Nice Dinner @ Morning Glory Restaurant Hoi An on 21Dec2015

white rose or banh bao vac

white rose or banh bao vac

this was our first meal arriving in hoi an on 21.12.2015, the start of our 5pax family to hoi an, hanoi & halong bay on 21-27.12.2015. ^^ a wonderful start to our vietnam trip! ^^

eldest daughter was reading up on the makan places & cafe.

we took the last free bus at 7pm from essence hotel where we were staying. bus stopped at phan chau trinh just outside ancient city, & we walked towards the river song thu bon. morning glory is located at nguyen thai hoc, along the same road as the japanese covered bridge.

morning glory restaurant hoi an

morning glory restaurant hoi an

restaurant was easy to locate.

morning glory restaurant hoi an

morning glory restaurant hoi an

& ambience is quite charming.

morning glory restaurant hoi an

morning glory restaurant hoi an

& mostly good reviews. 🙂

morning glory restaurant hoi an

morning glory restaurant hoi an

it is of course more expensive than the other local eating places but food was quite good.

we ordered the usual favourites. one was the white rose or banh bao vac. it’s a hoi an specialty, a shrimp dumpling in a translucent white dough bunched up looking much like a white rose (top photo). indeed it was very well done, very smooth skin & nice dumpling. 🙂

grilled pork with rice paper

grilled pork with rice paper

we ordered the grilled pork with rice paper or thit nuong. this another excellent dish that we took in the streets the next day. it was really nice wrapped with all the herbs. 🙂

beef with betel leaves

beef with betel leaves

& the beef with betel leaves..

beef with betel leaves

beef with betel leaves

this was a much better one than what we had in a local restaurant.

pho bo - vietnamese beef noodles

pho bo – vietnamese beef noodles

& of course the pho bo (beef noodles).

pho bo - vietnamese beef noodles

pho bo – vietnamese beef noodles

pho here was better than the hotel breakfast version & another local restaurant but not in the league of pho lien which we tried the next day. did not get a chance to try pho xua (though we walked past several times) nor pho tung.

grilled eggplants

grilled eggplants

the grilled eggplants were featured in other reviews. and indeed they were very good.

bun cha

bun cha

bun cha was good too. but i prefer chargrilled pork neck to grilled meatballs. i walked by dac kim in hanoi on my last day in vietnam on 27.12.2015 but didn’t have occasion to try, but surprisingly we did have a very good one at the airport (something quite unheard off…lol.)!^^

duck leg curry

duck leg curry

we ordered 2 curries – a duck leg curry,

prawn curry

prawn curry

& a prawn curry.

my first comment was it was not great, but almost immediately i announced to my family i changed my mind.

the curries were milder, not so lemak & intense like thai curries, but actually they were pretty tasty.

i enjoyed both of them. 🙂

mackerel in caramalised sauce

mackerel in caramalised sauce

we decided to add more food, so ordered bun cha, beef in betel leaves & a mackerel in caramelised sauce. mackerel was good.

dinner came to 1.2million dong. that’s like S$80 so S$16pax nett. i guess that was expensive in hoi an, certainly >2x the price in local restaurants. with the ambience, much better quality for the same food, i think it was quite worth the price. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

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Shiokilicious Crab Beehoon Soup @ Uncle Leong on 29Dec2015

cereal prawns

cereal prawns

went back to uncle leong jurong east for 5pax family dinner on 29.12.2015. ^^

this my 4th to uncle leong since the first visit on 17.11.2015.

if anything i enjoyed it even more than the most recent time i was here on 17.12.2015. our good RI friend was visiting from cupertino USA. we wanted him to have nice comfy singapore food.

cereal prawns

cereal prawns

this time was the same also. son was on a 2 weeks+ winter break from london. we already went on a 7-day family holiday to vietnam. & this crab beehoon soup is something really memorable & distinctive.

cereal prawns

cereal prawns

the cereal prawns were quite excellent! one the of best i had…this was a lot better than the (too sweet) milk powder prawns we had the last time. 🙂

seafood pot

seafood pot

the seafood pot was again super!

seafood pot

seafood pot

the seafood were very fresh & tops & the sauce also very good.

3 egg spinach

3 egg spinach

the 3 egg spinach were good as before.

3 egg spinach

3 egg spinach

the only problem was that we always ordered back the same dishes.

thing is everytime we return with a different person & want him to try the food we had before that were really good. so the results! lol!

salted egg crab

salted egg crab

the salted egg crabs were for me, really good too.

salted egg crab

salted egg crab

again it was a lot better than the chilli crab we had previously.

salted egg crab

salted egg crab

very nicely done!

crab beehoon soup

crab beehoon soup

& the main event = crab beehoon soup.

crab beehoon soup

crab beehoon soup

seemed that they ran out of smaller craypots. so we ended up with a huge pot for a 1 kg crab!

crab beehoon soup

crab beehoon soup

previously we had a refill of the soup & beehoon for S$8, so we repeated this time & ordered an additiona S$8 refill.

however this pot was so huge it was 2x the amount of soup we had previously, & son decided to order a sanlo horfun, so we dropped that order.

the bill cam to S$238. I decided to give a tip this time so i gave S$250. after S$80 groupon discount (about S$119 for S$200 voucher), price was S$170 nett for 5pax & 6 dishes.

really shiok!

c.h.e.f andy

 

The Best-value Lunch Omakase @ Hachi on 29Dec2015

endamame mousse with uni

#1 edamame mousse with uni

had another wonderful 4pax family lunch at hachi on 29.12.2015. ^^

i mostly come hachi for dinner & for me, hachi delivers the best kaiseki dinner for the price. wife usually not free for lunch. the last time i had lunch at hachi was almost 2 years ago on 17.1.2014.

endamame mousse with uni

#1 edamame mousse with uni

every dish in hachi looks fabulous & tastes even better. the edamame was unusual but very good, and you could taste the edamame & the excellent sweet uni which was a pretty good size helping.

sashimi - chotoro, akami, kampachi

#2 sashimi – chutoro, akami, kampachi

my wife took the cheaper S$78 hachi omakase. the rest of us took the S$88 ohmi wagyu 近江和牛omakase.

both were excellent but the wagyu omakase was worth many times more than the S$10 difference.

for the sashimi, we had chutoro, akami (lean toro) & 2 kampachi. for the hachi omakase, it was 2 akami, no chutoro.

the sashimi was very sweet & fresh, top quslity!

excellent crab chawanmushi (hachi omakase)

#3 excellent crab chawanmushi (hachi omakase)

wife had the crab chawanmushi. 🙂 really sweet & tasty.

ohmi 近江wagyu sukiyaki (for wagyu omakase)

#3 ohmi 近江wagyu sukiyaki (for wagyu omakase)

we had something better though – ohmi wagyu 近江和牛sukiyaki!

ohmi 近江wagyu sukiyaki (for wagyu omakase)

#3 ohmi 近江wagyu sukiyaki (for wagyu omakase)

ohmi wagyu 近江和牛 is among the top 3, after matsuzaka & kobe, so it was just perfect melt-in-the-mouth experiecne.

large oysters with ponzu jelly

#4 large oysters with ponzu jelly

hachi regularly serves the large oyster during dinner, in different preparations.

this lunch oyster was just as big & good.

large oysters with ponzu jelly

#4 large oysters with ponzu jelly

basically a freshly shucked oysters with ponzu jelly toppings.

excellent hotate seaweed deepfried roll

#5 excellent hotate seaweed deepfried roll

the scallop roll was quite an incredible dish. the hotate was sashimi or rare texture but the batter over seaweed was deepfried.

excellent hotate seaweed deepfried roll

#5 excellent hotate seaweed deepfried roll

an excellent age (fried) dish.

grilled ohmi 近江wagyu

#6 grilled ohmi 近江wagyu

we all had the grilled ohmi wagyu 近江和牛. for the wagyu omakase we had 1 more piece = 4 pieces vs 3 for the hachi omakase. ^^

really by comparison, i can only say the ginzawa’s wagyu & onion don at S$50 was truly pathetic!

even the recently upped S$38.80 (used to be just S$30.80) wagyu don set at sumiya was better!

sushi - uni, chutoro, kinmedai (for hachi omakase)

#7 sushi – uni, chutoro, kinmedai (for hachi omakase)

the sushi was superb quality, better than the sashimi.

sushi - uni, chutoro, kinmedai (for hachi omakase)

#7 sushi – uni, chutoro, kinmedai (for hachi omakase)

for the hachi omakase, it was uni, chutoro, kinmedai (golden eye snapper or alfonsino).

sushi - kinmedai, chutoro, uni

#7 sushi – kinmedai, chutoro, uni

all excellent stuff! ^^ 🙂

wagyu sushi in 3 flavours

#7 wagyu sushi in 3 flavours

for the wagyu omakase, we had wagyu sushi in 3 different preps. could not remember but they were all superb, especially with the uni topping! 🙂

zaru soba

#8 zaru soba

there was the cold soba.

zaru soba

#8 zaru soba

quite ordinary, nothing special there.

yuzu jelly with blackbeans

#9 yuzu jelly with blackbeans

for dessert, we had the jelly yuzu & blackbeans.

yuzu jelly with blackbeans

#9 yuzu jelly with blackbeans

japanese have many difference black beans sweet. i like them all mostly. this one was very good, not too sweet & very good balance to the tangy jelly.

c.h.e.f andy

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the blog pasts 500,000 hits on 28.12.2015.

i started blogging on 5.3.2013 for my personal musings, to cherish & share fond memories & relish good times & wonderful moments with my family & close friends. at first it was food reviews & cooking. shortly i added travel.

500,000 hits in 2+ almost 3 years is nothing much…anyway it serves the purpose i wanted which is to capture the memories, and for the cooking part, i do need often to refer to my own recipes. haha!…

& unlike Facebook which still does not have a search function, and your photos are as good as lost after posting (very tedious to sieve through the photos), i can easily search for restaurants, recipes etc on my blog. ^^

& when my different groups of friends want to go some eating or coffee places or come my place for makan, if i have a post i can easily share on whatsapp.

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