Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Steamed Chicken With Black Fungus





Just simply like this easy and healthy steamed chicken for today's dinner.

Recipe:

Ingredients:

1/2  Royale or Kampong chicken
15 g small dried black fungus
5 g Cordycep flowers (虫草花)

Seasoning:
1/2 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
dash of rice wine (optional) to taste
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/8 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon corn starch
some shredded ginger
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil

Garnishing:
spring onion and coriander leaves

Method:
1)  Wash, clean and pat dry the chicken. Cut into pieces and put in a bowl.. Marinate with seasoning and put in the fridge (covered with clingwrap) for 30 minutes.

2)  Soak dried black fungus with warm water for 2 hours. Remove the stem, clean and drain.

3)  Soak cordycep flowers with tap water for few minutes, clean and drain.

4)  Arrange black fungus and cordycep flowers in a deep dish, and place chicken on top of them. Steam over high heat for  25 minutes.

5) Sprinkle spring onions and coriander leaves as you like. Serve.

Disgusting!!!!

Just came back from my 10 days group tour from China. I have not many post recently and many post still appending for me .

Today I would like to illustrate an anecdote which I encountered on the flight back to SG. 

There was a middle-aged man sitting diagonally in front of me across the aisle. He must be unwell because he had a lot of phlegm to clear. Every time he needed to clear the phlegm, he will make the iconic noise of bringing the phlegm to his oral cavity and i couldn't help but notice him dealing with his phlegm many a times. 

The first time, he spitted his phlegm into the sanitary bag which comes with each seat. After that, he proceeded to read the newspapers provided. For a few times after that, he will spit into the newspaper he is actually reading and continue reading like nothing happened. I also noticed he will used his finger to clear the remnants of his phlegm from the edges of his mouth and wiped his finger on the edge of his seat and the flight blanket provided. One other passenger later asked to read his copy of newspapers and he readily lent it to him. The other passenger went on to absorb all the information in the newspaper without making much of a fuss.

I didn't think I will believe this story if someone else told me about it but I have witnessed it for myself now.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Soft Beancurd Top With Minced Meat



 Beancurd has always been one of my family's favourite.  Today I prepared a dish of  beancurd topped with minced meat. 

Recipe:

Ingredients:
1 box beancurd (any brand)
100 g minced meat
1 shallots (sliced) 
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon dark soy sauce
1/2 cup water
pepper
a pinch of sugar to taste
cornstarch water (for thickening the sauce)

Garnishing:
spring onion, coriander leaves

Method:
1) Remove beancurd from the box,  Slice them into pieces and arrange them onto a plate.
2)  Steam the sliced toufu (beancurd) for 3 minutes. Using a tablespoon to scoop away the water on the surface after steaming.
3. Heat up oil (about a tablespoonful) in a wok, stir-fry  shallots until fragrant, add in minced meat and stir-fry until meat is cooked. Add in oyster sauce, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, water and sugar, allow to simmer for few minutes.  Thicken the sauce with cornstarch water.
4)  Pour the minced meat over the steamed toufu, garnish and serve.


Blueberry Pound cake - 蓝莓磅蛋糕



The blueberry pound cake belongs to one of the classic pound cakes. When compared to the everyday pound cake, it contains a smaller ratio of sugar and butter and eggs. This is why the blueberry pound cake lacks some of the iconic strong flavour commonly associated with the common pound cake. However, the soft and moist texture due to the sour cream mixed with the light fragrance of the blueberry have resulted in a uniquely flavourful creation.

Recipe:

Ingredients:

170 g All purpose flour (Plain flour)
30 g Almond flour
5 g Baking powder
2 whole eggs (lightly beaten)
130 g unsalted butter (at room temperature)
120 g fine sugar
120 sour cream
a pinch of slat
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

* 70 g fresh blueberry  (lightly dust with 1 tablespoon  of plain flour)

Method:

1) Beat butter and sugar till light and fluffy.
2)  Add egg in 4 batches, until well blended.
3)  Add in sour cream and vanilla.
4)  Fold in flour with the help of rubber spatula, mixed well.
5)  Add in blueberry.
6) Pour mixture onto a lightly greased tin. Bake in preheated oven at 170 deg C for 40 -45 minutes and until cooked.




Saturday, August 23, 2014

Blueberry Cupcakes with Cream Cheese and Yogurt Frosting



This is my second attempt within a few days as I am keen to make some improvements to my previous attempt. This time round, I added a layer of frosting which turned out to complement the fresh blueberries really well. The frosting was made using cream cheese and blueberry yogurt. The sponge cake was spongy as sponge cakes should be and being mild in taste, it allows the fragrance of the frosting and the blueberries to take the lead in taking over your senses.

Recipe: adapted from  美味糕点新主张

Ingredients: 
For the sponge cake:
35 g fresh milk
45 g unsalted butter
90 g egg yolk
20 g fine sugar
120 g egg white
60 g fine sugar
90 g low protein flour

Method:
1 ) Put fresh milk and unsalted butter in a container.  Use double boil method to melt the butter. Leave for later use.
2)  In another mixing bowl  put sugar and egg yolk together over hot water, using a hand electric  mixer to beat till colour turns pale and thick.
3) In another mixing bowl beat egg white  with sugar in 3 batches till stiff and peak form.
4)  Mix method (2) into method (3) mix well.
5) Add in shifted flour into method (4) in 3 batches till well incorporated.
6) Take a small portion of method (5) add to method (1).
7)  Then pour everything back to method (5) mix well.
8)  Pour or spoon batter into paper cups till 3/4 full.  Bake in preheated oven at 170 deg C for 20 minutes.
   
For the Cream cheese frosting:
80 g cream cheese ( at room temperature)
100 g unsalted butter  (at room temperature)
30 g icing sugar
45 g  plain yogurt  (I used blueberry yogurt)

Method:
1)  Beat soften cream cheese, icing sugar and unsalted till smooth and fluffy. Then gradually add in yogurt and mix well.  Transfer to a pipping bag and pipe on the cupcakes.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Blueberry Chiffon Cake - 蓝莓戚风蛋糕



Never came across blueberry that could be so cheap - 3 pkts  (125 g x3) in total less than S$7!  So I decided to heed heaven's call and went ahead to buy and add to my collection of cakes. however, these blueberries came with a tinge of sourness and didn't have the fragrance of blueberries I expected.


Recipe: 

Ingredients:
(A)
110 g  egg white
55 g caster sugar
1/2 tablespoon corn flour

(B)
40 g egg yolk
36 g corn oil
50 g fresh blueberry puree
60 g fresh blueberry
55 g low protein flour
1 tsp  lemon juice

Method:
Chiffon cake method.
1) Beat ingredients (A) till stiff but not dry.
2)  Mix Ingredients  (B)  all together till a smooth mixture.
3)  Pour cake mixture into a 17 cm clean and  non-greased chiffon cake tin.
4)  Bake in a preheated oven at 160 deg C for 40 minutes or until cooked.
5)  Remove from oven, invert the cake tin immediately.  Let it cool completely. Remove cake from the mould.  Slice into pieces and serve.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Chocolate Molten Lava Bread - 巧克力爆浆面包






There is one bakery shop near my place that sells very good and soft buns with as many different types of fillings you can name.  I personally like their salted egg yoke buns and creamy yam buns. They are really delicious.

Today I boldly tried to replicate their chocolate buns. As you can see from the pics above, the result is a success. The chocolate filling is really like molten lava, oozing from the interior as you peel the soft bun apart. Yummy and chocolatey. Next challenge? I shall try with salted egg... stay tuned.... 


Recipe:

Ingredients:
300 g bread flour
5 g instant yeast (1.1/4 teaspoon )
65 g sugar
30 g cocoa powder
5 g salt
50 ml fresh milk
150 ml cold water
40 g butter (at room temperature)

Method:
1) Combine bread flour, cocoa powder,  sugar, and salt in a mixer. Stir in fresh milk and cold water, beat until forms dough.

2) Add in butter continue to beat until a smooth and elastic dough is formed.

3) Cover dough with a piece of damp cloth or clingwrap, leave them in a warm place  for 60 minutes or until doubled in size.

4) Divide dough into 11 equal portions. Shape each dough into small balls. Place them on a greased baking tray. And let the small dough to rest for 60 minutes or doubled in size.

5) Brush with egg wash and  bake in  preheated oven for 15 minutes at 180 deg C.

6) Cool the buns on a wire rack. Pipe filling into each bun. .

For Molten Larva cream:
45 g egg yolk
50 g fine sugar
15 g Hong Kong flour
190 g fresh milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence (optional)
100 g fresh cream
80 semi sweet chocolate (or bitter chocolate)
10 g butter

Method:
1) Double boil chocolate and fresh cream, stir well until the mixture is smooth.  Leave to cool for later use.
2) Beat egg yolk and sugar with an egg whisk. Add in sifted flour, mix well .
3) Add in milk a little in few batches, mix well.. Boil over low heat, stir occasionally to advoid burnt at the bottom, add in vanilla.  Cook the mixture becomes thick and bubbling. Remove from  heat.
4) Add butter into (3), blend well.  Let sit on ice, stir until the mixture is cold and smooth.
5) Add chocolate mixture into (4), mix well.  Transfer to a piping bag ( with a nozzle), insert nozzle into the buns and gently squeeze the cream until ooze. Enjoy.