Excellent 2pax Birthday Lunch @ Basilico on 26Apr2021

had 2pax early birthday lunch for my close RI bro NCL @ basilico on 26.4.2021.^^

this 3-course lunch now S$68pax (S$65pax few weeks back) with 1 for 1 amex love dining discounts….excellent value at S$34++pax after discounts…before coffee was included now no…

nice antipasto platter and cheese dessert platters.

for mains NCL had risotto fruit di mare. very tasty I know and excellent risotto.

I had tagliata di manzo beef tenderloin sweet & tender though i like previous sirloin medium rare better.

antipasto famous at basilico and the cheese platter top draw too.

had a wonderful lunch with a close friend.

service at basilico excellent every time…

parking was like S$13.38 and we drove 2 cars…lukily server got us 2 free parking….heng ah!

c.h.e.f andy


Basilico @ Regent Hotel


1 Cuscaden Rd, Level 2 Regent Singapore, Cuscaden Rd, Singapore 249715



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Excellent Unagi Hitsumabushi @ Uya 四代目菊川 Japanese Unagi Restaurant on 25Apr2021

lisa bought 4pax unaju family lunch @ uya on 25.4.2021.

really shiok! 无得顶!

live unagi so fresh and very nicely bbq.

c.h.e.f andy


Uya 四代目菊川 Japanese Unagi Restaurant


501 Orchard Rd, #02-15/16 Wheelock Place, Singapore 238880Located in: Wheelock Place8R3J+Q8 Singapore



tel=6732 1096

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Green Corridor 10km 2hrs walk & xinlu 新路 fishball noodles on 25Apr2021

9.74km almost 2 hrs green corridor sunday walk with lisa this morning on 25.4.2021.^^

walk past queen’s close “skybridge” to meiling street fc

had S$3.50 新路fishball noodles

so shiok!

c.h.e.f andy


xinlu 新路 teochew fishball noodles

Address: Blk 159 Mei Chin Road, Mei Ling Food Centre #02-05  

Opening hours: 6am – 3pm, closed on Thursday

Singapore Best Cahr Kuay Teow @ Hai Kee Telok Blangah on 22Apr2021

had char kuay teow @ hai kee telok blangah crescent with Lisa on 22.4.2021.^^

for me this the best ckt in Singapore alongside hill street ckt….

35mins waitbeen buying from hai kee

has been frequently 20+ yrs since margaret drive when children were small..far less now he moved to Telok Blangah Crescent…

chatted teochew with stall owner..

stall opens 5-9pm closed sunday

uncle 72, lives in jurong, motorbike to stall

almost same, maybe hill street somewhat better …here cannot add cockles but uncle gave us lots of cockles for $4.. uncle showed me the amount of cockles he added for our normal $4 though cannot add hum..

also lots of larpok and ckt very tasty so $4 basically same as hill street $6(add cockles).

c.h.e.f andy


Hai Kee Char Kuay Teow @ Telok Blangah


11 Telok Blangah Cres, #01-102, Singapore 090011

Opening Hours:

mon – fri 5:30–9pm
sat (closed sun)4–9pm

24th HCA Hospice Care 25pax Lunch on 22Apr2021

made HCA Hospice Care 25pax lunch today on 22.4.2012.^^

  1. soy sauce chicken
  2. spicy black bean sauce pork soft bones
  3. mala patin fillet with vegetables
  4. fried broccoli with carrots

tried out mall flavour on the patin fillet…it was pretty good…^^

c.h.e.f andy

RI Bros Home Gourmet Dinner Yummy Ghost Stories on 21Apr2021

made RI bros 9pax dinner menu

prez organised 9pax RI bros (8 visitors) get together at my place on 21.4.2021.^^

to continue the ghost stories by prez and prof LKY……eeeeeeeeeeeee…..

I made –

  1. 烧肉 for predinner drinks
  2. 腊味沙煲饭 sausage claypot rice
  3. 酱蒸松鱼头 meensi song fish head
  4. 卤元蹄 teochew braised hock & trotters
  5. huadiao steamed chicken with wolfberries
  6. claypot tanhoon prawns
  7. 3-eggs spinach

(& to skip as requested-steamed pork with salted fish 咸鱼饼😀) can’t remember why skip but I guess we had lots of food already la!

beng san brought humongous cockles coached by chee hong with detailed instructions on poaching (but according to prof didn’t have salt water to remove mud 🤣)

prez brought cheese…

wee woon summarised the evening for all -“Thanks chef, for a wonderful evening and the good food! Much appreciated!Thanks YF, for the washing up. If I were a woman, I would envy your wife! Thanks HAB for the big cockles! They tasted very juicy!Thanks THK for the durian! Thanks CWS for the delicatessen cakes from Bengawan Solo.Thanks prez for your Bordeaux French wine and ghost stories (woman in white and room #22-03 story)Thanks prof for your Chilean Carbanet Sauvignon!Thanks everyone for the great company!)

and I may add – thank you so much YF for washing up the dishes etc

everyone loved the crackling blistered roast pork, very tender and juicy inside, made one of my best roast pork this evening haha!

cockles were so large and fresh and poached nicely…excellent with the chilli dips!

all the dishes were good! everyone especially liked the claypot rice, so tasty & flavourful…

& the ter kar and tanhoon prawns too…perfect texture and flavours…

chicken and fish head also good & delicious

& I can see the spinach was in short supply very quickly….

we had a really fun evening! wonderful get together and fellowship of old RI schoolmates & bros…

c.h.e.f andy

Superb 8pax Family Dinner @ 8picure on 20Apr2021

had another lovely 8pax family finner @ 8picure on 20.4.2021.^^

food was excellent the best! as always.

the galician octopus, lobster pasta and ohmi wagyu were simply perfect!

the roast pork, crab cake, gamberro rosso taglialini, herb crusted rack of lamb were all excellent….

pandered foie gras and risotto great too…couldn’t recall much of the eggplant? dish..

& the desserts were just super too.

c.h.e.f andy



Address: 428 River Valley Rd, #01-04, Singapore 248327 Located in: Loft @ Nathan 7RVH+R4 Singapore   Contact: 8picure.com.sg 6677 1075   Opening hours:

Tues to Sat (closed sun, mon)12–2pm 6–10pm

4pax Birthday Dinner for Good Friend Couple @ Akira Back on 19Apr2021

had lovely 4pax dinner with SMM & B @ akira back 19.4.2021.^^

chef akira back is Korean, grew up in aspen colorado USA, professional snowboarder for 7 years….

the set dinner wasn’t interesting like before, so we decided to go ala carte instead. 🙂

the tuna and crepes mushroom thin pizza was excellent as before. they allow a combo version and that was enough for 4pax appetiser.

we ordered the miso eggplant with mozzarella first tie. it was excellent too. good.. I can improve my miso glazed eggplant.

we ordered 4 mains to share = 2 portions of halibut and 1 portion of ji dori chicken and 1 portion of F1 wagyu.

halibut was excellent, and it was from akira previously that I replicated my own pangrilled halibut on soy beurre blanc sauce.

likewise the jidori chicken on truffle mash was tender and delicious, something I replicated as well (sous vide 75degC 1 hr and pangrilled).

the 350days grain fed F1 wagyu was underwhelming, especially after having the best ohmi wagyu at 8picure several times…

F1 is only 50% Jap wagyu, but I find that Lisa and sulin’s homecooked USDA prime or even just grain fed black angus are as good or better…

the best F1 wagyu I had was at chef Ace Tan pop up at one altitude

we selected our own sushi moriawase from the ala carte menu-aburi otoro, uni, akami, hamachi and unagi, I think about S$90.

sushi of course fresh and sweet…we think though can get much better value at kuirya dining…

had a great dinner conversation and sharing with this friend couple.

c.h.e.f andy


Akira Back (located in JW Marriott Hotel in South BeachAddress: 30 Beach Road, Level B1M, 189763 Located in: JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach 7VV4+R9 Singapore   Contact: jwmarriottsingapore.com 6818 1914   Opening Hours:

Friday-Saturday12–2:30PM 6–10:30PM
Sunday- Thursday12–2:30PM 6–10PM