Good Food, Expensive, Small Portions, Inconvenient Parking @ Esquina on 8Nov2019

 

had nice 6pax dinner @ esquina

wife bought son birthday dinner..PT organised it…

food mostly good.

oysters good ..at S$35 for 6..i think just so so value wise.

chorizo croquette tasty and good standard..

spanish omelette was a joke though tasty..good size for 3yr old…

cheese with eggplant was excellent

cauliflower good.

suckling pig was ok. lamb loin was so so.

ribeye steak, bresse pigeon and galician octopus excellent..

uni lobster paella also excellent taste

uni lobster paella also excellent taste

uni lobster paella also excellent just don’t know where the lobster?

pork neck was good.

wine like S$120

overall more expensive than la taperia & foc..

later 2 have much better dining experience, ambience, seating, size of serving, traffic & parking etc

c.h.e.f andy

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107th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 8nov2019 – Braised Pork Belly & Loin with Vegetables

braised pork belly & pork loin with veg4

braised pork belly & loin with carrots and potatoes

made braised pork belly & loin with carrots and potatoes for teban gardens friday community breakfast this morning on 8.11.2019.^^

i cook a dish for teban gardens every friday unless i am traveling or otherwise indisposed.

this my 107th 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.

for today, i cooked braised belly pork and loin (about 2.5kg).

my usual preparation of fish sauce, oyster sauce, huatiao chinese wine and cornflour, and cooked/reduced till tender, about 1 hour. remove. cook carrots add potatoes and cook 10mins. then add back braised prok.

simple and delightful tasting dish for teban gardens residents.

c.h.e.f andy

Good 酸菜鱼& Lam Rack other dishes mediocre @Laobejing on 6Nov2019

sour fish soup

酸菜鱼good

went with CCG to novena. still missing our bro who would have fetched CCG today. CL, CM & WL joined.

CG bought 6pax lunch at lao beijing.@ velocity. LCH came to join lunch.

酸菜鱼 was good.

peking duck so so…
pig trotters below par not as good as hawker stall…
vegetables tasted good but pathetic small serving…
小笼包mediocre some way off from imperial treasure paradise dynasty…

rack of lamb

Lamb rack very good

surprisingly lamb rack was very good.

a mediocre place. luckily 酸菜鱼 the and lamb rack were good, & lunch with bros always enjoyable.

after lunch, choon hung bought kopi.

c.h.e.f andy

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OK 3pax Dinner @ Good Year Restaurant on 4Nov2019

assam fish head2

assam fish head

had 3pax dinner at good year restaurant on 4.11.2019.

a neighbourhood zichar place, quite neighbour prices.

assam fish head here is good.

salted egg pork loin

salted egg pork loin

the pig trotters & fried rice ok, ordinary.

the salted egg pork loin too oily.

ok place, nothing special.

c.h.e.f andy

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5th HCA 3 Dishes 40pax Lunch for HCA Hospice Care on 5Nov2019

3 dishes for HCA Hopice Care 40pax lunch

3 dishes for HCA Hopice Care 40pax lunch

In memory of Q, made my 5th 40pax 3 dishes lunch for HCA Hospice Care on 5.11.2019-

  1. soy sauce chicken (3.3kg boneless thighs)
  2. black bean sauce pork soft bones (2.4kg)
  3. carrots and cabbage (700g & 1.8kg)

i did not attend Q’s funeral service today.

was thinking of cancelling HCA lunch..son told me to cancel..

but i think Q would want me to go ahead…

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After Q’s funeral service, 14bros messaged me to meet at koufu NYP for makan chat..i had a coffee…kind of closure….

c.h.e.f andy

A Deep Loss 2Nov2019

this morning when i woke up from a 3.5hrs sleep, i lost a dear friend and brother.

好好的人就没了。。。。。。。

my dear bro Q passed away in his sleep last evening 11.30pm ish..as per his belief, he is in a better place, in the arms of the Lord and at home with the Lord…i believe that…

as his eldest daughter said-

“Daddy was called home to be with the Lord today. He looked as if he was asleep. It was his hope that when the Lord called him, it would be while he was asleep and we are glad that God has called him back in this way.”

he will be sadly missed by all, his family and loved ones, his RI brothers and friends, and the so many whose lives he has touched and made better, who he brought smiles to their faces literally or by his skillful hands…

at a later date, i want to do something in his memory..to be a part of the celebration of his life and remembrance…to ensure his legacy with kluang rockhouse and bursary…

now, i just want to grief….

i only get to know him well from 2013 (though he always reminded me that he sat behind me during exams) when he joined the earlier G7, then G20 dinners.

and then many, many dinners at my place, and the 14 brothers birthday celebrations, for which KK has made the most wonderful video to treasure and preserve his best memories….cannot stop crying watching it…

and recently the metamorphosis initiated by master guru WL where 7 of us met for like 12 sessions to contemplate retirement and where Q shared what he wants to do in the next 30yrs or more, and for the many projects and many people he is helping and need his helping…

we still keeping the “60” birthday balloon so we can all celebrate our 90th birthday together…

and most recently, Q and 4 of us shared a fun and joyous lunch on 24oct2019.

my wife and daughter are especially close to Q…we celebrated many “everybody’s birthday” including meimei, EH, CL, CM, CH, at my place or outside…

Q is a loving mentor to my daughter..he closed his clinic twice to coach & prep my daughter for admission interview, including coming my place to bring her out for breakfast and coaching…of course he did that for everybody…so many he touched and made better…

Q mostly said the prayers and thanks for our many get-togethers, prayers that spoke what we all shared and treasured in our hearts, even if we had to go hungry while he was at it like forever….

Q will go every single time to fetch CG from his house to go for treatment except once when Q himself was ill recently, and CG so wanted Q to be there this coming wednesday 6nov2019.

Q will live in our hearts forever…he will be with us at every of our get-togethers, and we will do what we will do in his name…

c.h.e.f andy

2.11.2019

Excellent Dishes Not that Super Peking Duck @ Imperial Treasure Paragon on 18Oct2019

had 7pax dinner with bro, sil, sis, bil, wife & son @ imperial treasure super peking duck on 18.10.2019.^^

had free peking duck and S$100 voucher..after redeem all that, dinner was S$226 for 7pax..

peking duck was good but i think kai gardens peking duck is better because it has the crispy beancurd texture combination..

the lettuce wrap with duck meat was superb.

dishes all very nice.

char siew & siew yoke excellent..brother liked the chilled smoked knuckles 佛山熏蹄

sotong tentacles fritters and deepfried century eggs very good..

salted egg prawns very good.

chinese style beef cubes was good and pork collar lettuce dish quite excellent taste and pork texture. & kailan 👍

we had 5 dessert 雪蛤,龟苓膏,杨枝甘露all pedestrian..not worth mention…杨枝甘露was poor actually..

we enjoyed the food but thus place is too expensive..like S$450 for 7pax if no vouchers

c.h.e.f andy

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Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck @ Paragon

Wife Bought Exquisite Sumptuous 4pax Dinner @ 8picure on 17Oct2019

wife bought dinner again, 4pax with her friends SS and HLF @ 8picure on 17.10.2019.^^

very impressed with the food!

small restaurant only sits 16..cosy..

every dish was good..sSS decided to order one 4 course set to share which included

1 foie gras pumpkin soup
2 lobster risotto
3 sous vide slow braised pork collar
4 coconut panna cotta

pumpkin soup was good, risotto was over a bit so texture wise so as good, lobster and flavours very good.. sous vide slow braised pork collar good standard..

& we ordered 1 more appetiser and 1 soup, 3 more pasta, 3 more mains, and 1 more dessert

5 spicy tuna salsa good and great starter, served with prawn crackers.
6 burrata was good.. beetroot gazpacho ok

all pasta were excellent, great flavours and perfect al dente..

7 sakura ebi capellini- love it very flavourful
8 gamberro rosso capellini – ama ebi & ikura made it perfect texture & flavours combination
9 alio olio – wonderful garlic olive oil fragrance, chili & texture

pan roasted cod

pan roasted cod

10 pan roasted cod was competent, maybe least wow 

11 sous vide wagyu beef cheekswere especially good👍

12 pistachio herb crusted rack of lamb good not the best

& the dessert. i didn’t have photos, but they were among the best dessert i had. tiramisu was really good, really tasty & moist…and the panna cotta was excellent!

really excellent dishes! enjoyed the food very much.

will definitely come back!

c.h.e.f andy

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8picure