(My First) Chicken Rendang

chicken rendang

chicken rendang

first time i am cooking chicken rendang on 22.11.2015. ^^

actually first time i cooking any rendang.

chicken rendang

chicken rendang

like the babi pongteh i did yesterday, i am thinking to do this for a RI eat-together at a friend’s house on 3.12.2015. 🙂

i initially thought of doing my nonya curry chicken.

a friend is now doing the curry chicken, so i thought either to skip the chicken, OR to do a different style – a dry chicken rendang. 🙂

chicken rendang

chicken rendang

i looked at some online recipes. the one i like best is by nonya cooking.

i mostly followed that with some minor variations.

lemon grass, dessicated coconut, galangal

lemon grass, dessicated coconut, galangal

i went to sheng shiong to get some ingredients like lemon grass, galangal & dessicated coconut.

dessicated coconut

dessicated coconut

i added about 30g dessicated coconut and fried under medium to low fire.

kerisik

kerisik

until golden brown=kerisik.

kerisik

kerisik

set aside the kerisik.

blended chilli, ginger, galangal, lemon grass etc

blended chilli, ginger, galangal, lemon grass etc

i blended 12 dry chilli (soaked in hot water & seeded), 4cm galangal, 3cm ginger, 7 shallots, 3garlic cloves, and 3 stalks lemon grass (white part).

frying the rempah

frying the rempah

then i fried in 3 tbsp oil till the rempah is fragrant.

deboned chicken pieces, about 800g

deboned chicken pieces, about 800g

i had earlier deboned  1.4kg chicken. i kept the 2 drum sticks for future use, and the legs & bones for soup.

fyring the chicken

fyring the chicken

i added the cut chicken breast meat & 2 wings & fried with the rempah to coat the chicken.

chicken rendang

chicken rendang

i did for about 10mins.

chicken rendang

chicken rendang

then i added 200ml coconut milk.

added the kerisik and cooked for another 20mins, adding salt & tasting. & tried the chicken that it was cooked & not overcooked.

then i added some cut kaffir lime leaves.

then reduced to a drier, very fragrant chicken rendang dish.

chicken rendang

chicken rendang

i did the final taste & added 1 tbsp fish sauce.

chicken rendang

chicken rendang

overall, it was really quite an excellent dish.

it was intended for dinner to be eaten with rice. daughter & later wife came back & we finished more than 1/2 without any rice.

looks like we are going out for dimsum dinner instead.

daughter & wife thought the lemon grass could be reduced. otherwise quite perfect.

i did have a superb S$5 chicken rendang rice at kopi roti central with mei mei & my good dentist friend on 19.9.2015.

i think that one still better than mine la…just S$5!

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredients :-

  • 800g cut chicken
  • 30g dessicated coconut
  • 1 heap tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 6 kaffir lime leaves

for rempah paste –

  • 12 red chilli seeded (i used 12 quite old dry chilli so colour not red enuf!)
  • 3cm ginger
  • 4cm galangal
  • 2 stalks lemon grass (white part) – (i used 3 will reduce next time)
  • 7 shallots
  • 3 clove garlic

Directions :-

  1. fry 30g dessicated coconut and fried under medium to low fire to lightly golden brown (kerisik). set aside.
  2. blend 12 red chilli (or dry chilli soaked in hot water & seeded), 4cm galangal, 3cm ginger, 7 shallots, 3garlic cloves, and 2 stalks lemon grass (white part) for rempah paste.
  3. fry in 3 tbsp oil till the rempah is fragrant.
  4. add cut chicken breast meat & 2 wings & fry with the rempah to coat the chicken. fry for 10mins.
  5. add 200ml coconut milk. add the kerisik and cooked for another 20mins (add some water & cover), adding salt & tasting. try chicken, to see that it is cooked & not overcooked.
  6. add some cut kaffir lime leaves. then reduce to a drier, very fragrant chicken rendang dish.

 

A Quick Simple Home Meal

porridge with dried scallops, chicken breast & minced chicken balls

porridge with dried scallops, chicken breast & minced chicken balls

made a simple homecooked meal this evening on 17.6.2015.^^

wife wanted porridge & i was thinking of the nice porridge in hong kong, like at keung kee chicken porridge 强记鸡粥.

steamed cod in light soy sauce & olive oil

steamed cod in light soy sauce & olive oil

i had a leftover piece of cod so decided to steam it. that went very well with the porridge. i did that for my recent 6-course anniversary dinner as well.^^

steamed cod in light soy sauce & olive oil

steamed cod in light soy sauce & olive oil

for the cod-

add 2 tablespoon olive oil & 1 to 2 tablespoon light soy sauce (to taste)

cut chilli padi & some spring onions (i did not have spring onions & i cut the green part of a leek in very fine julienne.

placed in a dish & steamed (about 10mins).

cod was really excellent! tender, sweet, tasty, oily flavours. 🙂

porridge with dried scallops, chicken breast & minced chicken balls

porridge with dried scallops, chicken breast & minced chicken balls

for the porridge-

wash 1 cup rice & put in a dutch oven with 1.5l water.

add oil, 2 pieces dried scallops, and a chicken drumstick quarter with skin removed (i used breast meat as i did not have the drumstick which is better with the bone), and boiled for 1.5 to 2 hrs until rice is broken up into consistent smooth texture. add water where required.

i also made some minced chicken balls (did not have minced pork), marinated with fish sauce & pepper.

porridge with dried scallops, chicken breast & minced chicken balls

porridge with dried scallops, chicken breast & minced chicken balls

the porridge was very nice. i think hong kong standard, very smooth & sweet. wife & daughter had several helpings.

fried brocoli with garlic 蒜蓉炒

fried broccoli with garlic 蒜蓉炒

i had some broccoli so did a fried broccoli with garlic 蒜蓉炒-

add 1 cut chilli padi, 2 teaspoon chopped garlics, & fry with the broccoli stems until soft then add the broccoli.

add 1 tablespoon oyster sauce, 2 teaspoon fish sauce, 2 teaspoon cornflour & some water. add to the pan & cover.

fried brocoli with garlic 蒜蓉炒

fried broccoli with garlic 蒜蓉炒

simple & nice, tasty broccoli.

it was a very enjoyable dinner for 3pax, simple & easy to prepare.

c.h.e.f andy

Tapao (Takeaway) Dinner @ Holland Village XO Fish Head Bee Hun Restaurant on 11Feb2015

fish belly soup 鱼肌汤

fish belly soup 鱼肌汤

went to watch “Still Alice” at orchard cineleisure with friends on 11.2.2015. 🙂

it’s a movie about early onset of alzeimer. it’s quite slow. but it was a meaningful movie. good actress julianne moore. & kristen stewart was pretty good too.

some of my friends felt the movie was not intense enough, too watered down. they made the same comment about “The Theory of Everything” on stephen hawkings.

for me though, both were ok. the director & scriptwriter had to pick the scenes that best communicated with the audience. perhaps some real live stresses, more intense discord among the characters, tempers flaring might carry the message better. maybe that will offer more tension among the characters & more acting challenges. but i also understand that some methods of portrayal use subtle conversations to convey deep emotions, distress, tension and being conflicted. (i must say that i did not feel any strong connection to alec baldwin feeling conflicted with wanting to go to washington instead of spending the final months with his alzeimer wife though he did stay with her, so in my view that was mediocre acting).

for me the few scenes like telling the husband “why are you not listening to me” when her facial expression seamlessly morphed from anxious sharing to indignation & frustration with the husband not listening to anguish, sorrow & despair needing comfort marked her out as a very good actress. so was the speech at the alzeimer interest group.

& the several scenes of tension with lydia (kristen stewart) showed very good (if subtle – i quite like this subtle approach rather than flaring of emotions though it really depends on the acting, scripting & portrayals) tension between a mother losing her mind & a daughter wanting to be independent & not emotionally blackmailed but loving & caring for the mother. she got across the emotions of tension & conflicted. 🙂

ok, so much for the movie.

the food at cineleisure B1 sucks. so we decided to tapao dinner before movie. a friend picked up the food from Holland Village XO Fish Head Bee Hun Restaurant 荷兰村XO鱼头米粉酒楼.

san loh hor fun生捞河粉

san loh hor fun三捞河粉

the san loh hor fun三捞河粉 was good, but i thought i had tapao better wok hae ones from there. still it was tasty, good fish slices & i love the chilli padi & pickled green chilli.

some tofu dish with prawns & shimeji

some tofu dish with prawns & shimeji

the tofu dish with prawns & shimeji was competent, a good dish.

chicken breast with liver & gizzard

chicken breast with liver & gizzard

the 白斩鸡 chicken rice chicken? pretty good. my friend got the healthy chicken breast. actually chicken breast is the real test of good cooking, so this was pretty good – tender, moist, sweet. didn’t think it was better than my own poached chicken 白斩鸡 nor my son’s lemon roast chicken though.

& confession – i still like drumstick better..haha!^^

fish belly soup 鱼肌汤

fish belly soup 鱼肌汤

i liked the fish belly soup 鱼肌汤 especially. it was xo preparation with good amount of xo (i guess). enjoyed the soup very much.

it was very substantial dinner at S$40 for 4pax (though we had someone who hardly ate), very decent considering food court prices these days. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

S$18pax Set Lunch @ Reddot Brewhouse Dempsey (Quick Update) on 12Mar2014

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we had lunch among the fundonate partners & decided on reddot brewhouse at dempsey. it is convenient, has ample free parking & great ambience & of course has the best value set lunch (S$18pax for 2-course & S$22pax for 3-course, and including drink or coffee as well). 🙂

i had lunch here several times and did an earlier post great lunch with old friend @ reddot brewhouse dempsey on 19nov2013, so this would be just a quick update.

we all took the 2-course set. i had the portobello salad. 2 friends had the bruchetta & the reddot salad. another friend had a melt (lava) cake in place of appetizer. i guess 3 of us were all watching our carbo intake.

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for the mains, 2 friends had the sirloin steak (which looked pretty good), 1 had the chicken breast. i was deciding between my usual halibut (very good here), the steak (which i do rather well at home) and decided on the chef’s special, the beef stroganoff linguine in the above photo. it was excellent. linguine was al dente, very good, and the sauce was excellent. the beef cut was not an expensive one, so just slightly tough, but overall it was an excellent dish, of good restaurant standard, and with nice alfafa & grape tomato garnish. this was a dish i tried at home once previously (pretty ok), so i wanted to try & get some inspiration. 🙂

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the melt cake was a beauty to behold. i had this the last time. the texture (lava) was excellent. the flavour was good too but probably no better than my lava cake. 🙂

1 of my friend was saying he could even come here for lunch if he was dining alone – everything was quite perfect for him.

c.h.e.f andy