Braised Wine Chicken with Vegetables – 67th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 3Aug2018

braised wine chicken with vegetables

made braised wine chicken with vegetables for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 3.8.2018.^^

this my 67th friday breakfast community meal dish 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.

2kg boneless thigh

i fillet a 2kg pack of 8 boneless chicken thighs.

washed with salt & drain dry in fridge overnight.

chicken fillet & vegetables

in the morning, i marinated the chicken (3tbsp fish sauce, 1 tbsp heap corn flour, 1 tbsp sesame oil, 1tbsp oyster sauce, 3tbsp hua diao wine 花雕酒).

& cut 3 large carrots & 1kg size cabbage.

fried vegetables with oyster sauce

fried vegetables with oyster sauce

then i fried the vegetables with chopped garlic & oyster sauce.

the vegetables were very tasty on its own.

braised wine chicken

braised wine chicken

braised wine chicken

i then placed the cooked vegetables in the aluminium carrier.

then cooked the chicken, with chop garlic & high fire. 🙂

braised wine chicken and vegetables

the chicken was very tender & tasty. made sure not overcooked.

braised wine chicken with vegetables

braised wine chicken with vegetables

then i placed the chicken on top the vegetables in the aluminium carrier.

i placed the dish in 40degC oven while i get ready to leave for teban gardens.

it was a very tasty dish, both the chicken fillet & the vegetables.

the 140 residents enjoyed their wonderful breakfast. today they had chui kueh as well, and the usual nice braised beehoon which was very tasty too.

c.h.e.f andy


Durian Bonanza (Corporate Invitation) @ Fruit Monkeys on 1Aug2018

D24 i think

had corporate invitation for a durian tasting evening at fruit monkey on 1.8.2018. ^^

so after a shiok! ichiran ramen & bakuteh dinner at WM place

we came by to fruit monkey in rangoon road.

fruit monkey aircon area

fruit monkey has an airocn area.

there were like 25-30 other guests including ourselves. and some other individual customers.

D24 i think

we were told they chose fruit monkey because the durians were good & also they have aircon place…google review seem to be good..

we were served first D24 i think.

not yet MSW, but these durians were good, if they were D24. 🙂

there were 7 of us on the table. i think we were served 5-6 durians.


next came the long awaited MSW.

the MSW however were NOT good!

the first one we had was very good (above photo left side!).

there was one other durian pretty good. one or 2 more ok. and 2 others were literally not ripe. we didn’t eat!

the service recovery was NON EXISTENT!!!!!

the lady came to ask if durians were ok. we showed her the unripe MSW durians. she didn’t react at all, then she said she could bring us very good MSW (means she brought us not good MSW?). and one durian WT went to return, the guy said “can eat”, so WT told him “you eat lor”.

if it were Ah Seng at ghim moh, the unripe durians wouldn’t even be served, and anything below par Ah Seng will just replaced with more good ones, no question asked.

durians & rambutans

can’t understand these people, how they do business like that?

anyway it’s their prerogative how they want to run their business. customers will just vote by their feet.

perhaps they were good with usual individual buyers, don’t know how to handle big groups?


but there were at least 3 decent or better MSW =1 very good MSW, 1 good and one or two more MSW (except for the unripe ones) also quite ok edible.

after durians, we were served mangosteens & rambutans…on our table we were all quite full with the durians so we just took 1 or 2 to try…there were ok..the 2 mangosteens i had had the yellow patch part not does happen with mangosteens…

thanks to the invite, we OPS bros had a great time, a nice durian bonanza (cannot hiam really since we were invited), a nice home makan before that. a really pleasant evening to spend with very close friends & bros.

c.h.e.f andy

Very Shiok! Ichiran Ramen + Bakuteh Home Dinner at WM Place on 1Aug2018

ichiran ramen

we had ichiran ramen + bakuteh 5pax dinner at WM place this evening on 1.8.2018.

my OPS bros HC & WM bought ichiran ramen packets when we were in kyoto/nara/osaka 5-13.4.2018.

we had a first round of ichiran ramen at HC new place on 8.6.2018.

WT was in shanghai then. this time, WT is back & also we got PK to join us for 5pax dinner. 🙂

6mins runny yoke eggs for ramen

6mins runny yoke eggs for ramen

i made the usual 6mins runny yoke egg. very good indeed!

i use the braise for braising the chashu & also the braised belly pork

(to replicate the excellent braised long soft bones experience at hanamaruken ramen (花丸轩) at dotonbori osaka).

ichiran ramen

ichiran ramen

beautiful, lovely ramen by ichiran! ^^

incredibly tasty tonkotsu broth, and ramen just al dente perfect texture..i made it 2.5mins.

we on low carbs, so shared 2 ichiran packets for 5pax.

the best bakuteh

i also did bakuteh.

i had a very good almost 900g prime ribs from sheng shiong last week, so this was a good occasion to have it. 🙂

just using the usual 30g pack of “ilc” bkt stock pack. all my friends use this, simple & really nice everytime.

the best bakuteh

i like prime ribs with layers of streaky fat.

heavenly sinful la! 🙂

the best bakuteh

i cooked it in the morning.

soup very sweet & tasty, natural sweetness of the pork.

& the pork tender & sweet, especially with the top grade chicken rice dark sauce with chilli padi.

the best bakuteh

placed ribs in boiled water, cleaned to remove scum. then added clean water, whole bulb of peeled garlic cloves, the ilc stock sachet, & the ribs, boiled for 1 hr.

after cool, i placed in carrier & kept in the fridge & transport to WM in the evening, after picking up WT.

chilled trotters

chilled trotters

i also did a chilled trotters.

this was to replicate the very nice crystalline trotters dimsum lunch at 苏小柳, basement of crystal galleria 晶品.

texture of my chilled trotters was good. the way to do this is to overcook the trotters a little (i had it in a 130degC over for 6-7hrs), with a good marinate that became very tasty with the gelatine from the trotters…

then i kept in chiller overnight, so the trotters were tender yet had a good bite. 🙂

but to replicate 苏小柳’s pig trotters, i will use hock instead the next time.

chicken rice dark sauce for bkt + white vinegar mala sugar & stock dip for trotters

i had some chicken rice dark sauce for bkt + white vinegar mala sugar & stock dip for trotters.

trotters were ok, i like it..not the favourite dish for my friends though.

romaine lettuce & spinach

romaine lettuce & spinach

i fried 2 vegetables – romaine lettuce & spinach.

taste was good. the spinach a bit “sek” though ie a bit old & tough stems…

ichiran ramen

dinner was fun with close bros.

especially the ramen & bkt. not too heavy & really nice food.

after dinner, we rested a while & went to fruit monkey for durian tasting, courtesy of UOB. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Claypot Liver, Salt Baked Chicken, Pigskin Jelly 4pax Dinner on 31Jul2018

6 dishes + jelly pigskin for 4pax dinner 

made 4pax dinner for sis & bil, and this evening on 31.7.2018. ^^

salt baked kampung chicken 盐焗鸡

I cooked my first experiment 盐焗鸡, claypot liver, jelly pigskin & 4 veg dishes

salt baked kampung chicken 盐焗鸡 (recipe here) was very good, tasty, moist & tender. 🙂


pigskin jelly

pigskin jelly (recipe here) was superb this evening, very flavourful, and perfect texture.

everyone finds the 3 dishes (claypot liver, pigskin jelly, salt baked kampung chicken 盐焗鸡) tops.

egg plants

eggplants so so..

long beans 

the lady fingers not quite edible=I bought this in packet from sheng shiong..there were no loose ones to choose..& the lady fingers were “sek” too old & tough..

salted egg bittergourd

the long beans & salted egg bittergourd were good…

for this evening, long beans were best…very sweet & tasty.simple dish.just fried with oyster sauce…

claypot liver 

the claypot liver was excellent as before. very good, tasty with hua diao wine 花雕酒flavours…

all in all a really enjoyable 4pax dinner.

after dinner, sis made gongfucha 功夫茶as always.

c.h.e.f andy