At Least They have One nice Dish LOL! @ Red Star Restaurant on 10Jan2020

my OPS bro WM bought 5pax lunch @ red star today on 10.1.2020.^^

haven’t been here for like >30yrs! lol! didn’t miss much la…

dimsum just as bad as before..quite strange after 30yrs no improvement 😱

only steamed pork ribs out of 6 dimsum was good. steamed chicken feet passable..hargao i did not try looked the wrong colour & texture..siew mai inedible, fun cheong & egg tart poor…

surprisingly the pork floss softshell crab and the chicken 金龙鸡 pretty good quite ok..

saving grace the toman fish in 3 preparations just $48 very was the braised beehoon good wok hae and very tasty..both soup & fish fillet fried with kailan good and all 3 large helping..

but this is a push cart dimsum restaurant so poor inedible dimsum quite meaningless..

come back another 30yrs or just eat fish in 3 ways?

c.h.e.f andy



So So Soon Heng Rojak on 7Jan2020

after not so satisfying lai heng bakchor mee, LKY and I walked over to tpy hub lor 6 on 7.1.2020.

shared a S$5.50 soon heng rojak at B1 food court.

very the so so OPS bro LCM used to bring my place for makan..quite good leh..

today so so..a FB friend said only buy if main man is around? whatever…

not that good..sicc rojak so much better!

c.h.e.f andy


No Good Bakchormee @ Lai Heng TPY Lor 4 on7Jan2020

LKY bought kai heng bakchormee tpy lor 4 on 7.1.2020. ^^

so so!

had lai heng bakchormee with my OPS bro WM in 2017 when it was located at tpy lor 7.

& love the lai heng fishball noodles at T3 basement in 2015 not sure related..

today the bcm was a far cry.. meepok still qq and loose, but the key chilli sauce was poor, slight salty but mostly becss not fragrant & tasty..

won’t be back..

c.h.e.f andy


Very Good Unagi Don & Promo @ Uya on 5Jan2020

wife bought dinner @ uya wheelock..

the live eel was excellent, so fresh, tender, sweet & the skin well grilled.

many reviewers had made comparisons uya and man man..uya’s distinct advantage can book online no need to queue!

for me, both are good..i lean towards man man..uya large hitsumabushi S$46 more expansive for the same size serving..i think man man like S$36, maybe more ex now..

c.h.e.f andy


Uya 四代目菊川 Japanese Unagi Restaurant

OK Dishes @ Tai Lou on 3Jan2020

my OPS bro HC bought 4pax OPS bros lunch @ dai lou punggol marina on 3.1.2020.^^

food was ok, quite mediocre zichar. 🙂

har jeon gai aka prawn paste chicken was ok but heavy batter

nowhere c/w the excellent prawn paste chicken at hk street new chun kee at commonwealth crescent.

we ordered salted egg sotong, forgot that HC doesn’t take sotong. anyway this dish not great. salted egg sotong taste & powdery salted egg texture ok..came like calamari again heavy batter. i prefer it w/o batter..didn’t like the onion ring type batter be better w/o batter..

surprisingly the minced pork tofu was good, best dish la…tofu nicely done, soft inside & tasty.

chaotar beehoon (三楼米粉) good standard. i have taken better ones though…

sambal mixed veg non-descript like any heavily sambal dish..ok not great

won’t come back just average food to fill the tummy

after that we had durians D13 WT bought..

then WM drove to seletar club & we had ice kachang

ate too much lol!

c.h.e.f andy



Awesome, Sumptuous 9pax Family Dinner @ 8picure on 31Dec2020

miyazaki wagyu A5

A5 Omi Ribeye Steak (1/2 portion)

we had 9pax family + aunty bes dinner @ 8picure to celebrate new year eve on 31.12.2019.^^

food was truly awesome, delicious!! really lovely dinner thanks to chef Gabriel Lee & his partner Connie 👍

wife ordered 4 lobster/ohmi wagyu sets for 8 of us to share, and 1 set (pea soup, alio olio, french poulette & tiramisu) for aunty bes.

and we had lots of appetisers,

additional pastas…

galician octopus

galician octopus with smoked cauliflower & squidink coral

main courses and galician octopus…

desserts to share.

every dish was great! including the excellent dessert!

& the ohmi wagyu was a good serving especially split into 1/2 portions.

really most enjoyable and memorable dinner, fit for a family new year eve celebrations. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy



New Year Resolution 1Jan2020

trying to see when i last wrote down a new year resolution.

& that was 6 years back on 1.1.2014..:-)

 if today were your last day on earth. When you live everyday as if it is your last, your life will take on a magical quality….

we always say this…carpe diem, sieze the moment…joie de vivre…ikigai…

just in that the hustle & bustle of daily living, even if those words come to mind, they are just floating around at the peripheral of our being, and even if one focus on them it is not easy to experience them in the same degree always as c/w when there is major event, sometimes life changing event.

anywhere i am not good at trying too hard on this.

recently i had a rather bad accident but relatively good outcome. and just prior to that, losing a very close friend and brother …

so i just want to do the things i can do, and can do more, that others may enjoy…

one is cooking –

  • i am doing one weekly friday 140pax breakfast dish for teban gardens PPH community service centre.
  • & cooking a fortnightly tuesday 40pax lunch for HCA Hospice Care day hospice patients.

the other is to continue some of the work of my close friend and brother Matthias..we have set up a fund and have a committee of friends and relatives together on this…


so my convictions are 尽力不强求…when i say not try too hard…actually it is try hard but not to desire any outcome too hard or be so bothered, not to take oneself too seriously…and think too much about the things we do..just do it..if i run i run, i exercise i exercise, i cook i cook…there is nothing to it..just be happy i can do what i do and it is useful to others…

c.h.e.f andy


Worst Laksa Poor Food @ Toastbox 6th Ave on 1Jan2020

my OPS pals WT & M came to visit on 1.1.2020. 🙂

wonderful day to see friends! ^^

WT bought D13 durians $10/kg ..good!👍

I had to go get something at 6th ave. there was a promo at breadtalk – 20 items for S$20..

WT decided to have some makan at neighbour toastbox. he bought 2 laksa plus a mee siam set for M..

sorry to say this the worst laksa i had… not savoury, not much lemak, used bee tai mak instead laksa noodles or yellow noodles, no cockles, no semblance of laksa….

seriously my chicken pong’s laksa 10 times better lol!

S$3 laksa at coffeeshop across the street would be much better..M said her mee siama bit dilute & the barley drink totally dilute!

I ok with toastbox never had food at toastbox. .. me think only coffee drinkable here..

c.h.e.f andy