made a simple homecooked 12pax dinner for friends today on 9.5.2016. ^^
a good friend was briefing us on a silk road adventure tour she planned for sep this year.
mouthwatering it was! ^^
it was simple as curry dishes are easy to do & by now i am quite organised for these dinners.
the heavy cooking was only 3 full hours.
so i in fact went to the gym in the morning & a good friend bought a good teochew muay buffet lunch afterwards.
of course that excludes deboning the chicken, making stock, making the paste for nonya curry chicken & making tiramisu, all done the day before. 🙂
2 friends brought 2 nice reds.
we had the yellow label, the michel torino for another occasion.
for this evening’s dinner, i made 7 dishes-
& a friend brought excellent cheng chow dessert
the fish head curry, like the last 2 times, was excellent. everyone loved it.
very lemak, flavourful & a key difference with curry chicken outside, my chicken was very tender not overcooked.
the kou rou扣肉 preparation w/o the mei cai 梅菜 was experimental. result was excellent. several friends picked this as the best, their favourite. 🙂
i used my mei cai kou rou recipe basically.
this time i used shao xing wine & sea salt & sugar to marinate, put in 90degC oven for 4 hours, browned on non-stick pan, added dark sauce to coat & some sugar, then steam oven for 1hr 15mins.
white kong bak 白腩肉 also experimental.
this was excellent too. a similar number of friends picked this as their favourite.
the teriyaki sutchi fillet was not so good today.
i think it was because i wrap it in aluminium foil in oven for 2 ovens & the fillet sweat.
chap chai was very good. cabbage sweetness + taupok yellow bean sweetness + chicken stock sweetness & reduced.
tanhoon gave some additional texture.
this the second time i made fried hokkien noodles.
but amount was doubled that of the first time so quite different.
another big difference was that the first time i served & ate right away, this time it was in a 50dgegC ove to keep warm for 2 hours wrapped in aluminium foil. it was tasty still but noodle soaked up the gravy & became a bit mushy.
a friend brought excellent cheng chow dessert.
it was very nice, with canned longans, freshly prepared aloe vera, lime juice & cut mango with some tanginess.
my usual tiramisu, simply irresistable to one friend, he mopped up all. ^^
korean strawberry was sweet for me, not sweet enuf for some friends.
a friend brought the grapes, very sweet! 🙂
had a great time with friends. & we had an excellent briefing too on silk road trip which one friend is organising. such a thrilling adventure from the slides presentation! 🙂