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