Homecooked Dinner – Pork Ribs, Sauteed Garluc Squid & Seafood Paella on 24Jul2016

seafood paella

seafood paella

children were out this evening, so wife & i had dinner at home ourselves on 24.7.2016. ^^

pork ribs, seafood apella & garlic squid

pork ribs, seafood apella & garlic squid

made 3 dishes this evening-

1. seafood paella
2. grilled & slow braised pork ribs (new recipe)
3 sauteed garlic squid with egg yolk

mock kurobuta pork ribs

mock kurobuta pork ribs

the 3 dishes were not comparable with foc in the looks department of course.

mock kurobuta pork ribs

mock kurobuta pork ribs

still, though i used frozen prime ribs from sheng shiong, i think flavour & texture wise it almost approximates the kurobuta ribs at foc, so it was very good ribs.

this a new preparation i created, will post the recipe later.

mock kurobuta pork ribs

mock kurobuta pork ribs

i charred/browned the pork ribs before the fine braising in a 95degC oven for 5hrs.

so pork ribs were very tender, and i also created a very tasty marinade.

mock kurobuta pork ribs

mock kurobuta pork ribs

i tried to brown the ribs again after braising, so it blackened a bit from the marinade.

not decided yet whether this step is necessary. if i do it then i will wipe off the marinade first.

sauteed garlic squid with egg yolk

sauteed garlic squid with egg yolk

the sauteed garlic squid had too much sauce need a bit of adjustment. taste was quite good though nothing special.

i didn’t think foc squid dish was special in any case, but still a good dish to have for group dinners & will try to improve it.

seafood paella

seafood paella

paella was very tasty, rice texture was ok but maybe should make it a bit harder in the middle

seafood paella

seafood paella

i vary it a bit from my seafood risotto dish par excellence.

instead of frying the prawns & squid in butter, i just added to the rice before putting in a 210degC oven.

seafood paella

seafood paella

& i added some butter to the rice at the end of cooking & turning off the fire.

seafood paella

seafood paella

prawns were tasty & great texture & flavours.

seafood paella

seafood paella

sotong was also tasty & just right.

the dish could not compared with the really excellent seafood risotto par excellence i made previously which almost approximate miky’s.

c.h.e.f andy

A Wonderful Birthday Dinner @ FOC on 23Jul2016

kurobuta with pumpkin puree

kurobuta with pumpkin puree 

we had a wonderful early 7pax family dinner for youngest daughter at foc on 23.7.2016.

daughter chose the place.

we had great family tapas dinner here when son was back last aug2015.

foc

foc 

foc requires credit card for more than 5pax reservation on weekends. our reservation was 6pm seating, to vacate by 8.30pm.

we had a cosy front corner table looking out on the road.

food (& service) was what we expected, did not disappoint. 🙂

patata bravas

patata bravas 

patata bravas (fiery as in spicy potatoes) was a good starter. potato was tasty.

my second time having it here, felt there was no signature spiciness & “fire” in this version.

mushroom croquette

mushroom croquette 

liked the 2 croquettes as before.

mushroom croquette more intense flavours.

jamon croquette

jamon croquette 

but i like the jamon just as much if not more, lingering savoury taste. crispy crunchy & flavourful croquette.

chorizo egg

chorizo egg 

they said the chorizo was made in house. nice combination with the solky egg.

grilled octopus

grilled octopus 

grilled octopus was good as before.

still very tender, on second trying though it was less impressive than i thought it was, c/w with the very good ones we had in portugal recently & in london & italy before.

squid dish with egg & brioche

squid dish with egg & brioche

eldest daughter liked the squid dish with egg & brioche. probably because it was a first try.

squid dish with egg & brioche

squid dish with egg & brioche

dish was nice with great olive oil & garlic taste & poached in own sauce, taste of the sea.

for me, nothing impressive.

one dish i forgotten to take was the slider, twin tiny burgers. we each cut a small piece.

nice but nothing special.

scampi & sotong fiduea

scampi & sotong fiduea 

the paella & fiduea here were very good.

this was a blackboar special, a pulled pork (they said suckling pig but not sure made any difference when no crispy skin served) & scallop. very flavourful la…excellent paella.

scampi & sotong fiduea

scampi & sotong fiduea 

fiduea was just as good, very tasty with the shellfish stock & cut squid. & i like the fiduea texture like well infused flavourful beehoon.

scampi & sotong fiduea

scampi & sotong fiduea 

scampi was nice but only one.

squid ink paella

squid ink paella 

squid ink was very tasty dish also.

squid ink paella

squid ink paella 

but maybe not special for wife & me, since i cook a pretty excellent squid ink risotto myself.

kurobuta with pumpkin puree

kurobuta with pumpkin puree 

i liked the kurobuta here best! ^^

very flavourful…texture is approaching a bit of pulled texture, which normally too soft & sinewy for my preference, but this one was just very tasty & tender…

i am replicating the dish right now – i used prime ribs so just faking a kurobuta by slow fine braising in 95degC oven for 5hrs. will post later. 🙂

lamb rack with some curried sauce

lamb rack with some curried sauce 

the lamb with a but of curried mint sauce or something was very good.

in fact, trying it for second time, i thought it was much better than i remembered.

lamb was very tender & a bit stronger/gamier than most restaurants & also more than my own pistachio crusted rack of lamb.

i liked the flavour though & the interesting sauce which i think was mildly curried.

chocolate burger

chocolate burger 

the service staff recommended a chocolate burger for my daughter.

looked beautiful of course.

chocolate burger

chocolate burger 

& it was also nice chocolate. for myself i prefer dark & not milk chocolates.

rest did not want dessert.

restuarant offered a brownie cake for my daughter, together with birthday candles, very good of them.

dinner was about S$370 for 7pax include drinks, quite ok really for the food quality, ambience & service. a very pleasant & memorable evening for our family.

c.h.e.f andy

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