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Orange Ogura Cake ~ 香橙相思蛋糕

I  have not baked this Ogura cake for quite a while.  There was so much buzz about this cake amongst the fellow bloggers at one time but looks like the craze has sobered somewhat.  Nonetheless I like the texture of this cake and it's not oily and wholesome.  The texture is more or less like the chiffon  cake but it's more moist.  My cake is a bit short because I used an 8 inch pan as opposed to an 7 inch pan which I do not have. O range Ogura Cake ~  香橙相思蛋糕 (adapted from 'here' ) Ingredients 4 egg yolks + 1 whole egg 70 ml orange juice 40 ml vegetable oil 1/4 tsp salt 55 gm plain flour zest from 2 oranges 4 egg whites 1/4 tsp cream of tartar 60 gm caster sugar Method Line the bottom of an 8 inch square pan with parchment paper, set aside.  Do not grease the sides. With a hand whisk, whisk the egg yolks and oil till  frothy, add in the orange juice and mix well. Add in sifted flour and zest, mix well. With an electric mixer, wh

Ginger bean paste steamed chicken ~ 姜豆酱蒸鸡

Steaming is a very popular method of cooking in Chinese households.  It's fuss free and no oily pots or wok to clean up.   Adding cornstarch to the marinade before steaming helps to give the chicken a smooth texture and the brothy sauce goes very well with white rice. Ginger bean paste steamed chicken ~  姜豆酱蒸鸡 Ingredients 500 gm kampong/free range chicken, cut into bite size 50 gm ginger, chopped 3 shallots chopped 2 tsp preserved bean paste 2 tsp light soya sauce 1/2 tsp sugar, 1/4 tsp dark soya sauce 3 tsp cornflour 1/4 cup water  Spring onions and chillies to garnish Method Blend the chopped ginger, shallots with 1/4 cup water Pour out and mix in the bean paste, sugar, light & dark soya sauces Mix in the cornflour Season the chicken with the above marinade for a few hours,  preferably overnight Arrange on a plate and steam till chicken is cooked and tender Garnish with spring onions and chopped chillies Serve

Marble Zebra Castella Cake ~ 长崎蛋糕

What's for tea?  A soft, light and non-greasy Marble Zebra Castella ~  Kasutera cake.  I didn't line the pan with foil this time, only with parchment paper and was very pleased that the bottom of the cake didn't stick onto the paper and yielded a perfect brown base.  Indeed a delicious cake to be enjoyed at any time of the day.   Marble Castella Cake  ~    长崎蛋糕 Ingredients 120 gm high protein flour, sift twice 5 egg whites 5 egg yolks 100 gm caster sugar 20 ml honey 4 tsp Cointreau 1/2 Tbsp cocoa powder + 1/2 Tbsp hot water Method Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment paper, set aside. Mix honey with Cointreau, set aside. Beat egg whites till foamy, add in sugar gradually and beat till firm but not dry. Add in egg yolks one @ a time, on low speed and combine till creamy. Add in sifted high protein flour in 3 batches, mix on low speed till no traces of flour are visible. Add in honey Cointreau mixture on low speed. Pour batter thr

Chinese Pumpkin Pancake ~ 金瓜饼

This pumpkin pancake is soft and delicate and not too sweet as the sweetness is only from the red bean paste filling.   For a crispy pancake you can deep-fry them but I chose to just shallow pan-fry them in a non-stick pan.   This is great to serve as a tea-time snack over a cup of brimming hot Chinese tea. Chinese Pumpkin Pancake ~ 金瓜饼 (adapted from  'here' ) Ingredients 150 gm pumpkin, steamed (should get around 350 gm raw pumpkin)) 100 gm glutinous rice flour 100 gm red bean paste Sesame seeds (optional) Method Peel the pumpkin, remove the seeds and steam the pumpkin.  Once soft, drain off water and mash it up.  Weigh out 150 gm. Add in half glutinous rice flour and mix well.  Continue to mix in the glutinous rice flour and lightly knead till the dough does not stick to your hands. Wrap the pumpkin dough with some red bean paste, roll and shape it into a round ball.  Gently flatten it to a round disc on your palm or with a rolling pin between

Chinese stir-fried Tomatoes and Eggs ~ 蕃茄炒蛋

I've never tried this dish before until I went to China.  This is a home-style Chinese comfort food, inexpensive, tasty and quick to prepare.   It's like scrambled eggs with tomatoes and highlighted with a trickling of spring onions.  This dish is a perfect partner with steamed rice. Chinese stir-fried Tomatoes and Eggs  ~  蕃茄炒蛋 Ingredients 2 large eggs 2 tomatoes, cut into cubes or sliced 1/2 tsp chicken granules 1/4 tsp cornstarch + 1/2 Tbsp water Sesame oil chopped spring onions Tomato ketchup (optional) Sea Salt and sugar to taste Method Whisk the eggs, add in some sea salt. Heat up a pan with some oil, pour in the eggs, stir-fry, dish up. In the same pan, stir-fry the tomatoes, add some sea salt and half cup water, simmer.  Add in the chicken granules and cornstarch thickening. Mix in the eggs, test for taste. Drizzle on some sesame oil, add in the chopped spring onions. Dish out and serve.