Monday, October 31, 2016

Hans Cafe at Harbour Front Singapore

Hubby and me had a nice lunch at Hans Cafe at Harbour Front Centre, Singapore. Nice cozy cafe, the food was great and delicious.

I had the curry chicken set meal that comes with drink and soup of the day. The soup for that day was mushroom soup. Hubby ordered the ala carte meal of Hainanese Pork Chop Rice.

Hainanese Pork Chop

Curry Chicken, the curry was so good, we finished everything.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Chicken Rendang using the slow cooker

Making full use of my slow cooker, normally we cooked only soup or porridge using the slow cooker, now I making use of the slow cooker to cook other dishes.

Today, I used it to cooked Chicken Rendang, was really easy and good. For those who find the steps too complicated or messy, can just throw all the ingredients into the slow cooker and let the slow cooker do the cooking but I prefer to stir fry the ingredients for better flavour.

For the non slow cooker method of cooking the Chicken Rendang, refer to my other post.

Ingredients, 1 packet of instant Rendang Paste (available at supermarket), half chicken (cut into bigger pieces),tomato,onion,potatoes,100 ml coconut milk.

Placed the peeled and cut potatoes (dont cut too small pieces) at the bottom of the pot.

Brown the chicken parts on both sides (so chicken will not be too wet from all the washing-do wash the chicken with salt rubbed all over to remove any chicken smell).

Transfer the chicken to the pot.

Stir fry the cut tomato and minced onion till fragrant and add the instant rendang paste.

If the paste is too dry, add just a little water to mix it.

Transfer all to the pot.

Add 100 ml coconut milk into the pot. At this point can add some roasted coconut shreds (but I forgot to buy so omitted it). Cook on high for about two and half hours, not too long , otherwise the chicken and potatoes will break into pieces. Halfway through cooking, turn the chicken over and continue cooking, avoid keep opening the lid as it will affect the cooking time.

After two and half hour, the chicken rendang is ready and smell good, gravy formed at the botom of the pot (no water added, only coconut milk), goes well with rice.

Step by step on how to cook Rendang Chicken using the slow cooker.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Paradise Teochew Restaurant Scotts Square

Had a nice lunch with my siblings and their spouses at Paradise Teochew Restaurant at Scotts Square, while waiting for our table, we played some pokemon at the entrance of the restaurant. There's free wifi at Scotts Square. I am not crazy about the game but loved taking screen shot of the monsters haha.

We were served some nice thick tea before they served our food.

Being teochew ourselves, we of course ordered mostly teochew dishes, the first dish was chilled pork trotter jelly in teochew style.

Of course the famous chilled crab

Braised sliced duck

Salted vegetable and duck soup

Forgot the name of this dish, is some kind of stir fry mushroom, etc

Steamed minced pork with salted fish

Oyster Omelette

Steamed promfret

Sweet and sour pork

Crispy noodle

Yam Paste or orh nee

Thick tea served at end of meal

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Chicken with white fungus and quail eggs soup

Cooking the Chicken with white fungus soup with the slow cooker is very easy.

Ingredients: 500 gm chicken (I used breast part),4 to 5 red dates (without pitts),handful of wolfberries, handful of north and south apricot slices (available from chinese medical shop, some called them almond slices),2 white fungus and salt to taste

Soak the white fungus till fully expanded and separately soak the wolfberries too.

When the white fungus expanded fully, cut the centre hard part and throw it away, cut the rest of the fungus to smaller pieces.

Blanched the chicken and throw the water away, refill with about 1.5 to 1.7 litres of fresh water.

Add in the red dates, apricot slices (good for curing cough and phelgm), white fungus, boil for a while before transferring to the slow cooker.

Cooked on high for 3 and half hours. After cooking for 2 and half hours, add the soaked wolfberries (drained the water away).

Optional: Boiled some quail eggs and add into the soup too. At this point, taste the soup, and add salt to taste.

Continued to boil for another 1 hour (total 3 and half hours)

The soup is really tasting and soothing, good for those with dry throat, cough and phelgm.

Video on step by step on how to cook the soup using the slow cooker.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Chicken Tonic Soup using slow cooker

Been a long time since I used a slow cooker to cook tonic soup. Bought this ready packed chicken tonic spices from supermarket. Can get any brand.

Instructions on the back of the packet.

The different herbal spices. Rinse all the herbs except the bag of spices (looked like tea bag).

I used chicken breast (500 gm), removed the skin, washed and blanced them. Throw the water away and refilled with fresh water.

Add all the herbal spices.

Boiled them for a while and transfer to the slow cooker(See video)

Cooked on high for 3 hours or slow/auto for 5 to 6 hours.

Finally after 3 horus, my soup is cooked and the whole kitchen filled with nice herbal aroma.

Video on step by step on how to cook Chicken Tonic Soup using the slow cooker.