Spicy Bean Paste Pork Cubes 辣豆瓣酱猪肉粒 and Potatoes – 85th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 8Mar2019

spicy bean paste pork cubes with potatoes

made spicy bean paste pork cubes 辣豆瓣酱猪肉粒 and potatoes for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 8.3.2019.^^

this my 85th friday breakfast community meal dish 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.

spicy bean paste pork cube

spicy bean paste pork cube

spicy bean paste pork cube

this an easy preparation as i can do the evening before and just add potatoes this morning.

i ordered 2kg pork cubes (i think S$7.95/kg).

defrosted and cleaned with salt and poached in boiling water to remove scum, and drained.

then fried with 1 tbsp chopped garlic and 3tbsp spicy bean paste 辣豆瓣酱 for 5 mins. added water and boiled for 1hr 15mins (till tender – chopstick poke thru cleanly).

spicy bean paste pork cubes with potatoes

spicy bean paste pork cubes with potatoes

this morning i added 5 cut large potatoes, cooked and reduced, about 12mins (until potatoes just cooked – chopsticks poke thru cleanly or potato breaks when pushed against the side of the wok).

spicy bean paste pork cubes with potatoes

and basically that’s it.

a simple easy to make dish of spicy bean paste pork cubes with potatoes.

spicy bean paste pork cubes with potatoes

 and quite delicious.

c.h.e.f andy

Really Enjoyable 4pax RI Bros Home Dinner on 7Mar2019

4pax RI bros home dinner

CCG birthday this week and he was free for dinner.

4 of us (NCL, LKY, CCG, me) had a small home meal at my place on 7.3.2019. ^^

i made a few dishes-

1 hk ateamed garoupa
2 garlic hk steamed sotong
3 braised wine chicken with potatoes & carrots
4 char siew
5 fried broccoli

hk steamed fish

hk steamed fish

i bought a tiger garoupa, the cheapest type, from sheng shiong. it was S$7.50/kg so just S$4.30 for the near 600g garoupa.

usually tiger garoupa not so sweet and tasty like red garoupa which is much more fine.

this evening it turned out beautifully, very fragrant hk steamed from the light soy sauce and actually the flesh was quite fine and sweet. this was NCL best dish for the evening.

garlic hk steamed sotong

garlic hk steamed sotong

we had recently taken several times hk steamed sotong and lala at-

  1. crab at bay on 11.2.2109; and
  2. 7th miles seafood on 26.2.2019.

it is really a simple dish to do, no preparation almost, just hk steamed and heaped with chopped garlic.

the sauce was fantastic, basically the same as garlic steamed razor clams 蒜蓉蒸, really perfect with the tender squid and perfect with plain rice. 🙂

char siew

char siew

char siew

char siew

i recently kind of perfected my char siew recipe

and i did again this evening. very good.

CCG happily “tasted” the char siew before dinner. some tasting portion lol! 🙂

braised wine chicken with potatoes and carrots

braised wine chicken with potatoes and carrots

the braised wine chicken with potatoes and carrots was excellent this evening.

this a dish i cooked for teban gardens often. usually for the 140pax at TG i used 2kg – 3kg frozen boneless legs.

of course today i used fresh 1/2 deboned chicken. the braise was excellent and nicely reduced, and the chicken and potatoes were timed perfectly so very tender and tasty chicken and just the right “mouthfeel” for the potatoes.

fried broccoli

broccoli was the usual, simple fried just oyster sauce and slight crunchy texture which all my friends loved.

braised wine chicekn with potatoes and carrots

braised wine chicekn with potatoes and carrots

hk steamed fish

5 dishes for 4pax

dinner was really simple, as i only had to cook the chicken dish. fish and sotong steamed on the spot and fried broccoli too. and char siew was marinated 2 days in the chiller and grilled in the oven for 16+4mins at 4pm. so not much to do.

recently we had a bigger 10pax RI bros dinner on 21.2.2019.

i didn’t get to hear CCG share much as i was in the kitchen for a few dishes. this time we had lots of time to share and chit chat.

a most wonderful evening with close friends.

c.h.e.f andy

 

Poor Tsukiji Fish Market 1 for 1 Wagyu Don Lunch Set on 7Mar2019

2pax lunch with godsis

had lunch with my godsis at tsujiki fish market L12 at orchard central on 7.3.2019. ^^

last time went to godsis housewarming 2 months back..didn’t sit down for a chat for a while..had a good time sharing…godsis was concerned with my god daughter too which i am not much in contact recently.

tsukiji fish market menu

tsujiki had various lunch set (above).

we decided to go with the chope 1 for 1 lunch sets.

ususally i would take the chirashi don, but since godsis doesn’t really take sashimi so we decided to have the beef set. the server recommended the S$39.80 Japanese Wagyu Yakiniku Jyu Yakiniku Beef on Rice in box which was also the most expensive.

S$39 grilled wagyu donburi set

the set came with salad, chawanmushi, potato salad, soup, pickles etc…but all these not important if the main dish beef not good la…

S$39 grilled wagyu donburi

unfortunately the wagyu beef was a disappointment!

some parts of the wagyu was tough! wagyu tough?

& it was not grilled, more like stir-fried.

even though 1 for 1 at S$39.80, meimei commented the heijoen wagyu yakiniku lunch set much better. indeed it was!

S$39 grilled wagyu donburi set

maybe we should have take the the yakiniku set but we were lazy to cook ourselves.

this wagyu donburi i absolutely DO NOT recommend.

c.h.e.f andy

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Recipe 5th Sharing & Demo = Egg White Fried Rice and 回锅肉Doublecooked Pork @ Teban Gardens on 6Mar2019

cooking demo and sharing

was asked to do a cooking demo at teban gardens on 6.3.2019. ^^

this my 5th cooking demo and sharing.

today i chose –

  1. salted fish minced pork egg white fried rice
  2. 回锅肉 doublecooked pork

fried rice i could do on the spot. 回锅肉 doublecooked pork i cooked the belly pork first and also the leeks and onions first as leek took some time to cook. then i fried with leeks and onions on the spot.

preparations for cooking demo

so there were many ingredients/boxes i have to bring – like cooked rice, minced pork, salted fish, egg white, chopped garlic, oil chopped scallions and crispy chilli for garnishing the fried rice, mala chilli for frying the 回锅肉 doublecooked pork etc.

cooking demo and sharing

cooking demo and sharing

cooking demo and sharing

i started with fried rice dish as it took a while to cook on the spot.回锅肉 doublecooked pork is easy & quick just mixing the 2 items – belly pork and vegetables together.

this a very interactive class. they have many questions throughout the session = like can use salted egg or olive vegetable instead of salted fish, why egg white, what’s the difference using whole egg etc..

i started by explaining that i fried the chopped garlic and salted fish together as i didn’t want to burn either and i happened to have broccoli stems which i cut into small pieces to give texture to the fried rice.

cooking demo and sharing

cooking demo and sharing

salted fish gives a very fragrant flavour when you fry. i turned the fire to high and added the cooked rice and fried, mixed thoroughly, high heat, not too long, then dished out and set aside. the fried rice is tasty as it is.

(so of course one can add salted egg or olive vegetables instead of salted fish OR not to add any..likewise one can can seafood or prawns instead of minced pork etc..or char siew in yangzhou fried rice…so many ways la…)

i explained that the proportion balance of ingredients is important so by agaklogy i did not add all the rice (2cups) so as not to diu=lute the taste.

frying egg white

now i fried the egg white – i had 5 egg whites, so maybe equal to 2.5 eggs.

it is important to let the egg white formed, so that it would not be messy. this step is most important whether using whole egg or egg white.

adding fried rice to egg white

now i added the fried rice and folded the egg over and broke it up so like in the restaurants you see the distinct bits of egg whites. if the whole egg or egg white is added to the rice and fried, then it coats the rice and the texture is more sticky and mushy, whereas this way the rice are individual grains.

egg white or whole for me is just aesthetics..of course the taste also a bit different and a golden colour fried rice is also appetising as well. i like both preparations.

salted fish minced pork egg whtie fried rice

salted fish minced pork egg whtie fried rice

the fried rice is best presented on a large plate garnished with chopped scallions. i added crispy chilli.

they all like the crispy prawn chilli and several added extra to their bowls.

回锅肉

the 回锅肉 doublecooked pork is quite straight forward.

i explained that 回锅肉 is a sichuan dish 四川菜肴 and generally done with mala chilli and fried with various vegetables.

the english translation is doublecooked pork (double cook as in returning the pork to the wok to cook a second time so the name 回锅肉).

doublecook though is a common technique used in every cuisine western or asian…teochew has 半煎煮鱼1/2 fried and braised fish and western dishes even steak has reverse sear method sous vide then pangrilled or flamed etc.

回锅肉

today i have leftover leeks so i fried leeks (the white part) and yellow onions with a bit of oyster sauce. covered wok to cook for 5 mins and make sure leek was just done and not overcooked. the simple veg dish alone smelled great actually.

the belly pork i salted for few hours then boiled in water for 1hr 40mins, most important test poking a chopstick through the lean meat going through cleanly. cooled it and put in fridge. this so that i could cut the belly pork cleanly w/o fraying when adding to the veg.

so now just put the leek and onion to the wok on high heat, added the cut belly pork, then added 1 tbsp of mala chilli oil…(because request to add less, i added 1tsp…later everyone said it was very fragrant not enough though so some added more themselves).

salted fish minced pork egg white fried rice and 回锅肉

salted fish minced pork egg white fried rice and 回锅肉

trying out the dishes – fried rice and 回锅肉

it was a very meaningful day for me and i hope for the participants as well.

everyone was enjoying the food and they were full of questions and very participatory so i guess it was time well spent for them as well.

c.h.e.f andy