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

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  1. Pingback: Much Below Par Crab Beehoon Soup @ Uncle Leong Jurong East on 6May2016 | c.h.e.f

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