Braised Chicken and Potatoes – 86th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 15Mar2019

braised chicken with potatoes

made braised chicken and potatoes for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 15.3.2019.^^

this my 86th 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.

braised chicken with potatoes

this my regular dish, so quite straight forward.

just clean and drain 2kg cut chicken. then marinate with 2 tbsp of fish sauce, oyster sauce, light soy sauce, cornflour and sesame oil overnight in fridge.

braised chicken with potatoes

fry chicken with chopped garlic till cooked in the morning, cover about 6mins. add little water if required.

removed chicken and use the sauce to cook 6 large cut potatoes. add water if required. oiled 10mins to cook poatoes and reduce sauce. poke chopstick clean through or press potato against side of wok to break. that would be perfect doneness.

braised chicken with potatoes

braised chicken with potatoes

braised chicken with potatoes

plate the dish in aluminium carrier, sealed with aluminium foil and bring to teban gardens.

c.h.e.f andy

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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

Recipe = Cooking Demo and Sharing (Egg White Fried Rice and 回锅肉Doublecooked Pork) at 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

Curry Chicken and Potatoes – 84th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 1Mar2019

curry chicken and potatoes 

made curry chicken and potatoes for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 1.3.2019.^^

this my 84th 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.

curry chicken

i cut 1/2 defrosted boneless chicken leg (drumstick + thigh), cleaned, drained and marinated with heng’s nonya curry chicken paste in the fridge overnight.

this morning i fried 3 twigs of curry leaves from my garden with a little oil, then added the marinated chicken pieces, fried thoroughly high fire, added one packet (200ml) coconut milk, mixed thoroughly, added 1/3 cup water and covered to cook = about 5 mins.

the removed the chicken pieces.

potatoes 

i added the cut potatoes and covered cooked about 9mins.

poked with chopsticks clean through and pressed against side of wok, just broke, tasted also so perfect texture la! 🙂

curry chicken and potatoes

added back the chicken, off fire and mixed thoroughly…

curry chicken and potatoes

curry chicken and potatoes

a simple and quite perfect dish.

curry chicken and potatoes

brother decided to join me again this morning, so i again packed a small portion for him to try.

as my brother commented – delicious!

c.h.e.f andy

Braised Wine Chicken with Vegetables – 83rd Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 22Feb2019

braised wine chicken with veg

made braised wine chicken with vegetables for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 22.2.2019.^^

this my 83rd 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.

chicken with veg

this an easy dish.

i cut the 2kg LARS boneless chicken thighs while 1/2 defrost (very easy), cleaned with salt and drained in fridge, then marinated with my own wine chicken recipe = 2 tbsp fish sauce, 4 tbsp huatiao wine, 2 tbsp oyster sauce, 2tbsp corn flour.

cut carrots, onions and potatoes and kept in selaed container overnight in fridge.

braised wine chicken

braised wine chicken

next morning, fried chopped garlic with little oil, then added the chicken.

fried thoroughly, turned down to medium fir & covered to cook for 5mins (add little water if necessary).

then fried vegetables – carrots and onions first, added oyster sauce then cut potatoes cooked about 9mins. added the gravy from the chicken.

braised wine chicken with veg

braised wine chicken with veg

when potatoes just cooked ie a chopsticks go clean through, potato break when pressed against the wall, added back the chicken, off fire and mixed thoroughly

braised wine chicken with vegetables

braised wine chicken with veg

a beautiful dish, excellent tender succulent chicken and tasty sweet vegetables. 🙂

braised wine chicken with veg

my brother was joining me today to go deliver the breakfast dish to teban gardens.

i dished out a small portion for my brother to try. he loved it! said very delicious!

i think wine chicken is the best chicken dish, the chicken very tender and tasty, and the vegetables and sauces are simply  awesome.

c.h.e.f andy

Minced Pork with Long Beans – 82nd Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 15Feb2019

minced pork with long beans 

made minced pork with long beans for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 15.2.2019.^^

this my 82th 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.

minced pork and long beans 

i fried 3 packets about 1.1kg minced pork.

added corn flour and oysters sauce.

long beans

then i fried about 1kg long beans with chopped garlic. also added oyster sauce.

added water and covered to cook the long beans and reduced the liquids.

minced pork with long beans 

minced pork with long beans

today the quantity was a bit low based on what i had in the fridge and what i bought from the supermarket.

dish was ok, tasty enough, not my best rendition.

c.h.e.f andy

Belly Pork with Vegetables – 81th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 1Feb2019

belly pork with vegetables

made belly pork with vegetables for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 1.2.2019.^^

this my 81th 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.

belly pork

i bought 3 packets about 1.3kg+ frozen belly pork from sheng shiong.

braised in own teochew braising sauce for 2hrs last evening, then cooled down and placed in bag in chiller for this morning.

belly pork

belly pork

this so that it was easy to sliced thinly and cleanly this morning.

belly pork with vegetables

last evening i also prepared cut carrots, onions and potatoes, and placed in a tuppaenware in the chiller, quite ok this morning, not oxidised, not old.

vegetables

usually i needed about 3 kg of meat or 1.5kg of meat and 1.5kg vegetables for 140pax at teban gardens.

today just 1.3kg pork and about 1kg+ vegetables so would be a bit short.

anyway it’s just and additional dish not their main fares so usually serve till finish la…

belly pork with vegetables

i cooked the onions and carrots first, added oyster sauce, high fire fry then low fire cover stew…then added potatoes, fry and then added 1 cup chicken stock, high fire boil, then low fire cover stew…about 8mins anyway potatoes break when pressed against side or chopstick goes through…

belly pork with vegetables

belly pork with vegetables

then added belly pork, mixed thorough, cover stew a bit then done, transfer to aluminium carrier.

belly pork was tender and tasty and vegetables were sweet on its own.

c.h.e.f andy

Chinese Wine Chicken 黄焖鸡 – 80th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 18Jan2019

chinese wine chicken 黄焖鸡

made chinese wine chicken 黄焖鸡 for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 18.1.2019.^^

this my 80th 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.

chicken thigh fillet

used about 3.5kg of boneless frozen chicken thighs with skin. 🙂

i seasoned the evening before with – 2tbsp fish sauce, 2 tbsp light soy sauce, 2 tbsp oyster sauce, 2 tbsp corn flour, 1 tbsp sesame oil and 4 tbsp huatiaojiu chinese wine.

overnight in fridge.

chinese wine chicken 黄焖鸡

got up at 7am.

cut sliced ginger, sliced yellow onions, and cut spring onions. fried together in little oil, 1 tbsp.

then added the chicken and fried thoroughly high fire, then covered to cook, medium fire.

there was a lot of liquids in the chicken so no need to add water or stock.

chinese wine chicken 黄焖鸡

about 10 mins.

when ready, transferred to aluminium carrier, the added 3cm cut spring onions.

chinese wine chicken 黄焖鸡

i tasted. it was delicious dish, and chicken were cooked just right not overcooked, very tender and tasty and great bite. the teban gardens residents would love this!

c.h.e.f andy

Minced Pork with Vegetables – 79th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 11Jan2019

minced pork with vegetable

made minced pork with vegetables for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 11.1.2019.^^

this my 79th 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.

teban gardens pphcsc pasir panjang hill community service centre friday breakfast

teban gardens pphcsc pasir panjang hill community service centre friday breakfast

teban gardens pphcsc pasir panjang hill community service centre friday breakfast 

a big crowd this morning, like 140pax.

minced pork

i fried 1.3kg of minced pork. added 2 tbsp corn flour and 2 tbsp oyster sauce.

minced pork & vegetables

then i prepared the vegetables = carrots, yellow onions and potatoes.

carrots, potatoes and onions

fried the yellow onions and carrots first to soften, about 5mins. added oyster sauce.

then added the potatoes, about 10mins. added chicken stock and reduced.

the vegetables was very sweet & tasty by itself. 🙂

minced pork with vegetable

then i added back the minced pork.

minced pork with vegetable

fried together and mixed thoroughly.

minced pork with vegetable

a simple yet delectable dish. very sweet and tasty just sweetness of pork and vegetables, with some oyster sauce and chicken stock.

minced pork with vegetable

minced pork with vegetable

minced pork with vegetable

i transferred to aluminium carrier and delivered to teban gardens.

it was quite a large serving, but still ran out for the last few in the queue, quite a big crowd today la..

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

 

Braised Belly Pork with Long Beans – 78th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 28Dec2018

braised belly pork with long beans

made braised belly pork with long beans for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 28.12.2018.^^

this my 78th 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.

braised belly pork

i was late in preparation becos of the 2018 Year End Celebrations 11pax RI bros Home Dinner on 27.12.2018.

started preparing after my RI bros left so decided to leave it in 130degC oven for 4hrs overnight.

the braise was ok adn flavourful, but since pork is still very warm, it was harder to cut cleanly w/o fraying. 🙂

long beans

fried long beans

i fried the long beans, then added the cut belly pork.

braised belly pork with long beans

braised belly pork with long beans

and fried them together.

braised belly pork with long beans 

added just a bit water and covered to cook the long beans.

braised belly pork with long beans

then plated in the aluminium carrier & trasnport to teban gardens.

dish was ok today but not so great.

c.h.e.f andy

Curry Chicken and Potatoes – 77th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 14Dec2018

curry chicken and potatoes

this my 77th 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.

heng’s malacca nonya curry chicken sauce

curry chicken is a dish that is easy to do with ready made sauce.

i used 3kg of bonesless chicken legs and i used heng’s malacca nonya curry chicken sauce.

marinated chicken fillet

i marinated the chicken pieces in the fridge the night before.

this morning, i fried curry leaves in a bit of oil and added the marinated chicken and fried thoroughly.

curry chicken

i added 1 cup water and cooked the chicken over 5-6mins.

then i removed the chicken and set aside.

cut potatoes

peeled 5 potatoes and cut them into small pieces.

potatoes cooking in curry

and cooked the potatoes and added 1 packet 200ml of coconut milk, about 8mins till potatoes break when pressed against the side, then just nice cooked but not too cooked.

curry chicken and potatoes

then i added back the chicken and mixed thoroughly and transferred to the aluminium carrier.

curry chicken and potatoes

curry chicken and potatoes

i placed it in a 40degC oven. when leaving for teban gardens i sealed the carrier with aluminium foil tightly and transported it to TB.

c.h.e.f andy

 

Potatoes, Carrots, Onions with Minced Pork in Nonya Sauce – 76th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 30Nov2018

potatoes, carrots, onions with minced pork in nonya sauce

made potatoes, carrots, onions with minced pork in nonya sauce for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 30.11.2018.^^

this my 76th 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.

potatoes, carrots, onions in nonya sauce

for my last post on 9.11.2018, i wrote about the challenges of cooking one dish for 140pax senior residents, the selection of chicken , belly pork, zutchi fish fillet, and the recent 3 times (including today) using minced pork, and varying the dish.

the last 2 times i did minced pork with long beans and a bit of mala sauce, and minced pork with shallow fried egg plants. i think both will very good.

today i vary it a bit using other vegetables – carrots, potatoes and onions.

was debating if i should do my own sauce, basically oyster sauce based. but since i had a packet of nonya sauce i decided to just used it.

potatoes, carrots, onions in nonya sauce

i woke up at the usual time 7am.

cutting 4 large carrots, 3 large onions, 5 potatoes total about 1.5kg took good part of 20mins, but it’s ok because cooking wouldn’t take long.

i fried the onions and carrots first to soften. after 5mins i added the potatoes. potatoes should take about 8mins to cook and i wanted them just right and not mashed.

i added the nonya sauce paste after frying the potatoes a bit, and mixed thoroughly. when potatoes were cooked, just pressed against the side of the pan – it should break..i dished the vegetables out and set aside.

minced pork

then i fried the minced pork in the still oil wokpan. 4 packets about 1.5kg also. 🙂

minced pork

added 1 heap tbsp of cornflour and 1 tbsp heap of oyster sauce and mixed thoroughly, so minced pork was smooth and not dry.

potatoes, carrots, onions with minced pork in nonya sauce

minced pork had to be fully cooked.

i then added back the nonya sauce vegetables and mixed thoroughly.

potatoes, carrots, onions with minced pork in nonya sauce

potatoes, carrots, onions with minced pork in nonya sauce

dish looked great!

potatoes, carrots, onions with minced pork in nonya sauce

the dish texture was good, both the minced pork and the vegetables..taste was ok but nonya sauce i felt not the best for the dish..

my own oyster sauce mix w/o premix sauce would be better 🙂

this my 3rd minced pork dish for TB..can’t think of other good variation, next round probably revert to chicken or belly pork.. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Fried Egg Plants with Minced Pork and Salted Fish 鱼香茄子 – 75th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 9Nov2018

eggplant with minced pork 鱼香茄子

made fried eggplant with minced pork 鱼香茄子…. for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 9.11.2018.^^

this my 75th 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.

meeting yong siu for breakfast kopi afterwards at 8.30am so got to deliver this earlier to teban gardens. 🙂

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the challenges of cooking a dish for 140pax older folks i had well documented.

basically i prepare dishes with no bones which ruled out whole fish. so i had done deboned fish fillet and deboned chicken, but it is much easier and cheaper to do frozen bonelss chicken leg (thigh+drumsticks), and this became my default dish, whether as chinese wine chicken, curry chicken, nonya chicken, chicken with carrots & potatoes etc. an alternative is frozen belly pork. that cost more and less healthy and neutral c/w chicken. the lesser option is frozen zutchi fish fillet. that has a bit of “chow chay” taste which can be musked by HK steam or teriyaki (basically the dry version of HK steam).

last i tried a new dish using minced pork with long beans. and it was quite well received.

so this week i though i try eggplant with minced pork 鱼香茄子.

i never do this dish before so are many unknowns.

another challenge of turning out a dish and deliver by 8.30am to 8.45am of course is the preparation required. so i decided to cut the eggplants (about 1.2kg) the night before, cleaned with salt and soaked in salt water & added lemon juice for a while & drained dry in a colander in the fridge overnight. the first unknown being i was not sure if the cut egg plant will oxidise & changed colour, and the lemon juice was to help retain the colour.

shallow-fried eggplant

next morning i removed the egg plant from the fridge & it was generally ok.

eggplant with minced pork 鱼香茄子 generally required deepfry though some recipe just fry it. i think some firmness and crispiness give it a better texture. i hate deepfry as i don’t know what to do with the oil afterwards very wasteful, so i did shallow-fry. the second unknown. 🙂

shallow-fried eggplant

i added corn flour and 2 egg yolks and mixed the egg plant with my hands thoroughly.

i poured a thin layer of oil and heat the oil like for deepfrying,  turned to medium high heat. and added the egg plants in 2 batches. first batch turned and fried thoroughly and immediately the second batch and fried the whole thing thoroughly on medium high heat.

timing is agaklogy. i tasted one piece it was ok, cooked, firm enough, not wilted. i removed and set aside.

the traditional sichuan recipe does not require salted fish. somehow the chilli mix produces the 鱼香. i didn’t comprehend that but some recipe uses salted fish. i thought that’s what i want to do – so that’s the 3rd unknown.

so i add just little oil, fried 1 cut chilli padi, 1.5 sliced of salted fish and 3 tsp of chopped garlic, then returned the egg plants and fried/mixed thoroughly, maybe 30secs. then set aside.

1.5kg minced pork

now i fried the 1.5kg minced pork.

this has to be thoroughly cooked and minced pork can be dry & tough.

i added 3 tbsp oyster sauce and 3 tbsp corn flour, which helped the minced pork to remain smooth. i didn’t add fish sauce as the egg plant was salty enough with the salted fish.

1.5kg minced pork

& the minced pork turned out nicely, remained smooth and moist, maybe also because i sued the cheaper more fatty minced pork.

eggplant with minced pork 鱼香茄子

i returned the egg plants to the wok and mixed thoroughly.

eggplant with minced pork 鱼香茄子

i tried a bit.

actually i think it was delicious. ^^

sidetracking = i took out a small portion for my brother yong siu. this the 4th time we meeting for kopi since his retirement on 30.9.2018. he finished all of it together with 2 toast and yuan yang. i just took my regular kopi c gosong tilok.

eggplant with minced pork 鱼香茄子

today i had to wake up just a little earlier, 6.40am instead of 7am to prepare the dish.  i managed to deliver to teban gardens in good time, and arrived at my brother’s block before 8.30am for our morning kopi session.

c.h.e.f andy

Fried Minced Pork with Long Beans – 74th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 2Nov2018

fried minced pork with long beans

made fried minced pork with long beans, with a bit of mala sauce & oyster sauce…. for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 2.11.2018.^^

this my 74th 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.

fried long beans

fried long beans

first time doing this 1kg+ long beans and 1.3kg minced pork for 140pax residents..tasted very delicious dish.

i fried the 1kg+ cut long beans with 3tsp chopped garlic, 1 cut chilli padi and added 2tbsp oyster sauce. covered wokpan to cook & soften, then removed to aluminium carrier.

fried minced pork

then i fried the 1.3kg minced pork (4 packets from sheng shiong). added 1tbsp oyster sauce. then 2tbsp 老干妈 mala sauce and 2tbsp corn flour at the end & mixed thoroughly.

then added back the long beans and fried together.

fried minced pork with long beans

fried minced pork with long beans

then plated them in the aluminium carrier.

fried minced pork with long beans

tasted the minced pork. it was delicious.

and the long beans were soft and tasty.

fried minced pork with long beans

it was a simple dish, not expensive & not difficult to make. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Nonya Sambal Zutchi Fillet – 73rd Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 19Oct2018

nonya sambal zutchi fillet

made nonya sambal zutchi fillet with leeks for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 19.10.2018.^^

this my 73rd 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.

heng’s nonya sambal sauce

i used heng’s nonya sambal paste.

cleaned & drained 3x1kg zutchi fillet (3x800g nett weight) marinated with nonya sambal sauce in fridge overnight.

nonya sambal zutchi fillet

nonya sambal zutchi fillet

in the morning, i fried ginger, chopped garlic, leek & added fillet, fried thoroughly then covered to cook.

nonya sambal zutchi fillet

i removed the cooked fillet so as not to overcook the fish, then reduced the sauce.

nonya sambal zutchi fillet

nonya sambal zutchi fillet

then i added back the sauce.

dish was done. i transferred to an aluminium tray, covered it with aluminium foil and carted it to teban gardens.

c.h.e.f andy

Braised Belly Pork with Nai Bai Veg – 72nd Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 12Oct2018

braised belly pork with veg

made braised belly pork with veg for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 12.10.2018.^^

this my 72nd 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.

braised belly pork with veg

prepared the belly pork last evening..set alarm to 7am as usual for TG friday breakfast but woke up at 9.30am..checked phone NOT silent & alarm was ON..so old man couldn’t wake up even with alarm..

called Ros..she was ok if I cooked immediately & delivered at 10am which i did..use 1/2 the vegetables about 600g & all the meat 1.1kg.

braised belly pork with veg

for the braised pork belly, i used the seriouseats method for japanese chashu pork = 3.5hrs in 130degC oven, then kept in fridge overnight.

the belly pork was very flavourful, just slightly overdone, and was perfect to keep in a ziploc bag in the chiller overnight.

so it was easy in the morning to slice the belly pork into clean slices.

fry the nai bai vegetables, add some of the tasty marinade, cook & reduce the sauce, and add the sliced belly pork the last bit.

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

 

Nonya Curry Chicken with Potatoes – 71st Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 7Sep2018

curry chicken 

made nonya curry chicken for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 7.9.2018.^^

this my 71st 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.

curry chicken 

so the usual washed with salt then dry in colander in fridge.

then marinated with heng’s nonya curry chicken paste & 3tbsp fish sauce in fridge overnight.

curry chicken 

in the morning, fried 1 stalk curry leaves with 1tbsp oil & 3tsp chopped garlic. then added the marinated chicken.

fried high fire for several minutes turning the chicken fillet thoroughly, then covered on low fire for 5mins.

then added 200ml coconut milk. chicken has lots of moisture no need add water.

curry chicken

then removed chicken & added cut potatoes, & drained back the chicken gravy to the pot.

curry chicken 

cooked for 6-8mins anyway checking if potatoes are cooked by breaking it against the wall of the pot or poking through the potatoes.

curry chicken

curry chicken

curry chicken

then transferred the cooked chicken & potatoes to aluminium carrier.

i tasted the curry . it was excellent – intense & flavourful. chicken looked succulent as usual i didn’t try this time.

later MH messaged “They love 💕 the curry chicken all gone – thanks a lot

c.h.e.f andy

Minced Pork with Vegetables – 70th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 31Aug2018

minced pork with vegetables

made minced pork with vegetables for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 31.8.2018.^^

this my 70th 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.

minced pork with vegetables

thought of trying something new from chicken, sutchi fillet & belly pork dishes which i usually made.

wanted to try a 鱼香茄子煲minced pork with egg plant dishes. of course can’t do a claypot for 140pax. egg plant requires deep-frying which i hate so i plan to do shallow fry, and then add long beans which is a very tasty vegetable dish to make up the volume.

for this morning i added about 1.1kg of minced pork which was enough.

dish was passable & tasty enough though i thought it may not be as good as my regular dishes. MH whatsapped me to say “thank you so much for your wonderful dish , they enjoyed it very much”.

it’s hard to say really, so just play by ear & listen to the TG residents what dishes they prefer. 🙂

egg plants & long beans

i usually wake up at 7am to prepare the dish.

so the evening before, i cut the long beans first washed & drained dry in fridge.

i cut the egg plants this morning, not enough time to drain dry, added cornflour then shallow fry in 4tbsp oil in 2 batches..

then i removed the egg plants & fried the long beans with oysters sauce, and covered 15mins to soften & cook long beans.

minced pork

then i fried 3 cut chili padi & whole bulb of minced garlic & 2 slices of salted fish, removed bones & minced with knife, till fragrant.

then added the 1.1kg minced pork & 1tbsp heap cornflour made sure pork was fully cooked.

minced pork with vegetables

then i added back the egg plants & long beans, and added more oyster sauce to taste.

minced pork with vegetables

minced pork with vegetables

i tasted the dish, it was “pang” fragrant, and quite good taste.

and as TG staff & volunteers said, when i removed the aluminium cover, can smell the dish was “pang”.

so overall a fairly ok dish…will wait for more feedback whether to keep this dish to alternate with the other chicken, fish, belly pork dishes…

may also try egg onion minced pork dish which is doable…steamed minced pork difficult for me to do in large quantity…

c.h.e.f andy