made 8 homecooked dishes for my friends, a 8pax dinner on 25.4.2017. ^^
not met up with these friend for a while.
wife joined dinner, & son is back from London, so he joined dinner also this evening. 🙂
(my friends brought nice shuu dessert puffs with 4 flavours-macha, coffe, black sesame, cream; nonya kueh NOT cakes😜; wine, gimson sauce etc…)
the 8 dishes were –
1 Singapore claypot chicken rice
2 HK claypot rice 腊味煲仔饭
3 JB shoon huat claypot wine chicken
4 HK minsheng daipaidong 民声冰室 steamed minced pork in light soy sauce
5 steamed angkorli (seabream) fillet with Jeanette’s gimson sauce
6 steamed pork soft bones
7 zai shun’s egg bittegourd with minced salted egg
8 fried leek with onions
today’s claypot rice was still as good.
wife, son, all the friends liked it.
though as i told them i made a mistake & emptied the marinated wine chicken into the claypot by mistake & had to rescue a bit. haha! :-p
still very tasty, smokey, flavourful la!
the HK claypot rice 腊味煲仔饭 was also good. this time my friends thought the Singapore claypot rice was more flavourful, so 2 against one now, with my RI buddies going for the Singapore claypot rice & my OPS buddies the HK claypot rice.
the steamed minced pork in light soy sauce was again very good.
though i used more fatty minced pork, it was very smooth & very “pang” with top quality light soy sauce.
my friend who brought me again the gimson nonya sauce from JB, liked it especially.
the claypot wine chicken i overcooked a bit this evening, so the chicken breast was not perfect like last time. the thighs etc were still very tender & tasty. my friends liked this dish too.
certainly more tender than Shoon Huat’s & most other such dishes in restaurants which tended to be “old” & more tough.
the nonya steamed angkorli (sea bream) fillet i used the gimson sauce my friend bought me.
it was more unique than the usual hong kong steamed preparation with the nonya flavour giving it a tangy, distinct flavour.
today though the pork soft bones were very far from perfect.
perfect last time as the meat was very tender from 1 hr 20mins steaming like the steamed pork ribs in any dimsum restaurants.
today though the pork soft bones were “soh”, has a very porky smell. friends said tasted like beef.
these were frozen ribs from QB Food, had always been good previously, and just taken out of the freezer.
the only step i missed was washing, cleaning with salt as my helper blanched it & i didn’t tell her to do this step before blanching.
today my minced salted egg with the egg bittergourd was almost perfect though.
the ast time i did for my brother i added 1/2 egg, and the flabour did not come out.
this time i added the whole salted egg, and the flavour was very good indeed.
this the second time i did this dish, so almost got it right now.
fried leek & onions were ok, the usual, but this dish usually not so popular.
leek something that teochew like my sis & me like, but my wife doesn;t like it & many people do not fancy it much.
a friend borught very nice shuu cream puffs.
there were flavours – macha, black sesame, coffee & vanilla.
i liked the macha & coffee best…these were light puffs, quite pleasant.
another friend who last minute could not joined dinner, brought some nonya cake & came after dinner. i missed the lapis sagu, but took couple of the others.
very fun dinner with this group of friends which i don’t meet often.
will do another dinner, a western dinner later when i back from my travel…