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Japanese Rice Ball Onigiri おにぎり

Onigiri お握り or 御握り, is a Japanese rice ball made with white rice and shaped into traingular or oval shapes, it can be wrapped in seaweed (nori 海苔). An onigiri is normally filled with pickled ume (umeboshi 梅干), salted salmon, katsuobushi, kombu, tarako, or any other salty or sour ingredient as a natural preservative. You can easily get it from convenient stores in Japan. I made an onigiri in Japan, with a very simple ingredients and procedures to follow. Those ingredients can easily get in Malaysia too.

 

Low Sugar Coffee Chiffon Cake Recipe

This cake is specially dedicated to an OLD baby boy that was born on 67 years ago, exactly 33 years earlier than my OLD baby Camus. Now, the OLDer baby has diabetes and cannot consume much sugar. Everytime I bake a cake, he will complain that my cake is tooooooooo sweet. To cater for his needs, I change my chiffon cake recipe to low sugar version, I choose coffee flavour because... besides my mummy, the one that he cannot let go and cannot survive without is COFFEE...and yes, the "he" I mentioned here is my lovely daddy! It has been long time I want to come out with low sugar version cake, pastry, and etc, and being lazy is my natural instinct. Dad's birthday is a good reason for me to start my low sugar recipe. Ingredients5 egg yolks (about 85g)10g sugar75g hot water + 10g instant coffee (mix well)1tbsp coffee paste70g corn oil120g cake flour 5 egg whites (about 200g)45g sugar1/2tsp cream of tartar Method (step by step picture here)1. Add sugar into egg yolks, immediately whisk with hand whisk until pale and light.2. Add in corn oil, mix well.3. Add in coffee water and coffee paste, mix well.4. Sift in flour, stir until well combined. You will get a thick mixture now.5. Whisk egg white with electrical hand mixer at low speed until big bubbles form, add in cream of tartar.6. Continue whisk from medium to high speed until small bubbles form (egg white is foamy and white in color now).7. Slowly add in sugar in few badges, continue whisk at high speed until soft peak formed.8. Add 1/3 of meringue into egg yolk mixture, mix gently with hand whisk until well combined. You will get a light mixture.9. Change hand whisk to rubber spatula, fold in 1/2 of the remaining meringue. GENTLY fold with egg yolks batter until 50% combined (you will still see white meringue now).10. Add all remaining meringue and fold GENTLY with spatula again until well combined (your mixture should be very light and volume now).11. Pour batter into chiffon pan. Using satay stick / chopstick, run around baking pan side and then draw curly pattern all the way in the middle and bang pan on counter top to remove big bubbles. Level the surface and bake in preheated oven at 160C with fan forced for 45 minutes or until cooked.12. When cooked, remove from oven and invert chiffon pan immediately to prevent shrinkage. The pan must remain inverted until fully cool.13. To remove chiffon cake from pan, carefully run the pan outer, inner and bottom side with thin spatula or knife. Invert pan to remove cake on big serving plate. At first I was afraid the cake will shrink after reduce half of the sugar quantity, but I am very happy to see the cake turn out very nice. For taste wise, my dad able to accept this sweetness level by finished 1~2 pieces of the cake. Even though the level of sweetness has reduce, but the coffee fragrance did brought me a "Yes, delicious!" comment from all the other family members. I am very happy to say that I had successfully make a low sugar birthday cake for dad this year, wish him happy birthday, healty and properous day ahead!

 

Sardine Puff

I am going to share a very simple and delicious sardine puff recipe. I will list down what you need in making the sardine puff. Ingredients needed: 1. A can of sardine 2. Onion (optional) 3. A pack of puff pastry (I bought "Kawan" brand ready made puff pastry from Tesco)    

 

Durian Chiffon Cake Recipe

It's durian season again, I will jump into durian chiffon cake recipe first before I continue to post for other chiffon cakes recipe. I used my recipe keeper (with step by step procedure) and modify to make this durian chiffon cake.
Baked Mooncake Recipe 公仔饼/猪仔饼 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 September 2013 12:09
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GZB_5My mother usually will buy home made mooncake (gong zai bing) from her friend every year. This year her friend does not make the mooncake to sell, so we make it ourself. It is not difficult to make this gong zai bing, we get ingredients and recipe from one of the ingredient shop in Penang. The sales person recommended us to use pure peanut oil as our cooking oil is not a pure peanut oil, they added a kind of essence to make cooking oil. I do not know how true it is, but from the price, they have so much difference in "real" peanut oil (RM11 for 500g) compare to our cooking oil. We also bought cake flour from her to make the mooncake but according to her, any medium protein flour will do. Recall back last year, I used low protein flour to make gong zai bing. Golden syrup is expensive too, RM11.50 for 1kg. 

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Ingredients:
500ml golden syrup
200ml peanut oil
15ml lye water
700g medium protein flour/cake flour

Method:
1. Mix golden syrup, peanut oil and lye water in big bowl until combine.
2. Sift in flour and mix until combine. Do not overmix to prevent mixture become hard.
3. Cover bowl and leave for 6 hours or overnight. (compare with my last year recipe, which need to leave for 2 hours only, the sales person said 6 hours will let the flour absorb oil/golden syrup fully and give the mooncake better taste)
4. Preheat oven at 180C for half an hour.
5. Divide dough to 40g each and roll it round, lightly press with palm to flatten it.
6. Bake in oven (fan-forced) for 12 mins or until cooked.

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The gong zai bing smell and taste really good after baked. It is best to keep and consume after 3 days, as when the biscuit just out from oven, the texture is not soft yet. I will keep this recipe for future use. The same recipe can be used to make traditional mooncake (wrap with filling) too.

To make piggy mooncake, follow here:

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Before I end this post, MnYfoodtalk would like to wish everyone a very Happy Mooncake Festival!

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Fast & Easy Kaya Jam Recipe PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 13 September 2013 10:05
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Kaya_2This is a fast and easy version of making kaya recipe. Compare with mother's version kaya recipe, "my" version required much lesser time in making kaya jam. The so-called "my" version is not my own creation, it was my "founding" version from here.

Comparison between mother's version and "my" version:

mother's version "my" version
very delicious delicious
thicker a bit watery
better fragrance less fragrance
hard to get from outside same taste can get anywhere
long hours needed (about 4 hours) fast and easy (less than 30mins)
more patient done fast, suit for everyone
can keep up to a month can keep up to a week

I am too lazy to try mother's version although it is really really delicious. Hence came out my version. For those who like kaya, and lack of time or patient standing long hour keep stirring your kaya jam, my version is actually a very good try. It is better to make home fresh kaya jam since it is fast and easy to make. Try make a small bottle each time and finish it fast when it is still fresh, and make for new badge after finish.

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Ingredients:

90g sugar
200 ml undiluted fresh coconut milk
4 young/light green pandan leaves
4 yolks (make sure no egg white at all)

Method:

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1. Cook sugar in a pot over medium-high heat until light brown, swirling slowly. Reduce heat to low. Keep swirling until sugar is medium-brown.
2. Add coconut milk (beware of steam) and pandan leaves. Increase heat to high.
3. Stir until coconut milk is just starting to simmer gently. Turn off heat.
4. Slowly stir half of coconut milk into egg yolks. Next, pour all of egg mixture into remaining coconut milk in one go.
5. Over medium to medium-low heat, cook combined mixture until slightly thickened.
6. Reduce heat to low. Continue stirring until mixture is thick enough to coat spoon thickly.
7. Discard pandan leaves. Transfer kaya to a bottle. Leave until completely cool.
8. Cover and refrigerate.

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Instant Ramen Museum | Osaka, Japan PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 July 2013 12:13
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IMG_20130724_110521Instant Ramen Museum is located at Ikeda-shi, Osaka. You can experience making your own cup noodle here. If you would like to make noodle from sratch, here is the place for you too. Besides, the history of the chicken ramen development, which is the world’s first instant ramen, and the changes in many products over the years can be found here too. Entrance is free unless you want to buy cup noodle or attend the making noodle class.

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I visited this museum to make my cup noodle. After seeing through the ramen history and development process, I bought two empty cups from vending machine inside the museum, 300 yen per cup. Then I was arranged to sit at "art class corner" to draw and decorate my cup. After finished, I proceed to collect my ramen and choose the ingredients I like. You can choose 4 out of 10 ingredients. Then you can choose your soup base before proceed to final packing.

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It is fun to make your own cup noodle, I did not join the making noodle class as it is reservation at earlier time. Overall, it was a fun experience here and I will enjoy my cup noodle with Camus after return to Penang.

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Japan Instant Cup Rice PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 22 July 2013 20:47
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IMG_20130722_214459It is not healthy to eat instant noodle, I know. It does not contain nutrision and not good for digestion too. I try to avoid eating it but once a while, I think no problem. One night, when I shop for my dinner at nearby convenient store, I can't find any bento available. At that time, I found instant cup noodle rice which was quite special. I bought one and bring back apartment for my dinner on that night.

It is rather convenient and fast to cook. Just add water to the cup rice and cook it in microwave oven. You can consume it after 2 minutes. Inside the cup rice, it has dried egg, dried shrimp, shallot and dried meat. It also came with a pack of sauce oil for you to mix with the rice after cook. So, if you do not want to eat instant noodle, you can try instant rice.
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Next post, I would like to share about making your own cup noodle. You can choose what ingredients to put in your cup noodle and what soup base you like. Stay tune!
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Kobe Beef and Kobe One Day Trip PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 July 2013 22:29
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IMG_20130721_103322After Kobe trip with wonderful kobe beef dinner on 3 years back, I have another chance to visit Kobe again to enjoy world's famous beef steak. From forum and internet, travellers' feedback on kobe beef lunch cannot beat dinner set. With previous experience which Camus and myself will never forget in our life, I decided to give lunch a try and then make a comparison between set lunch and set dinner.

I did some survey before go for kobe beef lunch, Wakkoqu restaurant has many good review. So my plan is to visit this restaurant. We arrived at Sannomiya station on that day before 12pm and would like to have short walk around that area before go for lunch. When we just arrived at Sannomiya Hankyu Station, we saw a long queue outside another kobe beef restaurant. We walked closer to look at the menu, the price is more cheaper compare with Wakkoqu. I believed it has some good reasons why people queue for the meal. We followed the queue and had our kobe beef steak lunch. The restaurant I mentioned here is Steak Land.

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We were arranged to dine at second floor, they served in tepanyaki style and guests were sitted around the table while the chef will cook and serve at center area. After put order, they served us salad, miso soup, steak sauce and plain water. When they brought two big pieces of beef (for 4 serving) to the table, I was regretted with my decision made. By looking at the kobe beef, it looks not fresh with brown in colour. Oh no, my main target for this trip gone. I had to stop blaming myself at that moment and pray hard that the beef will turn out good in taste. Compare with previous kobe beef dinner, I had to agreed that lunch is really not as good as dinner.

After looking at how the chef cook the steak (obviously not as "proffesional" as our kobe beef dinner's chef), I started to enjoy my meal. I changed my mind after my first bite on the medium cook kobe beef, it was still soooooo soft and melt in mouth. With 2980yen for this set lunch, I can say I was satisfied with it at this price. Of course, if you aim for better quality and environment, I would recommend Mouriya Restaurant which we went for dinner.

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After the lunch, we proceeded with our trip at Kobe area. We walked from Sannomiya to China Town, then to Harbourland. Then end our one day trip at Kobe. I wish to return again for next Kobe beef romantic dinner with my dear Camus.

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