Wine Chicken with Celery – 24th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 9Dec2016

did a wine chicken with celery for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 9.12.2016. ^^

this my 24th friday breakfast community meal at teban gardens community service centre.

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

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.

basically i used my chinese wine braised chicken 黄焖鸡 recipe here.

so i debone 2 chicken night before, wake up earlu to marinate the chicken with (best to st aside for 2hrs) –

  • 3tbsp fish sauce
  • 2tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2tbsp corn flour
  • 2tbsp sesame oil
  • 4tbsp shaoxing chine wine

then very hot wok, fry sliced ginger (4cm), 2 cut chilli padi, then add 2 tsp chopped garlic in 1tbsp oil.

then add chicken, fry (high heat), added another 4 tbsp shaoxing wine & cover (low heat) to cook the chicken.

need about 10mins..then remove chicken pieces except the wings & cook another 10mins & reduce the liquids.

then i placed the chinese wine braised chicken 黄焖鸡 dish in the aluminium carrier.

celery

celery 

fry the celery (i used about 14 stems from 2 bunch of celery) separately.

high heat, again cut ginger first then garlic. then add cut celery, fry (high heat) then cover (low heat to cook.

i did not add oyster sauce or fish sauce as there was gravy from wine chicken, which i added.

then i placed the celery on the chinese wine braised chicken 黄焖鸡.

all the reisdents & staff enjoyed the dish.

very tasty & flavourful chicken from the shaoxing wine & sesame oil, and celery was crunchy & sweet.

texture is also very important.

chicken was just cook, very tender, & very smooth.

the 3 key to this dish –

  1. shaoxing wine & sesame oil for the flavours
  2. corn flour for the smoothness
  3. cooking just right for the tenderness

most restaurant & zi char places fail in the smoothness & tenderness as the chicken is mostly overcooked thought the gravy is tasty….eg (say) –

  1. hua tiao wine chicken at chong qing grilled fish
  2. claypot sesame chicken at shoon huat bakuteh, taman sentosa, JB

c.h.e.f andy

Day 2 – Pro Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) Raw Sauce Crab on 11Nov2016 (Seoul 10-13Nov2016)

Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab

Ganjang Gejang (간장게장) raw sauce crab

wife had told me how excellent the korean soy crab was. she knew teochews like me like to eat soy crab & raw cockles.

sinsadong’s ganjang gejang alley is the go to place ganjang gejang (간장게장) soy crab! 

these days a bit wary of raw shellfish & seafood & their preparation, so at first i was not too excited, but it is a special delicacy in korea, so decided to try it.

anyhow on the itx train back to seoul after nami island 남이선, we decided to go sinsadong, so took subway line 3 to sinsa station.

wife wanted to walk down garusogil a bit, so we walked there first before proceeding to sinsadong ganjang gejang alley. 🙂

Sinsa-dong's Ganjang Gejang Alley

Sinsa-dong’s Ganjang Gejang Alley

there were many ganjang gejang restaurants.

live crabs @ Sinsa-dong's Ganjang Gejang Alley

live crabs @ Sinsa-dong’s Ganjang Gejang Alley

and all the live crabs in the tanks.

Pro Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab restaurant

Pro Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab restaurant

wife brought me to Pro Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장), the restaurant she came with daughter last time. 🙂

Pro Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장)

live crabs @ Pro Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장)

all the live crabs.

Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab restaurant

Pro Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab restaurant

chinese name for Pro Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) = 普乐酱蟹。

Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab restaurant

Pro Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab restaurant

we were directed to level 2. the restaurant was quite full at 4.45pm.

Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab dinner

Pro Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab dinner

we ordered 2 medium crabs. prices were all quite expensive here. i think 2 crabs about 65,000won (like S$78). quite steep leh!

Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab

Ganjang Gejang (간장게장) raw sauce crab

but the crab was simply fabulous!

Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab

Ganjang Gejang (간장게장) raw sauce crab

meat so sweet, very nice light soy sauce flavour, very tender, delicate.

the flesh came out easily, including the legs. just bite & the meat literally oozes out.

Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab

Ganjang Gejang (간장게장) raw sauce crab

& the roe simply amazing!

Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장) raw sauce crab

Ganjang Gejang (간장게장) raw sauce crab

this truly an excellent dish.

for me, the best food i had in korea this trip.

spicy monk fish hotpot

spicy monk fish hotpot

didn’t know what to order. everything was quite expensive.

anyhow we ordered a monkfish hotpot. i think small for 35,000won (S$42).

spicy monk fish hotpot

spicy monk fish hotpot

spicy soup was quite good like most korean hotpot.

the monkfish though so so. texture was quite firm, not so tender & flesh was not so sweet.

i guess hotpot was quite a good complementary dish to the ganjang gejang.

the whole dinner came to about 120,000 won (so about S$144). relatively quite steep price to pay in korea. still it is quite a unique dish, so i will probably still do it when i am in korea next time.

c.h.e.f andy

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Pro Ganjang Gejang (프로간장게장)