Jingansi 静安寺 (Worthwhile Visit) on 15Jun2018 (Shanghai Trip 15-17Jun2018)

jingansi 静安寺 

we still had 1/2hr to kill before WT & GY met us at puli hotel.

jinganshi 静安寺 entrance fee was RMB50pax. we decided anyway to enter, just consider donations for upkeep which it is…wouldn’t take long to look see.

jingansi 静安寺 

jinganshi 静安寺 is one of the most famous temples in Shanghai located at West Nanjing Road, the flourishing downtown area of Shanghai.  more importantly next to our hotel puli.

In 1983, it was put on the list of key national protection.

temple has a history of more than 780 years, starting in the Three Kingdoms Period (220-280). In the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), it was moved to the present location. shanghai’s first tramcar was built with jinganshi 静安寺 as its starting station.

jingansi 静安寺

3 legged shrine @ jinganshi 静安寺 

there is a 3 legged shrine @ jinganshi 静安寺.

not easy to throw a coin into the tower/shrine for well wishes. Or i was just really bad at it! lol!

I threw like 10 times to get the first one in..the second was easier.. 🙂

jingansi 静安寺

dragon stone slab carvings @ jingansi 静安寺

fish stone slab carvings @ jingansi 静安寺 

there were 2 beautiful dragon & fish stone slab carvings on the steps leading to mahavira hall 大雄宝殿.

the Mountain Gate (山门), the Mahavira Hall (大雄宝殿), the Hall of Heavenly Kings (天王殿), and the Hall of Three Gods (三圣殿) are the four major architectures in the temple.

3.87m jade buddha @ mahavira hall 大雄宝殿 jingansi 静安寺 

3.87m jade buddha @ mahavira hall 大雄宝殿 jingansi 静安寺

3.87m jade buddha @ mahavira hall 大雄宝殿 jinganshi 静安寺

the 3.87m jade buddha at the mahavira hall 大雄宝殿.is the tallest in china today.

original temple bell @ mahavira hall 大雄宝殿 jingansi 静安寺 

there is the original temple bell @ mahavira hall jinganshi 静安寺 at the side.

view looking out from mahavira hall 大雄宝殿

the view looking out from mahavira hall 大雄宝殿 facing the hall of the 4 heavenly kings. the temple entrance is on the left side in the photo.

guanyin@jingansi 静安寺

guanyin@jingansi 静安寺 

the guangyin statue is loacted at another building to the right on level 1.

四大天王@jiagansii 静安寺

& the hall of the 4 heavenly kings 四大天王 is next to the entrance.

jingansi 静安寺 

we went to level 2 & walked one round…a nice elevated view of the temple.

4 face gold lion @ jingansi 静安寺 

the 4 face gold lion.

laughing buddha @ 4 face gold lion @ jingansi 静安寺

& laughing buddha.

jingansi 静安寺

4 face gold lion @ jingansi 静安寺 

a close up of the 4 face gold lion.

jingansi 静安寺

all in all a quite enjoyable visit. ^^

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Chinese name: 静安寺 (Jing An Si)
Location: No.1686 Nanjing West Road, Jing’an District, Shanghai.
Ticket: CNY30, free on incense days (the 1st and 15th days of every lunar month)
Opening time: 07:30-17:00; 04:30-17:00 during the temple fair
Temple fair date: starts from April 8th of Chinese lunar month and last for three days
How to get to Jing’an Temple:
– By buses No.21, 825 and get off at the terminal, Jiaozhou Lu (胶州路); or No.37, 62, 562, 838 and get off at the terminal, Mei Li Yuan (美丽园); or No.40 and get off at the terminal Guoji Guidu Hotel (国际贵都大酒店); or No.15, 20, 45, 71, 76, 93, 94, 113, 138, 506, 824, 830, 831, 921, 927, 925, 939 and airport line No.6 and get off at Jing’an Temple;
– By subway No.2 and get off at the station of Jing’an Temple.

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Jam-packed Metro Line 2 from Pudong International Airport on 15Jun2018 (Shanghai 15-17Jun2018)

early morning rush hour on metro line 2 from putong airport

there was some delay due to a new requirement to digitally capture all finger prints. there was a ok receipt which could be reused in future.

otherwise immigration was quite smooth.

we were deciding whether to take airport transfer as we had 6pax, just nice for RMB340 transfer advertised..but we thought it might be quite jam in morning rush hour, so decided to take metro line 2.

as it turned out, it took us 1.5hrs. train was empty at pudong international airport. we were all seated & when the train got really packed like 6 stations into the journey (it was really packed like no standing place) we thought we were lucky until we heard announcements that had to change train at guanglan road station 广兰路! even though it was same line 2.

there was a long queue, we managed to got on but decided to get out & queue in front for the next train. good decision, but still i had to get up the train even while passsengers were alighting to grab the seats.

jingan park 静安公园

jingan park 静安公园

jingan park 静安公园

jingan park 静安公园

jingan park 静安公园

puli hotel page directions were not clear. we walked through the mall as directed but there were no signage & we were lost, and finally came up across the orad from kerry centre. later WT told us we should go by exit 9 next to hotel.

our puli hotel room was not ready, and WT & GY were meeting us at 10.30am so we had 1 hr to kill.

hotel was good enough to let my son & his friends leave their luggage though they were not staying at puli..their airbnb was nearby but they had no place to leave luggage until 1pm check in..

wife & i walked to nearby jingan park 静安公园..they were lots of people dressed up & dancing to music, including what looked like turkish/middle-eastern music & costumes…

there was a pond nice place to chill but otherwise not much to see…

after that we still had 1/2 hr. we decided to go to jingan temple 静安寺..

c.h.e.f andy

Poor Deteriorating Food Offering & Quality at Asia Treasure Lounge & SQ Biz Class Order The Cook on 14Jun2018

char kuay teow

wife arranged a last minute weekend trip to shanghai 15-17.6.2018. ^^

there was a 30% discount for SQ biz class redemption, so it was 49000 miles instead of the usual 70000 miles.

carrot cake

our first choice lounge usually DBS asia treasures T3 lounge (for SQ departures) because more quiet.

however food offering had been deteriorating.

this evening worse than meagre, no smoothies & only char kuay teow & carrot cake..nothing to talk about lor…

krisflyer gold lounge

SQ biz class ticket also allow one to enter the krysflyer gold lounge opposite asia treasures.

krisflyer gold lounge food

krisflyer gold lounge nuts

more food choices like 6 dishes or more & there were nuts & crisp…all not available these days at asia treasure.

so in a sense asia treasure is now like any priority lounge & in fact the SATS priority lounge at T2/T3 connection is much better in terms of food offering.

braised belly pork – SQ Silver Kris Biz lounge

this evening, SQ biz lounge had much better food offering.

there was the excellent braised belly pork first time i see here.

SQ Silver Kris Biz lounge food

SQ Silver Kris Biz lounge food

& there was mee soto, which was good..

since having biz ticket, no harm to look see, never know what you may find la…

lobster thermidor

we were on the 1.15am flight, arriving in shanghai 6.35am.

about SQ served the meals about 1+ hrs into the flight. there was book the cook, so i ordered lobster thermidor. usually it was very good.

garlic bread was good.

lobster thermidor

lobster thermidor

lobster thermidor

unfortunately today the lobster thermidor was almost not edible, such a waste of good ingredients..

lobster was “nua nua”, not bouncy & fresh & sweet. the concoction was somehow unappealing visually & taste wise.

used to be excellent not so long ago…won’t order this again..go for the chilean seabass

c.h.e.f andy

Ichiran Ramen, Chashu, Runny Yoke Egg & Bakuteh on 8Jun2018

ichiran ramen with chashu, braised pork collar, runny yok egg

WM & I went to hak chong new place 👍

(m couldn’t join us today)

we arranged to have ichiran ramen, which the few of them all bought in kyoto during our april sakura tour..

I made bakuteh with a really good (fatty) fresh prime ribs i bought at sheng shiong-bkt was excellent

ichiran ramen with chashu, braised pork collar, runny yok egg

ichiran ramen with chashu, braised pork collar, runny yok egg 

I made also chashu & a braised pork collar..both were excellent! really delicious! ^^

& also a 6mins runny yoke egg..

ramen lunch items

I’s excellent ngoh hiang

I’s excellentngoh hiang

HC’s wife made one of the best ngoh hiang i had..

I’s vinegared trotters & egg

I’s vinegared trotters & egg

I’s vinegared trotters 

& a good ter kar chou ..vinegared pork trotters

chashu

chashu

my chashu was excellent today.

this time i used the http://www.seriouseats.com method for chashu pork = 3.5hrs in 130degC oven, then kept in fridge overnight.

chashu & braised pork collar

very tender chashu with a good bite texture..

braised pork collar

braised pork collar 

i used the chashu sauce, added a 1tbsp dark soy sauce, to braise the pork colar for 2hrs.

the braised pork collar were excellent too.

6mins runny yoke egg 

& the usual 6mins runny yoke egg.

i have not made these for 2+ years. they were still good.

anago

i bought a small fillet of anago & experimented. edible but a far cry from what ango should look & taste like…

prime ribs for bkt

bakuteh

the bakuteh was really delicious, thanks to the very meaty & marbled fresh prime ribs i bought at sheng shiong clementi ave 2.

the ribs had a wonderful bite texture, & perfectly tender.

c.h.e.f andy

Good S$32.80 for 2pax Set Lunch @ Dianxiaoer Waterway Point on 12Jun2018

lunch

went with HC & his wife, WM & M for 5pax lunch @ dian xiao er waterway point on 12.6.2018. ^^

dianxiaoer @ waterway point

first time i come to waterway point mall. dianxiaoer quite good ambience, apparently quite full during weekends??

S$32.80 lunch set for 2pax

they have a week day set lunch promotion S$32.80 that looked quite good. 🙂

we ordered 2 sets for 5pax, so 6 dishes = 3 dishes per set. you can add a soup of the day for S$4.80, normally like S$6.80. so we ordered 3. then 2 other normal price soup off the menu.

it included also free tea. here the service staff of the restaurant managed badly. 3 friends arrived earlier & asked about the promo lunch set but did not notice the free tea and ordered 3 tea. when we ordered the 2 sets, the waiter said he would cancel the 2 teas since we were entitled to 4 free tea, but his senior, a lady said we already ordered 3 tea so we had to pay for that.

anyhow the restaurant realised it’s not the right thing to do, and when we paid the bills they only charged 1 tea. that is the right service philosopy & service recovery..

braised duck 十全鸭

the sets were pretty ok. quite good food.

all my friends (me included) liked the braised duck 十全鸭.

not xin cuisine standard or silk @ sicc standard but very good nonetheless. very tasty & enjoyable dish.

mushroom brocoli & kailan

also ordered mushrooms with brocoli. it was a good size serving & mushrooms & brocoli all good.

baby kailan

baby kailan also good & done well, slightly sour with lemon juice i think, quite ok.

braised belly pork

for the second set we ordered the braised belly pork. good too. flavourful & quite tender though the lean meat got some tougher parts.

tofu with minced pork

the tofu with minced pork etc a robust dish, like the ordinary zi char..

kailan stems, deepfried shredded kailan & pork floss

the kailan dish unique & quite fine dish, with slice kailan stems, deepfried shredded kailand leaves (slight bitter) balanced by pork floss (sweet). interesting dish, overall quite nice.

chinese chawanmushi

there is also a steamed egg dish for each set. basically like a chawanmushi, and quite good too.

pork rib soup

pork rib lietong quite ok, nothing special for S$4.80 but i guess even at food court that would be the price, so cannot “hiam” (complain)…

winter melon soup

HC & wife ordered a cordycep soup & winter melon soup…

the lunch was pretty good. HC paid for lunch i think around S$100+ for 5pax pretty ok.

don’t mind the set at all. duck was good & the other dishes too. will bring my sis to try this next time.

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Free Lobster Yeemeen for Each Diner @ Peach Garden Metropolis on 9Jun2018

lobster noodles

went with wife for 2pax dinner at peach garden @ metropolis on 9.6.2018. ^^

free lobster noodles for each diner promo 

peach garden has an ongoing free lobster noodles for each diner promotion. no minimum spend.

char siew & siew yoke 

the menu was kind of limited though, nothing much to order.

char siew & siew yoke 

service staff was good, polite & helpful, advised us to order the char siew & siew yoke.

at S$12 per serving i thought i was on the more expensive side.

but the roast pork was very good, excellent. very crispy skin & no fat at all, all rendered out in the roasting process…very nice if ex at S$12.

char siew also very good, so we were happy with the order.

we wanted to order the saliva chicken, but they didn’t have this evening.

so we ordered a sea perch mustard leaves 梅菜鲈鱼, very small serving for S$18, nice though.

& 2 fried tofu at S$7 each minimum order 2.

lobster noodles

good thing was the lobster was good, very tasty & also a good serving with 3 large pieces (basically 1/2 lobster).

quite a good dinner. they of course charged a lot for other things, like S$1.20pax for water, S$0.80pax for tissue & S$4 for peanuts. so bill still came to S$75nett for 2pax.

anyway we were satisfied with the food.

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Shabu Iberico Pork & Angus Beef 2pax Home Dinner on 10Jun2018

hotpot dinner dishes

had simple 2pax hotpot dinner with wife this evening on 10.6.2018. ^^

iberico pork & angus beef

i had some good iberico pork from phoon huat delicatessen & wife bought some angus beef shabu from donki.

vegetables & mushrooms

& i had lots of mushrooms = enoki, shimeji, shitake, abalone mushrooms, and also chinese cabbage.

hotpot dinner dishes

i made the soup with yellow beans & a bit of tipor..flat fish. 🙂

hotpot dinner dishes

hotpot dinner dishes

& i had very nice dip sauces – yakiniku sauce, goma sauce (roasted sesame) and also 沙茶酱mixed with mala sauce.

beef & iberico pork were just wonderful, and well balanced with mushrooms & veg.

simple & very fulfilling dinner for wife & i.

c.h.e.f andy

Exquisite 8-course Degustation Dinner @ Alma by Juan Amador Goodwood Park on 6Jun2018

4 snacks1 – musk melon

wife bought an exquisite 8-course degustation dinner for our belated anniversary celebrations on 6.6.2018. ^^

since Jaan was removed from amex love dining (Jaan was our favourite both under andre & subsequently julian royers), there were not so many places we go for degustation & omakase.

the best for me is hachi – both the omakase lunch & dinner. hachi omakase lunch much greater value at 1/2 the price of dinner.

the other place is cornerhouse, which we go few & far between for occasions like anniversary dinner 1.6.2016.^^ that was one of the best with very good quality of ingredients like lobster & tajiyama wagyu..

last year we had a late valentine dinner at summerhouse on 1.3.2017… chef florian ridder was formerly sous chef here at one-Michelin-starred alma. the S$128 10-course menu was good but not quite in the same league as what we had this evening…

4 snacks2 – potato, salted egg yoke

alma’s dishes were equally fine & more inventive c/w cornerhouse, and every snack & course dishes were delicious, wonderful combination of flavours.

4 snack3 -foie gras toast

4 snack3 -foie gras toast

4 snack3 -foie gras toast

4 snack4 – brie & truffle

we enjoyed all the 4 wonderful snacks…all delicious & a great start to the evening…

alma degustation menu

alma degustation menu

we took the 8-course & wife had the 5 wine pairing. 🙂

alma @ goodwood park

nice setting, they have rooms for bigger groups, most interesting was the whisky cellar room. 🙂

freshly baked bread

freshly baked bread

the bread was very good too. they offered more. we had to keep our stomach for the finer things…. 🙂

#1 very sweet jap tomatoes with umeshu granitas

tomatoes were very sweet!

#1 very sweet jap tomatoes with umeshu granitas

#1 very sweet jap tomatoes with umeshu granitas

the umeshu ice was great too..

#2 chutoro, daikon, kimchi

chutoro very good, very sweet, nicely presented & excellent but i guess no better than a regular sashimi serving.

#3 uni on hamachi

#3 uni on hamachi

#3 uni on hamachi

the uni & hamachi obviously very good, very sweet & perfect texture..

#4 oyster, lobster, caviar chawanmushi

& they had a chawanmushi dish (fusion)..the chopped lobster & oyster & caviar added luxury to the great tasting dish. 🙂

#5 morel & cheese ravioli

morel & cheese ravioli also first class!

#6 yorkshire pork jowl & celeriac tea

#6 yorkshire pork jowl & celeriac tea

the celeriac tea was very good.

#6 yorkshire pork jowl

the yorkshire pork jowl itself seemed ordinary after so many tasty dishes.

#7 miyazaki A5 wagyu

the miyazaki A5 wagyu of course the best! (though hachi omakase lunch serving of 3 better quality ohmi wagyu was unmatchable)

#7 miyazaki A5 wagyu2

#7 miyazaki A5 wagyu

steak was properly charred & nicely medium falourarare, moist & sweet.

#8 rhubarb dessert

the dessert was served with a chocolate drawn anniversary greeting. 🙂

petite four

alas, all good thing comes to an end.

the petite four were very good too!

it was such an exquisite, lovely dinner, every dish a great taste experience.

service was polite, friendly. server were well trained & knowledgeable.

we had a really fun evening. a place we can come back occasionally.

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Wine Dinner (Superb Wine but Poor Steak) at Morton’s The Steakhouse on 2Jun2018

prawn & scallop

wife was invited to a wine dinner @ morton’s the steakhouse on 2JUn2018^^..

i was the spouse invite – gladly la!

wine dinner at morton of chicago 

5 wine pairing 

the wine were the best i had in all the wine dinners i had..5 wines including 1985,1995,2009,2012 etc incredible wines..

prawn & scallop 

food was good for me not fitting wife’s palette

prawn & scallop starter was great. i agree it was not special for this kind of restaurant.

still it was more than competent. both scallops & prawns were fresh & plump & tasty with the bacon wrap..& the salsa was good too. 🙂

smoked bacon 

smoked bacon had wonderful texture & smoked flavours but very salty..

(thinking how i can create this texture of belly pork)

so this was bacon which were sold salted, no doubt the restaurant smoked their own….

it could be a main course served with rice or other carbs in its own rights, then it might be ok…as a second appetizer (kind of large serving) or a primi (first main course) it was too salty taken on its own..

fillet & foie gras

fillet & foie gras 

unfortunately the fillet was well below par. it felt really odd to be saying that of a steak restaurant.

firstly they got the the menu wrong. the menu said ny strip so everyone ordered medium rare ..instead we had fillet (which wife & i & many on the table would have ordered rare)..

steak was well charred but hard on the outside & dry on the inside! there was some sweetness but tenderloin are less flavourful thna marbled meats & need to be tender & moist, so can only say the steak was well below par,…

foie gras was not well seared & camaralised. this a different preparation, texture like steamed, so also not what wife likes.

in that sense the management & service was at fault as if the restaurant had changed from ny strip to fillet, well managed & well trained staff ought to have inform the guests.

cake

cake 

dessert was maybe the best even for wife & i who are not dessert persons..

it was much sweeter than what i would usually take, but it was super moist & tasty so the sweetness came with wonderful flavours that i took double than what I usually would.

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Recipe = Oven Grilled Miso Teriyaki Wolf Herring Fish Head 西刀鱼头 on 6Jun2018

miso teriyaki wolf herring fish head

did a oven grilled miso teriyaki wolf herring fish head on 6.6.2018. ^^

wolf herring fish head 

dropped by clementi ave 2 sheng shiong after my weekly 10km jog with my RI bro CH on 6.6.2018.

bought a packet of 3 wolf herring fish head for S$1! ^^

1 head was a lot smaller so maybe considered 2.5 heads=S$0.40 per head.

miso teriyaki wolf herring fish head

i think my miso, light soy sauce, and the garnishings of red onions, chilli padi, sliced ginger etc added up to about the same S$0.40…lol! 🙂

anyway same recipe as the miso teriyaki salmon fish head.

fish head was excellent as expected. salmon fish head is perfect for this recipe as no small bones, wonderful softbone texture, and not chunky like salmon steak or fillet.

wolf herring though have very small bones (fish with small bones are very sweet), and taste was wonderful with the light soya sauce & garnishing.

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredients-

  1. 300g – 400g wolf herring fish head
  2. 1tbsp flat miso
  3. 1 tbsp light soy sauce (if not adding miso, can add 2.5tbsp light soy sauce)
  4. 2 tbsp olive oil
  5. add sliced ginger,  red onions, cut chilli padi, chopped garlic

Directions-

  1. clean, wash fish head with salt & drain
  2. rub 1 tbsp flat miso on the 2 half-heads on both sides.
  3. add 2tbsp olive oil, and 1tbsp top quality light soy sauce
  4. add sliced ginger & put on a few stalks of scallions
  5. grilled in a 250degC oven

S$29.80 Boston Lobster Early Birthday Dinner for Bro & Sis @ Ah Yat Grandstand on 4Jun2018

3 lobsters in pumpkin style

did an e6pax birthday dinner for brother YS & sister YH at ah yat grandstand on 4.6.2018. ^^

YS & WL are travelling, and wife & i also travelling so we had the birthday dinner earlier. 🙂

ah yat have the S$29.80 boston lobster & 50% off live seafood promotion so it was a good choice.

lala with ginger & scallions 姜葱哈利

lala with ginger & scallions 姜葱哈利

lala was good. very well done, tasty & we all liked the tasty scallions too. 🙂

it was expensive despite the 50% off & cost more than 3 bull frogs, quite ridiculous actually but anyway we wanted a good spread of food, so it was a good choice.

gongbao frog legs 宫保田鸡

the frogs were S$4.50 each. so just S$13.50 for 3 bull frogs.

it was excellent gongbao style. we told them “very little sweet” and it was not sweet. 🙂

gongbao frog legs 宫保田鸡

totally fresh live bullfrogs, tender & bouncy & a great flavour gongbao style with cashew nuts.. 🙂

3 lobsters in pumpkin style

we ordered 3 lobsters, S$29.80 each 500g boston lobsters…

lobster was very good, fresh & tasty. the pumpkin sauce was very good with crab & very nice on its own. but we all felt it was overwhelming the natural flavours of the lobster, and teh superior stock style 上汤焗(which we usually took) was better.

so a bit wasted. will stick to superior stock 上汤焗in future..

hk steamed tiger garoupa

hk steamed tiger garoupa

the hk steamed tiger garoupa was excellent as always…fish was tender, sweet & fresh, full marks for the cooking. 🙂

pepper alaskan crab tanhoon

we ordered the pepper alaskan crab tanhoon S$38.

there were quite many pieces of alskan crab legs, & the tanhoon was very tasty with good “pang” pepper flavour..

kailan

we ordered kailan. it was good but expensive.

horfun

and a horfun, good also thugh not enough wok hae, but also very ex.

guilinggao

the restaurant gave us complimentary guilinggao, special for my brother YS because he always have big group dining here.

pepper alaskan crab tanhoon

and we also had 10% discounts.

dinner came to S$280 for 6pax, pretty good for the quality of food we had.

because it was YS & YH birthday, they also gave us longevity buns 寿桃

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Ah Yat Seafood @ Grandstand

Address

#03-01/02, The Grandstand, 200Turf Club Road, 287994

Reservations

+65 6884 6884
+65 68832112

Opening Hours

Daily: 11:30 – 14:30

Daily: 17:30 – 22:30

Recipe=Oven Grilled Miso Teriyaki S$3 Salmon Fish Head on 3Jun2018

miso teriyaki salmon head

did a superb roasted miso teriyaki salmon fish head on 3.6.2018. ^^

bought a few S$3 salmon fish head from song fish when i bought salmon belly recently.

there was one left in the freezer so i took it out, defrosted, cleaned/washed with salt and cooked it for lunch la. 🙂

miso teriyaki salmon head

miso teriyaki salmon head

a really simple recipe-

  1. 400g – 500g salmon fish head
  2. 1tbsp flat miso
  3. 1.5tbsp light soy sauce (if not adding miso, can add 2.5tbsp light soy sauce)
  4. 2 – 3 tbsp olive oil
  5. add sliced ginger, a few stalks of scallions (i didn’t have today)
  6. & grilled 10mins in 250degC oven

miso teriyaki salmon head

head was super fresh!

meat was very sweet & tasty, and not fishy, with the flavours of miso & the fragrant light soy sauce.

grilling gives a slight charred skin & wonderful grilled flavours, the sauce dries up a bit so more intense, and the more fatty parts of the flesh near the belly combines well with miso & light soy sauce, are not chunky in texture like the steak or fillet parts, so perfect la!

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredients-

  1. 400g – 500g salmon fish head
  2. 1tbsp flat miso
  3. 1.5tbsp light soy sauce (if not adding miso, can add 2.5tbsp light soy sauce)
  4. 2 – 3 tbsp olive oil
  5. add sliced ginger, a few stalks of scallions (i didn’t have today)

Directions-

  1. clean, wash with salt & drain
  2. rub 1 tbsp flat miso on the 2 half-heads on both sides.
  3. add 2tbsp olive oil, and 1.5tbsp top quality light soy sauce
  4. add sliced ginger & put on a few stalks of scallions
  5. grilled in a 250degC oven

Recipe = Prawn Capellini in White Wine Sauce = A Simple Meal on 1Jun2018

prawn capellini in white wine sauce

made a simple pasta dish = prawn capellini in white wine sauce for myself on 1.6.2018. ^^

eating alone this evening, so just use whatever leftovers.

i had some very tasty intense chicken stock, an open packet with like 100g capellini left, some small frozen shrimps…

prawn capellini in white wine sauce

pasta is all about stock, actually any dish western, japanese, chinese, asian all about stock…

very simple dish –

  1. brown a whole bulb of garlic cloves in 1-2 tbsp olive oil, add 1cut chilli padi
  2. off fire, add 50ml white wine & 2/3 cup stock & reduce the pasta sauce, add seasalt to taste
  3. boil 150g prawns, wash & drain
  4. cook capellini to just below al dente
  5. heat pasta sauce, off fire, add capellini & prawns, and toss
  6. add shaved mozarella cheese, sweet basil leaves to flavour & garnish
  7. add 15g gourmet butter (optional)

such a wonderful dish! 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredeints-

  1. 150g pasta
  2. 150g prawns
  3. 1 whole bulb of garlic cloves
  4. 2tbsp olive oil, 1 cut chilli padi
  5. 50ml white wine, 2/3 cup chicken stock
  6. 8 basil leaves, shaved cheese, 15g gourmet butter

Directions-

  1. brown a whole bulb of garlic cloves in 1-2 tbsp olive oil, add 1cut chilli padi
  2. off fire, add 50ml white wine & 2/3 cup stock & reduce the pasta sauce, add seasalt to taste
  3. boil 150g prawns, wash & drain
  4. cook capellini to just below al dente
  5. heat pasta sauce, off fire, add capellini & prawns, and toss
  6. add shaved mozarella cheese, sweet basil leaves to flavour & garnish
  7. add 15g gourmet butter (optional)

 

 

Early Anniversary Mini Kaiseki Dinner @ Maru 丸 on 31May2018

weekday promos

had early anniversary dinner with wife at maru 丸 at icon village 12 gopeng street on 31.5.2018. ^^

unagi & aburi hotate don lunch

the bar restaurant offers various promotions that look quite interesting…

maru omakase set dinner 1 for 1 at S$78 inc 250ml free sake

excellent food & value.

we took the special 8-course mini kaiseki  1 for 1 S$78 mini kaiseki inc free 250ml sake 👍some more…

250ml free sake

& the sake was good standard. this alone would cost like S$18 easily..

#1 sensai 前菜edamame, tuna, marinated octopus

the appetizer plate included a tuna ceviche, marinated octopus & edamame.

the  tuna was very good…the octopus was tough…edamame the usual…

#2 oyster

not the very large oyster at hachi, but neverthelessthe oyster was very fresh & sweet, not big, quite ok, and came with a tasty tomato sherbet..

#3 5 kinds of sashimi – maguro, salmon, amaebi, tai, hamachi

#3 5 kinds of sashimi – maguro, salmon, amaebi, tai, hamachi

sashimi was nothing special, still quite good standard, fresh & sweet.

there were 5 kinds = sashimi – maguro, salmon, amaebi, tai, hamachi, one piece each for the 2 of us… 🙂

#4 kappa – grilled fish cheeks

#4 kappa – grilled fish cheeks

the shio (salt) grilled kappa (fish cheeks) very good 👍👍

wife found it slightly fishy, so took only 1/2…i took all of it & her 1/2 piece too. lol!

#5 sushi (aburi salmon & anago)+ #6 bara chirashi don

the aburi sushi & barachirashi don were served together.

sushi (aburi salmon & anago)

the aburi sushi were great…salmon was good & of course anago sushi 👍was special. sauce though was a bit sweet.

the bara chirashi don was ok. fish was fresh though odd cuts letfovers like any bara, the sushi rice not that great.

& there was a #7 soup…it was good too, nice tasty clear soup with asari (la la clams)…

#8 yuzu sorbet

yuzu sorbet lagi shiok!…very flavourful & refreshing. great dessert ite….

bara chirashi don

a very enjoyable early anniversary dinner with wife…

this place i will definitely come back again..don’t mind to take this mini kaiseki set again, alaos to try the weekday special & lunch specials..

c.h.e.f andy

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Good Bakchormee @ Tai Hong Fishball Bakchormee Clementi 2 on 31May2018

bakchormee

went for my weekly jogging with my RI jogging buddy CH this morning on 31.5.2018. ^^

decided to drop by sheng shiong clementi ave 2 for some grocery on the way back.

tai hong bakchormee

stopped by at tai hong fish ball bakchormee at coffeeshop at blk 352.

bakchormee

i tried this place once i think, & it was not bad…so i decided to have another go.

ordered the fishball bakchormee S$3.50.

it had lots of ingredients – 2 fishball, 2 meatballs, lots of liver & minced pork, & also fish cake, and mushroom sauce..the chilli was pretty good too..& noddles were qq…

so it’s not really tai hwa standard by any stretch…but ok for me..don’t mind it if i am around here…

c.h.e.f andy

Wife’s Kaisen Chirashi Don 海鮮丼 & Shabu Hotpot (5pax Family Dinner) on 30May2018

wife’s kaisen chirashi don

wife bought fresh sashimi today from donki, orchard central B2, so made kaisen chirashi don海鮮丼 for 5pax family dinner this evening on 30.5.2018. ^^

fresh sashimi from donki, orchard central B2

fresh sashimi from donki, orchard central B2 

sashimi were very fresh – salmon (or shake), chutoro were superb (marbled almost like otoro), akami (lean toro) good & sweet, and amaebi (sweet prawns) good too… 🙂

fresh sashimi from donki, orchard central B2 

uni was also especially good, fresh & sweet, cheaper than bringing back from sapporo…

& hotate (scallops) were as good…

the tamago oddly wife & children said not as good as my own, quite rightly too, not much taste at all, and the pressed texture not preferred too..maybe this was the kyoto pressed sushi style?.

wife cooked a little sushi rice, good enough to put on the bowl sashimi toppings, no much carbs…

shabu iberico pork & beef

shabu was very good too.

iberico pork from phoon huat delicatessen was perfect… & the angus beef from donki was tender, though not marbled, beefy & flavourful, so actually what wife preferred…

wife’s kaisen chirashi don

the chirashi don to die for…

c.h.e.f andy

Always Good 盐水鸭 Lunch at Benson Duck then 光明山 Pay Respect on 30May2018

4pax 盐水鸭 lunch

went with sis, SL (my brother YS’s old buddy from primary school) & her son LS to have 4pax 盐水鸭 lunch at benson duck this morning on 30May2018. ^^

(SL & her son LS came my place for 4pax dinner recently on 10.3.2018). 🙂

i ordered 1 duck (S$32), tapao 1/2 & served 1/2 for 4pax.

also ordered S$8 fish maw pig innard soup, and they served us a S$5 large plate 金龙菜, a malaysian chives now quite popular that is tender like yellow chives…

great lunch, S$30.50 for 4pax.

after lunch i sent LS to his office at toa payoh lor 1 near bradell mrt, then we went to 光明山 to pay respect as today is my mother’s death anniversary 忌日..

half 盐水鸭

half 盐水鸭

i brought the half 盐水鸭 back for wife. she & son enjoyed it though not as much as i do.

c.h.e.f andy

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Perfect Bakuteh on 29May2018

excellent bakuteh

made one of the best bakuteh using frozen prime ribs from sheng shiong on 29.5.2018. ^^

I chose the fatty ribs…it was really tasty & perfect texture & bite..better than all the bkt i had outside! almost la! lol! 🙂

these are prime ribs, with very good layer of fat in between the meat. though it was not the full length 龙骨 (dragon rib), it was the part near the bone, not so chunky with lean meat & having the fat layer. quite perfect actually..

bkt spices 

i use the 30g ilc spice packet. i think this the most common & cheap spice packet that all my friends used.  added 1 whole bulb of garlic cloves…

excellent bakuteh 

it’s good for 1kg ribs. i had 700g+ ribs. soup was perfect too..it all came together very nicely.

excellent bakuteh

soup etc always good. today’s bkt was exquisite, especially good because of the perfect texture & bite, of course that because of the ribs & the timing (which is my usual 50mins to 1hr..decide by taste).

when you bite into the meat, it was bouncy, moist, no need to tear, good bite, no fray, just the texture i wanted.

c.h.e.f andy

 

Shakshouka – Wife made Wonderful Lunch on Vesak Day on 29May2018

wife’s shakshouka

Lisa made nice Shakshouka for 6pax family lunch today on 29.5.2018. ^^

son made a very good scrambled eggs.

& we had the flavourful chorizo which my RI bros bought for me from bilbao spain during their recent trip…

home shakshouka lunch 

simple & nice lunch…

jamon iberico from bilbao spain

jamon iberico was really good, so “pang” ie flavourful…

chorizo from bilbao spain 

and so the chorizo, very flavourful also…

son’s scrambled eggs

& son made a very good scrambled eggs..

grilled sweet corn + daughterbught nice bread …

daughter went to get some bread from next to queens road food centre..& wife grilled sweet corn, excellent with gourmet butter applied & oven grilled.

avocado

avocado a good complement…

wife’s shakshouka

shakshouka was very good…wife said not as good like last time. i said it’s becos she did not add chorizo & more cumin to the shakshouka becos this time daughter joining lunch & she didn’t want the meat flavours in the shakshouka…

c.h.e.f andy

So So Indian Rojak @ Habibs Rojak Ayer Rajah Food Centre on 27May2018

indian rojak 

my OPS bro WM & wife J messaged to have indian rojak at ayer rajah food centre on 27.5.2018. ^^

they just finished church. they came by to pick me up.

habib’s rojak – ayer rajah FC stall 68 

abdhus salam rojak – ayer rajah FC stall 73 was cosed so we made do with habib’s rojak – ayer rajah FC stall 68 .

i came here 3 times, twice with RI bros & once with WM, and we all concluded stall 73 was better… 🙂

indian rojak

J said the prawn fritters was not good! otherwise quite ok.

so this not the best she had tried & maybe not so meeting expectations.

i did not take rojak, just had my usual kopi c gosong tilok.

c.h.e.f andy

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Habib’s Rojak

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Ayer Rajah Fooc Centre

503A W Coast Dr, Singapore 121503