Nonya Sambal Zutchi Fillet – 73rd Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 19Oct2018

nonya sambal zutchi fillet

made nonya sambal zutchi fillet with leeks for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 19.10.2018.^^

this my 73rd 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.

heng’s nonya sambal sauce

i used heng’s nonya sambal paste.

cleaned & drained 3x1kg zutchi fillet (3x800g nett weight) marinated with nonya sambal sauce in fridge overnight.

nonya sambal zutchi fillet

nonya sambal zutchi fillet

in the morning, i fried ginger, chopped garlic, leek & added fillet, fried thoroughly then covered to cook.

nonya sambal zutchi fillet

i removed the cooked fillet so as not to overcook the fish, then reduced the sauce.

nonya sambal zutchi fillet

nonya sambal zutchi fillet

then i added back the sauce.

dish was done. i transferred to an aluminium tray, covered it with aluminium foil and carted it to teban gardens.

c.h.e.f andy

Recipe = Braised Noodles with Seafood on 17Oct2018

braised noodles with seafood

i had some tasty, intense chicken stock in the fridge.

(i usually made by boiling chicken bones with carrots for like 4-5hrs with some salt, reduced to a very tasty, intense stock).

decided to make a braised hk egg noodles with excellent chicken stock, very tasty, with prawns & snake head fillet on 17.10.2018. ^^

my prawns were frozen prawns, and snakehead fillet i had some leftvoers.

braised noodles with seafood

the egg noodles, i boiled a small portion and drained.

then fried cut chilli padi, chopped spring onions and added chopped garlic, then added stock and reduced.

then added prawns and then sankehead fillet (both marinated with fish sauce and white pepper), cooked and reduced further.

braised noodles with seafood

braised noodles with seafood

then off fire, added noodles and tossed, haha like pasta. and added my magic umami ingredient, the crispy chilli.

braised noodles with seafood

such a welcoming, yummy braised seafood noodles.

c.h.e.f andy

S$3 Fishball Meepok Tar with OPS Bros @ Xinlu 新路鱼圆面 on 17Oct2018

3 OPS bros having fish ball noodles

went with my OPS bros WT & WM for fishball noodles at xinlu on 17oct2018.

my most recent post was on 22.1.2018. 🙂

xinlu fish ball noodles

the sign said they open 5.45am.

S$3 fish ball noodles

i ordered my meepok tar less noodles.

6 fish balls – S$3 fish ball noodles

they compensate less noodles with 1 more fish ball – so 6 fish balls.

S$3 fish ball noodles

my OPS bros loved the noodles. fish ball was good, chilli was excellent & noodles qq.

always good here.

c.h.e.f andy


xinlu 新路 teochew fishball noodles
Blk 159 Mei Chin Road, Mei Ling Food Centre #02-05
Opening hours:
6am – 3pm, closed on Thursday

Good Korean BBQ with RI Bro QTC at 8korean@Central on 15Oct2018

lunch with QTC

 went to my RI bro QTC’s office at central today on 15.10.2018. ^^

after that we went for 2pax lunch at 8korean @ central next to his office. had a great chat & lunch togetther.

I bought $100 chope viuchers for $59..we ordered the server’s recommendations, a flower pork set $68 which included a stew. i chose beef kimchi stew & added a grilled squid $22=enuf to feed 3-4pax actually. lol! 🙂

lunch cost $108 which i top up $8 = total $67 for lots of food for 2pax.

banchan 반찬

the usual banchan 반찬 was quite limited. there was pickled gourd or zucchini.

banchan 반찬

something that felt like pasta.

banchan 반찬

pickled radish.

banchan 반찬

pickled cucumbers.

beef stew (included in the prok set)

server cooking pork & sotong

the server did the grilling of the pork set and sotong while we enjoyed lunch and conversation. 🙂

S$22 grilled sotong

came with S$22 grilled sotong

the grilled squid which other bloggers recommended included lots of kimchi and large bean sprouts.

grilled sotong

squid was nicely done. good bbq flavour and tasty with the dips.

S$68 flower pork set

the S$68 flower pork set consisited of flower prok belly, pork neck steak and pork jowl.

on 8korean website, they stated that they used only hungarian mangalitza pig. and looking at the description these should be more alike iberico or kurobuta, more marbled with fat of lower melting point…i must say i didn’t feel that much different like the pork was more flavoured or marbled when eating. of the 3 meats, the belly seemed tougher.

grilled pork & sotong

overall it was a satisfying lunch.

the pork should be like 400g, and the beef stew was a huge serving,

but really even a hotpot stew cannot c/w a simple kimchi chigae at aburiya lor..

i don’t think i would pay S$68 for this pork set plus beef stew but for 40% discounts at S$40, it is doable and i would come here and have this again.

sadly there was zero customer except us for the entire lunch period on a monday…not sure how singapore dining establishments survive?

we had a great tete a tete having the entire place to ourselves. lol! 🙂

c.h.e.f andy


8korean @ central

Located in: Clarke Quay Central
Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen St, 02-79/90, Singapore 059817
Phone: 8692 1188

Opening Hours: 

monday – friday 11:30AM–2:30PM, 5:30–10:30PM
saturday – sunday 11:30AM–10:30PM

Good Dimsum OK Roast Duck @ Crystal Jade Kitchen Kitchen Hollandv on 14Oct2018

1/2 roast duck

went with wife for 2pax dinner at crystal jade kitchen hollandv on a sunday on 14.10.2018. ^^

wife is some jadeite member 15% discounts plus got some vouchers to use, like S$10 voucher for S$50 bill.

we ordered 1/2 roast duck. it was ok but not quite as good as the roast duck we had at

  1. xin cuisine; and
  2. silk restuarant @ sicc.

black & white har gao 虾饺

the dimsum at crystal jade geenrally good.

the har gao 虾饺 was good, whatever colour. 🙂

xiaolongbao 小笼包

xiaolongbao 小笼包 is consistently good. 🙂

crispy fupeiquin 腐皮卷

wife likes crispy fupeiquin 腐皮卷. i am ok with the dish. nice too! 🙂

steamed pork ribs

steamed pork ribs also did not disappoint…not so fatty, enough meat & also tasty.

bill S$54.30 after 15% discounts

the bill came to S$54.30 after 15% discounts.

it seemed to work out such that no difference whether use S$10 voucher or just straight 15% discounts.

1/2 roast duck

food was ok but quite expensive S$54.30 nett for 2pax even with 15% discounts.

c.h.e.f andy


Crystal Jade Kitchen @ Hollandv
2 Lor Mambong, Holland Village, 277671

Opening Hours:

Daily 8:30AM–11PM

Braised Belly Pork with Nai Bai Veg – 72nd Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 12Oct2018

braised belly pork with veg

made braised belly pork with veg for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 12.10.2018.^^

this my 72nd 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 veg

prepared the belly pork last evening..set alarm to 7am as usual for TG friday breakfast but woke up at 9.30am..checked phone NOT silent & alarm was old man couldn’t wake up even with alarm..

called Ros..she was ok if I cooked immediately & delivered at 10am which i did..use 1/2 the vegetables about 600g & all the meat 1.1kg.

braised belly pork with veg

for the braised pork belly, i used the seriouseats method for japanese chashu pork = 3.5hrs in 130degC oven, then kept in fridge overnight.

the belly pork was very flavourful, just slightly overdone, and was perfect to keep in a ziploc bag in the chiller overnight.

so it was easy in the morning to slice the belly pork into clean slices.

fry the nai bai vegetables, add some of the tasty marinade, cook & reduce the sauce, and add the sliced belly pork the last bit.

c.h.e.f andy

50% Chope Vouchers Good Deal = Very Good 8pax Birthday Dinner for OPS Bro WT @ Halia on 10Oct2018

S$17 blue fin tuna tartare

we arranged a 8pax birthday dinner for WT at halia on 10.10.2018. ^^

i bought S$700 chope offpeak vouchers at 50% discounts for this dinner at 8.30pm. 🙂

dinner was attended by 4 bros and the spouses. wife had some urgent matter to attend to but rejoined the dinner afterwards.

S$16 lemograss & ginger prawn salad

i ordered 4 appetizers to share.

the prawn salad was just average, ok enough i guess.

S$25 pan seared barramundi

the pan seared barramundi was very good especially with the bearnaise sauce. 🙂

we considered ordering one more when wife rejoined the dinner (she missed most of the appetizers) but decided to order a main, halibut en papillote instead. 🙂

S$6 sauteed mixed mushrooms & garlic butter

the sauteed mushroom very good too.

very poor S$25 halia’s chilli crab spaghetini

very poor S$25 halia’s chilli crab spaghetini

the halia’s chilli crab spaghetini was in my view not quite edible, really poor.

no hint of chilli crab flavours, and the pasta was not even al dente..that is a mortal sin!

our appetizers

overall we were quite happy with the appetizers and the communal dining. 🙂

S$7 pandan coco

HC ordered coffee and we had 2 or 3 pandan coco to share. afterwards when i had time to look at the menu, maybe we should have tried the smoothies also. 🙂

S$18 pan seared foie gras

the vietnamese lady server Ha recommended pan seared foie gras to go with the steak mains. we ordered 4 foie gras to share..i do not take foie gras as ammater of choice. 🙂

S$130 900g boned in striploin

the server recommended we took the 900g striploin…only porterhouse was on the menu, but she said there was a last piece of striploin.

actually porterhouse is one side strip loin one side tenderloin, so in theory porterhouse would be better? anyhow i prefer strip to tenderloin and perhaps a boned in strip loin would have a smaller bone c/w porterhouse? haha! who cares?

S$130 900g boned in striploin

i think the striploin was plenty good, very flavourful, nicely charred, unlike many places. this came with good sides of mash etc.

S$33 halibut fillet en papillote

S$33 halibut fillet en papillote

S$33 halibut fillet en papillote

we ordered the halibut en papillote. it was excellent!

sides with halibut fillet en papillote

sides with seabass en papillote

it came with sides too.

i think between the halibut and the very good barramundi, the halibut was still better.

S$68 200days grain fed angus ribeye

S$68 200days grain fed angus ribeye

the server also recommended we ordered the ribeye rather than the wagyu rump, and so we did! 🙂

and it was very good too. ribeye is a better uct of meat c/w striploin.

S$40 pan roasted medium rare lamb rack

S$40 pan roasted medium rare lamb rack

S$40 pan roasted medium rare lamb rack

we also ordered the lamb rack.

we wanted medium rare but it looked totally rare to me, which was not the preferred texture.

anyway we already started on the meat, so i did not ask for it to be replaced.

S$10 die die must have chocolate

i ordered all 4 dessert.

i think the dessert were really good, everyone of them!

chocolate not so die die but good anyway.

S$11 yuzu gateaux

yuzu was good too.

S$10 sticky toffee pudding

the sticky toffee pudding was quite unexpected. it was not as sweet as expected. and it was tasty, a very good dessert.

S$9 ginger spice all things nice

the ginger dessert was ok, did not register much with me.

overall i think the dessert were excellent too. 🙂

WM brought the cake

S$130 900g boned in striploin

WM brought a birthday cake for WT. we sang happy birthday and shared some cake. 🙂

i am happy with the dinner overall and most of the dishes from appetizers to mains meat & fish and also the dessert. very enjoyable meal.

the ambience a bit mixed, nice place certainly, and indoor seating has aircon. the table seating were close to each other and like canteen, i guess it was the rustic feel.

dinner came to like S$683, so i used S$700 vouchers. the lady server had earlier informed us she was leaving as here shift ended. the male server nguyen (also vietnamese) advised me to order some drinks so i ordered a coffee and another pandan coco. the bill came to S$699, perfecto!

so with chope 50% offpeak vouchers the 8pax dinner cost S$350nett, i think a very good deal la!

c.h.e.f andy


Halia @ Botanical Gardens