Recipe = Yongtaufu Meepok Tar on 3Mar2021

made 1pax ytf meepok this evening on 3.3.2021.^^

bought 3 pieces ytf and 1 piece fish cake from Sheng shion this afternoon while doing marketing for making some dishes next couple days..also bought packet of meepok..

this my noodles brand handmade meepok really good

no difference from fresh meepok at hawker stalls outside.

cooking is straight forward…

2 tsp fish sauce, 1 tbsp black vinegar, 1 tbsp oyster sauce, 1tbsp tomato sauce, 1 tbsp crispy prawn chilli, 1tbsp oil

cooking 1 coil meepok with yongtaufu. add meepok to sauce and toss…top up with ytf and fish cake. add crispy shallots and spring onions…

c.h.e.f Andy

Recipe = Jumbo Prawns Alio Olio on 27Feb2021

made jumbo prawns alio olio this evening on 27.2.2021.^^

bought some jumbo prawns from Chinatown Wet Market several weeks before CNY. these were huge prawns about 8 prawns to a kg about 130g each. it was just S$20/kg so I bought 2kg.

alio olio is straight forward.

just brown garlic cloves in olive oil, added 1/2 a chilli padi. then add white wine and chicken stock & reduce. can also add prawn stock but I didn’t prepare this evening. 🙂

I made about 100g spaghetti just 1min before al dente…agaklogy lol!

add pasta to sauce, add butter, off fire and toss.

for jumbo prawns, I cut away the legs and sharp spear on the head, cleaned, cut shell & devein and cut the head shell in the middle…seasoned with sea salt, butter, black pepper in the devein flesh..then cook in open pan high then medium fire in a little olive oil in open pan maybe 4-5mins…make sure prawn is cooked..

then plate over the pasta and added sweet basil.

voila!

absolutely delicious! ^^

c.h.e.f andy

Recipe = Delectable Braised Mutton Ribs on 10Sep2020

I made delectable 6pax RI OPS bros chinese herbal mutton rib soup & claypot braised mutton ribs on 10.9.2020.^^

bought 1kg mutton ribs S$18 from bedok market S$18/kg clearly frozen …mutton rib soup still very good though last 2 times fresh ribs & better cut much better than this…

braised mutton rib my first time very good tasty👍

RECIPE

Ingredients-

  • 600g ribs
  • 3cm sliced ginger, 3 shallots & 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 small carrot thinly sliced, 1 stalk leek sliced white & green part, 2 stalks spring onions sliced white & green parts, 1/2 small yellow onions
  • 6 dry mushrooms
  • 1/4 packet beancurd sheets
  • 1 medium red onion sliced
  • 2tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 red fermented beancurd

Directions-

  1. fry ginger, shallots,garlic, yellow onions, white parts spring onions
  2. add red fermented beancurd, oyster sauce
  3. add mutton ribs (blanched in boiling water & cleaned), fry fragrant, add water, add mushrooms, beancurd sheets, boil for 1hr, add leeks, reduce for 1hr..total time 2h..
  4. add red onions and green part spring onions 5-10mins before finish.

c.h.e.f andy

RECIPE = Crackling Blistered Roast Pork on 8Jul2020

made roast pork (quite excellent very crackling, moist, tender & flavourful) on 8.7.2020.^^

and a few more times afterwards. 🙂

the 2 key difference in this method are-

  1. using a tuy 48pin needle cutter meat tenderiser to stab the skin, cover with layer of salt when roasting
  2. low temperature roasting – 2hrs in120degC then 15mins at 250degC

the low temperature roasting made the pork very tender and moist. and the tenderising created nice blistering…

the big difference with western preparation is that scoring only produce crackling 脆 whereas the asian method of poking the skin with the needle cutter meat tenderiser produce blistering 酥

concept is the same..whether scoring or poking with improvised fork or needle cutter meat tenderiser and roasting covered with a layer of salt, the idea is to extract moisture out and to render out the fat, so that skin can crisp and becoming crackling and when there are many small holes, blister….

Ingredients-

  • 500g pork belly
  • 1tbsp chinese shoaling wine
  • 2-3tbsp salt

Directions-

  1. add belly pork to boiling water, boil for 1 min to remove scum, remove and clean
  2. boiling pork also make it easier to pierce the skin with the needle cutter meat tenderiser…stamp thoroughly many times
  3. add chinese shoaling wine marinade and rub over the pork w/o touching the skin, leave in fridge for 3hrs, basting a few times.
  4. wrap the belly pork in aluminium foil leaving only the skin. cover skin with salt careful not to drop the salt into the foil
  5. place pork in 120degC oven for 2 hrs. remove pork and remove the salt cake.
  6. turn oven to 250degC. place pork in oven to blister the skin.

c.h.e.f andy

RECIPE = Perfect Angmoh Char Siew on 18nov2020

ang moh char siew

first time using pork collar & slow oven method

marinate in oven dish 2days in chiller

6hrs in 85degC oven then 250degC oven grill for 10mins

son ate 3/4 of 430g pork

texture perfect, flavours good enough can improve a bit maybe.

c.h.e.f andy

Belly Pork Alio Olio and Mala Spaghetti on 14Dec2020

made 1pax pasta with leftover belly pork on 14.12.2020.^^

took a bit then decided to experiment with 老干妈麻辣sauce..

weng tong told me nice..added 1 tbsp mala sauce..

very good indeed..fragrant & tasty…

c.h.e.f andy

RECIPE=Slow Roast Christmas Chicken on 27Nov2020 (first try)

slow roast christmas capon chicken
slow roast christmas capon chicken
not good carving…need to do better
wife felt skin not browned enuf

made slow roast Christmas chicken on 27.11.2020.^^

quite happy with results…quite moist & tasty..will brine for 24hrs next time.

not good carving…need to do better next time, and wife thought the skin was not browned enough…

maybe try 100degC for 3hrs, then 250degC for 10mins…meat temp >75degC ok…

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bought capon (castrated male) chicken from cold storage.

trying to produce a very tender tasty moist breast like turkey breast for Christmas lol!

recipe

oven 130deg 2hr 250deg 10mins

1.6kg chicken

rub inside with dry herbs paprika, black pepper, parsley, sea salt,

1tbsp mustard, 1 tbsp melted butter

add 2 halves cut red onions, celery, whole bulb garlic, 2 halves cut lemon

rub 1 tbsp truffle evo(extra virgin olive oil) under skin & over skin

place thinly sliced butter under skin

filled soft drink can with 80% water & stand chicken for oven roast

c.h.e.f Andy

Sedap! Prime Ribs Bakuteh on 15Nov2020

made 1pax baluteh this evening on 15.11.2020.^

sedap, really shiok!

fall out the bones and still with good bite.

definitely as good or better than outside. 🙂

bakuteh so easy to make…just the bkt sachet (I use ilc) and 1 whole bulb of garlic. about 1 hrs 10mins.

key is in picking the ribs.

fresh prime ribs best (I don’t like baby back ribs, and spare ribs no good) – meaty and has layer of marbled fat.

selecting the ribs is key…always pick the thinner end…the thicker end comes with huge piece of loin meat…pay a lot for low quality “chiak bak”.

c.h.e.f andy

Recipe = Delicious 重庆烤鱼 on 6Nov2020

重庆烤鱼

tried 重庆烤鱼this evening on 6.11.2020.^^.

very tasty very nice!

did for brother 2 weeks back using halibut..

today used leftover seabass head..

recipe

  1. fry the fish
  2. boil bamboo shoots for 1 hr till tender, succulent water reduced, set aside
  3. fry ginger onions, garlic, spring onions, coriander, add bamboo shoots
  4. add 4 tbsp 老干妈 mala chilli sauce, 1 tsp sugar. add 150ml chicken stock.
  5. boil, add back fish, cover & cook for 6-10mins depending on size of fish till cook & sauce reduced

very enjoyable delicious 重庆烤鱼, not the standards of restaurants for sure..still very enjoyable!^^

c.h.e.f andy

Very Fresh Sweet Oysters & Abalones from Evergreen on 18Oct2020

fresh live oysters
steamed abalones with garic light soy sauce
fresh live oysters

went with wife to bedok north market to buy fish meat for wanton on 18.10.2020.

dropped by at evergreen & bought some live oysters & abalone to try out..

Irish & american oysters S$3.80each very good plump huge and juicy the smaller ones sweeter ..

abalones S$6each

i steamed & drizzled with garlic soy sauce 蒜蓉蒸quite excellent 👍👍👍

c.h.e.f andy

Shabu Beef Bean Noodles 豆签 on 9Sep2020

shabu beef bean noodles 豆签
shabu beef bean noodles 豆签

made 1pax shabu beef bean noodles 豆签 on 9.9.2020

simply delicious! 👍

bean noodles 豆签 al dente

& shabu beef shortplate really tasty & flavourful simple stirfry with yakiniku sauce, or tsuyu ok too.

shiok! and very light meal.

c.h.e.f andy

Recipe=Oven Grilled Saba on 19Jul2020

oven grilled saba
oven grilled saba
oven grilled saba

mad oven grilled saba on 19.7.2020. ^^

simply delicious! like any jap restaurants outside. 🙂

bought from sheng shion S46.90 for 2. it was just as good as S$18 dish at restaurants.

very fresh, oily fish very flavourful tasty, slight crisp skin and moist delicious meat. ate everything up lol!

c.h.e.f andy

Superb All Japanese 7-dishes Dinner for Meta Bros on 7Jul2020

6pax meta bros dinner on 7jul2020

6pax meta bros dinner on 7jul2020

japanese dinner dishes

all japanese 7-course dinner dishes

miso salmon

miso salmon fillet with dill

chicken teriyaki

chicken teriyaki

chashu and nikujaga donburi

chashu and nikujaga donburi

yakisoba

yakisoba

make 6pax dinner (5 visitor plus me) for RI metamorphosis bros this evening on 7.7.2020.^^
6pax all japanese dinner menu-
  1. tamago
  2.  salmon misoyaki
  3. chicken teriyaki
  4. chashu (braised belly pork) & nikujaga (slow braised pork softbones with daikon) donburi
  5. yakisoba with shitake & shimeji
  6. miso glazed eggplant
  7. kabocha no nimono (simmered pumpkin)
teriyaki chicken and salmon misyaki were near perfect today. friends loved the dishes.
donburi undoubtedly the best dish, very tasty with the soft and tender and flavour nikujaga and chashu.
i will record updated recipe of nikujaga by this slow braised cold crockpot method.
the tamago and pumpkin dishes were ok. the jap miso glazed eggplant was good.
HAB brought sake.
CM brought umeshu & disposables
WL brought beans cream msw & salted caramel ice cream
CL brought soursop, grapes
CL brought baguette to eat with my homemake kaya & WL’s ice cream & honey jackftuit
WL said grace & remembrance for tiang chye
really shiok dinner & fun conversation & evening.
after dinner CM conducted lifestyle management II concluding chapter on mindfulness to complete the evening after delicious mouthfulness of all japanese 7-dishes dinner 😀
c.h.e.f andy

Lovely 10mins Kaya (Coconut Jam) on 7Jul2020

10mins kaya5

10mins kaya

10mins kaya

made 10mins kaya coconut jam on 7.7.2020. ^^👍👍👍
traditional way of making coconut jam can take 3 hours, not something i want to try.
but quite a while back (2014) i chance upon a 10mins kaya recipe. and it was good enough for me.
the kaya was lovely, very fragrant, flavourful from the coconut milk & palm sugar & pandan leaves, very smooth and thick/intense enough.
just like the real thing at coffeshops.
all my friends loved it even after a full lunch.
just simple french loaf, butter and kaya was good enough for a great fun time.
c.h.e.f andy
10mins kaya recipe
Ingredients-
  • 200ml coconut milk
  • 3 tbsp white sugar (45g)
  • 3 tbsp palm sugar (45g)
  • 4 pandan leaves
  • 4 egg yolks
Directions –
  1. boil 200ml coconut milk with white sugar & palm sugar in pandan leaves.
  2. pour 1/2 to 4 egg yolks (beaten).
  3. then pour back into pot with the remaining coconut milk mixture & boil (constantly stirring) till it thickens to the right viscous texture.
  4. when cooled, removed the pandan leaves & put in a glass container. can keep up to 2weeks in the fridge.

Tips

to avoid curdling and produce a smooth kaya

  • power whisk the egg yolk and sieve
  • continue to whisk while adding boiling coconut milk

Recipe – Delicious Gimson Nonya Sauce Steamed Seabass on 11Jun2020

gimson nonya sauce steamed seabass

gimson nonya sauce steamed seabass

gimson nonya sauce can use to steam any fish and fry any vegetables. it is tangy and tasty and slight spicy, very appetizing sauce.

i made gimson nonya sauce steamed seabass for my brother 6pax family on 11.6.2020.^^

i know it will be good. 🙂

basically it is the same HK steam condiment mix and adding gimson nonya sauce.

just add  1 big heap tbsp or like 3 tbsp flat to the fish plus usual hk steam sauce condiments..

in this case this a large seabass maybe 800g+ so i added 3tbsp light soy sauce, 3 tbsp olive oil and 2tbsp mirin (optional)…and the usual sliced ginger, cut chilli padi and chopped and cut scallions.

and steam for 10mins.

dish was perfect la! very fresh seabass and tasty, tangy sauce.

c.h.e.f andy

Recipe = Tasty Spicy Chicken with Dried Chilli 宫保鸡 on 11Jun2020

spicy dried chilli claypot chicken 宫保鸡

spicy dried chilli claypot chicken 宫保鸡

aromatics for claypot chicken 宫保鸡

aromatics for claypot chicken 宫保鸡

my first experiment with spicy chicken with dried chilli 宫保鸡 cooking 6pax family dinner for my brother on 11Jun2020. ^^

i aimed to produce 宫保鸡 using 1/2 chicken to replace frogs – trying to replicate G7 sinma claypot 宫保田鸡…

sauce not too bad but not quite close to G7 sinma..maybe experiment more..my chicken always done quite perfect texture, tender and moist…

Recipe

soak 12 dry chilli in boiling water. remove seeds and drain. fry chopped shallots and garlic in oil. add dry chilli, sliced red onions, cut leeks (white part), cut scallions (white part).

mix 2tbsp oyster sauce, 2tbsp chinese huadiao wine, 1tsp sesame oil, 1 tbsp black vinegar, 1 tbsp corn flour in 200ml intense chicken stock and add to wok. salt to taste.

simmer broth to require thickness, add wing parts and cook 2 mins. adddeboned cut pieces from 1/2 chicken and cook for another 8mins.

it was a nice tasty dish with chicken stock and vegetable sweetness and glueyness for G7 sinma though taste not exactly same. chicken as always, tender and moist and not overcook, and that is the key.

c.h.e.f andy

Recipe – Sambal Sotong lagi Sedap on 4Jun2020

sambal sotong with yellow onions

sambal sotong with yellow onions

sambal sotong with yellow onions2

sambal sotong with yellow onions

sambal sotong was another dish i cooked for my brother’s family 6pax dinner on 4.6.2020.^^

lagi sedap la! 🙂

and this, the easiest to do.

1 large sotong (250g), clean wth salt, wash dry, remove skin and cut in rings.

fry 1 large sliced onions with lots of chopped garlic (1 heap tsp), add 1 heap tbsp sambal sauce and 1 flat tbsp oyster sauce. then add sotong and fry.

and that’s it!

the tip for cooking sotong, like everything else, is NOT to overcook, otherwise becomes tough and rubbery la…

can judge by eye, but if unsure just 1 piece lor. lol!^^

c.h.e.f andy

Recipe – Excellent Thai Style Fish Curry on 31May2020

thai style whole fish (ang choe) curry3

thai style whole fish (ang choe) curry

made thai style whole fish curry for 6pax dinner for my brother’s family on 4.6.2020.^^

tested my own recipe for the first time for my own family dinner on 31.5.2020. ^^

Recipe
made my own rempah & added tomyam paste & coconut milk

12 dry chilli
6 cloves garlic
6 shallots
2in cut lemon grass white part
1 in cut ginger
1 tbsp flat sugar
1 tbsp oil
1/4 tap salt

blend to make rempah.

pound 2in lemon grass, fry with 1 stalk curry leaves, one sliced medium onion, add rempah, fry till fragrant, add cut lady fingers, add cut eggplant, add whole fish (i used ang choe – golden snapper today),cook for 10mins

my first time trying a newly created recipe, trying to model after forture old holland road’s thai style fish head.

not quite same as can be seen in the link photos.

still this was quite excellent! wife and children all liked it…very sedap, tangy and tasty! and the vegetables were excellent too.

so this can be a recipe in its own rights…but i may try to vary this to see how i can recreate forture’s excellent thai style fish head curry.

c.h.e.f andy

Recipe = Good Flamed Sous Vide Reverse Sear Rump Steak on 17Mar2020

 

sous vide beef rump 57degC 24hrs2

sous vide beef rump 57degC 24hrs

home dinner2

sous vide beef rump – circuit breaker home dinner

made sous vide rump roast (57degC 24hrs) for dinner this evening on 17.3.2020. ^^

turned out to be quite good. children liked the sous vide rump roast..texture great, taste good enough overall  comparable to a good roast beef… not quite my preferred cut of steak but still managed a good tasting one both in taste and in texture. 🙂

not sure i want to go out of the way to do this, but if i happen to buy a rump or a chuck or a flank steak, i may just try this again.

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredients-

  • 1kg beef rump steak
  • smoky braai rub
  • sea salt, pepper, herbs (i used dry parsley), chopped garlic, shallots

Directions-

  1. clean steak with salt, wash and drain, dry with kitchen towel
  2. rub with braai, sea slat, pepper and sprinkle with dry parsley, chopped garlic, shallots..
  3. place in double ziploc bag. set sous vide machine to 57degC and sous vide for 24hrs.
  4. dry steak with kitchen towels. flame steak over stainless steel pan to give colour and flavours. fry red onions and use the liquid from sous vide bag to make a delicious beef sauce.

Recipe = Shiok! Chinese Herbal Mutton Soup on 13.5.2020

chinese herbal mutton ribs soup3

chinese herbal mutton rib soup

chinese herbal mutton ribs soup

chinese herbal mutton ribs soup

sun kee herbal bkt sachet

sun kee herbal bkt sachet

made mutton ribs soup this evening on 13.5.2020. ^^

the mutton ribs soup was excellent..daughter loved it had a second bowl & several ribs and meats..son back late after work and walloped everything. lol!

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

even my favourite chai chuan tou stall at bukit merah view.

jessie bought the mutton ribs for me. it was not cut and i didn’t have chopper so not easy to prepare. quite a bit of fat between ribs and layered meat to remove, cut away and discard.

other than that preparation was straight forward. it was a 1.2kg slab. i used about 800g.

i cleaned with salt, then place in boiling water to remove scum, cleaned and drained on colander.

then placed ribs in boiling water with garlic cloves, shallots, lots of sliced and julienned ginger and red dates, and the sun kee herbal bakuteh sachet. cooked for 1.5hrs. added wolfberries at the end, and 2tbsp light soy sauce to taste.

garnish with coriander.

really straight forward, not much different from cooking bakuteh.

the results was lovely, yummy, shiok mutton ribs soup, so very tasty and enjoyable!

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredients-

  • 800g-1kg mutton ribs
  • sun kee herbal bakuteh sachet 360g
  • whole bulb of garlic cloves
  • 5cm ginger 1/2 sliced and 1/2 julienned
  • 5 shallots
  • 30-40 large wolfberries
  • 6 large red dates
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce

Directions-

  1. clean mutton ribs with salt, then place in boiling water to remove scum, clean and drain on colander.
  2. place cleaned ribs in boiling water with garlic cloves, shallots, lots of sliced and julienned ginger and red dates, and the sun kee herbal bakuteh sachet.
  3. cooked for 1.5hrs. add wolfberries at the end, and 2tbsp light soy sauce to taste.
  4. garnish with coriander and julienned ginger.