hi chef Sharwin! As you new fan, I would like to ask you, What made you become a chef?
I first thought of it because I was in awe of Stephen Yan and his show Wok With Yan. :-)
Not sure why you want to replace coffee or tea except for the caffeine so you can try ginger tea, basically ginger boiled in water with a touch of honey or guyabano tea. They sell guyabano leaves in weekend markets now. :-)
Actually we’re shooting a future show with some ideas for kids’ baon. they could help you out. Basically though, try to “sneak in” some veggies into what he usually likes, like putting in veggies in burgers or frying up veggies to partner with chicken or blend a cream soup with veggies. :-)
I re-worked the classic Chicken Pastel to achieve more texture and to make the recipe easier to cook! It is perfect for a Family gathering or as a potluck party contribution.
Chicken Onion Pastel Pie
Ingredients (serves 6 to 8)
11/2 cups bread crumbs
¼ cup chopped parsley
70 g butter, melted
2 large onions sliced thinly
½ red pepper minced
½ carrot, cut into small cubes
500 g chicken meat , cooked
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 sprigs fresh thyme
salt, black pepper, paprika
11/2 cups of fresh milk
120 g cheddar cheese
3 tbsps olive oil
1. In a bowl, combine parsley and bread crumbs and pour melted butter over them. Mix well. Press onto an oiled pie plate and bake at 350 degrees C for 10 minutes.
2. Saute onions, red pepper, carrots, garlic and thyme in olive oil in low to medium heat until barely caramelized. Season with salt and pepper. Mix in the chicken meat. Pour both into the pie crust.
3. Combine eggs and milk and season with salt and pepper. Pour over the pie filling.
4. Top with grated cheese and bake for 25 minutes.
DEEP FRIED HOPIA with HAW SAUCE
Move over, Deep Fried Twinkie. Deep Fried Hopia kicks butt and takes names. Frying the hopia makes the bean filling mushy and delicious and the crunchy batter gives a great contrast of texture. Preserved haw fruit can be found in Chinese delis in Binondo. A berry jam would be a good substitute if you can’t find haw fruit.
Ingredients (serves 4)
1 pack hopia munggo
1 cup rice or all purpose flour
1 cup ice water
1 cup preserved haw fruit, pitless and chopped
1 cup water
½ cup sugar
powdered sugar for garnish
haw flakes for garnish
1. In a pot, combine sugar, water and chopped haw fruit. Simmer for 10 minutes or until thick. Blend the syrup in a blender.
2. In a bowl, combine flour and egg. Pour in half of the ice water and mix slightly until a thin batter is formed.
3. Slice each hopia diagonally in half and dip into the batter.
4. In 365 degree F oil, fry the hopia pieces until crispy.
5. Serve immediately with syrup on the side with crushed haw flakes and powdered sugar for garnish.
I’m sorry but I don’t have any alternative for cheese yet. i think there are artificial alternatives for butter but i’m not sure how good they are.
You can sear the chicken breast on the pan and then finish cooking in the oven.
Did you see my boys night in episode? there are good inexpensive recipes there. :-)