回锅肉Doublecooked Pork Collar + Long Beans in Nonya Sauce – 13th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 10Jun2016

回锅肉doubecooked pork collar + long beans in nonya sauce

回锅肉doublecooked pork collar + long beans in nonya sauce

i made a 回锅肉doublecooked pork collar + long beans in nonya sauce for teban gardens community service centre’s friday community breakfast on 10.6.2016. ^^

this my 13th 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.

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long beans in nonya sauce

long beans in nonya sauce

for the long beans (quite a lot about 1 kg) i just fried with chopped garlic, cut chilli padi & a bit of gimson nonya sauce. i added oyster sauce & fish sauce & fried a bit more.

then i added some stock & covered to cook the long beans.

i reduced & tasted the dish, then off fire, added 1 tbsp of nonya sauce & mixed.

very tasty dish with unique flavours imparted by the nonya sauce.

回锅肉doubecooked pork collar after 4hrs in 90degC oven

回锅肉doublecooked pork collar after 4hrs in 90degC oven

for the 回锅肉doublecooked pork collar, i had about 1.3kg for 4hrs in a 90degC oven.

usually 回锅肉 uses belly pork. as some of my friends pointed out, belly pork kind of fatty for the older folks so i switched to pork collar.

i used a marinade or brine – 4tbsp shaoxing cooking wine, 2 tbsp mirin 1 heap tbsp sugar, 1 flat tbsp salt. i then fried 2 cinnamon bark & 4 star anise till fragrant & added the marinade mix. then i marinated the pork collar & placed in a oven-proof dish in the oven.

i use this method also to make “mock kurobuta” steak!

just fry the pork collar on high heat to brown the meat & serve like usual steak. 🙂

回锅肉doubecooked pork collar

回锅肉doubecooked pork collar

for 回锅肉doubecooked pork collar, it means to return to the wok & cook a second time, i sliced & fried the pork over high heat for 1/2min.

回锅肉doubecooked pork collar

回锅肉doubecooked pork collar

i added a tsp+ of the mala 麻辣sauce (& some oyster sauce) to flavour the pork a bit more. the older folks cannot take too spicy so i added very little just to give it colour & flavour, just as i added just 1 cut chilli padi to 1kg of long beans. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Belly Pork with Sweet Peas & Baby Corn – 12th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 27May2016

double cooked belly pork 回锅肉with sweet peas & baby corn

double cooked belly pork 回锅肉with sweet peas & baby corn

this my 12th friday breakfast community meal at teban gardens community service centre (CSC).

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.

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not sure what i was going to cook for teban gardens community meal today on 27.5.2016.

last evening about 8pm, went out to do some errands. dropped by sheng shiong.

bought 4 packets of sweet peas & 4 packets of baby corn. & bought 1.2kg of frozen skinless pork belly.

at about 12am-

  • scalded the belly to remove scum
  • prepared a simple tasty marinade (4tbsp shaoxing wine, 2 tbsp mirin, 1 tbsp flat salt, 1 tbsp heap sugar)
  • fry 1.5 cinnamon stick, 4 star anise, 2 tsp chopped garlic in little oil in wok to bring out the flavours, then empty marinade into wok to heat a bit to help dissolve sugar
  • after that placed cleaned pork with marinade in over dish iin 95degC oven for 4.5hrs.
double cooked belly pork 回锅肉with sweet peas & baby corn

double cooked belly pork 回锅肉with sweet peas & baby corn

in the morning, i fried the sweet peas with sliced ginger, cut chilli padi & 2 tsp chopped garlic, then added baby corn, added 2tbsp oyster sauce, some fish sauce, tested texture & taste & set aside.

then i cut the tender still firm texture belly pork & fried in some butter over high heat, then added back the sweet peas & baby corn.

& that’s it!

sweet peas & baby corns always very sweet & tasty, & the belly pork was flavourful very tender yet firm to the bite & not falling apart. the residents & also the centre staff who tried all liked it. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Steamed Sutchi Fillet + White Belly Pork – 11th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 13May2016

steamed sutchi fillet

steamed sutchi fillet

this morning we had an additional dish for teban gardens community breakfast on 13.5.2016. ^^

a RI friend made steamed sutchi fillet. he had to wake up real early to prepare the dish & bring it from sengkang to teban gardens to arrive on time by 830am in the morning rush hour traffic. very good chappie!

for myself i made white belly pork.

(i had prepared 3 angkoli fish aka sea bream, removed the heads & also fillet the fish to make a fish curry dish without bones for the teban gardens community breakfast. heard from my friend the day before that he was making steamed sutchi fillet, so made a last minute switch to belly pork).

this my 11th friday breakfast community meal at teban gardens community service centre (CSC).

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.

white belly pork

white belly pork

i made 1.2kg belly pork. reduced the quantity since there was already the sutchi dish.

white belly pork

white belly pork

i used a simple preparation.

  1. scald the belly pork to remove scum, & clean thoroughly.
  2. add 4 tbsp shaoxing wine, 1 tbsp salt & 1 tbsp sugar & mix to dissolve. can heat if required.
  3. season the belly pork & place in oven-proof dish in a 90degC oven for 4 hours. this can be done the evening before.
  4. final step, place belly pork in steam oven (or steamer) for 75mins.
  5. cut the pork

pork is tasty & tender & still have bite.

monthly birthday cake

monthly birthday cake

every month, a volunteer bakes a cake for the centre to celebrate the birthdays of folks whose birthdays fall within that month. very meaningful & endearing for the folks to have everyone celebrate their birthdays together.

very nice cake today!

& tasted good too. just a little sweet for me.

c.h.e.f andy

Thai Curry Vegetables with Belly Pork – 8th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 18Mar2016

this morning i made a thai curry vegetables with belly pork.

this my 8th friday breakfast community meal at teban gardens community service centre (CSC).

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.

it was though a very rushed last minute thai curry veg with belly pork.

(too rushed for any photos)

wasn’t too bad in the end the folks still liked it & mostly finished.

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woke up late so a in a dead rush. my belly pork was not properly prepared.

so i had to improvise last minute & boiled/simmered the belly pork in water for 20mins while i cooked the curry veg. that was easy enough since i was just using the “dancing chef” thai curry paste premix.

when the belly pork texture was ok, i cooled them in running water & cut them in thin slices.

i did not have time though to fry the belly pork slices separately coating them in curry sauce, so it would be less tasty than if i did that.

in the end just added the sliced pork to the curry veg, tasted the curry & then transferred the dish in the usual aluminium tray & transported to teban gardens.

c.h.e.f andy

 

Nonya Curry Chicken – 7th Teban Gardens Community Breakfast on 4Mar2016

this morning i made nonya curry chicken. ^^

this my 7th friday breakfast community meal at teban gardens community service centre (CSC).

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 my usual nonya curry chicken recipe here.

for this recipe, i don’t use curry powder but make the curry paste from scratch.

so last evening, i made the paste, deboned 2×1.5kg chicken, & boiled the bones of 1 chicken with 1 cut carrot, 1/2 cut radish in crockpot to make stock for this morning.

this morning i fried the cinnamon bark, star anise, clove & curry leaves in 2 tbsp oil, added the curry paste & fried till fragrant, then added the deboned chicken & coated them. then added 2 cups of chicken stock & covered, lowered fire & boiled for 10mins (20mins if not deboned). then i removed the chicken & boiled the cut taupok & potatoes for 15mins, till taupok was soft & soaked with curry but not falling apart, & potatoes broke in 2 when pressed with a fork – just right & not overcooked.

it was a wonderful tasting dish, incredible aroma & taste.

yum yum!

taupok

taupok

love the taupok too, and the potatoes also very tasty, just don’t take much for the carbs la…

of course the potatoes & taupok need not be cooked separately, but 2 chicken in a pot was quite a lot to manage & i wanted to make sure the chicken were tender & not overcooked, and likewise the taupok & potatoes, so easier to manage them separately la…

c.h.e.f andy

Stir-fry Chicken with Ginger & Spring Onions – 6th Teban Gardens Community Meal on 19Feb2016

stir-fry chicken with ginger & spring onions

stir-fry chicken with ginger & spring onions

guess i can say this my first stir-fry chicken with ginger & spring onions also. but it’s just a common dish. i just have not cooked it this way before.

anyway cooking is just about making the food taste good (& looks good – generally not always if it looks good, more likely it will taste good).

this my 6th friday breakfast community meal at teban gardens community service centre (CSC).

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.

stir-fry chicken with ginger & spring onions

stir-fry chicken with ginger & spring onions

i cut up 2 chicken. & marinated in 2 tbsp fish sauce & 2 tbsp light soy sauce in the fridge for 1 hr.

i also julienned 2-3cm of ginger, cut 1/2 large yellow onions, 1 cut chilli padi, and threw in some basil & fried in a tbsp butter + some oil.

stir-fry chicken with ginger & spring onions

stir-fry chicken with ginger & spring onions

when fragrant after few minutes, i added the cut chicken & fried.

stir-fry chicken with ginger & spring onions

stir-fry chicken with ginger & spring onions

the i added 1 cup of stock (chicken or vegetable stock), covered & boiled over medium/low fire for 10minutes.

i removed the breast meat & meat pieces w/o bones so they wouldn’t be overcooked, covered & cooked another 10mins.

stir-fry chicken with ginger & spring onions

stir-fry chicken with ginger & spring onions

then i added back the meats & the cut spring onions, and added 1 heap tbsp oyster sauce & 1 heap tbsp corn flour.

& reduced. the sauce should be just enough to coat the chicken pieces & not much more.

c.h.e.f andy

Red Fermented Beancurd Cloud Fungus Mushroom Chicken – 4th Teban Gardens Community Meal on 5Feb2016

red fermented beancurd cloud fungus mushroom chicken

red fermented bean curd cloud fungus mushroom chicken

my helper did a red fermented bean curd cloud fungus mushroom chicken腐乳云耳香菇鸡丁 today on 5.2.2016. ^^

this my 4th friday breakfast community meal at teban gardens community service centre (CSC).

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.

red fermented beancurd cloud fungus mushroom chicken

red fermented bean curd cloud fungus mushroom chicken

this dish was especially popular today. everyone liked it, the residents, the volunteers alike. 🙂

red fermented beancurd cloud fungus mushroom chicken

red fermented bean curd cloud fungus mushroom chicken

my helper used the softer small cloud fungus, not the large thick black fungus.

she fried the soaked fungus & chinese mushrooms with the red fermented bean curd & sliced ginger to bring out the flavours. then added the diced chicken & cooked for 30minutes.

red fermented beancurd cloud fungus mushroom chicken

red fermented beancurd cloud fungus mushroom chicken

then she steamed in the steam oven for another 45mins.

it was a simple dish to do.

there are regular attendees for this teban gardens friday community breakfast, last week there were like 100 people, this week looks a bit lesser, also i had to take leave a bit earlier, but probably it would still be over 80.

great place for the residents & older folks to gather, have a good meal & get in touch a bit.

c.h.e.f andy