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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Goodbye Oil. Hello Air!

I'm not a big fan of deep fried food. In fact, I don't deep fry at home and usually settle for pan fry at most. But I'll have to admit, there are cravings for the oh-so-sinful food like fried chicken every once in a while. So, we will get our fix for those when we are eating out. (Actually it's more like I don't want to be cleaning up my kitchen after the oily affair!)

When Philips invited me to do a review of their latest Avance XL Airfryer, I was more than excited to try this revolutionary product that made waves when it was launched in 2011. With it's appeal in eating healthier "oil-less fried food",  who can resist it?

At the Philips Airfryer launch event held recently.  From top clockwise : the range of Airfryers from the Viva and Avance collection. A group of us from the Singapore Mom Bloggers community who got together for the event. Host Bryan Wong and Dable from Hong Kong, a culinary enthusiast renowned for her fast growing "I Love Philips Airfryer" facebook group page which she initiated, with tons of Airfryer recipes to try! With their tagline "Air is the New Oil", it's really not hard to believe that it actually works that way after tasting a few recipes at the launch!

So, one of the first few recipes I wanted to try with the Airfryer was roasted black pepper pork ribs. Yep! By now, if you didn't know, it is no ordinary cooking machine that just air fries your food. It can also grill, gratinate and bake!


Preparation time : 5 minutes. Ready to serve from the airfryer : 35 minutes. Serves 2.

Ingredients :
- 1 rack of ribs
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1.5 tbsp of any herb or spice mixture
- 2 tbsp ready made black pepper sauce (if black pepper is not your thing, you can also replace the sauce to teriyaki or tangy barbeque sauce)

Rub the olive oil on the meat first, followed by the herb/spice mixture and the black pepper sauce. Place the marinated ribs in a resealable bag or wrapped in a cling wrap in your refrigerator. The ribs would taste best if marinated overnight, or marinade them in the morning for your dinner fix!

Cooking steps :
- pre heat the airfryer at 120 degrees celcius
- place the ribs in the Airfryer basket
- set timer for 30 minutes 
- after 30 minutes, increase temperature to 200 degrees celcius and set for another 5 minutes.
- remove the meat and leave it to rest, covered in aluminium foil for 10 minutes.
- just before serving, baste the meat with more black pepper sauce.

Succulent ribs in a jiffy!


And because I couldn't get enough of the Airfryer (uh-huh a bit too enthusiastic about it!), I challenged it to prepare one of my family's all time favorite dish - sweet and sour pork, since the pork usually needs to be deep fried before coated in sauce. So this would be the ultimate 'it' test for me.


Preparation time : 15 minutes. Ready from the Airfryer : 20 minutes. Preparation of sauce : 10 minutes. Serves 4.
- 300grams pork (preferably a little fatty or shoulder butt portion or those already labelled for cooking sweet & sour pork. If you live around a wet market, just tell the wet market butcher what you are cooking and he will probably give you the perfect cut for this dish!)

Cut the pork into bite size cubes and marinade pepper, 2 dashes of maggi seasoning, 1 tsp of light soya sauce, a dash of sesame oil and leave it in the fridge for a few hours for the flavors to immense the meat.

- 1 serving slice of fresh pineapple, cut in cubes (This is optional. You can also use canned ones)
- 1 medium size onion, sliced
- 1 medium size tomato, cut in cubes
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 2 tbsp oyster sauce
- 2 tbsp of tomato sauce
- 1 tbsp of worchestire sauce
- sugar to taste

- plain flour
- 1 egg

Method :

-  heat up the Philip Avance Airfryer at 120 degrees for 5 mins
- When ready, dip pork in egg and then coat with plain flour.
-  Dust off any excess flour on the pork before placing into the frying basket.
- Set timer to 20 minutes.
- When it's done, set the meat aside to prepare the sauce. 

Preparation of sauce :
- with about a tsp of oil, fry garlic and onions till fragrant before adding tomatoes, pineapple
- add the oyster sauce, tomato sauce, worchestire sauce and stir
- add the cornflour and water to the sauce to thicken
- add the cooked pork cubes into the pan and coat it well with the sauce
- add sugar to taste, ensuring there's enough of the 'sweet' to the sourness of the sauce

We were not disappointed! I had 3 other happy bellies in the house and that made me a very happy mum and wife! Simply because I need not clean up my kitchen after all the "frying"! woot!!
So some of you may wonder, how does the Philips Airfryer work to give us these awesome cooked food without oil? It is an open secret that I wish to share!

Philips Airfryer is powered with 2,100 watts and with a patented Rapid Air technology, it combines fast-circulating hot air with grill element to help fry our food instead of using oil. This can, undoubtedly, allow us to enjoy fried food with up to 80% less fat, which enable mothers like me, to bring healthy home cooking to the next level. Indulgence minus the fat is certainly very VERY appealing!

With the latest Philips XL Avance Airfryer, you can expect a 50% larger capacity, 30% faster cooking time which produces perfect browning,  crisp and tasty food without the additional oil. The Airfryer also comes with digital touch screen settings for precise temperature (up to 200 degrees celcius) and timer control. Simply put, cooking food is made easy with the perfect temperature and best tasting results!

 Keen to own the Philips Airfryer?
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This promotion is valid from 1st December till 31st January 2014.

The Viva Digital Airfryer and Avance XL Airfryer are also available at regular price in leading electronics stores, departmental stores and supermarkets island-wide.

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   Till the next post, have a blessed week!

Disclaimer : The Accidental Mom Blogger received the Avance XL Airfryer for a review and was compensated for this purpose. Opinions are entirely my own. Product information and statistics were provided by the good people at Philips.


  1. Do you get smoke when you fry the ribs? Mine poured out huge amounts of smoke and I shut down immediately.

    The fryer is awesome to fry ikan billis either as a snack or to prep to cook stock.

    1. Hi Melvin! I didn't experience such smoke emission as you had. Perhaps you could try this, if it's not the machine that's giving you problem. If you happen to place the ribs directly on the basket, when the marinade drips on the tray below, it may be the cause of the smoke emission since the metal plating is hot. You can try using foil to place the ribs when you cook it.

  2. Hi, my pork get stuck on to the mesh and the crispy parts are therefore gone. Why is that so?

    1. Hi Lulumummy! In all honesty, I've not tried cooking pork belly (I assume so because you mentioned the crispy part means the skin). I guess you probably have to ensure that the skin is dry and facing upwards so it shouldn't touch the wire basket.

  3. I always love the way air fryer can help me in my cooking, especially for any kinds of fried food.
    My french fries is one of the best dish which I can make. I often use 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil
    for chips but for others such as vegatables or chicken wings I will not add any extra oil.


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