Friday, October 31, 2014

Sweet and Sour Pork (1)

 
 
Sweet and Sour Pork
 
 
 
 
I usually cooked sweet and sour pork with chilli sauce and tomato sauce.  However, I ran out of tomato sauce and had to look for alternatives.  I remembered a page from my old cookbook.  One of the recipe was sweet and sour pork using vinegar and sugar. 
 
Ingredients 
1)  Pork tenderloin 225 g (sliced thinly)
2)  1/2 cucumber (cubed)
3)  1 slice of pineapple (cubed)
4)  1/2 onion (sliced)
5)  3/4 Tablespoon soy sauce
6)  1/2 egg
7)  3 Tablespoon cornstarch
8)  sesame oil and pepper (as desired)
 
Sauce
1)  3 Tablespoon soy sauce, vinegar, sugar each
2)  1/2 cup water
3)  1/2 Tablespoon cornstarch
4)  1 teaspoon sesame oil
 
 
Method
1)  Tenderized the slice pork loin.  Mix well with soy sauce, egg, cornstarch, sesame oil and pepper.
2)  Deep fried pork loin for about 3 minutes.
3)  Remove pork loin.
4)  Heat 2 Tablespoon oil and add sauce, cucumbers, onions and pineapples.  Stir brefly and bring it to boil.  Add fried pork loin and stir well.
 
 
Tips  :
How to tenderize pork loin?
 
I usually tenderize pork with a meat mallet or a knife.  It is one of the best ways to break up tough muscle fibers.
 

 


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Fancy Delights Tarts


Egg tarts are great snacks.  I like the smell of freshly baked egg tarts.  My friend introduced me to Fancy Delights' tarts.  She told me how her family loves the tarts.  I bought some to try too.

Fancy Delights' tarts are different from the regular tarts.  The tarts may look small, but they are deep.  There are so many flavours to choose from.  Besides the original flavour, I like the coffee chocolate flavour.  It has a rich coffee smell and chocolatey flavour.  The crust is thin and the filling is a combination of creamy, light (kind of like bean curd texture) and not too sweet.   

There are also savoury flavour such as mushroom chicken and black pepper chicken. 
Worth trying !!!







My Ratings  :  3.5 / 5

Website  :  http://www.fancydelight.com.sg/outlet

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Stir-fried chicken

Stir-fried Chicken

Ingredients

Chicken

1.  chicken breast / leg  200 g (cut into small pieces)

Add the following to chicken breast and mix well. (Part A)
  • 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 tablespoon cornstarch
  • dash of pepper

Vegetables (diced)

1. 1 small carrot
2. baby asparagus
3.  button mushrooms

Sauce

1.  1/4 teaspoon salt
2.  1/4 teaspoon sugar
3.  1 teaspoon cornstarch
4.  4 tablespoon water
5.  dash of pepper
6.  sesame oil as desired


Method

1.  Add 1 tablespoon oil to Part A before stir-frying to separate chicken.
2.  Stir-fry chicken in a pan.  Remove chicken when cooked.
3.  Stir-fry all the vegetables.  Add chicken when vegetables are cooked.
4.  Add sauce and stir-fry to mix well.


Tips  :

You can add nuts (roasted peanuts or cashew nuts) to the dish.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Boon Tong Kee Chicken Rice

Boon Tong Kee Chicken Rice is my all time favourite chicken rice.  I will always order two bowls of rice when I have chicken rice there as the rice is fragrant and full of flavour. 

 
It is a must to order steamed chicken.  The chicken is smooth and tender and will not stick in between your teeth.  Their homemade chilli and ginger complement the chicken well.

 
The other dishes in the menu are all worth trying.

Way to go Boon Tong Kee...!



My Ratings  :  4.7 / 5

Address  : 
1.  399 /401 /403 Balestier Road Singapore 329801
2.  470 /472 MacPherson Road Singapore 368188
3.  Blk 34 Whampoa West #01-93 Singapore 330034
     (Beside Boon Keng MRT Station )
4.  425 River Valley Road Singapore 248324
5.  199 East Coast Road Singapore 428902
6.  18 Cheong Chin Nam Road Singapore 599742
7.  Blk 233 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 #01-1194 Singapore 560233


http://www.boontongkee.com.sg/outlets.html

Friday, October 10, 2014

Loysel's Toy @ Kallang Riverside


We wanted to lunch at Tim Ho Wan at Aperia Mall thinking it would not crowded.  I did not except to see a long queue.  We gave up queuing and went to Loysel's Toy, although it was a bit out of the way.   

At Loysel's Toy, you can choose to have your meals indoor or outdoor.  The al fresco section was near Kallang river.  You can enjoy your meal while enjoying the beautiful scenery. 

I liked the coffee served here.  There were also All Day Breakfast such as pancakes, omelette and scrambled eggs. 



There were another main courses like the grilled chicken burger.  The meat was well marinated.  The salad dressing was great too. 


The salmon in the salmon pasta tasted fishy but the pasta was well cooked and creamy. 



Overall, it is a great place to chill out and relax either on your own or with friends. 


My Ratings  :  3.7 / 5


 Nearest MRT Station  :  Lavendar MRT Station
                                                                                                                                             

Tue - Fri: 09:00 - 18:00
Sat - Sun: 09:00 - 19:30
Closed: Mon

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Korean Tofu Stew


Korean Tofu Stew
Korean Tofu Stew

Korean tofu stew is an appetizing dish and goes well with rice.

Ingredients

1)  150 g of chicken filet (cut into small size)
2)  1 box of silken tofu
3)  2 pieces of mushrooms (cut into small slices)
4)  1/2 brown onion
5)  1 cup of chopped green onion
6)  1 cup of zucchini / cucumber
6)  1 1/2 tablespoon kochujang
7)  1 tablespoon miso paste
8)  1 teaspoon of sesame oil
9)  2 teaspoons minced garlic
Mushrooms


zucchini and onions
Method

1)  Mixed kochujang, miso paste, sesame oil and minced garlic in a bowl.
2)  Heat pot with some oil.  Fry the mixture for a few minutes. and add chicken filet and continue to fry for a while.
3)  Add 3 cups of water into the mixture. 
4)  Add brown onion, mushrooms and simmer for a while.
5)  Add zucchini and tofu and simmer for a while.
6)  Add chopped green onion and serve hot.




Saturday, October 4, 2014

Spanish Doughnuts @ Orchard Central

Churro is a type of Spanish doughnut.  It is a popular snack in Spain, France, Portugal and United States.  There are two types of churros in Spain, one which is thin and the other which is long and thick.  They are often eaten for breakfast dipped in hot chocolate. 

Churros is rather similar with You Tiao.  Some people believed churros were introduced to Europe by the Portuguese who had sailed to China during the Ming Dynasty.  They modified the making of You Tiao as they did not master the skill of 'pulling' the dough.  Instead, they turned the dough into star design. 


I tried the churros at Original Churros at Orchard Central.  The churros were simply delicious.  First, they were not oily and were lightly dust with icing sugar. The churros were freshly made and fried upon order.  Secondly, there were three dip sauces (dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate) to go with these crunchy churros. 

Churro with dark chocolate...my favourite
Churro with milk chocolate
Churro with white chocolate
Other choices include Churro Hot Filler's ($3.60 for 1pc) which were filled with jam, custard, chocolate, caramel or hazelnut might be a more convenient choice

I would love to try the Premium Churros ($4.30 each, $21.60 for pack of 60).  These Premium Churros come in flavours such as Chocolate Bombon, Strawberry Cream, Triple Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Black Forest and Coconut Bombon.

Oh dear.....I can't continue anymore.  I need some churros now!



My Ratings  :  4.7 /5

Address  :  181 Orchard Road,
                   Orchard Central


Opening Hours  :  Mon-Sun: 11:00am - 10:00pm



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Macaroni Soup


Macaroni Soup



Macaroni Soup is one of the one pot dishes I cook when I want to eat something light.  I used to use commercially made chicken stock. But now I make my own stock, which in my opinion is healthier and without preservatives.
Ingredients  (For 2 persons)
1)  1 1/2 cup of macaroni
2)  6 cups of stock (either vegetable or chicken stock)
3)  100 g of minced meat
4)  1 carrot (cube)
5)  4 mushrooms (slice or dice)
6)  Salt, sesame oil and pepper
7)  1 tablespoon soy sauce
8)  1/2 teaspoon sugar
Method
1)  Boil a pot of water and add a pinch of salt.  Cook macaroni in the water.  Remove macaroni when cooked.
2) Marinate mince meat with soy sauce, sesame oil and sugar.  Roll mince meat into balls.
3) Bring stock to a boil, then add carrots, mushrooms and mince meat.  Add salt and pepper to taste. 
4)  Once carrot, mushrooms and mince meat are cooked, turn off fire.  Scoop some macaroni into a bowl.  Add stock to the bowl of macaroni.






 
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