Delightful Delicious 100Gourmet Dinner @ Disgruntled Chef Ang Siang Hill on 29Oct2015

sous vide duck breast - par excellence

sous vide duck breast – par excellence

had a most delightful dinner with wife @ disgruntled chef ang siang hill on 29.10.2015. ^^

we both liked the duck breast best but other dishes (except for the lollipop & dessert) were just as delicious & marvelous. 🙂

this was a 100gourmet dinner citibank promotion where overseas award winning chefs paired with 2 top singapore restaurants every month to deliver a 6-course dinner at S$100++

for this evening it was chef daniel sia of disgruntled chef & chef joris bijdendijk of restaurant RIJKS®

charcoal bread. pork floss on cream cheese

charcoal bread. pork floss on cream cheese

we started with a charcoal bread. the bread was excellent, crusty yet fluffy inside. 🙂

charcoal bread. pork floss on cream cheese

charcoal bread. pork floss on cream cheese

not really used to having cream cheese on toast, but the combination did go well.

lobster & chicken vin jaune

lobster & chicken vin jaune

the lobster & chicken in a yellow wine sauce was really delicious.

lobster & chicken vin jaune

lobster & chicken vin jaune

both lobster & chicken were superb. chicken had a very crispy skin. something i cannot make. & such a wonderful sauce.

pan sauteed scallops

pan sauteed scallops

& the scallops were excellent. colour & presentation was beautiful of course, and Chef Joris Bijdendijk, Executive Chef at the restaurant RIJKS® in the world renowned Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, personally drizzled the oil over the dish at our table.

pan sauteed scallops

pan sauteed scallops

scallops were sashimi grade & the inside were still raw. one of the tastiest scallops i have take! bite, taste, everything! ^^

flounder lollipop

flounder lollipop

not sure about the flounder lollipop. wife thought it was poor.

flounder lollipop

flounder lollipop

i thought it was ok, tasty enough. but it’s like glorified fast food? nothing special or distinctive to me other than trying to look different.

black cod. nori butter. cockles. cucumber

black cod. nori butter. cockles. cucumber

the cod was a return of another wonderful dish.

server warned us that some diners feedback that the nori butter made the dish quite salty & they were still adjusting the taste.

black cod. nori butter. cockles. cucumber

black cod. nori butter. cockles. cucumber

for us, the seaweed butter did give a distinctive salty taste but nothing overpowering & in fact flavoured the dish rather well, & the shellfish bits (cockles??) added great bite to a delicious sauce. the cod tasted a bit firmer, like a monkfish texture, anyway it was good.

& what a beautifully plated dish! 🙂

sous vide duck breast - par excellence

sous vide duck breast – par excellence

& wa..the duck..it was the best duck i had.

sous vide duck breast - par excellence

sous vide duck breast – par excellence

so tender & sweet. just enjoying this duck, i am thinking i gonna try my sous vide duck breast again.

i did that for my duck l’orange some time back.

jaan's hay roasted pigeon

jaan’s hay roasted pigeon

it reminded me of the excellent jaan’s hay roasted pigeon. that was quite long ago though, so this duck actually felt better.

like a mars bar dessert & cream

like a mars bar dessert & cream

the dessert was too ordinary to complement the excellent dishes, but still the mars mar thingy had a really nice chocolate & great texture. i am so so with the cream just took a little.

we have never been to disgruntled chef at dempsey or here at ang siang hill. i must say the service was excellent-polite, friendly, quite knowledgeable & attentive.

this was 1 of the best dinners i had for a while, except for the excellent japanese omakase at hachi. hachi is different cuisine, which we would prefer by comparison but it also cost a lot more.

it reminded me of the really sumptuous dinners & dining experience at jaan, which we do not go any more because it’s no longer offering feed at raffles discounts. presentation was delight & food was exquisite. jaan had 2 amuse bouche which were excellent PLUS a palate cleanser item, so total like 10-course.

for the price, i think this dinner at disgruntled chef was next to perfect.

c.h.e.f andy

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Among the Best Weiyi Laksa 唯一辣沙 @ Tanglin Halt Food Centre on 24Mar2015

S$5 laksa

S$5 laksa

had been trying out laksa at different places last few days.

today i went to tanglin halt market & food centre & try out weiyi laksa 唯一辣沙 on 24.3.2015.^^

weiyi laksa 唯一辣沙

weiyi laksa 唯一辣沙

weiyi laksa 唯一辣沙

weiyi laksa 唯一辣沙

i was there at 11.55am but there was already a queue of 15 people.

the queue went plus minus a bit but when i finished at 12.30pm queue was just as long.

so many people cannot be wrong, can it?

i queued for 25minutes. weiyi had a good system with a board with numbers for the combination to order & the prices. & the guy was friendly, knew how to smile & be happy, which was sometimes lacking in other sellers.

weiyi also sells prawn noodles. today there was a sign “sold out” (at 12pm??). anyway i came for the laksa.

S$5 laksa

S$5 laksa

i asked for no. 6 which was chicken & cockles & taupok, S$5 bowl, & thick beehon mee. 🙂

there wasn’t a number combination with just cockles  & taupok. there was no purpose for me to try prawn combination. chicken with laksa was most uncommon so i wanted to try it.

S$5 laksa

S$5 laksa

the laksa gravy was excellent! a lot of hae bee as well. anyhow the combination of flavours – lemak, spiciness, taste – was excellent. i finished almost all the gravy. ^^

cockles were fresh & plump, taupok was soft & well infused with gravy & not falling apart. chicken was a lot better than i expected, very sweet & tender.

but of course, however good the chicken might be, it was no comparison with the poached chicken白斩鸡 at ah heng curry chicken noodle at hong lim food centre. likewise for heng kee curry chicken noodles.

& if it is between the excellent laksa gravy & excellent curry chicken gravy, i will go for the latter every time. just my personal preference.^^

weiyi laksa 唯一辣沙

weiyi laksa 唯一辣沙

just comparing laksa with laksa, this would beat the #02-141 stall at bukit timah food centre hands down.

it also made me appreciate the teck hin laksa stall at food loft @ clementi. i was asking myself was this really better than teck hin’s. i think the difference was quite infinitesimal. the taupok was much better becos the taupok at teck hin was still hard & not well infused with gravy. the gravy might be tastier overall, but really not by much. there was no queue at teck hin when i visited at 5.30pm & i don’t expect it will have a 15pax queue at 12pm. 🙂

& compared with sungei road laksa at jalan shui kopitiam at jalan berseh? it’s kind of difficult to compare. this weiyi version, like teck hin’s, was a lot more savoury & substantial. sungei road had more lemak & sweet gravy.

c.h.e.f andy

Good Laksa @ Teck Hin Fishball Noodles at Food Loft Clementi Ave 3 Blk 443 on 19Mar2015

S$4 laksa

S$4 laksa

met a friend for a chat at food loft clementi ave 3 blk 443 this evening on 19.3.2015.

teck hin fishball noodles

teck hin fishball noodles

food loft clementi ave 3 blk 443

food loft clementi ave 3 blk 443

decided to order the laksa from teck hin fishball noodles & a xiaolongbao 小笼包 from joyful palace 怡乐坊.

S$4 laksa

S$4 laksa

laksa was S$3.50 & i asked for additional “hum” i.e. cockles, so S$4.

these days, there are so many katong laksa around and many places sell good competent laksa. this laksa easily belong to the quite good category.

the cockles were fresh & plump, the laksa gravy was lemak & fragrant. there were lots of fish cake and taupok, only thing the taupok were not soft enough so not absorbing the gravy well enough.

need less to say, it was no match for the S$2 sungei road laksa. still on the whole, this really was a considerably good laksa. i would certainly take this again here.

c.h.e.f andy

Our Favourite Hai Kee Char Kuay Teow at Telok Blangah Crescent on 8jan2015

char kuay teow 炒粿条

char kuay teow 炒粿条

went with wife to hai kee char kuay teow at telok blangah crescent on 8.1.2015. 🙂

lasted time we were here was 1+years ago on 13.9.2013. waited just 25mins this time..there goes my diet plan! ^^

hai kee char kuay teow

hai kee char kuay teow

char kuay teow 炒粿条

char kuay teow 炒粿条

char kuay teow 炒粿条

char kuay teow 炒粿条

we still like it very much. 🙂

price was S$3, no adding of “hum” cockles. lots of cockles and very tasty. very sinful of course, lots of oil & lar pok aka deep-fried fat pieces. the cockles were quite a bit smaller this time. i had raw cockles for my plate. ^^

hai kee char kuay teow

hai kee char kuay teow

hai kee char kuay teow

hai kee char kuay teow

there was a continuous, “never-short-of” queue.

not something i should have often, but most enjoyable when i had it.

c.h.e.f andy

Guided Food Tour of Old Airport Road Hawker Centre on 2Dec2014

hougang mutton soup - S$6

hougang jing jia mutton soup – S$6

met an old schoolmate for early lunch at old airport road hawker centre 11.30am today 2.12.2014. 🙂

it’s strange. old airport road is such a famous eating place, but i can only remember once i came here with another friend probably 5 years back & he introduced me to a beef noodle stall. it tasted nothing like the hong kong 牛腩面 stalls. i must have been here some other time but there was nothing in my recollections.

this friend comes here like once a month so he gamely walked me round the hawker centre, pointed to the famous hokkien mee stall (no queue yet), past the lor mee stall (already like 15 people in the queue), the fish head beehoon stall (about 6 in the queue).

we ended up at the hougang jing jia mutton soup stall. i went to get 2 bowls 牛杂 mixed rib, tripe, tendon (S$6 each) & he queue for a char kuay teow (S$4 加料 with added ingredients of prawns & squid).

hougang mutton soup - S$6

hougang jing jia mutton soup – S$6

hougang mutton soup - S$6

hougang mutton soup – S$6

hougang mutton soup - S$6

hougang jing jia mutton soup – S$6

it might be that my expectation was a bit high. i was expecting like chai chuan you 柴船头 @ bukit merah view standard. or at least the standard of yu ji@whampoa market or the other stall #01-75 at whampoa market.

but this hougang jing jia mutton soup was quite a let down actually. something was not quite right about the taste. soup was not as flavourful. i felt the meat was overcooked & too soft not the texture i like for mutton ribs and not as tasty, and chilli was simply too dilute.

for me, this was not comparable at all with the other 3 stalls. my favourite is chai chuan you 柴船头 @ bukit merah view but i like the 2 whampoa stalls too.

char kuay teow

dongji char kuay teow – S$4

char kuay teow

dongji char kuay teow – S$4

the dongji char kuay teow was good. very good wok hae. and S$1 加料 for all that added ingredients of prawns & squid was just incredible. this must be the most value-for-money S$4 char kuay teow.

still, my friend prefers this dry char kuay teow, but i prefer the wet one at hai kee teochew char kuay teow at telok blangah with lots & lots of cockles added – 加料.

dongji cha kuay teow

dongji cha kuay teow

cho kee noodles wanton mee

cho kee noodles wanton mee

wanton mee

cho kee noodles wanton mee

wanton mee

cho kee noodles wanton mee

wanton mee

cho kee noodles wanton mee

we ought to be full by then. but my friend wanted to show me the 2 good wanton mee stalls which were just few stalls away from each other. 1 was closed, so we shared 1 bowl from cho kee. 4 wantons were good, soft, skin held together & tasty. char siew was good, and most importantly noodles was qq & taste was good.

for me i felt the chilli was not spicy enough. this was about same maybe slightly less tasty than the wanton mee at KPT coffeeshop 401 hougang ave 10, S530401, and for me the best wanton mee was still kok kee previously at lavendar food square (not sure where it moved too), & the one at temberling road & red ring wanton mee were pretty good too.

c.h.e.f andy

S$2 Sungei Road Laksa on 10Aug2014

Sungei Road Laksa S$2

Sungei Road Laksa S$2

first came to this sungei road laksa stall at jalan shui kopitiam at jalan berseh>10years ago.

have not been here for several years. today though 3 of us were enjoying the fu he turtle soup at berseh food centre, so decided to drop by for the laksa.

Sungei Road Laksa

Sungei Road Laksa

there was a 15pax queue at 2.30pm on a sunday. i waited about 15mins.  stall is closed every 1st & 3rd wednesday of the month.

Sungei Road Laksa

Sungei Road Laksa

the stall had 2 ladies preparing bowls of laksa & taking orders, and an older men cooking the noodles & ladling the gravy goodness from a charcoal fire pot.

laksa was S$2, with slices fish cakes & cockles, served with spoon & no chopsticks. i added cockles so it was S$3.

Sungei Road Laksa S$2

Sungei Road Laksa S$2

gravy was light, not too lemak nor spicy, but quite flavourful & intense, very satisfying. i also ta pao (take-out) 2 packets back.

there is another sungei road laksa at nearby kelatan lane but i have never tried it. will give it a try next time i am here, which unlikely to be soon though.

c.h.e.f andy

Average Hawker Food @ East Coast Lagoon Food Village on 6Apr2014

orh luah (oyster omelette) - S$4

orh luah (oyster omelette) – S$4

went with wife to marine parade/changi coast road to cycle my new bike this morning.

decided to makan at east coast lagoon food village. the place was closed for S$1.5m 3-month renovation in aug2013 & re-opened in nov2013. i hardly went there even before renovation so didn’t mind to try out the place.

the food stalls were spread over a sprawling area. it’s probably good for ambience & but kind of inconvenient for getting food and didn’t look like too many seats over a large area, not so efficient.

east coast seafood centre orh luah stall

east coast lagoon food village no.12 orh luah stall

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orh luah (oyster omelette) – S$4

the orh luah at stall No12 was pretty good. i bought the S$4 portion & that was enough for 2 of us. i quite liked the egg & corn flour starchy part with egg. 🙂

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roxy laksa S$4.50

the S$4.50 roxy “one & only” laksa was quite disappointing, does not even have hum (cockles)! i hardly take laksa these days anyway, nothing like the very shiok curry chicken noddles @ hong lim food centre.

it was the usual “katong” lemak laksa now selling everywhere including hollandv.  laksa w/o hum was like meaningless to me (that is of course just a personal preference). in any case it was no different from anywhere else & my favourite is still sungei road laksa which was lots better than this & cost only S$3 PLUS it has cockles & you can “kay hum” – add cockles. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Enjoyable Crab Beehoon Dinner @ Ming Kee Live Seafood on 23Mar2014

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cockles S$5

was in upper serangoon area & my wife decided to go to ming kee live seafood at macpherson for dinner on sunday 23.3.2014. 🙂 it was few shops from swa gardens when we had nice teochew food for our g10 dinner recently.

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ming kee signature crab beehoon 1.4kg = S$75.60

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coconut jelly S$8

i don’t take crab often as i find it expensive. but this time we were in the mood for crab. we ordered their signature crab beehoon. its S$54/kg so S$75.60 for a 1.4kg sri lankan crab. usually when eating with friends or children, don’t really get to eat much so this time just 2 of us, it was like feasting on crab. 🙂

i could not resist ordering the S$5 cockles. it was simple dish served with fish sauce & cut chilli. not the raw cockles (血蛤) i had at two chefs, small & not as fleshy..still, enjoyed nonetheless! 🙂

cockles S$5

cockles S$5

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ming kee signature crab beehoon 1.4kg = S$75.60

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ming kee signature crab beehoon 1.4kg = S$75.60

the beehoon was tasty with sweet crab flavour. the sri lankan crab was meaty & fresh & sweet. i don’t take crab often enough to judge but didn’t find it any special though. it was not bad i think the house of steam fish, golden spoon etc were better than this.

we had the coconut jelly dessert. it was just S$8 & the jelly looked like using the coconut juice & adding agar agar. it was good, mildly sweet which was just right & refreshing.

dinner was S$101 in total for 2pax. we had only crab, cockles & coconut jelly. there was GST but no service charge but S$3pax charge already for towels etc (no appetisers).

ok & very enjoyable for this evening because we were in the mood to have crab, but otherwise not a place i would usually go.

c.h.e.f andy

Why We Queue? @ Hai Kee Teochew Cha Kuay Teow on 3Sep2013

cha kuay teow - S$3

cha kuay teow – S$3

as some hungrygowhere reviewers said – lost & found! 🙂  see also for old time sake @ xin lu fish ball noodles.

used to frequent often to buy back when the stall was at margaret drive. though i knew it had moved to telok blangah crescent, i had not bothered to go look for it – somewhat less craving for cha kuay teow of late.

hai kee teochew cha kuay teow

hai kee teochew cha kuay teow

cha kuay teow - S$3

cha kuay teow – S$3

hai kee teochew cha kuay teow

hai kee teochew cha kuay teow

anyway decided to go last evening on 4.9.2013. everything was as before! 🙂

the cha kuay teow man looked as “young” & healthy as before. the queue was as long as before – about constantly 10+ pax & on average 3plates/packets per pax & our friend cooked 1 plate at a time just as before, so long time to wait – we waited 40 minutes as before! 🙂 the “hum” (cockles) were as huge & plump as before, and the taste as good & “pang” (fragrant) and quite a bit of “la pok” (fried lard) as before. 🙂

price was S$3 which was very fair for a large plate with lots of “hum”. where this was concerned, i was a risk taker so i had my “hum”raw (uncooked & just place on top of the noodles).

c.h.e.f andy