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KennethT

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  1. In our neck of the woods, "cheap bags of Mexican limes" is a complete oxymoron. Relatively small bags (1 lb) is about $5
  2. KennethT

    Lunch 2020

    Fettuccine with dried porcini sauce...
  3. KennethT

    Dinner 2020

    Tried my hand at Indian-ish tonight. This is sort of South Indian with the mustard seeds and curry leaves. Most S Indian is vegetarian, but I added some boneless chicken thigh. I made it way too soupy... Tasty but too much liquid.
  4. I imagine there should be a way to adjust the temperature display to true to an external reading...
  5. KennethT

    Dinner 2020

    Over the weekend I was rummaging around the freezer and came upon a batch of homemade sambal to try to recreate Singapore (Old) Lai Huat's specialty, sambal fish. Photos of which can be found in two of my Singapore travel blogs and also on the most recent trip to Jogjakarta. Suffice it to say that mine paled by comparison, but it was still tasty...
  6. Is it me or does that cleaver seem pretty dull? Evidently that doesn't make a big difference to the end result.
  7. I've never tried mincing meat by hand, but you have got my curiosity piqued for sure. About how long did it take? You didn't happen to take a video of it did you? What is the general procedure? First slice into smallish dice, then whack away?
  8. KennethT

    Lunch 2020

    Picked this up at the Korean grocery yesterday It won't win any awards, but not bad.... Not bad at all....
  9. I imagine that if you kept your blast chilled items in the middle of the self defrosting freezer (not near the walls) and surrounded by other frozen stuff you should be ok.
  10. KennethT

    Lunch 2020

    I've been thinking of ordering from there for a long time but haven't pulled the trigger yet... I'll be curious about your experience with it.
  11. KennethT

    Lunch 2020

    Are you talking about fresh food or prepared? For prepared, I know of this place: https://ny.eater.com/2019/2/25/18234871/ybb-wechat-chinese-lunch-minivans-financial-district-midtown-office-workers for fresh, there's freshgogo.com
  12. KennethT

    Lunch 2020

    Where did you get these dumplings? Before this whole virus thing, I used to go down to Manhattan Chinatown to Lan Zhou Homemade Noodle and pick up a frozen bag of 50 dumplings... their dumplings (not soup dumplings) are amazing!
  13. KennethT

    Dinner 2020

    @DuvelWhat's the skewer material? It kinda looks like a piece of sugarcane... but I imagine that would be hard to find in Germany right now...
  14. KennethT

    Dinner 2020

    How many sparrows would you need to press to get enough juice to be able to do anything with it?
  15. What do you do with an ear of popping corn? I assume it's for making popcorn, no? Do you have to take the kernels off the cob?
  16. KennethT

    Dinner 2020

    I guess the texture can be a little similar to some of the better scallion pancakes I've had in Chinese places... but I think it's more chewy which I think is a better vehicle for teh curry. I can't see your article - I think it's behind a paywall as I can see it for a second, then it disappears...
  17. KennethT

    Dinner 2020

    Not folding like a croissant - the dough requires stretching so that it's super thin so you can see through it. The professionals do this by constantly flipping it over an oiled steel table, but I am not nearly experienced enough to do that, so I put the rested dough ball on an oiled countertop, smush it into a disk, then going around in a circle grab a piece of the edge, lift and then pull, going around an around until it is stretched thin. Then take a bit of oil and smear it on the top surface and roll the stretched sheet into a snake - you can also fold it - say 2/3 over, then the other 1/3, then roll into a snake. You then take the snake and coil it around and tuck the tail underneath. Press teh coil into a disk and fry with a tiny bit of oil on a medium/medium-high pan, flipping once. I think the video I posted above shows her stretching the prata, near the end of the video....
  18. KennethT

    Dinner 2020

    I based the curry on this video... but I make the rempah, fry it, add the coconut milk and simmer for a bit, then divide and freeze to make it easier for myself - also, we're only 2 people so we typically make only 4 thighs at a time (a lot less than a whole chicken) so I find that if I double her proportions (eyeballing) I make 4 meals worth. I also dilute my curry out of the freezer with about a cup of water since my curry for the freezer is a bit reduced. Otherwise it's way too thick for prata, but would be good with rice. That's also why I needed to add the 'fresh' coconut milk which perks it up again. I also marinated my thighs with a bit of salt, msg, sugar and turmeric powder before adding to the curry to cook. I'm not a big fan of her prata - she does hers the more Malay style using condensed milk which I think makes the prata too sweet. The Singapore style is typically not as sweet as the Malaysian. If you make the prata, make sure it rests for a few hours between kneading and stretching otherwise it will never stretch! It'll be like a rubber band!
  19. KennethT

    Dinner 2020

    I think it depends on your AP flour. The King Arthur all purpose flour that I have says that it has an 11.7% protein content. The flour company that supplies basically all the prata guys in Singapore says their prata flour is 10.8%. Is that close enough? I have no idea and not nearly enough prata (or any bread for that matter) experience to say... So I did what most engineers would have done, I created a 10.8% flour as a mixture of the KAF 11.7% and some cake flour to bring it down. I've read that, depending on manufacturer and time of year, AP flour's protein content can vary quite a bit, so yours might already be where it needs to be... In the past, I've done it with regular AP flour, but then I also used a LOT more oil at that time. As you might imagine with over 10x the amount of oil, that dough was very relaxed and easy to stretch (to the point of maybe being too easy and the layers all recombined after folding). This dough was not easy to stretch at all and I was quite worried about it, but I can't argue with the results... I would try to make your own though - it's a lot healthier. Most store bought prata use margarine or other trans fats which are horrible for you. Doing it yourself, you can control what type of oil to use. I probably could have used olive oil - as long as I had one that didn't have a lot of flavor.
  20. To me, some of the best part of khao soi is the interplay between the curry, the roasted chili paste, raw shallots and the pickled whatever...
  21. KennethT

    Dinner 2020

    Thanks! For the curry, I made the rempah and cooked a quadruple batch of the curry (without the chicken) then divided and froze. That's what I usually do. This time I added a bit of new coconut milk during the cooking of the chicken which really perked it up. It was just as addictive as I remember it being in a kopitiam in Singapore. For the prata, it's actually a relatively lean dough. For this version it was 600g flour with approx 10.8% protein. I made this using 118g 7% protein cake flour and 482g of 11.7% KAF all purpose. To this about 1t salt 1T sugar 15ml grapeseed oil 300ml water and 1 egg. Mixed by hand and let sit covered for about an hour or so. After that, I could actually knead it without using any extra flour. I kneaded it in several sessions of about 5 minutes each, separated by 20 min of rest. Divided into 8 balls, rolled in grapeseed oil, then sit in ramekins covered for a few hours. Then sit in the fridge overnight. This afternoon I froze 6 and stretched 2 a few minutes before the chicken was finished. Cooked until brown on both sides on a med-high pan with a bit of grapeseed oil. I think the key is lots of kneading interspersed with lots of rest to relax the gluten.
  22. KennethT

    Dinner 2020

    Finally, after 5 years of trials, I got this dish where I want it.... Singapore style chicken curry with homemade roti prata and stir fried gai lan
  23. Maybe... I've always thought they poured boiling water over, drain, the put in jar with vinegar salt and sugar
  24. I just ordered some plant starts from Well Sweep herb garden for things that are either too slow to grow from seed, stuff I can't find seeds for, or stuff that's just plain hard to find in general... I ordered a curry-leaf plant, lemongrass, sawtooth coriander (culantro), kaffir lime (I don't think it's a whole tree - probably a cutting from a tree, which is fine since I only want the leaves), and some rau ram (vietnamese coriander). They're in NJ and I asked them to ship on the days that seemed like they'd be the warmest this week so they survive the day in transit
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