Singapore Famous Chicken Rice aka “Kway Peng”

 

After battling through many conversations on the making of our local Hainanese chicken rice, I’ve decided to try out a couple of recipes before concluding the final version. This version is immersed into a cold water bath and the results did give a much crispier skin.

Without further ado, let’s get cooking.

Ingredients : 

For the chicken

  • 1 x small free range chicken (kampong chicken)
  • 3 slices of ginger
  • 2 stalks of spring onion
  • 2 teaspoons of sesame oil
  • 4 tablespoon of salt
  • Parsley for garnish
  • Cold water with ice

For the rice 

  • 5 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon of ginger (grated)
  • 2 stalks of pandan leaves (tied in a bundle)
  • 2 bowls of Jasmine Thai rice
  • Chicken fats (from the chicken)
  • 2 bowls of chicken stock (from the chicken)
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

For the chilli sauce 

  • 8 red chillies
  • 2 limes
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 vegetable stock cube
  • 1 teaspoon of palm sugar (or white sugar)
  • 1 cup of water

Instructions : 

For the chicken : 

  1. Bring a pot of water to boil (enough water to cover the whole chicken). Add 2 tablespoons of salt to water.
  2. Rub the chicken thoroughly (inside and outside) with salt. This is to remove impurities and makes the skin smoother. Rinse when it’s ready.
  3. Remove chicken fats and set aside.
  4.  Stuff the ginger and spring onions into the chicken cavity.
  5. When the water is boiling, dip the chicken in and out of the water 2-3 times. (this is to sear the chicken meat to prevent from drying while it is cooking)
  6. Immerse the chicken into pot and let simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.
  7. Turn off fire and continue to let simmer for another 25 minutes.
  8. Get ready a pot of cold water with ice.
  9. Transfer the chicken from the pot to the cold water with ice and let it bathe inside for another 10 minutes (this process is to stop the chicken from cooking further)
  10. Rub sesame oil all over chicken.
  11. Once ready, debone the chicken accordingly.

For the rice : 

  1. Soak Jasmine Thai rice for 20 minutes and let drain for 20 minutes.
  2. In a frying pan, add oil, chicken fats ginger, garlic and rice. Stir fry gently over small fire.
  3. Transfer all ingredients to a rice cooker.
  4. Add chicken stock to rice cooker.
  5. Add pandan leaves.
  6. Start rice cooker.

For the chilli : 

  1. Add stock to 1 cup of water and add sugar. Bring to a light boil and let cool.
  2. In a blender, add all ingredients and blend.

P/S : You can also add white cabbage and dried ikan bilis to the remaining chicken stock to create a flavourful and light soup as a side dish.

Hope you enjoy this recipe 😉

 

 

 

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Crab meat fishmaw soup

Growing up in a Chinese family, sharksfin has always been delicacy when it comes to festive season. I remembered waiting and looking forward to that “very dish” when I was sitted at the round table in a Chinese restaurant. What captivated me wasn’t really the fins in the dish but it was the soup broth that gave such a umami taste and brought this dish to a different level. My mum had taught me to add a dash of vinegar, pepper and XO (brandy) to this delicious soup. And as the years went by, I was constantly craving for the dish and improvised with fish maw instead of sharksfin. Try out this recipe!

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Ingredients :

Fish maw – 500gms (soak in hot water for 15 mins) , then cut into fine strips

6 shitake mushrooms (soak in hot water for 15 mins), then cut into fine strips

Frozen crab meat (I got mine from Giant supermart)

4 scallops (optional)

1 litre of Chicken Stock (Home-made or Heinz ready made can do)

1/2 stock cube (veg, ikan bilis or chicken can do)

1 litre of water

3 tablespoon of oil

3 pieces of sliced ginger

1 teaspoon of pepper

1 tablespoon of vinegar (u can omit this if you don’t like it)

1/2 teaspoon of salt

2 teaspoon of corn starch + 3 tablespoon of water

One bunch of coriander

White Pepper (for serving)

Red vinegar (for serving)

Brandy (optional) for serviing

Instructions:

  • In a Dutch oven or frying pan, add oil and ginger.Pan fry for  1 minute over medium fire.
  • Add in crab meat, fish maw and mushrooms and stir fry with medium fire for about 3 – 4 minutes.
  • Add in chicken stock & stock cube
  • Bring to a boil for about 10 minutes
  • Simmer to low fire
  • In a small mixing bowl , add corn starh with 3 tablespoons of water (mix)
  • Add the corn starch mixture to the pot and stir gently
  • Let simmer on medium fire for 40 min
  • Add scallops and cook for another 10 min
  • Ready to serve with parsley, vinegar and white pepper

 

 

 

 

Dutch Snacks

Oliebollen pronounced as “O li ball la” is a type of Dutch doughnut with a variety of flavours to choose from. It is made of baking powder, yeast, zest, salt, eggs, flour and flavours to choose from like sultanas, currants, or apple. A popular snack where you can find conveniently everywhere.

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Frietkot 

Havenstraat 1, 1404 EK Bussum

Good quality, thick cut fries served with choices of mayonaise, peanut sauce is the star of this snack shop. And also check out those cute vending machines where real hot croquettes are dispensed. Not enough ? Order a cheeseburger to make into a meal!

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Cooking for the in-laws

Bussum- Holland at 4 degrees. Escaping the dark and windy autumn in our little apartment. The in-laws are coming over for dinner today and the theme is “zoutloos” which means “no salt” in English.  I am excited to take up this honor of challenge, hoping to surprise them with some bursting flavours from Asia..(so what can it be?)

Bussum Havenstraat

Dinner Menu

  • Singapore style Hainanese Chicken Rice
  • Spatchcock Garlic Butter and Lemon Thyme Chicken
  • Sides : Mango Salad with Tomato in Balsamic Vinegrette

Recipe for Hainanese Chicken Rice

For this dish, I am grilling the spatchcock chicken in an oven. Typically, the chicken is either blanched in boiling water or roasted. But I thought of giving a twist by turning it into a “GARLIC BUTTER AND LEMON THYME CHICKEN” instead. And I found an easy way to grill the chicken by spatchcocking ! Spatchcock is another term to me as “butterfly” – a simple process by removing the bone of the chicken to flatten the bird and this way, it allows cooking much simpler! There are lots of videos online on how to spatchcock a chicken, so I am skipping that step here.

Ingredients 
- 1 whole chicken 
- 2 spring Onions 
- 1 thumbsize knob of ginger 
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 cups of jasmine rice
- 1 dash of sesame oil 
(you can add salt for seasoning, but I am skipping it for this theme)
Spatch cock a bird
Spatchcock a Chick, keep bone and fats
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Make stock from the bone and add one ginger and 2 stalks of spring onions
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Saute chicken fats
Minced ginger and garlic
Mince 1 small thumbsize ginger and 2 cloves of garlic
Saute
Add minced garlic and ginger to chicken fats in pot
Add rice
Add rice to sauted garlic, ginger and fats
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Give a good stir
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Add sesame oil
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Add chicken stock
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Cover and simmer for 10 minutes
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Fluffy rice done!
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Wala

 

Hosting at home

Sriracha grilled king prawns with mango salsa

Recipe courtesy from http://www.greatbritishchefs.com/recipes/sriracha-grilled-king-prawns-recipe

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When it comes to hosting at home, I am always fascinated with the process of sourcing for recipes, the discovery to new tastes and the challenge to blend in the right tastes for everyone, and not forgetting that the presentation of a dish is as important as the tastes, a round stainless steel round pastry mold did this recipe a great deal.

steel round pastry mold

 

 

Comfort food

stewed radish in mala sauce

Reminiscing myself roaming on the streets of Shanghai China on a dry winter day , aroma filled with pots of brewing stewed dishes with variety of  radishes, beef tripes, intestines and many more. I’m craving to be drowned by the spices with tastes of mild peppery and tingling sensation from the Sichuan red peppers which work perfectly well with the radishes. You can literally throw in anything you like into this dish or cook with whatever leftover you have inside the fridge to make it into a light  snack, or even a steamboat base. Goes well with fluffy white rice. Yums!

Ingredients

1 daikon radish, sliced to about 3cm thick 
12 tau pok, cut into half triangle
1 pkt of fishball
2 tbsps of broad bean paste 
1 tbsp of red chilli oil
1 cube of fermented beancurd
2 fresh red chilli padi
5 dried chilli
2 tbsp of sesame paste
2 tsps of sichuan red peppers
1 cube of vegetable stock
1 litre water 
2 tbsps of corn oil

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Direction :

Mix broad bean paste, red chilli oil and fermented beancurd
In a large skillet, pour in 2 tbsps of oil
Fry  paste mixture with chillis (both dried and fresh) with low fire for 3 minutes
Add 1 litre of water 
Bring to a boil 
Add daikon radish, tau pok and fish ball
Simmer for about 30 minutes 
Add sesame paste and serveWhatsApp Image 2017-10-18 at 09.02.32