Jolly Good Taujeon Lime Sauce Angkorli Fillet (Zai Shun Style) on 8Sep2017

taujeon lime sauce angkorli fillet

taujeon lime sauce angkorli fillet was one of the 8 dishes i prepare for the RI makan group on 8.9.0217. ^^

i bought a large angkorli (seabream) from sheng shiong, got them to cut 1/2 with head, and fillet the 1/2fish tail to do 2 flavours for my friends.

taujeon lime sauce angkorli fillet

for the tail fillet, i pound 4 tbsp taujeon, and squeezed 1/2 large lime to give the tangy taste, added 1 tbsp light soy sauce for the flavour & 1 tbsp mirin.

i garnished with slice ginger, chopped spring onions, 2 tbsp garlic & cut chilli padi.

taujeon lime sauce angkorli fillet

this was intended to be zai shun steamed sharks cartilage preparation.

of course no comparison with zai shun, which was very good & consistent.

still it was a jolly good delicious dish, which my friends thoroughly enjoyed! ^^

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tail fillet of large 1.2kg angkorli (about 400g fillet)
  • 4 tbsp taujeon
  • squeeze juice of 1/2 large lime
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 2 cm ginger (sliced)
  • chopped spring onions (one large stalk)
  • 2 tbsp garlic
  • 1 cut chilli padi

Directions:

  1. clean/wash fish fillet with salt
  2. pound 4 tbsp taujeon, and squeezed1/2 large lime to give the tangy taste, add 1 tbsp light soy sauce for the flavour & 1 tbsp mirin.
  3. garnish with sliced ginger, chopped spring onions, 2 tbsp garlic & cut chilli padi.
  4. steam for about 6-7 mins. test that fish is cooked.
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Excellent Braised Whole Hock & Trotters 鲁元蹄和猪手on 8Sep2017

braised whole hock & trotters 鲁元蹄和猪手

braised whole hock & trotters 鲁元蹄和猪手was one of the 8 dishes i prepare for the RI makan group on 8.9.0217. ^^

Tai Hua chicken marinate (大华鲁鸡汁)

for this evening i used a lazyman method – just using tai hua braising sauce, instead of preparing my own braising sauce.

 

braised whole hock & trotters 鲁元蹄和猪手

just fry 1-2 cinnamon stick 4 star anise, 3 cloves, 3 bay leaves, 1 whole bulb peeled garlic cloves, and 1 tbsp flat five-spice powder, braise in 1/2 cup (120ml) tai wah braising sauce for 2.5hrs to 3hrs. cover the wok so trotters are steamed while they braised. add water & turn the trotters.

taste for gelatinous skin & still moist tasty lean meat…

do not over braise.

 

braised whole hock & trotters 鲁元蹄和猪手

the whole hock & trotters 鲁元蹄和猪手 were delicious, very gelatinous & lean meat was moist, not old & dry.

GCM commented that dish very good but pig skin could be softer. the pig skin pieces were the skin from char siew. i still have not found the method, but the standalone pig skin pieces dried up through the course of dinner & slightly toughened, whereas the hock skin was ok.

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole hock & trotters 鲁元蹄和猪手 (about 1kg+)
  • 1/2 cup tai hua braising sauce (120ml)
  • 1-2 cinnamon stick
  • 4 star anise
  • 3 cloves
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 whole bulb peeled garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp flat five-spice powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar

Directions:

  1. fry 1-2 cinnamon stick, 4 star anise, 3 cloves, 3 bay leaves, 1 whole bulb peeled garlic cloves, 1tbsp sugar and 1 tbsp flat five-spice powder
  2. add 1/2 cup (120ml) tai wah braising sauce for 2.5hrs to 3hrs. cover the wok so trotters are steamed while they braised. add water & turn the trotters.

Baingan Bharta (mashed egg plant) a Crowd Favourite on 19Sep2017

bharta

bharta was another unrehearsed first attempt for me.

i did bharta as one of 7 indian dishes i did for the recent 10pax dinner for my friends on 19.9.2017.^^

literally watching & rewatching the “Baingan Bartha – By Vahchef @ Vahrehvah.com” video while i cook, & reproducing it.

like i told my friends – didn’t know what it was before cooking & didn’t know what it was after cooking.

i just followed Vahchef @ Vahrehvah.com” video –

  1. coat with oil, sprinkle sea salt & roast 1 medium egg plant (300g dutch eggplant) in 250degC oven for 25mins. remove skin & roughly chop eggplant.
  2. fry 2 tsp cumin seeds in 1 tbsp oil
  3. add 1/2 tsp chopped ginger, 2 tsp chopped garlic & 1 medium chopped onion.
  4. add 3 cut green chili, and 2 cut tomatoes
  5. add roughly chopped egg plant
  6. add 1 tsp garam masala & 1/2 tsp tumeric

bharta

anyhow the amazing thing with recipes is that for the most part theseattempts turn out quite perfectly, and it did this evening.

the bharta was a favourite dish & S who is vegetarian and arrive later nearer 9pm (we kept the vegetarian briyani & lots of bharta for him) liked it a lot too.

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredients:

  • 300g medium dutch eggplant
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp chopped ginger
  • 2 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1 medium chopped onion.
  • 3 cut green chili
  • 2 cut tomatoes
  • tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp tumeric

Directions:

  1. coat with oil, sprinkle sea salt & roast 1 medium egg plant (300g dutch eggplant) in 250degC oven for 25mins. remove skin & roughly chop eggplant.
  2. fry 2 tsp cumin seeds in 1 tbsp oil
  3. add 1/2 tsp chopped ginger, 2 tsp chopped garlic & 1 medium chopped onion.
  4. add 3 cut green chili, and 2 cut tomatoes
  5. add roughly chopped egg plant
  6. add 1 tsp garam masala & 1/2 tsp tumeric

Very Good Fish Masala on 19Sep2017

fish masala 

i did fish masala as one of 7 indian dishes i did for the recent 10pax dinner for my friends on 19.9.2017.^^

the fish masala was my first attempt!

i was not entirely sure which fish to use. i had angkorli & seabass as back up but decided to go to chinatown complex this morning, and i managed to get a good cut of batang fish (ikan tenggiri or spanish mackerel). 4 nice cuts for S$10!

fish masala 

there wasn’t much in the preparation.

i fried the fish in oil to brown it & made it firmer for the masala.

i fried chopped onions in ghee, then added the house brand ready gravy & intense chicken stock & reduced. (very important to reduce correctly to make a tasty gravy, not diluted flavorus).

then i added the fish, covered & cooked for short while.

fish masala

 

the texture was firm, fish was fresh & tasty, & the gravy was excellent!

this another dish many of my friends liked a lot.. 🙂

& so easy to prepare, no effort nor much skill required. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredients:

  • 500g batang fish (ikan tenggiri or spanish mackerel)
  • 1x house brand fish curry masala
  • 1 medium chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • chicken stock

Directions:

  1. wash & clean fish with salt. fry fish in oil to brown it & made it firmer for the masala.
  2. fry chopped onions in ghee, add house brand ready gravy & intense chicken stock & reduced. (very important to reduce correctly to make a tasty gravy, not diluted flavorus).
  3. add fish, covered & cooked for short while.

 

Really Delicious Mutton Masala Using House Brand Ready Gravy on 19Sep2017

mutton masala 

made an excellent, really delicious mutton masala for my friends on 19.9.2017. ^^

& this was my first attempt.

it was kind of strange and truly fortuitous1 🙂

my friend V had given me a bottle of rogan josh, seems that it was only available in JB, not singapore.

i was doing a 10pax indian dinner for my friends on 19.9.2017.^^ 

as i had only one bottle, i could no try out. in any case i took it out from the kitchen cupboard and put in my room so i can access it anytime & wouldn’t need to look for it when i need it. but on the day of the dinner, it vanished into thin air. i still cannot locate it! how odd is that?

anyway, i resolve to cook mutton masala istead using house brand ready gravy, but as a result i did not try out the methods to make the mutton tender, so it became a blind experiment!

as fortune would have it, the mutton masala was hands down the best dishes by my friends!

a strange turn of events indeed! when V brought ghee & naans during lunch hour, i was deciding whether to replace the mutton with pork….

mutton masala 

 

the mutton i bought from ntuc fairprice finest – S$8 frozen mutton cubes. i cleaned with salt & also scalded with boiling water to remove scum & smell.

i had wanted to use the slow braising technique to produce a tender mutton. the theory is 90degC is the optimal temperature to break down collagen (tough connective tissues) to gelatine, making it both tender as well as flavourful at the same time.

i had done that before for lamb shoulders successfully in 90degC oven for 6hrs.

and it was a beautiful fusion curry miso lamb dish,

inspired by the mid-eastern cuisine – i had my best lamb with my son at honey & co london on 22.8.2014.

i was a bit uncertain this time so reduced to 4hrs. but the mutton was tough. i did another 4hrs to no much effect (i think a continuous 6hrs would be the correct preparation).

one way to tenderise was to put in the steam oven for 1.5hrs.  i was not confident i could rescue the mutton, so thought of replacing with pork.

everyone was glad i did not! AG & LS told me it sounded like a horror story when i suggested that.

mutton masala 

anyhow the mutton turned out beautifully. texture was perfect, the tough connective issues are now tender & flavourful, good lamb flavours no foul taste.

i had said in the whatsapp chat that i was confident of the taste, as it was just the reliable house brand ready gravy. only uncertainty was the texture.

but it turned out perfectly. the connective tissues were tender & tasty, and in fact CL said he specially liked that part.

next time i will do 90degC oven for 6hrs. that should do it, and if necessary i will also do the 1.5hrs steam oven step.

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredients:

  • 500g frozen mutton cubes
  • 1 packet house brand ready gravy
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp ghee

Directions:

  1. clean mutton with salt & scald with boiling water to remove scums & smell
  2. placed mutton in sealed oven dish covered with water in 90degC oven for 6hrs. 90degC is the optimal temperature to break down collagen (tough connective tissues) to gelatine, making it both tender as well as flavourful at the same time.
  3. fry chopped onion in ghee till soften. add house brand ready gravy. add intense chicken stock & reduce. add mutton cubes to the gravy.