Great 鸿记Porridge Very Good 牛车水阿婆卤鸭Braised Duck @ Commonwealth Crescent Food Centre on 5Sep2016

fish belly porridge

fish belly porridge

my OPS primary school classmate wanted to buy me porridge breakfast at commonwealth crescent food centre on 5.9.2016. ^^

after he saw my post on jian kang noodles there.

he said the porridge stall was right next to it. it’s a stall i noticed too when i was there.

pork mixed porridge

pork mixed porridge

he ordered a fish belly porridge 鱼腩粥 for himself.

i decided on a pork mixed porridge (sliced pork, pork balls, liver).

the 2 porridge cost S$6.70. both were quite excellent! i tried my friend’s fish belly. they were good. maybe try next time la.

my own porridge very nice too, lots of ingredients & porridge very smooth & tasty though still some distance from the standard in hong kong street porridge daipaidong.

dumpling soup from jian kang noodles

dumpling soup from jian kang noodles

i bought a S$3 dumpling soup 水饺汤. it was still very good, firm, packed & tasty!. we shared a soup, 5 dumplings for S$3, i got 2 dumplings for myself.

soup felt less intense than yesterday. we had porridge this time so maybe the soup taste were masked.

牛车水阿婆卤鸭

牛车水阿婆卤鸭 – quarter for S$13

my friend went to get lor ark, the 牛车水阿婆卤鸭 braised duck.

lor ark - braised duck

牛车水阿婆卤鸭 – quarter for S$13

the colour did not look that great.

but duck was very good. the meat was tender & moist, and tasty. maybe not the most “pang” type, but ok tasty & quite fine texture.

lor ark - braised duck

牛车水阿婆卤鸭 – quarter for S$13

thought it was a bit expnsive though S$13 for a quarter?? that’s almost same restaurants leh…

like imperial treasure teochew S$28 for 1/2duck (i have not been recently so don’t know price). there is no comparison at all though…imperial treasure’s was so good!

though if this is a quarter it seems quite a reasonable big helping.

c.h.e.f andy

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Some Great Dishes @ Labrezza, St Regis on 4Sep2016

lobster taglialini is excellent...

lobster taglialini is excellent… – S$51

had dinner with wife at labrezza at st regis this evening on 4.9.2016. ^^

amex palate has been rebranded lovedining wef 1.8.2016 & we thought to try some new places. 🙂

the whole live lobster taglialini was excellent! ^^ but more of that later. 🙂

labrezza @ st regis

labrezza @ st regis

labrezza on level 2 of st regis by the swimming pool.

small place, very few diners on a sunday evening.

bread basket

bread basket

we were served warm complimentary bread.

very good balsamic vinegar

very good balsamic vinegar

bread was nice. balsamic was excellent!!! 🙂

made the bread taste superb, also with the good extra virgin olive oil. i asked for butter, but no need actually.

insalata di mare

insalata di mare – S$29

we ordered some for the highlight dishes on the website.

insalata di mare

insalata di mare – S$29

first was the inslata di mare.

unfortunately look nicer than taste…much below par la..quite tasteless this dish..

sotong (squid) only one tasted nice, good texture. poached octopus not great, tasteless (make me hesitate to order the separate poached & grilled octopus dish on appetizer menu), mussels & clams ordinary, nearly tasteless, and prawns, not even a nice bbq prawn flavour…

i did think before ordering that such a dish just putting a few pieces of seafood may not turn out nice. but wife thought it could have be done very nicely (which is also true). this goes to show taste is very much important than just look & presentation la!

chilled crab meat soup granny smith apple

chilled crab meat soup granny smith apple – S$16

the crema fredda fared a bit better.

it was tasty enough, just not comparable to a good intense lobster bisque of cream of leek, potato or mushroom in a good restaurant.

chilled crab meat soup granny smith apple

chilled crab meat soup granny smith apple – S$16

never tried this italian version before.

but c/w spanish gazpacho, this not chilled soup, but a cold soup la…

& not creamy blended soup or with yogurt but a consome type soup.

see my own red tomato & white cucumber gazpacho (above photo). 🙂

lobster taglialini is excellent...

lobster tagliolini is excellent… – S$51

fortunately the main courses we ordered were both par excellence!!!

the live whole lobster tagliolini was simply fabulous! lobster super fresh & tasty…

pasta got on me better & better as it went..very tasty (especially with the heap of parmesan shavings at top photo & lots of black pepper)…

& huge serving could pass for 2 full pasta portions.. the pasta i placed on my plate (above photo) was like 1/4 of less of the serving.

300g medium rare angus ribeye, with salsa & rockets...so good!

300g medium rare angus ribeye, with salsa & rockets…so good! – S$42

& the 300g angus ribeye done medium rare was so, so good!

300g medium rare angus ribeye, with salsa & rockets...so good!

300g medium rare angus ribeye, with salsa & rockets…so good! – S$42

generally we not so excited with steak outside as we do very good steaks from good cuts ourselves from mmmm, QBFood or even at time cold storage.

but this was excellent, very sweet, tender steak, great salsa & rocklets.

labrezza signature dishes

labrezza signature dishes

so as it turned out, the recommended dishes on the website didn’t contribute much.

the insalata di mare & crema fredda looked pretty (less pretty than on the website) but did not deliver.

& i doubt a poached lobster will be better than the lobster tagliolini!

300g medium rare angus ribeye, with salsa & rockets...so good!

300g medium rare angus ribeye, with salsa & rockets…so good! – S$42

but we were really happy with the main courses. ^^

& especially the price, with 50% discounts for 2pax for amex lovedining, dinner was S$88. 🙂

& hotel parking (costing S$5.15) was foc too.

c.h.e.f andy

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