Saturday, February 28, 2015

BBQ Pork (Bak gua) Butter Cake - 肉干牛油蛋糕


Hi! dear friends and bloggers. I wish everyone of you a very happy and prosperous  Chinese Lunar New Year .
This  would be my first and last post of the month (only one post for this month/February 2015).


I still had some BBQ pork (bakgua or rou gan) left on the shelf and it will be the perfect home for various microorganisms if i left it in room temperature for too long. Moreover, my fridge is already at full capacity so I have to find a way to get rid of it.  Subsequently, I decided to bake a cake with it.  The origin recipe is from Kevin Chai.

Verdicts for the cake:  The texture of the cake is soft and moist. It is full of the fragrance of butter. The butter taste overpowers the bakgua, hardly have the bakgua taste. If you want a stronger taste of bakgua, may have to replace butter with corn oil, olive oil or sun flower seed oil.  Let me try out my next attempt and I will let you know the outcome. Hmmm, I may not do it again because I hardly eat bakgua. lol.

Recipe:

Ingredients:
300 g butter
200 g fine sugar
4 whole eggs 
250 g plain flour
20 g milk powder
5 g baking powder
100 ml milk
100 g BBQ pork, blended

Method:
1)  Preheat oven at 160 deg C. Grease and line an 8" x 8" square baking pan.
2)  Beat butter and sugar till creamy and light.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
3)  Sift flour, baking powder and milk powder together.  Fold in flour and milk aleternately in 3 batches.  Fold in BBQ pork, mix well.
4)  Pour the batter into  the prepared pan. Bake for 50 - 60 minutes or until cooked.
5)  Remove from oven, leave it cool on the rack. Cut into pieces, serve.



Sunday, January 25, 2015

Multi-Colour Huat Kuih -综合发糕



没想到吃发糕可以吃到这么丰富。有巧克力,有绿茶,有草莓,香兰,芋头等等的口味。真的太幸福了!

作天经过厨娘香Q秀的厨房,看到制作美丽又零失败的发糕,今天就迫不急待就开始做了4个口味的发糕;有巧克力搭配巧克力米; 香兰搭配日本黑豆;芋头香精搭配紫色番薯;草莓香精搭配蔓越莓;哇塞,每个发糕都笑到非常灿烂,而且好吃, 成功!

结论:不粘牙,有弹性。冷了有点硬,下次做可以再加多一点水。

Never imagined eating Huat Kuey can be so exciting. There's chocolate, green tea, strawberry, pandan, yam, etc flavours. I feel so blessed!

Happened to visit 厨娘香Q秀, and I couldn't wait any longer to try out their beautiful and successful Huat Kuihs. I made chocolate combined with chocolate rice, pandan combined with japanese black beans, yam combined with purple sweet potato, strawberry combined with cranberry. wow! all came out smiling at me! and delicious too! Success!

Verdict: not sticky on the teeth, with a good level of elasticity. however it was a little hard when cold, so I can probably add more water next time.

Recipe: I made 1/2 recipe of the original

Ingredients:
250 g water
1.5 g salt
30 g  whole egg (without shell)
300 g plain flour
1 tablespoon double acting baking powder
150 g fine sugar

Method:
1) Sift flour (2 x) into a big mixing bowl, add in the remaining ingredients, mix to combine a free lumps and smooth mixture.

2) Divide mixture into  3 or 4 portions, stir in the colour and flavour to your liking.  Pour batter into small cups /mould till 3/4 full. Steam over high heat for 15 - 20 minutes or until cooked.







Saturday, January 24, 2015

Steamed Apam - 阿邦蛋糕




Are they huat kuih or kuih Apam?  They are the same thing. Malay calls it Kuih Apam, Chinese calls it fatt koh or huat kuih. .  I personally do not quite like the texture of this kuih , because it is quite sticky. However, they are still delicious and fragrant.

Recipe: source from Steamed Cake &  Kuih Muih

Ingredients A:
140 g rice flour
1 teaspoon instant yeast/dry yeast
200ml thick coconut
15 plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

Ingredients B:
150g caster sugar
120 ml water
20ml fresh  pandan juice (extracted from pandan leaves)

Topping:
Pumpkin seeds

Method:
1)  Boil caster sugar, water and pandan juice in a pot until the sugar is dissolved, remove from heat, leave to cool and strain.

2) Add in ingredients A mix well thoroughly until no lumps and  smooth mixture. Leave and cover to rest or 1 hour.

3)  Lightly grease the small cups, spoon mixture till 3/4 full, top with some pumpkin seeds.  Steam for 15- 20 minutes over high heat.

4) When cool, remove cakes from the small cups (moulds), ready to serve.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Strawberry Chiffon Cupcakes - 草莓戚风杯子蛋糕



These chiffon cupcake are really awesome.  I like the chiffon cupcake very much. They are soft, light and fluffy.  As for the cake filling, it is smooth, and creamy.

The Chiffon cupcakes recipe is adapted from Kitchen Tigress, and the custard filling recipe is from Ocikeron.


Recipe: 
Cake: makes 9  - 11 cupcakes
45 g egg yolks
20 g caster sugar
35g corn oil
45 g full -fat milk
60 g cake flour

Meringue:
135 g egg whites
40 g caster sugar

Method: Please follow the link.

Custard Cream Filling:
1 tablespoon cake flour
1 tablespoon corn flour
200 ml milk
40 g fine sugar ( I used 20 g)
2 egg yolks
15 g butter

Method:
1)  Place flour, corn flour and sugar in a bowl, then mix well with a whisk.  Add in the milk and yolks, mix well.  Strained the mixture into a saucepan  then add butter.  Cook over medium low heat, stir constantly, stop the heat when the mixture starts to thicken.  Mix well with the remaining heat. Leave to cool completely. Combine and mix with the whipped cream when it cools. You may add in vanilla essence or any flavour if you wish.

2)  Fit a pastry bag with a long, small round tip and fill with cream.  Pipe the cream into the chiffon cupcakes, dust with sugar powder and decorate with strawberry.

Whipped cream: Whisk together until stiff form
100 ml heavy cream
1 tablespoon fine sugar


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Ayam Ponteh -马铃薯鸡



Recipe:

Ingredients:
500 g chicken, washed and wiped dry, cut into pieces
3 tablespoon bean paste (minced)
10 shallots, diced or chopped
10 pips garlic, diced or chopped
2 - 3 medium size potato, removed skin and cut into wadges
1/2 tablespoon light  soy sauce
1 tablespoon palm sugar (gula Melaka)
1.5 cups water
3 - 4 tablespoon cooking oil

Method:
1)  Heat up wok with oil, fry shallots and garlic over medium  heat for few minutes until brown.
2)  Add in bean paste and stir-fry for few minutes until fragrant.  Add in chicken, and stir-fry until the the chicken is covered with paste. Now add in water and potatoes, continue to cook for 20 minutes over medium high heat (cover with lid).  Stir occasionally to prevent getting burnt at the bottom.
3) Pour in light soy sauce and palm sugar. Continue to cook till the meat and potatoes are well cooked.  Garnish with coriander leaves and serve.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Hong kong Style Rice Cake Pudding - 香港街边 砵仔糕




Recipe: yields 8 small puddings

Ingredients:
80 g rice flour
10 g wheat flour (deng mian fen)
10 g corn flour or tapioca flour
70 g brown sugar ( I used Taiwan brown sugar so that the finished product turns out very dark)
300 ml water

50 g  red bean   - washed  and soaked in  water for at least 4 hour or over night,  and boiled until the beans split open a little.

Method:
1)  Combine all the flours together into the bowl.  Pour in 120 ml water and whisk until there is no flour lumps.  The mixture should be quite thin. Set aside for later use.

2)  Boil brown sugar with the remaining water (180 ml) on medium heat.  Once the sugar is melted, pour into flour mixture, stir constantly as you pour. Transfer the mixture into the measuring jug.

3)  Pour batter 3/4 full into each mould in the steamer (see tips).  Then add some of the beans.  Steam them on high heat for bout 15 - 20 minutes. To test whether they are cooked, just insert a skewer in the middle of the pudding comes out clean.  Remove from heat, cool them on the wire rack.
When cool, remove from moulds and serve.

Tips:
Set up a steamer . Lightly grease the moulds or small bowls you will use for the puddings and steam for a while.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Bitter gourd pudding - 苦瓜凉冻





You can either eat with coconut cream (or fresh cream) or top with ice-cream.



2 years ago, I went on a trip with my family to Sydney and we chanced upon a Chinese restaurant where we had a meal. The owner was very kind and served us complimentary desserts.

On first look, it looked like matcha or green bean pudding. When I tasted it, it was very refreshing and I could not guess what was giving the pudding its subtle flavour. Only after tying up the owners and interrogating her intensively did she finally reveal the mystery ingredient - bitter gourd! It was a surprise. We released her and after many months  of procrastination, I have now finally made my first attempt in making this refreshing dessert.

Bitter gourd is normally not easily acceptable among children (and even adults) and this is a good way to make them eat them for their cooling properties.

Verdict of my end product:
1)  Refreshing
2)  Sweet and slight hint of bitter gourd taste.
3)  Easy to make.

Recipe:

Ingredients A:
120 g sugar
1/2 tablespoon agar-agar powder
1.75 (one and three-quarter) tablespoon galatine powder
500 ml water
2 pcs pandan leaves
pinch of salt

Ingredients B:
150 g bitter gourd - clean and remove seeds
some water

Method:
1) Blend bitter gourd with some water,  Drain and collect 100 ml bitter gourd juice.

2) Combine ingredients A and method (1) in a small pot, boil over medium heat. Keep stirring until the ingredients dissolve and no lumps.

3)  Pour the mixture into moulds. When cool, chill in the fridge. When the puddings are fully set, remove from mould and serve with coconut cream (or fresh cream) or ice-cream.