1st Jiakfreelicious Community Lunch Dish for Newgate Learning Hub on 27Feb2016

community lunch at newgate learning hub

community lunch at newgate learning hub

i first started doing a community meal breakfast dish for teban gardens CSC on 8.1.2016.

thus far i have done 6, once every week.

community lunch at newgate learning hub

community lunch at newgate learning hub

2 of my close friends have been helping out at newgate learning hub by bathesda community at bedok which provide free saturday lunch for the old folks in the community.

so i arranged to do alternate weeks, a friday at teban gardens breakfast & a saturday at newgate.

community lunch at newgate learning hub

community lunch at newgate learning hub

the weekly lunch, started by another RI friend, was funded and managed by a few volunteers including himself & D, the person in charge. 🙂

quite similar to teban gardens CSC, they already provide bee hoon & noodles, and the RI friend who started, his father does a pulut hitam dish for them almost every week. ^^

so i had just to add a dish.

stir-fried chicken with ginger & spring onions 姜葱鸡

stir-fried chicken with ginger & spring onions 姜葱鸡

to start off for the first time, i decided to do the stir-fried chicken with ginger & spring onions 姜葱鸡. 🙂

stir-fried chicken with ginger & spring onions 姜葱鸡

stir-fried chicken with ginger & spring onions 姜葱鸡

the main difference in logistic is that here they don’t have tables, the folks sit on chairs & they portion & serve the food-

  1. which means i need to make dishes that provide for more than 80 pieces
  2. so for today, i debone 2 chickens, cut & counted to make sure i have more than 80 pieces
  3. i still plan to ask my helper to do some dishes eg the bean sauce pork cubes & the cloud fungus chicken, but it means i have to prepare/cut the chicken & pork myself for her to cook to ensure that there are >80 pieces to be served.
stir-fried chicken with ginger & spring onions 姜葱鸡

stir-fried chicken with ginger & spring onions 姜葱鸡

after i deboned the chicken, i made a tasty stock of chicken bones, carrots & radish (happens to have it in the fridge) in crockpot overnight.

the cut chicken were marinated with 2 tbsp fish sauce, 2 tbsp light soy sauce & mixed with 1 tbsp corn starch for 1 -2 hrs.

i finely julienned 2-3cm of ginger, cut 1/2 large yellow onions, finely cut white part of spring onions, 1 cut chilli padi, and threw in some basil & fried in a tbsp butter + some oil. then added some minced garlic.

having a nice aroma & fragrance, i then added the cut chicken & fried.

then i added 2 cups of the chicken stock, 1tbsp oyster sauce & 1 tbsp corn starch, brought to boil & covered for 10mins (chicken pieces already deboned so cooked for shorter time).

then i removed the chicken pieces & left only the wings & reduced.

i off the fire & added 2/3 of the cut spring onions & mixed.

stir-fried chicken with ginger & spring onions 姜葱鸡

stir-fried chicken with ginger & spring onions 姜葱鸡

then i transferred to the aluminium tray & added the remaining spring onions.

stir-fried chicken with ginger & spring onions 姜葱鸡

stir-fried chicken with ginger & spring onions 姜葱鸡

i tasted. sauce, mildly starchy was very tasty, the chicken were tender & sweet. ^^

beehon mee with chicken

bee hoon mee with chicken

at newgate learning hub, we all helped to serve the bee hoon mee & chicken.

beehon mee with chicken

bee hoon mee with chicken

there were 80 plates & all were taken up.

community lunch at newgate learning hub

community lunch at newgate learning hub

there were more than a dozen volunteers including ourselves.

they had a sermon before the lunch at 1pm, & they have people to sit down with the folks for 15mins before lunch starts to talk & understand more about the folks.

this part is different from teban gardens CSC.

some NTUC canned food to take home

some NTUC canned food to take home

they also collected canned food courtesy of NTUC to give out free to the folks. very good! 4 times a month can mean fair savings for many.

c.h.e.f andy

Real Good Curry Rice @ Hoower Food Court on Haig Road on 17Feb2016

curry rice

curry rice

after i sent my china relatives off (my second nephew & his wife & daughter family of 3pax) at changi airport, i dropped by a primary school classmate’s place near haig road at about 12.45pm.

hoower food court on haig road

hoower food court on haig road

he tried a new curry rice stall at hoower food court at haig road recently, so he took me there for lunch. this only his second time here.

hoower food court on haig road

hoower food court on haig road

the coffeeeshop also served zi char & foo chow fishball noodles.

curry rice stall

curry rice stall

we ordered from the curry rice stall. there was only 1 person before us, basically no queue.

my friend ordered 4 dishes – curry chicken, curry fish, kong bak & fried egg plant.

curry chicken drumstick

curry chicken drumstick

the curry chicken was as good as any curry dish, sweet & tasty.

competent dish certainly.

for my personal preference, i prefer the nonya very lemak type previously at river valley nasi rendang (now closed)

& the nonya curry chicken at sinar pagi nasi padang very good too.

curry fish

curry fish

the curry fish was very good standard.

curry slightly tangy, fish fresh, firm & sweet.

kong bak

kong bak

the kong bak (braised belly pork) was the best, really good texture & flavours.

fried egg plant

fried egg plant

egg plant also very good, very tasty.

curry rice

curry rice

for me among the dishes, kong bak was best followed by curry fish, egg plant & curry chicken. but even the curry chicken was pretty good.

my friend said it was S$10 all-in including the 2 rice.

doesn’t sound possible to me at this price, but anyway i will be very happy to go back & check it out again!

c.h.e.f andy