8pax Sous Vide Iberico Pork Rack, Tomahawk Family Dinner on 7Apr2019

iberico pork with potato mash and salad

made 8pax family dinner this evening-

1 (wife made) buttersquash soup
2 sous vide 62degC 4hrs flamed iberico pork rack (first attempt supernice) ..served with homemade ginger butter and potato mash
3 prawn arrabiata tagliatelle 
4 vongole linguine
5 sous vide 56degC 3hrs flamed & pancharred black onyx tomahawk

uni sashumi

salmon, amaebi etc sashimi

wife had some sashimi.

teriyaki miso salmon belly

i made the usual teriyaki miso salmon belly. nice!

vongole linguine

vongole linguine

vongole linguine was great!

prawn arrabiata tagliatelle

prawn arrabiata tagliatelle

arabiatta was a new try, tasty, can be improved.

4hr 62degC sous vide iberico pork rack

iberico pork rack

4hr 62degC sous vide iberico pork rack

iberico pork rack was a first time, AND it was excellent! the best!

now cannot find on QB, will wait until they have stock again…

iberico pork with potato mash and salad

iberico pork with potato mash and salad

iberico pork with potato mash and salad

the meat was perfect tender and very tasty.

i marinated first 2 tbsp mustard, then sea salt, pepper, olive oil, honey…then sous vide, then drizzle honey and flamed.

and i had nice potato mash and wife made salad for sides.

3hr 56degC sous vide black onyx tomahawk

3hr 56degC sous vide black onyx tomahawk

3hr 56degC sous vide black onyx tomahawk

tomahawk was perfect this evening, at 56degC perfect consistency, and grilled and flamed.

3hr 56degC sous vide black onyx tomahawk

great tomahawk!

4hr 62degC sous vide iberico pork rack

but everyone liekd the iberico prok rack even better!

very shiok family dinner! ^^

c.h.e.f andy



OPS Buddies 9pax Homecooked Claypot Rice Dinner on 29Mar2019

9pax homecooked dishes

made 9pax dinner for OPS bros & sis=with WM, HC, KS, CH, FM, WH, CF, KY, missing M on 29.3.2019-

1 claypot rice 沙煲饭
2 hk steamed garoupa 港蒸石斑
3 garlic steamed sotong 蒜蓉蒸花枝
4 salted fish steamed minced pork 咸鱼饼
5 tofu prawns 豆腐虾
6 char siew 叉烧
7 mala belly pork with veg 回锅肉
8 oyster sauce hk chye sim 蚝油菜心
9 salted fish minced pork eggwhite fried rice 咸鱼肉碎蛋白炒饭

FM brought ice creams WH brought korean strawberries CH brought yamashita doughnuts

char siew pretty ok despite major error of mixing up and applying red chilli oil instead of red fermented tofu..

garoupa was fresh just bought from teban gardens wet market this morning but slightly lor kor “rough texture”

forgot to take photo of cooked garoupa and garlic steamed sotong.

9pax homecooked dishes

i made 9 dishes for 9pax. 🙂

claypot rice

claypot rice always good. 🙂

a bit harder making for 9pax. i used 3cup+ rice and 1 whole chicken. i usually make 3 cups for 6pax with 1/2 chicken…estimating the amount of water to add etc is a bit less certain, needs judgement there is substantial marinade and water in the chicken.

hk steamed garoupa

garlic steamed sotong

i forgot to take photos of the cooked garoupa and sotong.

friends all commented garoupa fresh and my timing was good, however the fish was lor kor with tough texture, quite a disappointment!

char siew

i made a mistake on one dish the char siew. instead of red fermented beancurd i marinated with red chilli sauce. the bottles and content looked similar. i did not check properly.

fortunately the char siew was still very tender and the flavours were ok enough as char siew, but one could detect the red chilli oil taste which was kind of odd.

prawn tofu

my prawn tofu always good. stock very tasty and prawns excellent, bouncy and tasty, great texture and taste. i think i will try the egg tofu again see if tofu texture is better.

salted fish minced pork

salted fish minced pork is dish that everyone likes. 🙂


the 回锅肉 mala belly pork with carrots and potatoes is the least tokong dish…belly pork very tender…still it was heavy dish and belly pork not most popular with the ladies.

egg white fried rice

made the egg white fried rice specially for CH in case not enough claypot rice.

fried rice was ok. i think though not salty enough, can do with a bit more fish sauce.

fried chye sim

could get hk kailan so made do with chye sim. usual stir-fry with oyster sauce. good enough.

claypot rice

i steamed the whole sausages then cut them and added back to the claypot rice.

salted fish minced pork

salted fish minced pork really a grandma kind signature dish and can eat often outside at zi char and teochew muay stalls.

char siew

char siew

char siew turned out ok, despit i anyhow hatam added wrong wause, then the bun

tofu and stock ready for tofu prawns

shallow fried tofu and stock with egg all ready for kyoto station.

salted fish minced pork fried rice

for the fried rice, i first fried salted fish and minced pork then set aside and fried the egg white then fold over the rice and then mixed the small pieces of egg whites thoroughly.

claypot rice

we had a great evening sharing and fellowship among old freinds from primary school. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Delicious Kurobuta Belly Dry HK Noodles on 16Mar2019

kurobuta belly hk dry noodles

i bought some dry stingy hk noodles from sheng shiong a while back.

there were 2 types i know – dry scallop flavoured and prawn flavoured.. i thought prawn flavoured better but that day there was only scallop flavoured so i bought that.

this evening i made a simple 1pax dinner.

just boiled noodles about 2 mins in water and drained. poach chye sim in boiled water. make sure qq and not overcooked.

mixed 1 tbsp flat each of oyster sauce, chilli, ketchup, 1 tsp fish sauce and toss.

i placed 4 strips kurobuta belly on plate, drizzle with tsuyu and microwave 1.5mins.

then add kurobuta belly and poached chye sim to the qq noodles.

kurobuta belly hk dry noodles

quite perfect!

noodles qq and tasty with the sauces a standalone.

kurobuta belly very taste and flavourful.

for this evening i also added some leftover toman fillet.


c.h.e.f andy

Great Evening, Delicious Food with Good Friends on 14Mar2019

5pax dinner dishes

made 5pax dinner for my good friends this evening on 14.3.2019.^^

for J for her special diet-
1. poached seabream fillet ikan bilis soup
2. oven grilled saba with sea salt
3 pan grilled portobello with sea salt

for 4 of us-
1 poached seabream fillet chicken broth
2 claypot rice
3 tofu prawns
4 fried romaine lettuce
5 fried hk kailan

J brought vinegared saba from japan.

CL brought flores birthday cake for CCG.

vinegared saba

i like the vinegared saba. japanese cured and pickled stuff all added sugar and a bit sweet. wife and CCG didn’t take.

seabream soup

for J’s seabream soup i used only ikan bilis, so i added a larger seabream fillet to give it natural fish sweetness.

when serving i poached sliced seabream fillet and added few leaves of organic chye sim per J’ request.

seabream soup 

for the 4 of us, i used chicken broth, intense chicken stock, added sliced ginger.

and poached sliced seabream fillet and added organic chye sim.

fish was fresh and the broth was very tasty. ^^

grilled saba

grilled saba

i did grilled saba, first time for me.

the saba i bought from sheng shion was very fresh, could feel pressing on the flesh and belly – firm and bouncy.

i rubbed sea salt inside cavity and outside and grilled on a rack in 250degC oven for 15mins. quite perfect – natural taste of the sea, very fresh, sweet and tasty. J, CL, i all enjoyed the grilled saba.

(i had 1 more saba in the chiller so i made another for J the next day)

pangrilled portobello

pangrilled portobello

the pangrilled portobello had only sea salt so a bit lacking in taste.

could do with the usual olive oil, balsamic and drizzle of agave nextar. the dish mainly prepared for J so didn’t add.

claypot rice

made claypot rice for CCG. he mentioned during our recent 10pax dinner.

today’s claypot rice was excellent, great aroma and great, and super tender, moist, tasty chicken, breast and all.

claypot rice

quite perfect claypot rice. 🙂

prawn tofu

today’s prawn tofu also among my best.

nicely shallowfried tofu well infused with chicken stock, and prawns perfectly done, just cooked, succulent and bouncy.

fried kailan

fried kailan

romaine lettuce

romaine lettuce

fried kailan and romaine lettuce were quite regular stuff.

seabream soup

seabream soup

for preparation, just ikan bilis stock with large seabream fillet for taste, then poached sliced seabream fillet and add organic chye sim when serving.

fried tofu for prawn tofu dish

prawn tofu

for prawn tofu just shallow fried 300g tofu cut into 12 pieces.

then fried chopped garlic, cut chilli, add 1cup chicken stock and 1 tbsp oyster sauce, 1tbsp flat corn flour and reduced to taste, then add 1 egg, let it formed then draw out the egg.

when serving, add prawns, mix and cover to cook prawns, about 3mins, serve!

flore cake

CL brought a nice birthday cake from flore.

claypot rice

had a wonderful evening, nice food and great company and conversation. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy


Tasty Bean Paste Chicken 豆签 on 13Mar2019

豆签 bean noodles with bean paste chicken

made some bean paste chicken 豆签 this evening on 13.3.2019. ^^

looks like tagliatelle pasta 😜

豆签 bean noodles with bean paste chicken

豆签 bean noodles with bean paste chicken

i had some bean paste sauce which i made spicy bean paste pork cubes for teban gardens friday community breakfast last friday on 8.3.2019.

i stored some leftover sauce in the fridge and used to make a 1pax 豆签 bean noodles with bean paste chicken.

just boil 豆签 bean noodles about 2.3mins. remove and drained.

fried cut chicken pieces with the bean past sauce for 5 mins till cooked. off fire add back 豆签 bean noodles and toss.

bean paste cook anything also nice la…and i really like 豆签 bean noodles ..very light and soothing.

c.h.e.f andy

Jessie Hosted OPS 8pax Popiah Party on 11Mar2019


jessie made very good popiah.

today we gathered at WM place for 8pax OPS buddies popiah part on 11.3.2019. ^^

popiah party

popiah party

popiah party

ingredients were all good.

i loved the chiili and garlic. must have the sweet sauce.

the skin was on the thicker side for me, prefer thinner ones.

popiah ingredients

my diet popiah.





with lots of chilli.

i made 2 popiahs.


and ate 1 kongbakpao. nice braised pork.


and fruits.

WM’s birthday cake

FM and KS bought birthday cake for WM.

my char siew

my char siew

my char siew

today i made about 800g+ char siew, 5 strips.

there were too much food today so we decided not to serve the char siew, so i dropped 2 strips at WT place on the way, and passed 3 strips to WM.


missed WT and M today. and unexpected welcome attendance by SG and Ma. 🙂

very fun OPS popiah party thanks to J & WM

afterwards i brought 3 popiah and 2 kongbakpao and some soup and passed to WT

c.h.e.f andy



4pax Homecooked Lunch with Bro, Sis BIL on 11Mar2019

4pax lunch dishes

today bro, sis & bil came over for lunch on 11.3.2019. ^^.

i made 4 dishes.

mullet and large yellow croaker

mullet and large yellow croaker

chilled mullet and yellow croaker are teochew favorites, perfect taken together with taujeon.

not much difference in quality eating out or homecook (i would say my homecooked mostly better). just a lot cheaper homecooked.

i bought 2 mullet for S$9.80 and the very large yellow croaker (>50% larger than normal size) for S$8.90.

very fresh and sweet. both very good, myself i still prefer the mullet.

garlic hk steamed sotong

garlic hk steamed sotong

garlic hk steamed the easiest to prepare and super nice.

sotong these days more ex than fish. at sheng shiong it’s like S$15.90 to S$18.90.

today’s large sotong >300g so i would be cost >S$5 ie more expensive than the mullet.

fried shitake mushrooms with mala sauce

i made some fried shitake with mala sauce. this was excellent and perfect the other day. today, not enough mala sauce.

4pax lunch dishes

and i had some hk kailan.

bro liked the kailan. he commented kailan was really lush green. and it was succulent and sweet.

c.h.e.f andy

Family Homecooked 7pax Dinner on 28Feb2019

family 7pax homecooked dinner

daughter wanted to eat at home on 28.2.2019. 🙂

aunty bes was cooking this 7pax dinner..wife made ribeye steak.

family 7pax homecooked dinner

i had 1/2 chicken in the chiller so decided to make chicken rice chicken 白斩鸡.

my grilled pork ribs

and i wanted to experiment grilled pork ribs.

it turned out quite beautifully. i was quite sure the texture would be great…i did 180degC for 1hr 40mins and 250degC for 20mins.

i wasn’t sure if my marinade would be ok.. i used 2 tbsp mustard, 1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp olive oil, and rubbed sea salt, black pepper and sprinkled dry parsley and rosemary…

it turned out quite tasty. son said nice a few times. maybe i will try less herb and just a tad more honey. mustard was great!

my 白斩鸡

my 白斩鸡 was the usual, nice, not my best but good enough with the chilli and the sauce dip.

wife’s ribeye steak

wife’s ribeye steak was great especially over japanese rice, like donburi. 🙂

aunty bes sambal pranws

and aunty bes made a tasty sambal prawns. she cooked all the other dishes this evening.

cuttlefish kang kong

and cuttlefish kang kong.

grilled brussel sprouts

we all love brussel sprouts.

prawn omelette

and wife’s prawn omelette recipe, which aunty bes made this evening.

aunty bes lady fingers

and lady’s fingers. very good!

my grilled pork ribs

simple nice dinner.

enjoyable food and time together. youngest daughter coming back late so we kept food for her. 🙂

c.h.e.f quak

Sous Vide Black Onyx Ribeye Delicious Homecooked 7pax Dinner on 24Feb2019

buddha jump over the wall

wife home this morning from japan trip..

we had 7pax dinner.

wenyu made funghi pasta..very good! restaurant standard!

I made buddha jump over the wall..it was very good..wife children all loved it…JH had 3 bowls…

made also grilled scallops, a flamed belly pork with potato mash..the mash was really good….. wife children all loved it..

got a piece of bkack onyx boned in ribeye which CNM brought during cny get together..her niece brought from australia..

so i made flamed sous vide ribeye 👍👍👍

buddha jump over the wall

buddha jump over the wall

this time no pencai 盆菜.

so i packed all the good ingredients for the buddha jump over the wall 佛跳墙 = abalones, fish maw, sea cucumber, pig tendons, chicken breast and belly pork.

buddha jump over the wall

eveything was done to perfection – the fish maw, sea cucumber, belly pork, chicken breast all superb texture and tasty.

soup was trotters, belly pork, SKINLESS chicken whole leg base, gelatinous and sweet, very flavourful, so children topped up soup, and JH had 3 bowls. 🙂

will write up a recipe for this dish.

son’s funghi tagliatelle

son’s funghi tagliatelle

wen yu made a superb funghi tagliatelle, very tasty, perfect texture of pasta and beautiful mushrrom flavours.

i think i will do this dish for my dinners. 🙂

giant scallops and black onyx ribeye

i had giant scallops. decided to pangrilled and add some sides.

belly pork before flaming 

grilled scallops, flamed belly pork, veg and mash

i decided to make a mash…it was very good, everyone loved it. i just used one large potatoes will make more next time. will write up a separate recipe for this.

also added a flamed belly pork. the same belly pork i did for the buddha jump over the walk, braised in the stock 2hrs so very tender..then added seasalt, black pepper, olive oil adn drizzle with honey, then flamed. superb!

black onyx ribeye 

CNM brought black onyx ribeye from australia during the CNY day2 get together, so i decided to make reverse sear flamed sous vide ribeye.

flamed sous vide black onyx ribeye medium rare

this evening the ribeye piece was too large to pangrilled & flamed, so i flmed a bit more.

my sous vide machine 

sous vide black onyx ribeye medium rare

like last time i set to 53.5 degC medium rare for 2hrs.

flamed sous vide black onyx ribeye medium rare

flamed sous vide black onyx ribeye medium rare

flamed sous vide black onyx ribeye medium rare 

& the ribeye was beautiful..everyone loved it…

i think i will do it a bit just very slight more done less rare (say) 54.5degC next tiem to try out.

c.h.e.f andy

Sumptuous Post CNY Homecooked 10pax Dinner for RI Bros on 21Feb2019

#2 pencai 盆菜

made 10pax dinner for RI bros this evening on 21.2.2019. ^^ 🙂

tai kor LCM helped organised the dinner.

LKH brought cheng tng 👍👍👍

CCG brought premium nuts.

LCM brought 4deg white wine.

TCH brought prunes and strawberries


1 piggy jump over the wall – fish maw, sea cucumber, pig trotters, belly pork, chicken

2 盆菜-prawns, broccoli, fish maw, sea cucumber, mushrooms, belly pork, abalones

3 hk steamed golden snapper (ang choe)

4 braised pig trotters & belly

5 salted egg prawns

6 braised scallop with leek

7 salted fish minced pork egg white fried rice

8 orh lua

i recently made the best pencai 盆菜 for CNY eve reunion dinner at my brother’s house, so thought of doing that this evening for my RI bros.

#1 piggy jump over the wall

and to experiment with buddha jump over the wall.

since i am already having pencai 盆菜, so i used cheaper ingredients like pig trotters and belly instead and called it “piggy jump over the wall”. lol!

#1 piggy jump over the wall

turned out that this (the soup) was the best dish.

i think at least one bro had 3 bowls of soup.

so i had trotters & a SKINLESS chicken leg (thigh plus drumstick) to provide a very sweet, tasty, gelatinous soup base, then added belly pork, fish maw, sea cucumber, chicken breast and each at the right timing to deliver great texture.

#1 piggy jump over the wall

a truly delightful dish.

#2 pencai 盆菜

#2 pencai 盆菜

this evening’s pencai 盆菜 was good enough. everyone loved this dish.

#2 pencai 盆菜

#2 pencai 盆菜

the fish maw, belly pork and mushrooms perfect texture and very well infused and tasty.

the gravy was not as good as what i served at my brother’s place on CNY eve.

#3 trotters and belly pork

#3 trotters and belly pork

the teochew braised trotters and belly pork was very good.

texture was perfect, gelatinous and the braise was very tasty.

#4 salted egg prawns

the first time i made salted egg prawns using my own sauce.

#4 salted egg prawns

prawns were done the same, coated with egg yoke and cornflour and shallow-fried for 1 min to golden.

#4 salted egg sauce

the last time, i used a ready made sauce. it (the sauce) was not that good even though the prawns were done well.

so this time i decided to make my own sauce. this evening i served 15 prawns, so i decided 3 salted egg yokes would be enough, and it was. so fried the salted egg yokes with 2 twigs of curry leaves and 1 cut chilli padi.

the salted egg prawn dish came out quite perfect, with great salted egg flavours and slight powdery texture, just right! 🙂

#5 scallops with leek

i did the scallops and leek dish. was going to use broccoli but already had broccoli for pencai 盆菜 so use leek instead. my friends said the leek really tasty.

#5 scallops

i used 20 large scallops.

#5 leeks

for the sauce i fried leek with oyster sauce and added intense chicken stock.

#6 HK steamed golden snapper (ang choe)

#6 HK steam golden snapper (ang choe)

for the golden snapper (ang choe), i decided to do the usual HK steamed.

fish was good, the flavours of the light soy sauce very fragrant.

#7 salted fish minced pork egg white fried rice

i made salted fish minced pork egg white fried rice. the colour and presentation very appetizing. more importantly wokhae was wonderful and teh salted fish flavours very pang!

i fried the the salted fish and minced prok first then added cooked rice high fire, mixed thoroughly and set aside.

when serving, i fried eg white (this time i used 5 egg whites), let it formed and then added the fried rice and folded in the egg whites. a lovely dish. i took 2 servings myself.

#8 orh lua – oyster omelette

and i made orh lua – oyster omelette. it was hawker standard? almost la.. still cannot quite compare. oyster and chilli was good, the crispy sweet potato flour quite ok.

LKH’s cheng tng

LKH’s cheng tng

CCG brought nuts

CCG brought nuts

TCH brought prunes


LKH brought cheng tng.

always good and especially this evening, not too sweet and combined very well with the dried persimon and melon. perfect la!

#! piggy jump over the wall

very satisfying evening for me.

the RI bros we had a great enjoyable evening together, and for me i had the opportunity to successfully deliver 2 new dishes (a very great satisfaction la!)=

  1. the buddha jump over the wall
  2. and the salted egg prawns.

for the bros also, the pencai 盆菜, egg white fried rice and orh lua were all new dishes.

a really fun evening! 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

CJ’s Annual Abalones Treasure Hotpot and Bak Kua Tradition Lunch on 13Feb2018

CJ’s annual abalone treasures tradition

CJ invited RI bros for his signature annual tradition of abalones treasure hotpot and bak hua tasting lunch on 13.2.2019.^^ shiok shuok!!!

highlight of abalones and 3 types bak kwa tasting 👍🙂

TCH brought red wine & J brought homemade brandy umeshu ..YKK brought himalayan salt lozenges. LKY brught roast pork and a lucky prosperous piggy.

CJ’s annual bak kua and hotpot lunch

a big spread though we saw only one thing – the round white thing! ^^

shitake, shimeji and enoki mushrooms

good spread of beef, pork, fish, and veg. 🙂

LKY roast pork

LKY roast pork

LKY roast pork always good, but recently less practice so room for improvement. needs a lot more practice for our subsequent makans. ^^

yamazaki whisky

jeff’s umeshu

i love jeff’s umeshu…not good effect on me though..1/2 asleep the whole drive back home.better not do next time except maybe at home…

CJ’s annual abalone treasures tradition

the brotherhood is fully committed to safekeeping CJ’s annual abalone treasures tradition. ^^

beef & pork



beef and pork were great!

red garoupa fillet

CJ said maybe fish fillet was red garoupa. 🙂

red garoupa fillet

whatever it was, tasted good boleh la! 🙂


and prawns too.


tofu and some processed rolls.



and finsied off with some veg.

himalayan salt lozenges

KK brought some himalayan salt lozenges…he said a box (20 packets??) cost RM$18 in JB and S$18 here.

LKY prosperity piggy luck

LKY distribute his prosperity piggy luck. ^^

CJ’s annual bak kua and hotpot lunch

this is surely among the best traditions the brotherhood sworn to safeguard and protect. lol!

we had a great time and fellowship together. 🙂

(before coming here i met GYS at paya lebar square and picked up GCT’s book tall order…read it that week).

c.h.e.f andy

Very Good Wagyu Homecooked Shortrib (Kalbi) Dinner at C’s House on 10FEb2019

beef kalbi don

wife’s nephew C & J invited us for wagyu shortribs (kalbi) dinner on 10.2.2019. 👍👍

bbq wagyu shortribs (kalbi)

C got a new source. bought 4kg wagyu shortribs, bbq over a japanese charcoal stove, very flavourful.

and he had sous vide eggs, 2hrs at 62degC.

beef kalbi don

and australian short grain rice, much like japanese rice.

the kalbi was very good. i took maybe 8 slices. there were tough tendon oarts so better to cut to smaller pieces when eating.

army stew = hdl soup base

C prepared some soup using haidilao soup base. he called it army stew since we are sort of having yakiniku – japanese styled korean bbq 烧肉.

army stew = hdl soup base

a very pleasant soup.

beef kalbi don

nice dinner for the CNY family get together.

c.h.e.f andy

OPS 14pax Chinese New Year Get Together at CHH House on 9Feb2019

dishes = OPS CNY get together

this evening we had 14pax OPS outram primary school annual CNY get together at CHH’s house.

also celebrated KS’s birthday!🎉🎊🎈

i missed WT this evening. GY is recovering from a fall so they couldn’t join us. LCH also not ,CF and SG also not able to join us this evening.

it’s a pot luck thing…you can bring a dish, cook or buy…my contribution = teochew braised duck. 🙂

lohei – year of the pig

i think the best dish had to be the lohei.

look at the pig design, for the auspicious year of the golden pig.



taste wise it was like any lohei…CHH had lots of salmon and abalone slices t add to it.

dishes = OPS CNY get together

there were 14pax including Mr Yuen & wife.

we had lots of dishes.

orh lua – oyster omelette

WM brought orh lua – oyster omelette. it was good, large oysters, good taste, less good when cold.

grilled pork ribs

roast pork

i tasted teh roast pork, taste quite ok, skin not so crispy.

M borught the 2 dishes but she was cryptic about whether she bought or made them.

ho see fatt choy

J’s hoe see fatt choy always one of the best. i took 3 times.

braised duck

my braised duck was good this evening. very flavourful and tender. KS was literally standing by the dish. HH said it was good.

chilli chicken

CH made chilli chicken. it was good too. very spicy. i liked it. 🙂

crystal dumplings

HC brought crystal dumplings from boon kheng market stall. i love it. took 3 pieces. overeat this evening. J was also eyeing them. 🙂

ice jelly

lay hua made the ice jelly, very nice. very refreshing.

forgot to take photo of KH’s braised pork ribs. it was very good like the last time.

have a great evening with these childhood friends, brothers and sisters.

c.h.e.f andy


Homecooked Teochew Muay Dishes 3pax Dinner with Sis and BIL on 12Feb2019

5 dinner dishes 

郭记teochew muay better than 夜上海🙂

sis & bil stayed back after lunch to watch tv series 风在长林then have 3pax homecooked dinner 🙂

i made 5 dishes. 🙂

chilled yellow croaker 

chilled yellow croaker a typical teochew muay dish. typically called her bun 鱼饭.

just steam then chill in fridge, and eat with taujeon..as good as any at teochew muay stalls. 🙂

chilled sotong

likewise the chilled sotong, same preparation, steam then chill…& bil cut with scissors when we serving.

again, as good, and probably better than teochew muay stalls.

fried shitake with bit mala

the fried shitake with a bit of mala sauce was excellent.

really nice this, superb mushroom flavours enhance by just a bit if mala fragrance. best la! ^^

fried broccoli

standard oyster sauce fried broccoli.

fried china kailan

oyster fried china kailan.

5 dinner dishes

apart of chilled fish which i do just as well, key teochew muay dishes for me are the simple nice vegetable dishes they made.

and today my simple vegetables dishes were just as good, probably better.

3 of us had an excellent simple comfort food dinner.

c.h.e.f andy




郭记teochew muay better than 夜上海🙂

sis & bil stayed back after lunch to watch tv series 风在长林then have 3pax dinner 🙂

Wonderful Chinese New Year Day 2 Lunch for 29pax Family and Friends on 6Feb2019

CNY day2 29pax lunch

made 29pax chinese new year day2 lunch..

wife made cheng tng.。。aunty bes made very nice poached kailan with shitake, and fried romaine lettice-

i planned 12 dishes = cny day 2 lunch menu

1 白斩鸡 AND chicken rice
2 braised duck
3 braised belly pork & trotters
4 chilli bean paste pork soft bones

5 salted egg prawns
6 steamed salted fish minced pork
7 steamed seabass with spicy black bean sauce
8 steamed large golden snapper tail with nonya sauce
9 nonya chap chye – red fermented beancurd, stewed cabbage, beancurd skin, mushrooms, cloud fungus, tanhoon
10 poached hk kailan with shitake by aunty bes
11 fried romaine lettuce by aunty bes
12 scallops with poached broccoli

PLUS wife’s lohei & cheng tng.

19family plus 5 friends plus E, PT, Eli, and aunty BEs and another helper..

usually we have cny day2 dinner..this year wife arranged lunch so MM & B joined lunch as they always visit during this time🙂 NM HK & YZ came too…



wife bought 2 packets of lohei, very expensive from kuriya….

SL fashioned a pig for the CNY of the pig.

#! chicken rice

#1 chicken rice chicken 白斩鸡

everyone loved the chicken rice and poached chicken 白斩鸡. i prepared the chilli and also the drizzling sauce. chicken tasty and tender. very good.

#2 braised duck

braised duck always good, not my best today…

still very popular all finished.

#3 braised trotters and belly

#3 braised trotters and belly

braised trotters and belly were excellent. very tasty and perfect texture. 🙂

#4 steamed salted fish minced pork

steamed salted fish minced pork the comfort food everyone loves. 🙂

#5 spicy bean paste pork soft bones

aunty Bes favourite dish which we all like and Bes cooked often when children were younger. didn’t make for many years.

this time i made myself. it was nice great taste and pork soft bones were very tender. a lovely dish on its own really. i used 2 tbsp of the spicy bean paste 辣豆瓣酱, fried to bring out the flavours and and braised for 1hrs 15mins…

#6 salted egg prawn

salted egg prawns my second try and first time using this sauce which i bought at tiong bahru market.

i dipped the prawns in egg yoke and cornflour then deep-fried like 30sec each side in not too much oil about 2cm. it was beautiful!

the sauce i think ok but not great. still everyone loved the prawns. i think i will use salted egg yoke and make my own sauce next time.

#7 nonya steamed golden snapper tail

everyone loved the nonya steamed golden snapper tail…wife’s sis YS mentioned several times it’s tangy and tasty.

what they didn’t know was that the fish was caught by my OPS friend WT. it’s like a 2kg+ golden snapper and i cooked only the tail – too big…

#8 spicy black bean sauce steamed seabass

i cooked the seabass last, and some were already on to dessert.

J, Wife’s 1st nephew’s wife remarked that the sauce was nice too (this the same sauce i made for the popular song fish head dish). when comparing, the nonya sauce still came out tops.

#9 scalllops with broccoli

i had good chicken stock so this dish was very tasty.

#10 shitake and poached hk kailan

and everyone loved aunty bes’s poached hk kailan with shitake.

#11 nonya chap chye

i made nonya chap chye. had a bit of problem as i could not get the red fermented tofu even though i tried both sheng shiong at tanglin halt and at clementi ave 2. anyway i managed to get this morning at giant grandstand.

lunch was at 1pm and there were 12 dishes to plan, but i still managed to go out to giant and got the fermented tofu around 10am.

#12 fried romaine lettuce

aunty bes made also the fried romaine lettuce.

wife’s sis YS diet is vegetarian plus fish, so 3 vegetable dishes used only vegetarian oyster sauce.

#13 lotus seed ginkyo nut dessert

wife made very nice tongshui dessert.


and they brought nice fruits too.

#6 salted eg prawns

everyone including our friends enjoyed the food, and we had great time and fellowship.

c.h.e.f andy

Great Food and Lohei at JH’s House CNY Day 1 on 5Feb2019

roast suckling pig

JH’s family invited us for dinner at their place on chinese new year day 1 on 5.2.2019. ^^

JH’s dad is a professional chef so we always look forward to enjoying his food. 🙂

buddha jump over the wall

the buddha jump over the wall is always good.

today there was a bigger crowd and PK had to cook more soup, so taste wise the soup was not as intense as what we had recently. still it was very good.

broccoli with chinese mushrooms

today he made broccoli with chinese mushrooms. it was good.

roast suckling pig

somebody brought roast suckling pig with glutinous rice. great stuff!

scallops with asparagus

scallops with asparagus

the scallops with asparagus always good.

nice stock base, scallops succulent and asparagus texture just right.

vinegared trotters

JH’s mom”s vinegared trotters as good as always, perfect texture and the taste was just right, tasty slight sour from vinegar. KY said she used 6 trotters, anyway all finished. 🙂

joey’s thai fishcakes

JH’s sis J made thai fishcake. she used dory and batang fish meat. very nicely done and great with the sweet thai chilli.

hae chor

JH’s dad made his hae chor… good!

CNY get together



and we had lohei. so many people so we had 2 lohei….JH’s mom’s side family doing a lohei toast together.

roast suckling pig

very nice dinner and evening.

had a busy day today starting with breakfast at my brother’s place, then visit LCH, the CNM wife’s good friends, and back and chill out in the afternoon before coming for dinner.

c.h.e.f andy

Recipe = Perfect Bowl of 1pax Bean Noodles 豆签 on 3Feb2019

1pax bean noodles

made 1pax bean noodles 豆签 dinner on 3.2.2019. ^^

i like this  bean noodles 豆签 ..very light, not filling like a snack…good for low carbs diet, lol! ^^

1pax bean noodles

i had frozen prawns,, frozen scallops in the freezer and broccoli in the fridge.

so jsut defrost. prawns i deveined and seasoned with fish sauce and white pepper. scallops just defrost.

1pax bean noodles

so easy to prepare.

just little water 150ml. boil, add 1.5tbsp tsuyu, the jap sauce for soba.

add broccoli to poach, add pranws, then add  bean noodles 豆签 and scallops like boil 1mins to 2mins. and voila! as instant as intant noodles la! ^^

the perfect meal!

succulent tasty prawns and scallops, luscious broccoli colour and texture, nice tasty broth and perfect texture of bean noodles 豆签.

c.h.e.f andy

Meimei’s Homecooked Nonya Dishes Housewarming Dinner on 1Feb2019

babi pongteh

meimei & hubby EH renovated their flat recently, very nicely done.

so they invited us, the group who went for the kluang mission including TC’s mom to a homecooked dinner at their place on 1.2.2019. ^^

aunty (TC’s mom) brought 2 types of pineapple tarts/cookies she baked. very good!

first time trying meimei’s dishes…quite nice and well deserving subsequent tries, soon! 🙂

nice homemade chap chye, babi ponteh, sambal prawns.. ngoh hiang, & otah good too..& TC bought beef rendang..

babi pongteh was quite good. pork was ok, can be more tender with more practices and invites, taste was pretty good. 🙂

chap chye

chap chye good standard, tasted very much like chap chye haha!

like the real thing la! 🙂

meimei was worried about slight burnt bottom but actually it was good!

sambal prawns

prawn sambal nice too…didn’t ask if the gravy was made or ready sauce. anyway it was good la….

ngoh hiang

ngoh hiang was good, made by meimei’s friend…good friend to have. 🙂


otah was nice! bought in malaysia, muar?

beef rendang

M bought beef rendang from some sarabat stall. he said he knew my wife doesn’t take lamb so he bought rendang. it was good, certainly tasted like the real thing. 🙂

the spread

looking forward to meimei’s next invite! 🙂

c.h.e.f andy




Son’s Crabmeat Pasta and Sous Vide Ribeye 6pax Home Dinner on 19Jan2019

son’s crabmeat pasta 

son made very nice crabmeat pasta for 6pax home dinner on 19.6.2019. ^^.

good canned crabmeat, lots of cherry tomatoes, heavy cream and herbs, parsley and basil! ^^

son’s crabmeat pasta

taste was wonderful, delicious. pasta could have been more al dente.

the creamy texture almost like a roe pasta…i like it!

sous vide black onyx ribeye – reverse sear method

sous vide black onyx ribeye – reverse sear method 

i did the reverse sear sous vide ranger valley balck onyx boned-in ribeye J gave us. 🙂

reverse sear method = sous vide 53.5degC for 2hrs then high heat pangrilled + flamed..

really excellent steak so tender & tasty..super nice

salted fish minced pork egg white fried rice

salted fish minced pork egg white fried rice

salted fish minced pork egg white fried rice 

I made salted fish minced pork egg white fried rice.

wife and son both said it was really flavourful “pang”! ^^

prawns in chinese wine sauce

& a prawn in chinese wine sauce dish.

i used leftover sauce from my chinese wine chicken for teban gardens yesterday. 🙂

aunty bes calamari 

aunty Bes made usual nice calamari. texture just right, not rubbery & too salty.

son’s crabmeat pasta

had a wonderful family home dinner. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy



3pax Home dinner with Sis & BIL on 16Jan2019

spicy black bean sauce song fish head

made 3pax dinner for sis & bil

I made-

  1. spicy black bean sauce song fish head
  2. orh lua – almost hawker standard
  3. egg white minced pork fried rice – definitely imperial treasure standard
  4. some leftover vegetables

spicy black bean sauce song fish head

spicy black bean sauce song fish headmy usual good zi char standard.

sauce was tangy and sweet, fish meat was tender and tasty.

orh lua

orh lua

and i made an almost hawker standard orh lua with big and plump oysters. ^^



i used leftover vegetables in the fridge – leek spring onions, yellow onions, celery and some potatoes. just fried with oyster sauce, added some chicken stock and reduced while cooking the potatoes, thickened to a very tasty sauce.

this dish was a champoh put together thingy,but it was also very tasty!

salted fish minced pork egg white fried rice

salted fish minced pork egg white fried rice

and i made the perfect salted fish minced pork egg white fried rice this eveninng.

this was imperial treasures restaurant standard, excellent fried rice with wonderful wek hae.

salted fish minced pork egg white fried rice

3pax dinner dishes

dinner was quite last minute.

it was also very enjoyable and tasty food! sis stayed to make gongfu tea and watched some tv series, then i sent them to mrt to catch a ride home.

wonderful family time together with sis & bil.

c.h.e.f andy