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Chilli Crabs or Lobster

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Country of the Food: Singapore | Email to Author               Posted on 21 April 2003 @ 11:39:02

This is a popular dish amongst Singaporeans. It is also a common feature in the menus of famous seafood restaurants (along East Coast and Punggol).
The abundance of fresh chillies and garlic makes this a very spicy and full-bodied dish. Chilli crabs/lobster bears testimony to the great love Chinese have for spicy Malay food.
The real way to eat this dish is with a serving of large square chuncks of bread to dip into the delicious sauce.

Lobster or crabs weighing about 450 grammes (1 lb)
6 fresh red chillies
5 cloves garlic
2 stalks spring onions
One coriander (cilantro) plant
3 Tbs vegetable oil
3 Tbs tomato ketchup
One-and-a-half Tbs sugar, according to taste
Quarter tsp salt
One tsp pounded salted brown soya bean paste
One cup water
One-and-a-half tsp cornflour
Half tsp rice or malt vinegar of freshly squeezed lime juice
Quarter tsp dark soya sauce

Wash uncooked shellfish well, break off the claws and crack the shell by gently hitting it with a pestle. When preparing crabs, chop the bodies in half and then each half into 3 pieces. Wash and retain the shells. When using lobsters, chop off the tail and head, and chop the body, with shell still on, into thumb length pieces.
Plunge head and tail of lobster into boiling water and cook till the shell turns red. Remove from water and set aside for decoration.
Peel garlic and pound coarsely. Pound chillies coarsely too. Or grind in a food processor.
Wash spring onions, discard roots, cut into finger lengths. Cut coriander into one-inch lengths.
Mix sauce ingredients except for the vinegar or lime juice.
Heat wok, add oil and when hot, add the garlic, stir fry for one minute, add chillies, stir fry for another minute and add crab or lobster pieces.
Stir fry for 2 to 3 minutes till shells turn slightly red. Stir sauce, add to the crabs or lobster and stir well for 2 minutes. Cover with a lid and simmer over high heat for 5 to 7 minutes till shells turn a bright red.
Remove cover, squeeze the lime juice over or add the vinegar, stir well and add spring onions. Turn heat off, stir well and serve, garnish with coriander leaves.


Sayor Loday

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Country of the Food: Singapore | Email to Author               Posted on 21 April 2003 @ 11:39:50

300 grammes (10 oz) jicama
300 grammes (10 oz) long beans
240 grammes (8 oz) French beans
300 grammes (10 oz) cabbage
4 hard bean curd cakes
180 grammes (6 oz) small prawns, peeled
60 grammes (One-and-a-half oz) galangal, peeled and smashed
One lemon grass, cleaned and smashed
One cup dried prawns, washed, soaked and pounded or ground
20 shallots, peeled
2 tsp shrimp paste (belacan)
One-and-a-half to two coconuts, grated or one-and-a-half cups processed coconut milk
6 cups water
2 tsp salt
One tsp sugar
6-10 dried chillies
One cup vegetable oil

Cut cabbage into bite-sized pieces. String French beans and cut into finger lengths diagonally. Cut long beans into finger lengths. Peel jicama and shred into finger lengths.
Soak dried chillies till soft for half hour in warm water. Pound till fine. Cut each bean curd diagonally. Place wok over high heat and when smoking, add oil. When hot, deep fry the bean curd cakes till golden. Drain. Remove all but 6 Tbs oil and stir fry the pounded chillies till fragrant. Keep aside.
Mix coconut with half cup water and squeeze for thick milk. Set aside. Mix with remaining water and squeeze fot thin milk. Or mix half cup processed coconut milk with water.
Pound or grind shallots and shrimp paste coarsely.
Place thin coconut milk in a suacepan and turn on high heat. Add shallot mixture, dried prawns, galangal and lemon grass. When boiling, add jicama, long beans, French beans, cabbage and prawns. When boiling again, add bean curd and seasoning. Add thick coconut milk and chillies and oil mixture. Boil 10 minutes and serve.


Stewed Pork in Claypot

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Country of the Food: Singapore | Email to Author               Posted on 21 April 2003 @ 11:40:44

450 grams of pork frank
1 tbspn of tamarind paste
2 tbspn of peanut oil

2 tbspn of oyster sauce
2 tbspn of light soy sauce
1 tbspn of dark soy sauce
1 tbspn of black bean paste
1 tspn of sesame oil
1 tspn of Shao Shin wine
pepper to taste
1 tspn of minced garlic
1 tbspn of cornflour

Cut pork into cubes and add in marinate mixture. Set aside to marinate for 30 minutes.
Heat wok up and add in 2 tbspn of peanut oil. Stir-fry marinated pork for 3 minutes.
Pour stir-fried pork into a claypot and add in tamarind paste and a cup of water. Cover claypot and simmer for 1 to 2 hours or until meat is tender and the soup is thicken.
Serve hot with rice.


Smoked Spicy Chicken

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Country of the Food: Singapore | Email to Author               Posted on 21 April 2003 @ 11:41:26

1 chicken ( 1.5 kg )
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp wine
1 tsp sesame oil

Spicy sauce:
1 star aniseed
1/2 tsp brown peppercorn
1/2 tsp clove
1 piece cinnamon stick
1 cardamom
1/4 dried tangerine peel
5 cups water
2 tbsp sugar
Smoking ingredients for chicken
1/2 cup Jasmine tea leaf
1/2 cup soft brown sugar
1/2 cup cooked rice

Wash chicken and remove its legs. Rub chicken cavity and skin with salt and wine. Hang it for 40 minutes.
Bring spicy sauce to the boil until 4 cups of water is left. Strain. Add light soy sauce and sugar. Bring to the boil again. Put chicken in spicy sauce. Simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.
Cover wok with aluminum foil. Put in tea leaf, soft brown sugar and rice. Heat wok. Place an iron rack on wok. Put chicken on rack. Cover with lid. Remove from heat when smoke emits from wok. Bake for 5 minutes. Take out chicken. Brush seame oil on it and allow to cool. Chop up and serve.


Singapore Noodles

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Country of the Food: Singapore | Email to Author               Posted on 21 April 2003 @ 11:42:15

Singapore Noodles
1/4 cup cooking oil
4-6 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp slivered ginger strips (optional)
2 qts water
1 tbsp cooking oil
2 tsp salt
4-6 vermicelli nests (rice vermicelli worked great)
2 cups cooked pork, chicken, shrimp or beef, cut-up
1/3 cup slivered green onions
2 tsp crushed red pepper (may be halved)
1/4 cup oyster sauce
3 Tbsp curry powder
2 tsp soy sauce

Heat first amount of cooking oil in wok or frying pan. Add garlic and ginger. Cook until tender.
Heat water, second amount of cooking oil and salt in a large uncovered saucepan until boiling. Add vermicelli. Make sure nests are covered with water. Turn off heat and let stand.

Add meat, green onion and red pepper to wok. Stir-fry until hot.

Add oyster sauce, curry powder and soy sauce. stir and toss well to mix thoroughly. Drain noodles. Add and toss. May be served now or cover and place in 250F oven to hold until ready. Makes 2 good sized plates if 4 nexts are used, 3 plates if 6 are used.


Mee Siam

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Country of the Food: Singapore | Email to Author               Posted on 21 April 2003 @ 11:43:23

Mee Siam and Sambal
water for scalding vermicelli
1 packet coarse rice vermicelli (Hokkien: bee hoon)
250 9 beansprouts
100 g Chinese chives (Hokkien: koo chye)
500 9 small prawns
3 tablespoons oil
4 firm soybean cakes (Hokkien: taukwa)
5 tablespoons oil
1 large onion, sliced
250 millilitres water
2 tablespoons tamarind powder mi e
4 hardboiled eggs, sliced

5 tablespoons dried prawns (pounded separately)
5 large onions
4 cloves garlic
6 candlenuts
20 dried chillies
3 tablespoons belacan powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt

2 litres water
4 tablespoons tamarind powder
3 tablespoons fried rempah (see method)
2 tablespoons preserved soy beans (Hokkien: taucheo), mashed a little
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 coconut, grated
150 millilitres water

Boil a large kettle of water and scald vermi- celli for 10 minutes, longer if necessary to soften until strands are pliable and soft to the touch. Wash and tail beansprouts. Cut chives into 4 cm lengths. Wash and drain. Wash and peel prawns. Heat 3 tablespoons oil and fry firm soybean cakes until brown. Cut into pieces 1 x2x 1/2 cm.

Sambal Heat 5 tablespoons oil and fry pounded dried prawns for 3 minutes. Add all other rempah ingredients except sugar and salt and fry until oil seeps out again. Add sugar and salt and stir once. Remove about half the amount of rempah and put aside. In remaining rempah, add sliced onion and fry for 2 minutes. Add prawns and tamarind liquid and simmer for five minutes. Remove and set aside.

How to Fry Vermicelli Putting all but 3 tablespoons of the reserved rempah in a kwali, fry vermicelli and bean- sprouts for 8-10 minutes, stirring all the time until cooked. Moisten occasionally with tamarind liquid from the gravy allow- ance if vermicelli gets dry during frying. Add about 3 tablespoons of fried soybean pieces and half the chives to this fried vermicelli. Dish up and arrange on a large plate with sliced hardboiled eggs, remaining chives and remaining soybean pieces for garnish.

Gravy Bring tamarind liquid to a boil. Put all ingre- dients in. Adjust seasoning to suit your taste. Serve Mee Siam with sambal prawns and as much gravy as each person wants from a gravy boat.


Opor Sotong

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Country of the Food: Singapore | Email to Author               Posted on 21 April 2003 @ 11:44:04

1 kg sotong (squid) - cleaned and cut
thumb size piece galangal (laos) - bruised
2 lemon grass - bruised
salt to taste
msg (optional)
several lime leaves
a few spoonful graded coconut - roasted
grind the following:
4 cloves garlic
1 red onion
1/2 tea spoon tumeric (or powder)
some dried chillies - soaked
2 tablespoon ketumbar (coriander) powder
1 teaspoon jintan puteh (cumin) powder

Heat oil in wok and fry ground ingredients till fragrant, add coconut milk and season with salt and msg. Cook till thick, add sotong and cook for several minutes till it's done.


Bak KutTeh

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Country of the Food: Singapore | Email to Author               Posted on 21 April 2003 @ 11:45:07

1 1/2 kg pork spareribs
1 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp cooking oil or lard
tsp pepper
2 tsp salt
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp preserved brown soya bean
1 tsp dark soya sauce
1 tsp peppercorn
1 inch long cinnamon bark
2 segments star anise
1 1/2 Litres water

Garnishing Ingredients:
fried crispy shallots
Chinese crispy crullers (Yu-Char-Koay)
Preparation of Ingredients:
Cut spareribs into bite-size pieces and marinate with pepper and 1 tsp salt for an hour.
Pound the preserved brown soya bean.
Smash the garlic.
Cut the Chinese crispy crullers into inch pieces.

In a pot, bring water to a boil.
Heat 2 tbsp oil in wok. Then fry the spareribs until well-browned. Set aside for use later.

In a clean wok, heat remaining oil. Add sugar and carameilze until light brown. Then add the smashed garlic and preserved brown soya bean. Stir fry for 30 seconds. Add in the spareribs, dark soya sauce, peppercorn, cinnamon, star anise and remaining salt. Continue to stir fry for another 30 seconds.

Remove from heat and toss into the pot of hot boiling water.

Allow the consomme to boil on high heat for 10 minutes. Then reduce the heat and allow it to simmer for 1 to 2 hours or until the meat is tender.

Dish consomme onto a serving bowl. Garnish with fried crispy shallots and Chinese crispy crullers


Singaporean Hot Noodles With Tofu

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Country of the Food: Singapore | Email to Author               Posted on 21 April 2003 @ 11:46:16

13 oz Tofu, dried -- sliced
9 oz Chinese dried wheat noodles
13 oz Firm tofu -- cubed 1/2"
3 tb Chinese semsaem oil
3 tb Fresh ginger -- minced
1/2 ts Yellow asafoetida powder*
1 bn Choy sum**, leaves and -stalk -- chopped in 1" -sections
3 tb Soy sauce
2 tb Plain sambal oelek***
3 tb Fresh lemon juice
2 c Mung bean shoots

Soak dried tofu slices in hot water for 15 mintues. When softened, cut into 1" squares, drain, and pat dry. Cook the wheat noodles in boiling water until al dente, a little firm. Drain, rinse under cold water, and drain again. Heat oil in wok over high heat, and deep-fry the tofu cubes until goldenbrown. Remove from pan and drain. Next deep-fry the squares of dried tofu until golden brown andslightly blistered; remove and drain. Heat sesame oil in another wok on full heat; saute the minced ginger for 1 minute. Add the asafoeitda and choy sum and stir fry until soft. Add the soy sauce, sambal oelek, lemon juice, tofu noodles. Stir fry for another 2 minutes or until the noodles are hot. Serve immediately.
*asafoetida powder: available at Indian grocers **choy sum: also known as rape
***sambal oelek: a hot condiment made from ground fresh red, hot chilies, popular in Malay and Indonesian cuisine. Available at Asian grocery stores.


Five-Spice Stir Fry

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Country of the Food: Singapore | Email to Author               Posted on 21 April 2003 @ 11:46:57

Serving Size: 4 Preparation Time :0:35
8 ounces vermicelli, spaghetti, or linguine

1/2 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon corn starch
3/4 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons liquid sweetener

12 ounces mushrooms -- cut into 1/4" slices
1 cup fresh baby carrots -- quartered lengthwise
1 medium onion -- cut into thin wedges
2 cloves garlic -- minced
3 cups broccoli florets (about 6 oz.)
Cook pasta per package directions. Drain and cover to keep warm.
Meanwhile in a small bowl, combine all sauce ingredients and mix until blended. Set aside.

Spray a nonstick skillet or wok with nonstick cooking spray. Heat over medium-high heat until hot. Add mushrooms, carrots, onion, and garlic. Cook and stir 4-5 minutes.

Add broccoli, cover, and cook 2-4 minutes or until vegetable are crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Add sauce, cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until bubbly and thickened.
Serve over pasta.


Crispy Fried Tempe

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Country of the Food: Singapore | Email to Author               Posted on 21 April 2003 @ 11:47:44

600 gram tempe (fermented soybean cake) - not tofu
200 ml water
tsp. slaked lime water
100 gr. rice flour mixed with 25 gram cornstarch
vegetable oil
Spice Paste Ingredients:
4 candlenuts
1 clove garlic
1 tsp. coriander seeds
salt to taste
1 cm fresh kencur
Slice the tempe in thin 3 x 5 cm squares. Set aside.
Mix the spice-paste together with the water and slaked lime water. Add the rice flour and cornstarch and blend till smooth.

Heat the oil in a wok, dip the tempe in the batter and deep-fry until it is golden brown and crisp.

Note: Make sure that the oil is not to hot, otherwise the batter and the tempe will not be done at the same time.

Makes 5-6 servings.


Singaporean Style Nasi Goreng

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Country of the Food: Singapore | Email to Author               Posted on 21 April 2003 @ 11:48:42

Yield: 2 servings

4 c Long-grain rice
8 Shallots or 1 small onion
4 Red chillis or 2 tsp chilli -powder and 2 tsp paprika
4 tb Vegetable oil
2 ts Sweet soya sauce
2 ts Tomato ketchup

The name Nasi Goreng means simply 'fried rice', and it is really a collective description of an indefinite number of slightly differing dishes. You can vary the trimmings and garnishes to suit your taste; but even the most elaborate Nasi Goreng is quick to make. It is a particularly good luncheon dish.
Boil the rice a good long time before you intend to fry it; you can fry freshly boiled rice, but the Nasi Goreng will be better if the boiled rice is allowed to cool. Two hours is a satisfactory interval. Leaving the rice to cool overnight, however, gives less good results-the rice has time to go dry and stale. An important point to note here is that rice for Nasi Goreng must be cooked with the least possible quantity of water; this prevents it from becoming too soft. For 1 cup of rice, use 1 cup of water. Assuming you have now got your cool, boiled rice, proceed like this: slice the shallots or onion, seed and slice the chilli (or pound the shallots and chilli together in a mortar). Heat the oil in a wok; it makes no difference, by the way, whether you use oil, fat, or butter. Saute the shallots and chilli for a minute or so, and season with salt, soya sauce, and tomato ketchup. Put in all the rice, and stir it continuously until it is well heated: this will take 5 to 8 minutes. Serve in a good large dish, generously garnished with sliced cucumber, tomatoes, fried onions, and Krupuk.


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