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Shengjian Bao ~ Pan-fried Pork Buns ~ 生煎包

From the onset, I had the impression that Shangjian Bao can be quite an intimidating recipe to attempt but after sitting down and surfing the internet for various versions on how this bao is being made, I was quite confident to give this a try.  It wasn't that difficult after all and I really enjoyed biting into the golden brown crisply fried bottom and they stayed crispy even after some time. Will definitely make these again and perhaps use chicken filling instead.

Recipe for Shengjian Bao ~ Pan-fried Pork Buns ~  生煎包
(adapted from 'here' with adjustments)


200 gm plain flour110 ml warm water1/2 tsp dried yeast1.1/2 tsp sugar1 tsp oilPinch of saltSesame seeds to garnishFilling 200 gm minced pork2 Shitake mushrooms, soaked and cubed1 stalk of spring oinions, choppedSeasoning for Filling 2 pips of minced garlic1 Tbsp light soya sauce1/2 tsp sugar1 tsp cornstarch2 tsp water1 tsp sesame oil1 tsp Shaoxing winePepperMethod for the Filling Mix all the seasoning into th…

Vietnamese Chicken Noodle soup ~ 越南鸡肉面条汤

With the current sweltering heat, drought and unplesant humidity no thanks to the El Nino,  I'm at a loss sometimes thinking of what to serve for dinner.  Not much appetite for rice, just longing for something soupy with a fair amount of protein, carbohydrates and vegetables, quick to prepare with not much standing in the 'toasted' kitchen .... yes  a bowl of Vietnamese Chicken Noodle for a change.

Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup ~  越南鸡肉面条汤


1/2 kg free-range chickenRice sticksa small piece of ginger1 star anise1 small piece cinnamon stick2 onionsspring onions1/4 Knorr chicken cube1 small piece rock sugarSeasalt to tasteBasil leavesBean sproutsBird eye chilliesFish sauceLemon or lime wedgesMethod Clean the chicken and boil some water in a pot.Once the water is boiling, add in the chicken, the water should be able to cover the chicken.  Add in a whole onion, ginger and the spring onion head.Cover, and cook till the chicken is tender, take out to cool and shred.Ad…

Sun-dried Tomato Breadmaker Bread ~ 番茄乾面包

As the name implies, this is soley the work of  my Kenwood breadmaker and I just followed the step-by-step instructions faithfully and be rewarded with this sweet smelling loaf of bread for my dinner.

For ease of reference, I append below the ingredients that were used for this 1 lb loaf of bread.

Ingredients - Time (2hrs 50 mins)

280 ml/10 fl oz of water
15 ml/3 tsp of oil from the the bottled sun-dried tomatoes OR olive oil
400 gm/14 oz high protein or bread flour
50 gm/2 oz wholemeal flour
25 gm/1 oz finely grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
1.1.2 tsp salt
10 gm/2 tsp sugar
5 gm/1 tsp dried yeast
25 gm/1 oz well-drained sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil, chopped
(This to be added when the machine makes an audible sound)

I had this with a dip of olive oil, Balsamic vinegar and finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes

Lotus paste chicken floss pastries ~ 莲蓉鸡肉松酥饼

These Lotus paste chicken floss pastries are getting very popular here in Ipoh and some of them are with Pandan Lotus paste.   To me, at Rm2.50 for an approximate 2 inch diameter size pastry, is a bit on the high side, so why not try to DIY it I told myself.  Well, I did and here's what I'm going to share with you today........

I enjoyed the fruits of my labour with a nice cup of hot local coffee.
Recipe  for Lotus chicken floss pastries ~  莲蓉鸡肉松酥饼

Water dough

100 gm plain flour, sifted40 gm shortening10 gm caster sugar30 to 50 ml water to be added gradually Oil dough 80 gm plain flour, sifted60 gm shortening 250 gm lotus paste Chicken  floss Sesame seeds Egg wash - 1 egg  beaten 
Method  For the water dough, mix the flour, shortening, sugar together, then add in water gradually and knead to form a soft dough.  Cover with cling wrap and let rest for 30 mins.For the oil dough, mix the flour with shortening and knead till it forms a soft dough.  Cover with cling wrap and …

Cola Chicken Wings Chinese Style ~ 可乐雞翼

These Cola Chicken Wings cooked the Chinese way are finger licking good.  Easy to prepare with simple ingredients that can be found in most households.  Coke together with the soya sauce made a delicious sweetish and savoury glaze for the chicken.  Simply Yum!

Recipe for Cola Chicken Wings Chinese Style ~  可乐雞翼  


600 gm chicken wings1 Tbsp Chinese cooking wine3/4 cup Coca Cola2 tsp sugar2 Tbsp light soya saucesome ginger slices3 star anise1 small piece of cinnamon stick1.1/2 Tbsp oilSesame oildash of seasaltMethod Cut the chicken wings into 2.Add cooking wine to marinate for a few hours or overnight.In a wok, add oil and sugar to caramelise on low heat.Add the wings and stir fry till yellow.Add Coke and soya sauce, star anise and cinnamon stick.Add 1/2 bowl of water to cover and cook till chicken is tender.Turn off heat and drizzle on some sesame oilServe immediately.

Brunch at Scarvelli and Dinner at The Olive Jar, Melbourne

I would like to share with you some pictures of the food we had for brunch at Scarvelli Cafe and an Italian dinner we had at Olive Jar during my recent trip to Melbourne.

Poached eggs with chilli baked beans, bacon and multigrain toasts

Fried eggs with dry cured bacon and BBQ garlic confit mushrooms and multigrain toasts

Scrambled eggs with dry cured bacon and BBQ garlic confit mushrooms and sourdough toasts

Wagyu beef Burger 
Dinner at an Italian restaurant ~  The Olive Jar Cafe

Hot Salami Pizza

Salmon Fettucine

Mixed vegetables

And for dessert we had Tiramisu

Followed by Chocolate ice cream to share

And live entertainment from the Boss who belted out some Italian songs much to the joy of the diners!  I do like the picture of the sexy gal on the wall above him - famed Italian actress, Sophia Loren

Meat Floss French Toast ~ 鸡肉松法式吐司

I tried making this French Toast with some leftover pieces of sandwich loaf and was pleasantly surprised that they were so yummy, crispy on the outside and not dry or soggy.  I was contemplating whether to add any sugar into the egg batter but instead decided on making them savoury just to try.  So, added a pinch of salt and served them with honey as a sweetener.

Meat Floss French Toast ~   鸡肉松法式吐司 
2 eggs, 4 slices of stale bread, pinch of salt, chicken floss, oil, honey
Whisk up the eggs with a pinch of salt, strain it Dip and press a piece of bread into the egg batter Place the piece of bread onto a lightly oiled and heated non-stick pan Spoon some meat floss onto the surface Top up with another piece of egg soaked bread Lightly fry and flip over the other side, till golden brown Dish out onto a piece of kitchen paper to absorb any excess oil Serve with some honey, immediately


This post is linked to the March 'Little Thumbs Up' event organised by Zoe…

Korean style pan-fried pork belly ~ 韩式辣炒五花肉

This pork dish with Korean paste is delicious yet very easy to whip up.  And the sesame seeds garnishing does enhance the look as well helps to give it a pleasant fragrance.   Perfect to serve with a bowl of plain white rice.

Recipe for Korean style pan-fried pork belly ~  韩式辣炒五花肉


350 gm pork belly, cut into bite size1 tsp minced garlic1 tsp minced ginger1/4 tsp dark soya sauce1.1/2 Tbsp Korean paste/Gochujang1/2 Tbsp honey1 Tbsp light soya sauce1 Tbsp sesame oil1 Tbsp toasted sesame seedsMethod Season the pork belly with all the sauces except for sesame oil and sesame seeds, for about 2 hours.  (I marinated it overnight).Place on a non-stick pan and pan fry with some water till tender and cooked.Drizzle on the sesame oil and sesame seeds before dishing out onto a plate.Serve immediately with rice.

This post is linked to the March 'Little Thumbs Up' event organised by Zoe of  Bake for Happy Kids, Doreen of  My Little Favourite DIY and hosted by Joyce of  joycescapade.…

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies 燕麦蔓月梅曲奇

These oatmeal cranberry cookies are quick and easy to prepare and they can be a hit with both the kids and adults.  Rolled oats are used in these cookies and the ingredients are easy to put together.  You can bake them in a shorter time if you prefer them to be soft and chewy in the centre or if you prefer crispy cookies, just bake them a little longer.  You can also make this as a gift for X'mas and the batter can be prepared, keep refrigerated and the cookies baked the next day.

Recipe for Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies 

226 gm butter195 gm plain flour100 gm soft brown sugar30 gm caster sugar2 eggs1 tsp vanilla1 tsp bicarbonate of soda1 tsp salt (reduce or omit if you're using salted butter)1/2 tsp cinnamon260 gm rolled oats100 gm dried cranberries40 gm choc chipsMethod Sift flour with bicarbonate of soda and salt, set aside.Beat butter, add the brown sugar and caster sugar, beat till well combined.  Add in the eggs.  Add in the vanilla, mix well.Fold in sifted flour int…