Day 3 – Jeju Blackpig BBQ @ 제주도야씨 홍대 Jeju Island Meat House at Hongdae on 12Nov2016 (Seoul 10-13Nov2016)

jeju blackpig bbq dinner

jeju blackpig bbq dinner

after a really tiring day climbing bukhansan (7hrs of hiking & some scares), we took the bus then subway back to our airbnb apartment at hongdae on 12.11.2016.

journey alone took 1.5hrs, and we stopped to get a drink & buy some fruits from a convenience store.

제주도야씨 jeju island meat house

제주도야씨 jeju island meat house

we decided to try a new place, 제주도야씨 Jeju Island Meat House. 🙂

jeju blackpig bbq dinner menu

jeju blackpig bbq dinner menu

prices like 50% more than normal pork, seems ok.

ready servings

ready servings

some displays.

jeju blackpig bbq

jeju blackpig bbq

we ended up ordering a platter, i think 600g or something for 37,000won.

being super greedy, to reward ourselves after our great “achievement” climbing bukhansan, we added another like 180g maybe ribeye for 17,000won (server said best selling here).

banchan 반찬 side dishes

banchan 반찬 side dishes

not really banchan but for the cabbage wraps with the bbq meat.

banchan 반찬 side dishes

banchan 반찬 side dishes

anyway we ate a bit, the lady server did a refill later.

water & beer

water & beer

wife ordered the usual 소주soju. water for me. 🙂

jeju blackpig bbq skin

jeju blackpig bbq skin

the server did the skin for us. hmmmm. very good!

jeju blackpig bbq

jeju blackpig bbq

the blackpig (or kurobuta) very good! marbled, fragrant, very tasty. 🙂

jeju blackpig bbq

jeju blackpig bbq

nice eaten on its own but quite nice wrap in lettuce as well.

jeju blackpig bbq

jeju blackpig bbq

the 3 different meats on the platter were all good.


jeju blackpig bbq

jeju blackpig bbq

somehow they seem to give us a lot more belly. it’s hard to tell when they mix everything together.

better to order just the platter first, then add any special order afterwards.

jeju blackpig bbq

jeju blackpig bbq

anyway overall dinner very enjoyable…we were satisfied la..& of course if we were to c/w aburiyah here in singapore it’s maybe 1/3 to 50% cheaper still, but i am very happy with aburiyah overall.

제주도야씨 jeju island meat house

제주도야씨 jeju island meat house

some records for myself in case i look for the place in future. cannot really read the address.

there is a korean review here. quite difficult to find the address on these korean blogs…

제주도야씨 jeju island meat house

제주도야씨 jeju island meat house

will certainly be back if around here next visit.

c.h.e.f andy

제주도야씨 홍대 Jeju Island Meat House at Hongdae



Day 3 – The Adventure = Climbing Bukhansan on 12Nov2016 (Seoul 10-13Nov2016)

resting before last 50m


armed with trekking poles, kit kat, nuts + bought 2 gimbap 김밥, we set off to climb bukhansan on 12.11.2016. ^^

little we know, really really difficult though looked like not difficult for koreans…7yr olds & 10yr olds could do it..& one lady looked like 75/80.

Still we got up to baegundae 白云台 백운대 836m

7hrs very jialat hike

almost died…actually, die-ded, dead already la!

going to gupabal station

going to gupabal station

we decided to go nami Island 남이선 南怡岛 at chuncheon 春川 yesterday on Friday to avoid the weekend crowd.

everyone ready for climbing

everyone ready for climbing

not a bad decision, but it also mean we now go to bukhansan on a Saturday/weekend on 12.11.2016.

we took line 2 from hongdae where our airbnb apartment is, to hapjeong, changed to line 6 to bulgwang, then to line 3 to gupabal.


kind of early, should be in bed leh…

Took bus no 720 from gupabal station to bukjsnsam fortress station

Took bus no 720 from gupabal station to bukhasan fortress station

we took bus no 720 from gupabal station to bukhansan fortress station.

walking to the bukhansan trailhead

on the way, wife stopped by to buy 2 rolls of gimbap 김밥, and those turned out to be our nectar, our fuel, our substenance!


walking to the bukhansan trailhead


walking to the bukhansan trailhead


everyone walking to the bukhansan trailhead


everyone walking to the bukhansan trailhead

you see everyone walking there (to the bukhansan trailhead), you kow you are in the right direction la…


crowd at the bukhansan trailhead

wa, you guys need to flag off ah?


which direction neh?


both ways going baegunpae. we took the one that says 4km

both ways going baegunpae. which one neh?


trail map

we took the one that says 4km….


start of trail

took a few snaps….


going up


going up.

& up we go….


going up



trail map


pile of stones by bored hikers?

looking down at the information centre

looking down at the information centre – the trail head

looking down at the information centre, at the trailhead…


we hiking up there? you kidding me?

you kidding me?


going up


going up


going up


going up



going up


going up





going up


the peaks

we are going to baegundae 白云台 백운대 836m!


the peaks


the peaks


wife bought 2 rolls of gimbap 김밥

luckily we had 2 rolls of gimbap 김밥


never knew gimbap 김밥 taste so good la!

 super delicious!!!

lip smacking good!!!

Still 2.6km…we were just 1/3 of the way up…



remember the you know you are staying on the right track…


still the easy parts


going up


going up


going up


still the easy parts

din know these were so easy by comparison



going up

Still 1.3km

Still 1.3km

another 1.3km…


going up

it’s always, going up!


going up


going up


keep going


going up


going up


going up


going up

what else? going up….


coming up

rest stop…


going up


fresh air

fresh air – in abundance….

difficult parts when the ropes start

difficult parts when the ropes start


going up


rest stop…I think we took the remaining 1/2 of the first gimbap

we took the remaining 1/2 of the first gimbap…

not there yet la...0.5km + 0.3km the hardest parts

not there yet la…0.5km + 0.3km the hardest parts

not there…not there…0.5km + 0.3km the hardest parts…


going up

harder it went

harder it went


going up…steep, rocky


going up


nice mountain view

rest stop..take as many as you need…


nice mountain view

another rest point…


nice mountain view

now we are nearing…


almost there = Done 3.7km Another 400m to go

almost there…

done 3.7km another 400m to go


the ranger box

only a short climb now..




300m to go…lots of tired feet

another 300m to go…lots of tired feet….


nice mountain view


nice mountain view


the peak

the peak

the peak

that’s the peak!

it’s a bit overcast…not a totally clear day…


view from near the peak


view from near the peak

view all around…

this the last part to the peak & the hardest 50m

this the last part to the peak & the hardest 50m

well, almost there…

almost but not yet…

& obviously when they have ropes it means it is difficult…& today is a weekend/a Saturday, and a huge crowd..everyone wants the rope, going up & coming down..


the hardest 50m

moral of story = don’t come during the weekend…

if you do, NO gentlemen, cling on to the rope & don’t give way, whether you are going up or down…it is really quite dangerous, you can fall…

it is not always possible of course..there are children…but it means you basicall try to stand still, stay put & once the person you give way passed, cling on to the ropes…


view from near the peak


view from near the peak

the view all round…


looking down on the flat area for resting before the last 50m

looking down..


looking down from the rope waiting for peak hikers to descend after taking photos=the flat area for resting before the last 50m


coming up to the flat area for resting before the last 50m


the flat area for resting before the last 50m


top of the world ya…

a zen moment

a zen moment


one more zen moment

baegundae 白云台 백운대 836m...

baegundae 白云台 백운대 836m…

finally the peak = baegundae 白云台 백운대 836m

it was really crowded, so cannot really stay but had to rush through a few photo moments…so really must come on a less crowded weekday..


looking back at the peak on the way down

Very tough going up! so many rocks…many parks needed rope

Going the last 300m to the peak baegundae 白云台 백운대 836m very challenging

the 4km up took us 4hrs…

so basically we started about 10am at the trailhead & it was 2pm when we started on the way down..

it took long because of the rest stops, photos, but also because the last 300m (phots) & especially last 50m (ropes & long queue of people going up & coming down)..

but little we knew coming down & crossing bukhansan was really very difficult course…..


the oaks clinging to the cliffs

we decided to take the route to daedongmun instead of retracing..

looking back on the way to daedongmun = the oaks clinging to the cliffs

somehow we paid a lot of attention reading up on the route coming up to baegundae 白云台 백운대…and we just assumed going down would be direct & simple…

the oaks


the golden top


the oaks


we remembered the guide said to follow the fortress wall


1.5km to daedongmun

another 1.5km to daedongmun….


walking along the fortress wall..


walking along the fortress wall..

along the wall we went….


another 1.9km to academy info centre..

we came to daedongmun…

but that’s cheating!!!!

another 1.9km to academy info centre???? shucks!!!


we thought we reached…but it’s another 1.9km…

we thought we reached already leh…


looking back at daedongmun…photo time stamp=3.58pm still another 1.9km of treacherous downhill to go

looking back at daedongmun…photo time stamp=3.58pm still another 1.9km of treacherous downhill to go

this part really really hard….very steep & rocky going downhill…

it was 4pm… we had been walking 6hrs since 10am..& truly fearful of darkness by 5pm…had to travel faster…

at one stage we were considering stopping at the call stops with the map co-ordinates & just call for help/rescue…the problem being that when going up there were like signs every 200m or the like, but coming down we were in wilderness…we were not sure if we were on the right track..if we had missed any paths on the track or had strayed…there were like maybe 3 signs the whole 1.9km??? & even the call stops location were very sparse…

during one part, a man must be in his 60s overtook us going down…& he was the only soul we saw throughout the entire 1.9km!!! we wanted to keep up with him but it was too dangerous, he was travelling too fast & we could fall & injure ourselves if we kept pace with him, which was impossible in any case…but at least during that 5mins or so we knew we were going the right direction…


so happy to arrive & board no1 bus to suyu..made it! safe finally!

so happy to arrive & board no1 bus to suyu..made it! safe finally!
bus clock said 1703hrs…means we covered the last 1.9km in 1 hr 5mins! & coming down is so difficult & treacherous…..

no time or heart/mood to take photos

took us another 1hr 10mins on bus(25) & subway to get back to hongdae, happy & exhausted after a full day 7hrs hike!

c.h.e.f andy


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Highest point
Elevation 836.5 m (2,744 ft) [1]
Coordinates 37°39′39″N 126°59′36″E / 37.6608°N 126.9933°E / 37.6608; 126.9933Coordinates: 37°39′39″N 126°59′36″E / 37.6608°N 126.9933°E / 37.6608; 126.9933
Location South Korea
Easiest route from Suyu Station by bus 1218 or 153 to Uidongdoseonsaipgu bus stop(우이동도선사입구) then walk 2.29km to Bukansan National Park Visitor Center(북한산국립공원백운탐방지원센터)

Excellent Always 6-course Dinner @ Tunglok Signatures Orchard Parade on 25Mar2017

deep-fried lobster steak with watermelon

went with wife for 2pax dinner at tunglok signatures orchard parade this evening on 25.3.2017. ^^

tunglok has the mysterious practice that amex love dining 50% discounts for 2pax applies only to set menu during weekends & applies only to ala carte during weekdays. don’t make much sense to me, but whatever. we like the set menu anyway, and also the ala carte menu so just follow the rules la!

tunglok signature 6-course fine dining menu

good thing they do vary their set menu a bit.

better thing is that we like most of the variations.

deep-fried lobster steak with watermelon

for this evening, lobster steak became lobster ball. to me it’s the same, a good serving of lobster steak.

meat very fresh & tasty & the batter thin enough & crispy, very good. special sauce was ok, tangy & not so sweet. good.

I think though the previous lobster steak here was better.

tang jia braised sharksfin

the sharksfin very tasty as always.

no need to add vinegar as server advised.

tang jia braised sharksfin

don’t eat sharksfin that much, and when I do I don’t add vinegar anyway, just pepper.

we asked for coriander & added a bit of coriander.

tang jia braised sharksfin

there was a good serving of fins & the soup was very tasty & sweet.

star garoupa fillet

star garoupa 东星斑 supposed to be top quality fish.

this was good enough but oddly not sweet & tasty as we expected.

the green chilli steamed red garoupa  we had here for this same 6-course set on 2.10.2016 was far, far better than this.

star garoupa fillet

in fact the fish fillet felt a bit tough, like “lor kor”…which is odd…these days like never come across “lor kor” fish

pork replacement dish for wife

wife doesn’t take the lamb rack on the course menu, so they replaced with an excellent pork dish.

this maybe pork collar. it was done to perfection, very tender, didn’t feel oil or fatty at all, felt consistent like sous vide.

a really, really good pork dish la! ^^

pork replacement dish for wife

I can’t quite decide if I would prefer this to the lamb rack. both were so good la!

pan-fried rack of lamb with pepper sauce

this pepper lamb was also like perfection.

Chinese lamb usually quite poor, usually gamey & to musk the smell, they pile on sweet sauce, so quite yukky.

pan-fried rack of lamb with pepper sauce

this lamd was superb, very tender, no smell.

also at most zi char, I would never order a pepper steak dish. the pepper sauce always overpowering. here the pepper sauce quite perfect.

braised noodles with abalone mushrooms

the noodles was very tasty & just the right texture. the abalone was a thick slice. the mushroom was a very thick mushroom.

braised noodles with abalone mushrooms

overall an excellent dish!

avocado pulut hitam

dessert were good too.

first time I took the pulut hitam dessert here, with avocado. sounded really rich & heavy, so last time we both changed to the ice jelly.

this time I decided to stick with the pulut hitam.

avocado pulut hitam

very smooth, tasty, not too sweet & quite perfect la!^^

ice jelly with aloe vera

wife had the ice jelly with aloe vera. very good too!

I would say between the 2, I actually prefer the pulut hitam more. haha!

2pax 6-course dinner came to S$125 nett for 2pax after 50% amex love dining discounts. they charged 10% service on the non discounted price. I guess it is quite fair such good food at this price…

I would consider this fine dining & a sumptuous meal & NOT just scrumptious as it was very tasty & well presented & also the ingredients were quality ingredients including lobster, lamb, abalone etc. only “blemish” 败笔was the star garoupa.

c.h.e.f andy


Tunglok Signatures @ Orchard Parad

Address :
Orchard Parade Hotel #02-18
1 Tanglin Road
Singapore 247905

Contact :
Tel : +65 6834 0660
Fax : +65 6834 0550

Opening Hours :

Lunch :11.30am – 3.00pm (Daily)
Dinner :6.00pm -10.30pm (Daily)

RI Buddies 10pax homecooked 9-course Hong Kong Daipaidong Dinner on 13Mar2017

did a 9-course hong kong daipaidong dinner for 10pax RI VSOP (very special old pals) today on 13.3.2017. ^^

1 HK claypot rice 腊味煲仔饭
2 Singapore claypot chicken rice
3 JB soon huat claypot wine chicken
4 Steamed Minced Pork with Light Soy Sauce 蒸肉饼
5 steamed pork soft bones
6 Teochew Light Braised Pork Trotters 潮州鲁猪手 & belly pork
7 Teochew Bittergourd Pork Rib Soup 苦瓜排骨汤
8 fried brocoli 清炒西兰花
9 fried romaine lettuce 清炒油麦菜 (last 2 by my helper)

was considering to postpone because not feeling well but manage to organise dinner quite smoothly anyway with help from my helper & minimum energy & effort…

thanks all my friends…dinner went very well & smoothly…very fun & happy for me…such moments, & thanks to our resident photographer, the wonderful photo & video memories are to be treasured.

thanks my helper for cooking too. Thanks my friends for the fruits. white wine, another a Riesling, magnum, red wine…Thanks to our pastor friend for saying grace & to all for our company. 🙏🙏

hong kong daipaidong dishes

must say it was really a wonderful meal…

most of the dishes I did last week for my OPS buddies on 7.3.2017.^^

I just made couple of changes to reduce the effort because I was unwell, and also got my helper to fry the 2 vegetable dishes. 🙂

the hong kong claypot 煲仔饭 looked great. very tasty too.

the steamed pork soft bones (very tender basically dimsum restaurant standard) was great & also the drizzle sauce I prepared was great with the rice. & of course the duck liver sausage I bought in hong kong was ever so fabulous.

but it was not as good as what I did last week. this time I cooked a bit more rice (2 cups instead of 1.5cups) & my timing was not too good, so had a lot more burnt parts at the bottom.

this time all my friends prefer the claypot chicken rice.

of course chicken was very tender, tasty & more substantial than the sausage & pork soft bones in flavours.

#3 steamed angkoli with cloud fungus

I added a steamed angkoli with cloud fungus. this a new dish I did not have last week for my OPS buddies.

inspiration came from the steamed grass carp dish we had at in hong kong.

this was another simple dish at the daipaidong where the main play was actually the excellent light soy sauce.

#3 steamed angkoli with cloud fungus

I bought a whole angkoli fish at sheng shiong at S$8.80/kg & fillet the meat for steaming & kept the head & bones.

I just steamed it with sliced ginger, cut chilli paddy in light soy sauce & cloud fungus.

#3 steamed angkoli with cloud fungus

it was so simple to prepare, and my friends all loved the dish.

the steamed minced pork with light soy sauce, after a few practices, I kind of quite perfected it.

so this time actually I think it was better than what I had for my OPS buddies last week. probably still cannot match minsheng daipaidong 民声冰室, but otherwise it was very good, and one friend commented that was his best dish for the evening.

#5 JB shoon huat wine chicken

the JB shoon huat wine chicken was an adjustment I made.

last week I did the hand tear chicken手撕鸡 for my OPS buddies. that required a bit more effort – have to poached chicken, quenched in ice water, kept in fridge, then deboned & tore the chicken.

for the wine chicken, my helper cut up 1/2 chicken for me, no need debone, so I only have to marinade & cook it. almost effortless la…

& this was also one dish which quite unanimously all my friends said was superb…very tender, tasty chicken, great Chinese wine flavours.

I think it was much better than shoon huat & better than most of the restaurant dishes. because my chicken texture was very tender whereas most restaurants (like JB shoon huat) would overcook their chicken.

I did the Teochew braised pig trotters & belly pork for my friends. I did not take any (because unwell).

the trotters very gelatinous, tasty braising sauce, texture a bit softer. my own preference is a firmer texture. however today I am not tasting my food when cooking just judging by timing & look & feel, so I err on the safe side let it cook a bit more.

& I made also quite perfect bittergourd pork rib soup 苦瓜排骨煲, better than last week. this time I boiled the bitter gourd a short while to remove the bitterness.

& my steamed pork soft bones (1/2 used for the hong kong claypot 煲仔饭 & 1/2 for this dish) was excellent & with intense chicken stock as base so overall the taste of this soup was excellent.

fried romaine lettuce 清炒油麦菜

fried broccoli 清炒西兰花

my helper cooked both vegetable dishes for me.

both were excellent, very tasty, superb vegetable dishes.

all cleared 风卷落叶

everything was wiped clean!


2 friends brought the fruits, very sweet Korean strawberries & grapes, the red ones sweeter.

we had a really wonderful diner & time together.

this evening the friends got ready to leave a bit earlier. they knew I was a bit tired. I was very happy though.

everything went perfectly & I did not exhaust myself or use too much energy in preparing the dishes, thanks to my helper.

still at this age my illness took the usual time to heal though this time I managed the symptoms pretty ok, so basically I did not leave the house for 2 weeks to let the body fully recover.

c.h.e.f andy