Oyster Omelette (蚝烙) Starchy Orh Luah

Oyster Omelette (蚝烙) Starchy OrhLuah

Oyster Omelette (蚝烙) Starchy OrhLuah

continuing on my quest for the starchy orh luah (蚝烙), i bought sweet potato flour from sheng shiong after my passable first attempt on orh jian (蚝煎) – crispy oyster egg.

Oyster Omelette (蚝烙) Starchy OrhLuah

Oyster Omelette (蚝烙) Starchy OrhLuah

Oyster Omelette (蚝烙) Starchy OrhLuah

Oyster Omelette (蚝烙) Starchy OrhLuah

Oyster Omelette (蚝烙) Starchy OrhLuah

Oyster Omelette (蚝烙) Starchy OrhLuah

Oyster Omelette (蚝烙) Starchy OrhLuah

Oyster Omelette (蚝烙) Starchy OrhLuah

Oyster Omelette (蚝烙) Starchy OrhLuah

Oyster Omelette (蚝烙) Starchy OrhLuah

this time i tried a smaller portion, so i used only 1 heap tablespoon sweet potato flour & mixed about 30ml water, adding 1 teaspoon fish sauce & some white pepper(& i would add some chopped spring onions if i have). i used only 1 egg, beating well & adding 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce & some pepper.

i added 3 tablespoon oil & make sure the pan is totally greased, then i spread the  sweet potato flour mixture over the pan on low fire. the difference c/w cornflour is that you see the familiar light transparent batter (whereas cornflour batter is opaque). somehow just the familiar look made it feel delicious. haha. 🙂

i then added the egg & 1 tablespoon of chilli paste & spread with the egg. then i turned fire to high to crisp the egg starch mixture, used the spatula to break up into smaller pieces & pushed to 1 side while i added the oysters. i cooked the oysters for (say) 2minutes making sure it was cooked but not overcooked (it would shrink & become tougher if overcooked).

i would probably need to tweak a bit & do proper garnishing with coriander, but this preparation was nearly there in producing a good oyster omelette, certainly it tasted better than the average hawker stalls. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

 

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Oyster Egg (蚝煎) – Orh Jian

orh luah = oyster omelette

orh jian = oyster egg

had a very nice orh jian (蚝煎) – crispy oyster egg – at beng thin hoon kee on 1.6.2014. 🙂

IQF (individual quick freeze) plump oysters from China

IQF (individual quick freeze) plump oysters from China

i enjoyed it so much i decided to have a go at it myself. i bought a 1kg packet of huge frozen oysters from sheng shiong for S$11.50. these were IQF=individual quick freeze, so very easy to just take out a few & put the remaining in freezer w/o defrosting them. i took out 12 plump oysters.

orh luah = oyster omelette

orh jian = oyster egg

beng thin's version orh jian = crispy oyster egg

beng thin’s version orh jian = crispy oyster egg

i saw a good internet video a hawker making crispy oyster omelette & also look at some recipes.

i mixed 3 heap tablespoon cornflour in a mixing bowl & added 1/3cup tap water for the batter, 1 teaspoon fish sauce & some pepper. i beat 2 eggs with chopped spring onions, 1 teaspoon fish sauce & some pepper.

i added 4 tablespoon oil to a non-stick pan on high fire, then drizzle the batter on the hot pan to form the base. i then added the egg on the batter, slightly spilling over the edges. i then pushed the egg batter aside (like in the video) & added in the oysters, making sure the oysters are not overcooked (& still plump & not shrunk). then i covered the oysters with the egg batter & flipped it on a serving plate. voila!

it was pretty ok for the first attempt. the egg batter was crispy. c/w beng thin’s version orh jian (crispy oyster egg) in above photo was like paper thin crisp.

i will probably try out sweet potato flour ( in place of cornflour ) OR a mix to see if i can get the more sticky starchy batter texture orh luah (蚝烙) that i like. & get some coriander to garnish. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Simple Nice Dinner @ Beng Thin on 1June2014

orh jian = oyster egg

orh jian = oyster egg

went back to beng thin for dinner. we only 3pax, so just ordered their signature dishes = oyster egg, crabmeat fishmaw soup & sea cucumber duck. 🙂

was last here for a 10pax dinner on 23.12.2013, was pretty ok too, satisfying.

sea cucumber duck

sea cucumber duck

crabmeat fishmaw soup

crabmeat fishmaw soup

orh jian = oyster egg

orh jian = oyster egg

crabmeat fishmaw soup

crabmeat fishmaw soup

#1 the crabmeat fishmaw was a bit low on crabmeat. somehow it was not as tasty as before. 😦

#2 the orh jian (蚝煎) – very crispy oyster egg – was every bit as enjoyable (as always!) so much so i decided to try it at home myself. here’s my own oyster omelette. 🙂

#3 sea cucumber duck was also great. duck meat was soft not sinewy & sea cucumber & soup combination with the duck was quite good. there was a bit of tomatoes & celery. great dish. 🙂

there was a 15% discount for UOB cards. we paid S$77 nett after discount, quite ok for the 3 substantial dishes for 3pax.

c.h.e.f. andy

Satisfying 10pax Dinner @ Beng Thin Hoon Kee on 23Dec2013

duck salad

duck salad

organiser of this months’ G10 dinner picked beng thin hoon kee. the hokkien restaurant started in 1949 & moved to its current premises at ocbc centre rooftop carpark in 1979. the founder, a lim yew hoon, recently passed on at 91, after building a very successful restaurant from scratch. it is a restaurant my wife liked & we used to go often in the past. 🙂

we had 10pax for the evening & had a nice quiet corner, good for the restaurant really as we were usually the noisy lot. anyway beng thin was less than 1/2 full this evening on 23.12.2013.

duck salad

duck salad

fishmaw soup

fishmaw soup

skewered prawns

skewered prawns

claypot herbal chicken

claypot herbal chicken

steamed promfret

steamed promfret

brocoli

brocoli

seafood mee suah

seafood mee suah

seafood mee suah

seafood mee suah

teochew orh nee (yam paste)

teochew orh nee (yam paste)

the organiser pre-ordered 9 dishes.

we started with the signature duck salad (top photo). this was really a great creation. it’s like a cny “loh hae”, looked wonderful & tasted refreshingly good every time. i took this countless times & enjoyed always. 🙂

next we had another signature dish – crabmeat fish maw soup. its chokeful of ingredients & well, tasted good every time! 🙂

my friend ordered the skewered prawns. this was something i had never tried. prawns were just prawns & mostly fresh & good, but these were really good & tasty. i know a many friends like le chasseur’s version skewered prawns. for me though these were a lot larger & tastier. 🙂

the claypot herbal chicken was next. i had not taken this dish too. usually i would go for the sea cucumber duck. it was good though, nice herbal flavour & a tender, tasty chicken. it was not my favourite however, i will always go for the duck. 🙂

and wow, we had 2 servings of the steamed promfret. it was really good, as good as any good teochew restaurant. few os us ate up the four 1/2 fishheads. my friend knew the entire table consisted of hungry big eaters!

after all the meat dishes, we had a broccoli. ok, competent dish.

then it was the carb, a seafood mee such. another nice competent dish.

the org nee was ok average, had pumpkin not oily & not “pang” aka tasty, maybe because of…haha! 🙂

missed my sea cucumber duck & crispy oyster egg, but then we had too much food for 10pax already. it was actually intended for 12pax but 2 could not make it. 🙂

$52nett per pax was kind of ex for this restaurant. still, we had 2 promfrets & large skewered prawns & the orders were intended for 12pax, so price was probably ok. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy