Great Zi Chai Dishes Family Night Out @ Forture Restaurant Old Holland Road on 17Jan2017

thai style fish head S$25

thai style fish head S$25

family decided to go out for 4pax dinner.

didn’t want to venture far. went to forture restaurant at old holland road to enjoy their thai style fish head this evening on 17.1.2017. ^^

thai style fish head S$25

thai style fish head S$25

we have been taking the thai style fish head curry for donkey years, from the time it was S$15 to now S$25 for the same dish.

the most recent time we enjoyed the wonderful thai style curry fish head here was on 12.9.2016. ^^

now fish head curry dishes mostly S$25 anyway & this one is “them” good la! 🙂

fish head very fresh, large & meaty for 1/2 fish head, lots of vegetables & perfect tangy, tasty thai styled curry. so far i think this is the best curry fish head i/we had.

hotplate tofu S$10

hotplate tofu S$10

we ordered the hotplate tofu.

i don’t remember taking this dish here before but daughter had.

it was good, tasty, nicely done egg tofu, well infused with the gravy & some prawns. very good! this dish i will order again.

cuttlefish kang kong S$10

cuttlefish kang kong S$10

also ordered the cuttlefish kang kong.

this dish only the sauce a bit not our favourite, a bit sweet & gluey. otherwise the cuttlefish was good & so was the kang kong.

S$49.50nett for 4 dishes inc fish head for 4pax

S$49.50nett for 4 dishes inc fish head for 4pax

seafood horfun S$4

seafood horfun S$4

we ended off with a small horfun. most of us low carbs so it was quite enough.

good wok hae this evening. this dish can be inconsistent. for this evening it was good.

dinner for 4 dishes 4pax including S$25 fish head was S$49.50. pretty good. this like a go to place for us, almost like homecooked comfort food.

c.h.e.f andy

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Forture Seafood

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Best Value Dimsum Great Afternoon Out with OPS Friends @ Paradise Dynasty ONEKM on 17Jan2017

radish pastry

radish pastry 

3 of us OPS friends decided to have afternoon snack at paradise dynasty at OneKM mall on 17.1.2017. ^^

they have 50% off dumsum & ramen & desserts 3pm to 5.15pm. 🙂

peanuts & chestnut appetizer

peanuts & chestnut appetizer

the appetizer here, peanuts & chestnuts, quite nice so we took it.

i think it’s about $2 & chinese tea like S$1.50pax.

radish pastry

radish pastry 

we ordered 3 dimsum.

the radish pastry was nice. very competent, fluffy pastry, sweet, tasty radish fillings.

xioalongbao 小笼包

xioalongbao 小笼包 

xioalongbao 小笼包 here average. quite ok but other places like crystal jade, imperial treasures etc are better.

skin was ok, thin & held up not breaking easily, the soup was sweet but not as tasty as other places.

even the soup in the 生煎包 at 祥源记xiang yuan ji (405 jln besar on 1.12.2016) were much sweeter, tastier.

spicy dumplings 抄手

spicy dumplings 抄手 

the spicy dumplings 抄手 here very good, the slight mala 麻辣sauce, smooth, great tasting dumplings.

chashu ramen

chashu ramen 

the braised pork belly lamian, was quite good, but like my friend said, a long distant behind a good japanese chashumen. the pork belly texture, taste very different, far from a good chashumen standard.

bean paste pancake 豆沙饼

bean paste pancake 豆沙饼 

one friend ordered the bean paste pancake 豆沙饼.

not my favourite dessert, but they do it very well here, crispy skin, not too sweet red bean paste, very good really…

3 dimsum + ramen + dessert + tea & appetiser all added up to S$28…as i said previously one of the best value-for-money dimsum (12.8.2016)!

cendol @ old town white coffee

cendol @ old town white coffee

after the dimsum tea session, we adjourned to old town white coffee for cendol, more like no other place to go for cendol around here (but later we found ther’s another one incik tan or something claiming penang food…we should try that next time).

cendol @ old town white coffee

cendol @ old town white coffee – S$3.90

this S$3.90 ok only not really good.

it maybe thicker than some hawker centres, but zero match to four seasons at toa payoh lor 8.

the gula melaka was totally inferior, looked thick but did not have the “pang” intense flavours, coconut milk too. i think this place 2 times more than enough for me.

c.h.e.f andy

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Best Vegetarian Meal i had & Extra Mile Service @ Joie by Dozo on 15Jan2017

chefs appetizer

chefs appetizer platter

wife & i had lunch with my niece & her hubby at joie by dozo today on 15.1.2017. ^^

they brought along their son, now 15months old. such a cute baby, and so well behaved. a full 2hr+ lunch & he did not cry & scream. and was enjoying every dish in the 6-course set lunch. haha! ^^

first time 3 of us in this restaurant. only my niece had been here with friends before.

my family have frequented dozo since early 2000. my eldest daughter had her 21st birthday lunch party at dozo. i was quite surprised to see yan the proprietor again in such a long while since dozo times, and he was first to recognize me (or perhaps he saw my reservation name..haha!).

we sat in a room with view of the roofttop garden outside

we sat in a room with view of the roofttop garden outside

we got seated in a room looking out on the rooftop garden.

 

lemon sorbet palate cleanser

lemon sorbet palate cleanser

had a lemon sorbet drink to get us started. bringing back good memories of dozo.

the menu at joie, as at dozo, is the familiar 6-course set lunch (& 7-course set dinner).

we started with the chef’s appetizer platter (top photo).

very nice indeed. the “cured salmon” centrepiece very interesting texture. wife thought it was like carrot juice with some gelatine, later confirmed by yan that it was konnyaku, which has gel properties. the cracker was nice & so was the raspberry thing which burst in your mouth!

button mushrooms gratin

button mushrooms gratin

server said the button mushrooms gratin was the favourite dish here. wife & i ordered that.

button mushrooms gratin

button mushrooms gratin

served like escargot dish, it was quite excellent. the mozzarella gratin was great.

bailing mushroom paper hotpot

bailing mushroom paper hotpot

niece got the bailing mushroom hotpot. looked nice, i probably try that next time.

charcoal tempura

charcoal tempura – yam, eggplant, banana, apple with japanese goma dressing

niece’s hubby took the charcoal tempura.

i tried a small portion. it was quite nice, better than it looked & i expected, especially with the japanese goma (sesame) sauce.

truffle cepe mushroom veloute

infusion of cepes & truffle

the infusion of cepes & mushrooms is another must-order item here.

i had that. it came with the same truffle piece that you are supposed to place on your tongue to savour the truffle scent. brought back wonderful memories of dozo.

clear tomato soup with dumpling

clear tomato soup with spinach dumpling

wife ordered the clear tomato soup. it had chickpeas & there was a spinach dumpling. quite nice soup.

pumpkin soup

pumpkin veloute

the pumpkin veloute looked ok. niece’s hubby ordered that.

pumpkin soup

pumpkin veloute

i quite like pumpkin soup. wife doesn’t like though.

monkey head mushrooms on puye

grilled monkey head mushroom “steak” on pu ye

coming to the main, the must-order dish is the grilled monkey head mushroom “steak”. wife, i & niece’s hubby ordered that.

it was very good, the “steak” was quite excellent, and the dip sauce was excellent.

ravioli - spinach & pumpkin

duo of spinach & pumpkin ravioli

niece ordered the duo of spinach & ravioli.

it looked great too. i will probably order that next time. 🙂

hawaian blue

hawaiian blue

for the drink, i had hawaiian blue.

it’s a mocktail with laichee. i ordered it as this drink was not available at dozo previously.

apple melody

apple melody

wife ordered apple melody.

it was quite nice, though wife didn’t quite like.

all 5 desserts

all 5 desserts 

yan ordered all 5 desserts for us to share. a great gesture.

chocolate mousse

chocolate mousse 

i liked the liquid chocolate the most. great taste & excellent texture too.

creme brule

truffle creme brulee

& i liked the truffle creme brulee too, and normally i do not. so the truffle made all the difference.

yogurt

yogurt pudding

the yogurt pudding was quite exciting also.

again great texture, slight sour taste, combined well.

pear compote

red wine poached pear with lime sorbet 

i guess for me the poached pear was the least interesting of the desserts.

chocolate lava cake

chocolate lava cake

& they had a beautiful chocolate lava or fondant cake as well.

just that like wife said, chocolate lava a common dessert so not so exciting, but this one tasted quite wonderful. 🙂

the 6-course lunch was S$38.80pax. so lunch was S$182nett for 4 pax. we had an extra free dessert, so we tried all 5 desserts on the menu. plus they gave an extra chocolate lava dessert also for the baby. must say the service here quite the extra mile category. ^^

it certainly was the best vegetarian i had, but as yan said, we don’t have to treat vegetarian as vegetarian. instead just another style or offering, like yesterday chinese, today jap, another day joie by dozo…

anyway we enjoyed the lunch very much, & a large part of it watching my grand nephew manouvre to get him feasting on every dish.

c.h.e.f andy

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Joie by Dozo

Delectable 7pax RI Friends Lunch on 13jan2017

6 lunch dishes

6 lunch dishes 

a RI friend was in town for w week leaving on 18.1.2017.

so i invited him for a 7pax homecooked lunch with our close RI friends on 13.1.2017. ^^

this friend i used to spend a lot of time together when we were in the twenties. he spent some time in china & hong kong & his family migrated to USA 10yrs+ ago. they stayed in cupertino now, and the children are attending college.

i did my claypot rice.

not my best perhaps but still a very flavourful “pang” claypot rice that everyone liked.

it had very tender, tasty chicken, and mushrooms & sausage, a bit of salted fish.

a friend has been missing the previous get togethers where i  made claypot rice so he was very much satisfied that he got to taste it finally.

tofu prawns

tofu prawns 

tofu prawns another dish i do very well these days.

the best was the one i made for a 5pax family dinner on new year eve on 31.12.2016. ^^

today’s tofu prawns was ok, but like one friend mentioned, it would have been better if i had infused the tofu a little longer in the sauce. overall, everyone liked the texture of the tofu & the tasty sauce.

spicy bean sauce fish

spicy bean sauce fish 

also did steamed seabass with my own spicy bean sauce.

i like this bean sauce a lot myself, especially when used with 松鱼头song fiah head.

spicy bean sauce fish

spicy bean sauce fish 

for today, i used it for seabass as not everyone like fish head.

braised pork belly & pork ribs

braised pork belly & pork ribs 

the braised pork belly & pork ribs were a failed experiment actually.

as i made braised chicken for teban gardens community breakfast this morning, i had the braising sauce.

so i used it for the pork belly & pork ribs in a oven dish 6hrs in a 95deg oven.

texture was ok but the braising sauce became diluted & not well infused, so i braised it further over the stove to get the taste right.

& taste was good. all the friends liked it but the texture was out.

i did a very good braised pork belly recently on 1.7.2017.

so this method is better & preferred as it produces both great taste & texture.

fried celery with salted fish

fried celery with salted fish

fried spinach

fried spinach 

i did my usual vegetables.

3 friends preferred the celery & 3 the spianch.

i like both haha!

lunch dishes

lunch dishes 

we had a great time, delectable food & wonderful friends & company.

nice cherries

nice cherries 

a friend brought very nice cherries, the left ones sweeter.

garrett popcorns

garrett popcorns 

another friend brought 2 packet of garrett popcorns.

i can’t stop eating this things so i got him to bring back one packet. anyway i finished most of the first packet.

this friend also bought me a nice present – a beautiful wallet.

c.h.e.f andy

Soy Sauce Chicken & Vegetables– 26th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 13Jan2017

soy sauce chicken

soy sauce chicken 

i did a soy sauce chicken with vegetables for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 13.1.2017. ^^

this my 26th 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.

soy sauce chicken

soy sauce chicken 

i was thinking of doing pork collar actually, but CNY period sheng shiong flooded with the steamboat sliced meat stuff, cannot find pork collar.

for chicken, if i debone them it will take a bit of effort, and i am cooking a 7pax lunch that same day after doing this breakfast dish.

so i decided to do the braised chicken with tai hua braising sauce near midnight the evening before. it is relatively easy to debone a cooked chicken.

braising the 2 chicken was easy too, but i had to do one after the other & that took just over one hour so i started before 11pm.

soy sauce chicken

soy sauce chicken 

it’s just 2 cinnamon bark, 4 star anise, 2 cloves, 2.5cm cut ginger, 1 whole bulb (i peeled the garlic cloves), and rubbed chicken outsie & inside with sugar…i used total 2 tbsp flat sugar.

then add tai hua braising sauce (1 cup sauce 1 cup water) & braise chicken for 35mins covered so that coating & infusing the chicken with the braise, you are also steaming & producing a smooth, tender chicken.

i left the 2 chickens in the large pot covered overnight, & woke up early next morning to debone the chicken.

vegetables

vegetables 

then i cooked a simple vegetable dish.

just carrots, potatoes, onions.

vegetables

vegetables 

onions go in first to caramelise, and with carrots & chopped garlic, adding oyster sauce.

after carrots softened, add potatoes which should be done in 10mins.

then i dish over to the aluminium tray.

soy sauce chicken & vegetables

soy sauce chicken & vegetables 

& topped up with the debone chicken.

soy sauce chicken & vegetables

soy sauce chicken & vegetables 

the chicken was very flavourful, tasty, and very tender & moist, i think a very good 豆油鸡.

in a way it is better than 白斩鸡 chicken rice chicken since it has the braising sauce whereas 白斩鸡 has not much flavouring.

i had to rush off immediately on delivering so did not get much feedback. one teban garden staff tried & said chicken was very good. anyway i am pretty confident it was good.

c.h.e.f andy

Superb S$48 3-course Set Lunch @ La Ventana Dempsey on 12Jan2017

baguette & olive oil

baguette & olive oil

my RI friend bought an exquisite lunch at la ventana @ dempsey today on 12jan2017. ^^

this friend not easy to meet up. i enjoyed his company & looked forward to the lunch.

the outside looked a bit untended outside. inside ambience was great. 🙂

breadstick & hummus

breadstick & hummus

there was the crispy breadstick & hummus.

& they also served the warm bread basket – some baguette & olive oil. baguette was good.

tapas - anchovy bruschetta, croquette, a marinated panfried mackarel etc

tapas – anchovy bruschetta, croquette, a marinated panfried mackarel etc

my friend recommended the S$48 3-course set lunch.

for appetizer, there was a gaspacho, tapas & something else i cannot remember.

friend recommended tapas & we both ordered that.

it was very good! ^^

nice anchovy bruschetta, a marinated pangrilled mackarel??, a nice croquette (or both were croquette?), a potato dish? & grilled jalapeno pepper.

one thing about the service – for a place like this, strange that the server did not explain the dishes they served.

iberico pork & crayfish

iberico pork & crayfish

for the main course we both had iberico pork & crayfish. i think there was a salmon main option.

this was a really delectable dish. the iberico steak was served slightly pink which i liked.

my friend cannot take pork medium rare, so the restaurant took back & made it well done & served to him nicely presented again. that was good, commendable!

iberico pork & crayfish

iberico pork & crayfish

i enjoyed this dish! as i did the tapas appetizer.

the inerico pork steak was excellent & not as fatty as the iberico collar that i do.

the crayfish was quite a fair size helping. it was not overwhelming but was more than competent, so overall it was quite a great pairing.

cheesecake tart with strawberry sorbet

cheesecake tart with strawberry sorbet

server recommended creme brulee, said it’s most popular.

creme caramel stuff really not my preferred dessert. if it was a good pannacotta i meight take.

friend recommended cheese cake, and it was very good. it was done the japanese cheese cake way – very light cheese. it was good!

fruit sorbet

fruit sorbet

my friend took the fruit sorbet. so nice! i am sure great too, refreshing.

we had a wonderful time, nice food & conversation, great company. something to look back & reminiscence.

my car was in the garage for maintenance, and my friend did not have a car at his disposal last minute so he cabbed to my place to fetch me for lunch. after lunch we cabbed back.

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La Ventana @ Dempsey

Good 4pax OPS Friends Dinner @ Royal London Duck Level 4 Mandarin Gallery on 10Jan2017

roast london duck

roast london duck – S$25 

went with my OPs friend to royal london duck @ manadarin gallery for 4pax dinner this evening on 10.1.2017. ^^

it was also my OPS friend who bought dinner last time & introduced me to this place on 4.10.2016.

some dishes

some dishes 

the 4 of us were meeting to discuss our upcoming trip to hong kong.

we already booked our airtickets & looking to confirm the hotel & the location to book. 🙂

roast london duck

roast london duck – S$25

for the dinner, i ordered the roast london duck, must order item.

didn’t disappoint, good as before, though my friend thought duck has shrunk, not as ig serving as the previous time.

haha! it is the “duck of the draw” la…^^

duck was as good as ya wang in JB

& maybe better than canton paradise,

but having tried it second time, clearly it was NOT as good as Tunglok signatures at orchade parade hotel.

crispy charcoal pepper duck meat buns

crispy charcoal pepper duck meat buns 

the crispy charcoal pepper duck buns we did not tried before.

it’s like crispy char siew pao is a new take on char siew pao, and this one added charcoal & pepper duck to the inventiveness.

crispy charcoal pepper duck meat buns

crispy charcoal pepper duck meat buns 

& this was very good! banyak bagus la! 🙂

pepper duck filling very tasty & crispy bun was great as texture enhancement to the dish.

char siew

char siew – S$16.80

my friends thought the char siew NOT so great this time.

not flavourful, some parts no charring, overall just didn’t taste that great.

& the pricing is totally out of whack! most places would serve char siew like S$9-S$12.

so we refused to order the siew yoke – roast pork because of the price.

& at this price, i won’t order this again if i come back.

xo carrot cake

xo carrot cake – S$5.80

the xo carrot cake was competent, not my favourite but ok. 🙂

kek tai (innards) porridge 状元及第粥

kek tai (innards) porridge 状元及第粥 – S$8.80

the kek tai (innards) porridge 状元及第粥 ok. price ok too.

the porridge not as smooth & tasty as i expected, since the last time the plain porridge was very tasty.

also like quite small bowl although ingredients were quite ok, maybe that’s what counted.

hk poached kailan

hk poached kailan – S$9.80

took the hk poached kailan.

already knew that poached treatment don’t have wok hae like the simple garlic fried, but it can be very nice, crunchy, tasty.

this time it was quite mediocre, which i guess means poor. my helper can do this dish a lot better la…

dinner 4pax was S$95. other than the char siew price & the mediocre kailan, nothing much to compain actually.

D13 durians from sin kian choon

D13 durians from sin kian choon 

a friend bought D13 durians from sin kian choon @ tiong bahru at S$12/kg.

so after dinner we went to bukit merah view food centre & eat durians.

D13 durians from sin kian choon

D13 durians from sin kian choon 

it was quite good, but not anywhere near the best D13 i had previously, mostly bought by this friend from sin kian choon, and couple times from ah seng.

had a great time with close friends this evening.

c.h.e.f andy

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S$5 Weiyi Laksa 唯一辣沙 @ Tanglin Halt Food Centre on 10Jan2017

$5 weiyi laksa 唯一辣沙 @tanglin halt food centre

$5 weiyi laksa 唯一辣沙 @tanglin halt food centre

went to sheng shiong at tanglin halt to get something.

last time i made a post on weiyi laksa 唯一辣沙 was on 22.6.2016.

weiyi laksa 唯一辣沙 @tanglin halt food centre

weiyi laksa 唯一辣沙 @tanglin halt food centre

saw a shorter queue atweiyi laksa 唯一辣沙@tanglin halt food centre, so decided to get in line.

started queue at 11.21am. today queued 13mins only on tuesday 10.1.2017. ^^

weiyi laksa 唯一辣沙 @tanglin halt food centre

S$5 weiyi laksa 唯一辣沙 @tanglin halt food centre

i ordered menu No 6 (chicken, cockles, taupok) S$5, thick beehoon mee.

the stall holder gave me 2 slices 1/2prawns. that should be N05. i think he made mistake.

anyway it looked like no difference. i got a lot of cockles & chicken still PLUS the prawn, maybe a little less taupok?? anyway not complaining.

weiyi laksa 唯一辣沙 @tanglin halt food centre

S$5 weiyi laksa 唯一辣沙 @tanglin halt food centre

weiyi laksa 唯一辣沙 @tanglin halt food centre

S$5 weiyi laksa 唯一辣沙 @tanglin halt food centre

i think weiyi laksa 唯一辣沙 is still my favourite laksa.

recently i had sungei road laksa on 1.12.2016.

still good i guess, but really this weiyi laksa 唯一辣沙 much more savoury & intense gravy, very much my liking.

& i like curry chicken noodles better. but i guess they are just different food. i like both.

c.h.e.f andy

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Weiyi Laksa 唯一辣沙 @ Tanglin Halt Food Centre

Address

#01-20,Tanglin Halt Food Centre, 48Tanglin Halt Road, 142048

Contact

+65 97821012

Opening Hours

5.30am – 2.00pm

(Closed on Mon & Fri)

OK 3pax Lunch with Sis BIL @ A-one Claypot on 9Jan2017

4 dishes for 3pax lunch

4 dishes for 3pax lunch

went recently to a-one claypot house at starvista with 2 friends for lunch on 29.12.2016.

ok food & price ok with the groupon vouchers.

i had one more S$50 groupon expiring shortly on 13.1.2017.

so today went again with sis & bil on 9.1.2017. ^^

we ordered 4 dishes. lunch was S$61, so S$11 after S$50 groupon which i paid S$26. so lunch 4 dishes for 3pax was S$37. ok la…

sliced fish porridge - S$13.90

sliced fish porridge – S$14.90

sliced fish porridge - S$13.90

sliced fish porridge – S$14.90

sis decided on the dried scallop sliced fish porridge. healthy!

unfortunately it was NOT nice. the cuttlefish porridge 艇仔粥last time very much better, but bil cannot take cuttlefish or squid.

sliced fish porridge - S$13.90

sliced fish porridge – S$14.90

porridge not sweet despite dried scallops, unlike the  艇仔粥, and this porridge wrong texture so w/o the sweetness it is quite poor porridge.

my helper & i can do porridge much better than this.

lotus roots vegetables - S$12.90

lotus roots vegetables – S$12.90

the lotus roots vegetarian dish was good. very tasty.

fried kailan S$11.90

fried kailan S$11.90

so was the fried kailan topped with fried silver fish.

fried kailan S$11.90

fried kailan S$11.90

an excellent vegetable dish really, even better that fragrant garden’s fried kai lan in temrs of wok hae & taste.

claypot pork rib rice - S$12.90

claypot pork rib rice – S$12.90

claypot pork rib rice - S$12.90

claypot pork rib rice – S$12.90

claypot rice was good, flavourful.

claypot pork rib rice - S$12.90

claypot pork rib rice – S$12.90

claypot pork rib rice - S$12.90

claypot pork rib rice – S$12.90

& the soft bones pork ribs were excellent, very tasty.

it may not be a special dish, but immensely edible. goof stuff!

the worst dish for me was the sliced fish porridge. rest were ok. S$37 for 4dishes boleh da!

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A-0ne Claypot @ Starvista

ADDRESS

1 Vista Exchange Green
#01-46 The Star Vista
Singapore 138617

OPENING HOURS 

Daily:
10:30am – 09:30pm

Everyone Liked the Food – 11pax Family Dinner @ Fragrant Garden 馨香园on 8jan2017

ter kar ton - trotter jelly S$16

ter kar ton – trotter jelly S$16

had 11pax family dinner with brother, sil & family, and sis & bil at fragrant garden this evening on 8.1.2017. ^^

was introduced to this place recently by my OPS classmate who bought 9pax dinner on 30.12.2016.

very enjoyable & cost S$240 for 9pax.

this evening we came at 6pm on a sunday. this a good timing. traffic is horrendous on weekdays. & 6pm is perfect! there were already few tables but basically, everything went smoothly. in fact the food was served just too fast! we were done like in 50mins!

ter kar ton – trotter jelly good as usual.

hae chor - S$18

hae chor – S$18

so was the hae chor. very competent.

these 2 dishes though not like the favourites for my family.

braised duck - S$20

braised duck – S$20

braised duck - S$20

braised duck – S$20

braised duck was quite good here.

lor was “pang” – fragrant, and duck was tender.

no better than my own braised duck though!

oyster omelette - S$20

oyster omelette – S$20

oyster omelette was good, great wok hae, nice flavour & had good oyster flavour, fresh large plump oysters.

steamed halibut - S$56

steamed halibut – S$59.50

steamed halibut - S$56

steamed halibut – S$59.50

fell in love with the steamed halibut during last dinner.

ordered. a bit smaller fish this evening. in any case it goes by weight, so this was S$59.50 whereas the dinner my OPS friend bought it was S$70.

it was enough anyway. everyone loved it & my brother & others had several helpings.

claypot pomfret soup - S$73

claypot pomfret soup – S$76

claypot pomfret soup - S$73

claypot pomfret soup – S$76

the claypot fish soup also very good.

i will order it again next time.

soup was very sweet & fish was fresh & large, excellent this!

between the 2 great dishes, i still like the halibut more.

& this claypot pomfret soup i cam make easily la…the halibut? not sure where to buy yet???

crab tofu with brocoli - S$20

crab tofu with brocoli – S$20

crab tofu dish very good. very tasty this!

crab tofu with brocoli - S$20

crab tofu with brocoli – S$20

the stock, flavours, texture of tofu all excellent.

maybe i will do my tofu prawn this way, use egg tofu & do it in large portions.

fried kailan - S$15

fried kailan – S$15

fried kai lan was good. good wok hae, but i had even better kailan next day at A-one claypot house at starvista.

teochew stewed vegetables - S$20

teochew stewed vegetables – S$20

the teochew stewed vegetables was very good.

my family, wife, 2 daughters etc all loved it.

teochew chai poh fried kuay teow - S$12

teochew chai poh fried kuay teow – S$12

teochew chai poh fried kuay teow - S$12

teochew chai poh fried kuay teow – S$12

& so the teochew chai poh kuay teow.

excellent wok hae.

maybe i will try to cook this.

orh nee - S$20

orh nee – S$20

my niece immediately kee chiu for orh nee.

this time i ordered S$20 orh nee. looked great with pumpkin, ginkyo nuts & fried shallots but not like normal orh nee.

orh nee - S$20

orh nee – S$20

until you mixed it.

very “pang” flavourful not too sweet, very smooth, the perfect orh nee la…maybe got lard???

very enjoyable dinner for my family. everyone very happy with the dishes & enjoyed a great makan & get together.

dinner was S$334 for 11pax.

c.h.e.f andy

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Very Shiok! Kongbak 卤肉 – Braised Pork Belly on 7Jan2016

kongbak - braised pork belly

kongbak – braised pork belly

made a very good lor arh – braised duck 卤鸭 & had a wonderful 3pax lunch with sis & bil today on 7.1.2017. ^^

left with a big bowl of duck oil & also some leftover lor – braising sauce.

though of using the duck oil for confit (maybe confit a belly pork since don’t have duck breast), but really all these unhealthy in the extreme so decided to just discard the duck oil.

the lor though was really “pang” & tasty. i didn’t want to do a 5.5hrs gentle braise in 95degC oven so decided to just do it over the hob like i did the duck.

kongbak - braised pork belly

kongbak – braised pork belly

 

kongbak - braised pork belly

kongbak – braised pork belly

i think it was about 40mins.

the meat was tender, juicy, very tasty especially with the braise, & looked a beauty. ^^

kongbak - braised pork belly

kongbak – braised pork belly

the method is the same as braising duck & chicken.

kongbak - braised pork belly

kongbak – braised pork belly

kongbak - braised pork belly

kongbak – braised pork belly

kongbak - braised pork belly

kongbak – braised pork belly

basically, braise the meat with quite a thick braise at first, don’t dilute the flavours too much (in my case 1 cup braise to 1 cup water for the duck, and since i am reusing the sauce, no water added), so that the braise flavours can infuse well into the meat. turn the meat over.

cover the wokpan – for me this method, where the braise is intense & not covering the meat is better as covering the pan (whether for duck, chicken or belly) results in gentle steaming of the meat, and the thicker braise coating & infusing the meat.

maybe after 10minutes, add water & continue doing at intervals so the braise do not dry up, but also not too diluted.

kongbak - braised pork belly

kongbak – braised pork belly

i placed over a bit of rice, like a don, haha! & spooned some fragrant lor over it.

immensely wonderful dinner la…

c.h.e.f andy

P.S.

i think that in terms of tenderness texture, the 5.5hrs oven gentle braise at 95degC is better (& that is easier w/o need for adding water & supervision), 

so not decided yet which method i will use for my OPS friends Jan2017 get-together evening.

Very Good Lor Arh = Braised Duck on 7Jan2017

lor arh = braised duck

lor arh = braised duck

today made on eof my best lor arh = brasied duck on 7.1.2017. ^^

sis & bil coming for lunch.

last cooked lor arh noodles & kueh chap for my RI friends on 5.10.2016.^^

also i am making one for my OPS primary school classmates get together in 2 weeks time, so today is a good practice for me too.

for 3pax lunch today, i also have chilled mullet 冻乌鱼, and sis fried a young celery stems with tipoh (dried flatfish)..these ones are softer & indeed different from the ones we received from our relatives in shantou汕头 which are quite hard & not suitable to add to fried dishes.

lor arh = braised duck

lor arh = braised duck

i fried whole bulb of peeled garlic cloves, cut ginger, 2 cinnamon sticks, 4 star anise, 3 bay leaves, 2 cloves in little bit of oil till fragrant.

cleaned duck throughly – rubbed with salt & washed clean, dried then rubbed with sugar. then added the duck to the wokpan, turned over after a short while, then added the braising sauce. in total about 2tbsp sugar.

Tai Hua chicken marinate (大华鲁鸡汁)

Tai Hua chicken marinade (大华鲁鸡汁) – stock photo

i added 1 cup tai cup marinade, and braised the duck first on both sides for 5mins. then i added 1 cup water.

lor arh = braised duck

lor arh = braised duck

this duck from sheng shiong (fresh duck from abattoir) 2.2kg-2.4kg for S$13.90.

i usually prefer to get smaller duck from giant, but this time giant’s 1.7kg duck at S$9.90 not fresh duck, but thawed from frozen, so i went to sheng shiong & bought the fresh duck.

the braising took 1 hr 10mins…it’s agaklogy, but about right, and i did also check with the meat thermometer.

the lor = braising sauce

the lor = braising sauce

the braise was very tasty, quite “pang”, lagi excellent! ^^

incredible the amount of oil!

a full bowl of oil

a full bowl of oil

& that’s after i drained out a lot of oil…i don’t know 300ml???

haven’t decided what to do with it? duck oil very good for confit…actually for anything else but very unhealthy la…maybe throw away….

1/2 deboned uncut, 1/2 duck for 3pax lunch

1/2 deboned uncut, 1/2 duck for 3pax lunch

i deboned & cut 1/2 duck for our 3pax lunch, since we have other food like chilled mullet & celery.

1/2 braised duck

1/2 braised duck

& i deboned 1/2 duck uncut so my sis can bring back to eat. looks very nice.

1/2 duck for 3pax lunch

1/2 duck for 3pax lunch

duck meat was tender, tasty, and very “pang” fragrant especially with the “lor” aka the braise.

1/2 duck for 3pax lunch

1/2 duck for 3pax lunch

really good this.

so easy to make, just use a tai hua braising sauce.

but quite (or very!) unhealthy, so much oil, cannot eat often…

c.h.e.f andy

Good Kambing Soup @ Bahrakath Mutton Soup at Adam Road Food Centre on 5Jan2017

$6 kambing soup - ribs

$6 kambing soup – ribs 

went to adam road food centre to take char kuay teow but stall was closed.

so took kabing soup instead at bahrakath mutton soup on 5.1.2017. ^^

bahrakath mutton soup

bahrakath mutton soup 

the dishes & prices now clearly displayed. the mutton leg with tulang most popular. the tripe looked good too. anyhow i opted for the ribs, which i like also.

$6 kambing soup - ribs

$6 kambing soup – ribs 

S$6?S$10 for ribs, which i guess also around the prices for chinese mutton soup.

i ordered S$6. there’s about 10 pieces.

i think the ribs really good, very tender, excellent texture.

$6 kambing soup - ribs

$6 kambing soup – ribs  

the soup, at its best, is very good too.

but never quite comparable to good chinese herbal mutton soup like at chai chuan tou chinese mutton soup 柴船头羊肉汤 at bukit merah view food centre.

this evening, soup not as intense as what i had before. still good but not near the best.

c.h.e.f andy

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Bahrakath Mutton Soup King

Address:

#01-10 ADAM ROAD FOOD CENTRE, 2 ADAM ROAD, 289876

Opening Hours:

Daily: 13:00 – 03:00

 

Good Jing House Yong Tau Foo on 6Jan2017

yong tau foo

yong tau foo – S$3.50

went to sheng shiong to get something on 6.1.2017.

just 1 item to buy so out immediately. i compliantly parked & put 1/2hr parking oupon.

jing house yong tau foo

jing house yong tau foo 

weiyi laksa at tanglin halt food centre not opened.

decided to look in on the yong tau foo stall at koufy tanglin halt.

jing house yong tau foo

jing house yong tau foo 

they are selling 6 pieces + noodles for S$3.50.

jing house yong tau foo

jing house yong tau foo 

i had 7 pieces, no noodles, so still S$3.50.

yong tau foo

yong tau foo – $3.50 

there is yellow beans provided on the side you can add yourself to the soup or ytf bowl.

all items, plus chilli & sweet sauce, nice, except kang kong/othe veg small servings.

have been eating more ytf recently-

  1. best for me = hillview ytf at meiling food centre.
  2. meixi’s kitchen yong tau foo 美茜酿豆腐 at commonwealth drive blk 115B also very good, more fried stuff, somewhat different items.
  3. a poor one at SGH kopitiam, &
  4. a real bad one, hakka yong tau foo at holland drive food centre.

this one here would be on par wiht meixi’s kitchen just somewhat different items.

going back a bit earlier, the best i had so far (partly because of the nice mined pork noodles) is at u hakka at circuit road food centre.

i am quite happy with jing house overall,

c.h.e.f andy

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Jin House @ koufu tanglin halt

Address:

88 Tanglin Halt Rd, Singapore 141088

Gentle Braised Pork Belly 回锅肉with Celery – 25th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 6Jan2017

gentle braised pork belly 回锅肉with celery

gentle braised pork belly 回锅肉with celery

it’s the start of new year 2017!

i did a gentle braised pork belly 回锅肉with celery for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 6.1.2017. ^^

this my 25th 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.

gentle braised pork belly 回锅肉with celery

gentle braised pork belly 回锅肉with celery

it’s a gentle braise because it is done 5.5hrs in a 95degC oven, the belly pork covered with water in a sealed oven dish. 🙂

gentle braised pork belly 回锅肉

gentle braised pork belly 回锅肉

and it’s 回锅肉because after the braise & quite easy cutting (above photo), it was marinated with 1 tbsp cornflour, 2 tbsp fish sauce, 1 tbsp oyster sauce, 2 tbsp shaoxing wine, & returned to the wokpan for quick searing.

totally tender, & very tasty.

gentle braised pork belly 回锅肉with celery

gentle braised pork belly 回锅肉with celery

& some may notice the brown colour pork pieces in the photos.

i was experimenting with using tai hwa braising sauce. so a smaller portion was done with braising sauce in oven dish in same 95degC oven for 5.5hrs (basically overnight while i slept soundly la!)….

in this case i do not sear it, so it was just kongbak final version.

for feedback, the teban centre director preferred the kongbak, very well infused 入味, she decided.

another lady prefer the 回锅肉 (i think slightly more tender as the marinade firmed up a bit the pork) but likes the kongbak gelatinous skin.

good feedback!

anyway now that i can just use tai hwa braising sauce, it becomes so easy to do a good kongbak, braised belly pork… 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Early Birthday Lunch for my RI Running Buddy @ Tunglok Signatures Orchard Parade on 3Jan2017

siew yoke roast pork

siew yoke roast pork – S$12

had a nice lunch with my running buddy at tunglok signatures today on 3.1.2017. ^^

food here always nice, but parking is expensive, & now they refused to give free parking. so my friend piked me up & we went in one car. go green anyway!

the siew yoke – roast pork always good here. it’s amazing all these good restaurants, they can render out the fat layer almost completely, so it’s like a crispy skin plus fairly lean meat below! 🙂

lie tong 例汤with arrow roots

lie tong 例汤with arrow roots – 1/2 pot for S$16

i ordered the lie tong 例汤 everytime.

they are always good, and often better than many sharksfin soup la…

1/2 pot = S$16 serves 4 bowls, so good for 2-3pax.

today it’s arrowroots, still good but not the best. the best include 鸡骨草 & green papaya etc…

salted egg prawns & wasabi prawns

salted egg prawns & wasabi prawns – S$10

the prawns in 2 ways also my frequent order.

it looked nice, and came with a 2 large prawns – wasabi & salted egg, very well matched with a sweet water melon. today it was done very well. sometimes the deep-fry not light & just right.

salted egg prawns & wasabi prawns

salted egg prawns & wasabi prawns 

all these are 1 person portion. but really the meal would be too heavy if you order a few course, so we took 1 portion to share, and for my friend, for him to taste more dishes.

so shared by 2, still a very welcoming portion. 🙂

pepper sauce lamb rack

pepper sauce lamb rack – S$12

tunglok does one of the best chinese (maybe fusion??) lamb rack.

maybe all good chinese restaurants do that these days.

pepper sauce lamb rack

pepper sauce lamb rack – S$12

lamb was nicely medium rare, tender & no strong gamey taste, just like any western preparation.

& the pepper sauce was just nice, not overly stickly sweet, overpoweringly pepperish like they used to do in older time chinese restaurants.

fried kailan

fried kailan – S$18

this kailan must be among their worst dishes!

quite edible, but neither presentation, look nor taste belongs to the dish quality in this restaurant.

it’s more like from a quite mediocre zi char. most zi char will do better than this. & i would do too myself la…lol!^^

lobster noodles

lobster noodles – S$28

the lobster noodles here always good.

i order 1 portion each. the lobster steak was done very well, as always, very good grilled flavours & excellent bite texture.

the  yellow sauce was ok. today the dish came early while we were working on the kailan & we took it a bit later, so the yellow sauce not as great when cold. noodles remained al dente & good. 🙂

this the dish i emulated & rehashed 2+yrs back = king prawn noodles (黄焖大虾面)

noodles & sauce-wise, mine wasn’t too bad too. of course cannot compare with the lobster steak.

c.h.e.f andy

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Tunglok Signatures @ Orchard Parad

Address :
Orchard Parade Hotel #02-18
1 Tanglin Road
Singapore 247905

Contact :
Tel : +65 6834 0660
Fax : +65 6834 0550

Opening Hours :

Lunch :11.30am – 3.00pm (Daily)
Dinner :6.00pm -10.30pm (Daily)

Family Bukit Timah Hawker Centre Tour after Bukit Timah Hill Walk on 2jan2016

S$3 fried kuay teow

S$3 fried kuay teow

6 of us including our helper went for a family out, a walk up bukit timah hill, on 2.1.2017. ^^

we parked at jalan bingka along rifle range road, and walked along the rail corridor, passed (under) the PIE then the anak bukit flyovers, about 10mins to hindhede road.

we were fast “walkers”. we started at 8.22am up the south view path to the summit, then down along the road at arrived back at the visitors’ centre at 9.16am, about 54mins all in.

we decided to walk over to the courts side.

it was early, so joo seng teochew muay & many stalls were not opened yet, so we decided to walk over to bukit timah food centre.

xin heng fried kuay teow

xin heng fried kuay teow

i wanted to try the char kuay teow. no queue, no so popular?

S$3 fried kuay teow

S$3 fried kuay teow

anyhow the S$3 fried kuay teow was pretty ok.

quite tasty, good wok hae, not many cockles, overall experience quite nice.

nothing special but quite competent. i am ok with it.

138 kueh chap

138 kueh chap

there was a long queue for the kueh chap.

kueh chap

kueh chap

the best thing here for me was the braised belly pork.

did not look that great, but it was tasty, and the texture was great, good bite, so dry.

kueh chap

kueh chap

the small intestines, pig skin, taupok were all ok.

i did not think it was quite average, nothing particularly good other than the belly pork.

very bad kueh

very bad kueh

the kueh was very poor. thick, not good texture, and the braise sauce also not great.

i would say 康乐stall at HL43 Food House was much better. the kueh there was very good.

hong wen mutton soup

hong wen mutton soup

the mutton soup opens at 10am.

i decided to try when it starts serving.

S$5 mutton innard soup

S$5 mutton innard soup

ordered a S$5 羊杂汤, mutton innards soup.

S$5 mutton innard soup

S$5 mutton innard soup

i didn’t like the soup. it was too herbal & unnaturally sweet for me.

i think very poor c/w chai chuan tou chinese mutton soup 柴船头羊肉汤 at bukit merah view food centre.

no comparison la…

he zhong fried carrot cake

he zhong fried carrot cake

there was this very long queue at he zhong fried carrot cake stall. you can see it from the road.

the children managed to order a plate, the wait was 1/2hr & they bring to the table, then pay.

he zhong fried carrot cake

he zhong fried carrot cake

it was good, great wok hae, tasty carrot cake.

i can see why people queue though i would not queue myself.

after makan, we walked back along the road back to jln bingka.

c.h.e.f andy

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Very Good Dinner @ Portico Prime on 2Jan2017

freshly shucked oysters=6xS$5

freshly shucked oysters=6xS$5

wife wanted to relax & have a good dinner. it’s public holiday so some amex lovedining places like tunglok do not offer discounts.

i called up portico prime @ dempsey & they had the usual discount so we went on 2.1.2017.

portico prime

portico prime

portico prime is the previous prime society.

we liked the wagyu steaks & oysters here & came here when it was prime society, on 28.4.2015.

warm bread so so butter

warm bread so so butter

bread was warm & soft, not flavourful so very average & better was frozen hard like those at cafeteria.

freshly shucked oysters=6xS$5

freshly shucked oysters=6xS$5

oysters were ok, the “gee?” was creamier than the “ocean”.

oysters

oysters

i don’t know much about oysters, but looking back at the photos on 28.4.2015, the oysters then looked a lot creamier.

oysters

oysters

memory then was that oysters were good, while these were average.

caviar truffle capellini with sakura ebi

caviar truffle capellini with sakura ebi S$30

the caviar truffle capellini with sakura ebi dish was very flavourful.

with 50% discounts it was S$15.

at first it still looked expensive c/w say saveur or concetto.

portion was actually small for main but larger than the S$6, S$7 appetizer at saveur or concetto.

caviar truffle capellini with sakura ebi

caviar truffle capellini with sakura ebi

the taste though was awesome!

this a popular dish here, & i would order it again.

the truffle flavour was endearing with the al dente pasta, and the sakura ebi very tasty, crunchy and added some saltiness to the dish, combined perfectly. i think taste wise better than saveur & concetto which were also good.

200g usda choice grain-fed ribeye

200g usda choice grain-fed ribeye S$46

they did not have 2 dishes we wanted to order this evening – the kagoshima A5 wagyu, and mussels.

200g usda choice grain-fed ribeye

200g usda choice grain-fed ribeye S$46

we ordered the usda choice ribeye first.

it was really good, and the brown sauce was great too. done medium rare quite perfectly, very sweet, tender, flavourful steak. pencil asparagus was the cheaper variety, but it was good.

labrezza’s 300g angus ribeye with salsa & rockets was cheaper though & equally good.

200g australian grass-fed sirloin

200g australian grass-fed sirloin S$42

we were not particularly hungry but we decided to try another steak, though it was grass-fed & sirloin, altogether poorer cut & price not much different.

200g australian grass-fed sirloin

200g australian grass-fed sirloin S$42

steak was not as tender, still sweet but not as.

200g australian grass-fed sirloin

200g australian grass-fed sirloin

& medium rare doneness a bit over, not ideal overall. i won’t order this next time.

& i will call up first to ask if the jap A5 wagyu available.

portico prime inherited the largely same arresting ambience of prime society. the restaurant seems to be priced a bit lower end than prime society, and a bit more variety. portico group is helmed by nixon low who was with petite menu, and before that andre & saint pierre.

c.h.e.f andy

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3pax Family Home Dinner (Gochujang Dishes) on 1Jan2017

gochujang pork chop & sotong with onions

gochujang pork chop & sotong with onions

made a simple dinner for 3pax dinner this evening on 1.1.2017. ^^

lazy to go out & eat, & lazy to think of dishes to cook.

gochujang pork chop

gochujang pork chop

just used gochujang to marinate pork chop with chopped ginger & garlic.

then fried with small bit of butter on a hot nonstick ceramic coated pan.

pork chop (this cut is called西施骨, a pork ribeye) was quite tasty, especially the thinner part with some fat.

my very discerning wife & daughter thought it did not taste korean enough, just a tasty pork chop. they thought it needed some kimchi taste, not just gochujang.

probably so, don’t really have answer for now. didn’t have recipe & just “gazak” anyhow marinade.

can try again but this dish not a top priority for me.

sotong with onions

sotong with onions

i marinated the sotong with the leftover marinade.

the chopped ginger went very well with the pork chop, less well with the sotong.

so no need to add chopped ginger for sotong next time, just chopped garlic will do fine.

sotong with onions

sotong with onions

sotong was quite tasty too, and the right texture.

again the dish did not taste distinctive, and was not any better than say chilli fry, oyster sauce or squid ink. so ok but nothing special.

marinated sotong

marinated sotong

marinated pork chop

marinated pork chop

the marinade colours looked great & appetizing.

the dishes themselves ok, quite tasty but not special.

gochujang pork chop

gochujang pork chop

so far, the best result still the pork chop, just that i would probably do just nice a pork chop with other marinade. let me check up later on any better marinade recipe to produce “more korean” distinctive flavours.

ask my korean friends?

c.h.e.f andy

S$3 Fishball Noodles @ Xinlu 新路 on 1Jan2017

S$3 fish ball nodles

S$3 fish ball noodles

went with wife to meiling street food centre this morning on 1.1.2017.

we wanted to take the hill view yong tau foo 山景酿豆腐 , but the stall was closed.

since we were already there & parked we decided to take the xinlu 新路 S$3 teochew fish ball noodles.

S$3 fish ball nodles

S$3 fish ball noodles

we both had the meepok tar, less noodles.

6 fish balls

6 fish balls

usually it comes with 5 fish balls.

but as we asked for less meepok, they gave 1 extra fishball, so 6 fishballs.

S$3 fish ball nodles

S$3 fish ball noodles

fishballs were bouncy & sweet. noodles qq, done well, and the chilli today was quite good. sometimes they gave too little chilli.

this used to be our favourite fish ball noodles >20yrs ago when it was at margaret drive when children were small. cheap & good then, still now.

the standard has not changed. it was as good as before. i guess there’s a lot good quality hawker food now & tastebuds have changed.

i still don’t mind this noodles. not the best now for me, & i would prefer jln tua kong meepok tar at 6th avenue. it’s different style…i just prefer that over this.

c.h.e.f andy

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xinlu 新路 teochew fishball noodles
Address:
Blk 159 Mei Chin Road, Mei Ling Food Centre #02-05
Opening hours:
6am – 3pm, closed on Thursday