Great Kolo Mee at Jiaxiang Sarawak Kuching & Wonderful Evening of Oral Humour at Espalanade Concert Hall on 28Aug2016

kolo meen @ jia xiang kuching marina square

kolo mee @ jia xiang kuching marina square 

my good dentist friend invited us to watch “oral humour – the show with bite”, a faculty fundraising put up by some dentist practitioners & professionals at the esplanade concert hall.

kolo meen @ jia xiang kuching marina square

signature kolo mee @ jia xiang kuching marina square S$9.90

we met earlier at 5.45pm & my dentist friend bought kolo mee at jia xiang kuching.

place was renovated. i have maybe visited once >>10yrs ago. i recalled small shop with those four-legged wooden stools?? not really sure now..

kolo meen @ jia xiang kuching marina square

signature kolo mee @ jia xiang kuching marina square S$9.90 

we ordered 4 bowls of signature (S$9.90) & 2 bowls of jiaxiang (S$7.90).

only difference i can tell is 2 fried wanton & few pieces of shellfish in the soup. maybe there was more char siew & minced pork? couldn’t tell…anyway S$7.90 good enough for me, and we can always order & share a plate of fried wantons.

fried wanton

fried wanton – S$7.90 

we ordered a large fried wanton(S$7.90), & 5 aloe vera drinks (S$2.90).

quite worthwhile to order the large fried wanton to share. no need the signature bowl.

shallots, crispy lard (lar pok)

shallots, crispy lard (lar pok) 

the fried shallots & crispy lard (lar pok) quite good to add to the noodles. but the best was the chilli.

really shiok chilli, spicy not overly & very tasty, and the noodles were excellent, qq & stringy.

friends were asking me….

my helper already made excellent “gonelohmee”, almost as good i would say, more ingredients of course as home made, no char siew.

but i guess the kolo mee & chilli at jiaxiang sarawak kuching still better la…

kolo meen soup @ jia xiang kuching marina square

kolo mee soup @ jia xiang kuching marina square 

soup was average, i would say below par actually. it was not tasty just ordinary soup.

my dentist friend paid S$77.80 for 6. i did enjoy the noodles very much. for me, it’s the chilli that trumps others all.

it was an expensive bowl of noodles though, not sure i would be back much if at all. once in a long while probably.

while different, the S$5 ah hoe mee pok appeals to me more, very tasty noodles, a lot of ingredients & tasty soup.

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but i reserve my best bowl of very tasty wanton mee at kok kee, not so cheap also at S$4.50 for small…

tocket for esplanade box seating, esplanade concert hall

ticket for esplanade box seating, esplanade concert hall 

my dentist friend was doing his duty for his alumni & dentist students, so he was offered the esplanade box. another friend commented first time he sitting there…same for me too..

esplanade concert hall

esplanade concert hall 

i had been inside the esplanade concert hall a few times. i not much of avid concert goer.

esplanade concert hall

esplanade concert hall 

many visiting artiste have commented that singapore has one of the best concert halls, both design & acoustics.

esplanade concert hall

esplanade concert hall

it really is.

esplanade concert hall

esplanade concert hall 

several practicing dentists performed this evening, together with professionals like hossan leong, koh chien mung etc. yeo yan yann put up a good show, broadway beng sebastian tan is good if closeted by one category of jokes as always, and his part seems unconnected with the whole show.

for me the best performer the evening was rani singam, her excellent rendition of “fillings (aka feelings)” & other songs with humourous lyrics.

esplanade concert hall

esplanade concert hall 

it was a wonderful evening. my daughter also attended with her group of friends.

c.h.e.f andy

Talk by Mr Lim Siong Guan at PPHBC on Saturday 27Aug2016

talk by mr lim siong guan

talk by mr lim siong guan

attended a dinner talk + Q&A by mr lim siong guan on 27.8.2016, organised by a good friend who is the senior pastor of pphbc.🙂

i had attended a previous talk by dr tan lai yong on 15.8.2015.🙂

these talks are all quite good… i enjoyed the evening. my close OPS classmate also attended this evening.

secrets to a satisfied life

secrets to a satisfied life

secrets to a satisfied life

secrets to a satisfied life

mr lim siong guan is, of course, quite well known in singapore. my friend introduced him with the usual accolades – superman, yoda, change crusader…🙂

in fact, the straits times report in the link above covered pretty well anecdotes about mr lim & about the book “wining with honour” which he co-wrote with his daughter….

today LSG talking mostly about ideas from his book “winning with honour” about branding, trust, difference between like & love, respect & honour, self actualisation & transcendence etc..

rosalind's sukiyaki

rosalind’s sukiyaki

Rosalind made sukiyaki for >100pax successfully quite a feat!

rosalind's sukiyaki

rosalind’s sukiyaki

it’s literally labour of love, very labour intensive la, cooking one bowl at a time…

a lot of planning & logistics too – the beef & mushrooms, onions, scallions, soup etc…

salute leh…拜…拜…

rosalind's sukiyaki

rosalind’s sukiyaki

the sukiyaki was restuarant standard la…

rosalind's sukiyaki

rosalind’s sukiyaki

soup was not too sweet or thick, very tasty, & the beef & all the sides done excellently.

buffet

buffet

i was told they catered for 125pax.

there were 2 huge trays for each dish on food warmers.

food was ok, quite average catered food…

anyway my first queue was Ros’ sukiyaki…

braised belly pork 鲁腩肉 with taupok & tau kua

braised belly pork 鲁腩肉 with taupok & tau kua

i was asked to make a dish (always going for kok fai’s event & free dinner…haha)…& Ros was doing the hard stuff like sukiyaki for 125pax???

anyway dinner is catered so the added dishes just for fun, “first come first served she said”…lol! ^^

braised belly pork 鲁腩肉with taupok & tau kua

braised belly pork 鲁腩肉with taupok & tau kua

i did the easiest i can think of…kong bak braised belly pork 鲁腩肉 with taupok & tau kua…

braised belly pork 鲁腩肉

braised belly pork 鲁腩肉

i had 2 kg of belly pork in crockpot cold on low setting for about 6hrs+, meat thermometer set at 90degC.

marinade was good & flavourful. after checking the texture was what i wanted, placed pork in double ziploc bag in chiller overnight. drained the stock & kept in fridge overnight.

braised belly pork 鲁腩肉

braised belly pork 鲁腩肉

next day removed almost 3 heap tbsp fat from the stock, cut belly pork & heat them in the stock.

tender, tasty & still firm with bite.

tau kua

tau kua

removed belly pork & boil tau kua in stock.

taupok

taupok

lastly boiled with taupok until soft & very tasty infused with the marinade, then put tau kua in aluminimum tray, belly pork on top, then added the stock/braising sauce & taupok on the top.

braised belly pork 鲁腩肉

braised belly pork 鲁腩肉

when i queued after finishing the sukiyaki, belly pork already finished…because it was probably enough to serve 30pax to 40pax… lol!🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Braised Sutchi Fillet 红烧鲶鱼柳 with Potatoes, Carrots, Onions – 11th Newgate Learning Hub Community Lunch on 27Aug2016

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

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

made braised sutchi fillet 红烧鲶鱼柳with potatoes, carrots, onions this morning on 27.8.2016. ^^

this my 11th community lunch dish for bathesda community’s newgate learning hub (bread of life).🙂

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

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

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

in terms of preparation, it was not much different from the sweet & sour fish fillet on 13.8.2016.🙂

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

potatoes, carrots, onions

potatoes, carrots, onions 

the vegetables i fried separately.

potatoes, carrots, onions

potatoes, carrots, onions 

first onions & carrots. when softened, added potatoes & then chicken stock, covered & reduced.

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

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

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

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

my habit is to do the dish 1-2hrs before so i can relax, read newspapers, and if something missed out i have time to correct unhurriedly…for me, everything stress-less most important la..

c.h.e.f andy

Nice Yong Tau Foo Lunch @ Goldhill Hakka Restaurant on 25Aug2016

goldhill hakka yongtaufoo

goldhill hakka yongtaufoo – S$5 small 8 pieces

had nice yongtaufoo at 5pax lunch organised by a good friend at goldhill hakka restaurant 1997 at changi road today on 25.8.2016. ^^

place was crowded at 1150am. a customer had to move to another table for us to get a 5pax table.

goldhill hakka yongtaufoo

goldhill hakka yongtaufoo – S$5 small 8 pieces

yongtaufoo was nice, quite plain with a soup.

we ordered small $5 individual servings. there were 8 pieces, 3 fried.

yong tau foo not quite my favourite dish, so i don’t eat often.

if i have to pick out one, i think u hakka yongtaufoo at blk 79 circuit road food centre which this same friend brought us the last time is my best YTF in singapore! ^^

this goldhill version is plain but quite nice eating this way too, picking out each item to dip in chilli instead of mixing everything in the bowl with chilli.

算盘子

算盘子

算盘子i don’t eat often too. this quite fragrant with the crispy browned garlic & shallots.

steamed la la

steamed la la

unfortunately today they did not have the manila clams. the ones we see on most blogs & google map postings. we had the usual lala or littleneck clams.

we asked the lady she said they mostly serve manila clams, only when cannot get like today then they use la la.

steamed la la

steamed la la

the soup was very tasty, with the taste of basil & the distinctive clam taste, just like the japanese asari soup w/o the miso.

today the clams were slight overcooked & a bit tough.

the preparation is different, but i think though that goldhill’s version is no comparison with my own stir-fried manila clams with curry leaves when taste & flavours are concerned.

for texture of course i made mistakes too in timing. the one i served at a homecooked teochew muay lunch in oct2015 though was quite perfect.🙂

lunch was about S$60 or S$12 pax include drinks. i guess quite ok the la la & 算盘子  also not cheap.

P.S. after posting i saw photo of the steamed manila clams posted by other reviewers & they looked good, with a lot less water, less soupy. maybe got to go try again!🙂

four seasons cendol

four seasons cendol

after lunch, on the way back home, 3 of us (we car-pooked) went to eat four seasons cendol at toa payoh lor 8.

love it!

east seafood white bee hoon

east seafood white bee hoon

next to four seasons cendol is east seafood white bee hoon. they don’t sell other zi char dishes. look professional, maybe can try sometimes.

c.h.e.f andy

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Goldhill Hakka Restaurant 1997

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

our makan dishes

our makan dishes 

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

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

salad & GR crispy slow-braised belly pork

salad & GR crispy slow-braised belly pork

wife's beautiful mesclun salad

wife’s beautiful mesclun salad 

wife made 2 beautiful salads for my friends.

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

wife's pumpkin quinoa tofu salad

wife’s pumpkin quinoa tofu salad 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

korean strawberries

korean strawberries 

a friend brought korean strawberries.

yellow kiwi fruits

yellow kiwi fruits 

& very very sweet yellow kiwi fruits.

table setting

table setting

wife did not join dinner as she had another engagement.

table setting

table setting

she did the nice 6pax table setting for us.

dining lights

dining lights

dining room

dining room 

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

a jolly good time together.

c.h.e.f andy

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

xo carrot cake

xo carrot cake

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

full of luck club @ hollandv

full of luck club @ hollandv

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

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

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

duo of salted egg prawn & kongbak pao

duo of salted egg prawn & kongbak pao

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

duo of salted egg prawn & kongbak pao

duo of salted egg prawn & kongbak pao

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

crispy duck 香酥鸭

crispy duck 香酥鸭

children wanted to order the crispy duck 香酥鸭.

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

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

crispy duck 香酥鸭

crispy duck 香酥鸭

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

crispy duck 香酥鸭

crispy duck 香酥鸭

turned out that this was one of the best dishes.

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

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

mango prawns roll

mango prawns roll

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

prawn roll - har fun cheong

prawn roll – har fun cheong

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

spicy yongtaufu

spicy yongtaufu

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

wife thought kok sen’s was better.

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

but yongtaufu is not quite among my favourites… haha!

claypot rice

claypot rice 

i like the claypot rice!

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

the bill

the bill

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

c.h.e.f andy

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Full of Luck Club by Li Bai @ HollandV

Address

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

Opening Hours

Mon – Thu: 11:00 – 23:00

Fri – Sat: 11:00 – 01:00

Sun: 11:00 – 23:00

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

flat white sucks!

flat white sucks!

busy day yesterday.

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

parked quite far at jln kelabu asap – walking exercise…

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

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

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

this was really a very bad flat white!

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

baker & cook

baker & cook

nice place & ambience.

service by the counter girl serving coffee was unhelpful.

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

c.h.e.f andy

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

ah heng curry chicken noodles

ah heng curry chicken noodles

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

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

had to get a few things from sheng shiong.

& also prepare the mock kurobuta pork ribs for OPS BBQ this evening.🙂

ah heng curry chicken noodles

ah heng curry chicken noodles

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

ah heng curry chicken noodles

ah heng curry chicken noodles

luckily for him there was no queue.

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

ah heng curry chicken noodles

ah heng curry chicken noodles

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

ah heng curry chicken noodles

ah heng curry chicken noodles

everything is good about these curry chicken noodles.

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

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

i made my own curry chicken noodles a while back.

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

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

c.h.e.f andy

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

sweet & sour dory fillet with potatoes, carrots, onions

sweet & sour dory fillet with potatoes, carrots, onions

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

this my 17th friday breakfast community meal at teban gardens community service centre.

i first started doing a community meal dish for teban gardens CSC on 8.1.2016.

the centre was started in 2002 after much effort & challenge by our RI friend who is a pastor of pasir panjang hill brethren church (pphbc) which owns & runs the CSC.

PPH Comunity Service Centre

PPH Community Service Centre

PPH Comunity Service Centre

PPH Community Service Centre

the residents relaxing, having a good time after breakfast.🙂

sweet & sour dory fillet with potatoes, carrots, onions

sweet & sour dory fillet with potatoes, carrots, onions

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

sweet & sour dory fillet with potatoes, carrots, onions

sweet & sour dory fillet with potatoes, carrots, onions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

finito

finito

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

later my friend whatsapped me it was all finished.

c.h.e.f andy

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

selara rasa nasi lemak

selera rasa nasi lemak 

son is back for a short break.

he can like eat nasi lemak every day.

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

i ended up eating 2 packets, one for lunch & one for dinner.🙂

selara rasa nasi lemak

selera rasa nasi lemak 

it’s very good!

the rice, chilli, & ikan bilis were fantastic!

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

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

selara rasa nasi lemak

selera rasa nasi lemak

selera rasa is son’s favourite stall.

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

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

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

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

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

c.h.e.f andy

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Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak @ Adam Road Food Centre

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

braised whole pig trotters

braised whole pig trotters – S$18

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

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

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

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

the dishes

the dishes

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

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

xiaolongbao小笼包

xiaolongbao小笼包 – S$8

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

xiaolongbao小笼包

xiaolongbao小笼包 – S$8

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

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

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

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

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

steamed scallops

steamed scallops – S$20

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

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

steamed froglegs

steamed frog legs – S$18

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

steamed froglegs

steamed froglegs – S$18

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

spicy sour veg fish 酸菜鱼

spicy sour veg fish 酸菜鱼 – S$20

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

spicy sour veg fish 酸菜鱼

spicy sour veg fish 酸菜鱼 – S$20

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

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

braised whole pig trotters

braised whole pig trotters – S$18

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

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

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

duck soup

duck soup – S$18

we had the duck soup medium.

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

娃娃菜with prawns

娃娃菜baby cabbage with prawns – S$12

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

娃娃菜with prawns

娃娃菜 baby cabbage with prawns – S$12

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

百叶 fried gluten puff

百叶 fried gluten puff – S$6

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

one friend decided to order 2 more dishes to try.

百叶 - gluten

百叶 fried gluten puff – S$6

i liked the 百叶 – fried gluten puff.

百叶 - fried gluten puff with minced pork

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

flavour was strong & unique, maybe a bit of sesame oil & slightly tangy.🙂

百叶 - fried gluten puff. with minced pork 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

c.h.e.f andy

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Feng Bo Zhuang (风波庄酒家)

Address

57B Temple Street, 058602

Contact:

+65 62233588

Opening Hours

Daily: 11:00 – 23:00

 

 

Wife made Wonderful National Day Family Brunch on 9Aug2016

wife made brunch

wife made brunch

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

brunch treat

brunch treat

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

refreshing salad

refreshing salad

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

shashouka

shakshuka

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

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

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

proscuitto

prosciutto

prosciutto nice..flavourful not too salty..

proscuitto & portobello mushrooms

prosciutto & portobello mushrooms

& nicely pan-grilled portobellos…

proscuitto & portobello mushrooms

prosciutto & portobello mushrooms

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

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

smoked salmon, dill & chopped onions

smoked salmon, dill & chopped onions

smoked salmon was good too…

chorizo

chorizo

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

these i think wife bought from paris.

chorizo, pumpkin, alfafa

chorizo, pumpkin, alfafa

the australian pumpkin very sweet.

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

nice ciubatta bread from culina

nice ciubatta bread from culina

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

wife made brunch

wife made brunch

it was a nice leisurely brunch.

wife made brunch

wife made brunch

maybe it was lunch…we started like almost 1pm…lol!🙂

brunch treat

brunch treat

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

c.h.e.f andy

The Best Wanton Mee @ Kok Kee on 15Aug2016

wanton mee

wanton mee 

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

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

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

kok kee wanton mee

kok kee wanton mee 

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

kok kee wanton mee

kok kee wanton mee – S$4.50

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

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

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

kok kee wanton mee

kok kee wanton mee – S$4.50 

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

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

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

for me this is still the best la! ^^

dumpling soup

dumpling soup 水饺汤

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

thomson overhead bridge fishball noodles

thomson overhead bridge fishball noodles 

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

i still like this kok kee wanton mee best la!

c.h.e.f andy

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

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

chirashi don set - S$33.80

chirashi don set – S$33.80

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

30% off chirashi don set by sunday times treats

30% off chirashi don set by sunday times treats

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

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

chirashi don set

chirashi don set – S$33.80

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

chirashi don set

chirashi don set – $33.80

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

pan fried salmon steak

pan fried salmon steak

& the set came with a choice of side dish.

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

so a fairly good deal.

unagi & toriyaki kamameshi set

unagi & toriyaki kamameshi set – S$22.80

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

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

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

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

so we ordered the unagi & toriyaki kamameshi set.

not bad too, but nothing too great also.

unagi & toriyaki kamameshi set

unagi & toriyaki kamameshi set

i liked the unagi.

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

unagi & toriyaki kamameshi set

unagi & toriyaki kamameshi set

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

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

c.h.e.f andy

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Sun with Moon (Wheelock)

Address:

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

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

braised pork belly lamian 扣肉拉面

braised pork belly lamian 扣肉拉面

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

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

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

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

xiaolongbao小笼包

xiaolongbao小笼包

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

xiaolongbao小笼包

xiaolongbao小笼包 

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

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

crispy ba pao 生煎包

crispy ba pao 生煎包

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

spicy dumplings抄手

spicy dumplings抄手

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

braised pork belly lamian 扣肉拉面

braised pork belly lamian 扣肉拉面 

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

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

braised pork belly lamian 扣肉拉面

braised pork belly lamian 扣肉拉面 

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

sesame dumplings 芝麻汤圆

sesame dumplings 芝麻汤圆 

the discounts apply to the dessert too.

sesame dumplings 芝麻汤圆

sesame dumplings 芝麻汤圆

& sesame dumplings 芝麻汤圆 is always good.

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

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

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

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

c.h.e.f andy

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

bread of life community lunch at newgate learning hub bathesda bedok

bread of life community lunch at newgate learning hub bathesda bedok

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

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

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

sweet & sour dory fish fillet with onions & carrots

sweet & sour dory fish fillet with onions & carrots

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

dory fish fillet

dory fish fillet

i fried the vegetables & fish in separate wokpans.

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

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

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

onions & carrots

onions & carrots

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

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

sweet & sour dory fish fillet with onions & carrots

sweet & sour dory fish fillet with onions & carrots

then added back the fish fillet.

sweet & sour dory fish fillet with onions & carrots

sweet & sour dory fish fillet with onions & carrots

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

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

bread of life community lunch at newgate learning hub bathesda bedok

bread of life community lunch at newgate learning hub bathesda bedok

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

c.h.e.f andy

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

xiaolongbao 小笼包

xiaolongbao 小笼包

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

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

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

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

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

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

saliva chicken 口水鸡

saliva chicken 口水鸡

saliva chicken 口水鸡 still tasted good..

saliva chicken 口水鸡

saliva chicken 口水鸡

we still like it.

beef brisket lamian 牛腩拉面

beef brisket lamian 牛腩拉面

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

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

spicy xo seafood fried rice

spicy xo seafood fried rice – S$14.80

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

spicy xo seafood fried rice

spicy xo seafood fried rice – S$14.80

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

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

c.h.e.f andy

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

seafood pasta

seafood pasta – S$13.80

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

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

my friend decided to go to 18chefs at level 3 star vista.🙂

18chefs @ star vista

18chefs @ star vista 

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

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

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

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

MSW + XO durians

MSW + XO durians 

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

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

XO durians

XO durians 

we decided on 1 MSW + 1 XO durian.

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

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

MSW

MSW 

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

c.h.e.f andy

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Eighteen Chefs @ Star Vista

ADDRESS

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

OPENING HOURS

Daily: 11:00am – 10:30pm

PHONE

+65 66945975

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

duck rice - S$3

duck rice – S$3

went with wife for lunch on 10.8.2016. ^^

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

duck rice - S$3

duck rice – S$3

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

wife decided to try out the duck rice.

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

meiling street wanton mee

meiling street wanton mee

so i decided to order wanton mee instead.

wanton mee

wanton mee – S$3

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

wantons were good & char siew quite good taste,

wanton mee

wanton mee – S$3

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

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

c.h.e.f andy

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Mei Ling Street Wanton Noodles

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