Tuesday, March 17, 2009

My Menu: Chicken Pandan, Thai Rice & Mango Crumble =)

It's time to cook with JEN! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! =) So what's on my menu? I am Thai inspired...so I make up my rendition of Thai Cusine! hahaha

My Thai Rice
I love cooking flavored rice as much as I love eating them. I think it's more fun to eat and becomes an add on dish on the table...as opposed to just being a side...can be eaten on it's own too. For this dish, I browned and crisped pork chop edges....rendering-off the fat and leaving a chicharonish finish! I set this aside and sauteed in garlic, onions, chopped green beans, cabbage, red bell peppers and a generous spalsh of fish sauce. I then added cooked rice and then annato oil. I finished it off with a scambled egg, crisped pork bits and adding a final seasoning of salt and pepper. YUM!!!

Chicken and Pork Pandan
Earlier that day, I marinated chicken and pork cubes in a cup of coconut cream, pandan, ginger, pepper and fish sauce. You can also put chopped lemon grass leaves, I just didn't have any that day ;P . Place in a covered container and allow to marinate in the fridgy for 2 hours or so.
Wrap each marinated pork and chicken cubes in pandan leaves... and fry in hot oil...keep the flame in medium because it will take some time to cook the meat through inside the leaf packets =)

It smells wonderful as you fry!!! I had a pan in the oven in KEEP WARM setting...so that I can place my cooked chicken and pork pandan in the warm pan in the oven to keep them hot and yummy!

Serve with sweet chili sauce and plum sauce! A great meal and baon surprise! =D

For dessert...I made MANGO CRUMBLE
Nothing Thai about it...but its a quick and easy dessert to whip up.

Pre heat oven at 375 F. Make the crumble topping by cutting in cold butter cubes in flour, oats, brown sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon. Chill this mixture in the ref while you cut up mangoes and toss some flour to soak up the excess mango juice and a dash of nutmeg for added flavor. Place the mango mixture in a pan and top with the crumble topping...pop in the oven for about 10-15 minutes or untill the crumble is golden brown.
Yummy!!! Like a Mango pie made in sa flash! You may also use apples for an apple pie-ish treat or berries or bananas!!!

Serve as is..or ala mode with chocolate or vanilla ice cream!!!
Maybe you can make this over the top by throwing in chopped dark chocolate pieces in the crumble mix ;P


puprock said...

hi, jen!

it's caren, trina's friend. can i just say, your food is fantastic!!!! been bugging trina about your web addy. finally found it! sana we can hook up again sometime...

Jen Tan said...

hey caren!!! thanks so much!!! i love your food too...when trina emailed me your site i couldn't get off it na...kasali na sha sa daily readings ko ;P

yes, let's get togther again soon...that should be really fun and yummy! =)