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.

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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.

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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.

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#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!

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#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!

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#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.

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#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.

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#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! 🙂

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

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such a pleasant bali dining environment

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

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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

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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! ^^

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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

 

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