If arrowroot heads suddenly run out of stock due to the festive shopping frenzy, replace them with deep fried orange sweet potato or yam cubes. Homemade Waxed Chicken can be made well in advance. Keep it frozen immersed in its baking oil. When ready to use, thaw overnight in the chiller. I prefer to use kicap manis compared to typical dark soy sauce because it give a good balance of sweet salty flavours and golden brown tones.
Recipe Category: Poultry
For best flavour and juiciness, I have not removed the skin from the chicken. To minimize the fat content, trim off any excess fat surrounding the drumstick meat. However, you can remove the skin and fat completely, if you prefer a much healthier option for your family.
Passata is a liquid tomato puree that has been strained of seeds and skins. It provides a fresher taste and more vibrant colour to your bolognese sauce compared to conventional ready made pasta sauce, tomato puree and tomato sauce. Passata is now commercially available in most major supermarkets. If you cannot find it, replace with plain canned tomatoes of equal weight and blend it till smooth before using. I also prefer to mince meat at home with a meat grinder or food processor. That way you are sure of what your children are getting to eat.
Always thaw your frozen turkey slowly in the chiller section of your refrigerator. Allow 2 days of slow thawing at the lowest shelf for a 4 - 4.5kg turkey. This minimizes bacterial contamination risk compared to quick thawing at room temperature.
For even browning, rotate the turkey after each basting.
Roasting time depends on the turkey size. A general guide is 35 minutes for every 1 kg of unstuffed turkey. Add 30 minutes to the total roasting time for a stuffed turkey.
It's best to test the doneness of your turkey with an instant read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, without touching the bone. Another way to check doneness is to see that the juices running from the turkey are clear and free from pink juices. The drumstick should also be moving freely when pivoted with your hand.
Resting the cooked turkey is a crucial step. Allow at least 30 minutes resting before carving it. Resting allows the juices to reabsorb into the meat while firming it up. You will have succulent, beautifully carved turkey meat.
Some people like giblets and add them to the gravy. You can omit them, if you prefer a smooth gravy.
Any juices that fall onto the tray from the roast chicken can be used as the gravy to pour over your chicken when serving. Just bring it to a boil and add some cornstarch mixture to it and get a thicker consistency.
Make sure to pat down the chicken dry, so that the chicken will absorb the marinate even more!
This recipe uses dried, instant lasagne sheets. There is no need to pre cook them. Make sure the sauce fully covers the edges of the dried sheets to ensure that they soften while baking. Tom yum paste in jars are readily available in major supermarkets.
Pre frying the potatoes enhances its colour and prevents it from breaking up while cooking. After adding the thick coconut milk, never allow the curry to boil, or it will split, a strict no no.
This dish acquires its unique Nyonya taste from the use of salted soybeans (taucheo) and tamarind extract. To ensure maximum flavour, make sure the spice paste is fried over low heat till the oil separates.
Serve this yummy noodles with some side of pickled green chillies or cut red chillies for an extra kick!