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Luk Tau Sar (Mung Bean sweet soup) ~ 綠豆沙

Both the Red bean sweet soup or 糖水 and Green bean sweet soup 糖水 dessert are very common in Chinese households and we serve them for breakfast, tea, snack or even supper.  There's even a 'Sweet Soup Street'  糖水街 here in Ipoh which has become a tourist spot as well. Normally this  綠豆沙糖水 is cooked with mung beans but I've chosen to cook it with split mung beans devoid of the skin and blended them as well.  Consistency and sweetness are up to your personal preference and I have kept some in ramekins, chilled and they were superb as pudding.         




Luk Tau Sar  (Mung Bean sweet soup)  ~  綠豆沙
Ingredients 300 gm split mung beans180 gm piece sugar or granulated sugar1/8 tsp saltPandan leaves1.1/2 tsp cornflour +  2 Tbsp water (optional)Method Wash the split mung beans a few times, soak them with 600 ml water, leave it overnight.Next day, rinse the mung beans and boil it with enough water (about 1 inch) to cover the beans.  Add in pandan leaves, and on low medium heat boil till …
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Steamed egg with minced pork ~ 猪肉蒸水蛋

This is a super comforting home-cooked dish which requires only a few ingredients.   An easy to go recipe, I added minced pork to give the dish more volume.   Kids as well as adults will love the silken smooth egg interspersed with bits of juicy meat.   Great to serve over hot rice!




Steamed egg with minced pork  ~   猪肉蒸水蛋
Ingredients

150 gm minced pork2 chicken eggs -  100 ml without shell150 ml boiled, cooled water  (Ratio is 1:1.5)1/4 tsp saltsesame oil, pepperlight soya sauce to tasteMethod Season the minced pork with some salt.Whisk the eggs with water, strain it onto a plate.Mix in the seasoned minced pork.  Remove any air bubbles.When the water in the steamer is boiling, place the plate of eggs onto the steamer plate, close lid and turn the heat to the lowest.Steam for about 14 to 15 mins., check after 5 mins.  Jiggle the plate, if centre is wobbly, it's done.Remove from steamer, garnish with some spring onions, light soya sauce, sesame oil and a dash of pepper.


Biscoff Butter Cake ~ 牛油蛋糕

The recipe for this Biscoff Butter Cake is similar to my earlier post of Marble Butter Cake, just that I added an extra ingredient which is, crushed Biscoff cookies.    Instead of mixing the crushed cookies into the batter, I just sprinkled them on top of the first layer of batter and then cover with the remaining batter.   This cake is soft and moist with good texture ..... definitely a recipe for keeps!






Biscoff Butter Cake ~ 牛油蛋糕 

Ingredients   (A)
230 gm unsalted butter4 egg yolks120 gm caster sugar200 gm self-raising flour60 ml milk120 gm Biscoff cookies, crushed1 tsp vanillaa pinch of salt(B)  4 egg whites         50 gm caster sugar
Method Sift the self-raising flour and salt, set aside.Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment paper, set aside.Crush the Biscoff cookies with a rolling pin, set aside.Beat the butter slightly, then add in the sugar and continue beating until creamy.Beat in eggs one at a time.  Add in the vanilla.Sift in the flour alternatively with the milk.In another b…

Mixed fruit cupcake ~ 杂果纸杯蛋糕

For a change I made these Mixed Fruit Cupcakes as a substitute for X'mas fruit cake.   These cuppies will be appropriate especially for a family get together or pot-luck and I believe they will be a hit with the kids.







Mixed fruit cupcake  ~   杂果纸杯蛋糕

Ingredients

125 gm butter80 gm caster sugar2 eggs250 gm self-raising flour1 tsp vanilla2/3 cup milk150 gm dried fruits (sultanas, figs, cranberries)1.1/2 to 2 Tbsp Ruma pinch of saltIcing sugar for dusting (optional)Method Soak the dried fruits with Rum for a few hours or overnight.Sift the self-raising flour with salt, set aside.Sprinkle some flour from the above onto the mixed dried fruits.  Mix well.Beat the butter with sugar till light, creamy and pale.  Add in eggs one at a time, mix thoroughly.  Add in vanilla.Fold in sifted flour alternating with the milk.  Add in the mixed fruits, mix well.Spoon the batter onto the cupcake lined muffin pan, three-quarters full.Bake in a preheated oven @ 180 deg.C for 25 to 30 mins. till golden bro…

Pumpkin sponge cake ~ 南瓜海绵蛋糕

A light and refreshing sponge cake which I decorated with icing sugar and sugar shards to depict a Christmas atmosphere!




Pumpkin sponge cake ~ 南瓜海绵蛋糕 Ingredients  (adapted from  'here'  )
Ingredients (A)
4 egg yolks30 gm caster sugar20 ml coconut milk1/4 tsp salt50 ml oil1/2 tsp vanilla70 gm mashed pumpkin (Steam the pumpkin and mash it up)105 gm plain flour10 gm rice flour1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda (B)  4 egg whites        1/4 tsp cream of tartar        50 gm caster sugar

Method

Line the base of an ungreased 8 inch round springform cake pan with parchment paper.Sift plain flour, rice flour and bicarbonate of soda, twice.  Set aside.Mix coconut milk with salt, set aside.Using a handheld mixer, beat egg yolks and sugar till pale.  Beat in oil, coconut milk and vanilla.  Add in mashed pumpkin and stir to combine.Add in sifted flour, set aside.In a clean bowl, beat egg whites till frothy, add in cream of tartar and beat till foamy.  Gradually add in sugar in  batches.   Beat till st…

Passion fruit cookies ~ 百香果曲奇

Almost everyone enjoys receiving yummy food gifts during the holidays and I believe that these fruity and citrusy aromatic Passion fruit cookies will make a wonderful gift for family and friends.  You can place these cookies in glassine bags or wrap them up in wax paper and secure  with a colourful ribbon.  Another way is to fill them in inexpensive cookie jars, or containers, seal tightly and tie a bow.  Have fun!           






Passion fruit cookies ~  百香果曲奇(adapted from 'here' with adjustments)
Ingredients

185 gm butter190 gm self-raising flour95 gm cornflour140 gm icing sugar3 passion fruits1 tsp lemon zestMethod Sift self-raising flour and cornflour, set aside.Cream butter, icing sugar, lemon zest till light and fluffy.Add passion fruit pulp and mix well.Fold in sifted flours, mix well.Cover with cling wrap and let chill in the fridge for an hour or so.Roll into balls, place on a parchment lined baking tray.Press with a fork to form an indentation.Bake in a preheated oven @ 190…

Passion Fruit Cake ~ 百香果蛋糕

This is a simple light sponge cake, moist and soft, full of fruity aroma.  I baked them in a mini loaf pan, drizzled on some fresh passion fruit and finished off with a dust of icing sugar.  I added some pulp and seeds in the batter to give it more crunch and the result was a 'Yum'  .......definitely a keeper recipe for sure!






Passion Fruit Cake  ~  百香果蛋糕  
Ingredients

3 passion fruits100 gm caster sugar100 ml canola oil2 eggs50 ml plain yoghurt150 gm self-raising flour1 tsp  baking powder40 gm almond meal2 Tbsp seedsZest from a lemonSeeds and icing sugar to decorate  (optional)Method Press passion fruit pulp through a sieve, retain the juice and seeds.In a mixing bowl, whisk together sugar, oil, eggs, yoghurt and passion fruit juice till well combined.Sift flour and baking powder into the batter, mix on low speed.  Mix with a spatula and add in the lemon zest and almond meal.Add in 2 Tablspoons of seeds, mix till all ingredients are fully combined.Scoop the batter into an oiled a…

Chocolate chip raisin butter cupcake ~ 巧克力葡萄干牛油蛋糕

I tweaked the Marble Butter Cake recipe to make these delicious cupcakes for breakfast and there were some leftovers for tea as well.  I managed to get 17 cupcakes from the recipe and was very pleased that there were no cracks on them after being baked.   My family members were equally pleased as the cupcakes weren't overly sweet as I had reduced the amount of sugar from the recipe.




Chocolate chip and raisin butter cupcake  ~  巧克力葡萄干牛油蛋糕  
Ingredients

230 gm unsalted butter160 gm caster sugar (reduced from 200 gm)4 eggs200 gm self-raising flour60 ml milk50 gm choc chips50 gm raisinsZest from 1 orange1 tsp vanillaa pinch of saltMethod Sift the self-raising flour and salt, set aside.Beat the butter, sugar and orange zest till light and creamy.Add in the eggs one @ a time, mix well.  Add in vanilla.On low speed, fold in the flour, alternating with the milk.  Mix till well incorporated.Add in the chocolate chips and raisins.   Mix till well combined.Using an ice-cream scoop, scoop the ba…