Good 50% Dimsum Tea Promo 3pm-5.15pm Weekdays @ Canton Paradise Starvista on 2Jun2017

crispy char siew pao

my OPS bros decided to do dimsum tea at canton paradise starvista on 2.6.2017. ^^

50% discounts dimsum tea weekdays 3pm-5.15pm

there is an ongoing 50% discounts dimsum tea weekdays 3pm-5.15pm. 🙂

promo applies to all dimsum, congee, and also noodles which did not come with roast meats..

one actually took leave & we were going to like do lunch, then tea, then dinner like a JB makan trip in Singapore, but my brother decided a bit last minute to do his & sister’s birthday dinner today, so i could only join them for tea.

we decided to start with coffee at my place, then proceed to canton paradise at starvista.

peanuts & chestnuts

they probably charged S$3 for the nuts, and i usually pay for water rather than tea. the peanuts & chestnut appetizer here quite good though, and we were having 50% discounts for dimsum, so ok to pay a bit for the tea.

crispy char siew pao

the crispy char siew pao was pretty good actually. nicely crisp dough, just a bit sweet char siew but quite tasty…didn’t mind it..

prawn mango crispy pastry

the prawn mango pastry was very 酥or脆 ie very crisp. maybe 酥is the better word.

steamed pork ribs

steamed pork ribs was very good. pork & sauce looked very clear & nice, sauce very tasty & pork quite meaty, not just fat…

steamed chicken feet

chicken feet also very good, tasty, nicely deepfried & fluffy..

yam pastry 芋饺

the yam pastry 芋饺 not my favourite. the fillings were similar to ham shui kok 咸水饺 which i like but i prefer the 咸水饺 pastry & slightly sticky texture.

as i was having birthday dinner with brother & sister afterwards, i shared (took 1/2 each) most of the dumplings with another friend.

spicy dumplings 抄手

spicy dumplings 抄手 i always liked as i like mala stuff…this was good, generally..

innards congee 状元及第粥

the innards congee 状元及第粥 was chokefull of ingredients like 2 large pork balls, lots of intestines & liver etc. ok for S$8.80++. at S$4.40 after 40% discounts, quite a steal leh…

innards congee 状元及第粥

& congee was really smooth & sweet, very much a real good hong kong congee standard.

string beans

string beans

there’s no 50% discounts for string beans, but it was quite ok la…a nice dish & good vegetable item to complement the dimsum.

so the dimsum tea for 4pax was S$57. without the full price string beans, probably around S$42.50 thereabout.

quite a good promotion. don’t mind coming back. good for the restaurant also, enjoying good traffic at this lull period….

c.h.e.f andy


Delicious Prawn Tofu Dish – 35th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 2Jun2017

residents queueing & helping themselves to breakfast items

i did a simple & delectable prawn tofu dish for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 2.6.2017. ^^

this my 35th friday breakfast community meal 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.

prawn tofu dish

it’s a easy dish to put together. and the end result was pretty & delectable.

residents queueing & helping themselves to breakfast items

however for a group of >100 residents (i was told the highest a few weeks ago was 126), i planned to do 10 tubes of egg tofu cut into 8 coin pieces=80 pieces altogether.

staff & volunteers serving the residents at teban gardens community breakfast

it would be too tedious to shallow fry, so i deepfried the egg tofu.

so i had to wake up at 6am to prepare the tofu. took maybe 20mins+ so i had time to let the tofu drained away the oil on kitchen towels.

1 kg shelled small prawns

one consideration in planning the dish for the residents = i usually do chicken & dory fish fillet & belly pork/collar as these have no bones or very few for the dory fillet.

of course belly pork/collar not so healthy. chicken i debone so it is quite hard work.

this the first time i try prawns. it is too difficult to shell prawns or ask my helper to do, so i ordered 1 kg IQF (individually quick freeze) small prawns from QBFood.

after defrosting & draining overnight (kept in fridge), i seasoned with fish sauce & white pepper.

deepfried egg tofu

i had done both deep & shallow fried egg tofu, so not much problem there.

deepfried egg tofu

& they looked so pleasing to the senses.

prawn tofu dish

just fry cut red onions, chilli, sliced ginger in oil high heat, then add chopped garlic.

after that off fire & add in chicken stock, bring to boil & crack 3 eggs, then “draw” with chopstick to spread the eggs.

prawn tofu dish

i did not want to overcook the prawns, so added tofu & then prawns & covered for few minutes.

added oysters sauce to taste.

then i mixed in the chopped spring onions.

prawn tofu dish

as a finale, i topped with cut spring onions & several twigs of coriander. voila!

i tried some prawns & tofu. just the right texture, and tofu was infused with the stock, very very tasty dish la…

c.h.e.f andy


Wonderful Good-Value 7-course Dinner with Wife = S$128 for 2pax @ Domvs on 1Jun2017

#1 prawn with passionfruit sauce 

domvs having a UOB cards promotion 1 for 1 set lunch = S$58 &  1 for 1 set dinner = S$128.

i had come here for lunch twice, once with my godsis on 6.4.2017. 

&  another time with my RI friend to celebrate his birthday.

the 4-course lunch at S$58++ for 2pax is really good value.

i asked chef then how’s the dinner? he said it’s a 7-course.

so i decided to come here with wife for dinner & we were looking forward to this evening on 1.6.2017. Not disaapointed! ^^

domvs on a thursday evening 

restaurant was like 1/3 full on a thursday evening, about 4 tables including ours & maybe just 12pax…too few patrons to sustain?


bread was good standard & came with 3 dips – sundried tomatoes, extar virgin olive oil & balsamic.

#1 prawn with passionfruit sauce 

first was a grilled tiger prawn with passionfruit sauce.

prawn was done well, i guess like any grilled prawns. the passionafruit sauce was good!

#2 braised beef ribs 

next was a braised beef ribs. very well done dish, quite excellent!

#2 braised beef ribs 

meat tender & very flavourful with the sauce.

#3 pan seared scallops 

3rd course was a pan seared scallop.

a nice, competent dish, nothing too special.

#3 pan seared scallops 

not quite the exceptional scallop dish at disgruntled chef at ang siang hill,

#4 iberico pork with cheese 

the iberiaco pork with a slightly melted cheese was an excellent dish.

#4 iberico pork with cheese 

pork was very good, and the cheese was super, truly enhancing the taste of the pork in combination.

#5 ravioli 

5th course was a pasta, a ravioli.

this was very good too, the same as what they served for the set lunch.

#5 ravioli 

an excellent ravioli, light & flavourful.

#6 lamb rack 

the lamb rack had quite  a robust taste, not like some including my own which have mild gamey taste.

this one was strong but it was good, flavourful.

#6 lamb rack 

not a dish for wife, but i thoroughly enjoyed it.


#6 beed steak 

wife ordered the steak.

it was very good too. not quite comparable to say prime portico steak but nevertheless a very good steak good restaurant standard.

#7 trio of dessert 

the trio of dessert was i guess a quick introduction to the restaurant’s dessert.


the tiramisu was very good.

wife said it was same as my own tiramisu, and indeed it was, very similar to texture & taste & liquor content.

chocolate cake 

chocolate cake was good.

panna cotta 

panna cotta was average, nowhere near the excellent panna cotta at lake como.

we had a truly wonderful 7-course celebration dinner, good food & gooder value. not quite the fine dining standard, but the dishes were very tasty & that’s what counts.

c.h.e.f andy


Domvs by Gabriel Fratini


39 Scotts Rd, Sheraton Towers Singapore, Singapore 228230

The Best! Selara Rasa Nasi Lemak @ Adam Road Food Centre on 1Jun2017

adam road selara rasa nasi lemak

a good friend loan us a face netting for my wife to protect against midges for our upcoming trip to isles of skye this morning.

she is busy unpacking, having just returned form a >1 month trip herself.

adam road selara rasa nasi lemak

so I went to get her some selara rasa nasi lemak from adam road..and of course a packet for me la..

No queue basically at 10am, 2pax ahead of me just buying a plate for themselves not 10packets!

After giving me my S$3.90 fish set + chicken wing, the boss told me no more fish so i had to change the other order from S$5.90 royal rumble (everything)to S$5.40 royal flush (same, no fish)..

to prove? he showed me empty shelve & my packet has the last 3 broken fish. he added he not going to charge me..i told him charge la..anyway he still charged just $3.90 chicken set for mine + one royal flush. good chappie!

Really shiok this nasi lemak!

i still chilli better than their crave @ tanjong pagar outlet & for today the chicken wing also better maybe because of chilli

c.h.e.f andy


Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak @ Adam Road Food Centre

Quite Excellent Benson Salted Duck 盐水鸭 Blk 168 Toa Payoh Lor 1 on 30May2017

benson salted duck 盐水鸭 S$32

my OPS friend arranged for early 5pax lunch at benson salted duck 盐水鸭 on 30.5.2017.

we arrived at 11.30am. he was early at 11am to chope the bigger table.

benson salted duck 盐水鸭

benson salted duck 盐水鸭 is located at kim seng coffeeshop at blk 168, toa payoh lor 1.

my friend ordered 4 dishes. actually they were quite large even for 5pax.

we had whole duck for S$32. that was undeniably the best dish=duck was flavourful, not salty, tender enough with some slight toughness which one friend commented he liked the this kind of texture. me too, like in the case of pork ribs in bakuteh, prefer having the bite than totally fork tender.

a friend had one experience with salted duck 盐水鸭 & only remembered it as salty. he enjoyed it today too.

i enjoyed salted duck 盐水鸭 in shanghai & jiangsu restaurants when i was travelling & also in singapore at (say) imperial treasures & at shin yeh taiwanese restaurant, but very seldom la, rare & far in between..

& in fact i did make my own 盐水鸭 on couple occasion some time back.

my best 盐水鸭 spicy duck was when i did a 12-course buffet dinner for 22pax RI friends on 6.2.2015. i think mine was as good or comparable to what we had for lunch today la… 

it’s basically a poached duck (can be steamed too), and nothing to do with salty at least in my marinade recipe, but uses some mala dry rub, so i called it spiced duck.

pig innard soup with fishmaw

the other dishes were good too.

the pig innard soup came chokeful with ingredients, with lots of fish maw too.

tasty soup, just nice, not too strong flaouring, & good ingredients.

lor items 鲁味

the lor items 鲁味 were ok though not stand outs, competent i guess.

they forgot the pigskin order, so my friend went to get. pig skin also average, not like some places eg ng ah sio where it was really good.

smoked duck

the smoked duck seem an odd dish to serve in this coffeeshop place.

it was ok musked by the sauces. wonder if it was the ntuc type…quite ok dish did not really stand out.

my friend who paid for lunch said it was S$50+ (i guess means closed to S$60), quite good price for 5pax…

c.h.e.f andy


Benson Salted Duck 盐水鸭

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A Delicious ”Everything Fishy Dinner“ 全鱼宴 7pax OPS Bros & Wives on 29May2017

#1 panroasted snapper fillet in green jalapeno chilli veloute

my OPS bro & his friend caught 29 fishes in 7hrs at the pond recently.

he gave me 2 huge fishes=>2kg garoupa & >1.5kg golden snapper..

So we decided to have a homecooked dinner at my place. the friend who gave me the fishes called it 全鱼宴, aka ”everything fishy dinner“. 🙂

Garoupa in 3 ways-

  1. Claypot fish head (my first time-actually kind of complicated)
  2. Poached garoupa in superior broth (chicken+fishbone)-this one nothing to do.
  3. Stirfry garoupa fillet with veg-quite straight forward

Golden snapper in 2 ways-

  1. Panroasted fillet in green jalapeno chilli sauce – first time, quite successful
  2. Nonya steamed snapper fillet – using Jeanette’s gimson nonya sauce

we had 7pax this evening = my wife & i, 2 OPS bros & their wives, and another OPS bro.

4 of us (these 3 OPS bros & I) had the most wonderful trip together to hong kong recently in feb2017 = hong kong eat & hike 20-24feb2017.

#1 panroasted snapper fillet in green jalapeno chilli veloute

my first course was a panroasted snapper fillet in green jalapeno chilli veloute.

very good i thought. snapper was flavourful & the sauce had body & was just the right texture not too viscous, and just spicy enough.

#2 poached garoupa fillet in superior chicken & fish broth

second course was poached garoupa in superior chicken & fish broth.

the garoupa fillet was excellent=so fresh, perfect texture & sweet. for me it was very good.

poached garoupa fillet in superior chicken & fish broth

the soup was tasty, intense goodness. similar to the fish head thick beehoon soup variety.

for wife it was a bit fishy, i had forgotten to add ginger. usually i cook chicken stock so do not add ginger. since i added fish bones this time, should really have added.

my friend commented that the soup would have been perfect with ginger & whole pepper. i thought so too. for me the soup was very good & smooth (albeit fishy for wife) but of course would have been better with ginger & whole pepper. i will do that next time.

#3 nonya steamed snapper fillet

the first 2 courses i served in individual portion. the planned dining logistic was to reuse the bowl & dish for the first 2 courses for the rice & the next 3 dishes served together.

3rd dish was nonya steamed snapper fillet.

this dish everyone liked, including wife.

it was flavoured by the good quality light soy sauce, and with the tangy, slight sour taste of the nonya sauce, excellent combination.

#4 stirfry garoupa fillet with sweet peas, baby corn, carrot, onions & snow fungus

the 4th dish was garoupa fillet fried with sweet peas, baby corn, carrot, onions & snow fungus.

#4 stirfry garoupa fillet with sweet peas, baby corn, carrot, onions & snow fungus

very tasty dish & good wok hae. i kept the wokpan quite dry, just adding little bit water as required.

#5 claypot fish head

the claypot fish head was my first attempt.

for me it was very good! the vegetables (onions, chinese cabbage, carrots, shitake & shimeji mushrooms) made the base very naturally sweet. & i had deepfried egg tofu, yam, sio bak (roast pork) & of course the deepfried garoupa fish head which was itself very “pang” = flavourful.

the dish was very tasty even standalone w/o adding the fish head la!

#5 claypot fish head

excellent dish really! most delicious/yummy…

i was most happy how it turned out but it was quite a lot of work, especially as this was the first time, so the steps, planning etc were more uncertain & hesitant…still it was fun & the results were rewarding.

my friends brought a soju (烧酒)-a pretty good one; a cake of puer tea (普洱茶)=must take the tea next time we gather, and my fish supplier friend brought very nice small seed lychee (糯米荔枝)which were very very sweet.

i had some red dragon fruit but everyone was too full to eat. haha! 🙂


2kg+ garoupa in 3 eats

1.5kg+ golden snapper in 2 eats

as for the preparations & planning, i was able to take out a sizable garoupa fish head.

2 garoupa fillet for (1)poach & (2)stirfry

& still left with good portions of garoupa fillet for 2 dishes (1)poached fillet & (2) stirfry fillet

for claypot fish head, i looked up recipes for claypot fish head & decided on the ingredients & method.

sio bak – airfryer recipe

one ingredient i needed was sio bak = roast pork.

i did the airfryer recipe couple times previously, about 2 years ago。

sio bak – airfryer recipe

this time my sio bak was pretty good, moist, tender & the skin was crackling(still can improve la…).

after scalding & cleaning, i steamed about 300g belly pork for 10mins. this made it easy to stab the skin furiously with a fork. i rubbed the bottom & side with 1 tbsp shaoxing wine. then i covered skin with a layer of salt & left in the fridge overnight. this is to draw out water from the skin so it canbecome crackling!

next morning i put in the airfryer 180degC for 25mins. scrapped away the salt, then 200degC for 20mins. voila!

golden deepfried egg tofu

i also needed to deepfry the egg tofu, yam & fish head.

this the bothersome part, unhealthy (deepfry), and wastage (what with do with the fishy oil??).

anyhow i cut 2 egg tofu into 14 pieces (2each for 7pax). tofu quite easy to deepfry.

deepfried yam

next i did for the yam.

deepfried fish head

& lastly for the fish head. i seasoned with ginger sauce, 1tbsp shaoxing wine & 2tsp light soy sauce, about 2 tsp flour.

deepfry actually made substantial difference. the fish was more “pang”=flavourful, firm, some parts like softer bones crispy

claypot fish head ingredients inc sio bak

after that, it’s frying onion, chilli padi, ginger, then chinese cabbage, carrots, flat beans, covered & boiled for 15mins, then shitake & shimeji mushrooms & lasty sio bak.

i added some corn starch to thicken the sauce a bit, & light soy sauce to taste (1 tbsp should be ok).

& my! the sauce was really delicious = naturally sweet & very tasty!

claypot fish head

then i placed the deepfried fish head in a claypot, and covered it with the sauce & ingredients.

when serving, i cracked 2 eggs, added 2tbsp shaoxing wine, smoothed over. then garnished with cut scallions & coriander.

the dish was quite pretty. but alas i did not manage to take a photo of the nicely presented dish as i was preparing the other dishes.

pan roasted golden snapper

the other dishes were quite easy to do by comparison with claypot fish head.

for the golden snapper, i made 2 preparations – both fillet dishes.

the panroasted snapper fillet was simply seasoned with sea salt & coarse black pepper just before frying skin down in butter in high heat non stick wok to get the crispy skin.

green jalapeno chilli sauce

the veloute was done by frying the onions, jalapeno chilli & green pepper(capsicum), adding intense chicken/fish stock, then blending 1/2 of it with 2 tbsp olive oil & 1tbsp light soy sauce & 1tbsp mirin.

i had done this previously with spinach. jalapeno chilli is much better. taste was sweet, spicy & natural. a key step is frying before blending, otherwise it can be “siap” or astringent.

nonya steamed snapper fillet

and the nonya steamed snapper fillet

it was very easy to do, just the usual hong kong steamed 港蒸 ie light soy sauce plus olive oil (or veg oil).

nonya steamed snapper fillet

as i am adding the gimson nonya sauce, i reduced light soy sauce from 2.5tbsp to 1tbsp+1tsp and steamed in the steam oven for 11mins..

the combination was just perfect. very easy to do, and so delicious!

we had a really fun enjoyable evening, good friends spending an evening together sharing delicious food, soju, lychees (& some puer tea to be taken next time).

c.h.e.f andy

Good Nasi Lemak at Crave @ Tanjong Pagar on 22May2017

crave S$6.90 nasi lemak

my son loves selara rasa nasi lemak at adam road. everytime he is home, he will take this nasi lemak, for a period almost everyday.

this evening i actually already had my dinner. it was a tiny poron of experimental sauces pasta i was testing – this time with frozen shelled prawns, tiny shrimps at S$10/kg from QBfoods.

daughted called me. she was with son at Tanjong Pagar Centre. they asked if i like to tapao (take-out) crave nasi lemak..

this the adam road nasi lemak.couple years back i read in the papers that the mechanical engineer graduate from NTU gave up a possivle pilot career to rally his 22-member family to grow & run the business.

crave S$6.90 nasi lemak

you don’t refuse what your children ask to do for you, where possible.

anyhow i like adam road selara rasa nasi lemak, just not crazy about it.

i like kuning fish so asked daighter to add kuning fish.

the packet S$6.90, with 1 chicken wing, 1 ikan kuning, 1 egg, the usual ikan bilis, rice & chilli, was rather ex i thought.

the same i had at their next stall competitor, adam’s nasi lemak, was S$4.50 & came with 2 ikan kuning & peanuts & fishcake! that was 2 yrs ago though.

daughter bouga S$9.90 deepfried whole squid for JH. this was i guess their innovation! using the deepfried chicken better to do a squid.

& i think it was excellent. i would not mind having that for a change sometime, but overall i would have my staple nasi lemak, the usual fare la!

c.h.e.f andy


7 Wallich Street #B2-26/27
Singapore 078884
Operating Hours: 9am – 10pm (Mon-Fri), 9am – 4pm (Sat, Sun)



Super Lunch @ Ah Yat Abalone Forum Restaurant on 26May2017

garlic steamed razor clam S$5.50 each

my OPS bro bought 5pax lunch at ah yat abalone forum restaurant today on 26.5.2017. ^^

seafood promo @ ah yat abalone forum restaurant

ah yat is having a seafood promotion. we ordered a razor clam each, 2 lobsters & a steamed turbot 1kg size. 🙂

har gao

my friend also ordered some dimsum to start. there was a 30% discount on dimsum. & i was pleasantly surprised that the dimsum were very good.

the har gao was better than what i had at canton paradise on 23.5.2017.

siew mai

siew mai were good too.

steamed pork ribs & steamed chicken feet

so were the steamed pork ribs & steamed chicken feet.

first time i had dimsum in ah yat. the dimsum here were really good standard.

our first seafood promo order was the garlic steamed razor clams蒜蓉蒸竹蚌. it was good as any other good seafood restaurant. they don’t do tanhoon here. the clams & the flavourful garlic & light soy sauce were excellent.

2x500g lobster with superior stock = S$29.80 wach lobster

we ordered 2 x500g lobsters! ^^

they were very good! very fresh, sweet lobster & excellent superior stock龙虾上汤焗.

though i feel the same dish still better at kai gardens…

HK steamed turbot 1kg=S$48

we decided to order the turbot HK steamed多宝鱼港蒸。

garoupa is a bit common, and tiger garoupa is a bit “chao chie”, mud taste.

anyway my friends said i was going to cook the >2kg garoupa he fished & gave me on monday 29.5.2017, so might as well get the turbot.

it was very good, the meat is more “yao”幼, much more fine than tiger garoupa.

i asked. they don’t do teochew style here.

by comparison, the steamed halibut at fragrant garden was still much better than this.

seems that fragrant garden misnamed their fish.

halibut is a large ocean fish. apparently the largest pacific halibut caught off the waters of Norway in July 2013 was a 515-pound 8.6 foot fish.

so fragrant garden dish should also be a turbot 多宝鱼!

mini egg tarts

we had the mini egg tarts. i did not try. but they looked ok & all the dimsums we ordered were good.

5pax lunch was S$221 nett, a super lunch for the dishes we had.

c.h.e.f andy


Wonderful Steak Dinner with Son @ Portico Prime on 24May2017

australian oysters & chilled angelhair

went with son to portico prime @ dempsey for a 2pax steak dinner on 24.5.2017. ^^

last time i came here was with wife on 2.1.2017.

portico prime

the place has high ceiling & really nice ambience.

portico prime

we were there at 8pm on a wednesday. not many tables were taken up.

focaccia & butter

we were served some focaccia & butter.

we asked server for extra virgin olive oil & balsamic. they never came.

australian oysters = 1/2dozen S$28

we asked the server if oysters were included in amex lovedining privilege at 50% discounts for 2pax.

1st server on query said yes. second server actually taking order said know. then she went to check, and came back to say actually NO discounts??? but they will honour it just for this time only.

australian oysters

oysters were really good!

plump, sweet, tasty, juicy, no overly strong sea taste nor metallic after taste.

excellent oysters. i will take everytime if there is discounts. ^^

chilled truffle angelhair

the chilled truffle angelhair is one of their signature.

chilled truffle angelhair

& it was really very good, the best i had so far.

very flavourful, pasta totally al dente.

chilled truffle angelhair S$26

the texture & flavours combined well. it was served with kawa prawns, caviar & nobu extract. very nice indeed.

wagyu rump S$46 

there is no 50% discounts for the japanese wagyu.

i took the USDA ribeye last time it was very good, and the sirloin ok but not so good.

this time the server recommended to try the wagyu rump.

wagyu rump S$46 

it was stronger beefy flavours which was good, not nearly as tender as the ribeye, but quite ok, not tough. the server recommended medium which is my usual preference anyway. 🙂

USDA aurora ribeye S$46 

and the USDA aurora ribeye was as good as ever! very tender sweet, by comparison the wagyu rump flavour has its attraction. my son said he grew to like it. i didn’t mind too, but given a choice i guess i would still do the ribeye.

dinner was a very affordable S$87 for all the excellent dishes we had. we got the 50% discount for the oysters this time. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy


Good Braised Duck牛车水阿婆卤鸭 @ Commonwealth Crescent Food Centre on 24May2017

牛车水阿婆卤鸭Braised Duck 

a mildly eventful day today.

did my usual weekly run with my RI buddy at faber heights ulu pandan jogging track, and was caught in a heavy downpour. was in 2 minds whether to stop & take shelter under toad bridge. as i knew the rain was not going to go away. we took shelter about 15mins, when the rain was momentarily lighter we decided to run back to my friend’s house which was another 1+km. needless to say we were totally drenched.

but everything was per normal. we had our 100plus, then coffee chat. after that i drove back.

another RI friend VJ came by about 12pm. it was still drizzling. we decided to go commonwealth crescent food centre to take jian kang wanton mee.

something happened which inconvenient me & took up my entire afternoon. anyhow we got to commonwealth crescent FC but jian kang want mee was closed.

so we decided to just have braised duck rice 牛车水阿婆卤鸭. opposite jian kang noodles.

牛车水阿婆卤鸭Braised Duck 

i had this with my OPS buddy on 5.9.2016.. and another time with my sis & bil.

both times it was quite good.

牛车水阿婆卤鸭Braised Duck 

i ordered 2 duck drumstick rice. for my friend in added duck liver (he jokingly said nearest thing to foie gras) and braised egg. total was S$13.50=maybe S$6 for drumstick rice, $1 for liver, $0.50 for egg? not cheap not ex i guess.

meat still tender, moist not dry, taste wise ok agree with my friend VJ it was just above average…

c.h.e.f andy





31 Commonwealth Crescent S149644, Commonwealth Crescent Market & Food Centre

So-so 4pax family Dinner @ Canton Paradise Starvista on 23May2017

har gao 

daughter & son wanted to go dinner nearby. they decided to go canton paradise at starvista on 23.5.2017.

no queue we got our 4pax table immediately.

last time i came here was on 7.11.2016. ^^

har gao 

har gao my daughter’s favourite. and it’s always good here.

xo carrot cake 

& son liked the xo carrot cakes. my youngest daughter like that too, she’s not with us for dinner this evening.

steamed pork ribs 

the steamed pork rib also always quite good.

half roast duck

the roast duck this evening was a let down this evening. still competent i guess.

maybe it is just a matter of comparison.used to like the roast duck here. the recent roast duck i had in goldmines at bayswater london recently was a lot more tasty & flavourful than this.

& the ones i had not long ago at (1)xin cuisine & at (2)royal london duck were both better.

beef brisket noodles

son ordered the beef brisket noodles.

dumpling noodles

and JH ordered the dumpling noodle soup.

dinner came to about $100 for 4pax. on the expensive side i thought for the limited dishes we had.

c.h.e.f andy


The Best Four Seasons Cendol on 23May2017

four seasons cendol at lor 8 toa payoh

after a very shioklicious lai heng bakchormee, my OPS bro was too full to go back to lor 4 to try the kim keat hokkien mee on 23.5.2017. ^^

surprise! surprise! lol! haha!

it’s always a good & as a matter of fact necessary dining habit to stop when you feel full or almost full.

it makes no sense at all to overeat, an action that makes you feel worse NOT better. nothing to gain everything to lose ya! and it does the food no justice. better to leave a slight/almost full stomach & great memories & future cravings for the food.

we were game & decided to go to lor 8 for the GCT (goh chok tong) aka four seasons cendol at lor 8.

this stall is, for me, handsdown the best cendol anywhere.

the coconut milk was thick, undiluted. the gula melaka was the best, excellent, very tasty la! ^^

so we had a $2 cendol each, savouring the wonderful cendol, coconut milk & gula melaka.

c.h.e.f andy



Great Minced Pork Noodles @ Lai Heng, 51 Toa Payoh Lor 6 on 23May2017

S$4 lai heng bakchormee

after sharing a S$3 lor mee at zhi xiang tao payoh lor 4 blk 93. kim keat hokkien noodles not open yet, we decided to continue our culinary adventure, so we drove to lai heng bakchormee. 🙂

lai heng bakchormee @51 toa payoh lor 6

lai heng is the same stall at changi T3 B2 that my wife & i like to go with our son & family when we were sending our son to airport.

though the road address is lor 6, the carpark is actually accessible from lor 5. ^^

lai heng bakchormee @51 toa payoh lor 6

it’s been such a long time since i had a really good mushroom sauce style bakchormee. 🙂

these days i occasionally go to 6th avenue jalan tua kong for meepok tar.

I have not found much occasion nor motivation to queue at tai hwa at crawford lane; nor to specifically search for a good bakchormee stall.

and if i go to hong lim i will end up taking ah heng curry chicken noodles instead of tai hwa.

lai heng bakchormee @51 toa payoh lor 6, 310051

there were just couple folks at the stall.

however their system is to pick a number upon arrival, then go pick up the noodles when the digital board next to the TV calls your number.

our no. was 30. there were 3 before us. we awaited maybe 10+mins.

S$4 lai heng bakchormee

the sauce & chilli were very good, very tasty with the noodles. especially with just enough vinegar, not overwhelming.

these days, every stall makes qq noodles, almost la..

S$4 lai heng bakchormee

& the ingredients for the small S$4, quite good la..not a lot just enough i think.

i enjoyed this noodles. will definitely come back again. it is different from 6th avenue jalan tua kong, and i like both styles & both stalls.

for me this was better, much more shiok than ah hoe bakchormee, and about as good as tai hwa.

c.h.e.f andy


Lai Heng Bakchormee
Opening hours:
8:30AM to 4:00PM

Good Lor Mee @ Zhi Xiang Blk 93 Toa Payoh Lor 4 Food Centre on 23May2017

S$3 zhi xiang lor mee

today my OPS bro came by my place & we decided to go try out hawker food on 23.5.2017.^^

we are thinking of various places like hong lim food centre, adam road food centre, & decided on trying out toa payoh. i googled while my friend drove. we decided to start with hokkien noodles at toa payoh lor 4, then bakchormee at lor 6, then beef noodles at lor 7.

zhi xiang lor mee #01-49 blk 93 toa payoh lorong 4 food centre

after parking, we realised that kim keat hokkien mee at lor 4 opens at 11.30am. we were early, so decided to explore blk 93 food centre. this really a tiny place & combines both the wet market & hawker centre.

zhi xiang lor mee #01-49 blk 93 toa payoh lorong 4 food centre

we decided to try the lor mee, and bought a S$3 bowl to share.

S$3 zhi xiang lor mee

surprisingly, it was quite good really.

the noodles & broth was tasty.

not quite the standard of soon heng lor mee at beo crescent.

nor the equally good S$2.50 hai tang lor mee at mei ling food centre.

S$3 zhi xiang lor mee

anyhow, still a good, competent lor mee.

lor mee not my favourite, so i unlikely to try this here again.

c.h.e.f andy


Zhi Xiang Special Lor Mee


#01-49 blk 93 toa payoh lorong 4 food centre

Good Xinlu Fishball Noodles 新路鱼圆面 on 19May2017

S$3 fish ball noodles 19.5.2017

after teban gardens community breakfast, my OPS buddy & i decided to go to mei ling food centre to take the Xinlu Fishball Noodles 新路鱼圆面 on 19.5.2017. ^^

xinlu fishball noodles 19.5.2017

the stall opened at 5.30am & closed after lunch soon after 2pm!

6 fish balls 19.5.2017

both of us ordered less noodles 面少, so we got an extra 6th fishballs.

fishballs were bouncy & sweet as always.

S$3 fish ball noodles 19.5.2017

& the noodles were qq (al dente), not lumpy & mushy, and most important the chilli was great with noodles.

always enjoy the noodles here. today though unlike say ah heng curry chicken noodles at hong lim food centre, i would not purposely drive to have this fishball noodles.

it’s just S$3, so overall quite satisfying eating it.

another OPS buddy joined us. he ordered a mee siam.

afterwards, we walked over to the dessert stall.. i had soursop jelly & my 2 friends had cold cheng teng.

had a great time chit chatting with good friends.

c.h.e.f andy


xinlu 新路 teochew fishball noodles
Blk 159 Mei Chin Road, Mei Ling Food Centre #02-05
Opening hours:
6am – 3pm, closed on Thursday


Wine Chicken with Taupok, Onions & Leek – 34th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 19May2017

wine chicken with taupok, onions & leek

i did wine chicken with taupok, onions & leek for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 19.5.2017. ^^

this my 34th friday breakfast community meal 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.

i had done wine chicken for teban gardens community breakfast previously on 9.12.2016. today’s was similar but instead of celery i had taupol, onions & leek sides.

deboned chicken seasoned

deboned chicken seasoned

basically i used my chinese wine braised chicken 黄焖鸡 recipe here.

so i deboned 2 chicken the evening before, wake up early at 6am to marinate the chicken with (best to set aside for 1-2hrs) –

  • 3tbsp fish sauce
  • 2tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2tbsp corn flour
  • 2tbsp sesame oil
  • 4tbsp shaoxing chine wine

then very hot wok, fry sliced ginger (3cm), 2 cut chilli padi, then add 1 tbsp chopped garlic in 1tbsp oil.

additionally i made intense chicken stock the evening before. cut a packet of 12x taupok to 4 slices each, then boil in stock for 1.2hr to infuse the stock flavours to the taupok.

in a separate wok, fry chicken (high heat), remove chicken & add wings first to the taupok (wings took a bit longer to cook). add another 4 tbsp shaoxing wine & cover (low heat) to cook the chicken.need about 8-10mins..

in the separate wok, fry the onions to soften then the leek. when leek is cooked just right (about 5mins) add to the chicken & taupok.

wine chicken with taupok, onions & leek

the completed dish looked quite appealing.

and the chicken tasted tender & sweet.


wine chicken with taupok, onions & leek

recently the residents attending the breakfast had increased, now it’s above 120.teban gardens catered a good breakfast of beehoon, porridge & you tiao, another resident cooked a dish of fried egg omelette so including my dish, there was quite enough food for everyone.

c.h.e.f andy

Good Rojak So-so Chilli @ Habib’s Rojak Stall 68 on 18May2017

habib’s stall 68 indian rojak

my RI bro organised indian rojak at ayer rajah food centre this morning on 18.5.2017. ^^

habib’s stall 68 indian rojak

they decided to car-pool & drop by my place at 10am. so we had a round of brewed coffee & good chat at my place.

we left in one car, 5pax (a good green practice) by 11am & was at the indian rojak stalls by 11.15am.

habib’s stall 68 indian rojak

rojak was not open yet. a few men looked like preparing to open the stall.

from the last makan we had here on 25.2.2016, we thought that salam rojak stall 73 offered a better deal.

the stall said it would be ready in 20mins. we ended up waiting for about 50mins & it didn’t look like any progress.

i finally asked them whether they were opening the stall at all. it was then that they told me the stall was closed last 2 weeks & they were just returning today (could have told us earlier).

so we decided to go with habib’s rojak at stall 68 instead.

habib’s stall 68 indian rojak

we ordered almost all the items! not quite la..just the main ones, and included both the squid & the cuttlefish.

habib’s stall 68 indian rojak

it was rather a large plate, and the cost was S$29.

it looked like 2x the size of what we ordered previously which was the about S$23.

so maybe habib’s was a good a deal as salam rojak, stall 73…our only grouse was that the chilli was not great. that was for me a significant item…maybe got to look for better indian rojak elsewhere la…

c.h.e.f andy


Habib’s Rojak


OPS Bros S$98 Peking Duck Set Lunch 4pax @ Kai Garden 嘉苑 17May2017

peking duck

i organised a 4pax OPS bros lunch today at kai garden on 17.5.2017! ^^

last time i came here was on 15.4.2017..

one of the famous dishes and a very pretty looking one is the five colour peking duck 五彩缤纷鸭. it comes with 5 colour wraps & 5 sauces, not that i can remember them all.

peking duck

normally the peking duck cost S$88++, and that does not include the second eat, which they charged S$28 to make a duck beehoon!

so basically kai garden is expensive, or very expensive!

kai garden S$98 peking duck set lunch menu for pax

for this lunch set, they offer the peking duck + the second eat beehoon, and also appetizers, dimsums, garoupa fillet & dessert – all for S$98 for 4pax!

kai garden 4pax set lunch

it is quite big place & the tables were quite well taken up.

marinated cloud fungus

the2 small eats – appetizers were e marinated cloud fungus. this was very good.

deepfried fish skin

& deep-fried fish skin also very good.

skin were very crispy 脆 & not salty, very well done dish…


the 2 dimsums were the xiaolongbao (i forgot to take photo) and the fried prawn dumplings.

prawn dumplings very good…xiaolongbao good standard no better than other places like crystal jade & imperial treasure.

peking duck

what is special about this peking duck is the 5 colour wraps – original, spinach, pumpkin, beetroot & squidink.

& the 5 colour sauce – original, chef sweet sauce, sesame, pepper, seafood.

oh, so i do remember, for now anyway…

another special item is the corn crisp. it added a special texture & bite to the whole wrap.

peking duck

duck skin was sliced very well, very thin & large pieces.

peking duck – 5 colour wraps

of the sauces, my preference still the original & the chef sauces which were the sweeter ones.

the seafood more savoury, and the sesame & pepper were both good.

the wraps, i couldn’t distinguish the taste of one from the others.

peking duck – pumpkin wrap

peking duck – pumpkin wrap

anyway the overall dining experience, taking this peking duck – very good la!

peking duck – beetrootwrap

peking duck – squidink wrap

whichever wrap we tried, all were nice.

& there was about 4 or 5 pieces for each of us, and with duck skin to spare.

garoupa fillet

the garoupa fillet was more of the ordinary stuff.

garoupa fillet

ok, competent, not much more…

duck beehoon

the duck beehoon was very good!

this the 炆 braised method-the best to produce a tasty beehoon. just have the right amount of reduced very tasty stock, add the beehoon & let the stock reduce further & the beehoon infused with the flavours. very easy to make. & such wonderful flavours. almost want to finish my whole bowl.

osmanthus jelly

the osmanthus jelly was good but ordinary. our OPS friend can make them too…

i picked 黄金桂 for our tea. it was S$3.20pax. that is like a cover charge & included the starter appetizer.

tea has a range of prices, so in this kind of places must be careful what order so we would’t be paying 1/2 the price of lunch for tea.

anyhow, the restaurant forgot to charge tea=4xS$3.20++. i pointed out to the lady who brought the bill. she said nevermind she would waive it. later we got her calling card & realised she was the GM…anyway i told her since she did not charge the tea i would give a tip & she said it’s ok just to put on the credit card, so i added about S$15 tip, for a total S$130nett. that’s lower than what we should have paid for tea anyway.

very good lunch. all my OPS bros enjoyed it.

c.h.e.f andy


Kai Garden 嘉苑

Drink & Live Music at Timbre @ Gillman(good chill no vibes this evening) on 16May2017

supersonic band – timbre @ gillman

after the birthday dinner at da paolo pizza bar for aunty Bes, wife suggested we go to timbre @ gillman for some drinks & live music.

one daughter was busy, so wife, son, eldest daughter, aunty Bes & i – 5pax, went to timbre.

this was the little bali place i used to come around 2000-2002 i think when i was still doing some business.

timbre @ gillman

quite a nice place to chill PLUS live music.

crowd was thin this evening.

son said when he came with my wife, this supersonic?? music was very good. today though he said tonight it’s like 1/2 the band (3pax).

somehow this evening no energy no vibes (unlike the live lounge in cardiff i went with my 2 traveling companion in my recent wales trip), but it also had to do with audience interactions. it’s like a mutually enhancing dynamics.

the SMS music request NOT working so aunty Bes went to deliver her music request herself & they sang her couple birthday songs.

aunty Bes was the most into the groove person in the whole place, standing up & singing & clapping.

a very Happy Birthday to aunty Bes!

after that we went home & cut cake, sing birthday song & take photos.

c.h.e.f andy


Timbre @ Gillman

Our Helper Aunty Bes’ Birthday 6pax Family Dinner @ Da Paolo Pizza Bar on 16May2017

crab cake

today is our helper aunty Bes’ birthday.

my eldest daughter is the chief planner for the family (when wife not doing it…haha!). she arranged for 6pax family dinner at da paolo pizza bar @ jln merah saga on 16.5.2017. ^^

& daughter really knows here stuff. she was able to direct my car, and just as she anticipated, we were able to find parking lots. it was 7.30pm on tuesday perhaps not so bad…

da paolo pizza bar

ambience quite good, with alfresco sitting also.

da paolo pizza bar

we chose an inside table. 🙂

crab cake

daughter ordered the food.the crab cake was good. very well done.

crab cake

i attempted this some years back. maybe can revisit this item.

prawn salad

the prawn salad was good too, refreshing.

prawn salad

great prawn salad with avogado & croutons. good serving too.

crab spaghetti in pink sauce

the crab spaghetti was very good restaurant standard, creamy, good amount of crab meat, great shell fish flavour & maybe some cognac.

we ordered 2 portions for 6pax.

crab spaghetti in pink sauce

it’s similar to the pink sauce pasta at valentino.

not quite the same as wife & my pink sauce pasta. i am thinking how i can recreate this dish. i will try fresh crab & cognac i think.

quattro formaggi – 4 cheese pizza

we ordered 2 pizza.

thequattro formaggi – 4 cheese pizza turned out to be the better one. everyone liked it. but oddly the pizza in this pizza bar wasn’t great at all. maybe it’s me, not a pizza person. anyway we all left most of the thicker outer crust. neither great texture for this part nor flavour in the dough itself.

truffle mushrrom pizza

the truffle mushroom pizza was the poorer by comparison.

truffle mushrrom pizza

zero truffle taste basically, all overwhelmed by the ok mushroom pizza i guess.

overall i think it was like S$200net for 6pax.

we did not order that much food, but it was also enough.

not particularly hot on this place myself, but it is doable to come once in a while. in fact this my first time here!

c.h.e.f andy