Excellent Yakiniku @ Omakaseya Azmaya on 15Jan2015

wagyu karubi

wagyu karubi

See also update on 23.1.2015.

bought some S$10 for S$20 qoo10 coupons, so went with wife to omakaseya azmaya yakiniku for dinner on 15.1.2015. 🙂 restaurant is tucked away in one corner on level 2 of robertson walk, 11 unity street. restaurant was crowded. service was disorganised & totally ineffective (i basically had to walk in & out of the room to get our orders delivered after waiting for 30mins after ordering with nothing happening). the japanese guy did make some effort to deliver “jap-level” service though the gap was enormous.

omakaseya azmaya yakiniku

omakaseya azmaya yakiniku

yakiniku grill

yakiniku grill

they used a drip grill exactly same as what i had at home. i had not used that lately as we did more of teppanyaki with the hot plate. this was inferior to the recessed smokeless charcoal grill at aburiya. also w/o the powerful ventilation suction, we came out after dinner smelling of bbq all over.

wagyu sirloin

wagyu sirloin

wagyu sirloin

wagyu sirloin

wagyu sirloin

wagyu sirloin

wagyu sirloin

wagyu sirloin

fortunately the kagoshima wagyu sirloin was excellent. it was priced at S$65++ for a steak that looked >120g (maybe 150g), so at 50% off, it was really very good c/w (say) kagoshima wagyu sirloin i had recently at mikuni, my favourite restaurant.

wagyu karubi

wagyu karubi

wagyu karubi

wagyu karubi

& the wagyu karubi (beef ribs) was also excellent. the wagyu sirloin thankfully came last so w/o direct comparison, the wagyu karubi was really very good, very marbled & flavourful. just look at the top photo makes one salivate. ^^ if the wagyu sirloin was heavenly then this was 1/2way to heaven. ^^

wagyu karubi + belly pork

wagyu karubi + belly pork

belly pork

belly pork

belly pork

belly pork

belly pork

belly pork

leek

leek

the pork belly was surprising poor & tasteless. this is really odd as the sister restaurant down the road, azmaya (shabu shabu) serves an excellent tasting pork belly. fortunately the leek was an excellent dip & condiment & the pork (S$16) tasted pretty ok with the dip. there wasn’t much on the menu that we liked other than the few meats. we love the complete meal experience at aburiya because it has the kimchi chigae & the bibimen that we like very much. here the meat was superior for the price but no kimchi chigae & my wife was not keen on bibimbab (they did not serve bibimen).

omakaseya azmaya yakiniku

omakaseya azmaya yakiniku

omakaseya azmaya yakiniku

omakaseya azmaya yakiniku

after dinner we learned that we could actually get 50% discounts for all food items at our next visit. while for a complete meal experience i would go back to aburiya, this is a good alternative venue & an excellent place for very good wagyu yakiniku (of comparable standards to the average yakiniku in japan). i should be going back shortly with some friends. c.h.e.f andy

Expensive Mediocre Teochew Porridge @ Lim Joo Hin Eating House on 16Jan2015

teochew porridge dishes

teochew porridge dishes

went with sis & b-i-l to lim joo hin teochew porridge at bukit ho swee for lunch on 16.1.2015. 🙂

had not been here like forever, maybe 10years? reason is i always feel that teochew porridge is ultra expensive for nothing food. well, today was no exception, just a confirmation, so in a sense i was not overly disappointed since already expecting it to be so!

strange psychology!

bhs teochew muay

lim joo hin teochew muay 潮州麋

place was bright & clean. not crowded yet at 12pm.

servers were rude & unhelpful, not rude in talking to you but rude in mannerism & ignoring you.

mullet 乌鱼

mullet 乌鱼

mullet 乌鱼 was still moist so soft. this not the usual style, her bun 鱼饭 or teochew chilled cooked fish should be cold & dry. meat was sweet & nice dipped in taojeo (bean paste), overall just average. unlike cold crab, we can do this easily at home ourselves.

braised duck

braised duck

braised duck was ok average. my own braised duck though is a lot better, more “pang” i.e. tasty.

"kor" her -method of braising fish

“kor” her -method of braising fish

“kor” her -this method of braising fish is rarely seen nowadays. the fish tasted like sardine (likely was) which was very different fish from the ones my grandma made 50yrs ago. the dish was just slight sour due to the sour dried veg, i think, which made it very appetising.

cabbage

cabbage

bhs teochew muay

lim joo hin teochew muay 潮州麋

bhs teochew muay

lim joo hin teochew muay 潮州麋

leek

leek

the vegetables were nice, especially the leek & “chiu kuay”, a gourd (my sis added 2 veg dishes later – “heng chye” spinach & “chiu kuay”).

3pax lunch cost S$47.40 for eating almost nothing. i am never coming back – well, maybe another 10yrs! ^^

c.h.e.f andy

Lobster Linguine in Spicy Pink Sauce & Lobster Bisque on 7Dec2014

cooked lobster in spicy pink (creamy tomatoes0 sauce & lobster bisque for 4pax family lunch today 7.12.2014. 🙂 children are eating dinner out.

cooked lobster S$26.90 1 for 1 (i.e. 2x375g) from cold storage.

cooked lobster S$26.90 1 for 1 (i.e. 2x375g) from cold storage.

cooked lobster S$26.90 1 for 1 (i.e. 2x375g) from cold storage.

cooked lobster S$26.90 1 for 1 (i.e. 2x375g) from cold storage.

lobster pan-fried with butter & brandy

lobster pan-fried with butter & brandy

bought cheap cooked lobster S$26.90 1 for 1 (i.e. 2x375g) from cold storage. ^^

cut lobster in 1/2 and shelled the meat including pincers & legs. put those with prawn heads & shells to boil as stock base for lobster bisque.

put butter in pan on high heat, placed 1/2 lobster heads with tomaly side on pan, added brandy & flame & let it flamed off. then added in cooked lobster meat for quick stir fry. set aside.

pink (creamy tomatoes) sauce for lobster pasta

pink (creamy tomatoes) sauce for lobster pasta

added 1 can whole tomatoes and 1 diced fresh tomatoes to 3 tbsp olive oil, some water (from boiling linguine) & some lobster bisque. added the can tomatoes & fresh tomatoes. added paprika &  heavy cream to the tomato based sauce to create the spicy pink sauce, & added sea salt to taste. set aside.

cooked linguine to just before al dente, and drained.

when serving, reheat the pink sauce. added the lobster head & meat, off the fire & add the linguine & toss.

voila!

for the lobster bisque, boiled prawn heads & shells & lobster shells for 1 hr or longer.

cooked diced onions, carrots, potatoes (i did not have leek & celery) in pan with olive oil & butter in a large sauce pan till soft. added 1 tsp turmeric for colour.  drained the lobster stock into the sauce pan with a strainer, then used hand blender to blend to smooth. added heavy cream & 2 tbsp brandy & sea salt to taste.

i also prepared some caramelised shimeji mushrooms to garnish the lobster bisque.

a very tasty bisque & pasta lunch.

c.h.e.f andy

Reunion Dinner on 30.1.2014 (& CNY Day 1 Breakfast)

teochew braised duck

teochew braised duck

decided to record this year’s 2014 reunion dinner & cny day 1 breakfast. this a really good tradition & important occasion for families to get together & spend time with their loved ones. 🙂

we had been doing reunion dinners at my elder brother’s house all these while, but had varied a little with cny dinners at joyden restaurant (former west coast seafood) for a few years. last year we decided to go back to homecooked reunion dinner & did the same this year.

for myself, as i grow older & memories fade it is good to have a record to see what i do & how i spend my time from 1 year to the next. 😉

braised tofu (beancurd)

braised tofu (beancurd)

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braised large intestines

braised large intestines

my brother’s m-i-l does excellent braised dishes, and their indonesian domestic help now does it very well. the teochew braised duck was excellent! meat was tender & sweet. i did a braised duck for the reunion dinner last year (2013) but it was not good. now my braised duck is consistently good & i think same or better than this and more “pang” (flavourful). the braising sauce was made to good use for the braised tofu, egg & the large intestines.

broccoli with fa cai (moss)

broccoli with fa cai (moss)

fried leek with hae bee (dried prawns)

fried leek with hae bee (dried prawns)

hör see fat choi (dried oysters with moss)

hör see fat choi (dried oysters with moss)

the broccoli with deep-fried tofu, mushrooms & fa cai 发菜 (which in chinese sounded like striking fortune) was very good. my eldest daughter was not much into meats & more into bread, tofu & vegetables so she enjoyed this dish especially.

the leek was always a great dish, a very sweet vegetable i liked from young.

my wife does a good hör see fat choi (dried oysters with moss) & she does that for reunion dinner & chinese new year every year. fa cai 发菜 is supposed to cause top soil erosion & sand storms in beijing & is forbidden to farm so not sure probably this was not the real fa cai.

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teochew steamed pomfret

teochew steamed pomfret

drunken prawns

drunken prawns

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my sis brought a eu yan san canned buddha jump over the wall?? (not sure if it was really). the soup was tasty, though most of us felt it was canned & not the type one would drink much. there were whole small abalones & other cut ones/shellfiah etc & mushrooms. i guess it was ok to try.

my brother did a teochew steamed pomfret. it was good. the drunken prawns looked very fresh. i took some soup, don’t take much of this dish lately, & did not take the prawns. the abalones were the usual canned nz abalones, quite ok for me. 🙂

breakfast - the morning after

breakfast – the morning after

it was very good dinner get-together! 🙂

next day we gathered as usual on cny day1 at my brother’s place. we had some of the braised dishes leftover from reunion dinner, some fresh fried vege, the rabbit fish 知县鱼(which was a favourite during cny & very expensive for those with fish semen..i didn’t see them much these days & these ones were cheap fish w/o the delicacy..haha..). my wife cooked & brought some black fungus tanhoon mushrooms with fermented beancurd. very nice!

after that we dropped by a friend’s place & then another friend in the area (a close friend of my wife & we visited every cny) for laksa lunch. in the afternoon we went to watch the lion men – quite a good locally produced  movie about lion dancers(& massively sponsored by advertisements…haha), certainly worthy of support. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy