made dark sauce braised chicken with taupok for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 12.1.2018.^^
this my 50th friday breakfast community meal dish 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 bought 2kg boneless chicken thighs + 1kg wingsticks, and prepared the dish the evening before.
just fried 1-2 cinnamon stocks, 4 start anise, 4 cloves, 1 bulb of garlic cloves in 2 tbsp oil. fried till fragrant.
then added the cut chicken thigh pieces & wingstick (enough for one each for 130pax residents), and fried.
then added tai hua chicken braising sauce, coat the chicken pieces. added 1 heap tbsp sugar (3kg chicken pieces) covered & cooked for like 8 mins. simple & quick. i did not add water as chicken had a lot of liquids. of course this needed watching over & add water if required.
the braised chicken was delicious, very tasty & meat were tender, not overcooked.
next morning, i heat up removed the chicken pieces, and added 20 taupok cut into 4 strips each, so 80 piees.
the taupok soaked up the sauces, and diluted the taste, so i added another 1/3cup tai hua braising sauce & some water.
covered over low fire simmering & cooked taupok till soft & well infused with the braise.
the mixed with the chicken pieces & placed in the aluminium tray & brought to teban gardens.
next week i will do this dish with button mushrooms instead of taupok.