A Memorable Belated 6-course Birthday Dinner for a Very Good Friend on 2May2016

did a 6-course belated birthday dinner for a very good friend on 2.5.2016. ^^

friend & his wife both have their birthdays in apr, but he is ever so busy. great he could make it today. another common friend couple joined dinner so 6pax. 🙂

6-course birthday dinner

6-course birthday dinner

friend like seafood so i made mostly seafood this evening.

we had-

#1 gordon ramsay garlic chilli butter grilled lobster

#2 crab beehoon soup

#3 HK steamed red garoupa

#4 teochew fried egg onions crayfish

#5 claypot rice

#6 patissier’s double chocolate praline cake

gordon ramsay’s garlic chilli butter marinade was just excellent like last time. 🙂

i used a new bottle of remy martin but was unable to flame this time (not sure why? pan not hot enuf?) so i was worried the lobster might be overcooked (these were the frozen cooked lobster from cold storage).

everyone loved the very tasty lobster. i still felt my piece was slightly tough, but my friends were all ok with theirs. 🙂

today i added some sweet peas, 2 per person. very tasty.

#2 crab beehoon soup

#2 crab beehoon soup

the crab bee hoon soup was just superb this evening. better than what i did last time.

crabs were small today, just 250gx 2 crabs. they were very sweet & done just right not overcooked. i made sure of that la. 🙂

soup was intense & flavourful, crab, lobster, chicken stock with lots of chinese cabbage to balance the taste. thick bee hoon was just right too, not mushy.

still, i think it was no comparison with the very intense & flavourful crab bee hoo soup at uncle leong jurong east.

my OPS friends will be joining me for lunch at uncle leong jurong east this friday.

#3 HK steamed red garoupa

#3 HK steamed red garoupa

i did a HK steamed red garoupa.

as we were having quite many dishes, i did a very small one just 400g, which i bought from chinatown market the day before.

#3 HK steamed red garoupa

#3 HK steamed red garoupa

the HK steam method is so simple to do yet so tasty. you can feel the fragrance of the light soy sauce.

i did HK steamed red garoupa at a demo for teban gardens after the community meal on 29.4.2016.

#4 teochew egg & onion crayfish

#4 teochew egg & onion crayfish

the next seafood dish i did was a teochew-styled egg & yellow onion crayfish dish.

i softened the onions & added egg, fried separately then set aside.

then i fried the halved crayfish in butter in a very hot pan & added some oyster sauce . i then added some fish sauce. you could feel the aroma! 🙂

then i added back the egg onions & fried together.

#4 teochew egg & onion crayfish

#4 teochew egg & onion crayfish

friends liked the dish. my friend’s wife said meat was tender.

(crayfish meat is not as tender, springy, refine as lobster or prawns. & lobster & crayfish are quite easily overcooked).

#4 teochew egg & onion crayfish

#4 teochew egg & onion crayfish

the egg & onions were especially tasty as they absorbed the flavours of the crustaceans & also the wok hae.

#5 claypot rice

#5 claypot rice

i did my claypot rice.

its a very flavourful dish. you can feel the aroma around the room & when you lift the lid.

today it was not the best like what i did recently on 20.4.2016, so i would not claim it was better than new lucky….

still i still it was a very good claypot rice. certainly my chicken was very tender & flavourable much better than most claypot rice outside, even for the not best version i did today.

#6 patissier's double chocoline praline

#6 patissier’s double chocolate praline

this is the first time i took patissier’s cake in a long, long while.

it’s a very expensive cake, and the 500g cake cost almost the same like a 1kg cake at cedele.

#6 patissier's double chocoline praline

#6 patissier’s double chocolate praline

but it was very good.

i enjoyed it. my friend said he had not taken cake for the last 10+ years & only taking this because i bought for him. ^^

i don’t meet this friend often. he is always busy. i enjoyed the dinner preparation & we had a really good time this evening. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Wife Made the Best Shakshuka on 2May2016

wife's shakshuka

wife’s shakshuka

wife made the best shakshuka for breakfast this morning on 2.5.2016. ^^

really excellent, i think i like shakshuka now. 🙂

wife's shakshuka

wife’s shakshuka

shakshuka is a jewish libyan dish of poached eggs, with tomatoes, peppers, onions, & spiced with cumin. 🙂

wife made it really well with yellow & red cherry tomatoes, yellow peppers, egg, onions & cumin.

wife's shakshuka

wife’s shakshuka

it was a lovely dish.

wife made it once previously & son does a good shakshuka too.

i am actually the one in the house who is not excited with all day breakfast & egg benedict kind of dishes. but this dish i really like.

and i like it more than the breakfast we had at sunday restaurant in london we visited recently.

shakshuka, chorizo, pama ham rockets, baguette

shakshuka, chorizo, parma ham rockets, baguette

wife also prepared fried chorizo & parma ham rockets salad.

& i went to cold storage to get some baguette from cedele for her. 🙂

shakshuka, chorizo, pama ham rockets, baguette

shakshuka, chorizo, parma ham rockets, baguette

chorizo was wonderful.

pama ham rockets

parma ham rockets

parma ham rockets are quite the usual. still it was very good!

chorizo, pama ham rockets

chorizo, parma ham rockets

it was a very enjoyable breakfast. i was planning to skip the breakfast as i was busy with cooking for my friend’s birthday & collecting his birthday cake from patissier.

but just as well i joined breakfast. it was one of the best i had. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy