While many people in Singapore flock to their favourite Arab Street district pub or restaurant for a nightly sip of beer, far fewer realize that many of their favourite recipes can be improved with the use of beer including meat, breads and delicious desserts. Most of the wonderful hodgepodge of cuisines including Chinese, Indian, Malaysian and Indonesian available to cook in Singapore are made better with beer because beer tenderizes while it adds bitterness from the hops or sweetness from the malt.
There are several ways to make meat delicious with beer. When making Bak Kut Teh try adding a can of beer to the broth. If your broth becomes too thin, then simply add a little corn starch and simmer until it reaches the correct consistency. Alternatively, Mee Rebus is perfect when you add beer to the liquid. If it becomes too watery, then thicken it up with some more potato flakes. Almost any dish is better when you incorporate a little beer into it. If your meat is chicken, fish or ham, then try incorporating a pale mild ale or if your meat is lamb, then incorporate a dry stout like Guinness Stout. Alternatively, if you are doing wild game, then try incorporating some Heineken beer.
Breads, fritters and pancakes all benefit from the addition of beer because it lightens the texture and makes the crust extra tender. If you are worried that the addition of beer may ruin your creation because of its foaminess, then whisk it a little in a separate bowl before adding it to your dish. It is easy to incorporate beer into the filling of your favourite dim sums. For example, a great hot mustard sauce can be created by combining equal amounts of cornstarch and sugar and adding half as much vinegar and dry mustard. Then, stir in your favourite beer and add vinegar to suit your tastes. This hot mustard is particularly tasty with bok choy and Chinese chives inside a dim sum.
You can create so many different desserts with beer as the main ingredient. An easy one to make is Guinness Stout Chocolate Mousse. Start by combining three times the amount of heavy whipping cream to the beer you want to use. Warm it slightly on the stove. While it is warming, combine a spoonful of sugar with an egg yolk and whisk until completely combined. Take the egg white and beat it until it forms stiff peaks. Then, fold the egg white into four ounces of chipped semisweet chocolate. Pour the mixture into tall glasses and refrigerate until set. Just before serving, beat some more heavy cream and add a tablespoon of sugar. Pipe onto the top of the mousse and serve.
If a beer goes well with a particular dish, then it usually makes a great addition to the recipe. If you are making a dish with a broth that must cook more than one hour, then add the beer later in the cooking time. Otherwise, you can substitute all the liquid in the recipe with beer. Check out this beer delivery in Singapore so that you will have a great selection of beers on hand when creating culinary delights.