Sous Vide Beef Rump and Pork Loin Home Dinner on 17Mar2020

sous vide beef rump 57degC 24hrs2

sous vide beef rump 57degC 24hrs

sous vid pork loin 60degC 1.5hrs3

sous vid pork loin 60degC 1.5hrs

chorizo prawns spaghetti

chorizo prawns spaghetti

made sous vide rump roast (57degC 24hrs) and sous vide pork loin (60degC 1.5hrs) & chorizo prawns pasta.

pasta good as always.

children like the sous vide rump roast..texture great, taste good enough overall  comparable to a good roast beef not really my preferred cut.

sous vide pork loin not moist enough either not the right cut or perhaps should do 57degC

c.h.e.f andy

Recipe – Delicious Prawn Spaghetti in Prawn Bisque Sauce on 10May2020

prawn spaghetti in prawn bisque sauce

prawn spaghetti in prawn bisque sauce

prawn spaghetti in prawn bisque sauce3

prawn spaghetti in prawn bisque

made a 5-course gourmet family dinner for mother’s day on 10.5.2020. ^^

4th course was prawn spaghetti in prawn bisque sauce. 🙂

the prawn pasta was excellent! ^^ pasta al dente perfect texture and the prawn bisque very tasty coating the pasta well, and prawns were plump, succulent & sweet. 🙂

i made the usual prawn stock frying prawn heads and shells in butter, then added cut carrots and water and boiled for 2 hrs.

to balance the flavours, and also to give some bulk, i fried garlic, shallots, red onions, then added red and yellow peppers, till softened. then i blended with the prawn stock together with the carrots. i added 2tbsp=30ml brandy. it was a very tasty  golden broth.

when serving the pasta dish, i browned 6 cloves of garlic in olive oil, added the sauce and bring to boil, added the prawns seasoned with fish sauce and white pepper, and cooked for couple mins, added pasta and 15g butter, off fire and tossed. added sweet basil to garnish.

voila! a very tasty, delicious prawn pasta dish! 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredients-

  • 12 large shelled prawns
  • 200g spaghetti
  • 150ml prawn bisque sauce
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 15g butter

for prawn bisque-

  • head and shells of 12 prawns
  • 1 medium carrot sliced
  • 15g butter
  • 30ml brandy
  • 5 cloves garlic, 2 shallots, 1/2 red onions, 1/3 red pepper, 1/3 yellow pepper

Directions-

  1. fry prawn heads and shells in butter, then add cut carrots and water and boiled for 2 hrs to get the prawn stock.
  2. fry garlic, shallots, red onions, then add red and yellow peppers, till softened. then blend with the prawn stock together with the carrots. i added 2tbsp=30ml brandy. it was a very tasty  golden broth.
  3. when serving the pasta dish, brown 6 cloves of garlic in olive oil, add prawn bisque sauce and bring to boil, add the prawns seasoned with fish sauce and white pepper, and cooked for couple mins, add pasta and 15g butter, off fire and tossed. add sweet basil to garnish. voila!

 

 

Covid Circuit Breaker Home Dinner on 13May2020

chinese herbal mutton ribs soup7

chinese herbal mutton ribs soup

chinese herbal mutton ribs soup

chinese herbal mutton ribs soup

nonya fish curry

nonya fish curry

made mutton ribs soup & nonya fish curry this evening on 13.5.2020. ^^

the mutton ribs soup was excellent..daughter loved it had a second bowl & several ribs and meats..

mutton was very tender & soup super flavourful and smooth ..i think better than most chinese herbal mutton soup outside even chai chuan tou..

fish curry the usual nice dish. nice lema curry with lots of vegetables and fresh and tasty fish.

i had one 500-600g red snappy (ang kuay) and 2 red snapper heads.

c.h.e.f andy

3 Homecooked Dishes for the Office on 11May2020

homecooked 5pax lunch dishes

homecooked 5pax lunch dishes

made 3 dishes for 5pax office lunch for wife’s office on 11.5.2020. ^^

  1. spicy bean paste pork softbones
  2. tofu prawns
  3. stirfried romaine lettuce

this the 3rd time i cooked for the office lunch during this covid circuit breaker period..the first was claypot chicken rice. the second was assam pork ribs. next week i am cooking wine chicken with cloud fungus and shitake. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Superb Sumptuous Mother’s Day 5-course Gourmet Home Dinner on 10May2020

flamed squid on cauliflower puree

#1 flamed squid on cauliflower puree

pan seared scallop on pumpkin puree

#2 pan seared scallop on pumpkin puree

bouillabaise - seafood stew

#3 bouillabaise – seafood stew

prawn spaghetti in prawn bisque sauce

#4 prawn spaghetti in prawn bisque sauce

squidink linguine with squid

#5 squidink linguine with squid

today mother’s day, 10.5.2020. 🙂

I made 5-course home dinner for 5pax=wife, me, daughter, aunty bes & son working back 8.30pm so i get food ready when he back..

missing eldest daughter SM & JH they couldn’t join us during covid.

  1. flamed squid on cauliflower puree
  2. pan seared scallop on pumpkin puree
  3. bouillabaisse- seafood stew with fish, prawns, squid
  4. prawn spaghetti in prawn bisque sauce
  5. squidink linguine with squid

every dish was excellent..wife & children loved every dish…

bouillabaisse & squidink were the best dishes this evening, especially delicious…

bouillabaisse soup was very tasty & smooth…definitely better than burlamacco & most seafood or fish stew we had taken outside..fish, prawn, squid were just the right texture, fresh sweet & tasty..

squidink was the best i made..the very flavourful chalky powdery texture & al dente pasta..simply excellent! this though many good restaurants can do the same la..so even best still cannot say better than outside..

prawn pasta was excellent too but squidink was better..

the cauliflower puree and pumpkin puree were good today better than my first try on valentines day…very good standard now…

will post the recipes later.

c.h.e.f andy

Recipe = Simply Delicious Red Fermented Beancurd (南乳) Deepfried Chicken Wings on 6May2020

red fermented beancurd deepfried chicken wings2

red fermented beancurd deepfried chicken wings

this evening i made red fermented beancurd deepfried chicken wings on 6.5.2020.

my very first time. and it was excellent! simply delicious! ^^

wife and children all loved it, and wife asked me to cook this dish again on 9.5.2020. 🙂

very nice fermented beancurd flavour and moist juicy succulent wings. perfecto!

i don’t cook deepfried chicken wings cos aunty bes makes super prawn paste chicken wings.

this time though i was inspired by jessie who used red fermented beancurd 南乳for another dish….

red fermented brancurd chicken wings

my repeat red fermented brancurd chicken wings – 9.5.2020

i marinated the chicken wings in fridge overnight, and dust the chicken wings with some flour before deepfry.

so delicious! taste, succulent, juicy! motuckting!无得顶!

c.h.e.f andy

Recipe

Ingredients-

  • 10 chicken wings (about 1 kg)
  • 2 red fermented beancurd
  • 3 white fermented beancurd
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp corn flour
  • 2 tbsp huadiaojiu
  • 1/4 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 cloves chopped garlic
  • 3 chopped shallots

Directions-

  1. marinate in fridge overnight
  2. dust some flour over chicken wings before deepfry

Covid Circuit Breaker Home Dinner on 6May2020

 

red fermented beancurd deepfried chicken wings

red fermented beancurd deepfried chicken wings

red fermented beancurd deepfried chicken wings2

red fermented beancurd deepfried chicken wings

homecooked family dinner this evening on 6.5.2020. ^^

  1. spicy black bean sauce song fish head 松鱼头
  2. red fermented bean curd deepfried chicken wings 南乳炸鸡翅- first time quite excellent!👍👍👍
  3. minced pork chopped onions chilli fried rice

the red fermented beancurd deepfried chicken wings my first time. and it was excellent!

very nice fermented beancurd flavour and mist juicy succulent wings. perfecto!

i don’t cook deepfried chicken wings cos aunth bes makes super prawn paste chicken wings. this time i was inspired by jessie who used red fermented beancurd 南乳for another dish….

spicy back bean sauce song fish head my usual, and i reproduce the same zi char standard outside.

my minced pork chopped onions with crispy chilli also very “pang” and tasty.

c.h.e.f andy

Covid Circuit Breaker Home Dinner on 3May2020

ayam masak merah

ayam masak merah

sausage claypot rice

sausage claypot rice

made home dinner this evening on 3.5.2020.^^

  1. sausage claypot rice
  2. ayam masak merah
  3. steamed egg with minced pork
  4. sambal lady fingers

during this covid circuit breaker period, i cooked one family dinner during my helper’s rest day and one dinner mid-week..took the opportunity to try out some dishes when i can…

ayam masak merah was the highlight this evening. it was my first time trying it, and i made my own chilli rempah.

it turned out to be really delicious and wife and children all liked it. this style (preparation) not really my preferred..

i like the indonesian nasi padang curries with coconut milk…anyhow this was good, very tasty dish..will put up the recipe shortly.

sausage claypot rice was very good as usual, very “pang” fragrant, tasty and perfect moist individual grain texture.

steamed egg was good, basically the economy rice stall kind.

lady fingers not so good, as i this time i had to buy ready packet ones & couldn’t get to pick the lady fingers so 1/3 or 1/2 were a bit stiffer, less ripe even though i knew that and cooked a little longer, but otherwise good sambal vegetables dish.

c.h.e.f andy

Yummy Crabmeat Pasta Home Dinner on 29Apr2020

crabmeat pasta3

crabmeat pasta

this evening i assigned food taster, so just wait and eat do nothing lol! ^^

our helper aunty bes, made 4 dishes-

  1. crabmeat pasta
  2. chicken wings
  3. calamari
  4. broccoli

chicken wings, my wife bought the mid-wings and calamari were all excellent.

crabmeat pasta deserves special mention.

this a dish “created” by my son, and perfected by all = son, wife and aunty bes. so there is no need for me to learn how to make this. lol! 🙂

& this evening’s crabmeat pasta was excellent too, as always, everytime i tried.

she used good quality canned crabmeat, fresh tomatoes and good tomato paste, and cream…and pasta was al dente..i think all of us made very good al dente pasta..

excellent home dinner during CCB = covid circuit breaker…

c.h.e.f andy

Soy Sauce Chicken, Braise Egg, Taupok, Taukua Family Dinner on 26Apr2020

soy sauce chicken2

soy sauce chicken

soy sauce chicken3

soy sauce chicken

braised egg, taupok, tau kua

braised egg, taupok, tau kua

made home cooked dinner this evening on 26.4.2020.^^

  1. soy sauce chicken
  2. braised egg, taukua, taupok
  3. dry chilli bean noodles 豆签

soy sauce chicken was delicious, very moist, tender and flavourful.

and of course i use the braise to braise egg, taupok and taukua.

soya sauce chicken dry bean noodles

soy sauce chicken dry bean noodles豆签

i also took out 2 portions and brought 2 packet lunch for a friend and her helper = a rice dish and a dry bean noodles 豆签 dish. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

 

 

15pax RI Bros Homecooked Dinner on 28Aug2019

10 dishes

15pax RI bros homecooked dinner

made 15pax dinner for RI bros this evening..on 28.8.2020.^^

i made 10 dishes. 🙂

menu

  1. 白斩鸡 chicken rice
  2. braised duck
  3. braised ter kar trotters & belly pork
  4. jokbal 족발 korean chilled hock dish
  5. steamed salted fish minced pork 咸鱼饼
  6. claypot tanhoon prawns
  7. nonya sauce steamed seabass
  8. taujeon lime steamed song fish head
  9. “zhai shun” salted egg bitttergourd
  10. nonya sauce cuttlefish kang kong

all dishes were delicious.

白斩鸡, chicken rice & chilli, braised duck, teochew braised pig trotters, jokbal 족발 korean chilled hock served with mala vinegar dip, tanhoon prawns, 咸鱼饼salted fish steamed minced pork, 2 fish and 2 vegetables all great. 

and thanks to-

tai kor LCM brught extra stools and white wine & HAB alos brought extra stools

jeff brought sangria, choon hung brought yuzu choyu & YKK brought red wine

CCG brought vanishing food aka tng chang popiah

& LCJ brought rambutans.

we had a great food and wonderful time.

c.h.e.f andy

Tasty Truffle Chicken, Ribs and Sensational Pasta Dinner on 15Apr2020

oven baked ribs2

oven baked ribs-perfect texture & flavours

chorizo prawn pasta

chorizo prawn pasta

squidink pasta

squidink pasta with squid

had delicious homecooked dinner this evening on 15.4.2020.^^

i made 4 dishes-

  1. roast truffle 1/2 chicken (recipe here)
  2. oven baked ribs (recipe here)
  3. chorizo prawn spaghetti
  4. squidink pasta with squid

dinner was excellent this evening.

every dish was delicious. wife and children loved all the dishes. 🙂

chicken was tender, moist and very tasty.

pork ribs nice smoky flavours, tasty and perfect texture.

the 2 pastas were delicious.

for chorizo prawns,

brown garlic cloves with some sweet basil leaves in olive oil. add sliced chorizo. off fire and add very tasty intense chicken stock & white wine, and reduce to a very tasty sauce. when serving bring sauce to boil, add prawns (seasoned with seasalt and white pepper), almost cook prawns, add pasta, add butter, off fire and toss. garnish with sweet basil. voila!

it was delicious, smoky chorizo, very tasty stock, al dente pasta and succulent sweet prawns.

for squidink pasta,

prepare same base sauce with chicken stock and white wine as before; just w/o chorizo, and add squid ink. reduced to a somewhat thick inky sauce. when serving add squid, almost cook squid, add pasta, add butter, off fire and toss. garnish with sweet basil. voila!

really delightful, quite sensational pastas. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

First Truffle Chicken 4pax RI Bros Lunch on 3Apr2020

1/2 truffle sauce roast chicken

1/2 truffle sauce roast chicken

made 4pax lunch with CCG, LKY, LKH on 3.4.2020.^^

  1. sausage claypot rice
  2. 1/2 truffle sauce chicken
  3. oven roasted rack of ribs
  4. stirfried broccoli

claypot rice & ribs excellent

truffle chicken first try..flavourful need more truffle sauce..

timing 20 mins 175degC 15mins 250degC
salt chicken 2hrs wash & dry
place sliced garlic under skin
mixed 1tbsp truffle sauce 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil..spread under skin..

c.h.e.f andy

RI Bro 2pax Homecooked Dinner on 25Mar2020

2pax homecooked dinner with CCG

2pax homecooked dinner with CCG

CCG came by for 2pax dinner this evening on 25.3.2020. we were supposed to have 6pax metamorphosis bros dinner at ah yat this evening, but decided last minute not to gather becos of covid.

CCG said he was free anyway so decided to drop by and i would make simple dinner for 2.

  1. sausage claypot rice
  2. bakuteh
  3. mala sliced pork & vege 麻辣香锅

sausage rice was very good, very flavourful.

bakuteh always good, even though i used frozen prime ribs which cost 1/2 of fresh ribs.

mala sliced pork & vege 麻辣香锅 was new, inspired by the recent riverside grilled fish 重庆烤鱼.

i used fried yellow onions and chinese cabbage stems with chopped garlic as a base and added bkt soup as stock and reduced. cooked to soften the stems. then added the cabbage leaves and 2tbsp 老干妈mala chilli sauce. then i added very thin sliced pork loin, stirred and off fire. then cut scallions to garnish.

it was a very tasty dish, but maybe not quite enough mala. will experiment a bit more.

c.h.e.f andy

 

 

Super Delicious 7pax Family Peranakan Homecooked Dinner on 19Mar2020

7pax homecooked peranakan dinner

7pax homecooked peranakan dinner

assam fish head2

assam fish head

bak wang (aka meat balls) her pio3

bak wang (aka meat balls) her pio soup

mada 7pax peranakan home dinner inc aunty bes on 19.3.2020.^^

i made –

  1. bak wang (aka meat balls) her pio soup very sweet with chinese cabbage, stock and meat balls. meat balls were tasty…
  2. assam emperor snapper (ang sai) head👍👍 children all loved the assam sauce
  3. beef rendang was perfect👍👍👍 (recipe here)
  4. sambal sotong 👍👍
  5. eggplant (not crispy as i did not deepfry)

had a wonderful delicious family dinner. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

9pax RI + OPS Homecooked Dinner on 12Mar2020

claypot chicken rice2

claypot chicken rice

song fish head3

meensi (aujeon) lime sour plum song fish head

dinner dishes

dinner dishes

made 9 dishes for 9pax RI + OPS bros dinner on 12.3.2020.^^

in lieu of my canceled kyushu trip and now canceled JB trip due to covid-19. sigh..

& LKY brought his legendary sio bak!

i made-

  1. claypot chicken rice
  2. meen si (taujeon) lime sour plum song fush head 松鱼头
  3. assam pork ribs (peranakan dish first time)
  4. salted fish steamed pork ribs
  5. 食之为鲜tofu prawns
  6. sambal sotong (peranakan dish first time)
  7. fried egg plant with chilli (peranakan dish first time)
  8. fried salted fish with heart of celery (my sis dish)
  9. thai basil wok fried mussels (unfortunately i overcooked this very tasty dish)

WM brought J’s beancurd sheet ginkyo nuts egg dessert
LCH brought cider
CCG as usual brought too many nonya kueh

after makan, we had birthday cake for CCG…

CCG – “Thanks to Andy and the Band of Brothers to come together to celebrate my BD… As usual , Andy took trouble to cook up an Andylicious meal of Claypot rice, pork ribs, tofu with prawns, steam fish, egg plants with chilli, salted minced pork, celery and then he surprised me with the BD cake… Thank you Band of Brothers. God bless”.

the band of bros certainly had a great time together, and not the first time…

this good fellowship for my primary school OPS bros and secondary RI bros who are quite acquainted.. unfortunately WT had running nose and being socially responsible, did not come..

we all had a great time together, good dishes and better company and fun. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Dr Matthias Committee Inaugural Meeting & Dinner on 27Feb2020

we started our first committee meeting chaired by prof tan to discuss continuing dr matthias projects on 27.2.2020.

i made a simple 6pax dinner –

  1. chicken rice, 白斩鸡 & chilli
  2. black bean sauce pork soft bones
  3. steamed salted fish with minced pork
  4. stir-fried carrots & cabbage

LCH provided the draft governance guidelines which was adopted with some amendments, and also took minutes of meeting.

we discussed some dr matthias projects include kluang rockhouse and bursary. at the point in time, there was a plan to visit kluang 27-29.3.2020 (this did not materialise becos of covid-19), and some other matters.

prof tan also shared about his project in china.

c.h.e.f andy

 

Great Homecooked Peranakan Dishes on 23Feb2020

good peranakan dishes

good peranakan dishes, rendang bestest!

gula melaka super good

sago gula malaka super good

E’s parents invited us for 6pax dinner at their place on 23.2.2020.^^

his mom L cooked excellent peranakan food….rendang was especially good…bestest la!

bakwan soup, pranws and chap chye all good and delicious!

also very good sago dessert! 😍😍😍

c.h.e.f andy

Valentine Dinner 7-Course Home Gourmet with Wife on 14Feb2020

#4 flamed squid on broccoli puree 👍👍👍2

#4 flamed squid on broccoli puree 👍👍👍

made 7-course 2pax Valentine’s dinner for wife on 14.2.2020.^^

#1 garlic prawns (gambas al ajillo) with prawn bisque sauce

#1 garlic prawns (gambas al ajillo) with prawn bisque sauce

#2 dobin mushi with caramelised brown button mushrooms, scallop & prawn 2👍👍

#2 dobin mushi with caramelised brown button mushrooms, scallop & prawn 👍👍

#3 pan seared hokkaido scallops on pumpkin puree3 👍👍

#3 pan seared hokkaido scallops on pumpkin puree 👍👍

#4 flamed squid on broccoli puree 👍👍👍3

#4 flamed squid on broccoli puree 👍👍👍

#6 tagliatelle marinara with prawn bisque sauce👍👍2

#5 tagliatelle marinara with prawn bisque sauce👍👍

#6 flamed belly pork with red wine sauce on mash, & vegetables 👍2

#6 flamed belly pork with red wine sauce on mash, & vegetables 👍

#7 tiramisu

#7 tiramisu

i made individual serving 7 courses-

#1 garlic prawns (gambas al ajillo) with prawn bisque sauce👍

#2 dobin mushi with caramelised brown button mushrooms, scallop & prawn 👍

#3 pan seared hokkaido scallops on pumpkin puree 👍

#4 flamed squid on broccoli puree 👍👍

#5 tagliatelle marinara with prawn bisque sauce👍

#6 flamed belly pork with red wine sauce on mash, & vegetables

#7 tiramisu👍

made some puree, sauce and stock for the valentine dinner. 🙂

a totally relaxed and memorable dinner with wife.

nice delicious valentine dinner together.^^

c.h.e.f andy