Average Yong Tau Fu @ Bedok North Street 1 Food Centre on 23Apr2016

yong tau fu

yong tau fu

after the bathesda newgate learning lab community meal which i cooked 1 dish every alternate saturday (hong kong steamed sutchi fillet today), 4 of us volunteers went to have our lunch at bedok north food centre on 23.4.2016. ^^

yong tau fu

yong tau fu

i went to get some stuff from the S$1 shop next to bedok north food centre.

we had teochew muay here 2 saturdays ago after volunteering at newgate learning lab community meal.

my friends queued & got me a yong tau fu.

it was quite average hawker stall yong tau fu.

yong tau fu noodles

yong tau fu noodles

no comparison with the excellent yong tau fu & noodles at u hakka niang tou fu circuit road.

the yong tau fu at u hakka were very tasty & the noodles were excellent.

yong tau fu

yong tau fu

this one here was ok, the standard fare at any hawker yong tau fu stall, not quite the standard of the ghim moh hakka yong tau fu either.

i heard about but yet to try the midnight yong tau fu stall at bukit merah view, anyway i am hardly a fan of the dish.

c.h.e.f andy

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Yong Tau Fu

Address-

ADDRESS

216 Bedok North Street 1
Bedok North Street 1 Market & Food Centre
Singapore 460216

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Spicy Bean Sauce Sting Ray with Salted Vegetables

#11 spicy bean sauce sting ray with salted veg

spicy bean sauce sting ray with salted veg

the spicy tau jeon sting ray was my first attempt. very tasty with the salted vegetables & spicy bean sauce.

spicy tau jeon sting ray

spicy bean sauce sting ray with salted veg

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 bean sauce. 🙂

spicy sting ray4

spicy bean sauce sting ray with salted veg

it was easy to do –

soak 1/2 packet of salted vegetables & cut into thin slices

fry 1/2 cut chilli padi, 1.5 tbsp spicy bean paste & sliced ginger till fragrant

add sting ray (500g diced) to wok & stir-fry to coat the flavourful sauce

add 1.5cup chicken (or vegetable stock), cover & reduce (about 10mins)

spicy sting ray5

spicy bean sauce sting ray with salted veg

it is important to reduce the sauce to make the flavours intense & the sting ray very tasty. 🙂

spicy tau jeon sting ray

spicy bean sauce sting ray with salted veg

the sting ray turned out pretty good.

almost the same as ye shanghai‘s spicy sting ray dish. ^^

spicy tau jeon sting ray

spicy bean sauce sting ray with salted veg

it is simple food. easy to do. & most important, simply delicious. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

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

Teochew Stewed Cabbage – Easy Comfort Food

#13 stewed cabbage

stewed cabbage

had really nice teochew muay at ye shanghai recently with my group of RI friends. ^^

the cabbage was so sweet & tasty!

such a simple dish, just cheap cabbage, and such wonderful tasty comfort food.

i knew that cabbage needs to be boiled for a while to soften (but still need to be crunchy to give the bite) & make it sweet. and of course stock is paramount.

i was preparing a 15 teochew muay dishes lunch for my good RI friends, so i prepared the stock 1 day before hand using chicken & veg. a very tasty stock! 🙂

stewed cabbage

stewed cabbage

basically i added cut chilli padi, chopped garlic & fried, then added the cabbage, oyster sauce, fish sauce (or light soy sauce), then add stock, cover & reduce.

stewed cabbage2

stewed cabbage

“reduce” is the key, so flavours are more intense, too much water will dilute the taste. make sure cabbage not overcooked & still retain the crunchy bite.

& my friends all loved the stewed cabbage! ^^

it was so sweet & tasty with the reduced stock & still crunchy not overcooked.

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredients:-

  • 1 whole cabbage sliced
  • 1 cut chilli padi
  • 2 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1.5 cups chicken/veg stock

Directions:-

  1. add cut chilli padi, chopped garlic & fry
  2. then add the cabbage, oyster sauce, fish sauce (or light soy sauce), and fry for 2 mins to coat the cabbage with the sauce.
  3. then add stock, cover & reduce, maybe 10-15mins.
  4. reduce is the key, so flavours are more intense, too much water will dilute the taste. make sure cabbage not overcooked & still retain the crunchy bite.

Teochew Porridge Style Stir-fry Eggplants

stir-fry eggplants

stir-fry eggplants

had some teochew muay lunch with friends at ye shanghai recently.

many dishes like braised belly pork etc, salted fish minced pork 咸鱼饼, chilled fish (eg mullet) i can already make.

was thinking to recreate other dishes like the spicy stir-fry eggplants, stir-fry bittergourd, & the chilli sting ray dishes.

for this evening on 12.10.2015, i tried the spicy stir-fry eggplants.

stir-fry eggplants

stir-fry eggplants

the process is similar to what i did for the wafu 和风 braised eggplant, only the sauce is different-

  • cut 2 eggplants in halves, sliced diagonally then cut each halves into 4 pieces.
  • fry cut chilli padi, sliced ginger, minced garlic in oil in pan, add the cut eggplants
  • add 1 tbsp oyster sauce 1/2tbsp tomato sauce & 1 tsp fish sauce & 1cup water, add to pan, cover & reduce.

& that’s all there is to it, about 10 to 15mins.

stir-fry eggplants

stir-fry eggplants

the texture was perfect.

the diagonal cuts also allowed the eggplants to absorb the sauce fully & well infused.

stir-fry eggplants

stir-fry eggplants

the sauce though was not quite the flavour i was looking for. i will drop the tomato sauce the next time. maybe use light soy sauce with oyster sauce.

stir-fry eggplants

stir-fry eggplants

anyway need to experiment to get nearer the taste of the excellent egg plants we had at ye shanghai. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Great Teochew Muay @ Shi Le Yuan 实叻圆糜 on 29Jun2015

ngor soon fish-baby treadfin

ngor soon fish-baby treadfin

a RI friend organised a teochew muay this morning at shi le yuan 实叻圆糜 on 29.6.2015.^^

we had lunch & long chat 2 weeks ago at happy duck at bukit merah view food centre, and arranged to come for this teochew muay.

shi le yuan 实叻圆糜

shi le yuan 实叻圆糜

lunch started early for patrons of this market stall.

constant queue from 10am

constant queue from 10am

a queue started at 10am. my friend was already there in the queue. we arranged to meet 10.15am. i arrived just a bit later.

ngor soon fish-baby treadfin

ngor soon fish-baby treadfin

our expert teochew ah hia earlier spoke with the stall proprietor & we had the ngor soon fish-baby treadfin. this was really good. sweet, tender, tasty, especially with the tau jeoh.^^

spicy black bean minced pork

spicy black bean minced pork

earlier the teochew ah hia & i were wondering about the stall. we were thinking maybe the food is ok & the price is cheap. that would be enough reasons for a constant queue. basically i don’t think too much of teochew muay in singapore myself. i just feel that its really expensive (like >S$10pax) for very cheap ingredients & ordinary cooking.

overall, this stall is certainly very cheap. we only paid S$43 for 7pax & so many dishes. we had repeat helpings for 3 dishes – the spicy black bean minced pork, salted fish minced pork (kiam her bak) & black bean pork ribs. so its easy to tell, in addition to the ngor soon fish-baby treadfin, these were among the best dishes.

the other dishes were not like supergood but they were generally also competent. 🙂

spicy black bean minced pork was good. i may try this myself.

salted fish minced pork (kiam her bak)

salted fish minced pork (kiam her bak)

salted fish minced pork (kiam her bak) was very good. texture was slightly firmer & different from my own salted fish minced pork dish. maybe it had a bit more flour. it had less salted fish. that’s good. minced pork & salted fish should not be competing.

black bean pork ribs

black bean pork ribs

black bean sauce minced pork was good. it was not out of the ordinary but was quite good really.

kor leh - cabbage

kor leh – cabbage

the other dishes were all quite ok. kor leh – cabbage was like any other.

chim char lor

chim char lor

chim char lor nothing standing out, but it was not very salty so that’s good.

deep-fried bean curd with leek

fried bean curd with leek

fried bean curd with leek, a favourite of mine, not particularly tasty but ok. i think my sis in law did a better one for chinese new year.

fried egg

fried egg

fried egg felt a bit like my tamago (japanese egg roll) w/o rolling up. there might be a bit of sugar, which is what i do with my tamago.

salted egg

salted egg

salted egg, not the very reddish oozing with oil kind. i guess it will do.

bean curd

braised bean curd

bean curd – this was non-descript & the second poorest item among the mostly nice dishes.

somehow i did not take a photo of only 1 dish = the teochew fishcake, and that was the poorest dish, felt like a lot of starch, totally not the texture & sweetness of a teochew fishcake. strange!

mixed mushrooms

mixed mushrooms

the mixed mushrooms i think was complimentary from the proprietor to us for ordering too much. haha!^^

very good teochew muay S$43 for 7pax

very good teochew muay S$43 for 7pax

well, this teochew muay totally suit my palate, very competent food with quite a few standout dishes & very good price.

i will be back soon enough.

c.h.e.f andy

Expensive Mediocre Teochew Porridge @ Lim Joo Hin Eating House on 16Jan2015

teochew porridge dishes

teochew porridge dishes

went with sis & b-i-l to lim joo hin teochew porridge at bukit ho swee for lunch on 16.1.2015. 🙂

had not been here like forever, maybe 10years? reason is i always feel that teochew porridge is ultra expensive for nothing food. well, today was no exception, just a confirmation, so in a sense i was not overly disappointed since already expecting it to be so!

strange psychology!

bhs teochew muay

lim joo hin teochew muay 潮州麋

place was bright & clean. not crowded yet at 12pm.

servers were rude & unhelpful, not rude in talking to you but rude in mannerism & ignoring you.

mullet 乌鱼

mullet 乌鱼

mullet 乌鱼 was still moist so soft. this not the usual style, her bun 鱼饭 or teochew chilled cooked fish should be cold & dry. meat was sweet & nice dipped in taojeo (bean paste), overall just average. unlike cold crab, we can do this easily at home ourselves.

braised duck

braised duck

braised duck was ok average. my own braised duck though is a lot better, more “pang” i.e. tasty.

"kor" her -method of braising fish

“kor” her -method of braising fish

“kor” her -this method of braising fish is rarely seen nowadays. the fish tasted like sardine (likely was) which was very different fish from the ones my grandma made 50yrs ago. the dish was just slight sour due to the sour dried veg, i think, which made it very appetising.

cabbage

cabbage

bhs teochew muay

lim joo hin teochew muay 潮州麋

bhs teochew muay

lim joo hin teochew muay 潮州麋

leek

leek

the vegetables were nice, especially the leek & “chiu kuay”, a gourd (my sis added 2 veg dishes later – “heng chye” spinach & “chiu kuay”).

3pax lunch cost S$47.40 for eating almost nothing. i am never coming back – well, maybe another 10yrs! ^^

c.h.e.f andy

Good Ter Kar (Pig Trotters) Lunch @ Han Jia East Coast Lagoon Food Village on 7Jan2015

ter kar (pig trotters)

ter kar (pig trotters)

i didn’t have great ter kar (pig trotters) the last time at han jia bakuteh & pork leg, east coast lagoon food village.

2 good friends took it upon themselves to convince me otherwise, so we had a 4pax lunch there on 7.1.2014. they felt that the trotters were overcooked & too soft at dinner time, and lunch time was the right time to try the trotters.

there was a short queue, my friend bought lunch & ordered 1 trotter each. there goes my 10km jog! ^^

was it good?

well, i couldn’t say it wasn’t. it was good,

but was it any special? i didn’t think it was. i think the ones at  ng ah sio bakutehsong fa bakuteh were just as good, and same for lao ah tee, rong cheng etc.

& the ones at 幸福潮州小食 pig trotter at whampoa market probably better in look & texture. the one i like most was at zion road hawker centre quite a while back, probably not there now.

one friend who generally has a better palate than i said it was very “pang”, and indeed it was. i put it down to personal taste. for pork trotters, i like it to be “kar kar” where the meat texture, the bite is gelatinous. this was indeed less soft than the last & overall pretty ok, but not near the perfect gelatinous texture i like. if anything i prefer my own braised pig trotters – the colour, texture & taste, and here.

anyway, it is a matter of personal preference. ^^

kidney liver souppig

kidney liver soup

kidney & liver soup was good, not special also.

taupok

taupok

taupok was average.

buay chai

buay chai

i didn’t like the buay chai much, prefer the chai buay at teochew muay stalls better.

ter kar (pig trotters)

ter kar (pig trotters)

cheng tng & soupsop jelly

cheng tng & soupsop jelly

soursop jelly

soursop jelly

the soursop jelly was great! ^^

overall it was a good lunch, good friends, cool weather, nice food. i always like ter kar though don’t eat that often, and 1 ter kar is a big large portion for 1pax.

c.h.e.f andy