I guess it is time to admit that despite owning (and loving!) my airfryer for the longest time, I have NEVER cooked a whole chicken in it before. (I use the normal size 1st generation 9220 Philips Airfryer if you wish to know.)
I always roast chicken using the oven because although it take a long time (at least an hour even for spring chickens), it is quite idiot proof and I don’t have to worry about it burning/turning out uncooked/unedible because I cook it in there ALL THE TIME. Old habits die hard, I guess, and I am resistant to change in this sense (or am just lazy to figure out another way, really). “Why take chance?” I say to myself each time < -- this isn't really me too. I don't know who's taking over my keyboard. There's also supposed to be a full stop there after "time" and I just don't feel like placing it there today. Maybe I just feel like rebelling against my day job as an editor. I'm gonna write run-ons and make no sense at all in all my other writing. Like now. (p/s- any spelling and punctuation mistakes you see in this post are uh, totally intentional.)
I "don't usually" break rules as you can tell, or if you know me well.
I don’t know about you, but when my siblings and I have a steamboat and grill gathering, this is what the table usually looks like:
You see, all four boys (yes, I have four brothers) + a sister-in-law (who’s a damn good cook) are MEAT EATERS. For me, I particularly love shabu shabu slices (they make me feel invincible and that I can eat a lot). Before each of our steamboat sessions, one of us is given the honourable task of getting the meats from Isetan supermarket or sometimes Meidi-ya, when we’re in the area (very far for us at
Daimaru Liang Court). And even if we’re there, the supermarket sometimes doesn’t even have the selection that we want or they are simply left with a few pathetic trays that can’t feed the bottomless pits at home. It’s heart breaking.
So imagine how stoked I was when I got to know we now have another choice: ASIAN CUTZ, a new online butchery which has been around for just a few months. They are a local startup made up of Singaporean foodies just like you and me. I think they were as pek chek as me that there’s no other decent places to get good quality meats (especially shabu shabu!) that they started this online meat store. I really like their concept:
1) Shop Online (their website here)
2) Check Out (pay by Paypal, credit cards, or even IB transfer!)
3) Get your meats delivered to your doorstep! (within 3 days or even earlier)
And what else can I say but, support our local brands! Here’s what their online store looks like (click on the pictures to see for yourself!):
Being a Shabu Shabu fan, it is a no-brainer which section I clicked first. Look at some of their selections!
Insane or what? I have seen different cuts and types and marbling on steaks, but I haven’t seen so much variety for Shabu Shabu! Asian Cutz‘s Shabu Shabu slices are cut to 1.2 mm – 1.5 mm thickness instead of the 2 mm typically available in the market. Because they are so thinly sliced, the texture is really tender and melt-in-your-mouth. And in case you’re wondering, the meat is sold by weight, so it doesn’t mean that the thinner it’s cut, the less value you get. You actually almost double the enjoyment cos there’s more portions! I know how most of your brains are programmed!
And so! Because I was so excited, once I got the meats, I called my sister-in-law (she’s on my speed dial) to arrange a steamboat and grill session like IMMEDIATELY. And being the coolest sister-in-law ever, she agreed, also immediately! Alex (eldest bro), Slimer (second bro) and Cheng Wu (the youngest) quickly agreed. Cheng Lip (the fourth), as usual, was nowhere to be found but we didn’t have a problem with that BECAUSE WE COULD EAT MORE BEEF
and we choose wagyu over him anytime anyway. We fixed Saturday for THE DAY that NOBODY could have any other dates because steamboat is so important you know? Yeah, we really mean it when we say we need to spend quality siblings time ok?
Because we were only having a “small gathering”, this was what we had prepared that day:
Not much la, just a few normal steamboat stuff, a few wagyu steaks here and there, and of course Asian Cutz‘s selection of Wagyu Shabu Shabu (we tried Australian, Japanese and US Shabu Shabu!) and beautiful steaks (Australian Darling Downs Wagyu Ribeye, Australian 45-day Dry-aged Bone-in Sirloin and New Zealand Grassfed Ribeye– all amazing!).
We started off with the steaks. Once the grill was hot enough, we were ready to sizzle our first steak!
Australian Darling Downs Wagyu Ribeye Steak (Marble Score 6) 250g
All that this outstanding steak needed was some salt and pepper, and just a little bit. One of the best steaks I’ve ever tasted. We even went crazy enough to wanna BLOW TORCH it so that the meat + fat got slightly charred. WE DID NOT REGRET IT. The fat exploded against the meat ON THE SPOT and brought the flavour to the next level. Absolutely delicious. Cheng Wu kept hovering around me as I was preparing the meat. Cannot wait ah?! Must feed Slimer first ok? Who ask his daughter so cute?
Australian 45-Day Dry Aged Angus Striploin Steak 300g
I gotta confess I didn’t think I would like this as I assumed a 45-day dry aged steak was gonna be too much for me, but this is the steak that I can’t take my mind off til now! My sister-in-law described it as having the characteristics of cheese.. the intensity increases with time. I’m not a fan of aged cheese, but I do like this steak. Incidentally, Slimer was also asking about it today, days after the steamboat session. Very interesting and unforgettable.
New Zealand Grassfed Ribeye Steak 250g
Whenever I go to steakhouses, I always order a ribeye steak over sirloin. It has significant marbling and isn’t as lean. I love this! Can you believe that this will just cost you $11 on Asian Cutz?!
And we move on to the Shabu Shabu! All it takes is a few swishes in boiling hot stock. Absolutely nothing else needed.
Australian Tajima Wagyu Sirloin Shabu Shabu Slices(Marble Score 6)
THIS Australian Tajima Wagyu Sirloin Shabu is one of the most beautiful slices of meat I have ever seen. This almost looks like art please. The meat to fat ratio is just right.. excellent if you’re someone who prefers just a little more “bite”. Slimer loved this!
Miyazaki A4 Wagyu Sirloin Shabu Shabu Slices
See the marbling? This was my favourite! I don’t know what kind of magic was done to the beef, but the meat was absolutely, intensely flavourful.. like nothing I have tried before. This Wagyu Sirloin Shabu Shabu comes from Japan’s Miyazaki prefecture, famed for producing one of the highest quality Wagyu beef anywhere in the world.
US Kurobuta Pork Collar Shabu Shabu Slices
I have a thing for Kurobuta pork. I love the texture of this premium meat, especially when it is sliced to just 1.5 mm thin. Look at how beautifully pink it is when swished just 3-4 times in boiling hot stock! I am sooo tempted to make pulled pork sandwiches with this.
We really, really enjoyed our steamboat and grill with the excellent meats. I especially loved their Australian Darling Downs Wagyu Ribeye (a wagyu-angus cross originating from Queensland and usually supplied only to restaurants) and Miyazaki Wagyu Sirloin Shabu Shabu. And no wonder, these are two of their top sellers! Check out Asian Cutz’s website if you have any questions on delivery, or if you are looking for certain types of meat not listed on their website, contact them or give them a call at 87260682. I promise they will do what they can to help!
And specially for budgetpantry’s readers, get 5% off your total order with a minimum spend of $50. Simple enter coupon code “budgetptry” to enjoy the discount when checking out. And if you haven’t, “LIKE” them on Facebook for the latest news, offers and promotions!
The husband has been having really late nights in the office that I had to think out of the box to entice him to come home early:
This is one of the easiest dishes I’ve ever made. I don’t want to call this a recipe because it really isn’t. ALL I did was fry up some processed frozen chicken wings and coat with ready-made Korean sauce.
You could of course marinate and fry your own chicken wings, which is what I usually do anyway. But sometimes you just want an easy way out. I tried these spiced and battered fried chicken wings from CP Food once at a house warming gathering and fell in love instantly.
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Mondays are those days that you don’t feel like cooking. This is especially the case for me since I am now working full time and still fix dinners most days. I am lucky that I knock off earlier than the rest of the population.. I really can’t imagine if I am a working mom who knocks off at 6 or 6.30, have to battle the peak-period crowd to get home, AND still have to come up with dinner for the whole family WITHOUT a helper. My respect goes to all of you working moms. You really have to tell me how you do it.
Fried rice. Not exactly my kind of food but I was looking for new ways to cook salmon. I don’t really like rice and normally wouldn’t eat fried rice. I know, what a great way to introduce this recipe!
But, a regular human being should like this though. Jason loved it- I think he went through three bowls? So this recipe is really for either 4 normal people or 1 husband + wife who doesn’t really eat rice. When cooking fried rice, two things really matter to me. Overnight rice and a smoking hot wok. I know sometimes you just wanna cook fried rice on a whim, so where to get overnight rice last minute?
On Monday, I decided that I cannot be lazy anymore and must start trying out new dishes again. With the Deepavali holiday coming up, must cook an Indian dish, right? I asked my colleague Shefali if she has a good recipe to recommend and she immediately said, “Butter paneer.” I swear I have never heard of this in my life (and even asked her to spell it wtf) but the pictures I googled looked amazing and seemed like what Jason likes to eat. I was game!
A lot of times when I cook fish, especially frozen batang/ kite fish, I get put off by the stinky odour. The odour doesn’t mean that the fish has gone bad though. Find out how to get rid of it in this post.
The other night, I was feeling quite bad for not cooking for the longest time. I don’t like to come up with new dishes for dinner because the lighting is bad and the pictures usually turn out crap. And so when I do fix dinner, I don’t take photos.. not as often as before. How did I do it?
I was talking to a friend the other day about working mums. I am lucky that 1) I’m not a mum and 2) I get off work at 5pm and reach home by 6. And even so, I sometimes (most times these days) just want to spend all the time I have listening to all the music I can listen to, or read all the books that I haven’t read. And even before doing these two things, the time on the clock reads 11pm. Where did the time go? So, I really applaud working mums who really have a 24/7 job. When and if I become a mum, what’s gonna happen to my me-time? It’s not even enough now. I’m not sure I can handle it.