Good Ice Kachang So-So Cendol @ The Lookout, SICC Thomson on 27Dec2016

cendol at eagles lookout, sicc thomson

cendol at the lookout/the eagle, sicc thomson

after the scrumptuous great-value lunch at silk, we adjourned to the lookout/the eagle for some drinks.

my OPS friends still fixated with cendol.

the server at silk told us the best is actually bobo chacha, but it is not available most times. she got them to inform her whenever they have bobo chacha, so she can order it.

anyway, today no bobo chacha as well.

my friends ordered cendol. the coconut milk was thick. the gula malaka though was the usual thin hawker centre type, totally mediocre, and no kidney beans…

way way below the standard of four seasons cendol (the best!) la!

& also not comparable to old town white coffee cendol.

ice kachange at eagles lookout, sicc thomson

ice kachang at the lookout/the eagle, sicc thomson

i was the only who took ice kachang.

it was much better than most hawker centre ice kachang, including the one at adam road food centre. & they have double the amount of ingredients, and generous serving of syrups & evaporated milk.

too big a serving actually, with this no need lunch actually.

c.h.e.f andy

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the lookout/the eagle

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Great 5pax Lunch with OPS Friends @ Silk Restaurant SICC Thomson on 27Dec2016

peking duck = S$26 for 2 eats

peking duck = S$26 for 2 eats

had great 5pax lunch with my OPS friends at silk on 27.12.2016.

was just here for dinner last friday with my brother & sil.

i ordered the 1/2 peking duck again.

the peking duck was competent, & the second eat crispy noodles was quite excellent, so at S$26 for 2 eats (2 dishes), it is like a must order for me. 🙂

garoupa fillet with cloud fungus, lily bulbs, sweet peas = S$24 for medium

garoupa fillet with cloud fungus, lily bulbs, sweet peas = S$24 for medium

i ordered the medium garoupa fillet.

there was like 10 fish cuts so 2 serving each. it was an impressive dish my friends like.

garoupa fillet with cloud fungus, lily bulbs, sweet peas = S$24 for medium

garoupa fillet with cloud fungus, lily bulbs, sweet peas = S$24 for medium

a great reparation.

& the sides were good quality – cloud fungus, lily bulbs & sweet peas. 🙂

black bean auce bittergourd with pork ribs

black bean auce bittergourd with pork ribs = small for S$16

for the black bean auce bittergourd with pork ribs, i ordered small for S$16.

first time i ordered this dish here. it was very well done, very tasty & tender pork ribs & bittergourd was great too. this the favourite dish for all.

claypot froglegs = medium for S$24

claypot froglegs = medium for S$24

i ordered medium claypot froglegs. another very tasty dish.

claypot froglegs = medium for S$24

claypot froglegs = medium for S$24

all the dihses very good standard, well presented & tasty.

only thing the service here very average.

shredded duck meat crispy noodles - second eat for peking duck

shredded duck meat crispy noodles – second eat for peking duck foc

& the foc second eat, shredded duck meat crispy noodles. my friends really liked this. & me too.

there was no service charge & sicc members got 15% discounts. so net for me including tea & appertizer (S$2each) was S$94, a very good price for 5 really good dishes.

though i have been here a few times already last few months, i still like this place as much. will be back soon!

c.h.e.f andy

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Silk Restaurant
Address:
Singapore Island Country Club, 180 Island Club Road, 578774, (Thomson)
Contact:

Operating Hours:

Weekdays (Lunch) 11:30am – 2:30pm
Weekends & Public Holidays 11:00am – 2:30pm
Dinner 6:00pm – 10:00pm daily

Restaurant is closed on Mondays except on the eves of public holidays and public holidays.

Dress Code (Lunch): Casual – Round-neck shirt and bermudas allowed (Shorts, slippers and flip flops are NOT allowed)
Dress Code (Dinner): Smart Casual – Collared T-shirt/shirt with long trousers and covered shoes (Shorts, slippers and flip flops are NOT allowed)

Our Usual Great BBQ Dinner @ Aburiya Yakiniku on 26Dec2016

jo karubi - prime ribs

jo karubi S$16.90 – prime ribs

went with wife to our usual haunt aburiya yakiniku for jap style korean bbq on 26.12.2016. ^^

enjoy it everytime!

jo karubi - prime ribs

jo karubi S$16.90 – prime ribs

we had the S$16.90 jo karubi – prime ribs.

jo karubi - prime ribs

jo karubi – prime ribs

it was very good as usual.

falbourful, nice lemon on seasalt dip & another beef sauce dip. 🙂

kurobuta platter

kurobuta platter _ S$25.90

we order the kurobuta platter which we like.

i like all the 4 meat cuts, from belly to jowl to collar & ribeye.

kurobuta

kurobuta

pork cooked a bit more.

kurobuta

kurobuta

nicely charred & very flavourful.

kurobuta

kurobuta

shiokalicious la!

bibimen

bibimen S$11.90

we took the bibimen which wife likes and i too. lots of pork & other ingredients.

bibimen

bibimen S$11.90

mixed well with gochujang.

kimchi chigae

kimchi chigae

we also like the kimcji chigae.

not too salty, very tasty, & good serving of kimchi, tofu, mushrooms & some belly pork.

enjoyed the dinner a lot.

c.h.e.f andy

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Mediocre so-so Coffee @ In & Out Cafe at Bigbox on 26Dec2016

cafe-at-bigbox

cafe at bigbox

after lunch at joo seng teochew muay, my OPS friend drove us to bigbox for a cuppa.

nice ambience, i think it was the in & out cafe at level 2.

ks-bought-our-s2-90-americano-s3-30-regular-coffee

S$2.90 americano & S$3.30 regular

coffee actually so so.

the S$2.90 americano was an expresso shot with added water.

the server explained that the S$3.30 regular coffee (left most on photo above) had the same amount of coffee but prepared differently & tasted stronger??

anyway mediocre so-so coffee, considering you can get a cappuccino at mcCafe for S$2.90.

c.h.e.f andy

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In & Out Cafe

Good Braised Duck So So Teochew Muay @ Joo Seng on 26Dec2016

lunch at joo seng teochew muay

lunch at joo seng teochew muay

my OPS friend parked his car at the public parking next to court, so it was quite convenient walking over from bukit timah hill, hindhede drive after our walk.

after 1.5hrs 3.75km walk up & down bukit timah hill, we were looking forward to having frogleg porridge at g7 sinma.

unfortunately g7 sinma forgleg porridge not open till 12pm.

it was 11am, so we walked over to joo seng for some teochew muay instead on 26.12.2016. ^^

braised duck S$13 - very good

braised duck S$13 – very good

the duck, a portion for 4pax, for S$13, was very good.

duck was soft, tender & the braise was very tasty, “pang” (fragrant).

just for the duck, this one at joo seng was better than the salty & not “pang” duck at ye shanghai we had 0n 7.4.2016.

chilli shark meat

chilli shark meat

the chilli shark meat was ok.

shark meat is a bit flat & tasteless, not as good as stingray. i guess the preparation & dish was ok, quite ordinary.

this minced pork failed

this minced pork failed

the minced pork was very poor.

no comparison at all with shi le yuan.

teochew fish cake ok

teochew fish cake ok

teochew fish cake was ok, i had better.

sichuan veg ok

sichuan veg ok

sichuan veg ok, nothing to talk about.

heng chye with ikan bilis

heng chye with ikan bilis

heng chye with ikan bilis was good, tasty & sweet.

chap chye

chap chye

chap chye was so so, sugar sweetness, had much better.

my OPS friend bought lunch. price was S$34 for 5pax. quite ok overall. minus the duck, S$21 for the other 6 dishes i would say on the expensive side.

certainly ye shanghai a lot cheaper & mostly better sans the duck.

c.h.e.f andy

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Joo Seng Teochew Muay

Rail Corridor & Bukit Timah Hill Walk with OPS Friends on 26Dec2016

enter rail corridor at greenleaf view amsterdam apartments

enter rail corridor at greenleaf view amsterdam apartments

my OPS friend organised a walk at bukit timah hill this morning 9am on 26.12.2016. ^^

5 of us going.

rail corridor walking map

rail corridor walking map

friend arranged to meet at the visitors’ centre.

i was expecting a full carpark at 9am so thought of going from jln bingka or king albert park.

looking at the map, might as well walk from greenleaf view.

i started a little late about 8.15am, so was about 10mins late at the visitors’ centre.

rail corridor

rail corridor

rail corridor

rail corridor

rail corridor

rail corridor

rail corridor

rail corridor

a pleasant walk along the rail corridor.

drainage project diversion - rail corridor

drainage project diversion – rail corridor

drainage project diversion - rail corridor

drainage project diversion – rail corridor

drainage project diversion - rail corridor

drainage project diversion – rail corridor

soon i arrived at the place where they were doing drainage project & diversion work.

long jump obstacles -muddy caused by heavy vehicles

long jump obstacles -muddy caused by heavy vehicles

the path was dry before this part.

but because of the heavy vehicles & rain, there were muddy parts, so some long jump obstacles enroute. 🙂

rail corridor

rail corridor

joggers

joggers, mostly foreigners

a few joggers.

rail-corridor8

long jump obstacles -muddy caused by heavy vehicles

more muddy parts.

rolling stock

rolling stock at the bukit timah railway station

rolling stock

rolling stock at the bukit timah railway station

singapore to woodlands sign

bukit timah railway station – singapore to woodlands sign

some rolling stock & the signage were what’s left of the bukit timah railway station.

paved road on the right to bukit timah road near king albert oark

paved road on the right leading to blackmore drive to bukit timah road, king albert park station

10km

10km signage

nearing the bukit timah crossing.

rail crossing over bukit timah & dunneran road

rail crossing over bukit timah & dunneran road

view from rail crossing over bukit timah & dunneran road

view from rail crossing over bukit timah & dunneran road

crossed the bridge over bukit timah & dunnearn road.

rail corridor

rail corridor

jln bingka - can park here & walk

jln bingka – can park here & walk

jln bingka is a convenient place to park & walk.

i knew i would be about 10mins late, the time required from here to the visitors’ centre.

jln anak bukit flyover

anak bukit flyover

jln anak bukit flyover

anak bukit flyover

jln anak bukit flyover

anak bukit flyover

passed the PIE anak bukit flyover.

going down to hindhede drive

going down to hindhede drive

& arrived at the track leading down to hindhede road (on the right) soon after.

hindhede drive

hindhede drive

hindhede-drive2

hindhede drive

the entire hindhede drive was parked with cars.

from carpark towards bukit timah hill visitors centre

from carpark towards bukit timah hill visitors centre

it’s a short walk form the public carpark to the visitors’ centre.

carpark was full as expected

carpark was full as expected

carpark was full at 9.08am, quite expected.

3.33km from greenleaf view to bukit timah hill visitors centre in 46mins

3.33km from greenleaf view to bukit timah hill visitors centre in 46mins

the 3.33 km walk from greenleaf view along the rail corridor to bukit timah hill visitors’ centre took about 46mins.

bukit timah nature reserves guide

bukit timah nature reserves guide 

we took the moderate route 3, which goes by the south view path, then cave path.

nice walk

nice walk 

it’s a nice walk, now a wide maybe 2m laid path, just reopened in oct2016 after a 2-year restoration & enhancement.

cave path

cave path 

we passed the south view hut. next section is the cave path.

the cave

the cave 

passed the barricaded cave.

here are some intrigues about the caves.

pond

pond

undergrowth

undergrowth

nice walk

nice walk

hand holding = muscle memory from primary school

hand holding = muscle memory from primary school

hand holding = muscle memory carryover from OPS primary school. 🙂

nice walk

nice walk 

after passing the catchment hut, we walked up the steps leading back to the road.

reaching the last flight of steps to summit

reaching the last flight of steps to summit

the last flight of steps to summit 

the last flight of steps to summit 

which leads to the summit steps.

the 2 ladies took the road around to the summit bypassing the steps.

to the summit stone & pavilion

to the summit stone & pavilion 

reached the 162.63 summit. constant queue but managed to take some group photos at the summit stone. ^^

the summit & telecomm tower

the summit & telecomm tower

there are 2 telecom towers.

why is the telecom tower sengget?

going down

going down 

we walked down the paved road.

the sky

the sky 

took a shot of the sky through the canopy. 🙂

monkey in somebody's garden

monkey in somebody’s garden 

a friend was saying why there were no monkeys along the trail??

because they were busy rummaging the treasure gardens of the private houses along hindhede drive!

3.75km round trip up via south view path & down the paved road at bukit timah hill in 1.5hrs

3.75km round trip up via south view path & down the paved road at bukit timah hill in 1.5hrs 

the round trip journey up via route 3 south view path & down the paved road at bukit timah hill was 3.75km & took 1.5hrs.

view of tower from overhead bridge crossing over to the courts side

view of tower from overhead bridge crossing over to the courts side 

my smart friend parked over at the public roadside parking next to courts & accessed directly to hindhede drive across the overhead bridge.

here we had a nice view of the telecom towers.

a very fun & relaxing walk on a boxing day morning. time for some nice makan!

c.h.e.f andy

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bukit timah hill nature reserve 

Location

End of Hindhede Drive

GET DIRECTIONS

Nature Reserve Information

How to get there

By bus: 67, 75, 170, 171, 184, 852, 961

Alight at Jalan Anak Bukit Road, opposite Beauty World Centre (Bus stop ID: 42109), or

Alight at Upper Bukit Timah Road, opposite Bukit Timah Shopping Centre (Bus stop ID: 42091)

 

By MRT: Alight at Beauty World MRT Station, take Exit A

 

Nature Reserve Opening Hours

7 am to 7 pm daily

 

Exhibition Hall Opening Hours

8 am to 5.30 pm daily

 

Carpark Opening Hours

6.30 am to 7 pm daily (No overnight parking)

Christmas Day 4pax Family Homecooked Dinner on 25Dec2016

wife's quinoa salad

wife’s quinoa salad 

had an awesome 5pax homecooked christmas eve dinner last evening.

this evening we had 4pax, only youngest daughter & BF joined us for dinner on 25.12.2016. ^^

we did mostly the same dishes as the day before.

seafood pasta in pink sauce

seafood pasta in pink sauce 

wife made her excellent quinoa salad.

i made a pink sauce pasta in place of the mentaiko pasta (which we intend to do for NYE new year eve!).

dinner dishes

dinner dishes

dinner dishes

dinner dishes 

we did largely similar roasted vegetables, & smoked salmon with dull, to use up the leftover ingredients.

wife's quinoa salad

wife’s quinoa salad 

i can take wife’s quinoa salad many times, everytime. so nice!

smoked salmon with helper's home cultivated dill

smoked salmon with helper’s home cultivated dill

the lightly smoked salmon with dill was another repeatable. no complaints from me la..

pan-grilled kurobuta

pan-grilled kurobuta 

youngest daughter said she missed red meat last evening.

this time we had pan-grilled kurobuta steak.

this was very nice, as always. price about S$39/kg from phoon huat delicatessen. a bit more expensive than the cheaper grass fed beef, quite a lot cheaper c/w grain-fed black angus ribeye or wagyu.

we all liked the kurobuta. daughter said for herself, beef still better even though kurobuta was very good.

ika sugatayaki

ika sugatayaki 

the ika sugatayaki (means whole grilled squid) was new thing this evening, an experiment.

recently we had the best ika sugatayaki at momor izakaya. i was thinking of how to replicate it & trying it out sometime.

ika sugatayaki

ika sugatayaki 

i had actually done this some days back (>3yrs ago in 2013). results were ok but not great.

there are to my understanding 2 key steps (of course you also need to get a large squid & do the incomplete ring cuts etc)-

  1. step 1 – get the squid bone dry so it can grill/char well in the oven at 250degC (max for my oven) for 15mins…since i did not have/use a bbq grill, so it’s just the best way to do it in an oven.
  2. step 2 – baste the squid midway with teriyaki sauce or other marinade to caramelise & enhance the taste…for this experiment i only added salt & pepper just before grilling.
ika sugatayaki

ika sugatayaki 

the squid was very good. texture was just right, not tough/rubbery.

it was a still work-in-progress. i will try basting with teriyaki sauce at my next try.

roasted vegetables

roasted vegetables 

wife did the roasted vegetables this time.

this time the sweet corn were less dry & more juicy.

seafood pasta in pink sauce

seafood pasta in pink sauce

seafood pasta in pink sauce

seafood pasta in pink sauce 

daughter loved the prawn pasta in pink sauce.

i am thinking to try out some cream sauce pasta next time to give some variety. has been taking this pink sauce pasta a bit often lately.

400day grain fed australian wagyu MBS 3/4

400day grain fed australian wagyu MBS 3/4 

last dish was the pan-grilled wagyu.

400day grain fed australian wagyu MBS 3/4

400day grain fed australian wagyu MBS 3/4 

it was good, sweet, not tough.

400day grain fed australian wagyu MBS 3/4

400day grain fed australian wagyu MBS 3/4 

i though the beef was not quite up to the standard of what i did last on 4.12.2016.

i guess overall it was still quite good. all the food finished (except some pasta left!)

had great family time. quite simple dishes both wife & i just did our little bit. a really enjoyable time together on christmas day.

c.h.e.f andy

Among the Best Wanton Mee @ Jian Kang Noodles on 25Dec2016

S$3 wanton noodles + S$1 pork ribs

S$3 wanton noodles + S$1 pork ribs 

after our relaxing, fun morning walk at macritchie, daughter just got back from church when we got home on 25.12.2016. ^^

we decided to go commonwealth food centre for wanton mee.

first discovered jan kang noodles 3 months back on 4.9.2016.

very much among the best wanton noodles i had. cheap & very good!

S$3 wanton noodles + S$1 pork ribs

S$3 wanton noodles + S$1 pork ribs 

i always order S$3 wanton mee dry + S$1 pork ribs.

the noodles were super, stringy, al dente, and the chilli sauce very tasty. duaghter went to get more chilli sauce.

S$3 wanton noodles + S$1 pork ribs

S$3 wanton noodles + S$1 pork ribs

the pork ribs were super as always, totally tender, well braised & very tasty.

and 3 pieces for S$1!

wanton 云吞

wanton 云吞  

the wanton 云吞  was very smooth, tasty.

this time the soup seemed not as good as the last.

dumplings 水饺

dumplings 水饺 – S$3

wife ordered a dumplings 水饺汤. there were 5 large, plump, tasty dumplings for $3.

S$3 wanton noodles + S$1 pork ribs

S$3 wanton noodles + S$1 pork ribs 

so in total we paid S$15=3 bowls of wanton mee S$3 + S$1 pork ribs; and S$3 for the dumplings 水饺汤. i think totally super value.

& it was very good too, among the very best. i think i only like kok kee better than this, but seems that the new kok kee at jln besar has again closed.

so i guess jian kang is my best wanton mee for now….

c.h.e.f andy

A Walk in the Park – Pleasant Morning Walk at MacRitchie Reservoir on Christmas Day 25Dec2016

walk at macritchie

walk at macritchie

went with wife for a nice morning walk at macritchie reservoir on christmas day, 25.12.2016. ^^

walk at macritchie

walk at macritchie

have not walked here for a while.

walk at macritchie

walk at macritchie

for a period, we did some runs at prunus trail/petai trail board walks at the other side. that also was quite many years back, like >5yrs.

walk at macritchie

walk at macritchie

walk at macritchie

walk at macritchie

walk at macritchie

walk at macritchie

this time we walk the chemperai trail board walk.

in the RI school days in the early 1970s, used to rum along the lornie trail & chemperai trail (before chemperai has the board walk).

walk at macritchie - along the board walk

walk at macritchie – along the board walk

not many folks. very tranquil & mind calming.

walk at macritchie - along the board walk

walk at macritchie – along the board walk

nice ambience.

walk at macritchie

walk at macritchie

soon we walked back to the carpark.

4.8km chemperai trail board walk in 1 hr 18mins

4.8km chemperai trail board walk in 1 hr 18mins

we did average pace. 4.8km chemperai trail board walk took 1 hr 18mins.

a relaxing, fun christmas day morning at macritchie reservoir.

c.h.e.f andy

Delicious 5pax Homecooked Christmas Eve Dinner on 24Dec2016

mentaiko pasta

mentaiko pasta

we had our usual christmas eve home dinner on 24.12.2016. ^^

2 daughters’ BFs not around so just 5 of us including our helper. like last time we did the cooking, our helper joined in the celebrations. 🙂

wife bought some mentaiko at isetan’s japan fare, so i did mentaiko pasta this evening

wife's quinoa salad

wife’s quinoa salad

wife did a quinoa salad. the best salad & best dish this evening. ^^

our christmas eve homecooked dishes

our christmas eve homecooked dishes

i added 2 chicken dishes & a small prawn tapas.

our christmas eve homecooked dishes

our christmas eve homecooked dishes

& roasted vegetables.

wife prepared the smoked salmon with our helper’s homegrown dill.

wife's quinoa salad

wife’s quinoa salad

really love this salad. the best! 🙂

there’s quinoa, pomegranate, mesclun, cherry tomatoes, shaved parmesan.

smoked salmon + helper's homegrown dill

smoked salmon + helper’s homegrown dill

smoked salmon good quality, not salty, very tender.

smoked salmon + helper's homegrown dill

smoked salmon + helper’s homegrown dill

excellent with the homegrown dill.

i did 2 chicken dishes.

for the small pan roasted chicken breast, i marinated with chinese shaoxing wine marinade instead of brine. then I “sous vide” in 95degC oven for 2 hrs.

beautiful pan roasting. crispy skin, meat was moist tender, seasoning a bit chinese. taste was great & “pang” 香fragrant from the roasting. i liked it.

i think the texture a bit soft, will do 2hrs next time if using this method.

wine chicken casserole

wine chicken casserole

i marinated 2 deboned thighs together with the 1 chicken wing/breast in the same wine marinade.

since this was a “western” dinner, i made a casserole adding carrots, onions & leeks, but NOT with tomato sauce base.

chicken was super tender & smooth (i added corn flour to marinade). it was a good dish, very tasty, hard to place whether chinese or can be western. anyway nice if ordinary chicken dish.

gambas al ajillo = garlic prawns tapas

gambas al ajillo = garlic prawns tapas 

i made one more small dish, gambas al ajillo, a garlic prawns tapas.

tasty prawns, just the right texture, and flavourful garlic oil. it was good but relatively ordinary dish.

roasted vegetables

roasted vegetables

roasted vegetables so easy to prepare.

just drizzle olive oil, salt, add black pepper, and top up with some butter.

roast for 30mins in 250degC oven.

roasted vegetables

roasted vegetables

simple to do, very sweet & tasty vegetables.

dinner dishes

dinner dishes

the carb dish was mentaiko pasta. i used capellini ie angel hair.

i followed the recipe i used previously, adding 2 tbsp olive oil with browned garlic, 1 tbsp mirin, 1.5 tbsp tsuyu to the mentaiko.

then added the capellini, cut butter & tossed.

i like this pasta. wife liked it a lot & finished off the remaining.

after that we had coffee & gathered round the christmas tree.

wife bought me a sous vide supreme demi so i will be doing some “real” sous vide dishes shortly, eldest daughter bought me a T for christmas present.

c.h.e.f andy

Really Nice 4pax Family Dinner with Brother & SIL @ Silk Restaurant SICC Thomson on 23Dec2016

1/2 peking duck S$26 free second eat

1/2 peking duck S$26 free second eat

had a really enjoyable dinner with my brother & sil at silk restaurant on 23.12.2016. ^^

fetched my brother at 7pm & then on the way sky opened up, very wet evening. fortunately school holidays no jam basically.

silk restaurant @ sicc thomson

silk restaurant @ sicc thomson

restaurant ambience is nice outside & inside.

i don’t come here much. had a great dinner with sis & bil here on 26.6.2016.

service so-so. counter staff was on the phone & there were many servers inside but for a while no one to come to check our reservation & direct us to the seats.

1/2 peking duck S$26 free second eat

1/2 peking duck S$26 free second eat

the peking duck was competent. pretty ok, nothing terrific. what was great was the S$26 price which included the second eat.

garoupa fillet with lily bulbs, cloud fungus & sweet peas - S$16

garoupa fillet with lily bulbs, cloud fungus & sweet peas – S$16

the garoupa fillet was excellent. all of us liked it. the small S$16 was quite enough for 4pax but can also order medium S$24 if required.

garoupa fillet with lily bulbs, cloud fungus & sweet peas - S$16

garoupa fillet with lily bulbs, cloud fungus & sweet peas – S$16

& of course it came with quite a good serving of veg – lily bulbs, cloud fungus & sweet peas, onions & carrots. great stuff!

claypot frogleg with sprong onions & ginger 姜葱田鸡 - S$16

claypot frogleg with sprong onions & ginger 姜葱田鸡 – S$16

the claypot frogleg with sprong onions & ginger 姜葱田鸡 was very good.

better than the wine preparation we had last time.

claypot frogleg with sprong onions & ginger 姜葱田鸡 - S$16

claypot frogleg with sprong onions & ginger 姜葱田鸡 – S$16

this would be my preferred preparation here.

gravy very tasty, frog very fresh, overall taste experience excellent!

garlic poached hk kailan

garlic poached hk kailan – S$16

we added the garlic poached kailan at the end.

it was very good, so didn’t mind the S$16, well worth it….

very good wok hae, crunchy & sweet with excellent garlic flavours.

shredded duck crispy noodles 鸭丝生面 (foc)

shredded duck crispy noodles 鸭丝生面 (foc)

we had shredded duck crispy noodles 鸭丝生面 for the foc second eat. competent good dish to round up the meal.

dinner was S$74 for 4pax 5 dishes after 15% member discount, also no service charge, very good for the quality of food & cooking.

after dinner brother & sil dropped by & we had some cheese, wine & coffee, and family chitchat.

c.h.e.f andy

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Silk Restaurant
Address:
Singapore Island Country Club, 180 Island Club Road, 578774, (Thomson)
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Operating Hours:

Weekdays (Lunch) 11:30am – 2:30pm
Weekends & Public Holidays 11:00am – 2:30pm
Dinner 6:00pm – 10:00pm daily

Restaurant is closed on Mondays except on the eves of public holidays and public holidays.

Dress Code (Lunch): Casual – Round-neck shirt and bermudas allowed (Shorts, slippers and flip flops are NOT allowed)
Dress Code (Dinner): Smart Casual – Collared T-shirt/shirt with long trousers and covered shoes (Shorts, slippers and flip flops are NOT allowed)

 

Great Company Good Food 6pax Home Dinner on 22Dec2016

claypot rice

claypot rice

wife’s good friends & their hubbies came for dinner this evening on 22.12.2016. ^^

i made claypot rice & a few other simple home dishes.

6pax dinner

6pax dinner

we had 5 dishes=claypot rice, tofu prawns, spicy bean sauce seabass, fried romaine lettuce, & fried kang kong. 🙂

a red

a red

pu er tea

pu er tea

friends brought a red, & pu er tea.

claypot rice - using a new claypot

claypot rice – using a new claypot

there was some miscom with my helper.

my favoruite claypot that i always do my claypot rice had a surface crack. my helper decided to discard it & use it as a flower pot without consulting me.

fortunately there was a new claypot my sis brought that was large enough. quite problematic last minute as proportions, timing etc changed & results could have been very different.

also it would have been better if the new claypot is the big belly smaller base curve type. this one more suited for making soup. but no other claypot large enough, so this would have to do.

anyhow made do with what i have, and sometimes we are just reluctant to change, but the newer (or just different) claypot (or anything else) maybe just as good or even better. just a matter of adjustment & adaptations.

claypot rice

claypot rice

anyway, the result was reasonably safe from my main uncertainties about the flavours, whether chicken would be tender not overcooked, & rice would be burnt or mushy etc.

the dish retained its excellent smokey flavours, chicken were tender & tasty, rice was wetter than i expected but maybe not yet mushy.

i cooked 2.5cups for 6 (plus a bowl for helper) & added just 1.8cups water to adjust for liquids in the marinated chicken, mushrooms etc. this time though the new claypot has a large base & wastage was a lot more so i will need to increase rice & reduce the water ratio for future. i also considered if the lesser rice (more wastage) might make it more salty with the marinated chicken. friends said it was ok.

they all liked the tofu prawns.

gravy was very tasty with chicken stock, tofu had great texture & bite & absorbed the gravy well, colour was great too. one friend commented prawns were very good.

my best tofu prawns was when i did a 5pax lucnh for my RI friends on 23.9.2016. ^^

the dish was modeled after sek bao sin’s excellent dish (above).

steamed spicy bean sauce seabass

steamed spicy bean sauce seabass

the steamed spicy bean sauce seabass was great too.

seabass is a bit fishy and meat is a bit mushy, so (say) hk steamed not the ideal preparation.

my helper does a very good seabass using a spicy bean paste (豆瓣).

i like song fish head松鱼头a lot, so i created a very nice tangy, slight spicy, salty sauce which i used to make very good song fish head松鱼头.

there are many variations to the song fish head sauce.

the one i like best is hk street chun kee 香港街珍记at level 2 commonwealth crescent food centre, so that was the one i modeled. 

steamed spicy bean sauce seabass

steamed spicy bean sauce seabass

the sauce masked the fishy taste & the marinade also made the texture firmer & tasty, so overall a much improved experience.

i was not as familiar with this steam oven timing, but the fish (done 10mins) came out just fine.

fried romaine lettuce

fried romaine lettuce

friend kang kong

friend kang kong

the fried vege were standard stuff.

these days i no longer do the corn flour thing, so just garlic fry 清炒.

veg were pretty ok, looking lush green & tasting great.

cheese platter

cheese platter

wife had very nice cheese platter. the truffle honey was especially good.

2 friends don’t take cheese much. rest of us enjoyed the cheese platter a lot.

my chocolate banana cake today was ok, not my best.

ganache was a bit too thick today, but one can take less of it so ok.

i took a bit next morning. overall i think ok. i guess not my most preferred cake.

had a really wonderful evening.

we are all blessed to spend time in the company of good friends & enjoy great company & good food.

c.h.e.f andy

 

Good Friend dropped by for Last Minute Lunch on 22Dec2016

a good friend came for lunch today on 22.12.2016. ^^

everything was quite ad hoc.

he whatsapped at 10am whether he can join any lunch appointment today, so i said – just drop by, do you want fish, chicken or bkt?

i was doing a 6pax dinner this evening for wife’s friends. this friend quite busy, many a times we had RI friends lunches he couldn’t make it so since he could today, just do lor…

i took out 1/2 chicken from freezer at 10.10am. not enuf time to defrost fully then debone plus marinade & set aside, so i debone the partially defrosted 1/2 chicken & left the drumstick & wingstick not deboned.

costa rican coffee

costa rican coffee

friend brought me packet of costa rican coffee. this living with a suitcase guy just came back from there.

i did thechinese wine braised chicken 黄焖鸡  same way as i did for teban gardens on 9.12.2016.

that was 2 chicken. this was 1/2. same principles apply-

  • corn flour to make it smooth
  • not overcooked to make chicken tender, &
  • very tasty marinade to make chicken tasty.

result = very tasty chicken & great wine flavours

celery withe salted fish

celery with salted fish

the celery with salted fish was pretty good, though not as good as what my sis made & what i made other times. still great!

2pax lunch was simple not much effort.

we had a great chat afterwards, sharing about parents, family & friends. should do more of this.

c.h.e.f andy

Meixi’s Kitchen Yong Tau Foo 美茜酿豆腐 @ Blk115B Commonwealth Dr on 21Dec2016

S$3.60 yong tau foo = 6 items

S$3.60 yong tau foo = 6 items 

passed by commonwealth drive blk 115B on 21.12.2016. ^

often passed by here going to commonwealth crescent food centre. thought i will stop by & look at the stalls.

the char kuay teow/hokkien noodles/oyster omelette stall seemed ok.

meixi's kitchen yong tau foo 美茜酿豆腐

meixi’s kitchen yong tau foo 美茜酿豆腐 

anyhow i decided on ytf.

meixi's kitchen yong tau foo 美茜酿豆腐

meixi’s kitchen yong tau foo 美茜酿豆腐 

5items + noodle = S$3.60 looked ok.

meixi's kitchen yong tau foo 美茜酿豆腐

meixi’s kitchen yong tau foo 美茜酿豆腐 

& the items looked fresh, with good size fillings, not like say SGH kopitam which quite tiny, pathetic (so i toook fish balls etc instead of 酿items.

S$3.60 yong tau foo = 6 items

S$3.60 yong tau foo = 6 items 

& the chilli was excellent! very tasty, good kick…

the fried items here all tasted great…especially one with like 5 short ocras wrapped in tofu skin. best!

S$3.60 yong tau foo = 6 items

S$3.60 yong tau foo = 6 items 

overall i think i still like hillview ytf at mei chin road food centre better.

taking ytf a bit more these days. these 2 places i will go back.

c.h.e.f andy

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Meixi’s Kitchen Yong Tau Foo 美茜酿豆腐

Address:

Blk115B Commonwealth Dr food centre

 

 

Happiness is a Choice = Treasure, Appreciate, Enjoy what You have!

happiness

happiness

friend of mine has been sending me meaningful messages, must have included me in his whatsapp broadcast. ^^

i made a quick chinese translation-

幸福不是结果,是选择
没有任何事物能让你幸福,除非你自己选择幸福
没有任何人能给你幸福,除非你自己决定要幸福
幸福不会从外界走来,只有从你内心发出

how very true!!

has been what I believe all the time💪😀
just that doing it is quite another thing all together😂

in the same expansive, all-encompassing mood of treasuring, appreciating & enjoying what we have, he also sent a video 麻烦,which i like a lot.

it says something like-

when you children are not inconveniencing you any more, maybe they are grown up & have gone far away

when your parents are not inconveniencing you any more, maybe they are no longer around..

when your spouse is not inconveniencing you any more, maybe they are “inconveniencing” someone else

when friends are not inconveniencing you any more, maybe there is distance already..

our lives are intertwined because of we are concerned for, care & do things for one another. in embracing inconvenience we share & achieve our goals together. in working on our goals toegther we deal with the inconvenience.

in being inconvenienced by & inconveniencing others, we deepen our relationship, feelings & empathy for each other, and realize our being. this is life!

so we treasure those by our side inconveniencing us, and thank those we have inconvenienced.

part of my resolution for 2017!

c.h.e.f andy

Good 4pax Lunch @ Gayatri on 19Dec2016

4pax lunch @ gayatri

4pax lunch @ gayatri

my OPS friend bought 4pax lunch at gayatri today on 19.12.2016. ^^

gayatri @ race course road

gayatri @ race course road

gayatri @ race course road

gayatri @ race course road

restaurant is located at race course road.

today monday, school holidays, traffic was smooth along dunearn road. i saw an empty lot next to banana leaf, parked & walked further down & was at gayatri at 1pm.

pepper-prawns

pepper prawns

chicken-madras

madras chicken

we took a look at the food display & ordered our food.

lime-juice-s3

lime juice S$3

lime juice S$3 a bit expensive, quite good, so ok.

lunch2

we ordered 4 dishes (include fish head curry)

pepper-prawns2

pepper prawns S$18

for me, pepper prawns was the best dish for lunch.

large prawns, very fresh, plump & bouncy, good serving size & excellent sauce. all for S$18.

chicken-madras3

madras chicken – S$11

the madras chicken was not bad.

again sauce tasty & aromatic with the herbs.

chicken-madras2

madras chicken – S$11

cannot tell if masala chicken or butter chicken maybe better. anyway this was amply ok.

dhal S$7

dhal S$7

we ordered 2 garlic naans (S$7.50). we only finished one.

i had wanted chicken with sauce instead of chicken tikka the server suggested so could go with the naan. anyway still felt not enough sauce & asked server for some butter chicken gravy or dhal.

he came with the big plate of dhal. not the best for naan but i thought it would be complimentary. he charged us S$7. might as well order a large dish of butter chicken or squid at S$11???

fish-head-curry2

fish head curry promo S$17 on mon & wed

we ordered the S$17 fish head curry promo.

it was whole head, not 1/2, but a small head.

fish-head-curry

fish head curry promo S$17 on mon & wed

this was actually a very good indian fish head curry.

miles better than banana leaf apollo we had on 4.11.2016, but that was a bad example as it was really poor – the curry was very sour, and not sweet & tasty enough!

fish head was very fresh & fish meat tender. the curry i had to go back to getting use to, but after a while, i quite liked it. thought it was very good too…

overall though, i think i am out of indian fish head curry these days. seldom take it but now not so attracted as before c/w say-

  1. hup choon’s good nonya fish head curry
  2. forture’s the best thai style fish head curry,
  3. or for that matter, my own excellent nonya fish head curry.
mutton-dum-briyani

mutton dum briyani S$11

the mutton dum briyani at S$11 was a good value dish.

rice were separate, single grain, very nicely done.

mutton-dum-briyani2

mutton dum briyani S$11

there was a huge serving of mutton, like maybe 8 large pieces.

mutton was tasty & tender, but still a bit robust & some gamey taste, no comparison with my friend’s wife’s homecooked super tender, super tasty rogan josh.

mutton-dum-briyani3

mutton dum briyani S$11

i had better briyani at other places, notably chat masala. still it was a great dish & all of us liked it.

lunch-bill

lunch bill

had a really good lunch & fun time together with my old pals from primary school thanks to my friend!

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an indian friend i showed to thought the bill was expensive, but then the individual prices were not ex really, except for S$3 lime juice, $7.50 naan (which were also not outrageous) & the S$7 dhal (which for me was outrageous)..

my friend who paid for lunch had a S$50 groupon, so i guess lunch was about S$80nett, which was pretty ok for the food.

coffee

kopi-c gosong @ old town white coffee S$2.30

after lunch we walked over to old town white coffee at city square mall.

my recollection based on a coffee i took like 10 yrs ago at the big splash was that it was undrinkable!

but there was no original cendol today as they said the ice machine broke down, so i took the kopi-c gosong.

it was very good actually!

strong & much more flavourful (& foamy) than the toastbox kind.

coffee-cendol

soya milk cendol S$2.90

coffee-cendol2

soya milk cendol S$2.90

a friend had the soya milk cendol for his fix.

he thought it was ok.

old-town-white-coffee-bill

bill – old town white coffee

a bit more ex than toastbox i guess, but i would prefer this.

i enjoyed the coffee time together!

the-new-world

the new world

we got up the escalator to the serangoon road junction, still some distance walk back to race course road.

c.h.e.f andy

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Gayatri Restaurant

Very Good S$4 Kueh Chap @ 康乐 at HL43 Food House Coffeeshop on 16Dec2016

wife had a 8pax hen’s party this evening on 16.12.2016.^^

made a few dishes for her –

  1. spanish omelette
  2. pan roasted “sous vide” brined chicken breast + thigh
  3. teriyaki salmon belly/trimmings
  4. tiramisu
S$4 kueh chap

S$4 kueh chap

was going to skip dinner myself, but last minute decided to go out & forage at 9pm.

not many places open at 9pm on friday night. didn’t want to go adam road food centre. holland drive food centre was closed, already past 9pm. anyway already parked my car. most stalls at the coffeeshop where red ring wanton mee is located at blk 46 holland drive were closed.

went over to HL43 food house coffeeshop at 43 holland drive.

康乐kueh chap @ HL43 Food House coffeeshop

康乐kueh chap @ HL43 Food House coffeeshop

saw this stall, have not tried before.

was deciding whether to take the S$3.50 pig innards soup. the look of the kong bak, pig intestines, pork trotters 卤味 attracted me, so ordered the S$4 kueh chap.

S$4 kueh chap

S$4 kueh chap

not disappointed!

there was kong bak, pig skin, small intestines, large intestines, 1/2 egg, taupok, tau kua. all for S$4.

and the kueh was very good, or at least very competent like any good kueh chap stall.

S$4 kueh chap

S$4 kueh chap

imo, this was better than cheng heng at holland drive food centre which has very long queue.

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but i still think the happy duck bukit merah view FC is best!

S$4 kueh chap

S$4 kueh chap

so maybe this kueh chap is just competent. but for S$4, this was very good standard.

i think i will come back for the pig innards soup & also the ter kar.

c.h.e.f andy

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康乐kueh chap

Address:
HL43 Food House (43 Holland Drive)
Singapore 270043

 

Very Good RI Friends Lunch @ Ng Soon Kee Fish Soup & Geyland East Central FC on 15Dec2016

the dishes while waiting for the fish soup

the dishes while waiting for the fish soup

my good RI friend organised a 6pax lunch at ng soon kee fish soup on 15.12.2016. ^^

we arrived at geyland east centre food centre, 117 aljunied ave 2, about 11.40am.

ng soon kee only starts 12pm. so we ordered medium 4x$5 fish soup + S$10 braised duck, got a table at the nice airy outside next to ng soon kee, & few of us went round to look at other stalls.

aik kee haslet soup

aik kee haslet soup

S$1.50 ngoh hiang

S$1.50 ngoh hiang

the ter huang kiam chye = pig organ soup stall, aik kee, was listed as one of the fav 5 in this geylang east centre fc.

we considered roastmania, but decided to pass on that this time.

$5 ter huang kiam chye = pig innard soup

$5 ter huang kiam chye = pig innard soup

the pig innard soup was quite tasty, good standard.

the ingredients not too bad too, quite ok for S$5.

S$1.50 ngoh hiang

S$1.50 ngoh hiang

the nogh hiang used to be like such great thing in some reviews.

but really, it is nowhere near the standard of any ngoh hiang stalls, or even some S$1 beehoon mee stalls.

i guess it was passable but even our friend’s helper did a better, tastier ngoh hiang i had recently at his housewarming lunch.

S$4 hokkien mee

S$4 hokkien mee

the S$4 hokkien mee was ok, above average.

stock was tasty, prawn was ok, belly pork strips & lar pok were all good.

quite good, not overly. eg a friend’s brother did better hokkien mee when we had gathering at her house in nov2015.

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actually talking about this, my own experimental hokkien mee also better than this la..

ng soon kee fish soup

ng soon kee fish soup

this arrangement was quite perfect.

as ng soon kee does not start serving until 12pm.

so just nicely after we finished the ter huang kiam chye & hokkien mee, the fish soup & braised duck were ready.

S$5 fish soup

S$5 fish soup

i had originally not intended to take the fish soup. i wanted to just try the duck though i know it was NOT the usual lor arh – brasied duck – that i prefer.

fish soup not my favourite, usually soup quite bland. i don’t mind the fish but it is nothing special to me.

S$5 fish soup

S$5 fish soup

this fish soup though quite tasty.

there were quite a good serving of fish for $5, and the soup was tasty. i am happy that i took the fish soup.

S$10 braised duck

S$10 braised duck

the braised duck was quite what i expected.

nice braising sauce. duck was tender.

S$10 braised duck

S$10 braised duck

its was NOT the lor arh – braised duck – texture & feel that i prefer, just a cooked dish, like braised chicken pieces, very different experience from eating lor arh…

overall i would rate the fish soup best, the ter huang kiam chye next, hokkien noodles & braised duck about same for me.

bee chiam kueh

bee chiam kueh

after lunch we adjourned to the inside rows for coffee.

a friend bought some bee chiam kueh to try.

the peanut sauce was quite good, but the dough was not soft, not fluffy, not fragrant..

after lunch, we drove in 2 cars to bukit batok to attend a very close friend’s mom’s wake.

c.h.e.f andy

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NG SOON KEE FISH SOUP

ADDRESS
#01-11 Aljunied Market and Food Centre, 117 Aljunied Ave 2,380117
OPENING HOURS
Mon – Sat: 12:00 – 21:00
Closed: Sun

Good Lunch @ Nabe Seizan Japanfoodtown @ Wisma on 14Dec2016

ohmi wagyu mabushi set

ohmi wagyu mabushi set

went with wife to taka to polish my car today on 14.12.2016.

we decided to walk over to japan food town at wisma to have lunch while waiting for the car to be ready.

last time we had lunch at hokkaido izakaya on 27.7.2016.

it was ok, pretty good..

nabe seizan 2 michelin star lunch menu

nabe seizan 2 michelin star lunch menu

this time wife wanted me to try nabe seizan. she had nice wagyu don here last time with daughter.

seizan is 2 michelin stars in tokyo, listed at 22 in japan top 50 restaurants.

ohmi wagyu don

ohmi mabushi set – S$38

server told us beef is ohmi, one of the 3 top japanese wagyus after matsuzaka & kobe.

mabushi is basically wagyu don, plus there is a dashi you can add to the rice & eat like a chazuke (tea poured onto rice), so described as dashichazuke.

prawn & spinach aapetizer + garnish

prawn & spinach aapetizer + garnish

there were garnishes of chopped scallions & seaweed, & freshly grated wasabi to add to the don.

prawn & spinach aapetizer

prawn & spinach aapetizer

& the set also included a prawn & spinach appetizer, which was ok, good not overly.

dashichazuke

dashichazuke – wagyu mabushi set S$38

i must say we were slightly disappointed with the wagyu don.

we knew from the photos it was not steak quality, more like the gyudon kind of cut.

the beef i guess was pretty ok being ohmi, but it really has no “wow”.

just compare this with the S$88 omakase lunch at hachi i had recently on 3.11.2016, which is a 8-course lunch including 4 ohmi wagyu dishes, & each/every ohmi wagyu dish was just stunning!

here the overall taste of the wagyu don was mediocre, and overall experience/enjoyment actually poorer than the okinawa agu buta don.

it was better when i added the dashi. at least that made it a more tasty, delicious dish where before it was quite bland…

creme with pear & jelly

creme with pear & jelly

wagyu mabushi set came with pear & jelly on custard dessert. it was pretty ok dessert.

very good okinawa agu buta don

very good okinawa agu buta don – S$25

the okinawa agu buta don was very good!

very good okinawa agu buta don

very good okinawa agu buta don – S$25

the lady server replied that it was not kurobuta.

still the taste was excellent. great texture for the belly pork & overall very nice taste experience.

the buta don did not come with appetizer or dessert which were S$3 & S$5 respectively, which would add up to S$33. we ordered the $3 appetizer.

overall, this place was pretty good but would not be my preferred lunch choice.

& while i am generally very much partial towards ohmi wagyu, if i lunch here again, i would pick the S$25 buta don w/o appetizer & dessert over the S$38 wagyu don set because overall the taste experience enjoyment was better.

c.h.e.f andy

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Nabe Seizan @ Japanfoodtown, Wisma