did a vietnamese chargrilled pork collar & celery with salted fish for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 30.9.2016. ^^
this my 20th friday breakfast community meal at teban gardens community service centre.
the centre was started in 2002 after much effort & challenge by our RI friend who is a pastor of pasir panjang hill brethren church (pphbc) which owns & runs the CSC.
i cooked the celery & the pork collar separately.
placed the celery in the aluminium tray. then topped with the pork collar.
i cooked the celery first.
separated the tender shoots from the outer stalks, washed & strained separately. 🙂
fried the sliced ginger & & salted fish first. added garlic fried till fragrant & not burnt.
the salted fish i used a cheap treadfin packet – S$2.80 for about 300g? i like the flavour. it is cheap but good.
then added the celery stalks, fried & covered for few minutes, then added the tender shoots.
do not add water.
i tasted & decided to add some oyster sauce, about 1 heap tbsp.
i cooked 2 whole celery, so about almost 3kg, maybe 2.5kg, quite a bit anyway.
do not overcook. celery was tasty & crunchy. the tender shoots especially! ^^
i scalded & cut about 1.3kg pork collar, & marinated 48hrs in a 1 degC chiller compartment. 🙂
this time i had 1.3kg NOT 300g, but this for older folks. i didn’t want it too salty or sweet, so adjusted the marinade a bit.
i marinated with-
- 4 tbsp fish sauce
- 1 heap tbsp yuzu jam
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp red chilli flakes
- 4 chopped spring onions
- 3 chopped shallots
- 3 heap tsp chopped garlic
- 3 cm chopped ginger
there were too much pork not easy to chargrill & caramelise.
i separated into 2 lots, but still too much, so the first about 800g lot not much chargrilled.
the second lot was a bit smaller quantity, maybe just 500g, so it chargrilled better
still i tasted both the pork & the celery.
both were very tasty, and confirmed by the volunteers & the residents at teban gardens. a very tasty dish! 🙂
today, teban gardens arranged for a testimony by sam (top photo also).
sam is afflicted with stage 4 cancer( that already metatasized & spreaded so he had multiple operations & also remove parts of the large intestines, stomach, bile), 2 heart attacks/4 stents & diabetes. he is currently on chemo but somehow doesn’t show.
i am not a christian but no harm to stay back & listen to his sharing. 🙂
it was inspiring listening to his story, the resilience of life, the love for life!