Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Sweet and Sour Spareribs 糖醋排骨



I love telling people this.... No, this sweet and sour spareribs is not the reddish sweet and sour pork more commonly known as ku lou yuk (咕噜肉). No pineapple juice is in this (in fact, the Asian ku lou yuk uses plum sauce and not pineapple juice). This is the real stuff. Black vinegar. Cooked together with good old sugar, lots of it, and some aromatics and you have this sticky, perfectly glazed knock-your-socks-off spareribs. Very easy to make in fact.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Dutch Apple Pie With Oat Streusal Topping 荷兰苹果派


What is your take on an ultimate apple pie? For me, a flaky crust is a must. The crust makes the pie. The filling should be slightly crunchy, packed with intense apple flavour. And finally, that ever buttery aromatic beautifully crunched top. I do not claim mastery in pie making but this Dutch apple pie that I am introducing comes pretty close.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Healthy Breakfast Meals - Carrot pancake 健康红萝卜薄煎饼


As a mother, I try to give my son as much nutritious food as possible. My son is a super picky eater. Needless to say, I have no luck with most vegetables. Therefore, I have to be creative to "hide" those vegetables when he is chomping his food. And this is the by product of it. Not only is this nutritious, it is also tasty and colourful. I myself is a converted fan. No, we are not talking about a savoury pancakes and neither are we talking about pancakes with shredded carrots. I made this "smooth" to suit my son's picky palate. It is also suitable for young toddlers because there are hardly any carrot residues, making swallowing a breeze.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Old Cucumber Soup 老黄瓜汤


I am introducing a simple soup today. Every Chinese home cook, especially those from the older generation, knows how to cook a good pot of soup. But I am going ahead anyway as I feel this culture of soup cooking should be preserved. Please excuse me if you find this post too mundane for your palate. I was hoping perhaps, just perhaps, I might be able to impart something to those who are in the dark about boiling a good bowl of soup.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Mango Tartlet 芒果挞


These dainty little tartlets look so pretty and cute I almost don't want to eat it. But food is food. It is supposed to go into your stomach and I am happy to say that these little tarts were polished off in no time, right after the shoot.

Mango is still in season here and I took this opportunity to use mango in every recipe that I could think of. You do not have to buy very expensive mangoes for this recipe. All you need are mangoes that tasted sweet sourish and has strong mango smell. Of course, if you want to splurge, by all means do so.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Cassava Cake/ Getuk Ubi 木薯糕



Today is Friday and I am going to make this getuk ubi to bring to my cell group meeting. It is rather hard to put a name to this as there are not much written information about this. Suffice to know that my cell members (and I of course) adore getuk ubi.

There are many variations of kuih ubi kayu. This one basically has white mashed cassava with minimal flavouring at the bottom topped with grated coconut. When you bite into it, the intense flavour of the grated coconut and palm sugar top mixed well with the plain cassava bottom. Simply scrumptious! I don't know why but getuk ubi seems to have this unique flavour that is very appealing. Tell this to the old people that survived WWII and they would probably say you "siau"(crazy). This is because food was scarce then and cassava became a staple as it was cheap and easily grown. Those were the days when putting food on the table was not easy. Repackage it and now we have "designer" cassava cake.

Monday, 11 May 2015

Easy Cream Puffs 卡士达泡芙


Not my best work but I will use it in situ. It is not bad per se. The choux pastry or pâte à choux did not fail me. It rose up perfectly, leaving a large cavity, which is a pre-requisite for all good choux pastries. The problem is with my piping. It was hideous. I unashamely blame it on my lack of experience in this area. After all but one piped puffs, I finally figured out what was wrong. Whilst everybody fill the cream from within, I smartly filled mine from outside inching in. Therefore, it does not have that straight regal look but a sloppy cream splatter. Well, I rectified that with my last piece. Isn't it a beauty?

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Easy Pastry Cream/Crème Pâtissière 卡士达奶油


This classic French recipe is so versatile. You could use it in about anything that requires cream such as cream puffs, eclairs, base for tarts and danishes. It is basically just a custard, rather easy to whip up, but tasted heavenly. In fact, if you are venturing into pastry arts, a good pastry cream recipe in hands is essential.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Pandan Layer Cake 香兰层蛋糕


UPDATE: 5/9/2015
Did another cake today for own consumption. This time I am able to show you the full shape of the cake. As this cake is done to satisfy my cravings, I just coat the cake with desiccated coconut for added flavour, no artsy farty decoration.


Do you have that feeling of bliss when you tried out a recipe and it came out beyond your expectations? This is one of it. This recipe is truly good.

Initially what was supposed to be an ordinary baking day soon evolved into a Mother's Day surprise. A perfect idea really. The only thing is I did not get to surprise her. The aroma of the baking pandan chiffon that engulfed the whole kitchen was so tempting that she actually pulled off bits of the cake top to nibble right after it was baked...without my knowledge. So, what was supposed to be her surprise became mine! Since this cake was for my mother, I have taylor-made it to her requirements. No creams because she finds it yucky. Less oil because she is trying to control her weight. She likes her cakes plain like the normal chiffon. This cake fits it all.


Sunday, 3 May 2015

Coconut Tartlets 椰挞


If you ask me to choose between an egg tart or a coconut tart, I would most probably choose the later. Maybe it is the texture but I do find coconut tartlets to have more bite and chew to it. And when it is cooked correctly, the smell of the baked coconut plus the sweetened taste of the filling will keep me satiate for a very long time. Simply put, eating a coconut tart would make me a very happy woman.


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