4pax Home Hotpot 火锅 for Meimei, Sis and BIL on 4May2018

hotpot 火锅

having lunch with meimei, my godsis today on 4.5.2018. ^^

my sis & bil are joining lunch. my sis loves hotpot 火锅, and hotpot about the easiest thing to do, no effort so i decided to just make hotpot 火锅 for lunch. 🙂

hotpot 火锅

i got the mushrooms (enoki, shitake & abalone mushrooms), and chinese cabbage & spinach from sheng shion.

hotpot 火锅

i had some leftover chicken stock so boiled 1/2 the chinese cabbage in the stock for 3hrs.

added 1/2 the beef balls & teochew fishcakes (also from sheng shiong)..

beef, pork & prawns

i used 1.2 of the 500g first choice USDA shabu beef from qbfoods, and the other day i bought japanese white pork from donki.

japanese white pork (bought from donki)

the white pork was for sukiyaki so thicker cut than shabu, but ok for me.

this pork was ok but not the same quality as iberico pork, not as tender & sweet, but still quite ok.

USDA first choice shabu beef

the USDA first choice shabu beef  was quite super. sweet beef very thinly sliced, so very tender & sweet. first choice indeed.

mushrooms & vege

& mushrooms & vege always good complements for hotpot & made the soup very sweet, balanced sweetness from the meat & the vege.

teochew fishcake & bean curd skin

the beancurd skin always very good.

hotpot 火锅

we cleaned up the food. i left the table earlier so meimei had a good chat with my sis & bil.

after lunch my sis made 功夫茶, and we ate some ground nuts.

a very enjoyable lunch & time together.

c.h.e.f andy

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Wine Chicken 黄焖鸡 – 58th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 4May2018

wine chicken 黄焖鸡

made wine chicken 黄焖鸡 for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 4.5.2018.^^

this my 58th 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.

wine chicken 黄焖鸡

i was on an absentee mode because of my OPS sakura kyoto trip 5-13.4.2018, and the recent croatia trip with wife & daughter 19-30.4.2018.

so i made sure i do this today! haha! 🙂

i had my usual 2kg frozen boneless chicken thighs from sheng shiong. added another 3 pieces so nearly 2.8kg. cooking for 140pax a bit hard to have a piece for everyone. my wok has a limited size also.

wine chicken 黄焖鸡

i defrosted, cleaned with salt & drained the chicken & marinate the evening before – 3 tbsp fish sauce, 3 tbsp shao xing wine, 2 tbsp each of corn flour, sesame oil, and oyster sauce.

wine chicken 黄焖鸡

next morning just fried with 3cm cut ginger, added 5tsp chopped garlic in 1 tbsp oil.

there was a lot of chicken so fried a while to make sure all pieces were cooked evenly, then covered and cooked low fire for 5mins.

the important thing about cooking chicken is not to overcook it so it is tender, juicy. usually braised chicken in zi char places are overcooked & old…

wine chicken 黄焖鸡

i then removed the chicken & cooked the sliced potatoes about 5mins. tested to see potatoes were just cooked (breaks when pressed with chopsticks or spoon).

then added back the chicken.

wine chicken 黄焖鸡

then transferred to aluminim container for transport.

a delicious, tender, juicy, tasty chicken dish. and the potatoes lagi best, very tasty la…

c.h.e.f andy

WT Bought 4pax Lunch @ Shu Jiang Grilled Fish IMM Building on 3May2018

fragrant spicy grilled seabass 香辣考金目鲈

WT bought 4pax OPS buddies lunch at sujiang grilled fish at IMM building on 3.5.2018. ^^

WT fetched me from my place, then fetched M & CH met us at sujiang. 🙂

fragrant spicy grilled seabass 香辣考金目鲈

there was a lunch promo S$38.80 for while grilled seabass plus 2 sides dishes.

WT ordered that plus 2 more side dishes- so we had enoki (golden mushrooms), niang gao (like the korean dok), a bean curd skin 百叶, and another item. 🙂

the fish & the dish was very good in general. taste wise though good, i much prefer the taste at 重庆烤鱼 Chong Qing Grilled Fish (WT also bought dinner that time) 

somehow this fragrant spicy 香辣 flavour here NOT fragrant as i expected for  genuine mala dish…maybe the flavour was adjusted, not the one i expected or thought was genuine mala fragrant spicy 香辣 flavour!

saliva chicken 口水鸡

saliva chicken 口水鸡

the saliva chicken 口水鸡 for me was a failure. looked quite nice but does not have the fragrant mala taste of saliva chicken 口水鸡, more like an adulterated sweet sesame taste, or maybe my tastebuds off today. haha! 🙂

my idea of a good saliva chicken 口水鸡 is that at crystal jade or

at the really excellent lunch at shenzhen on 13.9.2017. 🙂

any case WT & i can make much better saliva chicken 口水鸡!

deepfried eggplant

the deepfried eggplant was good, very competent.

fried long beans

the fried long beans with mince pork was good too.

actually both dishes were really of good standard, though many other restaurants can do the same.

chendol at red ginger level 1 IMM

after lunch we adjourned to red ginger at level 1 of IMM.

CH bought chendol. nice kidney beans & good, thick coconut milk & gula melaka..

it was a pretty good chendol, better than all the hawker centres, better than amoy chendol at chinatown & still better than island penang kitchen also.

we maybe partial but four seasons chendol at toa payoh lor 8 still better la…

c.h.e.f andy

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Foie Gras Beef Don @ Tanuki Raw on 2May2018

had 2pax dinner with my OPS bro WT @ tanuki raw at level 4 orchard central on 2.5.2018. ^^

WT was away for 2months+, back to shanghai 2 days after our OPS CNY makan & chill at CH2 house on 24.2.2018. 

so catching up with him this evening after my recent trips – OPS sakura trip to kyoto 5-12.4.2018, then my croatia tripw ith wife & daughter 19-30.4.2018.

WT had the foie gras & steak don. he still prefers non sashimi after lots of shanghai japanese ala carte buffet training, lol!

the foie gras & steak don looked really good, maybe i should have ordered that too.

the chirashi don today was not great. i guess all depends on the freshness & cut on the day, but if it is inconsistent, means the retsurant not that great!

(i did not take photo this time so using recycled photos from my last makan here).

afterwards i went to donki at B2 to buy some kagoshima kurobuta & white pork etc

then WT bought coffee at yakun.

i forgot to redeem S$4.80 parking after going donki B2 then yakun ay L5. next time must redeem parking right away la!

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Early Birthday Lunch for CL my RI Bro @ Bochinche on 2May2018

argentine ribeye 

had early birthday lunch for my dear friend CL @ bochinche on 2.5.2018. ^^

i was away this period with wife & daughter & arrived home 7pm+ the evening before..so i googled while overseas to find a good place to go for lunch.

argentinian steak sounded like a good propostion! 🙂

bochinche set lunch

bochinche offers a 2,3 course set lunch.

bochinche 

quite good ambience, parking though was a problem.

i thought i was early, but i chose the wrong route option & took telok ayer street. though it was before 12pm, both telok ayer & amoy streets had no parking spaces & worse, both streets were jammed up & took a long time to get by…after i turned into club street & by that time, no carpark space left on club street, so i had to make a big detour to park at ura open rooftop carpark at mnd building maxwell road.

got to bochinche finallt at 12.20pm!

asparagus with goat cheese 

i took the 2 course at S$32.

got CL to take the 3 course & a white wine.

we both had asparagus (not bad!) & argentine ribeye (very good!)..

aspagragus was ok, goat cheese was a nice dip with added texture of the grated chestnuts…

argentine ribeye 

 

the argentine ribeye was par excellence, really quite a superb steak that is not wagyu & not USDA prime??? or maybe it can be considered USDA prime?

very tender & sweet (very important), and properly charred…we enjoyed the steak very much. 🙂

i asked the waitress what is the ala carte price for the argentine ribeye. she said S$75 for 300g ribeye. our set lunch serving was 190g… 🙂

i asked her if bochinche meant something in argentinian. she went to find out & returned to say it meant something like creating a ruckus? i supposed a lot of fun & fiesta?

strawberry dessert & ice cream

i tried a tsp of the strawberry & ice cream…pretty good…overall a nice dessert.

after lunch we drove to tiong hoe for a nice cuppa…and a good chat!

CL was joining another group of friends for avenger – infinity war movie & another birthday dinner afterwards & i am having dinner with my OPS bro WT…

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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…

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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. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

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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