Nice Lunch @ Rendervous at Central on 8Jan2015

beef curry

beef curry

went my to my close friend’s clinic for my troublesome implant. another close friend was scheduled for 6-monthly descaling, so we had lunch together afterwards.

our god-sis who helped out at the clinic, & my dentist friend’s daughter, also joined us for 5pax lunch at rendezvous at central on 8.1.2015. 🙂

lunch orders

lunch orders

friend insisted on paying. initially we ordered 5 dishes – mutton curry, beef curry (dentist friend’s daughter likes mutton & god-sis doesn’t take mutton), chicken curry, kang kong & sayur lodeh.

he later went to add orders of chilli eggplant, chilli tenggiri & another mutton. unfortunately i was too eagerly eating & did not take photos of the new orders.^^

mutton curry

mutton curry

chicken curry

chicken curry

i love all the curries, and especially the unhealthy sauces. this time i reneged on my no carbs policy. well, worthwhile carbs took over!

the chicken curry was lemak. but it was no comparison with the flavourful yellow or red curry chicken at river valley nasi padang at zion road (which is now sadly closed).

sayur lodeh

sayur lodeh

sayur lodeh was competent.

kang kong

kang kong

kang kong was ok.

for the new orders, i always like chilli eggplants, great texture & taste. & i like fish in general so the chilli tenggiri was great too.^^

chendol

chendol

chendol

chendol

we had 1 mountain dew & 4 lime juice – very small glass & lots of ice, so very dilute, not sweet (good) but almost tasteless (bad!). for me, this item was a rip-off.

after the food we ordered 4 chendol. i had 1 by myself, very sinful.

overall, the company made for a very enjoyable lunch. the food was good too & i walloped all the rice!

was kind of expensive though. my friend paid S$127 for the 5pax lunch.

c.h.e.f andy

Mee Sua Soup (面线汤)

mee sua soup (面线汤)

mee sua soup (面线汤)

only 2 of us eating dinner at home last evening.

our helper cooked a mee sua soup (面线汤), a simple dish put together by wife.

mee sua (面线) is a very thin wheat noodle, can be a light, tasty meal especially in soupy preparation.^^ 🙂

mee sua soup (面线汤)

mee sua soup (面线汤)

kang kong (morning glory) & tau gay (bean sprouts) were blanched & set aside.

prawns were pan fried & minced pork cake cooked in the stock, & set aside.

when serving, cook the mee sua in the stock, serve & add kang kong, tau gay, prawns & minced pork cake. most important add chilli padi. brings out the flavours wonderfully. ^^ 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

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Comfort Food 15pax Dinner @ Singapore Polytechnic Food Haven on 22Jul2014

 

#1 cereal prawns

#1 cereal prawns

we had our monthly get-together at singapore polytechnic food haven on 22.7.2014.

we had 15pax. the place basically served zi char food in an air-con restaurant ambience. we had 20% discount & no service charge as our organiser is a staff at SP. 🙂

#1 cereal prawns

#1 cereal prawns

#1 cereal prawns was pretty ok, competent, flavour was good, though batter a bit much.

#2 tofu soup

#2 tofu soup

#2 tofu soup was ordinary like any tofu soup.

#3 steamed seabass

#3 steamed seabass

#3 steamed seabass

#3 steamed seabass

#3 i liked the presentation of the steamed seabass, like a fish swimming in the water. 🙂 it was done teochew style with mildly sour soup from salted vege & sour plum. fish was fresh & good as a seabass could be. 🙂

#4 beef with ginger & spring onions

#4 beef with ginger & spring onions

#4 beef with ginger & spring onions (姜葱牛肉) was also competent, like a good zi char eating house. beef was tender OR should i say tenderised. 🙂

#5 claypot tofu

#5 claypot tofu

#5 claypot tofu

#5 claypot tofu

#5 likewise the claypot tofu. a good competent dish. 🙂

#6 sweet sour pork ribs

#6 sweet sour pork ribs

#6 sweet sour pork ribs

#6 sweet sour pork ribs

#6 sweet sour pork ribs was good too.

#7 fuyong egg?

#7 fuyong egg?

& so was the #7 fuyong egg?

#8 sambal kang kong

#8 sambal kang kong

#8 sambal kang kong was another common, simple, tasty dish i liked.

#9 red beans pancake

#9 red beans pancake

a friend commented that the skin of the #9 red beans pancake was too thick. indeed so! the dough flavour was good though so i did not mind the tucker skin. 🙂

#10 mixed fruits

#10 mixed fruits

#10 mixed fruits were good like any.

healthy fruits & nuts cookie baked by leak San

healthy fruits & nuts cookie

healthy fruits & nuts cookie baked by leak San

healthy fruits & nuts cookie

a friend brought some ‘healthy’ baked cookies. it had nuts (almonds & walnuts), raisins & cranberries, and not too sweet, so healthy indeed, for cookies that is. it was good! haha. 🙂

another very pleasant evening.  time passed too quickly. a few friends did not join so often so it was good occasion for catching up. there were few other patrons & we almost had the restuarant to ourselves..haha. 🙂

food was pretty ok, competent. with all the staff discounts the cost was just S$12pax, cheaper than most coffeeshops zi char. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Good Zi Char Dinner @ Keng Eng Kee (KEK) Restaurant & Teochew Opera on 9Jun2014

S$10 claypot liver

S$10 claypot liver

i had wanted to try keng eng kee (KEK) the last time the few of us were doing a hawker & zi char tour but had never gotten to it.

was watching a teochew classical tunes (operatic) concert at singapore concert hall at 7.30pm by ngee ann cultural centre, singapore teochew federation & nan hua opera (南华儒剧社) – program here, so decided to have early dinner at KEK on 9.6.2014.

i must say i really enjoyed the teochew opera singing. used to listen to them a lot when very young, so even though had not listen to some for decades, the songs were still familiar. 🙂

the singing was good & the ones by 孙小华 (芦林会) & 陈纬恬 (刘明珠) was outstanding, extremely emotive, moving & captivating. 陈纬恬, singaporean, is just 11 years old. she performed 小蝴蝶 in (莫愁女) in shantou, china when she was 5! this young girl is set to be a super star.

S$10 claypot liver

S$10 claypot liver

we were there at 5pm on a monday. the indoor aircon seating was fully booked, & 1/2 of the outdoor seating at the coffeeshop was also reserved with the names on the tables.

famous dishes at KEK includes claypot liver, moonlight nor fun, mingzhu rolls (明珠卷) & salted egg crab etc.

#1 i do like liver but am not particularly fond of claypot liver which is like a liver overkill. we ordered it anyhow & it turned out to be really good! the liver was not overcooked, had great wine flavours & very sweet & just the right texture. an excellent dish! 🙂

S$25 nonya song fish head

S$25 nonya song fish head

#2 we were deciding between black beans bitter gourd with sliced snakehead (生鱼) or a song fish head(松鱼头). the server recommended the fish head nonya style. it was very good, the sauce was the same as the very nice fish head at forture seafood but dryer & less curry. i would think that angkoli (red snapper) which forture used would go better than 松鱼 for this dish.

cuttlefish kang kong

cuttlefish kang kong

#3 cuttle fish kang kong was competent & tasty, the sweet sauce though was kind of overpowering.

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明珠卷 mingzhu roll

#4 the 明珠卷 mingzhu roll (6 pieces) was good too. however we did not really need this dish. the other 4 dishes were already too big for 3pax, so we tapao (take out) remaining 3 pieces.

S$5 moonlight hor fun

S$5 moonlight hor fun

#5 the moonlight dry nor fun was a good dish. it was a strange concoction combining char kuay teow with hor fun(河粉), and came with chinese sausage & also prawns & squid with thick hor fun. it was not really my favourite. i would prefer the usual hor fun or san lor hor fun (生捞河粉) to this.

keng eng kee alexandra village

keng eng kee alexandra village

S$25 nonya song fish head

S$25 nonya song fish head

there was no service or get. the bill came up to S$60 for 5 dishes for 3pax. the food would easily have served 4pax. i would rate KEK on par with kok sen & much better than two chefs. i would expect the song fish head(松鱼头) at 香港街珍记 (Hong Kong Street Chun Kee) to be better but then the menu range at the latter is small.

this definitely a eating place that i will come back again! 🙂

c.h.e.f andy