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recomendation for pen(2)chai(4)

Postby sharon1234 » Fri Jan 29, 2010 8:51 am

I need to prepare two dishes for family CNY reunion dinner and i plan to buy penchai and make a dessert.

anyone has recommendation for penchai please. thanks!

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Postby westmom » Fri Jan 29, 2010 7:29 pm

Last year, I tried the peony jade "pen cai" pot (not the ingot one)- the clarke quay outlet. Quite good. Better than some of those from well known restaurant. I do buy every year and noticed the "standard" is inconsistent from year to year. Once I bought from Tam Kah Sharkfin @ Upper cross, it was very good. The following year I went, the standard dropped liao... So i hope the peony jade one does not go along the same way...

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Postby jce » Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:43 pm

Make your own pen chai :) That's what I did last year. The important thing is the stock then the rest of the ingredients is really much up to your liking.

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Postby sharon1234 » Wed Feb 03, 2010 4:18 pm

would you share your recipe for the stock please. I googled but couldn't find any for stock.

TIA!

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Postby jce » Wed Feb 03, 2010 9:53 pm

I used a whole chicken and reduced it down to about 1litre (which was what I needed for the quantity), I used bok choi so that releases some water as well. I'm sure you can use ribs too. I didn't add salt cos all the other ingredients will lend their flavours.

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Postby foreverj » Wed Feb 03, 2010 9:57 pm

tried the one at lei garden b4, not during cny though. so not sure if can order this dish during cny period. but thumbs up from all our guests that night! :)

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Postby jce » Wed Feb 03, 2010 10:12 pm

Oh, just remembered a place for good pen chai, it's called He Ping, along MacPherson Rd. Small little restaurant, nothing like the big boys (hotels) but really good quality and home style cooking.

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Postby Mrsbongz » Wed Feb 03, 2010 10:54 pm

I made my own last yr too.. really nice!! I used dried oysters and baby scallops with soup bone and corn.. alot of ingredients.. but the soup was tasty and sweet.. and the guests like to put on top of their rice..

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Postby MMM » Thu Feb 04, 2010 10:13 am

Any idea where to get take away pen chai???? We are having a family party as sils are coming over this weekend and hubby is thinking of getting pen chai for his sisters.

I am looking at preferably at restaurant location in orchard, east or hougang area.

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Postby BigDevil » Thu Feb 04, 2010 10:42 am

Can try Crystal Jade: http://www.crystaljade.com/content/cny2010.pdf

Ordered one from them a couple of years back. The price includes the claypot, so you can just bring home and heat it up.

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