Homecooked Dinner for Daughter & Friends on 10Jun2016

7pax dinner dishes

7pax dinner dishes

daughter finished an exhausting term & asked me to do a dinner for her friends after their exams on 10.6.2016. ^^

i did 5 dishes & my helper did the excellent quinoa pumpkin tofu salad, a popular dish among my friends that my wife first made after having it at marmalade.

7pax dinner dishes

7pax dinner dishes

we were going to let them have dinner themselves.

daughter asked us to join dinner so we had 7pax dinner. 🙂

salad was as wonderful as it looked, very refreshing. 🙂

cherry tomatoes & mesclun

cherry tomatoes & mesclun

i bought some perino cherry tomatoes so my helper made another salad with mesclun. 🙂

i did the usual spanish omelette, not my best, but it was quite ok la…

prawn spaghetti in pink sauce

prawn spaghetti in pink sauce

i did the 2 pastas an hour earlier as we were planning to go out & let my daughter & friends have dinner by themselves.

spaghetti was al dente & very tasty when i prepared it. i put it in aluminium foil to keep warm but it got a bit soggy. taste was ok but texture was out so overall experience not great.

squidink was much better, still al dente & tasted great. there was a bit leftover & wife told me it was still good the next day.

the pan-grilled chicken thighs were excellent. very tasty. i had the usual thai yellow curry dip.

additionally, i experimented on a patatas bravas sauce as a dip for the chicken, a spicy tomato based sauce. every one loved it.

it’s an excellent sauce, i will record the recipe later. daughter’s friends used the leftover sauce to add to the tomato pasta.

i had my usual reverse searing pan charred ribeye steak, and i did a mock kurobuta using pork collar too.

this evening though these 2 meats were ok but not the usual excellent steak i made.

c.h.e.f andy

Fine Braised Pork Ribs

fine braised pork ribs2

fine braised pork ribs

experimented on a pork rib dish on 23.5.2016. i created my own recipe. ^^

wanting to reproduce a very good pork ribs i had at OPS potluck malan & chill on 21.5.2016. 🙂

fine braised pork ribs

fine braised pork ribs

i can use the oven to produce very tender belly pork & pork collar so it would be much the same for pork ribs.

so just need to experiment on the marinade, which i created a recipe (below) of my own.

i fried 2 star anise & ginger in 1 tbsp oil till fragrant. added pork ribs & browned a bit high fire
then added marinade & coat. placed in 95degC oven for 5hrs

fine braised pork ribs3

fine braised pork ribs

the result was very good!

pork rib had excellent texture, very fine braise, very tender still retaining bite & not falling apart..& very tasty… 🙂

i am going to do this on 23.6.2016 for my OPS friends. actually the taste may not be quite the same as the ones my friend brought to the OPS makan & chill get-together.

but the texture was similar, very tender. and tasty as well.

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredients:

  • 500g pork ribs

marinade

  • 2 tbsp shaoxing wine
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp white sugar
  • 3 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1 cm sliced ginger
  • 2 stalks chopped scallions
  • 2 stalks coriander
  • 2 star anise

Diretions:

  1. fry 2 star anise & ginger in 1 tbsp oil till fragrant
  2. add pork ribs & browned a bit high fire. add marinade & coat
  3. placed in 95degC oven for 5hrs
  4. serve

Cooking the Perfect Steak – the Reverse Sear Method

pan charred grain fed black angus ribeye

pan charred grain fed black angus ribeye on 12.6.2016

sometime ago, a friend shared a video on my facebook.

it’s about making the perfect steak by the reverse sear technique.

i have been doing that since.

pan charred grain fed black angus ribeye

pan charred grain fed black angus ribeye on 12.6.2016

for this evening’s 3pax dinner i used a grain fed black angus ribeye i bought from QB Foods.

i had the vacuum packed ribeye for 3 hrs in a 60degC oven.

then i pan charred over high fire a minute on each side.

pan charred grain fed black angus ribeye

pan charred grain fed black angus ribeye on 12.6.2016

it’s  called the reverse sear because the steak was prepared in the oven first to give a consistent medium rare (or medium) then seared to give a beautifully charred steak.

angus beef ribeye medium rare

angus beef ribeye medium rare

i had done it earlier on both angus ribeye.

australian wagyu ribeye

australian wagyu ribeye

& also wagyu ribeye.

australian wagyu ribeye

australian wagyu ribeye

for wagyu, i removed the vacuum pack & left it on a rack. this worked well for a marbled wagyu beef. the low temprature oven also gives accelerated dry aging to the fatty steak.

it does not work well for the angus ribeye as it becomes too dry, so i did the 3hrs in 60degC oven with the steak still in the vacuum pack.

if i remove the vacuum packaging & place on a rack then i increase oven temperature to 90degC & do it for only 1 hr.

& that produced a pretty similar result – an excellent steak!

c.h.e.f andy

 

Sunday Homecooked 3pax Dinner on 12Jun2016

pan charred grain fed black angus ribeye

pan charred grain fed black angus ribeye

wife & daughter decided to eat at home this evening made a quick dinner from leftover ingredients on 12.6.2016.

had a grain fed black angus ribeye in the chiller leftover from friday dinner for daughter’s friends. it was already prepared 3hrs in a 60degC oven, and placed in a ziploc bag in the chiller, so ready to pan fry.

三楼米粉

三楼米粉

i made a quick 三楼米粉. didn’t have any more chicken stock so boiled ikan bilis for dashi & alos used the leftover chinese cabbage. i also had chicken breast, prawns & squid.

三楼米粉

三楼米粉

the crisping of the outside can be improved but basically it was much like the ones we had at the zi char places, crisp outside, moist & tasty inside, infused with the stock that had been reduced. 🙂

long beans in nonya sauce

long beans in nonya sauce

made a fried long beans using the gimson nonya sauce.

long beans in nonya sauce

long beans in nonya sauce

quick easy & good every time.

long beans in nonya sauce

long beans in nonya sauce

a friend gave me another bottle of gimson nonya sauce recently. she bought it in malaysia. the flavours is quite unique. i tried the thaising nonya sauce, the only one i could find here, the taste was quite different.

pan charred grain fed black angus ribeye

pan charred grain fed black angus ribeye

was easy to cook the steak as it had already been prepared a consistent medium.

pan charred grain fed black angus ribeye

pan charred grain fed black angus ribeye

meat was tender & sweet, not as flavourful as wagyu but still very good steak.

c.h.e.f andy