Special Aburi Sushi @ Tsukiji Sushi Takewaka on 17Apr2018

special aburi sushi set 

tsukiji sushi takewaka has a sushi promotion…

i went with LKY to try the special aburi sushi set on 17.4.2018. ^^

last time i came (also with LKY on one day & WM my OPS bro on the previous day) was on 2.8.2017. 

the set consisted of 11 aburi (flamed) sushi = 3 salmon belly, 3 wagyu, 3 toro & 2 foie gras, all good stuff, S$24.50 at 50% discount.

aburi toro (complimentary)

additionally, we each had 2 pieces of aburi toro (complimentary), care of jpassport coupons.

special aburi sushi set

special aburi sushi set 

the wasabi had no kick…we asked for more, but still not much taste…the sushi rice was good .

somehow the special aburi sushi didn’t have the wow that i expected of such top quality ingredients. it was good for sure but also pretty bland, a strange word though to describe toro, wagyu & foie gras, but there it was!

i guess still mighty good having all these for S$24.40++, just my expectation was a bit heightened.

c.h.e.f andy

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OK Pizza at Plank Sourdough and Good Lemon Tart Coffee at Baker and Cook on 15Apr2018

no 4 chicken pizza

daughter wanted to go plank sourdough pizza this evening on 16.4.2018.^^

we had 5pax dinner..

plank sourdough

plank sourdough

place was quite taken up on a sunday evening. we were there about 6.45pm.

the ambience was great, and attracts a family crowd too..

plank menu 

the menu is a bit limited.

smoked bbq ribs

smoked bbq ribs 

we ordered the smoked bbq ribs…not so great…ribs were fork tender but the marinade was not good, far too sweet, sugary…not very good standard…

no 4 chicken pizza 

we ordered 2 pizza = no 2 with spicy chorizo; & no 4 with chicken & smoked bbq ribs..

chicken pizza was good wife said too sweet, quite ok for me..daughters, JH, i all liked it..

no.2 chorizo tomato pizza 

chorizo tomato pizza not enuf melted cheese..not much taste, ok dough but a bit below expectation.

piccolo latte from baker & cook

lemon tart from baker & cook

daughter ordered a lemon tart for herself & all to share, & also a piccolo latte for me.

piccolo latte was ok but not as good as tiong hoe, good silkiness but coffee beans flavour not as good.

dinner for 5pax came to S$76. we ordered only 2 pizza & 1 smoked bbq ribs, plus 1 lemon tart & 1 piccolo latter.

was a great family outing.

c.h.e.f andy

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Good 6th Avenue Wanton Noodles & Jln Tua Kong Bakchormee on 4Apr2018

wanton noodles

daughter called to have early lunch at 6th ave good good eating house on 4.4.2018. ^^

daughter & JH came over to pick up my wife & me. 🙂

JH had the 6th avenue wanton noodles PLUS the jln tua kong bakchormee.

dumplings noodle 水饺面

wife & daughter had the dumplings noodle 水饺面…

I had my usual kopi c gosong tilok…

i had not taken this wanton noodles here for very long. checking, my last post was 3 yrs ago on 15.2.2018. 

i tried the noodles. it was quite good, but i think not as good as jian kang wanton noodles at commonwealth crescent food centre. 

& the jln tua kong bcm is always good. everyone was happy & satisfied. ^^

c.h.e.f andy

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Great 5pax Teochew Muay Dishes @ 夜上海on 2Apr2018

teochew muay dishes

went with sis, bil & SL (old friend of my bro) & her son for teochew muay this morning at ye shanghai 夜上海 at lengkok bahru on 2.4.2018. ^^

we were there at 11.45am on a monday no queue.

sis went to order the dishes. we had 2 fishes – mullet & also a steamed garoupa, and 7 vegetables dishes. sis later added another 5 vegetable dishes. i think all came to like $7pax for 5pax.

long queue at 12pm+ 

a queue formed shortly, and while we were having lunch, the queue snaked to maybe 15-20pax long.

teochew muay dishes 

fish were fresh & sweet. i always like mullet best, very firm & sweet especially with tau jeon.

& the vegetables freshly fried, steaming hot when served.

all finito

we finished up everything. coffeeeshop was bright & airy enough, and everything was quite pleasant.

i asked the server he said they opened 10am to 5am next morning.

a simple, inexpensive & most enjoyable lunch.

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KF bought 6pax Lunch @ Dragon Phoenix on 1Apr2018

排骨王vinegared ribs 

KF & wife A bought lunch @ dragon phoenix grand temasek club rifle range road. we were 3 couples 6pax including my jogging mate & his wife SW.

KF ordered 5 dishes. they were all quite good.

排骨王vinegared ribs is regular zi char dish. of course they did it here as good as any, a common dish many would order.

yam basket 

the yam basket is their signature here & chef hooi kok wai, one of the quartet 4 heavenly chefs, created the dish like 50 years ago.

the yam was 松fluffy & nice, quite a heavy dish.

roast chicken

roast chicken is supposed to be their specialty/signature dish…

it was rather mediocre leh…the breast meat on the dry & dense side, not near the best!

brocoli mushrooms 

brocoli mushroom dish was well done & tasty.

fried beehoon

the fried beehoon was quite creatively presented, covered with a fried egg omelette & nicely sauteed prawns!

nice dish, nothing special though apart from presentation…

it was a very pleasant & enjoyable lunch among old friends. it was easter sunday, & my friend is the chief pastor at the church which started & run teban gardens community service centre where i cooked a breakfast dish every friday. my friend of course shared the easter message & good news. 🙂

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Singapore 588406.

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MSW & D13 Durian Feast with WM & PK @ Sin Kian Choon on 27Mar2018

MSW & D13

my OPS bro PK arranged to meet at sin kian choon jln membina 2pm on 27.3.2018. ^^

durian was late so we had coffee at the corner coffesshop.

got our durians around 3pm & went to tiong bahru food centre (empty & quiet on a monday 3pm+). had a durian feast.

PK bought 2 MSW (S$14/kg) & 2 D13 (S$15each), total S$90+…he inisted his treat today…

D13

we started with the D13. D13 was extremely good today.

very creamy & most important, very fragrant..WM bought 4 D13 for home & he said it was just as good…

MSW

MSW of course was a different level of creaminess, and small seeds. very good MSW also.

this was a durian feast as we expected. we only finished 1 msw & 1 D13, and PK inisted i took 1 packet MSW home alongside my bamboo & golden phoenix…

sin kian choon

the gang (regulars like WM & PK knows mike very well by now).

sin kian choon

WM bought 4 D13 paid S$50 instead of S$60.

durian price

i paid total S$29 = S$11 for 2 small golden phoenix (S$10/kg for small durians) & $18 for 1 bamboo (S$11/kg ).

i didn’t quite get discount, but not complaining, just S$29 for 2 boxes, all very good durians.

tiong bahru cha kuay teow

tiong bahru cha kuay teow

after durians, WM went to get cheng tng ice dessert etc (i didn’t take).

PK went to order S$5 char kuay teow..he said good wokhae.

tiong bahru cha kuay teow

it was just mediocre to me, i think about my standard la…

for me, nothing compares with hai kee at telok blangah crescent

& outram road char kuay teow at hong lim food centre would be second on my list…

MSQ

i took some MSW & left remaining for my son & wife in sealed container. they managed to finish between them the next day.

golden pheonix & bamboo

for my own S$29 of bamboo + golden phoenix, i mange to finish them over 2 days.

bamboo

bamboo

first the bamboo, almost felt like MSW, very creamy & fragrant & slightly bitter. bigger seeds than MSW…still MSW is different, really super creamy.

golden pheonix

the next day i ate the golden phoenix. it was also very good, but i would say bamboo comes first, then D13 then this golden phoenix (though i think normally golden phoenix would be better than D13.

“eat back the capital” 吃够本, really shiok the durians!

c.h.e.f andy

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RI Makan Group 12pax Dinner @ Joe’s Thai Kitchen on 20mar2018

thai mango salad

had a wonderful evening with RI buddies at Joe’s Thai Kitchen by SCG’s sis & bil Joe on 21.3.2018. ^^

Joe also helms the kithcen with his brother & a thai friend (all 3 chefs are thais, so a truly authentic thai kitchen la).

(i am glad i could switch my 8pax taps+pasta+steak dinner to tomorrow 21.3.2018 so i could attend this today!).

thanks CCG for buying dinner & celebrating his granddaughter full moon with us 👍😎

& to SCG for organising the dinner & for the whiskey & ice cream/sorbet, & ordering the delectable dishes, HK for the beer afterwards at the corner coffeeshop hong kong street chun kee just a few shops down the block, LKH for buying me barley in place of beer, P for the excuse we didn’t need to get together, CL for the great photos, ourselves for the wonderful time & memories together..

& thanks Dr S for always turning up 👍🙏

SCG started us with the traditional mango salad – nice & refreshing…

rice crakers minced meat with prawns

next we have the rice crackers. this a common thai dish always served with the minced meat toppings. the addition was prawns, which is new to me. anyway a competent dish.

prawn cake

the prawn cake was excellent!

very good batter & very tasty prawn cake, nicely complemented with thai sweet sauce, and also pickled carrots & radish…

prawn cake

for sure a dish i would order again here!

tomyam soup

the tomyam talay was competent.

much better than the diluted ones i had recently at thai pan at mandarin gardens overwhelmed by sourness, here a quite measured taste.

tomyam soup

not quite the intense aroma, tasty tomyam talay at patara, but a good tomyam i would order nevertheless,

i think about same & competent like nakhon kitchen hollandv etc..

stuffed chicken wings

stuffed chicken wings also another standard fare.

stuffed chicken wings

a simple dish, it looked good & quite tasty taken with the thai sweet sauce.

claypot tofu

the claypot tofu with prawns & vegetables quite a good complementary dish.

claypot tofu

tofu was well infused, gravy was good  & vegetables are always welcome.

basil beef

i asked for the basil beef.

beef was tender, tenderised i guess like most chinese/asian preparations.

the sauce was overpowering. this is a common preparation (just like nakhon kitchen hollandv) just not my preference.

i would do with more chilli to give more spicy kick & just a little sauce to enjoy the sweet basil flavours.

some restaurants like patara do it with little sauce. & a cheap joint like le wu also did it well enough.

basil minced pork

the basil minced pork was the same preparation using minced pork in place of beef.

pepper crab

the crab was excellent!

like SCG said, you have to pre-order the crabs, so the crab is very fresh & firm & “hard 硬” meaning the meat filled the shells.

black pepper very flavourful, just a tad sweet…

claypot crab beehoon

the claypot crab tanhoon their specialty here & indeed it was good! tasty well infused tanhoon, and we all ended up taking more crabs than we needed la…

sweet potato with tea ice cream

SCG ordered 2 desserts for us to try, the sweet potato with coconut cream, and the mango with sticky rice…

& SGC’s wife made the coconut sorbet & tea ice cream (not in menu).

the tea ice cream was very flavourful, just a tad sweet for me. the coconut was a very refreshing sorbet, and wonderful coconut favours…

mango sticky rice

the mango sticky rice quite the usual, competent!

the sweet potato with coconut cream also very nice la!

Dr S came. he had his vegetarian dinner already so didn’t eat much here.

we had a truly wonderful evening, took lots of photos, and SCG arranged for me to visit the kitchen & had photos with Joe, with all 3 thai chefs.

afterwards we adjourned a few shops down the block to hong kong street chun kee for beer. i had to prepare something for tomorrow’s 8pax tapas+pasta+steak dinner & also thurs OPS sakura gang 海底捞 hotpot dinner so i excused myself shortly…

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Tapas+Pasta+Steak dinner for 8pax Friends on 21Mar2018

tapas

had a wonderful homecooked 8pax tapas+pasta+steak dinner on 21.3.2018. ^^

i made 10 dishes, 6 cold tapas, 2 hot tapas, 1 pasta & 1 steak –

  1. pumpkin salad
  2. nobu miso cod
  3. teriyaki salmon belly
  4. flamed miso belly pork
  5. ika sugatayaki (flamed while squid)
  6. grilled vegetables
  7. chorizo prawns
  8. herb crusted rack of lamb
  9. seafood fiduea (proxy by broken angelhair)
  10. tagliata di manzo (sliced beef steak)

i have not invited this group of friends (introduced by NCL some years back) for maybe 2 years now. recently JK had invited me like 4 times, after she renovated her flat, and she made wonderful dinners/lunches…the most recently one i could not attend.

so i say about time i invited this group. wife also joined dinner so we had 8pax.

 

i started with pumpkin salad. roasted pumpkin last evening, overdid it, so roasted a second batch 20mins, quite perfect.

went very well as usual with arugula (rockets) & cherry tomatoes with olive oil, balsamic, sea salt & some honey (did not have agave nectar).

did my usual teriyaki salmon belly. & as usual everyone loved this! ^^

i did this 25odegC(max) 15mins, if i were using the other oven, it would be 280degC & 12 mins. looked & tasted wonderful with dill from my garden…

nobu miso cod & teriyaki salmon belly

& i did nobu miso cod..this a dish equally favourite for my friends & family though perhaps more would line up for the salmon.

firm, flaky, oily texture, sweet & wonderfully miso flavoured.

nobu miso cod & miso belly pork

i did also miso belly pork.

cut away skin, boiled in boiling water to remove scum, then coated with miso marinade & placed in 95degC oven for 6hrs.

nicely flavoured & firm crystalline texture. perfect for flaming to give the bbq flavours.

same for ika sugatayaki.

i bought this from donki at orchard central the day before.

steamed about 90%-95% done, then dry on rack in fridge, then added olive oil, sea salt, coarse black pepper & honey, and flamed when serving…

this really quite jap restaurant standard, done quite perfectly. ^^

roasted vege

i had roasted vege…just put together some red, yellow, green peppers, egg plant, corn, onons & garlic, added olive oil, sea salt black pepper, butter & roasted for 30mins.

roasted vege

it was a welcome complement to the meats, and it was so easy, no skills required to put it together. 🙂

i had 2 tapas to be served hot.

first was chorizo prawns…

the key here was really a very good chicken stock. i did not add or used prawns stock as wife preferred chicken stock.

i added the prawns (seasoned with fish sauce & white pepper) when serving. prawns were cooked just right & it was a really excellent dish, fresh, sweet, bouncy prawns & excellent chorizo flavours.

the other hot “tapas” was a rack of lamb.

this lamb bought from qbfoods already denuded (frenched & caps off). i religiously removed the remaining fat (very little of it, would have been a mountain of fat if not denuded) & some membrane. i decided to simplify the effort so no chopped pistachio, just herb crusted.

herb crusted rack of lamb(before roasting 23mins)

roasted at 210egC for 210degC for about 22-23mins.

for tapsa, i decided on fiduea instead of paella. fiduea & preparation was new, whereas paella misture i made often enough!

again everything rest with a good stock! i had intense chicken stock & white wine added to browned garlic, chilli padi & olive oil, and reduced further.

when serving, i added the broken angel hair (proxy to fiduea which i could not get at the supermarkets), covered & braised (only 2 mins to cook angel hair), then added prawns & sotongs.

the key was in the stock & estimation of the amount, enough just to cook & infuse the pasta, and to reduce so the “foduea” came out just al dente, prawns & sotongs were just cooked & not overcooked, and the gravy was sufficiently reduced…

tagliata di manzo – usda prime ribeye 

the last dish was tagliata di manzo…this always good & the usda prime was simply wonderful – tender, moist, properly browned. doneness was slight over so medium well instead of medium rare. still excellent steak!^^

grapes 

thanks CH & J who brought the grapes, CP for cakes, choon for sorbet, JeK  for making me 2 kg heavier (kong bak pao) and ourselves for a jolly good time👍

CL & all have a safe & wonderful memorable trip to iceland/france/spain & Jeanette to machupichu!

cakes

CP brought nice cakes.

macha cake

chocolate mousse cake

cake

strawberry cake

most like the macha cake. myself, i like the chocolate mousse cake. 🙂

wei’s lemon sorbet

TCH brought wei’s lemon sorbet, very refreshing.
a very enjoyable evening with friends, good food & wonderful company.
c.h.e.f andy

Very Good Chirashi Don Lunch @ Tanuki Raw on 19Mar2018

tanuki chirashi don S$22.90 

went with sis & bil to tanuki raw at orchard central for 3pax lunch on 19.3.2018. ^^

the last time i came here also with my sis & bil was on 21.8.2017. 🙂

tanuki chirashi don S$22.90 

today the chirashi don was just as good..

there is a $2 payable if you want the salad & miso soup. i didn’t need any so i ordered for 2pax for sis & bil.

tanuki chirashi don S$22.90 

the sashimi cuts were very good really, in general i think better than sun with moon & en sakaba…

only that they did not have the expensive anago & aka ebi at en sakaba, but the uni serving is larger here…

anyway all the sashimi cuts very fresh & sweet & good size cuts…

sis also had this tanuki chirashi don..

unagi & foie gras S$25.90

bil ordered the unagi don. it came with a larget thick cut piece of foie gras & also aburi hotate, so i guess that was giving quite good value for the pricier don.

unagi & foie gras S$25.90

unagi & foie gras S$25.90 

sis & bil share a bit of their respective dons. i think both donburi lunch were very good, though i don’t mind to alternate this with en sakaba’s chirashi don S$28. 🙂

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Smell the Coffee with Daughter @ Tiong Hoe on 17Mar2018

fish ball noodles

eldest daughter (recently married) called to have lunch..

like my friend CCG said when children called to buy you things or to go makan together, always say YES!!! lol!^^

we decided to go tiong hoe for coffee (again! for me 😜) on 17.3.2018. 🙂

stopped by coffeeshop opposite (blk 169A stirling food court) & daughter took a fishball noodles from a wanton noodles stall. I did not eat..didn’t look edible but daughter liked the plain noodles 😎

tried a little of the noodles that daughter did not finish..turned out noodles & chilli quite tasty & daughter said fishballs were good…overall i guess ok passable nothing special about the noodles

after that we walked across to tiong hoe for coffee at blk 170 for nice cuppa 香浓咖啡!

c.h.e.f andy

My Brother’s Old Childhood Friend & Her Son Came for 4pax Dinner on 10Mar2018

dinner dishes

SL (an old childhood friend of my brother YS) and her son came for dinner this evening..

she is a very close friend of my brother. On CNY eve at my brother’s house, we arranged to have dinner on this evening with my brother but he now cannot make it..i thought dinner was canceled since brother not attending…they contacted me the evening before so we decided to go ahead with 4pax dinner. 🙂

i made-
1 claypot chicken rice
2 steamed pork soft bones
3 steamed minced pork
4 赛螃蟹 egg white with brocoli

claypot chicken rice my regular dish. this evening though not my best…

steamed pork soft bones

steamed pork soft bones a really easy dish to do. i took some from a frozen pack in the freezer. so basically with a good marinade just steam for 1.5hrs to 2hrs, and you get a very tender & tasty pork ribs like in dimsum restaurant.

steamed mined pork with light soy sauce

steamed minced pork with light soy sauce also a regular dish many liked.

SL & her son enjoyed both the dishes & also the claypot rice. there were enough for a second helping as wife & i took little rice… 🙂

赛螃蟹brocoli eggwhite

i gave another try on my new dish 赛螃蟹brocoli eggwhite…still not perfected. i guess tasty enough…

SL excellent dessert

sis SL made an excellent dessert. this evening even better than the one she brought to my brother’s house on CNY eve…really good!

so good i took 3 bowls la…

SL excellent dessert

SL excellent dessert

SL excellent dessert

don’t think i want to learn this, just invite sis SL for dinner ok la… :-p

it was sweet enough not too sweet…anyhow i like dessert to be sweet…and i like the dumplings though very sinful with all the carbs & sugar…

after dinner i made some 功夫茶 & we had a good chat…had not spend much time with sis SL in the past so it was very good to catch up & know more…afterwards i sent SL & son back. they were staying nearby..we plan to go out for some makan soon…

c.h.e.f andy

 

Chinese Tea Appreciation 品茶 at HCK’s Home on 4Mar2018

HCK’s tea pavilion

HCK invited us for a chinese tea appreciation session at his home on 4.3.2018.

we had 5 different tea-

1 龙井
2 碧螺春
3 单从
4 兰贵人
5 普洱

I left before 普洱 so did not taste that…🙂🙏..had to cook 3pax family dinner this evening.🙂

HCK’s tea pavilion

i am coffee & chinese tea drinker, but i lazy to do 功夫茶at home so used to take big cups of chinese tea..

my sis come often & she always made 功夫茶 at my place & also bought me many茶具 tea sets, including very useful travelling ones.

so these days i do 功夫茶  often enough & sometimes for my friends too, but really limited to 4pax.

HCK’s tea pavilion

so don‘t have the elaborate tea sets and the ambience of the tea pavilion 古色古香 :-)..this a very refreshing experience for all of us to have exquisite tea tasting 品茶 at HCK’s home

RI gang tea tasting

i brought some 铁观音for HCK.

other friends brought some makan tidbits.

RI gang tea tasting

HCK also had some nonya kuehs to go with the tea…

RI gang tea tasting

& some dessert from ivins like pulut hitam, bobor chacha etc..

RI gang tea tasting

a bit blur phto, but we all enjoyed the tea & the chats…

兰贵人

on the tea,

1 龙井 was somehow too light? didn’t really feel much of it…
2 碧螺春 was quite popular, every one liked it..though it is a much cheaper green tea than 龙井 and quite often served in jiangsu area..
3 单从 is a stronger tea & can serve 冲 many rounds..
4 兰贵人 is a very fragrant flowery tea, no need to 洗茶wash the tea, and can serve right away…i had a very good one like 20 years ago given by some business contacts in shanghai & after that did not manage to buy it..after HCK 
‘s tea tasting i asked my relatives in china…they said it is very expensive…
5 普洱 – i missed this part as i had to leave to prepare 3pax dinner at home...anyway, nowadays they sell small one serving 普洱  mini tea cakes, and i take that often enough, very smooth tea like XO.

very fun afternoon for all of us, sharing & enjoying the company & little joys in life.

c.h.e.f andy

Bset Value S$18.90 Japanese A5 Wagyu Yakiniku Lunch Set @ Heijoen on 1Mar2018

Jap A5 wagyu yakiniku 

OPS bro HC bought 3pax yakiniku lunch at heijoen on 1.3.2018. ^^

we knew there were limited 15 sets a day so we came early at 11.30am..

S$18.90 Jap A5 wagyu yakiniku set 

the set included kimchi pickles, salad, bibimbap & soup.

the price S$18.90 is more expensive than the previous S$16.90, however S$16.90 was for wagyu, pork & chicken combo, so in a sense this set is even more value-for-money… 

S$18.90 Jap A5 wagyu yakiniku set

S$18.90 Jap A5 wagyu yakiniku set

somehow though, the bibimbap & soup were not as good as last time? i wonder?

Jap A5 wagyu yakiniku 

the beef was perfecto!!! best!

that’s all that count la! ^^

SOLD OUT! S$18.90 Jap A5 wagyu yakiniku set

as we left after our lunch, the sign was up – SOLD OUT!

i had the Jap wagyu lunch set with my wife & son last week & it was S$24.90 with plain rice NOT bibimbap…we were late & the special lunch set already sold out by then…so this S$18.90 really worth it!

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Good Dinner with RI Bros @ Thai Pan Mandarin Gardens on 28Feb2018

tom yam soup

my RI bro CL organised a movie evening..

5 of us – CL, CJ, KK, KH met for dinner first at thai pan..

J & HAB joined afterwards..we watched “Glory”, a Denzel Washington movie 👍

after dinner, movie time – we had bak kwa & chomp chomps & KK brought banana cake made by I 👍

tom yam soup

we ordered the tomyam soup.

for me, not edible, spicy with the kick yes, but thin, no flavour, not tasty, the instant, paste kind..

deep-fried seabaas to trio thai sauce

deep freid seabass was good, garoupa would be better.

deep-fried seabaas to trio thai sauce

deep-fry a good way to do seabass, which has mud taste, and meat soft & not firm.

deep-fried seabaas to trio thai sauce

the sauce was good compliment, sweet & a tinge tangy..

deep-fried pork belly

deep-fried pork belly pretty ok too.

deep-fried pork belly

a nice dish…

salted egg sotong

salted egg sotong a popular dish here. wouldn’t say it was special, but i guess most salted egg dish pretty good in most makan places..

salted egg sotong

nice salted egg flavours, and the sotong was not overcooked & rubbery, so pretty good stuff.

fried baby kailan

fried baby kailan

thai baby kailan was good too.

overall, nothing spectacular, still very nice dinner with good friends, and most dishes good, competent…excepting the tomyam for me, but a friend also quite like the tomyam…very individual taste preference la…

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So-so Nasi Padang 6pax OPS Birthday Dinner of KS @ Indo Chilli on 20Feb2018

KS birthday cake from baker & cook

we organised a 6pax birthday dinner for our OPS bro KS on 20.2.2018. ^^ (KS, WM, FM, M, HH & me). 🙂

i got a birthday (carrot cake) from baker & cook at namly place. 🙂

indo chilli

we went to try out indo chilli, a halal, indonesian restaurant at savourworld science park.

indo chilli & savourworld lagi equally empty on a tuesday! no business no traffic!

Indochilli dishes so-so only…chicken satay, tauhu telor, tempeh petai, and chicken panggang were good.. oxtail soup, beef rendang, mutton curry & ayam kari were poor..

HH joined later, took some satay ..

afterwards we went to island penang kitchen at clementi west…HH ordered penang laksa 👍 but not my favourite…chendol was good but four seasons @ lor 8 is better

chicken satay

online reviews said chicken satay was good…& it was!

a little on the sweet side…we liked it enuf to order a second..

tauhu telor

tauhu telor was good too…of course just standard stuff in any indonesian restaurant.

sop buntut – oxtail soup

sop buntut – oxtail soup was quite poor, not tasty..

beef rendang

beef rendang was passable. gravy ok, beef was too soft, no bite/texture, no much taste.

ayam panggang padang

ayam panggang padang was a better meat dish, ok tasty.

we also ordered another chicken, ayam kari padang…that one not so good…chicken texture also not good, maybe frozen chicken…

mutton curry stew

mutton curry was poor also both taste & texture, not comparison to a good roti prata stall’s.

tempeh with petai

tempeh with petai was the other nice dish here…great taste!

dinner for 5pax was about S$115. HH joined us afterwards. she was busy with lots if CNY lunches & dinner entertainments so joined for fellowship did not eat much…

island penang kitchen

island penang kitchen

S$3 chendol

after makan, KS brought us to island penang kitchen, also M’s regular haunt….

HH found her apetite & tried a S$5 penang laksa..the rest of us had the S$3 chendol…good enuf & none too expensive…i will come back here to try out the penang dishes!

c.h.e.f andy

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S$4 Piccolo Latte Heaven @ Tiong Hoe on 19Feb2018

S$4 piccolo latte 

after our energizing morning walk up & down bukit timah hill, we went to tiong hoe at stirling road for a cuppa on 19.2.2018. ^^

S$4 piccolo latte

we ordered a $4 piccolo latte ..smaller cup same amount of coffee 👍 good flavours & silky smooth! 🙂

we gave the $2 as tip into the box & owner served us 2 1/2cup free sample of pourover black coffee..

great experience 👍

c.h.e.f andy

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Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee

 

Teochew Street Bakchormee, Fish Head Beehoon & S$2 Old Amoy Chendol @ Chinatown Food Centre on 13Feb2018

$3 teochew street bakchormee

went with lwife & daughter for some meeting at mosque street..

after that decided to walk over to Chinatown food centre on 13.2.2018.^^

teochew street bakchormee

wife had S$3 teochew street bakchormee…

$3 teochew street bakchormee

it was ok…not quite like tai hwa or lai heng standard…vinegar, qq, chilli ok, ingredients ok, and only S$3.

about same standard as man yuan at toa payoh lor 8 food centre.

seafood fish head

daughter & i settled for fish beehoon.

S$3.50 fried fish beehon

daughter had S$3.50 fried fish beehoon…

S$4 fried fish head beehoon

 & i had S$4 fried fish head beehoon..fish head boney not much meat..

soup was tasty enough, fried fish ok but no match for the fatty thai at beach road..

S$2 old amoy chendol

we decided to try the S$2 amoy chendol.

old amoy chendol

old amoy chendol

S$2 old amoy chendol

s$2 old amoy chendol was good standard, but cannot match four seasons at tpy lor 8 la! if i happen to be here, i will still take this..

c.h.e.f andy

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(1) Teochew Street Bakchormee

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335 Smith St, Singapore 050335

(2) Amoy Chendol

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Best Coffee @ Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee on 13Feb2018

flat white 

LKY & TKF came for T-rex bkt lunch today on 13.2.2108.^^

i added a bit of kongbak with mushrooms & fried kang kong. 🙂

today bkt ok, not among my best renditions like here = https://chefquak.com/…/13/best-prime-ribs-bakuteh-on-7feb2…/

after that we went to tiong hoe at stirling street for a nice cuppa 👍 good recommendations by LKY. one of the best coffee i had.

the flat white was excellent! the latte art & microfoam was perfect & made the coffee silky smooth, and flavoir of the coffee was simply wonderful.

you just have to walk past or be near the shop, and the wonferful coffee flavour wafted through the air, felt energised already la! ^^

pour over

pour over 

LKY got the pour over.

i asked the barrista…they agreed the flavour of pour over is less intense, c/w the 15-20bar pressure machine, but it is pure, and clear fragrance…

tiong hoe specialty coffee 

you can buy the specialty coffee beans.

the one the used for the regular latte, cappuccino, piccolo latter & flat white is about S$48/kg, still cheaper than the S$65 lavazza from culina!

tiong hoe specialty coffee

very nice ambience, relaxing, great aroma, quite perfect for conversation & chill! ^^

c.h.e.f andy

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Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee

 

Great Yong Tau Fu @ Xiu Ji Ikan Bilis Yong Tau Fu Chinatown Food Centre on 12Feb2018

yong tau fu 

2 RI bros were meeting in chinatown, so they organised a 9pax lunch at xiu ji ikan bilis yong tau fu on 12.2.2018. ^^

this was CL’s favourite ytf stall. my favourite is hakka niang tou fu at circuit road food centre.

i had taken this couple times like 15-20 years ago when they were located ta the temporary hawker centre at outram park…i liked the yong tau fu here & also the tiong bahru yongtaufu at tiong poh road/eng hoon road corner coffeeshop…the ytf in both stalls were quite similar.

xiuji ikan bilis yongtaufu  

the usual long queue about 15pax. probably about 20mins..

3 of us queued up to order 8 bowls dry (S$3 for 8 pieces) + beehoon ($0.50) + several bowls fish cake (S$0.80)…i wasn’t eating.

the ytf looked great, and the chilli too! all the friends enjoyed it….

QTC brought a friend to introduce to us. he is a burnt victim, recovering well with lots of help. it was good to see him!

c.h.e.f andy

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Best Chirashi Don @ En Sakaba on 11Feb2018

en chirashi don S$28 

went with sis for 2pax chirashi don dinner at en sakaba on 11.2.2018. ^^

today was my second time here. was here a while ago with wife on 22.7.2017.

food here a bit temperamental, maybe depends on the day, freshness of sashimi etc…

anyway today’s chirashi don was excellent, but when i came afterwards couple weeks later, not as good!

beef tataki S$13 

carpaccio was excellent too, nice tender beef and the slightly tangy ponzu dressing was perfect! again it was not as good when i returned with my wife 2 weeks afterwards..

grilled kurobuta collar S$12 

grilled kurobuta was poor.

grilled kurobuta collar S$12 

meat itself was ok, marbled &  flavourful, but overall not great, dry, overcooked i thought…

en chirashi don S$28 

chirashi don the best!

anago was really really good, and unagi too!

aka ebi good, almost the size like botan ebi! crab claw was sweet, there was a good blob of uni & sashimi all fresh & sweet.

en chirashi don S$28 

this would rank as the best chirashi don i had for S$28!

again, when i was back with wife 2 weeks later, not as good, sashimi not as fresh, uni serving like 1/2. crab claws, anago & unagi all still as good!

still like the place, will go back again!

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