Monday, 27 February 2017

Hainanese Chicken Rice


























πŸ” Chicken
The Ingredients
1 large chicken (I used French chicken) *wash, removed the feet for broth and 
trim the excess fats*
3 stalks spring onion (cut 4 sections)
5 slices ginger

The Chicken Stock
1.5 L of water
Some chicken feet and bones 
Onion cut into half
1/4 cup soya bean
1 Dried sole fish (optional)

The Seasonings
1-2 tbsp Coarse sea salt
Chinese cooking wine

Method
1. Marinate the chicken with the seasonings and stuff the spring onion and sliced ginger into the cavity for 4 hours or overnight.
2. Blanch the chicken feet and bones, then rinse it with water. Put all the stock ingredients in a big pot and bring it to boil and simmer for 1-2 hours.
3. Hold the chicken head/neck and dip the chicken into the stock a few times until the skin is tighten.
4. Put the chicken into the broth, bring it to boil and continue to cook for 15-20 minutes with the lid open (depending on the size of the chicken, smaller chicken takes lesser time)
5. Turn off the heat, cover the pot and let it sit for 45 minutes.
6. Remove the chicken from the pot and bath it in ice water for 10 minutes. 
7. Chop the chicken into pieces and garnish with some sauce and coriander. Serve with rice.

🍚 Rice
The ingredients
2 cups rice (wash and drain)
Chicken broth from cooking chicken
6 sliced ginger
2 bulb garlic (cut into half)
4 shallot (cut into half)
A few stalks of spring onion (cut into sections)
1 tsp Salt
Sesame oil

Method
1. Heat up 2 tbsp oil, add shallot, ginger and garlic, fry until fragrant. Add spring onion and drained rice, stir for a while.
2. Put salt and a few drops of sesame oil, mix well. 
3. Transfer the rice mixture into the rice cooker and add chicken broth (the amount of the broth should be at the water level for 2.5 cups rice).

The sauce (to be mixed and pour over the chicken)
1/4 cup of chicken broth with 1.5 tbsp sugar, 1 tbsp sesame oil and 2 tbsp light soya sauce. 

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Indonesian Grilled Chicken

Ingredients A (to be grounded)
8-10 whole chicken thigh
12 big red chilli (removed seeds)
8 garlic
10 shallot
5 candlenuts
Thumbsize turmeric 
Thumbsize galangal 
1 tsp black peppercorns
2 tsp coriander seeds or coriander powder

Ingredients B

3 lemongrass, white parts and roughly smashed it
10 lime leaves
6 Indonesian bay leaves (optional)
500 ml coconut milk
500 ml water

Seasonings

Salt to taste
Palm sugar to taste
1/4 cup ABC Indonesian sweet sauce 

Directions
1. Heat oil in wok/big pot, saute grounded ingredients A until fragrant. Add lemongrass, lime leaves and Indonesian bay leaves. Stir fry until you can smell the leaves and the paste turn drier but not too dry.
2. Put all the chicken thighs and cook for a while until its about half cooked (flip the chicken occasionally).
3. Pour half of the coconut milk and water into the wok/pot, bring to boil. Add the rest of the coconut milk and water. 
4. Use medium-low fire and cook until the chicken thighs are fully cooked, stir the chicken thighs once in a while so that it will be cooked evenly. Season with salt and palm sugar, continue to cook for another 5-8 minutes. 

*Don't overly flip the chicken as we want to keep the thighs in good shape*
5. let the chicken and the gravy sit in the wok/pot to marinate for a couple of hours. 
6. Preheat oven at 200°C. Roast or grill the thighs (skin side up) for 5 minutes and brush some gravy on it. Flip the thighs (skin side down) and grill for another 5 minutes. Brush some gravy again. Turn the thigh again (skin side up), brush some gravy and grill for the last 2-3 minutes. 
*Grilling time may vary, it depends on your oven and how dry is your chicken. The chicken shouldn't be dry at all*
7. In another mixing bowl, mix 1-2 cups of gravy with ABC Indonesian sweet sauce. Drizzle or brush the sauce over the grilled chicken thigh. Serve with hot steamed rice.

8. You may also torch the chicken for a few seconds (to make it charred) before brushing the sweet sauce on it.


Note: You may use Air Fryer instead of Oven for grilling.

Rainbow Ondeh Ondeh
























Ingredients 
100 g mashed sweet potato
100 g glutinous rice flour
1 tbsp fine sugar
6.5 tbsp water
A few drops of each colour (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple) 
**you can just use 1 green colour (pandan paste)**

Filling 
Finely chopped palm sugar
Toppings
Steamed shredded coconut with a pinch of salt


Method
1. Mix all the ingredients (except the colouring) together until smooth dough formed.
2. Divide dough into 6 and add different colour to each dough. 
3. Divide each colour dough into 3 to 4, roll it and then flatten it. Add a little fillings, seal it carefully and roll it into balls again.
4. Cook all the balls in boiling water, once it floats take it out and drain it.
5. Roll it into the steamed shredded coconut.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Clam Chowder Puff Pastry































Ingredients
1 canned clams 
2 medium potatoes (cut cubes)
1 diced yellow onion 
1 tbsp minced garlic
2 bay leaves
2 stalks thyme

Canned clams water
500 ml cooking cream
25-30 g butter
Salt
Black Pepper
1 tbsp plain flour mix with 2 tbsp water for thickening (you may mix it more if you want it thicker)

Method
1. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil and saute onion until transparent. Add garlic, bay leaves and thyme and fry till fragrant. 
2. Mix the potatoes and fry for a while. Add the canned clams water and cook the potatoes for 10 minutes. 
3. Add the clams, cooking cream and butter. Bring the soup to boil and simmer for 20 minutes (use low fire).
4. Lastly, add some salt and pepper to taste. You may thicken the soup with the plain flour mixture after seasoning it. Pour some soup into the ramekin dishes, cover it with a piece of square puff pastry.
5. Preheat oven at 200°C and bake the clam chowder pastry puff for about 15-20 minutes or until the pastry turns golden brown. 

Monday, 13 February 2017

Braised Shark Fin Soup with Crab Meat, Shredded Chicken and Egg Whites


**This soup has to be prepared 2 days in advanced**

Ingredients

A handfull of sharkfin
Fresh or frozen crabmeat
Shredded chicken from 1 chicken breast
2 egg whites (beaten)
Pork and chicken broth

Seasonings
Some salt to taste
Some pepper to taste
2 tbsp Hua tiao wine
2 tbsp oyster sauce (Lee Kum Kee)


Thickening mixture

1/3 cup of potato starch mix with 1/2 of water.
(thickening is depends on your preferences, if you would like to have it more watery, don't put too much of the thickening mixture, vice versa)


🌟Most important🌟
Pork with chicken broth
3 packets pork big bones
2 packets chicken feet
2 packets chicken bones
30g Chinese Ham
1 yellow onion (cut half)
Water (water level should cover all the ingredients)
1 tbsp rice vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Method
1. Blanch all the pork and chicken broth ingredients.
2. In a huge pot, fill the water until half to 3/4 full and add in all the broth ingredients except the seasonings.
3. Bring it to boil and simmer for 2 days (I cooked it for 22 hours in 2 days).
4. Add vinegar, salt and pepper to taste. The soup should be turned out creamy.
5. Transfer the broth into another big pot, remove the bones and scums.
6. Bring the broth to boil again, add in shredded chicken follow by the shark fins and crab meat. Slowly pour the egg whites and stir it quickly while pouring it.
7. Add the seasonings to taste.
8. Lastly, add in the thickening mixture gradually and stir it at the same time.
9. Garnish with some coriander, serve with white pepper and red/black vinegar.

Thai Iced Lemongrass and Pandan Tea







































Ingredients
5 stalks lemongrass (cut slantly)
5 pandan leaves (make a knot)
1/4 cup yellow rock sugar (you may put lesser or more to suit your liking)
1.5-2 L water

Method
1. Put water in a big pot and bring it to boil, add lemongrass and pandan leaves. Cook for about 30 minutes (using low fire).
2. Add yellow rock sugar and cook until it's all melted. Cover the pot and let it sit for a while before serving it with ice cubes. 

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Chicken Rendang Recipe For Children (Non-spicy)

Ingredients
9 whole drumsticks
2 turmeric leaves
5 lemongrass (smashed)
8 salam leaves (optional)
1.5 tbsp curry powder
1 tbsp turmeric powder
600 ml coconut milk
200 ml water
1/2 cup ** Fried and grounded grated coconut (see below)

Ingredients to be blended or grounded
8 big red chilli * very important - removed all the seeds and the vein of the seeds cleanly *
6 cloves garlic
9 shallots
5 candlenuts
1 thumbsize galangal
1/2" belacan
1 tsp cummin seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
2 tsp coriander seed powder

Seasonings

Salt to taste
Palm sugar to taste

**Very important: 1/2 cup fried and grounded grated coconut, I put some salt and sugar when frying it and the pound it to make it slightly smoother**


Method
1. Heat oil in a wok, put all the grounded ingredients and stir fry until fragrant. Add turmeric leaves, salam leaves and lemongrass, stir and cook until fragrant and the leaves and lemongrass softened. 
2. Add curry and turmeric powder, stir and mix it until the paste is a bit dry. 
3. Put all the drumsticks and cook for a while (occassionally flip the drumsticks). When the drumsticks become whitish in colour, add all the coconut milk and water (medium fire).
4. When the gravy is boiled, turn to medium low fire and simmer for about 1-1.5 hours or until you see a layer of red colour oil starting to appear. Off fire. Put all the grated coconut in and combine well.

Thai glass noodles salad with seafood (Makes 3 servings)



Ingredients
Glass noodles (soaked and cooked)
Prawns (shell to be removed except the tail parts and cut the back of the prawns)
Squid (cut flower)
Chinese parsley (cut about 5cm long)
Red onions (halved it and cut thinly)
Red small chillies 3-4 (depends on the spicyness that you want)
4 garlic (smashed)
2 shallots (smashed)

Seasonings (all to taste)
Thai fish sauce about 2-3 tbsp
Fresh lime 4-5 (squeeze the juice out)
Palm sugar about 1 big whole
3 tbsp Thai sweet chilli sauce (the Thai πŸ” brand)

Method

1. Blanch glass noodles, prawns and squid and set aside.
2. Use a big bowl, smash or pound garlic and shallot. Add chillies, smash it and add palm sugar until its all melted.
3. Put all the seasonings into the mixtures and mix well. Taste it according to your own preferences.
4. Lastly, add in the chinese parsley, onion, glass noodles, prawns and squids. Mix well and serve. 


*As this is my own creation, please adjust the amount of seasonings based on your preferences. For me, I like it to be more spicy and sour, so I would put more lime juice and chillies*
**Very important... DO NOT use ready made lime juice or lemon. Use fresh green lime to squeeze out the juice. Otherwise it tastes very different. The Thai chilli sauce must be the Thai brand πŸ” too**

Lobster Roll (1-2 pax)




Ingredients
1-2 hotdog bun (spread some butter in and out)
1 packet frozen lobster (you may use prawns or crab to substitute)
1 tbsp diced celery
1 tsp chopped chives
2 pieces coral lettuce


Seasoning (to taste)

2 tbsp Kewpie mayonnaise
20g or more unsalted butter
1/2 tsp himalayan pink salt or truffle salt (to taste)
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
Black pepper



Method

1. Spread some butter on the hotdog bun (in and out), bake it in the oven for 3-5 minutes.
2. boil the lobster for a few minutes, removed the flesh from the shell and cut it roughly.
3. Mix all the seasonings in a mixing bowl, add the lobster and mix well.
4. Place the coral lettuce on the bun and scoop some lobster mayo on it. Garnish with some celery and chives. 

Thai Fried Prawn Cake Recipe (makes 12)




Ingredients
1kg Prawns
1/4 cup plain flour flour
1 cup Japanese bread crumb
1 beaten egg


Seasonings
1/2 tbsp Thai fish sauce

1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
pepper

2 tsp cornflour

Method
1. Remove prawns shell and clean. Use the back of the knife to smash or chop the prawns.
2. Marinate prawn paste with all the seasonings. Mix and combine well until the prawn paste become sticky like glue (usually I slam the prawn paste a few times into a big bowl). Keep in the fridge and marinate for a few hours.
3. Roll the paste into a ball and then flatten it a little. Roughly it makes 12 pieces and it depends on the size that you make.
4. Coat the prawn cake with some plain flour and then dip into the beaten egg. Lastly coat it with the bread crumb evenly.
5. Heat up oil in a pot and deep fry the prawn cakes until golden brown or cooked. Serve it with thai chilli sauce or mayonnaise.

** If your prawn paste is not sticky enough, you may want to add some more corn flour **

Pan Fry Mid-Joint Wings with Garlic and Pepper















Ingredients
20 Mid-Joint Wings 
Handful fried garlic
2 tbsp chopped shallot
1 red chilli (chopped)
1/4 cup chopped spring onion


Wings marinate
1 tbsp light soya sauce

1 tsp dark soya sauce
1 tbsp oyster sauce
Pepper

Sesame oil 
1 tsp cornflour

Seasonings

1/2 tbsp Garlic powder
2 tsp Pepper and salt seasonings
White pepper
Black pepper
Pinch of Salt
1 tsp Sugar

Method

1. Heat up a little oil in a pan, pan fry all the mid-joint wings in the pan until its cooked. Set aside.
2. In a wok, stir fry shallot till fragrant, add the chopped red chilli and toss for a while. 
3. Put the pan fried pork jowl in the wok and quickly mix them well with all the seasonings and fried garlic. Lastly, add the chopped spring onion and mix it. Serve hot.

Copy Cat Paris Baguette's Brocolli with Prawns Salad Recipe
















Ingredients
Some brocolli (cut)
500g prawns (cut the back)
2 big red chilli (sliced)
8-10 garlic (sliced thinly)
1 onion (sliced thinly)
Olive oil

Seasonings
Thumb size butter
Salt to taste (I used pink himalayan salt)
Black pepper to taste

Method
1. Heat olive oil in pan, fry sliced garlic till golden brown. Remove garlic and put it in a big mixer bowl. 
2. Add a bit of oil and stir fry the onion and chilli till brownish, remove and put it in the mixer bowl together with the fried garlic.
3. Add some oil again and pan fry the brocolli for about 3 minutes and flip it over the other side and fry for a while until you see its a bit burnt (but not burnt πŸ˜›) Don't over cooked the brocolli as we want it to be crunchy. Move it to the mixer bowl.
4. Add a bit of oil again and pan fry the prawns until its cooked but not over cooked again. Remove and put it in the bowl.
5. Add all the seasonings into the mixer bowl and combine well with other ingredients. 

You may put it in the fridge to chill it or eat it immediately.

HK Style Honey Char Siew θœœζ±ε‰η‡’



Ingredients 
600 g Pork meat (I bought from NTUC that is labelled sweet and sour pork) This type of meat will give you the tender and succulent result.

Seasonings (you may adjust to your own liking)
2 tbsp Lee Kum Kee Char Siew Sauce
2 tbsp Hua Tiao Wine
1 tbsp Oyster Sauce
1 tbsp Taikoo Syrup/sugar
2 tsp ginger extract
2-3 tbsp honey for brushing

Method
1. Marinate the pork meat with all the seasonings except the honey for 4 hours or more.
2. Preheat oven at 210°C and roast the pork for about 35-40 mins or until its cooked (When it's about 90% cooked, brush the char siew with honey evenly and then put it in the oven to roast it until you see some parts are burnt).
3. Sliced the char siew and serve hot.

*You can boil the left over seasoning sauce and use it for the sauce and pour it over the cooked char siew*

Hong Kong Style Soya Sauce Chicken Recipe


Ingredients
1 whole chicken
6 clove garlic (skinned and smashed)
Some spring onion (cut long)
3 slices ginger

Seasonings (adjust to your own liking)
3-4 cups water
1/2 cup LKK premium soya sauce
2 tbsp LKK dark soya sauce, θ€ζŠ½
1 tbsp LKK Oyster Sauce
1 tbsp black thick sauce (chicken rice black sauce) for colouring
2 tbsp hua tiao wine or 1 tsp rose wine
1 tsp sesame oil
1 slices brown sugar (片糖)

Method
1. Clean and wash chicken. Remove head and feet. Set aside
2. Boil water in a pot. Add garlic, spring onion, ginger and all the seasonings. Bring to boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
3. Add chicken, cook chicken 1 side (breast side face down) for 15 minutes and flip to the other side. Cook for 10 minutes and turn the chicken again, off fire. Cover the pot with the chicken inside for 10 minutes. 
4. Remove chicken from the pot and drain the sauce. Chop chicken in pieces, pour some sauces on top and serve hot.

*The timing to cook the chicken is depends on the size of the chicken, mine is cooked for about 30-35 minutes*
**It is very important to use "Lee Kum Kee" brands of soya sauce and oyster sauce, other brands will taste different**
***Sliced brown sugar (片糖) is very important too, other sugar will not be as fragrant as sliced brown sugar***

Fried chicken wings with fermented beancurd θ…δΉ³η‚Έι›žηΏΌ






















Ingredients
15 chicken wings
8 cubes fermented beancurd
4 garlic+ 4 shallot to be pounded
Thumbsize ginger to extract the juice
Some Potato starch 
Oil for deep fried

Seasonings

1-2 tsp salt (may adjust to your own liking)
1/2 tbsp Knorr chicken powder (No MSG)
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp hua tiao wine
1 tsp sesame oil
Pepper

Method
1. Marinate the chicken wings with all the seasonings, fermented beancurd, ginger juice and pounded garlic and shallot for a few hours or overnight.
2. Heat oil in a wok or pot. When you see smoke, turn to medium fire. 
3. While waiting, coat each chicken wings with potato starch thinly and evenly. Use medium-high fire to deep fry it until its cooked (flip occassionally) and then drain the oil, set aside.
4. Heat oil in a pot, use high fire and put the wings to deep fry again (second round) for 10-20 seconds. Drain and serve hot. 

Fried Rice With Prawns and Eggs



















Ingredients
2 bowls rice
3 eggs
1/2 bowl chopped spring onion
10 frozen prawns or fresh prawns (I used frozen)
4 tbsp minced garlic (must use a lot)
Some cooking oil

Seasonings

1 tbsp garlic powder
2 tsp salt or to taste
1 tbsp light soya sauce
Some white pepper

Method

1. Heat wok with cooking oil. Crack and stir fry the eggs in wok. The trick is once you put the eggs, you need to stir it as fast as you can and break the eggs into small pieces at the same time. Remove it when its 60% cooked (still mushy) and set aside.
2. Pan fry the prawns for 3 minutes or until its cooked (don't overcooked). Set aside.
3. In the same wok, add some more oil (probably need to add much more). Stir fry minced garlic until fragrant and it turns golden yellow colour. Add garlic powder and stir for a little while.
4. Put the cooked plain rice and fry it until its well mixed with the garlic. Add all the seasonings and mix well. 
5. Lastly, add the broken mushy 60% cooked eggs πŸ˜‚ and stir fry for 3 minutes follow by the prawns and spring onion. Mix well and serve hot.

Thai Pandan Leaf Fried Chicken


















Ingredients
1 packet chicken thigh meat (removed skin and cut into small pieces)
A bunch of pandan leaves
Toothpicks
1 Lemongrass (white parts)
3 shallot
3 garlic

Seasonings
1 tbsp Thai fish sauce
2 tsp honey
1 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp salt
Black pepper
1 tsp corn flour

Method

1. Pound the lemongrass, shallot and garlic. Squeeze out the juice.
2. Cut chicken thigh meat into small pieces.
3. Marinate chicken thighs meat with lemongrass juice (step 1) and all the seasonings for 3 hours or more.
4. Take around 3-4 pieces of chicken meats and wrap it with pandan leaves. Use toothpick to poke through and seal it.
5. Deep fried the pandan chicken in a hot oil until cooked.

Japanese Potato Croquette Burger

















Ingredients
6 Burger bread
Some lettuce
1 Tomato cut sliced
4 Medium tomato
1/4 Frozen veggie
3 tbsp cooked minced pork or chicken
Some plain flour
Japanese bread crumbs
1 beaten egg
Butter

Seasonings

10-20g butter
Salt to taste
Black pepper
1.5 tbsp corn flour

sauce

1 tbsp okonomiyaki sauce/takoyaki sauce
3 tbsp Japanese mayonnaise
2 tsp honey

Method
1. Spread butter on both sides of the inner burger and pan fry it (you may skip this step if you want to keep it simple)
2. Cook potato until soft and mash it, set aside.
3. In a mixing bowl, combine the mash potato, frozen veggie, cooked minced pork and all the seasonings and mix well. The mash potato should be quite firm.
4. Divide the seasoned mash potato into 6 portions, roll it like a ball and then flatten it like a patty. 
5. Coat the potato with some plain flour thinly and then dip in into the beaten egg. Lastly coat it with the Japanese bread crumbs evenly.
6. Heat oil in a pot and deep fry the potato until it turns golden brown.