Babi Pongteh – 98th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 5Jul2019

babi pongteh

made babi pongteh for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 5.7.2019.^^

i cook a dish for teban gardens every friday unless i am traveling or otherwise indisposed.

this my 98th 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.

boiled belly pork

i made babi pongteh once before almost 4yrs back. it was pretty good.

this time making a breakfast dish for 140pax at teban gardens, a bit different. i had about 500g belly pork and 800g pork chop which i cut into small cubes. and i added carrots and potatoes for the bulk, to give a substantial dish. so no taupok and mushrooms this time.

and because i cooked in the morning, it was easier for me to precooked the belly pork the evening before, about 1.5hrs and placed in fridge in ziploc.

this morning i cut the belly pork. this way the texture inside very tender, but cut nicely w/o fraying. and speeded up my preparation in the morning.

fry diced pork chop

i fried 5 cut shallots to translucent and added 5 chopped garlic cloves. added 4tbsp crushed taujeon and fried till fragrant.

then added diced pork fried about 10mins. and added 2tbsp light soy sauce, 1 tbsp dark soy sauce.

added belly pork

then added the boiled belly pork.

babi pongteh

babi pongteh

stirred thoroughly to mix and it’s done. set aside.

added carrots and potatoes

then i fried carrots with oyster sauce for 10mins to soften. then added cut potatoes, another 10mins to cook.

babi pongteh

babi pongteh

babi pongteh

babi pongteh

and added the carrots and potatoes to the babi pongteh.

babi pongteh

babi pongteh

a very tasty dish, with nice taujeon flavours and wonderful belly pork texture.

c.h.e.f andy

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Curry Vegetables with Belly Pork – 97th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 28Jun2019

curry veg with belly pork

made curry vegetables with belly pork for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 28.6.2019.^^

i cook a dish for teban gardens every friday unless i am traveling or otherwise indisposed.

this my 97th 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.

french beans, ocra and eggplant

happens that my RI bro KWL passed me 2 packets of heng’s vegetable curry he bought in JB.

i bought some vegetables totaling 1kg+.

curry vegetables

curry vegetables

and cooked a nice, very tasty vegetables curry with the paste.

just fried long beans with curry paste and curry leaves first 5mins, then added ocra, added pork stock from making the crispy pork and covered for 5mins. then added eggplants another 5mins.

added 1 packet 200ml coconut milk, mixed well and set aside.

crispy belly pork

crispy belly pork

for the crispy pork, i blanched in boiling water, cleaned and placed in 130degC oven for 3.5hrs…and drained in fridge overnight…pork very tender.

this morning i shallow fried in 2 batches, drained off oil in colander, and used the oil to fry the vegetables for the curry.

curry veg with belly pork

curry veg with belly pork

curry veg with belly pork

then added back the belly pork to the curry vegetables.

curry veg with belly pork

curry veg with belly pork

a very tasty dish, crispy pork tender inside, and a very tasty curry vegetables.

c.h.e.f andy

Braised Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots – 96th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 21Jun2019

braised chicken with potatoes and carrots

made braised chicken with potatoes and carrots for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 21.6.2019.^^

i cook a dish for teban gardens every friday unless i am traveling or otherwise indisposed.

this my 96th 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, potatoes and carrots

the usual preparation – cleaned, cut and drained dry  2kg chicken thighs in fridge, then marinated with 3tbsp fish sauce, 4tbsp huadiao wine and 2tbsp corflour overnight in fridge.

cut carrots and potatoes.

braised chicken

braised chicken

this morning, fried with cut ginger and chopped garlic about 5-6mins then set aside.

braised chicken with potatoes and carrots

then fried carrots first about 5mins to soften, then added potatoes.

added back the chicken gravy and covered and cooked another 10mins.

braised chicken with potatoes and carrots

braised chicken with potatoes and carrots

braised chicken with potatoes and carrots

then added back the chicken, mixed thoroughly and plated the dish into the aluminium carrier.

and done!

a vert tasty dish la…

c.h.e.f andy

Curry Chicken and Potatoes – 95th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 14Jun2019

crispy pork with cabbage

made crispy pork with cabbage for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 14.6.2019.^^

i cook a dish for teban gardens every friday unless i am traveling or otherwise indisposed.

this my 95th 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.

crispy pork with cabbage

crispy pork

bought 2 packets diced pork and 1 packet diced belly pork total 1.2kg from sheng shiong.

slow braised 3.5hrs in 130degC oven the evening before and drained dry in fridge overnight.

shallow fry is 1cm oil this morning. ^^

crispy pork

crispy pork with cabbage

crispy pork with cabbage

used leftover oil to fry cabbage with oyster sauce, about 1 kg cabbage.

added back the pork and mixed thoroughly.

crispy pork with cabbage

plated in aluminium carrier and brought to teban gardens. ^^

c.h.e.f andy

Recipe 7th Sharing & Demo = Claypot Tanhoon Prawns and Char Siew @ Teban Gardens on 12Jun2019

teban gardens residents

teban gardens PPHCSC (pasir panjang hill community service centre) organised a cooking sharing session on 3.4.2019. ^^.

this my 6th cooking demo and sharing… 🙂

20 residents attended today.

i shared 2 dishes-

  1. char siew &
  2. claypot tanhoon prawns

char siew

char siew i had to cook at home first. and i brought along, and cut it when we were serving.

teban gardens just got thei new oven delivered 2 days ago. i have not tried it here so better to do it the usual way at home.

char siew was very tasty and tender, as Rosalind said, she could feel it when i was cutting.

i walked through the steps. the recipe was earlier provided to the residents.

claypot tanhoon prawns

for claypot tanhoon prawns, i prepared the stick at home and put together/cooked the dish on the spot. 🙂

tanhoon had just the right texture, moist and flavourful, likewise the prawns.

for tanhoon, i demo on the spot, put the prawns followed by tanhoon into the boiling stock, mixed well, covered, mixed a bit again, and as the stock reduced, the flavours were infused intot eh tanhoon which remained moist and very flavourful.

teban gardens residents

Ros dishing out sharing portions 

so both char siew and claypot tanhoon prawns turned out beautifully, quite the usual. 🙂

char siew marinated 2days in chiller

char siew ready for 16mins grill in 250degC oven

char siew

so the char siew recipe as follows-

Recipe

1 poach, clean, dry 500g belly pork
2 cut in 1/2 to make 2 slender slices 2cm thick (i have thick 500g+ slab)
3 marinade with 1tsp each of LKK char siew sauce, hoi sin sauce, oyster sauce, light soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, 1tbsp of red fermented beancurd and chopped garlic, 1/3 tsp salt overnight in fridge
4 place on rack, drizzle 1tsp honey and place in 250degC oven for 16mins. leave char siew in oven for 4 more mins.

20 large 21/25 prawns

sauce for tanhoon prawns

claypot tanhoon prawns

and the recipe for claypot tanhoon prawns as below-

Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 500g deveined large prawns with shell
  • 100g sliced belly pork (optional)
  • 150g tanhoon (3 bundles)
  • 4 stalks coriander
  • 2 cm cut ginger pieces
  • 1 bulb peeled garlic cloves
  • 30g haebee
  • 2tsp ground black pepper
  • 300ml cup chicken stock
  • can use prawn stock also or mix

Directions

(for stock):

  1. prepare prawn stock – fry prawn heads & shell in butter (or oil) till fragrant. add salt, a bit of oil, water & boil for 2-3hrs.
  2. prepare chicken stock – i debone 1 chicken & boil the chicken bones with cut carrots for 3hrs – very intense stock

Directions:

  1. fry garlic cloves, haebee, sliced belly pork in oil. add cut ginger, black pepper. fry till fragrant.
  2. add 2 stalks coriander.
  3. add chicken stock and reduced further to anout 200ml
  4. marinate prawns with 2tsp fish sauce & white pepper.
  5. put tanhoon in water to soften.
  6. when ready to cook, boil stock. add prawn, stir to immerse prawns in stock, add tanhoon, toss, turn fire to medium & cover the claypot for few minutes. toss again. voila!

Ros dishing out sharing portions

the residents had many enthusiastic questions. it was a great sharing and learning experience for all. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

 

 

Curry Chicken and Potatoes – 94th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 7Jun2019

curry chicken and potatoes

made curry chicken and potatoes for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 7.6.2019.^^

i cook a dish for teban gardens every friday unless i am traveling or otherwise indisposed.

this my 94th 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 friday community breakfast

residents queueig up at teban gardens communit service centre. 🙂

curry chicken and potatoes 

preparation was straight forward. i just used a packet of heng’s nonya chicken curry paste.

cleaned, cut and drained the chicken thighs evening before, and marinated overnight with the chicken curry paste. as i am using 2kg chicken (instead of usual 1kg on the packet) and almost maybe 800g potatoes, i also added 3 tbsp fish sauce.

curry chicken and potatoes

i fried the chicken first. added 1 packet 200ml coconut milk and covered, 6mins.

then removed chicken and added potatoes to the curry gravy. add water if required.

cooked for 10mins till potatoes just cooked ie chopstick poked clean through and breaks when pressed against side of wok.

curry chicken and potatoes

curry chicken and potatoes

curry chicken and potatoes

curry chicken and potatoes

then just added back chicken, mixed thoroughly and the dish was done.

curry chicken and potatoes

curry chicken and potatoes

curry chicken and potatoes

then i plated it on the aluminium carrier and kept in 40degC oven till time to deliver to teban gardens usually about 8.15am.

put on aluminium foil and placed in a box carton lined with old newspapers.

c.h.e.f andy

Pork Belly and Pork Collar Pieces with Carrots and Onions – 93rd Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 24May2019

pork belly and pork collar pieces with carrots and onions

made pork belly and pork collar pieces with carrots and onions for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 24.5.2019.^^

i cook a dish for teban gardens every friday unless i am traveling or otherwise indisposed.

this my 93rd 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.

shallow fried pork belly and pork collar pieces

used 2x400g packets pork neck small cuts $3.95 each and 1x400g pork belly small cuts from sheng shiong $4.35…

cleaned, marinated with 3tbsp fish sauce and 3 tbsp shaoxing wine, added water to cover and put in 130degC oven for 3hrs to make the tender texture..

filtered out the juices and put pork in fridge overnight to dry…the juice very tasty.

shallow fried pork belly and pork collar pieces

this morning, deep fried pork in 2 batches in large wok about 1cm very hot oil..removed, drained on kitchen towel…

carrots and onions

fried carrots and onions..added 1tbsp oyster sauce…strained and added the juice from the pork, covered and cooked the carrots.

pork belly and pork collar pieces with carrots and onions

pork belly and pork collar pieces with carrots and onions

then added back pork, mixed thoroughly and off fire.

pork belly and pork collar pieces with carrots and onions

tasted.

pork was tender inside and slight crispy outside, the texture i wanted to achieve.

pork belly and pork collar pieces with carrots and onions

pork belly and pork collar pieces with carrots and onions

pork belly and pork collar pieces with carrots and onions

put in aluminium carrier in 40degC oven to keep warm..

then bring to teban gardens….

c.h.e.f andy

 

Braised Chicken with Baby Shanghai Greens – 92nd Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 10May2019

braised chicken with baby shanghai greens

made braised chicken with baby shanghai greens for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 10.5.2019.^^

i cook a dish for teban gardens every friday unless i am traveling or otherwise indisposed.

this my 92nd 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, shitake, baby shanghai greens

marinated chicken with 3 tbsp fish sauce and 3tbsp huadiao wine and 1 heap tbsp corflour overnight in fridge.

braised chicken

braised chicken

braised chicken

braised chicken

fried chicken in non stick pan, about 5-6mins, then set aside.

shanghai greens and shitake

shanghai greens and shitake

fried 3x250g shanghai greens and 2x200g shitake with chopped garlic and 1 tbsp oyster sauce.

added back gravy from chicken.

just few minutes.

(i bought 3x250g packets baby shanghai greens from sheng shiong for S$2.50)..

braised chicken with baby shanghai greens

just add back chicken, mixed thoroughly and off fire.

braised chicken with baby shanghai greens

braised chicken with baby shanghai greens

braised chicken with baby shanghai greens

braised chicken with baby shanghai greens

a beautiful dish for teban gardens residents.

c.h.e.f andy

Braised Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots – 91st Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 3May2019

braised chicken with potatoes and carrots

made braised chicken with potatoes and carrots for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 3.5.2019.^^

i cook a dish for teban gardens every friday unless i am traveling or otherwise indisposed.

this my 91st 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 130pax community breakfast

teban gardens 130pax community breakfast

teban gardens 130pax community breakfast

teban gardens 130pax community breakfast

130 to 140 residents queued up for the food.

i only make 1 dish, teban gardens catered for fried beehoon and yutiao or butterfly or porridge…

and often the centre director R also made some dishes for them. her dishes – laksa, porridge etc all quite awesome… 🙂

braised chicken

braised chicken

braised chicken with potatoes and carrots

for today, i marinated 2kg cut chicken fillet with 3 tbsp fish sauce, 3 tbsp huadiao wine, and 1 tbsp heap corn flour overnight in fridge.

in the morning, i fried in non stick pan for 5-6mins, added a little water as required, and set aside.

potatoes and carrots

then i fried carrots first with chopped garlic and 2tbsp oyster sauce to soften, abut 5mins, then potatoes, added back some gravy from chicken, covered and cooked for 10mins. potatoes cooked when break when pressed against side of wok. do not overcook.

braised chicken with potatoes and carrots

the added back chicken, mixed thoroughly and off fire. and transferred to aluminium carrier to bring to teban gardens.

braised chicken with potatoes and carrots

tasted it. a beautiful dish, very tender chicken, sweet carrots and nice tasty potatoes.

c.h.e.f andy

Nonya Curry Chicken – 90th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 26Apr2019

nonya curry chicken with potatoes

made cnonya curry chicken for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 26.4.2019.^^

i cook a dish for teban gardens every friday unless i am traveling or otherwise indisposed.

this my 90th 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.

nonya curry chicken with potatoes

i just used one packet of mak’s nonya curry sauce and 2kg cut chicken and about 6 potatoes maybe 800g.

curry chicken

curry chicken 

i defrost, cut and dry 2kg of boneless chicken thighs, then marinated with mak’s nonya curry sauce overnight in the fridge.

i fried and cooked chicken about 5-6mins in the morning.

potatoes

removed chicken and cooked potatoes, about 10mins, till potatoes break when pressed against the side of the wok.

nonya curry chicken with potatoes

nonya curry chicken with potatoes 

then added back the chicken and mixed.

off fire and transferred to aluminium carrier.

nonya curry chicken with potatoes

i left in 40degC oven to keep warm.

when transporting, i put on aluminium foil and delivered to teban gardens.

c.h.e.f andy

Chicken with Mushrooms and Fungus – 89th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 5Apr2019

chicken with mushrooms and fungus

made chicken with mushrooms and fungus for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 5.4.2019.^^

this my 89th 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 mushrooms and fungus

an excellent tasting dish. 🙂

chicken, shimeji mushrooms, cloud and wood fungus

i diced and marinated 2kg boneless chicken thighs the evening before = 3 tbsp fish sauce, 2tbsp corn flour, pepper and 4tbsp shaoxing wine.

i am keeping the taste plain so no oyster sauce, no sesame oil, no light soy sauce.

i got ready wood fungus S$2.10 for 200g from sheng shiong, some left over cloud fungus (all softened), and 2 packets of shimeji mushrooms cut.

chicken with mushrooms and fungus

chicken with mushrooms and fungus

chicken with mushrooms and fungus

this morning just fried the chicken thoroughly added the fungus and mushrooms, covered and cooked for 6mins.

chicken with mushrooms and fungus

chicken with mushrooms and fungus

chicken with mushrooms and fungus

a simple and very tasty dish.

chciken was very tender and tasty. so was the mushrooms and cloud fungus and wood fungus was crunchy. very nice.

c.h.e.f andy

Recipe 6th Sharing & Demo = Garlic Steamed Sotong and Salted Egg Prawns @ Teban Gardens on 3Apr2019

24 attended the cooking sharing

teban gardens PPHCSC (pasir panjang hill community service centre) organised a cooking sharing session on 3.4.2019. ^^.

this my 6th cooking demo and sharing… 🙂

24 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 88th friday breakfast community meal dish at teban gardens community service centre on 29.3.2019.

24 attended the cooking sharing

24 attended the cooking sharing

garlic steamed sotong and salted egg prawns

today i shared and demo 2 dishes –

1 garlic steamed sotong 蒜蓉蒸花枝(墨鱼)
2 salted egg prawns…咸蛋虾

shallow fried prawns

shallow fried prawns

salted egg yoke and curry leaves

Recipe for salted egg prawns and garlic steamed sotong at the bottom page.

wasabi prawns, salted egg prawns, yuzu prawns all basically same preparation just add different sauce like wasabi mayo.

i don’t add milk or mayo in this recipe. my other variation is i don’t like deepfry as it takes and wastes a lot of oil and i don’t know what to reuse for, so i do shallow-fry just 1cm deep oil.

the salted egg prawns was fragrant and flavourful. ^^

sotong

minced garlic

garlic steamed sotong

garlic steamed sotong the easiest of preprarations.

basically it is just hk steamed and topped with minced garlic. the garlic gave it excellent flavours and is a common preparations for bamboo (razor) clams at restaurants, a heavenly sauce to add to plain rice la!

makan time – a taste of the dishes

makan time – a taste of the dishes

makan time – a taste of the dishes

teban garden staff portioned the servings.

garlic steamed sotong and salted egg prawns

i had lots of help from the residents too.

a lady actually did the frying of the salted egg and curry leaves for me while i shared about the dishes. lol! ^^

we had lots of fun! 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

 

Recipe for salted egg prawns

15 shelled and deveined large prawns ie remove head & shell and cut centre to remove veins and clean well

2 egg yokes in a bowl and 2 tbsp cornflour on plate or clean flat surface

dip prawns first in egg yoke then in corn flour & place on clean plate

heat <2cm oil in deep flat bottom pot ..put in a clean dry chopsticks if starting bubbling means oil is hot

shallow-fry the prawns 1min on each side till golden brown ..do not crowd pot… do in batches 5-8 prawns..do 2 or 3 batches depend size of pot..set aside..

mince 3 salted egg yokes. fry with 2 twigs curry leaves in 1 tbsp oil till fragrant..add the prawns & mix thoroughly.. serve

Recipe for garlic hong kong steamed sotong

large sotong (squid) 300g

clean and cross cut the sotong

place sotong in steamer plate

add 2tbsp each of light soy sauce, olive oil (or veg oil) and mirin (optional)

place 3tbsp chopped garlic over the sotong

steam for 4-5mins

serve

 

回锅肉 Mala Belly Pork with Vegetables – 88th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 29Mar2019

回锅肉mala belly pork with vegetables

made 回锅肉 mala belly pork with vegetables for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on 29.3.2019.^^

this my 88th 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.

回锅肉mala belly pork with vegetables

tender cooked belly pork

tender cooked belly pork

for 回锅肉, i salted belly pork for  3hrs and boiled 1.5hrs the evening before and stored the cooked pork in double ziploc bag in the chiller overnight.

this way i can cut the belly pork nicely and cleanly this morning. you can feel the pork is tender when you are cutting it. 🙂

potatoes, carrots, onions

i cooked the carrots, onions and potatoes. added 2 tbsp of oyster sauce.

carrots had to be cooked first for 10mins, then added the potatoes, covered, add water if need, and cooked for another 10mins so potatoes were just cooked.

回锅肉mala belly pork with vegetables

added the sliced belly pork.

then added 1 heap tbsp mala chilli oil and the dish is done.

回锅肉mala belly pork with vegetables

回锅肉mala belly pork with vegetables

回锅肉mala belly pork with vegetables

回锅肉mala belly pork with vegetables

mala as i always say, is not just about spicy or numb. most importantly it is the fragrance, makes the dish really flavourful and tasty.

c.h.e.f andy

Mala Braised Chicken with Vegetables – 87th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 22Mar2019

mala braised chicken with veg

made braised chicken and potatoes for teban gardens community breakfast this morning on w.3.2019.^^

this my 87th 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

cleaned, cut, drained and marinated 2kg cut chicken pieces with 2 tbsp fish sauce, 2tbsp light soy sauce, 2 tbsp oyster sauce, 2tbsp sesame oil and 2tbsp cornflour in fridge overnight.

fried chicken with 1tbsp chopped garlic in non stick wok. added little water.

braised chicken with vegetables

removed chicken.

used sauce to cook carrots 5mins, then added cut potatoes, cut leek (white part), cut 1 large yellow onion, for 10mins till potatoes were just cooked.

braised chicken with veg

mala braised chicken with veg

added back chicken.

added 2 tbsp mala sauce off fire and mixed thoroughly.

mala braised chicken with veg

mala braised chicken with veg

mala braised chicken with veg

a beautiful dish, very tasty and non too spicy.

feebback from teban gardens was that it was really delicious!

c.h.e.f andy

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

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 5th Sharing & Demo = Egg White Fried Rice and 回锅肉Doublecooked Pork @ 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