Great Food and Lohei at JH’s House CNY Day 1 on 5Feb2019

roast suckling pig

JH’s family invited us for dinner at their place on chinese new year day 1 on 5.2.2019. ^^

JH’s dad is a professional chef so we always look forward to enjoying his food. 🙂

buddha jump over the wall

the buddha jump over the wall is always good.

today there was a bigger crowd and PK had to cook more soup, so taste wise the soup was not as intense as what we had recently. still it was very good.

broccoli with chinese mushrooms

today he made broccoli with chinese mushrooms. it was good.

roast suckling pig

somebody brought roast suckling pig with glutinous rice. great stuff!

scallops with asparagus

scallops with asparagus

the scallops with asparagus always good.

nice stock base, scallops succulent and asparagus texture just right.

vinegared trotters

JH’s mom”s vinegared trotters as good as always, perfect texture and the taste was just right, tasty slight sour from vinegar. KY said she used 6 trotters, anyway all finished. 🙂

joey’s thai fishcakes

JH’s sis J made thai fishcake. she used dory and batang fish meat. very nicely done and great with the sweet thai chilli.

hae chor

JH’s dad made his hae chor… good!

CNY get together

lohei

lohei 

and we had lohei. so many people so we had 2 lohei….JH’s mom’s side family doing a lohei toast together.

roast suckling pig

very nice dinner and evening.

had a busy day today starting with breakfast at my brother’s place, then visit LCH, the CNM wife’s good friends, and back and chill out in the afternoon before coming for dinner.

c.h.e.f andy

Recipe = Excellent Pencai 盆菜 on 4Feb2019

pencai 盆菜 

做给今晚除夕团圆饭的盆菜

it’s chinese new year eve! i made pencai for this evening’s reunion dinner at my brother’s house.

this the first time i made pencai 盆菜 after giving the dish planning some serious thinking..

盆菜was delicious! everyone loved…sil said better than what they had few days back bought from hotel restaurant…as matter of fact, i was using a tunglok claypot which i bought like S$248 6pax pencai 盆菜  from tunglok maybe 6years back also for CNY reunion dinner.

that was a real disappointment! i think my pencai 盆菜 was just so much better!

pencai 盆菜

pencai 盆菜

in a sense pencai 盆菜 doesn’t need much skill or cooking….so it is just the stock or broth for taste, the assembly for presentation, and texture (so different ingredients need differnt timing).

braised pig trotters

i prefer to use braised pig trotters for my gravy/stock base.

it is my usual teochew braised trotters braise mix and recipe.

ingredients 

i used 10 ingredients-

  • Sea cucumber
  • Fish maw
  • abalone
  • Pig trotters
  • Broccoli
  • Belly pork
  • Chicken
  • prawn
  • Scallop
  • mushroom

fish maw

my deepfried fish maw the average type, 2 packets about S$9. use 1/2 packet enough.

sea cucumber

sea cucumber very expensive, especially now CNY.

bought the cheaper ones from sheng shiong still S$36/kg. i got 2 pieces like S$9. next time i will buy frozen ones <1/2price.

these will disintegrate and disappear if i cook too long so i decided just to just poach in the boiled gravy. turned out perfectly.

chinese dry mushrooms

i bought dry flower mushrroms from teh ghim moh shop, 300g no stalks for S$12. good enough!

tiger king 10 small braised abalones

and tiger king 10 small braised abalones, really tiny abalones, but the braise was good. i added the braise to my own trotter braise.

pencai 盆菜

not too difficult, just need good (very tasty) braise which i have from my braised trotters (if don’t like trotters then just use the tiger king abalones braise), and plan the ingredients so cook them to the right texture and timing, then assemble.

this was absolutely delicious!

c.h.e.f andy

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Recipe

I used pig trotters as a base stock because it gives a natural gelatinous gravy..and very tasty!
If you don’t like trotters then just use the brine from a braised small abalones
I bought this tiger king brand S$18.80 from ghim moh shop 10 small abalones

My 10 ingredients-

  • Sea cucumber
  • Fish maw
  • abalone
  • Pig trotters
  • Broccoli
  • Belly pork
  • Chicken
  • prawn
  • Scallop
  • mushroom

first make trotters & belly pork

my own braise-it is good!

  • 3tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp dark sauce
  • 3 tbsp huatiaojiu chinese wine
  • 1 bulb peeled garlic cloves

brown garlic in a little oil
add cleaned trotters & belly pork
high fire brown a bit both sides
add sauce mix
add 1 cup water
boil then cover low/medium fire 1/2 hr add little water if required

this part is to infuse the sauce so not so much liquids

then add water to cover
add mushrooms softened in hot water first & the mushroom water
add fish maw softened in water first

boil cover low fire 1 hr while reducing liquids test texture taste of fish maw, remove & set aside

continue boiling mushroom, trotters & belly pork for 1/2hr so total 2 hrs

remove belly pork cool & chill in fridge for easy cutting

add deboned chicken thigh 4mins simmer 6 mins poached
remove chicken & put in ice
this the 白斩鸡poached method

add sea cucumber to the boiled gravy off fire & poached

prepare claypot lined bottom with chinese cabbage & broccoli stems

add brine of braised small abalones
add cut broccoli & prawns
cover & boil the low fire 3mins
add scallops off fire

now assemble all the ingredients-trotters, belly, chicken, scallops, abalones, broccoli, prawns, fish maw, mushrooms

Recipe = Perfect Bowl of 1pax Bean Noodles 豆签 on 3Feb2019

1pax bean noodles

made 1pax bean noodles 豆签 dinner on 3.2.2019. ^^

i like this  bean noodles 豆签 ..very light, not filling like a snack…good for low carbs diet, lol! ^^

1pax bean noodles

i had frozen prawns,, frozen scallops in the freezer and broccoli in the fridge.

so jsut defrost. prawns i deveined and seasoned with fish sauce and white pepper. scallops just defrost.

1pax bean noodles

so easy to prepare.

just little water 150ml. boil, add 1.5tbsp tsuyu, the jap sauce for soba.

add broccoli to poach, add pranws, then add  bean noodles 豆签 and scallops like boil 1mins to 2mins. and voila! as instant as intant noodles la! ^^

the perfect meal!

succulent tasty prawns and scallops, luscious broccoli colour and texture, nice tasty broth and perfect texture of bean noodles 豆签.

c.h.e.f andy

Most Unsatisfying Teochew Muay at Yelaixiang 夜来香 on 2Feb2018

teochew muay dishes 

went with sis & bil to yelaixiang 夜来香 at bukit merah view coffeeshop on 2.2.2019.

柴船头mutton soup closed for chinese new year so went to 夜来香 very ex about S$36 for 3pax..maybe it was almost chinese new year time…prices were exorbitant and very unsatisfactory for the kind of food…would have been like $20 couple years back..

some red fish S$5

some red fish S$5 

cheap fish now S$5.

mullet S$12

mullet now S$12. was S$*, then S$9 previously.

teochew muay can be quite expensive and not worth it in many stalls in singapore.

in the past the attractions of yelaixiang and yeshanghai was precisley because they were cheap! and food was competent to good…

if the fish not cheap i can do it anytime at home. almost no effort and just as good, anytime.

vegetables

and one attraction of teochew muay for me is the vegetable dishes…for me, steam fish and sotong no need skill, purely matter of price, but the vegetables usually simple cheap dishes and very tasty.

today expensive and not very tasty. then come fro what right?

clams & veg

lala clams

teochew muay dishes

now totally lost interest in these teochew muay stalls…will vote with my feet..

my own teochew muay dishes much better at fraction costs.

c.h.e.f andy

 

Meimei’s Homecooked Nonya Dishes Housewarming Dinner on 1Feb2019

babi pongteh

meimei & hubby EH renovated their flat recently, very nicely done.

so they invited us, the group who went for the kluang mission including TC’s mom to a homecooked dinner at their place on 1.2.2019. ^^

aunty (TC’s mom) brought 2 types of pineapple tarts/cookies she baked. very good!

first time trying meimei’s dishes…quite nice and well deserving subsequent tries, soon! 🙂

nice homemade chap chye, babi ponteh, sambal prawns.. ngoh hiang, & otah good too..& TC bought beef rendang..

babi pongteh was quite good. pork was ok, can be more tender with more practices and invites, taste was pretty good. 🙂

chap chye

chap chye good standard, tasted very much like chap chye haha!

like the real thing la! 🙂

meimei was worried about slight burnt bottom but actually it was good!

sambal prawns

prawn sambal nice too…didn’t ask if the gravy was made or ready sauce. anyway it was good la….

ngoh hiang

ngoh hiang was good, made by meimei’s friend…good friend to have. 🙂

otah

otah was nice! bought in malaysia, muar?

beef rendang

M bought beef rendang from some sarabat stall. he said he knew my wife doesn’t take lamb so he bought rendang. it was good, certainly tasted like the real thing. 🙂

the spread

looking forward to meimei’s next invite! 🙂

c.h.e.f andy