3pax Club Lunch @ SICC Bukit Cafe on 30Jun2016

ngoh hiang

ngoh hiang

i arranged a 3pax lunch with my OPS buddies today.

the club has a levy system so u need to spend $100 every quarter on F&B otherwise kena charged S$100.

i checked the other day & i was underspending by S$89 & june was running out.

so went with my sis & bil to silk at sicc island location on 26.6.2016.

we had a really nice dinner for S$57nett.

that left me with S$32 to spend by the end of today!

char kuay teow

char kuay teow

1 friend ordered char kuay teow. it was good as usual, though i thought the portion has shrunk!

hokkien noodles

hokkien noodles

another friend ordered hokkien mee. i tried that too, and it was nice!

rojak

rojak

i was trying to limit my carbs intake. anyway had a rojak & ngoh hiang to share. they were both good as usual.

rojak is better than most.

ngoh hiang is ok but not really as fresh & appealing as what i had at kim san leng bishan.

c.h.e.f andy

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Helper Made Nice Home Dinner on 27Jun2016

homecook dishes

homecook dishes 

my filipino helper made some simple homecooked dishes this evening on 27.6.2016.

really delicious! ^^

my helper cooks for the family most times when we are eating at home, and i am not experimenting some dishes.

chilli prawns

chilli prawns 

the chilli prawns were excellent!

medium prawns from chinatown very fresh.

i think she used a thai sing ikan bilis chilli sauce. very easy, quick & really shiok!

chilli long beans & fried tofu

chilli long beans & fried tofu 

& the chilli tofu & fried bean curd were really “them” nice la…

so tasty. i think she used another thai sing chilli sauce…i usually find out only if i want to cook the dish la…

chilli ocra

chilli ocra 

& her chilli ocra very nice too. she did not use my gimson nonya sauce so it was a different taste, but no less nice….

we also had a soup & steamed fish.

nice home dinner.

c.h.e.f andy

Great Chirashi Don Set @ Sun with Moon Wheelock on 27Jun2016

chirashi don

chirashi don set – S$33.80

went to sun with moon at wheelock with god-sis on 27.6.2016. ^^

had been a while since i come here.

my last blog post on sun with moon was in june 2014!

chirashi don

chirashi don set – S$33.80

i ordered the chirashi don set.

it came with 14 pieces sashimi including chutoro, kajiki, hotate, hamachi, salmon, salmon belly, unagi, tamago etc. i think it is a really good chirashi.

the don (rice) itself was ok too.

pork nabe

pork nabe

the set came with a side dish.

i picked the pork nabe. next time i might try the grilled salmon belly.

& a free drink. i took coffee.

tempura set

tempura set – S$22.80

mei mei ordered a tempura set.

quite good quality tempura with 3 ebi (prawns), fish & veg, and a selection of 3 dishes.

mei mei picked a pickle (bonito, spinach etc), adegashi tofu & a black sesame panna cotta.

i renewed my card, no charges. so i got 10% discounts & also points. after discounts, the lunch cost S$60. pretty good for the standard of food here.

c.h.e.f andy

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Sun with Moon (Wheelock)

Address:

501 Orchard Road, #03-15 Wheelock Place, Wheelock Place, 238880

Excellent 3pax Dinner @ Silk Restaurant SICC Island location on 26Jun2016

peking duck

peking duck – S$26

went with sis & bil to silk restaurant at sicc island location on 26.6.2016. ^^

this the first time i come to silk here at level 3 of the clubhouse. long long time ago, maybe >10yrs i had been to silk or whatever name the chinese restaurant was then, at the annex building.

silk @ SICC Island location

silk @ SICC Island location

it’s quite a beautiful place, great ambience.

& surprisingly the service was pretty good. surprising becos just below at level 1 the lookout/the eagle the service sucks! the servers look past you there & you can wait 10-20mins for menu & service.

peking duck

peking duck – S$26

we ordered 1/2 peking duck, S$26 & 2 eats.

i don’t take peking duck often – hardly is the word! this peking duck was pretty good la…totally competent. we all quite liked it.

shredded duck meat with sun meen crispy noodles

shredded duck meat with sun meen crispy noodles

& the price is for 2 eats, which means you get an accompanying dish free, like noodles, fried rice or cabbage wraps with the shredded dick meat.

we took the san meen crispy noodles 生面.

shredded duck meat with sun meen crispy noodles

shredded duck meat with sun meen crispy noodles

& the noodles were good.

these noodle hor fun dishes were like S$16 on the menu, so this was a good combo dish to order – peking duck + noodle dish free! ^^

shredded duck meat with sun meen crispy noodles

shredded duck meat with sun meen crispy noodles

i quite enjoyed this noodles. 🙂

frog legs in chinese rice wine

frog legs in chinese rice wine – S$16

we ordred 2 other dishes.

frog legs in chinese rice wine

frog legs in chinese rice wine – S$16

the froglegs with chinese rice wine was very good, very tasty & fresh.

i was guessing it would be like 2 frogs. somehow the quantity felt like more.

garoupa fillet

garoupa fillet – S$16

we ordered a fried garoupa fillet with sweet beans, lily bulbs, cloud fungus etc.

garoupa fillet

garoupa fillet – S$16

it was a well done dish, very competent.

garoupa fillet

garoupa fillet – S$16

& good thick pieces of fillet meat.

bill S$57nett

bill S$57nett

the best thing was the price. the whole dinner, 4 dishes for 3pax came to just S$57nett! that’s after an ongoing 15% discounts for ala carte orders. & of course no service charge. 🙂

just compare this with our recent dinner at whampoa keng fish head steamboat – S$68 for just 2 dishes. how ridiculous was that??? sigh!

we are planning to go back there this sunday for 6pax family lunch.

c.h.e.f andy

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Silk

Address:

180 Island Club Road, SICC Island location level 3

Singapore 578774

Contact:

6431 8426

Operating Hours:

Weekdays (Lunch) 11:30am – 2:30pm
Weekends & Public Holidays 11:00am – 2:30pm
Dinner 6:00pm – 10:00pm daily

Claypot Rice + Crabby 12pax Homecooked Dinner for my OPS Buddies on 23Jun2016

7 dishes + steamed soon hock later

7 dishes + steamed soon hock later

my OPS primary school buddies came over for a 12pax homecooked dinner on 23.6.2016. ^^

i did 8 dishes + dessert.

7 dishes + steamed soon hock later

7 dishes + steamed soon hock later

dinner menu

#1 claypot rice
#2 claypot tanhoon prawns
#3 crab beehoon
#4 chilli crab
#5 fine braised pork ribs
#6 steamed soon hock
#7 白米粉
#8 ocra in nonya sauce
#9 choc banana cake (dessert) 

i make an awesome claypot rice.

most recently-

i usually cook about 2.5cups for claypot rice, obviously not enough for 9pax lunch or 12pax dinner.

hence added 3 other dishes with carbs – claypot tanhoon, crab beehoon & white beehoon (WBH)白米粉.

for this evening i cooked 3 cups rice. still a delicious, excellent dish everybody liked, but not quite as wonderful as the previous 2.

the claypot tanhoon was superb la! ^^

very nice peppery taste with coriander flavouring & whole garlic. plus i added quite a bit of thinly sliced belly pork, all i fried till fragrant before adding stock.

i used a fried prawn heads & shells stock & added a very intense chicken stock (from 2 chickens + carrots). & i only added the tanhoon & topped with cooked prawns when the guests were here & ready to serve.

this the second time i cooked this dish. first time was some days ago just to test out the dish.

will post a recipe later! ^^

i fried the prawns with shells in butter first.

prawns were quite good, but next time i will cut out this step & just precook the prawns in the claypot stock first la…

its really a wonderful dish & quite easy to make.

the tanhoon were so infused with the pepper, stock flavours, very tasty la…

i was doing the final cooking for several dishes only when all arived & ready to serve, so forgot the garnishing.

just throwing a few coriander stalk will make the dishes even more appealing la.

the crab beehoon was my very first attempt.

it was really excellent, very intense & flavourful.

i had a stock base of chinese cabbage to balance the shellfish taste, then added the same prawn stock as the tanhoon prawns plus a lot more intense chicken stock. it was a big dish with quite a bit of beehoon so needed quite a lot of stock.

several friends liked it better than the white beehoon because it was more intense. for myself i like both.

i bought 4x500g crabs at chinatown market @ S$30/kg for the 2 crab dishes this evening.

i did not want to get the larger crabs (there was only 1 other option as the only larger crabs the women had were like 600-700g crabs) as it is easier to manage smaller crabs (cracking the pincers etc) & i thought 2x500g crabs were ok for 1 dish.

same thing like tanhoon prawns, i precook the crabs.

then when all guests arrived, just added beehoon into stock & braised (infused) & added the crab last.

beehoon was super & crab was ok.

the chilli crab i did 1 hr+ beforehand. couldn’t manage so many dishes even though just the final cooking when all arrived.

i knew my chilli crab sauce was good, tasty. but as some friends mentioned the crab meat seemed to have like “disappeared” 散去a bit.

so this dish not quite satisfactory to me….need to improve.

i think i will try to get 800g crabs next time, and only cook when guest arrived.

it may seem like there is no difference why not just cook when guest arrived anyway.

but in fact, there will always be errors in preparation, and when a dish is done in ample time, there is time & focus to rectify, adjust the taste. whereas if everyone is waiting for dinner, it is rushed & unless everything turns out perfectly, there is unnecessary stress & we will forget things in a rush. my cooking philosophy is the whole process must be a very relax, fun, enjoyable one so i plan the dishes & preparation in a way that there will not be last minute rush & stresses.

chilli crab & ocra in nonya sauce

chilli crab & ocra in nonya sauce 

i had an ocra dish with nonya sauce. easy to do, can be done a bit beforehand & real easy stuff.

the fine braised pork ribs deserved a special mention here. 🙂

i had the motivation to reproduce a really tasty & tender pork rib dish after tasting my friend’s dish at the OPS potluck dinner on 21.5.2016.

even though the above 2 photos did not look as nice as the ones i had in the recipe post, in fact the pork ribs were super tasty & tender.

i am very happy with this dish! ^^

for purpose of photography, it would be better to serve on a dish with bits of simmering sauce like the photo in the recipe posts. haha! 🙂

steamed soon hock

steamed soon hock

i was deciding on hk steamed song fish head or 金香鱼头.

the latter requires deep-fry which i avoid if i can. & song fish head is fishy not for everyone.

steamed soon hock

steamed soon hock

happens that when u bought crabs the day before, i also bought a soon hock.

so i did a hk steamed soon hock, 11 mins for about 700g fish, about S$10.

steamed soon hock

steamed soon hock

very very nice fish, meat so so tender 幼 but firm like red garoupa not mushy like seabass.

by comparison, it’s finer more幼 than red garoupa and same sweet fish.

white bee hoon 白米粉

white bee hoon 白米粉

this the second time i made white bee hoon 白米粉.

i decided it was not worthwhile making 三楼米粉. for me both are essentially the same dish same preparation.

but for 三楼米粉you need to crisp the beehoon. so it took really quite long & more precise, to me quite unnecessary effort to produce almost similar results (but got crispy beehoon outside).

& also to have it flat & crispy it is difficult for the big quantity i had. i would have to fry 2 times or serve a small dish (1/2 the size).

white bee hoon 白米粉

white bee hoon 白米粉

So, white bee hoon 白米粉 it was!

white bee hoon 白米粉

white bee hoon 白米粉

& a very good one at it. 🙂

very tasty. it did not have the shellfish flavours like the crab beehoon as i only used chinese cabbage base + chicken stock, but it was very tasty.

to me as good as tampines 844.

wiped clean

wiped clean

all the food were wiped clean! 🙂

red dragon fruit

red dragon fruit

a friend brought red dragon fruit.

very sweet & good texture.

lychees

lychees

another friend brought lychees the small seeded 糯米荔枝, very nice.

& a friend brought a big bag of very sweet mangoes for me. not ripe yet so we did not take this evening.

ah seng durians

ah seng durians

i bought 13.6kg MSW 猫山王 musang king durians from ah seng.

ah seng durians 13.6kg

ah seng durians 13.6kg

durians were really wonderful.

ah seng durians 13.6kg

ah seng durians 13.6kg

why buy in malaysia at RMB50/kg when you get like almost guaranteed good MSW from ah seng?

ah seng durians 13.6kg

ah seng durians 13.6kg

my friends only opened 5 boxes. so i kept 1 box & got 2 others to bring 1 box each back.

ah seng durians 13.6kg

ah seng durians 13.6kg

i really enjoyed these ah seng MSW durians.

a most fun evening with good friends from primary school going 50/51yrs!

c.h.e.f andy

Good But Very Ex Fish Head Steamboat @ Whampoa Keng on 22Jun2016

red garoupa fish head steamboat - S$50

red garoupa fish head steamboat – S$50 

went with my sis & bil to whampoa keng for fish head steamboat on 22.6.2016.

it’s really expensive here.

the red garoupa steamboat for 1-2pax is S$40 & for 2-3pax is S$50!

we took the S$50.

luckily the steamboat was good. the red garoupa were thick cut fish fillet. i think we each have about 4 maybe 5 big pieces. the soup was very good – tasty, intense…even the refill soup was good.

and of course there were veg, seaweed, yam, ti poh etc.

whampoa keng

whampoa keng 

the other room was closed, so now the space quite small & restuarant was crowded.

we were quite early around 6pm & we got seated immediately as we agreed to share table.

stirfried hk kailan - S$9

stirfried hk kailan – S$9 

the stir-fried kailan 清炒芥兰was very good.

dinner was S$68 for just 2 dishes for 3pax. for me that was far too ex.

i guess i rather pay S$50 for a really good fish head steamboat than S$25 or S$30 for mediocre or worse, still it was not quite matching my price expectations.

at this price point i would come very rarely if at all.

c.h.e.f andy

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Great Lunch @ Ye Shanghai Bukit Merah View on 24Jun2016

ye shanghai teochew muay

ye shanghai teochew muay 

had a great lunch with my sis & bil at ye shanghai on 24.6.2016. ^^

i was just back from my teban gardens friday community breakfast.

sis wanted to go lunch so we decided to go earlier. car park adjacent with ye shanghai is always full, but turnover was quick, i managed to park w/o waiting at about 11.30am.

chilled mullet 冻乌鱼

chilled mullet 冻乌鱼 – S$8

sis ordered 8 dishes.

the chilled mullet 冻乌鱼 – S$8 was good if no better than my own chilled mullet 冻乌鱼.

pek tor - rabbit fish

pek tor – rabbit fish 

the pek tor – rabbit fish were just S$1 each, really worth eating.

big intestines

big intestines 

we had the big intestines.

it was very good, no smell at all, looked really unhealthy better not order next time la…

5 vegetables

5 vegetables 

my sis ordered 5 vegetables.

must say all were nice. i especially like the eggplant (which i do very well myself). all the others were very nice too – ocra, bittergourd, brocoli cauliflower etc…

we had 8 dishes for S$24. very good lunch! 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

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Ye Shanghai Teochew Porridge (夜上海潮洲粥)

Address

#01-217, Boyang Coffee Shop, Blk 117 Bukit Merah View, 151116

Operating hours:
10.30am to 5am (Closed Tue)

 

Wok-fried Lean Pork + Long Beans in Nonya Sauce – 14th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 24Jun2016

wok fried lean pork+long beans in nonya sauce

wok fried lean pork+long beans in nonya sauce 

i did a wok fried lean pork+long beans in nonya sauce for teban gardens community service centre on 24.6.2016.

teban gardens friday community breakfast

teban gardens friday community breakfast 

this my 14th friday breakfast community meal at teban gardens community service centre.

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.

teban gardens friday community breakfast

teban gardens friday community breakfast 

doing 1 dish for 80-100pax is actually quite simple stuff with some planning.

i did a series for chicken & pork dishes & a few weeks of fish fillet.

one key consideration is that it should be boneless (so i do not cook pork ribs or whole fish with bones but only fish fillet) & also not so spicy.

for chicken dishes i deboned the chicken & because i need about 3 chickens (about 26 – 30 cut pieces for 1 chicken), it take 1 hr to debone the 3 chickens.

pork is easier. at first i used mostly belly pork. then i used pork collar which are less fat. this time i used lean pork.

for belly pork & pork collar i used the double cooked pork method 回锅肉,so the pork belly or collar were already tender & flavorful (5hrs in 90degC oven) before i fried them. for lean pork that is not needed.

 

long beans in nonya sauce

long beans in nonya sauce 

long beans in nonya sauce was easy to prepare. about 1 kg of long beans.

wok fried lean pork

wok fried lean pork 

for the lean pork, i tried to cut it thin. also about 1 kg of lean pork.

wok fried lean pork

wok fried lean pork 

& just fried with some oyster sauce & fish sauce.

wok fried lean pork

wok fried lean pork 

& added just a teaspoon of mala chilli at the end.

& put the 2 together in 1 aluminium container (top photo).

c.h.e.f andy

Always Satisfying Weiyi Laksa 唯一辣沙 on 22Jun2016

weiyi laksa 唯一辣沙 - S$5

weiyi laksa 唯一辣沙 – S$5

went to sheng shiong commonwealth to get something for a 12pax dinner the next day.

weiyi laksa 唯一辣沙 had only a short queue so i queued up about 15mins for a S$5 bowl of laksa & bought one back for my helper on 22.6.2016.

i ate here many times, the last i posted was on 25.8.2015…

weiyi laksa 唯一辣沙 - S$5

weiyi laksa 唯一辣沙 – S$5

they have many different options/combinations of chicken, prawn, cockles, fried taupok, & different size $3, $5, $8.

my choice is always No.6 (chicken, cockles, taupok) & S$5, and thick bee hoon mee.

it was really an enjoyable, satisfying bowl of noodles, sweet chicken strips, very good soup gravy & taupok softened & soaked with gravy, cockles.

c.h.e.f andy

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Weiyi Laksa 唯一辣沙 @ Tanglin Halt Food Centre

Address

#01-20,Tanglin Halt Food Centre, 48Tanglin Halt Road, 142048

Contact

+65 97821012

Opening Hours

5.30am – 2.00pm

(Closed on Mon & Fri)

 

Great 7pax Lunch @ Yi Jia South Village Seafood on 21Jun2016

crab beehoon - S$59

crab beehoon – S$59

had a great 7pax lunch at yi jia seafood at macpherson road on 21.6.2016. ^^

we had 7pax, doing a birth month lunch ie belated birthday lunch for a good friend. 🙂

first time i come to yi jia.

i had been to (1) swa garden (2) ming kee both restaurants next door & they were pretty good.

crab beehoon - S$59

crab beehoon – S$59

yi jia has a promotion. 2 crabs for S$50. we decided to have crab bee hoon. they charged another S$9 for bee hoon so total S$59.

i asked the price of crabs. they said S$55/kg, pretty good also.

anyway the 2 crabs turned out to be pretty big, maybe 700g each, so promotion price ok la…

beehoon was well infused with flavors very “yup mei” 入味!^^

subsequent to this i made a very nice crab beehoon for a 12pax OPS primary school gathering, i think equally tasty & flavorful (my very first attempt on crab beehoon)! ^^

assam fish head - S$24?

assam fish head – S$24?

assam fish head was fresh & assam taste always attractive, the slight sweet tangy taste.

assam fish head - S$24?

assam fish head – S$24?

fish head was small though.

& for me the thai style fish head at forture always better.

pig trotters - S$28

pig trotters – S$28

the pig trotter was a huge helping.

gelatinous parts were very nice, tasty, and i ate too much this unhealthy stuff.

some parts of the skin was a little dried up.

pig trotters - S$28

pig trotters – S$28

meat was a bit overcooked, so just a bit sinewy not so good bite.

one friend quite liked the meat but thought the sauce was gluey. i was ok neutral on the sauce.

anyway it was much better standard than the one i had at curry wok.

fried tua tau

fried tua tau

the tua tau was nice. everyone liked it.

a bit sandy, so not washed & drained properly.

fried tua tau

fried tua tau

it was a nice dish. nothing much in the preparation, just minced garlic oil & steamed, but most importantly tasted good la! 🙂

fried tua tau

fried hk kai lan

stir-fried hong kong kai lan very good, nice wok hae.

lunch was S$181 for 7pax, so price quite ok too…

c.h.e.f andy

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Yi Jia South Village Seafood Restaurant

Address:
550 Macpherson Road Singapore 368229

Contact:
67478263

Opening hours:
Daily: 11:00AM to 2:30PM
4:30PM to 11:00PM

Decent & Inexpensive Dinner @ Hup Choon Seafood on 20Jun2016

zi char dishes at hup choon binjai park

zi char dishes at hup choon binjai park

was here at hup choon just few weeks back on 2.6.2016 with some wife’s friends after a pleasant forest walk.

food was pretty good.

so this time after our 12pax durian party, 9 of us decided to come here for dinner.

zi char dishes at hup choon binjai park

zi char dishes at hup choon binjai park

we ordered 8 dishes for 9pax.

dinner came to S$132.5, like S$15pax nett, inexpensive & pretty decent food.

fish head curry S$25

fish head curry S$25

fish head curry one size at S$25.

other dishes we ordered medium, mostly like S$13 to $16 price rabge.

fish head curry S$25

fish head curry S$25

fish head was the best dish.

nice curry, fresh fish, not better than but certainly as good as any.

for me, i still like forture’s thai style fish head curry best! that one is memorable. this one is very competent!

kou rou 扣肉 S$15

kou rou 扣肉 S$15

the kou rou 梅菜扣肉 S$15  was pretty good, competent i guess.

kou rou 扣肉 S$15

kou rou 扣肉 S$15

belly pork texture was ok (still not tender enough), taste quite good.

but honestly, my own 梅菜扣肉 is better by miles!

har jeon gai - prawn paste chicken

har jeon gai – prawn paste chicken

har jeon gai – prawn paste chicken here is one of the better ones. as i said last time, better than most fried chicken wings.

lala

lala

lala dish?

not sure if i should say this was passable?

for me the la la was ok but the sauce was poor, but actually one friend specifically said the sauce was nice like chilli crab. so i guess it is down to individual taste.

lala

lala

for my own taste preference, this NOT a dish i would order la…sauce sweet gluey odd actually!

again my own la la is miles better la!

orh jian - oyster egg

orh jian – oyster egg

orh jian – oyster egg was a dish i thought was quite good here, quite “pang”!

orh jian - oyster egg

orh jian – oyster egg

oyster good too…

salted fish tau gay

salted fish tau gay

& the salted fish tau gay also very good!

salted fish tau gay

salted fish tau gay

one of the dishes i would order here again..

cuttlefish kang kong

cuttlefish kang kong

cuttlefish kang kong was quite bad…

cuttlefish kang kong

cuttlefish kang kong

quite strange really..

i commented the last time that it was good here precisely becos it did not tatse like that.

this sauce was exactly NOT the sauce to have la!

looked at the previous photo…it could be simply a case of adding too much the reddish sweet sauce overpowering the the milder chilli & sweet sauce taste!

seafood pot一品锅

seafood tofu

seafood pot一品锅

seafood tofu

the seafood tofu had good, fresh ingredients.

so did not stand out but then as the price is quite inexpensive so a rather good dish to order.

wiped clean

wiped clean

anyway we wiped clean the food la…

i think a pretty ok dinner place.

c.h.e.f andy

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Hup Choon Eating House

Address

794 Upper Bukit Timah Road, 678133

Cuisine

Asian, Chinese, Local,Singaporean, Zi Char

Phone

+65 64684081

12pax Durian Party at a Friend’s Place on 20Jun2016

12pax durian party

12pax durian party

friends gathered at my place for a 9pax claypot rice + crabby lunch recently on 7.6.2016. ^^

after lunch, we decided to organise a durian party on 20.6.2016.

a friend went to check on ah seng but ghim moh market was closed for cleaning on 20 & 21.6.2016.

to hedge, we decided to book 6kg 猫山王MSW & collect on 19.6.2016. i collected 6.4kg.

the friend went to sin kian choon in tiong bahru on 20.6.2016 morning & queued to get the durians. she bought 6.8kg 猫山王MSW & 3.5kg 竹脚. so we had 16.7kg in all for 12pax.

12pax durian party

12pax durian party

singaporeans lagi rich!

猫山王MSW is sooooo expensive! & ah seng is booked out everyday for both 1.30pm & 5.30pm deliveries.

when i was collecting at seng i asked for 1 more MSW  than what i ordered but they didn’t have any to spare la..& collection is a queue, since after opening & weighing durians, another guy need to vacuum pack the durians.

猫山王MSW & 竹脚

猫山王MSW & 竹脚

ah seng 猫山王MSW

ah seng 猫山王MSW

ah seng is so successful they invested in the vacuum machine for several years now. it is good as basically no smell in the car or fridge (even left overnight in our case). & the overnight durians were just as good.

ah seng 猫山王MSW

ah seng 猫山王MSW

i tried buying from the clementi mall shop.

last year my experience was good, but this year it was hit & go, mostly ok but not great. if you are paying S$15/kg & almost S$30 for 1 durian, mostly ok not quite good enough leh…

so far experience with ah seng consistently good, some durians are better than others, some times are better than others but the bottomline is, always good.

sin kian choon tiong bahru 猫山王MSW

sin kian choon tiong bahru 猫山王MSW

quite a few of my friends buy at sin kian seng in tiong bahru.

one of my OPS friends there like everyday!

sin kian choon tiong bahru 竹脚

sin kian choon tiong bahru 竹脚

today the 竹脚 my friend got at S$12/kg was very good, very nice bitter taste, and actually it was very creamy too, but then when you take MSW, MSW still creamier. 🙂

mangosteen

mangosteen

another friend brought a box of mangosteen. good mangosteens from thailand. 🙂

coconuts

coconuts

the host prepared some coconuts, sweet young coconuts though 1 friend had one that was a bit old. 🙂

how to describe MSW. basically very shiok la! no wonder people willing to fork out so much.

after durian party 9 of us decided to go hup choon at binjai park nearby for dinner.

c.h.e.f andy

Just Another Homecooked Dinner on 19Jun2016

just another homecooked makan

just another homecooked makan 

it’s father’s day on 19.6.2016.

wife & youngest daughter away. eldest daughter bought me a really nice T. she asked if i wanted to go dinner. it’s our practice not to go on the actual day, almost guaranteed poor food poor service pay a lot la!

i told her might as well go when the others are back. so daughter had her own program.

sis & bil were away in chiang mai, chiang rai for 4 days break. got message that they were back last evening. anyway all 3 of us got nothing on, so might as well they come my place for dinner.

i bought song fish head松鱼头 & mullet乌鱼  from sheng shiong day before, so just grabbed what i had in the fridge la.

just another homecooked makan

just another homecooked makan 

we had 4 dishes, 2 fishes + the 2 veg.

hk steamed song fish head港蒸松鱼头

hk steamed song fish head港蒸松鱼头 

i did the standard hk steamed song fish head港蒸松鱼头 – ginger, chilli padi, spring onions; & light soy sauce, olive oil mirin. then 13 mins in steam oven, voila!

very nice, we just love this fish head. of course the spicy black bean sauce is better. i will have to experiment that in due course, currently only sure of hk steam港蒸 la…

teochew chilled mullet冻乌鱼

teochew chilled mullet冻乌鱼 

teochew chilled mullet冻乌鱼 like easy to prepare. no effort really. steamed 11mins, cooled down, put in fridge for 1 hr.

mullet was wonderful especially with tau jeon…

stir-fried kang kong

stir-fried kang kong

stir-fried romaine lettuce

stir-fried romaine lettuce 

stir-fried veg the usual also.

very fresh tasty veg, got wok hae, may not be good like a good zi char but competent enough la.

a good fun if quiet way to pass father’s day also… 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

 

Chap Chai – Simple can be So Good!

a simple dish of chap chai can be so good!

i made this 3 times recently-

  1. homecooked 12pax dinner for friends on 9.5.2016
  2. RI FGS (For Goodness Sake) Charity Dinner on 20.5.2016 &
  3. most recently, my 7th community lunch dish for bathesda community’s newgate learning lab (bread of life). ^^

it was really so easy to make & so nice to savour! 🙂

i fried chopped garlic & 1 cut chilli padi in 2tbsp oil then added cut cabbage & long beans.

fried for a while then added fish sauce & oyster sauce, just turning over the pieces at the bottom of the wok. about 5 mins.

then i added 3 cups (720ml) of chicken stock, and added cut taupok slices, brought to boil, turned to medium fire & covered for about 20mins for veg & taupok to soften & to reduce the stock.

then added tan hoon, tossed & off the fire.

it’s that easy!

i did chap chai for the 1st RI FGS (For Goodness Sake) Charity Dinner on 20.5.2016 as well. a very popular dish. ^^

likewise  for a recent homecooked 12pax dinner for friends on 9.5.2016.

a very enjoyable lunch. chap chai was very good. cabbage sweetness + taupok yellow bean sweetness + chicken stock sweetness & reduced. & tanhoon gave some additional texture.

So, doesn’t require much to make a wonderful dish la…

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cabbage 500g
  • 6 – 8 long beans cut to 2-3cm length
  • 5 taupoks cut into 20 strips
  • 1 cut chilli padi
  • 2 tsp chopped garlic
  • tanhoon 1 bunch
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • fish sauce (to taste)
  • 3 cups chicken stock

Directions:

  1. fry chopped garlic & 1 cut chilli padi in 2tbsp oil. add cut cabbage & long beans.
  2. fry for a while then add fish sauce & oyster sauce, just turning over the pieces at the bottom of the wok. about 5 mins.
  3. add 3 cups (720ml) of chicken stock, add cut taupok slices, bring to boil, turn to medium fire & cover for about 20mins for veg & taupok to soften & to reduce the stock.
  4. then add tan hoon, toss & off the fire.

Pork Collar 回锅肉+Chap Chye (cabbage+long beans+taupok+tanhoon) – 7th Newgate Learning Hub Community Lunch on 18Jun2016

pork collar 回锅肉+chap chai (cabbage+long beans+taupok+tanhoon)

pork collar 回锅肉+chap chye (cabbage+long beans+taupok+tanhoon)

made pork collar 回锅肉 & chap chye (cabbage+long beans+taupok+tanhoon)  this morning on 18.6.2016. ^^

this my 7th community lunch dish for bathesda community’s newgate learning hub (bread of life). ^^

my 1st for newgate community lunch was on 27.2.2016.:-)

chap chai (cabbage+long beans+taupok+tanhoon)

chap chye (cabbage+long beans+taupok+tanhoon)

both dishes were quite simple to make.

for the chap chye, i fried cabbage & long beans with chopped garlic & 1 cut chilli padi, & added fish sauce & oyster sauce.

then i added 3 cups chicken stock & tau pok slices & reduced.

chap chai (cabbage+long beans+taupok+tanhoon)

chap chye (cabbage+long beans+taupok+tanhoon)

when veg were cooked (about 15 to 20mins), i off the fire & added the tanhoon & tossed.

this chap chye dish is really tasty because of the stock & sweetness of the cabbage & taupok.

really simple yet outstanding dish! ^^

pork collar 回锅肉+chap chai (cabbage+long beans+taupok+tanhoon)

pork collar 回锅肉+chap chye (cabbage+long beans+taupok+tanhoon)

for the pork collar 回锅肉, i had the pork collar in a 90degC oven for 4.5hrs, with a brine of sugar, salt & shaoxing wine.

then i cleaned & sliced the pork & fried over high heat for 5mins, adding just oyster sauce.

i off the fire & added 1 tsp of the mala chilli sauce. i added very little as the older folks cannoy take too spicy, but the mala chilli gave the pork both the nice colour as well as a nice flavour even though it was just a teaspoonful.

i tasted the dishes. chap chye was outstanding & the pork collar 回锅肉was also pretty good dish.

c.h.e.f andy

Wonderful 5pax Home Claypot Rice Dinner on 17Jun2016

made claypot rice for 5pax family home dinner this evening on 17.6.2016. ^^

rice was super “pang” fragrant, and as seen in above photo, separate not sticking, whole, unbroken, well coated & very tasty with the flavours of the chicken, lak may (腊味) aka sausages, mushrooms & salted fish.

this evening was among the best claypot chicken i made. very shiok!

same recipe.

today i used whole chicken (recipe was 1/2 chicken).

chicken was supremely tasty & tender because of the slow smoking/steaming in the claypot about 45mins for whole chicken.

we cleaned up every bits la…

claypot tanhoon prawns

claypot tanhoon prawns

my first claypot tanhoon today.

flavours were excellent, the pepper, coriander, shiok!

will post a recipe later.

claypot tanhoon prawns

claypot tanhoon prawns

i fried chicken fat with black pepper & ginger, then added some belly pork, fried prawns (deveined still with shells) till 90% cooked, & few stalks of coriander.

i removed the coriander & prawns, then combined 3 cups chicken stock & 3 cups prawn stock & reduced; and set aside.

when about to serve, i added the tanhoon & tossed to thoroughly mix, put the prawns on top, & let it steamed over low fire for 10mins.

the dish was ready for 15-20mins before all arrived, so flavours good but tanhoon a bit overdone, so on my next try i will undercook the tanhoon a bit.

stir-fried romaine lettuce 油麦菜

stir-fried romaine lettuce 油麦菜

stir-fried romaine lettuce 油麦菜

stir-fried romaine lettuce 油麦菜

stir-fried romaine lettuce 油麦菜 is a/my standard stir-fried vegetable dish.

quite perfect this evening.

everyone enjoyed the 3 dishes. had a great, wonderful evening together. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Crayfish Pasta in Pink Sauce (Creamy Tomatoes)

crayfish pasta in pink sauce

crayfish pasta in pink sauce 

had some unused crayfish leftover in the freezer from an earlier dinner. decided to do a crayfish pasta in pink sauce on 14.6.2016. ^^

pink sauce (creamy tomatoes)

pink sauce (creamy tomatoes) 

i follow quite a standard recipe perfected by wife. she still makes the best crayfish pasta! ^^

  1. i peeled & browned 1 whole bulb of garlic cloves in olive oil with wonderful aroma
  2. added 2 cut chilli padi & some fresh basil (optional)
  3. added 1/2 bottle papa alfredo traditional sauce (other brand pasta sauce will do also), & 1/2 can peeled tomatoes & fried a bit
  4. then added chicken stock, white wine, sugar & reduced.
  5. then added 6 tbsp thickened cream, and salt to taste.
  6. i added the 12 crayfish halves, covered till 1/2 cooked.
crayfish in pink sauce

crayfish in pink sauce 

that basically was it!

crayfish in pink sauce

crayfish in pink sauce 

later i just needed to reheat the sauce over few minutes w/o overcooking the crayfish. 🙂

crayfish pasta in pink sauce

crayfish pasta in pink sauce

crayfish pasta in pink sauce

crayfish pasta in pink sauce 

when serving, add some basil for garnishing & aromatic flavours.

spaghetti (al dente)

spaghetti (al dente) 

i made al dente spaghetti, set aside for each diner to pick the amount they needed then add the heated sauce & crayfish! 🙂

crayfish pasta in pink sauce

crayfish pasta in pink sauce 

the sauce was excellent, tasty with the crayfish & combining well with the pasta.

crab squid-ink linguine in pink sauce

Valentino’s crab squid-ink linguine in pink sauce 

my pink sauce is very less the very creamy pink sauce at Valentino’s!

i like Valentino’s pink sauce, but i also like my very less creamy concoction with very nice tomato flavours. maybe i will try a heavy cream pink sauce the next time to see if i can approximate valentino’s preparation. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Great Dinner @ House of Roasted Duck 劉強烤鴨店 on 16Jun2016

1/4 roast duck S$16

1/4 roast duck S$16

my OPS buddy bought 3pax dinner at 劉強烤鴨店-House of Roasted Duck at Bugis+ on 16.6.2016.

plain porridge & 1/4 roast duck

plain porridge & 1/4 roast duck

roast duck is their specialty.

as we ordered a few dishes, decided to go light on carbs. in any case my this friend didn’t take any at all, even lower carbs than me, lol! 🙂

had just 1 plain porridge to share between 2. it was really good, very smooth, consistent, tasty, absolutely hong kong standard. just the right 火候&功夫!

kong kong chef lau wai keung was previously with excelcior hong kong, no wonder right?

1/4 roast duck S$16

1/4 roast duck S$16

roast duck was good. my friend ordered the drumstick quarter S$16 on the menu.

it seemed very large serving, maybe special for my friend who is a regular customer.

skin was very crispy, flavour was ok but not the very “pang” ones i had at-

the meat looked very slightly old老 in the photo & was not as smooth, tender, moist as the other places. price for 1/2duck was S$28, more ex than canton paradise, cheaper than xin cuisine & tunglok signatures.

so for me, the duck was ok but did not quite impress.

deep-fried big intestines S$10

deep-fried big intestines S$10

the deep-fried intestines were very good, totally hong kong standard, very crispy 脆 & tasty.

deep-fried big intestines S$10

deep-fried big intestines S$10

i think may not get this standard also in many places in hong kong, street or restaurants.

it is NOT my favourite food though. i much prefer the braised big intestines at the kuay chap stalls.

the best siew yoke 烧肉

the best siew yoke 烧肉

the siew yoke 烧肉  was the best. skin was very crispy 脆 & fine, very thin, not chewy at all.

the best siew yoke 烧肉

the best siew yoke 烧肉

texture & flavours of the meat & fatty parts were superb. one of the best i had. may not really be better than (say) imperial treasure, but this would up to any la…

this my best dish for the evening.

some 韭菜饺

some 韭菜饺

the 韭菜饺 was so-so, a part of the skin broke also…

siew mai 烧卖

siew mai 烧卖

siew mai 烧卖 was pedestrian also…

i think red house (prinsep) dimsum a lot better than here. currently with 40% discounts, cheaper too.

杨枝甘露

杨枝甘露

the 杨枝甘露 was very good. 杨枝甘露  is very common in restaurants & most very average. this one was really good, just the right tangy sweetness, lots of pomelo & nice mango taste & smooth consistent texture.

dinner was S$64 for 3pax. pretty good.

i like especially the roast pork & porridge, will come back here with my sis for the “hong kong” experience. maybe also with the friends on our jan2016 hong kong trip also. ^^

c.h.e.f andy

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House of Roasted Duck (by Gao Ji Food)
Address:
Bugis Village, 233 Victoria St
Singapore, 188026 Singapore
Phone:
6339-6817
Opening Hours:

Daily 11am – 11pm 

Poor Coffee OK Cakes @ Carpenters & Cook on 15Jun2016

passiona fruit meringue tart & earl grey lavendar loaf

passion fruit meringue tart & earl grey lavendar loaf

today a good friend’s birthday on 15.6.2016. ^^

we were wishing happy birthdays on whatsapp. then another friend offered his chauffeur driven service on his new car. & they decided to drop by my place. not exactly sure how that worked out. 🙂

mao shan wang 猫山王 & tawa from ah seng

mao shan wang 猫山王 & tawa from ah seng

anyway i happened to be at ah seng to check on the reservations for a 20jun durian party. it was kind of complicated. ghim moh market closed for cleaning on 20, 21jun so a friend reserved the durians on 19jun. some of us wanted to hedge a bit rather than getting all the durians one day earlier & kept in the fridge so decided to 1/2 the orders. evidently too complicated for ah seng also so just as well i went to check & got the numbers right.

anyway ah seng has 2 deliveries at 1.30pm & 5.30pm. i was there at 1.45pm & all mao shan wang 猫山王were sold out only left 1 already vaccum packed. i figured it was the ok leftovers saved from not so good durians??

anyway ah seng himself got me to buy 2 tawas (S$19 for 2 fruits) & WTH i just buy the last packet S$25 also. 🙂

so these 2 friends came to my house & we had some durians. fortunately both the mao shan wang 猫山王 & tawa (bitter & very tasty not as creamy as MSW) were very good. these 2 too kek ki insisted on leaving for my family so we didn’t eat much though.

passiona fruit meringue tart

passion fruit meringue tart

we went nearby for coffee. decided on carpenters & cook as assembly coffee closed & one friend had tried dutch colony before.

i ordered the tea for 2 S$19.50 which included 2 cakes.

the server recommended the passion fruit meringue tart.

earl grey lavendar loaf

earl grey lavendar loaf

& the earl grey lavendar loaf. & we had 2 flat white. she said it was S$3 cheaper to get the combo, & it was!

& added a cappuccino.

the last time i came was a year ago on 10.4.2015. i thought the coffee was ok.

but today my flat white was very poor. very dilute not much aroma & not smooth, silky, velvety like a good flat white should be in the other coffee places. i am never taking coffee here again!

later 3 more friends came to join coffee.

the friends were divided on the cakes. some prefer the tart & some the earl grey loaf. the earl grey flavour was good. i too generally prefer a tart to a pound cake. the passion fruit meringue tart was a bit too sweet.

lemon meringue cake & chocolate tart

lemon meringue cake & chocolate tart

i bought some cakes back for my daughters. the chocolate tart was very good. the lemon meringue was again too sweet. of the 4 i think the chocolate tart was the best.

for me coffee was priority so not good coffee then not coming again la.

c.h.e.f andy

Great Dinner @ Ah Yat Seafood Grandstand on 13Jun2016

alaskan crab tanhoon

alaskan crab tanhoon

brother & sis celebrated their birthday at ah yat seafood restaurant at the grandstand on 13.6.2016.

i did their birthday dinners for last many years. this year my brother organised 2 tables & invited us.

he often host dinners here so they offered him a good menu at S$400 per table.

longevity buns 寿桃

longevity buns 寿桃

we had the complimentary  longevity buns 寿桃.

roast duck

roast duck

roast duck was flavourful, tender.

roast duck

roast duck

quit good standard like canton paradise. tunglok etc.

la la

la la

la la was ok.

la la

la la

didn’t stand out.

steamed soon hock

steamed soon hock

the steamed soon hock was good.

steamed soon hock

steamed soon hock

very fresh, tender and disappear fast too.

scallops with asparagus

scallops with asparagus

they gave lots of scallops.

this dish was quite good. frying was good, nice wok hae.

hot plate deer meat

hot plate deer meat

deer meat was poor!

hot plate deer meat

hot plate deer meat

i think at zi char deer meat mostly poor, kind of artificially tender with bicarbonate.

this one even poorer with quite strong gamey smell.

hk kailans

hk kailans

hk kailans was good, very competent.

alaskan crab tanhoon

alaskan crab tanhoon

the alaskan tanhoon dish was very good. very flavourful, pepper, coriander etc.

alaskan crab tanhoon

alaskan crab tanhoon

the alaskan crab meat was super, very sweet, & easy to remove shell too.

i am going to try out a prawn tanhoon dish for the first time tomorrow. read some recipes yesterday. 🙂

pepper crab

pepper crab

pepper crab was also top standard, very flavourful peppery taste.

pepper crab

pepper crab

don”t eat pepper crab much but this was a very good specimen.

not been to ah yat for quite long…had a great, very enjoyable dinner & chat with family!

c.h.e.f andy

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Address

#03-01/02, The Grandstand, 200Turf Club Road, 287994
Reservations

+65 6884 6884
+65 68832112
Opening Hours

Daily: 11:30 – 14:30

Daily: 17:30 – 22:30