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. 🙂
friend like seafood so i made mostly seafood this evening.
#3 HK steamed red garoupa
#4 teochew fried egg onions crayfish
#5 claypot rice
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.
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.
my OPS friends will be joining me for lunch at uncle leong jurong east this friday.
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.
the HK steam method is so simple to do yet so tasty. you can feel the fragrance of the light soy sauce.
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.
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).
the egg & onions were especially tasty as they absorbed the flavours of the crustaceans & also the wok hae.
i did my claypot rice.
its a very flavourful dish. you can feel the aroma around the room & when you lift the lid.
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.
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.
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. 🙂