Great Teochew Muay @ Shi Le Yuan 实叻圆糜 on 29Jun2015

ngor soon fish-baby treadfin

ngor soon fish-baby treadfin

a RI friend organised a teochew muay this morning at shi le yuan 实叻圆糜 on 29.6.2015.^^

we had lunch & long chat 2 weeks ago at happy duck at bukit merah view food centre, and arranged to come for this teochew muay.

shi le yuan 实叻圆糜

shi le yuan 实叻圆糜

lunch started early for patrons of this market stall.

constant queue from 10am

constant queue from 10am

a queue started at 10am. my friend was already there in the queue. we arranged to meet 10.15am. i arrived just a bit later.

ngor soon fish-baby treadfin

ngor soon fish-baby treadfin

our expert teochew ah hia earlier spoke with the stall proprietor & we had the ngor soon fish-baby treadfin. this was really good. sweet, tender, tasty, especially with the tau jeoh.^^

spicy black bean minced pork

spicy black bean minced pork

earlier the teochew ah hia & i were wondering about the stall. we were thinking maybe the food is ok & the price is cheap. that would be enough reasons for a constant queue. basically i don’t think too much of teochew muay in singapore myself. i just feel that its really expensive (like >S$10pax) for very cheap ingredients & ordinary cooking.

overall, this stall is certainly very cheap. we only paid S$43 for 7pax & so many dishes. we had repeat helpings for 3 dishes – the spicy black bean minced pork, salted fish minced pork (kiam her bak) & black bean pork ribs. so its easy to tell, in addition to the ngor soon fish-baby treadfin, these were among the best dishes.

the other dishes were not like supergood but they were generally also competent. 🙂

spicy black bean minced pork was good. i may try this myself.

salted fish minced pork (kiam her bak)

salted fish minced pork (kiam her bak)

salted fish minced pork (kiam her bak) was very good. texture was slightly firmer & different from my own salted fish minced pork dish. maybe it had a bit more flour. it had less salted fish. that’s good. minced pork & salted fish should not be competing.

black bean pork ribs

black bean pork ribs

black bean sauce minced pork was good. it was not out of the ordinary but was quite good really.

kor leh - cabbage

kor leh – cabbage

the other dishes were all quite ok. kor leh – cabbage was like any other.

chim char lor

chim char lor

chim char lor nothing standing out, but it was not very salty so that’s good.

deep-fried bean curd with leek

fried bean curd with leek

fried bean curd with leek, a favourite of mine, not particularly tasty but ok. i think my sis in law did a better one for chinese new year.

fried egg

fried egg

fried egg felt a bit like my tamago (japanese egg roll) w/o rolling up. there might be a bit of sugar, which is what i do with my tamago.

salted egg

salted egg

salted egg, not the very reddish oozing with oil kind. i guess it will do.

bean curd

braised bean curd

bean curd – this was non-descript & the second poorest item among the mostly nice dishes.

somehow i did not take a photo of only 1 dish = the teochew fishcake, and that was the poorest dish, felt like a lot of starch, totally not the texture & sweetness of a teochew fishcake. strange!

mixed mushrooms

mixed mushrooms

the mixed mushrooms i think was complimentary from the proprietor to us for ordering too much. haha!^^

very good teochew muay S$43 for 7pax

very good teochew muay S$43 for 7pax

well, this teochew muay totally suit my palate, very competent food with quite a few standout dishes & very good price.

i will be back soon enough.

c.h.e.f andy

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Enjoyed the Food This Time @ Tian Bao Restaurant (天寶閣) on 28Jun2015

saliva chicken口水鸡

saliva chicken口水鸡

had dinner at tian bao restaurant (天寶閣) at taka with wife & daughter on 18.4.2015 but wasn’t impressed.

i had one S$50 groupon voucher left expiring on 30.6.2015, so not much choice than to go with sis for dinner on 28.6.2015.

tian bao restaurant (天寶閣)

tian bao restaurant (天寶閣)

the placed had 2 seatings 5.30pm & 7.30pm. it was quite packed and this was a monday. everyone was using the vouchers. i wonder how traffic be like if no vouchers, but groupon vouchers tend to keep reappearing anyway.

saliva chicken口水鸡

saliva chicken口水鸡 – S$8.80

we ordered the saliva chicken口水鸡 – S$8.80. it was pretty good actually.

i would say crystal jade lamian xiaolongbao version had a lot more kick.

saliva chicken口水鸡

saliva chicken口水鸡

this one was a large helping. chicken was good, chilli was mild but still quite flavourful especially taking a little together with the chicken. maybe my own saliva chicken口水鸡 standard.

soup dumplings 海味抄手

soup dumplings海味抄手

i had soup dumplings海味抄手the last time & it was good, so i ordered it again.^^

never knew there was a different version than spicy dumplings 红油抄手, which was the usual we had at crystal jade lamian xiaolongbao.

soup dumplings 海味抄手2

soup dumplings海味抄手

there were 6 dumplings. dumplings skin was smooth & meat filling was good.

soup dumplings 海味抄手4 soup dumplings 海味抄手3

soup lagi best!

this soup dumplings海味抄手, i think S$9.80 was very worth ordering.

deepfried tofu with pork

deepfried tofu with pork

we were deciding between braised beef & bamboo shoot & this dish. server said this dish was more popular. but it was a very average dish at S$13.80.

deepfried tofu with pork

deepfried tofu with pork

can’t really say the dish was not good. it was quite average if competent, nothing much to say about the tofu. & in comparison would be the worst dish we ordered.

dan dan noodles 担担面

dan dan noodles 担担面

dan dan noodles 担担面 S$9.80 was very good!

dan dan noodles 担担面

dan dan noodles 担担面

again the spiciness seemed to have been moderated, but it was still tasty & flavourful. i liked it!

ice jelly with cheng chao

ice jelly with cheng chao

the ice jelly was also something i had last time.

ice jelly with cheng chao

ice jelly with cheng chao

i did not actually remember it, but somehow i seemed to have gravitated to ordering the same item.

ice jelly with cheng chao

ice jelly with cheng chao

it was refreshing. a small dish at S$3.80, i guess not cheap or expensive in particular. 🙂

i find the pricing generally far more expensive than a good restaurant like crystal jade e.g. 小笼包 S$9.80 (i.e. w/o the groupon discounts). guess problem with such a place is always what dishes one orders. this time we ordered mostly good dishes we liked, except that we still had a lemon (the deep-fried tofu dish).

the dinner for 2pax came to S$30.80 using my groupon vouchers (S$25 for S$50 voucher value). at this price i would say the food was pretty good!^^

c.h.e.f andy

Steamed Minced Pork with Salted Fish & Sliced Ginger

steamed minced pork with salted fish & sliced ginger

steamed minced pork with salted fish & sliced ginger

this a really simple dish & ever so satisfying, lagi shiok! a true comfort food. ^^

usually my helper will make this. she is away (back home) for a month, so i made it myself this evening on 25.6.2015.

i was eating alone, so i cooked small rice, & since i was at it throw in a sausage & liver sausage while rice was steaming. and also fried a broccoli for a balanced diet. haha!

salted fish though not very ideal for a healthy diet, lots of sodium, not to be take too often.

steamed minced pork with salted fish & sliced ginger

steamed minced pork with salted fish & sliced ginger

i bought 2 packets of minced pork from sheng shiong.

initially i was going to do a few dishes for my friends after a movie the next day. as it turned out they decided to have tea near orchard instead & happened that i also need to settle some urgent stuff on my company at the auditor’s office. so i used a packet (about 250g) & made the dish for my own dinner.

steamed minced pork with salted fish & sliced ginger

steamed minced pork with salted fish & sliced ginger

for the simple recipe, i used –

250g minced pork.

minced a slice of salted fish (the kind from a bottle, about 3 slices in a bottle).

cut a lot of sliced ginger (about 5cm piece) – i love lots of ginger.

1 tablespoon of the brine from the salted fish bottle. no fish sauce etc. it was just salty enough.

2 tablespoon of olive oil.

steaming - quick & easy preparation

steaming – quick & easy preparation

i mixed the minced pork, 1/3 of the sliced ginger & the minced salted fish & placed it in a metal dish for steaming. i used my heavy stainless steel pan & just placed the steaming dish in the water, covered & steamed for 10minutes (making sure minced pork is properly cooked).

steamed minced pork with salted fish & sliced ginger

steamed minced pork with salted fish & sliced ginger

so easy to prepare & such a wonderful dish.

2 disadvantages being (a)the high sodium content (b)made me eat more rice than usual.

c.h.e.f andy

Man Fat Sze 10000 Budhhas Monastery 万佛寺

man fat sze 万佛寺

man fat sze 万佛寺

visiting 10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺 was a contributing reason for choosing royal park hotel at shatin. ^^

my sis is buddhist & man fat sze 万佛寺 would interest her.

way to man fat sze 万佛寺 from shatin MTR station

way to man fat sze 万佛寺 from shatin MTR station

starting out from shatin station, it is very easy to go to  man fat sze 万佛寺. 🙂

way to man fat sze 万佛寺 from shatin MTR station

way to man fat sze 万佛寺 from shatin MTR station

upon exiting shatin MTR station, there is a sloping covered walkway to road level.

temple at start of uphill path to man fat sze

福宝山crematorium at start of uphill path to man fat sze

after that turn left & walk about 100m, then turn left at first side road by grand central plaza & go forward about 50m till you see the 福宝山crematorium..

start of path to man fat sze 万佛寺

start of path to man fat sze 万佛寺

there is a direction sign showing the way to man fat sze 万佛寺.

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

the uphill passage is lined on both sides with lohan statue me think?? all the way up man fat sze 万佛寺. 🙂

lohan statue

lohan statue

one of the  lohan statue. 🙂

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

uphill was ok but it was a hot day, though nothing like the scorching sun we suffered on our lamma island trip & cheung chau island trip. 🙂

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺

finally arrived at man fat sze 万佛寺, and looking down.

lined on both sides up man fat sze 万佛寺8

man fat sze 万佛寺

man fat sze 万佛寺

man fat sze 万佛寺

the main square also lined with statues & a pagoda in the background.

pagoda at man fat sze 万佛寺

pagoda at man fat sze 万佛寺

the pagoda.

man fat sze 万佛寺

man fat sze 万佛寺

man fat sze 万佛寺

man fat sze 万佛寺

the front & entrance to the monastery.

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

wall of buddhas statues.

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

wall of buddha statues. they i.e. the monastery are maintained供养 by sponsors’ donations.

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

& this is the actual body 真身 of 月溪禅师after he had 圆寂 passed away.

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

there are many sponsors & donors.

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

wall of buddha statues.

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

& i guess devotees & tourists like us.

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

at the side garden.

view from 10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

view from 10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

view from 10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺.

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

10000 budhhas monastery man fat sze 万佛寺

back to the square.

after the exertions at man fat sze 万佛寺, we went to mong kok & wondered into 旺角小肥羊 LittleSheep at agile street for dimsum.^^

c.h.e.f andy

Excellent Italian Food @ Follia on 20Jun2015

osobucco alla milanese

osso bucco alla milanese

daughter arranged a father’s day dinner at follia on 20.6.2015.^^

this the 3rd father’s day. wife arranged a 2pax father’s day lunch at kuriya dining earlier, and then a family father’s day dinner at valentino, as wife & youngest daughter were away during father’s day.

pane pizza all' aglio

pane pizza all’ aglio – just S$4.80

we started with pane pizza all’ aglio, just S$4.80.

pane pizza all' aglio

pane pizza all’ aglio

it was good as any pizza minus the toppings. 🙂

bisque di aragosta

bisque di aragosta

the lobster bisque was good, flavourful, and came with mussels, clams, prawn & flower crab. most important the bisque tasted great! 🙂

bisque di aragosta

bisque di aragosta

flower crab had no meat, the ingredients looked good, but not really important. i was curious that 2 reviewers – one said dislike the mussels the other said they had a bad taste. the mussels were ok for me though.

crayfish squid ink risotto

S$35 crayfish squid ink risotto

the special crayfish squid ink risotto was very good. really like the flavours of the risotto with good shellfish stock, smooth & creamy. the proprietor told us later though it was butter & no cream. it was especially good with the tomato sauce for the crayfish mixed into the risotto.

crayfish squid ink risotto

crayfish squid ink risotto

there were 2 halves crayfish & 2 large prawns. 🙂

crayfish squid ink risotto

crayfish squid ink risotto

S$35 not really overly expensive for the dish. however i don’t really need to pay for crayfish. i can do my own very well bought from chinatown, at times just S$12/kg. the squidink pasta dish on their menu is good enough for me.^^

linguine frutti di mare

linguine frutti di mare

i liked the frutti di mare a lot too. it was really an excellent flavoured tomato sauce.

linguine frutti di mare

linguine frutti di mare

the ingredients were also very good.

linguine frutti di mare

linguine frutti di mare

i will definitely take this again.

follia 4 clover way

follia 4 clover way

we arrived at 7pm & the place was empty. but by 8pm, it was full left 1 table. a simple but pleasant place & a very friendly proprietor who took photos with us later.

osobucco alla milanese

osso bucco alla milanese

i ordered the osso bucco alla milanese as it was the only dish featured on their homepage.

& i was not disappointed. it was the same saffron osso bucco dish i had at a riverside restaurant along milan’s navigli district, just as good! 🙂

the osso bucco was very well done, fork tender, tasty & not sinewy. braised meats are never my favourites though, nothing to do with the dish itself. & the saffron risotto was excellent, and very nice garlic toast too.

i do very good pastas (like squid-ink spaghetti and lobster angel hair pasta) & also an excellent seafood risotto myself, but the pastas & risottos here were really good i will come back for more.

c.h.e.f andy

Royal Park Hotel at Shatin & Shatin Park 2-6Jun2015

royal park hotel at shatin

royal park hotel at shatin

i chose royal park on  a balance of cost & convenience.

also, i had been to hong kong so many times but always stayed at pacific place hotels when on business decades ago & at tsimshatsui with family. can’t really know hong kong that way. afterall, the overwhelming consideration is still to have a relaxing fun break so i would generally not go out of the way & incur great inconvenience to do something. if stayed at tsimshatsui every time, then most likely will always be moving around there & central & causeway bay.

still, i checked out our usual hotel, kowloon hotel at tsimshatsui. it’s really very convenient location. the price was HK$800/night a night weekdays & HK$1000/night fridays, saturdays. so for 4nights HK$3400+.

for royal park hotel, it was some strange breakdown averaged HK$754, and totalled HK$3017+.

for comparison & other considerations-

1. royal park has large 30m2 rooms whereas kowloon hotel’s rooms are 20m2

2. i can take airport bus A41 direct to royal park hotel, just 2 stops, 50mins & HK$22.3, whereas for kowloon hotel it is by airport express to kowloon station HK$90 single HK$160 return, then free airport bus to kowloon hotel, about 4th or 5th stop

3. for this trip i was not going to ngong ping 360 to take the cable car see the big buddha, but when having plans to visit lautau island including hong kong disneyland, shatin very convenient by bus.

4. my sis is buddhist, and 10,000 buddha monastery is right at shatin.

royal park hotel at shatin

royal park hotel at shatin

we were happy with the room -big, bright & airy.

royal park hotel toilet

royal park hotel toilet

toilet was pretty ok too!

the other very satisfying things for me during this trip-

1. went to keung kee chicken porridge 强记鸡粥 which is at tai wei, just 1 stop from shatin

2. explore & found 富记大排档tai wai, which is also at tai wei.

3. explore & found chan kun kee 陈根记大排档, located at wo che estate, about 20mins walk from royal park hotel via the esplanade at shatin park 沙田公园by the river 城门河.

4. on the last day before departure, explore & found shing kee noodles at lek yuen sstate market, about 10mins from royal park hotel via covered walkway.

connecting area to shatin park 沙田公园by the river 城门河

connecting area to shatin park 沙田公园by the river 城门河

on 4.6.2015, we decided to take a walk along the esplanade at shatin park 沙田公园by the river 城门河.

shatin public library

shatin public library

after exiting the hotel from the bar area at the lobby level, we walked along the connecting area to shatin park. the shatin public area was on our left.

across river view from shatin park 沙田公园by the river 城门河

across river view from shatin park 沙田公园by the river 城门河

hong kong is densely populated. across the river is another estate.

bridge at shatin park 沙田公园by the river 城门河

bridge at shatin park 沙田公园by the river 城门河

bridge at shatin park 沙田公园by the river 城门河

bridge at shatin park 沙田公园by the river 城门河

we took some photos of the bridge.

promenade at shatin park 沙田公园by the river 城门河

promenade at shatin park 沙田公园by the river 城门河

promenade at shatin park 沙田公园by the river 城门河

promenade at shatin park 沙田公园by the river 城门河

promenade at shatin park 沙田公园by the river 城门河

promenade at shatin park 沙田公园by the river 城门河

and walked along the esplanade.

there were many joggers & cyclists traversing the riverside promenade.

for me, shatin is quite suited for my hong kong trip as a base. tsimshatsui, central & causeway bay areas i can always go when already out for visits in the day, e.g. when traveling to the islands.

this trip, i have found several new daipaidongs & took dim sums at 4 different restaurants. for next trip, i can also explore from base at shatin or research a bit to see which other location & hotel may be more convenient.

c.h.e.f andy

Hong Kong Air Ticket, Hotel & Transport Planning 2-6Jun2015

fried carrot cake at asia treasure T2

fried carrot cake at asia treasure T2

jetstar had a SG50 promotion. it was like S$50 to HK & about S$100pax including fees & taxes. it seems lame to go hong kong just because of cheap air tickets, but i like hong kong, it’s a place i like to go for eating & hiking anyway. i can live in hong kong actually just for the colder months. haha!^^

i wanted to go in nov. actually but sis is busy after oct, and i was already travelling with wife to cornwall 7-18may2015.

so i am back hong kong 2-6jun2015. our 2pax jetstar return singapore to hong kong was S$210.^^

even though it was just 2 months after my last hong kong trip with wife & son on 3-6Apr2015.

asia treasure T2 lounge

asia treasure T2 lounge

jetstar check in was at terminal 1. it was quite convenient that departure gate was next to the sky train to T2. so it was no hassle to get to asia treasure lounge at T2.

asia treasure T2 nasi lemak

asia treasure T2 nasi lemak

no food provided on jetstar, or rather good money for not so good food. so grab what we could at the lounge.

asia treasure T2 nasi lemak

asia treasure T2 nasi lemak

the nasi lemak was pretty good. egg, otah, perkedel, rice all good. for me though, nasi lemak is first ikan kuning, second chicken wing. 🙂

congee at asia treasure T2

congee at asia treasure T2

congee was ok, good.

roti prata at asia treasure T2

roti prata at asia treasure T2

prata was freshly prepared, crispy, hot, dough was tasty.

roti prata curry at asia treasure T2

roti prata curry at asia treasure T2

curry too was good.

fried carrot cake & roti prata at asia treasure T2

fried carrot cake & roti prata at asia treasure T2

fried carrot cake was for me the best! & prata was next. 🙂

hong kong airport tower

hong kong airport tower

low cost carrier mostly remote bay (using bus ferry to plane) for both departure from changi & arrival at hong kong. though it was using aerobridge for both departure from hong kong & arrival at singapore.

jetstar passenger disembarking at hong kong airport

jetstar passenger disembarking at hong kong airport

jetstar passenger (meaning us) deplaning at hong kong airport.

remote bay bus ferry at hong kong airport

remote bay bus ferry at hong kong airport

aircrafts taxiing.

remote bay bus ferry at hong kong airport

remote bay bus ferry at hong kong airport

our bus ferry waiting for aircrafts to taxi past.

hong kong airport terminal towards bus bay

hong kong airport terminal towards bus bay

there was a MTR counter after customs & even before getting out to the arrival hall, which had almost no queue so i got 2 octopus cards (HK$50 deposit & HK$100 stored-value) within minutes.

we walked out of the arrival terminal & towards bus bay.

queue for A41 airport bus

queue for A41 airport bus

i booked 4 nights at royal park hotel at shatin. so it was really very convenient commuting from the airport.

hong kong airport bus A41 goes direct from airport to shatin and stopped right in front of royal park hotel, which was only the second stop after shatin bus interchange.

flight was late so we arrived 2.15pm & was at the A41 bus bay around 2.50pm.

A41 airport bus to royal park hotel

A41 airport bus to royal park hotel

journey took 50minutes & just HK$22.30 using the octopus card. it’s fixed one fare only so you only required to tap once with octopus card when boarding the bus. 🙂

it’s double-decker. there was a luggage rack both in the lower & upper deck. i always took the upper deck & put on seat belt. strangely though on return from hotel to airport, the bus we took did not have safety belt!

hong kong mtr map

shatin is in new territory so a bit far from action (well depends on what action you are looking for). when i travel with wife, we would stay at tsimsahtsui & not shatin.

while royal park is “in theory” next to shatin station (& shatin bus interchange for that matter), it was a 5-10minutes walk from hotel through newtown plaza to the station, covered & aircon-ed of course.

from shatin, one needs to change train twice to get to shamshuipo, tsimshatsui, & to central. so it’s slightly inconvenient.

also shatin station is actually not underground line but the east rail line 东铁线that goes to罗湖 for entering into shenzhen深圳. & so the inter-change at 九龙塘that connects the MTR to the rail is a rather long walk.

taking the east rail line 东铁线 at shatin going to shamshuipo

taking the east rail line 东铁线 at shatin going to shamshuipo

we checked into royal park hotel about 4pm. nice hotel. i stayed here once before 5 years back. quite happy with it now as then. 🙂

we decided we could not miss timhowan, so went to the usual shamshuipo outlet after checking in to the hotel, & got there about 4.40pm, zero queue.

since we had a very late dimsum at 5pm. we decided to go much later in the evening for dinner, which we did at keung kee chicken porridge 强记鸡粥 my usual daipaidong 大排档 past 9pm.

c.h.e.f andy

A Quick Simple Home Meal

porridge with dried scallops, chicken breast & minced chicken balls

porridge with dried scallops, chicken breast & minced chicken balls

made a simple homecooked meal this evening on 17.6.2015.^^

wife wanted porridge & i was thinking of the nice porridge in hong kong, like at keung kee chicken porridge 强记鸡粥.

steamed cod in light soy sauce & olive oil

steamed cod in light soy sauce & olive oil

i had a leftover piece of cod so decided to steam it. that went very well with the porridge. i did that for my recent 6-course anniversary dinner as well.^^

steamed cod in light soy sauce & olive oil

steamed cod in light soy sauce & olive oil

for the cod-

add 2 tablespoon olive oil & 1 to 2 tablespoon light soy sauce (to taste)

cut chilli padi & some spring onions (i did not have spring onions & i cut the green part of a leek in very fine julienne.

placed in a dish & steamed (about 10mins).

cod was really excellent! tender, sweet, tasty, oily flavours. 🙂

porridge with dried scallops, chicken breast & minced chicken balls

porridge with dried scallops, chicken breast & minced chicken balls

for the porridge-

wash 1 cup rice & put in a dutch oven with 1.5l water.

add oil, 2 pieces dried scallops, and a chicken drumstick quarter with skin removed (i used breast meat as i did not have the drumstick which is better with the bone), and boiled for 1.5 to 2 hrs until rice is broken up into consistent smooth texture. add water where required.

i also made some minced chicken balls (did not have minced pork), marinated with fish sauce & pepper.

porridge with dried scallops, chicken breast & minced chicken balls

porridge with dried scallops, chicken breast & minced chicken balls

the porridge was very nice. i think hong kong standard, very smooth & sweet. wife & daughter had several helpings.

fried brocoli with garlic 蒜蓉炒

fried broccoli with garlic 蒜蓉炒

i had some broccoli so did a fried broccoli with garlic 蒜蓉炒-

add 1 cut chilli padi, 2 teaspoon chopped garlics, & fry with the broccoli stems until soft then add the broccoli.

add 1 tablespoon oyster sauce, 2 teaspoon fish sauce, 2 teaspoon cornflour & some water. add to the pan & cover.

fried brocoli with garlic 蒜蓉炒

fried broccoli with garlic 蒜蓉炒

simple & nice, tasty broccoli.

it was a very enjoyable dinner for 3pax, simple & easy to prepare.

c.h.e.f andy

Catching Up Over Relaxing Lunch @ Keng Eng Kee (KEK) on 17Jun2015

sliced fish with bitter gourd in black bean sauce

S$12 sliced fish with bitter gourd in black bean sauce

meet up with an old RI friend for lunch at keng eng kee (KEK) today 12pm on 17.6.2015.^^

came for dinner 1 year ago with my sis & b-i-l.

i was there 15mins early. parking was better than expected. 🙂

i asked whether we could sit at the aircon place. lady gave me a card to call next time. my friend joined & said he tried to call but it was too late to make a booking. anyway the table at the coffeeshop area had fans & quite well ventilated. it was quite ok on this day.

sliced fish with bitter gourd in black bean sauce

S$12 sliced fish with bitter gourd in black bean sauce

we ordered the bitter gourd in black bean sauce dish. actually we ordered the one with beef (as we also ordered sliced fish thick beehoon soup) but it came with sliced fish. anyway we were ok with it.

it was done well, a good zi char dish, no difference from the rest. i had it at kok sen in kiong saik street before & basically about the same. i had it also at 香港街珍记 – hong kong street chun kee at commonwealth crescent. equally good. 🙂

spinach with ikan bilis

S$8 spinach with ikan bilis

we were contemplating either the spinach with ikan bilis or the “jew her eng chye” aka cuttlefish kang kong. both were shown on their picture menu.

spinach with ikan bilis

S$8 spinach with ikan bilis

friend decided on the ikan bilis.

spinach with ikan bilis

S$8 spinach with ikan bilis

it was very good. ikan bilis gave it a very good texture combination. the vege was done well & tasty.

sliced fish thick beehoon soup

S$5 sliced fish thick beehoon soup

for the carb dish we shared a S$5 sliced fish in thick beehoon.

sliced fish thick beehoon soup

S$5 sliced fish thick beehoon soup

this was quite perfect. a light carb, doubled as a tasty soup & with healthy sliced fish. ^^

prices had gone up a bit, as old prices were blanco & written over. lunch was S$25.40 including 2x$0.20 for wet tissue. quite ok lah! 🙂

this friend only joined RI in pre-U & was in the band so close to some of my band friends. good to spend time rediscovering old friendship.

we walked over to alexandra village for ice kachang & jackfruit jelly after lunch. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Gordon Ramsay’s Bloody Mary Linguine Recipe with Dry Wok Garlic Prawns

linguine with dry wok prawns

linguine with dry wok prawns

making use of my leftover bloody mary linguine from yesterday’s Gordon Ramsay’s grilled lobster with bloody mary linguine. daughter ate out & we did not want to take too much carbs. 🙂

so i cooked some dry wok prawns to go with the leftovers bloody mary linguine. this was on 15.5.2015.

i had some large prawns from chinatown. these are probably 20-22 to a kg. i had cooked some jumbo & super jumbo prawns previously, 11 to a kg & 7 to a kg.

the key to dry wok prawns is high heat & dry wok. i have recently switched to a heavy stainless steel pan for high heat cooking, rather than have the non-stick coating breakdown.

so it is a thin film of veg oil & high heat. prawns must be dry. do not remove heads & shells. add chopped garlic then prawns. do not add water & do not cover. covering traps condensation & make it wet so the effect is steaming & cancel out the charred bbq smell. the charring is on the shell but gives a bbq flavour. the prawns are basically baked in the shells.

as i had only 7 prawns, i kept the pan on high heat most of the way & that was enough to cook the prawns. if i am cooking 1 kg prawns like for a big party like the recent 22pax on 6.2.2015, then after the initial high heat, i turn down the heat to cook the prawns w/o covering, to make sure the prawns are cooked.

only at the end turn on high heat & add fish sauce liberally. you can feel the excellent aroma wafting up. because of the shells, the prawns will not be too salty.^^

prawns were really very flavourful with bbq flavours. it’s a bit like spanish tapas Gambas al Ajillo (garlic prawns), but seriously i think mine was a whole lot better. wife thinks it’s better than the lobster. i am good with the lobster. haha!^^

bloody mary linguine

bloody mary linguine

the bloody mary linguine was actually kind of “bloody” good.

bloody mary linguine

bloody mary linguine

second time round i was eating it, and i was getting use to it, though i would not say yet that it is a favourite. after reheating on a pan, it was not as perfect al dente as the day before, but still pretty ok. 🙂

linguine with dry wok prawns

linguine with dry wok prawns

& it was really excellent together with the dry wok prawns. when no lobsters, just have good prawns & you will be fine! ^^

linguine with dry wok prawns

linguine with dry wok prawns

a very enjoyable dinner for 2 at home. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Nice Lunch & Chat with Old Friends @ Happy Duck Bukit Merah View FC on 16Jun2015

pigs ear, intestines, pig skin & lor bak S$10

pigs ear, intestines, pig skin & kong bak S$10

went out lunch with some good friends today on 16.6.2015.

we had wanted to take my favourite chai chuan tou chinese mutton soup 柴船头羊肉汤 at bukit merah view market & food centre. however the stall was closed & seemed that only reopen on 1.8.2015. that’s a long time to close shop!

3 of us were already parked at 11am. we were discussing where to go instead. one that came to mind was the havelock turtle soup合落山瑞, kueh chap or red garoupa fish soup at havelock road food centre.

but then there was already a pretty ok duck & kueh chap stall here = happy duck. 🙂 the other 2 friends were on their way & it was troublesome to drive & to park as well.

1/2 braised duck S$18

1/2 braised duck S$18

so we settled on happy duck!^^

price was reasonable. we had 1/2 braised duck for S$18.

also added the kueh chap including 4 items = pigs ear, intestines, pig skin & kong bak for S$10.

the duck was pretty good for me. duck was tender, good flavour & chilli was great too.

1 friend thought it was average, quite fine. another thought the one next to hoover rojak at whampoa market, liang zhao ji duck rice, was better – that’s my memory too, but i had not eaten at that duck stall for umpteen years. i know what i don’t like though – the one previously at south buona vista with the gluey sauce, lim seng lee boneless duck. taste is personal, haha! 🙂

my own favourite braised duck is at imperial treasure teochew, & it’s not expensive either just S$28 for 1/2 duck (of course that’s a bit more than S$18 here).

another friend’s favourite was 店小二’s roast duck but that is another story. unfortunately we seemed to run out of places to find goose, braised or roast.

kueh chap

kueh chap

sauce rice

sauce rice

we had 2 rice & 2 kueh. that added another S$2, my kueh was ok, average. the rice did not seem to be yam rice, maybe just sauce. another it was just S$2 for 4.

so it was S$30, and it was quite enough for 5pax (1 friend came slightly late & added his own kueh). 🙂

after makan, we had fruits & then coffeshop coffee. i had my usual kopi-c gosong tilok. very shiok.

1 left a bit earlier, 4 of us stayed & chatted for the longest time. haha!

c.h.e.f andy

Gordon Ramsay’s Grilled Lobster with Bloody Mary Linguine

Gordon Ramsay grilled lobster with bloody mary linguine

Gordon Ramsay grilled lobster with bloody mary linguine

saw Gordon Ramsay’s grilled lobster with bloody mary linguine a while back & wanted to try it out.

frozen cooked canadian lobster S$26.96 for 2x375g

frozen cooked canadian lobster S$26.95 for 2x375g

i bought some frozen cooked canadian lobsters from cold storage earlier, S$26.95 for 2x375g lobsters.

i used 2 lobsters recently for a 4pax 6-course anniversary dinner for my wife & daughters. & had 2 more in the freezer, so decided to try out GR’s recipe today on 14.6.2015.^^

i followed the usual method cutting the lobster in 1/2 & shelling the pincers. they just looked great with the roe & tomalley (above photo).

lobster with chilli garlic butter2

lobster with chilli garlic butter

lobster with chilli garlic butter

lobster with chilli garlic butter

i followed Gordon Ramsay’s preparation for the chilli garlic butter.

i cut 1 large chilli, added 3 cloves of chopped garlic, large pinch of sea salt, 1 tablespoon of dried parsley & ground them in a mortar, then added 40g of unsalted butter

then i spread the chilli garlic butter over the 1/2 lobsters & left in the fridge for 4hrs.

bloody mary sauce

bloody mary sauce

for the bloody mary sauce –

i chopped a large red onion & fried in 2 tablespoon of oil, added 2 cloves of chopped garlic & fried till translucent & beginning to brown.

i added 1 teaspoon of sugar & just 1 teaspoon worcester sauce, & not being certain of the taste, i added 2 tablespoon flat oyster sauce instead. then i added 1 can (14oz) of cut tomatoes, & reduced the sauce (above photo)

grilled chilli garlic butter lobster

grilled chilli garlic butter lobster

grilled chilli garlic butter lobster

grilled chilli garlic butter lobster

when ready to serve, i used a heavy stainless steel pan (i recently switched over from non-stick coated pans to stainless steel pans for high heat cooking)-

added oil to give a thin coating, and waited for oil to begin to smoke under high heat.

then placed the 4 halves lobster, chilli buttered face on the hot pan, & grilled for 30secs.

then i added 3 tablespoon brandy & flamed the lobster (turning of the hob fan) to give nice liquor & grilled flavours.

bloody mary linguine

bloody mary linguine

bloody mary linguine

bloody mary linguine

for the bloody mary linguine,

i had earlier prepared the linguine al dente, drained the pasta in a colander & stopped the cooking with water & ice.

i heat up the bloody mary sauce & tossed the linguine, & then plated it as shown in Gordon Ramsay’s youtube video.

i also prepared the breadcrumbs with just 1 teaspoon olive oil & added some dried parsley, & had them sprinkled over the top of the pasta.

Gordon Ramsay grilled lobster with bloody mary linguine

Gordon Ramsay grilled lobster with bloody mary linguine

& voila!

the lobster was very flavourful with the chilli garlic butter, brandy flaming & hot grill. 🙂

this time i made doubly sure that the lobster was not overcooked. it was very good really, quite bouncy & most importantly very tasty, of course not to be compared with live lobsters.

the bloody mary had excellent tomato taste. taste though was a bit complex, with nice stand-out, slightly tangy tomato taste. it was a very good tasting sauce. still, it was not (yet) my favourite. i was in 2 minds & decided to prepare a pink sauce (creamy tomatoes) which i knew would be very good in any case.

in the end, my wife & i decided we should try this new bloody mary sauce since i had already prepared it, rather than just stick to some old normal & comfort level with the pink sauce. haha!^^

it was a very enjoyable dinner. it was a first attempt, and i was able to reproduce the dish quite well, so it was a repeatable dish. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Still Good BUT Far Too Pricey @ Valentino on 11Jun2015

crab squid-ink linguine in pink sauce

crab squid-ink linguine in pink sauce

daughter organised an early father’s day dinner at valentino on 11.6.2015. ^^ youngest daughter leaving for london tomorrow & wife joining her later on 19.6.2015.

i asked to dine at Valentino as i had not been to valentino for many years. my impression had been that food is good here, but just too pricey & not justifying the quality of food. this evening was no exception, nothing to change my mind.

focaccia

focaccia

we had a complimentary focaccia. it was warm, & good! 🙂

amarone

amarone

we had a bottle of amarone. we were told S$145, but when the bill came it was S$168. we assumed it was a misunderstanding, and the server actually served a different bottle of amarone for some reason maybe assuming that we wanted a better bottle though we did not have a clue ourselves? anyway it was father’s day dinner & wine was good (a non drinker like me also heard of the name amarone before…hahaha!). we just paid up.

burrata S$45 - liked this & the veal best!

burrata S$45 – liked this & the veal best!

i remembered the burrata was a very good dish here. & it was! ^^

very light & went well with the palate. i thought there was prosciutto accompanying the dish, but there wasn’t. i must have confused with another place. i thought parma ham would complement well the burrata & bring out the flavours more.

burrata S$45 - liked this & the veal best!

burrata S$45 – liked this & the veal best!

later i found on my earlier post that senso indeed served it with parma ham, however my memory had been that valentino’s was still better!

beef carpaccio

beef carpaccio

we added a beef carpaccio. it was good too. sweet, tasty cut.

beef carpaccio

beef carpaccio

& just great with the parmesan cheese & rockets.

crab squid-ink linguine in pink sauce

crab squid-ink linguine in pink sauce

& i always love the crab squid-ink linguine in pink sauce.

crab squid-ink linguine in pink sauce

crab squid-ink linguine in pink sauce

it was still very good, and i guess i still liked it. it was very creamy, a lot of crab meat, and linguine was done well, al dente! 🙂

but for me it has lost a bit, or maybe most of the wow factor. i do a pretty good creamy tomato myself, and my wife’s crayfish pasta in pink sauce is just plain awesome, just lightly cream with nice tomato taste, where this was like all cream. i would prefer that to this 10x over.

my daughter, who is rather discerning with food & has a better palate than i, though liked this quite a lot. goes to show taste is a very individual preference. 🙂

that it was a very good pasta & the price was quite ok is not disputed.

carbonara

carbonara

the carbonara – my first taste was that it was good. but then immediately, i agreed with my youngest daugher that it did not taste like the usual carbonara.

carbonara

carbonara

yes, valentino’s was a good pasta, the dry creamy kind & tasty maybe from the cheese. but i think i like the alfresco gusto version of carbonara with an egg much better.

parma ham porcini cheese pizza - good

parma ham porcini cheese pizza – good

i liked the parma ham porcini cheese pizza – good!

parma ham porcini cheese pizza - good

parma ham porcini cheese pizza – good

nothing so special but just a good pizza.

pan fried veal - loved this & ordered a second

pan fried veal – loved this & ordered a second

what was a very pleasant surprise was the pan-fried veal with parma ham, about S$37. it w2as the best dish of the evening, and we ordered a second.^^

pistachio panna cotta - bad!

pistachio panna cotta – bad!

for me, the pistachio penna cotta was a complete flop. we all said it tasted like a poor chinese almond jelly. & it cost S$15.50. i was not expecting lake como’s pizzeria balognett standard, but this was just plain poor dessert.

overall we paid like S$528nett for 5pax. the wine alone cost like S$195, so about S$325nett for the food for 5pax. it was not cheap but i guess that was not overly pricey either. however that i feel was because we asked the price of every dish that was the special not on the menu. the only thing that ws less clear was the wine, which we were told S$145 but served a different wine S$168? anyway that was ok.

the prices of specials though like S$258 for 1kg T-bone steak & S$168 bisteca florentine steak were just not on for me leh! ….al borgo used to serve the florentine steak at S$60, maybe it is S$80 now??

there was no lobster pasta this evening & the special was king prawns at S$58. i guess i woud order it if i have faith in the restaurant where transparent pricing & mathcing the food is concerned. well, i didn’t. i guess i will call it just my personal lack of faith.

c.h.e.f andy

Steamed Egg with Minced Pork

steamed egg with minced pork

steamed egg with minced pork

eating home alone this evening on 10.6.2015.

steamed egg with minced pork3

steamed egg with minced pork3

feeling lazy. decided to do a steamed egg with minced pork. it’s kind of like a chinese chawanmushi. 🙂

it’s a really simple dish.

steamed egg with minced pork3

steamed egg with minced pork3

i beat up 2 eggs.

added 1 tablespoon mirin, 1.5 tablespoon tsuyu (can also use light soy sauce). about 4 tablespoon water (60ml)

i used i think about 100g of minced pork, which i added 1 teaspoon fish sauce & a bit of white pepper to season. then i mixed the minced pork with the egg. i tasted just a little with a teaspoon & liked the taste. didn’t want it to be too salty.

i had a metal dish for steaming, put in 2 tablespoon canola oil & emptied the egg mixture in the dish & steamed.

steamed egg with minced pork HK$52

steamed egg with minced pork HK$52

i had an exciting dinner at a hong kong daipaidong 富记大排档 at tai wai recently.

one of the dishes was a HK$52 steamed eggs with minced pork. it looked (above photo) a lot prettier than my steamed egg dish. taste wise it was pretty ok, as the egg was really smooth. it was a tad too salty though.

also, even minus the salty part by taking the egg w/o too much of the sauce, for me taste wise, my steamed egg actually tasted a lot better!^^

steamed egg with minced pork+chinese sausage on rice

steamed egg with minced pork+chinese sausage on rice

since i am taking some rice, i dropped a chinese sausage & a liver sausage into the rice to steam them. & my helper fried a kang kong with garlic for me.

steamed egg with minced pork+chinese sausage on rice

steamed egg with minced pork+chinese sausage on rice

a quick simple dinner.

i quite enjoyed it actually. ^^

c.h.e.f andy

Wonderful Evening, Good Friend, Sumptuous Dinner @ ME.OUE on 9Jun2015

scallop carpaccio with veloute

scallop carpaccio with veloute

had a wonderful dinner with a close friend at me@oue on 9.6.2015. ^^

this dinner was postponed for more than a month from before his birthday & my cornwall trip 7-18.5.2015.

view of MBS from me@oue

view of MBS – marina bay sands from me@oue

we were booked for 6.30pm, so great views of MBS & marina bay before nightfall.

we had a great table right by the window. anyway, you can just walk outside to the terrace, and marina bay front opens up before you!^^

me @ oue

me @ oue

a shot of the inside.

squid ink brioche2 squid ink brioche

we started with warm squid ink brioche. i had mine broken into bite size pieces before i remembered & assembled them for the photo. haha! 🙂

table decor - flower

table decor – flower

there was a soothing table decor.

scallop carpaccio with veloute

scallop carpaccio with veloute

we decided to order japanese ohmi wagyu A4 striploin to share & a red lobster each. so was picking an appetiser to share.

scallop carpaccio with veloute

scallop carpaccio with veloute

i already had the tuna tartare the last time here. we settled on a scallop carpaccio served on some veloute topped with caviar.

scallop carpaccio with veloute

scallop carpaccio with veloute

must say the scallop carpaccio was top grade sashimi, very sweet & tasty. there were 5 slices. the veloute was good too.

red lobster - done chilli crab style

red lobster – done chilli crab style

the red lobster, which was done chilli crab style arrived, together with deep-fried man tou.

red lobster - done chilli crab style

red lobster – done chilli crab style

surprised, i pointed out to the server that the last time i had the red lobster here, it was a full lobster & not 1/2 lobster.

he replied that indeed it was a full lobster & he had it split for us so that each of use was served a 1/2 lobster on individual plate instead of sharing it with 1 man tou.

so the server misunderstood our order, quite understandably. we were very pleased with the excellent service.

ohmi A4 wagyu striploin

ohmi A4 wagyu striploin

likewise he split for us the ohmi A4 wagyu striploin, done the recommended medium rare. ^^

ohmi A4 wagyu striploin

ohmi A4 wagyu striploin

wagyu was 200g, so after split, it was still a sizeable portion, served separately with sides (jalapeño chilli, leek, king oyster mushroom, cherry tomato) & 4 dip sauces. excellent food, superb service! 🙂

ohmi A4 wagyu striploin

ohmi A4 wagyu striploin

ohmi is among the top 3 japanese wagyu, the other 2 being matsuzaka & kobe.

it was very nicely marbled & flavourful, excellent grilling & medium rare. most enjoyable!

lobster risotto

lobster risotto

we wondered about ordering a second red lobster as initially intended.

lobster was nice, still chilli crab style was not my favourite & it was a large lobster (maybe 650g), so 1/2 was a big enough portion & the “mistake” suited us well, probably wouldn’t want a second order.

lobster risotto

lobster risotto

we picked through the menu with the very helpful & professional server, and decided on the lobster risotto.

lobster risotto

lobster risotto

the risotto was excellently al dente, though al dente risotto is not my friend’s favourite. the crustacean stock was very tasty & intense but a tad too salty.

for myself, i prefer the crustacean stock to be tempered with vegetable stock to give much more balanced sweet flavours. 🙂

lobster was plentiful. i believe they did use a full lobster & split into 1/2 & served individually to us.

MBS - Marina Bay Sands

MBS – Marina Bay Sands

beautiful photo of MBS – marina bay sands.

my friend has expensive camera & takes great photos. he was quite busy getting out to the terrace to capture the magic hour.

marina bay

marina bay

another beautiful shot of marina bayfront. 🙂

we had a great time watching the laser display & music by MBS & the great views from the terrace.

dinner was S$195 after 50% amex palate discounts for 2, for such an excellent meal with 2 lobsters, ohmi wagyu & scallops carpaccio in wonderful company. be back for more!^^

c.h.e.f andy

Excellent Chirashi Don Set @ Kuriya Dining on 9Jun2015

uni, negi toro, maguro, hamachi, amaebi

uni, negi toro, salmon, tai, maguro, hotate, hamachi, amaebi

wife bought me an excellent chirashi sushi zen set at lunch at kuriya dining on 9.6.2015.^^

it was for early father’s day.

we had a mother’s day lunch at gurnard’s head on 10.5.2015 and a mother’s day dinner at mackerel sky at newlyn, cornwall.

salad with goma dressing

salad with goma dressing

set started with a salad with goma (sesame) dressing.

salad with goma dressing

salad with goma dressing

there was a lot of salad, a bit little dressing. we asked for more. of course to be added in moderation. it was good. 🙂

snow crab chawanmushi

snow crab chawanmushi

the chawanmushi was excellent, especially with the very tasty snow crab sauce, though i felt the sauce was a bit starchy.

chirashi sushi zen

chirashi sushi zen

this was an excellent chirashi don for S$62++.

chirashi sushi zen

chirashi sushi zen

i still cannot decide if this is better or mikuni’s better. i guess overall i still favour mikuni’s chirashi don but this was really really good too.

anyway, i like them both.

uni, negi toro, maguro, hamachi, amaebi

uni, negi toro, salmon, tai, maguro, hotate, hamachi, amaebi

you have in one bamboo holder uni, negi toro, salmon, tai, maguro, hotate, hamachi, amaebi on a bed of cubed salmon & maguro (like in barachisrashi don).

anago, ikura, tobiko, tamago

anago, ikura, tobiko, tamago

on the other there was anago, ikura, tobiko, tamago on sushi rice.

anago, ikura, tobiko, tamago

anago, ikura, tobiko, tamago

a most wonderful, satisfying lunch.

dessert - strawberry mousse, black sesame ice cream, fruits

dessert – strawberry mousse, black sesame ice cream, fruits

there was dessert & coffee too.

dessert - strawberry mousse, black sesame ice cream, fruits

dessert – strawberry mousse, black sesame ice cream, fruits

dessert was strawberry mousse, black sesame ice cream, and fruits. 🙂

it’s actually kind of huge set for lunch, but on some days we are permitted to spoil ourselves.

c.h.e.f andy

Shing Kee Noodles, Lek Yuen Estate, Shatin & Congee Lunch at Tak Hin德兴粥面on 6Jun2015

Shing Kee Noodles Shop 5, Lek Yuen Estate Market, Sha Tin

Shing Kee Noodles Shop 5, Lek Yuen Estate Market, Sha Tin

we were checkin out at 1pm on 6.6.2015. that was the latest royal park hotel allowed. after that it was HK$110/hr. we planned to take A41 to airport round about 5pm so had some time to kill. i had earlier checked out shing kee noodles on internet. it sounded like an interesting place & had like 100% good reviews. it is quite a go to place for hotpot dinners in the evening but for lunch there are noodles & also set lunches with fish & minced pork dishes.

way to Shing Kee Noodles

way to Shing Kee Noodles

we had dimsum at taoheung pier 88 稻香超級漁港 in mong kok earlier so was not particularly hungry. still, not sure how far was shing kee noodles so might as well start walking. good thing about hong kong is that many buildings are connected by covered walkways. good when raining of course but even for the very hot sun. ^^ just like my adventure thrill (trail) to富记大排档 tai wai, i followed the google map. we walked over the overhead bridge linkway to lek yuen estate.

way to Shing Kee Noodles

way to Shing Kee Noodles

parknshop superstore was at the right of the entrance to the overhead bridge.

way to Shing Kee Noodles

way to Shing Kee Noodles

looking down from the covered walkway, i saw a block. we later walked further & asked around before finding the restaurant shing kee noodles at the basement of the block. 🙂

Shing Kee Noodles Shop 5, Lek Yuen Estate Market, Sha Tin

Shing Kee Noodles Shop 5, Lek Yuen Estate Market, Sha Tin

the place was quite chic really, like a cool cafe place in singapore like carpenters & cook, or like aeiou.

Shing Kee Noodles Shop 5, Lek Yuen Estate Market, Sha Tin

Shing Kee Noodles Shop 5, Lek Yuen Estate Market, Sha Tin

haha, it’s a mental switch, can’t really associate it with a beef brisket or hotpot restaurant. 🙂

Shing Kee Noodles Shop 5, Lek Yuen Estate Market, Sha Tin

Shing Kee Noodles Shop 5, Lek Yuen Estate Market, Sha Tin

unfortunately for us, there were 4 rice sets with different fish including a veg & soup for HK$37, but all were sold out (it was about 2pm). we were not planning to have beef brisket noodles & the other rice sets were all steamed minced pork蒸肉饼 so we decided to bail out.

tuk hing porridge & noodles

tak hing congee & noodles

we returned to tak hing 德兴粥面店, which we past on the way to shing kee noodles.

chicken innards porride 鸡杂粥

chicken innards congee 鸡杂粥

the braises including braised goose were only served in the evening from 5pm.

chicken innards porride 鸡杂粥

chicken innards congee 鸡杂粥

we had to settle for the congee. i had the chicken innards congee 鸡杂粥. it was so good! congee was very sweet & great. & the chicken innards were great too.

chicken innards porride 鸡杂粥

chicken innards congee 鸡杂粥

sis had a 艇仔粥. did not take photo, but it was very good too. & both were HK$24!^^

一田 yata supermart

一田 yata supermart

after 德兴粥面店, we walked back to newtown plaza adjacent to royal park hotel.

dried oysters HK$168:斤 (600g)= S$50:kg

dried oysters HK$168:斤 (600g)= S$50:kg

we walked round 一田 yata supermart. there was a promo – dried oysters HK$168:斤 (600g)= S$50/kg. the promo price was same as those i saw at the provision shop on the way to shing kee noodle.

turbot HK$118 at supermarket

turbot HK$118 at supermarket

also saw a raw turbot for HK$118 at supermarket. we had a steamed turbot last evening from 富记大排档tai wai for just HK$98! ^^ this hong kong trip was immensely enjoyable & successful as we got to see cheung chau island (including the very beautiful shorelines from the mini great wall) and lamma island, and the 10,000 buddha monastery.we had 4 dimsum lunches, and lots of exciting daipaidong food at newfound places. & it didn’t rain. about the only negative point was the scorching sun.

c.h.e.f andy

Worst Meal in Hong Kong @ Chao Inn, Terminal 2, HK International Airport on 6Jnn2015

teochew chilled mullet冻乌鱼

teochew chilled mullet冻乌鱼

had the worst meal in entire hong long trip 2-6jun2015 at chao inn 潮楼 at the airport on 6.6.2015.

our jetstar flight was 8.25pm. we received message earlier that flight was delayed 1hr. anyway we already planned to take A41 around 5pm & arrive airport about 6pm.

(fortunately for us check-in counter opened at 6.15pm & i did the internet check-in & managed to check in at the web check pin counter with zero queue while the normal check-in counters already had >10pax queues. & similar queue at the web check-in also after i had checked in)

airport chao inn 潮楼

airport chao inn 潮楼

since we were early & we had a really great dinner at chao inn 潮楼 @ kwun tong, we decided to give it a try here. alas, wrong decision! this chao inn NOT that chao inn 此潮楼非那潮楼!

teochew chilled mullet冻乌鱼

teochew chilled mullet冻乌鱼

fortunately the teochew chilled mullet冻乌鱼 was still ok! at HK$98 though it was more expensive than eating at lao ah tee 老阿弟 at whampoa boon keng etc.

teochew chilled mullet冻乌鱼

teochew chilled mullet冻乌鱼

this mullet was still sweet just slightly fishy, more or less singapore standard unlike chao inn @ kwun tong which was basically perfect.

not to mention what we had at kwun tong was just HK$48, of course that was 40% discount after 9pm, this was airport.

braised goose hopeless, like reboiled or overnight microwaved

braised goose hopeless, like reboiled or overnight microwaved

the braised goose though was hopeless, like reboiled or overnight & microwaved.

braised goose hopeless, like reboiled or overnight microwaved

braised goose hopeless, like reboiled or overnight microwaved

basically, moral of story is don’t eat at airport if possible, and don’t order items where turnover maybe low & likely to be kept overnight & not fresh.

c.h.e.f andy

Hit, Misses & Downright Horrendous Service @ Taoheung Super 88 稻香超級漁港 on 6Jun2015

har gao & teochew dumpling combo

har gao & teochew dumpling combo

our last day in hong kong, returning singapore in the evening 8.25pm flight (later delayed by 1 hr) & checking out royal park hotel at 1pm.

went to mongkok for dimsum breakfast on 6.6.2015. took a while to locate taoheung super 88 稻香超級漁港 as the signboard display outside the building had been removed.

taoheung super 88 稻香超級漁港

taoheung super 88 稻香超級漁港

anyhow we were seated before 9am. place was crowded.

our order & the mixed up

our order & the mixed up

we were assigned a 4pax table 135A, apparently with another 2persons. but 135A already had 2 persons seated. so the other 2 were assigned table 136. but the card (eft of photo) was not amended. and our orders & the other 2 guys were all entered as 135A (right of photo).

because of the mixed up some orders came to us on 135A. not a big deal really. they were soon sorted out, & they brought us a order chip showing difference in order timing & demarcating which were our orders & which table 136.

har gao & teochew dumpling combo

har gao & teochew dumpling combo

we did not quite notice, but our order of har gao was actually an order of a har gao & teochew dumpling combo. we were quite happy with it.

har gao & teochew dumpling combo

har gao & teochew dumpling combo

teochew dumpling 潮州粉果 was better. har gao was ok but below the standard of timhowan fuk wing street shamshuipo (everything was below timhowan anyway) & any of the good dimsum place in singapore like crystal jade, imperial treasure, canton paradise.

char siew fun cheong (bad)

char siew fun cheong (bad)

cahr siew fun cheong was bad!

char siew fun cheong (bad)

char siew fun cheong (bad)

after the even more horrendous beef fun cheong at 旺角小肥羊 LittleSheep at agile street, it became painfully obvious to me that you don’t take fun cheong in hong kong unless you are at timhowan or some better name chains. steamed pork ribs, chicken feet & rice generally ok, though even the rice don’t take it here!

spicy trotters

spicy trotters

the spicy trotters were ok.

spicy trotters

spicy trotters

nothing special to talk about, just ok.

chicken mushroom rice (the poorest so far)

chicken mushroom rice (the poorest so far)

this chicken mushroom rice was the poorest so far. looked pathetic.

timhowan’s was great. but the claypot version at 旺角小肥羊 LittleSheep at agile street. the rice was fragrant & flavourful.

chicken mushroom rice (the poorest so far)

chicken mushroom rice (the poorest so far)

here we basically rescued the rice with earlier orders of steamed pork ribs & chicken feet.

we also had the worst horrendous service in hong kong here. table & order mixed up ok la..but there was this server, 40s or maybe early 50s, who was downright rude & belligerent. first she glared at me when i passed her the order chit earlier waiting for her to read out & confirm the order, and she said like “lor chow lor lo” meaning “give me order chit just give la, why look at me”. i told her i also want to order steamed pork ribs & chicken feet. she said “you mai wad lor” in an extremely rude way meaning “if you want just mark it”.  i told her i could not find it. she pointed out to me.

then the server again forgot the rice order by an old couple which were at my table before we arrived, when we already had the rice. some other server came & gave them a different rice. they told the server it was wrong but they would take it as they did not want to wait. the rude server came later & gave the old couple another rice. they said they already had the different one before their order was forgotten & they told the other server but agreed to take the wrong rice. rude server literally argued with them why they took the wrong one. the old couple asked “so it is our fault you forgot & then gave us the wrong rice?”. here i was not going to let her off but told her yes exactly you guys forgot the wrong order & gave the wrong rice.

after the rude server left i told the old couple we all come here to enjoy & are not going to waste time with these people & not going to let them affect our good time, just what needs to be said has to be said.

& this part is going into the food reviews so the management can read about it should they do. haha!

steamed pork ribs

steamed pork ribs

luckily pork ribs was great.

steamed pork ribs

steamed pork ribs

we emptied the entire plate with sauce onto the rice. ^^

steamed chicken feet

steamed chicken feet

chicken feet was fine too.

steamed chicken feet

steamed chicken feet

just a tad salty.

so lesson learned in HK dimsum is steamed pork ribs & chicken feet almost can get anywhere about same standard, in any case quite ok. fun cheong on the other hand better take only from timhowan or other more well know places. haha! just kidding la..as the title goes, hits & misses.

dimsum was HK$116, so basically quite same prices, all the 4 dimsum we had. likewise all the dinners or bigger meals we had about HK$220.

c.h.e.f andy

Daipaidong Dinner Thrill @ 富记大排档 Tai Wai on 5Jun2015

eggplant with minced pork (1 look) HK$68

eggplant with minced pork (1 look) HK$68

after a hot climb to see the 10,000 buddha monastery in 32degC though we were more sheltered from the scorching sun than the past 2 days, i had a sudden lost of motivation, a running out of steam.

so after lunch at LittleSheep mongkok 小肥羊旺角, we decided to ga back to royal park hotel at shatin to “recharge”. 🙂

i googled where to go for dinner & found this 富记大排档tai wai.

富记大排档tai wai

富记大排档tai wai

so we went on a dinner thrill (a pun on trail) to 富记大排档tai wai, just 1 stop from shatin on the east rail line 东铁线 on 5.6.2015.

have google map will travel. it would not have been possible otherwise. the “thrill” led us to a market & food centre, just like we had at HDB estates. haha! 🙂

富记大排档tai wai kitchen

富记大排档tai wai kitchen

the kitchen was like any of our zi char 煮炒 kitchen. 🙂

富记大排档tai wai

富记大排档tai wai

we took the last table. place was full. say about 7 or 8 tables.

look at the plastic sheets covering this eating place, right next to the wet market. it is exactly like a korean pojangmacha 포장마차包藏马车 (those you see in korean dramas where the girl always get drunk & got piggyback home); or the japanese yatai at fukuoka, or izakayas 居酒屋。

take your pick 冻乌鱼

there were some fresh seafood displayed. i did not see the tanks, so perhaps it was not the live seafood in some of the hong kong daipaidongs like what we had at chan kun kee 陈根记 the evening before.

i read several good reviews on openrice hk, like the hand-tear chicken 手撕鸡 & steamed turbot.

we wouldn’t be able to take 1 chicken & not even 1/2 chicken if we want to try other dishes. also we just had salt baked chicken 盐焗鸡 at chan kun kee 陈根记 the evening before.

eggplant with minced pork (1 look) HK$68

eggplant with minced pork (1 look) HK$68

i ordered the eggplant.

on the board it showed “1 look”. pronounced in cantonese this means 1 whole roll. 🙂

eggplant with minced pork (1 look) HK$68

eggplant with minced pork (1 look) HK$68

this dish is actually nothing new. we have it in most zi char stalls here, except that they are always cut brinjals & sometimes served in claypot. this “1 look” was quite an interesting presentation that in a way showcase the interesting, not-always-traditional cooking.

it was very expensive though, HK$68 for this dish at a market stall daipaidong..haha! whatever i am happy!^^

steamed egg with minced pork HK$52

steamed egg with minced pork HK$52

the 三式蒸蛋steamed egg with minced pork HK$52 was also a most reviewed dish. 🙂

steamed egg with minced pork HK$52

steamed egg with minced pork HK$52

not sure where the 三式 3 styles were. the egg was quite nice, smooth, nothing special really, can do anytime at home. the sauce a bit salty, fortunately egg ok, so not ideal.

steamed egg with minced pork HK$52

steamed egg with minced pork HK$52

& again HK$52 was very expensive for this simple dish in this kind of market stall daipaidong.

steamed turbot with 陈皮

steamed turbot with 陈皮

the steamed turbot was only HK$98! ^^

steamed turbot with 陈皮

steamed turbot with 陈皮

so shiok!^^

steamed turbot with 陈皮

steamed turbot with 陈皮

港蒸steamed HKstyle. it was very nice, though for comparison, turbot flesh was more rough 粗 c/w grouper so it was not quite the level of the steamed grouper at we had at chan kun kee 陈根记 the evening before.

steamed turbot with 陈皮

steamed turbot with 陈皮

still, it was excellent dish for HK$98. i would take it again anytime! 🙂

富记大排档tai wai

富记大排档tai wai

富记大排档tai wai

富记大排档tai wai

it was a great find for me. the thrill if the food trail!

i would not order the egg the next time, but i am ok to pay HK$68 for the eggplant. it was good even though not super & not unusual.

i would definitely try the hand-tear chicken 手撕鸡! just look at the photo of the standing chicken here, diners in plastic gloves ready to tear it apart!

dinner was HK$226 for the 3 dishes. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy