Recipe = Perfected Hawker Orh Lua (Oyster Omelette) on 13Feb2019

orh lua oyster omelette 

this evening, i kind of perfected the hawker orh lua on 13.2.2019. ^^

made a thin crispy layer exactly like the excellent oyster omelette at beng thin.

hawker food are just so difficult to make.

they are so inexpensive and the good ones are just so good. they hawkers have done their in the hundreds everyday and many have done over many decades, so they perfected it like the back of their hands.

and many chinese/asian hawker dishes are more difficult to do than western dishes eg a bakchormee has so many ingredients c/w a pasta.

i of course experimented with hawker and zi char dishes, but if i cannot do them well, then not worth to do la..since can easily eat them outside.

orh lua oyster omelette 

orh lua is one of the difficult dishes.

there are some variations. some does the batter more wet, some do like a crispy sheet, like the superb orh lua at beng thin. i like both styles actually.

orh lua oyster omelette

orh lua oyster omelette

i mixed 1 tbsp heap sweet potato flour and 3 tbsp water, and added 2tsp fish sauce and white pepper.

then i fried the sweet potato flour, let it formed over high fire, then added egg and spread the egg and let it formed. then turned over turned fire to low and let the batter crisp. added my large plum oysters and covered to cook the oysters while crisping the batter. then added crispy prawn chilli.

voila!

c.h.e.f andy

Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp heap sweet potato flour
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 2tsp fish sauce
  • white pepper
  • 8 large oysters (i used frozen ones..hawkers used them too)

Directions:

  1. fry sweet potato flour let it form high fire
  2. add egg & spread. let it form
  3. turn over turn to low fire let batter crisp
  4. add oyster & cover to cook
  5. add crispy prawn chiili
  6. serve

 

 

 

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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

Recipe = Orh Lua (Oyster Egg with Sweet Potato Flour) on 30Jan2019

orh lua

made orh lua for 1pax dinner this evening on 30.1.2019.

made this several times before..singapore hawker food not so easy to make harder than most western dishes..lol! 🙂

orh lua

for this evening i got it mostly right, and the best i have done so far.

the Recipe –

  • 2tbsp flat sweet potato flour
  • 2tbsp water
  • 2tsp fish sauce
  • white pepper
  • 1tbsp oil
  • 1 egg
  • 8 large oysters (i used the IQF frozen oysters about S$10.95/kg)

for the preparation, add 2 tbsp water to 2 tbsp sweet potato flour, and add 2tsp fish sauce, and some pepper…mixed thoroughly.

medium high fire non stick pan, let flour batter form & crisp. crack 1 egg on top & roll pan to spread egg. add oyster on the side so it can cook..flip over egg batter. cover & low fire let oyster cook while crisping the other side. add fish sauce. add crispy prawn chilli.

orh lua 

pretty good stuff.

orh lua

quite shiok really!

almost hawker stall standard, the good stalls that is, lol! ^^

c.h.e.f andy

Recipe = Salted Fish Minced Pork Egg White Fried Rice on 16Jan2019

salted fish minced pork egg white fried rice

sis & bil came for dinner on 16.1.2019.^^.

lazy to plan and do marketing so just cooked whatever i had in the fridge.

i had 4 egg whites leftover from making kaya (which requires 4 egg yokes). so decided to make salted fish minced pork egg white fried rice.

salted fish minced pork egg white fried rice

salted fish minced pork egg white fried rice

i minced a small slice of salted fish, fried chopped garlic then salted fish lightly, then added about 150g minced pork, mixed in corn flour. when minced pork ws cooked, i added a cup rice equivalent of cooked rice and mixed thoroughly. then set aside.

the i added oil and fried the 4 egg white high fire letting them formed a layer and browned, and then added in the rice and mixed the egg white with the rice.

salted fish minced pork egg white fried rice

and voila!

a delectable dish of salted fish minced pork egg white fried rice, excellent wokhae, almost imperial treasure standard la..

add crispy chilli and chopped spring onions to garnish.

c.h.e.f andy

Recipe = Kaya ie Coconut Jam 3.0 on 14Jan2019

kaya bread

out of the blue, decided to make kaya = coconut jam again.

last time i made was on 28.9.2016. 

kaya – coconut jam

kaya – coconut jam

kaya – coconut jam

i vary the recipe a little, increase palm sugar from3 to 4 tbsp and reduce white sugar from 3 to 1 tbsp –

200ml coconut milk
1 tbsp white sugar (15g)
4 tbsp palm sugar (60g)
4 pandan leaves
4 egg yolks

kaya – coconut jam

kaya – coconut jam

boil the coconut milk, white sugar, palm sugar and pandan leaves, stirring constantly. off fire and continue stirring till all sugar melted.

one important step is to pour 1/2 the liquids into the 4 egg yokes, stirring all the time. then add back to the liquids, low fire, stir for 5-10mins until the kaya thickens.

& that’s it! voila!

kaya – coconut jam

kaya – coconut jam

very “pang” flavourful..

and so very easy to make, probably took no more than 15-20mins in all.

kaya bread

kaya bread

kaya and butter bread or toast goes perfectly with soft white bread. ^^

c.h.e.f andy

Recipe = Orh Lua almost Hawker Standard on 12Jan2019

orh lua

made orh lua with sweet potato flour 1 egg & 8 large oysters on 12.1.2019. ^^

(for the starch, 1 tbsp sweet potato flour 3 tbsp water, 1 egg)

orh lua

i added 3 tbsp water to 1 tbsp sweet potato flour. added 2tsp fisg sauce and some white pepper. mixed thorough and added to non-stick pan 1 tbsp oil on high fire. let the starchy flour form a crispy layer.

then added 1 egg & spread it. added 8 large oysters. covered to cook the oysters while further browning the flour.

this time hawker standard, crispy egg & flour…

orh lua

orh lua

i cooked that again for my sis & bil a few days later, just as good! very good wokhae!

can improve a bit more..maybe add 2tbsp sweet potato flour and less ratio of water  9say 4-5 tbsp) for a thicken starchy base…

anyway overall oysters plump and tasty, egg and flour crisp and yet starchy…quite good but can still improve.

c.h.e.f andy

 

Recipe = Prawn Tofu & Teochew Braised Belly Pork (4th Cooking Sharing at Teban Gardens) on 9Jan2019

teban gardens residents

teban gardens PPHCSC (pasir panjang hill community service centre) organised a cooking sharing session on 9.1.2019. ^^.

17 residents attended today.

i first started doing a community meal dish for teban gardens PPHCSC 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.

i cooked a breakfast dish for teban gardens every friday unless i am travelling or otherwise unavailable. i did my 78th friday breakfast community meal dish at teban gardens community service centre on 28.12.2018.

teban gardens residents

this my 4th cooking sharing session. the first 3 were –

  1. hong kong stemed red garoupa on 29.4.2016
  2. steamed red garoupa, steamed minced pork and salted egg bittergourd on 5.9.2018
  3. 腊味沙煲饭 sausage claypot rice and 黄焖鸡 chinese wine chicken on 10.10.2018.

teban gardens residents

teban gardens residents

today i demo 2 dishes=

  1. prawn tofu; &
  2. teochew braised belly pork..

as before, i tried to demo dishes which they can do easily at home.

also, i planned the dishes such that the cooking could be completed and they could try the food within 1/2hr and not wait too long.

so the dishes were prepared first & heat up or putting on the finishing touches there while i explained the preparation & steps..

braised belly pork

first the braised belly pork, recipe at the bottom.

the braise recipe is my own, and i think it reproduces the very good teochew braises i had in hong kong.

important points to note are (!) texture (2) flavour – the braise must be “pang”

the technique of braising involved small amounts of thick braise (so do not add too much water for the first 1/2hr of braising) initially to infuse the flavours to the meat, while steaming the meat (coved wokpan) so it is moist and tender.

braised belly pork

cutting and presentation is the other important consideration. if the braise is to be eaten immediately, texture need not be too soft so 2hrs is about right, and cut the belly pork and serve right away.

if meat is to be served hrs later or next day, over braise it (between 2hrs and 2.5hrs), and placed in ziploc bag when cook and put in fridge or chiller. then it is easy to cut neatly. can warm up the braise and drizzle over the meat.

today the texture and braise flavours were very good, quite perfect.

frying tofu

next tofu prawns, recipe at bottom.

i used vacuum pack tofu, those that indicate they are for frying.

for today 17pax i used 2 packs so 600g.

fried tofu

fried them with little oil in non stick pan, and drained oil on kitchen towels.

stock for tofu prawns

prepared the broth. fried chopped garlic, spring onions and cut chilli padi, added intense chicken stock, 1 tbsp oyster sauce and reduced. added 1 egg, let it formed then “draw” out a bit..

fried tofu in broth

added the fried tofu to infuse.

prawns

prepared the prawns (15pieces). seasoned in fish sauce and white pepper.

tofu prawns

and the dish was ready for final preparations and serving.

tofu prawns

so when serving, added the prawns, covered the pot and boiled the stock. used chopsticks to stir, turn the prawns and immerse in the broth to cook it thoroughly. like anything else prawns need to be fully cook but not overcook.

the dish was very tasty and the flavours/aroma was wafting in the room, prawns texture was perfect too.

demo dishes

teban gardens prepared some healthy mixed brown rice and everyone was served a portion of the belly pork and tofu prawns with the rice.

the residents were very active in Q&A throughout the session. hopefully they can cook the dish for their family and enjoy the food together. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Recipe

teochew braised belly pork 

<braising sauce for 600g belly pork

  • 3 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp shaoxing wine
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar

<fry till fragrant-

  • 3 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon bark
  • 2 clove
  • 2 bay leaves
    ========
  • 1 bulb garlic cloves
  • 2cm cut ginger
  • 1/2 medium red onion
  1. braise for between 2 and 2.5hrs. check texture poke with chopsticks, if go through easily, cleanly then pork is ready.
  2. for the 1st 1/2hr add just 1/2 – 1 cup water, topping up & turning the belly pork that is to keep the marinade thick & intense to infuse the flavours.
  3. after that add water & let belly pork braise & slowly reduce to a thicker sauce, adding water as required.

Prawn tofu

  1. cut 300g tofu for frying into 12 rectangular pieces
  2. fry with little oil on nonstick pan..add some sea salt..
  3. brown the tofu on the sides
  4. Set aside on kitchen towels to drain oil
  5. fry chopped spring onions cut chiili padi chopped garlic in 1tbsp oil
  6. off fire & add intense chicken stock..add 1tbsp oyster sauce 1 tbsp cornflour and reduce over medium fire..taste the very tasty stock
  7. when serving add tofu, bring to boil & cracked 1 egg let it form then use chopstick to “draw” spread the egg..
  8. add 12 shelled deveined prawns, cover to cook the prawns..
  9. add 3cm cut scallions to garnish

 

Recipe = Drunken Chicken 醉鸡 2.0 So Delicious, Tasty on 26Nov2018

recent days, i did drunken chicken 醉鸡 and saliva chicken 口水鸡 several times.

for one, i made 8pax dinner for wife’s friends this evening on 5.11.2018. ^^

i did both drunken chicken 醉鸡 and saliva chicken 口水鸡. this evening, both dishes were quite excellent. all the friends liked them. wife especially like the drunken chicken.

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i used the usual 白斩鸡 preparation, but becos kampung chicken is 1-1.1kg c/w large chicken 1.4-1.6kg, i have to adjust the timing = so boiled 9mins & poached 20mis.

the evening before, i salted the chicken and dry in the fridge and washed thoroughly next morning before boiling in the chicken stock.

so the usual ice water treatment to produce the smooth taut skin and chill in fridge, then debone, and place 1/2 chicken in each dish.

for drunken chicken 醉鸡 i added 1/2cup huatiaojiu, 1/2 cup chicken stock, 2 tbsp fish sauce and 1 tbsp sugar. mixed well then added to the chicken and placed sealed in the chiller.

and i did a 6pax dinner for OPS bros and friends on 3.10.2018. 

both the 口水鸡和 醉鸡 saliva chicken & drunken chicken were very tasty & texture of the kampung chicken excellent. my friend finished the drunken chicken & only 2 wingstick of the saliva chicken left so they were well received.

drunken (醉鸡) chicken

so for the recently 9pax dinner with brother and sister families on 26.11.2018, i again did both drunken chicken 醉鸡 and saliva chicken 口水鸡.

again i used the 白斩鸡poached chicken method. salted chicken overnight. cooked 9mins & poached 20mins in chicken stock (carrots, red onions, spring onions. ginger, garlic cloves). immersed in ice water & placed in fridge. then deboned & placed in 2 dishes.

for drunken (醉鸡) chicken, i added 1/2 cup chicken stock, 1/2 cup huatioajiu, 2tbsp fish sauce & 1tbsp sugar. mixed thoroughly then cover, immerse the 1/2 chicken and place in the fridge.

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 kampung chicken

chicken stock

  • (1 whole chopped carrot, 1/2 red onions, 2 stalks spring onions, 2cm cut ginger, 1 bulb peeled garlic cloves)

wine marinade

  • 1/2 cup chicken stock, 1/2 cup huatioajiu, 2tbsp fish sauce & 1tbsp sugar

Directions:

  1. make chicken stock with bones from 1 chicken, carrots, red onions, spring onions. ginger, garlic cloves.
  2. salt chicken overnight.  cut chicken into 1/2 and washed thoroughly. cook 9mins & poach 20mins in chicken in stock. then immerse in ice water & place in fridge. then debone & place in 2 dishes.
  3. for the drunken (醉鸡) marinade, add 1/2 cup chicken stock, 1/2 cup huatioajiu, 2tbsp fish sauce & 1tbsp sugar. mixed thoroughly then cover, immerse the 1/2 chicken and place in the fridge.

Recipe = Braised Beehoon with Sliced Chicken & Prawns on 21Nov2018

braised beehoon with sliced chicken & prawns 

was in tokyo and kawaguchiko with my OPS bros seeking koyo 红叶autumn colours 13-20.11.2018. ^^

took SQ flight home 21.11.2018, touched down 1/2hr early 5.15pm instead 5.45pm. arrived home 6.20pm

made some chicken & prawns beehoon 9虾,鸡丝焖米粉 with chicken stock in the freezer for 1 pax dinner

delicious!😍😋

this don’t fully qualify as a recipe since it was just for special to purpose 1 pax dinner, but the preparations and ingredients basically same la…

braised beehoon with sliced chicken & prawns

braised beehoon with sliced chicken & prawns

so i had very tasty intense chicken stock, made form chicken bones, carrots & other aromatics like red onions, spring onions, cut ginger and peeled garlic boiled for 4-5hrs and reduced.

i had sliced chicken and 3 large shelled deveined prawns.

i fried cut chilli padi & sliced ginger in oil, added chopped garlic. then added chicken stock, and reduced a bit more, then added prawns, sliced chicken (seasoned with fish sauce and white pepper) and beehoon softened in water for 20mins…

basically reduced the stock while cooking the sliced chicken and prawns. the judgement was with the amount of stock and beehoon so bee hoon was well infused, & along with prawns and sliced chicken NOT overcooked while beehoon and sauce not too wet or dry.

garnished with spring onions or coriander

for this evening, quite perfect la!

c.h.e.f andy

 

Ingredients (for 2pax0:

  • 100g – 150g sliced chicken (1/2 chicken breast)
  • 6 pieces deveined large prawns
  • 2 bunch beehoon
  • 1 cut chilli padi
  • 1 stalk chopped spring onions
  • 1cm sliced ginger
  • 3 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 cup chicken stock

Directions:

  1. friy cut chilli padi & sliced ginger in 1tbsp oil, add chopped garlic.
  2. add chicken stock, reduce a bit more, then add prawns, sliced chicken (seasoned with fish sauce and white pepper) and beehoon softened in water for 20mins…
  3. reduce stock while cooking the sliced chicken and prawns. the judgement, agaklogy, is with the amount of stock viz a viz beehoon so bee hoon is well infused, & along with prawns and sliced chicken NOT overcooked while beehoon and sauce not too wet or dry.
  4. garnis with coriander.

Recipe = Braised Noodles with Seafood on 17Oct2018

braised noodles with seafood

i had some tasty, intense chicken stock in the fridge.

(i usually made by boiling chicken bones with carrots for like 4-5hrs with some salt, reduced to a very tasty, intense stock).

decided to make a braised hk egg noodles with excellent chicken stock, very tasty, with prawns & snake head fillet on 17.10.2018. ^^

my prawns were frozen prawns, and snakehead fillet i had some leftvoers.

braised noodles with seafood

the egg noodles, i boiled a small portion and drained.

then fried cut chilli padi, chopped spring onions and added chopped garlic, then added stock and reduced.

then added prawns and then sankehead fillet (both marinated with fish sauce and white pepper), cooked and reduced further.

braised noodles with seafood

braised noodles with seafood

then off fire, added noodles and tossed, haha like pasta. and added my magic umami ingredient, the crispy chilli.

braised noodles with seafood

such a welcoming, yummy braised seafood noodles.

c.h.e.f andy

Recipe = Cooking Sharing & Demo (Sausage Claypot Rice & Chinese Wine Chicken) at Teban Gardens on 10Oct2018

chinese wine chicken & sausage claypot rice

the recent time (my second) i was asked to do a cooking demo and sharing session at teban gardens was on 5.9.2018. 11pax attended.

teban gardens cooking demo class

they asked and i agreed to do another cooking sharing session today on 10.10.2018. today 20 attended ( plus 2 staff in the photo). 🙂

teban gardens cooking demo class

teban gardens cooking demo class

today i demo 2 dishes=

  1. 腊味沙煲饭 sausage claypot rice; and
  2. 黄焖鸡 chinese wine chicken.

as before, i tried to demo dishes which they can do easily at home.

also, i planned the dishes such that the cooking could be completed and they could try the food within 1/2hr and not wait too long.

so i put the claypot rice on high fire to boil the water  for few minutes then on low fire to cook for about 30mins. & during the time i explained the process for the claypot rice, then started the live demo on the chinese wine chicken.

chinese wine chicken

the chinese wine chicken required to be marinated 2hrs before cooking, so teban gardens had my recipe circulated to the attendees.

i brought the marinated chicken to teban gardens, together with the condiments required for the cooking demo = cut ginger, chilli padi, chopped garlic, 1tbsp olive oil for frying, 2 tbsp huadiaojiu 花雕酒, and some coriander to garnish the dish.

chinese wine chicken

so i added the ginger, chilli padi to the oil, added chopped garlic later, then added the chicken, fried for 5 mins to cook. added a little water and reduced as the chicken cooked.

chinese wine chicken

chinese wine chicken

before plating the chicken, i added the huadiaojiu 花雕酒 on high fire so the aroma came out.

sausage claypot rice

likewise the sausage claypot required 30mins just for cooking (for 2 cups+ of rice), so i fried the rice etc & basically started by putting the claypot rice to cook for 1/2 hr while i shared the recipe and the process with the residents. 🙂

so you fry cut ginger in veg oil or chicken fat, then off fire & add the salted fish and chopped garlic, then add the rice (and sliced mushrooms if available) and fry in high heat for 1 mins. then add 2 cups of chicken stock. i add the sausage whole.

when cooking put high fire first to boil the liquids then low fire to cook the rice.

sausage claypot rice

when the sausage is cooked, take them out, cut & put back.

the centre director Ros did such a great job.

sausage claypot rice

the claypot rice looked so nicely presented.

the residents loved both dishes. claypot rice was very flavourful and the chicken was tasty, sweet & tender.

c.h.e.f andy

Recipe

腊味煲仔饭 sausage claypot rice

  • 2cups rice
  • 2cups chicken stock
  • 1-2 slice salted fish (remove bone if required)
  • 3 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1cm cut ginger
  • 2 tbsp veg oil or chicken fat
  • 5 chinese mushrooms (optional)
  • 2-3 pork sausage
  • 2-3 liver sausage
  1. fry cut ginger in 2tbsp veg oil or chicken fat in claypot
  2. off fire and add 1-2 slice salted fish & 3 tsp chopped garlic
  3. earlier soften 5 chinese mushrooms in boiling water then cut slices
  4. wash 2 cups thai rice add to claypot & add sliced mushrooms (optional). fry high fire.
  5. off fire. add 2cups chicken stock
  6. wash clean thoroughly & dry pork & liver sausages. place on top of rice
  7. cook about 30mins, high fire to boil then low fire to simmer to cook
  8. take out sausages, cut slices, add back to rice, stir rice thoroughly to reduce burnt bottom, add coriander to garnish

黄焖鸡 wine chicken

  • 1 deboned chicken OR 4 boneless frozen legs (thigh+drumstick)
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 flat tbsp cornflour
  • 2 flat tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 4 tbsp huadiao jiu 花雕酒
  • chopped spring onions + 2 inch cuts white party
  • 2cm cut ginger
  • 3 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1 cut chilli padi
  • 6-8 taupok each cut into 4 strips
  1. debone 1 (or 1/2 chicken) or use 4 boneless frozen legs (thigh+drumstick) and cut 1.5in bitesize pieces
  2. season cut chicken with 2tbsp each of fish sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, huadiaojiu, cornflour for 2hrs
  3. fry cut ginger, chilli padi in a bit (1tbsp) oil, add chopped garlic & spring onions, then add chicken pieces. fry thoroughly for few minutes,
  4. add 2 cups chicken stock & reduce about 5-6mins. add 2in spring onions
  5. if cooking taupok (optional), remove chicken from pot so not to overcook, add taupok & boil for 1/2hr until soft & infused with flavout. add water as required then add back the chicken.
  6. before serving add 2tbsp huadiaojiu

 

Recipe = Good Steamed Red Garoupa with Nonya Sauce & with Taujeon Lime Sauce on 12Sep2018

nonya steamed red garoupa head

i bought a S$7 red garoupa head when i went to chinatown to get red garoupa for my cooking demo & sharing at teban gardens last week on 5.9.2018. ^^

i decided to do a nonya sauce steamed fish head on 11.9.2018 & a taujoen lime fish head on 12.9.2018. ^^

nonya steamed red garoupa head

nonya steamed red garoupa head

the nonya sauce fish head was better tasting.

recipe wise it was same as my nonya steamed red snapper fish head on 31.8.2018 = just 1 heap tbsp gimson nonya sauce, 1tbsp each light soy sauce, mirin & 2tbsp olive oil.

fish head was delicious, but i think my red snapper head previously was better in terms of texture.

taujeon lime red garoupa head

for the taujeon lime recipe quite straight forward =2tbsp taujeon pounded in mortar, 1tbsp each light lime juice, soy sauce, mirin & 2tbsp olive oil. 🙂

taujeon lime red garoupa head

taujeon lime red garoupa head

combination of taujeon & lime giving a tangy taste was good.

but it was quite far & not really comparable with the zai shun’s taujeon lime sauce for the delicious sharks cartilage dish.

c.h.e.f andy

Recipe= Gimson Nonya Sauce Steamed Red Snapper Head on 31Aug2018

nonya steamed red snapper head

eating alone this evening on 31.8.2018.

had 1/2 red snapper (ang kueh) fish head in freezer. decided to make nonya steamed fish head. 🙂

nonya steamed red snapper head

very easy to make.

just washed fish head with salt.

placed on steamer dish. this a small fish head, so i reduced the condiments.

added 1 heap tbsp gimson nonya sauce, 1 tbsp each of light soy sauce, mirin & olive oil.

then added the cut chili padi, sliced ginger & cut spring onions.

steamed for 6mins.

nonya steamed red snapper head

such a perfect, lovely dish. fish meat was fresh, sweet, tasty with the slight tangy gimson nonya sauce & soy sauce gravy.

really good!

c.h.e.f andy

Recipe = Salt Baked Kampung Chicken 盐焗鸡 (My First Time) on 31Jul2018

salt baked kampung chicken 盐焗鸡

experimented yim goke guy 盐焗鸡 on 31.7.2018. ^^

turned out pretty good – tasty, tender, moist…only that it is basically just a nice baked chicken, not particularly my favourite. 🙂

used a S$6.90 kampung chicken from sheng shiong..

searched internet for recipe…found a web modified method as the 古早做法need like 3kg salt..salt expensive too la!. 🙂

salt baked kampung chicken 盐焗鸡

salt baked kampung chicken 盐焗鸡 

just wash, rub salt liberally masssge chicken inside & outside, then stand on mesh/colander 2hrs in fridge..after wash clean thoroughly & drain dry in fridge overnight..

when ready to cook, add red onions, garlic cloves, sliced ginger, spring onions to cavity..

i also added 1tbsp olive oil & 1 tbsp huadiao wine 花雕酒 in cavity..

salt baked kampung chicken 盐焗鸡 

then wrap around tightly in baking paper, & then aluminium foil..place in 175degC for 1.5-2hrs..

i did 1hr 20mins then open up to check doneness & left open to brown another 20mins so total 1hr 40mins for a 1.2kg jampung chicken. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredients-

  • 1kg whole kampung chicken
  • salt
  • 1/2 red onions cut
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 2cm sliced ginger
  • 2 spigs spring onions
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp huadiao wine 花雕酒

Directions-

  1. wash, rub salt liberally massage chicken inside & outside, then stand on mesh/colander 2hrs in fridge..after wash clean thoroughly & drain dry in fridge overnight..
  2. when ready to cook, add red onions, garlic cloves, sliced ginger, spring onions to cavity..
  3. also add 1tbsp olive oil & 1 tbsp huadiao wine 花雕酒 in cavity..
  4. then wrap around tightly in baking paper, & then aluminium foil..place in 175degC for 1hr 20mins then open up to check doneness & left open to brown another 20mins so total 1hr 40mins for a 1kg jampung chicken. 🙂

 

 

Recipe = Dry Wok King Prawns on 25Jul2018

i have not done this dish dry wok large prawns (recipe here) for maybe >3 years?

outstanding dish. all the friends loved it! ^^

we had a nice 虾录at loong hua recently,

and i decided to do this myself today. 🙂

thought of creating my own sweet sticky sauce, maybe using hoisin sauce & char siew sauce, but decided that my dry wok king prawns very nice on its own so no need.

looking at past posts, i did this quite a bit in 2013 & 2014, not in recent years.

so i rolled back the years & did my dry wok king prawns one more time. ^^

high fire, oil, slice & cut ginger, then added the prawns (i had 10 king prawns about 800g) & chopped garlic. turnover & fry the prawns thoroughly for even cooking, do not add water (water will result in steaming whereas this method burnt the shells giving bbq flavours and the prawns is insulated & baked within the shells).

then added lots of fish sauce while still on high fire, feel the wonderful fish sauce aroma. after reduce to medium low. make sure the prawns are cooked.

it was excellent, colours were beautiful, great bbq flavours, and nice sweet succulent prawns.

c..h.e.f andy

P.S.

Recipe here

Recipe = Claypot Liver 沙煲猪肝 on 25Jul2018

made a claypot liver dish for 9pax zi char dinner for my RI makan group buddies on 25.7.2018. ^^

this the second time i cooked liver.

liver not a dish i take often outside…very occasionally with bakuteh (hardly eat bkt outside too as can make it easily & cheaply myself) if my friends order it, and almost never for zi char makan. that is, until recently.

and that seems to be reflected by the market price too. it is S$1 for large piece of fresh liver at sheng shiong…

recently, pete, who was visiting from london, organised a 11pax RI makan group dinner at loong hua zi char & he ordered claypot liver, on 26.6.2018..

& it was very good too! 🙂

after that when i went with my OPS bros to joo heng, i also ordered the fried liver with ginger & spring onions on 6.7.2018. 🙂

and that was good too, in fact the best dish that evening among otherwise expensive & mostly pedestrian zi char dishes.

so i decided to try out myself at home.

i did 5pax dinner for my OPS buddies on 12.7.2018. & it was very good! ^^

claypot liver was excellent this evening. nicely pink & very tasty with the gravy.

claypot liver sauce/stock 12.7.2018

tasty stock for claypot liver 25.7.2018

it was easy to make. just a good stock (key to a tasty dish)…

i fried lots of ginger & cut chilli padi, cut spring onions, cut red onion, then chopped garlic, black pepper & 2 stalks of coriander, 1 tbsp oyster sauce..

then added chicken stock and 2tbsp shaoxing wine and reduced to a very tasty sauce.

when serving, heat up the stock, added liver (cut cross-grain, washed with salt & drained dry), stir with chopstick for even cooking, added larger cut spring onions, added 2 tbsp shaoxing wine, covered & served.

such a tasty dish, pink & tender, with nice wine flavours & balanced with the aromatics form the garnishes.

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredients-

  • 1.5 packets of liver
  • 2cm thinly sliced & cut ginger
  • 1 cut chilli padi
  • 1/2 red onion cut to 6 pieces
  • 2 stalk spring onions, cut small on the white part & long 3cm pieces for the green part
  • 2 stalks coriander
  • 4tbsp shaoxing wine
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce

Directions-

  1. fry lots of ginger & cut chilli padi, cut spring onions, cut red onion, then chopped garlic, black pepper & 2 stalks of coriander, 1 tbsp oyster sauce..
  2. then add chicken stock and 2tbsp shaoxing wine and reduced to a very tasty sauce.
  3. when serving, heat up the stock, add liver (cut cross-grain, washed with salt & drained dry), stir with chopstick for even cooking, add larger cut spring onions, add 2 tbsp shaoxing wine, covered & served.

 

Recipe=Salted Egg Bittergourd (Zai Shun Style) on 25Jul2018

made my best salted egg bittergourd (zai shun style) for my RI makan group buddies 9pax dinner on 25.7.2018. ^^

HK commented a few times & later repeated on FB “My favourite: bitter gourd egg omelette. Give me another round I can finish it all by myself!”…CCG also…all my friends loved it!

but of course zai shun’s is much better.

i did this also for my OPS buddies 5pax dinner on 12.7.2018 also. it was better today.

easy dish to make, just minced a cooked salted egg (i used a vaccum packed from sheng shiong, just open the cooked egg & minced it).

fry chopped garlic in oil, add bittergourd (washed with corn flour & the salt, brined in salt & sugar overnight, washed & drained) & minced salted egg & fry. crack 2 eggs to one side of pan with heated oil, let the egg white & egg yoke set. then flip egg over the bittergourd & fry together.

when serving just cover pan, heat up & plate it.

c.h.e.f andy

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Ingredients:

  • 1 medium bittergourd juliened
  • 1 whole salted egg, boiled & chopped (i used ready boiled vaccum pack salted egg from sheng shiong)
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 chili padi
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce

Directions:

  1. julien 1 medium bittergourd. wash with corn flour & the salt, brine in salt & sugar overnight, wash & drain.
  2. mince a cooked salted egg (i used a vaccum packed from sheng shiong, just open the cooked egg & minced it).
  3. fry chopped garlic in oil, add bittergourd & minced salted egg & fry. crack 2 eggs to one side of pan with heated oil, let the egg white & egg yoke set. then flip egg over the bittergourd & fry together.
  4. when serving just cover pan, heat up & plate it.

Recipe=Spicy Bean Sauce Song Fish Head 松鱼头 on 25Jul2018

just a quick update.

did a good spicy black bean sauce song fish head 松鱼头  for my RI makan group buddies 9pax dinner on 25.7.2918. ^^

larpok crispy lard

this time i made some larpok crispy lard just like zichar outside. it went well with the song fish head 松鱼头.

the detailed recipe is here.

just a matter of making the spicy black bean sauce. the rest steaming etc are straightforward. 🙂

spicy black bean sauce song fish head 松鱼头

excellent dish! my favorite always!

only that for this evening because i had to steam both patin & song fish head simultaneously (at first i intended to do one in the steam oven, then the next), i had to place it in a smaller round dish to steam over the hob. there is a slight difference as there is less condensation so sauce is drier & thicker.

c.h.e.f andy

Recipe = Jelly Pig Skin 猪皮冻on 25Jul2018

made some jelly pig skin 猪皮冻 for 9pax dinner for my RI makan group buddies dinner on 25.7.2018.

the jelly pig skin 猪皮冻 was kind of a by product.

i planned it of course! 🙂

when i slow braise belly pork there is very tasty gelatine. also i had lots of pig skin from previous belly pork dishes where i had to remove the skin. so just putting 2 and 2!

just put the marinade from braised belly pork in a small rectangular dish. cut & added the pig skin (which was slow braised 4hrs in 130degC oven together with the belly pork). placed in fridge & chilled for few hours. 🙂

i made ter kar tan 猪脚冻 a number of times, sometimes pig head jelly 猪头冻 in 2015. did not make much in recent years.

the main difference in recipe is the braising sauce.

the cooking is also different this time as i used the chashu method 4hrs in 130degC oven.

this really excellent jelly pig skin 猪皮冻 in my opinion. my belly pork marinade is so tasty & it also contained the belly pork taste & gelatine.

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredients-

  • 200g pig skin
  • 1tbsp flat sugar
  • 2tsp flat salt
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 4-5tbsp shaoxing wine

Directions-

  1. place pig skin in boiling water to remove scum. wash, clean & drain.
  2. put in oven proof dish
  3. add 1tbsp flat sugar, 1-2tsp flat salt, 1 tbsp white vinegar, 4-5tbsp shaoxing wine, some water to cover…i do this together with 400g belly pork.
  4. place in 130degC oven for 4hrs.
  5. let cool, cut pig skin in strips (i remove the belly pork for other serving), put back in the dish & chill overnight or a few hours in fridge or chiller compartment.