Recipe = Prawn Capellini in White Wine Sauce = A Simple Meal on 1Jun2018

prawn capellini in white wine sauce

made a simple pasta dish = prawn capellini in white wine sauce for myself on 1.6.2018. ^^

eating alone this evening, so just use whatever leftovers.

i had some very tasty intense chicken stock, an open packet with like 100g capellini left, some small frozen shrimps…

prawn capellini in white wine sauce

pasta is all about stock, actually any dish western, japanese, chinese, asian all about stock…

very simple dish –

  1. brown a whole bulb of garlic cloves in 1-2 tbsp olive oil, add 1cut chilli padi
  2. off fire, add 50ml white wine & 2/3 cup stock & reduce the pasta sauce, add seasalt to taste
  3. boil 150g prawns, wash & drain
  4. cook capellini to just below al dente
  5. heat pasta sauce, off fire, add capellini & prawns, and toss
  6. add shaved mozarella cheese, sweet basil leaves to flavour & garnish
  7. add 15g gourmet butter (optional)

such a wonderful dish! 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredeints-

  1. 150g pasta
  2. 150g prawns
  3. 1 whole bulb of garlic cloves
  4. 2tbsp olive oil, 1 cut chilli padi
  5. 50ml white wine, 2/3 cup chicken stock
  6. 8 basil leaves, shaved cheese, 15g gourmet butter

Directions-

  1. brown a whole bulb of garlic cloves in 1-2 tbsp olive oil, add 1cut chilli padi
  2. off fire, add 50ml white wine & 2/3 cup stock & reduce the pasta sauce, add seasalt to taste
  3. boil 150g prawns, wash & drain
  4. cook capellini to just below al dente
  5. heat pasta sauce, off fire, add capellini & prawns, and toss
  6. add shaved mozarella cheese, sweet basil leaves to flavour & garnish
  7. add 15g gourmet butter (optional)

 

 

Seafood Alio Olio on 7Aug2016

seafood alio olio

seafood alio olio

did a very good seafood alio olio this evening on 7.8.2016. ^^

i have not done this for a really long time.

mainly because my helper does an excellent alio olio. she usually uses prawns & sliced chicken breast. on balance i think her best would still edge out my dish tonight.

still my seafood alio olio was very good tonight. 🙂

seafood alio olio

seafood alio olio

i browned the garlic cloves on medium fire. fantastic aroma…added cut chilli padi.

then added prawns & squid seasoned with fish sauce & white pepper.

then added chicken stock.

i removed the prawns & squid then reduced the stock. tasted it, was tasty & intense. i did not add white wine & sugar this evening.

then i added back the prawns & squid, off fire, added the spaghetti & tossed.

last, i added some butter, so the spaghetti & sauce mixed very well.

i topped it with some basil.

seafood alio olio

seafood alio olio

the result was a very tasty pasta.

daughter commented the sotong (squid) was excellent, just the perfect texture. so was the prawn!

& i like the spicy tinge from the chilli padi.

a simple dish & enough for 3pax on a sunday evening.

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredients:

  • 200g spaghetti
  • 1 whole bulb of peeled garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 medium prawns
  • 1 whole medium squid
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce + 2 tsp white pepper (season prawns & sotong)
  • 300ml chicken stock

Directions:

  1. brown garlic cloves on medium fire. add cut chilli padi.
  2. add prawns & squid seasoned with fish sauce & white pepper. add chicken stock.
  3. remove prawns & squid and reduce stock.
  4. add back prawns & squid, off fire, add the spaghetti & toss.
  5. add some butter, so the spaghetti & sauce mix very well.
  6. top with some basil.

Beautiful Japanese Chashu (using the Miso Belly Pork Preparation)

chashu 6hrs in 90degC oven

chashu 6hrs in 90degC oven

did a very good chashu yesterday on 19.12.2015. ^^

used my new miso belly pork method, reduced 1 hr to 6hr at 90degC.

for the marinade, i used 1 tsp flat sugar, 2 tbsp light soy sauce, 2 tbsp mirin, 2 tbsp sake, 1 chilli padi, 1/2 red onions cut into 4, 2 tsp chopped garlic.

chashu 6hrs in 90degC oven

chashu 6hrs in 90degC oven

texture was perfect! very tender & retaining some bite. 🙂

the tender braising at lower temperature did the trick, & the gelatine released made the pork very flavourful.

chashu 6hrs in 90degC oven

chashu 6hrs in 90degC oven

to make it easier to cut, i still left it in the fridge overnight.

chashu 6hrs in 90degC oven

chashu 6hrs in 90degC oven

the belly pork cut quite prefectly. i put it back to the oven at 40degC to warm up for 1/2hr & longer..

chashu 6hrs in 90degC oven

chashu 6hrs in 90degC oven

looked good & tasted great.

chashu 6hrs in 90degC oven

chashu 6hrs in 90degC oven

quite ideal for japanese ramen, or a chashu don (on sushi rice).

chashu 6hrs in 90degC oven

chashu 6hrs in 90degC oven

it’s an easy dish to prepare. i am planning to do this together with miso belly pork for a larger group later, maybe start of 2016. shall see. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

ingredients :-

  • 300g belly pork (this a small serving, my small oven dish can easily take 600g)
  • 1 tsp flat sugar
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • 2 tbsp sake
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 chilli padi
  • 1/2 red onions (or 2-3 shallots)
  • 2 tbsp chopped garlic

Directions :-

  1. scald belly pork with boiling water to remove scum & cleaned with running water
  2. mixed sugar, mirin, sake, light soy sauce, chilli padi, red onions (or shallots) * chopped garlic in a large bowl
  3. place belly pork on the side in the small oven dish & add marinade. should come up to between 1/2 & 2/3
  4. place in 90degC over for 6 hrs. turn over pork at 3hrs.
  5. leave in fridge overnight. cut into slices & warm up 1/2hr- in a 40degC oven.

Spicy Black Beans Bittergourd

#12 spicy black beans bittergourd

spicy black beans bitter gourd

had nice spicy black beans bitter gourd at ye shanghai recently on 7.10.2015 & wanted to try it out. 🙂

this i did as one of the 15 teochew muay dishes for my RI friends on 28.10.2015. ^^

lee kum kee spicy black bean sauce

lee kum kee spicy black bean sauce

i used lee kum kee spicy black bean sauce. 🙂

spicy black beans bittergourd

spicy black beans bitter gourd

first time i am doing the dish. luckily it is really easy to do-

cut one large bitter gourd into 1/2′ by 2″ pieces & soak in water for 4hrs (i added 1 tsp salt). rinse thoroughly in slow running water to remove some of the bitterness

add 2 cloves chopped garlic, 1/2 cut chilli padi & 1 – 2 tbsp spicy black bean sauce (to taste) & stir-fry till fragrant

add bitter gourd & stir-fry to coat & infused it with the tasty sauce

add 1.5cups stock, cover & reduce

spicy black beans bittergourd2

spicy black beans bitter gourd

the bitter gourd turned out to be very tasty! ^^

very important to reduce.

it made the black bean sauce combined with bitter gourd flavour more intense!

spicy black beans bittergourd

spicy black beans bitter gourd

i think it was really very good standard. 🙂

spicy black beans bittergourd4

spicy black beans bitter gourd

tasty, very slight bitter taste enhanced by the slight salty & spicy black bean sauce.

& it was so easy to make, and cheap – 1 large bitter gourd cost just about S$1.50. & yet it delivers such a wonderful mildly bitter & very intense flavourful dish.

c.h.e.f andy

Prawn & Oyster Beehoon (the Crab Beehoon Style)

crab beehoon style prawn beehoon

crab beehoon style prawn beehoon

recently a friend bought 4pax dinner & crab beehoon at seng kee on 1.2.2015.

we were all quite disappointed with the food, especially the crab beehoon which cost S$70 after my friend was given a special discount.

i was thinking, maybe i should cook this myself. it did not look difficult at all.

subsequently i did have a very good S$60 crab beehoon (i think at this price all stalls selling crab beehoon must at least be of this standard) at kamjiazhuang organised by my daughter on 7.2.2015.

crab beehoon style prawn beehoon

crab beehoon style prawn beehoon

anyhow, today i decided to give it a try, on 26.2.2015. ^^

i didn’t have crabs & did not intend to get crabs to experiment, so i did a flavourful stock of prawn heads & shells with salt & oil. (i did the same for my chilli crab pasta w/o crabs).

i fried some chopped shallots, garlic, 2 chilli padi & 1 cm sliced ginger in oil in a wok on medium to a nice aroma. then i added the cleaned chinese cabbage & fried till it softened, and added some fish sauce. i removed the vegetables and added about 200g of beehoon softened in cold water & stir fried a short while. then i added the prawn stock together with the unshelled prawns & turned the fire up to reduce the stock. i added 2tablespoon of oyster sauce & 1 tablespoon of cornflour.

once the stock was reduced and checked for taste & making sure the beehoon was not overcooked, i added the oysters, covered it with the beehoon & off the fire.

& it was ready to serve. voila!

crab beehoon style prawn beehoon

crab beehoon style prawn beehoon

crab beehoon style prawn beehoon

crab beehoon style prawn beehoon

crab beehoon style prawn beehoon

crab beehoon style prawn beehoon

for me the test was –

1. that the shellfish stock flavours were infused into the beehoon (入味)
2. the beehoon are NOT marshy, stick together

i had tasted the dish during cooking, so i knew it was tasty & flavourful & the shellfish stock was properly infused. overall i was quite satisfied with the result, so maybe will try with crab or lobster.

while the current preparation was not really superb, it was still probably better than seng kee’s which was more like a singapore fried beehoon than a crab beehoon.

c/w with kamjiazhuang’s crab beehoon & ming kee’s crab beehoon though, mine was quite some way to go. so let’s see if i can get close using crab instead of prawns.

c.h.e.f andy