Jolly Good Fun Chicken Rice & Lohei with RI Buddies on 6Feb2017

chicken rice dinner & other dishes

chicken rice dinner & other dishes

recently, a RI friend invited some of us to try out his legendary chicken rice.

that got me going again & i did a very good chicken rice 2.0. ^^

my RI friends saw the photos i posted & one friend organised a 10pax chicken rice dinner at my place this evening on 6.2.2017. ^^

lohei-2

lohei 珍姐best in town (chinatown)

this is CNY day10, so 3 friends went to get the best in town (chinatown haha!) lohei from 珍姐 at chinatown.

lohei-5

lohei 珍姐best in town (chinatown)

it’s among the loudest, most boisterous lohei i had. ^^

tai kor was reading out the auspicious phrases from his hand phone, & the rest of us shouting “huat ah”…

lohei 珍姐best in town (chinatown)

lohei 珍姐best in town (chinatown)

while i was putting out the dishes, the guys arranged the lohei.

lohei-salmon

lohei-salmon

lohei-abalones

lohei-abalones

they also got salmon & abalones.

lohei

lohei-sauces & toppings paraphernalia

& the paraphernalia of sauces & toppings.

lohei with salmon & abalone

lohei with salmon & abalone

it was a good lohei, refreshing not too sweet (we did not add all the sweet sauce & plum sauce).

poached chicken

poached chicken

for today i made 2 different preparations of chicken rice chicken 白斩鸡.

this was the poached method = 12 mins boiling water, 25mins off fire poaching, then quenched in cold water/ice. i cut chicken in two halves, if poaching whole chicken, about 15mins+30mins.

braised & steamed chicken

braised & steamed chicken

the other preparation is braised & steamed, recipe explained here.

very good homemade chilli (wiped clean)

very good homemade chilli (wiped clean)

& i made an excellent chilli.

i used 4 large red chilli, 2 chilli padi, 3cm ginger, 5 cloves garlic, 1/3cup (80ml) chicken stock, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tbsp sugar, 1 tbsp olive oil, and blend.

you could smell the chilli aroma when i lifted the cover. 🙂

this was totally cleaned out. my friends added some gravy from the veg & wiped clean every drop la…haha. 🙂

poached chicken + braised & steamed chicken

poached chicken + braised & steamed chicken

poached chicken + braised & steamed chicken

poached chicken + braised & steamed chicken

theory says the braised chicken should be sweeter.

& some friends thought so too.

poached chicken

poached chicken

poached chicken

poached chicken

but on balance, most including myself still preferred the poached chicken 滑鸡. texture did make a difference, enhancing the taste experience. 🙂

it is also easier to do, no need as much attention.

poached chicken + braised & steamed chicken

poached chicken + braised & steamed chicken

both chicken were tender, moist & sweet, & especially so with the chilli & chicken rice dark sauce.

i cooked 5 cups of rice for 10pax, it was quite enough. we did not take photo of the rice. it was quite fragrant & flavourful. again the best taste experience was with the chilli, and most of us except one took the dark sauce as well.

other-dishes

other dishes

i made a few other dishes.

black-white-braised-belly-pork

black & white braised belly pork

i braised the black belly pork with lor 鲁汁.

& the white belly pork with the chicken stock braise.

when it was first served, a friend tasted & it was excellent in flavours & texture. but the white belly pork dried out a bit (which i think means the timing was not good enough), the black nelly pork was still tender.

i didn’t notice as i only took it later when it’s almost finished.

pig stomach & pig skin

pig stomach & pig skin

so when i found the same with the pig skin (the pig stomach was ok), i returned it to the braise & heat up.

ig stomach & pig skin

pig skin

& then it was perfect. everyone was surprised with the difference in the texture.

this something i have not fully figure out yet. but i think if it dries out too quickly over the course of dinner, it means that the braise timing was not enough & should have been longer.

that’s a trial & error thingy.

stirfried kang kong & romaine lettuce

stirfried kang kong & romaine lettuce

i did the usual sit-fry veg.

stirfried romaine lettuce

stirfried romaine lettuce

stirfried kang kong

stirfried kang kong

bot vegetables were quite competent, pretty ok.

wiped clean 风扫落叶

wiped clean 风扫落叶

we finished every morsel of food! ^^

strawberries

strawberries

cherries

cherries

one friend brought really sweet cherries & strawberries.

strawberries, cherries orange & jackfruits - fruits all very sweet

strawberries, cherries orange & jackfruits – fruits all very sweet

orange & jackfruits

orange & jackfruits

another brought very sweet orange & also honey jackfruit, shiok la!

ritz apple strudel

ritz apple strudel

& a friend brought ritz apple strudel from royal ville 833 bukit timah shop.

very full so i share 1/2 a slice, pretty good & quite enjoyable, so actually i could have taken one whole slice.

my homemade kaya butter bread

my homemade kaya butter bread

i also made some fresh kaya.

so we had some white bread to enjoy kaya butter bread.

a friend brought some soda biscuits. we used to eat them when young. i had these with the kaya the next day & it went perfectly!

we had a great wonderful time together, making new memories la!

c.h.e.f andy

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