Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Fish maw soup

One of the must-haves at our family table during Chinese New Year. The effort is not v laborious compared to pen cai but the ingredients can be just as luxurious and the end result just as satisfying.

Half a head of Napa cabbage roughly chopped
400g pork bones or any kind of meat bones
750ml Swanson broth
1litre water
1 packet fish balls
8 pcs of wanton (I use CP brand)
2 pieces of fish maw.  Doused in hot water to remove the oil and soaked in warm water thereafter till soft. Cut into small pieces. 
1 can of abalone. Retain half can of abalone liquid and thinly slice abalone 
1 can button mushrooms, halved

Serves 5

Directions: With the exception of the fish maw, sliced abalone and wanton, throw all the ingredients into a slow cooker/ crockpot and leave to simmer for at least 3 hours. In the final hour, add abalone, fish maw and wanton. 

Viola! No additional seasoning required. Serve with hot steaming rice. Sliced chili padi and superior light soy sauce make a delightful dipping sauce. 

Char restaurant

There's been some clandestine activity going on at Guillemard road, just opposite Kong Hwa school. Every night sharply dressed yuppies have been forming snaking queues outside a non descript Shophouse unit called "char" for a taste of killer char Siew, roast pork and beer.

I'm no yuppie (auntie is more apt) but I love my char Siew nonetheless. And though this char siew is charged by weight (min 400g for around $20), this little piggy gives 2 thumbs up. 

So succulent you can literally feel the fats dripping down your throat.

And what's char Siew without its faithful accomplice "Siew yoke". This crackling rocks! 

The duck. Nice sheen of crispy skin. Some crazy people prefer this to char Siew.

Their not so fantastic yusheng only served during cny.. 

Must try this slightly over salted but umami packed claypot eggplant 

Getting to the restaurant is easy if u know your way. Take the circle line to dakota mrt and take exit A. Walk towards a wooded path under weeping trees and continue down along a stretch of canal before crossing the road at the traffic light outside Kong Hwa school. Housed along the same Shophouse stretch as char are stalwarts like tanjong rhu pau and a pub called Tuckshop. 

For drivers, there is a lovely empty car park outside mount batten community park. The restaurant is a 5 min walk from the carpark. And it is quite a romantic walk. Ladies pls do not park there if u are alone. 


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