Special Aburi Sushi @ Tsukiji Sushi Takewaka on 17Apr2018

special aburi sushi set 

tsukiji sushi takewaka has a sushi promotion…

i went with LKY to try the special aburi sushi set on 17.4.2018. ^^

last time i came (also with LKY on one day & WM my OPS bro on the previous day) was on 2.8.2017. 

the set consisted of 11 aburi (flamed) sushi = 3 salmon belly, 3 wagyu, 3 toro & 2 foie gras, all good stuff, S$24.50 at 50% discount.

aburi toro (complimentary)

additionally, we each had 2 pieces of aburi toro (complimentary), care of jpassport coupons.

special aburi sushi set

special aburi sushi set 

the wasabi had no kick…we asked for more, but still not much taste…the sushi rice was good .

somehow the special aburi sushi didn’t have the wow that i expected of such top quality ingredients. it was good for sure but also pretty bland, a strange word though to describe toro, wagyu & foie gras, but there it was!

i guess still mighty good having all these for S$24.40++, just my expectation was a bit heightened.

c.h.e.f andy

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OK Pizza at Plank Sourdough and Good Lemon Tart Coffee at Baker and Cook on 15Apr2018

no 4 chicken pizza

daughter wanted to go plank sourdough pizza this evening on 16.4.2018.^^

we had 5pax dinner..

plank sourdough

plank sourdough

place was quite taken up on a sunday evening. we were there about 6.45pm.

the ambience was great, and attracts a family crowd too..

plank menu 

the menu is a bit limited.

smoked bbq ribs

smoked bbq ribs 

we ordered the smoked bbq ribs…not so great…ribs were fork tender but the marinade was not good, far too sweet, sugary…not very good standard…

no 4 chicken pizza 

we ordered 2 pizza = no 2 with spicy chorizo; & no 4 with chicken & smoked bbq ribs..

chicken pizza was good wife said too sweet, quite ok for me..daughters, JH, i all liked it..

no.2 chorizo tomato pizza 

chorizo tomato pizza not enuf melted cheese..not much taste, ok dough but a bit below expectation.

piccolo latte from baker & cook

lemon tart from baker & cook

daughter ordered a lemon tart for herself & all to share, & also a piccolo latte for me.

piccolo latte was ok but not as good as tiong hoe, good silkiness but coffee beans flavour not as good.

dinner for 5pax came to S$76. we ordered only 2 pizza & 1 smoked bbq ribs, plus 1 lemon tart & 1 piccolo latter.

was a great family outing.

c.h.e.f andy

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Good 6th Avenue Wanton Noodles & Jln Tua Kong Bakchormee on 4Apr2018

wanton noodles

daughter called to have early lunch at 6th ave good good eating house on 4.4.2018. ^^

daughter & JH came over to pick up my wife & me. 🙂

JH had the 6th avenue wanton noodles PLUS the jln tua kong bakchormee.

dumplings noodle 水饺面

wife & daughter had the dumplings noodle 水饺面…

I had my usual kopi c gosong tilok…

i had not taken this wanton noodles here for very long. checking, my last post was 3 yrs ago on 15.2.2018. 

i tried the noodles. it was quite good, but i think not as good as jian kang wanton noodles at commonwealth crescent food centre. 

& the jln tua kong bcm is always good. everyone was happy & satisfied. ^^

c.h.e.f andy

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Home Bakuteh & Chicken Rice for 5pax OPS Buddies on 3Apr2018

bakuteh

my OPS buddies came for 5pax homecooked bakuteh & chicken rice lunch on 3.4.2018. ^^

bkt about the easiest dish to cook. just used “ilc” spice sachet, added whole bulb garlic. today i added about 800g pork ribs, fresh indonesian ribs from sheng shiong…not the best ribs i gotten…

but a good enough bkt, both tender ribs & very tasty soup. 🙂

chicken rice chicken, chilli, & poached brocoli

chicken rice chicken

i made chicken rice chicken 白斩鸡. also made chilli.

chicken rice was very tasty & chicken was tender & sweet, though not near my best today.

M did not want to take chicken rice, so she made do with bkt, 2 ribs.

brocoli

brocoli was the usual.

i poached first & then added the hot oil with oyster sauce & cornflour.

ah seng D13 durians

i also bought some D13 durians from ah seng. nearing the end of this short season. MSW was selling $22/kg so i picked only 4 D13 durians, about $33.

ah seng D13 durians

D13 was pretty good.

D13 durians

everyone enjoyed the durians.

tai cheung egg tarts

2 friends bought 2 boxes of tai cheung egg tarts..quite nice!

c.h.e.f andy

Great 5pax Teochew Muay Dishes @ 夜上海on 2Apr2018

teochew muay dishes

went with sis, bil & SL (old friend of my bro) & her son for teochew muay this morning at ye shanghai 夜上海 at lengkok bahru on 2.4.2018. ^^

we were there at 11.45am on a monday no queue.

sis went to order the dishes. we had 2 fishes – mullet & also a steamed garoupa, and 7 vegetables dishes. sis later added another 5 vegetable dishes. i think all came to like $7pax for 5pax.

long queue at 12pm+ 

a queue formed shortly, and while we were having lunch, the queue snaked to maybe 15-20pax long.

teochew muay dishes 

fish were fresh & sweet. i always like mullet best, very firm & sweet especially with tau jeon.

& the vegetables freshly fried, steaming hot when served.

all finito

we finished up everything. coffeeeshop was bright & airy enough, and everything was quite pleasant.

i asked the server he said they opened 10am to 5am next morning.

a simple, inexpensive & most enjoyable lunch.

c.h.e.f andy

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KF bought 6pax Lunch @ Dragon Phoenix on 1Apr2018

排骨王vinegared ribs 

KF & wife A bought lunch @ dragon phoenix grand temasek club rifle range road. we were 3 couples 6pax including my jogging mate & his wife SW.

KF ordered 5 dishes. they were all quite good.

排骨王vinegared ribs is regular zi char dish. of course they did it here as good as any, a common dish many would order.

yam basket 

the yam basket is their signature here & chef hooi kok wai, one of the quartet 4 heavenly chefs, created the dish like 50 years ago.

the yam was 松fluffy & nice, quite a heavy dish.

roast chicken

roast chicken is supposed to be their specialty/signature dish…

it was rather mediocre leh…the breast meat on the dry & dense side, not near the best!

brocoli mushrooms 

brocoli mushroom dish was well done & tasty.

fried beehoon

the fried beehoon was quite creatively presented, covered with a fried egg omelette & nicely sauteed prawns!

nice dish, nothing special though apart from presentation…

it was a very pleasant & enjoyable lunch among old friends. it was easter sunday, & my friend is the chief pastor at the church which started & run teban gardens community service centre where i cooked a breakfast dish every friday. my friend of course shared the easter message & good news. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

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MSW & D13 Durian Feast with WM & PK @ Sin Kian Choon on 27Mar2018

MSW & D13

my OPS bro PK arranged to meet at sin kian choon jln membina 2pm on 27.3.2018. ^^

durian was late so we had coffee at the corner coffesshop.

got our durians around 3pm & went to tiong bahru food centre (empty & quiet on a monday 3pm+). had a durian feast.

PK bought 2 MSW (S$14/kg) & 2 D13 (S$15each), total S$90+…he inisted his treat today…

D13

we started with the D13. D13 was extremely good today.

very creamy & most important, very fragrant..WM bought 4 D13 for home & he said it was just as good…

MSW

MSW of course was a different level of creaminess, and small seeds. very good MSW also.

this was a durian feast as we expected. we only finished 1 msw & 1 D13, and PK inisted i took 1 packet MSW home alongside my bamboo & golden phoenix…

sin kian choon

the gang (regulars like WM & PK knows mike very well by now).

sin kian choon

WM bought 4 D13 paid S$50 instead of S$60.

durian price

i paid total S$29 = S$11 for 2 small golden phoenix (S$10/kg for small durians) & $18 for 1 bamboo (S$11/kg ).

i didn’t quite get discount, but not complaining, just S$29 for 2 boxes, all very good durians.

tiong bahru cha kuay teow

tiong bahru cha kuay teow

after durians, WM went to get cheng tng ice dessert etc (i didn’t take).

PK went to order S$5 char kuay teow..he said good wokhae.

tiong bahru cha kuay teow

it was just mediocre to me, i think about my standard la…

for me, nothing compares with hai kee at telok blangah crescent

& outram road char kuay teow at hong lim food centre would be second on my list…

MSQ

i took some MSW & left remaining for my son & wife in sealed container. they managed to finish between them the next day.

golden pheonix & bamboo

for my own S$29 of bamboo + golden phoenix, i mange to finish them over 2 days.

bamboo

bamboo

first the bamboo, almost felt like MSW, very creamy & fragrant & slightly bitter. bigger seeds than MSW…still MSW is different, really super creamy.

golden pheonix

the next day i ate the golden phoenix. it was also very good, but i would say bamboo comes first, then D13 then this golden phoenix (though i think normally golden phoenix would be better than D13.

“eat back the capital” 吃够本, really shiok the durians!

c.h.e.f andy

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Delicious Reverse Sear Tomahawk Dinner at Wife’s Nephew’s Place on 25Mar2018

reverse sear tomahawk dinner

wife’s nephew C did a very good reverse sear tomahawk steak dinner at his place on 25.3.2018. ^^

we enjoyed diner & company very much!

& his wife made some nice salad, & we had some baguette…

reverse sear tomahawk steak

the tomahawk steak was very flavourful with the charcoal grill imparting nice smokey bbq flavours.

steak was very tender & tasty, though nephew himself not the most satisfied. he said the steak were overdone & some parts were dry…

reverse sear tomahawk steak

i guess could be better, not easy to manage 3 tomahawk >4kg steaks, but meat was tender & tasty, if not quite medium rare & pink..

reverse sear tomahawk steak

apparently C bought from aliexpress .

i am considering to buy one myself & try it out!

c.h.e.f andy

RI Makan Group 12pax Dinner @ Joe’s Thai Kitchen on 20mar2018

thai mango salad

had a wonderful evening with RI buddies at Joe’s Thai Kitchen by SCG’s sis & bil Joe on 21.3.2018. ^^

Joe also helms the kithcen with his brother & a thai friend (all 3 chefs are thais, so a truly authentic thai kitchen la).

(i am glad i could switch my 8pax taps+pasta+steak dinner to tomorrow 21.3.2018 so i could attend this today!).

thanks CCG for buying dinner & celebrating his granddaughter full moon with us 👍😎

& to SCG for organising the dinner & for the whiskey & ice cream/sorbet, & ordering the delectable dishes, HK for the beer afterwards at the corner coffeeshop hong kong street chun kee just a few shops down the block, LKH for buying me barley in place of beer, P for the excuse we didn’t need to get together, CL for the great photos, ourselves for the wonderful time & memories together..

& thanks Dr S for always turning up 👍🙏

SCG started us with the traditional mango salad – nice & refreshing…

rice crakers minced meat with prawns

next we have the rice crackers. this a common thai dish always served with the minced meat toppings. the addition was prawns, which is new to me. anyway a competent dish.

prawn cake

the prawn cake was excellent!

very good batter & very tasty prawn cake, nicely complemented with thai sweet sauce, and also pickled carrots & radish…

prawn cake

for sure a dish i would order again here!

tomyam soup

the tomyam talay was competent.

much better than the diluted ones i had recently at thai pan at mandarin gardens overwhelmed by sourness, here a quite measured taste.

tomyam soup

not quite the intense aroma, tasty tomyam talay at patara, but a good tomyam i would order nevertheless,

i think about same & competent like nakhon kitchen hollandv etc..

stuffed chicken wings

stuffed chicken wings also another standard fare.

stuffed chicken wings

a simple dish, it looked good & quite tasty taken with the thai sweet sauce.

claypot tofu

the claypot tofu with prawns & vegetables quite a good complementary dish.

claypot tofu

tofu was well infused, gravy was good  & vegetables are always welcome.

basil beef

i asked for the basil beef.

beef was tender, tenderised i guess like most chinese/asian preparations.

the sauce was overpowering. this is a common preparation (just like nakhon kitchen hollandv) just not my preference.

i would do with more chilli to give more spicy kick & just a little sauce to enjoy the sweet basil flavours.

some restaurants like patara do it with little sauce. & a cheap joint like le wu also did it well enough.

basil minced pork

the basil minced pork was the same preparation using minced pork in place of beef.

pepper crab

the crab was excellent!

like SCG said, you have to pre-order the crabs, so the crab is very fresh & firm & “hard 硬” meaning the meat filled the shells.

black pepper very flavourful, just a tad sweet…

claypot crab beehoon

the claypot crab tanhoon their specialty here & indeed it was good! tasty well infused tanhoon, and we all ended up taking more crabs than we needed la…

sweet potato with tea ice cream

SCG ordered 2 desserts for us to try, the sweet potato with coconut cream, and the mango with sticky rice…

& SGC’s wife made the coconut sorbet & tea ice cream (not in menu).

the tea ice cream was very flavourful, just a tad sweet for me. the coconut was a very refreshing sorbet, and wonderful coconut favours…

mango sticky rice

the mango sticky rice quite the usual, competent!

the sweet potato with coconut cream also very nice la!

Dr S came. he had his vegetarian dinner already so didn’t eat much here.

we had a truly wonderful evening, took lots of photos, and SCG arranged for me to visit the kitchen & had photos with Joe, with all 3 thai chefs.

afterwards we adjourned a few shops down the block to hong kong street chun kee for beer. i had to prepare something for tomorrow’s 8pax tapas+pasta+steak dinner & also thurs OPS sakura gang 海底捞 hotpot dinner so i excused myself shortly…

c.h.e.f andy

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OPS Sakura Gang pre-Trip Makan & Chill, 5pax 海底涝hotpot on 22Mar2018

海底捞hotpot

my OPS sakura gang came for 5pax 海底捞hotpot on 22.3.2018. ^^

this really the easiest of all makan, no cooking required, just buy beef & pork & vege etc, AND eat & enjoy! ^^

海底捞hotpot

i had all 4 types of mushrooms – enoki, shimeji, shitaka & also abalone mushroom. i like the texture of the abalone mushroom. really good! 🙂

海底捞hotpot

for vege, i just use chinese cabbage, both for the soup base together with ikan bilis & yellow beans.

& also to add in the course of the hotpot meal..

海底捞hotpot

海底捞hotpot

& i bought fish balls, teochew fish cake, and also beef balls.

海底捞hotpot

i was at donki at orchard central basement 2 few days back when i had lunch with sis & bil at tanuki.

so i bought both the kurobuta (thin cut) & also the white pork (thick cut).

quite surprising the slightly cheaper white pork was a lot tastier than the kurobuta…odd!

i had also some good beef from phoon huat delicatessen, i think short ribs. it was very nice indeed.

bamboo pith

when i was in shanghai with WM last sep2017, WT & GY got me to buy some bamboo pit. i was quite clueless on the preparation..

anyway it was quite easy, just soaked in water, drained & then add to soup or hotpot..

it was pretty good actually, but i guess just the texture, not much of a taste to talk about.

beancurd skin

& i always like to rolled dry bean curd skin.

WM brought ice jelly

WM brought ice jelly made by J, very nice & refreshing…

FM made blueberry cake

& FM made a nice blueberry cake…

we had a fun lunch & fellowship & talked about the upcoming trip to kyoto, nara, osaka.

c.h.e.f andy

Tapas+Pasta+Steak dinner for 8pax Friends on 21Mar2018

tapas

had a wonderful homecooked 8pax tapas+pasta+steak dinner on 21.3.2018. ^^

i made 10 dishes, 6 cold tapas, 2 hot tapas, 1 pasta & 1 steak –

  1. pumpkin salad
  2. nobu miso cod
  3. teriyaki salmon belly
  4. flamed miso belly pork
  5. ika sugatayaki (flamed while squid)
  6. grilled vegetables
  7. chorizo prawns
  8. herb crusted rack of lamb
  9. seafood fiduea (proxy by broken angelhair)
  10. tagliata di manzo (sliced beef steak)

i have not invited this group of friends (introduced by NCL some years back) for maybe 2 years now. recently JK had invited me like 4 times, after she renovated her flat, and she made wonderful dinners/lunches…the most recently one i could not attend.

so i say about time i invited this group. wife also joined dinner so we had 8pax.

 

i started with pumpkin salad. roasted pumpkin last evening, overdid it, so roasted a second batch 20mins, quite perfect.

went very well as usual with arugula (rockets) & cherry tomatoes with olive oil, balsamic, sea salt & some honey (did not have agave nectar).

did my usual teriyaki salmon belly. & as usual everyone loved this! ^^

i did this 25odegC(max) 15mins, if i were using the other oven, it would be 280degC & 12 mins. looked & tasted wonderful with dill from my garden…

nobu miso cod & teriyaki salmon belly

& i did nobu miso cod..this a dish equally favourite for my friends & family though perhaps more would line up for the salmon.

firm, flaky, oily texture, sweet & wonderfully miso flavoured.

nobu miso cod & miso belly pork

i did also miso belly pork.

cut away skin, boiled in boiling water to remove scum, then coated with miso marinade & placed in 95degC oven for 6hrs.

nicely flavoured & firm crystalline texture. perfect for flaming to give the bbq flavours.

same for ika sugatayaki.

i bought this from donki at orchard central the day before.

steamed about 90%-95% done, then dry on rack in fridge, then added olive oil, sea salt, coarse black pepper & honey, and flamed when serving…

this really quite jap restaurant standard, done quite perfectly. ^^

roasted vege

i had roasted vege…just put together some red, yellow, green peppers, egg plant, corn, onons & garlic, added olive oil, sea salt black pepper, butter & roasted for 30mins.

roasted vege

it was a welcome complement to the meats, and it was so easy, no skills required to put it together. 🙂

i had 2 tapas to be served hot.

first was chorizo prawns…

the key here was really a very good chicken stock. i did not add or used prawns stock as wife preferred chicken stock.

i added the prawns (seasoned with fish sauce & white pepper) when serving. prawns were cooked just right & it was a really excellent dish, fresh, sweet, bouncy prawns & excellent chorizo flavours.

the other hot “tapas” was a rack of lamb.

this lamb bought from qbfoods already denuded (frenched & caps off). i religiously removed the remaining fat (very little of it, would have been a mountain of fat if not denuded) & some membrane. i decided to simplify the effort so no chopped pistachio, just herb crusted.

herb crusted rack of lamb(before roasting 23mins)

roasted at 210egC for 210degC for about 22-23mins.

for tapsa, i decided on fiduea instead of paella. fiduea & preparation was new, whereas paella misture i made often enough!

again everything rest with a good stock! i had intense chicken stock & white wine added to browned garlic, chilli padi & olive oil, and reduced further.

when serving, i added the broken angel hair (proxy to fiduea which i could not get at the supermarkets), covered & braised (only 2 mins to cook angel hair), then added prawns & sotongs.

the key was in the stock & estimation of the amount, enough just to cook & infuse the pasta, and to reduce so the “foduea” came out just al dente, prawns & sotongs were just cooked & not overcooked, and the gravy was sufficiently reduced…

tagliata di manzo – usda prime ribeye 

the last dish was tagliata di manzo…this always good & the usda prime was simply wonderful – tender, moist, properly browned. doneness was slight over so medium well instead of medium rare. still excellent steak!^^

grapes 

thanks CH & J who brought the grapes, CP for cakes, choon for sorbet, JeK  for making me 2 kg heavier (kong bak pao) and ourselves for a jolly good time👍

CL & all have a safe & wonderful memorable trip to iceland/france/spain & Jeanette to machupichu!

cakes

CP brought nice cakes.

macha cake

chocolate mousse cake

cake

strawberry cake

most like the macha cake. myself, i like the chocolate mousse cake. 🙂

wei’s lemon sorbet

TCH brought wei’s lemon sorbet, very refreshing.
a very enjoyable evening with friends, good food & wonderful company.
c.h.e.f andy

Very Good Chirashi Don Lunch @ Tanuki Raw on 19Mar2018

tanuki chirashi don S$22.90 

went with sis & bil to tanuki raw at orchard central for 3pax lunch on 19.3.2018. ^^

the last time i came here also with my sis & bil was on 21.8.2017. 🙂

tanuki chirashi don S$22.90 

today the chirashi don was just as good..

there is a $2 payable if you want the salad & miso soup. i didn’t need any so i ordered for 2pax for sis & bil.

tanuki chirashi don S$22.90 

the sashimi cuts were very good really, in general i think better than sun with moon & en sakaba…

only that they did not have the expensive anago & aka ebi at en sakaba, but the uni serving is larger here…

anyway all the sashimi cuts very fresh & sweet & good size cuts…

sis also had this tanuki chirashi don..

unagi & foie gras S$25.90

bil ordered the unagi don. it came with a larget thick cut piece of foie gras & also aburi hotate, so i guess that was giving quite good value for the pricier don.

unagi & foie gras S$25.90

unagi & foie gras S$25.90 

sis & bil share a bit of their respective dons. i think both donburi lunch were very good, though i don’t mind to alternate this with en sakaba’s chirashi don S$28. 🙂

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Smell the Coffee with Daughter @ Tiong Hoe on 17Mar2018

fish ball noodles

eldest daughter (recently married) called to have lunch..

like my friend CCG said when children called to buy you things or to go makan together, always say YES!!! lol!^^

we decided to go tiong hoe for coffee (again! for me 😜) on 17.3.2018. 🙂

stopped by coffeeshop opposite (blk 169A stirling food court) & daughter took a fishball noodles from a wanton noodles stall. I did not eat..didn’t look edible but daughter liked the plain noodles 😎

tried a little of the noodles that daughter did not finish..turned out noodles & chilli quite tasty & daughter said fishballs were good…overall i guess ok passable nothing special about the noodles

after that we walked across to tiong hoe for coffee at blk 170 for nice cuppa 香浓咖啡!

c.h.e.f andy

Pong’s Katong Laksa Homecooked Chicken Laksa Lunch on 16Mar2018

chicken laksa

my RI bro CM bought 2 packts of pong’s katong laksa paste for me last week.

so we decided to have a 6pax RI bro chicken laksa lunch on 16.3.2018. ^^

chicken rice chicken白斩鸡

i made my usual chicken rice chicken白斩鸡. all my friends loved this & said the chicken was so tender, moist & tasty, even the chicken breast, and indeed it was….

pong’s katong laksa

i have never tried pong’s laksa before, and never used the paste before of course.

i read the instructions. it said it was good for 4-5pax (we had 6pax, i decided to just keep it at 1 packet), and to add 400ml (2packets) coconut milk & 100ml evaporated milk.

pong’s katong laksa

anyhow, my gazak results was immensely ok la…

i used intense chicken stock using the bones from the whole chicken which i made chicken rice chicken白斩鸡,

added taupok first & let it boiled to soften & infuse the laksa flavours for 1 hr. then i added coconut milk. 400ml is really a lot, so i decided to use 1.5packets or 300ml. and really that was more than enough, banyak lemak lagi…

pong’s katong laksa

lastly aded fish cake & teochew fish cake, just like ah heng curry chicken noodles at hong lim food centre.

laksa was very flavourful, and of course the chicken stock was very important, made the gravy so very, very tasty.

kk said didn’t t have such good laksa for so long..

i did not want to dilute the taste, so kept gravy at a small amount. still it was enough for 6 bowls.

& after that there were still ingredients & some gravy left, enough for another 3 bowls for CL, KK & CM. i had to add just a little water not to dilute too much.

pong’s katong laksa

i served the 6 bowls of laksa with the taupok, fish cake & teochew fish cake, for my bowl i added the chicken rice chicken白斩鸡 & took photo (top photo).

my friends topped their bowls themselves with chicken.

chicken rice chicken白斩鸡

chicken rice chicken白斩鸡

my chicken rice chicken白斩鸡 was excellent as mentioned, chicken as good as ah heng curry chicken noodles’ (though i am partial to curry chicken noodles & for me laksa can never match)

& better than most chicken rice chicken白斩鸡 places outside (many are smooth but quite tasteless like tian shui chicken rice, the one next to weiyi laksa!)

another great makan session with my RI bros. ^^

after lunch we went to tiong hoe for a good cuppa, my piccolo latter heaven 香浓咖啡!^^

c.h.e.f andy

5pax Family Home Dinner for Wife’s Brother & SIL on 13Mar2018

5pax dinner

wife’s brother bought something for us & coming by our place, so wife decided we have a simple homecooked family dinner on 13.3.2018. ^^

youngest daughter joined for 5pax dinner.

chicken rice & other dinner dishes

today i cooked chicken rice for them.

rice was very “pang”, just like the farewell lunch for AC i did for teban gardens staff & volunteers last week on 7.3.2018. 🙂

my bil & his wife loved it a lot.

chicken rice chicken白斩鸡

chicken was smooth, tender & most importantly moist & tasty, even the breast meat, and that really tells a good 白斩鸡 from a mediocre one…

chicken rice chicken白斩鸡

chicken rice chicken白斩鸡

such a beauty!

hk steamed sotong

i was at chinatown market yesterday to buy batang fish & prawns for the 12pax RI friends asian curry dinner tomorrow on 14.3.2018.

i saw the small sotong were fresh so i bought a plate S$5.

hk steamed sotong

i had very nice hk steamed sotong at crab at bay on 28.12.2016, so nice we decided to order another plate that day! 🙂

it was really a simple dish, and top quality fragrant light soy sauce simply makes wonders…it is like hk steamed fish, just add olive oil (or veg oil) & light soy sauce, steam & voila!

aunty B’s long beans with dried olive vegetables橄榄菜 & minced pork

aunty B’s brocoli

my helper aunty B cooked the 2 vegetable dishes. as usual, very good!

as usual, wife’s sil brought dessert, longans with jelly, an excellent refreshing dessert!

a simple & very enjoyable family dinner.

c.h.e.f andy

Asian Dishes – Thai, Nonya, Indian Curries & Jap Teriyaki Salmon Belly for 12pax RI Friends on 14Mar2018

12pax dinner curry dishes

our RI buddy P who lives in London was visiting singapore. we arranged a 12pax makan makan group homecooked asian/curry dinner on14.3.2018.^^  👍🙂.

I did a combination of thai, nonya & indan curries, and a Jap teriyaki salmon belly.

  1. jap teryaki miso salmon belly
  2. nonya curry chicken & potatoes
  3. nonya sambal prawns
  4. chicken thighs with yellow thai curry
  5. sotong with thai red curry
  6. mixed veg & tofu with thai red curry 
  7. fish masala
  8. mutton masala

CL & YF bought birthday cake for march birthday boys SCG, P & doc🎂..CCG also march birthday boy but he was away, so unable to join us on this occasion.

CM brought ching chow dessert👍

HK brought sweet giant pomelo 忘不了??from malaysia & red wine

P brought sparkly & some chocolates

LKY brought me some carrot cake from his cousin chef…

& CL took the nice group & people photos as usual..

12pax dinner curry dishes

just 8 dishes, quite enough for 12pax, food all finished…

ruby champagne

white wine

many drinker in this group…i basically just had couple of sips, nice ruby champage & white wine.

the distinctive dish from the curries was the teriyaki salmon belly..the others all liked it like all my other friends & family. YF said it was too sweet? actually it was not, but it was treated, so not a plain fish fillet..

my usual preparation, a very popular dish…

the nonya chicken just using heng’s curry paste & chicken thighs.

the nonya curry was very tasty. i topped up a second portion so that it was hot, and everything was finished..

the thai yellow curry very lemak. it was prepared as a dip. chicken thigh was pan-roasted, nice crispy skin & moist, tender meat, quite perfect with the curry.

mutton was a bit of a let down for me.

the preparation was ok so the meat was tender & the House brand mutton masala curry paste was tasty & nice. the mutton itself though i felt was not great, no much taste…

sotong was done with “dancing chef” thai red curry..it is very similar to thai yellow curry, but red curry is spicer & good as a gravy…yellow curry is sweeter ok as a dip or gravy..

nonya sambal prawns

i use “heng’s” sambal paste for the nonya sambal prawns. prawns were done perfectly, succulent & sweet,  bouncy & not old, overcooked..

i bought the batang fillet from chinatown market the day before. just S$8 for a large thick i think almost 800g cut which i asked the fishmonger to cut into 4 thick slices.

i pan-fried to give it a firmer texture. this batang fillet quite perfect for pan-frying just with salt & often eaten this way.

for fish masala, i cooked with sliced onions & “house brand” masala paste…CM said this was excellent & he had the piece i got for him, and afterwards not much was left..

everyone enjoyed the vegetable curry too.

i fried tofu & added eggplant, lady fingers, onions, some chinese cabbage & some tomatoes…friends commented the tofu were well infused with the thai red curry flavours. a simple yet wonderful dish…

curry rice dinner

HAB came late as he had to counsel some young chappie from his church.

i kept food for him, a bit of every dish with minimal rice/carbs…

HK’s giant grapefruit

HK brought giant grapefruit from malaysia. it was very sweet indeed..we were expecting 忘不了after he shared some photos on group chat, but the sweet & more forgettable grapefruit sama boleh la…

CM’s ching chow dessert

CM brought nice ching chow dessert with longans. a nice refreshing dessert. everyone had like 2 bowls…CM doing better with more practices, definitely to be encouraged.

a nice dinner with old friends…we had the cake afterwards, bought by CL & YF for the march birthday boys including P visiting from london…next week SCG is organising a makan group dinner at joe’s kitchen, a thai eat by his sis & bil…

c.h.e.f andy

My Brother’s Old Childhood Friend & Her Son Came for 4pax Dinner on 10Mar2018

dinner dishes

SL (an old childhood friend of my brother YS) and her son came for dinner this evening..

she is a very close friend of my brother. On CNY eve at my brother’s house, we arranged to have dinner on this evening with my brother but he now cannot make it..i thought dinner was canceled since brother not attending…they contacted me the evening before so we decided to go ahead with 4pax dinner. 🙂

i made-
1 claypot chicken rice
2 steamed pork soft bones
3 steamed minced pork
4 赛螃蟹 egg white with brocoli

claypot chicken rice my regular dish. this evening though not my best…

steamed pork soft bones

steamed pork soft bones a really easy dish to do. i took some from a frozen pack in the freezer. so basically with a good marinade just steam for 1.5hrs to 2hrs, and you get a very tender & tasty pork ribs like in dimsum restaurant.

steamed mined pork with light soy sauce

steamed minced pork with light soy sauce also a regular dish many liked.

SL & her son enjoyed both the dishes & also the claypot rice. there were enough for a second helping as wife & i took little rice… 🙂

赛螃蟹brocoli eggwhite

i gave another try on my new dish 赛螃蟹brocoli eggwhite…still not perfected. i guess tasty enough…

SL excellent dessert

sis SL made an excellent dessert. this evening even better than the one she brought to my brother’s house on CNY eve…really good!

so good i took 3 bowls la…

SL excellent dessert

SL excellent dessert

SL excellent dessert

don’t think i want to learn this, just invite sis SL for dinner ok la… :-p

it was sweet enough not too sweet…anyhow i like dessert to be sweet…and i like the dumplings though very sinful with all the carbs & sugar…

after dinner i made some 功夫茶 & we had a good chat…had not spend much time with sis SL in the past so it was very good to catch up & know more…afterwards i sent SL & son back. they were staying nearby..we plan to go out for some makan soon…

c.h.e.f andy

 

My Homecooked 14pax Teban Gardens Staff & Volunteers Farewell Lunch for AC & Wife on 7Mar2018

14pax lunch dishes

i made a 14pax lunch for teban gardens staff & volunteers today on 7.3.2018. ^^

this was a farewell lunch for AC & wife B who are taking up a 8 yr mission posting to udon thani near laos border.

KF, my close friend & jogging buddy LCH, &  WM also joined lunch.

14pax lunch dishes

i made 8 dishes-

1 claypot chicken rice
2 braised belly pork with mushrooms
3 teochew braised hock 卤元蹄
4 steamed minced pork with light soy sauce
5 claypot tanhoon prawns
6 白斩鸡, chicken rice & chilli
7 steamed angkoli fillet with taujeon lime sauce
8 fried kang kong & cuttlefish in nonya sauce

14pax lunch dishes

i can see everyone had a really enjoyable time…

claypot chicken rice has always been my most popular dish…everu friend & family loved it.

& claypot rice was good today..very flavourful & chicken was plump, tender & tasty..

it was upstaged & outvoted by the chicken rice though…everyone loved the chicken, and especially the rice – very flavourful, fried fragrant with chicken fat & cooked with intense chicken stock…

chicken rice chicken 白斩鸡

chicken rice chicken 白斩鸡

& K loved the chilli…

the chicken rice chicken 白斩鸡 was very tender & moist. even the breast meat very moist & sweet…

many liked the 元蹄braised hock too. i used the teochew light braise (own braising sauce) instead of the darker tai hua braising sauce..

very “pang”, flavourful, gelatinous & even the lean meat was moist & tasty…

#4 braised belly pork & mushrooms

the braised belly pork & mushrooms was ok..R commented the belly pork was very tender…i think the mushroom taste overpowered it a bit, so i think the taste of the 元蹄braised hock braising sauce was better…

the steamed minced pork with light soy sauce was another popular & talked about dish, with my many friends & also with this teban gardens gang..

it is so easy to make, just 2tbsp good fragrant light soy sauce, 2 tbsp olive oil & 1tbsp cornflour…

the taujeon lime juice steamed angkorli was ok…not many commented so i guess while it was ok, it was not a stand out dish..a hk steamed red garoupa would be better, but since i had the firmer, less tender texture of angkorli (seabream or white snapper), a slight sour, sweet salty taste was a good condiment to the fish…

the  tanhoon prawns was another favourite dish…very fragrant, great wokhae & very tasty tanhoon from the intense chicken stock, and wonderful black pepper fragrance & coriander flavour…

#8 fried cuttlefish kang kong in nonya sauce

fried cuttlefish kang kong in nonya sauce was good too…here the nonya sauce stood out. cuttlefish was just nicely done so no overcooked & rubbery.

i admire AC couple commitment to a 8 yr missionary posting…AC said previously he did 12 yrs…or 3 4-yr posting..i guess that was harder still as children young then…

very happy to be cooking a meal for the first my friends at teban gardens..these people are doing such good works…i started cooking a friday breakfast community dish for teban gardens on 8jan2016..

(update=as of today 24mar2018, i did 57 times friday breakfast dish for teban gardens…my most recent was braised pork cubes on 23mar2018)

c.h.e.f andy

 

Braised Pork Cubes – 57th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 23Mar2018

braised pork cubes

made braised pork cubes for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 16.3.2018.^^

this my 57th friday breakfast community meal dish 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.

braised pork cubes 

bought 2x1kg frozen pork cubes from qbfood last week. decided to cook that for teban gardens friday community breakfast this morning.

started late last evening past midnight did not have the sauce i wanted ..lazy to go buy..concocted a sauce but it wasn’t so good…

braised pork cubes 

after braising the pork cubes for about 1/2 hr, i left it in a 95degC oven overnight for 6hrs.

that was so that i did not have to stay up for 2 hrs to braise the pork cubes over the stove, or wake up early this morning to do that.

braised pork cubes 

this morning i got up at the usual time 7am, took the pork from the oven dish & into the pan-wok, then heat up (& reduce as required, only little sauce was needed, and that also facilitated the transport in aluminium carrier.

i didn’t think it tasted too good this morningn, anyway MH told me it was all finished & the residents loved the taste, so i guess not good but also not too bad la..

c.h.e.f andy

Wife Invited My OPS Primary School Buddies for 7pax Dinner on 8Mar2018

wife wanted to invite my OPS primary school buddies for dinner. i arranged dinner with WM, J, HC & M & youngest daughter joined for 7pax dinner on 8.3.2018. ^^

i made –

  1. claypot rice with steamed pork ribs & sausages
  2. scallion baked salmon fish head
  3. nonya sauce steamed tilapia
  4. steamed minced pork with light soy sauce
  5. tofu prawns
  6. 赛螃蟹 – brocoli eggwhite

HC brought a read wine. M brought chocolates & orange…

HK claypot rice 香港腊味沙煲饭

HK claypot rice 香港腊味沙煲饭

i made HK claypot rice 香港腊味沙煲饭 this evening as i just made claypot chicken rice for the 14pax farewell lunch yesterday for AC of teban gardens who is going away for 8 years mission posting in thailand.

HK claypot rice 香港腊味沙煲饭

generally this style has fragrant taste of pork & liver sausages but not as tasty in comparison w/o chicken in it.

so today i did a very nice steamed pork ribs (like at dimsum restaurants) and added to the claypot. it was very good, almost as good as the claypot chicken rice.

scallions baked salmon fish head

i bought 3 salmon fish head S$3each at song fish when i went there to buy salmon belly. so i did another scallion baked salmon fish head this evening.

scallions baked salmon fish head

i find salmon fish head a good enough proxy for 鸦片鱼头which WT brought 2 from shanghai recently.

of course nothing’s like the real thing, but i find salmon fish head has the softbone texture similar to 鸦片鱼头 though not quite the flaky, cod like texture of the flesh..but baking made the flesh firm and also the sauce more intense (unlike steaming) so that added to the taste experience…

scallions baked salmon fish head

scallions baked salmon fish head

i made this previously both 鸦片鱼头 and  salmon fish head, and my children, son, youngest daughter, and also sil all loved the dish…& walloped the very tasty infused scallions…

this evening no exception…we finished the whole dish ….

i forgot HC does not take scallions, but he enjoyed the fish all the same, w/o the scallions…

steamed minced pork in light soy sauce

steamed minced pork in light soy sauce

the steamed minced pork in light soy sauce dish was a regular favourite for all my friends. so simple to do, and so tasty..

tilapia in nonya sauce

steamed tilapia in nonya sauce a popular dish in JB…we had that at ya wang a short walk from city square mid 2017.

also when HH, our OPS sis, hosted her birthday dinner at tunglok seafood.

tilapia in nonya sauce

tilapia in nonya sauce

tilapia not my wife’s favourite, mud taste.

but with the very tasty, tangy nonya sauce musking it, tilapia’s firm & smooth texture with few small bones is a perfect fish for this dish.

tilapia in nonya sauce

certainly a dish i enjoyed much, and at very little cost…

tofu prawns

tofu prawns

this evening’s tofu prawns stock & fried tofu were good, well infused.

the prawns though were not great…maybe the timing was out…

赛螃蟹 – brocoli eggwhite

赛螃蟹 – brocoli eggwhite

wife like the 赛螃蟹 – brocoli eggwhite from crystal jade kitchen at hollandv & ordered in recently. this my 3rd time trying this dish..improving but not quite there yet..

presentation passable, texture of brocoli ok, eggwhite i guess about all i could do..won’t be much better, so just the seasoning need to be perfected…

it was a fun evening, nice food & wonderful company of old friends..

c.h.e.f andy