Monday, July 28, 2014

Healthy Blanched Spinach

This is a healthy way of cooking spinach as no oil is used.

Ingredients

1)  280 g of spinach (Remove roots)
2)  1/2 tsp salt
3)  1 Tbsp dashi stock
4)  2 tsp soy sauce


Method

1)  Bring a pot of water to boil.  Add salt and gently slide spinach in, leaves first.  Blanch for about 3 minutes.
2)  Remove spinach from the water and immediately place it into a bowl of cold water.  Change the water about 3 times to cool it.  Let spinach soak in water for 5 minutes.
3)  Remove spinach from the water, lay it neatly on cutting board and press down to remove water.     Cut spinach into sections of about 5 cm and arrange on a dish.
4)  Mix dashi stock and soy sauce.  Pour it over spinach.
    

Friday, July 25, 2014

Spicy Tofu with Minced Meat


Spicy Tofu with Minced Meat

Ingredients

1)  1 box of tofu (cubed)
2)  150 g minced meat (pork or chicken)
3)  2 tbsp minced garlic
4)  1 tbsp minced ginger
5)  2 tbsp minced green onion
6)  1 tbsp hot bean paste
7)  1/2 cup of water

Cornstarch solution
8)  2 tbsp cornstarch with 2 tbsp water (mix well)



Method

1)  Stir fry garlic, ginger, green onion until fragrant.  Add hot bean paste and continue to fry for 1 minute.
2)  Add minced meat and fry until cook.
3)  Add 1/2 cup water and bring it to a boil.
4)  Add tofu and cornstarch solution.  Stir gently to prevent breaking the tofu. 
5)  Simmer for 2 minutes.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Teriyaki Chicken

Teriyaki chicken

Ingredients

1)  1 boneless chicken thighs
2)  2 tbsp mirin
3)  2 tbsp soy sauce
4). 1 tbsp sugar
5). 2 tbsp sake (optional)





Method

1)  Trim off any excess fat from the chicken thigh.
2)  Combine mirin and soy sauce and set aside.
3)  Heat a non-stick frying pan until very hot.  Place chicken skin-side down and fry over medium heat until skin starts to crisp and turn golden brown.


4)  Turn chicken over and cook the other side until brown.


5)  When the meat is cooked, pour sauce over it. 


6)  Turn chicken repeatedly to develop the flavour.
7)  Remove chicken from the pan once sauce thickens. 
8)  Cut chicken into easy to eat pieces. 
9)  Add mushroom, red bell peppers or broccoli if you want.

Tips 
You can cook vegetables together with the chicken and sauce. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Shrove Tuesday @ Toa Payoh



Shrove Tuesday is located at Block 94 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh.  It is a cosy and quiet place where you can do your reading.  There is a huge variety of tea and coffee to choose from.  Shrove Tuesday also sells ice cream and a selection of cakes and pies.




The cafe only has 2 choices of hot meals and both are on waffles.  I ordered the Chicken tika with butter curry on waffle.  The chicken was similar to tandoori chicken.  It was accompanied with pepper bells and top with butter curry.  The dish looked odd at first.  The first bite will throw you into surprise zone.  Waffle, chicken and butter curry make a good combination. 




 The brownie was moist and was really good. Almond nuts add crunchiness to the already delicious brownie.


I like the ice coffee latte.  The coffee still retained its aromatic fragrant even though it is chilled.



My Ratings  :  3.8 / 5

Address  :  Block 94 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh #01-32
                  Singapore 310094

Nearest MRT: Braddell MRT Station

Operation hours  :  Mon - Thu: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
                               Fri - Sat: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
                               Sun: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Telephone  :  6258 2254

http://shrovetuesday.sg

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Crash Peanuts and Breadcrumbs Chicken


Eating fried chicken can be quite boring sometimes.  I have added crashed peanuts to the usual breadcrumbs to add to the crunchiness of the fried chicken. 

Ingredients

1. 250g chicken fillet
2. 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
3. 1/2 cup crashed peanuts
4. 2 eggs
5. Corn flour or plain flour
6. salt and pepper

Dipping Sauce (Honey Mustard)

1. 3 tablespoons honey
2. 2 tablespoons mustard
3. 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt


Method

1.  Cut chicken fillet into strips.  Season with salt and pepper.

2.  Coat chicken in flour first, followed by eggs and crashed peanuts and breadcrumbs.

3.  Deep fried chicken until golden brown.

Dipping Sauce

1.  Mixed greek yogurt, honey and mustard in a bowl.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dinning at LENAS

LENAS, American Italian restaurant,  is a subsidiary of Ministry Of Food (MOF).

LENAS offered a wide variety of food.  We were spoilt for choices and took a long time to order our food. 


The Buffalo Wings were the deep fried type and serves with Thai sauce.  I prefer the usually buffalo wings with lots of spicy buffalo sauce.  I felt that the Thai sauce was redundant as the wings were marinaded with buffalo sauce and were flavourful enough.



Bacon and Egg pizza was quite good.  It was generously covered with ham.




The spicy grilled chicken was well grilled.  The edges were charred which enhanced the taste of the chicken.  We choose 2 sides dishes, garden salad and fries, to accompany the grill chicken. 
Garden salad was a disappointment as there was no dressing at all.  The fries came with two dipping sauces, cheese and chillies.



My daughter had a hard time choosing the base for the spaghetti as there were a few bases to choose from.  Finally she settled for the Aglio Olio base.  The spaghetti was cooked al dente and had lots of garlic.  The amount of chilli flakes was just right. 


The deserts were our favourite.  Crème Brulee was a winner.  It had the milky taste and 'custardy' feel.  I could feel tiny bites of sugar bursting in my mouth with every spoonful of crème brulee.





Brownie Chunk were accompanied with ice cream and bananas wrapped in popiah skins.  The bananas reminded me of goreng pisang.   



My Ratings  :  3.7 / 5


Address : 
  • Orchard Gateway
  • Bugis Junction
  • Jem
  • Hougang Mall
  • Jurong Point
  • Tampines 1
  • Serangoon Nex








Monday, July 14, 2014

Cho Wan Garden (Korean Restaurant)






Cho Wan Garden is a  humble looking restaurant.  There is a big television showing Korean Variety Show.  I did not have much expectation on the food as only two tables were occupied. 





I always enjoyed the Korean side dishes.  I can have a bowl of rice with all the side dishes.  The side dishes served in this restaurant were the kimchi, parboiled spinach, kimchi radish, fishcake and ikan bilis (Myulchi Bokkeum).  We liked the kimchi most and finished it within minutes.




Kimchi Pancake was huge.  There were cabbage, spring onions and prickled radish.  It was only crispy on one side as the heat was not evenly distributed during the cooking process.  However, the crispy side was delicious.  The inside was moist and a bit sour due to the prickled radish. 




Our favourite was Ginseng Chicken.  The chicken was tender.  The soup was clear and the smell of ginseng was not overpowering. 


  

Beef Bulgogi was tender and melted in our mouth.  The marinate was well-balanced.



Kimchi Stew had a generous portion of cabbage and prickled radish.  It was thick, spicy and sour at the same time. 





Overall, I would describe this dinning experience as a satisfying homecooked meal.  I would recommend this humble restaurant to my friends.


My Ratings  :  3.7 / 5

Address  :  #01-01, 2 Peck Seah Street

Telephone  :  62251317

Daily: 11:30 - 14:30
Daily: 17:30 - 22:00

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Peanuts butter and Prawn Paste Chicken Wings


It is common to find Prawn Paste Chicken Wings at any Zi Char Stalls.  I decided to add a twist to this dish by adding peanut butter.  The end result....my children can't stop eating the chicken wings.


Ingredients

1) 10 chicken wings
2) 1/2 tablespoon of prawn paste
I use this prawn paste
3) 3 tablespoons of peanut butter
4) 1 egg
5) 1 tablespoon soy sauce
6) 4 tablespoons of plain flour
7) sesame oil
8) pepper




Method

1.  Marinate all the chicken wings with  prawn paste, peanut butter, egg, soy sauce, plain flour, sesame oil and pepper.




2.  Keep it in the refrigerator for 2 hour.
3.  Deep fried the chicken wings until golden brown.







Delicious crunchy chicken wings


Tips  :

It is better to use plain flour instead of cornstarch.



Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Fried Hokkien Noodles at Toa Payoh

Come Daily (天 天 来) Hokkien Prawn Mee Stall has been in Toa Payoh Lorong  market for a long time.  There is always a queue but usually uncle will cook in bulk so that customers need not wait for a long time.





 The plate of mee is gooey but flavourful as the broth was rich.  Every spoonful is filled with crunchess of tiny bits of pork lard.  For a plate of $4 fried prawn mee, there are only 3 prawns and some tiny pieces of sotong.  I am not a fan of sotong, therefore it does not really bother me. 





My Ratings  :  4.7 / 5


Address :  Blk 127 Toa Payoh Lor 1 #02-27 Singapore 310127
Opening Hours  :  Daily (except on Mondays)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

BBQ shredded chicken burger

BBQ shredded chicken burger is a meal everyone will enjoy. You can use your leftover chicken for this dish. 

Ingredients

1. 250g chicken fillet
2. 1 onion
3. BBQ sauce
4. Burger buns
5. a few leaves of lettuce
6. a few slices of cucumber
7. 2 slices tomatoes


Method

1.  If you are not using left over steam chicken, you have to poach your chicken.  When it is ready, leave it to cool before shredding chicken.



2.  Prepare a few slices of cucumber, 2 slices of tomatoes, some leaves of lettuce.  (I like my burgers with lots of greens.)




3.  Sautee onions.  Once onions turn soft, add bbq sauce and continue to stir for a minute.  Add shredded chicken and stir well.

4.  Cut the burger bun.  Put some bbq chicken, cucumber, tomatoes and lettuce on the bun.  You can add a slice of cheese if you want.



Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Tiramisu Hero

Yesterday I went to The Tiramisu Hero with a friend. My friend was quite impressed with the decoration.  Although it was a Monday afternoon, there were quite a number of customers.  We wanted to order coffee and cakes but realised that they only serve tiramisu and waffles.  So we ordered an original tiramisu and a waffle with vanilla ice cream. When the tiramisu was served,  both my friend and I got a shock.  It was so tiny.  The staff asked if we state the size of tiramisu.   There were three sizes....mini, mama and papa. We were also told that the original tiramisu was out of stock.  Poor us...we got to share the miserable tiny tiramisu.


$3.50 for mini tiramisu in a cupcake

Thank goodness the tiramisu taste ok but too small for me to comment.  I personally felt that my friend and I were playing a tea party game 'masak masak' as the cup of Macchiato was also so tiny.




$5.50 for this mini cup of Macchiato


As we were commenting how tiny the tiramisu was, our waffle was served. We heaved a sign of relieve as the waffle was of the right size and there were two scoops of ice cream.   The waffle was crispy type.  The ice cream complemented the waffles well....just the way I like it.
$7 for Plain waffles.  Add $4 for ice cream
A corner of the café was set aside for retail.  The accessories were quite pretty.

My Ratings :  3.6 / 5
Address  :  121 Tyrwhitt Road Singapore 207548
Tel  :  62925271
Opening hours  :  11 am to 10 pm (closed on Wednesdays)
Nearest MRT station  :  Farrer Park (10 mins walk)
                                       Lavender (6-8 mins walk)


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Simple Sherpherd's Pie Recipe

I like to eat anything with potatoes.  That's the reason I like Sherpherd's pie.  I realised there are a few ways to make it.  My method is simple yet delicious.


Ingredients

1.  3 potatoes
2.  200 ml milk
3.  2 tablespoon butter
4.  250 g mince pork / chicken / beef
5.  some frozen peas
6.  1/2 tablespoon onions
7.  1/2 tablespoon garlic
8.  salt and pepper
9.  5 tablespoons spaghetti sauce
10.  1/3 cup chicken stock

Method

1.  Peel potatoes and put them in a pot of boiling water.  Cook until potatoes turn tender.
2.  Mash potatoes.  Add butter and milk and mix them well.





3.  Sautee onions and garlic with butter for a few seconds.  Add mince meat and chicken stock and cook for a few minutes.  Add frozen peas and continue to stir-fry.   Add salt, pepper and  spaghetti sauce.  (You can add more spaghetti sauce if you like)  Fry for a few minutes. 




4.  Place cooked mince meat and peas in the baking tin.  Top it with mashed potatoes.  Rough up with a fork so that there are peaks that will brown nicely.



5.  Bake it in a 400 degree oven until bubbling and brown. 





Tips :
For others without oven, you can actually bake it in a toaster until the top turns a bit brown.
 
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