Chicken with Mushrooms and Fungus – 89th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 5Apr2019

chicken with mushrooms and fungus

made chicken with mushrooms and fungus for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 5.4.2019.^^

this my 89th 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.

chicken with mushrooms and fungus

an excellent tasting dish. 🙂

chicken, shimeji mushrooms, cloud and wood fungus

i diced and marinated 2kg boneless chicken thighs the evening before = 3 tbsp fish sauce, 2tbsp corn flour, pepper and 4tbsp shaoxing wine.

i am keeping the taste plain so no oyster sauce, no sesame oil, no light soy sauce.

i got ready wood fungus S$2.10 for 200g from sheng shiong, some left over cloud fungus (all softened), and 2 packets of shimeji mushrooms cut.

chicken with mushrooms and fungus

chicken with mushrooms and fungus

chicken with mushrooms and fungus

this morning just fried the chicken thoroughly added the fungus and mushrooms, covered and cooked for 6mins.

chicken with mushrooms and fungus

chicken with mushrooms and fungus

chicken with mushrooms and fungus

a simple and very tasty dish.

chciken was very tender and tasty. so was the mushrooms and cloud fungus and wood fungus was crunchy. very nice.

c.h.e.f andy

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Good Prawn Couscous and Beef Butger @ Little House of Dreams on 4Apr2019

dinner with wife

2pax dinner with wife @ little house of dreams bakery bistro at dempsey on 4.4.2019.^^

like a children party place…

came becos nearby at dempsey and 50% eatigo discounts….haha! ^^

prawn cous cous

prawn couscous lots of prawns like 8 pieces quite good…a tasty dish..

beef burger S$19.90

beef burger S$19.90

beef burger with truffle fries competent..

burgers not really my kind of food…i guess it was good enough standard, good patty and brioche..

one of the best i had was at slovenia with wife and son, still not really my kind of food.

S$21 nett for 2pax after 50% eatigo discounts

2pax S$21 nett.

prawn cous cous S$15.90

not particularly a place i would come, but if happens to be here quite ok too if at these steep discounted prices.

c.h.e.f andy

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Delicious Taujeon Song Fish Head @ Eat First 食之為鮮 on 3Apr2019

taujeon song fish head  S$25

my OPS bro WM & wife J bought 4pax dinner @ 食之为鲜 eat first at siglap on 3.4.2019.^^

very good dinner..wife enjoyed the taujeon song fish head which she normally doesn’t like much by the usual black bean sauce preparation.

fish head very fresh, tasty and it was humongous  very meaty so though it was S$25 c/w with S$16 at other zichar or food centre, i think it was quite worthwhile.

this is easy to make. so i can do anytime.

watercress soup S$18

watercress soup S$18

watercress soup was excellent, like any good cantonese lie tong 例汤, loved it!

i took lots of watercress veg too, and the pork, very nice.

ginger chicken S$18

ginger chicken S$18

J decided to order ginger chicken instead of steamed chicken.

it had the special 酸姜pickled ginger flavour, nice. the meat was a bit on the tough side…

most chicken preparation in restaurants and zichar, even like in shoon huat at sentosa, JB, are overcooked and not tender. otherwise i duess a competent dish.

salted fish minced pork S$18

salted fish minced pork the usual, nice dish, quite big serving, also quite ex at S$18.

didn’t feel it was better than my home preparation.

prawn tofu S$18

prawn tofu S$18

prawn tofu was the usual, though J felt that it was not good as before.

tofu was well infused and great texture, and prawns and sauce were good.

also not so different from my home preparation..i think my tofu quality not as good, the inside not as smooth, maybe will try out egg tofu or other silken tofu…my prawns and sauce just as good.

S$104 for 4pax dinner

taujeon song fish head

4pax dinner was S$104 nett, no service and GST. charge for water and tea same S$1.

we had a really fun dinner together and enjoyed the delicious dishes, especially the taujeon fish head and watercress soup.

c.h.e.f andy

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Recipe 6th Sharing & Demo = Garlic Steamed Sotong and Salted Egg Prawns @ Teban Gardens on 3Apr2019

24 attended the cooking sharing

teban gardens PPHCSC (pasir panjang hill community service centre) organised a cooking sharing session on 3.4.2019. ^^.

this my 6th cooking demo and sharing… 🙂

24 residents attended today.

i first started doing a community meal dish for teban gardens PPHCSC 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.

i cooked a breakfast dish for teban gardens every friday unless i am travelling or otherwise unavailable.

i did my 88th friday breakfast community meal dish at teban gardens community service centre on 29.3.2019.

24 attended the cooking sharing

24 attended the cooking sharing

garlic steamed sotong and salted egg prawns

today i shared and demo 2 dishes –

1 garlic steamed sotong 蒜蓉蒸花枝(墨鱼)
2 salted egg prawns…咸蛋虾

shallow fried prawns

shallow fried prawns

salted egg yoke and curry leaves

Recipe for salted egg prawns and garlic steamed sotong at the bottom page.

wasabi prawns, salted egg prawns, yuzu prawns all basically same preparation just add different sauce like wasabi mayo.

i don’t add milk or mayo in this recipe. my other variation is i don’t like deepfry as it takes and wastes a lot of oil and i don’t know what to reuse for, so i do shallow-fry just 1cm deep oil.

the salted egg prawns was fragrant and flavourful. ^^

sotong

minced garlic

garlic steamed sotong

garlic steamed sotong the easiest of preprarations.

basically it is just hk steamed and topped with minced garlic. the garlic gave it excellent flavours and is a common preparations for bamboo (razor) clams at restaurants, a heavenly sauce to add to plain rice la!

makan time – a taste of the dishes

makan time – a taste of the dishes

makan time – a taste of the dishes

teban garden staff portioned the servings.

garlic steamed sotong and salted egg prawns

i had lots of help from the residents too.

a lady actually did the frying of the salted egg and curry leaves for me while i shared about the dishes. lol! ^^

we had lots of fun! 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

 

Recipe for salted egg prawns

15 shelled and deveined large prawns ie remove head & shell and cut centre to remove veins and clean well

2 egg yokes in a bowl and 2 tbsp cornflour on plate or clean flat surface

dip prawns first in egg yoke then in corn flour & place on clean plate

heat <2cm oil in deep flat bottom pot ..put in a clean dry chopsticks if starting bubbling means oil is hot

shallow-fry the prawns 1min on each side till golden brown ..do not crowd pot… do in batches 5-8 prawns..do 2 or 3 batches depend size of pot..set aside..

mince 3 salted egg yokes. fry with 2 twigs curry leaves in 1 tbsp oil till fragrant..add the prawns & mix thoroughly.. serve

Recipe for garlic hong kong steamed sotong

large sotong (squid) 300g

clean and cross cut the sotong

place sotong in steamer plate

add 2tbsp each of light soy sauce, olive oil (or veg oil) and mirin (optional)

place 3tbsp chopped garlic over the sotong

steam for 4-5mins

serve

 

HK Stringy Dry Noodles with Teriyaki Salmon Belly and Prawns on 1Apr2019

hk stringy dry noodles with teriyaki salmon belly and prawns

made 1pax hk stringy dry noodles with teriyaki salmon belly and prawns on 1.4.2019.

belly good! no april fool haha! ^^

prawns just frozen prawns defrost and salmon belly some leftovers.

hk stringy dry noodles with teriyaki salmon belly and prawns

hk stringy dry noodles with teriyaki salmon belly and prawns

more importantly, i perfected the chilli sauce for the dry noodles-

1 bunch dry noodles, 1tsp oyster sauce, 1 tsp fish sauce PLUS 1tbsp crispy chilli about perfect.

the chye sim also leftover, just poached with the noodles.

the prawns and salmon i marinated with tsuyu and mirin and pangrilled, so teriyaki prawns and salmon belly. ^^

a delicious, nutritious bowl of noodles!

c.h.e.f andy

 

Expensive Italian Great Bone Marrow Pizza and Chocolate Tart Not Good Value @ Amo on 31Mar2019

4pax family lunch

wife bought 4pax lunch today at amo at hong kong street on 31.3.2019. ^^👍👍👍

bone marrow pizza and vongole linguine best dishes …seafood stew very tasty but too ex, burrata not great, tagliata, squidink pasta and octopus average..

lunch was S$329 for 4pax .. after S$300 35% off chope vouchers, total price to us = S$224 nett.

for me that is still too expensive la!

amo

amo

nice ambience, and no problem parking for sunday lunch. 🙂

burrata S$28

burrata S$28

burrata here pedestrian, not great not tasty, can do without la…

bone marrow pizza

bone marrow pizza S$32

for me the bone marrow pizza still best, though wife and i low carbs, still enjoy this tasty pizza, nice dough.

octopus S$35

octopus really so so, having taken so many nice octopus elsewhere…i would say poor for S$35!

seafood casserole S$48

seafood casserole S$48

seafood casserole was very good, just small serving for S$48.

for me prices here are just to expensive, even considering chope 35% discounts. i wouldn’t come here myself but since wife buying lunch, ok for me la…

squid ink tagliolini S$28

squid ink tagliolini S$28

the recent time we had squid ink tagliolini here it was good.

today it was mediocre. i think most of my pastas better than this.

vongole S$29

vongole S$29

we added a vongole linguine.

this was good though, excellent tasty tomato sauce, not the usual vongole.

tagliata S$48

tagliata S$48

tagliata was competent, pretty ordinary. 🙂

chocolate tart S$12

the chocolate tart was excellent! unexpected..chocolate was very good and the yuzu cream an excellent pairing.

bill S$224 nett for chope vouchers discounts

bone marrow pizza S$32

4pax lunch came to S$224nett, still quite expensive even after 35% chope offpeak discount vouchers.

for the price and food, even at this discount, not too much attraction for me la…

i much rather have foc down the street…

c.h.e.f andy

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OPS Buddies 9pax Homecooked Claypot Rice Dinner on 29Mar2019

9pax homecooked dishes

made 9pax dinner for OPS bros & sis=with WM, HC, KS, CH, FM, WH, CF, KY, missing M on 29.3.2019-

1 claypot rice 沙煲饭
2 hk steamed garoupa 港蒸石斑
3 garlic steamed sotong 蒜蓉蒸花枝
4 salted fish steamed minced pork 咸鱼饼
5 tofu prawns 豆腐虾
6 char siew 叉烧
7 mala belly pork with veg 回锅肉
8 oyster sauce hk chye sim 蚝油菜心
9 salted fish minced pork eggwhite fried rice 咸鱼肉碎蛋白炒饭

FM brought ice creams WH brought korean strawberries CH brought yamashita doughnuts

char siew pretty ok despite major error of mixing up and applying red chilli oil instead of red fermented tofu..

garoupa was fresh just bought from teban gardens wet market this morning but slightly lor kor “rough texture”

forgot to take photo of cooked garoupa and garlic steamed sotong.

9pax homecooked dishes

i made 9 dishes for 9pax. 🙂

claypot rice

claypot rice always good. 🙂

a bit harder making for 9pax. i used 3cup+ rice and 1 whole chicken. i usually make 3 cups for 6pax with 1/2 chicken…estimating the amount of water to add etc is a bit less certain, needs judgement there is substantial marinade and water in the chicken.

hk steamed garoupa

garlic steamed sotong

i forgot to take photos of the cooked garoupa and sotong.

friends all commented garoupa fresh and my timing was good, however the fish was lor kor with tough texture, quite a disappointment!

char siew

i made a mistake on one dish the char siew. instead of red fermented beancurd i marinated with red chilli sauce. the bottles and content looked similar. i did not check properly.

fortunately the char siew was still very tender and the flavours were ok enough as char siew, but one could detect the red chilli oil taste which was kind of odd.

prawn tofu

my prawn tofu always good. stock very tasty and prawns excellent, bouncy and tasty, great texture and taste. i think i will try the egg tofu again see if tofu texture is better.

salted fish minced pork

salted fish minced pork is dish that everyone likes. 🙂

回锅肉

the 回锅肉 mala belly pork with carrots and potatoes is the least tokong dish…belly pork very tender…still it was heavy dish and belly pork not most popular with the ladies.

egg white fried rice

made the egg white fried rice specially for CH in case not enough claypot rice.

fried rice was ok. i think though not salty enough, can do with a bit more fish sauce.

fried chye sim

could get hk kailan so made do with chye sim. usual stir-fry with oyster sauce. good enough.

claypot rice

i steamed the whole sausages then cut them and added back to the claypot rice.

salted fish minced pork

salted fish minced pork really a grandma kind signature dish and can eat often outside at zi char and teochew muay stalls.

char siew

char siew

char siew turned out ok, despit i anyhow hatam added wrong wause, then the bun

tofu and stock ready for tofu prawns

shallow fried tofu and stock with egg all ready for kyoto station.

salted fish minced pork fried rice

for the fried rice, i first fried salted fish and minced pork then set aside and fried the egg white then fold over the rice and then mixed the small pieces of egg whites thoroughly.

claypot rice

we had a great evening sharing and fellowship among old freinds from primary school. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

回锅肉 Mala Belly Pork with Vegetables – 88th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 29Mar2019

回锅肉mala belly pork with vegetables

made 回锅肉 mala belly pork with vegetables for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 29.3.2019.^^

this my 88th 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.

回锅肉mala belly pork with vegetables

tender cooked belly pork

tender cooked belly pork

for 回锅肉, i salted belly pork for  3hrs and boiled 1.5hrs the evening before and stored the cooked pork in double ziploc bag in the chiller overnight.

this way i can cut the belly pork nicely and cleanly this morning. you can feel the pork is tender when you are cutting it. 🙂

potatoes, carrots, onions

i cooked the carrots, onions and potatoes. added 2 tbsp of oyster sauce.

carrots had to be cooked first for 10mins, then added the potatoes, covered, add water if need, and cooked for another 10mins so potatoes were just cooked.

回锅肉mala belly pork with vegetables

added the sliced belly pork.

then added 1 heap tbsp mala chilli oil and the dish is done.

回锅肉mala belly pork with vegetables

回锅肉mala belly pork with vegetables

回锅肉mala belly pork with vegetables

回锅肉mala belly pork with vegetables

mala as i always say, is not just about spicy or numb. most importantly it is the fragrance, makes the dish really flavourful and tasty.

c.h.e.f andy

Great 2pax Steamboat Dinner @ Hua Ting Steamboat on 30Mar2019

dinner with wife @ hua ting steamboat

had 2pax dinner with wife @ hua ting steamboat claymore connect on 30.3.2019. ^^

we booked eatgo 50% discounts at 6pm.

bill was 2pax nett $70 after eatigo discounts.

they also have ocbc card 1 for 1 set menu at $48pax even cheaper just $48++ for 2pax

i think as good as 海底捞 and like 1/2 price. 🙂

yin yang steamboat soup base S$26

the yin yang soup base alone S$26, single S$22.

so for 2pax soup base not so worthwhile c/w large groups.

the sharksbone soup base was basically a pork bone soup with a huge bone, tasted nothing like sharks bone but was sweet.

hua ting steamboat

you order through the pad, with a lot of help from the servers. lol!

hua ting steamboat 

we were the first at 6pm. good enough crowd afterwards.

sauces

the sauces were excellent, just like 海底捞 i had in shanghai. didn’t go to 海底捞 in singapore.

usa angus beef S$14 1/2 portion 4 slices

the beef expensive but good.

kurobuta pork S$8 1/2 portion

kurobuta pork not so great, maybe try kurobuta belly next time.

sliced garoupa

sliced garoup ok can do without.

prawn paste with conpoy S$8

prawn paste with conpoy was very good.

cockles

cockles was slightly precooked for food safety.

i can do without.

beef stomach

beef stomach, pretty good, nothing special i guess.

dumplings and veg

the water cress was very good.

the dumplings as well, stuffed with prawns, which we ordered a second helping. reminded us of 不倒翁 in hong kong, that was much larger dumpling though just as good.

button mushrooms

button mushrooms also very good. will order this next time.

sweet potato glass noodles

we both on low carb. but this sweet potato glass noodles was good and didn’t feel heavy.

yin yang steamboat soup base

overall a great dinner and experience for S$70nett for 2pax after 50% eatigo discounts. of course it would be cheaper with 4pax or 6pax to share the soup base or if we took the ocbc 1 for 1 set at S$48 for 2pax.

c.h.e.f andy

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Excellent Dishes Superb Value after Eatigo Discounts @ Patara on 28Mar2019

patara excellent thai dishes

excellent 4pax dinner with my OPS bro WM and wife J at patara on 28mar2019.^^

we took advantage of 50% eatigo discounts at 6pm.

patara excellent thai dishes

really enjoyable dinner. delectable dishes at a steep discount, very good value for money. 🙂

pomelo prawn salad S$21

pomelo prawn salad S$21

the pomelo prawn salad with lemongrass and chilli dressing good as usual.

very sweet pomelo and nice tangy and tasty salad,3 fresh and bouncy prawns.

thai style ddepfried whole garoupa with 3 sauce S$42

thai style ddepfried whole garoupa with 3 sauce S$42

we ordered the thai style ddepfried whole garoupa with 3 sauce. crispy deepfried garoupa. batter a bit thick and fish itself not that sweet. the sauce was great.

red curry chicken best S$24

red curry chicken best S$24

the red curry chicken was superb, the best! 🙂

curry was very tasty and flavourful, chicken was tender, good i guess not special.

300days aussie grain fed tenderloin S$38

300days aussie grain fed tenderloin S$38

the 300days aussie grain fed tenderloin good enough, not as tender as last time, considering it was tenderloin and 300day grain fed (really?), there was a bit of tendon, overall quite good standard la. sauce was good too.

lamb rack very good S$35

lamb rack very good S$35

the lamb rack was another best! better than the beef.

falvourful, very tender and not much gamey taste.

mango sticky rice

mango sticky rice S$16

dessert platter S$22

red ruby S$13

red ruby S$13

red ruby S$13

the dessert were a disappointment!

in this respect the service was somewhat lacking.

i specifically asked if the mango was sweet and server said it was good, but mango was not sweet and slight sour.

also we ordered 2 red ruby, the server did not highlight to us that the platter also had red ruby.

patara excellent thai dishes

4pax dinner was about S$130+ nett.

the unsatisfying desserts alone cost S$37, so the food dishes were like just S$90+ nett for 4pax.

really excellent dishes and great value this dinner. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

 

Good Great Value Lunch @ Lighthouse Bistro on 28Mar2019

3pax lunch at lighthouse bistro

had a previous 8pax dinner with kluang group here using chope offpeak 50% discount vouchers on

had a leftover S$50 chope voucher expiring today, so arranged to have 3pax late lunch 2pm with RI bro LKY and OPS bro WM on 28.3.2019. ^^

lighthouse bistro design cutlery

lighthouse bistro had delightful design cutlery. 🙂

appetizer platter S$20

the S$20 appetizer platter had a good serving of 4pieces prawns, fish fritters, mussels and nice calamari.

this a great dish, fritters was excellent though the fish likely just dory, batter was great. mussels had slight sweet sour taste done well and tasty. prawns had light breadcrumbs nice too and the calamari was the best, done just right and excellent sauce too.

honey bbq chicken S$19

honey bbq chicken S$19

the S$19 hoeny bbq chicken was very good too.

this quite easy dish to make, so i will try making this dish soon, just the usual pangrilled tender chicken and drizzling honey over then flamed the chicken. see how it goes shortly.

pisang dessert S$11

pisang dessert S$11

the pisang dessert was an impressive brownie topped with bananas and ice cream. an excelletn dessert. WM loved it.

bill 3pax lunch

bill was S$50 + GST = S$58.85.

the S$50 chope voucher cost S$25 and adding the GST service ++, so total paid was S$33.85 for the wonderful 3pax 2pm lunch.

toastbox

after lunch we walked back across the road and LKY bought kopi.

appetizer platter S$20

a very good lunch indeed, great time with bros and great value for money at S$34 nett.

c.h.e.f andy

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