Shiok! 6-course Japanese Dishes for My Brother 6pax Family on 24Jun2020

ika sugatayaki (flamed whole squid)2

ika sugatayaki (flamed whole squid)

ika sugatayaki (flamed whole squid)

ika sugatayaki (flamed whole squid)

nikujaga - slow braised pork softbones

nikujaga – slow braised pork softbones

chashu and shabu beef don

chashu and shabu beef don

 

made 6course all japanese dinnerfor my brother 6pax family dinner on 18.6.2020.^^

  1. tamago (japanese egg roll)
  2. ika sugatayaki (aburi ie flamed whole squid)
  3. chicken teriyaki
  4. nikujaga -slow braised pork softbones with daikon
  5. chashu & shabu beef donburi
  6. yakisoba with shitake & shomeji

they find the food a bit different and interesting.

brother liked the nikujaga (slow braised pork softbones) especially and liked the chao tar bbq flavours of ika sugatayaki (flamed whole squid).

the donburi and noodles were excellent dishes. the don was layered with chashu (japanese slow braised belly pork) which i did together with nikujaga; and shabu (thinly sliced) beef.. a very very tasty chasu and shabu beef don…the shabu beef i just shabu in the same boiling sauce as chashu with fire off…much like shabu shabu the thin beef.

the yakisoba didn’t look great but very tasty, simple vegetarian dish with ust shitake and shimeji mushrooms, sliced yellow onions and noodles fried with tsuyu and mirin. i want to eat it myself haha!

c.h.e.f andy

Always Good S$1 more Song Kee Fishball Noodles on 22Jun2020

S$7 song kee fishball noodles meepok tar

S$7 song kee fishball noodles meepok tar

today OPS 4bros arranged to have song kee fishball noodles on 22.6.2020.^^

WT bought lunch. 🙂

always enjoyed this stall which we went several times at tembeling. they moved to yio chu kang terrace several months, interrupted by covid-19 circuit breaker.

now we are in phase 2 reopening, allow friend gathering up to 5pax…this the first time i come to this new location. 3 of us were there 11.15am among the early birds. already 4 groups inc us. by 11.45am when we ordered, place about 2/3 full. at tembeling, almost all tables were full at by 11.30am.

our usual order S$6 which came with “everything” now S$7.

anyway it was really enjoyable for all of us, meeting friends face to face first time after like 10weeks break, and enjoying what we always like. today it was as good as always.

c.h.e.f andy

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daily (closed thuers)
  • 11:30am–9pm

 

Recipe = 豆签Bean Noodles Bakchormee on 20Jun2020

my 豆签bakchormee

my 豆签bean noodles bakchormee

made my own 豆签bean noodles bakchormee on 20.6.2020. ^^👍😀

had leftover minced pork & thinly sliced pork fillet. using bean noodles.

a small bundle of 豆签 bean noodles offer very small serving & very light carbs, ideal for me la…

& now my chilli sauce is as good as any outside 👍😀-

  • 1tbsp oyster sauce, maggi chilli, crispy prawn chilli, black vinegar, 1tsp fish sauce-the best!👍

becos i had very little bean noodles (maybe 50g) and my minced pork and sliced pork were not marinated, so above condiments mix was good, otherwise i say same ratio but good for between 100g and 150g of noodles.

this was a perfect bowl, texture and taste! and for sure no overeating for me la…

c.h.e.f andy

 

Delightful Sumptuous 4pax Family Dinner @ 8picure on 19Jun2020

crab cake

crab cake

galician octopus

galician octopus

lobster pasta

lobster pasta

ohmi A5 wagyu ribeye

ohmi A5 wagyu ribeye

tiramisu

tiramisu

wife bought sumptuous 4pax family dinner @ 8picure on 19.6.2020.^^

today is day 1 of phase 2 reopening. first day that eateries can receive dine in customers and we can go out in group of up to 5pax max.

our first response was to avoid dining out today…but i chatted with chef Gabriel today and decided to come for 4pax dinner.

we ordered delivery 3 times from 8picure to support this excellent boutique restaurant.

today we were the only customer, now 8picure seating have reduced to about 12pax from 16-18pax because of safe distancing.

Gabriel served us really excellent dishes,the best..like everytime we were here

& connie served us complimentary champagne to celebrate their first customers on phase 2 reopening.  wife insisted on paying for champagne afterwards…

connie also picked a aurelio, which she did for us last time. an excellent red!

crab cake was 90% crab meat, very sweet and just the the right spiciness.

galician octopus very tender and tasty and a beauty to behold.

so was the lobster pasta, very fresh, sweet, tasty lobster and perfect pasta with lobster bisque sauce, tomatoes and capsicums.

we tried chef Gabriel’s 2 new dishes – iberico char siew capellini & another with pesto and arctic surf clams..

both excellent especially the arctic clams..iberico char siew great char siew flavours and tender sous vide texture.. we prefer the arctic clams which gave crunchy texture to a very tasty al dente tagliolini pasta.

every dish & both desserts just superb! children commented this the best tiramisu! it really was… 🙂

such a wonderful evening, delicious food and the best service thanks to chef Gabriel and connie.

c.h.e.f andy

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8picure

 

Yummy Peranakan Dishes from Permakan on 18Jun2020

wife ordered dinner from peramakan on 18.6.2020.^^

very good! 👍

SL loved the ayam buah keluak. my favourite is beef rendang and babi pongteh. both i can do well myself. sambal sotong was good, the sambal sauce was excellent, and otah good too. chendol excellent la! sayur poor, not great..

I added 2 pieces lamb fillet, the ones i cooked for my brother this eveyning. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

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Tingkat Peramakan, Owen Road

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Recipe = Tasty Spicy Chicken with Dried Chilli 宫保鸡 on 11Jun2020

spicy dried chilli claypot chicken 宫保鸡

spicy dried chilli claypot chicken 宫保鸡

aromatics for claypot chicken 宫保鸡

aromatics for claypot chicken 宫保鸡

my first experiment with spicy chicken with dried chilli 宫保鸡 cooking 6pax family dinner for my brother on 11Jun2020. ^^

i aimed to produce 宫保鸡 using 1/2 chicken to replace frogs – trying to replicate G7 sinma claypot 宫保田鸡…

sauce not too bad but not quite close to G7 sinma..maybe experiment more..my chicken always done quite perfect texture, tender and moist…

Recipe

soak 12 dry chilli in boiling water. remove seeds and drain. fry chopped shallots and garlic in oil. add dry chilli, sliced red onions, cut leeks (white part), cut scallions (white part).

mix 2tbsp oyster sauce, 2tbsp chinese huadiao wine, 1tsp sesame oil, 1 tbsp black vinegar, 1 tbsp corn flour in 200ml intense chicken stock and add to wok. salt to taste.

simmer broth to require thickness, add wing parts and cook 2 mins. adddeboned cut pieces from 1/2 chicken and cook for another 8mins.

it was a nice tasty dish with chicken stock and vegetable sweetness and glueyness for G7 sinma though taste not exactly same. chicken as always, tender and moist and not overcook, and that is the key.

c.h.e.f andy

Recipe – Sambal Sotong lagi Sedap on 4Jun2020

sambal sotong with yellow onions

sambal sotong with yellow onions

sambal sotong with yellow onions2

sambal sotong with yellow onions

sambal sotong was another dish i cooked for my brother’s family 6pax dinner on 4.6.2020.^^

lagi sedap la! 🙂

and this, the easiest to do.

1 large sotong (250g), clean wth salt, wash dry, remove skin and cut in rings.

fry 1 large sliced onions with lots of chopped garlic (1 heap tsp), add 1 heap tbsp sambal sauce and 1 flat tbsp oyster sauce. then add sotong and fry.

and that’s it!

the tip for cooking sotong, like everything else, is NOT to overcook, otherwise becomes tough and rubbery la…

can judge by eye, but if unsure just 1 piece lor. lol!^^

c.h.e.f andy

Recipe – Excellent Thai Style Fish Curry on 31May2020

thai style whole fish (ang choe) curry3

thai style whole fish (ang choe) curry

made thai style whole fish curry for 6pax dinner for my brother’s family on 4.6.2020.^^

tested my own recipe for the first time for my own family dinner on 31.5.2020. ^^

Recipe
made my own rempah & added tomyam paste & coconut milk

12 dry chilli
6 cloves garlic
6 shallots
2in cut lemon grass white part
1 in cut ginger
1 tbsp flat sugar
1 tbsp oil
1/4 tap salt

blend to make rempah.

pound 2in lemon grass, fry with 1 stalk curry leaves, one sliced medium onion, add rempah, fry till fragrant, add cut lady fingers, add cut eggplant, add whole fish (i used ang choe – golden snapper today),cook for 10mins

my first time trying a newly created recipe, trying to model after forture old holland road’s thai style fish head.

not quite same as can be seen in the link photos.

still this was quite excellent! wife and children all liked it…very sedap, tangy and tasty! and the vegetables were excellent too.

so this can be a recipe in its own rights…but i may try to vary this to see how i can recreate forture’s excellent thai style fish head curry.

c.h.e.f andy

Yummy Ah Yat Seafood Takeout Dinners for my Bro and Sis on 12 & 13Jun2020

5dishes takeaway S$136 nett from ah yat grandstand

5dishes takeaway S$137 nett from ah yat grandstand

my brother’s and sister’s birthday in few day’s time.

every year we celebrate their birthday dinner together.. now covid circuit breaker reopening phase one still cannot visit or dine together.

so i ordered from ah yat & delivered to my brother this evening on 12.6.2020.^^

dishes for my brother’s 6pax family dinner-

  1. 2xlobster in superior stock上汤焗
  2. steamed tilapia in minced garlic 蒜蓉蒸尼罗红
  3. deepfried tilapia 油浸尼罗红
  4. frogs with scallions & ginger 姜葱田鸡
  5. frogs with dried cilli & cashew nuts 宫保田鸡
ah yat S$38 nett takeaway set

ah yat S$38 nett takeaway set

next day i ordered & delivered dinner for my sister on 13.6.2020.^^

only 2pax for her so i ordered the S$38nett set which came with deepfried live soon hock.

from sis’ feedback, seems that the curry chicken was ok & there were 4 teeny weeny abalones with thick mushrooms that came with the veg. not bad la…

soon hock always good.

& I added a lobster in superior stock 上汤焗 S$38

c.h.e.f andy

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Ah Yat Seafood @ Grandstand

Address

#03-01/02, The Grandstand, 200Turf Club Road, 287994

Reservations

+65 6884 6884
+65 68832112

Opening Hours

Daily: 11:30 – 14:30

Daily: 17:30 – 22:30

Still Good Wanton Mee @ Jian Kang Commonwealth Crescent FC on 13Jun2020

S$3.50 jian kang wanton mee + S$1 pork soft bones

S$3.50 jian kang wanton mee + S$1 pork soft bones

indulgence!

bought S$3.50 jian kang wanton mee + S$1 pork soft bones @ commonwealth crescent fc this morning on 13.6.2020. ^^

still good. lots of ingredients like 3 wantons and 10 thin slices of char siew..both were good.
chilli a bit mediocre so i asked for more chilli…just ok.
pork soft bones same tender and nice.
c.h.e.f andy

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Jian Kang Wanton Mee #02-77

31 Commonwealth Crescent S149644, Commonwealth Crescent Market & Food Centre

Brother Cook fresh Seafood Dinner for us on 12Jun2020

steamed fresh seafood

brother made steamed fresh seafood

steamed fresh flower crabs

steamed fresh flower crabs

steamed fresh prawns

steamed fresh prawns

my bro went jurong west market to buy fresh seafood & made dinner for us on 12.6.2020.^^

  1. steamed flower crabs
  2. steamed prawns
  3. steamed cuttlefish
  4. sambal egg by yuli
  5. eggplants

excellent dishes! 🙂

this covid circuit breaker and now phase one period, we cannot meet and eat outside…so i cooked dishes on thurs for my brother’s family..& my brother does so on saturday for us..& my brother cooks very well….

brother has been cooking for us 4 times, and every time the dishes were very good. it showed the love & care that went into the preparation…that is the essence of cooking..loving the dishes you produce..naturally they will turn out delicious dishes…

wife & children usually don’t take this teochew style steamed seafood..today they love the crab & prawns super fresh and sweet..

cuttlefish that’s for real teochews like me…cuttlefish is tougher than squid and the teochew steamed way is perfect for dipping with kek you 吉油 or minced garlic chilli vinegar 蒜泥醋.

yuli’s sambal egg very flavourful

& my brother’s lady fingers excellent..children all loved it…

the sauce seems to have taujeon with lots of chopped garlic and chilli and some oyster sauce…i think poached lady fingers then lightly fry the chopped garlic chilli oil maybe thickened with cornstarch & pour over the lady fingers…. anyway very nicely done 👍

this dish i will be making myself…

c.h.e.f andy

Terrific Dishes from Ah Yat and Wonderful Anniversary 5pax Family Dinner on 1Jun2020

anniversary macha cake

anniversary macha cake

lobster in superior stock上汤焗

2 lobsters in superior stock上汤焗

deepfried tilapia 油浸尼罗红2

deepfried tilapia 油浸尼罗红

steamed tilapia with minced garlic 蒜蓉蒸尼罗红

steamed tilapia with minced garlic 蒜蓉蒸尼罗红

5dishes takeaway S$136 nett from ah yat grandstand

5dishes takeaway S$136 nett from ah yat grandstand

celebrating anniversary today. 🙂

ordered & collected nice 5pax family dinner inc aunty bes from ah yat grandstand on 1.6.2020. ^^

  1. lobster in superior stock上汤焗
  2. deepfried tilapia 油浸尼罗红
  3. steamed tilapia with minced garlic 蒜蓉蒸尼罗红
  4. frog with dry chilli and cashew nuts 宫保田鸡
  5. frog with ginger and scallions姜葱田鸡
  6. complimentary red bean soup 红豆汤

food was excellent, every dish was good & everyone thoroughly enjoyed the dishes.

I got a macha cake from chataraise..really good just like a macha parfait

c.h.e.f andy

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Ah Yat Seafood @ Grandstand

Address

#03-01/02, The Grandstand, 200Turf Club Road, 287994

Reservations

+65 6884 6884
+65 68832112

Opening Hours

Daily: 11:30 – 14:30

Daily: 17:30 – 22:30

 

Nice Homecooked Dinner – Thai Style Whole Fish Curry and Steamed Pork Softbones on 31May2020

thai style whole fish curry3

thai style whole fish curry

steamed pork soft bones2

steamed pork soft bones

made 4pax family homecooked dinner this evening on 31.5.2020. ^^

  1. thai style whole fish curry
  2. steamed pork soft bones!

made my own rempah & added tomyam paste & coconut milk.

pound 2in lemon grass, fry with 1 stalk curry leaves, one sliced medium onion, add rempah, fry till fragrant, add cut lady fingers, add cut eggplant, add whole fish (i used ang choe – golden snapper today),cook for 10mins.

will do up a recipe later…here!

my first time trying a newly created recipe, trying to model forture old holland road’s thai style fish head.
quite excellent! wife and children all liked it…very sedap, tangy and tasty! and the vegetables were excellent too.
steamed pork softbones very good too – dimsum restaurant standard..
c.h.e.f andy

Delicious Burrata, Steak and Crabmeat Pasta 5pax Home Dinner in 26May2020

burrata with iberico ham

wife’s burrata with iberico ham

my flamed sous vide 56degC 1 hr porterhouse steak3

my flamed sous vide 56degC 1 hr porterhouse steak

had 5pax home dinner thsi evenin gon 26.5.2020.^^

wife made salad and burrata, i made flamed sous vide porterhouse steak and aunty bes made crabmeat pasta.

  1. wife’s salad
  2. wife’s burrata
  3. bread & hummus
  4. my flamed sous vide 56degC 1 hr porterhouse steak
  5. aunty bes crabmeat pasta

very nice burrata with iberico ham, and salad…and the steak adn pasta were excellent too!

a nice enjoyable scrumptious family dinner during covid circuit breaker.

c.h.e.f andy

 

Tapao Dishes from HK Street Old Chun Kee on 24May2020

tapao hk street old chun kee dishes

tapao hk street old chun kee dishes

assam fish head2

assam fish head

 

ordered HK street old chun kee 3 dishes total S$41.

  1. assam fish head S$24
  2. 排骨王S$9
  3. 鱼香茄子eggplant S$8

plus my own 南乳deepfried chicken wings

good enough for 5pax dinner inc aunty bes.

children like the assam fish. and SL liked the eggplant and pork cutlet as well.

the usual fare from HK street old chun kee, good and inexpensive.

c.h.e.f andy

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Kopi Kia  (hong kong street old chun kee 香港街老珍记)
Blk 117 Commonwealth Drive #01-733 Singapore 140117
Tel: 83606663
Email: enquiries@kopikia.com.sg
Operating Hours:
12.00PM – 10.30PM (Monday to Sunday)

Yuli, My Bro’s Helper cooked 3 Delectable Dishes on 23May2020

 

yuli cooked 3 dishes

yuli cooked 3 delectable dishes

gong gong2

gong gong

yuli, my brother’s helper made dinner for us-

  1. pandan chicken
  2. gong gong
  3. sayur lodeh

excellent dishes.. chicken nice with lemon grass, lime flavours..

gong gong excellent i have not taken for ages this would be the best i had…

& curry vegetables was very good 👍

this the covid circuit breaker so we could not dine out or visit.

my brother delivered the dishes. they were still hot, gong gong just steamed. really delicious

c.h.e.f andy

Recipe = Good Flamed Sous Vide Reverse Sear Rump Steak on 17Mar2020

 

sous vide beef rump 57degC 24hrs2

sous vide beef rump 57degC 24hrs

home dinner2

sous vide beef rump – circuit breaker home dinner

made sous vide rump roast (57degC 24hrs) for dinner this evening on 17.3.2020. ^^

turned out to be quite good. children liked the sous vide rump roast..texture great, taste good enough overall  comparable to a good roast beef… not quite my preferred cut of steak but still managed a good tasting one both in taste and in texture. 🙂

not sure i want to go out of the way to do this, but if i happen to buy a rump or a chuck or a flank steak, i may just try this again.

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredients-

  • 1kg beef rump steak
  • smoky braai rub
  • sea salt, pepper, herbs (i used dry parsley), chopped garlic, shallots

Directions-

  1. clean steak with salt, wash and drain, dry with kitchen towel
  2. rub with braai, sea slat, pepper and sprinkle with dry parsley, chopped garlic, shallots..
  3. place in double ziploc bag. set sous vide machine to 57degC and sous vide for 24hrs.
  4. dry steak with kitchen towels. flame steak over stainless steel pan to give colour and flavours. fry red onions and use the liquid from sous vide bag to make a delicious beef sauce.

Below Expectations – Circuit Breaker Uya Unaju Takeout on 19May2020

unaju

unaju takeout form uya

unaju2

unaju takeout form uya

wife ordered unaju from uya 25% off on 19.5.2020. ^^

still good tasty but somehow didn’t taste like the excellent live unagi kebayaki…kind of let down..

doesn’t taste as fresh, crisp outside and tender, moist inside, kind of dry in comparison?not sure during circuit breaker whether still live eel?

the set came with usual clear soup and dashi, so one can take the rice with dashi like a porridge…dashi was very tasty, as usual for this dish…

c.h.e.f andy

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Uya 四代目菊川 Japanese Unagi Restaurant

Dimsum Takeouts from Crystal Jade Kitchen @ Hollandv for Aunty Bes Birthday on 16May2020

celebrated aunty bes birthday today on 16.5.2020.^^

SM baked a lemon cake.

SL bought a cake from chataraise.

we ordered crystal jade tapao…

& added prawn paste chicken from hk atreet old chun kee commonwealth crescent.

had a great dinner wonderful evening at home during covid circuit breaker. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

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Crystal Jade Kitchen @ Hollandv
Address:
2 Lor Mambong, Holland Village, 277671
Contact:

Opening Hours:

Daily 8:30AM–11PM