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


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

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



Excellent 18pax Family New Year Dinner by JH’s Dad on 28Dec2018

buddha jumped over the wall

JH’s dad PK invited us over for 18pax family dinner on 28.12.2018. ^^

his dad is the resident chef for a company, managing the daily meals for 100+ employees.

his dishes are restaurant standard. we came for dinner last year, so our family were all looking forward to this evening excellent dinner –

1 buddha jump over the wall
2 topshell salad
3 assam red garoupa
4 scallops with asparagus (forgot to take photo)
5 salted egg prawns
6 vinegar pork trotters (by JH’s mom)

every dish was delicious! 🙂

I contributed a braised 1/2duck, slow braised angus beef boneless short ribs, and tofu cheesecake.


the buddha jump over the wall was excellent. soup was very tasty, flavourful and with good ingredients – small abalone, fish maw, pig trotters, pig tendons, sea cucumber, thick mushrooms and chicken. SM who is quite picky, also enjoyed the soup like everyone else.

i think i will make this for family CNY dinner.

topshell salad

the topshell salad was very nice, very refreshing with a great tangy sauce, just slightly on the sweet side.

salted egg prawns

the salted egg prawns was restaurant & good zi char standard. great salted egg flavour and slight powdery texture, quite perfect!

SM said the one PK made last week was even better..anyhow this one was very good liao..

i think i will make this dish too, lazy me will only be using ready made salted egg sauce.

i didn’t take photo of the scallop dish. it was very well done. the stock was very tasty, and the scallop texture was perfect, and so was the asparagus. many restaurants & zi char made this dish, and not all can produce this standard…

i may try making this dish, but this i have less confident doing it as well…

vinegared trotters

JH’s mom KY made the vinegared was very good too. texture was great, gelatinous and flavour was very slight vinegared and great taste and umami..

sambal red garoupa

the sambal red garoupa was very well done.

PK filleted the meat in large bite pieces and served the whole fish so it was great presentation and convenient to eat. he made the sambal sauce himself.

for lazy me i will only use ready made sauce la. lol! :-p

my braised duck

for this evening i contributed 1/2 braised duck. didn’t want to make too much food as PK would have prepared many good dishes, but 1/2 duck was just a bit too little.

duck was very tender and flavourful with the braise, one of the better braised duck i made.

my braised boneless beef short ribs

braised boneless beef short ribs (2hrs in 130degC oven) was my new experimental dish.

i made this for 13pax dinner for my RI makan group just a week ago on 20.12.2018.

it was good enough, tender and quite tasty, though the braise was still some distance form the excellent braised beef ribs at halia and at akira back.

i think i will try one with boned-in short ribs to see if i can produce a tastier version of this dish.

my tofu cheese cake

my tofu cheese cake was very good this evening. JH’s mom KY loved it.

the digestive base was just right thickness and the texture of the cake was perfect this time, not too soft, very smooth. and taste was quite fabulous, slight tangy slight sweet, light cream cheese taste with yogurt and tofu.

tofu cheese cake is a no bake cake so really easy to make & JH’s sis can easily make this anytime… 🙂

we had a wonderful evening, excellent food and afterwards we adjourned to SM’s room upstairs to have coffee chat.

a great family time together.

c.h.e.f andy



DP made 5pax Mee Siam Lunch on 8Aug2018

5pax mee siam lunch

DP made mee siam lunch for us 5pax lunch on 8.8.2018. ^^

he had to come back from school (3buses & 15mins walk each way) and cook for us so he arranged for 2pm lunch.

i met KY & KH at ikea tampines. we had the S$0.50 soy soft ice cream & bought curry puffs (S$4 for 5) and chicken wings (S$8 for 6) to bring along to DP place.

5pax mee siam lunch

fried mee siam

fried mee siam was nice.

we talked about sambal chilli 5 times but didn’t manage to get DP to do for us. lol! ^^



tau pok

the prawns, eggs & taupok went well with mee siam, and there were lots of tasty gravy.

6 chicken wings for S$8 from ikea

the ikea chicken wing not so good. there were 6 for 5 of us.

we also took the curry puff. that was good!

c.h.e.f andy

Jessie’s Delicious Homemade Yongtaufu on 11Jul2018

J’s yongtaufu

Jessie made delicious ytf & some kongbakpau…we gathered at WM’s place on 11.7.2018.

J’s yongtaufu

the ytf was very good, better than most outside.

J’s yongtaufu

i like fried ytf more than the usual ones served a food centres.

prawn salad

some prawn salad. 🙂

J’s yongtaufu

tau kua & tau pok ytf.

J’s yongtaufu

i liked the bitter gourd & chilli, and the egg plant pretty good as well.

J’s yongtaufu

the small sweet capsicums were the best, really sweet.

J’s yongtaufu

and fish balls too. 🙂

J’s yongtaufu

most importantly, the home made chilli sauce, super spicy, potent. i took a lot, the most i think.

J made some kongbapau also…there were so much food. i took mostly ytf, and 2 pieces of braised pork.

WT brought some D13 & MSW durians so got to reserve some space for that, and M brought madeleines. 🙂

WT bought a lot of durians. we were gathering at my place for dinner the next day, so i took 1 box of MSW back for next day’s get together. 🙂

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

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

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

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…


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

OPS CNY2018 Makan & Chill at CH2 House on 24Feb2018

huat ah!

had a wonderful OPS CNY makan & chill at CH2’s place..

pot luck & many great dishes – CH2’s yummy mushroom soup, j’s 蚝豉发菜-very thick japanese mushrooms & nice dried oyster flavours 👍, & CH’s irresistible curry chicken…& HC brought roast duck..long queue..WT’s mala spaghetti etc….

J & LH also made kueh ubi kayu & kueh kosui…


first thing first for CNY celebration – Huat Ah!


nice lohei…


& CH2 “poured” in lots of salmon sashimi….

OPS CNY2018 makan & chill

OPS CNY2018 makan & chill

CH2’s home

spacious & great ambience…

OPS CNY potluck dishes

so much food…i didn’t try many dishes…haha! 🙂

CH’s yummy mushroom soup

mushroom soup yummy & delicious…maybe should have taken another bowl..

first time i took J’s bakut prawn mee, took one bowl…second time threw caution & calories to the wind & took 2 CNY la..

WT’s mala spaghetti

WT’s mala seafood spaghetti..

WT’s mala spaghetti

nice colour..

WT’s mala spaghetti

spaghetti was al dente..

CH’s curry chicken

my perennial favourite…drank quite a bit of curry..

J’s oyster fa cai  蚝豉发菜

J’s oyster fa cai 蚝豉发菜 was intended for her in-law family, luckily our accomplished lifter WM stole some…thick jap mushrooms & the dried oyster taste combined with fa cai texture, lagi shiok!

steamed pomfret

steamed pomfret

steamed pomfret looked great. i didn’t try though, wonder who did? CH2 is it?

HC brought roast duck

HC brought nice S$40 roast duck…long queue he said, forgot the shop name….

fried prawns with asparagus

took some asparagus, good…not sure who did?

sushi platter

didn’t try the sushi…don’t know who brought?

OPS CNY makan and chill

my food plate…


i like nonya kueh..J’s kueh ubi batu really good. LH’s kueh sosui too..cheating!!! sista made one!!!

angku kueh not sure from where? not so great…not so “pang” and too much infill tau sa…

my braised belly pork with mushrooms

my braised belly pork with mushrooms

my braised belly pork with mushrooms

i did a braised belly pork with cheap mushrooms (3 packets S$10)…can always rely on WM to steal the good thick mushrooms la…

c.h.e.f andy

CJ hosted Brotherhood CNY2018 Hotpot Lunch + Bak Kwa Tasting on 21Feb2018

CJ’s shih tzu doggy

CJinvited RI brotherhood for CNY hotpot lunch & bak kwa tasting on 21.2.2018…👍👍👍

also doubled as his birthday celebration! we had 12pax out of 14 missing CH & J..

bak kwa tasting

started with a bak kua tasting session….

bak kwa tasting

our friend collected too much bak kwa during CNY cannot finish la…

CJ’s hotpot lunch

a very good hotpot lunch!

induction heater was strong & fast!

CJ’s hotpot lunch

12pax gathered at the table.

CJ had good chicken stock. he used 2 whole chicken, i used chicken bones & feet, different class la! lol! :-p

CJ’s hotpot lunch

CJ’s hotpot lunch

some people knew to pick corner seats – got served the whole lunch & quietly finishing the bak kwa! lol!


pork collar

red garoupa fillet

CJ had red garoupa fillet, pork belly & beef all nice;

small abalones, quite big, & enuf for 2 each 🙂

& also quite big baby abalones enuf for 2 each!..

shimeji mushrooms

golden mushrooms enoki

tofu & ngoh hiang


& lots of nice vegetables…KH still talking about it the next day👍


& huge, sweet cherries.

CJ’s shih tzu doggy

CJ’s shih tzu doggy

CJ’s shih tzu doggy got special affinity to KH…TC eluded to some part of anatomy 😜

CL took all the beautiful camera shots! 🙂

brotherhood makan & chill are especially fun! i enjoyed every one of them thoroughly la!

c.h.e.f andy

J’s Prawn Noodles the Best! I Took 2 Large Bowls on 20Jan2018

J’s prawn bakut noodles

WM’s wife, J’s prawn noodles the best la!

the last time we had J’s prawn bakut noodles was 1.5yrs back, on 15.7.2016.

all we OPS folks have been pining for 11pax OPS descended on WM’s home to savour the prawn noodles on 20.1.2018. ^^

i ate 2 big bowls, beehoon mee…

there were lots of crispy lard (lar pok), bean sprouts, shallots, chilli padi.. we helped ourselves…

J’s prawn bakut noodles

 i think the noodles – soup, prawns, noodles etc were as good as the last time, which was super good, so low carbs me finished 2 large bowls including all the noodles..

my bakut this time was not as tender as the last, otherwise everything was perfect..i think this prawn noodles as good as any outside, didn’t have the chilli paste & dry version, but this soup one was really good!

well, got to pine some more & look forward to next time…

c.h.e.f andy

OPS52 Chinese New Year Get Together on CNY Day7 人日, 3Feb2017

OPS chefs' potluck dishes

OPS chefs’ potluck dishes 

had a OPS primary school buddies gathering at friend’s house on CNY Day 7 人日 3.2.2017. ^^

food was amazing.

so many skillful chefs among my OPS buddies, CTHD=crouching tiger hidden dragon la.. 🙂

烤麸 - an excellent 面筋gluten dish i like

烤麸 – an excellent 面筋gluten dish i like 

one dish i like a lot was the 烤麸.

it’s an excellent 面筋gluten dish.

烤麸 - an excellent 面筋gluten dish i like

烤麸 – an excellent 面筋gluten dish i like 

my friend did it really well.

the 烤麸 texture was excellent, tender, not chewy, a sweet dish but not too sweet, quite perfect la…

i did lor arh 鲁鸭 this evening.

not quite my best rendition. anyhow the dish was mostly finished.

the host especially liked it, said the lor was very “pang” fragrant. she took the wings as well. didn’t know she lor arh 鲁鸭so much. she was telling me about the sims avenue stall she frequented.

it was really a very easy dish to make. all i did was use the off the shelf tai hua braising sauce.

i also did some experimental braised pork belly.

these ones quite good, can be improved but quite successful la…

the black belly pork i used the lor (braising sauce) from braising the duck, and basically used the same braised & steamed method described in this kong bak recipe here.

my experimental black & white braised pork belly

my experimental white & black braised kong bak – pork belly  

for the white kong bak, i used the intense chicken stock left from my braised & steamed chciken for teban gardens this morning.

红糟鸡 fermented red rice yeast chicken

红糟鸡 fermented red rice yeast chicken 

another friend made the 红糟鸡 fermented red rice yeast chicken.

红糟鸡 fermented red rice yeast chicken

红糟鸡 fermented red rice yeast chicken 

it’s a dish we don’t get to eat often.

the red rice yeast aroma was quite excellent. & the chicken (i took a breast piece) was very tender.

curry chicken

curry chicken 

my friend’s curry chicken always my favourite.

i liked it best at our recent gathering at his condo. 🙂

char siew & siew yoke

char siew & siew yoke 

another friend delivered some siew yoke & char siew he bought as he had to go to another gathering. he stayed for some photos & left shortly.

好事发财 = 蚝豉发菜 dried oyster dish

好事发财 = 蚝豉发菜 dried oyster dish 

another friend supposedly made this 好事发财 = 蚝豉发菜 dried oyster dish.

(the secret was out that actually the host’s helper made the dish…what are friends for right??? she working that day & quite tough to make the dish & transport it on time at 6.30pm)

it was quite good really, although couple friends mentioned the dried oyster was a bit salty. indeed it was but this dish meant to be taken with rice so quite ok, just that these days many of us take very little rice.



the beehoon was made by the friend who made the 烤麸.

his dishes are always good. bee hoon was loose, not clumpy, simple & nice flavour.

this one also a surrogate dish, as another close friend had 3 engagements today (& came quite late to join) so wasn’t able to make this dish.

lohei & dessert

lohei & dessert 

we had quite a few “desserts”.



our chinese teacher broguht a cake his wife made for us.

tau huay

tau huay 

another friend, our regular pastry chef, made tau huay.

i think this really excellent tau huay, as good if not better than most outside.

pineapple tarts

pineapple tarts 

the host helper made pineapple tarts. i quite like the cloves that go with it, not so common.

the friend who made the 烤麸 & bee hoon also brought his pineapple tarts & almond cookies.

for me his pineapple tarts the best i had so far, none of the hotel/restaurant ones & homemade ones i had are as good. & his almond cookies i like just as much. in fact, i finished a bottle each all by myself….hehehe!

lo hei with abalone & salmon

lo hei with abalone & salmon 

the host prepared a lo hei’s like for 40pax.

lo hei with abalone & salmon

lo hei with abalone & salmon 

lots of abalone (i think 2 cans) & salmon.

lo hei with abalone & salmon

lo hei with abalone & salmon 

very nice lo hei. we did our best to finish like 1/2. 🙂

really wonderful fun evening.

a friend said this his best gathering ever. another friend super high spirit this evening, everyone full of laughter. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Pineapple Tarts & Almond Cookies made by OPS Friend on 17Jan2017


had great dimsum tea with 2 OPS primary school buddies at paradise dynasty @ onekm today on 17.1.2017.

one friend passed me 2 tubs – pineapple tarts & almond cookies …

he not letting me off leh….😜😂😎

after I finished 1 tub of his pineapple tarts liao….


can’t say which is better..i absolutely LOVE both! ^^

pineapple tarts very nice pastry, and fillings slight sour not too sweet. for me it was perfect!

the almond cookies, the best too..crispy, flaky/powdery? don’t know la…very nice “toh teoh liao la”…

i whatsapp the guys, after eating 1 tub of each, i decided no need to ask for recipe, just ask for finished product boleh da! ^^

c.h.e.f andy

Great RI Friends Homecooked Housewarming Lunch on 23Nov2016


homecooked lunch 

my old RI friend moved into a new 3-storey 4500sq ft freehold strata house recently, and he invited us over for lunch & housewarming on 23.11.2016. ^^

good location & nice environment, very high ceiling like 4.5m in the hall, very good folding sliding doors, & ducted aircon in hall plus cassette in nice & bright basement etc.

his helper cooked lunch for 10 of us – 6 dishes, very competent dishes indeed.


ngoh hiang 

ngoh hiang quite impressive, like market or zi char/restaurant standard.


sweet sour garoupa 

sweet & sour garoupa well done too.

not a favourite preparation for me, but fish was fried well, fresh & crispy, meat was firm, sauce was also competent.


steamed prawns with mayo 

steamed prawns well done too.


steamed prawns with mayo 

prawns fresh. i could also do w/o the mayo but light dash of mayo was ok for me too.


pork trotters with bamboo shoots & taukua 

the pork trotters was good!

great texture, good “lor” braise sauce flavours, very tasty bamboo shoots & if my memory served me right the harder type of taukua, seldom used but i like them too.

i mentioned to another friend this ter kar better than the famous one han jia at east coast lagoon food village!

certainly for me, it was…


chap chai 

chap chai was ok. basically all the dishes were competent. look like competent, taste like competent, so must be competent! lol! ^^


sauteed mushrooms 

so was the sauteed mushrooms.

the guys walloped everything. no residue…

madeleine like cake

madeleine like cake 

one friend brought these french (he said) madeleine like cake. pretty good.

we had a great time together…nice food, great company…

after lunch we had a briefing by another friend about a trip to miri, sarawak, and also to malacca & JB.

c.h.e.f andy

Durians, Bakuteh, Old Town White Coffee Original Cendol = an afternoon with Good Friend on 6Dec2016

D13 durians from sin kian choon tiong bahru

D13 durians from sin kian choon tiong bahru

3 of us (OPS primary school buddies) decided to meet for durians.

one friend went to sin kian choon at tiong bahru to get the durians.

as the durians arrived about 1.30pm, we decided to meet at another friend’s place at 2pm on 6.12.2016.^^

D13 durians from sin kian choon tiong bahru

D13 durians from sin kian choon tiong bahru

our friend bought 3 fruits, 5kg of D13 durians. it was quite a lot of durians for 3pax but knowing us, where got problem to sapu all right? piece of durian la…

D13 durians from sin kian choon tiong bahru

D13 durians from sin kian choon tiong bahru

we always like D13. MSW has come down to S$15/kg but we didn’t get this time.

D13 was sweet, fragrant. 2 of the fruits were tastier, one was plainer, bit 淡.

very enjoyable for us, of course not quite the best D13 we had previously. still, good enough la…

bkt spices

bakuteh spices

we were tired of going out, so decided to just cook bakuteh at the friend’s place & try out a new packet of bkt spices (the teochew bkt spice on the right).



bakuteh is the easiest thing to make. close eyes oso can do la…



my friend had the really good fresh monstrous indonesian 龙骨 long prime ribs (T-rex…lol!) from his usual wet market supplier.

i brought 2 packet of the teochew spices (instruction says 500g 1 packet). the ribs were >1kg so we added 2 packets.

we cooked 10mins longer than my usual 45-50mins! but actually the ribs were still slightly tough, though we still walloped 3 pieces each (2 long & one short so maybe 2.5).

later my friend cooked another 15mins for his mom & family, and he said the ribs texture were softer & soup also tasted better.



i actually like a texture that is firmer & has more bite & not falling apart. but in this case, post testing afterwards, we know now that these ribs needed about 1hr 10-15mins.

for the soup, this was also very tasty, and one friend prefers this teochew bkt spices.

for myself i prefer my usual ilc bkt spices(the packet on the left in the photo further up)., which i feel brings out the natural sweetness of the pork better & make the soup really balanced & tasty.

my friend’s prime ribs were the far superior fresh ribs. i just use frozen prime ribs from sheng shiong.

old town white coffee original cendol

old town white coffee original cendol

after durians & bkt, one friend said he wanted cendol, later cannot sleep if don’t eat that. lol!^^

it’s quite true really, jokes aside!

want to do something, just do it lor….

the haig road food centre was closed. we walked over to onekm & found the old town white coffee place which serves original cendol.

old town white coffee original cendol

old town white coffee original cendol

it was pretty good!

lemak coconut milk, good gula melaka, sweet red beans. at S$3.90++

for me still no comparison to four seasons cendol, more flavourful gula melaka, intense coconut milk, & kidney beans which one class above red beans la…

c.h.e.f andy


Old Town White Coffee

Great 中秋节Mid-Autumn Festival Dinner at Brother’s House on 15Sep2016

my brothers helpers cooked food

my brothers helpers cooked food

sis family & i went to brother’s house for 中秋节mid-autumn festival dinner  this evening on 15.9.2016. ^^

my brothers helpers cooked food

my brothers helpers cooked food

the dishes were planned by my sil & her helper the evening before, and cooked by the helper.

my brothers helpers cooked food

my brothers helpers cooked food

it was simple, homely, delicious, comfort food. very nice! 🙂

braised yellow croaker 红烧小黄鱼

braised yellow croaker 红烧小黄鱼

they did the braised yellow croaker 红烧小黄鱼. it was very good! 🙂

fish was fresh & sweet.yellow croaker 小黄鱼 has fine texture. this method we say 半煎煮in teochew helps to make the texture firmer, & flavourful (“pang”) from frying. the sauce was good too…

i did a braised mandarin fish 红烧桂鱼 2 days later when my sis & bil came for dinner at my place. my was not as good la… yet …haha!

steamed pomfret

steamed pomfret

steamed pomfret the usual, fresh fish & a regular good teochew dish.



her prawns were good too.

tau you bak

tau you bak

& the tau you bak was tender & nice.

not elaborate like my tau you bak.

a good pointer for me to find the simplest way to cook a good tasty dish. i will try out this dish without the oven slow braising.

brocoli & fungus dish

brocoli & fungus dish

brocoli also a simple comfort food. it was done nicely poached (or lightly fried) with nice enoki (golden mushrooms).

the fungus tanhoon tau kee dish again simple & good.

i can learn a thing or 2 trying the dishes by the helper. 🙂

hard tau kua

hard tau kua

the hard tau kua i have not taken for eons, almost didn’t remember them. my mom/grandma used to cook them.

hard tau kua

hard tau kua

2 different type of sauce. i like this dark soy sauce one better, but this not my preferred tau kua dish.

sis' excellent salted fish with celery

sis’ excellent salted fish with celery

& my sis’ salted fish with celery was simply wonderful!

i am going to cook this celery dish with sliced pork for the bread of life community lunch this saturday. ^^

& also for PPH teban gardens community breakfast friday next week. 🙂

a very nice meal with family. after dinner, brother called & talked with our relatives in china.

c.h.e.f andy