Great Company Good Food 6pax Home Dinner on 22Dec2016

claypot rice

claypot rice

wife’s good friends & their hubbies came for dinner this evening on 22.12.2016. ^^

i made claypot rice & a few other simple home dishes.

6pax dinner

6pax dinner

we had 5 dishes=claypot rice, tofu prawns, spicy bean sauce seabass, fried romaine lettuce, & fried kang kong. 🙂

a red

a red

pu er tea

pu er tea

friends brought a red, & pu er tea.

claypot rice - using a new claypot

claypot rice – using a new claypot

there was some miscom with my helper.

my favoruite claypot that i always do my claypot rice had a surface crack. my helper decided to discard it & use it as a flower pot without consulting me.

fortunately there was a new claypot my sis brought that was large enough. quite problematic last minute as proportions, timing etc changed & results could have been very different.

also it would have been better if the new claypot is the big belly smaller base curve type. this one more suited for making soup. but no other claypot large enough, so this would have to do.

anyhow made do with what i have, and sometimes we are just reluctant to change, but the newer (or just different) claypot (or anything else) maybe just as good or even better. just a matter of adjustment & adaptations.

claypot rice

claypot rice

anyway, the result was reasonably safe from my main uncertainties about the flavours, whether chicken would be tender not overcooked, & rice would be burnt or mushy etc.

the dish retained its excellent smokey flavours, chicken were tender & tasty, rice was wetter than i expected but maybe not yet mushy.

i cooked 2.5cups for 6 (plus a bowl for helper) & added just 1.8cups water to adjust for liquids in the marinated chicken, mushrooms etc. this time though the new claypot has a large base & wastage was a lot more so i will need to increase rice & reduce the water ratio for future. i also considered if the lesser rice (more wastage) might make it more salty with the marinated chicken. friends said it was ok.

they all liked the tofu prawns.

gravy was very tasty with chicken stock, tofu had great texture & bite & absorbed the gravy well, colour was great too. one friend commented prawns were very good.

my best tofu prawns was when i did a 5pax lucnh for my RI friends on 23.9.2016. ^^

the dish was modeled after sek bao sin’s excellent dish (above).

steamed spicy bean sauce seabass

steamed spicy bean sauce seabass

the steamed spicy bean sauce seabass was great too.

seabass is a bit fishy and meat is a bit mushy, so (say) hk steamed not the ideal preparation.

my helper does a very good seabass using a spicy bean paste (豆瓣).

i like song fish head松鱼头a lot, so i created a very nice tangy, slight spicy, salty sauce which i used to make very good song fish head松鱼头.

there are many variations to the song fish head sauce.

the one i like best is hk street chun kee 香港街珍记at level 2 commonwealth crescent food centre, so that was the one i modeled. 

steamed spicy bean sauce seabass

steamed spicy bean sauce seabass

the sauce masked the fishy taste & the marinade also made the texture firmer & tasty, so overall a much improved experience.

i was not as familiar with this steam oven timing, but the fish (done 10mins) came out just fine.

fried romaine lettuce

fried romaine lettuce

friend kang kong

friend kang kong

the fried vege were standard stuff.

these days i no longer do the corn flour thing, so just garlic fry 清炒.

veg were pretty ok, looking lush green & tasting great.

cheese platter

cheese platter

wife had very nice cheese platter. the truffle honey was especially good.

2 friends don’t take cheese much. rest of us enjoyed the cheese platter a lot.

my chocolate banana cake today was ok, not my best.

ganache was a bit too thick today, but one can take less of it so ok.

i took a bit next morning. overall i think ok. i guess not my most preferred cake.

had a really wonderful evening.

we are all blessed to spend time in the company of good friends & enjoy great company & good food.

c.h.e.f andy

 

Good Friend dropped by for Last Minute Lunch on 22Dec2016

a good friend came for lunch today on 22.12.2016. ^^

everything was quite ad hoc.

he whatsapped at 10am whether he can join any lunch appointment today, so i said – just drop by, do you want fish, chicken or bkt?

i was doing a 6pax dinner this evening for wife’s friends. this friend quite busy, many a times we had RI friends lunches he couldn’t make it so since he could today, just do lor…

i took out 1/2 chicken from freezer at 10.10am. not enuf time to defrost fully then debone plus marinade & set aside, so i debone the partially defrosted 1/2 chicken & left the drumstick & wingstick not deboned.

costa rican coffee

costa rican coffee

friend brought me packet of costa rican coffee. this living with a suitcase guy just came back from there.

i did thechinese wine braised chicken 黄焖鸡  same way as i did for teban gardens on 9.12.2016.

that was 2 chicken. this was 1/2. same principles apply-

  • corn flour to make it smooth
  • not overcooked to make chicken tender, &
  • very tasty marinade to make chicken tasty.

result = very tasty chicken & great wine flavours

celery withe salted fish

celery with salted fish

the celery with salted fish was pretty good, though not as good as what my sis made & what i made other times. still great!

2pax lunch was simple not much effort.

we had a great chat afterwards, sharing about parents, family & friends. should do more of this.

c.h.e.f andy

Meixi’s Kitchen Yong Tau Foo 美茜酿豆腐 @ Blk115B Commonwealth Dr on 21Dec2016

S$3.60 yong tau foo = 6 items

S$3.60 yong tau foo = 6 items 

passed by commonwealth drive blk 115B on 21.12.2016. ^

often passed by here going to commonwealth crescent food centre. thought i will stop by & look at the stalls.

the char kuay teow/hokkien noodles/oyster omelette stall seemed ok.

meixi's kitchen yong tau foo 美茜酿豆腐

meixi’s kitchen yong tau foo 美茜酿豆腐 

anyhow i decided on ytf.

meixi's kitchen yong tau foo 美茜酿豆腐

meixi’s kitchen yong tau foo 美茜酿豆腐 

5items + noodle = S$3.60 looked ok.

meixi's kitchen yong tau foo 美茜酿豆腐

meixi’s kitchen yong tau foo 美茜酿豆腐 

& the items looked fresh, with good size fillings, not like say SGH kopitam which quite tiny, pathetic (so i toook fish balls etc instead of 酿items.

S$3.60 yong tau foo = 6 items

S$3.60 yong tau foo = 6 items 

& the chilli was excellent! very tasty, good kick…

the fried items here all tasted great…especially one with like 5 short ocras wrapped in tofu skin. best!

S$3.60 yong tau foo = 6 items

S$3.60 yong tau foo = 6 items 

overall i think i still like hillview ytf at mei chin road food centre better.

taking ytf a bit more these days. these 2 places i will go back.

c.h.e.f andy

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Meixi’s Kitchen Yong Tau Foo 美茜酿豆腐

Address:

Blk115B Commonwealth Dr food centre