Wine Chicken 黄焖鸡 – 58th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 4May2018

wine chicken 黄焖鸡

made wine chicken 黄焖鸡 for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 4.5.2018.^^

this my 58th 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.

wine chicken 黄焖鸡

i was on an absentee mode because of my OPS sakura kyoto trip 5-13.4.2018, and the recent croatia trip with wife & daughter 19-30.4.2018.

so i made sure i do this today! haha! 🙂

i had my usual 2kg frozen boneless chicken thighs from sheng shiong. added another 3 pieces so nearly 2.8kg. cooking for 140pax a bit hard to have a piece for everyone. my wok has a limited size also.

wine chicken 黄焖鸡

i defrosted, cleaned with salt & drained the chicken & marinate the evening before – 3 tbsp fish sauce, 3 tbsp shao xing wine, 2 tbsp each of corn flour, sesame oil, and oyster sauce.

wine chicken 黄焖鸡

next morning just fried with 3cm cut ginger, added 5tsp chopped garlic in 1 tbsp oil.

there was a lot of chicken so fried a while to make sure all pieces were cooked evenly, then covered and cooked low fire for 5mins.

the important thing about cooking chicken is not to overcook it so it is tender, juicy. usually braised chicken in zi char places are overcooked & old…

wine chicken 黄焖鸡

i then removed the chicken & cooked the sliced potatoes about 5mins. tested to see potatoes were just cooked (breaks when pressed with chopsticks or spoon).

then added back the chicken.

wine chicken 黄焖鸡

then transferred to aluminim container for transport.

a delicious, tender, juicy, tasty chicken dish. and the potatoes lagi best, very tasty la…

c.h.e.f andy

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Braised Pork Cubes – 57th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 23Mar2018

braised pork cubes

made braised pork cubes for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 16.3.2018.^^

this my 57th 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 pork cubes 

bought 2x1kg frozen pork cubes from qbfood last week. decided to cook that for teban gardens friday community breakfast this morning.

started late last evening past midnight did not have the sauce i wanted ..lazy to go buy..concocted a sauce but it wasn’t so good…

braised pork cubes 

after braising the pork cubes for about 1/2 hr, i left it in a 95degC oven overnight for 6hrs.

that was so that i did not have to stay up for 2 hrs to braise the pork cubes over the stove, or wake up early this morning to do that.

braised pork cubes 

this morning i got up at the usual time 7am, took the pork from the oven dish & into the pan-wok, then heat up (& reduce as required, only little sauce was needed, and that also facilitated the transport in aluminium carrier.

i didn’t think it tasted too good this morningn, anyway MH told me it was all finished & the residents loved the taste, so i guess not good but also not too bad la..

c.h.e.f andy

Sutchi Fillet & Brocoli in Nonya Sauce – 56th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 16Mar2018

sutchi fillet & brocoli in nonya sauce

made sutchi fillet & brocoli in nonya sauce for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 16.3.2018.^^

this my 56th 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.

brocoli in nonya sauce

been making mostly chicken the last many times for teban gardens because it is the easiest, boneless thighs, no need much preparation, just cut & use a variety of curry and sauces. haha! 🙂

for a change sometimes i do a belly pork also.

today i decided to do sutchi fillet, again no preparations required basically & easy to cook.

i sued to cook 2 packets = 2 kg frozen sutchi fillet from sheng shiong, but today it looked not enough as the residents attending breakfast have grown to 130/140pax…will increase to 3 kg next time. 🙂

i added 2 brocoli. looked a lot on the colander but quite meagre also on the aluminium food tray…maybe have to do 4 next round..not difficult preparations except for shaving the skin of the stems…

sutchi fillet & brocoli in nonya sauce

i drain-dried the fillet & seasoned with the heng’s nonya sauce sachet the evening before.

this morning, i got up at the usual 7am.

just added cut chilli padi, sliced ginger, chopped spring onions, then 3 tsp chopped garlic to 2 tbsp oil, fried then added the fish, turned around a bit to get even cooking, then added the brocoli, and covered to steam the fish & the brocoli…

lazy man way of cooking la…

sutchi fillet & brocoli in nonya sauce

i tasted a bit of the fish…very tasty with the nonya sauce…brocoli looked fine.

sutchi fillet & brocoli in nonya sauce

still early as i usually leave at 8.15am, so placed in 40degC oven to keep warm.

added in some cut spring onions to garnish.

sutchi fillet & brocoli in nonya sauce

so, easy preparation, and quite nice dish..

the next round, i will cook 3 kg fish fillet & maybe 4 brocoli…i probably cut the fillet into good size pieces first la…

c.h.e.f andy

Curry Chicken & Potatoes – 55th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 9Mar2018

curry chicken & potatoes

made curry chicken & potatoes for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 9.3.2018.^^

this my 55th 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

curry chicken

i used about 2.5kg boneless chicken thigh from sheng shiong, defrost the evening before, cut, & drained in sieve in fridge overnight.

heng’s chicken curry sauce

this morning i got up at the usual 7am, seasoned chicken in fish sauce (2tbsp) and white pepper, fried curry leaves (from one stalk) in heng’s nonya curry paste.

curry chicken 

curry chicken

then fried chicken in curry for about 8mins. no need to add water as there is a lot of liquids in the chicken, then added 200ml coconut milk. then i removed the chicken.

potatoes 

cut 7-8 potatoes & cooked in the curry, about 8mins…

potatoes are just cooked (not overcooked) when it breaks when pressed against the wok or a chopstick pokes through with small resistance.

curry chicken & potatoes 

then i added back the chicken.

curry chicken & potatoes

mixed together a bit, then off fire & transferred to aluminium carrier.

curry chicken & potatoes

curry chicken & potatoes 

carrier was a bit full, so i dished out some curry chicken & potatoes, and kept for later.

curry chicken & potatoes 

a lovely dish! curry was spicy & very flavourful, and chicken was very tender & tasty, though it was frozen chicken. & potatoes were done just right, not mushy & very tasty.

c.h.e.f andy

Braised Belly Pork with Chinese Mushrooms – 54th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 2Mar2018

braised belly pork & chinese mushrooms 

made a braised belly pork with chinese mushrooms for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 2.3.2018.^^

this my 54th 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 & chinese mushrooms 

i used just >2kg belly pork (about S$20) & about 90 pieces chinese mushrooms (2packets – i bought 3packets for S$10)

2 kg was too much belly pork to cook in slow cooker (which is my preferred method to get a tender crystalline texture)…

so i cooked the pork with one bulb garlic & braising sauce for 15mins. then transferred to covered pot, adding water to cover the pork fully, & put in 95degC oven for 6hrs to get the tender crystalline texture..

removed pork & transferred the braising sauce to a wok & cooked the chinese mushrooms & reduced the sauce to very flavourful gravy. add water as required…braised mushrooms for 2-3hrs…covered the belly pork with the mushroom & sauce.

braised belly pork

all these i did the evening before.

got up this morning at 7am. removed the pork & cut in small pieces.

braised belly pork 

the pork looked perfect outside!

braised belly pork 

& even more brautiful crystalline texture inside.

braised belly pork 

i arranged the cut pieces in the aluminium tray for transport.

braised belly pork 

could feel the wonderful texture when cutting, no fraying, no sinewy, and not much resistance to the cut ie very tender…

braised belly pork 

filled up the tray, all these while mushrooms & sauce were heating up to boil…

braised belly pork & chinese mushrooms

transferred the piping hot mushrooms & sauced over the belly pork.

braised belly pork & chinese mushrooms

i tasted the mushrooms & the pork. both well infused with the tasty braise, and belly pork was tender & tasty!

an excellent dish for the residents at teban gardens…

c.h.e.f andy

Braised Chicken with Chinese Mushrooms – 53th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 23Feb2018

braised chicken thighs & mushrooms 

made a braised chicken with chinese mushrooms for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 23.2.2018.^^

this my 53rd 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 mushrooms 

this time I lazy. braised whole as chicken thigh steak last evening..means one entire boneless thigh slab not cut..

(usually i cut the chicken into pieces & cook in the morning..)

i braised the chicken thigh the usual preparation – fried cinnamon stick, star anise, cloves, bay leaves & whole bulb garlic cloves in oil till fragrant, added chicken thighs, then added tai hua braising sauce.

then took out the chicken thighs, and boiled 2 packets of chinese mushrooms (maybe 40pieces/packet) in the braise. added water & braise the mushrooms for 1-2hrs till well infused with the braise & tender.

braised chicken thighs 

braised chicken thighs & mushrooms 

there were 11 large chicken thighs, which i cut into 10-12 pieces each.

braised chicken thighs & mushrooms 

not a bad method actually as chicken steak very easy & fast to cut…

mushrooms no problem of overcooking so after bringing mushroom braise to boil just dump cut chicken pieces, cover & warm up..

braised chicken thighs & mushrooms 

chicken has the look of cold cut chicken but was tender & both chicken & mushrooms well infused with the braise….

braised chicken thighs & mushrooms

stir-fry a little on high fire, then cover & let it heat up the chicken.

braised chicken thighs & mushrooms 

then transfer to aluminum carrier for transport.

lohei

lohei

today is 8th day of CNY.

the teban gardens staff came early at 6am to prepare the lohei for the residents.

lohei 

the staff made their own lohei with the shredded veg ingredients & arranged like a dog with tail even!👍👍👍

after breakfast, the staff organised the residents to have the lohei celebrations. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Braised Chicken with Potatoes – 52th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 9Feb2018

braised chicken with potatoes

made a braised chicken with potatoes for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 9.2.2018.^^

this my 52nd 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

been doing variations of this several times recently, as it is easy to do, and really tasty & flavourful.

i had 2kg chicken thighs & 1 kg wingsticks marinated with 2tbsp fish sauce, 2tbsp sesame oil & 1tbsp corn flour overnight in the fridge.

this morning, i fried 1 cinnamon stick, 4 bay leaves, 4 star anise, 1 bulb of garlic cloves, 2cm sliced ginger & 1 cut chilli padi…then added the chicken & fried to get the flavours to all parts. then i added 80ml of tai hwa chicken braising sauce.

then covered & simmered for 5 mins, and the removed the thighs leaving the wingsticks.

then i added 5 cut potatoes, and cooked for another 5mins. pressed the potatoes to check it was just cooked.

braised chicken with potatoes

then i added back the chicken thighs, stirred to mix & then added some cornflour to thicken.

braised chicken with potatoes

& transferred all the the alunimium carrier.

braised chicken with potatoes

chicken were tender & tasty, and the potatoes were lovely, very tasty infused with the sauce & just the right bite texture.

c.h.e.f andy

Braised Chicken with Button Mushrooms – 51th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 26Jan2018

braised chicken with button mushrooms

did a braised chicken with button mushrooms for teban gardens community breakfast this morningon 26.1.2018.^^

this my 51th 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.

2kg boneless thighs + 1kg mid-wing 

i bought 2kg boneless chicken thighs with skin on & added 1 kg of mid-wings from sheng shiong.

when i first started teban gardens had about 80 residents attending breakfast. now it’s consistently 130pax…2kg not quite enough…it is a lot of effort to debone 3 or 4 chickens, so i resort to frozen chicken parts. they work very well actually.

braised chicken mid-wings 

i seasoned the chicken the night before – 2 tbsp fish sauce, 2 tbsp light soy sauce, 2 tbsp oyster sauce, 2 tbsp sesame oil, 4tbsp shaoxing wine, and 2 tbsp corn flour.

quite easy this morning. just fried 1 bulb of garlic cloves, 1 cinnamon stick, 4 star anise, 4 cloves, 4 bay leaves in 1tbsp oil, then added the chicken & fried.

added the button mushrooms. covered & cooked for 5mins..removed the cut chicken fillets & cooked the mid-wings for another 5mins.

braised chicken 

& the dish was done. voila!

braised chicken with button mushrooms 

tasted it…very tender & tasty…

braised chicken with button mushrooms

braised chicken with button mushrooms 

quite excellent dish, and easy to do.

c.h.e.f andy

Dark Sauce Braised Chicken with Taupok – 50th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 12Jan2018

braised chicken with taupok

made dark sauce braised chicken with taupok for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 12.1.2018.^^

this my 50th 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

i bought 2kg boneless chicken thighs + 1kg wingsticks, and prepared the dish the evening before.

just fried 1-2 cinnamon stocks, 4 start anise, 4 cloves, 1 bulb of garlic cloves in 2 tbsp oil. fried till fragrant.

then added the cut chicken thigh pieces & wingstick (enough for one each for 130pax residents), and fried.

Tai Hua chicken marinate (大华鲁鸡汁)

then added tai hua chicken braising sauce, coat the chicken pieces. added 1 heap tbsp sugar (3kg chicken pieces) covered & cooked for like 8 mins. simple & quick. i did not add water as chicken had a lot of liquids. of course this needed watching over & add water if required.

braised chicken

the braised chicken was delicious, very tasty & meat were tender, not overcooked.

taupok

next morning, i heat up removed the chicken pieces, and added 20 taupok cut into 4 strips each, so 80 piees.

taupok

the taupok soaked up the sauces, and diluted the taste, so i added another 1/3cup tai hua braising sauce & some water.

braised chicken with taupok

covered over low fire simmering & cooked taupok till soft & well infused with the braise.

braised chicken with taupok

the mixed with the chicken pieces & placed in the aluminium tray & brought to teban gardens.

next week i will do this dish with button mushrooms instead of taupok.

c.h.e.f andy

Curry Chicken with Potatoes – 49th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 5Jan2018

curry chicken with potatoes 

made curry chicken with potatoes for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 5.1.2018.^^

this my 49th 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 2kg boneless chicken thigh, cleaned with salt & placed on colander in fridge to dry yesterday.

curry chicken 

this morning i got up at 7am.

fried 1 cut yellow onions, 1.5 twig of curry leaves in 2 tbsp oil.

heng’s chicken curry sauce

added the heng’s nonya curry paste & fried.

then added the cut chicken, well coated with the curry, & added 200ml coconut milk.

chicken has lots of water so add water sparingly..covered & cooked 6-8mins. do not overcook the chicken.

curry chicken

a very tasty curry chicken dish.

potatoes 

meanwhile i peeled & cut 5-6 medium potatoes. about 100-120 pieces.

removed the chicken & added the potatoes. cooked for 10mins. potatoes is cooked when it breaks when pressed. do not overcook.

curry chicken with potatoes 

then i added back the chicken. added fish sauce & salt to taste. (or marinate chicken with fish sauce before cooking).

curry chicken with potatoes 

a delicious dish of curry chicken with potatoes.

curry chicken with potatoes

the residents were very pleased with the dish. looked great & tasted marvellous.

c.h.e.f andy

Wine Chicken 黄焖鸡 with Potatoes & Carrots – 48th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 15Dec2017

wine chicken 黄焖鸡 with potatoes & carrots for teban gardens 

made wine chicken 黄焖鸡 for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 15.12.2017. ^^

this my 48th 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.

2kg boneless chicken thighs 

i bought 2kg frozen boneless chicken thigh from sheng shiong, defrosted, cut & cleaned with salt & placed in a colander in the fridge to dry the evening before.

this morning, i woke up earlier to marinate the chicken – 2tbsp fish sauce, 2tbsp light soy sauce, 2tbsp sesame sauce, 2tbsp oyster sauce, 2 tbsp corn flour & 4tbsp shaoxing wine, marinated about 1hr.

light braised chicken thighs 

i fried the chicken pieces in a hot pan with sliced ginger, cut chilli padi, and chopped garlic. then added the marinade, covered & braised lightly 焖..

there is a lot of liquids in the chicken so no need to add water, but watch & act accordingly.

chicken should not be overcooked..about 6-8mins sufficient for smooth, succulent chicken dish.

carrots, onions & potatoes 

i prepared the carrots, onions & potatoes – 2 large carrots, 2 large onions, 6 medium potatoes.

cooking carrots, onions & potatoes 

fried carrots & onions first then added potatoes & liquid from draining the chicken.

make the correct texture for potatoes, just break when pressed & not mushy. liquids should be reduced to give an intense tasty sauce.

wine chicken with potatoes & carrots for teban gardens 

then added back the chicken.

wine chicken with potatoes & carrots for teban gardens

& voila – a tasty dish of wine chicken with potatoes & carrots for teban gardens! ^^

c.h.e.f andy

回锅肉 Double-cooked Pork Belly with Carrots, Onions & Potatoes – 47th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 24Nov2017

回锅肉double cooked pork belly with carrots, onions & potatoes

made 回锅肉double cooked pork belly with carrots, onions & potatoes  for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 24.11.2017. ^^

this my 47th friday breakfast community meal 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.

pork belly after 6 hrs in 90degC oven

i did the usual 6hrs in 90degC oven treatment to produce the right tender texture with bite & not breaking up. left them in the oven overnight & that’s how they look like when i took out of the oven dish this morning. 🙂

pork belly after 6 hrs in 90degC oven

easy to cut, no shredding…

pork belly after 6 hrs in 90degC oven

it’s 1.8kg of belly pork, quite a good amount as the numbers have of late increased to about 130pax at teban gardens friday community breakfast. 🙂

回锅肉double cooked pork belly

so just fried the  sliced belly pork with 1tbsp of oyster sauce & 2 tbsp of mala chilli sauce. and chopped garlic of course.

回锅肉double cooked pork belly

delicious! both taste & texture.

with carrots, onions & potatoes

and i had some cut potatoes carrots & onions for a balanced diet. hehe! 🙂

like 2 large carrots & 6 medium potatoes, 2 large yellow onions…

fried onions & carrots first, softened them, added the juice from the pork belly oven dish & 1 tbsp oyster sauce & reduced. then added potatoes about 8-10mins. must not overcooked potatoes – cooked right when it just break when pressed against wok or pressed with a spoon.

回锅肉double cooked pork belly with carrots, onions & potatoes

then put 2 & 2 together, for a great, delicious breakfast dish! ^^

c.h.e.f andy

Curry Belly Pork & Cabbage – 46th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 3Nov2017

curry belly pork & cabbage

made curry  belly pork & cabbage for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 3.11.2017. ^^

this my 46th friday breakfast community meal 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.

i used heng’s chicken curry sauce sachet, S$2.45 from sheng shiong. it worked with chicken, it would work with pork.

belly pork slow braised 6hrs in 90degC oven

belly pork were first defrosted, placed in boiling water to remove scum, washed & cleaned then placed in sealed oven dish covered with water & slow braised 6hrs in 90degC oven – my standard preparation to make a tender belly pork.

this i did overnight. so it would be ready next morning 12am – 6am, perfect timing for preparing the dish.

belly pork slow braised 6hrs in 90degC oven

the belly pork was very tender & could be eaten straight off.

i cut them into rectangular pieces. there are about 130pax at teban gardens breakfast. i had abotu 1.8kg pork & cut maybe about 150+pieces.

curry belly pork

for curry, i fried 1 stalk of curry leaves with sliced onions, then added the heng’s curry sauce, then i added the pork & fried to coat & toss for 1 minute. then i added the strained pork juice from the oven dishes.

curry belly pork

the curry pork was very tasty.

curry cabbage

the i took out the pork & fried the cabbage in the curry sauce, covered & cooked the cabbage.

curry belly pork & cabbage

then i added back the belly pork, and toss to mix.

curry belly pork & cabbage

& transferred to the aluminium container to transport to teban gardens.

curry belly pork & cabbage

i tasted the dish, it was good. pork was tender & the curry & cabbage very tasty.

later the centre staff messaged me that curry was nice & all finished…

c.h.e.f andy

Curry Chicken & Potatoes – 45th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 20Oct2017

curry chicken with potatoes 

made curry chicken & potatoes for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 20.10.2017. ^^

this my 45th friday breakfast community meal 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 chicken curry sauce 

i used heng’s chicken curry sauce sachet, S$2.45 from sheng shiong, bought last evening together with 2kg packet of frozen boneless chicken whole leg, i think S$9.65.

i defrost, washed clean with salt, and drained in fridge ovenight.

curry chicken

this morning, i got up at 7am.

fried 1 large yellow onion & 1 stalk curry leaves in  2tbsp vegetable oil.

then added the heng’s chicken curry sauce pack.

curry chicken

fried couple minutes high heat, then added 1 cup water, covered & boiled medium low for few minutes then added 200ml coconut milk. then removed chicken so as not to overcook.

6 medium potatoes 

i cut 6 medium potatoes, about 24-32 pieces each, so about 180 pieces.

potatoes in curry gravy

cooked potatoes in the curry gravy for 8mins. anyway make sure not overcooked.

potatoes in curry gravy 

just press against wok. if potato breaks, it is cooked.

curry chicken with potatoes

added back the chicken, mixed & the dish ready liao…

curry chicken with potatoes

curry chicken with potatoes

tasted the chicken & potatoes 7 the curry gravy. quite good! nice!

curry chicken with potatoes

transferred to aluminium tray for transport to teban gardens.

curry chicken with potatoes

i covered with aluminium foil, and this time as there was a bit of liquid, i taped thes aluminium foil tightly.

a wonderful dish for teban gardens residents & quite easy to prepare…

c.h.e.f andy

回锅肉Double-cooked Pork Belly with Leek, Onions, Green & Red peppers– 44th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 13Oct2017

回锅肉double cooked pork belly with leek, onions, green & red peppers

made 回锅肉double cooked pork belly with leek, onions, green & red peppers  for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 13.10.2017. ^^

this my 44th friday breakfast community meal 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.

回锅肉double cooked pork belly with leek, onions, green & red peppers

i had been cooking chicken the last 3 fridays, so decided to do belly pork today.

bought 1.8kg frozen belly pork from sheng shiong last evening, defrost & boiled in waster to remove scum. then i placed the pork belly in 3 oven dishes in 90degC oven for 5hrs.

belly pork 5hrs in 90degC oven

回锅肉double cooked pork means to return the pork to the wok to cook second time.

double cook dishes are a common preparation in western & i think many cuisine. for western dishes chief among them the sous vide dishes, (say) for steak, reverse sear (slow cook then sear) etc.

i have been using the term double cook generically but 回锅肉double cooked pork specifically refers to this preparation today.

belly pork 5hrs in 90degC oven

so i put them in the oven at midnight for 5hrs. and when i got up at 7am, the pork were ready & super tender.

the usual chinese 回锅肉double cooked pork does NOT use the oven but simmer/poach the belly pork for about 45mins in boiling water. needless to say, the oven method produces infinitely more tender belly pork la! ^^

very tender belly pork 5hrs in 90degC oven

you know when you cut it, easily into very thin slices

very tender belly pork 5hrs in 90degC oven

so the next thing to do was to cook them with a bit of mala 麻辣 oil.

mala oil 老干妈香辣脆油辣椒

i use the 老干妈香辣脆油辣椒 mala oil. 🙂

belly pork fried with mala 麻辣 oil, oyster sauce, sliced ginger & chopped garlic

just fry sliced ginger & chopped garlic first, then add the belly pork, then add 1 tbsp mala 麻辣 oil, 1tbsp oyster sauce, 2tbsp shaoxing wine.

belly pork fried with mala 麻辣 oil, oyster sauce, sliced ginger & chopped garlic

fry high heat first for short while.

then i added 1/4 of the drained tasty juices from the oven dish. didn’t want too much liquid, an also reduce to increase the flavours.

belly pork fried with mala 麻辣 oil, oyster sauce, sliced ginger & chopped garlic

dish out the pork & set aside. i used the aluminium tray which i transport the dish later.

leek, onions, green & red peppers

the i fried first the sliced onions, cut leek & chooped garlic, then added the cut green & red peppers. add 1-2tbsp oyster sauce (to taste).

again fry high heat, then add 1/4 of the drained juices.

回锅肉double cooked pork belly with leek, onions, green & red peppers

add back the belly pork & mix the pork & veg, high heat, and basically the dish is ready.

回锅肉double cooked pork belly with leek, onions, green & red peppers

so like any cooking, it is taste/flavours and texture, and the fresh beautiful colours.

the belly pork was super tender, & the mala 麻辣 oil gave it special fragrant flavours, oyster sauce & the pork juices the sweet taste.

回锅肉double cooked pork belly with leek, onions, green & red peppers

not a difficult dish to prepare, especially if using oven just leave it overnight.

such a beauty to behold & very tasty dish to eat.

c.h.e.f andy

Curry Chicken & Potatoes – 43rd Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 6Oct2017

curry chicken & potatoes

made curry chicken & potatoes for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 6.10.2017. ^^

this my 43rd friday breakfast community meal 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 & potatoes

i used a 2kg packet of chicken thighs with a centre bone. this not as good as the boneless leg which is the entire thigh & leg w/o bone. so i had to cut the meat & leave the centre bone.

curry chicken

i fried 1 sliced onions, 3cm sliced ginger & 2 stalks of curry leaves.

then i added mak’s chicken curry sacket, and added the cut chicken pieces, fried & coated with the curry.

curry chicken

i did not have stock, so just added 1 cup water, covered & simmered for 5mins. then i removed the chicken pieces & left the 12 bone pieces & boiled for 20mins.

curry chicken & potatoes

the i added the cut potatoes (from 6 medium potatoes), added 200ml coconut milk, and cooked for 5mins,

curry chicken & potatoes

potatoes are just cooked  when they break against the side of the wok when pressed. that way they are not overcooked.

the i added back the chicken pieces.

curry chicken & potatoes

the dish basically ready, and i plated it in the aluminium tray for transport to teban gardens.

curry chicken & potatoes

i tasted both the chicken & the potatoes, and curry.

they were delicious! chicken was tender not overcooked, potatoes were done just right, and the simple ready made mak’s chicken curry gravy simply marvellous, great curry flavours & lemak from the coconut milk.

curry chicken & potatoes

mak’s recipe calls for 1kg of chicken for each sachet.

i had 2kg chicken pieces, did not want to use 2 sachets. anyway i used less water, and kept the curry gravy thick & intense. of course, this was for 130 residents at teban gardens. for home cooking, i may use 1kg or just 1/2kg chicken pieces.

then the curry would be even more delicious & intense.

c.h.e.f andy

Wine Chicken Thighs with Bottle Gourd & Onions – 42nd Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 29Sep2017

wine chicken thighs with bottle gourd & onions

made wine chicken thighs with bottle gourd & onions  for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 29.9.2017. ^^

this my 42nd friday breakfast community meal 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.

wine chicken thighs with bottle gourd & onions

chinese wine braised chicken 黄焖鸡 is an easy, tasty dish.

the chinese shaoxing wine & marinade bring out the sweet taste of chicken & if the texture is done right w/o overcooking the chicken, then it is a very delicious dish & easy to prepare too.

cut pieces of chicken thigh

cut pieces of chicken thigh

i used 2kg pack of frozen chicken thighs with a centre bone.

for the residents, i usually made boneless dishes, so i cut out the meat & left the centre thigh bone with some meat on.

also the residents now consistently number 130, so there must be enough pieces of meat to serve out.

wine chicken

my marinade recipe (this being 2kg of meat) –

  • 4 tbsp chinese wine 花雕酒
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 heap tbsp corn flour

cornflour helps to made the chicken smooth, and also thickens the braising sauce a bit..

i marinade the chicken overnight in the fridge.

wine chicken

in the morning, i fry sliced ginger, then added chopped garlic & the chicken pieces to brown a bit, then added the marinade, covered the wok pan for about 4mins medium low fire.

wine chicken

wine chicken

i removed & drained the chicken, kept the sauce.

bottlegourd

bottlegourd

then i fried the bottlegourd with lots of chopped garlic, a bit of oyster sauce.

then added the sauce from the chicken, covered the wokpan and braised & reduced.

i added 1 tbsp of mala oil. not too much.

wine chicken thighs with bottle gourd & onions

wine chicken thighs with bottle gourd & onions

then i added back the chicken, off fire & tossed a bit.

judging the amount of sauces vs the amount of chicken & bottlegourd is a key. chicken gives out a lot of liquid even after draining. & flavours would be diluted if too much fluid.

wine chicken thighs with bottle gourd & onions

the end result – a very tasty dish of wine chicken thighs with bottle gourd & onions.

c.h.e.f andy

Braised Chicken Thighs with Taupok – 41st Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 22Sep2017

braised chicken thighs with taupok

made braised chicken thighs with taupok for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 22.9.2017. ^^

this my 41st friday breakfast community meal 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 thighs with taupok

wasn’t sure what dishes to make for teban gardens this morning.

i had made diced pork for last 2 friday breakfasts. it was the easiest to do as no cutting, preparation required for the pork, just steam for 1.5hrs.

if i get fresh whole chicken , i would need 3 chickens and deboning 3 chickens is quite an effort.

anyhow i went to sheng shiong last evening past 10pm, and i decided on 2kg packet of deboned chicken legs/thighs.

braised chicken thighs

braised chicken thighs

i cut the boneless thighs into 10/12 pieces each, so i had about 120 pieces+

i washed with salt & drained in colander in fridge overnight.

Tai Hua chicken marinate (大华鲁鸡汁)

this morning, i added chicken fat, 1 cinnamon stick, 4 star anise, 4 cloves, 3cm cut ginger, & whole load of chopped garlic about 2tbsp (did not have whole garlic bulbs), 1 tbsp sugar.

then i added the chicken and fried under high heat, and added tai hwa braising sauce, covered & simmered.

the key is  simply NOT to overcook the chicken, so it is tender & tasty, well infused with the braising sauce.

then i dished out the chicken pieces into the aluminum carrier tray.

braised taupok

at sheng shiong last evening, i also bought 2 packets of hara taupok 豆腐皮.

i chose packets with 11 pieces (some only 10 pieces). this morning i cut each piece into 4 pieces, so i had=22×4=88 pieces…

so i used the very tasty braising sauce after braising the chicken thighs, and cooked the taupok strips till very soft & well infused…

braised chicken thighs

braised chicken thighs

so i had very tasty taupok, and a bouncy, succulent, braised chicken thigh.

a simple yet beautiful dish.

c.h.e.f andy

Diced Pork with Cabbage – 40th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 15Sep2017

diced pork with cabbage

made diced pork with cabbage for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 15.9.2017. ^^

this my 40th friday breakfast community meal 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.

diced pork with cabbage

returned from hong kong last evening 14.9.2017.

following on last friday’s dice pork dish, i went to sheng shion & bought 4packets=1.6kg of diced pork, and 1.1kg of cabbage.

1.6kg diced pork for steaming in steam oven for 1.5hrs

had to wake up at 6am because i need to steam pork in steam oven for 1.5hrs so that it was very tender👍

cabbage

other than that preparation was easy.

cabbage

just fried chopped garlic & 1 cut chili padi in oil & add cabbage. added 1 tbsp oyster sauce

i drained some juice from the steamed pork & added to to the cabbage. covered the wok & cooked for 10 mins to cook the cabbage & reduce the stock. 🙂

set aside the cabbage.

diced pork double-cooked

then cooked the diced pork in the wok over high heat.

i added a bit of mala 麻辣 chili oil. just fried for 1-2minutes to char a bit of the pork.

later teban gardens staff told me the residents loved the pork especially the slight chili flavours. the mala 麻辣 chili oil added nice flavours to the dish.

c.h.e.f andy

Diced Pork with Potatoes & Onions– 39th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 8Sep2017

diced pork with potatoes & onions

did a diced pork with potatoes & onions for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 8.9.2017. ^^

this my 39th friday breakfast community meal 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.

diced pork with potatoes & onions 

i bought about 1kg diced pork from sheng shiong.

this are commonly used for sweet & sour pork咕噜肉。

diced pork 

i defrosted, washed clean with salt, then scalded with boiling water to remove scum & clean the pork.

then i left in strainer in fridge to dry.

diced pork 

next morning, i woke up at 6am & steamed the pork for 1hrs 20mins in the steam oven.

diced pork 

pork was very tender after steaming.

i fried the pork in oil (or butter) on high heat for 1 minute, stirring well. this is the 回锅肉double-cooked pork method, to have a tender texture & a nice slight external charring flavours.

i set the pork aside.

potatoes & onions 

next i fried sliced onions to soften & added chopped garlic.

potatoes & onions 

then i added small cubed potatoes.  & added some oysters sauce. also added the juice of the pork from the steamer after straining. & reduced.

important not to overcook the potatoes, so it breaks in the middle but still have the bite & not mushy.

diced pork with potatoes & onions 

the i added back the diced pot & stir-fry for short while, like 30secs.

diced pork with potatoes & onions 

then i transferred the completed dish to the aluminium carrier.

it was a tasty dish. the folks at teban gardens community service centre loved it. but this quantiy was not quite enough as the size at teban gardens have grown substantially, now about 130pax.

i will cook a bit more next round.

c.h.e.f andy