Braised Chicken Thighs with Taupok – 41st Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 22Sep2017

braised chicken thighs with taupok

made braised chicken thighs with taupok for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 22.9.2017. ^^

this my 41st 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.

braised chicken thighs with taupok

wasn’t sure what dishes to make for teban gardens this morning.

i had made diced pork for last 2 friday breakfasts. it was the easiest to do as no cutting, preparation required for the pork, just steam for 1.5hrs.

if i get fresh whole chicken , i would need 3 chickens and deboning 3 chickens is quite an effort.

anyhow i went to sheng shiong last evening past 10pm, and i decided on 2kg packet of deboned chicken legs/thighs.

braised chicken thighs

braised chicken thighs

i cut the boneless thighs into 10/12 pieces each, so i had about 120 pieces+

i washed with salt & drained in colander in fridge overnight.

Tai Hua chicken marinate (大华鲁鸡汁)

this morning, i added chicken fat, 1 cinnamon stick, 4 star anise, 4 cloves, 3cm cut ginger, & whole load of chopped garlic about 2tbsp (did not have whole garlic bulbs), 1 tbsp sugar.

then i added the chicken and fried under high heat, and added tai hwa braising sauce, covered & simmered.

the key is  simply NOT to overcook the chicken, so it is tender & tasty, well infused with the braising sauce.

then i dished out the chicken pieces into the aluminum carrier tray.

braised taupok

at sheng shiong last evening, i also bought 2 packets of hara taupok 豆腐皮.

i chose packets with 11 pieces (some only 10 pieces). this morning i cut each piece into 4 pieces, so i had=22×4=88 pieces…

so i used the very tasty braising sauce after braising the chicken thighs, and cooked the taupok strips till very soft & well infused…

braised chicken thighs

braised chicken thighs

so i had very tasty taupok, and a bouncy, succulent, braised chicken thigh.

a simple yet beautiful dish.

c.h.e.f andy

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Excellent Teochew Muay with Sis & BIL @ Ye Shanghai Lengkok Bahru on 20Sep2017

ye shanghai lengkok bahru

went with sis & bil to ye shanghai at lengkok bahru on 20.9.2017. ^^

i had come here once after they moved from bukit merah view.

it’s more convenient, carpark is huge & there are lots of parking space even at 12 noon lunch time. & the queue was not too long, just 4-5 people…

ye shanghai teochew mauy dishes

sis ordered 7 vegetables..

half angkorli fish head

and a small 1/2 angkorli fish head S$6…

total S$14…it was quite enough for 3pax…

anyway i didn’t take the fish as i am on 14days vegetarian challenge till 30.9.2017…

cauliflower & brocoli

i took a bit of vegetables.

they were all good!

cauliflower & brocoli good…

bittergourd

bittergourd slightly spicy…excellent…

just to note, this simple S$0.80 bittergourd dish was way better than the bittergourd pork ribs at seng kee 119  成记  (i took 2 pieces of bittergourd to try) on 15.9.2017. 

egg plant

egg plant too..excellent!

i am going to try this…

hairy gourd

the gourd was nice, sweet, tasty..

taukee

taukee just usual, nice too…

potato leaves

potato leaves very nice, with ikan bilis & some chili..

spinach

spinach good too.

another gourd S$2

sis went to get 2 more vegetables for S$2.80…

ye shanghai teochew mauy dishes

so in total we had 9 vegetable dishes, 1/2 angkorli fish head & 1 rice 1 porridge for S$16.80.

but what is more important is that every vegetable dish was good, so simple & such excellent cooking.

as i mentioned above, the simple S$0.80 bittergourd dish was way better than the bittergourd pork ribs at seng kee 119 成记.  

& every of the vegetable dishes was good!

c.h.e.f andy

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