The Original Singapore Noodles aka Char Kway Teow

Pictures by my Singapore friend Chinyi Chen whom I met at the Asian Celebrations in town this year. Thank you Chinyi for taking such great pictures!

The Original Singapore Noodles aka Char Kway Teow recipe

Ingredients:
2 bags of dried flat rice noodles about 1/2 inch wide, (soak in cold water till pliable, pour out excess water)

1 bunch of spaghetti, the diameter of a quarter, (boil till pliable, strain) or use yakisoba noodles

Oil

2 garlic, peel and mince

2 shallots, peel and mince

2 pounds of peeled shrimp with the tail on

8 Chinese sausages, soak in water for 25 minutes, peel and discard casing, cut thinly diagonally 

1 pound of pre-fried fish cakes, cut into strips

1 bunch of Yu Choy Sum or any dark leafy green vegetables, cut and discard 1 1/2 inch of the ends and divide into four equal sections lengthwise

2 cups of bean sprouts preferably without head and tail, wash, rinse and strain, repeat three times 

2 bunches of green onion, remove 1 inch from the root, save the whiter/ lower part of the green onion (about 2 1/2 inches) for cooking other food, cut and divide the top green stalks into 2 inch long pieces

6 eggs beaten

Cockles
Seasoning:

Organic chicken broth (optional)

White Pepper

Black Pepper

Garlic Powder

Onion Powder

Teriyaki Sauce

Dark Soy Sauce

Light Soy Sauce

Oyster Sauce

Soy Sauce Paste

Kicap Manis

Molasses

Chinese Rice Wine/ Shaoxing Jiu
Method:

Add enough oil to coat the frying pan. Add Chinese sausages, fry till almost brown then dish out and set aside.
Add about 1 tablespoon of oil to the frying pan. Fry fish cake till slightly golden brown, dished up and set aside. 
Add 1/2 of the shallots and garlic. Fry till fragrant then add shrimp, add white pepper, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, add a little teriyaki sauce, fry till shrimp is cooked, dish out shrimp and excess liquid. Save the liquid. 
Rinse and dry the frying pan with paper towel, add a tablespoon of oil and add the rest of the shallots, garlic and ginger, fry till fragrant then add Yu Choy Sum, dish up and set aside.
Add bean sprouts, then add both types of noodles and the liquid saved from frying the shrimp. Add a little organic chicken broth if the noodles are too stiff. Add white pepper, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, 1 shake of dark soy sauce, 2 – 3 shakes of kicap manis, a few dollops of oyster sauce, a few dollops of soy sauce paste, two to three tablespoons of molasses, Chinese rice wine/ Shaoxing jiu and a dash of light soy sauce to taste if it is still bland for you. Stir the sauces into the noodles, toss and mix in well. Add a little more oil to the frying pan if necessary. 
Lastly, push noodles aside and add the beaten egg mixture. Stir fry the eggs till cooked, then push aside and add cockles, toss the noodles or cover the frying pan with a lid till everything is cooked. 
Add back in the shrimp and chicken sausages. Add green onions. Toss them into the noodles and mix in well before serving.
Garnish with cilantro.

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Turkey vegetable soup, Soon Du Bu Seafood Tofu Soup, Lamb Chop/ Kambing Soup

Gosh, I have been so behind in my postings, it’s been a busy year with the kids.

First of all, let’s kick start the year with some soups, starting with a long overdue near Thanksgiving Turkey vegetable soup that is made from the drippings of roasted turkey stuffed with garlic and drizzled with lemon juice. I used heirloom carrots, russet potatoes, cauliflower, celery and corn together with chunks of roasted turkey. Enjoy!

  

Next, experimenting with Korean soup, I cooked this seafood soup called Soon Du Bu by frying up some sliced onions, adding clams, canned baby shrimp, green onion, zucchini, white mushrooms, innochi mushrooms and spooning in big blobs of Korean silken tofu. Hope you like them!

   
   
Then changing gears to a Singapore Malay soup, I learned to cook lamb/ Kambing soup for the first time introducing baby carrots, potatoes and Fava beans to it to bulk it up. Here’s the YouTube link I referenced:

What do you think of my Kambing soup? Is it a pretty close rendition to the recipe I followed?

   
    
    
   
Bon appetite!

Roast Turkey Breast

I roasted this four pound turkey breast on 325 degrees Fahrenheit under convection settings for about 3 hours covered with foil then for another 20 minutes uncovered to brown the skin. It turns out moist and juicy. I poured one can of Campbell chicken broth over it and seasoned it with ground white pepper, a little cinnamon powder and a dash of clove powder, holiday style. A dash of lemon juice would have been great if I haven’t forgotten. Makes for several great lunches in sandwiches next week. Bon appetite!

  

Singaporean Alumni Dinner at our house

It was with great pleasure that we got to cook for a group of Singaporean Alumni from my university. Among the food delights are hainanese chicken and rice, beef with yu choy, shrimp balls (two of the ladies helped cut the shrimp painstakingly), sambal catfish, cucumber and tomato salad with basil. Also yummy pandan cake, Malibu coconut rum cake, brownies, strawberry shortcake and several different wine contributed by friends. Such a great honor to have the alumni over to our house. We had a fabulous time.  Hope to see them again.

     

Tumeric Tea

I had to give this tea a try after battling two weeks of cough and now a runny nose. It has a dash of turmeric powder, a dash of ginger powder, a dash of black pepper and rice milk, warmed up in microwave, then add manuka honey. Thank you to my friend Susan for teaching me how to make this tea! Verdict = Yummy!