Char Hor Fun is an absolutely delicious and comforting dish that personifies the essence of ‘Wok Lei’.
What is Wok Lei? ‘Wok Lei translated means ‘wok heat’ or ‘breath of the wok’. It is the intensely gratifying aroma as well as taste, that can only be imparted by a fiery hot wok and some good tossing skills. This is the signature essence of most of your favorite Chinese dishes, that you feel you just can’t replicate at home! While extreme heat is essential, it’s about more than heating your wok till it’s burning hot. It takes practice, but it is not impossible to achieve this irresistible smoky flavor at home.
Hainanese Chicken Rice – This Traditional Chinese preparation of Chicken with Rice is considered one of the national dishes of Singapore.
Here, the chicken and the rice share the spotlight. The chicken is prepared in accordance with traditional Hainanese methods, by poaching the entire chicken at sub-boiling temperatures. Ginger, garlic, spring onion and in some cases, pandan leaves are used to flavor the chicken and rice. The resulting rice is oily, flavorful, fragrant and sometimes known as “oily rice”.
In Singapore, Hainanese chicken rice is served everywhere from school canteens, hawker stalls to high-end restaurants. it is also one of the few local dishes served onboard Singapore Airlines.
The dish is served with a few common accompaniments. The chilli-ginger sauce, dark soya sauce, light soy sauce with a dash of sesame oil, fresh cucumber slices, braised dark soy hard boiled egg and sautéed baby bok choy.
The choice of white (steamed) or roasted chicken is commonly available at almost all eateries. The variants are honey roasted chicken and crispy chicken with lemon sauce.
Here, we take a look at the original white poached chicken, the chicken is silky smooth and oh so tender. Quite unique. If you love Asian food, you must try this one. Scroll down for video.
Beef Kare Kare is a rather unique way to cook beef. This Filipino dish combines stewed beef and yummy stir fried vegetables with a delicious, taste-bud friendly sauce made of peanut butter and ‘bagoong’ – a sautéed dried shrimp paste! Sounds interesting? If you are a serious foodie, this is one dish that you must try out. If you like peanut butter, you will love it.
‘ Bagoong Guisado ‘ is a sautéed shrimp paste. This condiment is really quite tasty! Unlike Thai or Malaysian shrimp paste, it is sautéed, and comes in small bottles. You can even have it as a condiment along with your rice.
My filipina friend, Lyn tells me that I must add enough peanut butter to be able to taste it. It isn’t supposed to be a hidden flavor. Two other special ingredients are used in Kare Kare. One being the Banana Blossom. Although I love it, I didn’t want that texture of the entire blossom affecting the smoothness of the dish so I used banana blossom flower that comes dried in packets. The second special ingredient, is Atsuete/ Annatto /Achiote Seeds. These seeds were introduced to Filipino cuisine by the Spanish and are often used as a natural coloring agent. The seeds have a mild peppery aroma, when fried, similar to sichuan pepper – I felt. They are also known as ‘Poor mans Saffron ‘ and can help to give rice a yellowish color similar to the color imparted by saffron, but much cheaper! When fried in oil, as in the Kare Kare, they give a nice reddish color. The seeds however must be removed after frying as they taste bitter.
Quite a unique sounding dish. Wouldn’t you say? It is quite yummy, I tell you .
Vegetable and Chicken Manchow Soup
Vegetable and Chicken Manchow Soup. A light soup with minced vegetables and cooked chicken. Beautifully flavored with garlic and topped with crisp noodle topping. This quick and simple soup, is a popular Indo-Chinese starter. Despite the name, this dish is not found in the North Eastern Countries. It is actually an adapted dish from Meghalaya, a state in North Eastern India where the cuisine has a high Chinese influence.
It has a soothing effect and is ridiculously simple to prepare. If you happen to be poaching chicken breast for another recipe, you could just remove the stock and a small portion of the cooked chicken for this recipe. I tend to do this very often and everyone is happy to have a bowl of soup before any meal!
Omit the chicken and use vegetable stock for the Vegetarian version.
Singapore, being such a cultural melting pot, has a lot to offer in the food scene! There are so many local delights as well as cuisine-fusion varieties available. The Chinese, Malay and Indian as well as the Peranakan food stalls are a plenty. I feel lucky to call this place home. A foodie’s dream land, really.
Today I am sharing, the recipe for a trendy style Biryani Rice that is showing up in many of the Indian Stalls here. Butter Chicken Biryani.. It combines the method of cooking the ‘Nasi Minyak’, or Malaysian Ghee Rice and a diversified and simplified version of the Indian Butter Chicken. Unlike traditional Indian Biryani dishes, here the rice and chicken is cooked separately and simply served together. The aroma itself is is quite drool worthy. You are going to love how easy and quick this is to make!!! Let me know in the comments section if you try it. ( Scroll down for the video).
Hot Garlic Chicken | Indo Chinese Chicken In Hot Garlic Sauce
Hot Garlic Chicken for any day of the week! I do believe with all my heart that Indo-Chinese cuisine is one of the best fusion cuisines ever created!!! My family loves – good Indo Chinese any day of the week! You all have your favorites, When it comes to fried rice or noodles, we all have a particular side dish that we always order along with that, now don’t we? This one is totally like the ones they serve at your favorite restaurant. Try this Hot Garlic Chicken and let me know. It’s hot but not numbingly so. My 9 year old loves it! The chicken is batter fried and then cooked along with this sauce that mostly tastes of garlic, chilli paste and tomato sauce..spicy, sour, ever so slightly sweet all in perfect balance.
Asian Black Pepper Beef with Curry Leaves
This Asian Black Pepper Beef with Curry leaves has a lovely aromatic sauce that can be poured over rice or noodles. The combination of butter, curry leaves, onion and bell peppers flavors the tender beef in such subtle but effective tones. At our place we love this over rice or crispy noodles with a fried and oozy egg on top!
Chinese Rice Porridge Recipe | Congee
This simple Chinese Rice Porridge Recipe is commonplace in Chinese homes. It can be served with any stir fry or roasted/ steamed fish or chicken. Known as ‘Congee’ , it is a traditional recipe for baby food due to it’s smooth texture. It is also great when you are recovering from illness. Light and simple, classic comfort! Congee was once considered poor mans food, enabling a family to stretch the meal with the consumption of lesser rice grains. Today, however is regularly found even at high end restaurants! In my home, we love it with Kung Pao Chicken!
Chinese Beef Stir Fry with Vegetables
Chinese Beef Stir Fry with Vegetables is very commonly made in Chinese homes, with any vegetables that you may have. I particularly love adding sawi spinach / xiao bay chai/ Japanese mustard greens. Other popular options are broccoli, green bell pepper or mushroom. This is a dish that can be made in 20 minutes and it’s just awesome with steamed white rice. My little one calls it ‘ The juicy beef ‘ .
Thai Spicy Chicken with Cashew Nuts
This Thai Spicy Chicken with Cashew Nuts, is an identical recipe of the Thai Beef Recipe, that I recently posted. I usually never post a recipe so identical but so many of you messaged me to ask if the recipe would be suitable for Chicken. Thanks, cause it made me realize that the Spicy Chicken with Cashew Nuts, would be well received too. It’s practically the same recipe, with the typical flavors of Thailand, except the seasoning will be slightly milder for the chicken. Made the video for you ‘special people’ who requested it 😉 I am also realizing that a lot of you can’t get enough chicken recipes 🙂 Lol, I am only too pleased to deliver more and more chicken recipes! Do let me know, what you’d like to see here.