Recipe = Potato Mash on 28Feb2019

for our family dinner on 24.2.2019, i decided to make a mash…

it was very good, everyone loved it. i just used one large potatoes will make more next time.

this time i added pangrilled scallop and also a flamed belly pork. the same belly pork i did for the buddha jump over the walk, braised in the stock 2hrs so very tender..then added seasalt, black pepper, olive oil adn drizzle with honey, then flamed. superb!

i had made this mash once before on 22.7.2018 =it was very good.👍👍👍both wife & daughter loved it!

i didn’t add milk & heavy cream. i just had gourmet butter, chopped garlic, olive oil, salt & ground black pepper.

i served the mash with flamed red wine slow braised belly pork and kale.

the flamed red wine slow braised red wine belly pork was just exquisite=perfect texture (braised 4hrs in 130degC oven) and wonderful flavours (red wine, strawberry jam, mustard, mirin, and scallions, red onions, garlic).

so a very simple preparation and a wonderfully satisfying outcome-

  1. just one large potato, boil 10mins till soft, remove skin, cut in small cubes.
  2. add 1tbsp gourmet butter, 1 tbsp olive oil, 3 cloves chopped garlic, 1/3tsp salt and black pepper
  3. blend

i just need to make more next time.

c.h.e.f andy

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Recipe = Buddha Jump Over The Wall on 24Feb2019

buddha jump over the wall 24.2.2019

I made buddha jump over the wall this evening on 24Feb2019. ^^

it was very good..wife children all loved it…JH had 3 bowls…

buddha jump over the wall 24.2.2019

Recipe

i use 2 pig trotters & a SKINLESS chicken leg (thigh plus drumstick) and belly pork to provide a very sweet, tasty, gelatinous soup base. then added fish maw, sea cucumber, pig tendons, chicken breast and each at the right timing to deliver great texture.

i use cold slow cooker on low heat method, about 6hrs. i just based on estimation “agaklogy”, but can also use a meat thermometer set at 90degC on the belly pork.

remove belly pork, and 1/2 the trotters (that i wanted to preserve the excellent texture and not just used for stock base).

added fish maw and turned to high, about 2hrs, pig tendon 1hr and sea cucumber about 1/2hr to 1hr depends on quality of sea cucumber and thickness. then off the cooker and poached the skinless chicken breast.

buddha jump over the wall 

when serving prepare the bowls with the ingredients, boil the soup and add to the bowls.

i microwave the bowls of ingredients for 1 min so that it is warm. then added the soup.

today was the second time i prepared this soup so everything went smoothly, and quite perfect. the ingredients texture all good including the chicken breast and the soup was just incredible, so smooth, so tasty, so flavourful.

piggy jump over the wall 21.2.2019

the first time i did this jump over the wall thingy was for a 10pax RI bros post CNY dinner on 21.2.2019.

piggy jump over the wall 21.2.2019

that day since i was already having pencai 盆菜, so i used cheaper ingredients like pig trotters and belly instead and called it “piggy jump over the wall”. lol!

turned out that this (the soup) was the best dish.

i think at least one bro had 3 bowls of soup.

a truly delightful dish.

buddha jump over the wall 24.2.2019

there are many ingredients so it seem complicated to make, but actually like any other dishes it came to managing/delivering taste and texture.

so the soup base was important, and once we have a tasty soup, it is to ensure the correct texture of the ingredients, so each has toe be managed at the correct timing.

as i said before a truly delightful dish, a wonderful feeling of satisfaction.

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredients:

  • 2 pig trotters halfed and chopped
  • SKINLESS chicken leg (thigh plus drumstick)
  • 400g belly pork
  • 200g fried fish maw
  • 300g sea cucumber
  • 200g pig tendons
  • 1/2 skinless chicken breast (from 1/2 a chicken)

Directions:

  1. poach & clean trotters and belly pork, clean them and skinless chicken leg, place in cold slow cooker filled with water (about 1.5l to 2l) turn to low, add 1tsp flat salt, about 6hrs. (can also use a meat thermometer set at 90degC on the belly pork).
  2. remove belly pork, and 1/2 the trotters (the portion i want to preserve the excellent texture and not just used for stock base).
  3. add fish maw and turned to high, about 2hrs, pig tendon 1hr and sea cucumber about 1/2hr to 1hr depends on quality of sea cucumber and thickness. then off the cooker and poached the skinless chicken breast.
  4. when serving prepare the bowls with the ingredients, boil the soup and add to the bowls. (i microwave the bowls of ingredients for 1 min so that it is warm. then added the soup).

 

Recipe = The Ultimate Char Siew on 4Mar2019

char siew

char siew 

made the best char siew today on 4.3.2019.^^

perfect texture & taste 👍. nothing less! 

super tender and tasty

better than chinatown…far far better la…

char siew 

recipe quite simple..should be able to reproduce regularly…

char siew

Recipe

1 poach, clean, dry 500g belly pork
2 cut in 1/2 to make 2 slender slices 2cm thick (i have thick 500g+ slab)
3 marinade with 1tsp each of LKK char siew sauce, worster sauce, hoi sin sauce, oyster sauce, light soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, 2 tsp of red fermented beancurd and chopped garlic, 1/3 tsp salt overnight in fridge
4 place on rack drizzle 1tsp honey and place in 250degC oven for 16mins. leave char siew in oven for 4 more mins.

c.h.e.f andy

Recipe = Grilled Baby Ribs on 28Feb2019

my grilled pork ribs

i wanted to experiment grilled pork ribs.

bought several frozen baby ribs form qbfood, about 700-800g. 🙂

it turned out quite beautifully. i was quite sure the texture would be great…i did 180degC for 1hr 40mins and 250degC for 20mins.

i wasn’t sure if my marinade would be ok.. i used 2 tbsp mustard, 2 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp olive oil, and rubbed sea salt, black pepper and sprinkled dry parsley and rosemary…

it turned out quite tasty. son said nice a few times. maybe i will try less herb and just a tad more honey. mustard was great!

my grilled pork ribs

fork tender baby ribs.

quite tasty. can improve on the marinade.

c.h.e.f andy

 

Ingredients:

  • 700g baby ribs
  • 2 tbsp mustard
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • rubbed sea salt, black pepper and sprinkled dry parsley and rosemary…

Directions:

  1. place ribs in boiling water for few mins to remove scum, remove back membrane, clean & drain dry.
  2. rubbed sea salt, black pepper and sprinkled herbs – dry parsley and rosemary…
  3. marinade ribs with 2 tbsp mustard, 2 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp olive oil. put in fridge overnight.
  4. place wrapped in aluminium on rack in 180degC oven for 1hr 40mins. then open the aluminium foil and grilled for 20mins at 250degC

Delicious Thai Dishes @ Patara Fine Thai Cuisine Tanglin Mall on 3Mar2019

8pax family lunch

son bought 8pax family lunch at patara to celebrate an event on 3.3.2019. ^^

initially wife had another engagement so we put that off, but when wife became available and patara was mentioned, everyone down tools did away with previous “engagements” and came for lunch. lol!

we took the S$38++pax alacarte buffet.

daughter ordered most of the dishes.

pomelo salad with prawns, roasted coconut

pomelo salad very appetizing. wife wondered where they always get sweet pomeloes. could do with a few more prawns. 🙂

tomyam gung

clear spicy and sour soup with seafood

all of us had the tomyam gung. good as always.

son took the clear soup with seafood. later i ordered one tasted a bit off.

shredded duck springroll

the shredded duck came as a springroll. had this here before. it was good now as then.

deep-fried beancurd with chilli-tamarind sauce

deep-fried beancurd everyone’s favourite. crispy outside, soft texture inside and great sauce.

golden-fried fish fillet in savoury three-flavoured sauce

fried fish fillet another favourite. server said garoupa, sometimes dory.

chicken cashew nuts

chicken cashew nuts ordinary, competent, a bit like japanese karaage, not a style i prefer, usually thick batter. but ok la…

grilled australian beef sirloin in red panang curry

grilled sirloin among the best dishes, nice tender beef with great panang sauce.

crab meat fried rice

everyone liked the crabmeat fried rice. it was good…youngest daughter and me thought no biggie, any of imperial treasure crystal jade & paradise would do as good or better.

my own egg white fried rice just as good too! 🙂

olive rice

olive rice was good, my usual favoruite.

stir–fried prawns with garlic and peppercorn

prawn was very good..much like what aunty Bes did for our homecooked sunday dinner.

green curry chicken

green curry chicken was good enough. among all the delicious dishes, i would rate this second worse dish after the salted egg sotong.

red curry chicken

red curry chicken very good. red curry somehow more flavourful than green, maybe more lemak.

pepper beef

pepper beef not so popular, basically me and E eating it.

beef though was very tender, maybe tenderised. pepper sauce though no one’s favoruite like zi char stalls, pepper beef a dish i never order at zi char…

salted egg sotong

for me this the worst dish today!

tasted nothing like salted egg. sotong was soft, mushy, wilted.

the sauce was a disaster, no powdery, fragrant taste of salted egg.

my own salted egg prawns

my own salted egg prawns which i did recently, though not the best c/w outside zi char stalls, way better than this la.

phad thai

phad thai was good. not that sweet, but for us, still too sweet. lol!

mango sticky rice

thai chendol

thai dessert

the dessert quite average.

mango sticky rice was poor! mango was sweet, sticky rice i think unacceptable.

durian cake was ok just not my favourite.

stir–fried prawns with garlic and peppercorn

overall a very enjoyable lunch with so many delicious dishes, and great family time together.

looking now at the menu wonder why daughter did not order the scallops and the stirfried seafood (the prawns was excellent so the seafood prepared same style should be good too!)

c.h.e.f andy

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Very Good Hock Prawn Mee. Ngoh Hiang Good Too on 2Mar2019

3pax supper with WM and WT

went supper with WT & WM to hock prawn mee at jln besar/dickson road on 2.3.2019.^^

this period WT can only come out for supper.

S$6 prawn noodles dry

the prawn noodles was very good, much above my expectation.

WT bought S$6 which had 3 very tender pork ribs, small intestines, and prawns.

S$6 prawn noodles dry

pleasant surprise for me! the pork ribs were very good, the chilli and sauce very good too. and the soup very intense and flavourful. after alan closed down his “why eat har”(luckily still got J’s to turn to), this like the best prawn noodles i had.

ngoh hiang S$9.40 5 pieces

ngoh hiang S$9.40 5 pieces

WM went to add order of ngoh hiang. he ordered 5 types, they were all pretty good! especially the crispy one, and the sausage etc were all good. chilli also very good!

S$6 prawn noodles dry

ngoh hiang was great, but this delightful prawn noodles was really something. i will surely come back for this prawn noodles.

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So So Xiang Ji Chicken Rice at Hollandv Food Centre on 2Mar2019

S$5 roast chicken roast pork rice

took S$5 roast chicken and roast pork rice at xiang ji at hollandv fc on 2.3.2019.

very so so la…

looked quite ok…roast pork taste ok texture not so tender, i guess average hawker standard. roast chicken also flavours quite ok texture kind of average. chilli was spicy and quite good, didn’t have ginger sauce.

Xiang Ji Chicken Rice (Holland Village Food Centre)

S$5 roast chicken roast pork rice

i would say an ordinary so so chicken rice, edible and no need to try la..

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Family Homecooked 7pax Dinner on 28Feb2019

family 7pax homecooked dinner

daughter wanted to eat at home on 28.2.2019. 🙂

aunty bes was cooking this 7pax dinner..wife made ribeye steak.

family 7pax homecooked dinner

i had 1/2 chicken in the chiller so decided to make chicken rice chicken 白斩鸡.

my grilled pork ribs

and i wanted to experiment grilled pork ribs.

it turned out quite beautifully. i was quite sure the texture would be great…i did 180degC for 1hr 40mins and 250degC for 20mins.

i wasn’t sure if my marinade would be ok.. i used 2 tbsp mustard, 1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp olive oil, and rubbed sea salt, black pepper and sprinkled dry parsley and rosemary…

it turned out quite tasty. son said nice a few times. maybe i will try less herb and just a tad more honey. mustard was great!

my 白斩鸡

my 白斩鸡 was the usual, nice, not my best but good enough with the chilli and the sauce dip.

wife’s ribeye steak

wife’s ribeye steak was great especially over japanese rice, like donburi. 🙂

aunty bes sambal pranws

and aunty bes made a tasty sambal prawns. she cooked all the other dishes this evening.

cuttlefish kang kong

and cuttlefish kang kong.

grilled brussel sprouts

we all love brussel sprouts.

prawn omelette

and wife’s prawn omelette recipe, which aunty bes made this evening.

aunty bes lady fingers

and lady’s fingers. very good!

my grilled pork ribs

simple nice dinner.

enjoyable food and time together. youngest daughter coming back late so we kept food for her. 🙂

c.h.e.f quak

Great Zi Char Dishes – RI 14 Bros Lunch @ 7th Miles Seafood on 26Feb2019

roast duck S$36 for whole

today we had our regular meet-ups to celebrate the jan & feb birthdays of RI 14 bros on 26.2.2019. ^^

the organisers (nov/dec birthday boys TCH, HAB, YKK, LCM) arranged a 6miles walk at BTNR. after the hike we adjourned to lunch at 7th miles seafood.

roast duck S$36 for whole

the roast duck looked great, so we ordered.

it was very good! pang and great chilli..i will come back for this roast duck.

fish maw soup

fish maw soup

fish maw soup was good enough. quite tasty.

but not quite the standard of beng thin. beng thin’s fish maw soup is thicker and chokeful of ingredients. see the photo here on 31.10.2016.

this one here slightly more watery. still good by most zi char standard.

garlic steamed sotong

garlic steamed sotong

the garlic steamed sotong was an excellent dish.

basically it is HK steam ie light soy sauce based with loads of garlic on top. and the sotong was done just right, not like many places which overcook the sotong.

this a real simple dish. i will serve this at my next dinner. 🙂

HK steamed la la

lala also hk steamed.

this one was done well, not like the ones overcooked at crab at bay recently on 11.2.2019.

some friends said the sauce a bit salty. it is good for eating with plain rice, similar to steamed razor clam dishes.

hae choe

the hae choe was actually pretty good, crispy and the fillings were tasty.

it was a huge piece and S$2.50 per piece a tad expensive. of course many zi char would charge you S$8 or S$10 for 10 pieces maybe, which maybe not bigger than this one 4 pieces?

harjeongai

harjeongai was good!

crispy batter, good prawn paste flavours, chicken was tasty and not old, not overdone…

spinach

spinach was ordinary, actually not so good, a bit ”siap” and also tough.

i do a better dish anytime, lol!

crab beehoon – RI 14 bro zichar lunch

crab beehoon

crab beehoon was the signature dish here, the main item.

the organisers ordered 3 servings = S$224.

price wise it was not specially expensive as the crabs were large and 1kg+. if only the beehoon was good! crab was tasty, sweet, mostly thoink “strong”. somehow the beehoon was not well infused with the broth, a bit dry and not so tasty.

really, my own white beehoon is much more tasty than this la! mine had really intense stock and beehoon was fully infused and very tasty.

7th mile seafood zi char menu

S$475 for 14pax

dinner was S$475 for 14pax excluding the S$36 roast duck

crab beehoon

the 6miles walk was excellent, healthy, good air, good exercise.

this 7miles lunch a good and satisfying meal after the walk.

c.h.e.f andy

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Sous Vide Black Onyx Ribeye Delicious Homecooked 7pax Dinner on 24Feb2019

buddha jump over the wall

wife home this morning from japan trip..

we had 7pax dinner.

wenyu made funghi pasta..very good! restaurant standard!

I made buddha jump over the wall..it was very good..wife children all loved it…JH had 3 bowls…

made also grilled scallops, a flamed belly pork with potato mash..the mash was really good….. wife children all loved it..

got a piece of bkack onyx boned in ribeye which CNM brought during cny get together..her niece brought from australia..

so i made flamed sous vide ribeye 👍👍👍

buddha jump over the wall

buddha jump over the wall

this time no pencai 盆菜.

so i packed all the good ingredients for the buddha jump over the wall 佛跳墙 = abalones, fish maw, sea cucumber, pig tendons, chicken breast and belly pork.

buddha jump over the wall

eveything was done to perfection – the fish maw, sea cucumber, belly pork, chicken breast all superb texture and tasty.

soup was trotters, belly pork, SKINLESS chicken whole leg base, gelatinous and sweet, very flavourful, so children topped up soup, and JH had 3 bowls. 🙂

will write up a recipe for this dish.

son’s funghi tagliatelle

son’s funghi tagliatelle

wen yu made a superb funghi tagliatelle, very tasty, perfect texture of pasta and beautiful mushrrom flavours.

i think i will do this dish for my dinners. 🙂

giant scallops and black onyx ribeye

i had giant scallops. decided to pangrilled and add some sides.

belly pork before flaming 

grilled scallops, flamed belly pork, veg and mash

i decided to make a mash…it was very good, everyone loved it. i just used one large potatoes will make more next time. will write up a separate recipe for this.

also added a flamed belly pork. the same belly pork i did for the buddha jump over the walk, braised in the stock 2hrs so very tender..then added seasalt, black pepper, olive oil adn drizzle with honey, then flamed. superb!

black onyx ribeye 

CNM brought black onyx ribeye from australia during the CNY day2 get together, so i decided to make reverse sear flamed sous vide ribeye.

flamed sous vide black onyx ribeye medium rare

this evening the ribeye piece was too large to pangrilled & flamed, so i flmed a bit more.

my sous vide machine 

sous vide black onyx ribeye medium rare

like last time i set to 53.5 degC medium rare for 2hrs.

flamed sous vide black onyx ribeye medium rare

flamed sous vide black onyx ribeye medium rare

flamed sous vide black onyx ribeye medium rare 

& the ribeye was beautiful..everyone loved it…

i think i will do it a bit just very slight more done less rare (say) 54.5degC next tiem to try out.

c.h.e.f andy

Curry Chicken and Potatoes – 84th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 1Mar2019

curry chicken and potatoes 

made curry chicken and potatoes for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 1.3.2019.^^

this my 84th 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.

curry chicken

i cut 1/2 defrosted boneless chicken leg (drumstick + thigh), cleaned, drained and marinated with heng’s nonya curry chicken paste in the fridge overnight.

this morning i fried 3 twigs of curry leaves from my garden with a little oil, then added the marinated chicken pieces, fried thoroughly high fire, added one packet (200ml) coconut milk, mixed thoroughly, added 1/3 cup water and covered to cook = about 5 mins.

the removed the chicken pieces.

potatoes 

i added the cut potatoes and covered cooked about 9mins.

poked with chopsticks clean through and pressed against side of wok, just broke, tasted also so perfect texture la! 🙂

curry chicken and potatoes

added back the chicken, off fire and mixed thoroughly…

curry chicken and potatoes

curry chicken and potatoes

a simple and quite perfect dish.

curry chicken and potatoes

brother decided to join me again this morning, so i again packed a small portion for him to try.

as my brother commented – delicious!

c.h.e.f andy

Sumptuous Post CNY Homecooked 10pax Dinner for RI Bros on 21Feb2019

#2 pencai 盆菜

made 10pax dinner for RI bros this evening on 21.2.2019. ^^ 🙂

tai kor LCM helped organised the dinner.

LKH brought cheng tng 👍👍👍

CCG brought premium nuts.

LCM brought 4deg white wine.

TCH brought prunes and strawberries

menu

1 piggy jump over the wall – fish maw, sea cucumber, pig trotters, belly pork, chicken

2 盆菜-prawns, broccoli, fish maw, sea cucumber, mushrooms, belly pork, abalones

3 hk steamed golden snapper (ang choe)

4 braised pig trotters & belly

5 salted egg prawns

6 braised scallop with leek

7 salted fish minced pork egg white fried rice

8 orh lua

i recently made the best pencai 盆菜 for CNY eve reunion dinner at my brother’s house, so thought of doing that this evening for my RI bros.

#1 piggy jump over the wall

and to experiment with buddha jump over the wall.

since i am already having pencai 盆菜, so i used cheaper ingredients like pig trotters and belly instead and called it “piggy jump over the wall”. lol!

#1 piggy jump over the wall

turned out that this (the soup) was the best dish.

i think at least one bro had 3 bowls of soup.

so i had trotters & a SKINLESS chicken leg (thigh plus drumstick) to provide a very sweet, tasty, gelatinous soup base, then added belly pork, fish maw, sea cucumber, chicken breast and each at the right timing to deliver great texture.

#1 piggy jump over the wall

a truly delightful dish.

#2 pencai 盆菜

#2 pencai 盆菜

this evening’s pencai 盆菜 was good enough. everyone loved this dish.

#2 pencai 盆菜

#2 pencai 盆菜

the fish maw, belly pork and mushrooms perfect texture and very well infused and tasty.

the gravy was not as good as what i served at my brother’s place on CNY eve.

#3 trotters and belly pork

#3 trotters and belly pork

the teochew braised trotters and belly pork was very good.

texture was perfect, gelatinous and the braise was very tasty.

#4 salted egg prawns

the first time i made salted egg prawns using my own sauce.

#4 salted egg prawns

prawns were done the same, coated with egg yoke and cornflour and shallow-fried for 1 min to golden.

#4 salted egg sauce

the last time, i used a ready made sauce. it (the sauce) was not that good even though the prawns were done well.

so this time i decided to make my own sauce. this evening i served 15 prawns, so i decided 3 salted egg yokes would be enough, and it was. so fried the salted egg yokes with 2 twigs of curry leaves and 1 cut chilli padi.

the salted egg prawn dish came out quite perfect, with great salted egg flavours and slight powdery texture, just right! 🙂

#5 scallops with leek

i did the scallops and leek dish. was going to use broccoli but already had broccoli for pencai 盆菜 so use leek instead. my friends said the leek really tasty.

#5 scallops

i used 20 large scallops.

#5 leeks

for the sauce i fried leek with oyster sauce and added intense chicken stock.

#6 HK steamed golden snapper (ang choe)

#6 HK steam golden snapper (ang choe)

for the golden snapper (ang choe), i decided to do the usual HK steamed.

fish was good, the flavours of the light soy sauce very fragrant.

#7 salted fish minced pork egg white fried rice

i made salted fish minced pork egg white fried rice. the colour and presentation very appetizing. more importantly wokhae was wonderful and teh salted fish flavours very pang!

i fried the the salted fish and minced prok first then added cooked rice high fire, mixed thoroughly and set aside.

when serving, i fried eg white (this time i used 5 egg whites), let it formed and then added the fried rice and folded in the egg whites. a lovely dish. i took 2 servings myself.

#8 orh lua – oyster omelette

and i made orh lua – oyster omelette. it was hawker standard? almost la.. still cannot quite compare. oyster and chilli was good, the crispy sweet potato flour quite ok.

LKH’s cheng tng

LKH’s cheng tng

CCG brought nuts

CCG brought nuts

TCH brought prunes

strawberries

LKH brought cheng tng.

always good and especially this evening, not too sweet and combined very well with the dried persimon and melon. perfect la!

#! piggy jump over the wall

very satisfying evening for me.

the RI bros we had a great enjoyable evening together, and for me i had the opportunity to successfully deliver 2 new dishes (a very great satisfaction la!)=

  1. the buddha jump over the wall
  2. and the salted egg prawns.

for the bros also, the pencai 盆菜, egg white fried rice and orh lua were all new dishes.

a really fun evening! 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Great Nasi Padang (CCG Bought 10pax Dinner) @ Rendervous Central on 18Feb2019

nasi padang dishes

CCG bought 10pax dinner @ rendervous central this evening on 18.2.2019

later LYF bought coffee at starbucks at the basement. & we bumped into chee meng. 🙂

nasi padang dishes

didn’t take nasi padang for a while, quite enjoyed the dishes. 🙂

beef rendang 

beef rendang is always good. 🙂

red chicken curry

red chicken curry 

i loved both the red and chicken curry.

reminded me of our favourite nasi padang at zion road. for a long while when children were young, we went there often and also tapao food for home parties, took a lot of gravy and next day threw in chicken to cook with the extra gravy. lol!

those were the days my friend!

(actually by comparison the 2 curries here nowhere near the previous zion road ones, which were very tasty & intense, very flavourful)!

brogedil

brogedil also good.

sambal fish

sambal fish

and the fried ikan tengiri – batang fish my favourite too…

sayur lodeh

sayur lodeh

sayur lodeh so so…

tofu & long beans

bean curd and long beans good!

chendol

we had a really lovely dinner and of course rounded up with chendol.

gula melaka very sweet, maybe the coconut milk not thick enough. anywhere good enough.

after that we adjourned to starbucks downstairs, seeped coffee and chilled.

at first we had 9pax, then i asked CCG to call M, since his office just here, and he was celebrating lohei and CNY with his cell group of 4 charlie’s angels including my mei mei. so CCG galantly invited them as well. they were “shy” to take dinner so all had a chendol as well.

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Braised Wine Chicken with Vegetables – 83rd Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 22Feb2019

braised wine chicken with veg

made braised wine chicken with vegetables for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 22.2.2019.^^

this my 83rd 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 veg

this an easy dish.

i cut the 2kg LARS boneless chicken thighs while 1/2 defrost (very easy), cleaned with salt and drained in fridge, then marinated with my own wine chicken recipe = 2 tbsp fish sauce, 4 tbsp huatiao wine, 2 tbsp oyster sauce, 2tbsp corn flour.

cut carrots, onions and potatoes and kept in selaed container overnight in fridge.

braised wine chicken

braised wine chicken

next morning, fried chopped garlic with little oil, then added the chicken.

fried thoroughly, turned down to medium fir & covered to cook for 5mins (add little water if necessary).

then fried vegetables – carrots and onions first, added oyster sauce then cut potatoes cooked about 9mins. added the gravy from the chicken.

braised wine chicken with veg

braised wine chicken with veg

when potatoes just cooked ie a chopsticks go clean through, potato break when pressed against the wall, added back the chicken, off fire and mixed thoroughly

braised wine chicken with vegetables

braised wine chicken with veg

a beautiful dish, excellent tender succulent chicken and tasty sweet vegetables. 🙂

braised wine chicken with veg

my brother was joining me today to go deliver the breakfast dish to teban gardens.

i dished out a small portion for my brother to try. he loved it! said very delicious!

i think wine chicken is the best chicken dish, the chicken very tender and tasty, and the vegetables and sauces are simply  awesome.

c.h.e.f andy

Average Peranakan Dinner @ Tingkat PeraMakan Owen Road on 16Feb2019

babi ponteh set

JH bought 6pax dinner to celebrate an occasion this evening on 15.2.2019..

SM arranged the place at tingkat peramakan owen road..

they have sets including main dish 2 sides drink plus dessert for between $10 & $16 quite ok..

the set prices ok…taste average not comparable with the tasty dishes like (say) at curry wok.

the sets were priced ok, came with choice of 2 sides, a drink and dessert.

i like the babi ponteh set, pretty good for S$10.

sambal fish set S$15

aunty Bes and i had the sambal fish set. at S$15 quite expensive and small serving of fish.

beef rendang set S$14

wife and JH had the signature sets, rendang and ayam buan keluak.

both were good at S$14. rendang serving was huge and beef and gravy were good. ayam buah keluak also good.

lemongrass drink

the lemongrass drink that came with the set quite average, not sweet so that was good.

beef rendang S$10

we ordered beef rendang ala carte to add on.

otah

and the otah was good too.

chendol

chendol

we ordered chendol dessert. it was good enough not the best. there was a supplement of S$1.80.

babi ponteh set

it was a pretty good dinner, trying a new place and enjoying good family time together.

c.h.e.f andy

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Recipe = Bean Noodles Soup 豆签with Prawns and Scallops on 20Feb2019

bean noodles soup 豆签with prawn and scallop

made a light 1pax dinner this evening on 20.2.2019..

delicious noodles just throw in 2 prawns 3 scallops, scallions & crispy prawn chiili..very satisfying…

bean noodles 豆签

bean noodles 豆签

used my last bunch of 豆签misoya.

so went sheng shiong to get some more.

i bought the cheaper sinlong brand = $1.25 250g 6 bunch/pieces..

bean noodles soup 豆签with prawn and scallop

i had stock but even if no stock just add tsuyu which is the japanese soba stock.

add little water plus tsuyu (OR just use stock). add prawn first, then scallops and noodles soup 豆签.

this like instant noodles, probably took less time to cook then instant noodles, lol!

bean noodles soup 豆签with prawn and scallop

an immensely satisfying, totally shiok! bowl of wonderful goodnes.

and the noodles soup 豆签 very light, prefect for me low carb diet.

c.h.e.f andy

Below Par Food @ Summer Pavilion Ritz Carlton on 14Feb2019

lohei

wife invited to a  bank CNY dinner = 2 tables at summer pavilion at ritz carlton on 14.^^

for the last many years, i cooked valentine dinner for wife on valentine’s day, and we would go a nice place for dinner on another day.

so in 2018 i made chorizo lobster, roasted miso cod, grilled scallops for wife on 14.2.2018

and lobster in superor, stock steamed turbot and mini pencai etc on 14.2.2017..

(it does not make sense to us like to pay double and get 1/2 the food quality and service outside on such public holidays..lol!)..

lohei

we started with lohei for prosperity since we are still in the chinese new year period.

on our table 2 young men who cam with their parents-the younger a 3-handicapper golf coach & his elder brother doing an online fashion portal sourcing from hangzhou & guangzhou..

suckling pig

must be a really expensive dinner this, at a place like summer pavilion, but standard of food below par..suckling pig ok, soup ok, scallop poor, crabmeat broccoli so so…

really true during festive season food cost double & taste 1/2 as good..service inside the private rooms ok

this the 片皮 style not our preferred 南乳…anyway it was good standard and the meat which was served as a second course was good too.

for me this was the only par standard dish for a atas restaurant like summer pavilion.

soup with lobster

soup was ok but with ingredients like lobster to produce a mediocre dish, i think much below par.

scallops and sea cucumber

scallops done like with xo sauce, for me a waste of good ingredients. and served with sea cucumber which was well done.

crabmeat and broccoli

crabmeat with broccoli ordinary…and ordinary here means not very good la…

birds nest

almond birds nest ok…

pineapple tarts and niangao

pineapple tarts and niangao for the CNY occasion, done nicely nothing to talk about really.

for me, this dinner is below par and likely cost an arm and leg!

c.h.e.f andy

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CJ’s Annual Abalones Treasure Hotpot and Bak Kua Tradition Lunch on 13Feb2018

CJ’s annual abalone treasures tradition

CJ invited RI bros for his signature annual tradition of abalones treasure hotpot and bak hua tasting lunch on 13.2.2019.^^ shiok shuok!!!

highlight of abalones and 3 types bak kwa tasting 👍🙂

TCH brought red wine & J brought homemade brandy umeshu ..YKK brought himalayan salt lozenges. LKY brught roast pork and a lucky prosperous piggy.

CJ’s annual bak kua and hotpot lunch

a big spread though we saw only one thing – the round white thing! ^^

shitake, shimeji and enoki mushrooms

good spread of beef, pork, fish, and veg. 🙂

LKY roast pork

LKY roast pork

LKY roast pork always good, but recently less practice so room for improvement. needs a lot more practice for our subsequent makans. ^^

yamazaki whisky

jeff’s umeshu

i love jeff’s umeshu…not good effect on me though..1/2 asleep the whole drive back home.better not do next time except maybe at home…

CJ’s annual abalone treasures tradition

the brotherhood is fully committed to safekeeping CJ’s annual abalone treasures tradition. ^^

beef & pork

beef

pork

beef and pork were great!

red garoupa fillet

CJ said maybe fish fillet was red garoupa. 🙂

red garoupa fillet

whatever it was, tasted good boleh la! 🙂

prawns

and prawns too.

tofu

tofu and some processed rolls.

veg

veg

and finsied off with some veg.

himalayan salt lozenges

KK brought some himalayan salt lozenges…he said a box (20 packets??) cost RM$18 in JB and S$18 here.

LKY prosperity piggy luck

LKY distribute his prosperity piggy luck. ^^

CJ’s annual bak kua and hotpot lunch

this is surely among the best traditions the brotherhood sworn to safeguard and protect. lol!

we had a great time and fellowship together. 🙂

(before coming here i met GYS at paya lebar square and picked up GCT’s book tall order…read it that week).

c.h.e.f andy

Minced Pork with Long Beans – 82nd Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 15Feb2019

minced pork with long beans 

made minced pork with long beans for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 15.2.2019.^^

this my 82th 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.

minced pork and long beans 

i fried 3 packets about 1.1kg minced pork.

added corn flour and oysters sauce.

long beans

then i fried about 1kg long beans with chopped garlic. also added oyster sauce.

added water and covered to cook the long beans and reduced the liquids.

minced pork with long beans 

minced pork with long beans

today the quantity was a bit low based on what i had in the fridge and what i bought from the supermarket.

dish was ok, tasty enough, not my best rendition.

c.h.e.f andy

Recipe = Perfected Hawker Orh Lua (Oyster Omelette) on 13Feb2019

orh lua oyster omelette 

this evening, i kind of perfected the hawker orh lua on 13.2.2019. ^^

made a thin crispy layer exactly like the excellent oyster omelette at beng thin.

hawker food are just so difficult to make.

they are so inexpensive and the good ones are just so good. they hawkers have done their in the hundreds everyday and many have done over many decades, so they perfected it like the back of their hands.

and many chinese/asian hawker dishes are more difficult to do than western dishes eg a bakchormee has so many ingredients c/w a pasta.

i of course experimented with hawker and zi char dishes, but if i cannot do them well, then not worth to do la..since can easily eat them outside.

orh lua oyster omelette 

orh lua is one of the difficult dishes.

there are some variations. some does the batter more wet, some do like a crispy sheet, like the superb orh lua at beng thin. i like both styles actually.

orh lua oyster omelette

orh lua oyster omelette

i mixed 1 tbsp heap sweet potato flour and 3 tbsp water, and added 2tsp fish sauce and white pepper.

then i fried the sweet potato flour, let it formed over high fire, then added egg and spread the egg and let it formed. then turned over turned fire to low and let the batter crisp. added my large plum oysters and covered to cook the oysters while crisping the batter. then added crispy prawn chilli.

voila!

c.h.e.f andy

Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp heap sweet potato flour
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 2tsp fish sauce
  • white pepper
  • 8 large oysters (i used frozen ones..hawkers used them too)

Directions:

  1. fry sweet potato flour let it form high fire
  2. add egg & spread. let it form
  3. turn over turn to low fire let batter crisp
  4. add oyster & cover to cook
  5. add crispy prawn chiili
  6. serve