RI Friends 10pax curry rice lunch+bakuteh post JB trip 14Mar2016

had a really fun JB trip last week with my RI buddies. we had really good bakuteh at shoon huat at sentosa JB & roast duck from ya wang opposite, and dinner at canton-i at city square, but we missed out on the kam long fish head curry.

the guys were coming to my place for lunch & watching jeju slides & guide from a friend who had been there.

so i decided to do a curry rice lunch + bakuteh (reminiscence of the recent JB trip) on 14.3.2016. ^^

7 dishes = curry rice + bakuteh + dessert

7 dishes = curry rice + bakuteh + dessert

i had 7 dishes –

bakuteh singapore style
fish head curry
nonya curry chicken
sayur lodeh (using thai red curry)
kueh chap (pig head, pig ear, belly pork)
sio bak (roast pork)
lotus ginkyo nut cheng chow 莲子白果凉粉

for bakuteh i bought the frozen prime ribs from sheng shiong. it’s the le bao brand 乐宝, just S$10.95/kg.

i used the usual ILC bakuteh sachet, about S$1.50 for 20g sachet.

the bakuteh was excellent! soup was very tasty. many friends so commented.

1 used hara fried bean curd puff this time, i think this had more sweet 黄豆 flavours than the usual bean curd puff i used, the overall soup flavour was excellent, very tasty. a friend said it enhanced rather than overwhelmed the bakuteh sachet.

i think my soup was almost as good as shoon huat, and my pork ribs itself clearly better, more meaty, fatter & more flavoruful & excellent taken with my dark sauce which was very “pang” & not so salty.

fish head curry

#2 fish head curry

it’s the first time i cooked fish head curry.

mak's curry paste for fish head curry

#2 mak’s curry paste for fish head curry

i went to grab a curry paste from sheng shiong. found this mak’s nonya fish head curry S$2.45 i think, used it for the first time.

fish head curry

#2 fish head curry

wife went to chinatown market on sunday. i didn’t go. she bought a angkoli (sea bream) fish head. i though it was very expensive at S$16, but i had not bought this before not really qualified to comment on the price.

fish head curry

#2 fish head curry

anyway it was super fresh, meat was firm & sweet.

cooking was easy. i just followed instructions at the back of the sachet-

  1. cut okra (lady’s fingers) and fried first with sliced yellow onions, curry rempah & some coconut milk.
  2. added cut egg plant, fried another few minutes.
  3. added fish head & coat with rempah
  4. added chicken stock & coconut milk, covered, simmered about 8 – 10mins
  5. added cut tomatoes.

curry was very tasty, maybe could be stronger, almost as good as outside, think curry wok.

i did my usual nonya curry chicken.

i did this nonya curry chicken recently for teban gardens community breakfast.

today though, it was just slightly below my own expectations.

my friends all liked it. the curry was very flavourful & lemak. they said just like outside nasi padang stall.

i did my usual kueh chap too.

i was also not all that satisfied with the flavours. i felt the texture was great but the braising sauce flavours not “pang” enough.

my friends told me i ate too often. for them it was fine. 🙂

sayur lodeh

#5 sayur lodeh

the sayur lodeh was quite fine. the long beans & hara fried bean curd puffs went very well with the cabbage & curry.

sayur lodeh

#5 sayur lodeh

i used the dancing chef thai curry paste, but added the wrong one yellow instead of red (hard to tell from a previously open sachet w/o cover description) so it looked a bit more yellowish & just like sayur lodeh instead of red colour, by accident…haha! 🙂

sayur lodeh

#5 sayur lodeh

anyway this dish i was quite happy with, nice vegetable for curry rice.

airfryer sio bak

#6 airfryer sio bak

& a repeat of my recently “mastered” airfryer sio bak, learned from a friend.

i thought the belly pork was a bit too fatty. & i over compensated by grilling it 5mins longer. i told them this third time was poorer than the first 2.

airfryer sio bak

#6 airfryer sio bak

but all my friends thought it was very good, the skin was crispy.

one friend said the skin was crispy on most, but some parts were tough. i told him probably because i used a fork to furiously stab the skin, kind of primitive, so not evenly done.

lotus ginkyo nut cheng chow 莲子白果凉粉

#7 lotus ginkyo nut cheng chow 莲子白果凉粉

i made the easy dessert we all enjoyed at hoe kee dessert 浩记甜品馆 during our jan2016 hong kong trip- lotus ginkyo nut cheng chow 莲子白果凉粉.

just boiled the lotus & ginkyo nuts in syrup & added to the cheng chow from sheng shiong. almost no effort & so enjoyable, refreshing to have.

friends brought strawberries & also longan & a friend brought a red, a bottle of michel torino.

after lunch we watched the slides on jeju. looks like a great place to eat & hike. according to guides, oct & nov are the best time to visit, dry & cool weather.

c.h.e.f andy

Fa Yuen Street Market 花园街街市 – Hong Kong’s wet market & cooked food stalls

market stalls

market stalls

after an excellent late roast goose & congee lunch at fu kee congee 富记粥品, followed by equally enjoyable dessert at hoe kee dessert 浩记甜品馆, we walked back along fa yuen street 花园街.

fa yuen street market

fa yuen street market 花园街街市

& saw the fa yuen street market 花园街街市.

market stalls

market stalls

the dry goods stalls & stalls selling braised duck, chicken, pigeon, roast meats & char siew were at one end.

we were quite attracted to the char siew (but later poor experiences made me decide never to take char siew & siew yoke in hong kong) & also the braised meats, but we were mindful that we were going for late dinner afterwards & should not overload ourselves & spoiled the appetite.

a friend wanted to buy pork & liver sausage. there were many stalls selling that, but he did not know the prices nor had confidence in the stalls.

i later brought him to 楼上 at lippo sun plaza level 5 (a dry goods retail chain) where he bought lots of pork & liver sausage 肝肠腊肠.

market stalls

market stalls

& in the middle there were the wet market stalls selling live fish & seafood (top photo & above).

on 12.1.2016, we were around looking for dessert shops.

hoe kee dessert 浩记甜品馆 was closed 2 days in the row.

we were not interested in the guilingao龟苓膏like hoitintong 海天堂 etc. we saw that fa yuen street market 花园街街市 had levels 2 & 2 cooked food stalls. thinking they were like singapore hawker/food centres, we happily went up.

but actually their cooked food centre houses daipaitongs 大排档. there were like 6 daipaitongs 大排档 selling the zi char dishes, not a bad idea, just that we were wanting desserts.

c.h.e.f andy

 

Walking in Lamma Island 南丫岛 on 13Jan2016

lamma island yung shue wan pier 南丫岛榕树湾码头

lamma island yung shue wan pier 南丫岛榕树湾码头

we had a lesiurely breakfast at fu seng 富城火鍋海鮮酒家 at playing field road near our hotel which lasted till almost 11am on 13.1.2016. ^^

one friend was joking the time was just right for another at one dimsum 一点心(we had earlier wanted to try one dimsum but it only open at 11am).

so after breakfast we got to central, walked over to central ferry pier no. 4 & took the ferry to yung shue wan pier 榕树湾码头 on lamma island南丫岛.

lamma island view from yung shue wan pier 榕树湾码头

lamma island view from yung shue wan pier 榕树湾码头

i took some photos at yung shue wan pier 榕树湾码头.

lamma island view from yung shue wan pier 榕树湾码头

lamma island view from yung shue wan pier 榕树湾码头

a view of the pier & a nice view of the coastline.

streets at yung shue wan榕树湾

streets at yung shue wan榕树湾

streets with the old buildings.

streets at yung shue wan榕树湾

streets at yung shue wan榕树湾

& shops.

choi kee 蔡记车仔面

choi kee 蔡记车仔面

we walked in the direction of sukkuwan & found choi kee 蔡记车仔面.

i ate at choi kee 蔡记车仔面 the last time also when i came with my sister on 4.6.2015. 

choi kee 蔡记车仔面

choi kee 蔡记车仔面

the HK$38 for 4 items choi kee 蔡记车仔面 was good value & nice too.

choi kee 蔡记车仔面

choi kee 蔡记车仔面

we ordered 2 bowls & picked 4 items like beef briskets, beef stomach牛百叶, and big intestines. 1 bowl had beef balls & the other had cuttlefish to make up the 4th item.

pot stickers锅贴

pot stickers锅贴

they were just doing pot stickers锅贴. they looked good so we ordered. this was good!

tau huay 豆腐花

ginger tau huay 姜汁豆花

we also had the ginger tau huay 姜汁豆花..

cheng chow 凉粉

cheng chow 凉粉

& this time we had the cheng chow 凉粉 too, just ordinary nothing like the hoe kee dessert 浩记甜品馆.

lamma power station南丫岛发电厂

lamma power station南丫岛发电厂

we decided to relax & did not want to take the 2hr hike to sukkuwan today. so we walked just a little further to the part of the coast where we had a good view of the lamma power station南丫岛发电厂.

lamma power station南丫岛发电厂

lamma power station南丫岛发电厂

this was what we saw across the sea when we were walking cheung chau island 长洲岛. 🙂

the other side away from lamma power station

the other side coastline away from lamma power station

& we had a nice view of the other side coastline away from lamma power station. 🙂

after this, we found our way back to the jetty & took the ferry back to central. then we went for a late afternoon dimsum at tim ho wan shamshuipo at 4.30pm. ^^

c.h.e.f andy