Excellent Value Dishes @ Halia at Botanical Gardens on 24Jun2019

wagyu beef carpaccio

had a halia chope S$100 8.30pm offpeak voucher expiring today 24.6.2019. bought for S$50.

made reservation on chope 8.30pm and went early with wife and walked to the visitor’s centre and back, contributed to 10,000 steps. lol! 🙂

they didn’t have my favourite blackmore wagyu spare rib on the menu ay more, so didn’t order more vouchers and chope doesn’t allow once reservation time so sticked with the S$100.

food was quite excellent for the price. we had-

  • 2 servings of wagyu beef carpaccio (excellent)
  • Tuna tartar (good)
  • Sauteed portobello (good)
  • Cauliflower Soup (ok)
  • Chicken breast (excellent)

all in S$53nett for 2pax with chope 50% vouchers.

cauliflower soup with roll S$5

we ordered soup of the day..a cauliflower soup..good standard not special, and it came with a roll, not bad la for i think S$5 and got 50% off soem more. 🙂

sauteed portobello S$6

ordered the sauteed portobello.

had mixed mushrooms a few times always good, as was this too…

tuna tartar S$18

competent, natural sweetness, overall mediocre not great…

wagyu beef carpaccio S$16

the wagyu carpaccio was very good, much better w/o the previous like bearnaise sauce??

wagyu beef carpaccio

natural sweetness, and nicely marbled wagyu, very tasty. we ordered a second plate.

yam crisp

complementary yam crisp.

chicken breast S$28

we ordered the grilled chicken breast. it was excellent, very tender, moist and tasty.

i told the server it was like 1/2 the size of what i had previously, which was breast plus wingstick portion, now only breast. she replied that some customers suggest to have a side, so they had the leek confit and cheeseball. i liked both. 🙂

chicken breast

in fact i went back and made the dish myself, not as good obviously but quite ok. 🙂

so 2pax dinner very good standard dishes for S$53 nett. boleh la!

c.h.e.f andy


Halia @ Botanical Gardens



Recipe = How to Cook and Eat Chilled Mullet 冻乌鱼 on 23Jun2019

chilled mullet 冻乌鱼

how to eat teochew chilled mullet “her boon” 鱼饭冻乌鱼👍

enjoying 一人世界! lol! ^^


this doesn’t need a recipe la…lol!

just clean and steam mullet for 8mins. let it cool and then place in fridge for 1/2hr. voila!

3 important points to note –

  1. do not remove scales. the skin comes off with the scales so enable one to cleanly pick up the meat. if scales removed, then skin very tough difficult to tear and difficult to pick up meat with chopsticks.
  2. the treasures are in the belly, so this fish i clean myself cannot trust to the fish mongers haha! i remove the gills and clean whole fish thoroughly, and also the omega3, liver and the fish stomach 鱼扣 (“her shook”) with salt.
  3. only put omega3, liver and fish stomach 鱼扣 (“her shook”) into steamer 1 min or after completion and leave the fish in the residual heat. omega3 will melt off very quickly if in steamer longer.

chilled mullet 冻乌鱼

fish liver and stomach 鱼扣

fish liver and stomach 鱼扣

fish liver and stomach 鱼扣 (“her shook”) simply delicious!

Omega3 脂肪

Omega3 脂肪

and the Omega3 脂肪 heavenly, the best part of this fish. cultivated taste i guess!

chilled mullet 冻乌鱼

it was plain1pax heaven lol!

c.h.e.f andy