Disappointed = So-So 2pax Dinner @ Patara Fine Cuisine on 17Feb2017

tom yam talay (seafood) S$23

tom yam talay (seafood) S$23 

patara used to be one of our favourite restaurants.

my family used to go there often.  if w/o amex discounts, price is high though, so that explains why we have not been there for a very long time.

from my blog post records, the last time i was there was on 19,7,2014.

tom yam talay (seafood) S$23

tom yam talay (seafood) S$23 

today wife called said there is amex 50% discounts for 2pax again.

alas, we forgot to check, brain doesn’t work so fast nowadays, and only when we sat down & asked then we realized that the promotion is for monday to thursday. so no discount on friday today & have to pay full price.

i guess we should have walked out politely, courteously, which is what i would do when younger & will still do today if my mind had been more active.

we could easily have walked over to labrezza, such great food & greater value.

tom yam talay (seafood) S$23

tom yam talay (seafood) S$23 

anyhow we ordered our usual favourites, key among them tom yam talay (seafood).

this was quite poor really!

the soup had no intensity, aroma. like i told the server “it’s like tom yam soup from some cheap restaurant”. also the prawns & squid were totally overdone(old)…. (we thought the chef has changed but server said no change). to her credit & good service she offered to replace the soup. we had already finished the soup & didn’t really make sense to ask the restaurant to replace it, so we told her it was ok, just a feedback. i said to her surely other diners would have given this feedback too?

roast duck in red curry S$26

roast duck in red curry S$26 

fortunately the roast duck curry was superb, very lemak, fragrant, yummy.

the duck was average, quite tender breast slices. it has always been this way in patara. i think some other restaurants actually give nice roast duck, here it is a bit if western duck preparation.

olive rice S$21

olive rice S$21 

& luckily the olive rice was still very nice.

thai olive rice

thai olive rice @ patara on 19.7.2014

looking at the photo of olive rice @ patara on 19.4.2014, that looke dmore impressive & with more ingredients.

but the one we had today was still pretty good la.

olive rice S$21

olive rice S$21

so dinner, 3 dishes for 2pax came to S$70++=S$82…

if we came on mon-thurs, with 50% discount for 2pax it would be S$41 (we would have to order 2 main course but since tomyam talay was poor we could order some other main dishes).

i still enjoyed the roast duck curry & olive rice, the tom yam talay, totally not!

maybe i will still come back here when 50% discounts is valid…quite sad really, coming here & not taking tom yam talay.

c.h.e.f andy

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Patara Fine Cuisine @ Tanglin Mall

Kongbak – Braised Belly Pork & Taupok – 29th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 17Feb2017

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kongbak – braised belly pork

i did kongbak (braised belly pork) & taupok for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 17.2.2017. ^^

this my 29th 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.

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Ros’ lontong

today the centre director, Ros, herself a marvellous cook, did a huge pot of lontong.

the kueh tupat & the ikan bilis chilli were supplied by another lady. Ros made the lontong gravy & sayur & tofu.

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Ros’ lontong

it was excellent!

i try not to take breakfast & lunch if i can (unless there is lunch get togethers). today die die must take la…

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Ros’ lontong

sayur & tofu just nice, and gravy was quite perfect. not east to make such a huge dish for so many people. banyak bagus!

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kongbak – braised belly pork & taupok

i did my simple kongbak (braised belly pork) recipe, just adjust for the size of serving.

Tai Hua chicken marinate (大华鲁鸡汁)

Tai Hua chicken marinate (大华鲁鸡汁)

using ready-made tai hua chicken marinade(大华鲁鸡汁) = kongbak made easy la!

 

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kongbak – braised belly pork

today i was doing about 1.5kg belly pork.

so i used about 160ml (2/3 cup) of the tai hua chicken marinade(大华鲁鸡汁).

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kongbak – braised belly pork

the recipe-

  1. fry 1.5 bulbs of garlic cloves, 2 cinnamon bark, 4 star anise, & 3 cloves in 1 tbsp oil till fragrant ie nice aroma.
  2. after washing with salt, scalding with boiling water to clean the pork, coat the pork with 2 tbsp sugar, place the pork in the wokpan, add tai hua braising sauce & let it coat the pork well on all sides for about 10mins. then add 2/3 cup water & cover.
  3. so basically to infuse the pork with the braising sauce & to steam & cook the pork with cover on. for 2 hrs. watch over & add water as required. the key is to keep the sauce thick & flavour intense not diluting too much.
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kongbak – braised belly pork

basically i tried the pork (use kitchen scissors to cut a bit to try) to my satisfaction in terms of texture – about 1.5hrs to 2hrs.

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kongbak – braised belly pork

pork was excellent. all the teban gardens staff & several residents commented very tender & flavourful.

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kongbak – braised belly pork

texture was gelatinous for the fat & skin & soft & tender for the lean meat.

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braised taupok

i added 2packets x 10 taupok (cut into 4 strips per taupok=80 pieces) to fully utilise the braising sauce.

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kongbak – braised belly pork & taupok

i added the taupok, and added water & covered & cooked about about 40mins. the taupok was tasty & well infused with the very “pang” sauce.

easy to do & a great, enjoyable dish for teban gardens folks! ^^

c.h.e.f andy

Very Good S$12.90 4-course Set Lunch @ French Table Waterway Point on 15Feb2017

duck confit linguine - S$24.80

duck confit linguine – S$24.80

over the last 1/2year my RI friends started doing birthdays for the group of us who meet often, now designated as brotherhood in the group chat…back to high school…haha! ^^

our RI default paparazzi photographer is the permanently appointed organiser who organises birthday lunches plus a birthday gift… 🙂

this time our tai tai kor (big boss man) recommended the lunch venue = french table at waterway point.

cream of mushroom - top-up S$2

cream of mushroom – top-up S$2

this my first time to french table.

it has 3 outlets = waterway point, northpoint & west coast plaza.

the signature dishes are duck confit & roasted chicken according to their website, with the duck confit described as the key pride of french table. 🙂

clear vegetable soup

clear vegetable soup

cream of mushroom - top-up S$2

cream of mushroom – top-up S$2

cream of mushroom - top-up S$2

cream of mushroom – top-up S$2

there is a 4-course set lunch menu.

soup of the day for the set lunch was a clear vegetable soup. i tried. it was nondescript.

S$2 top-up gets you a cream of mushrrom soup. this was good standard, creamy & flavourful.

duck confit linguine - S$24.80

duck confit linguine – S$24.80

i decided to go for the key pride of french table ie the duck confit. this one came with linguine. 🙂

duck confit linguine - S$24.80

duck confit linguine – S$24.80

duck skin was excellent, very crispy, duck was flavourful. the pasta also very nice & flavourful.

texture though was on the dry side & sinewy, not moist.

my own duck ragout fettuccine which i made recently on 12.2.2017, the duck meat was much more tender, moist & tastier (the texture of duck rillette).

sirloin steak 4-course set S$16.80

sirloin steak 4-course set S$16.80

there were 4 orders of sirloin steak which came with a supplement of S$3.90 = so total S$16.80!

steak was quite bad la! tough & quite tendonous, basically an inferior cut of meat.

vongole linguine 4-course set S$12.90

vongole linguine 4-course set S$12.90

the vongole linguine on the other hand, was simply fabulous!

vongole linguine 4-course set S$12.90

vongole linguine 4-course set S$12.90

the 2 pastas were all superbly done al dente. this one of the better vongoles I had taken.

chicken wings - 5 for S$5.80

chicken wings – 5 for S$5.80

chicken wings - 5 for S$5.80

chicken wings – 5 for S$5.80 

we added 2 ala carte orders of chicken wings. quite ok, nothing to crow about la! ^^

vanilla ice cream

vanilla ice cream

the 4-course set came with a drink = iced ocha or iced lemon tea.

chocolate ice cream

chocolate ice cream

and ice cream for dessert.

overall at S$12.90 for the 4-course set, it was very good value. specially when the vongole dish was quite outstanding.

the steak is to be avoided.

for ala carte (since i really do not need to have the drink or dessert of soup for that matter), i stick to their key pride – the duck confit & it was pretty good.

maybe can try their roasted chicken, looks very good in photo.

& maybe can try the clams & mussel soup linguine.

c.h.e.f andy

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