Very Good Wagyu Homecooked Shortrib (Kalbi) Dinner at C’s House on 10FEb2019

beef kalbi don

wife’s nephew C & J invited us for wagyu shortribs (kalbi) dinner on 10.2.2019. 👍👍

bbq wagyu shortribs (kalbi)

C got a new source. bought 4kg wagyu shortribs, bbq over a japanese charcoal stove, very flavourful.

and he had sous vide eggs, 2hrs at 62degC.

beef kalbi don

and australian short grain rice, much like japanese rice.

the kalbi was very good. i took maybe 8 slices. there were tough tendon oarts so better to cut to smaller pieces when eating.

army stew = hdl soup base

C prepared some soup using haidilao soup base. he called it army stew since we are sort of having yakiniku – japanese styled korean bbq 烧肉.

army stew = hdl soup base

a very pleasant soup.

beef kalbi don

nice dinner for the CNY family get together.

c.h.e.f andy

OPS 14pax Chinese New Year Get Together at CHH House on 9Feb2019

dishes = OPS CNY get together

this evening we had 14pax OPS outram primary school annual CNY get together at CHH’s house.

also celebrated KS’s birthday!🎉🎊🎈

i missed WT this evening. GY is recovering from a fall so they couldn’t join us. LCH also not ,CF and SG also not able to join us this evening.

it’s a pot luck thing…you can bring a dish, cook or buy…my contribution = teochew braised duck. 🙂

lohei – year of the pig

i think the best dish had to be the lohei.

look at the pig design, for the auspicious year of the golden pig.



taste wise it was like any lohei…CHH had lots of salmon and abalone slices t add to it.

dishes = OPS CNY get together

there were 14pax including Mr Yuen & wife.

we had lots of dishes.

orh lua – oyster omelette

WM brought orh lua – oyster omelette. it was good, large oysters, good taste, less good when cold.

grilled pork ribs

roast pork

i tasted teh roast pork, taste quite ok, skin not so crispy.

M borught the 2 dishes but she was cryptic about whether she bought or made them.

ho see fatt choy

J’s hoe see fatt choy always one of the best. i took 3 times.

braised duck

my braised duck was good this evening. very flavourful and tender. KS was literally standing by the dish. HH said it was good.

chilli chicken

CH made chilli chicken. it was good too. very spicy. i liked it. 🙂

crystal dumplings

HC brought crystal dumplings from boon kheng market stall. i love it. took 3 pieces. overeat this evening. J was also eyeing them. 🙂

ice jelly

lay hua made the ice jelly, very nice. very refreshing.

forgot to take photo of KH’s braised pork ribs. it was very good like the last time.

have a great evening with these childhood friends, brothers and sisters.

c.h.e.f andy


Homecooked Teochew Muay Dishes 3pax Dinner with Sis and BIL on 12Feb2019

5 dinner dishes 

郭记teochew muay better than 夜上海🙂

sis & bil stayed back after lunch to watch tv series 风在长林then have 3pax homecooked dinner 🙂

i made 5 dishes. 🙂

chilled yellow croaker 

chilled yellow croaker a typical teochew muay dish. typically called her bun 鱼饭.

just steam then chill in fridge, and eat with good as any at teochew muay stalls. 🙂

chilled sotong

likewise the chilled sotong, same preparation, steam then chill…& bil cut with scissors when we serving.

again, as good, and probably better than teochew muay stalls.

fried shitake with bit mala

the fried shitake with a bit of mala sauce was excellent.

really nice this, superb mushroom flavours enhance by just a bit if mala fragrance. best la! ^^

fried broccoli

standard oyster sauce fried broccoli.

fried china kailan

oyster fried china kailan.

5 dinner dishes

apart of chilled fish which i do just as well, key teochew muay dishes for me are the simple nice vegetable dishes they made.

and today my simple vegetables dishes were just as good, probably better.

3 of us had an excellent simple comfort food dinner.

c.h.e.f andy




郭记teochew muay better than 夜上海🙂

sis & bil stayed back after lunch to watch tv series 风在长林then have 3pax dinner 🙂

Excellent 4 Colour Don @ Izakaya Shindo with Sis and Bil on 12Feb2019

4 colour don – uni, ikura, otoro, negi toro S$35nett


had 3pax lunch with sis & bil @ izakaya shindo on 12.2.2019. ^^

great don set S$18nett chirashi don and S$35nett 4 colour don – otoro, uni, okura and negitoro…cheaper than japan, than Tsukiji haha😂

izakaya shindo menu

izakaya shindo menu

our dish of choice the 4 colour don – uni, ikura, otoro, negi toro, and the chirashi don.

lunch with sis bil

i asked sis, she preferred chirashi don with more sashimi items

chirashi don S$18nett

i had this previously.

it was good! there was chutoro and akami.

aji himono yaki S$14

the aji himono yaki, sundried horse mackarel, was very good, flavourful and not salty.

i think excellent dish to go with the don.

4 colour don – uni, ikura, otoro, negi toro

the 4 colour don was not what they claim.

i fail to see how there could be 50g otoro, 40g uni etc claimed in the menu. still it was a good serving and i thoroughly enjoyed the dish. something i will always take again.

c.h.e.f andy


Izakay Shindo




Crab at Bay CNY Celebrations Lunch for 12pax RI Bros on 11Feb2019

salted egg fish skin and veg

my RI bros organised a chinese new year celebrations lunch on 11.2.2019. ^^

they bought me lunch, a chef hat and apron and a framed signed message. 🙂

12 bros attended missing LKY & cheok mung..

KK conspirator in chief organised the lunch, WL suggested the apron & went for trial fitting 🙂with a perfect self-gratified chef smile, TC penned the grace & niceties, chong lee took photos & collected signatures 🙂 & all conspired to have a fun memorable & surprise lunch…

very honoured and most appreciative to have these close RI bros and treasured memories together.

thank you to my bros

very heartwarming, and also the same thank you message i have for my RI bros. 🙂


RI bros lohei

being chinese new year, we started with the traditional lohei! huat ah!

salted egg fish skin and veg

salted egg fish skin and veg

the salted egg fish skin was good.

these days lots of packet salted egg fish skin, not too great. this one was good!

the thai kailan also good. 🙂

hk steamed lala & tua tau

the hk steamed lala & tua tau good taste but overdone.

(we had our brotherhood lunch here also organised by KK on 28.12.2016).

hk steamed always very tasty, whether fish, baby squids of lalas, or in a similar preparation, garlic steamed raxor clams. 🙂

J & LCH thought dish was too heavy on the sauce & salty. for me, i think it was more that the clams were overdone so not as succulent.

fish maw soup

fish maw soup was good here, though cannot really match the really delicious fishmaw soup at beng thin.


deep-fried crayfish was good. not sure waht style but probably salt pepper 椒盐虾婆.

good, succulent, tasty dish.

brands essence froglegs

brands essence froglegs

surprisingly the brands essence froglegs was poor, not great taste. kind of unusual as this very easy dish and since they do the hk steamed sauce well, this should be a piece of cake.

poor c/w with many places, like (say) yalong bay brands esence froglegs on 10.7.2018 organised by LKH 

oyster egg

the oyster egg was quite poor as well.

egg was ok, zi char standard, any zi char can make a flavourful fried egg, the oysters were small, dry, overcooked.

pig trotters jelly

pig trotters jelly 

the pig trotters jelly was tasty though unusual preparation.

the trotters meat a bit falling apart, which is ok i guess for the jelly dish, for me not ideal. the jelly is tasty, but less bite.

potato leaves

the veg was nice, tasty, quite delicious. basically they should do these zi char dishes well here.

prawn dry horfun

the dry horfun had ok good enough wokhae. prawns were ok.

very thakful to have such wonderful thoughtful RI bros and while someone said it was an ambush, it was a most delightful and memorable lunch for me.

c.h.e.f andy


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Wonderful Chinese New Year Day 2 Lunch for 29pax Family and Friends on 6Feb2019

CNY day2 29pax lunch

made 29pax chinese new year day2 lunch..

wife made cheng tng.。。aunty bes made very nice poached kailan with shitake, and fried romaine lettice-

i planned 12 dishes = cny day 2 lunch menu

1 白斩鸡 AND chicken rice
2 braised duck
3 braised belly pork & trotters
4 chilli bean paste pork soft bones

5 salted egg prawns
6 steamed salted fish minced pork
7 steamed seabass with spicy black bean sauce
8 steamed large golden snapper tail with nonya sauce
9 nonya chap chye – red fermented beancurd, stewed cabbage, beancurd skin, mushrooms, cloud fungus, tanhoon
10 poached hk kailan with shitake by aunty bes
11 fried romaine lettuce by aunty bes
12 scallops with poached broccoli

PLUS wife’s lohei & cheng tng.

19family plus 5 friends plus E, PT, Eli, and aunty BEs and another helper..

usually we have cny day2 dinner..this year wife arranged lunch so MM & B joined lunch as they always visit during this time🙂 NM HK & YZ came too…



wife bought 2 packets of lohei, very expensive from kuriya….

SL fashioned a pig for the CNY of the pig.

#! chicken rice

#1 chicken rice chicken 白斩鸡

everyone loved the chicken rice and poached chicken 白斩鸡. i prepared the chilli and also the drizzling sauce. chicken tasty and tender. very good.

#2 braised duck

braised duck always good, not my best today…

still very popular all finished.

#3 braised trotters and belly

#3 braised trotters and belly

braised trotters and belly were excellent. very tasty and perfect texture. 🙂

#4 steamed salted fish minced pork

steamed salted fish minced pork the comfort food everyone loves. 🙂

#5 spicy bean paste pork soft bones

aunty Bes favourite dish which we all like and Bes cooked often when children were younger. didn’t make for many years.

this time i made myself. it was nice great taste and pork soft bones were very tender. a lovely dish on its own really. i used 2 tbsp of the spicy bean paste 辣豆瓣酱, fried to bring out the flavours and and braised for 1hrs 15mins…

#6 salted egg prawn

salted egg prawns my second try and first time using this sauce which i bought at tiong bahru market.

i dipped the prawns in egg yoke and cornflour then deep-fried like 30sec each side in not too much oil about 2cm. it was beautiful!

the sauce i think ok but not great. still everyone loved the prawns. i think i will use salted egg yoke and make my own sauce next time.

#7 nonya steamed golden snapper tail

everyone loved the nonya steamed golden snapper tail…wife’s sis YS mentioned several times it’s tangy and tasty.

what they didn’t know was that the fish was caught by my OPS friend WT. it’s like a 2kg+ golden snapper and i cooked only the tail – too big…

#8 spicy black bean sauce steamed seabass

i cooked the seabass last, and some were already on to dessert.

J, Wife’s 1st nephew’s wife remarked that the sauce was nice too (this the same sauce i made for the popular song fish head dish). when comparing, the nonya sauce still came out tops.

#9 scalllops with broccoli

i had good chicken stock so this dish was very tasty.

#10 shitake and poached hk kailan

and everyone loved aunty bes’s poached hk kailan with shitake.

#11 nonya chap chye

i made nonya chap chye. had a bit of problem as i could not get the red fermented tofu even though i tried both sheng shiong at tanglin halt and at clementi ave 2. anyway i managed to get this morning at giant grandstand.

lunch was at 1pm and there were 12 dishes to plan, but i still managed to go out to giant and got the fermented tofu around 10am.

#12 fried romaine lettuce

aunty bes made also the fried romaine lettuce.

wife’s sis YS diet is vegetarian plus fish, so 3 vegetable dishes used only vegetarian oyster sauce.

#13 lotus seed ginkyo nut dessert

wife made very nice tongshui dessert.


and they brought nice fruits too.

#6 salted eg prawns

everyone including our friends enjoyed the food, and we had great time and fellowship.

c.h.e.f andy