Winner winner chicken dinner
Before you go on, you might want to know that the following products in this post has been co-sponsored by OMY.sg & CP Foods as part of their Social Media Day 2013 initiative. However, far from it being a ‘here’s some free food, now say something nice about us’ type of blog post, I am genuinely an advocate of these guys.
Like all the best stories of true love and romance, my first encounter with the CP Foods brand was in a 24 hour convenience store, blind drunk and looking for any semblance of a meal to cure a relatively bad case of the late night munchies… And as we all know, the instant food aisle of your neighborhood Cheers is the best place to find only the finest haute cuisine of dehydrated noodles, goopy vending-machine mashed potatoes and reconstructed meat sauce.
Fortunately, I had the good grace of stumbling (possibly literally, I will neither confirm or deny this) along the frozen food aisle. It was love at first sight. Shrimp wonton noodles that you make in a microwave? Get in my belly. One very satisfied hangover meal after, I was hooked.
Fresh shrimp in a silky wonton wrapper partying in a garlicky broth with springy noodles.
Your tastes buds will cry for more. Pro tip: I like mine with a little punch so I usually snip a fresh chili padi into the soup, post-microwave. I cannot stress how much this will do for your pounding headache the morning after.
Anyway I digress. The point of this post was to showcase their immensely wide range of ready to eat, ready to cook and fresh food products. The kind folks at CP Foods delivered 2 cooler bags spilling with things for me to sample and because I’d already tried most of their insta-meals, I gave some away to hungry co-workers in the office who were very, very satisfied with their food.
Like a gateway drug to deliciousness, one of them went on to stock her freezer with more of their products after…which is a pretty nice story for advertising/marketing nerds on the effectiveness of advocacy & word of mouth when you have an awesome product.
I prefer to showcase food with a little more finesse on this blog (because I like to think of myself as a cooking smartypants) so this is my interpretation of their CP Japanese Crispy Chicken (pictured above). It comes frozen so you’d have to whip out the deep fryer but the results are worth the effort. I coated mine with a paprika-cajun seasoning to give it some extra spice but the original tastes great on its own. With a crunch batter rivaling the Colonel, I paired my fried chicken with a sweet potato mash and tomato salsa which gave the meal a nice sweetness & acidity to balance out the grease.
All in all a very satisfying meal for the flatmates and myself. And because a cook never cleans, I didn’t have to do the dishes either. #winner
Anyway, if you enjoyed this post and would like to participate in the same Singapore Social Media Day initiative by omy.sg and CP Foods, click here for more info because there are tons of great prizes to be won like $1,000 worth of Capitamall vouchers and $100 worth of CP Foods products…that’s A LOT of delicious shrimp wontons you could be eating.
Pasta Making day
Tried to make pasta but failed. Fortunately I had a partner in crime who had more success. Pro tip: Leave it to the Italians or buy San Remo’s. We made linguine done 3 ways: Spicy italian sausage, dry green curry with prawns and white wine with clams. Delizioso!
Chop Suey: Not just a song by System of a Down
Today’s meal was inspired by the band and my favourite takeaway place, PFChang’s. A Chinese American staple, chop suey is mystery meat (no really, random bits of pork, chicken or seafood), mystery vegetables (mushrooms, cabbage, anything you have left over in the fridge), floating in a thickened but runny egg gravy and served with rice. I prefer mine with tons of shrimp, glass vermicelli, an assortment of mushroom and fat choy which is not for the faint of heart because it translates into chinese hair moss (google it).
Rosette de Lyon and rocket salad
One of the benefits of living in a expat-centric neighborhood…being able to find ~novelty~ meat in Singapore. Picked up some cured sausage for a salad. Fun with instagram filters also meant I accidentally turned my meal photo a yucky shade of green. I learned a new trick today - DIY parmigiana shavings with a potato peeler, brilliant!
Nunca falta un pelo en la sopa
Mexican bean (pinto, black bean, chick pea) stew with blue cheese toast…and some doritos in the background for that extra crunch. I wasn’t a big fan of this; a little too hearty for my palate.
I yam who yam
Home cook takes on hawker - fried yam cake with Chai Poh (salt cured minced turnip) for breakfast. I over-fried it to get a crispier texture on the cake. Not exactly the healthiest meal to wake up to!
Well maybe broccoli doesn’t like you either!
Kept it simple with a chicken, cherry tomato rotini and cream broccoli side.
I only eat food with faces on them
I found a pack of these adorable panda face Kamaboko (Japanese fish cake) at the local grocery store and picked them up along with some leek and udon for lunch. Hon-dashi stock as the base of my broth. The ni-tamago (lava egg) was a complete failure. Ended up completely over-cooking my egg in my first attempt. My second attempt (pictured) was slightly better but the yolk still refused to runneth over );
Stone Cold Soba
Had a bunch of mates over to my apartment so I whipped up a big bowl of soba with garlic beef stir fry on a bed of butterhead lettuce.
Love it//Hate it
Marmite finger toasties, soft boiled eggs and a light tomato salsa for breakfast. My favorite breakfast spreads in order of preference: Vegemite, marmite, nutella, creamy peanut butter with granola, honey followed by jam.
That’s not chicken in your chicken chow mein
Veggie stir fry: beijing cabbages, carrot shreds, chicken mince and enoki mushroom as a noodle substitute
A meal for the undeserving
I made food for the house: Crumpets,scrambled eggs, chipolatas and creamed strawberries for brunch
Dressing up your food in a tuxedo
Fancy pants Chee Cheong Fun (made from scratch!) with a truffle oil drizzle.