Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Fuss Free Recipes with AMC Cookware : Thai Style Steam Fish, Grilled Chicken and Steam Broccoli with Mushrooms and Scallops

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A bumper post today - three recipes in one.   I decided to share these three recipes together as they are so easy to make, delicious and made so much easier and healthier to cook using the AMC Cookware

Grilled Chicken Leg

This dish was what attracted me to the AMC Cookware range in the first place. I couldn't believe how easy and fast it was, the meat was juicy and the skin crispy. There was no grease splatter, I didn't have to baste anything (I really dislike to do meat basting), and just two things to wash. 

Best of all was seeing how the oil has dripped down to the bowl.   After understanding how this works, I was totally sold!

  • 500g deboned chicken legs, about 2-3 pieces (sometimes referred to as Chicken Maryland)
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  • Pince of 5 spice powder
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • Dash of chinese cooking wine

1.  Marinade the chicken legs overnight or at least 2 hours.

2.  Place the chicken legs, skin side down, on a steamer - positioned over a bottom bowl, and cover with the Navigenio hotplate upside down.

Place the meat in a steamer, skin side down.

Grill it with the Navigenio hotplate upside down, just like how we
cooked Char Siu and Siew Yoke/Roast Pork

3.  Switch the Navi hotplate to #4 and grill for 15minutes. 

4.  Turn the chicken pieces skin side up and grill for another 5 minutes until crispy and golden.  Switch off the Navi hotplate, remove the meat onto a plate and let it rest for about 5 minutes before cutting into bite size pieces using a meat scissors.  Serve immediately.

Total cooking time - 20minutes.

The skin is sizzling in its own oil, crispy and golden. 
There is no basting or adding any additional oil.

The meat is perfectly cooked and juicy.  No pinkish parts.

The oil that has dripped down into the bottom bowl. 
Reduced risk of clogged arteries...unless you want to keep this
to cook chicken rice (;p)

The next two dishes can be cooked using the same 28cm roasting pan.  Steam the fish first, then use it to steam the vegetables.  After that, just serve the vegetable dish straight from the pan;  all AMC Cookware has been designed with pleasing aesthetics in mind.

Thai Style Steamed Fish

No more boiling some water in a wok and then steaming the fish over a rack with boiling water.  No need to check the clock or look for signs that the fish is cooked (eg. the fish's eyeballs have popped out - so grose :p).

AMC's waterless cooking method simplifies the whole process by steaming the fish straight in the pan, and using the Audiotherm to control the cooking and notify you when it's done.

The AMC 28cm roasting pan is ideal for steaming and stir frying.

  • 500g Red Snapper or Tilapia, gutted and rinsed clean
  • 5 slices of ginger, slivered
  • 3 fat pips of garlic, minced
  • Juice of 5 large limes or 2 lemons
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Dash of soy sauce
  • Chopped chinese parsley for garnishing

1.  Cut two slits on each side of the fish and arrange on a AMC 28cm roasting pan, pour all the seasonings onto the fish (except the chinese parsley) and cover. 

I forgot to take photos of the cooking process, this was another
steam fish using the same 28cm roasting pan, as illustration

2.  Switch on the Navigenio hotplate to #5, attach the Audiotherm to the cover knob (the Visiotherm), set the timer to 5 minutes and turn the Audiotherm to the "carrot" point.

Illustration only.  The Audiotherm should be set to 5 min (not 10min).

3.  Once the internal cooking heat in the roasting pan has reached "carrot" point (this will only take a few minutes), the Audiotherm will beep.  Remove the Audiotherm, switch off the Navi hotplate, and let the pan sit on the hotplate (it is still very hot and the fish inside the pan is continuing to cook) for 5 minutes.  The Audiotherm will beep again to notify you that the 5 minutes is up and it's time to serve the fish.

4.  Remove the cover and adjust the taste.  Garnish with the chopped chinese parsley and serve immediately. 

Total cooking time - between 10-15 minutes, depending on the size of the fish and thickness.

Steam Broccoli with Mushrooms and Scallops

My mum hardly steam vegetables.  She would blanch them in boiling water for a few minutes, sift out the cooked veg and pour away the water - with all the nutrients from the veg! 

AMC's steaming method retains the nutrients from the vegetables by steaming them in the same pan.  Vegetables retain their colour, texture and nutrients. 

The natural vibrant colours of the vegetables are retained

For naturally "dry" vegetables such as ladyfingers, sprinkle some water
before steaming.  The texture and colour remains, and the ladyfingers do not turn mushy or yellow.

  • 200g bunch of broccoli, trimmed into bite size florets
  • 1 medium size carrot, cut into thin diagonal slices
  • 3 medium size scallops, softened with hot water, separated into thin strips
  • 3 large dried mushrooms, softened with hot water, sliced thinly

1.  Rinse the broccoli florets and put inside a AMC 28cm roasting pan.  Do not drain the broccoli until too dry, leave some droplets of water clinging onto the broccoli florets.  Add in the carrot, scallops and mushrooms.

Place the pan on the Navigenio hotplate and switch to #5 heat.

2.  Cover, switch on the Navigenio hotplate to #5.  When the Visiotherm (the cover knob) reaches the "carrot" point, switch off the hotplate and let it sit for another 3 minutes. 

3.  Open the cover and pour in the seasonings, stirring to coat the vegetables well.  Serve immediately.

I like to made extra batch of ginger and garlic oil for steaming dishes such as the above.  You can pre-make the oil (first 4 ingredients) and only add in the oyster sauce and stock powder during actual cooking.

Pre-cooked seasonings
  • 2 fat pips of garlic, minced
  • 2 slices of ginger, slivered
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp normal oil
  • 2 tbspn oyster sauce
  • 1/2 tsp chicken stock powder

Total cooking time - less than 10minutes.

Easy isn't it.  These are three regular dishes that I enjoy cooking with AMC Cookware.  So much easier, faster and cleaner than using the conventional gas stove. 

For more information on AMC's range of cookware, including its Premium System range and the Navigenio hotplate, please click HERE.


  1. Hi Esther! I am blown away by that cookware. I have never come across anything as versatile. You cooked a healthy feast and you made it sound so easy. Not all the credit goes to the cookware. I love all the recipes you've made and envy the people who are going to eat all of those dishes.

    1. Hi Adora, thanks for dropping by and thanks for your kind words :) "blown away" are the right words to describe my sentiments when i saw how the hotplate can work..i was so excited i actually couldnt sleep for that night :p. it really made my cooking xxxxx times much easier. I am learning a lot of great recipes from your blog :)

  2. This AMC cookware seems like can do many miracles in cooking up different dishes. And the beauty oil spilt everywhere and you dont need to clean up the stove etc; really live to its name; fussfree!! If
    Only I can afford it!

    1. Mel, there is 24 months interest-free installments! Depending on which set you choose, the monthly payment is only around RM200 a month. Very affordable.

  3. Hi Esther,

    Thanks for the link! I will check out AMC at Singapore too at my coming May trip. This AMC cookware seems to be very useful for my daily cooking.


    PS I like your new profile. You look very business-like. Cool! :D

    1. Thanks Zoe :) I thought i look kinda casual :) Yes, there is AMC in Singapore, check them out and then check my links. If you are swinging by KL, then i can show you too.

  4. Hi Esther, you are getting very good at cooking with this pot. All the dishes look so good.

    1. Thanks Mich. very easy to use the pots and hotplate.

  5. Hi,

    If its cheaper then Singapore, I dont mind to buy in Malaysia.

    But where to collect ?


    1. Hi Ling, can you send an email to me at I will explain the process. Thanks!

  6. AMC is great. Love how the chicken turned out, looks perfect! The hotplate thing is pretty cool...I'll have to check it out one day. Thanks for posting the recipes :)

    1. Hi Fern, you are welcome. Yea, do check out the links, and let me know if you need any further info.

  7. This magic AMC cookware make cooking easier,faster and healthier!

    1. Spot on, Esther! ( great minds think alike heehee)

  8. This AMC cookware looks really useful... you can make almost anything in it.

    1. Yes, Yen , can even bake cakes and muffins with it, make muachi, steamboat, etc.

  9. The cookware looks like very helpful in making healthier dishes. Great !

  10. Hi Esther,
    The last time I heard of AMC cookware was probably decades ago!
    Your dishes all look delicious, really fuss-free with your wonderful cookware! Crispy chicken without the need of frying, that is fantastic!

    1. Yes, this cookware is really helping me to realise the tagline of my blog ! Absolutely fuss free cooking all the way, without sacrificing on taste and texture.

  11. Esther, I wish I had known about this cookware ages ago. I would have bought a complete set when I set up home. It is very impressive, in addition to the siew yok and char siew, you can whip even whip up steamed fish and vege dishes too.

    1. Hi PH, you can always get a smaller set to use, like me. Once you use it, no regrets. The other cookware will supplement this if you need to cook for large numbers.

  12. if you keep posting all these delicious dishes and the wonders of the amc cookware, i might not be able to control myself to get a set of these! haha! easy cooking and cleaning in the kitchen too!

    1. Lena, i tell you this AMC cookware is so useful and intelligent, i could not believe how easy it is to cook, especially when you are short of time. Everything gets cooked in half time or less.

  13. Oh Esther,
    You are so good in the AMC cookware.
    All your cooks from Siew Yok, Char Siew and now these 3 dishes are so impressive.
    The hot plate really works wonder :D

    Between I really like your profile picture, you look awesome:)

    1. Haha thanks Doreen, so relieved the photo turns out ok :) yes, the AMC hotplate is a really amazing gadget.

  14. I love chicken and I cook a lot of chicken dishes. I never expected you can make such mouthwatering chicken dish in such a simple way. I'm definitely giving AMC cookware a try now.


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