Curry Chicken Noodles – Finale

i tried my hands first at curry chicken noodles because i so like the hong lim FC curry chicken noodles.

i like both stalls but like ah heng’s better-

  1. Irresistible Curry Chicken Noodles @ Ah Heng on 19Jan2015
  2. Heng Kee (興记) Curry Chicken Noodles at Hong Lim Food Centre on 7Nov2014
  3. Shiok Curry Chicken Noodles @ Ah Heng on 16Sep2013

& i make a very good poached chicken 白斩鸡 (i would say as good as ah heng’s & better than most chicken rice stalls) & also a very good nonya curry chicken i.e. a good flavourful chicken curry, i fancied i could combine the 2 & make a decent curry chicken noodles.

that was when i tried my hands and recorded as Curry Chicken Noodles – Part One almost 2 years ago on 29.6.2013.

i served it to my friends at a 11pax Homegourmet Dinner on 11Jun2013, & everyone loved it. still, i said “Curry Chicken Noodles – Part One” because i wasn’t totally happy with the results, it was not near enough to ah hen’s.

this time though i think i have graduated. it was jolly good. haha!^

i had a 9pax homecooked lunch featuring chilli crab angel hair (w/o crab), another “crabless” beehoon, and this curry chicken noodles on 9.3.2015.^^

curry for curry chicken noodles

curry for curry chicken noodles

curry for curry chicken noodles

curry for curry chicken noodles

my chicken curry looked potent, as it should be!^^

since i was using the curry as sauce i.e. not cooking with the chicken (chicken was poached separately), so i used a lot of chicken bones (2 chicken) to make a very flavour broth for the curry soup. 🙂

noodles, fishcake,bean sprouts

noodles, fishcake,bean sprouts

fish cake,bean sprouts

fish cake,bean sprouts

i had the yellow noodles & thick beehoon done al dente, placed in cold water & ice to make sure they stopped cooking & were firm & not mushy. same for the bean sprouts, still crunchy (but not in  cold water, just aga or estimate, not so critical).

& the second most important after the curry soup, the poached chicken 白斩鸡. this my pride & joy. haha!^^ i think it was very good. 🙂

curry chicken noodles

curry chicken noodles

all ready to serve, in 9 bowls.

only thing i could not replicate is the hot, cold, hot sequence! which is (1)cook the noodles (2) put in cold water to stop cooking (3) put back in hot soup to warm before adding soup.

i did the first 2 already. the last is so that the noodles are warm (mine were cold obviously), so the hot soup when added will not have so much drop in temperature.

well, it’s not perfect la!

curry chicken noodles

curry chicken noodles

still it was a pretty good!

all my friends loved it. in the end it’s also that i myself loved it & felt very good about it!

overall the dish was “almost” there la! & my chicken definitely equal if not better.^^

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole chicken (I use 1.4kg from Giant hypermarket OR Sheng Shiong)
  • 2l chicken stock  (from bones of 2 chicken)
  • 300ml thick coconut milk or to taste
  • 4 star anise
  • 1 clove
  • 2 cinnamon stick
  • 2 stems lemon grass (white part)
  • 4 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp sea salt (about that but also to taste)
  • 1.5 tbsp sugar (about that but also to taste)
  • 10 pieces of dried taupok (each cut into 4 strips)
  • 2 potatoes peeled & diced (about 10 pieces)
  • 3  ikan parang (西刀鱼) fish cake
  • 200g tau gay

for spice paste (ground in mixer or pound in mortar):

  • 100g dried prawns
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 18 shallots
  • 18 dried chilli (soaked in water & removed seeds)
  • 10g coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel powder
  • 3 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp tumeric powder

Directions:

  1. Cook the chicken curry – stir-fry star anise, cinnamon stick & cloves over low heat. add in the spice paste and stir-fry till fragrant. add the curry leaves and fry them really well. add chicken stock with dried prawns & bring to boil. use the carcase of 1 chicken as stock base. subsequently after cooking & deboning the whole chicken, use the bones/carcase to add to the soup – so 2 chicken bones/carcase to provide the soup stock flavours. add diced potatoes to add to the body of the soup & cook for about 1/2hr or till they break by pressing against the side of the saucepan. add sea salt & sugar & add 200ml thick coconut milk OR to taste.
  2. Cook the chicken – See poached chicken 白斩鸡.
  3. Condiments – grill ikan parang (西刀鱼) fish cake in a toaster oven, let them cool & then slice them. add taupok (dried bean curd) nearer the end of cooking.
  4. Serve with noodles – boil yellow noodles & thick beehoon for laksa till just cooked (al dente) and put in ice bath to stop cooking so noodles are QQ. when everything is done, serve yellow noodles & thick beehoon in bowl & add the fishcake & cut chicken. then add boiling curry soup with taupok & potatoes & serve.

Chilli Crab Angel Hair Pasta (w/o Crab)

chilli crab angel hair pasta wo crab

chilli crab angel hair pasta (w/o crab)

was making a few “newer” dishes for my friends to try out at a 9pax homecooked lunch yesterday on 9.3.2015.

chilli crab capellini (angel hair pasta) on 26.4.2015

one dish was chilli crab pasta, a dish i tried once before. looking at the date 7.3.2013, it was 2 years back!

i also did “crabless” beehoon & the “hong lim FC curry chicken noodles”.

my family & i are not so crazy about crabs & i don’t buy & cook crabs (i may try later).

the idea here is to use prawns stock to deliver the shellfish broth taste w/o using crabs. since i was also trying about my crab beehoon (or “crabless” beehoon) on my friends & making the prawn head & shell stock, so i might as well do this chilli crab dish as well. i decided to use some leftover angel hair. it fit the dish quite perfectly.

my friends all loved the dish. one commented this was actually the more creative dish.

another friend said-

Yes, I like this dish. The angel hair pasta is well infused with the tasty seafood broth.

another even more effusive, exuberant comment went-

Seldom have I eaten so much! Still digesting and trying to figure out the mysteriously delicious spicy angel hair sphagetti with hint of exotic eastern spices that awoken my palate

not sure if we were talking about the same dish though? hahaha!^^

indeed i think it was a lot better than the one i did 2 years back (if i can even remember!). but this time i had more sauce, and i used angel hair which infused more of the chilli “crab” taste. haha!^^

well, only just because it is so-called “fusion” dish, but so many places in singapore (restaurants & cafes) now do this dish, it is nothing special.

also, it was a very easy dish to do c/w the “crabless” beehoon & the “hong lim FC curry chicken noodles”.

the main thing was the sauce, which i repeated from the recipe i did on 7.3.2013 (below). only thing i added 6 chopped shallots (instead of 4), 3 ketchup (instead of 4) & 2 chilli padi (instead of 1), & i ran out of shaoxing wine so i added 1 tbsp xo brandy.

c.h.e.f andy

 

Ingredients:

  • 6 chopped shallots
  • 3 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1 in chopped ginger
  • 3 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp garlic chilli sauce
  • 2 chilli padi
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp flat sugar
  • 1 tbsp shaoxing wine
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsplime juice
  • 2 cup prawn stock
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup fresh coriander

Directions:

  1. Prepare the prawn shell stock – fry & boil prawn shells & heads in a large dutch oven for 3 hrs, strain and set aside the stock
  2. Prepare the chilli crab sauce –
    • mix the ketchup, chilli sauce, oyster sauce, shaoxing wine, vinegar. lime juice in a large bowl.
    • finely chopped the shallots, ginger, garlic and chilli padi (or pulse till finely chopped in a food processor).
    • add oil to a large wok over medium heat. and fry the chopped shallots, ginger, garlic & chilli padi for few minutes.
    • stir in the prepared mix from the large bowl, reduce heat and simmer of 3 or 4 minutes.
    • add the prawn shell stock, bring to boil, turn off the fire and set aside to use when required. before use, beat 1 egg and stir in & mix well.
  3. Prepare the spaghetti– add some salt & oil to water and boil the spaghetti according to timing instructions & drain in a colander.
  4. Cook – empty the prepared olive oil & browned garlic into a hot wok. pour the chilli crab sauce into the wok. heat briefly then turn off the fire, add in the spaghetti & toss & add sea salt to taste. Place the spaghetti in a serving dish and garnish with fresh coriander.

8pax Ala Carte Lohei Dinner @ Mitzo Grand Park Orchard on 3Mar2015

lohei

lohei

a friend organised a lohei dinner at mitzo, grand park orchard on 3.3.2015. 🙂

don’t think i have even stepped into this hotel since crown prince hotel was sold to the park hotel group in 2005. vaguely remember there was some ala carte buffet at long jiang restaurant here back then eons ago.

coming out of the lift on level 4, the entrance was a bit hidden, right at the end of the hall way.

place looked atas, with a japanese sounding name mitzo, and the waiting staff including at the welcome counter were mostly foreigners, took us a while to spot a singaporean. we were served by a spanish guy. must say the service was very polite & cheerful, and the staff were well trained.

it was only later that i read that mitzo was supposedly inspired by “mat zoe” 蜜枣 – honey dates used in cantonese double boiled soup & lie tong 例汤。whatever.^^

mitzo is also apparently positioned as an inventive cocktail bar, serving some cocktails from a teapot. 🙂

lohei

lohei

there were 8 of us.

we ordered a medium lohei. the lady who served us was i think filipino, and she managed to say a few auspicious messages like 年年有鱼(余),大吉大利etc, and some of them in english translations. an interesting diversion was when she used a cocktail tumbler to mix the sweet sauce & oil, not that it would make any difference to the lohei.

c/w with the lohei at char, the amount of salmon here was a lot more, i think 2x more. in terms of taste though, char’s lohei was a lot tastier & more refreshing, and altogether more enjoyable.

here because the end result was a bit too dry, we asked for more sauce & lady came & added what looked like the char siew sauce instead of the sweet sauce & oil, the result was not the taste we associated with lohei.

roast pork

roast pork

roast pork

the roast pork was pretty good. i think better than char but it was quite standard & not a stand-out c/w any of tunglok, imperial treasure, crystal jade, canton paradise.

char siew

char siew

char siew

char siew

the char siew was good. it was featured in their website also i guess one of the signature dishes? it was tender moist flavourful, slightly different from the one at char, not necessarily better. for me though, i prefer this (char’s was unique but sauce slightly on the sweet side).

soft shell crab in curry floss

soft shell crab in curry floss

the spanish waiter recommended the soft shell crab in curry floss. in fact we ordered all his recommended dishes.^^

the curry soft shell crab was good, competent. i liked the curry flavour. though it was kind of unrelated, i just happened to be making a curry miso lamb that evening (which turned out to be fabulous) in the oven at 90degC then 80degC for 10hours while i was dining.

roast duck

roast duck

roast duck

roast duck

roast duck

roast duck

the roast duck with truffle was good too, a good restaurant standard. my favourite roast duck though is the one at canton paradise.

eggplant

eggplant

eggplant

eggplant

eggplant was good, competent.

fried rice

scallop, crabmeat, egg white fried rice

fried rice

scallop, crabmeat, egg white fried rice

the scallop, crabmeat, egg white fried rice though was a bit below par, not enough wok hae. this a dish that i always order in imperial treasure nanbei or imperial treasure teochew at taka, so it was rather poor by comparison.

the food was actually quite authentic & better than my first impression that we were walking into an expensive atas place to eat so-so chinese food. i guess we were quite full & ordered very few dishes for 8pax, so we only paid S$30pax for the dinner.

but from what i saw of the set dinner & ala carte prices e.g. 1/2 roast duck was S$36 c/w S$26 at canton paradise, this place is certainly quite a bit more expensive. again it’s not comparing apple with apple as the ambience & location are quite different. 🙂

this not my usual kind of place for cantonese food but i don’t rule out completely also. not coming back anytime soon la…

c.h.e.f andy

Hotate Ikura Don on 7Mar2015

hotate ikura don

hotate ikura don

wife brought back hotate sashimi, ikura, uni & hairy crabs from hokkaido after her skiing holiday yesterday.

we took the uni earlier as that could not keep.

this evening, we made our own hotate ikura don, plus hotate sashimi & hairy crab.

i made some tamago – japanese pressed egg omelette.  tamago texture & taste was very good, but the shape was not yet right. need some more practice, haha!^^

hotate ikura don

hotate ikura don

hotate ikura don

hotate ikura don

hotate ikura don

hotate ikura don

we had very good wasabi. we did not have the sushi rice vinegar, so the sushi rice was not ideal, but overall it was an excellent don.^^

we also used the nori (seaweed) to make a temaki (hand roll).^^

hotate sashimi

hotate sashimi

the hotate was plump & so incredibly sweet. 🙂

hairy crab

hairy crab

hairy crab

hairy crab

hairy crab

hairy crab

hairy crab was also excellent. very tasty & juicy.

c.h.e.f andy

Pretty Good for the Price @ Havelock Turtle Soup on 5Mar2015

S$10 turtle soup

S$10 turtle soup

went to sembawag park for an early morning stroll with 2 friends/old schoolmates yesterday. they were living in the area during school days so knew the place really well, and also very good at identifying the flora & fauna. 🙂

after the pleasant walk, i left to join another friend for lunch at havelock hawker centre. i had some business dealing with this friend in the past. he is 10 years my senior, picked up photography 4 years ago, & after selling off his business 2 years ago, is now very active in travel photography & recently started to be involved in charity missions.

Havelock turtle soup合落山瑞, Havelock Road Cooked Food Centre

Havelock turtle soup合落山瑞, Havelock Road Cooked Food Centre

we arranged to have lunch at havelock turtle soup 合落山瑞 at 1130am on 5.3.2015.^^

this stall was introduced to me by a friend after the saw my Facebook posting on tan ser seng. i was keen to give it a try. 🙂

timing was good, just before the lunch crowd, and so easy to park.

S$10 turtle soup

S$10 turtle soup

S$10 turtle soup

S$10 turtle soup

i ordered S$10 bowl and small S$0.50 yam rice each.

soup was tasty. there were lots of meat, gelatine & some innards. chilli was spicy, and overall taste was very good. ^^

i didn’t think it was comparable to tan ser seng though.

nor fu he at jalan berseh food centre (in fact i think fu he had the best deal for the price).

both had more intense & tastier soup & also turtle paws etc. but for S$10, this was very good for the price. i would probably just order a S$15 bowl for sharing & try the other food like kueh chap & the fish soup which seemed popular.

S$0.50 small yam rice

S$0.50 small yam rice

S$0.50 small yam rice

S$0.50 small yam rice

the yam rice was quite ok. again tan ser seng’s was more much fragrant & tastier but it cost S$1.30.

S$1.50 soursop jelly

S$1.50 soursop jelly

S$1.50 sea coconut jelly

S$1.50 sea coconut jelly

my friend went to grab some dessert. he had sea coconut jelly & i had soursop jelly. as good as any place & only cost S$1.50!

c.h.e.f andy

4pax Fundonate Lunch Chat @ Qiji Funan on 4Mar2015

nasi lemak

nasi lemak – S$2.60

a friend arranged 4pax lunch relating to a fundonate charity fundraising matter.

we decided to go to qiji at funan digital mall on 4.3.2015.^^

qiji @ funan

qiji @ funan

My! it sure was crowded at 12pm – long queue like 15pax! 🙂

we ordered 3 nasi lemak, 1 mee rebus & a popiah to share.^^

popiah

popiah with prawns – S$2.60

qiji started in 1984 as hock heng at funan digital mall serving homemade popiah, laksa, mee-siam and nasi lemak. popiah was supposed to be the most popular.^^

we shared the popiah. it was ok, a good popiah. i did not find it especially good.

mee rebus

mee rebus

mee rebus was ok,

the nasi lemak was good. chilli very good. rice too was fragrant. fish was good, tasty & crispy, and chicken wings too. this nasi lemak was about the same as selara rasa, no2 adam hawker centre, and the neighbour no1 adam hawker centre. i guess i still prefer the 2 at adam road, of which i prefer no1 though no2 usually have the longer queue. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

 

Very Good CNY Set Lunch @ Char on 3Mar2015

char siew

char siew

a fundonate partner organised a lohei lunch at char on 3.3.2015.^^

we had the S$38pax CNY set. it was good!

lohei

lohei

some staff were foreigners, so we waited for a chinese speaking local staff to do the lohei.

a friend asked the staff to drizzle just 1/2 the sweet sauce & 1/2 the oil. results was good.

the amount of salmon was puny, unlike what we had for dinner at mitzo. otherwise, i enjoyed this lohei.^^

fishmaw soup

fishmaw soup

the fish maw & scallop soup was excellent! very very tasty, 1 of the best i had!

3 roasts = char siew, roast pork, roast duck

3 roasts = char siew, roast pork, roast duck

the char siew with the special sauce (though a bit sweet) was best! 🙂

the roast pork was tasty, not quite crackling skin but skin was edible. the duck was forgettable, very below par.

steamed garoupa

steamed garoupa

steamed garoupa

steamed garoupa

steamed garoupa was good, fresh, sauce was excellent with a tinge of sesame oil, fish was fresh, sweet & firm.^^

brocoli with crab meat

brocoli with crab meat

brocoli with crab meat

brocoli with crab meat

broccoli with crabmeat was good if quite standard fare.

fried rice

prawn fried rice

prawn fried rice was simple but good too!

red bean paste with lotus seeds

red bean paste with lotus seeds

red bean paste with lotus seed was just ok. no 陈皮 old orange peel & lotus seed not cooked enough.

my friends said this place packed in the evening & he usually just call up & order the char siew.^^

c.h.e.f andy

Excellent Food at Saveurs @ Purvis on 1Mar2015

capellini, minced prok sauce, sakura ebi

capellini, minced pork sauce, sakura ebi

wife was away skiing in hokkaido. SKI=Spending Kid’s Inheritance.^^

eldest daughter organised a 3pax family dinner at saver @ purvis on 1.3.2015. 🙂

we had very good family dinner recently at concetto (another saver restaurant) on 18.1.2015.

& this place was just as fun.

the next day i came with my godsis & a good friend’s daughter for the set lunch at S$22.90, & it was just as good. the set lunch menu here is more attractive than that at concetto, which really had very limited choice (they really should review that!).

saveur @ purvis

saveur @ purvis

saveur @ purvis2

saveur @ purvis

the restuarant had 2 adjacent dining area. this one was absolutely packed. we were not able to get sitting at the other side where the sitting was more spacious even though we booked beforehand. i booked the next day lunch, making sure i could get the other, but that turned out to be unnecessary as we were the only table. what a difference lunch & dinner!

 chef preparing cold capellini

chef preparing cold capellini

capellini, minced prok sauce, sakura ebi

capellini, minced prok sauce, sakura ebi

this saveur pasta was different from concetto pasta. that had crab bisque & ikura, this one minced pork sauce & sakura ebi & priced cheaper at $4.90 (vs S$6.90). i liked both (& was quite happy to take it again the next day).

capellini, minced prok sauce, sakura ebi

capellini, minced prok sauce, sakura ebi

one reviewer said it tasted like bakchormee? it didn’t to me, but it was nice, very al dente & flavourful.^^

belly pork, lentils, poached egg

belly pork, lentils, poached egg

belly pork, lentils, poached egg

belly pork, lentils, poached egg

the belly pork was excellent, very tender, moist & still having the texture, excellent low temperature cooking. the crackling skin was not crackling like the chinese roast pork, but totally edible. love the lentils.

pan-seared seabass, potato, crabmeat

pan-seared seabass, potato, crabmeat

the seabass was excellent too! this was really a very good pan seared seabass! liked the potatoes too. 🙂

duck confit, mased potato, shitake

duck confit, mashed potato, shitake

the duck confit was very good, just like that at concetto.

cookie dough ice cream, cherry kirsch, peanut butter

cookie dough ice cream, cherry kirsch, peanut butter

the cookies & milk ice cream was good, but no wow factor for me, & it was more expensive.

pistachio panna cotta

pistachio panna cotta

pistachio panna cotta

pistachio panna cottaEx

the pistachio panna cotta was lovely. my doughtier liked it very much. maybe i will try this at home.

c.h.e.f andy

Curry Miso Lamb

curry miso lamb

curry miso lamb

made an absolutely delicious curry miso lamb yesterday.^^

this my own created recipe. & i experimented it for the first time, 1/2 making up as i go. haha! 🙂

curry miso lamb

curry miso lamb

i had 1 of my best lamb with my son at honey & co london on 22.8.2014. honey & co’s braised lamb shoulder with cous cous was truly superb, a braised dish that was tender & very tasty & not so sinewy.

i had wanted to replicate this, and now i had! ^^

curry miso lamb

curry miso lamb

curry miso lamb

curry miso lamb

i seasoned with sea salt & black pepper & browned 400g of lamb shoulder chops in butter over high heat, then marinated with my own concoction of curry miso in a flat oven dish & kept in chiller for 2 days-

  • 1 heap tbsp curry powder
  • 1 flat tbsp miso
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • 1 chopped onion softened & lightly browned
  • sprinkle of dry rosemary

i removed from chiller yesterday, added 2 cups+ vege stock (or can use chicken stock) to fully cover the lamb. then i added 1 cut onion, carrot & celery.

i placed in the oven for a total 10hrs = 3hrs at 90degC and 7hrs at 80degC. i read that 90degC is the optimal temperature to turn collagen (tough connective tissues) to gelatine, which made the lamb tender & gave the dish great flavours & umami.^^

curry miso lamb

curry miso lamb

curry miso lamb

curry miso lamb

& it was excellent, tasty & balanced, the vegetables & vegetable stock combining well & making the dish so very flavourful, delicious & not satiating.

this really excellent stuff!

c.h.e.f andy

Cheap & Good Lunch @ Deitos Hakata B1 Food Alley Shop on 29Jan2015

fugu sashimi

fugu sashimi

after coming back from dazaifu 太宰府, we were at deitos hakata B1 food alley on 29.1.2015.

deitos hakata B1 food alley shop

deitos hakata B1 food alley shop

& was attracted by a stall displaying fugu sashimi & ika (squid) sashimi set.

ika sashimi set+ika tempura (window display)

ika sashimi set+ika tempura (window display)

we saw this ika sashimi set in many brochure advertisements & had planned to try it.

in the display (photo above), there was also ika tempura. there was also a choice or either beer or gohan set.^^

ika sashimi

ika sashimi

ika sashimi

ika sashimi

wa…the ika sashimi was really good! 🙂

thick & a very great bite w/o being tough..

ika tempura-better than any calamari

ika tempura-better than any calamari

ika tempura-better than any calamari

ika tempura-better than any calamari

we could do the remaining squid as tempura or shioyaki…& wow..the tempura was just superb…better than any calamari i have tried.^^

i would definitely take this again.

ika sashimi set+ika tempura

ika sashimi set+ika tempura

i had the gohan set of rice, pickles & miso soup once i didn’t need the beer & all the food were good with small amount of rice.

deitos hakata B1 food alley

deitos hakata B1 food alley

coming up the food alley escalator, i took a snap. the stall was just down the escalators immediately on the right side.^^

i wanted to make sure i know where to find it when i visited fukuoka again, but i guess there are many such shops selling this ika sashimi set in fukuoka.

c.h.e.f andy