A Close Family Christmas Eve 8pax Dinner on 24Dec2018

christmas eve dinner dishes

wife organised a christmas eve dinner. E could not make it, so we had 8pax including aunty bes on 24.12.2018. ^^


1 pumpkin rocket salad
2 wife’s crayfish pasta
3 beer can chicken 
4 grilled snapper
5 herb crusted rack of lamb
6 wife’s grilled vegetables
7 pangrilled vegetables

daughter organised a gift exchange. she let us draw a no. earlier. it happened that i drew my wife’s no. and she drew mine. i not into buying christmas gift. buy a gift for my wife that’s quite fine..zalora to the rescue! haha! ^^

christmas eve dinner dishes

this evening wife made some dishes herself.

i made a pumpkin rocket salad. the children loved the salad.

wife’s crayfish pasta

her famous crayfish pasta.

crayfish very fresh and creamy tomato sauce nicely done. aunty bes prepared the capeillini. it was slightly overdone. later the children took the tagliatelle i made which were al dente for the crayfish pasta, so i didn’t make my tagliatelle dish…:-)

sliced ham

the ham which came in a hamper was quite nice, but not much taker. so i took a few pieces.

grilled sweet potatoes

wife bought sweet potatoes from red mart and i bought the purple ones from sheng shiong (japanese sweet potatoes from vietnam???)..

mine was 1/2 the price at S$3/kg and it was really quite nice. but the expensive ones were softer and nicer.

grilled sweet corn

grilled sweet corn always nice.

pan-grilled brussel sprouts

and we all loved brussel sprouts.

grilled vegetables

i also made some pan=grilled vegetables – red & yellow peppers and zucchini. and wife did the portobello mushrooms.

beer can chicken

beer can chicken

beer can chicken

i made again the beer can chicken.

it was just as lovely as what i made few evenings ago for my RI makan group friends. chicken was tender, moist, sweet and flavourful, and grilled skin specially a nice flavour.

rack of lamb

i also made a lamb rack this evening.

this rack was frenched but not denuded, so i had to cut away lots of fats.

it was very well cleaned so no much gamey taste.

browned rack of lamb

i charred it on the pan before putting on the herb crust.

herb crusted rack of lamb

lamb crusted and ready for grill 22mins at 210degC for medium rare.

herb crusted rack of lamb

we ate the lamb forgot to take photos. lol!

grilled snapper

grilled snapper

today the grilled fish didn’t come out so well. the oven was different one so timing and temperature somehow did not produce the same effect…

marinade was nice. i flamed the fish, and we took the top part which was quite nice. the part nearer the bones were not cooked through so i left it in the oven.

grilled snapper

& it actually came out very nicely bbq, and very flavourful…

christmas eve dinner dishes

so, a very enjoyable family dinner and as good food as eating out really. and after dinner we took photos around the christmas tree and shared the presents.

a memorable & close family evening together. ^^

c.h.e.f andy


“Dem” Shiok! HK String Noodles with Beef Balls on 23Dec2018

hk string noodles 

cooked beef ball noodles for wife.

beef balls from my relatives in shantou..my bro & sil visited them earlier this month dec2018, and brought back many vacuum packs.

hk string noodles 

noodles the excellent hk type and prawn flavoured..really good.

china beef balls and tsuyu sauce soba soup 

i use tsuyu which basically is used in soba soup, plus some mirin.

so no effort no need to prepare stock for soup, can basically cook right away like preparing instant noodles.

hk string noodles 

this hk noodles really stringy, totally qq, and i added the crispy haebeehiam chilli which is “dem” nice! ^^

hk string noodles with beef balls 

wife enjoyed the simple noodle meal.

i did not eat. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy


OK Food Good Chope Discounts @ Jones the Grocer on 21Dec2018

S$29 4hr slow braised pork ribs

my RI bro CL arranged a post kluang dinner with QTC and his cell group who organised the recent kluang missionary trip 7-9.12.2018.

CL made some effort seeking out the best deal and also bought the chope 35% offpeak vouchers.

QTC’s 86yr mom, a sprightly and cheerful lady who went along for the kluang trip, also joined dinner.

It was also an occasion for CM, mei mei & her hubby EH birthday celebrations. all happy things coming together. 🙂

S$21 buddha bowl salad

i had a bit of lunch today so i decided to share a vegetarian salad with WL.

it was good, a nice salad.

S$29 seafood risotto

the seafood risotto came with squid rings. looked quite good. 🙂

S$29 spicy seafood linguine

i must the seafood linguine didn’t look too impressive in terms of presentation, quantity or ingredients. i guess it was tasty and that was ok.

S$29 atlantic salmon

for me, the salmon looked below par. first thing missing, a well done pan-grilled crispy skin.

this salmon though came w/o skin so perhaps it was poached, though it did look grilled.

QTC’s mom ordered a fish and chips for herself. i didn’t take a photo. 🙂

S$29 wagyu burger

wagyu burger should be good.

presentation? they seemed to inverse the burger? is that an inventive way? it hid the ingredients. somehow the presentation didn’t look attractive to me.

jones the grocer

jone is also a grocer. the christamas decor aded to the ambience.

hey, sweet thing

lemon tart


apple crumble

we also had several orders of dessert – lemon meringue tart, apple crumble with ice cream etc. 🙂

jones the grocer

they really know coffee?

& they certainly have something to say about coffee.

i had a flat white. quite average.


birthday cakes

CL asked about cakeage earlier, and decided to just order 3 slices of cakes from jones for the 3 birthday boys & girls. make sense too. we didn’t need to eat dessert & then cakes.

bill for 11pax came to about $516nett. jones was nice enough to let us top up to S$600 by buying their groceries. so with 35% off peak chope discounts. so we paid S$390 for S$600 vouchers and if dinner only is taken into account, the just S$335 inclusive drinks, quite a good deal la! ^^

QTC initiated a round the table debrief of the kluang mission trip, so it was a great sharing session on top of the food, company & fellowship. ^^

c.h.e.f andy


Jones the Grocer @ Dempsey


Good Pho and Salad @ Nam Nam Wheelock Place on 23Dec2018

lunch with wife daughter

went to qcd wheelock to collect my iphone6. first thing got my queue number. it looked like another 1hr+ wait.

wife & daughter came along. so we decided to go nam nam at B2 for lunch. duaghter bought lunch today.

S$8.90 chicken pomelo salad

S$8.90 chicken pomelo salad

we ordered a chicken pomelo salad.

it was good. pomelo very sweet, and chicken done nicely.

S$11.90 australian beef combination pho

we shared a pho and banh mi…all carbs…lol!

pho was good, soup. rice noodles, beef etc. nothing specail though and for me quite ex.

S$9.90 banh mi

banh mi was below par for me…

i had the best banh mi at banh mi phuong in hoi an on 22.12.2015

and my first time having banh mi, and it was a very good one, was at bricklane market london on 17.5.2015. lol! ^^

i guess kind of academic, the best banh mi also not that hot for me la.

S$4.50 vietnamese coffee

coffee i also think very ex at S$4.50

S$11.90 australian beef combination pho

the pho and pomelo chicken salad were nice.

for me i guess i not excited with all these pho, ramen, banh mi stuff so i won’t pay for this myself. daughter buying quite ok la…lol!

c.h.e.f andy


Nam Nam @ Wheelock B2