Delicious Ramen, Bakuteh & Salt Baked Chicken 7pax RI Buddies Lunch on 17Aug2018

bakuteh prime ribs

made 7pax home bakuteh & ramen lunch for my RI buddies today on 17.8.2018. ^^

quite efficient start for today. 🙂

got up at 7am to cook braised belly pork with vegetables dish for 140pax teban gardens community breakfast & delivered at 8.45am & back home by 9.15am.

cooked the bakuteh (1hr).

CH came at 11am & we went together to holland dr to close some account. everything went smoothly & we were back at 11.45am & i told the friends that we would be back by then. 🙂

bakuteh prime ribs

i chose the prime ribs w/o the lean big loin portion.

the parts near the bones with the streaky parts are most tender & tasty for bkt. it was a bit long though, next time i ask them to chop it.

bakuteh prime ribs

bakuteh prime ribs

bakuteh easy to do & nice. ribs were tender & sweet & very important to have good dark sauce & cut chilli padi.

the soup was a bit salty for my friends. this need to be “to taste”. for myself, i prefer to do it more tasty & intense then add boiling water if too salty. the last time i told the friends to add water themselves this time forgot to.

ramen with chashu, braised pork soft bones & face meat

i made the 6mins runny yoke eggs a day before & kept in the chiller in the pork soft bone braise for the colour.

i used the seriouseats chashu method 4hrs in 130degC oven (6hrs for pork soft bones) to make the chashu, braised pork soft bones & for today i had happened to make face meat also.

hakata & miyazaki ramen & ilc bkt sachet

i did not have any more ichiran ramen, so had to make do with 2 packets eahc of hakata ramen & miyazaki ramen bought few days back from donki at amara hotel. 🙂

for bkt, i used the usual ilc sachet, tasty good enough for me. 🙂

runny yoke egg

6mins runny yoke egg pretty standard, though still not perfect, 1 egg a bit ruined.

chashu & face meat

the face meat very fatty. i cut away the fat which was like 50%. it was ok but texture a bit like jelly not really my favourite.

salt baked chicken 盐焗鸡

salt baked chicken 盐焗鸡

the salt baked chicken 盐焗鸡  quite perfect today. i did 1hr 15mins fully wrapped in baking paper & aluminium foil in 170degC oven, then 30mins open up to give a drier not steamed not grilled texture.

salt baked chicken 盐焗鸡

messed up the deboning. friends all arrived so rushing a bit. anyway chicken was nice & tender. KH said it’s tastier than 白斩鸡. i do not prefer this to 白斩鸡 myself (I like both equally).

fried leeks with oyster sauce

i made some simple veg dish, fried garlic with oyster sauce. it was good.

ramen with chanshu, braise pork soft bones & face meat

today the ramen itself was not as good as ichiran ramen which i made the other day for another group of 6pax RI bros on 6.8.2018. 🙂

since i did not have ichiran ramen, have to make do. have not tried both the hakata (same locality as ichiran brand) ramen or miyazaki, so i cooked first 1 packet hakata shared by 3, then the miyazaki shared by 2. i decided hakata tasted better than miyazaki so the 3rd packet for CL & myself i made the hakata ramen.

for the first 2 ramen packets i tasted the broth but not the ramen. as 2.5 mins was just right for ichiran, i did not follow the instructions 3mins. so i think 1st packet for HAB, KH, CH was ramen undercooked though HAB felt his was ok. the second packet i kept longer maybe 2mins45secs for HK & LKY. the 3rd packet i decided to taste the ramen & indeed needed to cook longer so i think full 3mins for CL & myself.

for myself the texture was perfect at 3mins.

ramen was good enough i guess if you don’t make comparison, but clearly not near the best ramen you can eat outside. the tonkotsu stock is the most important, so ichiran is of the standard but these 2 are not quite there.

my slow braised pork soft bones quite perfect now so both groups (the earlier on 6.8.2018) and today both loved the pork soft bones.

KH liked the chashu better! today’s chashu was a lot better than what i had on 6.8.2018. very very good standard.

c.h.e.f andy


Braised Belly Pork with Carrots & Cabbage – 68th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 17Aug2018

braised belly pork with carrots & cabbage

made braised belly pork with carrots & cabbage for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 17.8.2018.^^

this my 68th 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.

braised belly pork with carrots & cabbage

i have been making chicken & fish most of the recent period. anyway these are more healthy.

for today i thought of making belly pork & added lots of vegetables to balance.

i used 1.6kg frozen belly pork from sheng shiong.

i used the seriouseats chashu method & slow braised 4hrs in130degC oven the day before. then put in ziploc bag in chiller overnight. i had 1 tbsp sugar, 1tbsp white vinegar, 1/2tbsp salt, 3tbsp hua tiao wine as the braising liquid.

braised belly pork with carrots & cabbage

braised belly pork with carrots & cabbage

this morning, i fried cut cabbage & carrots with chopped garlic, cut chilli padi & oil, added oyster sauce, covered & cooked vegeatbales for 20mins till soft.

then i added the cut belly pork.

braised belly pork with carrots & cabbage

braised belly pork with carrots & cabbage

the belly pork were tender & already tasty on its own from the braises, and as they were take from the fridge they were easy to cut nicely.

i added the pork to the vegtables, mixed thoroughly & tasted it was ok quite tasty, so i transferred to the aluminium carrier to bring to teban gardens.

today, Ros the centre director made her famous congee. it was very good so i could not resits taopao a bit back. also Ros gave me a box of 5kg of the best 王中王durians. i took some later with wife. it was the best i had this recent season.

c.h.e.f andy

Nice Suckling Pig 10pax OPS Dinner @ Bee Hiang on 16Aug2018

suckling pig

my OPS buddy CH bought 10pax suckling pig dinner at bee hiang for his own birthday (belated) on 16.8.2018. ^^

i was just kidding about suckling pig on group whatsapp chat & there we were, yummy suckling pig. looks like i have to do more kidding. lol! 🙂

bee hiang was actually a restaurant i been to a bit in my twenties (like loy sum yun)..which i had not been the last 30+yrs so good to revisit.

we got a bit lost. the address is jurong gateway road and located next to J cube, we somehow ended up parking at westgate & asking our way over. lol! 🙂

suckling pig

the suckling pig was the best dinner dish for me – good, crispy, quite tasty, quite ok even though no better than other places like chui huay lim, swatow, ah yat, hung kang etc with good suckling pig. M doesn’t take. FM took 2 pieces, so WM & me took a lot la. haha! 🙂

fish maw soup

fish maw soup

fish maw soup was quite a good soup, and good ingredients,

just that the stock taste wise (which is most important for soup) no comparison with beng thin.

hae chor & ngoh hiang

the hae chor & ngoh hiang was a failed dish for me…

hae chor “buay past” by most teochew restaurant or zi char standard..

ngor hiang no comparison with HC’s wife I’s very nice ngoh hiang. and no need to say really just one look at above photo can already la…

crispy oyster egg

the crispy oyster egg quite a good dish i guess.

but if c/w beng thin’s crispy oyster egg (above photo), kind of far off…

kong bak pau

kong bak pau was competent, like most places.


the asparagus dish looked ordinary, but surprisingly PK & I agreed it was good & tasty.

hokkien mee

WM thought the hokkien mee was the worst dish.

for me it was actually ok, competent, quite tasty & basically the typical taste of hokkien mee in this kind of restaurant like at beng thin or Singapura.

in fact, low carbs me finished the whole serving.

so personal opinions on food taste can vary quite a bit… 🙂

orh nee

the orh nee was ok for me also.

not the very fragrant “pang”, smooth and “sung” orh nee like at fragrant gardens, but ok.

S$502 for 10pax suckling pig dinner

the bill S$502 not say expensive because it included suckling pig but not particularly cheap also as there are many suckling pig sets at good restaurants swatow, hung kang, ah yat that are in the S$500++ range.

suckling pig

dinner was a fun time for our OPS friends of 53 yrs standing, an enjoyable time together celebrating again our good friend’s arrival at this important milestone…lol! ^^

c.h.e.f andy


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Excellent Fish Head Curry Good 白斩鸡 @ Bugis Street Chuen Chuen Restaurant 白沙浮津津 on 15Aug2018

OPS 5pax buddies dinner 

my OPS bro, WT, bought 5pax dinner at bugis street chuen chuen at 21 Tan Quee Lan St on 15.8.2018. ^^

CH who was treating 10 of us OPS friends at his own birthday dinner tomorrow, went to JB today, but still made it for dinner. 🙂

S$26 excellent fish head curry 

the fish head curry was quite excellent.

fish was fresh & meaty & the gravy was excellent, very tasty, and there was lots of vegetables. we all loved the curry, so there was not enough to go round, and i asked server to add some curry which they did…very shiok!

for me, it was better than the curry fish head at sum kee which also WT bought 3pax lunch on 18.5.2018.

S$14 half 白斩鸡

the S$14 half 白斩鸡 was also good standard.

better than most. 白斩鸡 very smooth usually meat not very sweet & needed good chilli & sauce, that is just the nature of the dish. this considered very good already. chicken breast still a bit not mist enough & lacking taste.

$3 liver & gizzard

$3 liver & gizzard nothing to complain.

S$5 chicken feet

the glass chicken feet very well done, great bite texture & sweet. i actually don’t particularly like the sauce or too much of it. maybe ask them to serve the sauce separately next time or just the chicken sauce will do.

S$10 nai bai veg

奶白 was good enough but the fish head curry had lots of veg so for myself when i come don’t really need to spend $10  for this. 🙂

bill S$64 for 5pax

a very good fulfilling dinner for 5pax for S$64.

S$26 excellent fish head curry

i liked the curry fish head especially, and the 白斩鸡 is also something i enjoyed.

c.h.e.f andy


Bugis Street Chuen Chuen Restaurant 白沙浮津津

21 Tan Quee Lan St, #01-01 Heritage Place, 188108

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