Fabulous Chinese Fine Dining Lunch Treat by my RI Buddies @ Kai Garden 嘉苑 on 28Oct2016

peking duck 五彩北京鸭

peking duck 五彩北京鸭

from my Facebook dated 28.10.2016 –

today my RI buddies bought me a belated birthday lunch & did many wonderful things for me.

this kai garden 嘉苑  truely the best fine dining Chinese restaurant i have been to…chef & staff from taste paradise…

food & service both super.

green tea cake from flor patisserie also super👍👍👍

special lunch menu

special lunch menu

my RI friends arranged this lunch on 28.10.2016. ^^

the friend who organised picked the menu items.

vine-tomatoes-with-plum-sauce

vine tomato in plum sauce

there were 4 items to start off the lunch.

vine-tomatoes-with-plum-sauce

vine tomato in sweet plum

the sweet vine tomatoes was marinated with sweet plum, unique & appetizing. 🙂

marinated cloud fungus with garlic & vinegar

marinated cloud fungus with garlic & vinegar

i like the tasty crunchiness of the cloud fungus 爽口.

marinated cloud fungus with garlic & vinegar

marinated cloud fungus with garlic & vinegar

& the garlic & slight sourness of vinegar. 🙂

roast pork 烧肉

roast pork 烧肉

this roast pork 烧肉 also very good.

roast pork 烧肉

roast pork 烧肉

though i did not think it was any better than the roast pork 烧肉 at tunglok signature orchard parade.

roast pork 烧肉 - S$12

tunglok signature’s roast pork 烧肉 – S$12

for me tunglok signature’s looked better & tasted better la. 🙂

xo-fried-carrot-cake

xo fried carrot cake

the xo carrot cake was good.

xo-fried-carrot-cake

xo fried carrot cake

flavourful, not too strong xo sauce.

fried siu mai

fried siu mai

the 4 appetizers were followed by 2 dimsum.

the fried siu mai was a special here.

fried siu mai

fried siu mai

it was nice, tasty, i guess uncommon, not sure it was better than normal steamed siu mai.

anyway siu mai not my favourite dimsum, but i know it is for 1 of my friend here. we had to order it in hong kong for him…lol! ^^

charcoal shengjianbao 生煎包

charcoal shengjianbao 生煎包

the charcoal shengjianbao 生煎包 was quite excellent, tasty quite juicy there’s actually some soup inside. 🙂

seemed that a friend asked the restaurant if they have squid-ink dish (he said i like to make squid ink dish), the restaurant said no but they have charcoal 生煎包. lol! ^^

charcoal shengjianbao 生煎包

charcoal shengjianbao 生煎包

shengjianbao 生煎包 not my favourite. like a ba pao 肉包made as 锅贴. many places no much juice. this one here a bit of soup, but overall experience still cannot compare with a good xiaolongbao 小笼包.

pig intestine soup 猪肚汤

pig intestine soup 猪肚汤

the pig intestine soup 猪肚汤 was really superb!

pig intestine soup 猪肚汤

pig intestine soup 猪肚汤

so very tasty, intense yet smooth. the best!

pig intestine soup 猪肚汤

pig intestine soup 猪肚汤

i think there was 金华火腿 to give it the smooth & deep flavours. there was also intestines & sea whelk.

peking duck 五彩北京鸭

peking duck 五彩北京鸭

the peking duck 五彩北京鸭 is a signature dish here. see also top photo.

it was certainly visually commanding. impressive la! 🙂

peking duck 五彩北京鸭

peking duck 五彩北京鸭

there were 5 colours skin & 5 sauces. all the skin were excellent!

peking duck 五彩北京鸭

peking duck 五彩北京鸭

we could only take 2 pieces each.

i tasted all 5 sauces. for me the original sauce & the sesame sauce were the best.

peking duck 五彩北京鸭

peking duck 五彩北京鸭

overall, a very pleasing dining experience. though i generally prefer roast duck to peking duck for purpose of eating duck.

tiger garoupa poached in lobster brot

tiger garoupa poached in lobster broth

the tiger garoupa poached in lobster broth is another signature dish here. 🙂

tiger garoupa poached in lobster brot

tiger garoupa poached in lobster broth

very impressive on bed of chipped ice like sashimi.

server poaching tiger garoupa in lobster broth

server poaching tiger garoupa in lobster broth

the server doing the shabu涮, poaching the garoup fillet in the lobster broth.

tiger garoupa poached in lobsyer broth

tiger garoupa poached in lobster broth

another superb dining experience. ^^

tiger-garoupa-fillet-poached-in-lobster-broth2

tiger garoupa poached in lobster broth

very tender, tasty garoupa fillet & wonderful lobster broth.

tiger-garoupa-fillet-poached-in-lobster-broth

tiger garoupa poached in lobster broth

so good! 🙂

i will try to think up a similar fish fillet dish at home.

salt & pepper garoupa 椒盐班件

salt & pepper garoupa 椒盐班件

they did salt & pepper garoupa 椒盐班件 for the remaining pieces.

salt & pepper garoupa 椒盐班件

salt & pepper garoupa 椒盐班件

salt & pepper 椒盐 not my favourite preparation as many places have too much batter.

salt & pepper garoupa 椒盐班件

salt & pepper garoupa 椒盐班件

this one here was very well done la. 🙂

fried duck meat 炒鸭件

fried duck meat 炒鸭件

the fried duck meat 炒鸭件 not so popular.

we were all quite full by then.

it was not badly done, but i prefer just to eat the duck, just as i like to eat roast duck.

minced-chestnut-mushroon-dumplings

minced chestnut mushroom dumpling

the mushroom chestnut roll in pumpkin sauce was a fine piece of cuisine.

minced-chestnut-mushroon-dumplings

minced chestnut mushroom dumpling

looked nice, tasted great, but not particularly a dish i need to eat la, especially i saw it cost S$22 on the menu.

grilled scallops on noodles on chawanmushi egg white

grilled scallops on noodles on chawanmushi egg white

the noodles on a bed of chawanmushi like steamed egg white was quite excellent.

grilled scallops on noodles on chawanmushi egg white

grilled scallops on noodles on chawanmushi egg white

the grilled scallop was very well done, and the poached kailan crunchy & sweet.

grilled scallops on noodles on chawanmushi egg white

grilled scallops on noodles on chawanmushi egg white

a nice dish to round off a fabulous meal.

i tried creating this dish at home, but not too successful. will give it another go!

flor-patissierie-cake-with-complimentary-longevity-buns

flor patissierie macha jelly cake & complimnetary longevity buns

my friend went to get a macha jelly cake from flor patissierie.

flor-patissierie-cake-with-complimentary-longevity-buns2

flor patissierie macha jelly cake

lovely cake! really nice.

the restaurant provided the longevity buns. quite odd that the only complimentary item they provide & it was quite bad. the lotus paste was dry not moist & tasty. the complimentary buns at hung kang & swatow all better than this. maybe they bought this item from some supplier???

this was a really enjoyable lunch for me.

my friends did me several great very pleasant surprises la! very memorable this lunch, so must commit to record on my blog & FB! ^^

among the best fine dining dishes i had so far.  for me, majestic, tunglok & xin cuisine all very good chinese fine dining. for elaborateness & presentation, kai garden maybe more fine on some/most dishes.

the other notable thing was the service was superb throughout from every server. & almost the entire staff came in to sing the happy birthday song. we stayed quite long & late & they served us very well.

i think my friends gave them a good tip.

c.h.e.f andy

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Kai Garden 嘉苑

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Some Experimental Dishes on 30Oct2016

golden snapper fillet with mei cai 梅菜

golden snapper fillet with mei cai 梅菜

Experimented on some dishes tonight. ^^

first was a golden snapper fillet (ang kueh) with mei cai 梅菜, dry mustard veg.

basically i have been doing whole fish, whereas in fine dining dishes, it is usually served as a fish fillet.

i had a golden snapper in the freezer, so i defrost & fillet it.

i had initially wanted to steam the fillet with mei cai 梅菜, so i prepared the mei cai 梅菜. but the steam oven failed on me. it required descaling, so last minute i switched to poaching/teriyaki.

initially thought of the excellent star garoupa fillet tunglok style

tiger garoupa poached in lobsyer broth

kai garden’s tiger garoupa poached in lobster broth

OR the cai garden style.

i didn’t have lobster broth though, if i poached it lightly like cai garden, the fish maybe quite tasteless, so it’s safer to do teriyaki, with light soy sauce, olive oil, mirin, then coat, cover & reduce. this made sure the fillet was tasty, then i addd chicken stock & thickened with cornflour & added oyster sauce.

golden snapper fillet with mei cai 梅菜

golden snapper fillet with mei cai 梅菜

i addd very thinly sliced celery stems & leaves & added the mei cai 梅菜, which in this instance was just an superfluous addition with little bearing on the dish.

prawns with egg tofu

prawns with egg tofu

the prawn tofu dish not a new dish.

i have done it several times, always good la! 🙂

prawns with egg tof

prawns with egg tofu

i fried the egg tofu & set aside.

when ready to serve, i fried the prawns just a little with chilli padi & garlic, added 1 cup of chicken stock, cooked the prawns, added cornflour & oyster sauce & reduced. then cracked an egg & used a chopstick to “draw”. then added back the tofu & prawns. voila! ^^

added coriander to garnish. 🙂

prawns with egg tof

prawns with egg tofu

really tasty dish & a beauty to behold!

braised noodles with grilled scallops & prawns

braised noodles with grilled scallops & prawns

my 3rd dish braised noodles is a variation of my king prawn noodles (in golden braising sauce) 黄焖大虾面.

braised noodles with grilled scallops & prawns

braised noodles with grilled scallops & prawns

i poached the kailan in boiling water for few minutes. tossed with oil & oyster sauce.

i grilled the scallop. today though scallop was not done well.

the prawns i just portioned out 6 prawns from the tofu prawn dish for 3 of us.

i made a very tasty braise. noodles though were undercooked as i could not estimate the amount & added some new noodles so new ones were not fully cooked. as a result i had to cook the noodles in the braise, so resulting in very less braising gravy, all absorbed by noodles.

grilled-scallops-on-noodles-on-chawanmushi

kai gardens’ grilled scallops on noodles with steamed egg white

kai garden’s beautiful dish (above) was done with braised noodles on a golden braise sitting on a chawanmushi egg white layer.

i did the thin layer of chawanmushi using egg white. it was quite tasty, but steam oven was temporary out so had to steam 3bowls over 3 times.

braised noodles with grilled scallops & prawns

braised noodles with grilled scallops & prawns

overall, looks not so nice c/w with kai garden’s dish photo, prawns & kailan was great, scallop was poor, the noodles was quite tasty.

c.h.e.f andy

Good Satisfying 6pax Birthday Dinner for WT my OPS Friend @ Chui Huay Lim on 28Oct2016

cold crab S$48

cold crab S$48

my dear OPS friend WT bought me a birthday dinner recently at element @ amara recently though his birthday is in the same month as mine, so i might as well by buying him dinner. haha! 🙂

anyway tonight’s my chance to return the favour. i had a S$100 e-voucher with chui huay lim expiring this month. came in handy la!

we had a great enjoyable dinner including 2 of my close RI friends at chui huay lim on 28.10.2016. ^^

chui huay lim - very crowded

chui huay lim – very crowded

i have not been to chui huay lim for a while. find the food rather expensive here.

still, it is very crowded on this friday night, something not always common even in good makan joints.

chilled pig trotter's jelly S$10

chilled pig trotter’s jelly S$10

i ordered the pig trotter’s jelly.

wife found it too porky, too strong. i must be influenced. also thought it was not so great.

strange thing it was not served with serng ni chou (minced garlic vinegar), we had to ask the manager for it.

wife said my own pig head’s terrine 猪头冻 is better la. ^^

prawn rolls S$10

prawn rolls S$10

the prawn rolls & achar were ok.

roast suckling pig S$188

roast suckling pig S$188

there was a suckling pig promotion at S$188.

i was asking about fish thinking to order a treadfin tail, a teochew dish. but was told it’s S$10 per 100g & servings are 1kg. S$100 for treadfin tail? & garoupa is served in portions at S$98??

i think the prices just not right!

so it was easy for me to decide on the S$188 suckling pig la. 🙂

roast suckling pig S$188

roast suckling pig S$188

& this was very good, among the best i have taken.

certainly far better than the suckling pig we had at ban heng recently!

cold crab S$48

cold crab S$48

i ordered a cold crab S$48. 🙂

it had good amount of roe. crab was firm & sweet.

cold crab S$48

cold crab S$48

i was telling my friends somehow teochew cold crab was just much nicer than the cold seafood served at restaurant buffets…

cold crab S$48

cold crab S$48

the crab was quite enough for 6 of us.

braised duck with tofu S$18

braised duck with tofu S$18

i ordered the braised duck.

duck was good, much better than the goose at ban heng. very pang – tasty!!

they also serve braised goose, of course more expensive.

prawn with yellow chives S$48

prawn with yellow chives S$48

everyone loved the yellow chives. every nice veg.

prawn with yellow chives S$48

prawn with yellow chives S$48

the king prawns were very big.

prawn with yellow chives S$48

prawn with yellow chives S$48

& done well, bouncy, plump, great bite texture & taste.

kailan with tipor S$24

kailan with tipor S$24

we were very full actually, especially 3 of us had an excellent lunch earlier.

anyway we could not cancel order of the last dish. the kailan at S$24 was kind of expensive (like c/w the S$18 braised duck), but it was an excellent dish. kailan was crunchy & sweet, nicely done! tipor added special flavours, both the veg dish (the yellow chives as well) had ti por for added taste.

6pax dinner was S$302 nett after S$100 discounts. i guess quite ok considering that the suckling pig alone was S$188++.

c.h.e.f andy

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Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisine

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OK 6pax Suckling Pig Dinner @ Ban Heng Harbourfront on 26Oct2016

#1 1/2 suckling pig ok not the best

#1 1/2 suckling pig ok not the best 

wife bought 6pax family dinner at ban heng harbourfront on 26.10.2016. ^^

we were seated in an inner room that could seat 3 tables. 1 was occupied in addition to ours. & there was a balcony outside overlooking sentosa. 🙂

6pax suckling pig dinner S$298

6pax suckling pig dinner S$298 

we had 1/2 suckling pig.

it was a long menu, many dishes including sharksfin, fish, scallops, braised goose, abalones, so i guess can be said to be a good value set.

#1 1/2 suckling pig ok not the best

#1 1/2 suckling pig ok not the best 

the suckling pig was ok still nice but not the best.

2 days later i had suckling pig at chui huay lim & that was far better.

#2 crabmeat sharksfin soup - average

#2 crabmeat sharksfin soup

#2 crabmeat sharksfin soup - average

#2 crabmeat sharksfin soup – average 

the crabmeat sharksfin soup was average, not the thin gluey tasteless soup, had enough ingredients, ok aste but also not great.

#3 steamed garoupa - sauce excellent fish a bit over

#3 steamed garoupa – sauce excellent fish a bit over 

the hong kong steamed garoupa had very tasty sauce.

#3 steamed garoupa - sauce excellent fish a bit over

#3 steamed garoupa – sauce excellent fish a bit over 

the fish itself though was a bit over.

honestly we do much better ourselves at home every time la…

#4 braised goose - braise was tasty meat so so

#4 braised goose – braise was tasty meat so so 

i asked the server if it was duck or goose as stated in the menu.

the server replied duck but i guess it was really impossible to tell. seemed like large sliced pieces.

#4 braised goose - braise was tasty meat so so

#4 braised goose – braise was tasty meat so so 

the braising sauce was quite “pang”, but the meat was so so, not so tasty, flavourful.

2 days later we had braised duck at chui huay lim & it was a lot better.

#5 scallops brocoil - brocoli was excellent!

#5 scallops brocoil – brocoli was excellent! 

the brocoli was crunchy & sweet, quite excellent!

scallops were ok good, fresh & sweet.

#6 abalone spinach - usual good restaurant standard

#6 abalone spinach – usual good restaurant standard 

#6 abalone spinach - usual good restaurant standard

#6 abalone spinach – usual good restaurant standard 

the abalone spinach was a competent dish, the usual good restaurant standard.

#6 abalone spinach - usual good restaurant standard

#6 abalone spinach – usual good restaurant standard 

nice big abalone! nicely braised very well done.

#7 cereal king prawns - excellent!

#7 cereal king prawns – excellent!

the cereal king prawns was among the best dish this evening!

#7 cereal king prawns - excellent!

#7 cereal king prawns – excellent!

king prawns were very large prawns, nicely fried, succulent & tasty. cereal was flavourful, sweet but not like the sickeningly sweet milk powered prawns at 3 chefs.

#8 yeemeen - tapao 'cos too much food

#8 yeemeen – tapao ‘cos too much food

#8 yeemeen - tapao 'cos too much food

#8 yeemeen – tapao ‘cos too much food 

we were too full to eat the yeemeen so tapao.

yeemeen was mediocre.

#9 orh nee - poor not good

#9 orh nee – poor not good

#9 orh nee - poor not good

#9 orh nee – poor not good 

orh nee was poor, quite tasteless, not “pang” at all!

dinner was S$361 for 6pax with 1/2 suckling pig & lots of dishes with good ingredients. but preparation & taste was kind of a bit below par, and really we don’t need to eat so much food, so a few good ones will do la…

daughter bought carrot cake from cake spade

daughter bought carrot cake from cake spade 

daughter bought a carrot cake from cake spade.

daughter bought carrot cake from cake spade

daughter bought carrot cake from cake spade 

good to try but not my favourite.

c.h.e.f andy

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Ban Heng Harbourfront

Wonderful Evening with OPS Friends @ Element at Amara on 24Oct2016

lobster,alaskan crab, spanner crab, oysters

lobster,alaskan crab, spanner crab, oysters

my dear OPS friend WT arranged an early 5pax birthday dinner for me on 24.10.2016. ^^

elements @ amara

element @ amara

the place was element at amara hotel.

the price for dinner buffet is S$65pax.

we had a special staff price at 50% discounts.

crayfish,lobster,spanner crab

crayfish,lobster,spanner crab

i have not been to element for more than 10 yrs.

the buffet is very different now. good standard ya. 🙂

there were crayfish, lobster, spanner crab at the cold seafood station (above photo), & crayfish & alaskan crab legs.

i picked some lobster, spanner crab, alaskan crab legs, & oysters (top photo).

spanner crab was good, meat very compact.

cold seafood station

cold seafood station

the alaskan crab legs were so so, not so sweet. cold lobster also so so, quite average, also not so sweet.

likewise the oysters, not creamy & plump.

i didn’t take the mussels.

oyster, crayfish, spanner crab

oyster, crayfish, spanner crab

cold crayfish same, same.

spanner crab

spanner crab

for me, this (spanner crab) was the best for me among the cold seafood. a friend though thought it was bothersome to eat.

c/w the S$62pax lunch i had at the line recently, the cold station station would be far superior to the line.

perhaps dinner at “the line” would also feature lobster etc…

i am kind of not much into the western cold seafood thing. somehow they are not so tasty & seem a waste of lobster etc. & somehow western cold crabs are never quite like teochew cold crabs (which i also don’t take often).

chef ah yau

sashimi/sushi station

chef ah yau at the sashimi station is a friend of my OPS friend WT.

sashimi moriawase = kajiki, sake, tako, sake toro, maguro

sashimi moriawase = kajiki, sake, maguro, cooked prawns, tako, sake toro, more maguro

we had a very nice plate of sashimi moriawase = kajiki, sake, maguro, cooked prawns, tako, shake toro, more maguro.

it was good sashimi, not superior standard. kajiki & shake toro (salmon belly) best!^^

mayo aburiya salmon sushi

mayo aburiya salmon sushi

& we had a plate of mayo aburi (flamed) salmon sushi. very nice sushi dish! 🙂

temaki - hand rolls

temaki – hand rolls

i had a temaki, good standard too! 🙂

cooked food station

cooked food station

black pepper crayfish, roasted cod with bonito, kailan

black pepper crayfish, roasted cod with bonito, kailan

i took some roasted cod with bonito flakes, black pepper crayfish , & some kailan.

the cod was good! i had another helping afterwards.

the black pepper crayfish quite ok too, more tasty than the cold crayfish becos of the pepper sauce. 🙂

peking duck station

peking duck station

there was a peking duck station.

peking duck & kailan

peking duck & kailan

i tried some peking duck. i thought it was below par, maybe just too much food to contend with la…

carving station for roast-striploin

carving station for roast-striploin

i tried the roast striploin.

roast striploin

roast striploin

it was pretty good standard la….

salad station

salad station

took the smoked salmon & smoked duck.

roast-striploin, smoked salmon, smoked duck breast, more roasted cod, scallops

roast-striploin, smoked salmon, smoked duck breast, more roasted cod, scallops

not the very flavourful type so don’t leave much impression. say whereas the smoked duck breast i got from phoon huat for the recent Second FGS Charity Dinner was quite distinctly flavourful & special.

cooked food & miso ramen sation

cooked food & miso ramen sation

i tried the chicken miso ramen.

miso ramen

miso ramen

it was pretty good. broth was tasty & ramen nice.

obviously not quite comparable to the broth of a S$16++ ramen (which i like never want to pay S$16++ for).

cempedek creme brulee

cempedek creme brulee

chef ah yau recommended the cempedek creme brulee.

the cempedek quite distinctly flavourful so a delight to try. just a little on the sweet side i thought.

fruits

fruits

& we had some fruits.

it was a very enjoyable dinner for me. WT also ordered a very nice chocolate truffle cake for me. we had a great evening together.

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this element buffet is a good standard hotel buffet.

at S$65pax i wouldn’t myself be interested.

at 50% discounts it was definitely worthwhile, more so than “the line” lunch which though have much greater variety of food but not really standout food.

anyway at my age, not good to have too much buffet la…. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

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Element Restaurant @ Amara Singapore

Good Lunch @ Soup Restaurant Clementi Mall 三盅两件 on 26Oct2016

samsui chicken & mushroom brocoli

samsui chicken & mushroom brocoli

a friend bought lunch @ soup restaurant 三盅两件at clementi mall on 26.10.2016. ^^

we ordered 2 dishes – samsui chicken & mushroom brocoli. 🙂

samsui chicken

samsui chicken – S$18.90

i have not been to soup restaurant for probably more than 10years.

samsui chicken a long time signature dish of soup restaurant.

it really is an excellent dish!

samsui chicken

samsui chicken – S$18.90

this dish is like 白斩鸡, the chicken rice chicken, but is served with minced ginger sauce & no chilli.

the chicken is tender, moist & sweet, and the minced ginger sauce is a perfect condiment. 🙂

definitely better than the 白斩鸡 i made.

it is taken with lettuce, but i was quite happy eating the chicken on its own. 🙂

mushroom brocoli

mushroom brocoli – S$12

the other dish was brocoli with mushrooms, nice & tasty.

a competent dish, nothing special.

lunch for 2pax was S$37. quite ok.

c.h.e.f andy

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Soup Restaurant 三盅两件 @ Clementi Mall

Great Teochew Muay @ Ye Shanghai on 27Oct2016

teochew muay dishes

teochew muay dishes 

went with sis & bil to ye shanghai at bukit merah view for 3pax lunch today on 27.10.2016. ^^

rain was heavy & carpark full as usual even at 1130am. anyway i managed to park after dropping sis & bil. 🙂

sis ordered 8 dishes (fish, sotong & 6 veg) for S$23 including 3 porridge.

yellow croaker 小黄鱼

yellow croaker 小黄鱼 – S$5 

fish was excellent, fresh & sweet, especially taken with tau jeon.

chilled sotong

chilled sotong – S$8

the teochew chilled sotong was a large one, pretty ok.

eggplant

eggplant 

all the veg dishes were good.

today the eggplant was average, so so.

cabbage with ikan bilis

cabbage with ikan bilis 

cabbage was best with ikan bilis.

bittergourd

bittergourd 

bittergourd with black bean sauce was good.

veg

veg

veg

veg

2 veg dishes were good too.

& the leek dish was very good.

red fish

red fish – S$3

sis went to get 3 more dishes, for another $6. a red fish for $3, and 2 more veg dishes.

leek

leek

she ordered another leek. it was well done very tasty.

ocra

ocra 

and ocra, quite ok.

lunch was S$29 for 2 fish, sotong & 8 veg dishes. really cheap & good here.

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)

Lagi Shiok S$4 Meepok Tar @ Jln Tua Kong 6th Ave on 26Oct2016

S$4 meepok tar

S$4 meepok tar 

thought i will do dinner & skip lunch but wth… decided to spoil myself.

so had $4 meepok tar at jln tua kong 6th ave on 26.10.2016. ^^

S$4 meepok tar

S$4 meepok tar

S$4 meepok tar

S$4 meepok tar

S$4 meepok tar

S$4 meepok tar 

chilli, noodles, ingrdients, soup always so good.

just shiok la!

c.h.e.f andy

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Jln Tua Kong Mee Pok Tar

24 Sixth Ave, Singapore 276481

Good Good Eating House 好好餐室

2nd RI FGS (For Goodness Sake) Charity Dinner Raised S$10,020 for HCA Hospice Care on 21Oct2016

which bali resort is this?

which bali resort is this?

a group of RI friends have the idea that as we all have a good time coming together enjoying good food & company, making new memories together, maybe we can also do a charity fundraising while we are having our makan & chill get-together. ^^

so we came together to do the 1st RI FGS (For Goodness Sake) Charity Dinner at an architect friend’s house on 20.5.2016. ^^

we had a great fun time together that evening, and we raised S$16,948 for HCA Hospice Care.

ailoon-provided-some-hummus-breadsticks

hummus & breadstick

we decided to do this again at the same architect friend’s beautiful home, this time a sit down homecooked western dinner on 21.10.2016. ^^

the host provided some hummus & breadstick.

which bali resort is this?2

we gathered at the lounge looking into the tranquil koi pond, patio & swimming pool, sharing conversation & waiting for other friends to arrive.

for the food, the host have arranged for his helper to cook oxtail stew, a substantive main course.

i prepared the other dishes comprising a salad, 2 meat & a fish tapas, 2 pastas, a beef steak main course & tiramisu, a popular dessert among my friends.

2 friends came earlier to my place about 5.45pm to help transport the food/dishes over to our architect friend’s house.

we arrived in good time about 6.15pm. the helper’s oxtail stew was “brewing”, excellent aroma wafting in the kitchen.

i got the tapas dishes in the oven at 50degC to keep warm, salad & pastas ready for tossing when we starting dinner, & the ribeye steaks i would cook sometime into dinner.

1-aunty-bes-pumpkin-tofu-salad

#1 pumpkin tofu salad

we started dinner at 8pm when all the friends arrived.

my helper had prepared the tofu & pumpkin which i had added extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar & some honey earlier (ran out of agave nectar).

when serving i added some ready mix of olive oil, balsamic, seasalt to the mesclun vegetables, tossed & added to make the pumpkin tofu salad. (this to keep the mesclun fresh & not soggy).

it was an excellent salad!

smoked-duck-to-accompany-the-pumpkin-tofu-salad

#1 smoked duck to accompany the pumpkin tofu salad

i had wanted to smoke duck breast myself (my own tea smoked duck breast here!), but i could not get the ready duck breast from sheng shiong & did not want to debone a whole duck for the purpose.

i chanced upon a ready smoked duck breast at phoon huat in clementi, & it turned out the duck breast was very good!

2-teriyaki-miso-pork-belly

#2 teriyaki miso pork belly (so-so today)

my teriyako miso belly pork was a bit underwhelming today.

taste was ok but did not stand out.

3-nobu-miso-cod

#3 nobu miso cod was excellent

the nobu miso cod though was excellent.

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#3 nobu miso cod was excellent

everyone liked it. one friend declared it was his best dish for this evening’s dinner, and plans to cook the dish himself.

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#4 gordon ramsay slow-braised crackling belly pork

the gordon ramsay slow-braised crackling pork was tops this evening too.

 

#4 gordon ramsay slow-braised crackling belly pork 

#4 gordon ramsay slow-braised crackling belly pork

my expert photographer friend was distracted this evening, focusing on some other subjects i think, haha!

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#4 gordon ramsay slow-braised crackling belly pork

the meat was very tender & flavourful, well braised, very tasty & still having the bite, not disintegrating! ^^

& the skin was very crispy, crackling.

many friends commented on the crackling skin. it was in the oven for 2 hrs to keep warm, and the skin remained crackling.

the alio olio pasta was very tasty & a friend declared that was his best dish for the evening.

it didn’t start off as alio olio, lol!^^

i bought 5 large squid (2.3kg) form chinatown the day before, and that was all the squid ink there was from the 5 squid.

so i decided to evolve the dish into alio olio, the easiest to make – just browned a whole bulb garlic, fried sliced chicken & prawns, then some diced scallops, tossed in the spaghetti when serving & garnish with thai sweet basil.

squid ink is very flavourful, so though this was not a squidink dish (my squidink pasta here!), the squid ink enhanced the taste of the alio olio pasta!

the second pasta i did was prawn pasta in pink (creamy tomatoes) sauce. a friend mentioned that this pasta was very good.

i like the tomatoes flavour, an excellent dish really, just tomato taste a bit more commonplace.

7-oxtail-stew-my-best-dish-for-the-evening

#7 oxtail stew-my best dish for the evening

this was my best dish for the evening.

it was made the host’s helper.

for me, the top 4 dishes were this oxtail stew, the sliced beef tagliata, nobu miso cod & the crackling belly pork.

as this dish was made by my friend’s helper rather than my own, i was more excited trying it.

everyone liked this dish…a friend said the beef was so tender…indeed excellent steak, tender, juicy, sweet! ^^

tagliata di manzo is a common steak dish served in italian restaurants. tagliata means cut, and manzo means beef, so just a sliced beef dish that is well plated with cherry tomatoes & rockets (i used mesclun this evening as i could not get rockets at giant the day before).

& i made tiramisu, a dessert which all my friends liked.

2 friends had extra, extra helpings! 🙂

very-sweet-melon i-liked-the-sweet-baluku-too

the host provided cut fruits – papaya & sweet rock melons, and also baluku.

such-a-pleasant-bali-dining-environment

such a pleasant bali dining environment

the bali setting was mesmerising, very calming, warm, welcoming, tranquil.

nice-tableware

nice tableware

table was set by the helper. nice tableware.

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nice tableware

nice tableware – placemat. 🙂

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table set for 10pax dinner

leah-prepared-the-table-for-10pax-sit-down-dinner

tabel set for 10pax dinner

very enjoyable, relaxing dinner with good friends, long time pals from schooldays in RI from 1971, 45yrs ago.

we say we are all VSOP = very special old pals! ^^

bali-retreat2

bali retreat

bali-retreat

bali retreat

everyone had a great time. memorable joyful evening.

after taking leave from the gracious host & getting home, got the whatsapp message from tai kor (big bro) that we collected $10,020 for HCA Hospice Care.

as we shared these 2 times we came together to organise the FGS Charity Dinners-

the dinner size, donations & amounts are not so important…just old friends having good fun together with the added opportunity to have the joy to make a donation if so wishes la….

c.h.e.f andy

 

Good Standard Breakfast @ Shikisai Ryokan on 13Oct2016 – Day 2 Nikko

shikisai-breakfast

shikisai japanese breakfast

next morning we had breakfast at 8am on 13.10,2016. ^^

it was some redemption (though only breakfast). 🙂

i would put this breakfast up there, as meeting the standard this ryokan should offer la. 🙂

shikisai-dining-hall

shikisai dining hall

nice dining hall, and in the morning light, a different feel – bright, “airy”, feels expansive looking out at the greens. would have been lots better if they were koyo colours & momiji of course. sigh!

appetizers-fish-roe-marinated-herrings-etc

appetizers=fish roe, marinated herrings etc

the appetizer dish included fish roe & a marinated herrings dish (both were very nice) & some gluten. 🙂

salad

salad

salad was good also, with the orange thing some savoury stuff. good! 🙂

onsen-egg

onsen egg

onsen egg maybe ordinary, but it’s my perennial favourite. 🙂

steamed-dish-yuba

steamed yuba dish

wife liked this steamed yuba dish a lot.

and it was very good la! 🙂

soup

clear soup with nori

there was a packet of nori (seaweed) on the table. i added some to the clear soup & some to my rice.

steamed-egg

steamed tofu

the steamed tofu dish was very good too.

steamed-tofu

steamed tofu

especially when added to the sauce & taken together.

steamed-cod

steamed cod

additionally we had a steamed cod.

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steamed cod

this method of preparation similar to the beef last evening, just placed on a oppa leave & light up below & covered. maybe steamed/simmered?

the cod was pre treated, quite often the case including in bentos.

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steamed cod

it was nice & tasty.

dessert

red bean dessert

& ended with a simple red bean dessert.

this breakfast was not luxurious, but the food items were certainly tasty & delicious, and adequate, and so it meet the standard for breakfast for such a ryokan like shikisai, where the kaiseki diner did not la.

c.h.e.f andy

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Average Kaiseki Unedible Zaru Soba @ Shikisai Ryokan 四季彩on 12Oct2016 – Day 1 Nikko

5-appertizers

5 appetizers

2 main attractions of staying in japanese ryokans are (1) the sumptuous kaiseki dinner  & breakfast (2) the onsen.

of course, guests have also come to have high expectation of the service, basically the entire experience of ryokan stay. 🙂

the very first ryokan i stayed in was at senkei 仙景 annex yamagaso in hakone.

it was literally like staying in “shangri-la”, divine scenery no less, at least that was the cherished memories. ^^ there i had my first taste of kuroge wagyu, the true 黑毛和牛. 🙂

don’t know how long ago was that, maybe 10yrs now?

the best ryokan experience over the whole holiday stays was undoubtedly in tohoku in 2010, just before it was ravaged by tsunami & nuclear fallout in 2011. how sad!

food wise though, the more recent ryokans impressed much less.

  • <partly also because Singapore’s food standards (including some japanese restaurants here) have gone very much higher, comparable to the best worldwide.>

that was the case even for the kaiseki dinner at one of the better ryokans in kyushu, Gettoan ryokan 月灯庵 at yufuin 汤布院.

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shikisai dining hall

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shikisai dining hall – ryokan was fully booked

shikisai has a nice large dining hall, on basement level, overlooking nature & trees.

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shikisai kaiseki dinner menu

shikisai-kaiseki-dinner-menu

shikisai kaiseki dinner menu (english)

shikisai is not a cheaper range ryokan, so we were expecting a sumptuous kaiseki.

the kaiseki menu looked like a long menu, but it actually was not. in fact it was quite a small menu c/w many kaiseki dinners we had at many different ryokans in tohoku (say).

junmai-sake

junmai sake

wife ordered a sake.

at first she asked for a smaller sake as i do not drink.

the server came with sake in a glass full of ice.

we take sake chilled yes, in ice i never seen that before??? must be something lost in translation. anyway we rejected it & wife got a 300ml junmai. the sake was good, expensive i think 1800yen but good. 🙂

grilled saury

#1 grilled saury

the sakizuke(先附) had 5 items. they were pretty good but not outstanding.

grilled saury was good.

mushrooms-with-ikura

shimeji mushrooms with ikura

the shimkeji mushrooms with ikura quite appetising too.

marinated mussels

marinated mussels

marinated mussels so so.

duck-egg-chestnut

duck egg was just excellent..chestnut dish quite interesting

the duck egg was excellent, not salty, not strong gamey, quite nice flavour & great texture.

the chestnut was just chestnut, nice. the “sea urchin” shell was some cracker thing, much like deep-fried spaghetti type of nice bites.

soup3

#2 great soup with gluten

the soup was good, tasty. gluten was good too.

soup2

#2 great soup with nice starchy item

it was not the standard of a good dobin mushi, but much better than any gohan soup, miso or clear soup.

sashimi-was-good-chutoro-botan-ebi-maybe-sawari-spanish-mackerel

#3 sashimi was good quality = chutoro botanebi maybe sawara (spanish mackerel)?

the sashimi dish was good quality, with a small botan ebi, chutoro & what maybe sawara (spanish mackerel).

sashimi-was-good-chutoro-botan-ebi-maybe-sawari-spanish-mackerel2

#3 sashimi was good quality = chutoro botanebi maybe sawara (spanish mackerel)?

sashimi was very fresh, sweet, quite excellent.

tochigi-wagyu

#4 tochigi wagyu 国产牛

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#4 tochigi wagyu 国产牛

after sashimi, we had tochigi wagyu.

i think it’s a 国产牛,not the standard of kuroge wagyu 黑毛和牛.

but even as 国产牛, the quality was quite average. still nice, a bit beefy for wife, and the method of cooking was a bit like steaming & not pan-grilled or bbq. so maybe that suited this beef which may not be a top marbled wagyu.

yuba

#5 yuba in soya bean

yuba

#5 yuba in soya bean

we had a yuba dish, served in soya bean drink & served with dipping sauce.

a simple dish, but importantly it was nice.

uni-with-gluten

#6 uni with gluten

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#6 uni with gluten

the steamed dish of uni with gluten was average or poor, as the uni is the dry hard type not the sweet, fresh, melt in the mouth, exploding flavours variety.

zaru-soba-a-disaster-worse-than-on-ana-flight

zaru soba = an absolute disaster worse than what was served on ANA flight

the plain zaru soba ought not be served. it was hard, uncooked inedible, and had no place in a kaiseki.

as i recorded on my FB, the soba served on ANA airline packaged meal was very much better. the noodles were normal qq & the soba sauce was tasty. THIS???

even a plain rice gohan set would be better.

dessert2

creme brulee combo dessert

the creme brulee combo dessert was competent.

maybe ryokan these days try to cater for wider taste, and throw in some western stuff. this was competent so nothing to complain. i guess actually more luxurious than just some red bean dessert or a plum jelly.

overall the kaiseki was a huge disappointment. very meagre by kaiseki standards, hardly anything other than a decent appetizer, excellent sashimi, average beef, no fish, no broiled dish, no braised dish etc.

this kaiseki was as disappointing as that on the first night at gettoan at yufuin, kyushu.

ok, not sumptuous is one thing, not being luxurious or top ingredients, but more importantly taste. this kaiseki could not even said to be scrumptious. maybe just excellent sashimi & a few competent dishes!

just c/w with hachi’s S$88 set lunch with 3 wagyu dishes, huge oyster, deep-fried scallops etc.

fortunately the second night dinner at shikisai was better. tell that story later la…

c.h.e.f andy

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Shikisai Ryokan 12-14Oct2016 = OK but Not Good Value & Poor Service – Day 1 Nikko

shikisai-room2

shikisai ryokan room

wife booked shikisai ryokan 12-14oct2016.

nice ryokan. room was big. n0t much view, and matters not whether lakeview or mountain view, since it was a short distance upon the slope & everywhere blocked by trees.

shikisai quite a popular ryokan. this period fully booked. there is a bus stop outside named shikisai & there is big signage at the lake chuzenji stop directing traffic at the road T junction turning left towards lake chizenji.

shikisai lobby - checking in

shikisai lobby – checking in

shikisai picked us up at tobu nikko station.

there is free coffee, tea & water at the lobby area.

view from shikisai lobby

view from shikisai lobby

the lobby had glass all round.

view from shikisai lobby 2

view from shikisai lobby

looking at the trees outside.

unfortunately autumn came late this year, so not yet seeing the koyo colours & momiji.

view from shikisai ryokan room

view from shikisai ryokan room

same for view from the ryokan room.

shikisai ryokan room

shikisai ryokan room

mochi green tea @ shikisai ryokan room

mochi green tea @ shikisai ryokan room

there was the standard welcome tea at the ryokan room, with a nice mochi & plum sweet & green/red tea we make ourselves.

service was very poor for this price of ryokan!

in many ryokan of this price range or lower, the service staff bringing us to the room would make the tea ready for us, and several even provided macha抹茶 instead of just cheap green tea in bags.

on the next night 13.10.2016, we had to move to a different room as ryokan was fully booked & we could only get a substantially more expensive room with an outdoor jacuzzi (a completely waste of time & money!). i asked the service staff if he wanted to show us how to use the outdoor jacuzzi, he basically just waived me off. we didn’t bother as the jacuzzi looked miserable & useless.

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shikisai dining hall – dinner

shikisai has a nice dining hall at the basement near to the onsen.

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shikisai dining hall – breakfast

looked even better in the morning for breakfast dining.

shikisai ryokan room3

shikisai ryokan room

as is the practice for ryokan, they will make the bed for you when you have dinner. nice & warm. 🙂

& they will keep them for you while you having breakfast.

one comment on the onsen. couldn’t/didn’t bring phone to take pictures, but the onsen at shikisai really poor by japanese standards for this price of ryokan – plain, rundown, no rock deco etc. many ryokan onsen are just beautiful!

they do have sulphur or natural occurring onsen. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Nikko Heritage Sites Walk + Kanman Abyss on 12Oct2016 (Day 1 Nikko)

kanman abyss + nikko historical walk

kanman abyss + nikko historical walk

we were hoping to catch the autumn colours koyo (red leaves) & see momiji (maple leaves) on this hiking trip at nikko 12-17.10.2016. ^^

our ANA flight arrived early at haneda (6.05am instead of 6.30am). we travelled very light, just a haversack for me & cabin bag for wife, no checked in luggage, so we were out at arrivals at 6.30am. 🙂

we took the direct keikyu train from haneda to asakusa in 40mins at 620yen which we researched earlier.

keikyu-train-haneda-to-asakusa-620yen

from asakusa, it was another direct train to nikko.

we were spending 4nights 5days at nikko so not fully covered by the all nikko pass. at the tobu asakusa station information counter, we were advised to purchase the all nikko pass for 4520yen in any case + buy the onward one way ticket by rapid trains 1360yen. it was good advise! 🙂

we took the 8.10am rapid & arrived tobu nikko station at 10.19am on 12.10.2016, train timetable here. ^^

taking from tobu asakusa station end station was ok, but the rapid train filled up quickly so some had to stand the whole 2 hrs journey.

farm-fields

farmlands

country-blue-sky

country blue sky 

train took us through the country side.

tobu nikko station

tobu nikko station 

arriving at tobu nikko station, we left our bags at the station lockers (cost 700yen).

shinkyo神桥

shinkyo神桥 in nikko 

and took the tobu bus to shinkyo神桥 costing 200yen.

kanmangafuchi-abyss

kanmangafuchi abyss 

& started our walks to the kanmangafuchi abyss & the toshogu shrine heritage sites historic walking tour.

jokoji temple 浄光寺 閼伽2

jokoji temple 浄光寺 閼伽

jokoji temple 浄光寺 閼伽5

jokoji temple 浄光寺 閼伽

first came to the jokoji temple 浄光寺 閼伽.

jizo (buddhist guardian deity) at jokoji temple 浄光寺 閼伽 3

jizo (buddhist guardian deity) at jokoji temple 浄光寺 閼伽 

saw the jizo (buddhist guardian deity) at jokoji temple 浄光寺 閼伽.

jokoji temple 浄光寺 閼伽 4

jokoji temple 浄光寺 閼伽 

jizo (buddhist guardian deity)

jizo (buddhist guardian deity) 

more jizo (buddhist guardian deity) at jokoji temple 浄光寺 閼伽.

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bonsho temple bell-1450, oldest in nikko  

bonsho temple bell-1450, oldest in nikko, at jokoji temple 浄光寺 閼伽.

jokoji temple 浄光寺 閼伽 6

jokoji temple 浄光寺 閼伽  

nice small temple.

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kanman path 

a pleasant stroll along kanman path.

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jizo along kanman path

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kanman path 

more jizo (buddhist guardian deity)along kanman path.

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kanman abyss

kanman-abyss-form-by-lava-eruption-of-mt-nantai

kanmangafuchi formed by lava eruption of mt nantai

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kanmangafuchi formed by lava eruption of mt nantai

kanman-abyss-form-by-lava-eruption-of-mt-nantai3

kanmangafuchi formed by lava eruption of mt nantai

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kanmangafuchi formed by lava eruption of mt nantai 

the kanman abyss was formed by lava eruption of mt nantai.

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kanman path

nice walking walk along kanman path.

daiya-river

daiya river 

alongside the daiya river.

rinnoji

rinnoji轮王寺 

after kanman, we proceeded with the historic walk.

first the rinnoji轮王寺.

not so much to see, as the place is likely permanently under restoration.

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towards toshogu shrine东照宫 

walking towards toshogu shrine东照宫.

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torii gate @ toshogu shrine东照宫 

torii gate @ toshogu shrine东照宫 at the entrance.

pagoda-toshogu-shrine

pagoda toshogu shrine

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pagoda toshogu shrine

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pagoda toshogu shrine 

& 5 storey pagoda.

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nikko-futarasan 

towards-futarasan

towards futarasan 

walking from toshogu shrine东照宫 to nikko-futarasan

sake-drums-futarasan

sake drums futarasan 

sake drums.

according to endomondo (top photo), we walked 6km in 2hrs, with all the stops & photo taking. 🙂

crispy-red-bean-cake

crispy red bean dessert 

we were back to tobu nikko station just past 2pm.

our ryokan, shikisai, was fetching us from the station at 2.40pm (checking in time is 3pm), so we picked up our luggage, and walked around the shops a bit.

took the popular, very nice, crispy, fluffy red bean dessert. very nice, warm & shiok!

quite similar to the one i took at takao san. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Very Good Sliced Fish Noodles Soup @ New Food Town Fish Soup 新食城鱼汤on 23Oct2016

sliced-fish-noodles-soup

sliced fish noodles soup – S$6

i didn’t have a good experience with new food town seafood zi char dishes the last time.

my youngest daughter didn’t want the master tang wanton noodles after looking at it, and nothing much else to order here, so decided to have the fish soup at new food town fish soup on 23.10.2016.

interestingly, this fish soup turned out to be very good!

broth was tasty, sliced fish was good, & daughter picked a slight brown stringy noodles, not the usual mee kia, and that was very good.

new-food-town-fish-soup

new food town fish soup

this stall i will come back & try myself.

c.h.e.f andy

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NEW FOOD TOWN FISH SOUP 新食城鱼汤

ADDRESS

10E Sixth Avenue
#01-01/02
Singapore 276474

OPENING HOURS 

Daily (closed Thursday):
08:00am – 04:00pm

CONTACT:

+65 91992646

My Worse Wanton Mee @ Master Tang Wanton Noodles 凤城面家 on 23Oct2016

wanton noodles dry

wanton noodles dry – S$3.50

daughter wanted to try master tang wanton noodles, so 5 of us went to kopitown at 6th avenue on 23.10.2016.

so much good reviews by so many writers.

so much good things written about mr tang. at 84, among the oldest master hawkers in singapore, 20 years as chief kitchen trainer at crystal jade, makes his own noodles, hong long style noodles etc….

too bad i really dislike this noodles.

i think it’s the worse wanton noodles i have taken!

the much written about S$3.50 wanton noodles dry has no char siew. i did not take the wanton, but the noodles were really “dry” & tasteless, hardly any sauce & only tasted of oyster sauce, which as a standalone taste something i do not like…

it looks nothing like the S$3.50 wanton noodles dry photos in so many other reviews.

feng cheng noodles

master tang wanton noodles

must be a bad day la! boss not around..

wanton noodles soup

wanton noodles soup

i don’t think anything of the noodles soup either!

dumpling soup

dumpling soup 水饺汤

the dumpling soup 水饺汤 for me mediocre at best la…

for me the jian kang wanton noodles, pork ribs, dumpling soup 水饺汤 (in every department) were so many times more superior.

normally i would not go back to such a stall…but there being so many good reviews…maybe i will give it any try some day..not so thrilled about going back too soon though…

c.h.e.f andy

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Usual Wonderful 6-course Dinner @ Tunglok Signatures Orchard Parade on 22Oct2016

lobster-ball

#1 lobster ball with chef’s special sauce

had dinner with wife at tunglok signatures orchard parade on 22.10.2016. ^^

been here several times lately, & enjoying it everytime. 🙂

6-course dinner set

6-course dinner set

we just had an excellent 6-course dinner here 3 weeks back on 2.10.2016, so was quite disappointed to see a change of menu!

as it turned out, the new menu was very good too.

lobster-ball-2

#1 lobster ball with chef’s special sauce

first course was a deep-fried lobster ball.

very good! not as good as the lobster steak in the last menu, but still very nice. chef’s special sauce quite special, a bit japanese.

flambe-tan-jia-sharksfin-soup

#2 flambe tan jia sharksfin soup

flambe sharksfin was good as always.

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#2 flambe tan jia sharksfin soup

good serving of sharksfin & very good stock.

star garoupa fillet

#3 star garoupa fillet

the steamed star garoupa with preserved veg was excellent!

star garoupa fillet2

star garoupa fillet

very very good.

i think i will try this style (with preserve veg) with red garoupa at home.

belly-pork

#4 belly pork

wife generally doesn’t prefer lamb rack.

so we asked for a change, and they served her a belly pork dish.

belly-pork2

#4 belly pork

it was very good.

very tender & crackling skin.

not really that much different from my own gordon ramsay slow braised crackling belly pork.

lamb-rack

#4 pan-grilled lamb rack

but the lamb rack was better!

wife liked it actually after she tried, though she wouldn’t take 1 serving by herself so the change was still a good one, so we could try both dishes.

lamb-rack2

#4 pan-grilled lamb rack

it really is the best chinese styled fine dining lamb rack i have taken.

not the usual sickly sticky chinese sauce. quite western actually or fusion…

this also i can think of doing at home.

sliced-abalone-noodles3

#5 sliced abalone noodles

the very thick slice abalone quite impressive. 🙂

sliced-abalone-noodles

sliced abalone noodles

noodles were prefect!

& mushrooms, spinach all very good! 🙂

sliced-abalone-noodles2

#5 sliced abalone noodles

the lobster steak noodles was still better than this though.

aloe-vera-with-lime-sorbet-in-young-coconut2

#6 aloe vera with lime sorbet in young coconut

we didn’t want the pulut hitam dessert, so changed both to aloe vera with lime sorbet.

aloe-vera-with-lime-sorbet-in-young-coconut

#6 aloe vera with lime sorbet in young coconut

this really refreshing & enjoyable.

not better than the usual 雪中情怀we used to have but a very good dessert on its own right la! 🙂

overall dinner was S$126 (or S$63pax nett) after amex love dining 50% discounts. very good value top quality dinner set!

c.h.e.f andy

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Tunglok Signatures @ Orchard Parad

Address :
Orchard Parade Hotel #02-18
1 Tanglin Road
Singapore 247905

Contact :
Tel : +65 6834 0660
Fax : +65 6834 0550

Opening Hours :

Lunch :11.30am – 3.00pm (Daily)
Dinner :6.00pm -10.30pm (Daily)

Krisflyer Gold Lounge @ Changi Terminal 2 on 11Oct2016

Krisflyer gold lounge food

Krisflyer gold lounge food – miesli with nuts 

wife & i flying off for a short walking holiday at nikko 12-17.10.2016. ^^

we were flying ANA to haneda airport, tokyo so checked in & boarding at changi T2 on 11.10.2016 night. 🙂

Krisflyer gold lounge

Krisflyer gold lounge

DBS asia treasure lounge at T2 under reno & re-opening in dec2016.

wife got invitation to krisflyer gold lounge + 1 guest.

Krisflyer gold lounge

Krisflyer gold lounge 

lounge was comfortable enough.

internet was ok.

Krisflyer gold lounge food

Krisflyer gold lounge food 

food though was not quite the same la…c/w with asia treasure lounge.

Krisflyer gold lounge food

Krisflyer gold lounge food 

some noodles, tofu (hard, quite poorly done), mushrooms, asparagus. nothing that attracted.

anyway still a good stop before boarding ANA. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

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Krisflyer Gold Lounge @ Changi T2

Address:

60 Airport Blvd, Singapore 819643

Opening Hours:

24 hours

 

Nice Bakuteh @ Joo Siah Bak Koot Teh 裕城肉骨茶 on 19Oct2016

chai buay, tau kee & pig trotters

chai buay, tau kee & pig trotters

my OPS primary school classmate bought 3 pax lunch at joo siah bak koot teh today on 19.10.2016. ^^

joo siah bak koot teh 裕城肉骨茶

joo siah bak koot teh 裕城肉骨茶

joo siah quite well known, but i have not tried before.

we were there at 1.50pm.

no queue at this time but the long排骨sold out, so friend ordered 肉骨.

kai xiang food centre

kai xiang food centre

joo siah is located at a coffeeshop kai xiang food centre. 🙂

bakuteh

bakuteh

the bkt was better than i expected.

actually i was not expecting much, as i can make very good bkt myself easily with cheap ingredients.

bakuteh

bakuteh

joo siah’s soup was good, better than mine i think.

my frozen prime ribs better than this 肉骨 though, as it is prime ribs. prime ribs are more fatty & have better bite, whereas the pork ribs have large part of lean meat not so flavourful & poorer texture.

liver, kidney, small intestines

liver, kidney, small intestines

liver, kidney, small intestines was pretty ok.

on balance, i like seng kee (amk ave 10)’s pig’s tail soup better.

pig trotters

pig trotters

pig trotters quite flavourful. the gelatinous part was good. there was a lot of lean meat though & texture average though taste was good.

by comparison, seng kee (amk ave 10)’s pig trotters would be the kind of standard i prefer.

tau kee

tau kee

tau kee was good.

chai buay

chai buay

& chai buay ok too. i would prefer the teochew type chai buay but i guess they were quite different dishes.

lunch for 3pax was S$42.

don’t know if it was expensive. guess it is like the going price in a good bkt place, that’s why i feel quite happy having my own bkt at home.

lunch was fun. we chatted for quite long after makan. then the friends adjourned, came to my place for some kaya toast & more coffee chat.

c.h.e.f andy

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Joo Siah Bak Koot Teh 裕城肉骨茶 

Address:

#01-1215, Yuhua Place, 349 Jurong East Avenue 1, 600349
Opening Hours:
daily
  • 8AM–7:15PM

Excellent Dinner Chat with Brother @ Tunglok Signatures Orchard Parade on 18Oct2016

lobster steak noodles 龙虾扒面 S$28

lobster steak noodles 龙虾扒面 S$28

had an excellent dinner chat with my brother this evening at tunglok signatures orchard parade on 18.10.2016. ^^

a place wife & i like & i enjoy many makans here with family & friends.

i was going to order the excellent london duck but now they priced the duck at S$26 (no discounts) c/w S$30 & 50% amex love dining discounts for 2pax i had just recently on 7.9.2016.

no point for me to order that as it would equal a S$52 order for other menu items entitled to discounts.

pumpkin soup - one of many excellent lie tong 例汤 (S$16)

pumpkin soup - one of many excellent lie tong 例汤 (S$16)

we had the lie tong 例汤. tunglok is excellent for lie tong 例汤. i think better than many sharksfin soup.

& this is one of many very nice lie tong 例汤. my helper can make many of these soups very well. this one though was really super here.

pumpkin soup ingredients - soft bones + pumpkin (S$16)

pumpkin soup ingredients - soft bones + pumpkin (S$16)

simple ingredients pork soft bones & pumpkin.

pumpkin soup ingredients - soft bones + pumpkin (S$16)

pumpkin soup ingredients - soft bones + pumpkin (S$16)

we finished all of them la….^^

roast pork 烧肉 - S$12

roast pork 烧肉 – S$12

one look & you know this roast pork was excellent.

roast pork 烧肉 - S$12

roast pork 烧肉 – S$12

skin could not be more crispy & yet so fine. & the meat texture & taste simply perfect!

prawns in 2 ways - wasabi & salted egg (S$10)

prawns in 2 ways – wasabi & salted egg (S$10)

i ordered 1 portion.

prawns were fresh & well fried. this one the batter not the best.

sauces were just nice not overpowering. tomato was excellent.

rack of lamb S$15

rack of lamb S$15

this is one place that serves the very best chinese rack of lamb in fine dining presentation.

rack of lamb S$15

rack of lamb S$15

usually chinese styled lamb rack is too sickly stickly sweet. this one just perfect.

lobster steak noodles 龙虾扒面 S$28

lobster steak noodles 龙虾扒面 S$28

& the lobster steak was just par excellence. very fresh, bouncy, sweet, tender.

scallop noodles S$10.80

scallop noodles S$10.80

the scallop noodles was fine too.

but of course paled in comparison la…

complimentary beetroot cocktail juice

complimentary beetroot cocktail juice

the server told us this was beetroot, with apple, lime etc.

most mistook it as watermelon. me too la! 🙂

scallop noodles S$10.80

scallop noodles S$10.80

dessert here very good, but brother too full to add a vegetable dish or dessert.

2pax dinner came to S$59 after 50% amex love dining discounts. now they don’t offer parking so it’s S$4 per entry parking for dinner. manageable. 🙂

we stayed & had long chat after dinner. never fail to enjoy great makans & outing here.

c.h.e.f andy

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Tunglok Signatures @ Orchard Parad

Address :
Orchard Parade Hotel #02-18
1 Tanglin Road
Singapore 247905

Contact :
Tel : +65 6834 0660
Fax : +65 6834 0550

Opening Hours :

Lunch :11.30am – 3.00pm (Daily)
Dinner :6.00pm -10.30pm (Daily)

 

5Pax Family Home Dinner on 9Oct2016

garlic steamed seabass

garlic steamed seabass

family decided to stay home for dinner on sunday night.

5pax…& a time for me to experiment some dishes. ^^

i had a fairly good garlic steamed seabass & stir-fried asparagus at formosa delights 清香馆recently.

i thought i gave those a try..i had bought some asparagus few days back with that in mind.

asparagus, spinach, sweet peas with baby corn

asparagus, spinach, sweet peas with baby corn

for 5pax, i added 2 other vegetables, a spinach & a sweet peas with baby corn. 🙂

garlic steamed seabass

garlic steamed seabass

my seabass was pretty good, sweet, great garlic flavour. 🙂

i added 1.5 tbsp fish sauce, 2rbsp mirin, 2 tbsp olive oil, lots of garlic, 2cm sliced ginger, 2 cut chilli padi, & some spring onions.

i fried the sliced ginger & chilli padi first, added chopped garlic, fried lightly, off fire. then added the garlic sauce & choppd spring onions on the seabass & steamed for 10mins.

my garlic stamed seabass not yet the look or taste of formosa delights 清香馆’s garlic steamed seabass (above photo)

but also pretty good la.

stirfried asparagus

stir-fried asparagus

my fried asparagus was the best of the 3 vegetables, very tasty, great wok hae, and very tender, crunchy not overcooked asparagus.

everyone liked it.

c/w formosa delights 清香馆’s fried asparagus (above photo), my version was not so different.

i am more wasteful, cutting off most of the green layer, and more oyster sauce. taste-wise formosa delights 清香馆’s version also very nice. 🙂

sweet peas with baby corn & chicken breast

sweet peas with baby corn & chicken breast

sweet peas with baby corn is a dish my family like & my helper does it a lot.

today sunday she’s off duty.

i wanted to add prawns but there wasn’t any so i added cut chicken breast instead. it didn’t match as well as prawns, still the chicken breast was nice on its own & so was the vegetables.

stirfried spinach

stir-fried spinach

i also did a stir-fried spinach.

recently i do very good fried veg, now preferring the dry method w/o cornflour just 清炒 with more garlic.

steamed egg

steamed egg

the steamed egg, the simplest dish, was akin to disaster. i didn’t want to do the usual minced pork with chopped spring onions, so experimented with mirin, tsuyu sauce & water. not the right taste, not quite “edible” la..

anyway after dinner i decided to diligently google a good recipe, i think now i have a good idea what to do next time.

c.h.e.f andy