Claypot Rice Home Gourmet Dinner on 27Jun2018

claypot rice

had a 7pax family dinner this evening on 27.7.2018. ^^

i made the usual claypot rice. 🙂

claypot rice

rice was fluffy, excellent claypot flavours, wonderful duck liver sausage from hong kong, and the chicken was so tender & tasty. ^^

garlic chilli flatfish head 剁椒鸦片鱼头

my OPS bro WT gave me 2 halves  from shanghai.

garlic chilli flatfish head 剁椒鸦片鱼头

garlic chilli flatfish head 剁椒鸦片鱼头

i decided to do 剁椒鸦片鱼头, with loads of chopped garlic & chilli padi. 🙂


it was delicious, but really 鸦片鱼头 done any preparations would be delicious la!

flesh like cod, soft head bone structure like salmon head. 🙂

prawns with yellow chives

aunty Bes asked me to cook the prawns with yellow chives.

this an excellent, succulent fresh, plump prawns & tasty yellow chives.

at chui huay lim, this a S$48 dish. lol! 

aunty Bes minced pork string beans

& aunty Bes did the aunty Bes minced pork string beans. very good!


c.h.e.f andy


Delicious 4pax Home Dinner with WM & J on 24Jun2018

5 dinner dishes

WM & J came by for 4pax home dinner on 24.6.2018.

i made –

1 claypot rice👍👍👍
2 葱焖鸦片鱼头👍👍
3 花雕酒蒸小黄鱼 (model after steam 鲥鱼sauce)
4 仿冰菜using lettuce (not successful)
5 fried romaine lettuce 油麦菜

J brought yongtaufu & indian mangoes👍

we took the ytf with the dinner. it was very good. 🙂


the 葱焖鸦片鱼头 dish was excellent! the flesh is flaky & tasty like cod, and the head has soft bone structure like salmon…the perfect fish head!

鸦片鱼头 is a flatfish not available in singapore. WT brought 2 halves fish head for me from shanghai during his last trip back here. before that he brought me 2 also which i cooked for family.

wife & i prefer the scallion baked preparation at old jesse 老吉士 in shanghai. ^^

we had that during our trip in sep2017. later WM& i had the hk steamed preparation at 陈记 during our nov2017 shanghai trip. wife & i just returned from shanghai last week & we had at 陈记 on 16.6.2018. 🙂

anyhow 鸦片鱼头 is just so good any preparation is good la..

claypot rice

my claypot chicken rice is a perennial favourite.

claypot rice

claypot rice

J declared she had 3 bowls…lol!

steamed 小黄鱼 prepared 鲥鱼style

steamed 小黄鱼 prepared 鲥鱼style

i experimented with the  鲥鱼style preparation.

the key is of course first the fish, second the sauce.

i didn’t have the fish, so it was about the sauce…i used <1 flat tbsp sugar, 1tbsp white vinegar, 5 tbsp shaoxing wine & 1 tbsp light soy sauce. the sauce was very good.

小黄鱼 is a sweet tasty fish but it is not  鲥鱼, so quite incomplete & didn’t make much impact does not add much to the dish as 小黄鱼 could be done any number of ways…

lettuce冰菜not successful

the lettuce冰菜not successful, a failure.

i took it out of the freezer & put back, and the veg sort of wilted. had to be just right timing & eat upon taking out of freezer…anyway texture aside, it does not have the sweetness of 冰菜 and is a bit “siap” = astringent…

fried romaine lettuce

romaine lettuce 油麦菜 lettuce was the usual, a very nice vegetable dish. 🙂

me in the kitchen

WM took a video of me in the kitchen..

claypot rice

claypot rice

claypot rice very appealing to palate.


葱焖鸦片鱼头 before baking 10mins in 250degC oven, adding 2.5 tbsp light soy sauce, 2 tbsp & 2tbsp olive oil & some cut chilli padi.

steamed 小黄鱼 prepared 鲥鱼style

steamed 小黄鱼 prepared 鲥鱼style

the 鲥鱼style preparation is done steaming the fish & discarding the liquid, then adding the prepared sauce & topping up with sliced ginger & ham 金华火腿

dinner dishes, the not ready 鸦片鱼头not ready yet

we had a wonderful dinner just 4 of us, and a great time to chill & chat afterwards.

c.h.e.f andy

Seafood Pasta in White Wine Sauce on 19Jun2018

WM 1pax seafood pasta in white wine sauce

my OPS bro stopped by early today at 10.30am on 20.6.2018. ^^

WM 1pax seafood pasta in white wine sauce

WM 1pax seafood pasta in white wine sauce

i made him a pax seafood pasta in white wine sauce.

WM 1pax seafood pasta in white wine sauce

i had good stock in the fridge. so very easy to whipped out a dish.

just browned a whole buld of garlic cloves, added thai basil, then added white wine & stock & reduced. then added prawns, off fire, added pasta (just below al dente) and tossed.

voila! :[)

WM 1pax seafood pasta in white wine sauce

pasta was delicious. and so easy to make.

c.h.e.f andy

Shabu Iberico Pork & Angus Beef 2pax Home Dinner on 10Jun2018

hotpot dinner dishes

had simple 2pax hotpot dinner with wife this evening on 10.6.2018. ^^

iberico pork & angus beef

i had some good iberico pork from phoon huat delicatessen & wife bought some angus beef shabu from donki.

vegetables & mushrooms

& i had lots of mushrooms = enoki, shimeji, shitake, abalone mushrooms, and also chinese cabbage.

hotpot dinner dishes

i made the soup with yellow beans & a bit of tipor..flat fish. 🙂

hotpot dinner dishes

hotpot dinner dishes

& i had very nice dip sauces – yakiniku sauce, goma sauce (roasted sesame) and also 沙茶酱mixed with mala sauce.

beef & iberico pork were just wonderful, and well balanced with mushrooms & veg.

simple & very fulfilling dinner for wife & i.

c.h.e.f andy

Wife’s Kaisen Chirashi Don 海鮮丼 & Shabu Hotpot (5pax Family Dinner) on 30May2018

wife’s kaisen chirashi don

wife bought fresh sashimi today from donki, orchard central B2, so made kaisen chirashi don海鮮丼 for 5pax family dinner this evening on 30.5.2018. ^^

fresh sashimi from donki, orchard central B2

fresh sashimi from donki, orchard central B2 

sashimi were very fresh – salmon (or shake), chutoro were superb (marbled almost like otoro), akami (lean toro) good & sweet, and amaebi (sweet prawns) good too… 🙂

fresh sashimi from donki, orchard central B2 

uni was also especially good, fresh & sweet, cheaper than bringing back from sapporo…

& hotate (scallops) were as good…

the tamago oddly wife & children said not as good as my own, quite rightly too, not much taste at all, and the pressed texture not preferred too..maybe this was the kyoto pressed sushi style?.

wife cooked a little sushi rice, good enough to put on the bowl sashimi toppings, no much carbs…

shabu iberico pork & beef

shabu was very good too.

iberico pork from phoon huat delicatessen was perfect… & the angus beef from donki was tender, though not marbled, beefy & flavourful, so actually what wife preferred…

wife’s kaisen chirashi don

the chirashi don to die for…

c.h.e.f andy

Perfect Bakuteh on 29May2018

excellent bakuteh

made one of the best bakuteh using frozen prime ribs from sheng shiong on 29.5.2018. ^^

I chose the fatty ribs…it was really tasty & perfect texture & bite..better than all the bkt i had outside! almost la! lol! 🙂

these are prime ribs, with very good layer of fat in between the meat. though it was not the full length 龙骨 (dragon rib), it was the part near the bone, not so chunky with lean meat & having the fat layer. quite perfect actually..

bkt spices 

i use the 30g ilc spice packet. i think this the most common & cheap spice packet that all my friends used.  added 1 whole bulb of garlic cloves…

excellent bakuteh 

it’s good for 1kg ribs. i had 700g+ ribs. soup was perfect all came together very nicely.

excellent bakuteh

soup etc always good. today’s bkt was exquisite, especially good because of the perfect texture & bite, of course that because of the ribs & the timing (which is my usual 50mins to 1hr..decide by taste).

when you bite into the meat, it was bouncy, moist, no need to tear, good bite, no fray, just the texture i wanted.

c.h.e.f andy


Shakshouka – Wife made Wonderful Lunch on Vesak Day on 29May2018

wife’s shakshouka

Lisa made nice Shakshouka for 6pax family lunch today on 29.5.2018. ^^

son made a very good scrambled eggs.

& we had the flavourful chorizo which my RI bros bought for me from bilbao spain during their recent trip…

home shakshouka lunch 

simple & nice lunch…

jamon iberico from bilbao spain

jamon iberico was really good, so “pang” ie flavourful…

chorizo from bilbao spain 

and so the chorizo, very flavourful also…

son’s scrambled eggs

& son made a very good scrambled eggs..

grilled sweet corn + daughterbught nice bread …

daughter went to get some bread from next to queens road food centre..& wife grilled sweet corn, excellent with gourmet butter applied & oven grilled.


avocado a good complement…

wife’s shakshouka

shakshouka was very good…wife said not as good like last time. i said it’s becos she did not add chorizo & more cumin to the shakshouka becos this time daughter joining lunch & she didn’t want the meat flavours in the shakshouka…

c.h.e.f andy

Tapas 4pax Home Dinner with Wife’s Friends on 26May2018

4pax tapas dinner

made a tapas dinner for 4pax for wife’s friend couple MC & H on 26.5.2018. ^^

4pax tapas dinner

i made –

  1. miso belly pork
  2. dubrovnik orange jam chicken
  3. chorizo prawns
  4. grilled vegetables &
  5. seafood tagliatelle

orange jam chicken & miso belly pork

miso belly pork was my usual.

i put in 95degC oven for 7hrs. then i flamed & cut. the texture just slightly over. if texture were perfect, the cut would be clean slice (no fraying)…or maybe my knife not sharp? lol! 🙂

miso belly pork

it was nice anyway & looked great flamed…can always be better la..

orange jam chicken

the dubrovnik orange jam chicken turned out perfect!

wife’s friend said “chicken was exquisite”. taste was great & texture perfect, moist, tender, wonderful bite…almost crystalline..

H asked how it was done?…actually quite simple –

  • just marinate with fish sauce & pepper, drown in orange juice (i use only 1 orange for 1/2 chicken – deboned thigh & breast.
  • fry skin down high fire little oil to charred the skin (3mins) then turn over & add the orange juice…i did not have the korean yuzu jelly so added 1tbsp jam. cover & cook chicken while reduce sauce (5mins). remove chicken & reduced sauce & serve as a dip.

chorizo prawns my usual recipe.

brown a whole garlic cloves, add cut chilli padi & basil leaves. then add sliced chorizo. & some red & yellow peppers.

key is adding very intense tasty chicken stock, and some white wine, and reduced the whole thing.

when serving, boil, add prawns & cover. important tip is prawns should be just right & not overcooked.

grilled vegetables

i pangrilled the vegetables – red & yellow pepper, zucchini, and portobello mushrooms.

grilled sweetcorn (flamed)

wife oven grilled the sweet corn, which i flamed. it was very good.

seafood tagliatelle was good today. prawns, squid all cooked just right. pasta was al dente (could be more al dente actually), and stock was great (intense chicken stock & white wine reduced) so very tasty.

parfait dessert

parfait dessert

H made some parfait dessert. i heard she wanted to do pavlova initially but anyhow this parfait was excellent especially with the passionfruit, very tasty. love it!

was a simple & quite wonderful dinner.

after dinner we went to their place (3+1 bedroom with own swimming pool)…very nice place, sat and chat for a while.

c.h.e.f andy

Wonderful Croatian Dinner for RI Buddies & Spouses (6pax) on 14May2018

croatian brodet – fish stew (like french bouillabaise)

Made a 6pax Croatian dinner for my RI friends & spouses this evening on 14.5.2018.^^

  1. croatian grilled fish (sailfish steak, treadfin tail, tiger garoupa)
  2. croatian brodet (Croatian style bouillabaisse) fish stew (treadfin head, whole seabream, prawns, littleneck clams aka la la)
  3. 16th century Dubrovnik honey orange capon (castrated rooster) – i used the sheng shiong variety😜
  4. grilled veg (red & yellow peppers, zucchini, pumpkin, jap sweet potatoes)
  5. seafood tagliatelle

KF & wife A are traveling to croatia in aug2018. CH & wife SW may also go in future so they were interested in the food & to look at our recent croatia trip photos. 🙂

the croatian brodet was the best dish of the evening, everyone’s favourite!

i fried red onions, chopped scallions, sliced ginger, whole coriander till fragrant then added chopped garlic. i used intense chicken stock, so broth was very tasty. the fish i cooked for about 4-5mins. when serving i heat up covered, added the prawns & the littleneck clams (la la) to cook, then served.

grilled fish – tiger garoupa, treadfin tail, sailfish loin

i used tiger garoupa, treadfin tail, & sailfish loin for the grilled fish dish. 🙂

sailfish akin to tuna & swordfish in texture (firm), and lighter in flavour. bought it from phoon huat delicatessen. for the sailfish steak, i seasoned with sea salt & pepper & charred over high heat on all sides first before over grill.

stuffed with sliced ginger, chopped scallions & garlic, a bit of salt and some coriander, oven grilled at 250degC for 9mins with 2-3tbsp light soy sauce & 2 tbsp olive oil. then drizzle 1 tbsp lemon juice.

the sailfish steak was excellent in falvour & texture!.

dish was very tasty, fish was fresh ok, treadfin was good, though tiger garoupa not quite comparable to the seabass & seabream we had in croatia.

honey orange chicken

we had a nice capon dish at kapun in dubrovnik during our recent croatia tour.

capon is a castrated rooster, the use seemed to date back to as early as 162BC. apparently castrated rooster double in size, have small crown & tender meat. the honey orange capon we had in dubrovnik claimed a 16th century recipe.

anyway i used the sheng shion variety & fashioned my own sauce.

basically just deboned 1/2 chicken, cut into 2 – breast & thigh pieces, seasoned with fish sauce & white pepper & fried skin down to brown the skin for 3-4mins, then turned over added fresh orange juice & honey, covered, cooked chicken while reducing to a thickened sauce. chicken must not be overcooked, so i thickened the sauce further separately.

i think my chicken was more tender, moist & tasty standalone than what we had in dubrovnik actually, the sauce though could not replicate the unique taste & of course the kapun dish was served with barley risotto, and overall experience was quite different.

grilled vege-red pepper,yellow pepper,zucchini, portobello mushrooms

grilled vege – pumpkin, sweet corn, jap sweet potatoes

the grilled vegetables were very good this evening. ^^

i pan seared the red pepper,yellow pepper,zucchini, portobello mushrooms in little oil, sprinkling sea salt.

for the pumpkin (drizzle of honey), jap sweet potato & sweet corn (coated with gourmet butter), i added olive oil & sea salt & roasted 20mins in 250degC oven…pumpkin & sweet corn were especially tasty.

seafood tagliatelle

for the seafood tagliatelle, i browned garlic cloves in olive oil, added red & yellow pepper, then white wine & a tasty chicken stock, and reduced to a very tasty stock.

when serving i added the prawns & littleneck clams, then squid & covered, the added tagliatelle & tossed. wife felt that the tagliatelle was not al dente enough. otherwise the pasta was tasty & prawns & squid & clams were just right, not overcooked..

fishes for brodet & croatian grilled fish

only 6pax, so i used only 1 small seabream, 1 small garoupa, 1 large treadfin cut in 2 for the 2 dishes – brodet & grilled fish.

sailfish loin

sailfish loin

the sailfish loin was my first try, and it was quite excellent!

grilled fish – tiger garoupa, treadfin tail, sailfish loin

grilled fish – tiger garoupa, treadfin tail, sailfish loin

the grilled fish was pretty good, not as good as the seabass & seabream in croatia, and not as good as the brodet dish this evening, which was quite perfect…

deboned half chicken

i used 1/2 deboned chicken, seasoned with fish sauce & pepper & pan-grilled.

honey orange chicken

then cooked with orange juice & honey, and thickened to a drizzle sauce.

grilled vege-red pepper,yellow pepper,zucchini, portobello mushrroms

the grilled vegetables were in fact the second favourite dish for this evening after brodet.



i prepared fresh prawns (for both brodet & pasta) & squid.

seafood tagliatelle

seafood tagliatelle

made a nice pasta.

fruits – cut pineapples, rock melons, cherries & blueberries

fruits – cut pineapples, rock melons, cherries & blueberries

CH brought very sweet cherries & cut pineapples & rock melons..& KF brought a red wine.

we viewed our recent crotian photos after dinner..the sceneries & food…haha!

a great evening with good friends & nice food.

c.h.e.f andy



6pax OPS Reminisce Sakura Trip Donburi Dinner on 8May2018

donburi dishes 

5 of us OPS buddies had a wonderful sakura trip 5-13.4.2018.^^ will blog on that later. 🙂

this evening we gathered to reminisce our sakura food adventures. FM could not attend. WT & WM’s wife J joined for 6pax dinner.

I made-
1 pan seared hokkaido scallops
2 kakuni – jap braised belly pork
3 flamed miso belly pork
4 ika sugatayaki (flamed whole squid)
5 tamago – jap rolled egg
6 teriyaki red garoupa
7 usda prime ribeye
8 grilled veg
9 yakisoba

donburi dishes

all the donburi dishes + yakisoba. didn’t bother about okonomiyaki, anyway enough carbs liao.



i cooked just 1.25cups sushi rice for 6pax. added 2tbsp sushi vinegar & 1tbsp mirin.

rice was nice, and enuogh!

grilled scallops

grilled scallops 

i made some pan-seared scallops.

as shared with J during dinner chat, key was scallops must be bone dry, not too much butter (or oil) & a good non stick pan..the crust have to formed immediately on high heat. otherwise pretty straight forward.



made 2 tamago rolls, good as usual. 🙂

flamed miso belly pork

flamed miso belly pork

and flamed miso belly pork.

i boiled/cleaned belly pork to remove scum, cut away the skin, then marinated in miso overnight, then 6hrs in 95degC oven, so fat mostly rendered out & belly pork was flavourful with miso & fat. then flamed when serving. ^^

kakuni – jap braised pork belly

kakuni – jap braised pork belly 

i did another belly pork dish, the jap kakuni…

it was perfect at the time of cooking, very tender & flavourful. but since it was done a few hrs before dinner, th epork would dry out & toughen.

so i did 40mins steaming before was pretty good, but still a tack tough c/w the flamed miso belly pork.

ika sugatayaki

ika sugatayaki

i did a ika sugatayaki. i bought the japan squid (supposedly sashimi quality but i dared not use as sashimi, from donki at B2 orchard central).

it was quite lovely, and everyone loved this dish, except HC who coud not take sotong.

grilled vege

the grilled veg was good too.

teriyaki red garoupa

teriyaki red garoupa

i did teriyaki red garoupa, 2 small ones.

fried to crisp the skin on both sides. then same condiments as HK steamed actually=2tbsp mirin, 2-3tbsp light soy sauce, 2tbsp olive oil, and reduced to cook fish & to produce thick sticky sauce.



the yakisoba was a bit overcooked. it was at first ok. but i added 2 eggs late & heated a bit more, then became a bit overcooked. 🙂

usda prime ribeye

usda prime ribeye 

my usda prime ribeye was consistently good.

this even though, i was worried the guys may not take medium rare, so after cutting to see the doneness, i cooked a bit more, and ended up overcooking it. a mistake! must trust my instincts more & just take the first go…



goldilocks brownie

M made excellent madeleines, not too sweet. ^^

WT brought mangoes & soursop

WM & j brought groundnuts &

Hak Chong brought red wine

we had a really good time, food was good & company & friendship best!

we had karaoke afterwards & friends left near to 11pm…


Home Bakuteh & Chicken Rice for 5pax OPS Buddies on 3Apr2018


my OPS buddies came for 5pax homecooked bakuteh & chicken rice lunch on 3.4.2018. ^^

bkt about the easiest dish to cook. just used “ilc” spice sachet, added whole bulb garlic. today i added about 800g pork ribs, fresh indonesian ribs from sheng shiong…not the best ribs i gotten…

but a good enough bkt, both tender ribs & very tasty soup. 🙂

chicken rice chicken, chilli, & poached brocoli

chicken rice chicken

i made chicken rice chicken 白斩鸡. also made chilli.

chicken rice was very tasty & chicken was tender & sweet, though not near my best today.

M did not want to take chicken rice, so she made do with bkt, 2 ribs.


brocoli was the usual.

i poached first & then added the hot oil with oyster sauce & cornflour.

ah seng D13 durians

i also bought some D13 durians from ah seng. nearing the end of this short season. MSW was selling $22/kg so i picked only 4 D13 durians, about $33.

ah seng D13 durians

D13 was pretty good.

D13 durians

everyone enjoyed the durians.

tai cheung egg tarts

2 friends bought 2 boxes of tai cheung egg tarts..quite nice!

c.h.e.f andy

Delicious Reverse Sear Tomahawk Dinner at Wife’s Nephew’s Place on 25Mar2018

reverse sear tomahawk dinner

wife’s nephew C did a very good reverse sear tomahawk steak dinner at his place on 25.3.2018. ^^

we enjoyed diner & company very much!

& his wife made some nice salad, & we had some baguette…

reverse sear tomahawk steak

the tomahawk steak was very flavourful with the charcoal grill imparting nice smokey bbq flavours.

steak was very tender & tasty, though nephew himself not the most satisfied. he said the steak were overdone & some parts were dry…

reverse sear tomahawk steak

i guess could be better, not easy to manage 3 tomahawk >4kg steaks, but meat was tender & tasty, if not quite medium rare & pink..

reverse sear tomahawk steak

apparently C bought from aliexpress .

i am considering to buy one myself & try it out!

c.h.e.f andy

OPS Sakura Gang pre-Trip Makan & Chill, 5pax 海底涝hotpot on 22Mar2018


my OPS sakura gang came for 5pax 海底捞hotpot on 22.3.2018. ^^

this really the easiest of all makan, no cooking required, just buy beef & pork & vege etc, AND eat & enjoy! ^^


i had all 4 types of mushrooms – enoki, shimeji, shitaka & also abalone mushroom. i like the texture of the abalone mushroom. really good! 🙂


for vege, i just use chinese cabbage, both for the soup base together with ikan bilis & yellow beans.

& also to add in the course of the hotpot meal..



& i bought fish balls, teochew fish cake, and also beef balls.


i was at donki at orchard central basement 2 few days back when i had lunch with sis & bil at tanuki.

so i bought both the kurobuta (thin cut) & also the white pork (thick cut).

quite surprising the slightly cheaper white pork was a lot tastier than the kurobuta…odd!

i had also some good beef from phoon huat delicatessen, i think short ribs. it was very nice indeed.

bamboo pith

when i was in shanghai with WM last sep2017, WT & GY got me to buy some bamboo pit. i was quite clueless on the preparation..

anyway it was quite easy, just soaked in water, drained & then add to soup or hotpot..

it was pretty good actually, but i guess just the texture, not much of a taste to talk about.

beancurd skin

& i always like to rolled dry bean curd skin.

WM brought ice jelly

WM brought ice jelly made by J, very nice & refreshing…

FM made blueberry cake

& FM made a nice blueberry cake…

we had a fun lunch & fellowship & talked about the upcoming trip to kyoto, nara, osaka.

c.h.e.f andy

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


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!^^


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!


CP brought nice cakes.

macha cake

chocolate mousse 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

Pong’s Katong Laksa Homecooked Chicken Laksa Lunch on 16Mar2018

chicken laksa

my RI bro CM bought 2 packts of pong’s katong laksa paste for me last week.

so we decided to have a 6pax RI bro chicken laksa lunch on 16.3.2018. ^^

chicken rice chicken白斩鸡

i made my usual chicken rice chicken白斩鸡. all my friends loved this & said the chicken was so tender, moist & tasty, even the chicken breast, and indeed it was….

pong’s katong laksa

i have never tried pong’s laksa before, and never used the paste before of course.

i read the instructions. it said it was good for 4-5pax (we had 6pax, i decided to just keep it at 1 packet), and to add 400ml (2packets) coconut milk & 100ml evaporated milk.

pong’s katong laksa

anyhow, my gazak results was immensely ok la…

i used intense chicken stock using the bones from the whole chicken which i made chicken rice chicken白斩鸡,

added taupok first & let it boiled to soften & infuse the laksa flavours for 1 hr. then i added coconut milk. 400ml is really a lot, so i decided to use 1.5packets or 300ml. and really that was more than enough, banyak lemak lagi…

pong’s katong laksa

lastly aded fish cake & teochew fish cake, just like ah heng curry chicken noodles at hong lim food centre.

laksa was very flavourful, and of course the chicken stock was very important, made the gravy so very, very tasty.

kk said didn’t t have such good laksa for so long..

i did not want to dilute the taste, so kept gravy at a small amount. still it was enough for 6 bowls.

& after that there were still ingredients & some gravy left, enough for another 3 bowls for CL, KK & CM. i had to add just a little water not to dilute too much.

pong’s katong laksa

i served the 6 bowls of laksa with the taupok, fish cake & teochew fish cake, for my bowl i added the chicken rice chicken白斩鸡 & took photo (top photo).

my friends topped their bowls themselves with chicken.

chicken rice chicken白斩鸡

chicken rice chicken白斩鸡

my chicken rice chicken白斩鸡 was excellent as mentioned, chicken as good as ah heng curry chicken noodles’ (though i am partial to curry chicken noodles & for me laksa can never match)

& better than most chicken rice chicken白斩鸡 places outside (many are smooth but quite tasteless like tian shui chicken rice, the one next to weiyi laksa!)

another great makan session with my RI bros. ^^

after lunch we went to tiong hoe for a good cuppa, my piccolo latter heaven 香浓咖啡!^^

c.h.e.f andy

5pax Family Home Dinner for Wife’s Brother & SIL on 13Mar2018

5pax dinner

wife’s brother bought something for us & coming by our place, so wife decided we have a simple homecooked family dinner on 13.3.2018. ^^

youngest daughter joined for 5pax dinner.

chicken rice & other dinner dishes

today i cooked chicken rice for them.

rice was very “pang”, just like the farewell lunch for AC i did for teban gardens staff & volunteers last week on 7.3.2018. 🙂

my bil & his wife loved it a lot.

chicken rice chicken白斩鸡

chicken was smooth, tender & most importantly moist & tasty, even the breast meat, and that really tells a good 白斩鸡 from a mediocre one…

chicken rice chicken白斩鸡

chicken rice chicken白斩鸡

such a beauty!

hk steamed sotong

i was at chinatown market yesterday to buy batang fish & prawns for the 12pax RI friends asian curry dinner tomorrow on 14.3.2018.

i saw the small sotong were fresh so i bought a plate S$5.

hk steamed sotong

i had very nice hk steamed sotong at crab at bay on 28.12.2016, so nice we decided to order another plate that day! 🙂

it was really a simple dish, and top quality fragrant light soy sauce simply makes wonders…it is like hk steamed fish, just add olive oil (or veg oil) & light soy sauce, steam & voila!

aunty B’s long beans with dried olive vegetables橄榄菜 & minced pork

aunty B’s brocoli

my helper aunty B cooked the 2 vegetable dishes. as usual, very good!

as usual, wife’s sil brought dessert, longans with jelly, an excellent refreshing dessert!

a simple & very enjoyable family dinner.

c.h.e.f andy

Asian Dishes – Thai, Nonya, Indian Curries & Jap Teriyaki Salmon Belly for 12pax RI Friends on 14Mar2018

12pax dinner curry dishes

our RI buddy P who lives in London was visiting singapore. we arranged a 12pax makan makan group homecooked asian/curry dinner on14.3.2018.^^  👍🙂.

I did a combination of thai, nonya & indan curries, and a Jap teriyaki salmon belly.

  1. jap teryaki miso salmon belly
  2. nonya curry chicken & potatoes
  3. nonya sambal prawns
  4. chicken thighs with yellow thai curry
  5. sotong with thai red curry
  6. mixed veg & tofu with thai red curry 
  7. fish masala
  8. mutton masala

CL & YF bought birthday cake for march birthday boys SCG, P & doc🎂..CCG also march birthday boy but he was away, so unable to join us on this occasion.

CM brought ching chow dessert👍

HK brought sweet giant pomelo 忘不了??from malaysia & red wine

P brought sparkly & some chocolates

LKY brought me some carrot cake from his cousin chef…

& CL took the nice group & people photos as usual..

12pax dinner curry dishes

just 8 dishes, quite enough for 12pax, food all finished…

ruby champagne

white wine

many drinker in this group…i basically just had couple of sips, nice ruby champage & white wine.

the distinctive dish from the curries was the teriyaki salmon belly..the others all liked it like all my other friends & family. YF said it was too sweet? actually it was not, but it was treated, so not a plain fish fillet..

my usual preparation, a very popular dish…

the nonya chicken just using heng’s curry paste & chicken thighs.

the nonya curry was very tasty. i topped up a second portion so that it was hot, and everything was finished..

the thai yellow curry very lemak. it was prepared as a dip. chicken thigh was pan-roasted, nice crispy skin & moist, tender meat, quite perfect with the curry.

mutton was a bit of a let down for me.

the preparation was ok so the meat was tender & the House brand mutton masala curry paste was tasty & nice. the mutton itself though i felt was not great, no much taste…

sotong was done with “dancing chef” thai red is very similar to thai yellow curry, but red curry is spicer & good as a gravy…yellow curry is sweeter ok as a dip or gravy..

nonya sambal prawns

i use “heng’s” sambal paste for the nonya sambal prawns. prawns were done perfectly, succulent & sweet,  bouncy & not old, overcooked..

i bought the batang fillet from chinatown market the day before. just S$8 for a large thick i think almost 800g cut which i asked the fishmonger to cut into 4 thick slices.

i pan-fried to give it a firmer texture. this batang fillet quite perfect for pan-frying just with salt & often eaten this way.

for fish masala, i cooked with sliced onions & “house brand” masala paste…CM said this was excellent & he had the piece i got for him, and afterwards not much was left..

everyone enjoyed the vegetable curry too.

i fried tofu & added eggplant, lady fingers, onions, some chinese cabbage & some tomatoes…friends commented the tofu were well infused with the thai red curry flavours. a simple yet wonderful dish…

curry rice dinner

HAB came late as he had to counsel some young chappie from his church.

i kept food for him, a bit of every dish with minimal rice/carbs…

HK’s giant grapefruit

HK brought giant grapefruit from malaysia. it was very sweet indeed..we were expecting 忘不了after he shared some photos on group chat, but the sweet & more forgettable grapefruit sama boleh la…

CM’s ching chow dessert

CM brought nice ching chow dessert with longans. a nice refreshing dessert. everyone had like 2 bowls…CM doing better with more practices, definitely to be encouraged.

a nice dinner with old friends…we had the cake afterwards, bought by CL & YF for the march birthday boys including P visiting from london…next week SCG is organising a makan group dinner at joe’s kitchen, a thai eat by his sis & bil…

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


My Homecooked 14pax Teban Gardens Staff & Volunteers Farewell Lunch for AC & Wife on 7Mar2018

14pax lunch dishes

i made a 14pax lunch for teban gardens staff & volunteers today on 7.3.2018. ^^

this was a farewell lunch for AC & wife B who are taking up a 8 yr mission posting to udon thani near laos border.

KF, my close friend & jogging buddy LCH, &  WM also joined lunch.

14pax lunch dishes

i made 8 dishes-

1 claypot chicken rice
2 braised belly pork with mushrooms
3 teochew braised hock 卤元蹄
4 steamed minced pork with light soy sauce
5 claypot tanhoon prawns
6 白斩鸡, chicken rice & chilli
7 steamed angkoli fillet with taujeon lime sauce
8 fried kang kong & cuttlefish in nonya sauce

14pax lunch dishes

i can see everyone had a really enjoyable time…

claypot chicken rice has always been my most popular dish…everu friend & family loved it.

& claypot rice was good today..very flavourful & chicken was plump, tender & tasty..

it was upstaged & outvoted by the chicken rice though…everyone loved the chicken, and especially the rice – very flavourful, fried fragrant with chicken fat & cooked with intense chicken stock…

chicken rice chicken 白斩鸡

chicken rice chicken 白斩鸡

& K loved the chilli…

the chicken rice chicken 白斩鸡 was very tender & moist. even the breast meat very moist & sweet…

many liked the 元蹄braised hock too. i used the teochew light braise (own braising sauce) instead of the darker tai hua braising sauce..

very “pang”, flavourful, gelatinous & even the lean meat was moist & tasty…

#4 braised belly pork & mushrooms

the braised belly pork & mushrooms was ok..R commented the belly pork was very tender…i think the mushroom taste overpowered it a bit, so i think the taste of the 元蹄braised hock braising sauce was better…

the steamed minced pork with light soy sauce was another popular & talked about dish, with my many friends & also with this teban gardens gang..

it is so easy to make, just 2tbsp good fragrant light soy sauce, 2 tbsp olive oil & 1tbsp cornflour…

the taujeon lime juice steamed angkorli was ok…not many commented so i guess while it was ok, it was not a stand out dish..a hk steamed red garoupa would be better, but since i had the firmer, less tender texture of angkorli (seabream or white snapper), a slight sour, sweet salty taste was a good condiment to the fish…

the  tanhoon prawns was another favourite dish…very fragrant, great wokhae & very tasty tanhoon from the intense chicken stock, and wonderful black pepper fragrance & coriander flavour…

#8 fried cuttlefish kang kong in nonya sauce

fried cuttlefish kang kong in nonya sauce was good too…here the nonya sauce stood out. cuttlefish was just nicely done so no overcooked & rubbery.

i admire AC couple commitment to a 8 yr missionary posting…AC said previously he did 12 yrs…or 3 4-yr posting..i guess that was harder still as children young then…

very happy to be cooking a meal for the first my friends at teban gardens..these people are doing such good works…i started cooking a friday breakfast community dish for teban gardens on 8jan2016..

(update=as of today 24mar2018, i did 57 times friday breakfast dish for teban gardens…my most recent was braised pork cubes on 23mar2018)

c.h.e.f andy


Wife Invited My OPS Primary School Buddies for 7pax Dinner on 8Mar2018

wife wanted to invite my OPS primary school buddies for dinner. i arranged dinner with WM, J, HC & M & youngest daughter joined for 7pax dinner on 8.3.2018. ^^

i made –

  1. claypot rice with steamed pork ribs & sausages
  2. scallion baked salmon fish head
  3. nonya sauce steamed tilapia
  4. steamed minced pork with light soy sauce
  5. tofu prawns
  6. 赛螃蟹 – brocoli eggwhite

HC brought a read wine. M brought chocolates & orange…

HK claypot rice 香港腊味沙煲饭

HK claypot rice 香港腊味沙煲饭

i made HK claypot rice 香港腊味沙煲饭 this evening as i just made claypot chicken rice for the 14pax farewell lunch yesterday for AC of teban gardens who is going away for 8 years mission posting in thailand.

HK claypot rice 香港腊味沙煲饭

generally this style has fragrant taste of pork & liver sausages but not as tasty in comparison w/o chicken in it.

so today i did a very nice steamed pork ribs (like at dimsum restaurants) and added to the claypot. it was very good, almost as good as the claypot chicken rice.

scallions baked salmon fish head

i bought 3 salmon fish head S$3each at song fish when i went there to buy salmon belly. so i did another scallion baked salmon fish head this evening.

scallions baked salmon fish head

i find salmon fish head a good enough proxy for 鸦片鱼头which WT brought 2 from shanghai recently.

of course nothing’s like the real thing, but i find salmon fish head has the softbone texture similar to 鸦片鱼头 though not quite the flaky, cod like texture of the flesh..but baking made the flesh firm and also the sauce more intense (unlike steaming) so that added to the taste experience…

scallions baked salmon fish head

scallions baked salmon fish head

i made this previously both 鸦片鱼头 and  salmon fish head, and my children, son, youngest daughter, and also sil all loved the dish…& walloped the very tasty infused scallions…

this evening no exception…we finished the whole dish ….

i forgot HC does not take scallions, but he enjoyed the fish all the same, w/o the scallions…

steamed minced pork in light soy sauce

steamed minced pork in light soy sauce

the steamed minced pork in light soy sauce dish was a regular favourite for all my friends. so simple to do, and so tasty..

tilapia in nonya sauce

steamed tilapia in nonya sauce a popular dish in JB…we had that at ya wang a short walk from city square mid 2017.

also when HH, our OPS sis, hosted her birthday dinner at tunglok seafood.

tilapia in nonya sauce

tilapia in nonya sauce

tilapia not my wife’s favourite, mud taste.

but with the very tasty, tangy nonya sauce musking it, tilapia’s firm & smooth texture with few small bones is a perfect fish for this dish.

tilapia in nonya sauce

certainly a dish i enjoyed much, and at very little cost…

tofu prawns

tofu prawns

this evening’s tofu prawns stock & fried tofu were good, well infused.

the prawns though were not great…maybe the timing was out…

赛螃蟹 – brocoli eggwhite

赛螃蟹 – brocoli eggwhite

wife like the 赛螃蟹 – brocoli eggwhite from crystal jade kitchen at hollandv & ordered in recently. this my 3rd time trying this dish..improving but not quite there yet..

presentation passable, texture of brocoli ok, eggwhite i guess about all i could do..won’t be much better, so just the seasoning need to be perfected…

it was a fun evening, nice food & wonderful company of old friends..

c.h.e.f andy