RI G20 Mar2016 Dinner – Good But Expensive Food @ First Culinary on 24Feb2016

cold dishes

cold dishes

it’s been a few months since our last G20 dinner at moi lum on 26.11.2015.

we did have another RI get-together attended by 28pax on 3.12.2015.

anyway this time the organiser arranged dinner at first culinary at ITE college central 2 Ang Mo Kio Drive on 24.2.2016. 11pax attended.

S$468 menu

S$468 menu

we had the S$468 menu.

food taste was good actually. but it was quite expensive for the type of dishes & ingredients. we paid S$55 each.

deepfried mantous

deepfried mantous

some didn’t like the longevity buns so we had the deepfried mantous instead. they were nice though they didn’t fit into the dishes & perhaps the original longevity buns would do.

deepfried mantous

cold dishes

the cold dishes was quite good standard. all were quite tasty. roast pork nicely done & standard of any good restaurants like tunglok, imperial treasure etc.

fish skin, baby octopus, ribs & the egg were all good. 🙂

fish maw soup

fish maw soup

our group now more environment conscious, so sharksfin changed to fish maw soup. bravo! 🙂

fish maw soup

fish maw soup

the fish maw was also very good standard, tasty, with good amount of crab & fish maw, not the gluey starchy type.

fish maw soup

fish maw soup

& the stock, soup base was good, so a sweet, tasty soup, beng thin standard la... 🙂

wasabi & peanut sauce prawns

wasabi & peanut sauce prawns

there was a wasabi & peanut sauce prawns.

wasabi & peanut sauce prawns

wasabi & peanut sauce prawns

both were very well down. same preparation deep-fried very nicely & added sauce. first time i had peanut sauce. it was good too.

steamed soon hock

steamed soon hock

we had a large soon hock, probably 1 kg size.

steamed soon hock

steamed soon hock

it was HK steamed 港蒸, very nicely done too, fresh, quite the perfect timing, very good.

abalone spinach duck web

abalone spinach duck web

the abalone dish was good standard but nothing special.

abalone spinach duck web

abalone spinach duck web

abalone is abalone, the duck web & brown braising sauce ok but nothing special, bot specially tasty..i had better la…

scallop broccoli basket

scallop broccoli basket

scallops & broccoli were all good. the basket was not yam basket but some potatoes, so so to me, no one took much.

yee meen noodles

yee meen noodles

yee meen noodles were pretty tasty.

sea coconut dessert

sea coconut dessert

sea coconut was the usual.

it was another wonderful evening of old friends coming together, great chat & sharing, strengthening of friendship & bonds.

overall the food was ok or good but pedestrian. nothing special except for the price, which was rather expensive at S$55nett each for the type of dishes. price was not outrageous but not great value also.

still between good value but mediocre food & this, i would rather have good standard food preparation & taste, and not so great value.

i heard hong kong people talking in the streets (actually in the MTR station), “sin you ho sek, yin hao dai sek” 先要好吃,然后抵吃…so first good taste, then good value la…

c.h.e.f andy

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8 treasures duck 八宝鸭

8 treasures duck 八宝鸭

an RI friend organised november G20 dinner at moi lum 梅林 at maxwell road on 26.11.2015. ^^ we had 11pax.

the last one we had here was almost 3 years ago on 16.1.2013.

moi lum梅林

moi lum梅林

restaurant has several couplets on the wall, a bit of chinese tradition.

restaurant was less than 1/2 full. 🙂

8 treasures duck 八宝鸭

8 treasures duck 八宝鸭

this is their signature dish.

i saw the leg was quite disproportionate, size like a goose leg. later i realized probably the stuffing caused it to look huge.

must say this dish was really excellent!

duck was tender & so very flavourful. this is for me a fine chinese dish. though it was not served as an individual dish, the preparation must be so fine & skillful & the flavour was exquisite. ^^

yam basket

yam basket

the next dish, yam basket, was rather poor though.

yam basket

yam basket

the yam has NO fragrance 芋香.

yam basket

yam basket

this is such a common almost ancient chinese restaurant & now zi char dish. quite surprising.

made me recall what a good yam basket i had at ah orh according to my previous post, though i cannot really remember the taste now.

roast chicken with sticky rice stuffing

roast chicken with sticky rice stuffing

my friend seems to be ordering all the birds here – duck & chicken.

but this chicken was again excellent, probably their signature also.

roast chicken with sticky rice stuffing

roast chicken with sticky rice stuffing

it came with sticky rice & other tasty stuffing, forgot to take photo.

chicken was deboned. the server confirmed that. we were wondering how that was done. didn’t have the answer. 🙂

this was so different from the usual roast chicken, and also the very processed roast chicken with roast skin & minced meat made into a pancake (some restaurants called it 金龙鸡) which i don’t like.

salted egg prawns

salted egg prawns

salted egg prawns were competent, ordinary.

salted egg prawns

salted egg prawns

actually not that great, in my opinion.

hk steamed flower garoupa

hk steamed flower garoupa

hk steamed flower garoupa came with a load of fried garlic & chai poh.

hk steamed flower garoupa

hk steamed flower garoupa

fish was very good, quite expected of a good chinese restaurant. the garlic & especially chai poh gave it some differentiation.

not a wow dish for me, unlike the 8 treasures duck 八宝鸭 & the chicken.

some chives from malaysia

some chives from malaysia

the chives dish i guess was new for us, don’t recall having it previously, but not my favourite at all.

a 3-egg spinach or a good fragrant garlic fried vegetable dish would do better for me.

fruit platter

fruit platter

we had a fruit platter to share.

red beans pancake

red beans pancake

& some red beans pancake also.

dinner came to S$31pax nett for 7dishes include dessert. quite doable. the duck & chicken were beyond my expectations. fish was very good & the other dishes so-so. so overall i supposed quite good but a bit incomplete, not in terms of food quantity (we all had a wonderful meal) but in knowing what good dishes the restaurant serve.

another way to look at it-having 2 outstanding dishes is better than having mostly above average dishes.

we all had good chats & a wonderful time together.

c.h.e.f andy

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Moi Lum Restaurant Pte Ltd

Outlet:
38 Maxwell Road
Airview Building #01-01/02
Singapore 069116
Tel: 62262283Email: reservation@moilum.com