Below Par Yong Tau Foo @ Hakka Noodle on 25Sep2016

yong tau foo

yong tau foo 

so we had a 5pax family lunch outing at holland drive food centre this morning on 25.9.2016.

we shared what i thought was expensive not great kueh chap & braised duck at cheng heng.

hakka noodle yong tau foo

hakka noodle yong tau foo 

& daughter ordered 2 bowls of ytf at hakka noodles.

yong tau foo

yong tau foo 

name is hakka but it felt more like hock chew?

the 釀 meat fillings were pork & not fish meat??

wife & daughter didn’t like it much.

soup was ok. ytf was non-descript. we left about 4 pieces uneaten.

i did not mind the noodles & chilli with some ikan bilis. but far from anything worth eating la.

c.h.e.f andy

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Hakka Noodles

Address:

Holland Drive Food Centre, #02-15

44 Holland Dr, Singapore 270044

Expensive Not Great Duck & Kueh Chap @ Cheng Heng Holland Drive Food Centre on 25Sep2016

duck & kueh chap

kueh chap

went for 5pax family lunch at holland drive food centre on 25.9.2016. ^^

today we shared some duck & kueh chap.

and daughter ordered 2 yong tau foo from hakka noodles.

cheng heng kueh chap

cheng heng kueh chap

cheng heng kueh chap is a popular stall here.

cheng heng kueh chap

cheng heng kueh chap

long queue.

i wonder why after trying the food?

but there’s always a reason. so i guess most people actually like the food. & in the end things are relative, just a matter of comparison.

kueh chap

kueh chap

the kueh was ok, soft. the gravy/sauce though not so tasty.

kueh chap

kueh chap

the intestines & pig skin were good, texture & taste, tau kua also good, taupok so so not soft enough not well infused yet, kong bak too fatty.

lor nerng (braised egg) was good. chai buay was not. not tasty like those teochew muay ones.

the duck was the poorest of the lot. duck not “pang” (flavourful) at all, meat too soft.. i forgot to take photo as it came last.

(cheng heng’s duck was like less than 1/2 the serving of happy duck’s 1/2 duck for S$18 in the photo below).

& it was S$26 for very little food.

1/2 braised duck S$18

bukit merah view FC happy duck’s 1/2 braised duck S$18

pigs ear, intestines, pig skin & lor bak S$10

bukit merah view happy duck’s pigs ear, intestines, pig skin & lor bak S$10

so as i said everything just a matter of comparison.

c/w the S$30 duck & kueh chap lunch for 5pax guys i had at happy duck bukit merah view food centre on 16.6.2015?

for me, actually simply no comparison la..how to compare???

& if it was just a matter if taste & not price, then my own lor arh would be just a lot better lor..

lol!🙂

c.h.e.f andy

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Cheng Heng Kway Chap & Braised Duck

Address:

Holland Drive Food Centre, #02-05

44 Holland Dr, Singapore 270044

 

Stir-fried Lean Pork & Salted Fish with Celery– 13th Newgate Learning Hub Community Lunch on 24Sep2016

stir-fried lean meat & salted fish celery

stir-fried lean pork & salted fish celery

made stir-fried lean pork & salted fish with celery this morning on 24.9.2016. ^^

this my 13th community lunch dish for bathesda community’s newgate learning hub (bread of life).🙂

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

stir-fried lean meat & salted fish celery

stir-fried lean pork & salted fish celery

i cooked the sliced lean pork & the veg dish separate.

then i plated the veg dish on the aluminum tray & placed the sliced pork on top.

stir-fried lean meat

stir-fried lean pork

for the sliced pork, i marinated with 1 tbsp corn flour, 2 tbsp fish sauce, 1 tbsp oyster sauce, 1tbsp sesame oil, 1/2 tbsp dark soy sauce, mixed well & for 2hrs.

stir-fried lean meat

stir-fried lean pork

then i fried chopped garlic & sliced ginger in 2 tbsp oil on medium heat till fragrant, & added the pork.

covered a bit, reduced the marinade.

stir-fried lean meat

stir-fried lean pork

pork was not overcooked, tender & tasty. ^^

salted fish celery

salted fish celery

the salted fish with celery dish i copied from my sis.

she came for makan & cooked the dish a few times recently. like it!🙂

salted fish celery

salted fish celery

i fried chopped garlic, ginger & cut salted fish in 2 tbsp oil & fried till fragrant.

then i added the cut celery.

salted fish celery

salted fish celery

added the outer stems first. fried for a few minutes & covered, then added the young stems.

no need to add salt or fish sauce as salted fish already salty & taste wonderful.

anyway taste the dish. make sure you get the taste & texture you like. all in i say about 10minutes.

i tasted the dish. it was good. celery still crunchy & tasty & very nice sliced pork.

c.h.e.f andy

Very Fun 5pax RI Friends Lunch & Afternoon Together on 23Sep2016

7 dishes for 5pax RI friends lunch

7 dishes for 5pax RI friends lunch

we had a 5pax homecooked lunch today on 23.9.2016. ^^

many of our good friends are away “reprising” the silk road journey to the west.

so this was an eat together for the folks left behind, lol!

7 dishes for 5pax RI friends lunch

7 dishes for 5pax RI friends lunch

i made 6 dishes +  simple cheng chow dessert.

a friend brought a huge cereal prawns dish, unannounced! (the dish NOT the guy la…)

a friend brought cereal prawns - it was very good

a friend brought cereal prawns – it was very good

excellent cereal prawns this, as good as the good zi char restaurants outside.

a friend brought cereal prawns - it was very good

a friend brought cereal prawns – it was very good

he brought like 20 prawns, that’s nearly (or is??) 1 kg…

no wonder he said on whatsapp chat my tofu prawn dish not enough to eat.🙂

a friend brought cereal prawns - it was very good

a friend brought cereal prawns – it was very good

he told me to put in the oven for 2 minutes (i did it at 180degC… he like not very sure la…prawns made by his helper but actually he did know about the dish, not so blurrrr… lol!)

i didn’t know, but the dish came out perfectly, nicely warm still crispy, prawns fresh, quite excellent la! ^^

this guy CTHD (crouching tiger hidden dragon), his roast pork also very good…so roast pork & cereal prawn dishes, i no need to learn…see the sio bak dish at our teochew muay lunch on 28.10.2015!

my prawn tofu was almost perfect today

my tofu prawns almost perfect today

luckily my tofu prawn dish also quite good today.

it was a lot better than when i first attempted the dish for my OPS friends on 4.8.2016. :-)

my tofu, prawns & most importantly the sauce very good today. ^^

i was recreating sik bao sin’s tofu prawn dish (above photo).

i guess egg tofu would be better but i wanted to use the silken tofu in the fridge, which were soften & harder to fry. but they came out very good today.

& the perfect touch (almost la) was to top with an egg (just stir a bit) when reheating to serve.🙂

add smoothness to the sauce & looked pretty!

i was modelling after JB shoon huat bakuteh’s claypot chicken.

different but just as good. can be improved la…

my sauce was very tasty, & chicken very tender not overcooked or “old”, which is the usual problems with chicken dishes outside, but next time i would reduce the sauce a bit more so chicken would be more tasty.

JB shoon huat’s claypot sesame chicken one of the better ones i tried.

braised yellow croaker 红烧小黄鱼 - room for improvements

braised yellow croaker 红烧小黄鱼 – room for improvements

i did a braised yellow croaker 红烧小黄鱼. this the teochew 半煎煮style.

braised yellow croaker 红烧小黄鱼 - room for improvements

braised yellow croaker 红烧小黄鱼 – room for improvements

braised yellow croaker 红烧小黄鱼 - room for improvements

braised yellow croaker 红烧小黄鱼 – room for improvements

fish was ok. “pang” from the frying, texture was good.

fish was fresh & tasty. but sauce need to be improved.

this steamed salted fish minced pork 咸鱼饼 very “laku” with my friends! ^^

favourite with me too. such nice comfort food.🙂

i don’t make it often myself, as my helper does it very well.

today very nice, we sapu everything la….

i think only dish today NOT so great was the manila clams.

i did an almost perfect manila clams for my friends previously for a memorable 15 dishes teochew muay lunch on 28.0.2015.

lala-manila clams

lala-manila clams

this time i bought the clams the day before, and kept in the fridge in water with ice overnight, and drain the clams before cooking.

looking back at the photos, the clams a bit wet today, and i think my spice/sauce not as good la…

stir-fried romaine lettuce 油麦菜

stir-fried romaine lettuce 油麦菜

the romaine lettuce 油麦菜 was ok, quite nice, but maybe as my friend said, a dry garlic 清炒might be better still.

ginko nuts lotus seeds cheng chow dessert

ginko nuts lotus seeds cheng chow dessert

made a simple ginko nuts lotus seeds cheng chow dessert.🙂

just buy cheng chow from sheng shiong, and a packet each of ginko & nuts lotus seeds & boiled in water with brown sugar & pandan leaves…🙂

ginko nuts lotus seeds cheng chow dessert

ginko nuts lotus seeds cheng chow dessert

very refreshing & nice dessert, easy to make la….

nice jap greentea biscuits

nice jap greentea biscuits

a friend brought nice jap greentea biscuits.

nice jap greentea biscuits

nice jap greentea biscuits

this another very enjoyable lunch. dishes quite easy to make & nice.

& old friends coming together to chit chat & share…many of us not the big crowd type, so great to have very large gatherings, but a few friends spending an afternoon & lunch very fun for us la. ^^

c.h.e.f andy

Really Good S$4 Mee Pok Tar @ Jln Tua Kong 6th Avenue on 22Sep2016

S$4 mee pok tar

S$4 mee pok tar 

wife having dinner with her friends. children eating out.

decided to have a quick early dinner at jln tua kong mee pok tar at 6th avenue on 22.9.2016. ^^

jln tua kong mee pok tar @ 6th avenue

jln tua kong mee pok tar @ 6th avenue 

i ordered the S$4 mee pok tar. really shiok la!🙂

S$4 mee pok tar

S$4 mee pok tar 

it’s really good S$4 mee pok tar…

everything good, the lar pok (crispy lard) the qq noodles, chilli especially good, minced pork, soup etc…

maybe fish balls not as good as xinlu at meiling food centre

otherwise superb!

S$4 mee pok tar

S$4 mee pok tar 

it was not too heavy, just nice for me la! ^^

c.h.e.f andy

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Jln Tua Kong Mee Pok Tar

24 Sixth Ave, Singapore 276481

Good Good Eating House 好好餐室

Good Tea Time Porridge & Dimsum @ Crystal Jade Kitchen at Hollandv on 21Sep2016

steamed chicken feet

steamed chicken feet 

wife finished late today.

we did not want heavy lunch so decided to take advantage of 25% discount for tea at crystal jade kitchen @ hollandv (3pm to 5pm) on 21.9.2016.^^

good timing to do some errands & got a seat at the restaurant at 3pm.

crystal jade kitchen @ hollandv-3.15pm

crystal jade kitchen @ hollandv-3.15pm

restaurant was quite empty at this hour.

har gao

har gao 

har gao was tasty.

skin breaking up a bit but skin & fillings both tasty. i took with some chilli, quite enjoy it.

steamed pork ibs

steamed pork ribs 

steamed pork ribs were good.

tasty, and good amount of meat. tender too. good standard this.

& the steamed chicken feet (top photos). good too.

3-combo porridge =liver,kidney,meatballs

3-combo porridge =liver,kidney,meatballs

& we always like the porridge (or congee) here.

we ordered the 3-combo, with liver, kidney & meat balls.

3-combo porridge =liver,kidney,meatballs

3-combo porridge =liver,kidney,meatballs 

porridg very smooth 滑, very good standard.

the bill after 25% discounts-S$26

the bill after 25% discounts-S$26 

basically this standard of dimsum & porridge is HK standard. maybe a bit more than HK prices.

with 25% discounts it was ok at S$26nett. maybe still more ex than HK.

c.h.e.f andy

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Crystal Jade Kitchen @ Hollandv
Address:
2 Lor Mambong, Holland Village, 277671
Contact:
Opening Hours:

Daily 8:30AM–11PM

OK Coffee Nice Ice Lemon Tea @ Essen at the Pinnacle on 20Sep2016

very good ice lemon tea S$1.80

very good ice lemon tea S$1.80

after an excellent best-value lunch at feng bo zhuang, we went to essen at the pinnacle for cuppa on 20.9.2016. ^^

pinnacle @ duxton

pinnacle @ duxton

pinnacle just outside CBD, so cheap parking just S$1 per hour.

and you can just walk down to tanjong pagar market, where my OPS friend has a stall selling chickens.

i bought some apples, pears, spanish melon from a fruit stall there.

such a wonderfully designed HDB skyscraper.

look better than private condos la…🙂

essen at the pinnacle

essen at the pinnacle

nice cafe. there is nice seating indoors.

also nice wooden tables & chairs outside.

we had a drink inside, then continue outside open patio.🙂

essen at the pinnacle

essen at the pinnacle

view of the buildings from the outside patio.

ancient tree

ancient tree

& the ancient tree outside.

i had a cappuccinoS$2.40. the long black were similarly priced.

it was average, not great, but quite a lot lower price for brewed coffee.

the i had another drink – an iced lemon tea. this was very good. not like just tea with a lemon slice, but nice strong lemon drink with tea flavours. very good. not too sweet also.

they say the food there so so & expensive, like 3 chicken wings for S$8.50. i think also very limited choice. so not much business la…

the drinks seem ok.🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Excellent Lunch the Second Time @ Feng Bo Zhuang 风波庄 at Temple Street on 20Sep2016

spicy fish 口水鱼

#4 spicy fish 口水鱼 – S$18

we had 7pax dinner here last month on 16.8.2016.

food was ok for me and there were a few dishes i liked especially the trotters, duck soup, & the 百叶fried bean curd puff dishes.

we had a spare S$100 groupon voucher, so my OPS friend decided to come back today to feng bo zhuang 风波庄 for lunch on 20.9.2016 before the voucher expires. ^^

appetizer

appetizer

we had chinese tea & appetizer, a spicy bean thing, slightly salty.

i saw on the bill (bottom photo) that they charged S$1pax, pretty ok.

jelly fish

#1 jelly fish – S$8

my 2 OPS friends ordered the dishes. & they were a lot better than the last time.

we had jelly fish, refreshing, quite standard, pretty ok.

lamb, pork, chicken skewers

#2 lamb, pork, chicken skewers – 10 skewers S$1 each

we had 10 skewers – lamb, pork chicken.

seasoning ok the peppery 羊肉串flavours but the not well bbq, don’t have the bbq flavours.

frog in bamboo 竹筒牛蛙

#3 frog in bamboo 竹筒牛蛙 – S$18

frog was poor the last time.

but this frog in bamboo 竹筒牛蛙  quite tasty, especially with the sauce at the bottom.

spicy fish 口水鱼

#4 spicy fish 口水鱼 – S$18

the spicy fish 口水鱼 looked wonderful, not quite the usual 水煮鱼standard.

the spices were actually quite good, flavourful, but the fish slices not great, not sweet, texture not great, not sure what fish this.

chicken with 粉皮&金针day lily

#5 chicken with 粉皮&金针day lily – S$18

the stewed chicken with mushroom dish was very tasty.

the soup was excellent though slightly salty, still drinkable.

红烧雪菜小黄鱼braised yellow croaker

#6 红烧雪菜小黄鱼braised yellow croaker – S$18

the 红烧雪菜小黄鱼braised yellow croaker with salted veg was excellent. the frying 煎made it very “pang” & the braising 红烧gave it the sauce flavours & moist texture, excellent 半煎煮preparation.

红烧雪菜小黄鱼braised yellow croaker

#6 红烧雪菜小黄鱼braised yellow croaker – S$18

for me the chicken soup & the 红烧雪菜小黄鱼braised yellow croaker were the 2 best dishes for lunch today.

potato strops 土豆丝

#7 potato strips 土豆丝 – S$9

the julienned potato strips 土豆丝 was good, very competently done, excellent crunchy texture & sweet.

spicy veg 干炒时蔬

#7 spicy veg 干炒时蔬 – S$16

the spicy veg 干炒时蔬 was a bit wet, not so 干. veg were ok, good enough, the flavourful mala taste only at the bottom.

the bill

the bill

the bill for 7 dishes + the 10 skewers came to S$121.

so with groupon voucher S$50 discounts (S$50 for S$100 voucher), it was S$71 for 8 dishes for 5pax. a really good deal in my opinion.

today the lunch was very good. i enjoyed every dish (more or less), and the service was quite ok & pleasant.

it seemed so different from the last time –

  • first we ordered dishes that was almost all good (for me only the skewers were food i didn’t need..), and service also…so ordering the right dishes make a huge difference.
  • like i mentioned previously if you don’t need to ask questions, just order yourself the service was quite the usual & pleasant enough.

after this lunch, this a place i will come again if there is groupon offer, just maybe not too soon.

after lunch we went to essen @ pinnacle for some coffee & chit chat.🙂

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

The Best Spicy Black Bean Sauce Song Fish Head 松鱼头 (update on 10Sep2016)

i made spicy black bean sauce-song fish head 松鱼头 a few times recently.

here is the recipe (updated using the best fish head i made on 10.9.2016).

i was at sheng shiong the other day & bought one whole song fish head松鱼头 for S$8.90. usually it is S$6.90 for 1/2 at sheng shiong so i don’t buy unless i go to chinatown market where they sell S$8 for one fish head.

this evening i did the best one yet on 10.9.2016.

my sis & bil think it’s better than the ones we had outside. i think so too la…^

so i had, for 1/2 song fish head松鱼头, a spicy black bean sauce mix of –

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

i mixed them cold to dissolve the corn flour & tasted the sauce. it was very good.

i then heat up a bit & the sauce became slight clumpy. i addd to the fish & steamed for 13mins in the steam oven.

fish was excellent as it was very fresh & the sauce was just perfect, spicy, tangy, not too sweet.

btw, this was also how hk street chun kee at commonwealth crescent food centre make their fish head.

after trying the both watery & pasty sauce, i decided that the pasty sauce is the best preparation.  :-)

c.h.e.f andy

Great 中秋节Mid-Autumn Festival Dinner at Brother’s House on 15Sep2016

my brothers helpers cooked food

my brothers helpers cooked food

sis family & i went to brother’s house for 中秋节mid-autumn festival dinner  this evening on 15.9.2016. ^^

my brothers helpers cooked food

my brothers helpers cooked food

the dishes were planned by my sil & her helper the evening before, and cooked by the helper.

my brothers helpers cooked food

my brothers helpers cooked food

it was simple, homely, delicious, comfort food. very nice!🙂

braised yellow croaker 红烧小黄鱼

braised yellow croaker 红烧小黄鱼

they did the braised yellow croaker 红烧小黄鱼. it was very good!🙂

fish was fresh & sweet.yellow croaker 小黄鱼 has fine texture. this method we say 半煎煮in teochew helps to make the texture firmer, & flavourful (“pang”) from frying. the sauce was good too…

i did a braised mandarin fish 红烧桂鱼 2 days later when my sis & bil came for dinner at my place. my was not as good la… yet …haha!

steamed pomfret

steamed pomfret

steamed pomfret the usual, fresh fish & a regular good teochew dish.

prawns

prawns

her prawns were good too.

tau you bak

tau you bak

& the tau you bak was tender & nice.

not elaborate like my tau you bak.

a good pointer for me to find the simplest way to cook a good tasty dish. i will try out this dish without the oven slow braising.

brocoli & fungus dish

brocoli & fungus dish

brocoli also a simple comfort food. it was done nicely poached (or lightly fried) with nice enoki (golden mushrooms).

the fungus tanhoon tau kee dish again simple & good.

i can learn a thing or 2 trying the dishes by the helper.🙂

hard tau kua

hard tau kua

the hard tau kua i have not taken for eons, almost didn’t remember them. my mom/grandma used to cook them.

hard tau kua

hard tau kua

2 different type of sauce. i like this dark soy sauce one better, but this not my preferred tau kua dish.

sis' excellent salted fish with celery

sis’ excellent salted fish with celery

& my sis’ salted fish with celery was simply wonderful!

i am going to cook this celery dish with sliced pork for the bread of life community lunch this saturday. ^^

& also for PPH teban gardens community breakfast friday next week.🙂

a very nice meal with family. after dinner, brother called & talked with our relatives in china.

c.h.e.f andy

3pax Homecooked Dinner with Sis & BIL on 17Sep2016

sis & bil came for dinner this evening on 17.9.2016. ^^

i had 1/2 song fish head 松鱼头 leftover in the freezer from last week.

3 dishes

3 dishes

i also had a mandarin fish 桂鱼 in the freezer leftover from the time my OPS primary school classmate brought 2 桂鱼 for me airflown from shanghai after CNY…lol!🙂

i made one HK steamed mandarin fish港蒸 桂鱼 at the time on 17.3.2016.

it’s time to make the other! haha!🙂

3 dishes

3 dishes

my sis & bil have been frying the vegetables the few times they ate here recently.

this sis brought some tau gay (bean sprouts) to fry with salted fish.🙂

the paste was still quite good, but it was not as good as the last time on 10.9.2016. that one was like perfect la.

i am thinking maybe 2 reasons- (1)i experimented by adding 2 tbsp shaoxing wine (ie should not add) & (2)i added a bit more black vinegar.

there was another hiccup with the texture. for some reason texture was soft. it did not feel like bad or not fresh & though texture was soft the meat still held together. but it di dnot feel as shiok as the usual firmer texture we are accustomed to.

i am guessing it was because i put the paste on the fish head earlier like >2 hrs waiting for my sis to come. next time i will only add the paste at the time of steaming.

braised mandarin fish 红烧桂鱼

braised mandarin fish 红烧桂鱼

this the first time i am making 红烧dish. ^^

of course i have done this 红烧method many times. basically teriyaki is 红烧. any dish you add a marinade or braising sauce & let it cook while the braising sauce reduced is 红烧 la.

in the case of (say) teriyaki sutchi fillet, you let it reduced to almost dry & caramelised the fish fillet.

for this evening’s braised mandarin fish 红烧桂鱼, i made slices on the fish, dusted a bit of corn flour & fried the fish first.

this method we say 半煎煮i have not done myself before, so just read up a few online recipes.

then i made my usual braising sauce:

  • 2 tbsp light soy sauc
  • 2 tbsp olive oi
  • 2 tbsp miri
  • 1 tbsp flat sugar (or if lesser then 2 tsp
  • 1 tbsp zhengjiang black vinega
  • 1 tbsp corn flour
braised mandarin fish 红烧桂鱼

braised mandarin fish 红烧桂鱼

the fish was pretty nice. great tasting sauce, good, fresh fish (after 6 months in freezer), great texture.

quite nice overall, but not quite the best 红烧 dish i have tried. need to experiment a bit more.

maybe fry a bit more (or a lot more??)

will also ry adding some tomato sauce & also tomatoes, green peppers & red chillies.

salted fish with bean sprouts

salted fish with bean sprouts

sis’ salted fish bean sprouts was nice.

salted fish with bean sprouts

salted fish with bean sprouts

bean sprouts were crunchy & the salted fish very tasty. good stuff!

dark soy sauce ti por

dark soy sauce ti por 

our relatives in china sent us sent ti por (dry flat fish). it is of course very good for soup, fih head steamboat, frying vegetables & even bakchormee.

for us though we were nostalgic of the dark soy sauce ti por which our mom did 50 years ago.

my sis tried steaming it for like 50mins the last time.

but it was still very tough & hard. so i boiled it instead for like 45mins to 1 hr, and then basically reduced it just like 红烧 till very little liquid was left then added 1 tbsp datk soy sauce.

AND it was pretty good leh!!! almost like what we remembered the feel to be!🙂

a great, fun, plain home dinner.🙂

c.h.e.f andy

9pax Curry Chicken Noodles + Braised Duck Dinner for OPS Primary School Classmates on 13Sep2016

OPS primary school classmates came for 9pax dinner on 13.9.2016.^^

i made curry chicken noodles.

looking at my previously blog posts, i served curry chicken noodles to my RI friends-

  1. 11pax dinner on 11.3.2013 &
  2. shiok home lunch for 9pax friends on 9.3.2015.

the curry chicken noodles were good on both counts. i guess they were served in very small amounts with more of other dishes provided.

for this evening, i also had braised duck, egg taupok tau kua, tau you bak, fried leeks.

chicken & duck were good but noodles a bit disappointing, not enough soup & not spicy & tasty enough.

taupok & egg good, tau kua ok, tau you bak quite good when i took some leftovers, but last evening some parts skin were tough.

veg was not good.

we were chatting on FB afterwards, & i shared-

i used 18 dry chilli..nearly double c/w my usual nonya curry chicken..this though is like a soup NOT gravy so quantity is more than 2x usual probably 3x (my usual gravy)..i used bones from 3 chicken as stock..the soup was actually very tasty though (still) not spicy..however when noodles added taste much diluted..actually the taupok though infused & tasty seemed to take away & dilute the taste of the soup oso…so looks like got to have double the amount of soup or 1/2 the amount of noodles in order to get the taste right.

duck noodles

duck noodles

braised duck was good this evening.

i took out some noodles from the curry chicken noodle bowls & served 2 bowls of duck noodles to 2 friends.

i think duck noodles were very good.

duck noodles

duck noodles

i shared in the same FB chat-

duck noodles i think was good & yours too but you already thought soup was slightly “light” & the noodles in the duck noodles <<1/2 that in curry chicken noodles…so if i were to do 9 bowls of duck noodles it would be the same problem…

lor arh = braised duck

lor arh = braised duck

i just used ready made Tai Wah chicken marinate (大华鲁鸡汁) to braise the duck.

so just need to rub the duck inside & outside with 2 tbsp sugar, add whole bulb of peeled garlic plus cut ginger, cover & baste the duck (about 2kg from giant) for 1hr 10mins.

duck was tender & flavourful (the lor was very “pang”).

lor nerng-braised egg and tau kua

lor nerng-braised egg and tau kua

& i used that to make the lor nerng-braised egg and tau kua.

lor nerng-braised egg, taupok and tau kua

lor nerng-braised egg, taupok and tau kua

lastly cooked the taupok strips & placed over the tau kua.

tau pok was well infused & very tasty.

for tau kua i think they need to be taken with some sauce, so i should add more sauce when serving next time.

duck noodles

duck noodles

i used some of the sauce to make 2 bowls of duck noodles.

duck noodles

duck noodles

so basically the trick is to add enough soup for the noodles so taste would not be diluted=either more soup or more achievable, less noodles.

tau you bak today also not ideal.

though i have made i knew were excellent very tender tau you bak in large quantities for teban gardens & also bread of life community meals, today one piece i tried the skin was tough. though i had 2 pieces the next day & they were all good & tender.

chicken as usual was good.

i added a bit of tumeric to make it look yellow. this what the hk chefs did for the 黄姜鸡 say at crystal jade kitchen.

i deboned the chicken.

& plated it for adding onto the curry chicken noodles.

fish cakes

fish cakes

& made fish cakes.

curry chicken soup

curry chicken soup

as shared earlier, i had 18 pieces of dry chilli (& 300ml coconut milk), so colour was good, but still not spicy so i will have to add chilli padi next time.

the soup was actually very tasty, but because there were not enough for the noodles, it became quite ordinary. this part need to manage & i will have to reduce noodles to 1/2 or 1/3 for serving in future. it is difficult for me to make more soup.

it was not really a bad noodles.

but i was not worth the effort, & boiling the bones of 3 chicken for like 15hrs over 2 days.

tea & cute mooncake

tea & cute mooncake

my friends brought many things.

especially the homemade “better than outside” durian mooncake…one friend brought back for his wife daughter, the rest start announcing father, mother, son…

one brought 2 pomelos & very nice spanish melo (from australia??).

one brought nice peach.

one brought wine.

another brought orange juice.

& another the tea & cutie mooncake (above photo).

we had karaoke afterwards just connecting the pc youtube to tv. had lots of fun.

curry chicken noodles not to my satisfaction, but overall still great fun to get together with good friends & primary school classmates of 51 years from OPS.

c.h.e.f andy

Very Good Tapas Lousy Drinks @ Sixty40 on 16Sep2016

3tapas=chicken drumlets,pork ribs,mussel pot

3tapas=chicken drumlets,pork ribs,mussel pot 

another unsuccessful attempt to have frog porridge at G7 sinma this evening.

no parking lots, lots of cars.

running out ideas where to go for light makan, then remembered i have groupon vouchers. so called up & got an outside table for 2pax at sixty40 @ rochester mall on 16.9.2016. ^^.

ballantine whisky and white wine

ballantine whisky and white wine 

groupon voucher for 2pax entitled us to 2 alcoholic drinks, but not cocktails.

i got a ballantine whisky & wife got a white wine. both are lousy, quite expected for the groupon price la.

sixty40 @ rochester mall

sixty40 @ rochester mall

sixty40 @ rochester mall

sixty40 @ rochester mall 

place has nice ambience, both inside & outside.

there is life music wednesday to saturday.

it was more fun to sit outside.

chicken drumlets

chicken drumlets 

we ordered 3 tapas for the applicable menu.

chicken drumlets were good, good flavour, wings still juicy, nice vinegar dip. we also asked for chilli.

mussel pot

mussel pot 

they had the cheap local mussels which was tough not so succulent.

but soup was great. so preparation ok good standard just the ingredients not the good mussels.

pork ribs

pork ribs 

pork ribs was excellent la! loved it! ^^

don’t know if i can make this pork ribs. i think louisiana. pork rib was tender & very tasty, smokey flavours.

not sure if it was just marinade or because of using a smoker or bbq. i can experiment the marinade & recipes but not do the smoking.

S$29.90 groupon voucher for 2pax=3tapas + 2alcoholic drinks

S$29.90 groupon voucher for 2pax=3tapas + 2alcoholic drinks 

groupon deal was quite genuine = S$19.90 for 3 tapas, which would have cost up to S$40++.

what i bought included 2 drinks for S$10 more at S$29.90. & we had the whisky & white wine at S$12 & S$11 outside happy hours (we were at at 8.45pm).

the deal expired now but guess it will come back. won’t mind having it again.

dart boards @ sixty40

dart boards @ sixty40 

they have dart boards inside. some people were playing.

sixty40 @ rochester mall

sixty40 @ rochester mall 

sixty40 @ rochester mall

sixty40 @ rochester mall 

& nice ambience at the tables outside.

bar food not exactly my most preferred. but i quite enjoyed this evening. good tasty food with wonderful ambience.

c.h.e.f andy

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Sixty40 @ Rochester Mall

Address:
33 Rochester Park, Singapore 138638
Contact:
Opening Hours:

Chin Chia Ho (Very Good) Ah Hoe Mee Pok on 16Sep2016

S$4 ah hoe bak chor mee on 16.9.2016

S$4 ah hoe bak chor mee on 16.9.2016

after the community breakfast at PPH teban gardens community service centre, my OPS primary school classmate & i adjourned to ah hoe mee pok at blk 710 clementi west street 2 on 16.9.2016. ^^

was looking forward to this, especially after the below par, actually quite disappointing seng kee bak chor mee at serangoon gardens yesterday!

2pax queue ahead at 10.30am @ ah hoe bak chor mee on 16.9.2016

2pax queue ahead at 10.30am @ ah hoe bak chor mee on 16.9.2016

we arrived about 10.30am. there is not much queue, just 2 pax before us.

we ordered a S$4 mee pok each (the no. 2 bak chor mee style, they also sell the no. 1 fish ball noodles style)

S$4 ah hoe bak chor mee on 16.9.2016

S$4 ah hoe bak chor mee on 16.9.2016

this my 4th time here, the last time was on 3.2.2016, and it was good every time, today included! ^^

S$4 ah hoe bak chor mee on 16.9.2016

S$4 ah hoe bak chor mee on 16.9.2016

there’s lots of ingredients for S$4, lots of minced pork, sliced pork. pork balls, mushrooms etc & not too much mee pok, just perfecto for me la…

the mee pok was qq, quite perfect (unlike the quite unacceptable soggy mee pok i had at seng kee yesterday).

the chilli sauce over taste was very good, just not spicy enuf, not enuf kick for me,i took some chilli paste from them but that was not enuf, so i added a bit of chilli padi without the fish sauce. they also have the garlic sauce like what they used for ramen in japan, but i quite ok without that.

they served a chashu men japanese ramen style (S$6/S$7) on weekends only. maybe i will come & try that 1 weekend.🙂

braised pork trotters (ter kah) @ ah hoe bak chor mee on 16.9.2016

braised pork trotters (ter kah) @ ah hoe bak chor mee on 16.9.2016

today i tried the ter kah braised pork trotters.

the skin gelatinous part texture ok. the mushroom sauce taste not my preferred style.

braised pork trotters (ter kah) @ ah hoe bak chor mee on 16.9.2016

braised pork trotters (ter kah) @ ah hoe bak chor mee on 16.9.2016

i liked both the common styles the lor 鲁 type seved in most bakuteh & other trotter stalls, and also the vinegared trotters. both are more “pang”. this one the sauce is just the similar mushroom sauce for the bakchormee. & i feel the texture of the lean part is not as good.

c.h.e.f andy

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Ah Hoe Mee Pok

Braised Sutchi Fillet 红烧鲶鱼柳 with Potatoes, Carrots, Onions – 19th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 16Sep2016

braised sutchi fillet 红烧鲶鱼柳  with potatoes, carrots, onions

braised sutchi fillet 红烧鲶鱼柳 with potatoes, carrots, onions 

did a braised sutchi fillet 红烧鲶鱼柳 with potatoes, carrots, onions  for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 16.9.2016. ^^

braised sutchi fillet 红烧鲶鱼柳  with potatoes, carrots, onions

braised sutchi fillet 红烧鲶鱼柳 with potatoes, carrots, onions 

this my 19th 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.

potatoes, carrots, onions

potatoes, carrots, onions 

the vegetables i fried separately.

potatoes, carrots, onions

potatoes, carrots, onions 

first onions & carrots. when softened, added potatoes.

no chicken stock, just added fish sauce, oyster sauce, covered to cook the carrots & potatoes

potatoes, carrots, onions

potatoes, carrots, onions

potatoes, carrots, onions

potatoes, carrots, onions 

vegetable already very tasty. & making sure potatoes not overcooked.

potato is cooked when ladle pressed on it & it separates.

braised sutchi fillet 红烧鲶鱼柳

braised sutchi fillet 红烧鲶鱼柳 

for红烧, i used 2.5 tbsp light soy sauce, 1 tbsp fragrant zhengjiang black vinegar, 2 tbsp shaoxing wine, 1/2 tbsp sugar, 1/2 tbsp sesame oil & 1 tbsp flat corn flour.

braised sutchi fillet 红烧鲶鱼柳

braised sutchi fillet 红烧鲶鱼柳 

coat filletwith corn flour first.

fry chooped garlic & sliced ginger till fragrant & beginning to brown.

add sutchi fillet & fry short while, then add braising sauce & coat.

braised sutchi fillet 红烧鲶鱼柳

braised sutchi fillet 红烧鲶鱼柳 

i covered & cooked for 6 minutes, high fire & reduced.

then i plated the vegetables in the aluminium tray & added the fish fillet on top.

fish was very tasty & still bouncy not overcooked. vegetables were very good also.

c.h.e.f andy

Quite Below Par Bak Chor Mee @ Seng Kee 胜记 Serangoon Garden FC on 15Sep2016

S$4 seng kee 胜记bak chor mee

S$4 seng kee 胜记bak chor mee

went with a good RI friend for bak chor mee at seng kee 胜记at serangoon gardens food centre on 15.9.2016. ^^

long queue @ seng kee 胜记bak chor mee

long queue @ seng kee 胜记bak chor mee

this supposed to be the famous  stall at eunos then changi road before relocating to serangoon gardens. & the stall holder used to be known for clanging his ladle on a plate when he cooked his noodles.

long queue @ seng kee 胜记bak chor mee

long queue @ seng kee 胜记bak chor mee

it was almost 12pm, & there was a queue of about 8pax ahead of us, though when we collected our bak chor mee, there was only 1 person behind us.

seng kee 胜记bak chor mee

seng kee 胜记bak chor mee

queue was maybe 15mins. we ordered a S$4 bowl dry mee kia. the chilli looked potent & great.

however after all these build up, the results was much below expectations la….

S$4 seng kee 胜记bak chor mee soup

S$4 seng kee 胜记bak chor mee soup

today the soup was quite tasty….

surprisingly i forgot to check my own blog post that i made 2 years ago on 19.11.2014.

i said in the post then –

“that should have been promising, however the results were very disappointing. i would say the bakchormee was totally mediocre, can probably get better from any coffeeshop or hawker centre.

for us, the main failure was the chilli. i went to ask for more chilli. chilli looked potent but it had no taste no kick. my wife’s mee kia (thin noodles) was still qq, my meepok was becoming soggy.

the ingredients were quite good, with teepor (dried flatfish/sole) & her kilo (fish dumplings), mushroom sauce, liver, lean meat etc”.

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and today i said on my FB-

Long queue…..

Quite surprise noodles soggy not qq …I thot any body can make qq noodles nowadays???

not really poor but definitely below expectations….soup good got tipor taste…good ingredients but chilli mushroom sauce oso not super… 

S$4 seng kee 胜记bak chor mee

S$4 seng kee 胜记bak chor mee

2 times over a 2 year gap the same mediocre experience quite enuf for me. don’t think i want to try this bak chor mee again.

c.h.e.f andy

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Seng Kee Mushroom Minced Meat Noodle 胜记香菇肉脞面

Address:

Serangoon Garden Food Market, 49A Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 555945

Contact:

8439 0434

Opeing Hours:

7:00am to 1:30pm (Sun and Mon off)

The Best Thai Style Fish Head Curry @ Forture on 12Sep2016

thai style fish head curry

thai style fish head curry – S$25

we had wanted to go G7 sinma for frog porridge.

but there was a long queue. we not quite the queueing type, not for sinma frog porridge anyway though it is very good.

thai style fish head curry

thai style fish head curry – S$25

only 2 of us. decided to just drop in at forture for thai style fish head curry on 12.9.2016. din have to wait long <10mins.

always good this.

the special slight sour, tangy sauce is a winning formula. & of course the fish head is very fresh. & lots of vege.

we eaten here many times. maybe only twice fish head not so fresh.

thai kailan

thai kailan – S$12

tired of sambal kang kong etc.

we decided to have a plain stir-fried thai kailan.

thai kailan

thai kailan – S$12

it was very good too.

the bill

the bill 

price was ok for zi char places these days. not cheap not expensive also.

thai style fish head curry

thai style fish head curry 

sometimes the restaurants give better deals with discounts etc.

but we need variety of food, preparation, and also ambience & mood.

it was a good dinner with wife. excellent fish head, good fried vege, ok prices.

c.h.e.f andy

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Forture Seafood

Address:

Excellent Chirashi Don Set Promotion @ Sun with Moon Wheelock on 11Sep2016

bara chirashi don set

bara chirashi don set S$33.80

went with wife & daughter to sun with moon wheelock this evening o 11.9.2016. ^^

30% off chirashi don set

30% off chirashi don set

today is the last day of the 30% off chirashi don set at sun with moon.

this time we came well armed with 3 sunday times treats cut-outs.

sun with moon wheelock

sun with moon wheelock

place was fully booked.

we had our reservations at 7pm so had our table. there was a queue for those w/o reservations & they were told to come back after 8pm.

S$15 sake sampler

S$15 sake sampler

wife ordered a sake sampler. S$15 & quite good sake.

bara chirashi don set

bara chirashi don set – S$33.80

we all ordered the chirashi don set. wife & daughter had the bara chirashi.

chirashi don set

chirashi don set – S$34.80

always like the chirashi don set here.

came with quite good cuts quality sashimi including 1 chutoro. the bara was also quite good.

the set came with a chawan mushi which was quite tasty, good quality & a side. we choose 3 different sides – grilled salmon belly, pork nabe & tempura. i like the grilled salmon belly, best!

didn’t mind to pay full price also, so 30% off was much welcome.

c.h.e.f andy

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Sun with Moon (Wheelock)

Address:

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

Average or Better Curry Chicken Laksa @ Seng Kee Chicken Rice on 11SEp2016

curry chicken laksa

S$4.50 curry chicken laksa

wife wanted to have the jian kang wanton mee at commonwealth crescent food centre for lunch today on 11.9.2016. ^^

we had excellent wanton noodles & dumpling soup 水饺汤 here last week on 4.9.2016.🙂

there was no queue at 11.50am on a sunday but stallholder said they are boiling new soup to come back in 10mins.

seng kee chicken rice

seng kee chicken rice

wife decided to try the curry chicken laksa at the adjacent seng kee chicken rice stall 02-78.

curry chicken laksa

S$4.50 curry chicken laksa

it was S$4.50 for the drumstick.

there was a few taupok & couple pig skin.

chicken was good like any good chicken rice stall. laksa gravy was also quite good.

it was ok but not my favoruite laksa or curry chicken noodles.

quite edible but a long way off the excellent ah heng curry chicken noodles at hong lim food centre.🙂

the wanton noodle stall was ready but there was now a queue of 5pax ahead of me, still waited another 10+ mins.

anyway we had all our orders of wanton noodles add pork ribs & dumpling soup 水饺汤 eat plus tapao, enough for 4of us. everyone enjoyed the wanton mee as much this second time.

really good wanton mee this!

c.h.e.f andy

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SENG KEE CHICKEN RICE 新奇鸡饭 @ Commonwealth Crescent Food Centre

Address:

31 Commonwealth Crescent S149644 #02-78

Lots of Fish – 3pax Home Dinner with Sis & BIL on 10Sep2016

song fish head, mullet, rabbit fish, dry tipo, vegetables

song fish head, mullet, rabbit fish, dry tipo, vegetables

sis & bil came for dinner this evening on 10.9.2016.

i had mullet乌鱼 & rabbit fish知县鱼 in the freezer. & i was at sheng shiong the evening before & bought one whole song fish head松鱼头 for S$8.90. usually it is S$6.90 for 1/2 at sheng shiong so i don’t buy unless i go to chinatown market where they sell S$8 for one fish head.

made my own spicy black bean sauce for song fish head松鱼头

made my own spicy black bean sauce for song fish head松鱼头

i had done the spicy bean sauce twice already.

this evening i did the best one yet. my sis & bil think it’s better than the ones we had outside. i think so too la…^^

so i had, for 1/2 song fish head松鱼头, a spicy black bean sauce mix of –

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

i mixed them cold to dissolve the corn flour & tasted the sauce. it was very good.

i then heat up a bit & the sauce became slight clumpy. i addd to the fish & steamed for 13mins in the steam oven.

fish was excellent as it was very fresh & the sauce was just perfect, spicy, tangy, not too sweet.

btw, this was also how hk street chun kee at commonwealth crescent food centre make their fish head.

i still have not decided if a slightly sticky, clumpy sauce is the best preparation. will experiment a little on that.🙂

mullet & rabbit fish

teochew steamed mullet乌鱼 & rabbit fish知县鱼

today’s mullet乌鱼 a bit small but we had lots of fish already so quite ok. the rabbit fish知县鱼 was ok too.

anyway we teochews all love these fishes, especially eating them with tau jeon, the fermented beans/paste.

so teochew steamed mullet乌鱼, great stuff! ^^

steamed dry tipo 递补鱼

steamed dry tipo 递补鱼

my china relatives sent some steamed dry tipo 递补鱼 to my sis, so she brought me 2 packets + she steamed some for dinner.

it was ok, just slightly tough but not like when my mom did it (50 years ago). must think how to do this. maybe i will boil it for 1/2 hr instead to soften it then add dark sauce, braised & reduced. let’s see.

salted fish with celery

salted fish with celery

sis brought her favourite celery.

this her signature dish 拿手好菜, very good!

stir fried shanghai greens

stir fried shanghai greens

& bil cooked the shanghai greens my sis brought also.

lots of food for 3pax dinner. i guess just fish & vegetables, ok healthy la…🙂

c.h.e.f andy