Delicious Grilled Trout Unedible Pasta @ Gostisce Vancar on 18Sep2018 3pax Family Holiday 15-21Sep2018

bovec town

the apartment proprietor told us 3 dining places along a street at bovec town centre, and also the restaurant vancar opposite our apartment wallace.

we went out 7pm + first to try the eating places at bovec town..nothing there.

martinov HR @ bovec town

walked past martinov HR @ bovec town, which looked more like a place which served proper dinner. it was full & the servers were pretty rude. i guess they were full and didn’t need to entertain anyone.

the we drove about 7mins to boka wine & snack bar at hotel boka but it was closed. it was like a guest house & maybe not much business so they didn’t serve dinner.

gostisce vancar – delicious grilled trout

we got back to our apartment, to the restaurant opposite gostisce (guesthouse) vancar..

surprisingly there was a large alfresco dining area and a good dining crowd.

the trout dish 2 trout €15 was good. later i saw it had good reviews and other diners had written about the grilled trout.

the trout was fresh & sweet and very much better than pod skalco at bohinj, and there were 2 fish for €15.

gostisce vancar  – viennese schnitzel breaded veal cutlet

we didn’t know what else to order so tried the viennese schnitzel.

we generally less enthused with breaded stuff. this was quite ok though. 🙂

gostisce vancar  – seafood pasta???? not edible

the so called seafood pasta??? though was quite unedible!!

this was the singular only pasta we came across in slovenia & later amalfi coast that was not al dente! a really really bad pasta & the seafood sauce was like a canned sauce – like bolognese style with hardly seafood.

no other word to describe than unedible!

bill €40.80

gostisce vancar – delicious grilled trout

the bill bill €40.80 was the usual in slovenia palces we went to.

at least the trout was very good, and the viennese schnitzel was good.

c.h.e.f andy


Gostisce Vancar




Eat Drink & Be Merry at Postarski Dom 1688m on 18Sep2018 Day 4 3pax Family Holiday in Slovenia 15-21Sep2018

vrsic pass short hike – going up postarki dom 1688m

we took a 20mins walk up the mountain trek to postarski dom 1688m.

the hut is open to visitors from mid-June to end of September. and they have 36 beds (11 rooms), 30 beds in dormitory.

vrsic pass turn 24.

the surrounding mountain scenes were stunningly beautiful.

vrsic pass short hike -postarki dom 1688m

view of the postman hut postarski dom view the hill on the back.. 🙂

view of postarski dom from higher ground

rest stop & soup

we decided to stop for a bite and drink and to chill a little. 🙂

rest stop & soup – tomato

rest stop & soup – chicken

rest stop & soup – chicken

we ordered 2 soup & beer and coffee.

the soup were ok, just soup yes, nice warm soup in the stomach after a morning of driving and walking. 🙂 we were served with some complimentary bread. ate some with olive oil & also dipped in the soup a bit.

i like the tomato soup better. it was a great ambience, resting at a mountain hut, breathing fresh mountain air. son & wife were having their beer & i had a coffee. enjoy la!

c.h.e.f andy


Postarkski Dom (Postmand’s Hut)

Good Expensive Burgers @ Foksner on 17Sep2018 Day 3 3pax Family Holiday in Slovenia 15-21Sep2018

nice burger dinner @ foksner

son was already pining for foksner burger last evening and we settled for less than satisfying pub food at pod skalco.

this evening got to feed our driver so no other options contemplated especially when foksner was just a few steps (like 50m) from our apartment, and rated 4.8 on googlemap. ^^

foksner burger @ ribcev laz

we got our table about 7.10pm when we arrived.

15mins later there was a queue.

nice burger dinner

the burgers came soon enough (we waited about 20mins).

they do serve other food like steaks. but we came here for burgers. 🙂

foksner burger €8.50

delicious patty

i ordered the foksner burger foksner burger €8.50.

i was very happy with my burger! 🙂 still burger & loads of carbs not my thing, so i didn’t finish the patty & 1/2 the very good brioche.

wife ordered the truffle burger €9.50.

& son ordered some monster burger €12.

good expensive burger-bill €35.80

truffle burger €9.50

wife & son liked the truffle burger. and of course son liked his biggest burger!

actually for me i liked my foksner burger best, truffle didn’t suit my taste where this burger was concerned.

so another many meals where everyone very happy & wholly satisfied with the food!

c.h.e.f andy


Foksner @ Ribcev Laz

Good Late Lunch @ Planinski dom Savica on 17Sep2018 Day 3 3pax Family Holiday in Slovenia 15-21Sep2018

mixed grill

after the exhilarating climb at vogel, there was still time, we decided to go savica slap which was just 10mins drive away, on 17.9.2018. ^^

late lunch @ savica slap

after we parked our car, there was a rest area for food & drinks before the entrance to savica slap. it was past 3.30pm.

we decided to get something to eat.

so we ordered a mixed grill to share & couple beers & drinks. i ordered a bitter lemon. 🙂

the place was managed by the vogel station and the service staff wore the same logo.

mixed grill

the mixed grill was quite good quality even though it basically served the same sausages, cevapi & grilled chicken as pod skalco last evening. perhaps we were hungrier now? 🙂

bill €20

mixed grill

the 3 large sausages were all very tasty.

2 cevapi were tasty as usual & the grilled chicken was good too, not dry…the rice also pretty good & the sauce always. 🙂

they served us complimentary bread, and as usual we asked for olive oil & balsamic. it was quite enough for 3 of us actually. we would have dinner in a few hrs, and we climbed vogel and now an easier hike including 500 steps to savica slap, so it’s good to have something in the stomach w/o eating too much la.

the bill came to €20, not really cheap as we had just 1 order of mixed grill plus 1 beer & 1 bitter lemon.

but we are happy.

c.h.e.f andy


Planinski dom Savica

Okrepčevalnica Savica


Average Not So Great Dinner @ Pod Skalco on 16Sep2018 Day 2 3pax Family Holiday in Slovenia 15-21Sep2018

panfried trout & grills at pod skalco

i guess this would count as the worst dinner we had in slovenia, at a pub pod skalco which means like “under the rock”, on 16.9.2018.

massive glacial rock wall at lake bonhij next to pod skalco

massive glacial rock wall at lake bonhij next to pod skalco

after walking around lake bohinj and taking photos at the golden horn sculpture, we came to a massive natural rock wall next to pod skalco. wonder if they use it for rock climbing?

panfried trout

i read that the panfried trout (top photo & above) was good. but it was not so fresh here, so maybe just passable not great dish. subsequent we had very good ones at bovec. write about that later.

mixed grill

the mixed grill di not come with beef or pork or like in croatia, lamb.

it was mostly sausage & cevapi, not too bad dish of grilled minced meat similar to kebab & commonly found in croatia & i guess here in slovenia, and a piece of chicken.

sausage set

i think the sausage was on offer like €8.90 or something so we took that as well.

too much sausages.

i guess food was the robust hearty type, competent enough, not great also not specially bad, just very average food.

c.h.e.f andy


Pod Skalco

Opening Hours:

A Really Good Breakfast Day 2 3pax Family Holiday in Slovenia 15-21Sep2018

breakfast at the terrace

we went straight to breakfast, sat at the terrace, and son joined us shortly on 16.9.2018. ^^

this the same restaurant julijana we had our best dinner inslovenia last evening. 🙂

breakfast semi buffet – cured meats

it was a semi buffet.

there was a huge spread. and high quality stuff.

the cured meats were excellent. there were many variety, different chorizo, salami, cured beef etc

some fish ceviche too

& there were fish ceviche…not sure what? maybe king fish? anyway sweet & tasty.

some pate

& very good tasty, smooth pate.

not sure if it was duck pate, very good but of course not quite the goose terrine of last evening.


& mushrooms & also grilled vegetables like peppers, zucchini etc..

there were all manners of bread & pastry, cheese etc. and nuts which i took a few.

really marvellous buffet.

cooked breakfast – smoked salmon 2 sunny side up

and of course it was a semi buffet.

i ordered smoked salmon. it came with avogado, 2 sunny side up.

good competent, not tops in this department, but then the buffet spread was so good & this salmon was good standard too.


ended with some fruits.

hotel heated swimming pool

wife & son went to swim at the heated hotel swimming pool.

from hotel heated swimming pool

i sat at the swimming pool area & enjoyed the lake scenery outside.

breakfast semi buffet – cured meats

a really scrumptious, satisfying breakfast. among the best i had. similar to the ones we had at docletian palace place at split in apr2018, which i have not blogged yet but will write about later.

c.h.e.f andy

Scrumptious 4-course Dinner @ Julijana – Our Best in Slovenia Day 1 3pax Family Holidy in Slovenia 15-21Sep2018

4-course set dinner at julijana restaurant

julijana has good online reviews.

for that reason my wife booked 1/2 board including a 4-course set dinner & breakfast at grand hotel toplice.

because of the horrendously bad service & really run down lousy room, we did not expect much of the dinner. basically i was telling my son probably could write off this dinner.

we had a full day staring with rowing on lake bled, a good lunch at mlino, trkking up osjtrica, vintgar gorge & bled castle, so would have been good to settle to a nice dinner.

julijana 4-course dinner menu

& fortunately as it turned out the dinner was scrumptious, every dish was delicious, except for the dessert which are pedestrian, and my tenderloin steak with wrong doneness which was swiftly & politely replaced.

the service was friendly & cheerful, helpful, polite & responsive, exact opposite of the front desk manager & staff..heaven & earth it give the hotel benefit of doubt, hopefully the behaviour of the front desk was exception rather than the rule!

form the salad buffet

there was a bread & salad buffet included in the dinner, so we took some.

goose terrine the best!!!

my goose terrine was incredibly delicious, cannot remember a terrine so delicious, so fragrant & flavourful & smooth.

we had some terrine next morning for breakfast, also very smooth but probably not goose so not quite so flavourful.

smoke trout terrine good

smoke trout terrine good

son’s smoked trout terrine also very good. texture was more grainy which maybe more suited to the nature of the dish.

son & i liked the goose terrine better though both were very very good.

tomatoes with mozzarella

wife’s tomato with mozzarella salad very good to…

we all love burrata & mozzarella. it was light & tasty, and good combination with arugula & veg.

creamy pea veloute

i had the creamy pea soup.

i always love pea soup & most creamy soup…tasty & delectable.

fish consomme

son & wife’s fish soup also good.

for me i prefer creamy soup to consomme.

sea bream with clams istrian pasta, spinach

wife’s sea bream with clams istrian home made pasta, with spinach was delicious.

sea bream had crispy skin & sweet. and wife who generally less excited with fishy fish dishes than i was very happy & enjoyed the dish.

the istrian hoem made pasta (which texture was very similar to the scialatielli pasta we had everyday on amalfi coast) was superb, very very tasty even taken plain, i think already infused with really tasty stock!

i do a very good pan roasted snapper myself so i was less enamoured with the fish here.

the fish, pasta, sides & overall dish was very good. 🙂

tenderloin steak rare with chantarelle sauce

son & i had the tenderloin steak.

when we were chatting with the server, we said tenderloin so we should have it rare.

the steak came out medium well. son was ok with it. i took 1 slice, informed the server, showed him the cut meat & he swiftly replaced it.

tenderloin steak rare with chantarelle sauce

the replacement steak was done perfectly, and as it happened maybe incidentally, it was a much larger piece of steak.

tenderloin steak rare with chantarelle sauce

the rare (doneness) was perfect.

& the tenderloin was just so good, sweet, tender, not tough, world of difference from the medium well piece.

though this was such a basic preparation & the restaurant should have gotten it right first time, still the service recovery was commendable.

flambe apricot not so great

son & i took the flambe apricot.

presentation was great taste was ok, apricot was a bit sour. a competent dessert i guess but not really special like the other dinner dishes.

bled cake ok light enough

the menu did not include bled cake as an option.

my wife jokingly said it would be good if we could tried it, & the server produced the bled cake for her.

it was a good cake, light enough. just that we were not very the cake type or dessert type. wife was very happy & told the server “you made my day” and he did! for all of us!

what a difference good service makes!

sea bream with clams istrian pasta, spinach

the menu did not mention any coffee, when we asked the server said he could do that!

we had a very satisfying dinner and relaxing evening, great time to wind down & enjoy good food & company & chat with the server.

we gave the server a very big tip especially because he was just doing his job so well with his heart in it & not really with expectation of tipping.

c.h.e.f andy


Julijana Restaurant, Grand Hote Toplice, Bled



Good Lunch @ Restavracija Mlino Day 1 3pax Family Holiday in Slovenia 15-21Sep2018

€15.70 mixed grill

we found a restaurant with good size parking not far from ostrica trailhead.

parking ONLY for pension & restaurant guest. 🙂

welcome black board


we were early so carpark quite empty.

got a nice table outside (temp i think about 22degC), nice rest stop to chill out.

restaurant was part of pension mlino

restaurant and pension mlino

restaurant is part of a pension.

i wonder what is the price? probably like <1/2 maybe 1/3 the exorbitant grand hotel toplice price…if i ever come again, i will look are other accomodation options like this one.

erdinger beer

son happily chilling out with his cold erdinger beer €4.50.

my mineral water was €2.30 & wife other beer like €3.50.

after that i basically turned to drinking bitter lemon at the same price as water. lol! 🙂

bread basket 

bread basket was hearty. good for the hungry.

they don’t bring olive oil & balsamic as a practice, so had to ask, and they always bring it, no issue.

€3.50 tomato soup

the €15.70 mixed grill (top photo) was good enough.

chicken was good, sausage & the minced meat roll were good. pork was ok, beef was tough.

tomato soup was good.

this the really nice freshly made tomato soup, excellent tomato flavours, very hearty, homely, satisfying.

€11.90 unusual fish & chips

the fish and chips came in an unusual preparation. but it was good.

the batter came with almond flakes, the dry type not fluffy batter.

€11.90 unusual fish & chips

fish was good & sides were ok. 🙂

€42.60 for 3pax lunch

3pax lunch came to €42.60 including €10.30 for drinks.

bled is supposedly an expensive place, so i guess price was ok.

i think we gave a small tip, so probably paid €45.

€15.70 mixed grill

after lunch we kind of sneaked out of the restaurant & walked to the lakeside, and then to ostrica trailhead & hiked up to ostrica view point.

not that we mind paying €10 for carpark like at camping bled, but it was quite bothersome to go find parking again & the walk from the parking to the trailhead likely further.

so sneak was the best policy in teh circumstances. :-p

c.h.e.f andy


Good Indian Dishes 7pax Lunch @ Gayatri on 6Oct2018

indian dishes galore

WT bought 7pax lunch at gayatri race course road today on 6.10.2018. ^^

don’t do indian often these days so looking forward to lunch.

S$27 fish head curry medium

fish head curry was very good.

fish was fresh, sweet, meaty. curry was flavourful.

enjoyed this fish head curry. as i shared with J though, i used to like indian fish curry a lot. these days i prefer the forture thai style fish head curry especially, and also nonya or assam fish head curry.

S$6.50 quail eggs masala

quail egg was ordinary, nothing special or distinctive with the masala.

S$22 prawn masala

likewise the prawn masala nothing special.

actually my own prawn masala & fish masala using house brand pre-made spice sachets were far better (i did an all indian dishes 10pax dinner for my friends on 19.7.2017).

S$8.50 mutton vindaloo

the mutton vindaloo was good.

mutton was tender & flavourful & curry was tasty.

S$21 chicken tandoori

tandoori chicken a dish i don’t particularly favour, though some tandoori chicken can be very flavourful & even a bit moist.

not this one, which was the usual dry & average taste.

S$6 tahu masala small

the tahu was good.

S$6 deepfried gobi (cauliflower) small

& i like the gobi, deep-fried and differently prepared from the north indian aloo gobi. still i like this.

S$4.50 garlic naan

naan was good here.

J and i were sharing that the there were not much curry gravy from the southern indian dishes to eat with the naan, like her experience in london indian restaurant bombay bustle recently…

S$131.50 for 7pax

@ killiney road kopitiam farrer road hospital

indian dishes galore

lunch for 7pax was S$131.50, quite ok.

food was good & more than sufficient & also very good variety.

not a priority but this a restaurant i would come back again sometime.

after lunch we walked over to farrer road hospital for a cuppa. WT ordered also kaya toast for PY to try.

PY is flying off back to tokyo tomorrow. WT bought a bottle of kaya for PY to bring back to japan. haneda quite strict, with sniffing canines but should be ok la…

c.h.e.f andy


Opening Hours:


Good Food Great Deal Some Issues on Customer Service – 6pax OPS Bros Friends Lunch @ Rosso Bianco on 4Oct2018

S$48 chilled angel hair

GY’s close buddy 闺蜜 PY is in town for 2 weeks.

i had them over to my place for homecooked chinese dinner last evening. 

so for today we go italian & I arranged 6pax lunch @ rosso bianco today on 4.10.2018. ^^

WM fetched me & we went in 1 car.

last time i came was exactly 1 month ago with my family, dinner also 6pax on 3.9.2018. ^^

I ordered 3 pasta 3 meat dishes to share..then added a chilled angel hair

complimentary garlic bread

the complimentary garlic bread came with a tasty pesto dip – extra virgin olive oil, basil, baby spinach, pine nuts. very tasty.

S$28.90 truffle foldover pizza

the foldover pizza was quite unique. all my friends liked it.

very tasty dough with rockets, prosciutto, cheese & of course truffle butter.

S$25.80 squidink spaghetti

couple friends were sort of new to squid ink. they all liked the special flavour.

i just returned from a 1+ week family holiday at amalfi coast. singapore has good standard italian food, so i don’t really think that food in italy was better, but pasta there in general more al dente than singapore. taste wise for me singapore just as good. i will do my own pasta & risotto more al dente. i think that way they taste better.

S$26.80 seafood risotto fruiti mare

GY wanted to try risotto. she had pasta before but not risotto.

the seafood tomato sauce was quite tasty. it was a nice risotto though i always prefer pasta.

S$48 chilled angel hair

the filipino lady server earlier suggested their signature S$48 chilled angel hair. i decided to add to our orders.

it came with hotate (scallop) & the usual caviar & truffle.

it was competent, hotate was very sweet & fresh, and truffle & caviar always deliver a very delicious dish. it was not special though as many restaurants serve this & S$48 not cheap though it was a large portion i guess up to 2 times the normal serving, so i guess ok.

S$39 iberico pork rack

the iberico was ok. restaurant said best served well done. i still think for iberico it can be slightly pink.

anyway it was a bit dry & no comparison with the iberico pork rack at foc (here you can see form the photo it was served slightly pink) heaven & earth really!

S$42.80 lamb chop

my friends were unanimous that the S$42.80 lamb chop was best!

3 very meaty lamb chops, with excellent sides of grilled veg & potatoes. very tasty & flavourful * excellent texture.

S$36.80 osobucco

we were all too full for the osobucco.

actually we could do w/o it.

i wanted my friends to try the 3 meats but they did not have the chargrilled ribeye today, and i have not tried the osobucco here so i ordered it.

osobucco is a very tasty dish so this one here was just average, tender enough but not tasty enough.

3mains – lamb chop, iberico pork ribs, osobucco

S$12.80 lava cake

we also ordered a S$12.80 lava cake to share, which everybody enjoyed. good standard. the chocolate was very tasty. 🙂

6pax lunch came yo S$287. I bought & redeemed S$300 chope off peak vouchers at 50% discounts so paid S$150. really good deal.

there was a bit of drama when settling the bill, so i should say a few words on the service & attitude.

The filipino lady server competent & friendly..

The head waiter & other male server were ok until I redeemed the vouchers..we had some problems as my phone was out of battery but i knew that already so whatsapped the QR code & number to my friends..& the redemption terms said either print out or show restaurant the QR code but they couldn’t do it.

but worse they showed unfriendly, unco-operative & rather unhelpful & dismissive attitude like couldn’t be bothered with you..luckily old men also couldn’t be bothered with them so we spent a long time figuring out & they wasted their time waiting..anyhow they reluctantly let me charged my phone & i was able to redeem using my phone.

the point here is if you want to do chope promotions & bring customers to your restaurant, then it is quite counter-productive to be unnice to your customers. it’s like spending the effort, giving deep discounts yet stepping yourself on the foot, very unwise la…

c.h.e.f andy


Rosso Bianco


2 Greenwood Avenue
Singapore (289189)

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday from 11am-11pm
All day dining

Economic Kind of Average Food @ Teochew Cusisine Restaurant on 2Oct2018

6pax lunch with WT GY WM HC & PF

HC bought 6pax lunch at teochew cuisine restaurant at toa payoh lor 8 arranged by WT today on 2.10.2018. ^^

6pax lunch with WT GY WM HC & PF 

i ordered 6 dimsum dishes 9 plates & WT ordered the cooked dishes. 🙂

har gao

dimsum here substantially cheaper than most places at S$3.60.

standard quite below par. i would not order dimsum here.

har gao was mediocre variety, skin gluey & prawns not the very fresh & tasty ones.

xiaolongbao 小笼包

xiaolongbao 小笼包 quite poor, soup & meat not very sweet & tasty.

chives dumpling 

chives dumpling ok i guess, basically so so.

char siew cheong fun 

cheong fun very remote from hong kong standard of very smooth cheong fun with tasty sauce.

steamed chicken feet

steamed chicken feet was quite mediocre for me.  i felt it was not the very tasty ones i took at other restaurants. my friends liked it though.

steamed pork ribs

steamed pork ribs only dish that was good for me taste wise.

but more bones. some other places gave more meaty pork ribs…

S$25 mixed braised plate 卤味拼盘

the S$25 mixed braised plate 卤味拼盘 was quite good standard.

the lor 卤 was flavourful & the big intestines, belly pork & pig stomach texture were good.

duck texture were good too maybe a little gamey.

anyway i liked this dish.

there was a dead bee stuck to the duck slices when we removed the coriander. anyway the restaurant replaced with a new platter after we informed them.

the service overall quite good & friendly (the young guy from ipoh took good photos for us too).

S$12 pig trotters jelly

the pig trotters jelly looked ok but was for me below par, basically like those we bought at chinatown 30yrs back that were mostly jelly which melt away.

this means there was not enough gelatine so the jelly tasted of more soy sauce than flavourful gelatine.

my own pig skin jelly was much better much tastier. anyway according to my own preference la.

S$12 oyster omelette

the oyster omelette was really a large serving with lots of oysters for S$12.

i think though oysters were frozen ones, not fresh & plump, and the overall dish was average not great.

but then a place like bee hiang can serve you about the same standard oyster omelette (crispy style) at double the cost.

so i guess this was ok if we not too picky.

S$22 duck web with scallops

the S$22 duck web with scallops & nai bai a very good dish, tasty & quite good value.

gravy was great, and the duck webs & nai bai vegetabkes quite good too. & so the scallops.

S$8 fried kailan

the S$8 fried kailan also very good dish. good standard, in fact better than some places that charged double like S$16.

S$25 mixed braised plate 卤味拼盘

for me, the duck web dish was the best & the mixed braise platter was pretty good.

the price for 6pax including 9 plates of dimsum & 5 dishes was S$122.

i think if order the right dishes, it’s quite ok place to some, so i may bring my sis & bil here, and maybe sanlanjie…maybe try their fish head steamboat…see how..

c.h.e.f andy


Teochew Cuisine Restaurant


212 Lor 8 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310212

Opening Hours:



Ah Hengs Curry Chicken Noodles and J Homemade Prawn Noodles on 1Oct2018

curry chicken noodles with WM

just returned last evening from a very fun & memorable family holiday at amalfi coast (22-29.9.2018). ^^

thought of having curry chicken noodles at ah heng at hong lim, so messaged bros LKY & WM. WM first to respond so we arranged to meet 10.45am at ah heng on 1.10.2018.^^

some days i do have cravings i would drive myself to ah heng on my own…today didn’t really have cravings to that extent…since WM was available we just meet & eat la.. lol! ^^

S$6.50 curry chicken noodles

i reached a bit late 10.55am. there were like 5pax in the queue before me so just 10mins wait.

i ordered my usual large S$6.50 thich beehoon mee & chicken thigh 鸡尾

S$6.50 curry chicken noodles

so shiok!

today the gravy was par excellence! there were couple times i came early 1030-11am ish & felt the gravy was less intense than normal.

today it was perfect! a thoroughly satisfying bowl of delectable goodness…i can have this again!

queue at ah heng curry chicken noodles 11.30am

when we left about 11.30am ish, queue was like12-15pax, the normal at this time.

J prawn noodles with pork ribs

GY’s close buddy 闺蜜 PY is in town for 2 weeks.

WM & J arranged to have prawn noodles at their place on 1.10.2018. ^^


we had some nice starters=cherry tomatoes with dried orange skin, the finest jamón ibérico de bellota (acorn) with very sweet melon, and centry egg on tofu. 🙂

cherry tomatoes with dried orange skin

dried orange peel added a new tangy sweet dimension. 🙂

bellota (acorn) ham with very sweet melon

WM served jamón ibérico de bellota (acorn) bought during his recent trip to rome, florence, venice. and the melon was super sweet.

this better than any parma ham dishes in the restaurants outside la…

century egg on tofu

& some chopped century eggs with scallions on tofu.

J prawn pork ribs noodles

J prawn noodles one of the best. the last time i had 2 large bowls on 20.1.2018. ^^

today the beehoon mee was overdone a notch, and the soup was kind of less intense. maybe would be better if soup was reduced a bit to make it more intense.

Jessie prawn pork ribs noodles

a tasty soup nevertheless & nice ingredients – prawns, sliced pork, frieced shallots & larpork (crispy lard)…all good!

I’s ngoh hiang

HC’s iwfe I who was able able to join made some very nice ngoh hiang.

WT’s sweet pineapple and WM’s cut fruits

WM had cut fruits & WT brought very sweet cut pineapples from SKC.

after dinner WM J GY & PF played shanghai majong…WT HC & I watched TV. i was getting sleepy from jetlag so i left early about 930pm.

J tapao 3pax portion of prawn noodles for my wife & family. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy


Very Good Italian Dishes 6pax Family Dinner @ Rosso Bianco on 3Sep2018

lobster ravioli S$22.80

daughter arranged dinner at rosso bianco at greenwood on 3.9.2018. ^^

the children have entertainment app & they had wanted to use that but the promotion was over. so we bought instead the off peak 50% off chope vouchers. jolly good! 🙂

red wine S$55

they had wine promotion this month. JH & son selected a S$79 wine now S$55.


restaurant served some bread. nothing special, still good bread with good extra virgin olive oil.

lobster ravioli

daughter ordered lobster & crab ravioli.

i not ravioli person. it was good standard for ravioli but nothing special for me. i prefer the other 2 pasta dishes. 🙂

squidink pasta S$25.80

squidink pasta was good standard, al dente, nice squidink flavour, tasty. i guess not the very best.

squidink pasta 

good serving & ingredients.

seafood linguine S$25.80

seafood linguine very tasty too & good amount of seafood.

fold over pizza

the fold over pizza was unusual & really excellent, great aroma, taste & texture.

i will sure order that again next visit. 🙂

when the server was taking order & describing to us we thought it was a calzona, but it was as described a foldover pizza. lol! 🙂

chargrilled ribeye steak S$39.80

we ordered a few meat to share.

the chargrilled ribeye steak was good tender meat, though not served tagliata as stated in the menu.

lamb rack S$42.90

lamb rack was likewise a very nice dish.

like the steak it had the grid chequered look but not really fully charred. i thought charring it would make it taste a lot better.

iberico pork rack S$39

the iberico pork rack looked anemic not well charred & dry but actually it was quite tatsy & tender.

lava cake S$12.80

lava cake S$12.80

lava cake also very good standrad…the dark chocolate flavourful & lots of lava, perfect texture.

iberico pork rack S$39

so for dinner we had-

  • 3 pasta
  • 1 pizza
  • 3 meat
  • 1 lava cake
  • 1 wine

dinner was S$321 for 6pax. we had S$300 chope voucher which we paid S$150. so total was S$171nett for 6pax include $55 wine the best deal la 👍👍👍

really great dinner with family.

c.h.e.f andy


Rosso Bianco


2 Greenwood Avenue
Singapore (289189)

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday from 11am-11pm
All day dining

Very Expensive S$7 Beef Kway Teow Soup on 12Sep2018

mixed beef + tendon soup

went to get something & stopped by kovan market on 12.9.2018

curry chicken noodle gravy

passed by a long queue at yami mee the teochew noodle stall.

they also sells curry chicken noodles, and surprisingly the curry gravy looked authentic like ah heng curry chicken noodles at hong lim.

yami mee the teochew noodle stall

i was not going to queue so would try this another time.

cheng kee beef kway toew

saw the beef kway teow stall at the coffeeshop on the way back to my car… well there were 5pax before me so still queue 10mins..

beef kway teow

ordered no. 5 the  $7 mixed beef + tendon soup..

mixed beef + tendon soup

serving was real meagre..totally not worth the price..soup & beef etc average & all teeny weeny cuts nothing to eat for $7👎🏼👎🏼👎🏼

sorry won’t eat at this stall again.

c.h.e.f andy


Opening Hours:

(2) Yam Mee Teochew Noodle Stall

Shiok! Scrumptious Tapas 5pax Dinner @ Sabio Duxton on 10Sep2018

serrano ham with asparagus S$17

GY is back after settling some matters in shanghai. she will stay till late oct early nov this time.

HQ is flying back to tokyo where he is studying & likewise WW returning to shenzhen on friday.

today was a good time to get everybody for a tapas eat & chill at sabio duxton on 10.9.2018. ^^

i parked at pinnacle & we met at essen & then walked over to sabio.

sabio duxton

a cozy place..

sabio duxton

nice tapas bar to chill & relax, and eat some tapas. not much business through the evening…

bellota jamon iberico

they had the whole leg of bellota jamon iberico with machine that can slice very thin prosciutto slices.

eggplant caviar S$12

i ordered 9 tapas + a churros + a spanish fried rice mixta, and GY & WW ordered a beer each.

first dish was asparagus with serrano prosciuto (top photo). the thin asparagus so so, cannot c/w la taperia. & a bit ex at S$17.

ham croquette S$14

the ham croquette was good. 🙂

chorizo S$16

chorizo i liked. WT family so so with it. a bit ex at S$16 but i guess chorizo are expensive.

galician octopus S$22

galician octopus always good, very tender & nice garlic & herbs.

prawn ceviche  S$18 + S$2 tacos

prawn ceviche was good. i like the salsa, lightly vinegared. WT cannot take sea prawns. teh others ok with this dish. it is light so not as flavourful as the other dishes.

garlic prawns S$18

the garlic prawns was good standard spanish gambas al ajillo, a common tapas dish.

in fact my chorizo prawns kind of inspired by this dish here.

scallops in white wine sauce S$22

ordered scallops first time.

a nice dish, especially the white wine sauce, quite delicious. we ordered additional bread S$2 to eat with this sauce & from the other dishes. 🙂

sotong ala plancha S$14

the squid ala plancha (hot plate) was good as always. GY don’t take squid much though she tried some.

churros S$11

S$125nett for 5pax include 2 beers

spanish seafood mixta fried rice S$26

to finish off we had the carb item spanish seafood mixta fried rice S$26.

not the al dente paella type (they said they didn’t have the paella oven), but a very nice dish with loads of ingrdients, many large prawns, chorizo & lots of squid pieces.

& also the churros, just nice 1 piece each.

the bill came out to S$247 for 9 tapas + spanish fried rice + churros including 2 beers (S$18). actually quite ok prices overall for 5pax.

there is an ongoing chope 50% off peak (5.30pm to 9pm) vouchers so i bought S$250 vouchers for S$125.

so the dinner was just S$125 for 5pax. so shiok! 🙂

c.h.e.f andy



Very Good Hokkien Mee @ Tan Song Heng Meiling Food Centre on 7Sep2018

S$6 hokkien mee

went with wife to meiling food centre.

the hokkien mee at tan song heng is very good, so i queue 15mins for it.

went over to xinlu fish ball noodles but they already closed at 1pm..

there were loads of ingredients – 5 large prawns & many sotong pieces.

most importantly the stock was very good, and so the hokkien mee was so very tasty & shiok!

tan song heng hookien mee

labour intensive & took quite long because he had to start a new lots of noodles.

piccolo latte

S$6 hokkien mee

we really enjoyed this S$6 hokkien mee shared by 2. no need lots of money to have good food.

i think i will try this again at home. my own fried hokkien noodles not too bad too but will try it again.

after lunch we walked over to tiong hoe & enjoyed a nice cuppa.

c.h.e.f andy


Tan Song Heng

Stall #02-40

Meiling Street Food centre

Daughter Bought Lunch – Happiness Seafood White Bee Hoon & Jin Xiang Ding Mutton Soup on 7Sep2018

white beehoon

daughter arranged 2pax lunch today on 7.9.2018. ^^

i fetched her at lunch time & we went to nearby kovan food centre.

daughter likes the white beehoon a lot. she bought S$5 WBH with sliced fish & clams to share. 🙂

the prawn based broth was tasty & there was quite a bit of sliced fish. larpok (crispy lard) was nice..overall a very pleasant dish.

for me, actually it was a very average dish…competent, tasty & nice enough certainly.

happiness seafood white beehoon

we sat next to the stall there was steady orders & food took 15 mins to arrive.

jin xiang ding pig organ mutton soup

menawhile i queued at jin xiang dig pig organ soup stall which sells a variet of double boiled soup & also chinese herbal mutton soup.

jin xiang ding mutton soup

was uncertain about the mutton soup as it does not appear to be a specialist stall selling too many other dishes.

but it was good, not cheap though for S$6 i counted like only 7 pieces of small ribs, like 2/3 of less of what cha chuan tou serves for same S$6.

but the ribs were very good, very tender, tasty, not strong gamey taste, and the soup also very good, mildly herbal & sweet.

i still prefer chai chuan tou at bukit merah view food centre of course! 🙂

very enjoyable lunch with daughter. i was picking up 3 packets of frozen prawns i bought on qoo10 from causeway pacific near here, so it was good arrangement to meet up with daughter for 2pax lunch.

the yutiao stall looked good, so i went to buy a S$0.80 yutiao & daughter & i shared the excess carb…worthwhile calories?? really shiok!

c.h.e.f andy


(1) Happiness Seafood White Beehoon


Kovan Market and Food Centre, 209 Hougang Street 21, #01-20

(2) Jin Ding Xiang Pig’s Organ Soup
Kovan Market and Food Centre, 209 Hougang Street 21, #01-08
Opening hours: 11am to 11pm

Teban Gardens Cooking Demo and Sharing on 5Sep2018

sharing with teban garden residents

teban gardens PPHCSC (pasir panjang hill community service centre) arranged a cooking demo & sharing with residents on 5.9.2018.

i first started doing a community meal dish for teban gardens PPHCSC 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.

i cooked a breakfast dish for teban gardens every friday unless i am travelling or otherwise unavailable. i did my 71st friday breakfast community meal dish at teban gardens community service centre on 7.9.2018.

450g red garoupa

I shared the following-

  1. hong kong steamed red garoupa
  2. steamed minced pork with light soy sauce
  3. salted egg bittergourd

I chose the 3 dishes as they are practical everyday dishes with simple ingredients, tasty dishes & very easy to make.

very good interactions with many questions & interests from the residents.

quick recipe for hong kong steamed red garoupa here-

  1. clean with salt & wash red garoupa (450g)
  2. add 2tbsp light soy sauce, 2tbsp olive oil (or vegetable oil) & 2 tbsp mirin (optional)
  3. add sliced ginger, chopped spring onions & cut chilli padi
  4. steam for 8 mins..check to make sure fish is cooked.


  • use top quality light soy sauce will make the dish very fragrant & tasty
  • washing with salt thoroughly helps to remove fishy taste

steamed minced pork

quick recipe for steamed minced pork with light soy sauce here-

  1. add 1tbsp light soy sauce, 1 tbsp olive oil (or vegetable oil) & 1tbsp cornflour to 300g minced pork & mix thoroughly
  2. add another 1tbsp light soy sauce, 1 tbsp olive oil (or vegetable oil) to the minced pork in the dish (see photo above)
  3. steam for 12mins, make sure the minced pork is fully cooked…


  • adding cornflour will make the minced pork very smooth
  • adding & mince together a bit of fatty pork makes the dish more tasty but less healthy
  • use top quality light soy sauce will make the dish very fragrant & tasty

salted egg fried bittergourd

quick recipe for salted egg bittergourd here-

  1. wash cut bittergourd with salt, clean thoroughly & soak in clean water for 3 hrs. wash thoroughly. can also repeat the process.
  2. fry 2tsp chopped garlic & a whole minced salted egg in 1tbsp oil
  3. add bittergourd & fry high fire till it is fully cooked
  4. add 1tbsp oil & crack 2 eggs. wait till eggs fully formed, then fold the eggs over the bittergourd & mix thoroughly.


  • washing cut bittergourd with salt soaking in water reduces the bitterness
  • let the eggs fully formed before folding & mixing give the dish better texture & looks ie presentation

sharing with teban garden residents

sharing with teban garden residents

i do not myself attend cooking lessons. just my idiosyncrasy.

the reason being that my impression is that dishes taught at cooking lessons are mostly dishes that require many ingredients and condiments/spices/sauces & one is not likely to acquire the condiments/spices/sauces just to replicate the dish at home.

hence i chose the 3 dishes that are everyday dishes one can do at home, very easy to cook & require very few ingredients & yet produce really tasty & enjoyable dishes for the family, friends, one & all…..

c.h.e.f andy

Delectable S$38 3-course Set Lunch @ La Taperia on 4Sep2018

galician octopus

my RI bro CL bought 3pax lunch at la taperia on 4.9.2018. ^^

all the dishes were delicious & exquisite. thoroughly enjoyed the lunch. & service was good too, polite attentive & responsive. 🙂

the galician octopus was excellent, very tender & tatsy. 🙂


baguette was good too. we asked for a second serving. here there was slight blemish on the service, as the server did not inform us that they charged an extra S$4 for the bread.

this is NOT a good practice, you should always inform your customer & let them decide if they want to pay for it. we were ok to pay the additional S$4.

chacuterie board

chacuterie was the usual, good enuf standard, and also a good serving. chorizo & parma ham were good & the tomato salsa was very good. 🙂


asparagus was again excellent like the galician octopus. very tender & sweet, nice tasty bacon wrap & excellent bearnaise sauce.

lamb rump excellent

for me the lamb rump was the best dish, really tasty & tender.

lamb rump excellent

quite perfect, wonder if i can do this dish. must google & see any good recipes…

really love this dish, even more than the octopus & asparagus.

seafood stew

asturia seafood stew

asturia seafood stew was very good too. CL & CM liked it very much.

for me, it was not the best. stock was primarily shellfish based, though ingredients included rock fish, a very deep flavoured lobster bisque like veloute. i like it to have more sweetness of fish like bouillabaise.

grilled USA pork

grilled USA pork

the grilled USA pork was tasty & tender enough. it was lean meat & not iberico so not as flavourful & marbled but really very good pork.

dessert – churros & pavlova


pavlova was nicely done, light, well baked, tasty.

think i will try making this i think “simple” dessert. let’s see. 🙂


churros with chocolate sauce was good. 🙂

bill S$142 for 3pax after $20 off

the very enjoyable 3pax lunch was S$142 with the supplemnets & after stanchart S$20 discounts.

lamb rump excellent

sure to come back again, especially for the lamb rump.

a really great lunch with my RI bros.

c.h.e.f andy


La Taperia

Opening Hours:

Delicious Sharks Cartilage and Salted Egg Bittergourd 5pax RI Buddies Lunch@ Zai Shun on 3Sep2018

5 lunch dishes

had 5pax lunch at zai shun on 3.9.2018. ^^

4 of us went in one car. HK came separately himself, after dropping son at jurong east mrt.

long queue @ zai shun

long queue @ zai shun

we arrived & parked before 11.30am. still there was a queue of 8pax or so, and the queue became longer & remained so during lunch hour.

we got a table but later arrivals have to wait for tables in the large coffesshop space.

opening hours

they closed on wed. open other days 7am to 3pm.

teochew steamed treadfin head S$35

i ordered 5 dishes for 6pax, cos DP was going to join us. but he couldn’t find the place and after going through much trouble & inconveniences he turned back, so we had 5pax lunch.

the treadfin fish head was done teochew style. it was competent, ok just didn’t stand out, something i can easily do at home & most zi char place can do. treadfin head also ok, lot of meat but not specially tasty like ang kueh (red snapper) or 幼 like soon hock or red garoupa.

fermented beans (taujeon) lime steamed sharks cartilage S$40

though the shop is called zai shun curry fish head which should be good, very few tables took the curry fish head..i think the steam fish here more popular.

the most popular dish is doubtless the taujeon lime steamed sharks cartilage.

very tasty tangy sauce & excellent gelatinous texture, though quite a bit of bones so not that many pieces of gelatinous cartilage for 5pax, but enough. 🙂

pig trotters S$16

pig trotters S$16

first time i tried the trotters. actually this the hock (元蹄), so S$16 was quite ok.

it was good, great texture, great braise (lor), not the best most fragrant but preety good standard. 🙂

salted egg bitter gourd S$10

the salted egg bitter gourd was the other favourite dish here. everyone orders it. & it comes only in 1 size for 1-2pax or in our case 5pax..again good enough portion.

very tasty. in my opinion better than my own, though HK said this a bit wet & mine was better.

fried spinach S$6

spinach was ordinary, not great actually. but also because it was cold.

we waited for DP, and only started when the last dish, the steamed treadfin fish head, was served, so maybe 15-20mins in between after the spinach was served.

fermented beans (taujeon) lime steamed sharks cartilage S$40

lunch was S$110. good food great lunch & good time for all, enough for 6pax so a great time for 5pax la. 🙂

after lunch we adjourned to IMM for a cuppa. i took teh halia gosong. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy


Zai Shun 载顺 Zi Char


253 Jurong East Street 24, #01-205, Singapore 600253