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.

beehoon

beehoon 

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”.

cake

cake 

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 platter.it’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

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

pineapple-tarts-almond-cookies

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….

刚撑了过去吃了一大罐,同一个朋友又弄来了2罐凤梨和杏仁饼糕点

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

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 

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

sweet-sour-garoupa

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-mayo2

steamed prawns with mayo 

steamed prawns well done too.

steamed-prawns-with-mayo

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

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 

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

sauteed-mushrooms

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

bakuteh

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

bakuteh

bakuteh

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.

bakuteh

bakuteh

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

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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.

prawns

prawns

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

Best Prawn Noodles for OPS Makan, Karaoke & Chilli on 15Jul2016

wa...prawn bakut noodles so sedap...irresistable la!

wa…prawn bakut noodles so sedap…irresistable la!

my OPS primary school buddy invited us for a homecooked prawn noodles on 15.7.2016. ^^

of course the real chef is the wife la!

wa…this prawn noodles really was mo tuck ten…lagi sedap…totally irresistable! ^^ should have taken 1 more bowl la…but tummy already bulging…

before the real thing - century eggs pickled ginger

before the real thing – century eggs pickled ginger

he has an internet tv so we could youtube songs with subtitles & do our own karaoke.

it was loads of fun actually. we did cantonese 上海滩,帝女花,要拼才会赢, & chinese & english songs. & 2 of our friends broke into cha cha…lots of talents in OPS la… 🙂

host provided some small bites, like century eggs pickled ginger.

before the real thing - medex giant topsheel from mexico

before the real thing – medex giant topshell from mexico

like the branded medex giant topshell from mexico.. 🙂

& we had the koropok from penang i think?

prawn bakut noodles so sedap...irresistable la!

prawn bakut noodles so sedap…irresistable la!

but the thing worth waiting for…tantantantan! was prawn noodles…

must say is way beyond expectations leh…beyond 3 sigma la…even we started from high expectations…

& in this case it was really difficult to do for 13pax & have enough the next day for another group of ravenous boys (my friend’s son’s friends) visiting.

& it’s made bowl by bowl so the noodles were al dente & warm, with my friend taking orders for each bowl. not easy for homecooked preparation, and of course we only had soup version. not easy to make the chilli also…

the soup was the bestest, very smooth, intense but not overly, and very flavourful.

my first impression was it’s almost as good as alan’s!

so i went to why eat har for prawn noodles soon after.

i took my usual dry noodles at WEH, served as usual with a separate bowl of soup. soup was excellent as always, but perhaps the experience of taking soup with dry prawn noodles & taking a more savoury prawn noodles soup whole is somewhat different, so i could not actually decide that alan’s soup was better or not..both were very good! 🙂

and the pork ribs were very good too. my friend used better quality prime ribs for home dinner. texture was very good & flavour too, but maybe alan’s pork rib overall was better, though the recent ones i tried were not the best i had at his WEH stall.

& of course my friend had pig’s tail which should make the soup more flavourful.

got dessert table some more

got dessert table some more

we had some fruits after prawn noodles.

almond jelly

almond jelly

i took the almond jelly, was pretty nice.

almond jelly

almond jelly

& according to my friend’s wife quite easy to do.

weng tong brought 糯米荔枝

another friend brought 糯米荔枝

another friend brought 糯米荔枝, the tiny vanishing seeds type. 🙂

wai han brought pandan & durian rolls

another friend brought pandan & durian rolls

another friend brought pandan & durian rolls.

6kg ah seng durians orh kue + D13

6kg ah seng durians orh kue + D13

& i brought 6kg ah seng durians orh kue + D13.

the D13 bottom right packet was the best, very intense & flavvourful.

ah seng durians orh kue

ah seng durians orh kue

& through, many friends were belting out songs.

& 2 friends broke out in cha cha. very fun & enjoyable evening.

c.h.e.f andy

OPS Primary School Classmates Makan and Chill Evening on 21May2016

better than eat out or catered - no question

better than eat out or catered – no question

my primary school friends organised a makan & chill evening on 21.5.2106. ^^

we were doing potluck.

(as i was doing some heavy cooking the day before for the RI FGS (For Goodness Sake Charity Dinner, i asked to be excused, and ordered a patissier double chocolate praline cake instead).

little did we know what our friends were capable of.

the food were absolutely better than eat out or catered – no question la!^^

wai mun brought siu yoke - my no1 dish maybe co no.1 with kok hong's pork rib

siu yoke – my no.1 dish maybe co no.1 with pork rib

the siu yoke was very good, very flavourful. the friend who brought thought the skin not crispy enuf when he did the knife scrapping test. actually it was alright la…

this has to be my no.1 or co no.1 dish for the evening i had 3 pieces…

kok hong brought a braised pork ribs...very yap mei 入味 & fork tender exceptionally good i think, like a good japanese braise pork...my no2 or maybe no1???

braised pork ribs very yap mei 入味 & fork tender-my no2 or maybe no1???

the braised pork ribs very yap mei 入味 & fork tender.. exceptionally good i think, like a good japanese braise pork dish…my no.2 or maybe co no1….

think i will try cooking this next time.^^

better than eat out or catered - no question2

better than eat out or catered – no question

so much talent in the group.

anyway apart from the food, we had so much laughter or fun the whole evening the hostess later whatsapp that-

“Tks for the company, bonding, jokes, laughter & all the good food & cakes. My stomach is bloated, how to sleep?

& later-

“it’s my pleasure to hv u crazy ppl to make this evening so relaxed, at least so me. i laughed so much”.

nice framing - wai mun got some talent...

nice framing – someone got talent…

a nicely framed photo to proof…

wau mun broyght siu yoke 2- my no1 dish maybe co no.1 with kok hong's pork rib

kongbakpao

this dish from the friend who brought the siu yoke…open secret it’s done by his wifee la…

or maybe helper??

wai mun kongbakpao

kongbakpao

it was good. though the last time i had it at his pace during cny it seemed even better..

couldn’t really tell, there were lots more food this evening as well…

chin huat's curry chicken

curry chicken

this curry chicken just looked marvelous, the first that caught my eye when i arrived. 🙂

chin huat's curry chicken2

curry chicken

chicken was kampung chicken, and tender.

somehow taste-wise the curry last time we had it during cny was better, more “pang”.

crab tanhoon

crab tanhoon

this crab tanhoon, a friend had to go 3 markets to finally get the crabs.

the crab was sweet. tanhoon had good crab taste & flavoured with coriander. not sure whether got belly pork slices. for myself i like just a little more salty (like fish sauce) to bring out the taste more..

fong mui's fried oyster sauce prawns..all finished too..i had one...nice big prawns

fried oyster sauce prawns

one friend did her “usual” fried oyster sauce prawns.

& this dish very popular, all finished too..i had one nice big prawn.

fong mui's lor han jai 罗汉斋

lor han jai 罗汉斋

she also made lor han jai 罗汉斋. boleh da!

this friend made 3 dishes, including the konyaku jelly, so she was the clear winner this evening…

my teriyaki fish fillet

my teriyaki fish fillet

i wasn’t going to cook at first. but anyhow got to cook a quick simple teriyaki sutchi fillet which i had in the fridge + experimented on one piece with mala chilli…quite like the mala taste.. will do that next time..

i think dish was quite ok though sutchi not a favorite fish..not the most popular ones…

mr Ma brought his ma ma tei chives prawn ? a fu pei quin from 和记 the gu chai 韭菜 green dumplings were good

fu pei quin 腐皮卷from 和记 so-so..the gu chai 韭菜 dumplings were good

a friend brought chives prawn? fu pei quin 腐皮卷from 和记. tasted so-so leh….the gu chai 韭菜 dumplings were good though.. i took a second cut piece. 🙂

fried greens

fried greens

forgot to ask who made this vegetable dish.

fruits

water melon, papaya, grapes, longans

the host provided some nice fruits. watermelon, grapes & organic longans were sweet…

Fong Mui did a konyaku jelly as well - so 4 items la..

konnyaku mango jelly

i quite like the konnyaku jelly with mangoes…took 3 pieces..

PK's sup sup soi 40k egg tarts

tong heng’s egg tarts

a friend brought egg tarts from tong heng. it was ok. i also tried the one with coconut. ok too. different. not something i would be partial to.

patissier double chocolate praline cake

patissier double chocolate praline cake

may is also the birthday month of 3 of our classmates. ^^

i brought a patissier double chocolate praline cake, ordered a week ago & went to collect in the morning. 🙂

chocolate mousse tart

chocolate mousse tart

a friend brought a chocolate mousse tart made by his daughter.

it was really nice. the mousse so smooth like ice cream. the ganache very nice & the oreo cookie tart base combined perfectly.

a friend said the patissier chocolate cake was a bit sweeter. he liked the passion fruit meringue we had recently better. for me & another friend who prefers chocolate cakes, the double chocolate praline was better of the 2.

but having a home baked cake which was as good if not better than patissier’s, we don’t really need to buy la…i will see if i can make this chocolate mousse tartnext time..

it was certainly better than my chocolate banana cake.

c.h.e.f andy

 

A Most Memorable & Delicious Homecooked Dinner on 13Nov2015

fried hokkien prawn mee-bestest!

fried hokkien prawn mee-bestest!

a RI friend invited us to her newly done place for homecooked dinner on 13.11.2015. ^^

it was a wonderful evening of fun, laughters & memories.

we decided to have a PCK theme. some friends went to get a S$1yellow helmet for all, and we had the round floor protector pads for molds. haha! ^^

btw, my favourite dish for the evening among all the good food was the fried hokkien prawn mee! (top photo). it was done by the hostest brother, who made a couple other dishes & joined us for dinner.

it was the bestest! i have not tried making that. not sure i can do it. 🙂

cheese board

cheese board

the host & hostess had some cheese board which we enjoyed before & after dinner.

cheese board

cheese board

the blue, an english stilton blue cheese, was excellent! i really enjoyed that. 🙂

chicken wings

chicken wings

chicken wings were good.

good curry chicken

good curry chicken

curry chicken was the thicker, more powdery type. chicken was sweet. curry was tasty.

i quite like this curry though it was different from the nonya curry chicken i make.

roast chicken

roast chicken

roast chicken was good too, moist, tender. 🙂

some veg

some veg

there were broccoli & carrots.

nice long beans

nice chilli long beans

the chilli long beans were done well. 🙂

love the soto ayam

love the soto ayam

& i love the soto ayam! 🙂

love the soto ayam

love the soto ayam

i helped myself with a bit more.

love the soto ayam

love the soto ayam

there was also itek tim, but i did not take photo.

very good pork ribs

very good pork ribs

pork ribs were fork tender, and taste great.

very good pork ribs

very good pork ribs

it inspired me to make my own louisiana styled pork ribs afterwards.

roast pork ribs (or soft bones?) - super

roast pork ribs (or soft bones?) – super

& the roast pork ribs. i had a few pieces. it was fatty but really excellent! maybe it was soft bones rather than ribs.

i want to do this one too. still thinking how to do it. 🙂

very good bread pudding with vanilla ice cream

very good bread pudding with vanilla ice cream

a friend brought a very good bread pudding.

very good bread pudding with vanilla ice cream

very good bread pudding with vanilla ice cream

especially nice served with vanilla ice cream, no need to prepare separately a hot cream custard.

very good bread pudding with vanilla ice cream

very good bread pudding with vanilla ice cream

it was convenient & great party food, no need to cut & you can scoop what you want.

i went home & make one myself, a very good bread pudding also.

very refreshing fruit cokctail jelly dessert

very refreshing fruit cokctail jelly dessert

there was also a very refreshing fruit cocktail jelly dessert. we were full to the brim. still i had 2 helpings.

frozen eclairs

frozen eclairs

& i tried a frozen eclaire, not my favourite though. 🙂

we had a lot of sharing among old friends which now meet frequently in recent years. really good fun & company & delicious food, thanks to the hostess.

c.h.e.f andy

Scrumptious Alan’s Chilli Crab Dinner on 9Oct2015

alan's chilly crab

alan’s chilly crab

alan (my very good friend’s brother) & his wife invited us over for homecooked dinner on 9.10.2015.

we had 10pax.

alan & his wife & another partner, started “why eat har” big prawn noodle stall in mar2015.

after eating at “why eat har” many times liao, we all agreed that it is undisputably among the top 3 in singapore, and it all depends on one’s personal preference which is the most preferred.

alan’s talents are NOT limited to prawn noodles of course & this evening he was going to showcase his famous crabs! 🙂

it was restaurant standard! & we were lucky that we had previously tried it at a get-together at my place 2 yrs ago on 19.8.2013.^^

for this evening we started with some salad prepared by alan’s wife. excellent salad with crunchy apples & grapes, very light myonnaise & honey. unfortunately my friend forgot to take a photo. he was busy mopping up the salad bowl after we had finished makan. 🙂

fried buns to soak up chilli crab sauce

fried buns to soak up chilli crab sauce

there were fried buns provided, perfect to soak up the very tasty chilli crab sauce! i had more than one! haha! 🙂

alan's chilly crab

alan’s chilly crab

the chilli crab sauce had clear intense crab flavours, yet very smooth, delightful & lingering. alan & his wife said it was slightly dilute but actually we all liked it that way.

the crab was not very “solid” i guess that depended on the day/timing. the body & the pincers were sweet & tasty.

drunken chicken

drunken chicken*

the drunken chicken* was good too. the 绍兴酒 was mild & fragrant, a very good flavouring to the sweet chicken. alan’s partner was saying alan’s roast chicken was even better, so we said we would all have to try that, surely, if it was better than this drunken chicken.

alan told me that the difference in his preparation for 白斩鸡 was that he did not add garlic.

salted fish minced pork咸鱼饼

salted fish minced pork咸鱼饼**

& i liked the salted fish minced pork咸鱼饼** a lot so i ate quite a bit.

it was different from the style we made at home. he minced the pork himself & had the fat in a bit chunky to give the bite. this style is the genuine one we get to eat at the good zi char stalls.

steamed red garoupa

steamed red garoupa

there was also teochew steamed red garoupa with salted vege & sour plum & sliced belly pork.

fish was sweet & tasty though the fish was in halves as the steaming dish was too small. i like both the teochew style & also the hong kong steamed style, liking the latter a bit more. 🙂

fried vege

fried vege

fried vege was simple dish but good.

fruits - golden kiwi fruits, longans & blueberries

fruits – golden kiwi fruits, longans & blueberries

& my friend did his fruit number, not bad at all! haha! 🙂

we forgot to eat the grapes another friend, our default grape supplier, brought.

& alan’s wife made a refreshing mango sago dessert.

i brought my tiramisu. i added double the usual dosage of brandy (60ml instead of the usual 30ml). my friend loved it!

actually alan’s wife, myself & my wife thought the liquor was a bit much & nicer if a bit lesser. 🙂

*my own drunken chicken not as good though i made a really awesome chicken rice chicken 白斩鸡. principally becos i used a very cheap S$1.80 绍兴酒..hehe..& my wine marinade is still experimental & need some tasting & improvement.

**i made a very good salted fish minced pork咸鱼饼 myself. it is a different style, very tasty though not as elaborate as just used minced pork from market or sheng shiong. 🙂

& i was telling my friends it’s time i start cooking crab!

i did a wonderful chilli crab capellini w/o crab for a 19pax homecooked dinner for my friends on 24.4.2015. 🙂

& an equally amazing crabless beehoon (with prawns & oysters) for a 9pax homecooked lunch on 9.3.2015. ^^

but alan was right. no matter how tasty the shellfish flavours offered by prawns heads & shells, they were not quite the same as using crab itself. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

A Great 中秋 (Mooncake Festival) Get-together Lunch at my Brother’s House

中秋lunch at brother's place

中秋lunch at brother’s place

had a great 中秋 (mooncake festival) get-together lunch at my brother’s place toady on 26.7.2015. ^^

tomorrow (27.7.2015) is the actual day for the mid-autumn festival or moon cake festival. 🙂

mid-autumn festival is the time for family & friends to come together again. as the full moon becomes whole & complete, so family & those dearest come together to be whole again. 月圆人团圆。

my favourite verse is 苏轼‘s 《水调歌头》

但愿人长久,千里共婵娟。

the verse (宋词) was actually 苏轼 thinking of his far-away brother 苏辙 on 中秋. 婵娟 means the moon, 美好 whole or prefect. so the poet is transcending time (长久) & space (千里)..sharing a moment..togetherness through time & space..but actually it was much more, many more levels of understanding. my other favourite verse is 明月几时有?把酒问青天.

the full discussion/analysis is here.

中秋lunch at brother's place

中秋lunch at brother’s place

my s-i-l & her helper prepared a good spread! ^^

fish curry

fish curry

fish curry was pretty good.

fish curry

fish curry

nice egg plants & vegetables too.

pan-fried salmon

pan-fried salmon

salmon not bad too.

pan-fried salmon

pan-fried salmon

nicely fried.

fish cake

fish cake

i just loved the fish cakes. i ate very many. 🙂

s-i-l said it’s tiong bahru fish cake but at clementi stall. 🙂

lotus soup

lotus soup

nice lotus soup.

白斩鸡 chicken rice chicken

白斩鸡 chicken rice chicken

my brother thought this 白斩鸡 chicken rice chicken was pretty good.

my first impression – chicken not smooth enough, also chicken breast was moist but not sweet enough. as i took more pieces later, the chicken breast was actually pretty tasty because of the sauce.

but basically too much sauce made it not the usual smoothness & colour of a good 白斩鸡 chicken rice chicken.

(say) my own poached chicken (above).

i served it a number of times & most recently at a wonderful 14-course homecooked dinner get-together for 19pax friends on 24apr2015. always a crowd favourite. ^^

kang kong

kang kong

& we had nice kang kong. 🙂

teochew moon cake

teochew moon cake

sis bought some “lar piah” teochew moon cake from chinatown. 🙂

black cake (old korh)

black cake (old korh)

& the black cake. hardly remembers them.

black cake (old korh) & yam

black cake (old korh) & yam

& my brother bought some yam.

moon cakes

moon cakes

i brought some moon cakes from shangri-la & tcc.

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they were given to us by my wife’s friend & my friend.

moon cakes

moon cakes

above the shangri-la twin yoke mooncake, not so sweet & quite smooth, a pretty good one. 🙂

after lunch we stayed & chit-chatted for 1+ hrs. great family time together, a very good day.

c.h.e.f andy

Scrumptious Lunch at Friend’s Home on 19Dec2014

scrumptious spread

scrumptious spread

a friend organised for us to watch exodus (& we had light dinner at timhowan at west gate mall after the show). got homecooked lunch thrown in some more. fully fed before crossing the red sea. haha. ^^

there were 6 of us joining lunch on 19.12.2014. we had a scrumptious lunch..truly a labour of love.. 🙂

another friend came later & brought back the thai curry & some other food which they then had for dinner after “dry swimming” & was singing praises on how good the thai curry was over whatsapp.

our superbred teochew ah hia who knows everything under the sun about teochew food, culture & whatnots brought some teochew cooked fishes from chong boon market at amk ave10.

buddha jump over the wall bjotw

buddha jump over the wall bjotw

we had buddha jump over the wall bjotw. there were thick mushrooms, fish maw, chicken & sliced abalones.

糖醋排骨 sweet sour pork ribs

糖醋排骨 sweet sour pork ribs

the 糖醋排骨 sweet sour pork ribs was excellent, very tender & mildly sweet, great texture & taste.

claypot rice

claypot rice

i loved the claypot rice, very nice flavours. the chinese sausage & duck liver sausage were just wonderful. had a second helping for someone who eschew carbs.

thai curry hicken

thai curry chicken

thai curry was ok for me. nice aromatic thai curry using pre-packed sauce bought from beach road.

dried oysters with moss

dried oysters with moss

& there was dried oysters with moss or 蚝屎髮菜 or 好事发财 all ready for chinese new year.

cooked treadfin & yellow cracker

cooked treadfin & yellow croaker

cooked treadfin & yellow cracker

cooked treadfin & yellow croaker

cooked silver fish

cooked silver fish

the teochew ah hia bought some “her poon” cooked fish (鱼饭) = 1 “gnor soon” (treadfin), 2 “ang huay tor” (yellow croaker or 小黄鱼) & some silver fish. the friend prepared some bean paste 豆浆 & some “sng ni chor” 蒜泥醋 for fish dip. great stuff!

i am teochew & though i like cooked fish (i mostly prefer mullet 乌鱼) i am not overly enamoured with them. we managed to finish 1 treadfin & 1 yellow croaker & some silver fish among us.

egg pancake

egg pancake

egg pancake used some thai vegetables (looked like dill). nice, i liked it.

buddha jump over the wall bjotw

buddha jump over the wall bjotw

buddha jump over the wall bjotw

buddha jump over the wall bjotw

buddha jump over the wall bjotw

buddha jump over the wall bjotw

claypot rice

claypot rice

dessert

rosella jelly with mango dessert

& we finished off with some rosella jelly with mango dessert. i finished 1 whole lot. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Scrumptious Homechef Mooncake Dinner on 8Sep2014

buddha jump over the wall (b-j-o-t-w)

buddha jump over the wall (b-j-o-t-w)

was invited to a friend’s place for “makan kueh bulan” dinner on 8sep2014, to celebrate (though in subsequent whatsapps, there was discovery that for some it was celibrate – ok just kidding la. 🙂 )  mid autumn festival.

the last 3 times i was invited – it was a peranakan feast on 30.5.2014, and before that another “michelin star” home gourmet peranakan feast on 7.6.2013, & a teochew gourmet lunch on 12.4.2012. running out of vocab but who can blame me? haha! 🙂 that btw is why i blog = help me to recall all the fun moments! 🙂

one important promising observation – the invitations seem to get a bit more frequent. keep it up my friend!…lol. 🙂

the buddha jump over the wall (b-j-o-t-w) was absolutely delicious. myself, and the other “buddha” among us, were among the first in line, and of course once a buddha was not quite enough. 🙂

fish maws for b-j-o-t-w

fish maws for b-j-o-t-w

sharks fin & sea cucumber for b-j-o-t-w

sharks fin & sea cucumber for b-j-o-t-w

the sharks fin, sea cucumber & fish maw were all very good with the b-j-o-t-w, which had pig trotters & dried scallops (& i guess chicken) as soup base, and thick mushrooms – very sweet, tasty, intense. i loved it! 🙂

abalone for b-j-o-t-w

abalone for b-j-o-t-w

the very expensive abalones made it a sumptuous & not just scrumptious dinner. i tried 1 slice for each bowl of b-j-o-t-w i had.  couldn’t say that i fully appreciate this delicacy. texture was quite fine, not tough. i like abalones with deep flavours with just a slight chewy bite, & not rubbery.

my own peasant “poor man’s” version of buddha jump over the wall (b-j-o-t-w) is more like an imposter, not quite in the same class. haha! 🙂 & i had a S$9.90 can of limpets masquerading as abalones, from the “lowly ntuc type” (in this case sheng shiong) according to the teases on our group whatsapp. 🙂

buddha jump over the wall (b-j-o-t-w)

buddha jump over the wall (b-j-o-t-w)

a friend “ta pao” some food back including b-j-o-t-w, and was still relishing the divine enlightenment days later! 🙂

marvellous spread

marvellous spread

the scrumptious spread!

octopus wasabi salad

squid wasabi salad

the squid wasabi salad was very good. i am trying out later myself with zucchini.

teochew braised duck

teochew braised duck

the teochew braised duck was very tasty. meat was tender. the flavours & braising sauce a bit different from my own teochew braised duck (i just use tai wah braising sauce), and seems like a longer cooking time than mine, which is about 1 hr for a 2kg duck.

crackling roast pork

crackling roast pork

crackling belly pork is a dish that i failed many times. this one was good, both the crackling skin & the meat flavours, maybe it would give me some impetus to try again the crackling part. has been difficult for me to have motivation on this dish which is a bit unhealthy & i had to eat myself or throw away when i missed the mark, so i did not post any recipe to date. 😦

drunken prawns

drunken prawns

hmmm…drunken prawns. somehow i missed trying this dish, too absorbed in buddha’s teachings. 🙂

drunken chicken

drunken chicken

drunken chicken was tender & tasty, perhaps could do with a bit more chinese shaoxing wine (绍兴酒). not sure. i did this drunken chicken pretty ok myself but a good 绍兴酒 is costly & may cost 1/2 the price of the chicken unless you reuse the marinade, so i mostly just do the poached chicken (白斩鸡) sans the wine. 🙂

the friend who also brought back b-j-o-t-w added macaroni to the drunken chicken 3 days later & was apparently in divine drunken stupor in some nirvana state he converged the drunken chicken with the b-j-o-t-w, something clearly requiring advanced practice in mental discipline & powers of perception. 🙂

steamed ang kuay

steamed ang kuay

liked the ang kuay too. meat was tender. nice fish.

stir-fried naibai (奶白)

stir-fried naibai (奶白)

the  naibai (奶白) was a good round up after the meat dishes. 🙂

heng hua beehoon

heng hua beehoon

the heng hua beehoon was well infused with the littleneck clam (“la la”) flavours. according to my friend, heng hua was the only cuisine to add clams to beehoon. haha..if you exclude vongole..lol (but you don’t usually use capellini for vongole). 🙂

my plateful

my plateful

my plateful of all the great dishes.

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water caltrop (菱角)

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water caltrop (菱角)

batman! perfect for superimposing over the moon. 🙂

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water caltrop (菱角),潮州 月饼, 月糕

one interesting, nostalgic journey this evening was bringing back the dissappearring food. one friend brought the 潮州 月饼, 月糕. the 潮州 月饼 was kind of similar to pong piah or ma tai soh (1 soft skin & 1 crispy). the 月糕 is a black sesame version. the ones i now remember were white versions of月糕 used to come in cheap red paper wrappings & i had them when very young.

water caltrop (菱角) – we had to google this. very nostalgic. alas! it’s hard to shell & quite bland to eat! 🙂

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homemade mooncakes

the host also prepared homemade moon cakes with coloured 冰皮 & very smooth, not too sweet 莲蓉. yum!

a friend’s birthday falls a few days after the dinner, so we bought a mille crepe cake from lady M, put on 1 “big” candle & sang happy birthday. 🙂 still managed to polish off the cake despite being “very full”. haha! 🙂

we sat at the garden afterwards. very nice evening with friends!

c.h.e.f andy

Wife Cooked Excellent Crayfish Pasta & Shakshuka on 13Jul2014

pink sauce crayfish pasta

pink sauce crayfish pasta

wife cooked an incredible crayfish linguine in pink sauce aka creamy tomato sauce on 13.7.2014.

wife served the linguine separately so everyone could add the amount of pasta they wish & then pile on the crayfish & sauce. i contributed the linguine actually, done al dente. 🙂 it was an excellent pasta dish and a beauty to behold! 🙂

shakshuka

shakshuka

shakshuka

shakshuka

pink sauce crayfish pasta

pink sauce crayfish pasta

another dish wife prepared was the israeli breakfast shashuka. it was pretty good too, and looked nice with the eggs & tomatoes. yellow onions provided the sweetness base & the tomatoes the mildly sour sweet flavours, the eggs & yolks offered added texture & colours. 🙂

shashuka will never be really a favourite for me, but this was quite a good dish & a great accompaniment to the crayfish pasta. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy