Valentine’s Dinner at Home on 14Feb2016

valentine's day 2pax dinner

valentine’s day dinner at home

for this year’s valentine’s dinner, i had planned to do a small 2pax dinner for my wife on 14.2.2016. ^^

we usually do not go out on the actual day as most places ridiculously ex & quality of food & service not great vis a vis price.

this time, i got some IQF (individual quick freeze) frozen cooked lobsters from giant couple weeks before, so i would do a gordon ramsay grilled lobster. ^^

white cucumber gazpacho

white cucumber gazpacho

we started with a white cucumber gazpacho with croutons.

it was very good, wonderful refreshing flavour of cucumber tempered with yogurt, red wine vinegar & olive oil. croutons were ok very crispy & moderate cheesy.

prawn pasta iin pink sauce

prawn pasta in spicy tomato sauce

prawn pasta in spicy tomato sauce was very good. very tasty & wonderful tomato taste.

pasta spicy tomato sauce

pasta spicy tomato sauce

i used prawn stock, papa alfredo traditional italian pasta sauce & canned tomatoes, and reduced before tossing.

my gordon ramsay grilled lobster was the best.

i spooned the chilli garlic butter marinade over the lobster & left it in the fridge for 3hrs.

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

gordon ramsay grilled lobster

gordon ramsay grilled lobster

lobster was very good really, meat was bouncy & very tasty, even though it could not compare with live lobsters.

gordon ramsay grilled lobster+prawn pasta in pink sauce

gordon ramsay grilled lobster+prawn pasta in pink sauce

the tangy tomato pasta complemented the lobster perfectly. ^^

australian wagyu ribeye

australian wagyu ribeye

my last course was the wagyu ribeye.

now i use the new method, rubbing the steak liberally with sea salt & pepper & placing in a 60degC oven for 2 hrs. that provided consistent medium rare interior & also did a bit of dry edging.

australian wagyu ribeye

australian wagyu ribeye

after that just 1 min each side on a very hot pan. it was such a flavourful steak.

the evening was one to savour, excellent food & wine & music, spending time together.

c.h.e.f andy

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Good Pasta Lunch @ The Palate on 25Feb2016

bruschetta

bruschetta

bought a groupon in dec2015 expiring 1st week mar2016. arranged with friend to have lunch at the palate on 25.2.2016. ^^

this was the previous spizzico place. i din have post on spizzico so i guess have not been here for 3+years. spizzico was ok, not must have for me. 🙂

bruschetta

S$6 bruschetta 

bruschetta was pretty ok. nice garlic bread with tomato salsa, overall quite nice taste.

bruschetta

S$18 beef carpaccio 

carpaccio colour looked a bit anaemic, this preparation w/o the olive oil balsamic but pretty good with cheese & natural sweetness of beef. ok la..

squidink pasta

S$24 squidink pasta 

squidink was very good!

especially good with more sauce at the bottom. friend said a bit salty but it was ok for me.

squidink pasta

S$24 squidink pasta 

a very tasty pasta, with enuf seafood topping.

seafood pappardelle

S$25 seafood pappardelle 

i asked server for recommendation between seafood pappardelle & the tagliata pasta since we already have a seafood squidink. he seemed more inclined on the seafood pappardelle.

seafood pappardelle

S$25 seafood pappardelle 

& it was real good! better than the squidink even la…for those who like cheese.

seafood pappardelle

S$25 seafood pappardelle 

a really, really nice pasta!

the lunch for 2 came to S$73+service no GST so S$80.30, just about good for my S$80 groupon which i made about S$40nett. so pretty good deal! & the groupon can be used for dinner monday to saturday.

1 for 1 mains weekday lunch

1 for 1 mains weekday lunch

they also have 1 for 1 mains for weekday lunch. not bad also, just take pasta no need appetizers. ^^

c.h.e.f andy

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The Palate

Address:

81 Clemenceau Avenue #01-13 UE Square Shopping Mall Singapore 239918

OPENING HOURS:

Mon – Sun: 11:30 – 16:00

Mon – Sun: 18:00 – 22:00

PHONE:

+65 62352889

1st Jiakfreelicious Community Lunch Dish for Newgate Learning Hub on 27Feb2016

community lunch at newgate learning hub

community lunch at newgate learning hub

i first started doing a community meal breakfast dish for teban gardens CSC on 8.1.2016.

thus far i have done 6, once every week.

community lunch at newgate learning hub

community lunch at newgate learning hub

2 of my close friends have been helping out at newgate learning hub by bathesda community at bedok which provide free saturday lunch for the old folks in the community.

so i arranged to do alternate weeks, a friday at teban gardens breakfast & a saturday at newgate.

community lunch at newgate learning hub

community lunch at newgate learning hub

the weekly lunch, started by another RI friend, was funded and managed by a few volunteers including himself & D, the person in charge. 🙂

quite similar to teban gardens CSC, they already provide bee hoon & noodles, and the RI friend who started, his father does a pulut hitam dish for them almost every week. ^^

so i had just to add a dish.

stir-fried chicken with ginger & spring onions 姜葱鸡

stir-fried chicken with ginger & spring onions 姜葱鸡

to start off for the first time, i decided to do the stir-fried chicken with ginger & spring onions 姜葱鸡. 🙂

stir-fried chicken with ginger & spring onions 姜葱鸡

stir-fried chicken with ginger & spring onions 姜葱鸡

the main difference in logistic is that here they don’t have tables, the folks sit on chairs & they portion & serve the food-

  1. which means i need to make dishes that provide for more than 80 pieces
  2. so for today, i debone 2 chickens, cut & counted to make sure i have more than 80 pieces
  3. i still plan to ask my helper to do some dishes eg the bean sauce pork cubes & the cloud fungus chicken, but it means i have to prepare/cut the chicken & pork myself for her to cook to ensure that there are >80 pieces to be served.
stir-fried chicken with ginger & spring onions 姜葱鸡

stir-fried chicken with ginger & spring onions 姜葱鸡

after i deboned the chicken, i made a tasty stock of chicken bones, carrots & radish (happens to have it in the fridge) in crockpot overnight.

the cut chicken were marinated with 2 tbsp fish sauce, 2 tbsp light soy sauce & mixed with 1 tbsp corn starch for 1 -2 hrs.

i finely julienned 2-3cm of ginger, cut 1/2 large yellow onions, finely cut white part of spring onions, 1 cut chilli padi, and threw in some basil & fried in a tbsp butter + some oil. then added some minced garlic.

having a nice aroma & fragrance, i then added the cut chicken & fried.

then i added 2 cups of the chicken stock, 1tbsp oyster sauce & 1 tbsp corn starch, brought to boil & covered for 10mins (chicken pieces already deboned so cooked for shorter time).

then i removed the chicken pieces & left only the wings & reduced.

i off the fire & added 2/3 of the cut spring onions & mixed.

stir-fried chicken with ginger & spring onions 姜葱鸡

stir-fried chicken with ginger & spring onions 姜葱鸡

then i transferred to the aluminium tray & added the remaining spring onions.

stir-fried chicken with ginger & spring onions 姜葱鸡

stir-fried chicken with ginger & spring onions 姜葱鸡

i tasted. sauce, mildly starchy was very tasty, the chicken were tender & sweet. ^^

beehon mee with chicken

bee hoon mee with chicken

at newgate learning hub, we all helped to serve the bee hoon mee & chicken.

beehon mee with chicken

bee hoon mee with chicken

there were 80 plates & all were taken up.

community lunch at newgate learning hub

community lunch at newgate learning hub

there were more than a dozen volunteers including ourselves.

they had a sermon before the lunch at 1pm, & they have people to sit down with the folks for 15mins before lunch starts to talk & understand more about the folks.

this part is different from teban gardens CSC.

some NTUC canned food to take home

some NTUC canned food to take home

they also collected canned food courtesy of NTUC to give out free to the folks. very good! 4 times a month can mean fair savings for many.

c.h.e.f andy

Real Good Curry Rice @ Hoower Food Court on Haig Road on 17Feb2016

curry rice

curry rice

after i sent my china relatives off (my second nephew & his wife & daughter family of 3pax) at changi airport, i dropped by a primary school classmate’s place near haig road at about 12.45pm.

hoower food court on haig road

hoower food court on haig road

he tried a new curry rice stall at hoower food court at haig road recently, so he took me there for lunch. this only his second time here.

hoower food court on haig road

hoower food court on haig road

the coffeeeshop also served zi char & foo chow fishball noodles.

curry rice stall

curry rice stall

we ordered from the curry rice stall. there was only 1 person before us, basically no queue.

my friend ordered 4 dishes – curry chicken, curry fish, kong bak & fried egg plant.

curry chicken drumstick

curry chicken drumstick

the curry chicken was as good as any curry dish, sweet & tasty.

competent dish certainly.

for my personal preference, i prefer the nonya very lemak type previously at river valley nasi rendang (now closed)

& the nonya curry chicken at sinar pagi nasi padang very good too.

curry fish

curry fish

the curry fish was very good standard.

curry slightly tangy, fish fresh, firm & sweet.

kong bak

kong bak

the kong bak (braised belly pork) was the best, really good texture & flavours.

fried egg plant

fried egg plant

egg plant also very good, very tasty.

curry rice

curry rice

for me among the dishes, kong bak was best followed by curry fish, egg plant & curry chicken. but even the curry chicken was pretty good.

my friend said it was S$10 all-in including the 2 rice.

doesn’t sound possible to me at this price, but anyway i will be very happy to go back & check it out again!

c.h.e.f andy

Good Muah Chee @ 天下小吃 Blk 79A Circuit Road Food Centre on 24Feb2016

muah chee

muah chee

hmmm…very nice muah chee!

again something i hardly take….

天下小吃muah chee

天下小吃muah chee

we had this after the U yong tau foo.

the proprietor said he doesn’t serve tea now as he is OMO (one man operation) too busy to manage.

we were still early so placed our orders & sat down.

there was quite a constant queue, not long but quite constant orders.

white muah chee

S$2.50 white muah chee

white muah chee

S$2.80 black sesame muah chee

the proprietor advised us to order 1 black & white each, no point to order the combo since we were ordering 1 plate each. it was cheaper that way.

at this price, the muah chee was i guess slightly more ex, but it was quite a good helping, and mush chee was nice, especially the peanut & black sesame with brown sugar dusting.

cannot really compare with japanese mochi, warabi mochi etc though.

anyway, quite shiok! i enjoyed it, together with great company of friends.

c.h.e.f andy

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Heavenly Snacks (天下小吃)

Address:

Blk 79A Circuit Road Food Centre Stall 106

Operating Hours:

11.30am to 9.30pm (Tues –Sun), Close on Mon.

Great Yong Tau Foo @ U Hakka Niang Tou Fu Circuit Road Food Centre on 24Feb2016

yong tau foo釀豆腐

yong tau foo釀豆腐

some friends arranged to go for yong tau foo at blk 79 circuit road food centre on 24.2.2016. ^^

i was coming from the west after my weekly jog with a close friend. it was easy to get to circuit road from PIE shortly after exit 11. 🙂

hakka yong tau foo

U hakka yong tau foo

the stall is open 6am-12pm closed monday. we were there about 11.15am no queue.

hakka yong tau foo

U hakka yong tau foo

i had not taken yong tau foo for quite long time, so S$0.60 for fish stuffing & $0.70 for meat seemed expensive to me, but i guess that;s the price these days.

we had 4 bowls costing S$26, so about S$6.50 each.

yong tau foo釀豆腐

yong tau foo釀豆腐

the yong tau foo釀豆腐 was good. stuffing were tasty. i enjoyed it!

the flat mee pok with minced pork very nice with the chilli & sweet sauce. 🙂

yong tau foo釀豆腐

yong tau foo釀豆腐

soup tasty too. a friend went to top up, add more soup.

yong tau foo釀豆腐

yong tau foo釀豆腐

my bowl was a bit lesser than average so maybe S$5.50 or S$6, really quite ok price, especially when it was much better than the usual stuff.

after makan, we walked back to blk 79A where we were parked & took the muah chee. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

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U Hakka Niang Tou Fu

ADDRESS

79 Circuit Road
#01-46 Circuit Road Food Centre
Singapore 370079

OPENING HOURS (CLOSED MONDAYS)

06:00am – 12:00pm

PHONE

+65 97267764

Not So Great Stuff @ Beauty World Food Centre on 23Feb2016

hong wen chinese mutton soup红炆羊肉汤

S$5 hong wen chinese mutton soup红炆羊肉汤

went with daughter to beauty world food centre on 23.2.2016. ^^

actually she wanted to try the top1 home made noodles but the stall was closed.

we already parked the car & did not want to drive to another place so made do with what stalls we could find.

hong wen chinese mutton soup红炆羊肉汤

hong wen chinese mutton soup红炆羊肉汤

i decided on hong wen chinese mutton soup红炆羊肉汤.

chinese mutton soup羊肉汤

S$5 chinese mutton soup羊肉汤

unfortunately it was not good.

nothing like chai chuan tou chinese mutton soup 柴船头羊肉汤 at bukit merah view.

nor any of the 2 mutton soup stalls at whampoa market.

nor the mutton soup at vivocity.

the soup was tasteless except for slight unnatural sweetness of herbs. usually this is balanced by the savoury & robust flavours of the mutton so the soup should be smooth, herbal & very tasty & intense, everything that this was not.

the mutton was soft. there were few for S$5, and basically tasteless even with the chilli.

益康fish soup

益康fish soup

daughter settled for the fish soup. not her favourite, but something she would take & she finished all.

fish soup

S$4 fish soup

i tried the soup. it was sweet.

fish soup

S$4 fish soup

should be competent la…couldn’t be too bad also.

nothing much about the food, but good time & chat with daughter la..

c.h.e.f andy

Good 1-for-1 S$55 Lunch Buffet @ Furama Riverfront on 23Feb2016

maki, prawn, tako, salmon sashimi, pickled ginger

maki, prawn, tako, salmon sashimi, pickled ginger

a friend bought lunch today. we were to meet at the square @ furama on 23.2.2016.

silly me did not find out that it was furama riverfront at havelock road (did not come to mind altogether) & just went to furama at eu tong sen street. & i parked at clarke quay for free parking 12pm to 3pm, and walked to furama. that was rather inconvenient since it was the wrong hotel. so i took a cab to furama riverfront & my friend sent me to clarke quay after lunch. 🙂

the square on level 2 serves buffet. there is 1 for 1 promotion at S$55 for lunch, so quite ok, not too pricey.

we were seated near the window area, very pleasant.

salmon sashimi

salmon sashimi

started with the sashimi station. with the current GBS (Group B Streptococcus) scare, there was a sign stating it was “salt water salmon”.

salmon was very good sweet & fresh. i took very few by my usual standard, just 4 slices.

sashimi

sashimi

had the cooked prawns (good), tako, skipped the shell fish.

smoked salmon & cold cuts

smoked salmon & cold cuts

took a pieces of slami & some smoked salmon.

sushi

sushi

& 2 maki – a reverse roll & a spider maki.

root veg confit, asparagus, amerircan prawn salad, sundried tomatoes, salami, turkey salad

root veg confit, asparagus, amerircan prawn salad, sundried tomatoes, salami, turkey salad

i wasn’t expecting much of the buffet actually. there are usually so so.

but these were quite good. turkey salad best, asparagus was good, the prawn salad was good (nothing unusual but good), sundried tomatoes, and the vegetables confit tasty too. i didn’t quite like the beetroot, had much better beetroots before.

tasty curry chicken noodles (not the real curry chicken noodles)

tasty curry chicken noodles (not the real curry chicken noodles)

i had to try the curry chicken noodles. it was nothing like (no comparison with) the ah heng curry chicken noodles of course. i would say basically 2 quite different dishes. still the curry was very tasty as a curry dish.

main courses

main courses

i was surprised by the main courses too. i almost w/o fail avoid main courses in buffet except for semi-buffet as a single alacarte order. i guess buffet main courses have improved!

i tried nearly every dish.

main courses

main courses

pork rib was good, tasty. roast prime rib was competent. fish au gratin was good, but the steamed fish was overdone (both were the same cheap sutchi fish. i am thinking of doing this for my community meals so tried both). oxtail was competent, the braised sauce & vegetables were good. my friend especially liked the deep-fried belly pork. it was just ok for me. there was a mid-eastern lamb preparation i think, very nice too.

pork collar & ham casserole

pork collar & ham casserole

& the pork collar casserole, surprising quite good. meat looked (& felt when cutting) tough & overdone ut it was actually quite tender.

fish au gratin

fish au gratin

as said earlier, fish au gratin was the better preparation.

cheese platter, dried fruits, nuts

cheese platter, dried fruits, nuts

i took the 3 cheese – a brie, a blue & another cheese, some dried apricots, sultanas & walnut.

dessert - water melon, new york cheese cake, jelly shooter

dessert – water melon, new york cheese cake, jelly shooter

not impressed with dessert. anyway not expecting much.

peanut paste (unedible)

peanut paste (unedible)

the peanut paste was unedible & should not be served. need a hong kong chef.

i quite enjoyed this lunch, chat with friend & trying out different food. one of the few times i actually bordered to try out the main courses, usually just took lots of sashimi…lol..

c.h.e.f andy

Good Hokkien Mee just OK Fishball Noddles @ 六十年代 on 21Feb2016

fishball noodles dry

S$4 fishball noodles dry

went with wife to togoyo at CT Hub kallang avenue on 21.2.2016. bought some gardening & household stuff. ^^

came here with my primary school classmate earlier in the week. 🙂

六十年代fishball noodles

六十年代fishball noodles

this stall 六十年代fishball noodles  i never tried before.

the photo really evokes nostalgia la. ^^

chinatown

chinatown

my friend pointed out the space in front of 大中国 tai chong kok in sago lane.

his dad used to run a stall there selling 烧腊char siew, siew yoke & roast duck. 🙂

六十年代fishball noodles

六十年代fishball noodles

pricing quite ok i guess, more ex than hawker stalls but equal or cheaper than food courts.

fishball noodles dry

S$4 fishball noodles dry

there was 2 fishballs. 1 meatball, minced pork, some fish cake. you add your own la pok (deep-fried lard cubes), spring onions, birdeye chilli etc.

fishball noodles dry

S$4 fishball noodles dry

a friend on facebook commented it looked so good. unfortunately it was ok but not that good. chilli had no kick (better after adding some birdeye chilli), not enuf vinegar i think. noodles was qq, and la pok was flavourful if slightly soft (lau hong).

it was passable la & at S$4 better than many at food courts.

but for good tecochew fishball noodles, i point my friend to jalan tua kong meepok at 6th avenue.

for good mushroom sauce bakchormee to ming fa @ upper thomson

& for a very good bakchormee that also lacking kick in chilli & vinegar but very tasty, ah hoe mee pok.

fried hokkien noodles

S$5 fried hokkien noodles

the S$5 fried hokkien mee was very good, tasty.

fried hokkien noodles

S$5 fried hokkien noodles

i think i am going to try making fried hokkien noodles myself la… 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Good S$5 Prawn Noodles @ Adam Road Noo Cheng on 20Feb2016

S$5 prawn noodles dry

S$5 prawn noodles dry

came by adam road & decided to try the noo cheng big prawn noodles on 20.2.2016. ^^

adam road noo cheng big prawn noodles

adam road noo cheng big prawn noodles

i had not taken from this stall for many many years. some how the impression was that it was so so, so didn’t really want to try it.

adam road noo cheng big prawn noodles

adam road noo cheng big prawn noodles

turned out that it was really not too bad la! 🙂

i recorded on my facebook post as –

It’s actually not bad for $5…though I ordered the bakut but they don’t have only gave me sliced pork…chilli pretty good actually..

soup tasty & intense don’t have why eat har’s smoothness with underlying sweetness…I think why eat har chilli better also…

but this noo cheng far better than I expected

S$5 prawn noodles dry

S$5 prawn noodles dry

they gave 2 medium prawns + 1 small prawns for S$5.

S$5 prawn noodles dry

S$5 prawn noodles dry

i asked for bakut but they gave me sliced pork. i guessed they ran out of bakut…i had the bakut when i tried again the next day & it was good too.

S$5 prawn noodles dry

S$5 prawn noodles dry

overall i think it was quite good leh…maybe comparable with ah hui prawn noodles at balestier food centre.

c.h.e.f andy

OK Lor Mee @ Penang Kitchen Amoy Street Food Centre on 19Feb2016

lor mee

S$3 lor mee

went to shenton way to picj up something on 19.2.2016.

on the way back i dropped by amoy street food centre. have not been there for ages, though i would look around. didn’t see the chinese herbal mutton soup stall, & also the lor mee stall on level 2.

it was past 5pm, and most of the stalls were closed. later a friend told me there was some good zi char stalls here that opened only at 6pm. will come & try that out later.

penang kitchen

penang kitchen

found penang kitchen 槟城小厨at level one.

lor mee

S$3 lor mee

that was what what recorded on my facebook that day –

So-so no better than beo crescent soon heng lor mee

but much better than ghim moh hock lye prawn mee & lor mee

maybe meiling food centre hai tang lor mee the best..but I reaching my limits for lor mee liao

lor mee

S$3 lor mee

basically, this one had good ingredients, not the gluey one at ghim, ok taste especially after adding the garlic chilli, but maybe beo crescent one still tasted better, and so far my best was at meiling street.

lor mee not my favourite for a start, so enuf of trying for me for a while i guess, unless some friends bring me to other good stalls to try.

c.h.e.f andy

Special Italian Dinner for My RI Buddies on 18Feb2016

#1 spanish omelette

#1 spanish omelette

made one of my best dinners for my RI buddies on 18.2.2016. ^^

i had wanted to do the dinner the following week as this week a close friend is traveling in wakayama, but wife is busy. she will be traveling the following weekend so we made it last evening.

it was a small group, just 3 friends. my jogging buddy came with his wife & son. they recommended a carpenter which did some really nice furniture for us. awesome! 🙂

tittot 疏园

tittot 疏园

they also brought a wine & beautiful gift. ^^

i did the spanish omelette very well this time, very tasty & nicely layered inside with potatoes & onions. a simple to do & great appetizer.

the cream of carrots soup was wonderful this evening. i had lots f vegetables (red capsicum, celery, yellow onions, tomatoes) in addition to carrots & also added prawn head/shell stock. there was also brandy & thickened cream.

an excellent, very smooth & tasty soup. several friends had a second helping.

the squid-ink spaghetti was again par excellence!

distinct squid ink flavor, qq al dente pasta, succulent not chewy squid done just right, and nicely creamy with butter added when tossing. one of my best for this evening.

the prawn spaghetti too. i am doing it better these days.

recently i did a great pasta & steak lunch for my friends on 15.12.2015. ^^

a key to make tasty pasta is to ad good stock (chicken or vegetable) & reduced so its more tasty & intense, and of course al dente pasta

#5 roasted vegetables ratatouille

#5 roasted vegetables ratatouille

the roasted vegetables was my first. i had yellow onions, celery, red capsicum, potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini, japanese cucumber, eggplants, sprinkled liberally with sea salt & coarse black pepper & 2 tbsp olive oil, then 250degC oven for 30mins.

#5 roasted vegetables ratatouille

#5 roasted vegetables ratatouille

it was very good. my friend’s wife commented “very sweet”.

my friend’s wife & son don’t take beef, so i had a last minute addition, grilled chicken thighs with thai yellow curry sauce.

this was something i recreated after busaba’s excellent grilled chicken green curry fried rice.

i served this numerous times including for 30+pax lunch for my duaghter’s party last year.

#7 grain fed wagyu MBS4/5

#7 grain-fed wagyu MBS4/5

recently i adapted a new steak preparation after a friend sent me a video.

this preparation involved put the steak ( iused a wagyu ribeye) in a 55/60degC oven for 2 to 3 hrs, then searing in high heat to produce the maillard reaction.

#7 grain fed wagyu MBS4/5

#7 grain-fed wagyu MBS4/5

i must say it consistently produced a very intense flavoured (“pang”) steak. it actually works better with a more marbled steak as the low temperature cooking helped to reduce some fat which flavours the meat & also has the effect of accelerated aging to produce more intense flavours.

#8 cut peaches

#8 cut peaches

the peaches this evening were soft & sweet, very good!

i made a banoffee pie. it was quite good, great combination of bananas with a very thin caramel layer over the biscuit base & freshly whipped cream on top.

this cake though is not my wife’s favourite nor mine either, but we had tiramisu too many times lately so i did this for a change.

eleven madison park - the cook book

eleven madison park – the cook book

a friend, owner of a top architect firm, dropped by for coffee & cake. he brought us a book – “eleven madison park – the cookbook”!

we all had a wonderful evening, nice chit chat & watching oldies on yotube – stylistics, bee gees, 3 degrees & also the recent ones – john legend, ed sheeran, sam smith..

c.h.e.f andy

Stir-fry Chicken with Ginger & Spring Onions – 6th Teban Gardens Community Meal on 19Feb2016

stir-fry chicken with ginger & spring onions

stir-fry chicken with ginger & spring onions

guess i can say this my first stir-fry chicken with ginger & spring onions also. but it’s just a common dish. i just have not cooked it this way before.

anyway cooking is just about making the food taste good (& looks good – generally not always if it looks good, more likely it will taste good).

this my 6th friday breakfast community meal at teban gardens community service centre (CSC).

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.

stir-fry chicken with ginger & spring onions

stir-fry chicken with ginger & spring onions

i cut up 2 chicken. & marinated in 2 tbsp fish sauce & 2 tbsp light soy sauce in the fridge for 1 hr.

i also julienned 2-3cm of ginger, cut 1/2 large yellow onions, 1 cut chilli padi, and threw in some basil & fried in a tbsp butter + some oil.

stir-fry chicken with ginger & spring onions

stir-fry chicken with ginger & spring onions

when fragrant after few minutes, i added the cut chicken & fried.

stir-fry chicken with ginger & spring onions

stir-fry chicken with ginger & spring onions

the i added 1 cup of stock (chicken or vegetable stock), covered & boiled over medium/low fire for 10minutes.

i removed the breast meat & meat pieces w/o bones so they wouldn’t be overcooked, covered & cooked another 10mins.

stir-fry chicken with ginger & spring onions

stir-fry chicken with ginger & spring onions

then i added back the meats & the cut spring onions, and added 1 heap tbsp oyster sauce & 1 heap tbsp corn flour.

& reduced. the sauce should be just enough to coat the chicken pieces & not much more.

c.h.e.f andy

(My First) Ayam Pongteh – 5th Teban Gardens Community Meal on 12Feb2016

ayam pongteh

ayam pongteh

wasn’t sure what to cook for teban gardens community meal today.

this my 5th friday breakfast community meal at teban gardens community service centre (CSC).

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.

ayam pongteh

ayam pongteh

my first 3 were pork dishes.

the last was the very popular red fermented bean curd cloud fungus mushroom chicken prepared by my helper.

so i thought maybe continue some chicken dishes.

also i wasn’t sure if there would be a breakfast today because of the chinese new year period. last evening i whatsapp R the centre executive director & she said they were having lo hei this morning to celebrate CNY.

they would still have bee hoon & porridge so if i do a chicken dish it would be fine.

ayam pongteh

ayam pongteh

i have never done an ayam (chicken) pongteh.

but i did my very first babi pongteh on 21nov2015.

so recipe would be just the same except that i substituted belly pork with cut chicken & also increased the quantity (this serving to 80-100pax).

ayam pongteh

ayam pongteh

so this time i used –

  • one-and-a-half 1.5kg chicken from sheng shiong
  • 10 chopped shallots
  • 4 cloves chopped garlic
  • 3 flat tbsp tau jeon (to taste)
  • 2 tbsp gula malaka (palm sugar)
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce (to taste)
  • 1 packet (10 pieces) taupok each cut to 4 strips
  • 2 x 4″ russet potatoes cut to 12 – 14 pieces

i fried the chopped garlic & shallots in 2 tbsp oil to soften & bring out flavour. then added tau jeon, fried for a while & added palm sugar.

i marinated the cut chicken in 1 tbsp dark soy sauce. then added to pan, fried & coated chicken with the paste. then added 3 cups water, 1tbsp light soy sauce, 1 tbsp dark soy sauce, the added 2 cut potatoes (about 12 pieces), boiled & covered.

i took out the chicken breast after 10mins & off the fire after 20mins.

i took out the sauce & added tau pok (i cut each square tau pok to 4 strips) to the sauce, let it soaked in the sauce & reduced. after tau pok achieved the right texture – soft & tasty but not falling apart, i added all back to the chicken.

ayam pongteh

ayam pongteh

i did this the night before, kept in covered pan in the fridge, & reheat over low fire the next morning.

ayam pongteh

ayam pongteh

obviously it would be better done on the same day.

anyway, the chicken was just excellent! so tasty & tender.

c.h.e.f andy

Very Good Dinner @Holland Village XO Fish Head Bee Hun on 6Feb2016

S$12 XO fish head bee hoon

S$12 XO fish head bee hoon

wife & daughter wanted to have zi char dinner.

daughter had just been to wah chee dover, and wife & i had just been to hong kong street old chun kee 香港街老珍记 at commonwealth crescent.

holland village XO fish head bee hun

holland village XO fish head bee hun

we decided to try holland village XO fish head bee hun (on 6.2.2016). i had takeawy from here about 1 year ago. ^^

holland village XO fish head bee hun

holland village XO fish head bee hun

the coffeeshop was quite crowded at 6.45pm on friday evening.

S$12 XO fish head bee hoon

S$12 XO fish head bee hoon

a medium fish head bee hoon is S$10. to add XO, S$2 more.

it was very good though, very tasty, slightly intense, reminded us of uncle leong’s crab bee hoon (even though it was really no comparison…uncle leong’s was just soooo good!).

S$12 XO fish head bee hoon

S$12 XO fish head bee hoon

taste wise it was a lot better than  hong kong street old chun kee 香港街老珍记. a simple dish yet quite different satisfaction taste wise.

but hong kong street old chun kee 香港街老珍记 gave large pieces of meat even for the S$6 bowl. here it was a lot too but mostly bones.

it was too troublesome & tiring for me. next time i will just order sliced fish.

S$10 fried kai lan

S$10 fried kai lan

the fried kai lan was excellent!

S$10 fried kai lan

S$10 fried kai lan

so fragrant, super wok hae! ^^

S$10 san lo hor fun

S$10 san lo hor fun

san lo hor fun was very good too.

S$10 san lo hor fun

S$10 san lo hor fun

really, these 2 quite basic dishes the satisfaction quite different la.. for these 2 dishes i will come back here & not old chun kee.

Ghim Moh Edge HDB apartments

Ghim Moh Edge HDB apartments

the HDB ghim moh edge apartments looked really nice like private condos – the veiw from where we were sitting at the coffeeshop.

c.h.e.f andy

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Holland Village XO Fish Head Bee Hun

#01-05, Jumbo Coffee Hub,

19A Dover Crescent, 131019

Good Lor Mee @ Soon Heng Lor Mee Beo Crescent Food Centre on 5Feb2016

S$2.50 soon heng lor mee

S$2.50 soon heng lor mee 

after the enjoyable hainanese curry rice, we walked over to beo crescent food centre next door.

my friend bought a S$2.50 lor mee to share, just for me to try out the food. 🙂

soon heng lor mee

soon heng lor mee 

soon heng is a popular stall also.

beo crescent food centre

beo crescent food centre 

it was like 11.30am so the food centre still not very crowded yet. 🙂

S$2.50 soon heng lor mee

S$2.50 soon heng lor mee 

the lor mee presentation was quite good.

ingredients were good especially the crisp bits, and substantial.

the gluey broth was tasty unlike the very so-so lor mee at hock lye at ghim moh food centre. almost too obvious when you compare the photos.

didn’t think it was better than the hai tang lor mee at mei ling centre though.

in fact i think hai tang is probably better but i have to try that again, good excuse to anyway…lol! ^^

c.h.e.f andy

Great Hainanese Curry Rice @ Beo Crescent on 5Feb2016

curry rice

S$4.20 curry rice

met my primary school classmate at beo crescent today on 5.2.2016. ^^

he wanted me to try the hainanese curry rice there, at the coffeeshop next to beo crescent food centre.

my friend is a local there, and today he was visiting his mom in the next block. 🙂

beo crescent curry rice stall

beo crescent curry rice stall 

we were there early at 11am, so there was just 3 ahead of us. nearer lunch hour, the usual queue appeared.

curry rice

S$4.20 curry rice 

we ordered individual plates & the shared the food items. 🙂

S$4.30 curry rice

S$4.30 curry rice

we each had the “bak pao” aka crispy pork chop.. i had the belly pork & cabbage & he had the chicken & egg plant.

total was S$8.50 for 2 plates.

i enjoyed the curry rice thoroughly, very nostalgic…

the crispy pork chop & the sweet curry were the key items. otherwise the belly pork was ok but not special. most kong bak (braised belly pork) at kueh chap stalls would be better & some roast pork stalls also better. chicken, cabbage, egg plant nothing special.

yet overall it was a very enjoyable meal, maybe just nostalgia la…

my friend think this is better than the scissor cut at kitchener road..i am sure it is but i have not tried that for the longest time.

i guess it’s also the great company. i wouldn’t take the trouble to come here for lunch by myself.

c.h.e.f andy

Red Fermented Beancurd Cloud Fungus Mushroom Chicken – 4th Teban Gardens Community Meal on 5Feb2016

red fermented beancurd cloud fungus mushroom chicken

red fermented bean curd cloud fungus mushroom chicken

my helper did a red fermented bean curd cloud fungus mushroom chicken腐乳云耳香菇鸡丁 today on 5.2.2016. ^^

this my 4th friday breakfast community meal at teban gardens community service centre (CSC).

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.

red fermented beancurd cloud fungus mushroom chicken

red fermented bean curd cloud fungus mushroom chicken

this dish was especially popular today. everyone liked it, the residents, the volunteers alike. 🙂

red fermented beancurd cloud fungus mushroom chicken

red fermented bean curd cloud fungus mushroom chicken

my helper used the softer small cloud fungus, not the large thick black fungus.

she fried the soaked fungus & chinese mushrooms with the red fermented bean curd & sliced ginger to bring out the flavours. then added the diced chicken & cooked for 30minutes.

red fermented beancurd cloud fungus mushroom chicken

red fermented beancurd cloud fungus mushroom chicken

then she steamed in the steam oven for another 45mins.

it was a simple dish to do.

there are regular attendees for this teban gardens friday community breakfast, last week there were like 100 people, this week looks a bit lesser, also i had to take leave a bit earlier, but probably it would still be over 80.

great place for the residents & older folks to gather, have a good meal & get in touch a bit.

c.h.e.f andy

14pax Homecooked Dinner for my Primary School Classmates on 22Jan2016

the dishes

the dishes

had a 14pax homecooked dinner for my primary school classmates on 22.1.2016. ^^

as i was saying in another post –

we were not in contact for a long time.

recently another classmate came visiting from the states, so i joined a few of them at din tai fung @ gem after lunch on a saturday as i already had a lunch appointment that day.

one thing led to another & a group came to my place today for a 14pax homecooked dinner. ^^

the dishes

the dishes

weather was not so co-operative.

it was almost like thunderstorm at the time my guests were arriving.

this was the first time these friends came to my place.

a friend brought excellent cookies & pineapple tarts, so we had a good chat & munch on the cookies & spanish omelette before all arrived. 🙂

pumpkin tofu salad

#1 pumpkin tofu salad

i had a pumpkin tofu salad. taste was quite ok but presentation this evening was not so good.

spanish omelette

#2 spanish omelette

spanish omelette were also tasty. texture for 1 was slightly out & not firmed up enough.

teriyaki cod, char siew, miso belly pork

teriyaki cod, char siew, miso belly pork

the char siew was a taste i liked.

char siew

#3 char siew

colour & burnt part looked good too.

char siew

#3 char siew

but perhaps it was not the sweeter honeyed taste that some preferred. anyway it was mostly finished.

miso belly pork

#4 miso belly pork

many in the group didn’t take much belly pork so there was a bit more left.

overall i think i made a bit too much food, especially the pasta & risotto.

teriyaki cod

#5 teriyaki cod

most friends liked the teriyaki cod.

teriyaki cod

#5 teriyaki cod

the taste was good but i felt the cod was NOT the best. it was hard to tell as i bought from the same source, usually giant, sheng shiong or ntuc.

i felt that the cod itself was not so great this evening.

lemon chicken (son's recipe)

#6 lemon chicken (son’s recipe)

son made an excellent lemon chicken on christmas eve home dinner 2014 when he came back for christmas holidays.

so i whatsapped him for the recipe. 🙂

beer can lemon chicken (son's recipe)

#6 beer can lemon chicken (son’s recipe)

& i used the beer can method to give a more rounded roasting w/o using the rotisserie.

lemon chicken (son's recipe)

#6 lemon chicken (son’s recipe)

& it came out beautifully. a friend who used to sell chicken rice, commented she liked the chicken most. ^^

prawn linguine in pink sauce

#7 prawn linguine in pink sauce

the 2 pastas were very good at the time of cooking. very tasty, as good as it looked.

i did them well in advance, thinking of putting them in the oven at 40degC to keep warm.

prawn linguine in pink sauce

#7 prawn linguine in pink sauce

it was a few hours ahead of dinner. i decided to heat them up again.

i felt that the end result was not so good, not the very al dente pasta i liked.

cheese sausage pasta

#8 cheese sausage pasta

same thing with the cheese sausage pasta.

sausage pasta

#8 cheese sausage pasta

another thing was that i cooked just too much pasta.

cheese sausage pasta & prawn linguine in pink sauce

#8 & #9 cheese sausage pasta & prawn linguine in pink sauce

should have trusted my first instinct & not added more pasta.

seafood risotto

#10 seafood risotto

the seafood risotto was also far from my best.

a friend said she liked the risotto most because it had very intense flavours (i used a prawn heads/shell stock moderated with lots of vegetables).

still it was really a very far cry from my best seafood risotto, which should look & taste like this one above!

cut fruits

cut fruits

a friend pre-arranged to bring cut fruits.

excellent almond cookies, peanut cookies & pineapple tarts

excellent almond cookies, peanut cookies & pineapple tarts

another friend really bakes very well (& i suspect cooks very well too).

i really enjoyed his almond & peanut cookies & pineapple tarts.

pineapple tarts

pineapple tarts

the friend who brought the cut fruits also brought pineapple tarts. both were very good but i liked the first version.

the pineapple fillings were less “in the face” (some commented drier) but excellent pastry. i reasoned that i liked that better as it was more differentiated from commercial pineapple tarts & i liked the pastry bits more than the pineapple fillings.

it was a fun evening. think of it we knew each other for 50yrs+ since 1965 (from primary one)…for me it was from primary 2.

for the food, i was actually not so satisfied.

it was quite below my usual standard, and some dishes might not suit some friends. for my cooking philosophy, it is not important what dishes i cook, but it should be dishes that everybody enjoyed.

so in all my dinners, there were hardly leftover food. this evening some of my planning & food amounts were a bit out, but i will adjust in future dinners.

c.h.e.f andy

Nice Chee Cheong Fun @ Teck Hin Congee Ghim Moh Food Centre on 2Feb2016

S$2 chee cheong fun

S$2 chee cheong fun

after my haircut at ghim moh the other day (2.2.2016), i walked over to the temporary ghim moh food centre to try out some of the stalls –

  1. i had the S$2.50 lor mee at hock lye but it was so-so only;
  2. i decided to tapao (buy back) the chwee kueh (famous 57yrs recipe). again below satisfaction la.

i also bought back the chee cheong fun.

luckily this one was pretty good. of the 3, this was the best for me. S$2, nothing much no ingredients just rice & tapioca flour, but the chee cheong fun was soft & smooth & nicely savoury with chilli & sweet sauce, sprinkled with toasted sesame.

nice!

c.h.e.f andy