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Mung Bean Cake ~ 绿豆糕

These Mung Bean Cakes are made with split mung beans and they can pass off as mooncakes as they are shaped using the plunger moulds for mooncakes.  I find these mung bean cakes refreshing and not so heavy as mooncakes and they are a perfect match with a cup of hot Chinese tea.




Mung Bean Cake  ~   绿豆糕
Ingredients
300 gm split mung beans30 gm Crisco shortening70 ml vegetable oil100 gm organic cane sugar1.1/2 Tbsp honeyabout 100 gm red bean paste1/2 tsp matcha powderpinch of saltpandan leavesMethod Wash and soak the mung beans with 700 ml water, overnight.Next day, rinse the mung beans and cook it in a rice cooker with about 1 inch of water covering the mung beans.  (I used the 'congee' function of the rice cooker).Put the cooked mung beans in a blender and blend till fine with 120 ml water.Heat up a non-stick pan with shortening and once melted, pour in the blended mung beans.  Keep stirring on medium heat and then add in vegetable oil.  Once all the oil has been absorbed, add in h…
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Applesauce Choc-Chip Wholemeal Muffins ~ 苹果巧克力全麦玛芬

These moist applesauce muffins have a delicious apple cinnamon flavour, fluffy and moist in texture.  Not only are they healthy and nutritiuos, they are so easy to make.  Perfect for breakfast or snacks!







Applesauce Choc-Chip Wholemeal Muffins ~    苹果巧克力全麦玛芬
Ingredients
250 gm self-raising wholemeal flour100 gm caster sugar1/4 tsp salt1/ 2 cup vegetable oil2 large eggs1/2 cup milk1/2 cup lightly sweetened homemade applesauce1/2 tsp cinnamon100 gm choc chips200 gm chopped applesApplesauce 4 Gala apples, peeled, cored and chopped3/4 cup water30 gm granulated sugar1/4 tsp cinnamonMethod for Applesauce In a saucepan, combine all the above ingredients, cover and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 mins.  till apples are soft.  Cool, mash with a fork or a potato masher.Place in a container and keep refrigerated.Yield - 1 cup of applesauceMethod In a mixing bowl, whisk the wholemeal flour, sugar and salt.   Mix well.In another bowl, whisk the eggs, oil, milk and applesauce till well combined.Add th…

White Bihoon/Rice vermicelli ~ 白米粉

I was introduced to White Bihoon on my recent trip to Singapore and must admit that I have never heard of this before.  Back here, we have Hokkien fried bihoon which is brownish in colour or Cantonese braised bihoon which is bihoon deep fried and coated with an eggy sauce of meat, seafood and vegetables.  I was curious and I had my first taste of this popular White Bihoon at Jewel, Changi airport.  It's white, because no light or dark soya sauce was added to the bihoon, hence it's white.  It does tastes good with a light squeeze of calamansi. So, today I'm trying to replicate this dish and here's my version of White Bihoon.  Enjoy!



White Bihoon/Rice vermicelli  ~    白米粉
Ingredients
100 gm bihoon (for 2 servings)2 eggs beaten100 gm prawns100 gm chicken leg, deboned and sliced6 cups or more chicken stock1 tsp chicken granules1.1/2 tsp cornstarch + water to thickenVegetable of your choiceSalt, pepper and sugar to season the chicken and prawnsCalamansi, sliced (optional)Salt…

Lemon Muffins ~ 柠檬玛芬

What can be most satisfying on a Monday morning when there are warm muffins being served on the breakfast table?  They are quick and easy to whip up as only light mixing is required.  These muffins are full of lemony flavour and fragrance, a big boost for your Monday blues!





Lemon Muffins  ~   柠檬玛芬
Ingredients
250 gm plain flour150 gm caster sugar1 'L' egg1.1/2 Tbsp lemon zest3 tsp baking powdera pinch of salt3/4 cup milk1/3 cup oilMore lemon zest to sprinkleMethod Sift flour, baking powder, salt into a mixing bowl, mix in the sugar and lemon zest.  Whisk till well combined.In another bowl, whisk the egg, add in the milk, followed by the oil and whisk till well incorporated.Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, mix till just to dampen the flour.  Do not overmix.  Batter should be lumpy.Using an icecream scoop, scoop the batter into a lined muffin pan, 2/3 full.Bake in a preheated oven @ 180 deg.C, for 20 to 25 mins. till golden brown.  Test with a skewer till it comes …

Puff Pastry Peach Tart ~ 水蜜桃挞

This is a simple recipe, no-frills tart that attracts your eyes as well as your taste buds.  A refreshing and appetizing dessert for your sweet tooth after a  scrumptious meal.  You can also choose to enjoy it for tea with a piping hot cup of coffee or tea.  Tastes best when warm.




Puff Pastry Peach Tart ~   水蜜桃挞

Ingredients
1 puff pastry sheet, 8 inch square, thawed and cut into 4 pieces1 can of Peach halves, cutegg whiteicing sugar to dustMethod Roll up the 4 sides of the pastry dough, about 1/4 inch.Brush some peach syrup on the dough and place the peaches on it.Brush some syrup over the peaches and apply egg white all round the pastry dough.Bake in a preheated oven @ 200 deg.C for about 20 mins. till the pastry is brown and all puffed up.Dust on icing sugar before serving.   Best to serve warm.Yield :  4 tarts


Coffee Chiffon Cake with Cocoa layering ~ 咖啡戚风蛋糕

This is a very soft and light chiffon cake and I used a combination of coffee and cocoa.  The flavours do blend well and complemented each other and it's perfect to serve this to guests or to enjoy at any time of the day.





Coffee Chiffon Cake with Cocoa layering  ~  咖啡戚风蛋糕                             
Ingredients
(A)
70 gm plain flour
10 gm coffee granules
5 large egg yolks
20 gm caster sugar
70 ml hot water
60 ml canola oil
Cocoa powder

(B)
90 gm caster sugar
10 gm cornflour
5 large egg whites

Method
Sift plain flour, twice, set aside.Mix coffee granules with 70 ml hot water, set aside to cool.Beat egg yolks with sugar, then add in oil and coffee.  Sift in flour and mix well, set aside.Combine caster sugar with cornflour.In a clean bowl, beat egg whites till foamy, add in half cornflour mixture, then gradually add in the balance.  Beat till stiff peaks but not dry.Fold 1/3 of egg whites into the egg yolk batter, then pour this into the remaining egg whites.Scoop 1/3 batter into an ungr…

Vietnamese Caramelised Chicken ~ 越南焦糖鸡

This is a quickie and delicious chicken dish, braised in caramelised sauce.  The ingredients are not too difficult to find and if you can't find kaffir lime leaves, you can omit them altogether.  This dish serves well with white rice and a side veggie dish.  Try it!




Vietnamese Caramelised Chicken  ~   越南焦糖鸡
Ingredients

3 deboned chicken leg cut into bite size2.1/2 Tbsp brown sugar or Palm sugar1/2 cup water1 Tbsp fish sauce1 Tbsp lime juice3 pips of garlic, chopped5 shallots, mincedSome black pepperSome shredded kaffir lime leaves (optional)Method Season the chicken with some salt and pepper.Place brown sugar and water in a wok over medium heat till bubbles appear and sugar melted.  Add in the other ingredients except the chicken and lime juice.Add the chicken pieces, skin side down, flipping over now and then, cook till chicken is tender and cooked through.Add in the lime juice and fine tune to taste.Dish out and serve with white rice.

Matcha/Green Tea Pound Cake ~ 抹茶磅蛋糕

I was so pleased when I saw the nice green colour of this pound cake after I removed it from the oven, for true to the recommendation by the lady at the shop where I usually get my ingredients, she assured me that I won't be disappointed.  Yes, it is green and not pale or brownish.  The homemade red bean paste complimented well with the green tea and the cake stayed moist and soft even after three days kept in an airtight container, refrigerated.







Matcha/Green Tea Pound Cake ~  抹茶磅蛋糕  (adapted from 'here'.)
Ingredients
150 gm plain flour1 Tbsp matcha/green tea1/4 tsp baking powder150 gm unsalted butter3 large eggs130 gm icing sugarRed bean paste for fillingGreen tea powder or Icing sugar for dustingMethod Sift baking powder with green tea powder and plain flour, set aside.Beat butter with icing sugar till creamy.Add in eggs one at a time till well incorporated.Fold in flour in 2 portions.  Mix well.Pour half batter into a lined 23 x 13 cm loaf pan and distribute the red bean p…