Dakgalbi 닭갈비 fried Chicken with Gochujang– 23rd Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 25Nov2016

dakgalbi 닭갈비 fried chicken with gochujang

dakgalbi 닭갈비 fried chicken with gochujang

did a dakgalbi 닭갈비 fried chicken with gochujang  for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 25.11.2016. ^^

this my 23rd 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.

dakgalbi 닭갈비 fried chicken with gochujang

dakgalbi 닭갈비 fried chicken with gochujang

we had dakgalbi 닭갈비 fried chicken with gochujang at mr dakgalbi in chuncheon 春川after our visit to the awesome autumn colours of nami island 남이선南怡岛.

two deboned chickens

two deboned chickens

this dish not so different from the korean grilled belly pork with gochujang i did for teban gardens last friday on 18.11.2016.

for chicken, i debone 2 chickens the night before. that took about 35mins.

two deboned chickens

two deboned chickens

in the morning i got up at 6.40am & marinated the chicken – 2 heap tbsp gochujang, 4 tsp chopped garlic, 3cm chopped ginger.

then i let it sit about 1 hr.

cabbage

cabbage

menawhile i cut 1 cabbage (1kg). fried garlic & ginger till fragrant & added cabbage.

fried a while, added 2 tbsp flat oyster sauce, 1 tbsp faih sauce, covered a while then reduced. vegetable has a lot of water so no need to add water.

dakgalbi 닭갈비 fried chicken with gochujang

dakgalbi 닭갈비 fried chicken with gochujang

for the chicken, i cut one large onion & fried till softened & fragrant. no need oil as using the wok for the veg.

added the chicken. if quantity is too much fry in 2 batches.

i managed my ok. high fire, then low & cover to cook the chicken (for small amount like 1/2 chicken no need to cover, charred a bit with bbq flavours nicer) the high fire to reduce. again there is water in the chicken & very tasty already so no need to add water or stock.

dakgalbi 닭갈비 fried chicken with gochujang

dakgalbi 닭갈비 fried chicken with gochujang

the chicken was tender & tasty.

the cabbage & onions very nice too & complemented the chicken.

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 chicken cut to 4cm bite size (about 500g if deboned)
  • 1/2 yellow onion cut
  • 300g cabbage (2 cups?)

seasoning

  • 1 tbsp gochujang
  • 1 tsp heap chopped garlic
  • 1 cm chopped ginger

Directions:

  1. cut (or debone) 1/2 chicken, wash with salt water, rinse well in colander, put in fridge overnight.
  2. season chicken with gochujang, chopped garlic & chopped ginger & set aside for few hrs.
  3. fry cabbage in garlic & ginger, add oyster sauce & a bit of fish sauce. set aside.
  4. fry cut onions till softened & fragrant, add chicken & fry high fire then lower.
  5. add back the cabbage, mix, dish out & serve.

 

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8pax Birthday Lunch @ Santaro by Gion Amara Hotel on 18Nov2016

salad

salad

there are 2 november birthdays among our group of close RI friends.

Unagi donburi set meal for 2 people for $49.90

Unagi donburi set meal for 2 people for $49.90

one of us bought a groupon deal & arranged a 8pax lunch at santaro by gion at amara hotel tangjong pagar on 18.11.2016. ^^

he also arranged the cake & gifts. 🙂

salad

salad

we took the unagi don set – S$49.90 for 2pax.

we were lucky today we had a private room by ourselves.

first was a refreshing salad. 🙂 good.

potato salad

potato salad

& a potato salad with tuna rillette. ok.

chawanmushi

chawanmushi

also a chawanmushi.

chawanmushi

chawanmushi

chawanmushi was competent. but it was plain not crabmeat or ikura so just dashi for flavours. texture was good, nothing special though.

adegashi tofu

adegashi tofu

adegashi tofu likewise. not too bad

adegashi tofu

adegashi tofu

crispy tofu soft inside, nice sauce, garnished with radish, scallions & nori (seaweed).

sashimi moriawase

sashimi moriawase

sashimi moriawase was ok – tuna, salmon, hotate, atlantic surf clam. quite decent.

tempura

tempura

tempura was competent. crispy. my second best dish for this lunch.

tempura

tempura

prawns & veg. i would say about ichiban boshi standard, not as good as sun with moon.

sishamo

sishamo

sishamo karaage.

sishamo

sishamo

quite ok. fresh fish. good batter. sishamo just not my favourite.

tori tonkatsu

tori tonkatsu

the best dish for me was the tori katsu.

tori tonkatsu

tori tonkatsu

the plate was shared by 2pax.

chicken cutlet was tasty, crispy. chicken was tender.

unagi don

unagi don

unagi don was so so.

unagi don

unagi don

unagi was pretty ok. the don (rice) though was quite poor.

not sushi vinegared rice, plain rice & no tasty sauce.

yogurt

yogurt

yogurt dessert not much to say i guess.

food spread & quantity was pretty good, many dishes.

food standard & taste quite mediocre. with the groupon promotion, pax lunch was just S$25nett. we paid S$3++ pax for the ocha but i guess you can don’t order tea.

birthday cake from flor patissierie

birthday cake from flor patissierie

service was quite good. we had a room by ourselves, and the servers took photos for us & also brought the cake & serving plates etc.

we had a good time among close friends. for one, the birthday gift was 2 bottles of wine. for the other, we decided to get him some electronic stuff, so the organiser was going to the IT show the following week to get something.

as always, a great time with old buddies…this time with the added entertainment of musing over the biggest con in american history.

c.h.e.f andy

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Very Good Bakuteh @ Tuan Yuan 团缘 on 23Nov2016

bakuteh

bakuteh

my OPS primary school classmate bought 4pax lunch at tuan yuan bakuteh today on 23.11.2016. ^^

pu er tea 普洱茶

pu er tea 普洱茶 S$6

we had a pot of pu er tea 普洱茶. maybe 铁观音still the more common tea for bakuteh if i am dining with my sis. i am ok with pu er tea 普洱茶 myself, like in any chinese restaurant.

tuan-yuan-bkt-restaurant

Tuan Yuan 团缘 bakuteh restaurant

Tuan Yuan 团缘 signifies reunion & fate, the philosophy of the owner mr gwee song how who owns ya hua bakuteh. this one is a new venture by his children. 🙂

service buzzer

service buzzer

they have the service buzzer.

& according to sethlui.com, they also have a mobile app “TuanYuan” on appstore & playstore, where you can order in advance. i am yet to try, certainly good service oriented philosophy & innovations.

bakuteh

bakuteh

what stood out was the soup.

really tasty, the natural meat sweetness!

this one not so peppery which i like also. apparently you can order 3 different pepper level for the soup on the mobile app!

the prime ribs were good too. texture & bite just right, not so soft like falling apart.

i still prefer the texture of the large prime rib at rong cheng though. i have not been there for a while so not sure how it is now.

kidney

kidney

the kidney soup was good.

tasty kidney just the right doneness & texture. 🙂

liver

liver

liver soup was good too.

pig trotters

pig trotters

pig trotters was i guess competent. but not among the best i had. will try again next time when i go.

chye-sim

chye sim

the chye sim was a bit off.

a bit “siap”, not so crunchy. it was blanched, maybe slightly over.

side dishes

side dishes

the sides were quite standard – taukee or knots, chye buay & peanuts.

i forgot to take photo but what deserved a special mention was the you tiao 油条.

i never take you tiao 油条 at bkt. they are invariably precut, left on bowls ready to serve & oily, dry & not crispy.

these ones here the boss mr gwee told us they made themselves, & truly it was not oily, very crispy & yet fluffy.

one of the best you tiao 油条, better even than many market specialised you tiao 油条stalls.

tang yuan 汤圆 - 三代同堂

tang yuan 汤圆 - 三代同堂

the boss offered us complimentary tang yuan 汤圆 mochi dumpling dessert. it was supposed to signify 3 generations together 三代同堂, with the smaller & differently coloured mochi dumplings.

ok for me, nothing special. i don’t think it was better than the frozen mochi dumplings i had from giant.

another thing, the service at tuan yuan was really superb!

the son, his wife all came to chat with us.

the owner mr gwee himself came couple times, & to offer the free mochi dumplings.

& the servers kept offering to top up the soup & also top up the tea.

prices here not cheap. my OPS friend paid. i didn’t ask how much, but i estimate around S$65 for 4pax???

but if food & service are good, i will go back & i guess most folks do too.

c.h.e.f andy

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TUAN YUAN

Block 127, Kim Tian Road,
#01-01 Singapore 160127
+65 6684 0123
OPENING HOURS
8:00AM – 3:00AM
Closed on Mondays

Great Teochew Muay Buffet @ Cafe on the Ridge on 22Nov2016

lor arh - braised duck

lor arh – braised duck 

had a S$20 birthday voucher to use at guild house.

went with sis for the teochew muay buffet at cafe on the ridge at jent ridge guild house on 22.11.2016. ^^

kent ridge guild house

kent ridge guild house

krgh ambience is pretty ok for a cafe.

teochew muay buffet - kent ridge guild house

teochew muay buffet – kent ridge guild house 

they made use of the covered outdoor area for the teochew muay buffet display.

lor arh - braised duck station

lor arh – braised duck station 

first thing i go for was the lor arh – braised duck! 🙂

braised duck, kong bak, pig skin

braised duck, kong bak, pig skin 

it was pretty good. good texture & flavour, not especially “pang” so not better than my own braised duck la…

kong bak, pig skin, taupok

kong bak, pig skin, taupok 

kong bak, pig skin & taupok all good. basically texture was great & the same braising sauce. 🙂

teochew muay buffet items

teochew muay buffet items 

there were quite a good spread of buffet items.

abve photo you have pig trotters, ngoh hiang, steamed pork, otah, chicken feet, taukee chap chai.

stemed minced pork & otah

stemed minced pork & otah 

steamed minced prok & otah ok, average.

teochew muay buffet items

teochew muay buffet items 

chicken feet, taukee chap chai good. pig trotters quite good. ngoh hiang pretty ok.

teochew muay buffet items

teochew muay buffet items 

the prawns were good. normally i wouldn’t go much for prawns in buffet but these ones were tasty. 🙂

chicken & peppers passable but can skip.

fish can skip also.

egg quite good.

teochew muay buffet items

teochew muay buffet items 

sis like all the side dishes.

they were all good actually – peanuts, gluten, luncheon meat, fermented beancurd, salted egg, & the best of all the pickled lettuce.

bringing back our childhood days! ^^

chilled sotong, marinated raw cockles, pig trotters

chilled sotong, marinated raw cockles, pig trotters 

there was also chilled sotong, & marinated raw cockles.

chilled-sotong

chilled sotong 

chilled sotong was ok, quite good actually especially with the “kek you”桔油, some tangaine sauce.

marinated raw cockles

marinated raw cockles 

the raw cockles were really nice. maybe i should have taken some more, but nowadays a bit wary.

pig trotters

pig trotters 

we had another serving of pig trotters.

popiah

popiah 

& tried/shared the popiah. it was ok but cannot c/w my friend’s wife’s popiah la…

nonya dessert

nonya dessert 

i had just a little to try, 2 tbsp. quite ok.

fruits

fruits 

fruits were very sweet, both water melon & rock melon.

rock melon especially had that special fragrant flavour. very good!

talam cendol & kueh salat

talam cendol & kueh salat

i had 1/2 of each of the talam cendol & kueh salat also. pretty ok!

the buffet was S$14.90+pax, no service charge but got GST.

so about S$32 for 2pax. just S$12 after the S$20 voucher.

anyway the buffet is really pretty good for S$16nett pax.

there are so many very expensive & so so teochew muay places & the plate of duck etc alone would cost S$15. & here in nice cafe environment & can take more if desired.

c.h.e.f andy

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Cafe on the Ridge @ Kent Rudge Guild House

Address:

9 Kent Ridge Dr, Singapore 119241

Contact:

BBQ Stingray 8pax Dinner @ Banana Leaf Seafood, Kopitiam Blk 450 Clementi Ave 3 on 21Nov2016

zi char dishes

zi char dishes

my OPS primary school classmate bought 8pax dinner at banana leaf seafood this evening on 21.11.2016. ^^

the host came kind of late, so we were at liberty to order the food. 🙂

banana leaf seafood bbq stall @ kopitiam blk 450 clementi ave 3

banana leaf seafood bbq stall @ kopitiam blk 450 clementi ave 3

banana leaf seafood bbq stall @ kopitiam blk 450 clementi ave 3

banana leaf seafood bbq stall @ kopitiam blk 450 clementi ave 3

banana leaf seafood bbq stall is located at kopitiam blk 450 clementi ave 3.

according to one friend, the stall selling pig trotters also good.

no photography!!!

no photography!!!

there was a sign – no photography!!!

though we were taking photos with impunity throughout dinner.

no outside food understandable…anyhow we also took some ming ang pastry after dinner…

satay

satay

the satay was pretty good here also.

satay

satay

satay was tasty. chicken satay was tender. beef/mutton satay ok, just slightly tough.

satay

satay 

another friend paid separately for satay, she said about $15 for 20 satays & 2 ketupat. 🙂

otah

otah

we ordered prawn & fish otah.

otah

otah

otah was ok for me. some friends said not so good.

cannot really c/w the thick chunky otah at restaurants, & some cheaper burnt leaf otah also very good, but otherwise ok for me.

lala - little neck clams

lala – little neck clams

lala to me was non-descript.

lala - little neck clams

lala – little neck clams

sauce not anything, not spicy no specia flavours (like curry leaves)…clams not succulent.

#1 stir-fried manila clams with curry leaves

my own manila clams with curry leaves

no comparison with my own manila clams leh…..

har jeon gai - prawn paste chicken

har jeon gai – prawn paste chicken

some friends liked the har jeon gai – prawn paste chicken here.

for me it was quite ordinary. not great.

fried kang kong

fried kang kong

fried kang kong was ok.

thai kailan

thai kailan

thai kailan quite ok too.

chilli bbq sotong

chilli bbq sotong

the bbq sotong so so for me. maybe it was just chilli sotong & baked in the leaf.

no bbq flavours.

chilli bbq stingray

chilli bbq stingray

the bbq stingray was excellent!

chilli bbq stingray

chilli bbq stingray

very tasty, tender, juicy.

and chilli very good & great complements to the bbq fish.

dinner for 8pax, 7 dishes was S$112. pretty ok…

ming ann pastry from JB

ming ann pastry from JB

ming ann pastry from JB

ming ann pastry from JB

ming ann egg tart

ming ann egg tart

a friend brought some ming ang pastry & egg tarts from JB…we had that after dinner…

i guess as long as you eat your fair share of food purchase at the kopitiam, they let you consume outside food.

wimi coconut ice cream dessert

wimi coconut ice cream dessert

after dinner a friend suggested we have the wimi ice cream dessert.

coconut ice cream dessert

coconut ice cream dessert – S$5

the $5 serving came with a choice of 2 ice creams, plus 3 toppings, all served in a coconut & also a free coconut water drink.

i didn’t try it.

it looks pretty look for a $5 dessert, nice combo.

a pleasant evening with old friends of 51years…great bonding..

c.h.e.f andy

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Another Bestest Kaiseki Dinner @ Hachi on 20Nov2016

uni ikura on king crab + botan ebi with corn veloute

#1 uni ikura on king crab + botan ebi with corn veloute 

wife bought 3pax dinner at hachi this evening on 20.11.2016. ^^

never fail to have the best kaiseki, best dinner experience here….we had so many best here. 🙂

 

kaiseki menu

kaiseki menu 

for us this place is better than or equal to most of the ryokan kaiseki we had in japan.

really excellent stuff & always thrill the palate, everytime la….

uni ikura on king crab + botan ebi with corn veloute

#1 uni ikura on king crab + botan ebi with corn veloute 

the sensai 前菜came with 2 delicacies.

uni ikura on king crab

#1 uni ikura on king crab 

a generous serving on uni & ikura atop a tarabagani (king crab) with apple vinegar jelly.

uni superb & ikura was like my daughter said – taste of the sea.

strangely though i though the king crab wasn’t that sweet, or not as sweet as i expected (like the lobster was). wife & daughter thought it was great, so maybe just me.

botan ebi with corn veloute

#1 botan ebi with corn veloute 

the botan ebi was wonderful, as expected.

the corn veloute felt more like a chawanmushi than a soup, very nice la!

uni isobe age

#2 uni isobe age 

the uni isobe age was very good this evening.

excellent isobe age (a seaweed flavoured fritter) to complement the very sweet & fresh uni.

on a bed of edamame mousse.

uni isobe age + kinono mushroom consomme

#2 uni isobe age + kinoko mushroom consomme 

there was a kinoko mushroom consomme, but really that was non-descript.

not that it was not good or tasty. but it was ordinary by comparison.

how i miss jaan…& the “out-of-this-world” cepe mushroom tea!

canadian oyster with ponzu jelly

#3 canadian oyster with ponzu jelly 

the large canadian oyster, quite a permanent fixture in both lunch & dinner kaiseki.

always good, plump & great combined with the ponzu jelly.

canadian oyster with ponzu jelly

#3 canadian oyster with ponzu jelly 

daughter & i both commented that the oyster this evening not as sweet as what we had previously. still excellent la… 🙂

sashimi moriawase

#4 sashimi moriawase 

we had a great chef’s selection of sashimi.

though i wouldn’t mind if we had some shell fish like akagai, hotate, or some uni or botan ebi…haha! can always be better….

sashimi moriawase

#4 sashimi moriawase

every fish was very sweet – bonito, chutoro, kampachi, hirame, a grouper (tai??), & kinmedai.

all wonderful!

a hirame millefeuille dish

a hirame millefeuille dish (complimentary)

we were served a complimentary dish – don’t see it in the menu la..

the server saod layer hirame with nori (seaweed)..

a hirame millefeuille dish

a hirame millefeuille dish (complimentary)

don’t see the millefeuille layers here, just hirame stacked together – 4 slices..

this hirame (flounder) very sweet & no residue…usually hirame has residue..

there was some sauce…the entire dish very tasty..

grilled lobster done to perfection

#5 grilled lobster done to perfection 

the lightly grilled lobster was fantastic!

so sweet, so tasty, perfection la!

the lobster was as good as the superb grilled lobster at ash & elm’s 100gourmet dinner on 26.8.2016. ^^

grilled lobster done to perfection

#5 grilled lobster done to perfection

& the serving tray!

never seen one so beautiful! the maple were encased in glass, the lobster & the tiny fish fritters displayed on top! 🙂

some tiny fish fritters

some tiny fish fritters 

very nice tiny fish fritters to go with the lobster.

truffle miso cod + A5 ohmi wagyu

#6 truffle miso cod + A5 ohmi wagyu 

wife doesn’t take saba. the chef knows well so served her a truffle miso cod. quite excellent!

pacific saury (saba)

#6 pacific saury (saba) 

daughter & i had our saba.

it was very very good! just could not match the cod la…

A5 ohmi wagyu

#6 A5 ohmi wagyu 

& the A5 ohmi wagyu was just resplendent la! the bestest!

pacific saury (saba)+ A5 ohmi wagyu

#6 pacific saury (saba)+ A5 ohmi wagyu

was having a conversation with the young chef, a friendly young man, came over from the hachi izakaya side we were yet to try.

he was talking about A6, A7, A8 wagyu that are only available in japan.

not sure he is right though. never heard of A6, A7, A8 wagyu. always thought A5 was the highest grade. couldn’t find anything on google. can be though that they are in japanese & google only turns out overseas info which only list A5 as highest grade.

uni + hotate + chutoro sushi

#7 uni + hotate + chutoro sushi

wife got her hotate sushi.

chutoro + saba + uni sushi

chutoro + saba + uni sushi

daughter & i had saba sushi, along with uni & chutoro.

chutoro + saba + uni sushi

chutoro + saba + uni sushi 

they were all just so good la………

lemon jelly with kuromame + black sesame ice cream

#8 lemon jelly with kuromame + black sesame ice cream

for dessert, we had the lemon jelly with kuromame. japanese sweetened black beans always so nice, & perfect with the jelly.

lemon jelly with kuromame + black sesame ice cream

lemon jelly with kuromame + black sesame ice cream

the black sesame in a macha cone also very nice.

this a place we enjoy & will come back repeatedly.

though dinner kaiseki is expensive c/w with the excellent value lunch kaiseki, it was very good so well worth the price.

c.h.e.f andy

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Hachi

Address

#01-01, 6 Mohamed Sultan Road, 238956

Contact

+65 67349622

Opening Hours

Mon – Fri: 12:00 – 14:30

Tue – Fri: 18:00 – 23:00

Sat, Sun & PH: 18:00 – 23:00

No lunch of Sat, Sun & PH

Closed: Alt Sun

 

Good Ngoh Hiang @ Sin Sin Prawn Crackers Toa Payoh Lor 8 FC on 21Nov2016

ngoh hiang

ngoh hiang 

met 2 friends to discuss some things.

we met at toa payoh lor 8 food centre 11.30am on 21.11.2016. ^^

sin sin prawn crackers

sin sin prawn crackers 

my friend decided to buy ngoh hiang from sin sin prawn crackers.

ngoh hiang

ngoh hiang 

they had a good spread very neatly laid out.

bee hoon

bee hoon

noodles was plain, and went quit well with the ngoh hiang + chilli.

ngoh hiang

ngoh hiang 

chilli was kind of sour, but i am pretty ok with it. in fact i had a second plate of chilli.

ngoh hiang was pretty good. quite many items (6 maybe?) for S$13.

i would think though that the ngoh hiang at kim san keng junction 8 locality was better in presentation, chilli & also the food items.

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but for me, the indian rojak at ayer rajah food centre was the best, “trumped” all these la… lol! ^^

four seasons cendol

four seasons cendol 

after that 2 of us had four seasons cendol.

the other friend opted for four seasons cheng tng. same owners but different stalls.

c.h.e.f andy

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Sin Sin Prawn Crackers @ Toa Payoh Lor 8 FC

ADDRESS
#01-46 Blk 210 Lorong 8 Toa Payoh Market & Food Centre, 210 Lorong 8 Toa Payoh, 310210
OPENING HOURS
Daily: 11:00 – 15:00

Wonderful 6pax Homecooked Dinner on 16Nov2016

6pax western dinner

6pax western dinner

had a small 6pax home dinner on 16.11.2016. ^^

my good OPS friend & his wife came for dinner. they brought a nice sake. another OPS friend came. she brought some grapes.

another OPS friend & his wife were to join us. but he was lately indisposed & recovering. anyhow he ordered a cake for us for this dinner though he could be attend himself. 🙂

my wife & youngest daughter joined dinner so we had 6pax.

6pax western dinner

6pax western dinner

i cooked just a few dishes. they were enough. 🙂

pumpkin tofu salad

pumpkin tofu salad

my helper made the pumpkin tofu salad.

my wife added the mesclun (i could not get rockets) & tossed the salad when we were starting dinner.

smoked duck from phoon huat gourmet

smoked duck from phoon huat delicatessen

i bought smoked duck from phoon huat delicatessen. i think S$5.50.

it was good and could be taken with the salad or on its own. 🙂

i made an excellent grilled teriyaki salmon belly this evening.

i have not done this for long time, couple years i think.

anyway it was excellent. very tasty,especially with the fatty salmon belly. well infused with miso & light soy sauce flavours, and also seasoned wth chopped garlic & ginger.

for this preparation, a little less miso, & a bit more light soy sauce.

i also did the usual nobu miso cod.

it was very good too..

i had the marinade for <2 days only as i came back from seoul on 14.11.2016, & only started preparing in the night.

still it was very good flavour, even if not quite the best of my miso cod.

the nobu miso cod i did recently for the second FGS (For Goodness Sake) Charity Dinner on 21.10.2016 was very good!

prawn & scallop pasta in pink sauce

prawn & scallop pasta in pink sauce

i canceled one of the pasta as the other friend & his wife could not make dinner & we only had 6pax.

pink (creamy tomatoes) sauce

pink (creamy tomatoes) sauce

i prepared the usual pink sauce, which is creamy tomatoes.

i used prego traditional sauce (1/2 bottle, 680ml per bottle), & added 1/2 can of peeled whole tomatoes, and added basil, then 200ml prawn stock (from prawn heads & shells) & about 4 tbsp cream (60ml).

prawn & scallop pasta in pink sauce

prawn & scallop pasta in pink sauce

sauce was very tasty. i added prawns & scallops, then tossed the pasta. & garnished with more basil leaves, some powdered parmesan & some shredded cheese.

excellent pasta. my friends loved it.

i made a slow-braised pork belly. it was supposed to be the gordon ramsay slow braised pork belly recipe which i did very well for the second FGS & also other dinners. but today i did everything the same (except i didn’t have stock, so just added water to the pork), but the crackling skin just did not turn up! sigh!

& the pork also a little tough.

i also made tagliata di manzo.

but i did not have grain fed angus ribeye. only managed to get grass fed agus ribeye from phoon huat delicatessen.

the cooking, charring, medium rare etc were all ok.

but the beef wasn’t too good. not sweet, and a little tough.

chocolate truffle cake from amara hotel

chocolate truffle cake from amara hotel

the friend who couldn’t attend, insisted to buy the 1kg chocolate truffle cake. he knew the chef & managed to get a 50% discounts for the cake from amara hotel.

chocolate truffle cake from amara hotel

chocolate truffle cake from amara hotel

excellent cake, i must say, and with a 50% discounts for the cake, it was just S$24 for a 1 kg cake. super deal la…

we all had a great dinner & good time together. the friends saw the coffee table book collage which my RI friends made for my recent birthday, and watched some of our korean photos from facebook on the internet tv!

very fun evening la…

c.h.e.f andy

Good Standard Hill View Yong Tau Foo 山景酿豆腐 on 17Nov2016

yong tau foo - S$4.10 for 7 items

yong tau foo – S$4.10 for 7 items 

went to mei chin road food centre in the morning on 17.11.2016.

wanted to have mmepok tar at xin lu (新路) fishball noodles. did not have that for a while.

but it was closed. though today is thursday, not monday.

hill view yong tau foo 山景酿豆腐

hill view yong tau foo 山景酿豆腐 

saw this hill view yong tau foo 山景酿豆腐 opposite. have not tried it before so gave it a try la…

yong tau foo - S$4.10 for 7 items

yong tau foo – S$4.10 for 7 items 

it was good. price was good too.

i had 5 pieces for S$2. but my veg was S$0.60, & the cuttlefish, a humongous piece, was S$1.50, so total S$4.10. they wrote there small $0.60, medium S$1, large $1.50.

i was ok with it la.

yong tau foo - S$4.10 for 7 items

yong tau foo – S$4.10 for 7 items 

cilli & sweet sauce were all good.

i had a pig skin, a teochew fish cake, a taupok, a fried dumpling & a green chilli – 5 pieces.

unlike the ytf stall at kopitiam @ SGH, the fish meat in the taupok & chilli was generous, not meagre.

i like all of them.

hill view yong tau foo 山景酿豆腐

hill view yong tau foo 山景酿豆腐 

soup was tasty too, with some complimentary taukee & seaweed.

don’t eat ytf much but this a stall i like. will come back again.

c.h.e.f andy

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hill view yong tau foo 山景酿豆腐 

Address:

#02-18 MEI CHIN ROAD MARKET, 159 MEI CHIN ROAD, 140159

 

Quite Good S$15.90 Groupon 3-course Meal @ Cafe Cali Park Avenue Rochester on 19Nov2016

cali wings

cali wings

not sure how i ended up with 2 groupons for cafe cali.

Groupon S$15.90 3-course meal for cafe cali

Groupon S$15.90 3-course meal for cafe cali

maybe itchy fingers & press wrongly??

anyway, found out it is expiring on 20.11.2016.

luckily able to get my sis to come for lunch on 19.11.2016. ^^

cafe cali @ park avenue rochester

cafe cali @ park avenue rochester

i parked across the street from park avenue rochester hotel.

parking still S$0.50 for 1/2 hr, not bad la…

restaurant seating ambience not so great, like a cheap place, but cheap ok la…as long as good. lol! 🙂

cali wings

cali wings

the other choices did not attract us.

so we ordered 2 cali wings for appetizer. good choice!

presentation was restaurant standard.

the wings also restaurant standard, better than har jeon gai in most of the zi char places.

salad quite nice too, refreshing, and a bit of bearnaise? went pretty well with the wings too.

striploin steak

striploin steak

for the mains, i had wanted to try both the steak & the wagyu burger.

sis thought we should order another dish that is not beef, so we picked pan-fried salmon.

this striploin medium rare standard better than i expected.

i was thinking like coffeeshop or food court or even aston’s, but this was good restaurant standard.

striploin steak

striploin steak

not sure what steak?

not the very tasty wagyu steak of course, but it was sweet.

striploin steak

striploin steak

and tender enuf. some tougher parts & mostly no residue.

not a top steak, but not lousy steak also, and done well la! 🙂

pan-seared salmon

pan-seared salmon

the pan-seared salmon also restaurant standard, both in presentation, taste & treatment.

pan-seared salmon

pan-seared salmon

crispy skin, a good steak, a good potato mash, sauce, very competent la!

pan-seared salmon

pan-seared salmon

moist, good standard. just salmon steak not my favourite la,,,

vanilla ice cream

vanilla ice cream

ice cream, not much to say.

x'mas decor at cali cafe

x’mas decor at cali cafe

cafe entrance was in disarray!

doing x’mas decor during business hours while guests were entering & leaving?

service was polite ok but not enthused, not forthcoming nor particularly helpful.

they don’t serve plain water, only bottled water, not a good idea in my opinion but that is the restaurant’s prerogative. seems strange for the market positioning, which is basically cafe, though the food was pretty good by cafe standards.

for S$15.90 nett, i guess the groupon deal was pretty good for this standard of food la…

c.h.e.f andy

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Pan-fried Pork Steak with Gochujang on 19Nov2016

pan-fried pork steak with gochujang

pan-fried pork steak with gochujang 

after coming back from our memorable seoul eat & hike 10-13nov2016,

& having had excellent korean bbq almost every night, twice at newmaul sikdang,

i tried my hands at couple of gochujang pork dishes. ^^

i first did the korean grilled belly pork with gochujang for teban gardens community breakfast on 18.11.2016. 🙂

that was a big serving for like 100 people. i did with 1.5kg belly pork. pork was very tender but not breaking, good bite & quite excellent korean gochujang flavour & sweet tasty pork.

the community service centre folks & the volunteers all loved it.

pan-fried pork steak with gochujang

pan-fried pork steak with gochujang 

for this evening, i made pan-fried pork steak with gochujang. panfried in hot pan.

it was really nice. very juicy, tender, tasty with gochujang. an excellent dish!

i am going to serve this to my family & friends la… 🙂

defrosted scalded pork steak from sheng shiong

defrosted scalded pork steak from sheng shiong  

i had some frozen pork rib steaks from sheng shiong, like 500g pack for S$5 or thereabout. they looked very good so i bought them.

after defrosting & washing with salt, i scalded with boiling water & cleaned the steaks.

gochujang

gochujang 

my old gochujang bottle finished, so i went to sheng shing earlier to get a small tub, 170g for about S$2.40.

seasoned with gochujang, chopped garlic & ginger

seasoned with gochujang, chopped garlic & ginger 

gave a good seasoning rub, about 1 tbsp heap for 2 steaks about 250g. & 3 chopped garlic cloves & 2cm chopped ginger.

seasoned with gochujang, chopped garlic & ginger

seasoned with gochujang, chopped garlic & ginger

gave a thorough rub & stand for 30mins (or 2hrs la…). 🙂

pan-fried pork steak with gochujang

pan-fried pork steak with gochujang 

then its a very hot pan.

with a bit of butter.

pinch of salt = 1/6 tsp ?? agak-logy to taste la…

move the steaks around the pan for even heating. then turned fire to medium.

i covered the pan a bit, to make sure pork steak fully cooked. can also reduce to low fire & cook longer w/o cover la…lagi best!

pan-fried pork steak with gochujang

pan-fried pork steak with gochujang 

it was a really tasty, flavourful, juicy steak, with good amount of fat. the slightly charred garlic & ginger also very tasty.

i really like!

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredients:

  • 2 pork rib steaks (250g)
  • 1 tbsp heap gochujang
  • pinch of salt (1/6 tsp??)
  • 3 chopped garlic cloves
  • 2cm chopped ginger

Directions:

  1. wash pork steaks with salt & scald with boiling water to remove scum. clean & dry with kitchen towels.
  2. seasoned with 1 tbsp gochujang, chopped garlic & ginger. stand about 30mins (or 2hrs la…).
  3. a bit of butter. a pinch of lat. & very hot pan. chargrill the steaks. lower fire & cook the steaks. voila!

 

Day 1 – Newmaul Sikdang 새마을식당 on 10Nov2016 – Seoul 10-13Nov2016

Day 1 - korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

Day 1 – korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

it was quite a long day, since we only slept a few hour on the red eye flight arriving this morning on 10.11.2016.

anyhow, we managed to visit 3 palaces + secret gardens english guided tour.

before that (changdeokgung) we walked insadong & had great lunch at insadong geu jib.

after that (gyeongbokgung) we had Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯, not that great, but still a good experience to try this well know samgyetang place for me.

so after returning to our apartment, we slept for a few hours & got up about 9pm.

wife knew this lorean bbq place just 2 blocks from our apartment. there are lots of eats aound the apartment in hongdae.

Day 1 - newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

Day 1 – newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

newmaul sikdang 새마을식당  is a chain.

Day 1 - newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

Day 1 – newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

Day 1 - newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

Day 1 – newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

Day 1 - newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

Day 1 – newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

customers mostly korean.

but also some chinese, like we met everywhere in the day actually.

Day 1 - sio chiu 烧酒, newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

Day 1 – sio chiu 烧酒 4,000won, newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

wife ordered her shio jiu 烧酒, 4000won.

Day 1 - korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

Day 1 – korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

the seaweed soup was tasty. though the best seaweed soup we had was at gwangjang market later.

Day 1 - korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

Day 1 – korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

wife said this item was very good, the last time she had it with daughter here.

pork ribeye? 10,000won….not sure, but it did not disappoint. really good in fact!

Day 1 - korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

Day 1 – korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

& this was one of their popular items. 9,000 won. 🙂

Day 1 - korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

Day 1 – korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

Day 1 - korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

Day 1 – korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

Day 1 - korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

Day 1 – korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

the usual banchan side dishes, but these more as sides for the lettuce wrap with the bbq meats.

Day 1 - korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

Day 1 – korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

the bbq neats were excellent.

very tasty. not better than our favourite aburiya here. actyally aburiya is better, but this was less than 1/2 price.

Day 1 - korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

Day 1 – korean bbq at newmaul sikdang 새마을식당

really tasty, whether eaten as meats or combined with the lettuce.

very enjoyable meal! ^^

the pork slab was especially good. the other meat was like so so, but quite nice when comdined with lettuce & the sides.

a really good dinner for 23,000 won, about S$28, very much cheaper than tosokchon & much more shiok! and a lot cheaper than aburiya too. 🙂

Day 1 - 포장마차 pojangmacha 包藏马车 at hongdae

Day 1 – 포장마차 pojangmacha 包藏马车 at hongdae

after dinner we walked along the streets, and peeped into the 포장마차 pojangmacha 包藏马车 at hongdae.

basically oden, quite similar stuff in japan & hong kong, like what we had in the streets in mongkok, hong kong.

Day 1 - 포장마차 pojangmacha 包藏马车 at hongdae

Day 1 – 포장마차 pojangmacha 包藏马车 at hongdae

the포장마차 pojangmacha 包藏马车 street stalls are quite similar to the yatai屋台 on nakasu island.

satisfied, we returned to the apartment & slept early enough to be ready for nami island the next day.

c.h.e.f andy

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Newmaul Sikdang 새마을식당  

Address :

331-18, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Contact:

▶Homepage : www.newmaul.com (Korean only)

▶Operating Hours :

Open 24/7

Day 1 – Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯 on 10Nov2016 – Seoul 10-13Nov2016

d1-Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

Day 1 – Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

wife’s bringing me to all the places she came with daughter last time. ^^

earlier, we had excellent raw beef salad at insadong geu jib

now after 3 palaces + secret gardens, a good time to enjoy some good food.

d1-Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

Day 1 – Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯 is just a short distance from gyeongbokgung.

d1-Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

the restaurant quite looks like quite big.we were led to an inner hall.

it was closed to 5pm. there was quite good crowd already

d1-banchan side dishes 반찬,Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

Day 1 – banchan side dishes 반찬,Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

there were only 2 banchan side dishes 반찬.

d1-banchan side dishes 반찬,Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

Day 1 – banchan side dishes 반찬,Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

they were laid on the table so help yourself.

d1-Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

Day 1 – banchan side dishes 반찬,Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

quite ok, if limited & nothing special.

d1-Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

Day 1 – Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

wife decided to order a black chicken ssamgyetang. i think it was 23,000won.

d1-Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

Day 1 – Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

maybe the black chicken was indeed sweeter than the normal white chicken.

d1-Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

Day 1 – Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

i am never intrigued with black chicken, hardly take them in singapore, so not much attractions for me.

wife felt there was less soup in the black chicken pot.

d1-Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

Day 1 – Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

i had the normal samgyetang.

i think it was 16,000 won.

d1-Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

Day 1 – Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

both chicken soup were quite tasty, but not specially tasty.

i am not sure if they were any different from singapore korean restaurants, which i have not taken in any anyway.

d1-Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

Day 1 – Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

they used normal rice not glutinous rice, which was usual in samgyetang recipes.

the chicken itself were not that great. not very overcooked & falling apart but also not very tender & sweet.

really, it was nowhere compared with the glutinous rice stuffed chicken soup HK$188 2-in-1 special we had in hong kong on 11.1.2016.

i recorded then that-

the soup was wonderful! ^^

very intense & tasty, & the chicken & glutinous rice were very good too!

& my wife said even my own samgyetang, albeit that i did not have ginseng, was a lot better than this.

i recorded then –

my chicken soup was very tasty (though maybe still not as intense as the wonderful glutinous stuffed chicken soup we had at tao hueng tsimshatsui) & chicken very tender as my friends noted.

so my soup & my chicken were both better!

basically i used very intense, tasty chicken soup & added a small chicken, so both my soup was tasty & chicken was very tender & not overboiled.

& this Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯 was expensive. average of S$25pax for 1 pot of chicken soup each. well i guess it is just as expensive in singapore but other nice food in seoul a lot cheaper la…

so this tosokchon not quit our thing. i would say very average food for relatively expensive prices.

c.h.e.f andy

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Tosokchon Samgyetang (토속촌 삼계탕) 土俗村 蔘鷄湯

Address:

Day 1 – Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫 – Seoul 10-13Nov2016

Day 1 - Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫 with bugaksan in the distant

Day 1 – Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫 with bugaksan in the distant

after leaving changdeokgung & the secret gardens,

we took the subway one stop from anguk to gyeongbokgung & folowed the signs to exit 5. ^^

behind gyeongbokging to the north is bugaksan (북악산-北岳山, 342m). it’s the tallest of 4 mountains surrounding gyeongbokgung, as described here.

Day 1 - Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 – Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

we entered from the left side entrance.

Day 1 - Heungnyemun兴礼门,Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 – Heungnyemun兴礼门,Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Gwanghwamun 광화문 光化門, the palace main gate, is in front (which is to the right of above photo).

Day 1 - Gwanghwamun 광화문 光化門, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫 

Day 1 – Gwanghwamun 광화문 光化門, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

“The four gates of Gyeongbok Palace, arched gates with a gate tower built above a stone buttress, are magnificent additions to this majestic palace compound. Gwanghwamun 광화문 光化門 , the palace’s main gate with a two-story gate tower and a series of three arched gates, is the grandest and stateliest of the four”.

Gwanghwamun was first constructed in 1395 as the main gate to Gyeongbokgung Palace, the main and most important royal palace during the Joseon Dynasty. it was burnt down during the imjin wars in 1592 & later rebuilt.

Day 1 - Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫 

Day 1 – Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 - Geungjeong-jeon ( 근정전 ) 勤政殿, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫 

Day 1 – Geungjeong-jeon ( 근정전 ) 勤政殿, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

the Geungjeong-jeon ( 근정전 ) 勤政殿,was the throne hall.

It was used on the most formal occasions such as royal audiences with all the officials, receptions for foreign envoys,kings etc.

and like changdeokgung, there was a court outside where palace officials stood in designated positions according to their ranks/appointments.

it was drizzling, & getting more than just light drizzle. we did not bring along the daiso S$2 raincoats. i had my parka hood, wife needed an umbrella. we managed to buy one at the souvenir shop for 10,000won, so problem solved.

Day 1 - Gyeonghoe-ru Pavilion 庆会楼, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 – Gyeonghoe-ru Pavilion 庆会楼, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 - Gyeonghoe-ru Pavilion 庆会楼, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 – Gyeonghoe-ru Pavilion 庆会楼, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫, bugaksan in the distance

Day 1 - Gyeonghoe-ru Pavilion 庆会楼, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 – Gyeonghoe-ru Pavilion 庆会楼, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

“The most famous places for relaxing on the ground of Gyeongbok Palace are ⑪ Gyeonghoe-ru and ⑫ Hyangwon-jeong.Gyeonghoe-ru is a two-story pavilion built on an island in the middle of a lotus pond. Its construction was based on cosmic principles espoused by the Book of Changes. The king used this pavilion to entertain foreign envoys or hold large-scale banquets for his ministers”.

Day 1 - we walked by Gyeonghoe-ru Pavilion 庆会楼. bugaksan in the distance

Day 1 – we walked by Gyeonghoe-ru Pavilion 庆会楼. bugaksan in the distance

Day 1 - we walked by Gyeonghoe-ru Pavilion 庆会楼. bugaksan in the distance

Day 1 – we walked by Gyeonghoe-ru Pavilion 庆会楼. bugaksan in the distance

we walked by Gyeonghoe-ru Pavilion 庆会楼. bugaksan is in the distance.

Day 1 - Taewon-jeon, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 – Taewon-jeon, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

we came to Taewon-jeon, a royal coffin hall where the bodies of a deceased king or queen would lie in state until the burial.

Day 1 - beautiful Hyangwon-jeong, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 – beautiful Hyangwon-jeong, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

turning back, we came to beautiful Hyangwon-jeong & another pond.

Day 1 - beautiful Hyangwon-jeong, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 – beautiful Hyangwon-jeong, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 - beautiful Hyangwon-jeong, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 – beautiful Hyangwon-jeong, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 - beautiful Hyangwon-jeong, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 – beautiful Hyangwon-jeong, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 - beautiful Hyangwon-jeong, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 – beautiful Hyangwon-jeong, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 - beautiful Hyangwon-jeong, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 – beautiful Hyangwon-jeong, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 - beautiful Hyangwon-jeong, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 – beautiful Hyangwon-jeong, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

beautiful place indeed. very peaceful.

Day 1 - Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 – Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 - folk museum, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 – folk museum, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

we walked by the folk museum.

Day 1 - donggung, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫 

Day 1 – donggung, Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

The crown prince, heir to the throne, was compared to the rising sun.His quarters was placed on the eastern side of the palace compound and referred to as the Eastern Hall (⑩ Dong-gung).

i just wanted to take the photo to show the raised heated floor & the 2 chimneys by the side.

Day 1 - Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫 

Day 1 – Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

Day 1 - Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫 

Day 1 – Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫

after a very fulfilling 3 palaces & secret gardens guided tour in as many hours or more, we were ready for some good eats.

wife wanted to bring me to tosokchon for the ginseng chicken, so we adjourned for some good food. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

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Gueongbokgung 경복궁 景福宫 

Transportation

Subway

Gyeongbokgung Station (Line3, Exit 5)
Gwanghwamun Station (Line 5, Exit 2)

Bus

Gyeongbokgung West:0212,1020,1711, 7016, 7022
Gyeongbokgung Southeast: 1020,109,171, 272, 602, 602-1 (airport bus),606, 7025, 708Gyeongbokgung
Southwest: 9708
* For details refer to the City of Seoul webpage (http://bus.seoul.go.kr).
* No smoking and no pets are allowed on the palace grounds.

palace map & tour course

Hours&Admissions
Hours  January through February 09:00~17:00(Final admission at 16:00)
 March through May 09:00~18:00(Final admission at 17:00)
 June through August 09:00~18:30(Final admission at 17:30)
 September through October 09:00~18:00(Final admission at 17:00)
 November through December 09:00~17:00(Final admission at 16:00)
 Closed on Tuesdays
Admissions  Regular Tours
Age 19~64: 3,000 won / 2.400 won ( group, 10 or more )
Age 7~18: 1,500 won / 1,200 won ( group, 10 or more )
* Free: Children(Ages 6 and under), Ages 65 and above
* With the purchase of a book of Combination Tickets (adults 10,000won, Youth 5,000won), one admission for each of the five different Palaces is available within three month. (Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace – the Secret Garden included, Changgyeonggung Palace, Deoksugung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine).