

so method was same but my ingredients quite different from Gordon Ramsay-

  • 200g pork belly (cross-scored the skin)
  • 1 small carrot cut into 2 or 3 pieces
  • 1/4 corn
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 star anise
  • 1 cut chilli padi
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp fennel powder
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

fry the garlic, star anise, bay leaves, chilli padi in an oven proof mini wok. fry the carrot & corn & remove to allow space for the belly pork.

salt the skin & fry belly pork skin down. then stand the pork skin up held by the carrots & corn, & add –

  • 2-3tbsp red wine
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar

then put 180degC oven for 1.5hrs.

as Gordon Ramsay mentioned the nicely flavoured braising liquid reduced & cooked the pork belly while the skin is cracked (but this part i couldn’t get right yet).

Gordon Ramsay's slow roasted belly pork

Gordon Ramsay’s slow roasted belly pork

the pork was delicious, just the perfect texture & wonderful flavours.

i will do it on a bigger 500g square slab later on when i have the numbers (of diners) to do. ^^

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredients:

  • 200g pork belly (cross-scored the skin)
  • 1 small carrot cut into 2 or 3 pieces
  • 1/4 corn
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 star anise
  • 1 cut chilli padi
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp fennel powder
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3tbsp red wine
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar

Directions:

  1. fry garlic, star anise, bay leaves, chillli padi in an oven proof mini wok
  2. fry carrot & corn & remove to allow space for the belly pork.
  3. salt the skin & fry belly pork skin down. then stand the pork skin up held by the carrots & corn.add red wine & white wine vinegar.
  4. put 180degC oven for 1.5hrs.

S$4 Mee Kia Tar @ Jln Tua Kong 6th Ave on 6Aug2016

$4 mee kia tar

$4 mee kia tar

went with wife to  jalan tua kong meepok tar @ 6th ave on 6.8.2016. ^^

last time i post about the stall was on 24.1.2016.:-)

cannot find parking at 2pm, so went over to park at guthrie house. it charges by minutes – 4cts/mins 1st hour 2cts/min after, so 92cts for this time quite ok, no hassle.:-)

$4 mee kia tar

$4 mee kia tar

this time we both took mee kia.

i think the thing special about jln tua kong’s mee kia tar is mainly the chilli.

chilli was just very tasty & had the kick. of course noodles was qq, al dente.:-)

$4 mee kia tar

$4 mee kia tar

both of us did not finish our noodles, reduce carbs. i could have though, it was good, tasty.

this an enjoyable noodles for me at any time la…

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Jln Tua Kong Mee Pok Tar

24 Sixth Ave, Singapore 276481

Good Good Eating House 好好餐室