RI G20 Mar2016 Dinner – Good But Expensive Food @ First Culinary on 24Feb2016

cold dishes

cold dishes

it’s been a few months since our last G20 dinner at moi lum on 26.11.2015.

we did have another RI get-together attended by 28pax on 3.12.2015.

anyway this time the organiser arranged dinner at first culinary at ITE college central 2 Ang Mo Kio Drive on 24.2.2016. 11pax attended.

S$468 menu

S$468 menu

we had the S$468 menu.

food taste was good actually. but it was quite expensive for the type of dishes & ingredients. we paid S$55 each.

deepfried mantous

deepfried mantous

some didn’t like the longevity buns so we had the deepfried mantous instead. they were nice though they didn’t fit into the dishes & perhaps the original longevity buns would do.

deepfried mantous

cold dishes

the cold dishes was quite good standard. all were quite tasty. roast pork nicely done & standard of any good restaurants like tunglok, imperial treasure etc.

fish skin, baby octopus, ribs & the egg were all good. 🙂

fish maw soup

fish maw soup

our group now more environment conscious, so sharksfin changed to fish maw soup. bravo! 🙂

fish maw soup

fish maw soup

the fish maw was also very good standard, tasty, with good amount of crab & fish maw, not the gluey starchy type.

fish maw soup

fish maw soup

& the stock, soup base was good, so a sweet, tasty soup, beng thin standard la... 🙂

wasabi & peanut sauce prawns

wasabi & peanut sauce prawns

there was a wasabi & peanut sauce prawns.

wasabi & peanut sauce prawns

wasabi & peanut sauce prawns

both were very well down. same preparation deep-fried very nicely & added sauce. first time i had peanut sauce. it was good too.

steamed soon hock

steamed soon hock

we had a large soon hock, probably 1 kg size.

steamed soon hock

steamed soon hock

it was HK steamed 港蒸, very nicely done too, fresh, quite the perfect timing, very good.

abalone spinach duck web

abalone spinach duck web

the abalone dish was good standard but nothing special.

abalone spinach duck web

abalone spinach duck web

abalone is abalone, the duck web & brown braising sauce ok but nothing special, bot specially tasty..i had better la…

scallop broccoli basket

scallop broccoli basket

scallops & broccoli were all good. the basket was not yam basket but some potatoes, so so to me, no one took much.

yee meen noodles

yee meen noodles

yee meen noodles were pretty tasty.

sea coconut dessert

sea coconut dessert

sea coconut was the usual.

it was another wonderful evening of old friends coming together, great chat & sharing, strengthening of friendship & bonds.

overall the food was ok or good but pedestrian. nothing special except for the price, which was rather expensive at S$55nett each for the type of dishes. price was not outrageous but not great value also.

still between good value but mediocre food & this, i would rather have good standard food preparation & taste, and not so great value.

i heard hong kong people talking in the streets (actually in the MTR station), “sin you ho sek, yin hao dai sek” 先要好吃,然后抵吃…so first good taste, then good value la…

c.h.e.f andy

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First Culinary Restaurant (ITE AMK)

OPENING HOURS:

Mon – Sun: 10:30 – 15:00

Mon – Sun: 17:30 – 22:00

PHONE:

+65 64815500
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Good HK Steamed Song Fish Head 港蒸松鱼头 @ Fu Xing Mei Shi Dunman Food Centre on 27Jan2016

hk steamed song fish head 港蒸松鱼头

hk steamed song fish head 港蒸松鱼头

after the nice ah huat wanton mee, we moved upstairs to have some dessert. this on 27.1.2016. 

my friend suggested to have the steamed fish head which was good here.

dunman food centre

dunman food centre

we were still in dunman food centre, at level 2 that is. 🙂

hk steamed song fish head 港蒸松鱼头

hk steamed song fish head 港蒸松鱼头

the fish head was the usual song fish head 松鱼头. 🙂 this was done the hk steamed 港蒸 style which i like also. i liked the spicy black bean sauce best ya…

fish was very fresh, and hk steam was a good preparation, nice taste of light soy sauce to bring out the sweetness of the fish. friend let me take the belly & eye, so i 不客气 la, just enjoy.

it was good. nothing special.

i think the香港街珍记 chun kee hong kong street is still the standard bearer for this dish.

c.h.e.f andy

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Fu Xing Mei Shi

Address: #02-02, Dunman Food Centre, 271 Onan Road, 424768

OPENING HOURS:
Mon – Sun: 11:00 – 23:30

PHONE:
+65 93678530

Good Ice Kacang @ Sing Heng Dessert (& Bad Pig Trotters ) Mei Ling Market & Food Centre on 20Oct2015

ice kacang

ice kacang – S$1.40

we were at mei ling market & food centre & had the S$13 song fish head hk steamed 港蒸松鱼头 at hong man ji delights 鴻满记小吃.

& also pig trotters & pig liver & kidney soup (below).

i was looking around for ice kacang. the sing heng dessert stall was a bit hidden but i found it anyway. 🙂

ice kacang

ice kacang – S$1.40

at S$1.40 it’s probably the cheapest ice kacang in singapore. 🙂

the one i usually goes to is at adam road food centre. that is S$2, the usual price charged in most food centres.

i was thinking maybe they have a thing or 2 to learn from adam road when the lady  hardly added any evaporated milk. it’s like just a trickle whereas adam road pour like 20ml…lol.. onto the ice kacang.

surprisingly though, it was very good, even though i still prefer more evaporated milk. haha!

sing heng dessert

sing heng dessert

& that’s why i decided to record this. a good ice kacang.

pig trotters stall

pig trotters stall

to add to our song fish head hk steamed 港蒸松鱼头 lunch, we ordered pig liver & kidney soup & pig trotters from the stall selling them together with bakuteh & kueh chap. the stall proprietress is a vietnamese.

pig liver kidney soup

pig liver kidney soup – S$5

the soup was tasty, so maybe the bakuteh would be good. i won’t really want to try because the pig trotters was really bad & i lose confidence on the stall.

pig liver kidney soup

pig liver kidney soup – S$5

the pig liver & kidney were so so. i had much better ones….

pig trotters

pig trotters – S$5

the pig trotters i think was a disaster!

pig trotters

pig trotters – S$5

the braising sauce was tasteless. how could it be tasteless?

pig trotters

pig trotters – S$5

when i saw it, the colour & look were all wrong. maybe the taste & texture would be ok, but they were not, downright bad!

there was no gelatine texture & bite.

definitely a stall i will not try again.

c.h.e.f andy

Good Song Fish Head @ Hong Man Ji Delights 鴻满记小吃 Mei Ling Market & Food Centre on 20Oct2015

song fish head hk steamed 港蒸松鱼头

song fish head hk steamed 港蒸松鱼头

was with my sis & b-i-l this morning & originally we drove to alexandra village to take the song fish head. but even at 11am the carparks were completely full & many cars were waiting.

we turned back out at bukit merah & queensway to go to hong kong street chun kee 香港街珍记 at commonwealth crescent, but decided to drop in at mei ling market & food centre to try out the stalls on 20.10.2015.

hong man ji delights 鴻满记小吃

hong man ji delights 鴻满记小吃

since we wanted song fish head, we picked the zi char stall at the hawker centre, hong man ji delights 鴻满记小吃.

song fish head hk steamed 港蒸松鱼头

song fish head hk steamed 港蒸松鱼头

the song fish head hk steamed 港蒸松鱼头 was S$13. they also served the black bean sauce fish head but sis decided to take hong kong steamed. it would be S$18 at alexandra village & at hong kong street chun kee 香港街珍记 at commonwealth crescent.

song fish head hk steamed 港蒸松鱼头

song fish head hk steamed 港蒸松鱼头

the song fish head hk steamed 港蒸松鱼头 was good, as good as the established places, not sure if the fish head was smaller?

sitr-fry kailan

sitr-fry kailan S$6

stir-fry kailan was also very good, anyway better than i expected.

sitr-fry kailan

sitr-fry kailan

good wok hae, tasty! S$6 for a small portion.

sitr-fry kailan

sitr-fry kailan

this stall actually quite good food for the price. becos we wanted to try the pig trotters etc from another stall we did not order other dishes.

not sure i will come specially for the zi char.  but if i do, i don’t mind to try their other dishes. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Consistently Good Teochew Muay @ Shi Le Yuan on 14Jul2015

teochew muay at shi le yuan redhill market

teochew muay at shi le yuan redhill market

went with sis & b-i-l to shi le yuan 实叻圆糜 for mid morning teochew muay on 14.7.2015. this my second time. ^^

last time i was here was with my RI friends on 29.6.2015, 6pax costing S$43.

there was a queue of about 10pax at 10.15am.

steamed red garoupa

S$9.50 steamed red garoupa

i asked for mullet 乌鱼 or ngoh soon (little treadfin) but they did not have either. i saw someone ordered the steamed red garoupa. it looked ok so i ordered one also.

steamed red garoupa

S$9.50 steamed red garoupa

i guess it was very good really, especially at S$9.50. we do it a lot better at home though, hk steam 港蒸 with lots of scallions, cut chilli & sliced chinese mushrooms.

so i take this often at home buying red garoupa from chinatown market. it would cost S$6 to S$7 at chinatown market fishmonger stalls for this size (400g) so S$9.50 was pretty good.

pig head meat

pig head skin 猪头皮

we ordered the pig head skin 猪头皮. this was really good. texture was perfect & taste excellent.

shark meat

shark meat

shark meat 鲨鱼肉 was good too. i seldom take this dish. usually it is either fried stingray done in a similar way (which is very good) OR chilled shark meat 鲨鱼冻.

pork ribs

pork ribs

steamed pork ribs was good like last time.

salted fish minced pork

salted fish minced pork

& i just love the salted fish minced pork or 咸鱼饼. ^^

spinach

spinach

we had spinach. good too.

total was S$23 for 3pax 6 fishes including the red garoupa & 3 porridge. the garoupa & 3 porridge totalled S$11 so the remain gin 5 dishes only cost S$12. very good food at a really good price!^^

c.h.e.f andy

Very Good 6pax Suckling Pig Set @ Ah Yat Grandstand on 4Jan2015

#1 lobster salad

#1 lobster salad

today my very close friend’s birthday.

last evening i arranged a birthday dinner for him at ah yat seafood @ grandstand turf club road on 4.1.2015. 🙂

happens that my god-sis & her husband’s birthday were also just past, so we had a 6pax dinner together with my other 2 close friends.

i ordered the 6pax lobster sharkskin abalone 9-course dinner. it was very good, quite expected. the place was crowded & noisy like a fish market, with 2 tables next to us having endless drinking challenge & making a din. we used to say that the place did not matter since we would be the table making the most noise. this time though we were not. ^^

anyway, the birthday boys & girl were all happy with the trade-off – good food for fish market noises. 🙂

#1 lobster salad

#1 lobster salad

#1 lobster salad. canned fruit salad was refreshing, and a friend cleared off everything. 🙂 as a lobster dish, lobster salad always suspect to me, few lobster pieces & lots of fruit salad, could never really compared with a proper lobster dish.

#2 sharksfin soup

#2 sharksfin soup

#2 sharksfin soup

#2 sharksfin soup

#2 sharksfin soup was sweet & tastier than i expected, but not quite the standard of ah yat abalones forum restaurant.

#3 suckling pig - this was so good

#3 suckling pig – this was so good

#3 suckling pig - this was so good

#3 suckling pig – this was so good

the #3 suckling pig was really par excellence. it was so good, crispy & tasty, equal or better than the suckling pig  at hung kang or at summer garden SAFRA mt faber.

#4 fish maw with leeks

#4 fish maw with leeks

#4 fish maw with leeks

#4 fish maw with leeks

#4 fish maw with leeks was good too. not the expensive 花胶. still a tasty dish.

#5 abalones, mushrooms & chinese cabbage

#5 abalones, mushrooms & chinese cabbage

#5 abalones, mushrooms & chinese cabbage

#5 abalones, mushrooms & chinese cabbage

#5 abalones, mushrooms & chinese cabbage another great dish. abalones were smaller & no comparison with the abalones in brown sauce at ah yat abalones forum restaurant. of course. still it was great dish. i liked the mushrooms & chinese cabbage too.

#6 hk steamed tiger garoupa

#6 hk steamed tiger garoupa

#6 hk steamed tiger garoupa

#6 hk steamed tiger garoupa

#6 hk steamed tiger garoupa

#6 hk steamed tiger garoupa

#6 hk steamed 港蒸tiger garoupa was tops. better than tau heung restaurant in HK.

#7 fried suckling pig meat

#7 fried suckling pig meat

i enjoyed the #7 fried suckling pig meat too, but really i thought just chopping up the meat & head would be just as good.

#8 yee meen

#8 yee meen

#8 yee meen – passable i guess.

#9 birds' nest

#9 bird’s nest

#9 bird’s nest was kind of forgettable dish for me, zero impact.

we had excellent company, good food & great memories..a most enjoyable evening. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy