Claypot Rice, Drunken Chicken 醉鸡 and Saliva Chicken 口水鸡 for 8pax Wife’s Friends Dinner on 5Nov2018

8pax dinner dishes

made 8pax dinner for wife’s friends this evening on 5.11.2018. ^^

LT & WG brought jane’s chocolate cake and tiramisu cakes for wife.

WG also brought some nice char siew and braised pork…both were nice. i like the char siew better..i think she said she used pork loin and the texture was very good, it’s like sous vide almost.

wife told me last evening her friends including CM who we visited couple times in UK were coming, CM from UK and LK visiting from australia. she said she would buy chicken rice.

she didn’t want to ask me to cook as i just cooked tapas for her other friends 9pax dinner 2 days back on 2.11.2018.

anyway i make chicken rice also so no point to buy from outside. we decided i should make claypot rice and drunken chicken and saliva chicken instead of 白斩鸡. and a prawn tofu dish. aunty bes will cook the romaine lettuce

so i went to buy 1 large chicken for claypot rice and 1 kampung chicken for drunken chicken and saliva chicken, and romaine lettuce for aunty bes. i debone the large chicken and boil the bones with carrot, ginger, red onions, spring onions, garlic to make intense stock for the prawn tofu dish.

clapot chicken rice

the claypot rice was not my best, but it will do, flavourful, i think quite ok texture. chicken were tender & tasty.

i made a mistake in the process, not one i normally make. i forgot to fry the rice before adding water. to the claypot rice. lol! this dish does not need stock as the whole deboned chicken already very tasty.

drunken chicken 醉鸡

for drunken chicken 醉鸡 and saliva chicken 口水鸡, it was the usual 白斩鸡 preparation, but becos kampung chicken is 1-1.1kg c/w large chicken 1.4-1.6kg, i have to adjust the timing = so boiled 9mins & poached 20mis.

last evening, i salted the chicken and dry in the fridge and washed thoroughly this morning before boiling in the chicken stock.

so the usual ice water treatment to produce the smooth taut skin and chill in fridge, then debone, and place 1/2 chicken in each dish.

for drunken chicken 醉鸡 i added 1/2cup huatiaojiu, 1/2 cup chicken stock, 2 tbsp fish sauce and 1 tbsp sugar. mixed well then added to the chicken and placed sealed in the chiller.

saliva chicken 口水鸡

or saliva chicken 口水鸡, i added 2tbsp 老干妈 mala sauce, 1 tbsp fish sauce, 1 tbsp sugar, mixed well and added to the chicken, sealed and put in the chiller.

both dishes were quite excellent. all the friends liked them. wife especially like the drunken chicken.

steamed minced pork with light soy sauce

they all liked the steamed minced pork dish. it was smooth (added corn flour) and very flavourful from the good light soy sauce, simple dish and everyone like in all my dinners. 🙂

prawn tofu

i shallow fried the tofu and made the very tasty gravy from the chicken stock.

when serving, i added one egg, drew with a chopstick then added prawns and covered to cook. a great dish and nice presentation. unfortunately i did not take photo.

steamed red snapper fillet with gimson nonya sauce

the red snapper fillet was fresh and sweet, and they all loved the gimson nonya sauce, tasty, tangy, great combination of taste with the hk steam light soy sauce, olive oil & mirin.

drunken chicken

we also had WG’s char siew & braised pork. unfortunately i did not take photos.

& aunty bes fried nice romaine lettuce.

afterwards wife had her birthday cakes and photos.

i left a little earlier as david is in town visiting from cupertino and the guys were meeting him for a drink at hopscotch.

c.h.e.f andy

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Fried Egg Plants with Minced Pork and Salted Fish 鱼香茄子 – 75th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 9Nov2018

eggplant with minced pork 鱼香茄子

made fried eggplant with minced pork 鱼香茄子…. for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 9.11.2018.^^

this my 75th friday breakfast community meal dish at teban gardens community service centre.

i first started doing a community meal dish for teban gardens CSC on 8.1.2016.

the centre was started in 2002 after much effort & challenge by our RI friend who is a pastor of pasir panjang hill brethren church (pphbc) which owns & runs the CSC.

meeting yong siu for breakfast kopi afterwards at 8.30am so got to deliver this earlier to teban gardens. 🙂

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the challenges of cooking a dish for 140pax older folks i had well documented.

basically i prepare dishes with no bones which ruled out whole fish. so i had done deboned fish fillet and deboned chicken, but it is much easier and cheaper to do frozen bonelss chicken leg (thigh+drumsticks), and this became my default dish, whether as chinese wine chicken, curry chicken, nonya chicken, chicken with carrots & potatoes etc. an alternative is frozen belly pork. that cost more and less healthy and neutral c/w chicken. the lesser option is frozen zutchi fish fillet. that has a bit of “chow chay” taste which can be musked by HK steam or teriyaki (basically the dry version of HK steam).

last i tried a new dish using minced pork with long beans. and it was quite well received.

so this week i though i try eggplant with minced pork 鱼香茄子.

i never do this dish before so are many unknowns.

another challenge of turning out a dish and deliver by 8.30am to 8.45am of course is the preparation required. so i decided to cut the eggplants (about 1.2kg) the night before, cleaned with salt and soaked in salt water & added lemon juice for a while & drained dry in a colander in the fridge overnight. the first unknown being i was not sure if the cut egg plant will oxidise & changed colour, and the lemon juice was to help retain the colour.

shallow-fried eggplant

next morning i removed the egg plant from the fridge & it was generally ok.

eggplant with minced pork 鱼香茄子 generally required deepfry though some recipe just fry it. i think some firmness and crispiness give it a better texture. i hate deepfry as i don’t know what to do with the oil afterwards very wasteful, so i did shallow-fry. the second unknown. 🙂

shallow-fried eggplant

i added corn flour and 2 egg yolks and mixed the egg plant with my hands thoroughly.

i poured a thin layer of oil and heat the oil like for deepfrying,  turned to medium high heat. and added the egg plants in 2 batches. first batch turned and fried thoroughly and immediately the second batch and fried the whole thing thoroughly on medium high heat.

timing is agaklogy. i tasted one piece it was ok, cooked, firm enough, not wilted. i removed and set aside.

the traditional sichuan recipe does not require salted fish. somehow the chilli mix produces the 鱼香. i didn’t comprehend that but some recipe uses salted fish. i thought that’s what i want to do – so that’s the 3rd unknown.

so i add just little oil, fried 1 cut chilli padi, 1.5 sliced of salted fish and 3 tsp of chopped garlic, then returned the egg plants and fried/mixed thoroughly, maybe 30secs. then set aside.

1.5kg minced pork

now i fried the 1.5kg minced pork.

this has to be thoroughly cooked and minced pork can be dry & tough.

i added 3 tbsp oyster sauce and 3 tbsp corn flour, which helped the minced pork to remain smooth. i didn’t add fish sauce as the egg plant was salty enough with the salted fish.

1.5kg minced pork

& the minced pork turned out nicely, remained smooth and moist, maybe also because i sued the cheaper more fatty minced pork.

eggplant with minced pork 鱼香茄子

i returned the egg plants to the wok and mixed thoroughly.

eggplant with minced pork 鱼香茄子

i tried a bit.

actually i think it was delicious. ^^

sidetracking = i took out a small portion for my brother yong siu. this the 4th time we meeting for kopi since his retirement on 30.9.2018. he finished all of it together with 2 toast and yuan yang. i just took my regular kopi c gosong tilok.

eggplant with minced pork 鱼香茄子

today i had to wake up just a little earlier, 6.40am instead of 7am to prepare the dish.  i managed to deliver to teban gardens in good time, and arrived at my brother’s block before 8.30am for our morning kopi session.

c.h.e.f andy

Celebrating Son’s Birthday @ Halia on 8Nov2018

celebrating son’s birthday

wife messaged that son didn’t mind a late dinner and wanted to have his birthday dinner @ halia this evening on 8.11.2018. ^^

so i booked 4pax at halia at 8.30pm and went online to book the chope 50% off-peak vouchers. 🙂

so had another birthday celebrations for son, and also wife this evening at halia….excellent food & great deal too 👍

celebrating sons birthday

son drove and 4 of us – wife, me, son & PT had another nice evening together. 🙂

6 oysters S$26

i ordered the oysters. they were fresh and sweet like the last time.

appertiser dishes

blackmore wagyu chuck rib carpaccio S$18

the blackmore wagyu chuck rib carpaccio was good with natural sweetness, but son thought it was too strong with ginger taste. it was ok for me.

foie gras S$26

PT liked foie gras. son ordered the dish which he liked too.

chilli crab pasta S$26

i was pleasantly surprised that the chilli crab pasta was good this evening. the recent time i came, pasta was NOT al dente & the chilli crab sauce was not great.

this time it seemed different. son again felt the ginger was too strong…in the chilli sauce, this eas quite evident though for myslef i liked the ginger taste.

chilli crab pasta is a dish i did several years back when i started cooking. maybe i will try this again la for our next family dinner. 🙂

panfried barramundi2 S$25

panfried barramundi2 S$25

son took the en papilotte halibut last time when he came here with PT. so he decided to try pan seared barramundi this time.

panfried barramundi2 S$25

the panfried barramundi had crispy skin and was a good fresh fish dish.

the mushroom veloute was quite excellent and enhanced the flavour of the fish dish.

actually it is not difficult to do panfried fish this way, only need some thoughts on what sauce to prepare to go with the fish.

i will make this for our next family dinner, similar to my panroasted snapper (above photo).

panfried sunchikes and mixed mushrooms S$6 each

i ordered the mixed mushrooms with butter and the panfried sunchokes. son, PT, everyone liked it.

rack of lamb medium rare S$40

the last time we ordered lamb rack it came rare instead of medium rare, and it was a bit raw & tough.

rack of lamb medium rare S$40

this time though, the pink was perfect!

i remembered when i first had dinner at halia like 15+yrs ago, i though that the lamb here was the best i ever had. and today it was still good! very good in fact!

i do a great herb crusted lamb myself. will do that for the next family dinner..

sticky date pudding2 S$10

sticky date pudding S$10

son is an ice cream person and PT a dessert person. and PT doesn’t like yuzu. we didn’t find the (die die must eat) chocolate great at all, so could only narrowed down to sticky date pudding.

the restaurant remembered to sing birthday song. 3 servers came in a team to serve the sticky date pudding with the birthday decor.

bill S$299

blackmore wagyu spare rib S$48

the best dish had to be blackmore wagyu spare rib.

so perfect! the slow braise convert collagen to very tasty gelatine, so umami!

including oysters, foie gras, fish, pasta, lamb, beef spare ribs 1 rambutan star anise drink and 3 flat whites etc bill came to S$299..

i used S$300 chope vouchers so only cost S$132 for a sumptuous, delicious 4pax dinner..^^

a word about the service at halia. the entire team service was impeccable, friendly, efficient, going the extra mile.

my first time here 8pax dinner, both ha and nguyen, 2 vietnamese servers were fantastic. this time the whole team, myanmese, filipino etc all excellent.

c.h.e.f andy

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Halia @ Botanical Gardens

 

The Best Waffles @ Wimbly Lu Jln Riang on 6Nov2018

family at wimbly lu

after a nice dinner at pizzaiola, enjoyable pasta, pizza and burrata, a white & a red,

children wante to go next door to wimbly lu for the waffles to complete the birthday celebration on 6.11.2018. ^^

nutella tart

daughter ordered nutella tart.

not sure if it was nutella, but it was a very good dark chocolate. quite good.. i didn’t mind this la…

waffles

& of course the waffles were really something special…

very flavourful and great texture. i think best waffles i had…

vanilla & chocolate ice cream the usual..

birthday cake and flowers

waffles

the second waffles had maybe salted caramel and cheesecake ice cream? not sure anyway these 2 ice creams better.

wife couldn’t join us, we we tapa a pasta from pizzaiola back for her and kept the birthday cake to celebrate at home.

c.h.e.f andy

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Good Burrata, Pasta and Pizza 8pax Family Birthday Dinner @ Pizzaiola on 6Nov2018

9pax family birthday dinner @ pizzaiola

daughter picked pizzaiola for her birthday dinner on 6.11.2018. ^

she wanted to go amo at first, she went with her hubby and friends in any case.

this evening we also celebrate son and wife’s birthday.

wife just sat down and had to leave right away, so we tapao food for her later.

burrata S$45

there was the special burrata..very good standard with parma ham & rockets…it was enough for 8pax to share.. 🙂

crabmeat pizza special?

son ordered a pizaa, can’t remember what it was, maybe the crabmeat pizza special?

pizza here quite good, quite nice dough. i liked it. son did not eat all and left some dough in his plate.

Mozzarella, roast beef, parmesan, italian rockets, truffle oil

 and the truffe roast pizza pizza.

this the signature here, and it was good. but maybe it was just the truffle. the roast beef was ok. so said previous time he was here beef was pink and better.

squidink pasta with scallops in cream sauce

the squidink pasta with scallops in cream sauce was a special, not on menu.

we ordered 2 to share. it was very good, just that most of us preferred white wine sauce to creamy sauce.

Fettuccine pasta with bacon, mushrooms & semi-dried tomatoes in cream sauce

the fettuccine pasta with bacon, mushrooms & semi-dried tomatoes in cream sauce had the cabonara creamy taste w/o the raw egg.

it was very good actually. i liked it. one serving was enough for us to share though.

Handmade spaghetti with seafood in tomato sauce

the fruit mare was the poorest pasta, mainly because the tomato sauce was not great. a good spicy tomato sauce arrabiata can be very good actually.

Squid-ink linguine pasta with crab meat & white wine sauce

squidink pasta with prawns in white wine sauce

we decided to add the other special squidink pasta with prawns in white wine sauce . and indeed this was even better. we ordered 2 to share.

later we tried to tapao this for wife but they had sold out.

so we ordered the squid-ink linguine pasta with crab meat & white wine sauce on the menu. somehow it was good but no comparison with the prawn squidink pasta.

so in the end we ordered 1 burrata, 2 pizza, 6 pastas, 1 more pasta tapao, and 1 white wine 1 for 1 so we had free corkage for the red wine we brought.

& bill was about S$260, quite ok i guess.

i had earlier booked to go hopscotch for a drink after dinner. the children were excited to go to wimbly lu next door for their great waffles, so i canceled hopscotch.

c.h.e.f andy

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Son Bought Birthday Dinner @ Akira Back JW Marriott South Beach on 4Nov2018

son bought birthday dinner at akira back

son & PT brought us out for our birthday dinners @ akira back on 4.11.2018.

it was an excellent dinner, new place, new food, a bit of japanese fusion nicely done, well presented and most important of all, nice to eat! ^^

son bought birthday dinner at akira back

akira back

S$25 truffle salmon pizza was good

the truffle salmon thin pizza was an excellent jap fusion dish.

very flavourful with the truffle, wonderful combination of texture of salmon sashimi or ceviche on thin crust pizza. the flavour reminded me of our favourite truffle kampachi at mikuni. must go try mikuni again after a long lapse.

S$45 wagyu tartar was very good

the wagyu tartar was excellent too!and the presentation was nice & unique, wrapped with slightly pickled daikon topped with a bit of caviar, like a nori wrapped sushi, so we were confused if it were to be eaten whole like a sushi.

S$45 wagyu tartar was very good

server said chef said to mix everything, like so (above photo).

the wagyu was marbled with natural sweetness. the caviar added some salty sea flavour and daikon added a complementary texture.

S$25 wagyu tacos ok

we had wagyu tacos. it was ok, a bit non descript. the tacos crackers was nice to munch i guess.

S$25 unagi & anago maki was ok

the unagi & anago maki sushi roll came below expectation.

i guess it was a good maki, but it failed to deliver like an anago sushi would, or like a spider maki would.

$72 F1 wagyu ribeye was good

$72 F1 wagyu ribeye was good

son thought that we did not have enough food orders so he added the F1 wagyu ribeye.

F1 is just a wagyu angus 1st generation crossbred, not as good as pure wagyu but still great.

& the F1 ribeye was pretty good if steep in price, just that it was completely outshined by the braised wagyu rib which was cheaper and not even a steak! 🙂

S$17 wagyu frued rice was good flavourful 

the wagyu fried rice maybe a filler but it was really very well done, flavourfula nd good wokhae. we enjoyed the this carb ok. lol!

special lemon dessert

there was some dessert special of the day.

did not hear fully the description. but it was some lemon tart or dessert. it was pretty good.

S$48 braised wagyu rib especially good

the braised wagyu rib especially good. it was the best dish for the evening, and among the many good dishes.

akira back was of course quite expensive and the 4pax dinner came to about S$400 nett. there was 15% discounts by UOB cards, so son and PT paid S$340nett for the dinner.

it was a very nice evening out. these days eldest daughter always suggest eating places and organise family eats most weeks, and it’s good that son is doing that as well.

c.h.e.f andy

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Akira Back (located in JW Marriott Hotel in South Beach

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Mama Mia & DB Bistro pre-Theatre 2-course Dinner on 3Nov2018

db bistro @ MBS

wife had 2 tickets to watch mana mia at MBS inclusive of pre theatre dinner package @ db bistro on 3.11.2018. ^^

i had lunch before at db but it must be like 4-5yrs back. i think experience then was good.

today though, food so so at this 2-star michelin chef (daniel boulud) restaurant. db bistro though is just michelin plate, not star or gourmand..

db bistro @ MBS 

ambience is nice, and the eatery had the look of class.

it is also an oyster bar and there were fresh seafood laid out in counter display at the entrance.

bread basket 

the bread basket and butter were good. just could not eat too much. haha! 🙂

pumpkin soup with duck confit

i checked online menu S$52 for 2-course pre-theatre, but didn’t see anything similar to the 2-course menu we were shown.

the pumpkin soup with duck confit was a single item, no alternative choice.

soup was good, not special. it had a special scent, almost pungent, not sure what.

didn’t understand the duck confit topping? the main had only 2 choices – duck confit & panfried salmon trout, so why duck confit with soup, after thought not good menu planning?

of course, it was convenient to add a slice of duck confit in the soup since they were serving duck confit as mains. that could be a reason meh?

some onion bread to go with soup

not sure what bread was paired with the soup – onion bread, foccacia?

quite ok i finished it.

duck confit below par

duck confit below par 

the duck confit to me was well below par, flavourful but dry & sinewy..

of course cooked long time in duck fat for the flavour but if it was done well it should not be dry at all…

panfried salmon trout fillet 

the panfried salmon trout was very well done though, good standard.

a crispy skin salmon fillet not difficult to cook.

the side was important..the kale and lentils were surprise, quite good. not the best sides maybe but they were good.

overall an ok 2-course dinner primarily because it was free. for S$52 2-course dinner, i wouldn’t try…

say take the 3-course S$38 set lunch at la taperia anytime la…singapore so much good food everywhere!

MBS

MBS

we were early so walked around just a little bit, then shared a local kopi at the food court before sitting at the theatre.

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abba songs & mama mia always fun & joyful to hear & watch. had a fun evening out with wife.

c.h.e.f andy

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DB Bistro & Oyster Bar

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RI 9pax Lunch with David @ HK Street Old Chun Kee on 4Nov2018

RI friends lunch for David

our RI buddy David visiting singapore from cupertino where his family is resident to visit his parents and attend to some mission community work.

HCK organised a 12pax special chinese tea appreciation afternoon at his house for David. that was really good.

we had 龙井,大红袍,单丛,兰贵人, a flavoured 花茶??👍👍👍 i can have this again!

RI friends lunch for David

before that we had 9pax lunch @ hk street old chun kee at Commonwealth crescent ..LCH, TKF & CTS joined us after lunch at chye kiang’s place

i ordered 7 dishes  for 9pax lunch $116.

S$16 song fish head 松鱼头always good👍👍

song fish head 松鱼头is their signature dish here and always good👍👍

S$25 fish maw soup

first time i ordered the fish maw soup…a large serving, many had second serving, including me..hehe! ^^

though ingredeints were limited, the stock was sweet & tasty. actually better than many starchy gluey “sharksfin” soup…quite ok dish considering..

S$16 butter squid

i tried butter squid this time, usually order sambal squid. forgot that some friends FCH and EPL don’t take squid (or take less).

this like chinese calamari, not done so well, squid was slightly overdone so slightly tough. ok dish just that the sambal sotong i had previously was done much better.

S$13 排骨王

排骨王was good as  排骨王 goes. last time i tried the salted egg version (i think cost S$3 more) but well worth it ‘cos that tasted much better. 🙂

S$20 hotplate beef

hotplate beef was a failure to me…

quite edible of course and good enough, we finished everything…chinese style preparation usually tenderised the meat & tasted artificial and i guess nothing wrong with the preparation here…just not my kind of dish.

S$12 minced pork eggplant 鱼香茄子good👍

the minced pork eggplant 鱼香茄子 was simple and good👍

tasty! i replicate this dish for teban gardens 140pax community breakfast later, and it was very good. very flavourful & perfect texture. ^^

S$116 for 9pax

S$12 har jiong gae 虾酱鸡 best 👍

an excellent dish here is har jiong gae 虾酱鸡, best la here!👍

flavourful, great batter  and done just right. FCH was talking about sin hoi san near his place where all the HK stars and channel U stars frequent, but of course it would cost 25% to 50% more at sin hoi san. 🙂

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after lunch we walked up to level 2 of commonwealth crescent food centre for tong shui…EPL had to leave earlier so didn’t join the tong shui..

the black face lady dished out 5 bowls of Bubur Terigu (大麦粥)and 3 bowls of cheng tng, or maybe the other way? haha!

it was good and ot was S$1 a bowl so i was happy whatever face she had la! ^^

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afterwards we adjourned to HCK house to enjoy 功夫茶& immerse in chinese culture? CTS came afterwards & showed us the 24-moves taijiquan…👍👍

HCK actually packed a small tin of the special flower tea for me but i forgot to bring back…anyway it would be wasted on me if i made myself so better just invite myslef over to his place & let him do his art.

c.h.e.f andy

Great Friends Delicious Dinner = Superb 8pax Homecooked Donburi Dinner for Wife’s Friends on 2Nov2018

tapas & donburi homecooked dishes

made tapas + donburi dinner for Lisa’s friends, 2 couples CSS & hubby LF and B & hubby L.

9pax home tapas + donburi dinner

daughter SL, son & PT joined dinner so 9pax dinner.

I made-
1 teriyaki salmon belly
2 nobu miso cod
3 ika sugatayaki (grilled whole squid)
4 japanese chashu
5 tamago
6 chorizo prawns

wife served sashimi from kuriya, and made sushi rice for donburi & cooked the mirin steak..aunty bes made very nice charred brussel sprouts.

L’s friends brought very good sake = kokuryu 黑龙 sake & another more expensive sake, and dessert wine almost ice wine standard..also brought le tau cheese cake 👍

teriyaki salmon belly & nobu miso cod

food was excellent this evening, exquisite actually!

teriyaki salmon belly

the teriyaki salmon belly perfect charring and texture, and very tasty marinade combined well with the oil belly and dill. par excellence!

nobu miso cod

nobu miso cod was very good too.

the hilarious thing was i never been to nobu, while CSS and LF went to nobu nextdoor years ago & tried the real nobu miso cod.

japanese tapas

tamago

i made very good tamago this evening too, good taste, not too sweet & well rolled even w/o a tamago pan.

japanese chashu

the japanese chashu was excellent this evening.

in a way it was the first time i did with an entire 1 kg slab. and it made a subtle difference that the slab was fully rolled with only skin outside instead of having one whole side w/o skin exposed for the 3.5hrs.

japanese chashu

the texture was perfect, tender still crystalline.

the ends were a bit frayed but it was still good. son said it tasted less porky that it should be.i think that partly because of the japanese marinade mirin, tsuyu etc not the teochew type braise.

ika sugatayaki (steamed, chilled & dried, before flaming)

ika sugatayaki

ika sugatayaki was the usual, flamed with agave nectar, olive oil, sea salt & coarse pepper. 🙂

chroizo prawn gravy (add prawns when serving)

chorizo prawns

chorizo prawns very good with very tasty, intense chicken stock, chorizo, basil, chilli padi flavours. the prawns were just frozen prawns. my eldest daughter (not with dinner this evening) actually prefer the frozen prawns to fresh ones. for me i still prefer fresh.

beef donburi

wife made sushi rice and served beef donburi.

beef donburi

usda prime ribeye mirin steak by wife

usda prime ribeye mirin steak by wife

wife made mirin steak using qbfood usda prime ribeye. it was very good. the mirin caramelised and increased the charring of the steak, and of course impart flavours too.

beef donburi

it was a wonderful beef donburi.

for me, i still prefer plain steak to the mirin steak, though mirin steak was very nice too.

i don’t drink much, so only had sips of wife’s sparkling sake, and the good expensive sake and dessert wines her friends brought, the light le tau cheese cake were very good.

this a very good group of friends, totally natural & direct – if you want something just say it! exactly what i do too…

and i actually knew L’s dad was a respected elder in my past engagements many many years back, small world it is. and when memories came calling, then i realized they looked so alike. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

 

Xinlu Fishball Noodles & Meiling Street Wanton Mee with Daughter on 2Nov2018

lunch with daughter 

daughter called to have lunch on 2.11.2018. ^^

pick up daughter from her workplace and went to meilin street food centre.

S$3 xinlu fish ball noodles

i had my usual S$3 meepok tar, good every time, noodles qq, chilli very good, tasty. satisfied la! 🙂

S$4 meiling street wanton noodles

daughter decided on meiling street wanton mee. i think it was S$3 PLUS S$1 added fried wanton. there were like 6 fried wantons.

meiling street wanton noodles

i tried the noodles ok, but chilli not tasty like my xinlu fish ball noodles. i think the other places like jian kang noodles commonwelath crescent etc are better.

piccolo latte @ tiong hoe

piccolo latte @ tiong hoe

tiong hoe coffee

tiong hoe coffee

S$4 piccolo latte

afterwards went to tiong hoe for S$4 piccolo latte. very good, intense, flavourful coffee!

then sent daughter back to work.

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Mei Ling Street Wanton Noodles

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Fried Minced Pork with Long Beans – 74th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 2Nov2018

fried minced pork with long beans

made fried minced pork with long beans, with a bit of mala sauce & oyster sauce…. for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 2.11.2018.^^

this my 74th friday breakfast community meal dish at teban gardens community service centre.

i first started doing a community meal dish for teban gardens CSC on 8.1.2016.

the centre was started in 2002 after much effort & challenge by our RI friend who is a pastor of pasir panjang hill brethren church (pphbc) which owns & runs the CSC.

fried long beans

fried long beans

first time doing this 1kg+ long beans and 1.3kg minced pork for 140pax residents..tasted very delicious dish.

i fried the 1kg+ cut long beans with 3tsp chopped garlic, 1 cut chilli padi and added 2tbsp oyster sauce. covered wokpan to cook & soften, then removed to aluminium carrier.

fried minced pork

then i fried the 1.3kg minced pork (4 packets from sheng shiong). added 1tbsp oyster sauce. then 2tbsp 老干妈 mala sauce and 2tbsp corn flour at the end & mixed thoroughly.

then added back the long beans and fried together.

fried minced pork with long beans

fried minced pork with long beans

then plated them in the aluminium carrier.

fried minced pork with long beans

tasted the minced pork. it was delicious.

and the long beans were soft and tasty.

fried minced pork with long beans

it was a simple dish, not expensive & not difficult to make. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Good Food Marred by Poor Service Philosophy @ Punggol Seafood on 1Nov2018

dinner @ punggol seafood

my OPS bro bought 4pax OPS bros dinner @ punggol seafood at punggol settlement on 1.11.2018. ^^

HC used fave S$110 voucher for S$55, and top up S$45, so S$100..

dinner @ punggol seafood

food was quite ok=curry fish head, smoked duck all good, dongpo rou specially good..perfect texture, excellent flavours only the roast chicken below par and the signature tofu tasteless 👎🏼

S$15.80 lala beehoon

service was actually ok, the usual.

but service philosophy problematic as they don’t allow us to dapao the dishes becos we use fave voucher..

made no sense as we spent above the S$110 vouchers, and it was not like 50% discounts off total bill..meaning we did not have to order above S$110 voucher value, and so anyhting above S$110 it should be for us to decide, especially the case if we should genuinely need to tapao.

so throwing away good food rather than let customer dapao????does not promote goodwill for the restaurant. i wouldn’t come back for this reason, when the food is ok but not special.

S$15.80 lala beehoon

S$15.80 lala beehoon

lala beehoon was good. tasty, a good dish to order.

though i had better lala horfun at yalong bay on 10.7.2018..

S$9.80 smoked duck

the smoked duck breast was good!

S$10 french beans

french beans good too, simple dish done well…

S$25 curry fish head

curry fish head was good, and lots of vegetables.

not special as many places have very good curry fish head….

S$18 roast chicken

S$18 roast chicken

roast chicken was below par…breast was dry and tasteless..skin though was crispy and the tender parts tasted ok with the five-spice salt.

S$16 dongporou 东坡肉

the dongporou 东坡肉 was top restaurant standard, better than silk @ sicc.

totally tender, perfectly cut and crystalline, 油而不腻, top class dish!

S$13 signature tofu

tofu was tasteless, quite poor dish…

about S$100 nett after using fave vouchers

dinner was S$155, so HC topped up S$45, and 4pax dinner was S$100 nett after dicounts.

wasted food @ punggol seafood

so we had a bit of leftover food.

i think it was ridiculous and very bad customer service in denying us to tapao the leftover food. quite clearly everything was going to waste! sigh!

dinner @ punggol seafood

dinner @ punggol seafood

dongporou

overall it was a good dinner hosted by HC.

& the defeatist service philosophy managed to cancel out all the goodwill on the food and the fave discounts.

anyway we OPS bros had a great time together. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

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Hougang Hainanese Village Centre Food Tour on 1Nov2018

went with RI bros LCM & LKY to kovan market to try out yame curry chicken noodles..but kovan is closed for reno..

LKY brought us to hougang hainanese village centre..though hougang is teochew…lol!

fishball noodles, fried carrot cake, oyster omelette, bedok chui kueh

fish ball noodles

fishball noddles ingredients very good (3 liver, 3 fishball, 1 meatball), chilli, soup all good, meepok NOT qq..that would be a failure…

laksa

LCM ordered laksa…i tasted the gravy.

laksa savoury type like weiyi not just lemak..this the style i like…

fried carrot cake

fried carrot cake

fried carrot cake looked anaemic but quite fragrant… same for orh luah fragrant though frozen oyster, a pleasant surprise.

fried carrot cake stall

S$2 bedok chui kueh

bedok chui kueh good, but chinatown stall felt better..

da zhong cafe

da zhong cafe

da zhong kopi

there were like 6 coffee stalls here, and of course LKY knew which was best.

had the da zhong kopi c gosong tiklor.

coffee very good..

lai seng dessert@ blk 628 amk ave 4

ice kachang @ blk 628 amk ave 4

ice kachang @ blk 628 amk ave 4

later LKY & i went to 628 amk ave 4. i wanted to get something. found the shop but decided not to get it.

..ice kachang only $1.50 but so so…

c.h.e.f andy

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Best Blackmore Wagyu Spare Rib @ Halia on 31Oct2018

wonderful dinner for 2

had very good 2pax dinner with lisa @ the halia botanical garden..

all the dishes we ordered were good-

  • non alcoholic cocktail $8 very good
  • 1/2 oysters $26
  • carpaccio $18
  • mixed mushrooms $6
  • pangrilled sunchokes (like artichoke) $6
  • boned in wagyu beef rib $48 – this the best rib 👍👍👍
  • die die must have chocolate $10 ok
  • flat white $6 very good

total $149 i used $150 chope vouchers cost $66nett

wonderful dinner for 2

we were here actually just few weeks back with my OPS bros & spouses on 10.10.2018. we had a great time and dinner.^^wife though had to rush off somewhere & only returned later. and it was pouring that evening & not so many customers.

this evening, even though we booked 9pm to use chope offpeak vouchers, halia was full and the ambience was wonderful.

S$26 oysters 6 pieces

S$26 oysters 6 pieces

we didn’t want too much food and carbs.

wife ordered the oysters. we ordered first 3 oysters for S$13.50, oysters were great..then as we liked it we added 3 more oysters and the server changed it to 6 for S$26 in the bill. 🙂

service here consistently good. the 2 vietnamese servers last visit and this time the filipino server.

S$6 mixed mushrooms garlic butter

the mixed mushrooms with garlic butter was good as before. simple yet excellent dish this.

S$6 panroasted sunchokes

we liked the sunchokes..it kind of looked like old ginger than artichokes though it had the texture…anyway i loved the dish, lots of fibre too. lol!

S$18 blackmore wagyu chuck rib carpaccio

S$18 blackmore wagyu chuck rib carpaccio

blackmore wagyu chuck rib carpaccio was the natural sweey kind w/o sauce. i liked it this way too though i don’t mind sauce too.

vegetable chips

vegetable chips came with the carpaccio. good!

S$48 blackmore wagyu spare rib

S$48 blackmore wagyu spare rib 

and the best had to te the wagyu spare ribs.

it was braised, soft & moist, and extremely flavourful as the collagen became flavourful gelatine.

really excellent this!

S$10 did die must have chocolate

S$10 did die must have chocolate

the chocolate was pedestrian actually, good enough i guess for restaurant standard.

i think the date pudding was best, and the ginger was good (from previous dinner).

S$48 blackmore wagyu spare rib

had a relax evening with wife and enjoyed delicious food at very affordable price after chope discounts.

c.h.e.f andy

 

Curry Chicken Noodles No Enough @ Ah Heng on 19, 29 and 30Oct2018

curry chicken noodles with WM on 19.10.2018

hong lim food centre is closing for 2 months for reno.

my OPS bro WM arranged 2pax curry chicken noodle at ah heng on 19.10.2018. ^^

wa…so shiok la! never have enough for me! 🙂

queue at ah heng curry chicken noodles

we were there at 11am. queue was like 5pax <10mins..later when we were leaving, queue was long…

curry chicken noodles = 8pax RI bros at hong lim by LKY

RI bro LKY organised 8pax early lunch at hong lim. ^^

LKH favourite outram road char kuay teow closed for early vacation since 25.10.2018. me think hawkers really need a break la…lol!

most of us took ah heng’s curry chicken noodles ..i bought 3 bowls for LKY, LCH & me…luckily no queue..

ping ping curry chicken noodles

CCG took curry chicken noodles from his favourite stall teochew stall ping ping..it looked as authentic. i tried the gravy, it was not as intense and savoury sweet as ah heng’s…maybe try this myself next time.

LKH took some wanton noodles..CCG bought beechiam kueh..

afterwards CCG had to leave, 7 of us walked over to people’s park centre for tong shui..

curry chicken noodles with WM WT 30.10.2018

curry chicken noodles with WM WT 30.10.2018

the very next day my OPS bro met again WT WM and me for one last round of curry chicken noodles on 30.10.2018! ^^

tapao 3 packets curry chicken noodles 30.10.2018

this time i tapao 3 packets for wife and children. ^^

kopi

kopi here also good next to ah heng, not LKY’s usual stall next to outram road char kuay teow.

curry chicken noodles with WM on 19.10.2018

how can i ever have enough of this?

c.h.e.f andy

 

Recipe = Crayfish in Cheese & Butter 3pax Home Dinner on 28Oct2018

cray fish in cheese & butter

made crayfish in cheese & butter, and linguine vongole for 4pax home dinner this evening on 28.10.2018.^^

crayfish

had some 1kg crayfish in the freezer..so decided to cook them..

coated 1/2crayfish with 1 tbsp fish sauce, 1 tbsp dijorn mustard, 2 tbsp cornflour, 1 egg yoke, white pepper.

then shallow fried in pot with a layer of oil..

cray fish in cheese & butter

when serving, brown garlic in olive oil, add cut chilli padi, add milk & reduce, then add crayfish & add chopped cheese from 3 pieces of packet sliced cheese.. & fry..add more butter at the last off frie & before plating.

it was a ok dish for first try, some cheese & butter fragrance, sweet crayfish..i think i need to brown the crayfish more (shallow fry) to give more flavours..

wife & children prefer the crayfish pasta as that gave more shellfish flavours to the pasta sauce. 🙂

fried chicken wings

I had some oil leftover so made fried chocken wings & some thigh fillet. run of the mill stuff. but obviously i don’t make fried chicken wings as well as my helper haha!

vongole linguine

vongole linguine

vongole my daughter’s favourite.

i went to sheng shiong to grab 1 kg just before cooking dinner.

my pasta now much more al dente than previously before our recent family amalfi coast trip. everyone loved the linguine and the la la (vongole) were excellent, just the right texture, fresh, succulent, and great taste. 🙂

cray fish in cheese & butter

simple dinner. i tried out a new crayfish recipe. it was good dish too just need to see how to improve it.

c.h.e.f andy

Recipe for Crayfish in Cheese & Butter

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg crayfish
  • 2tbsp butter (melt 1 tbsp)
  • 1tbsp dijorn mustard
  • 1 egg yoke
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • white pepper
  • 1 cut chilli padi
  • 100ml milk
  • 3 packet sliced cheese

Directions:

  1. mix 1 tbsp fish sauce, 1 tbsp dijorn mustard, 1tbsp melted butter, 2 tbsp cornflour, 1 egg yoke, white pepper.
  2. coat the crayfish halves with the batter mix.
  3. shallow fry in pot with a layer of oil.. set aside.
  4. when serving, brown garlic in olive oil, add cut chilli padi, add milk & reduce
  5. turn high heat, add crayfish & add chopped cheese from 3 pieces of packet sliced cheese.. & fry..off fire, add more butter at the last & before plating.

Average Food at Crossroad Cafe = LKY bought 2pax Lunch on 27Oct2018

RI bro bought 2pax lunch @ crossroad cafe

my RI LKY arranged lunch at cross road cafe, level 1 of mariott at scotts road today on 29.10.2018. ^^

he had an expiring S$100 voucher to use by 31.10.2018. haha! 🙂

S$20 calamari

didn’t know what to order?

we decided on S$20 calamari. it was average, pedestrian, actually my helper made better calamari, haha! 🙂

we ordered a calamari $20 (average), crayfish laksa $27 which the server split for us into 2 bowls (average), wagyu burger $35 (quite good)..bill came to $96nett

S$27 crayfish laksa split into 2 servings

S$27 crayfish laksa split into 2 servings

the laksa was like S$25, and S$27 if add crayfish. we ordered the S$27 crayfish laksa, not that 1 piece crayfish made much difference.

they split the bowl for us, and each pax had a good serving of laksa.

it was ok laksa, better than some hawker centre. just very lemak & savoury enough like my favourite weiyi laksa. so i guess this was quite ordinary.

wagyu burger

the best dish was probably the wagyu burger.

this was not quite the foksner gourmet burger that we had at bohinj slovenia.

still it was a good burger, the pattie nicely done.

the bill came to like S$95, so LKY used his S$100 voucher, quite ok, just about there.

well considering free lunch thanks to my RI bro, more than good enough la…don’t think will come here at normal price.

ondeh ondeh

toastbox kopi + begawan solo cakes

after that we went to taka, bought ondeh2 and lapis sagu from bengawan solo..went to toastbox level 4 wisma for kopi.

c.h.e.f andy

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Crossroad Cafe @ Mariott

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Joyful Evening Home Celebrations and Delicious Homecooked Meal with Family on 26Oct2018

4 tapas dishes – watermelon salad, chorizo prawns, dubrovnik chicken, ika sugatayaki

we already had birthday celebrations at alba last evening attended by my family, close friends/RI & OPS bros and godsis & hubby.

so decided to have dinner at home today on 26.10.2018. ^^

I made 8pax dinner, 8 dishes comprising 4 tapas, 3 pasta & 1 meat-

  1. watermelon feta cheese salad
  2. Dubrovnik orange jam chicken
  3. ika sugatayaki 
  4. chorizo prawns
  5. tagliatelle fruiti mare 
  6. vongole spaghetti 
  7. seafood paella
  8. tagliata di manzo (aussie wagyu MS4)

4 tapas dishes – watermelon salad, chorizo prawns, dubrovnik chicken, ika sugatayaki

4 tapas dishes – watermelon salad, chorizo prawns, dubrovnik chicken, ika sugatayaki

ika sugatayaki was best, and everyone loved the chorizo prawns and the watermelon salad.

for this evening, i messed up my dubrovnik orange jam chicken a bit cos i forgot it was in the oven resting when i used another compartment of the oven. still it was good taste just texture was not perfect as it should be. 🙂

tagliatelle fruiti mare

tagliatelle fruiti mare

my pasta were all par excellence.

stock was very tasty, and pasta now always perfectly al dente.

vongole spaghetti

vongole spaghetti

i went to get 1kg lala clams for the vongole 1hr before cooking, so la la clams were fresh. and perfect in texture.

daughter said tagliatelle was a bit spicy so i did not add chilli padi to the vongole. for myself i think spicy always better tasting.

seafood paella

seafood paella

seafood paella also had very tasty stock.

for this i added prawn head & shell stock to the chicken stock. so paella was excellent in taste and al dente texture also.

for mussels and razor clams, i used frozen ones…for me, the mussels were very good even though frozen, the razor clams were doable, and as my sil said these did not need the tough cleaning (which razor clams need, and really laborous).

the difference between paella and risotto primarily, risotto more wet and paella like claypot rice you just leave it and it’s ok to be slightly burnt though mine wasn’t. and risotto a bit more refine, usually you do not add so many items on it so the one big colourful plate ones with lots of ingredients kind of usually paella.

tagliata di manzo

wife bought wagyu MS4 i think 50% off from cold storage, so we made tagliata di manzo with nice perino cherry tomatoes and rockets.

it’s not as good cut as usda prime ribeye or aussie grain fed angus ribeye, a bit more fat and tendon, so i charred it more PLUS cross cut to make the steak more tender…

birthday cake

PT brought the chateraise birthday cake. we all liked the light japanese cakes. 🙂

tagliata di manzo

it was a very joyful evening for me.

after the memorable evening and excellent dinner last evening, it was good to just celebrate at home enjoying a delicious homecooked meal with family. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Treasured Memories of Dinner with Family & Friends @ Alba on 25Oct2018

octopus carpaccio 

wife organised a small party for my birthday on 25.10.2018. ^^

family & friends

family and friends

i invited 8 bros = 5 RI and 3OPS; my godsis & her hubby; and we have 8pax family including our helper aunty Bes (PT unable to make it).

total 18pax this evening… 🙂

5-course S$90 menu

i have never been to alba…wife & daughter had. i saw on alba website they had a regular S$90 menu.

for this evening, wife selected the dish options & ordered the S$90 menu, but the restaurant gave us the large function room w/o charge (they could not officially reserve the whole space for us but no one else was seated in here so we effectively had it to ourselves).

wines 

there was 1 for 1 wine so we ordered a few bottles wine and had corresponding bottles corkage free..

octopus carpaccio 

most of us ordered octopus carpaccio. it was very good, tender and tasty, with excellent cream and squidink. so so beautifully plated.

beef tartar

the beef tartar was excellent too, this style w/o course pepper & other seasoning, very tender and pure natural sweetness of the beef. very good indeed. 🙂

truffle mushroom veloute

truffle mushroom veloute

the truffle mushroom veloute was tasty, intense, and nicely flavoured with the truffle. very nice. the onsen egg gave it a silky texture.

seafood soup

seafood soup

the seafood soup came with loads of ingredients, with a tomato shellfish base.

seafood soup

it was a good soup, perhaps more robust & less fine c/w the truffle mushroom veloute. the prawns & squid were overcooked, so that part less good.

fregola

fregola

the fregola pasta was apparently a signature dish here.

it was good, and quite tasty. the serving was too big being a plain pasta w/o ingredients and one gets satiated eating all of the plain pasta.

spinach tortelli

spinach tortelli

the tortelli looked pretty, and nice & tasty too, a bit on the simple lighter side taste wise. in the way similar simple yet good taste for both the pasta dishes.

crusted lamb chop

crusted lamb chop

the crusted lamb chop was very good standard.

crusted lamb chop

nice if quite strong lamb taste. purple potato was interesting side.

pan seared black cod

pan seared black cod

pan seared black cod was quite tasty, nothing special.

pan seared black cod 

meat was firmer white fish, not so like the flaky sweeter chillean seabass or cod.

pistacho parfait

pistacho parfait

son liked the pistacho parfait…it had firmer texture c/w japanese macha parfait with superb combination of different textures from cornflakes tp cake to mochi.

lava cake

lava cake

the lava cake was the better of the 2. it had a bit less lava but the dark chocolate flavour were wonderful. a very good standard lava cake. 🙂

birthday cake

birthday cake

then we had the birthday cake, took loads of photos with family and friends, then cut and shared the cake. 🙂

octopus carpaccio

this was really a joyful evening of treasured memories, surrounded by family, godsis, and very close friends and bros. we shared and relished the laughter, good food and fun time together.

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So So Teochew Muay S$31 for 3pax @ Ye Lai Xiang on 24Oct2018

ye lai xiang techew muay dishes

sis wanted teochew muay, so went with sis & bil to ye lai xiang 夜来香 bukit merah view for techew muay dishes on 24.10.2018. ^^

we had a bad experience with 夜上海ye shanghai at lengkok bahru 3months back where they overcharged us by S$3 then tried to wriggled away by obviously fake GST with no receipt on 18.7.2018 (see here).

so we voted by our feet never to go back to 夜上海ye shanghai, haha! 🙂

sis ordered 2 fish, 1 sotong & 8 veg dishes for like S$31.

i am finding this teochew muay stuff a bit expensive these days c/w the earlier cheap & good dishes.

like a year ago we had 2 fish & 7 veg dishes for $18 on 28.9.2017.

teochew chilled mullet

but of course different fish. now this mullet was S$10, previously S$8.

chilled rabbit fish

rabbit fish was S$5.

chilled sotong

& sotong was S$5.

fried egg 

tau gay

ye lai xiang veg dishes 

so perhaps the remaining 8 dishes + 2 porridge for S$11 was kind of ok.

just that S$31 vs S$18 overall was some impact right?

anyway, the veg were not as tasty, and even ye shanghai (which i think vegetables there generally taste better) also not tasty as before. differnt people cooking now?

of course overall price still not high like S$10pax. just that also no longer cheap…

but fish & sotong no thrill for me as i can do just as well or better. the vegetables are the ones i like because variety c/w if we cook one of two veg ourselves & really they used to be very tasty.

c.h.e.f andy

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