Recipe = Delicious Home Chicken Pong’s Laksa on 2Feb2020

chicken pong's laksa2

chicken pong’s laksa

made chicken pong’s laksa (recipe here) today on 2.2.2020.^^

Pong's laksa paste👍 S$4.80 packet for 4-5pax

Pong’s laksa paste👍 S$4.80 packet for 4-5pax

using the best laksa paste. for me much better than prima. 🙂

chicken rice chicken

chicken rice chicken 白斩鸡

and of course make chicken rice chicken 白斩鸡 (recipe here).

i made it like an heng curry chicken noodles, just that laksa gravy can never match curry chicken noodles gravy…

added teochew fish cake & taupok just like ah heng

had it for 3pax lunch with wife and daughter. 🙂

& then 2pax dinner..

enough leftover for son & tomorrow.

c.h.e.f andy

Recipe – Hae Lua (虾烙) aka Prawn Egg Omelette on 1Feb2020

hae lua instead orh lua lol!

hae lua instead orh lua lol!

hae lua instead orh lua2 lol!

hae lua instead orh lua lol!

made 1pax hae lua 虾烙, no oysters to do orh lua 蚝烙 lol!

recipe-

1tsp cornflour, 1 tbsp sweet potato flour, 1 tsp fish sauce, white pepper, 3-4tbsp water

fry in 1 tbsp oil non stick pan, add 1 egg, brown, turn over..fry 4 prawns marinated with fish sauce & white pepper.

add crispy hae bee chilli!

tasty home made fun moments!

c.h.e.f andy

RI Bro CJ Treasured Annual Tradition = 14bros CNY Steamboat on 30Jan2020

by the best of traditions, CJ hosted his annual 14bros+HCK CNY steamboat featuring the round round things (this edition round brown things aka canned braised abalones) and bak kwa blind test..

with large angka prawns & usda prime shabu beef, and red garoupa fillet..wa seh!

plus homemade chicken rice, chilli, stock base from 2 whole chickens.

this year also added atas fruits- yellow dragon fruit, giant cherries & S$14 a piece japanese mikan..

CJ’s shih tzu cutie called kai kai

a fun, warm, precious makan & chill together & treasured tradition to be repeated (maybe more times a year?)…for the next 30yrs+

c.h.e.f andy

CNY Day One 8pax Family Dinner on 25Jan2020

this chinese new year, we decided to have homecooked dinner. 🙂

CNY DAY 1 年初一8pax family dinner inc aunty bes on 25.1.2020.^^

wife made pan fried usa prime ribeye, always good.

I made-

  1. kani konabe – jap crabmeat claypot rice
  2. capellini alio olio
  3. hay smoked chicken (10mins stove 20mins 200degC oven) – recipe here

trying to model esora’s kani konabe…

rice was flavourful..son liked it…need an even tastier stock..canned crabmeat excellent when son made crabmeat pasta…doesn’t seem to come out best in this preparation..got to figure out a bit.. this the first time..can experiment further.

capellini alio olio was good with truffle sauce and extra virgin olive oil, modelling 8picure. this was a huge serving, taste far better than the presentation.. can never match 8picure but good enough la..

hay smoked chicken was pretty good too…(recipe here)

good smoke & flamed flavours and very tender too, also modelling esora hay smoked pigeon.

c.h.e.f andy

18pax RI Bros Homecooked Dinner on 21Jan2020

chye kiang brought couplet he wrote for me

HCK gave me his calligraphy couplet

made 18pax RI bros dinner this evening on 21.1.2020. ^^

during this period while i was recovering from my accident, many RI bros (& also OPS bros – this evening though for RI bros) visited me & also drove me for many followup medical appointments & for makan..

i restarted slowly my large group cooking.

last week i did for the bbq at aloha loyang bungalow RI bros with matthias family, doing fewer dishes served in larger quantity.

this evening, i made much few (just 7) dishes, in larger serving quantity…also to prep for restarting the fortnightly HCA 40pax lunch next week.

  1. nonya curry chicken
  2. 白斩鸡 chucken rice chicken
  3. nonya tau you bak
  4. black bean sauce pork soft bones
  5. assam red snapper (ang kuay) – first time trying out assam gravy
  6. 6 gimson nonya sauce steamed seabass
  7. fried broccoli

thanks bros for the fun evening & all the stuffs🙏

thanks LCH for cooking and bringing the rice & 10 stools, LCM for the disposables, HCK for the couplets & tea, & J for the samosa…etc…🙏😀

c.h.e.f andy

BBQ at Aloha Loyang Bungalow Matthias Family & RI Bros on 16Jan2020

bbq at aloha loyang bungalow

bbq at aloha loyang bungalow

aloha loyang map

aloha loyang map

CCG booked aloha loyang bungalow with the help of E & her husband JH..

this was arranged through matthias earlier – it was on planned on 6nov2019 and later postponed to 16jan2020.

the bbq was for RI metamorphosis bros to celebrate our retirement studies initiated and led by KWL and the memorable time we had together (especially with matthias), and to wear the metamorphosis magnificient seven T shirt designed by LCM…

bread drinks etc

bread drinks snacks etc

CCG organised the games & tai kor LCM organised & took care the bbq logistics, all the drinks, snacks, charcoal, starter, tongs etc…& fruits…

KWL and LCM started the fire beautifully..later LKH came and taught us the proper way to bbq chicken wings..lol!

this evening we invited matthiass family, an initiative by NCL who invited matthias’ wife J and mom E, and joined by E & hubby JH, and meimei & hubby WEH👍

matthias mom aunty E made very tasty fried chicken wings, and pineapple tarts & also brought mango she planted at her house..

I made 4 dishes –

  • nonya curry chicken
  • nonya tau tou bak
  • bean paste pork soft bones 豆瓣软骨and
  • nonya chap chye..

& prepared the bbq food items chicken wings, sotong and saba fish. HAB strong man helped me with the marketing as i still could not carry heavy things..

& we had fruits, snacks, chat and lots of fun….

CCG got everyone to tell some stories relive their memories and played games…E brought some of matthias ties and Ts and we kept some for remembrance…

c.h.e.f andy

OK Kuayteow Mee Soup @ Bukit Merah View fishball Minced Meat Noodles on 29Jan2020

my OPS bro WT bought minced meat noodles at bukit merah view fishball minced meat noodles on 29.1.2020.^^

i had kuay teow mee soup. it was ok, pedestrian…soup was ok, noodles ok not overcooked, fish ball average not like xinlu at meiling fc.

later david, on home visit from cupertino residence, joined us for coffee at coffeeshop. he was earlier with CTS having nasi lemak at adam road fc….afterwards david & WT had tong shui at bukit merah view fc stall.

c.h.e.f andy

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Bukit Merah View Fishball Minced Meat Noodles

Address:

115 Bukit Merah View, Singapore 151115

Excellent Song Fish Head in Special Sauce @ Xing Long on 20Jan2020

went over to my OPS bro WT place the we walked over to chinatown on 20.1.2020.

WT bought lunch @ xing long. ^^

excellent taujeon steamed song fish head 酱松鱼头

the sauce is better than all the other taujeon song fish head i taken include my own, sweet not too salty taujeon, sour plum & slight sour lime👍 got to vary my recipe a bit to produce this very tasty preparation 👍

stirfried kailan was the usual ok..

lunch was S$21.50=S$15 for fish head, S$6 fried kailan, 1 rice S$0.50

after lunch we walked over to nanyang coffee at smith street..WT bought coffee 👍

c.h.e.f andy

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Xing Long Food Stall

 

 

 

Good Hawker Fare 7pax Faimly Dinner @ Malaysia Chiak! on 19Jan2020

after visiting my daughter’s place, 7 of us went over to newly renovated malaysia chiak at great world city on 19.1.2020.^^

happy to report the hawker food here quite good standard. 🙂

penang laksa pretty good..ban mian good too, very tasty!

S$6 char kuay teow no wokhae sicc better
S$6 orh luar quite good

S$5 claypot rice surprisingly good
S$5 bkt ok i can do lots better

S$2 chendol amoy street standard ok, not quite four seasons tpy lor 8.

overall pretty good standard grouping of hawker fare in one location. 🙂

will be back.

c.h.e.f andy

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Good Porridge @ Weng Kiang Kee on 15Jan2020

picked up a close friend and bro & dropped off 8am at SGH for some procedure…..stayed a while…on 15.1.2020.

then parked & met with WT & WM…

walked to chinatown & took very good porridge @ weng kiang kee.

we had the mixed innard congee and one with sliced fish. WM bought some 油条.

S$5 congee very good standard, sweet & tasty, not as smooth 滑 as in hong kong, and i think a distinct disadvantage – small cuts of meat unlike hk very big slice- but tasty nonetheless…

kopi at 六十年代

kopi at 六十年代

then we had kopi @ 六十年代..some student groups visiting the buddha tooth relic temple.

after that walked along tg pagar looked at korean restaurants then exercise park then WM left and WT had drink with me at essen

WT left and LKH came by essen we had coffee…since he was there and can fetch our friend & bro back, i left about 1.20pm 😀 

c.h.e.f andy

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Weng Kiang Kee Porridge

 

 

OK Braised Duck & Salted Veg Duck soup @ Hup Seng on13Jan2020

sent car to sin min for annual servicing on 13.1.2020.

WT & WM bought hup seng duck rice salted veg duck soup & also char siew roast pork

braised duck the usual, recently don’t find it so great…the chinatown duck at commonwealth crescent fc and the happy duck at bukit merah view better…

咸菜鸭 quite standard, not really my favourite…oily and not much to eat for the price…

char siew & roast pork not so good.

c.h.e.f andy

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Hup Seng Duck Rice

Address:

Contact:
Opening Hours:

Very Ex also Very Good S$19/kg MSW @ Ah Seng Ghim Moh on 12Jan2020

ah seng msw

ah seng msw creamy small seeds shiok!

stopped by ah seng durians at ghim mon on 12.1.2020

msw S$19/kg 1.3kg = S$25

ah seng msw like 90% very good, yes there were still some, once or twice, not ideal in terms of flavour or big seeds etc, but cannot really reject

this time it was perfect la!

14 seeds very creamy slight bitter tiny seeds totally worth it!

c.h.e.f andy

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Ah Seng Durian @ Ghim Moh

At Least They have One nice Dish LOL! @ Red Star Restaurant on 10Jan2020

my OPS bro WM bought 5pax lunch @ red star today on 10.1.2020.^^

haven’t been here for like >30yrs! lol! didn’t miss much la…

dimsum just as bad as before..quite strange after 30yrs no improvement 😱

only steamed pork ribs out of 6 dimsum was good. steamed chicken feet passable..hargao i did not try looked the wrong colour & texture..siew mai inedible, fun cheong & egg tart poor…

surprisingly the pork floss softshell crab and the chicken 金龙鸡 pretty good quite ok..

saving grace the toman fish in 3 preparations just $48 very good..best was the braised beehoon good wok hae and very tasty..both soup & fish fillet fried with kailan good and all 3 large helping..

but this is a push cart dimsum restaurant so poor inedible dimsum quite meaningless..

come back another 30yrs or just eat fish in 3 ways?

c.h.e.f andy

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So So Soon Heng Rojak on 7Jan2020

after not so satisfying lai heng bakchor mee, LKY and I walked over to tpy hub lor 6 on 7.1.2020.

shared a S$5.50 soon heng rojak at B1 food court.

very the so so OPS bro LCM used to bring my place for makan..quite good leh..

today so so..a FB friend said only buy if main man is around? whatever…

not that good..sicc rojak so much better!

c.h.e.f andy

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No Good Bakchormee @ Lai Heng TPY Lor 4 on7Jan2020

LKY bought kai heng bakchormee tpy lor 4 on 7.1.2020. ^^

so so!

had lai heng bakchormee with my OPS bro WM in 2017 when it was located at tpy lor 7.

& love the lai heng fishball noodles at T3 basement in 2015 not sure related..

today the bcm was a far cry.. meepok still qq and loose, but the key chilli sauce was poor, slight salty but mostly becss not fragrant & tasty..

won’t be back..

c.h.e.f andy

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Very Good Unagi Don @ Uya on 5Jan2020

wife bought dinner @ uya wheelock..

the live eel was excellent, so fresh, tender, sweet & the skin well grilled.

many reviewers had made comparisons uya and man man..uya’s distinct advantage can book online no need to queue!

for me, both are good..i lean towards man man..uya large hitsumabushi S$46 more expansive for the same size serving..i think man man like S$36, maybe more ex now..

c.h.e.f andy

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Uya 四代目菊川 Japanese Unagi Restaurant

OK Dishes @ Tai Lou on 3Jan2020

my OPS bro HC bought 4pax OPS bros lunch @ dai lou punggol marina on 3.1.2020.^^

food was ok, quite mediocre zichar. 🙂

har jeon gai aka prawn paste chicken was ok but heavy batter

nowhere c/w the excellent prawn paste chicken at hk street new chun kee at commonwealth crescent.

we ordered salted egg sotong, forgot that HC doesn’t take sotong. anyway this dish not great. salted egg sotong taste & powdery salted egg texture ok..came like calamari again heavy batter. i prefer it w/o batter..didn’t like the onion ring type batter be better w/o batter..

surprisingly the minced pork tofu was good, best dish la…tofu nicely done, soft inside & tasty.

chaotar beehoon (三楼米粉) good standard. i have taken better ones though…

sambal mixed veg non-descript like any heavily sambal dish..ok not great

won’t come back just average food to fill the tummy

after that we had durians D13 WT bought..

then WM drove to seletar club & we had ice kachang

ate too much lol!

c.h.e.f andy

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Awesome, Sumptuous 9pax Family Dinner @ 8picure on 31Dec2020

miyazaki wagyu A5

A5 Omi Ribeye Steak (1/2 portion)

we had 9pax family + aunty bes dinner @ 8picure to celebrate new year eve on 31.12.2019.^^

food was truly awesome, delicious!! really lovely dinner thanks to chef Gabriel Lee & his partner Connie 👍

wife ordered 4 lobster/ohmi wagyu sets for 8 of us to share, and 1 set (pea soup, alio olio, french poulette & tiramisu) for aunty bes.

and we had lots of appetisers,

additional pastas…

galician octopus

galician octopus with smoked cauliflower & squidink coral

main courses and galician octopus…

desserts to share.

every dish was great! including the excellent dessert!

& the ohmi wagyu was a good serving especially split into 1/2 portions.

really most enjoyable and memorable dinner, fit for a family new year eve celebrations. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

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8picure

New Year Resolution 1Jan2020

trying to see when i last wrote down a new year resolution.

& that was 6 years back on 1.1.2014..:-)

 if today were your last day on earth. When you live everyday as if it is your last, your life will take on a magical quality….

we always say this…carpe diem, sieze the moment…joie de vivre…ikigai…

just in that the hustle & bustle of daily living, even if those words come to mind, they are just floating around at the peripheral of our being, and even if one focus on them it is not easy to experience them in the same degree always as c/w when there is major event, sometimes life changing event.

anywhere i am not good at trying too hard on this.

recently i had a rather bad accident but relatively good outcome. and just prior to that, losing a very close friend and brother …

so i just want to do the things i can do, and can do more, that others may enjoy…

one is cooking –

  • i am doing one weekly friday 140pax breakfast dish for teban gardens PPH community service centre.
  • & cooking a fortnightly tuesday 40pax lunch for HCA Hospice Care day hospice patients.

the other is to continue some of the work of my close friend and brother Matthias..we have set up a fund and have a committee of friends and relatives together on this…

六十耳顺,七十随心所欲…

so my convictions are 尽力不强求…when i say not try too hard…actually it is try hard but not to desire any outcome too hard or be so bothered, not to take oneself too seriously…and think too much about the things we do..just do it..if i run i run, i exercise i exercise, i cook i cook…there is nothing to it..just be happy i can do what i do and it is useful to others…

c.h.e.f andy