i did a soy sauce chicken with vegetables for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 13.1.2017. ^^
this my 26th 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 was thinking of doing pork collar actually, but CNY period sheng shiong flooded with the steamboat sliced meat stuff, cannot find pork collar.
for chicken, if i debone them it will take a bit of effort, and i am cooking a 7pax lunch that same day after doing this breakfast dish.
so i decided to do the braised chicken with tai hua braising sauce near midnight the evening before. it is relatively easy to debone a cooked chicken.
braising the 2 chicken was easy too, but i had to do one after the other & that took just over one hour so i started before 11pm.
it’s just 2 cinnamon bark, 4 star anise, 2 cloves, 2.5cm cut ginger, 1 whole bulb (i peeled the garlic cloves), and rubbed chicken outsie & inside with sugar…i used total 2 tbsp flat sugar.
then add tai hua braising sauce (1 cup sauce 1 cup water) & braise chicken for 35mins covered so that coating & infusing the chicken with the braise, you are also steaming & producing a smooth, tender chicken.
i left the 2 chickens in the large pot covered overnight, & woke up early next morning to debone the chicken.
then i cooked a simple vegetable dish.
just carrots, potatoes, onions.
onions go in first to caramelise, and with carrots & chopped garlic, adding oyster sauce.
after carrots softened, add potatoes which should be done in 10mins.
then i dish over to the aluminium tray.
& topped up with the debone chicken.
the chicken was very flavourful, tasty, and very tender & moist, i think a very good 豆油鸡.
in a way it is better than 白斩鸡 chicken rice chicken since it has the braising sauce whereas 白斩鸡 has not much flavouring.
i had to rush off immediately on delivering so did not get much feedback. one teban garden staff tried & said chicken was very good. anyway i am pretty confident it was good.