Friday, 30 October 2015

Abalone is easy to eat but difficult to cook. Chef Lim shares his way of culinary.

Ah Yat Abalone is renowned for their abalone and shark fin in hot stone dishes. Not only did I went there for my lunch but the other reason was to meet my teacher chef Lim. He is the head chef of Ah Yat Abalone. Chef 林广明 had taught me how to cook a good plate of abalone in my past visit. Everyone knows how to eat but only a few knows how to cook a good stewed abalone.
Abalone is a desirable food, precious but difficult to cook. The chef must be highly experienced to produce a well - cooked abalone. I was lucky to know Chef Lim as he had 30 years of experience experimenting on the best ways to cook an abalone. Because of him I had a chance to try one of the best tasting abalone in Singapore. Not only did he taught me his culinary skills, I have also learnt that not all type of food requires heavy seasoning, it can be as delicious even when salt, oil and sugar is reduced. The original flavor of the ingredients are retained and it can be another kind of delicacy which is a healthier option.
Chef Lim is a generous and humble guy who is always willing to share his ideas with me. That is why I like to head over to his restaurant as most of the time we can talk for hours without getting bored to the extent that I did not have the intention to leave. Today was a fruitful day again, each  gathering with chef Lim has been memorable.
刚去了"阿一鲍鱼"吃鲍鱼和石窝大鲍翅。其实这次我去是想见一见我的老师, 林师父(林广明-阿一鲍鱼总厨), 是他教我怎么样煮鲍鱼。每个人都会吃鲍鱼, 可是很少人懂怎么样煮鲍鱼(焖鲍鱼)。鲍鱼是一种很贵, 很难煮的食材, 不是每个厨师都可以拿捏煮鲍鱼技巧。不过林师父已经有30多年的烹饪鲍鱼的经验, 所以他煮的鲍鱼真的很好吃。其实我在他的身上除了学会怎么样煮鲍鱼也学会了怎么样在调味的时候-少盐, 少油和少糖, 在不破坏食物有的鲜甜美味, 同时让食客吃得健康。
林师父为人谦虚又很大方。他每次都会分享他一些新的烹饪想法。所以每次跟他相聚都有谈不完的话题。每次离开的依依不舍。
今天他又分享了一些新的煮法, 让我大开眼界。现在很回味刚才的相聚时间。

看回这张照片, 让我想起去年跟他拜年的时候, 他真的很忙, 很想和他喝一杯酒都不能。


今年过年, 我终于有机会可以跟他喝了几杯酒, 谈谈话, 真的很开心。祝我的师父永远身体健康, 事事顺利。

Thursday, 29 October 2015

The only limits in life are the ones you make

SUCCESS and EXCUSES
Do not talk together
If you want EXCUSES, forget about SUCCESS
If you want SUCCESS, do not give any EXCUSES

Food tasting is my job but exercise is my passion and helps me to keep myself fit 


Wednesday, 28 October 2015

我的日本老友Kazu-San

我认识Kazu-San已经有6年了。以前我去找他都是吃炭烧烤。我最喜欢吃他烧烤的羊扒, 鹅肝, 山猪肉, 带子和虾。。等等。慢慢地我们变成了好友。这几年Kazu-San开始做一些他在日本所吃的家乡小菜或家庭式的小菜给我尝尝。他想让我尝试到他在日本所吃的东西。最珍贵的是它的材料都是从日本直接运输过来新加坡。这样我就可以吃到原汁原味的日本菜式。我很珍惜这6年的友情也很谢谢他分享了很多日本的文化, 日本正宗的吃法和选择食材的心得给我。现在我们已经是无所不谈老朋友, 我们会谈怎么样保养头发(哈哈哈哈哈哈哈哈), 吃什么可以消除疲劳、提高体力, 最近他还给了我一颗黑金"糖心黑蒜"(Black Gold Black Garlic)黑蒜又名发酵黑蒜,是用新鲜生蒜, 带皮在发酵箱里发酵60~90 天后制成的食品,黑蒜中的微量元素含量较高,味道酸甜,无蒜味。具有抗氧化、抗酸化的功效。 黑蒜也就有了消除疲劳、提高体力、解决便秘、保护肝脏、提高前列腺活性、促进睡眠等多种功能。大家有机会也试一试这黑金"糖心黑蒜"
我每个星期都会到他的餐馆(Kazu Sumiyaki at Cuppage Plaza)跟他喝杯啤酒, 闲聊一番, 同时放松一下我一天的压力和疲劳的身体。很感恩认识了Kazu-San, 我在他身上学会了很多日本的飲食文化, 让我获益良多。

My good pal Kazu-San from Japan 
I have known Kazu-San for 6 years. All the while I would go to his restaurant for yakitori, it is so addictive that I will find myself going back once every week. My all time favorite are the charcoal-grilled lamb, foie gras, black pork, scallop and prawn. They are served with a perfect texture, cooked at the right temperature to give you that 'oomph' in your mouth which you will crave for more. Because of my frequent visit I have gradually known Kazu-San not just as a chef but a good friend as well.

In the recent years, Kazu-San introduced to me a few dishes that he had in his home town in Japan. He wanted me to try something different, using his receipes that was traditionally created. What impressed me most was the ingredients he used. They are all imported from Japan which I can get to taste the authenticity of it. Our 6 years of friendship is precious and I sincerely thank him for sharing the knowledge he has on his culinary experiences, his cooking preparation methods, the culture of Japan and food appreciation. We can talk about practically everything under the sky. Currently one of our common topic is about keeping our hair healthy. Haha! I asked him what should we eat to distress and improve our body's metabolism? He recommended the black gold black garlic which is simply fermented for 60 to 90 days using fresh garlic. The trace elements found in the garlic is relatively high, formulating a sweet-sour taste without any garlic smell. I find it quite surprising when I had my first taste of it. Not only that, it has a few health benefits such as antioxidant ability, body nourishment, improve digestive system, release fatigue, keeping your liver in good shape and better sleep etc. Everyone should really give it a try. 

My weekly schedule is to make a trip to Kazu Sumiyaki at Cuppage Plaza for a chat with Kazu-San and a few rounds of drinks to relax my mind. I have truly learnt alot and gained a deeper understanding on the Japanese food culture after knowing him.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

A Taste to Remember- Teochew Huat Kee

If you are searching for authentic Teochew food in Singapore, Teochew Huat Kee definitely lived up to it's name. The restaurant has a history of more than 30 years that you should try. From their signature cold crab dish, jellied pork trotter, sliced braised duck, seared sea cucumber and yam paste with pumpkin and ginko nuts, the flavors are distinctive and good be it for the old or young generation.


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Saturday, 24 October 2015

The Trio reunite at The Good Trio

There is unexpected creativity, great flavors and sincerity placed in every dish that was served. I was drawn by the uniqueness of their menu. It may look simple but the selections were comprehensive. I was blown away the first time I set foot at The Good Trio, the food tasted delicious just to my liking. It is a cosy family oriented restaurant where I enjoyed having a good meal with the other two food bloggers.



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Thursday, 22 October 2015

Keeping fit is not a destination but a way of life, your body will reward you.

As the saying goes, eating well is to live well. However I also believe that by eating well you have to keep yourself not just healthy but fit. Many of us like to eat but they are not health conscious and eventually most of them became obese or lost their health. I will not give myself excuses such as too busy, lazy or not motivated. Keeping in good shape is being responsible to yourself. Although I grew with a deeper understanding on food, I did not forget having good discipline and determination to do workouts at least twice every week to maintain my fitness. My aim is to have a balanced lifestyle and to be a role model for people of different ages. Remember, it is not about the body but the mind.


The pulldown or 'lat' pulldown is an exercise mainly for the back although the shoulders and arms get some workout as well. The equipment for the cable pulldown is usually a weighted cable pulley station with adjustable weights and seat.

The latissimus dorsi on either side of the middle to upper back is the main target muscle group 

Muscles worked: the lats, shoulders and arms to a lesser extent  

I usually do 4 sets of 15 reps 


The bench press exercise activates a large number of muscle groups in the upper-half of your body. Such groups include your pecs, deltoids, your forearm muscles, hand muscles and your abdominals. Add the bench press to your workout to build your strength for push-ups, improve your power for sports performance and build bone density in your upper body. 

You can do 4 sets of 15 reps 


When doing one-arm dumbbell rows you are working the whole lat, the upper back, and the trap muscles. The back structure is so large and complex, for the best results, it's preferable to train the back through several exercises for more complete development.

I usually do 4 sets of 15 reps for each hand.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Fashion reflects who you are and makes you feel good inside.

Going to fashion brings you to another level of confidence. You know what to wear and how to present yourself at your best. Self-confidence is important, it exudes your own personality and spread happy vibe around you. I began looking out for the latest fashion trends since I started my workout, it is actually quite interesting to mix and match different styles every other day, it reflects my mood of the day as well as my character based on what I wear. Most importantly, I can fit comfortably in most clothing without being troubled over the overall appearance.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Today I'm going to do a Full Body Workout to keep myself fit

我觉得做人, 一定要吃的好, 不过身材还是要keep住。今天我要做 Full Body Workout to keep myself fit.
Walking lunges with shoulder press. This exercise is to train my leg, abs and shoulder muscle.


Side Plank Crunches
This exercise is to train my core muscle
Right side 4 sets of 10 reps
Left side 4 sets of 10 reps


Oblique Side Twist with Medicine Ball 
This exercise is to train my oblique core muscle
Right side 4 sets of 15 reps
Left side 4 sets of 15 reps


Plank Push Up
Left hand side 4 sets of 12 reps 
Right hand side 4 sets of 12 reps 
This combo exercise targets the triceps, chest, shoulders and abdominal muscles. Additionally, the exercise benefits the lower back, hip flexors and stabilizers and encourages a strong core. The pushup plank builds arm strength and increases shoulder mobility.


In order to be successful your focus has to be so intense people think you are crazy
This exercise is to train my leg muscle, abs and shoulder.
Right Leg 4 sets of 15 reps 
Left Leg 4 sets of 15 reps


I always have a problem to maintain my shoulder muscle. After a period of time it doesn't look as firm as before. Therefore I need to put extra effort on this part. I believe consistency is the key to success.
This exercise is to train my shoulder muscle
Right hand 4 sets of 15 reps 
Left hand 4 sets of 15 reps



Full Body Workout 
2 push up (train my chest), burpees (cardio and leg muscle) and shoulder press (shoulder muscle)
4 sets of 10 reps
Almost every successful person begins with 2 beliefs: the future can be better than the present, and I have the power to make it so.


To enjoy life, one must eat when necessary but also to bear in mind on keeping fit at the same time! I did a full body workout today to make myself fit.
4 sets of 10 reps (train my back muscle and shoulder)




Full Body Workout 
It ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward
Side Crunches (train abs), Roll pushup (train chest) and a squat (leg muscle)

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Authentic Hong Kong fare at Tonny Restaurant 【我的得意之作】哈哈,味道还不错的 #利宝饭店#


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我觉得拍笑的照片比较容易

当你要和一组人合作的时候, 你就要准备接受不同的意见, 想法和做法。我每次拍照都习惯了一种笑容。他们觉得很闷, 没有新意。所以上一个拍摄的照片是不能笑。要有man的感觉(真的很辛苦) 不过自己也想尝试一些新的造型和想法。不过我觉得不是很成功。
我还是觉得我笑比较好看(有一点不好意思哈哈哈哈), 与其说我笑的好看, 应该是说我比较适应笑的拍摄感觉。
你知道吗? 扮cool 的感觉很辛苦, 因为我不笑的时候的样子很凶 (是他们说的)。其实我也觉得是有很凶的样子。
这几张照片我很喜欢, 因为我又可以笑着面对摄影机(开心)。
你们看一下是不是比较好看?

Sunday, 4 October 2015

More than 100 selections of salad buffet at Krazy Salad Bar

As crazy as it sounds, Krazy Salad Bar offers more than 100 selections of salad choices! The eat-all-you-can salad buffet allows you to customize base on your own preference. It is a great concept of healthy eating and definitely suitable for family of all ages.
I am a salad lover so naturally I was thrilled just by the wide selection of greens, but for those who are not a fan, don't worry there are also delicious main courses to feast on.     
BIk 190, #02.516, Toa Payoh, Singapore 310190  Tel: 65 6254 7872

The Firecracker Lamb Rack ($32.90) was chargrilled seamlessly with a slightly sweet marination. It is easy to tear and juicy on the inside. The smell of the lamb is not too overpowering which most children should be able to accept. 


When I took a bite of the Fish Au Gratin ($22.90) the first thing that came to my mind was a fillet burger. It has a similar taste but without the bread and more cheesy. The fresh dory fish is served at a generous portion and baked to a soft texture just to my liking. 


Fiery Chicken ($22.90) was my favourite as the marination was strong enough, it still lingers in my mouth even after swallowing. The chef uses the thigh meat which is really tender. The tinge of spiciness in this dish instantly makes my appetite better!

I like the whole idea about this restaurant. It is a place to bring all family members together for a nutritious and value-for- money meal. It feels like at home where you get good food and a relaxing ambience. What more can you ask for?