Quite OK Bento Lunch @ The Flying Squirrel on 21Oct2014

summer chirashi don set (S$25)

summer chirashi don set (S$25)

had dental appointment today. i was in the good hands of a close friend. 🙂

post dental, 3 of us went to lunch nearby at the flying squirrel at amoy street on 21.10.2014. 🙂 the restaurant has like a hidden side road entrance, not accessible from the front.

parking at amoy street, telok ayer street & boon tat street was tricky, but we were there past 1pm and cars were moving off, & i managed to find a good lot at boon tat street.

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The Flying Squirrel, Amoy Street

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The Flying Squirrel, Amoy Street

summer chirashi don set (S$25)

summer chirashi don set (S$25)

my daughter has been talking about this place & sushi kou & i wanted to try the chirashi don. there was only a summer cchirashi don set (S$25) on the menu. i took that & my friends ordered ebi furai bento (S$19) & tori karaage bento (S$19).

when the food arrived, it looked to me like a bara chirashi don with diced sashimi, which usually was of lower quality than a chirashi don. i asked the server & he said there was actually another ala carte chirashi don for both lunch & dinner (guess it was on another separate menu) but he said this lunch set was popular. 🙂

the service was pleasant & attentive & there had a hand-written welcome card at the reserved table, so i decided to just go with the bara chirashi don.

taste-wise it was pretty good, and the sashimi quantity was good too. it also had 3 pieces of chicken karaage (not my favourite) & salad. still, this was not quite comparable to the S$20 quality chirashi don set at kuroson. and overall presentation wise, food quality & quantity it was not quite the standard of bara chirashi don & salmon set at sun with moon wheelock.

ebi furai bento (S$18)

ebi furai bento (S$19)

tori karaage bento (S$18)

tori karaage bento (S$19)

my friends were happy with their tori karaage bento & ebi furai bento which came with curry.

there was 10% service but no GST.

overall, the lunch was quite average for me, something doable but not special. my sashimi cuts were fresh & sweet, and the rice combination was quite good, & service was pleasant & good.  i may still come back to try their ala cate chirashi don during dinner. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

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Curry Miso Mulligatawny Soup

curry miso mulligatawny soup

curry miso mulligatawny soup

as part of a japan themed dinner for my friends, was contemplating adding a soup.  miso soup didn’t quite make it there. i made ok cream of mushrooms & cream of potato soup. the best soup i made was the basque seafood soup. it was very good if tedious boiling prawn shells for 2-3hrs. anyway they didn’t quite fit the theme.

so i was working on the miso theme with the seafood, and came up with a curry miso. i googled & found a few curry miso recipe & also looked at mulligatawny (an indian soup i love) recipe, and finally put together my own seafood curry miso mulligatawny soup. & very pleasing to say, it came out wonderful! 🙂

curry miso mulligatawny soup

curry miso mulligatawny soup

for the soup, i chopped 2 shallots and had ready 3 cloves minced garlic, sliced 1 yellow onion & diced 1 large carrot. as i did not have ready stock, i needed the onion & carrot to flavour the soup base. was deciding whether to add potatoes which would add both sweetness & bulk, but decided to add rice later for bulk & mulligatawny texture so drop the potato.

with 2 tablespoon olive oil in a saucepan on medium heat, i fried the shallots & minced garlic, added curry leaves & 2 teaspoon curry powder, and added the sliced onion & carrots & coated them with the curry powder & quickly added water. i also added 1/2 teaspoon tumeric for the added colour. i mixed in 2 tablespoon of miso paste & 1 teaspoon of sugar & let the saucepan content boiled over low heat for 1 hr, adding water as required, to get the vegetable sweetness into the soup.  decided to sieve the soup rather then blend the content (may try blending next time). i then added 1/4 cup rice & boiled for 20 more minutes. i added a little salt & found the right taste i liked.

for the seafood, i had 10 large frozen shelled mussels from QB Food, 1 large squid (removed red skin & cross-sliced the squid), and 5 large prawns. i heat 20g butter on a flat non-stick skillet on high heat, and added the prawns, and seared them on all sides. then i added the squid & stir-fried until the squid curled up. i turned heat to low & remove the nicely flavoured prawns & squid so they were not overcooked. i then added the mussels & stir-fried for very short time & then added some soup, simmered & quickly removed the mussels. these were then put aside till serving.  i de-glazed the skillet & returned the content to the saucepan.

(for this time, i did not add flour or heavy cream or coconut milk but may experiment with those next time).

when ready to serve, put the prawn, squid & mussels in each bowl & added the boiling soup over them. voila! 🙂 & bon appetit!

c.h.e.f. andy

Ingredients:

soup base

  • 2 shallots chopped
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 yellow onion slice
  • 1 large carrot diced
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 stalk curry leaves (20)
  • 2 tbsp miso paste
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4cup rice

seafood

  • 1 large squid (remove skin & cross-cut)
  • 10 mussels
  • 8 large prawns (de-veined)

Directions:

  1. for the soup – chop 2 shallots, 3 cloves minced garlic, slice 1 yellow onion & dice 1 large carrot. fry shallots & minced garlic in 2 tbsp olive oil in a saucepan & add curry leaves & 2 teaspoon curry powder. add the sliced onions & carrots & coat them with curry powder & quickly add water. add 1/2 teaspoon tumeric for colour.  mix in 2 tablespoon of miso paste & 1 teaspoon of sugar & let the saucepan content boiled over low heat for 1 hr, adding water as required, to get the vegetable sweetness into the soup.  sieve the soup. add 1/4 cup rice & boiled for 20 more minutes. add a little salt to taste.
  2. for the seafood – lightly season the prawn & squid (separately) with salt & pepper.  heat 20g butter on a flat non-stick skillet on high heat. add the prawns, and sear them on all sides. then add the squid & stir-fry until the squid curled up. turn heat to low & remove the nicely flavoured prawns & squid so they are not overcooked. add the mussels & stir-fry for very short time & then add some soup, simmered & quickly removed the mussels. put aside.  deglaze skillet (with the soup) & return content to the saucepan.
  3. when ready to serve, put the prawn, squid & mussels in each bowl & added the boiling soup over them.

Cheap Good Prata & Mutton @ Mr Prata on 18Sep2013

roti prata - 2 for S$2.20

roti prata – 2 for S$2.20

wanted to have some good prata. also recalled that mr prata served very good mysore mutton, which i much preferred over mutton curry, i took a short drive to evans road & had a cheap meal at mr prata. 🙂

mysore mutton - S$4.50

mysore mutton – S$4.50

mysore mutton - S$4.50

mysore mutton – S$4.50

roti prata - 2 for S$2.20

roti prata – 2 for S$2.20

prata gosong came in pairs – 2 for S$2.20. it was very good, fresh prata can seen from the photos. 🙂 this was the doughy version though some might prefer the crispy version eg at 6th avenue coffeeshop.

the mysore mutton was S$4.50 & enough for 2pax really. it was tender & tasty. compare this with the S$12.90++ rogan gosht we had at jade of india recently (which was not good). i liked it over mutton curry which usually comes in a larger piece of mutton instead of diced cubes & often not as tender.

the whole meal include S$0.20 for iced water came to S$6.90. i looked at the menu a bit & the prices were a bit more ex than coffeeshops but a lot cheaper than restaurants. biryani were S$6 and dum biryani (meat cooked inside the rice & the version served at restaurants) were S$8. garlic naan though was expensive at S$3 about restaurant prices. butter chicken & chicken tikka masala were like S$5. chicken tikka kebabs S$8. the murtaba looked ex at $6 i guess if c/w coffeeshops. though prata gosong is cheaper at 6th avenue (i think maybe still 2 for S$1.60) they were a lot smaller & often either not fresh or long queue. anyhow i had not eaten there for a very long time so not really sure. 🙂

maybe will suggest to my G8 friends to have dinner here. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Marvellous Thai @ Patara Fine Cuisine on 19Jun2013

curry NZ sirloin

curry NZ sirloin

see also 29.7.2013 Patara update. 🙂

my wife bought some Creative Eatery vouchers. our favourite in the group is Patara Fine Cuisine @ Tanglin Mall. they serve 1 of the best tomyam talay (seafood) and olive rice.

when Patara was part of palate benefits with 1 person dining free, we went there often. for Thai food though, it is harder to order for 2pax to get the 50% discount, so we sometimes went in 3pax & had 33% discounts. The vouchers we used this time were purchased at 50% of the voucher value so it’s a better deal even. 🙂

tom yam talay

tom yam talay S$23 for 1 pot serving 2-3pax

we loved the tom yam talay here. 🙂 an earthen pot serving 2-3pax costing S$23 came with 2 plump scallops, 2 large prawns and many pieces of sliced squid, and the flavour was wonderful. 🙂

Thai betel nut skewers

Thai betel nut skewers – S$18

my wife liked the betel but skewers, like a Thai satay. it’s not my favourite but it was a nice dish nonetheless.

olive rice

olive rice – S$19

my other favourite dish here was olive rice, another superb flavourful dish, 1 of the few rice (carbo) dishes I would clean up the plate..haha. 🙂 the other place I would do that is (the fried rice at) Imperial Treasure. 🙂

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Thai stuffed chicken wings also not my favourite. however this one here was 1 of the best I had, the chicken was very crispy but NOT dry & the minced chicken stuffing was tasty.

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another look at my 2 favourite dishes. 🙂

curry NZ sirloin

curry NZ sirloin – S$27

& the best dish par excellence we had this time had to be the curry NZ sirloin (above & top photos). the beef itself was great, tender & done slightly medium rare, and the curry added such a wonderful combination of flavours. 🙂

we also had their delightful durian sticky rice dessert. the one here was a touch of class. it came in 2 aperitif glasses, 1 containing the durian sticky rice with coconut milk, the other with a coconut ice cream (regrettably I forgot to take a photo). they were heavenly taken together. 🙂 it cost S$15 & we shared among the 3 of us.

the lunch, 5 dishes + 1 dessert cost S$150, so it’s S$75 using the vouchers. I do find Patara a bit steep in terms of normal pricing (but I guess no more so than Thanying etc), but with the discounts it was a great deal! 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

S$19pax Indian Lunch Buffet @ Yantra at Tanglin Mall on 10Jun2013

chick pea curry

chick pea curry

See also my Yantra Update on 1.8.2013.

my turn to buy lunch with 2 friends I started some business together in 2000. seems like yesterday. 🙂

Yantra @ Tanglin has a S$19pax lunch buffet monday to thursday (S$25pax friday-sunday),  I like the nice, classy ambience,  and I don’t have too many kakis for Indian food – so we decided to go there. 🙂

food was good flavour-wise, the spread was small but ok really except it lacked a lamb dish like rogan gosht, & a tandoori chicken, and (say) a bharta (eggplant).

the chick pea curry was good with the naans, like all the sauce curries & the dal. 🙂

green chicken curry

green chicken curry

I guessed the buffet was a vegetarian paradise. this green curry murgh & another chicken dish were the only meats (there was a fish tikka & great curry prawns though). I don’t really like both the chicken dishes. a butter chicken (murgh makhani) would be perfect or a tandoori whether whole chicken or tikka.

some mixed vege

some mixed vege

the vegetarian dishes were great. this mixed vege.

aloo gobi (cauliflower) & potatoes

aloo gobi (cauliflower) & potatoes

& also the potatoes aloo gobi. 🙂

prawn curry

I liked this prawn curry & had a few helpings. It went well with the garlic naans.

dal

dal

as did the other curries & dal. 🙂

paneer tikka

paneer tikka

the paneer tikka was the usual tofu texture but not so flavourful.

some squash? & zucchini

some squash? & zucchini

not quite sure what this was, like cucumbers with some squash?

mango pickles etc

mango pickles etc

the mango pickles was nice. 🙂

my plateful of eats

my plateful of eats

did not take a photo of the fish tikka. it’s next to the prawn & potatoes in the above photo – my plate full of food. it was quite good. 🙂 the green chicken & another anemic  looking chicken were at the left.

dessert

dessert

Indian dessert doesn’t work for me. anyhow I am not a dessert person so I did not try any.

overall the food was good, not pricy & ambience was excellent. but somewhat lacking “shiok” factor for me. must go find another Indian food fix. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy