Saturday, August 29, 2015

Ang Ku Kuih { 紅龜粿 / Red tortoise cake }


Red Tortoise cake symbolises longevity in the Chinese culture. These soft and chewy red dumplings are therefore popularly served on the occasions of birthdays. To learn more, read the entry on wiki

Traditionally the distinct shape of this dumpling is achieved using wooden moulds;  of course, in this day and age, plastic moulds are available too.


And since I did not have the proper moulds, I have used my rose moulds for my cake (don't laugh :D)



Next, let's talk about the fillings. Most of the time these dumplings come with sweet mung beans paste. There are other varieties like sweet coconut and peanuts filling . etc.

Whatever the shapes, I am satisfied with the recipes used in making this cake. For my future reference I have included the recipes as follow :-

Ang Ku Kuih

Ingredients


Sweet Potato Dough
 
300gm sweet potato, sliced
200gm glutinous rice flour
1 tbsp rice flour
2 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp rice bran oil
180ml warm water 
Peanut filling 
via Peng's kitchen
 
150gm prepacked grounded peanuts (no salt, sugar added) 
1 tbsp toasted white sesame seeds 
50gm fine sugar 
1 tbsp oil 
2 tbsp water

Method
  1. Steam sweet potato until soft, for about 25 mins.
  2. Use a fork, mash the cooked sweet potatoes till smooth. Add in glutinous rice flour, rice flour, sugar and oil. Gradually add in water and knead till dough is smooth and pliable. Cover with damp cloth and rest for 30mins.
  3. Shape into 30gm small ball.
  4. Meanwhile, get the peanut filling ready by combining all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. Mixture should not be crumbly and dry. Shape mixture into small balls weighing approx. 18gm each. 
  5. To shape dumpling
    1. Grease the mould  (for plastic mould) by brushing it with some rice bran oil.
    2. Flatten the sweet potato ball, place a piece of filling in the centre. Cover and seal the edge. Shape into a round ball.
    3. Place the ball into the mould, press down evenly, knock out and place on a greased banana leaf.
    4. Place the dumplings on a steaming tray and steam over medium heat for 10 mins. Turn off flame and grease the surface with some rice bran oil. 
     

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Chocolate Panna Cotta


Every summer, when we have guests, I search high and low for no-bake desserts. Although I have accumulated lots of easy sweet recipes, yet the simplest and most satisfying in hot weather : Panna cotta never crossed my mind... ???
Okay better late than never. My first try at panna cotta was a success! I'll definitely be trying more variations of panna cotta for the rest of this summer and beyond :)

Chocolate Panna Cotta
serves : 4-5 pax
credit : thanks! Chocswirl 

Ingredients
2 Tbsp water
2 tsp gelatine powder
2 cups (single/pouring) cream *used 12% fat
1/3 cup (50g) icing sugar, sifted * adjusted to taste
100g dark chocolate, chopped * used regular chocolate +cocoa powder. probably the caused of slight graininess , which I don't mind.



Process :-
1) Place the cold water in a bowl, add the gelatine and let stand for 5 min or so until the gelatine absorbs the water.
2) Place the cream, sugar and chocolate in a sauce pan over medium heat and stir to melt the chocolate, allowing the cream to just come to the boil. Add the gelatine and stir for 1-2 min to dissolve it.
3) Strain the mixture and pour it into 4 x 1/2 cup capacity ramekins, that have been lightly greased with the oil.
4) Refrigerate for 4-6 hrs or overnight, until firm. Remove them from the fridge 5 min before serving, then unmould and serve.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

A little bit of everything


Links Recipes /adaptation

Cauliflower acar (spicy pickle) http://kitchenat19.blogspot.hu/2010/08/spicy-pickled-vegetables-acar.html

Tzatziki http://kitchenat19.blogspot.hu/2013/03/tzatziki.html

Mediterranean Millet Salad http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-couscous-salad-with-cucumber-red-onion-herbs-recipes-from-the-kitchn-190535?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=managed


Stuffed sweet pepper https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXwtO4fptL4

Friday, May 15, 2015

Turnip Dumplings / Soon Kueh / 菜粿

Never in my life I would thought of making these dumplings. But living in a foreign land, over time you'd learn to just stuck into making the street foods that you love. Often times, it is manageable, not that hard to recreate and most importantly gain confidence in your cooking ability ;)

Some notes for this recipe for my own reference:-
1) Halved the recipe. Would yield 7-8 large dumplings
2) Since I ran out of rice flour, I used plain flour to top up the difference. No effect textures wise.
3) Used 1 medium sized kohlrabi in replacement of jicama

Turnip Dumpling / Jicama Dumplings / Vegetable dumplings / 菜粿
Thanks to My Kitchen Snippets

Ingredients for the wrappers:
 

300g rice flour
100g tapioca flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp oil
600ml water
Some extra tapioca flour for dusting

 
1. Sieve rice flour and tapioca flour into a big pot.
2. Boil 600ml water with salt. When boiled, pour into the flour and quickly stir with a big spoon till flour is well distributed and cooked.
3. Pour cooked dough on to floured table top. Add in 2 tbsp oil and knead well till smooth, adding more tapioca flour if necessary. Set the dough aside to rest for 10 minutes.
4. Wet your hands with water and knead dough again till smooth and pliable. Cover dough with dry towel to prevent drying.
5. Roll dough out thinly and round cookie cutter to cut out some round shape wrappers.
6. Fill each wrapper with 1m- 1 1/2 tbsp of filling and fold into a semi circle. Seal edges by pinching the sides together.
7. Place kueh on greased steaming trays, sprinkle with some water and steam over high heat for 10 minutes. When kueh puffs up, it is ready. Remove and brush with shallot oil.
8. To serve, sprinkle kueh with fried crispy shallots and dredge with some dark sweet sauce and chili sauce.


Ingredients for fillings:
600g bangkwang (jicama)
1 carrot
100g dried prawns (washed)
5 dried mushrooms (soaked and sliced)
300g shredded pork (optional)
3 tbsp cooking oil
5 cloves garlic, chopped

Seasoning:
1 tsp light soya sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp sugar
salt to taste
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 cup water


1. Skin turnip and carrot. Cut into thin strips.
2. Heat oil in wok, fry chopped garlic and dried prawns till fragrant. Add in the shredded pork (if used), sliced mushrooms, carrot and jicama strips.
3. Add seasoning and some water and stir fry till turnips are soft and ingredients are almost dry. Dish up and leave aside to cool completely before using. 

Cauliflower with chicken in chilli, tomato and honey sauce


Sunday, May 03, 2015

Egg white cake


After making custard or pastry creme (crème pâtissière), I usually try to use left over egg whites for face mask or maybe as binding agent for meat balls. Despite having made coconut white cake, it never occurred to me to use it to make cake with this left over..duh..

Google search brought me to this http://nami-nami.blogspot.hu/2009/01/egg-white-cake-recipe-angel-cake-recipe.html




Friday, May 01, 2015

Hungarian Stuffed Pepper { Töltött Paprika }


Considering this is my first attempt at the Hungarian classic stuffed pepper, I'm happy with the results. As usual, to cook this is simpler than I imagined. I did not follow an exact recipe but followed this helpful video.

++ Additions of celery roots.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Ang Ku Kuih { 紅龜粿 / Red tortoise cake }


Red Tortoise cake symbolises longevity in the Chinese culture. These soft and chewy red dumplings are therefore popularly served on the occasions of birthdays. To learn more, read the entry on wiki

Traditionally the distinct shape of this dumpling is achieved using wooden moulds;  of course, in this day and age, plastic moulds are available too.


And since I did not have the proper moulds, I have used my rose moulds for my cake (don't laugh :D)



Next, let's talk about the fillings. Most of the time these dumplings come with sweet mung beans paste. There are other varieties like sweet coconut and peanuts filling . etc.

Whatever the shapes, I am satisfied with the recipes used in making this cake. For my future reference I have included the recipes as follow :-

Ang Ku Kuih

Ingredients


Sweet Potato Dough
 
300gm sweet potato, sliced
200gm glutinous rice flour
1 tbsp rice flour
2 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp rice bran oil
180ml warm water 
Peanut filling 
via Peng's kitchen
 
150gm prepacked grounded peanuts (no salt, sugar added) 
1 tbsp toasted white sesame seeds 
50gm fine sugar 
1 tbsp oil 
2 tbsp water

Method
  1. Steam sweet potato until soft, for about 25 mins.
  2. Use a fork, mash the cooked sweet potatoes till smooth. Add in glutinous rice flour, rice flour, sugar and oil. Gradually add in water and knead till dough is smooth and pliable. Cover with damp cloth and rest for 30mins.
  3. Shape into 30gm small ball.
  4. Meanwhile, get the peanut filling ready by combining all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. Mixture should not be crumbly and dry. Shape mixture into small balls weighing approx. 18gm each. 
  5. To shape dumpling
    1. Grease the mould  (for plastic mould) by brushing it with some rice bran oil.
    2. Flatten the sweet potato ball, place a piece of filling in the centre. Cover and seal the edge. Shape into a round ball.
    3. Place the ball into the mould, press down evenly, knock out and place on a greased banana leaf.
    4. Place the dumplings on a steaming tray and steam over medium heat for 10 mins. Turn off flame and grease the surface with some rice bran oil. 
     

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Chocolate Panna Cotta


Every summer, when we have guests, I search high and low for no-bake desserts. Although I have accumulated lots of easy sweet recipes, yet the simplest and most satisfying in hot weather : Panna cotta never crossed my mind... ???
Okay better late than never. My first try at panna cotta was a success! I'll definitely be trying more variations of panna cotta for the rest of this summer and beyond :)

Chocolate Panna Cotta
serves : 4-5 pax
credit : thanks! Chocswirl 

Ingredients
2 Tbsp water
2 tsp gelatine powder
2 cups (single/pouring) cream *used 12% fat
1/3 cup (50g) icing sugar, sifted * adjusted to taste
100g dark chocolate, chopped * used regular chocolate +cocoa powder. probably the caused of slight graininess , which I don't mind.



Process :-
1) Place the cold water in a bowl, add the gelatine and let stand for 5 min or so until the gelatine absorbs the water.
2) Place the cream, sugar and chocolate in a sauce pan over medium heat and stir to melt the chocolate, allowing the cream to just come to the boil. Add the gelatine and stir for 1-2 min to dissolve it.
3) Strain the mixture and pour it into 4 x 1/2 cup capacity ramekins, that have been lightly greased with the oil.
4) Refrigerate for 4-6 hrs or overnight, until firm. Remove them from the fridge 5 min before serving, then unmould and serve.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

A little bit of everything


Links Recipes /adaptation

Cauliflower acar (spicy pickle) http://kitchenat19.blogspot.hu/2010/08/spicy-pickled-vegetables-acar.html

Tzatziki http://kitchenat19.blogspot.hu/2013/03/tzatziki.html

Mediterranean Millet Salad http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-couscous-salad-with-cucumber-red-onion-herbs-recipes-from-the-kitchn-190535?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=managed


Stuffed sweet pepper https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXwtO4fptL4

Friday, May 15, 2015

Turnip Dumplings / Soon Kueh / 菜粿

Never in my life I would thought of making these dumplings. But living in a foreign land, over time you'd learn to just stuck into making the street foods that you love. Often times, it is manageable, not that hard to recreate and most importantly gain confidence in your cooking ability ;)

Some notes for this recipe for my own reference:-
1) Halved the recipe. Would yield 7-8 large dumplings
2) Since I ran out of rice flour, I used plain flour to top up the difference. No effect textures wise.
3) Used 1 medium sized kohlrabi in replacement of jicama

Turnip Dumpling / Jicama Dumplings / Vegetable dumplings / 菜粿
Thanks to My Kitchen Snippets

Ingredients for the wrappers:
 

300g rice flour
100g tapioca flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp oil
600ml water
Some extra tapioca flour for dusting

 
1. Sieve rice flour and tapioca flour into a big pot.
2. Boil 600ml water with salt. When boiled, pour into the flour and quickly stir with a big spoon till flour is well distributed and cooked.
3. Pour cooked dough on to floured table top. Add in 2 tbsp oil and knead well till smooth, adding more tapioca flour if necessary. Set the dough aside to rest for 10 minutes.
4. Wet your hands with water and knead dough again till smooth and pliable. Cover dough with dry towel to prevent drying.
5. Roll dough out thinly and round cookie cutter to cut out some round shape wrappers.
6. Fill each wrapper with 1m- 1 1/2 tbsp of filling and fold into a semi circle. Seal edges by pinching the sides together.
7. Place kueh on greased steaming trays, sprinkle with some water and steam over high heat for 10 minutes. When kueh puffs up, it is ready. Remove and brush with shallot oil.
8. To serve, sprinkle kueh with fried crispy shallots and dredge with some dark sweet sauce and chili sauce.


Ingredients for fillings:
600g bangkwang (jicama)
1 carrot
100g dried prawns (washed)
5 dried mushrooms (soaked and sliced)
300g shredded pork (optional)
3 tbsp cooking oil
5 cloves garlic, chopped

Seasoning:
1 tsp light soya sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp sugar
salt to taste
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 cup water


1. Skin turnip and carrot. Cut into thin strips.
2. Heat oil in wok, fry chopped garlic and dried prawns till fragrant. Add in the shredded pork (if used), sliced mushrooms, carrot and jicama strips.
3. Add seasoning and some water and stir fry till turnips are soft and ingredients are almost dry. Dish up and leave aside to cool completely before using. 

Cauliflower with chicken in chilli, tomato and honey sauce


Sunday, May 03, 2015

Egg white cake


After making custard or pastry creme (crème pâtissière), I usually try to use left over egg whites for face mask or maybe as binding agent for meat balls. Despite having made coconut white cake, it never occurred to me to use it to make cake with this left over..duh..

Google search brought me to this http://nami-nami.blogspot.hu/2009/01/egg-white-cake-recipe-angel-cake-recipe.html




Friday, May 01, 2015

Hungarian Stuffed Pepper { Töltött Paprika }


Considering this is my first attempt at the Hungarian classic stuffed pepper, I'm happy with the results. As usual, to cook this is simpler than I imagined. I did not follow an exact recipe but followed this helpful video.

++ Additions of celery roots.