Spicy Black Bean Sauce Song Fish Head 松鱼头 on 1Aug2016

spicy black bean sauce song fish head松鱼头

spicy black bean sauce song fish head松鱼头 1.8.2016

i made spicy black bean sauce 2 times recently, the best was for a 6pax lunch for my OPS primary school classmates on 1.8.2016. ^^

spicy black bean paste fish head

spicy black bean paste fish head @ hk street sum kee alexandra village

5 of us went for a walk along southern ridge park connector from hortpark to mt faber on 13.7.2016.

after that we enjoyed a nice dinner for 5 at hk street sum kee alexandra village, including an excellent spicy black bean sauce song fish head. 🙂

this one of the best song fish head松鱼头 around.

i do like the hk street chun kee at commonwealth crescent food centre equally though. 🙂 this a less common dry steam style but the paste is really super!

spicy black bean sauce song fish head松鱼头

spicy black bean sauce song fish head松鱼头 – 8.7.2016

i thought i could approximate that those 2 excellent fish head dishes somewhat.

obviously the sauce would be different, but manly it is to produce the right mix of mild sweet, tangy, mild salty sauce on a very fresh song fish head.

the first time i made was for another 6pax lunch for my OPS primary school classmates on 8.7.2016. ^^

i thought the fish head was quite good good.

i made the sauce myself mixing lemon juice, olive oil, mirin, light soy sauce, corn flour, sugar & lee kum kee spicy black bean sauce. i like the sauce myself.

spicy black bean sauce song fish head松鱼头

spicy black bean sauce song fish head松鱼头 – 8.7.2016

for me its better than the fish head we had at sik bao sin on 5.7.2016.

one thing to correct was there was too much condensation in the steam oven so the sauce became a bit diluted. & there was no time for me to reduce the sauce in a pan to make it right.

on my second attempt on 1.8.2016 (top photo) i did it just right, by all my friends.

for me, it was very good too though i can also do with a bit more of the sauce. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 song fish head松鱼头

spicy black bean sauce mix

  • 1 heap tbsp lee kum kee spicy black bean sauce
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 2 tbsp mirin (optional)
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp corn flour

Directions:

  1. wash the fish head with salt then drain (lazy way la – i steam the fish with the sauce rather than separately)
  2. add the spicy bean sauce mix
  3. steam in steam oven or steamer for 13mins (make sure fish is fully cooked)

Chinese Wine Braised Chicken 黄焖鸡 on 20Jul2016

chinese wine braised chicken 黄焖鸡

chinese wine braised chicken 黄焖鸡

a friend bought dinner at 重庆烤鱼 on 18.7.2016.

one of the dishes was chinese wine braised chicken 黄焖鸡. the sauce was good but the chicken was dry & tough.

so i decided to make my own.

steamed chicken

steamed chicken

i marinated 1/2 chicken in chinese wine 花雕酒, sesame oil, fish sauce, oyster sauce, corn flour & some good light soy sauce. then steamed in a steam oven for 30mins.

this preparation is similar to my very nice claypot rice. the chicken was very tender & smooth.

ginger, onions, scallions, leek

ginger, onions, scallions, leek

i then fried ginger, chilli padi, onions, scallions, leek & added the marinade from the steamed chicken & cooked the vegetables.

chinese wine braised chicken 黄焖鸡

chinese wine braised chicken 黄焖鸡

so i had a very tasty sauce & vegetables & a tender, sweet chicken.

chinese wine braised chicken 黄焖鸡

chinese wine braised chicken 黄焖鸡

anyway i think the steaming may not be necessary. important thing just to marinade the chicken well then cook the vegetables with the marinade & add the chicken & cook for about 8mins (for debone chicken in my case), wings & wingstick a bit longer.

chinese wine braised chicken 黄焖鸡

chinese wine braised chicken 黄焖鸡

the 花雕酒 & sesame oil flavours were excellent, and the leeks especially nice having infused all the flavours. i found that in the dish at 重庆烤鱼. that’s why i added leek to scallions, yellow onions & also some cut ginger & chilli padi.

i did this dish for a family dinner on 20.7.2016.

a very enjoyable dinner indeed!

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cut chicken (i used 1.4kg large chicken from sheng shiong or giant)
  • 2cm sliced ginger
  • 2 tsp chopped garlic
  • 2 stalk scallions
  • 1 leek
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 cut chilli padi

marinade:

  • 2 tbsp chinese wine 花雕酒
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1tbsp corn flour

Directions:

  1. marinate 1/2 chicken for 2 hrs in chinese wine 花雕酒, sesame oil, fish sauce, oyster sauce, corn flour & good light soy sauce.
  2. fry ginger, chilli padi, garlic till fragrant. add onions, scallions, leek. add marinade from the chicken & cooked the vegetables.
  3. add cut chicken & cook for about 12mins (about 6mins for debone chicken in my case), wings & wingstick a bit longer. anyway make sure chicken is cooked. add little water as required.
  4. the 花雕酒 & sesame oil flavours were excellent, and the leeks especially nice having infused all the flavours.

Prawn Tofu in Minced Pork Sauce on 4Aug2016

prawn with minced pork fried tofu

my tofu prawns with minced pork sauce

my OPS friend bought 5pax lunch at sik bao sin on 5.7.2016.

tofu prawns

sik bao sin’s tofu prawns

one dish we enjoyed much was the excellent prawn tofu.

so i made this prawn tofu dish for a 3pax lunch + durians soon afterwards on 4.8.2016 

fried tofu

fried tofu 

i used silken tofu as i wanted the soft & fine insides.

maybe will try the egg tofu next time.

tofu is soft & more tricky to cut & place on the pan. other than that it was quite straight forward.

oil, hot pan, then add the tofu, the sprinkle sea salt from dispenser. let it brown & turn over.

prawn with minced pork fried tofu

prawn with minced pork sauce

then i made a minced pork sauce & added the prawns.

10 medium prawns, 150g minced pork, lots of onions & garlic, oyster sauce, fish sauce, pepper.

prawn with minced pork fried tofu

prawn with minced pork fried tofu 

then it’s just putting 2 & 2 together.

looking at sik bao sin’s prawn tofu, actually they did not add minced pork. next time i will do it w/o minced pork. too many items, maybe better to just have prawns & tofu la!

c.h.e.f andy