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

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