Assam Chicken – 64th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 13Jul2018

assam chicken thigh fillet

made assam chicken for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 13.7.2018.^^

this my 64th 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.

chicken thigh fillet marinated with assam paste in fridge overnight

i used 3kg frozen boneless chicken thighs from sheng shiong, drained in a colander.

then marinated with mak’s assam paste in fridge overnight. 🙂

assam chicken thigh fillet

in the morning, added sliced ginger & curry leaves to 2 tbsp vegetable oil then added chopped garlic.

then added in the marinated chicken pieces & stirred & mixed thoroughly all on high heat.

then covered on medium heat. there is a lot of liquids in the chicken so no need to add water.

added 200ml coconut milk & mixed thoroughly. removed cover & turned to high heat.

assam chicken thigh fillet

i then removed the chicken so they would not be overcooked,

assam chicken thigh fillet

reducing assam gravy

and reduced the gravy to make the gravy more intense & flavourful. ^^

assam chicken thigh fillet


assam chicken thigh fillet

then i added back the thickened gravy.

a very tasty dish. chicken was tender & sweet & succulent, and the gravy was delicious.

c.h.e.f andy


Claypot Liver & Song Fish Head = Delicious 5pax Home Dinner with OPS Buddies on 12Jul2018

5pax dinner dishes 

made 5pax OPS buddies dinner- with WM, WT, HC & HH.

I made-

1 lime taujeon steamed song fish head (zai shoon & joo heng style)

2 陈年花雕酒蒸鲥鱼

3 claypot pig liver (joo heng)

4 spicy bean paste pork softbones with green pepper (joo heng & common zichar)

5 egg & salted egg bitter gourd (zai shoon)

6 onion egg omelette (ho jiak zichar)

Song fish head, liver & bitter gourd were excellent..pork ribs flavour ok texture not tender enuf..onion egg ok

lar pok crispy lard 

i made some lar pok crispy lard for the song fish head too. 🙂

taujeon lime song fish head 

song fish head i made joo heng & zai shun style, basically taujeon & adding lime to give the tangy taste.

cannot compare with zai shun’s sauce, but i think my song fish head was better than joo heng. this evening my tau jeon a bit much so slighty salty.

taujeon lime song fish head 

my favourite sauce for song fish head is still the spicy black bean sauce.

song fish head & steamed 鲥鱼

steamed 鲥鱼 

鲥鱼not good..

sauce i made was ok but the 刺壳fish was not good..texture not fresh & tender & not sweet..a 鲈鱼or yellow croaker would be better..

claypot liver

claypot liver was excellent this evening. nicely pink & very tasty with the gravy.

first time i made, after trying the liver dish first at loong hua on 26.6.2018, then at joo heng on 6.7.2018.

claypot sauce/stock

i fried lots of ginger & cut spring onions, then chopped garlic, black pepper & 1 stick of coriander..

then added chicken stock and 4tbsp shaoxing wine and reduced to a very tasty sauce.

when serving, added the cleaned & sliced (x-grain) liver, stirred, added larger cut spring onions, and covered & served.

pork soft bones with green pepper

braised pork soft bones

pork soft bones with green pepper

for the pork soft bones i braised with spicy bean paste. since i was doing zai shun’s salted egg bitter gourd i used green pepper with the pork soft bones.

the taste was good, green pepper was good not overdone. the pork soft bones though were not tender enough, so this dish was not quite up to mark a..

salted egg bittergourd

salted egg bittergourd 

i did the zai shun salted egg bitter gourd.

nothing can compare with zai shun’s bittergourd, but this came pretty close.

i used 1 whole salted egg chopped to small pieces. fried the bitter gourd first with the salted egg, then added 2 eggs, let the white hardened then fried together..

a very tasty, delicious dish. 🙂

egg onions 

the egg onion dish i was replicating the one at ho jiak zi char at dunman food centre we had recently.

chocolate mousse

song fish head & steamed 鲥鱼


WT bought MSW yesterday & kept 1 box (2 MSW durians) for this evening.

Hak Chong brought nice tiramisu & chocolate mousse.

taujeon lime song fish head

a delicious, wonderful dinner with good OPS buddies. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Jessie’s Delicious Homemade Yongtaufu on 11Jul2018

J’s yongtaufu

Jessie made delicious ytf & some kongbakpau…we gathered at WM’s place on 11.7.2018.

J’s yongtaufu

the ytf was very good, better than most outside.

J’s yongtaufu

i like fried ytf more than the usual ones served a food centres.

prawn salad

some prawn salad. 🙂

J’s yongtaufu

tau kua & tau pok ytf.

J’s yongtaufu

i liked the bitter gourd & chilli, and the egg plant pretty good as well.

J’s yongtaufu

the small sweet capsicums were the best, really sweet.

J’s yongtaufu

and fish balls too. 🙂

J’s yongtaufu

most importantly, the home made chilli sauce, super spicy, potent. i took a lot, the most i think.

J made some kongbapau also…there were so much food. i took mostly ytf, and 2 pieces of braised pork.

WT brought some D13 & MSW durians so got to reserve some space for that, and M brought madeleines. 🙂

WT bought a lot of durians. we were gathering at my place for dinner the next day, so i took 1 box of MSW back for next day’s get together. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Great Italian Food 8pax Family Dinner @ Cibo Italiano on 8Jul2018

charcuteri board meat & cheese platter

eldest daughter bought 8pax family dinner treat at cibo italiano on 8.7.2018. ^^

cibo italiano

cibo italiano

place had good wine selection. we brought a wine ourselves. it’s 1 for 1 so we bought 1 wine & no corkage for the one we brought.

the wine my son & sil picked was better than what we brought actually. 🙂

cibo italiano

some cakes & pastry.

cibo italiano

we left about 9.30pm, place was well take up including the al fresco area.


the burrata was ok, not the standard of rubato, but this was like S$28 whereas rubato was like S$45 but came with parma ham.

the charcuteri board meat & cheese platter (top photo) was quite good. a large serving of salami, ham & cheese.

truffle fries

truffle fries was great.

brussel sprouts fritters

the brussel sprouts fritters were very good. everyone liked it.

lobster ravioli

lobster ravioli was good standard. sauce very good taste.

seafood tagliatelle

the seafood tagliatelle was good too, sauce a bit light in taste.

i think my own squid tagliatelle i made for my friends recently on 3.7.2018 was just as good & tastier.

salami pizza

the salami pizza was really good, very tasty better than what i expected.

quatro formaggio pizza

the 4 cheese pizza was the usual good standard, nice cheesy flavours.

braised beef cheeks

one surprised package was the braised beef cheeks.

the meat mains were quite ex so we ordered this..this was done really well, very tender & excellent taste.. even wife liked it..we usually don’t go for braised dishes.

lava cake

we shared a lava cake. daughter liked it. i didn’t think too much of it actually.

i have not made lava cake for the longest time now but i think my dark chocolate lava was much more flavourful than this.

dinner for 8pax came to S$390 including i think a S$100 wine. quite ok. we had a great time and all the dishes we ordered were of good standard.

c.h.e.f andy


Cibo Italiano

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Pete’s Paella Mixta, RI Makan Group 11pax Fishy Dinner on 3Jul2018

pete’s paella mixta

had 11pax RI makan group fishy dinner this evening (in the end only 2 fish dishes but got seafood dishes ika sugatayaki & chorizo prawns)….

(HAB joined afterwards for msw…we waited for him to arrive before attacking the fruit!)

pete cooked paella mixta….i missed that 1 yr ago in london when pete invited my family but we couldn’t make got chance to try today..

pete in the kitchen

pete very much at home in the kitchen..his paella mixta is the real thing with loads of ingredients including safron. he brought everything including the aborio rice, prawns, squid, littelneck clams, onions, garlic etc …great stuff!

we had 10 dishes-

1 pumpkin mesclun salad
2 nobu miso cod
3 teriyaki salmon belly
4 jap chashu + flamed moso belly pork
5 orange & jam chicken (Dubrovnik 16th century castrated rooster recipe)
6 ika sugatayaki (grilled whole squid)
7 chorizo prawns
8 roasted vegetables
9 (pete’s paella mixta)
10 seafood tagliatelle

finished off with msw from ah seng

pumpkin rocket salad

grilled pumpkin the evening before, 20mins in 250degC oven, added olive oil, a bit balsamic, sea salt, and a bit honey (or agave nectar also can – i din have).

pumpkin rocket salad

tossed with mesclun (mixed salad veg) and cherry tomatoes only when serving, and added sea salt, olive oil, balsamic vinegar & honey (or agave nectar) to taste… 🙂

cannot do earlier or mesclun would be soft..

teriyaki salmon belly + nobu miso cod

my usual teriyaki salmon belly + nobu miso cod, always favourite dishes for my family & friends. 🙂

teriyaki salmon belly

many actually liked the salmon belly more. it is fattier, browned more & the seasoning which included more chopped garlic, and chopped ginger, is more complex. & excellent with the dill.

today though the skin was not so well done…should have flamed the skin, but doing a few other things so forgot…

it’s 1/2 the price of cod so a very worthwhile dish.

nobu miso cod

nobu miso cod always good, a tasty, well miso-infused fatty, flaky fish…always my favourite as much as the salmon belly.

orange + jam chicken

my dubrovnik 16th century orange + jam chicken (i replaced the honey with strawberry jam) was not my best this evening.

still good, especially the thigh. the breast slightly on the done side though still moist & tender…the best when i did for wife’s friend they said it was “exquisite”…

orange + jam chicken

1/2 deboned chicken, marinated with fish sauce & white pepper, then juice of 2 oranges overnight in fridge, drained dry next day, high fire pan fried skin down, then turned over, added back the orange juice, added jam, covered & cooked while reducing the sauce.

then removed chicken & reduced sauce to a thick delicious dip.

flamed miso belly pork + jap chashu

the chashu was better than the miso pork..

jap chashu

revisited the jap chashu couple times recently (3.5hrs in 130degC oven) & kept in ziploc bag in  chiller overnight, nearly perfecting it. very tender & sauce flavouring was good.

miso belly pork

miso belly pork using the usual recipe, 6hrs in 90degC oven, then drained dry & flamed, not as good(as tender). i think i will switch to the chashu method.

ika sugatayaki

all the friends loved the ika sugatayaki (grilled whole squid)

ika sugatayaki

basically steamed to cook 90%, put in fridge to drain dry, then added olive oil, sea salt, drizzled with honey & flamed to give the bbq “chowtar” flavours.

really lovely dish….diners cut themselves, good audience partcipation…hahaha! ^^

chorizo prawns

they all loved the chorizo pranws. i had 11 medium prawns for 11pax…we know who ate 2, then 3, then 5 lol!

but actually only after i prepared a second batch using the same prawns reserved for the seafood tagliatelle.

chorizo flavoured sauce was excellent, prawns were just cooked, plump, bouncy, succulent, the red peppers were sweet.

grilled vegetables

grilled vegetables

i pan-grilled some vegetables-red 7 yellow peppers, zucchini & yellow onions. seasoned with olive oil, balsamic, and sea salt.

grilled vegetables

& oven grilled some corns & pumpkin. corn were nice with butter, sea salt, a bit honey seasoning. i should have flamed the corn & pumpkin though…forgot also…

cherries & grapes

ah seng MSW

SCG wife’s coffee ice cream

squid tagliatelle

the last dish was a squid tagliatelle (used up the reserved prawns for chorizo prawns liao).

a delightful dish, very tasty & just al dente pasta, quite perfect this evening i think.

pasta very easy to make. like anything else, stock is the key. my chicken stock was very tasty & intense, and i added prawn head & shell stock as well. & i had sweet red & yellow pepper cooked just nice with the stock as well. so when serving just cooked the squid not to overcook otherwise rubbery, off fire, added in the pasta, added 1 tbsp gourmet butter & tossed.

pete cooked a delicious paella mixta. i tasted the stock it was also very tasty, so the paella was tasty, and i took more second serving. it was a big dish, so the stock a little diluted by the amount of rice & ingredients. it would be very tasty if less rice. stock & rice or pasta portioning always a experimental, touch & go thing…

HK brought 2 small champagne, 3 white wines, CCG brought very nice jap roku gin & 4 tonic drinks. SCG brought nice coffee ice cream by wife and red wine, KH brought koropok, CL brought fruits & tv box to watch world cup soccer & YF helped to connect up,..

HAB joined after dinner and we had ah seng’s MSW & watched world cup (sweden vs switzerland), and chilled.

a really enjoyable evening with old school friends & buddies. loks like pete will come singapore more often…

c.h.e.f andy

Expensive Average Zichar Dishes @ Joo Heng on 6Jul2018

dinner dishes @ joo heng

had 3pax dinner with my OPS bros HC & WM at joo heng on 6.7.2018. 🙂

food so so & quite ex.

best dish was the liver 姜葱猪肝..the song fish head was of course good..i think that mine better though..will try making the liver dish also..the pork ribs bitter gourd not tasty though & ribs not tender enough

afterwards we went WM’s place & ate MSW& watch france vs uruguay WC match.

joo heng

joo heng an old name to my friends…,y first time.

tau jeon song fish head

the taujeon fish head was good…the head though not super fresh but still ok.

i think my own song fish head is just as good or better la….

fried liver with ginger & spring onions

fried liver with ginger & spring onions

fried liver with ginger & spring onions was the best dish, not better than the song fish head, but very good dish that i don’t usually eat or order.

liver was done just right, tender, pinkish & tasty.

i did this couple times at home later. i think mine also just as good.

pork ribs with bitter gourd

pork ribs with bitter gourd

the pork ribs bittergourd not that good.

not tasty enough, the black bean sauce not into the bittergourd enough & the pork ribs not tender enough.

i made this afterwards for my friends, using green pepper. my pepper flavours was good but my pork ribs also not tender enough, so mine not better.

prawn paste chicken

prawn paste chicken quite pedestrian.

sambal potato leaves

i like sambal potato leaves.

this was good, but the usual zichar standard so nothing much to say la…

S$84 quite ex 3pax

price S$84 for 3pax too steep for this kind of food la…won’t come back here.

tau jeon song fish head

i really like song fish head as a dish.

any preparations still very nice, even if it was no better than elsewhere, it was still very nice here.

c.h.e.f andy


Joo Heng Restaurant

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Chicken Korma – 63rd Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 6Jul2018

chicken korma

made chicken korma for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 6.7.2018.^^

this my 63rd 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.

chicken korma

the dish looked & tasted delicious.

it was though a uncommon taste so i was not sure if the teban gardens residents would like it.

3kg frozen boneless chicken thighs

i had the usual 3kg frozen boneless chicken thighs from sheng shiong, drained in a colander.

babas chicken korma paste

babas chicken korma paste

the i marinated with the babas korma paste overnight in the fridge.

chicken korma

in the morning, added sliced ginger & curry leaves to 2 tbsp vegetable oil then added chopped garlic.

then added in the marinated chicken pieces & stirred & mixed thoroughly all on high heat.

then covered on medium heat. there is a lot of liquids in the chicken so no need to add water.

added 200ml coconut milk & mixed thoroughly. removed cover & turned to high heat.

i then removed the chicken so they would not be overcooked, and reduced the gravy to make it more intense & flavourful. ^^

chicken korma

then i added back the gravy.

chicken korma

a wonderful dish full of flavours.

the centre director R later replied “Most enjoyed the chicken, something different. It was tasty. 👍🏻👍🏻” so the not so common dish was ok afterall.

c.h.e.f andy

Mullet & Song Fish Head 2pax Dinner for SIS & BIL on 4Jul2018

mullet, song fish head & romaine lettuce for sis & bil

sis & bil stayed for dinner today on 4.7.2018. ^^

there were mullet & song fish head in the fridge so i made the dishes for them. 🙂

song fish head 松鱼头

i made my usual spicy black bean sauce for the song fish head 松鱼头.

the recipe here. ^^

i think mine is as good as any outside including hk street old chun kee.

mullet, song fish head & romaine lettuce for sis & bil

for mullet, just washed with salt, drained, steamed 8mins, cooled, then placed in fridge for 1/2hr to chill.

as good as any outside like ye shanghai etc…and just S$4 for this fish.

fried some romaine lettuce also for my sis & bil.

i did not eat dinner. had lunch liao so managed my diet a bit.

c.h.e.f andy

Hokkien Mee, Braised Duck Hawker Lunch @ Meiling Food Centre on 4Jul2018

hokkien prawn noodles S$6

went with wife & sis & bil to meiling street food centre.

the xinlu fishball noodles was closed so we had to try other stalls.

wife ordered the hokkien mee S$6.

it was very good, both in taste & also the ingredients and quantity.

yongtaufu S$4

i ordered the yongtaufu, but today somehow it was not great…maybe not good..pedestrian…

1/2 braised duck S$18

sis ordered 1/2 braised duck S$18.

this one of the the worst braised duck i had. duck had no taste, texture on the soft side was ok but not sweet or tasty…odd actually as the braising sauce tasted ok.

i would never buy from this stall.

hokkien prawn noodle

best dish we had still the hokkien mee wife bought la…

c.h.e.f andy

Spicy Fried Rice on 2Jul2018

spicy fried rice

made 1 pax spicy fried rice this evening on 2.7.2018. ^^

using leftover rice in the fridge. 🙂

spicy fried rice

had some cooked rice in the fridge.

added chopped garlic to 1tbsp oil. then added rice (break up dry clumps) & iberico prok. then added 1 egg.

let egg white formed & browned a bit then mixed the rice, iberico pork & the egg.

and added 1 tsp heap of mala chilli oil and mixed.

spicy fried rice 

mixed well & fried over high fire.

add fish sauce if needed to taste.

spicy fried rice 

fried rice was very flavourful, good wok hae.

again very easy to make, just too much carb lor…

c.h.e.f andy

Char Kuay Teow 1.0 (Recipe) on 1Jul2018

char kuay teow

made char kuay teow for myself this vening on 1.7.2018. ^^

of course i did not have kuay teow, so just use the little bit of leftover yellow noodles, char mee in that sense. lol! 🙂

char kuay teow 

actually the key ingredient in char kuay teow is the sweet dark sauce, unless you are making white char kuay teow.

char kuay teow 

i didn’t have much ingredients this evening, so just cut chilli padi, cut spring onions, chopped garlic, egg & some iberico pork.

char kuay teow 

very easy to make.

just add chopped garlic, cut chilli & spring onions in 1 tbsp oil & fry.

add iberico shabu pork (or small prawns) and sliced fish cakes, then add noodles (& kuay teow) after washed clean & drained in colander, and add 1 egg.

let egg white formed & browned a bit then mix the noodles & the egg.

add 1tbsp sweet dark sauce (to taste). all on high heat!

char kuay teow 

very good wok hae!

noodles very tasty & “pang”.

easy dish, nice to eat, but too much carbs la!

c.h.e.f andy

Below Par Bara Chirashi Don @ Tsukiji Fish Marrket on 30Jun2018

S$21.80 bara chirashi don 

went with wife for 2pax dinner @ tsukiji fish market orchard central on 30.6.2018. ^^

can only say below par, won’t go again!

quite a disappointment really..

seems that sumiya moved to suntec city & tsukiji fish market took over the space.

the bara chirashi don was much below par. except for a dab of uni and not very good ones, and ikura, the salmon & maguro cuts are below par.

a $21.80 bara chirashi don not even as fresh & sweet as a S$9.80 kaisen mountain mori at sabar for lunch..just look at the photos..

no comparison with tanuki raw & en sakaba for same price.

grilled oysters

grilled oysters 

the grilled oyster was hard & dry..


kushiyaki ok but nothing least competent…

S$21.80 bara chirashi don

service was slow but attitude was quite good.

place was quite crowded & full on a saturday evening so maybe other diners find the food ok. for me though not likely to return.

c.h.e.f andy



Good Oyster Omelette, Ngoh Hiang & Bakchormee @ Lao Zhong Zhong Eating House on 1Jul2018

4pax hawker lunch

wife & i went with daughter & SIL to macpherson area, hoe nam big prawn noodles was closed so we ate at the coffeeshop opposite (lao zhong zhong eating house) on 1.7.2018. ^^

orh lua oyster omelette S$8

orh lua oyster omelette S$8

JH ordered the orh lua aka oyster omelette. it was good & had plump oysters.

S$8 quite ex but i guess that is the going price for orh lua oyster omelette.

bakchormee S$4

the bakchormee noodles qq, good chilli sauce with vinegar, a little few ingredients c/w other places for S$4. overall quite good bakchormee. 🙂

we tapao 1 packet back for son.

nogh hiang $7.50

ngoh hiang S$7.50 also quite good standard, and had good dipping chilli sauce too.

a good sunday family lunch. ^^

c.h.e.f andy



Sutchi Fillet Assam Pedas – 62nd Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 29Jun2018

sutchi fillet assam pedas

made sutchi fillet assam pedas with sliced leeks for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 29.6.2018.^^

this my 62nd 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.

sutchi fillet assam pedas

bought 2x1kg frozen sutchi fillet ($4.50 for 6 fillet 1kg packet) from sheng shiong.

washed with salt & drain in colander, then marinated with mak’s assam pedas paste overenight in fridge.

sutchi fillet assam pedas

sutchi fillet assam pedas

in the morning, fried sliced ginger in oil then added garlic, then added the 12 sutchi fillet.

no need to add water…still lots of water, and needed to remove fillet & reduced to create an intense flavourful sauce & added back to the fillet.

sutchi fillet assam pedas

sutchi fillet assam pedas

a lovely, delicious dish.

next time need to add another 1/2 packet or 1 packet, 2 packets not enough.

c.h.e.f andy

The Best Song Fish Head 松鱼头 (Recipe) on 28Jun2018

song fish head 松鱼头

made the best song fish head 松鱼头 this evening on 28.6.2018. ^^

song fish head 松鱼头

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

song fish head 松鱼头

song fish head 松鱼头

what a beauty! ^^

song fish head 松鱼头

song fish head 松鱼头

my usual recipe below.

c.h.e.f andy


  • 1/2 song fish head松鱼头
  • cut spring onions
  • 1 cut chilli padi
  • 2cm sliced ginger

a spicy black bean sauce mix of –

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


  1. mix the sauce cold to dissolve the corn flour.
  2. heat up a bit & the sauce became slight pasty.
  3. put song fish head in steamer plate & add sauce & garnish with cut spring onions, chilli padi & ginger.
  4. steam for 11-13mins (depends on size) in the steam oven or steamer.

Claypot Rice Home Gourmet Dinner on 27Jun2018

claypot rice

had a 7pax family dinner this evening on 27.7.2018. ^^

i made the usual claypot rice. 🙂

claypot rice

rice was fluffy, excellent claypot flavours, wonderful duck liver sausage from hong kong, and the chicken was so tender & tasty. ^^

garlic chilli flatfish head 剁椒鸦片鱼头

my OPS bro WT gave me 2 halves  from shanghai.

garlic chilli flatfish head 剁椒鸦片鱼头

garlic chilli flatfish head 剁椒鸦片鱼头

i decided to do 剁椒鸦片鱼头, with loads of chopped garlic & chilli padi. 🙂


it was delicious, but really 鸦片鱼头 done any preparations would be delicious la!

flesh like cod, soft head bone structure like salmon head. 🙂

prawns with yellow chives

aunty Bes asked me to cook the prawns with yellow chives.

this an excellent, succulent fresh, plump prawns & tasty yellow chives.

at chui huay lim, this a S$48 dish. lol! 

aunty Bes minced pork string beans

& aunty Bes did the aunty Bes minced pork string beans. very good!


c.h.e.f andy

Good Claypot Liver & Zichar Dishes @ Loong Hua Seafood on 26Jun2018

claypot liver

our RI buddy P, resident in london, was in town & he arranged a 11pax zichar dinner @ long hua zichar blk 168 bedok south ave 3 on 26.6.2018. ^^

(HAB missed dinner, joined WC viewing at CL’s place afterwards)

after dinner we adjourned to CL’s place to watch world cup match France vs Denmark super boring first 0-0 game for this world cup..

thanks CL for hospitality & drinks, ice cream, nuts, crisp, grapes & blueberries …

long hua zichar blk 168 bedok south ave 3

long hua zichar blk 168 bedok south ave 3

long hua zichar blk 168 bedok south ave 3

1st time i come to this long hua zichar @ blk 168 bedok south ave 3.

many dishes P ordered were quite good. 🙂

排骨王 or the like

排骨王 or the like

排骨王 was good, tender & the sauce not too sweet & quite tasty.

not my favourite zichar dish but i didn’t mind it also..

roast chicken

roast chicken

the roast chicken was good, quite competent.

the breast meat still not the most tender & moist, so can still improve, but overall pretty ok.

claypot liver

the claypot lover was quite an excellent dish.

liver was “medium rare” parts still pinkish, fresh & tender, and a very tasty dish.

i almost never have this dish for many years. after this i went back and cooked the dish myself twice & it was pretty good too. lol! 🙂

deepfried soon hock

the deepfried soonhock was very good.

fish was done well, crispy, tender & tasty…everyone liked the taste & sauce…

虾录 fried big prawns

the 虾录 fried big prawns was also very good. everyone liked this dish.

i did a similar dish with different sauce =a dry wok garlic jumbo prawns = often some years back, though not over the recent 3 years. maybe i will do it again.

claypot sea cucumber or 一品煲 dish

there was a claypot sea cucumber or 一品煲 dish.

it was an ok dish but non too impressive. i think again missing a good tasty stock, so the dish like just thin oysters sauce taste and not a very tasty dish…

scallop & broccoli

the scallop broccoli dish had large plump scallops but wasn’t done that well, good ingredients but not tasty.

broccoli was poached, which was ok, but maybe there was no tasty stock to enhance the flavours, the large scallops were like just boiled in water…

fried rice

fried rice was flavourful, good wok hae.

it was added later, as P thought the guys were still hungry & needed more carbs. lol! 🙂

hor fun super wok hae

the hor fun was actually the first dish served.

it had super wok hae, very flavourful dish, very well done.

couldn’t really remember th price but it should be aroung S$280 for 11pax…not ex also not particularly cheap for these zichar dishes.

anyway we had a really good time, very enjoyable dinner with old friends. and many dishes like deepfried soon hock, fried large prawns, claypot liver and hor fun were quite delicious and the pork ribs, roast chicken were good too.

after dinner we adjourned to CL’s place to watch world cup soccer.

c.h.e.f andy


Loong Hua Seafood
168 Bedok South Ave 3, Singapore 460168
Phone: 6241 3608

Good Value S$13.80 Saba & Chirashi Don Lunch Set @ Sabar on 26Jun2018

saba S$13.80 lunch set 

my OPS HC bought 3pax lunch today at sabar at japan food town wisma L4 today on 26.6.2018. ^^

saba S$13.80 lunch set 

saba has a top value saba S$13.80 lunch set  promo=a mini chirashi don, udon with salad, 2 side dishes & chawanmushi…

grilled saba 

the grilled saba was excellent! fresh & sweet! 🙂

well, restaurant is called sabar…lol! 🙂

chicken kakiage 

chicken kakiage was good, if the usual.

unagi chawanmushi 

unagi was good…chawanmushi just usual..

chirashi don 

mini chirashi don though was poorer by quite a distance from the usual S$9.80 kaisen mountain mori la..

bil S$52 for 3pax nett 

overall S$13.80++pax for the set was still a good deal.

saba S$13.80 lunch set

but for me, even though the sabar was good, my main interest is still chirashi don, so i would rather go for the S$9.80 kaisen mountain mori! 🙂

c.h.e.f andy



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Delicious 4pax Home Dinner with WM & J on 24Jun2018

5 dinner dishes

WM & J came by for 4pax home dinner on 24.6.2018.

i made –

1 claypot rice👍👍👍
2 葱焖鸦片鱼头👍👍
3 花雕酒蒸小黄鱼 (model after steam 鲥鱼sauce)
4 仿冰菜using lettuce (not successful)
5 fried romaine lettuce 油麦菜

J brought yongtaufu & indian mangoes👍

we took the ytf with the dinner. it was very good. 🙂


the 葱焖鸦片鱼头 dish was excellent! the flesh is flaky & tasty like cod, and the head has soft bone structure like salmon…the perfect fish head!

鸦片鱼头 is a flatfish not available in singapore. WT brought 2 halves fish head for me from shanghai during his last trip back here. before that he brought me 2 also which i cooked for family.

wife & i prefer the scallion baked preparation at old jesse 老吉士 in shanghai. ^^

we had that during our trip in sep2017. later WM& i had the hk steamed preparation at 陈记 during our nov2017 shanghai trip. wife & i just returned from shanghai last week & we had at 陈记 on 16.6.2018. 🙂

anyhow 鸦片鱼头 is just so good any preparation is good la..

claypot rice

my claypot chicken rice is a perennial favourite.

claypot rice

claypot rice

J declared she had 3 bowls…lol!

steamed 小黄鱼 prepared 鲥鱼style

steamed 小黄鱼 prepared 鲥鱼style

i experimented with the  鲥鱼style preparation.

the key is of course first the fish, second the sauce.

i didn’t have the fish, so it was about the sauce…i used <1 flat tbsp sugar, 1tbsp white vinegar, 5 tbsp shaoxing wine & 1 tbsp light soy sauce. the sauce was very good.

小黄鱼 is a sweet tasty fish but it is not  鲥鱼, so quite incomplete & didn’t make much impact does not add much to the dish as 小黄鱼 could be done any number of ways…

lettuce冰菜not successful

the lettuce冰菜not successful, a failure.

i took it out of the freezer & put back, and the veg sort of wilted. had to be just right timing & eat upon taking out of freezer…anyway texture aside, it does not have the sweetness of 冰菜 and is a bit “siap” = astringent…

fried romaine lettuce

romaine lettuce 油麦菜 lettuce was the usual, a very nice vegetable dish. 🙂

me in the kitchen

WM took a video of me in the kitchen..

claypot rice

claypot rice

claypot rice very appealing to palate.


葱焖鸦片鱼头 before baking 10mins in 250degC oven, adding 2.5 tbsp light soy sauce, 2 tbsp & 2tbsp olive oil & some cut chilli padi.

steamed 小黄鱼 prepared 鲥鱼style

steamed 小黄鱼 prepared 鲥鱼style

the 鲥鱼style preparation is done steaming the fish & discarding the liquid, then adding the prepared sauce & topping up with sliced ginger & ham 金华火腿

dinner dishes, the not ready 鸦片鱼头not ready yet

we had a wonderful dinner just 4 of us, and a great time to chill & chat afterwards.

c.h.e.f andy

Yakisoba (Recipe) on 22Jun2018


made 1pax yakisoba this evening on 22.6.2018. ^^

had some shimeji mushrooms in the fridge.

also some iberico pork. 🙂


had yakisoba on 2 occasions during our recent OPS 5pax sakura trip to kyoto/nara/osaka on 6-13.4.2018. 🙂

once at street stalls at fushimi inari, another time at an okonomiyaki restaurant (above photo)..


does not seem much different from char kuay teow.

basically i fried some sliced onions then added minced garlic, then added the shimeji mushrooms & iberico pork & noodles.

i also decided to add some egg.

for the condiments i added tsuyu (soba sauce) and some mirin, about 1tbsp each for the small amount of noodles i had, anyhow to taste la. 🙂



yakisoba very tasty.

not sure how authentic, no pink pickled ginger, but otherwise very tasty & nice la…good wok hae…lol! 🙂

c.h.e.f andy