Good Nasi Lemak at Crave @ Tanjong Pagar on 22May2017

crave S$6.90 nasi lemak

my son loves selara rasa nasi lemak at adam road. everytime he is home, he will take this nasi lemak, for a period almost everyday.

this evening i actually already had my dinner. it was a tiny poron of experimental sauces pasta i was testing – this time with frozen shelled prawns, tiny shrimps at S$10/kg from QBfoods.

daughted called me. she was with son at Tanjong Pagar Centre. they asked if i like to tapao (take-out) crave nasi lemak..

this the adam road nasi lemak.couple years back i read in the papers that the mechanical engineer graduate from NTU gave up a possivle pilot career to rally his 22-member family to grow & run the business.

crave S$6.90 nasi lemak

you don’t refuse what your children ask to do for you, where possible.

anyhow i like adam road selara rasa nasi lemak, just not crazy about it.

i like kuning fish so asked daighter to add kuning fish.

the packet S$6.90, with 1 chicken wing, 1 ikan kuning, 1 egg, the usual ikan bilis, rice & chilli, was rather ex i thought.

the same i had at their next stall competitor, adam’s nasi lemak, was S$4.50 & came with 2 ikan kuning & peanuts & fishcake! that was 2 yrs ago though.

daughter bouga S$9.90 deepfried whole squid for JH. this was i guess their innovation! using the deepfried chicken better to do a squid.

& i think it was excellent. i would not mind having that for a change sometime, but overall i would have my staple nasi lemak, the usual fare la!

c.h.e.f andy

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TANJONG PAGAR [NEW]
7 Wallich Street #B2-26/27
Singapore 078884
Operating Hours: 9am – 10pm (Mon-Fri), 9am – 4pm (Sat, Sun)

 

 

Super Lunch @ Ah Yat Abalone Forum Restaurant on 26May2017

garlic steamed razor clam S$5.50 each

my OPS bro bought 5pax lunch at ah yat abalone forum restaurant today on 26.5.2017. ^^

seafood promo @ ah yat abalone forum restaurant

ah yat is having a seafood promotion. we ordered a razor clam each, 2 lobsters & a steamed turbot 1kg size. 🙂

har gao

my friend also ordered some dimsum to start. there was a 30% discount on dimsum. & i was pleasantly surprised that the dimsum were very good.

the har gao was better than what i had at canton paradise on 23.5.2017.

siew mai

siew mai were good too.

steamed pork ribs & steamed chicken feet

so were the steamed pork ribs & steamed chicken feet.

first time i had dimsum in ah yat. the dimsum here were really good standard.

our first seafood promo order was the garlic steamed razor clams蒜蓉蒸竹蚌. it was good as any other good seafood restaurant. they don’t do tanhoon here. the clams & the flavourful garlic & light soy sauce were excellent.

2x500g lobster with superior stock = S$29.80 wach lobster

we ordered 2 x500g lobsters! ^^

they were very good! very fresh, sweet lobster & excellent superior stock龙虾上汤焗.

though i feel the same dish still better at kai gardens…

HK steamed turbot 1kg=S$48

we decided to order the turbot HK steamed多宝鱼港蒸。

garoupa is a bit common, and tiger garoupa is a bit “chao chie”, mud taste.

anyway my friends said i was going to cook the >2kg garoupa he fished & gave me on monday 29.5.2017, so might as well get the turbot.

it was very good, the meat is more “yao”幼, much more fine than tiger garoupa.

i asked. they don’t do teochew style here.

by comparison, the steamed halibut at fragrant garden was still much better than this.

seems that fragrant garden misnamed their fish.

halibut is a large ocean fish. apparently the largest pacific halibut caught off the waters of Norway in July 2013 was a 515-pound 8.6 foot fish.

so fragrant garden dish should also be a turbot 多宝鱼!

mini egg tarts

we had the mini egg tarts. i did not try. but they looked ok & all the dimsums we ordered were good.

5pax lunch was S$221 nett, a super lunch for the dishes we had.

c.h.e.f andy

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Wonderful Steak Dinner with Son @ Portico Prime on 24May2017

australian oysters & chilled angelhair

went with son to portico prime @ dempsey for a 2pax steak dinner on 24.5.2017. ^^

last time i came here was with wife on 2.1.2017.

portico prime

the place has high ceiling & really nice ambience.

portico prime

we were there at 8pm on a wednesday. not many tables were taken up.

focaccia & butter

we were served some focaccia & butter.

we asked server for extra virgin olive oil & balsamic. they never came.

australian oysters = 1/2dozen S$28

we asked the server if oysters were included in amex lovedining privilege at 50% discounts for 2pax.

1st server on query said yes. second server actually taking order said know. then she went to check, and came back to say actually NO discounts??? but they will honour it just for this time only.

australian oysters

oysters were really good!

plump, sweet, tasty, juicy, no overly strong sea taste nor metallic after taste.

excellent oysters. i will take everytime if there is discounts. ^^

chilled truffle angelhair

the chilled truffle angelhair is one of their signature.

chilled truffle angelhair

& it was really very good, the best i had so far.

very flavourful, pasta totally al dente.

chilled truffle angelhair S$26

the texture & flavours combined well. it was served with kawa prawns, caviar & nobu extract. very nice indeed.

wagyu rump S$46 

there is no 50% discounts for the japanese wagyu.

i took the USDA ribeye last time it was very good, and the sirloin ok but not so good.

this time the server recommended to try the wagyu rump.

wagyu rump S$46 

it was stronger beefy flavours which was good, not nearly as tender as the ribeye, but quite ok, not tough. the server recommended medium which is my usual preference anyway. 🙂

USDA aurora ribeye S$46 

and the USDA aurora ribeye was as good as ever! very tender sweet, by comparison the wagyu rump flavour has its attraction. my son said he grew to like it. i didn’t mind too, but given a choice i guess i would still do the ribeye.

dinner was a very affordable S$87 for all the excellent dishes we had. we got the 50% discount for the oysters this time. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

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Good Braised Duck牛车水阿婆卤鸭 @ Commonwealth Crescent Food Centre on 24May2017

牛车水阿婆卤鸭Braised Duck 

a mildly eventful day today.

did my usual weekly run with my RI buddy at faber heights ulu pandan jogging track, and was caught in a heavy downpour. was in 2 minds whether to stop & take shelter under toad bridge. as i knew the rain was not going to go away. we took shelter about 15mins, when the rain was momentarily lighter we decided to run back to my friend’s house which was another 1+km. needless to say we were totally drenched.

but everything was per normal. we had our 100plus, then coffee chat. after that i drove back.

another RI friend VJ came by about 12pm. it was still drizzling. we decided to go commonwealth crescent food centre to take jian kang wanton mee.

something happened which inconvenient me & took up my entire afternoon. anyhow we got to commonwealth crescent FC but jian kang want mee was closed.

so we decided to just have braised duck rice 牛车水阿婆卤鸭. opposite jian kang noodles.

牛车水阿婆卤鸭Braised Duck 

i had this with my OPS buddy on 5.9.2016.. and another time with my sis & bil.

both times it was quite good.

牛车水阿婆卤鸭Braised Duck 

i ordered 2 duck drumstick rice. for my friend in added duck liver (he jokingly said nearest thing to foie gras) and braised egg. total was S$13.50=maybe S$6 for drumstick rice, $1 for liver, $0.50 for egg? not cheap not ex i guess.

meat still tender, moist not dry, taste wise ok agree with my friend VJ it was just above average…

c.h.e.f andy

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牛车水阿婆卤鸭

#02-95

31 Commonwealth Crescent S149644, Commonwealth Crescent Market & Food Centre

So-so 4pax family Dinner @ Canton Paradise Starvista on 23May2017

har gao 

daughter & son wanted to go dinner nearby. they decided to go canton paradise at starvista on 23.5.2017.

no queue we got our 4pax table immediately.

last time i came here was on 7.11.2016. ^^

har gao 

har gao my daughter’s favourite. and it’s always good here.

xo carrot cake 

& son liked the xo carrot cakes. my youngest daughter like that too, she’s not with us for dinner this evening.

steamed pork ribs 

the steamed pork rib also always quite good.

half roast duck

the roast duck this evening was a let down this evening. still competent i guess.

maybe it is just a matter of comparison.used to like the roast duck here. the recent roast duck i had in goldmines at bayswater london recently was a lot more tasty & flavourful than this.

& the ones i had not long ago at (1)xin cuisine & at (2)royal london duck were both better.

beef brisket noodles

son ordered the beef brisket noodles.

dumpling noodles

and JH ordered the dumpling noodle soup.

dinner came to about $100 for 4pax. on the expensive side i thought for the limited dishes we had.

c.h.e.f andy

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The Best Four Seasons Cendol on 23May2017

four seasons cendol at lor 8 toa payoh

after a very shioklicious lai heng bakchormee, my OPS bro was too full to go back to lor 4 to try the kim keat hokkien mee on 23.5.2017. ^^

surprise! surprise! lol! haha!

it’s always a good & as a matter of fact necessary dining habit to stop when you feel full or almost full.

it makes no sense at all to overeat, an action that makes you feel worse NOT better. nothing to gain everything to lose ya! and it does the food no justice. better to leave a slight/almost full stomach & great memories & future cravings for the food.

we were game & decided to go to lor 8 for the GCT (goh chok tong) aka four seasons cendol at lor 8.

this stall is, for me, handsdown the best cendol anywhere.

the coconut milk was thick, undiluted. the gula melaka was the best, excellent, very tasty la! ^^

so we had a $2 cendol each, savouring the wonderful cendol, coconut milk & gula melaka.

c.h.e.f andy

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Great Minced Pork Noodles @ Lai Heng, 51 Toa Payoh Lor 6 on 23May2017

S$4 lai heng bakchormee

after sharing a S$3 lor mee at zhi xiang tao payoh lor 4 blk 93. kim keat hokkien noodles not open yet, we decided to continue our culinary adventure, so we drove to lai heng bakchormee. 🙂

lai heng bakchormee @51 toa payoh lor 6

lai heng is the same stall at changi T3 B2 that my wife & i like to go with our son & family when we were sending our son to airport.

though the road address is lor 6, the carpark is actually accessible from lor 5. ^^

lai heng bakchormee @51 toa payoh lor 6

it’s been such a long time since i had a really good mushroom sauce style bakchormee. 🙂

these days i occasionally go to 6th avenue jalan tua kong for meepok tar.

I have not found much occasion nor motivation to queue at tai hwa at crawford lane; nor to specifically search for a good bakchormee stall.

and if i go to hong lim i will end up taking ah heng curry chicken noodles instead of tai hwa.

lai heng bakchormee @51 toa payoh lor 6, 310051

there were just couple folks at the stall.

however their system is to pick a number upon arrival, then go pick up the noodles when the digital board next to the TV calls your number.

our no. was 30. there were 3 before us. we awaited maybe 10+mins.

S$4 lai heng bakchormee

the sauce & chilli were very good, very tasty with the noodles. especially with just enough vinegar, not overwhelming.

these days, every stall makes qq noodles, almost la..

S$4 lai heng bakchormee

& the ingredients for the small S$4, quite good la..not a lot just enough i think.

i enjoyed this noodles. will definitely come back again. it is different from 6th avenue jalan tua kong, and i like both styles & both stalls.

for me this was better, much more shiok than ah hoe bakchormee, and about as good as tai hwa.

c.h.e.f andy

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Lai Heng Bakchormee
Address:
#01-62 NGHEE HUAT EATING HOUSE, 51 TOA PAYOH LORONG 6, 310051
Opening hours:
8:30AM to 4:00PM
Closed:Wednesdays

Good Lor Mee @ Zhi Xiang Blk 93 Toa Payoh Lor 4 Food Centre on 23May2017

S$3 zhi xiang lor mee

today my OPS bro came by my place & we decided to go try out hawker food on 23.5.2017.^^

we are thinking of various places like hong lim food centre, adam road food centre, & decided on trying out toa payoh. i googled while my friend drove. we decided to start with hokkien noodles at toa payoh lor 4, then bakchormee at lor 6, then beef noodles at lor 7.

zhi xiang lor mee #01-49 blk 93 toa payoh lorong 4 food centre

after parking, we realised that kim keat hokkien mee at lor 4 opens at 11.30am. we were early, so decided to explore blk 93 food centre. this really a tiny place & combines both the wet market & hawker centre.

zhi xiang lor mee #01-49 blk 93 toa payoh lorong 4 food centre

we decided to try the lor mee, and bought a S$3 bowl to share.

S$3 zhi xiang lor mee

surprisingly, it was quite good really.

the noodles & broth was tasty.

not quite the standard of soon heng lor mee at beo crescent.

nor the equally good S$2.50 hai tang lor mee at mei ling food centre.

S$3 zhi xiang lor mee

anyhow, still a good, competent lor mee.

lor mee not my favourite, so i unlikely to try this here again.

c.h.e.f andy

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Zhi Xiang Special Lor Mee

Address:

#01-49 blk 93 toa payoh lorong 4 food centre

Good Xinlu Fishball Noodles 新路鱼圆面 on 19May2017

S$3 fish ball noodles 19.5.2017

after teban gardens community breakfast, my OPS buddy & i decided to go to mei ling food centre to take the Xinlu Fishball Noodles 新路鱼圆面 on 19.5.2017. ^^

xinlu fishball noodles 19.5.2017

the stall opened at 5.30am & closed after lunch soon after 2pm!

6 fish balls 19.5.2017

both of us ordered less noodles 面少, so we got an extra 6th fishballs.

fishballs were bouncy & sweet as always.

S$3 fish ball noodles 19.5.2017

& the noodles were qq (al dente), not lumpy & mushy, and most important the chilli was great with noodles.

always enjoy the noodles here. today though unlike say ah heng curry chicken noodles at hong lim food centre, i would not purposely drive to have this fishball noodles.

it’s just S$3, so overall quite satisfying eating it.

another OPS buddy joined us. he ordered a mee siam.

afterwards, we walked over to the dessert stall.. i had soursop jelly & my 2 friends had cold cheng teng.

had a great time chit chatting with good friends.

c.h.e.f andy

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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

 

Good Rojak So-so Chilli @ Habib’s Rojak Stall 68 on 18May2017

habib’s stall 68 indian rojak

my RI bro organised indian rojak at ayer rajah food centre this morning on 18.5.2017. ^^

habib’s stall 68 indian rojak

they decided to car-pool & drop by my place at 10am. so we had a round of brewed coffee & good chat at my place.

we left in one car, 5pax (a good green practice) by 11am & was at the indian rojak stalls by 11.15am.

habib’s stall 68 indian rojak

rojak was not open yet. a few men looked like preparing to open the stall.

from the last makan we had here on 25.2.2016, we thought that salam rojak stall 73 offered a better deal.

the stall said it would be ready in 20mins. we ended up waiting for about 50mins & it didn’t look like any progress.

i finally asked them whether they were opening the stall at all. it was then that they told me the stall was closed last 2 weeks & they were just returning today (could have told us earlier).

so we decided to go with habib’s rojak at stall 68 instead.

habib’s stall 68 indian rojak

we ordered almost all the items! not quite la..just the main ones, and included both the squid & the cuttlefish.

habib’s stall 68 indian rojak

it was rather a large plate, and the cost was S$29.

it looked like 2x the size of what we ordered previously which was the about S$23.

so maybe habib’s was a good a deal as salam rojak, stall 73…our only grouse was that the chilli was not great. that was for me a significant item…maybe got to look for better indian rojak elsewhere la…

c.h.e.f andy

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Habib’s Rojak

Address:

OPS Bros S$98 Peking Duck Set Lunch 4pax @ Kai Garden 嘉苑 17May2017

peking duck

i organised a 4pax OPS bros lunch today at kai garden on 17.5.2017! ^^

last time i came here was on 15.4.2017..

one of the famous dishes and a very pretty looking one is the five colour peking duck 五彩缤纷鸭. it comes with 5 colour wraps & 5 sauces, not that i can remember them all.

peking duck

normally the peking duck cost S$88++, and that does not include the second eat, which they charged S$28 to make a duck beehoon!

so basically kai garden is expensive, or very expensive!

kai garden S$98 peking duck set lunch menu for pax

for this lunch set, they offer the peking duck + the second eat beehoon, and also appetizers, dimsums, garoupa fillet & dessert – all for S$98 for 4pax!

kai garden 4pax set lunch

it is quite big place & the tables were quite well taken up.

marinated cloud fungus

the2 small eats – appetizers were e marinated cloud fungus. this was very good.

deepfried fish skin

& deep-fried fish skin also very good.

skin were very crispy 脆 & not salty, very well done dish…

dimsum

the 2 dimsums were the xiaolongbao (i forgot to take photo) and the fried prawn dumplings.

prawn dumplings very good…xiaolongbao good standard no better than other places like crystal jade & imperial treasure.

peking duck

what is special about this peking duck is the 5 colour wraps – original, spinach, pumpkin, beetroot & squidink.

& the 5 colour sauce – original, chef sweet sauce, sesame, pepper, seafood.

oh, so i do remember, for now anyway…

another special item is the corn crisp. it added a special texture & bite to the whole wrap.

peking duck

duck skin was sliced very well, very thin & large pieces.

peking duck – 5 colour wraps

of the sauces, my preference still the original & the chef sauces which were the sweeter ones.

the seafood more savoury, and the sesame & pepper were both good.

the wraps, i couldn’t distinguish the taste of one from the others.

peking duck – pumpkin wrap

peking duck – pumpkin wrap

anyway the overall dining experience, taking this peking duck – very good la!

peking duck – beetrootwrap

peking duck – squidink wrap

whichever wrap we tried, all were nice.

& there was about 4 or 5 pieces for each of us, and with duck skin to spare.

garoupa fillet

the garoupa fillet was more of the ordinary stuff.

garoupa fillet

ok, competent, not much more…

duck beehoon

the duck beehoon was very good!

this the 炆 braised method-the best to produce a tasty beehoon. just have the right amount of reduced very tasty stock, add the beehoon & let the stock reduce further & the beehoon infused with the flavours. very easy to make. & such wonderful flavours. almost want to finish my whole bowl.

osmanthus jelly

the osmanthus jelly was good but ordinary. our OPS friend can make them too…

i picked 黄金桂 for our tea. it was S$3.20pax. that is like a cover charge & included the starter appetizer.

tea has a range of prices, so in this kind of places must be careful what order so we would’t be paying 1/2 the price of lunch for tea.

anyhow, the restaurant forgot to charge tea=4xS$3.20++. i pointed out to the lady who brought the bill. she said nevermind she would waive it. later we got her calling card & realised she was the GM…anyway i told her since she did not charge the tea i would give a tip & she said it’s ok just to put on the credit card, so i added about S$15 tip, for a total S$130nett. that’s lower than what we should have paid for tea anyway.

very good lunch. all my OPS bros enjoyed it.

c.h.e.f andy

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Kai Garden 嘉苑

Drink & Live Music at Timbre @ Gillman(good chill no vibes this evening) on 16May2017

supersonic band – timbre @ gillman

after the birthday dinner at da paolo pizza bar for aunty Bes, wife suggested we go to timbre @ gillman for some drinks & live music.

one daughter was busy, so wife, son, eldest daughter, aunty Bes & i – 5pax, went to timbre.

this was the little bali place i used to come around 2000-2002 i think when i was still doing some business.

timbre @ gillman

quite a nice place to chill PLUS live music.

crowd was thin this evening.

son said when he came with my wife, this supersonic?? music was very good. today though he said tonight it’s like 1/2 the band (3pax).

somehow this evening no energy no vibes (unlike the live lounge in cardiff i went with my 2 traveling companion in my recent wales trip), but it also had to do with audience interactions. it’s like a mutually enhancing dynamics.

the SMS music request NOT working so aunty Bes went to deliver her music request herself & they sang her couple birthday songs.

aunty Bes was the most into the groove person in the whole place, standing up & singing & clapping.

a very Happy Birthday to aunty Bes!

after that we went home & cut cake, sing birthday song & take photos.

c.h.e.f andy

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Timbre @ Gillman

Our Helper Aunty Bes’ Birthday 6pax Family Dinner @ Da Paolo Pizza Bar on 16May2017

crab cake

today is our helper aunty Bes’ birthday.

my eldest daughter is the chief planner for the family (when wife not doing it…haha!). she arranged for 6pax family dinner at da paolo pizza bar @ jln merah saga on 16.5.2017. ^^

& daughter really knows here stuff. she was able to direct my car, and just as she anticipated, we were able to find parking lots. it was 7.30pm on tuesday perhaps not so bad…

da paolo pizza bar

ambience quite good, with alfresco sitting also.

da paolo pizza bar

we chose an inside table. 🙂

crab cake

daughter ordered the food.the crab cake was good. very well done.

crab cake

i attempted this some years back. maybe can revisit this item.

prawn salad

the prawn salad was good too, refreshing.

prawn salad

great prawn salad with avogado & croutons. good serving too.

crab spaghetti in pink sauce

the crab spaghetti was very good restaurant standard, creamy, good amount of crab meat, great shell fish flavour & maybe some cognac.

we ordered 2 portions for 6pax.

crab spaghetti in pink sauce

it’s similar to the pink sauce pasta at valentino.

not quite the same as wife & my pink sauce pasta. i am thinking how i can recreate this dish. i will try fresh crab & cognac i think.

quattro formaggi – 4 cheese pizza

we ordered 2 pizza.

thequattro formaggi – 4 cheese pizza turned out to be the better one. everyone liked it. but oddly the pizza in this pizza bar wasn’t great at all. maybe it’s me, not a pizza person. anyway we all left most of the thicker outer crust. neither great texture for this part nor flavour in the dough itself.

truffle mushrrom pizza

the truffle mushroom pizza was the poorer by comparison.

truffle mushrrom pizza

zero truffle taste basically, all overwhelmed by the mushroom..an ok mushroom pizza i guess.

overall i think it was like S$200net for 6pax.

we did not order that much food, but it was also enough.

not particularly hot on this place myself, but it is doable to come once in a while. in fact this my first time here!

c.h.e.f andy

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Not As Good As Before Chai Chuan Tou Chinese Mutton Soup 柴船头羊肉汤 at Bukit Merah View on 15May2017

chai chuan tou chinese mutton soup 柴船头羊肉汤

my good RI bro came to fetch me to buy LED lights at a shop in hillview terrace on 15.5.2017.

chai chuang tou chinese mutton soup 柴船头羊肉汤 

after that i wanted to go lunch at tunglok signatures at orchard parade hotel.

i already parked the car, and my friend suddenly remembered that tunglok had stopped amex lovedining privileges. i was away so did not get the grapevines.

we returned to the car but there was no grace period for the carpark so kena charged S$5 for like 3 mins. what to do right?

chai chuan tou chinese mutton soup 柴船头羊肉汤 

anyway we decided to go for chai chuan tou chinese mutton soup 柴船头羊肉汤 at bukit merah view though t may be long queue & carpark crowded.

luckily we got a carpark immediately!

there was a queue of maybe 12pax but it was ok like 10mins+ wait.

chai chuan tou chinese mutton soup 柴船头羊肉汤

somehow the mutton soup was not as good as i expected, not having taken for long time i thought it would be very good.

it was still better than the other places like i had. the soup not unnaturally sweet, but like not as intense & flavourful as previously? was it just psychological?

chai chuan tou chinese mutton soup 柴船头羊肉汤

we ordered 2x $6 bowls.

one was a 羊杂 which we didn’t want the mitton balls so just had stomach & mutton.

however it did not have the 金钱肚 so very prominent in the bowl i had previously on 14.8.2014. why???

chai chuan tou chinese mutton soup 柴船头羊肉汤

the other bowl we had ribs.

must say we could not tell the difference between the specified ribs order & the 羊杂 which supposed to have mutton? but looked just the same as ribs.

not that i am complaining. i love the mutton ribs. they were still tender & still very nice with the chilli.

my main grouse was the not so tasty soup & the missing 金钱肚.

overall i still enjoy the mutton soup but not as much. maybe my palate has changed? no?

c.h.e.f andy

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Chai Chuan Tou Chinese Mutton Soup 柴船头羊肉汤

 

Mother’s Day Brunch 7pax Family @ Pimpam by FOC on 14May2017

grilled chicken + pumpkin salad S$19

wife herself wanted to try out pimpam by foc & organised the mother’s day brunch on 14.5.2017. ^^

restaurant is by foc, which the family quite like, & we have been to foc several times, the last on 18.8.2016.

pimpam by foc

restuarant has great ambience, nice bar. 🙂

pimpam by foc

& the tables in the quite spacious restuarant was well taken up.

sangria

ordered a few drinks. son had sangria. i don’t drink.

spanish torttilla or spanish omelette?

this “tortilla” is NOT the mexican flat bread, but a spanish omelette with onions & potatoes.

it was competently done but really no better than my very own spanish omelette.

same ingredients, so i guess can’t get too far…

ham & spinach & pine nuts croquettes

we ordered the ham, crab croquetas (S$2.50 each, minimum order of 2) & spinach & pine nuts (S$2 each, minimum order of 2).

all were nice. the spinach pine nuts were the best. 🙂 the other 2 not as good as foc.

grilled octopus S$22

we ordered the grilled octopus. it was pretty good, just not the standard of what we had in italy, and more recently what i had at Maze by gordon ramsay in mayfair london.

confit tuna salad S$12

tuna confit salad was pretty ok too but a rather insubstantial dish.

grilled chicken + pumpkin salad S$19

the pumpkin with added grilled chicken was good. the pumpkin mash was good too.

my youngest daughter liked it very much.

for me it was no better than the grilled chicken my helper or I made.

squid ink paella S$26

the squidink paella was quite excellent!

very flavourful, intense squidink flavours, creamy. a very nice dish..

pork & scallop paella S$24

the pork & scallop paella less so…very porky, strong pork smell, not ideal…

pork & scallop paella S$24

i had wanted the scampi fiduea we had at foc, but they only chicken fiduea here, and the others were not keen.

overall the paella here not quite foc standard.

iberico pork ribs S$30

another must-have at foc was the iberico pork ribs.

iberico pork ribs S$30

just as good as foc i think. very tender, great flavours, not the very porky taste in the paella dish.

somehow less wow c/w foc, maybe just psychological.

i made a very good mock kurobuta using frozen pork prime ribs after being inspired by this iberico pork rib dish in foc.

& my mock kurobuta was very good really for a frozen non black pig. maybe will try this again with pork soft bones.

300g beef tallata – onglet steak S$35

we ordered the tallata. i guess this is the spanish take of the italian tagliatta (cut or sliced).

presentation was poor!

not quite the standard expected for a good onglet steak or hanger steak. it had the strong beef taste (or kidney taste) but that was expected. somehow the texture & taste not the best…

& they did NOT have the excellent rack of lamb they had at foc.

spanish lazos churros with chocolate S$6

supposed to have good churros here.

anyway chrros NOT my kind of food.

magic S$5.50

the “magic” (daughter said it was between latte & cappuccino) was very good.

for me it’s a very good flat white, nice coffee aroma & very silky smooth, what a good flat white should be. not sure it was any better than say dutch colony. about same i think.

dinner was like S$299 for 7pax, not too ex. we ordered few drinks.

overall ok especially this was mother’s day dining out, and this is one of the places we will go for such dining out which does not charge extras for occasions.

for me, given a choice i would go foc & NOT pimpam.

c.h.e.f andy

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Pimpam by FOC

Address:

442 Orchard Road #01-29, Singapore 238879

£23 Whole Lobster @ Burger & Lobster Dean Street on 29Apr2017 (3pax RI Mates Trip London & Wales 27Apr-11May2017)

lobster (half steamed half grilled) £23

some london eats on our itinerary included roast duck (goldmine or four seasons) and burger & lobster.

an old RI schoolmate of ours was doing his sabbatical & staying in london with his family, and we arranged to meet for a meal together. happened that he had not tried burger & lobster so we decided to meet here at 5.30pm on 29.4.2017, as there is often a long queue later.

the last time i came here was a year ago with my wife & son on 25.3.2016.

burger & lobster dean street

we were all on time at 5.30pm.

our friend who stayed to watch the 3hr romeo & juliet play at shakespeares globe was the earliest to arrive.

burger & lobster dean street

so we got to sit down almost immediately.

lobster (half steamed half grilled) £23

the menu has changed substantially.

the concept at the start, i was told, was simply bulk buying. just 3 items on the menu – loster roll (nice brioche no need to use hands), whole lobster, and burger. so no need big menu, no need much cooking, just sell lots of live lobsters at an affordable £20.

now it’s £23. price wise it was quite ok, with inflation, £ at lower forex whatnots. the menu now included other options & combinations.

but primarily, it is still lobsters! except i noticed our £23 only got us a one pounder – 454g lobster. the lobster didn’t seem much smaller. the one & a quarter pounder (which i asumed was the standard previously) is now £32!

hasn’t really fathom this, but anyhow it was a great experience. we all very much enjoyed our £23 lobster. & all of us agreed that the steamed lobster was sweeter, more moist & overall better. same observation as my last time.

my friends wanted to celebrate, so we took a £30 white wine.

and indeed we do have much to celebrate for – our good health, lasting friendship, wonderful time together! ^^

c.h.e.f andy

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Burger & Lobster

Address

36-38 DEAN STREETSOHOLONDONW1D 4PS
Opening Hours –

MON-WED: 12PM-10:30PM
THURS-SAT: 12PM-11PM
SUN: 12PM-  10PM

Reservations –

RESERVATIONS TAKEN FOR PARTIES OF 6-10 PEOPLE

Street Eats @ Borough Market on 29Apr2017 (3pax RI Mates Trip London & Wales 27Apr-11May2017)

borough market

we were meeting an old schoolmate (now residing with his family in london for his sabbatical) for early dinner this evening at burger & lobster on 29.4.2017.

millenium bridge

so the idea was to explore borough market, sample the famous street eats.

and afterwards to walk over to the beautiful pedestrian millenium bridge linking tate modern on the south side of the thames to st pauls across the river.

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i bought some milk, eggs & granola earlier. as we were having street eats then early dinner, a light breakfast would do, so we had a hard-boiled egg & a bowl of granola with milk each. 🙂

then we set off.

IFO – identified flying object

we had the pleasure of viewing the art piece? IFO – identified flying object in broad daylight..

IFO – identified flying object

bird cage?? haha…anyway…quite nice la..

st pancras clock tower

my photographer friend could not resist a shoot of the st pancras clock tower, constructed between 1866 and 1873…

st pancras clock tower & king’s cross station

how about sleeping in a £5m apartment for a night via airbnb?

maybe next time?

st pancras clock tower

a magnificient building like to capture on camera…

king’s cross st pancras to borough market -london bridge station

we took the tube to london bridge station, and borough market was just round the corner of the block.

going up london bridge station escalators

we all had the oyster card, will travel.

exiting london bridge station fare gates

like old london pro…

borough market

we were early at 11am. borough market not yet crowded & congested.

folks were having an early morning beer

folks were having an early morning beer, a great bazaar atmosphere.

interesting ambience

a rather interesting ambience.

fresh seafood 

fresh seafood

cured items

among the first stalls we saw was the fresh seafood stall, and some cured items.

large freshly shucked oyster – £2 each 

we were drawn to the oyster stall – large freshly shucked oysters for £2 each. this size oyster sashimi would be like S$12++ in a japanese restaurant in singapore.

short queue to get oysters

no short of people queueing up to sample the large, plump, sweet oysters, no metallic taste.

a herb chicken dish – quite nice 

opposite the fresh oyster stall was the herb chicken (furness foodhut advertising malaysian curry chicken).

i tasted, was quite nice with the herbs, not sure how it is malaysian curry??

my friends weren’t keen..they were fed too much chicken on the MAS flight….

bomba paella 

at the same stall was bomba paella.

i tried that the last time i was here. didn’t think it was good.

boma paella 

more crowd now..

ROAST sandwiches stall

i stood in line for the short few person queue for the must-have roast sandwich.

Roast crackling belly pork sandwich 

we decided on the crackling belly pork sandwich.

my 2 friends though this was the best food here. pork was sweet, tasty & moist. actually the skin was NOT crackling enough & so slightly tough. & the baguette was not that great. the brioche i had previously at the duck confit stall & at maltby market were much better.

ROAST restaurant 

Roast restaurant is just atop on the second level. can consider trying it sometime but not a priority.

stall selling duck confit salad or sandwich 

next we went to try the duck confit.

stall selling duck confit salad or sandwich 

we decided not to have bread, so we ordered a salad.

duck confit salad £6.50 

today the duck confit was not so good too.

the flavour still there, but it was a bit stringy & the texture a bit dry & tough.

duck confit salad £6.50 

the greens complement the dish a bit. overall it was passable but not great.

borough market shard building behind 

from this side we could see the shard building behind. 🙂

borough market

borough market 

more crowd milling around the market.

chorizo shop 

my friends weren’t keen on another sandwich though the chorizo sandwich was good from my last visit here.

we went into the shop, tried the iberico cured ham (prosciutto) & bought a packet.

strawberries, cherries, fruits 

we looked at 2 fruit stalls, one opposite the duck confit.

strawberries, cherries, fruits 

we decided to buy from the stall on the outside.

we bought packet of strawberries (i think 400g) for £2, and cherries for  £1.

green market (part of borough market) 

we walked past bomba paella to the other side.

there is the green market, selling fruits, vegetables, cheese etc.

getting crowded around 12pm

it was now very crowded.

we walked to the back of the market. wanted to take a cuppa, but the stall was quite crowded.

likewise the monmouth cafe at the other side (duck confit) we were on earlier also had a long queue.

we decided to start walking over to the millenium bridge & pick up a coffee along the way.

c.h.e.f andy

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Borough Market

Address:

Borough Market
8 Southwark St, London
SE1 1TL

Tel: 020 7407 1002

Opening Hours:

Monday 10:00 – 17:00 Limited Market
Tuesday 10:00 – 17:00 Limited Market
Wednesday 10:00 – 17:00 Full Market
Thursday 10:00 – 17:00 Full Market
Friday 10:00 – 18:00 Full Market
Saturday 8:00 – 17:00 Full Market

Fabulous Steak, Great Ambience 3pax Dinner @ The Greek Larder on 28Apr2017 (3pax RI Mates Trip London & Wales 27Apr-11May2017

crevette saganak £9.50

met my 2 RI bros at Kings Cross St Pancras Regent’s Canal exit..no problem for them, they said – directions was clear..

Giffgaff SIM card working well. so we had whatsapped each other when they arrived at Heathrow T4.

i had intentionally passed by dishoom on the way. queue was like 40pax & 1.5hrs & had to queue physically not by taking queue no. dishoom was off…

so after putting down the luggage at the apartment, we decided to go to The Greek Larder at Arthouse for dinner instead..

greek larder

nice place, great ambience & crowd.

nice crowd – great happening place

imo as much happening place as dishoom.

difference is – we got table immediately.

nice crowd – great happening place

great food, wine, and we had some dessert also.

my friends had moscato too. celebrations!

bread

and service was good, friendly.

we had water. and they replaced the bread & butter when we finished the first.

angelo, the waiter from latin america (forgot the country) was cheerful & friendly. he took photos & also had a photo together with us after dinner.

crevette saganak £9.50

the greek prawn dish, crevette saganak, had a nice presentation (top photo & above).

prawn is prawn, so good if ordinary, the salsa was good with the prawns. may look at some online recipes later.

grilled octopus £13.50

the grilled octopus was good, especially the “chao-ta” bbq flavours. not enough i think. the texture itself slightly tough, not tender enough, not quite the standard of the italian dish at lake como, milan & cinque terre.

still it was a good dish, quite pricey now at £13.50

salt cod £8.50

my friends heard about the salt cod & didn’t mind to try it.

one friend said it was a bit salty but quite ok with the skordalia mash(greek potato & garlic spread) …overall quite ok dish..

grilled steak – about 300g = £23

the best turned out to be the grilled scottish steak. it’s done like the italian tagliata (which means serving the steak in slices).

grilled steak – about 300g = £23

it was done nicely medium rare.

i think it was about 300g – anyway a very good helping for 3 of us.

grilled steak – about 300g

& came with nice mushrooms & tasty mash.

grilled steak – about 300g

the steak, though grass fed & not top quality, was very nicely done – sweet, tender & flavourful.

desserts

my friends wanted to try the desserts.

galaktoboureko – traditional greek custard pie

we ordered 2 desserts to share. i am not a dessert person. so i took just a little to try. both desserts were competent. not my kind of dessert, but pretty ok standard..

galaktoboureko – traditional greek custard pie

galaktoboureko is a traditional greek custard pie.

carmelised icing, custard inside…

baklava & ice cream

baklava is a filo pastry with chopped nuts & cream layers. ok too.

the bill – £85.50

dinner was £85.50, inclusive of 12.5% service.

not including the 2 moscato & dessert, it would be £54 for the food alone, 3 appetizers & one main to share for 3pax. i think quite ok price in London.

chef & kitchen – greek larder

the servers & chef all quite cheerful, and the overall ambience was quite engaging. a place to come back again.

c.h.e.f andy

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Sin-London by Qatar Air on 27apr2017 (3pax RI Mates Trip London & Wales 27Apr-11May2017)

qatar economy airbus A350-900 – big screen

first time i took Qatar Airways!

according to skytrax world airline awards 2016 ranking, Qatar Airways (2nd) ranks below Emirates (1st) & above SIA (3rd) & Cathay Pacific (4th) for world’s best airline.

& Qatar Airways ranks second, above SIA (3rd) for world’s best economy airline, AND Qatar Airway ranks 1st, again above SIA (2nd) for world’s best business class airline.

so Qatar Airways ranks above SIA, generally! amazing!

the truth is i would have taken SIA economy if the pricing made sense.

there was no promotion price for SQ when i could confirm my period of travel. i checked both SIA & BA which i preferred as they were direct flights whereas for Qatar i have to stop-over at Doha, so 15hrs/16hrs c/w 13hrs+direct flight.

but SQ was like S$2,200 & BA S$1580 by economy return! made no sense when i can have Qatar economy return at S$1,035! so that’s what i did.

i usually travel light & do not check in luggage. however Qatar only allows 7kg carry on, so i checked in my luggage. fortunately the online check-in queue for bag drop was just 10mins.

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so safely on board!

the leg room seemed better on this new Airbus A350-900 than my usual SQ experience (on the first sector Sin-Doha…on the second sector Doha-London, it was a Boeing 777-300ER, so maybe leg room about the same).

and a big screen for movies! (top photo)

flight meals menu 1st sector Sin-Doha – dinner & light snack

i felt though that the food & drinks were not as good as SQ, and the service too!

i press the attention light, and it was on for an inordinately long time i turned it off myself, and NO service response! (it was ok on the return flight, so many one-off!)

flight meal – dinner food tray

for dinner, i picked the roast chicken rice.

sautéed mushroom appetizer good

the sautéed mushroom appetizer was good! very tasty, flavourful..

chicken dry & tough..sauce tasty

the roast chicken though was dry & slightly tough.

luckily the sauce was tasty…

green tea cake was good

the green tea cake was good too!

i finished it, though not the subsequent second sector dessert & not on the return flight. in fact dessert on all the sectors were quite good.

light snack = chicken panini & sweet cake

the chicken panini was quite good.. (on the second sector i took vegetarian – that was poor!)

the sweet cake was nice! not overly sweet & nice crispy skin..

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the plane landed like 1/2 hr late, and we had to be rushed & shepherded to board the transfer. anyway made it la!

second sector Doha – London = braised lamb tasty but tough

on the second sector Doha to London on Boeing 777-300ER, the previous standard bearer along with A380, leg rom was less, screen were small, food marginally poorer.

the appetizer salad was usual mediocre.

braised lamb tasty but tough

the lamb was tough, but the braise was good, tasty…

braised lamb tasty but tough

the mash was ok… i finished the lamb & veg.

So overall, from the flight & also the return flight, for me the food & service slightly poorer than SQ. but the ticket price was <50% = S$1,035 vs S$2,200.

SQ pricing just made n sense to me la!

c.h.e.f andy

 

 

2nd sector doha to london 737-300

Asia Treasures Lounge Changi T3 – departure on 27apr2017 (3pax RI Mates Trip London & Wales 27Apr-11May2017)

queue at qatar, changi T3

was much looking forward to this london & wales holiday with my 2 RI buddies 27apr-may112017. ^^

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i was booked on qatar flight departure 10.40pm changi T3 on 27.4.2017. my 2 friends were booked on MAs departure the next day.

there was a bit of a queue at the qatar check-in at T3 even though i arrived >2hrs before departure. it’s always good to check in online first & just do a bag drop. so the bag drop queue was in fact quite fast maybe 10mins queue.

asia treaures lounge @ changi T3

after immigration, i proceed as usual to DBS asia treasures lounge @ T3.

it is a small lounge, more private, very few people every time i visited, and food is quite good.

kiwi fruit mix slush

somehow they have stopped the crowd favourite berries slush??

this kiwi fruit mix slush quite ok, but i prefer the berries.

fried carrot cake

the local food are always good here.

the fried carrot cake was good, tasty & “pang” flavourful. i asked for 1/2 portion. no laksa or prawn noodles at this hour.

braised beehoon

the braised beehoon was very good, very tasty. again 1/2 portion.

fish congee

i skipped the prata, asked for very small helping of fish congee. it was very good also, sweet & smooth HK standard congee.

cappuccino

cappuccino the usual.

a very good rest stop before boarding – read papers, drink & light makan & a cuppa before borading. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

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DBS Asia Treasures Terminal 3
Address:
Departure Transit Lounge, Level 3
Changi Airport Terminal 3 (Airport Boulevard)
Singapore
Operating hours:
7.00am to 1.00am daily