Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Mua Chee! On A Cold Day

The words themselves sound just like a cry of happiness. Since it's been snowing like crazy, again, I decided to settle down with a nice bowl of warm Mua Chee. Can you believe that it's still snowing? It's practically March... doesn't Mr. White Christmas know that his season is so over? I am so ready to have a beautiful summer. Hopefully since we've had such a crumby cold spell we'll get a perfectly sunny summer, not too hot and not too cold. Actually... I'd just be satisfied if it didn't snow during the summer :P hehehe
Anyways, here's my recipe for mua chee... it's quick, simple and wonderfully delicious.
Mua Chee
- 1 cup glutinous rice flour
- 2 tsp sugar
- 2 tbsp thick coconut milk
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tbsp oil (to reduce stickiness)
Coating: Mix 1/2 cup of chopped unsalted peanuts + 1/4 cup granulated sugar + 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds
1. Mix flour, sugar, coconut milk, oil and water in a microwable bowl until well blended.
2. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir mixture and cook on high for another minute.
3. Stir well, and microwave again if batter is not fully cooked.
4. Add in the 1 tbsp oil and mix. Let the dough cool (if you do not, the sugar in the coating will dissolve and get all sticky)
5. Add the peanut, sesame seeds and sugar mixture to the dough. Using an oiled scissor, cut dough into small pieces. Continue to toss until dough is well coated.

Yum, yum... hope you find this as delicious as I did. Have a warm day!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Wake up to Waffles

Don't you just love waking up to the smell of freshly made waffles? Well, technically I didn't really "wake up" to the smell, I kinda woke up and made the smell... but it's basically the same thing, right? Anywho... I wanted to eat waffles for breakfast, but was getting really tired of eating the same old frozen eggos. Seriously, "Leggo, my eggos! And drop them in the trash". They taste like frozen, plastic, hockey pucks. Maybe that's because they've been in the freezer for too long, or maybe my taste has evolved... I sure hope it's the latter. So here goes, my recipe for light and fluffy waffles (and you don't even need any yeast!).

Light and Fluffy Waffles

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
1 large egg, separated
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1. Mix together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
2. In another bowl whisk together the egg yolk, vanilla and milk.
3. Whisk egg white until soft peaks form
4. Add the egg yolk mixture to the flour mixture, all at once, and stir just until combined.
5. Stir in the melted butter.
6. Lightly fold in the frothy egg white, until just combined.
7. Pour batter into prepared waffle iron and follow directions to cook it thoroughly.
8. Drizzle it in maple syrup, corn syrup or/and fruit syrup (hopefully it's or... hehehe) and enjoy your homemade waffles :P

Monday, February 26, 2007

Pretzels? Bread? Turtles?

I had a desire to make something using yeast today. Don't quite know why, but I just wanted to smell freshly baked yeast goods come out of the oven. Isn't that the best smell ever? I was browsing through a couple of blogs and stumbled upon many different versions of turtle bread. They were all so cute that I decided I had to make some of my own. The fact is, I haven't really had much experience with yeast (I actually think it hates me) so I was determined to make the turtle bread recipe perfectly. I used the pretzel recipe from and got the instructions to shape the loaf from Albeit, my loaf didn't turn out exactly like the crocker one, but I still think it's darned cute!

As you can see I also made a few pudgey looking pretzels... I wasn't in the mood for anything really salty, so I covered the pretzels with demerara sugar. They were so delicious fresh out of the oven; warm, light and sweet... one of the best breakfasts I'd ever had. No need for butter or jam, they had just the right flavor all by themselves. My parents really enjoyed the pretzels/bread turtles, and my sisters were nice enough to tell me that my pretzels looked like little "turds" but still tasted good (How sweet!).

Saturday, February 24, 2007

One yummy lunch!

Ooooo, check out those ingredients. What could I possibly be making? I wonder. Just this week I developed a hankering for some green onion pancakes. My dad said that they were a bit to expensive in store and to wait for the price to drop before we bought some. But being one of the most impatient people ever, I decided to make some of my own. We had some green onions hanging around the house (leftover from the jamaican rice night) all chopped up and ready to be used for something... why not use it to feed me?

I just couldn't wait, I took a couple big bites from my pancake before I remembered that I was going to take a picture. Oh well, it just proves to you how delicious it was.

I followed the recipe from Cafe of the East, it's very simple and doesn't utilize any confusing ingredients... I guess that's what attracted me to this recipe. That and the fact that "Cafe of the East" provides you with a step-by-step guide to properly forming the green onion pancakes. It was so much fun making them, but even more fun was the eating part!

Friday, February 23, 2007

Congrats Dad!

Just last Sunday my dad finished an amazing 1/2 marathon. That's a whole 22k!!! I was so impressed. He is super-dad. He had to get up really early in the morning (I'm talking 4:30am early) and drive out to a small town where the marathon began. He finished in 2.5 hrs and recieved a cool medal. I knew that dad would do well, after all he's been training extremely hard for the past 5 months, so while he was gone running I decided to make him a congratulatory cake.

Since he's been working hard to be as fit as can be for this race, I decided to make it an angel food cake. I made the cake just for him... and when I say just for him that's exactly what I mean. I got the recipe for this Individual Spiced Angel Food Cake from Seen above is the cute, undecorated cake.

And now the final presentation...
Just decorated it with a bit of cool whip and some drizzled chocolate. I made the chocolate hearts myself, thought it added a cute "I-Luv-You" touch. Kraft Canada has some really awesome tips on how to use melted chocolate... I followed their instructions on making the hearts and then decided to decorate the plate for some more "I-Luv-You" umph.

Monday, February 19, 2007

BBQ Portobello Burger

For some reason, today I decided to eat something healthy. Already had quite a filling lunch (from subway); and still being in the mood for a food that I could eat with my hands I decided to make some "hamburgers". I bought some huge portobello mushrooms from Ralph's Farmer's Market and since the rest of my family was eating beef burgers, I decided to just toss a mushroom onto the grill along with their meat and enjoy a hearty (and heart healthy) dinner.
I basically just removed the stem from the mushroom and grilled it for about 4 minutes on either side. I then added BBQ sauce during the last minute of cooking and transferred it onto a toasted bun. Tossed a couple veggies on the burger and smothered it in mustard (the best condiment ever). Looked just like a regular hamburger (notice I said regular and not McDonald's, those are just disturbing) and tasted just like mushrooms... I love mushrooms.

Sunday, February 18, 2007


Well guys, I didn't really go all out in baking goodies this CNY (although that doesn't really matter, because we got a ton of treats from T&T... as you've seen in my previous post) but I did manage to make at least one treat. One of my favorites... Kueh Bangkit. I used the recipe from Little Corner of Mine and the kueh turned out beautifully; light, crisp and melt-in-your-mouth. Didn't have parchement paper to line my trays with, so I generously covered each tray with tapioca starch. I made many shapes using small cookie cutters, but really wish I had the real Kueh Bangkit moulds. Pictured above are my cute little piggies; I had to make them by hand... and they took a while (me being a perfectionist and all) so I only made a couple. They are so cute and I think they truly encompass the spirit of the Fire Boar. My sisters loved the cookies and my parents said they tasted just like the real thing. We've decided to eat the pig one's last... maybe on the last day of the lunar new year. Seems fitting, eh?

So, I've decided that I must invest in buying some traditional kueh moulds. Some for Bangkit, Ang Koo and Mooncakes. Can't find them in stores though. I've only seen the bangkit and mooncake one's online at (still not sure if I trust buying stuff off the internet... we'll see).

Saturday, February 17, 2007

One more day and counting...

Well, CNY is only a day away. My family has plans to go out for dinner at Hon's and maybe we'll stop by at T&T to watch the festivities. Although if you really want to get a taste for the traditional CNY fun go to the Plaza of Nations or even Crystal Mall. Since all of my extended family is in Singapore, my family of 5 usually just has a small CNY bash... but that doesn't mean it's not exciting. And this will be the first CNY that my puppy will be involved in! I'm thinking of dressing him up like a dragon! What d'ya think?

We've been loading up on all the Chinese New Year goodies... take a look. We've got sugared water chestnuts, peanut candies and peanut crunch pastries.

The peanut candies are my favorite, I always start to miss them around Decembers. But then I remember that CNY is just around the corner and the stores will start selling these again :) The flavors are (from bottom to top): Coffee, Almond, Peanut, Cocoa, Nutmeat, Black Sesame, Cream and Coconut... Yum!

The picture of the peanut pastry is pretty sad. That's because I didn't remember to take a photo until there was only one left... so I really had no choice in which pastry to photograph :P And if you want a recipe for this see: Florence's Crispy Peanut Puff

Not quite sure what the multicolored sweet things are... supposedly they're made of sugar, glutinous rice flour, butter and oil (didn't quite like them). But my family just started gobbling up the deep-fried sesame balls, or as Florence calls them Chinese Laughing Dumplings.
Well I should definetly rest up a bit before CNY, so I'll see you then!

Friday, February 16, 2007


Well Chinese New Year is just a day and little bit away. I decided I had to make at least one post about it... after all I am chinese! How could I miss one of our largest celebrations??!?! Well, today I went to my favorite supermarket T&T and amazingly found a lot of caucasians shopping there. I guess everyone wants in on the chinese culture... after all, we are an incredible people are we not? I found the cutest looking Hongbao in store and had to buy them, pictured above. I figured after 18 yrs of getting money from my parents it's about time I started sharing prosperity. Aren't they cute? And when you pull on a side-tab it opens to reveal a chinese new year symbol... and of course the money! I bought the Hongbao on impulse and actually was a T&T looking for a fish nian gao mold. I found the nian gao and decided to buy it. The cake came with the mold still encasing it... I hope the mold can be reused *crosses fingers* we'll just have to wait and see. But anyways, the store bought nian gao looked so cute how could I pass up the opportunity to but it, and at only $1.99 it was a steal!

Thinking of making some special desserts for CNY, not quite sure if I have the time... but we'll see. If I don't have, a HAPPY NEW YEAR; and if I do then I will see you soon! (Hypothetically speaking)

Breakfast Time!

Didn't feel like eating the regular breakfast of eggs, sausage and bacon... a bit too greasy for me so early in the morning. My family usually eats that meal every Saturday morning, call it tradition. I've decided to lay off on all that fatty, meaty stuff for now... who knows, I may revert back to it :P But this morning I made 2 small breakfast casseroles using my newly bought ramekins. They were on sale at Winners, for 2 bucks... and since I'd been looking for a pair I decided to snatch these ones off the clearance shelf.

Breakfast Casserole (serves 2)


-2 tsp butter
-1 egg, slightly beaten
-1/3 cup milk
-1/4 cup cooked hashbrown
-1/4 cup marble cheese, shredded
-2 tbsp green onions, chopped
-1 rasher of bacon, crumbled
-4 medium sized brocolli florets, cut into bite-sized pieces

1. Grease ramekins evenly, making sure to cover all the way up the sides.
2. Line the bottom of the ramekins with the cooked hashbrown pieces.
3. Mix together the green onions, bacon, and brocolli. Then divide mixture between the two ramekins.
4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the slightly beaten egg and milk. Divide evenly between ramekins and be sure to cover the brocolli mixture. Sprinkle with cheese.
5. Place in oven (325° F) for 10-15 minutes, or until egg mixture is fully cooked.
My parents really enjoyed it, although my mom (and her aversion to potatoes) didn't really like the hashbrown layer. My sisters didn't really want to try this; they stuck with their eggs, bacon, sausage and hashbrowns. I guess the brocolli turned them off... not their kinda breakfast :( But hopefully it's yours! Enjoy.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Rice Krispies... kinda

I decided a couple days ago that I wanted to make something short and sweet... just like me :P I settled on the ever classic Rice Krispie square. Sadly I didn't have any Rice Krispies lying around the house, so I had to resort to using Special K cereal. They turned out the same, after all they are exactly the same cereal, just in different shapes. Honestly, I just think that Special K is the grown-up version of Rice Krispies... because apparently no self respecting adult eats a cereal that's suppose to Snap, Crackle and Pop (right?). I won't post the recipe because I'm pretty sure there are a billion out there on the internet... and I would hate to be #1,000,000,001.

Valentine's Eggplant for 2

Well, I decided on making a cute little dish for Valentine's (even though I made it on the 15th... hehehe). This recipe is great if you fancy the essence of the Mediterranean. My parents thought it was great, I ate some and found it delicious as well. My sisters steered clear of it and stuck with their favorite... meat lasagna. Something about eggplant seems to turn them off, how sad :(

Just a quick note: the following pomodoro recipe can be doubled or tripled and is amazing with pasta. It's much more fresh than regular tomato paste and has fewer preservatives.

Eggplant for 2

-1 medium eggplant
-1/2 large onion, chopped
-oil for frying
-Homemade pomodoro sauce (recipe follows)
-1/2 of a 14oz. can of tuna, flaked
-1 tsp brown sugar
-ground pepper and dried parsley to taste
-1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese

Ingredients for Pomodoro Sauce:
-1 clove garlic, diced
-1 large tomato
-1/2 tsp dried basil
-1/2 tsp chopped fresh cilantro

1. Cut the eggplant in half, lengthways. Using a spoon, carefully remove the inside flesh, leaving a 1/2-inch layer of raw eggplant in the shell.

2. Chop the eggplant flesh roughly, add chopped onions and set aside.

3. Make the pomodoro sauce by first coring the tomato. Place the tomato in a pot of boiling water for about 30 seconds. Drain and peel off the skin of the tomato. Chop tomato roughly and remove the seeds.

4. Place the tomato and diced garlic in a non-stick frying pan, cook over medium heat. Add salt, basil and fresh cilantro; continue cooking tomato mixture until tender and juicy.

5. Place tomato mixture in a blender/food processor and pulse until it makes a non-lumpy sauce.

6. Now fry eggplant + onion mixture with oil in non-stick frying pan on medium heat. Cover with a lid and let simmer for 10 minutes, until soft and golden.

7. Add pomodoro sauce, brown sugar, parsley and ground pepper. Cook uncovered for 10 minutes. Then add flaked tuna.

8. Arrange the eggplant halves side by side in a casserole dish and divide the mixture between them. Cover generously with mozzarella.

9. Tent dish with aluminum foil. Cook for 10 minutes at 350°F, then lower heat to 325°F for 10 minutes or until eggplant feels tender when pierced with a fork.

10. If you wish for the cheese to be nicely browned, place in broiler for 2 minutes.

Wow! My favorite how did you know?

Valentine's day is awesome, but what's truly great is when someone you love makes you the perfect dessert! My dad is an awesome cook, I guess that's where my culinary flare comes from, and just the other day he made one of my favorite singaporean desserts... Bubur Cha Cha. He doesn't really use a recipe, so I can't really post it... sorry guys. But it's amazing watching him at work; it seems as if it takes no effort at all. He just dumps all the ingredients in the pressure cooker and leaves it be for about 2 hrs and voila! The perfect Bubur Cha Cha everytime. My pop always adds in the best ingredients; this time it was sweet potato, purple yam and taro... delicious. The rest of the ingredients are standard for your regular Bubur Cha Cha; rock sugar, coconut milk (the good thick stuff), sago pearls. If you want some recipes go to: or Little Corner of Mine (They're not quite the same as my dad's but it looks close -- aside from those colorful starch things... weird!)

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Dinner #4

Man, I've been pretty busy. Going to school and starting clinical for my nursing class has been hectic to say the least. But I managed to squeeze in a bit of time this week to prepare dinner on Thursday. I decided on this great recipe I have (forget where I got it from) for citrus chicken and a delicious Jamaican Rice. Oh... and I also used the recipe from My Kitchen: My Laboratory for tuna croquettes, they were so easy and really flowed with my dinner's theme of curry infused dishes.

Now let's start with the...

Citrus Chicken with Pepper and Corn Relish (serves 4)

-4 6oz (I used 3oz) skinned chicken breast
-2/3 cup fresh lime juice
-1 tsp ground cumin
-1 tsp chili powder -1/2 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp ground red pepper (more or less, if you like it mild or spicy)
-Non stick cooking spray
-1 cup frozen corn + 1/2 cup diced red peppers + 1/2 cup chopped onions
-2 tsp chopped cilantro
-8 fresh cilantro sprigs (optional)

1. Place chicken in a heavy-duty, zip-top plastic bag. Reserve 1 tablespoon lime juice; pour remaining juice over chicken. Seal bag; shake to coat chicken. Marinate in refrigerator 1 hour; turn bag occasionally.

2. Combine cumin, chili powder, salt, and 1/8 teaspoon red pepper in a small bowl. Remove chicken from marinade, discarding marinade. Sprinkle chicken with cumin mixture.

3. Coat rack of a broiler pan with cooking spray. Place chicken, skinned sides down, on rack; broil 8 inches from heat (with electric oven door partially opened) 25 minutes. Turn chicken, and broil 15 additional minutes or until done. Set chicken aside, and keep warm.

4. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; place over medium-high heat until hot. Add corn mixture and remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper; sauté until corn is lightly browned and tender. Spoon corn mixture onto individual serving plates; top with chicken. Drizzle with reserved 1 tablespoon lime juice; sprinkle with chopped cilantro. Garnish with cilantro sprigs, if desired.

Nutritional Information: Calories 237; Carbohydrate 20.2g; Protein 29.1g; Fat 4.1g; Fiber 1.5g; Cholesterol 72mg; Sodium 226mg

Now for the delectable...

Jamaican Curried Rice (serves 8)


-2 tsp olive oil
-1 cup diced red peppers
-1/2 cup sliced green onions
-2 tbsp curry powder
-3 cups hot cooked rice
-1/8 cup sugar (original recipe called for 1/4 cup... I though this to be too much)
-2 tbsp lime juice
-1/2 tsp salt
-1 can pineapple chunks, drained
-1 can black beans (I omitted these, as I believed them to overpower the subtle sweet curry flavor)
-1/2 cup salted cashews (optional)

1. Heat oil in medium skillet. Cook and stir bell pepper and onions 2 to 3 minutes.

2. Add curry powder; stir 30 seconds.

3. Combine cooked rice, sugar, lime juice and salt in medium-size bowl.

4. Stir in cooked vegetable mixture, pineapple and black beans (if using).

5. Rice may be served warm or at room temperature. Sprinkle with cashews just before serving.

Nutritional Information: Calories 196; Carbohydrate 31g; Protein 6g; Fat 3g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 474mg

Don't forget my croquettes!

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Good-Morning All!

You should know one thing about me by now. I love to make my own goodies, and I would much rather bake cookies and brew my own coffee than spend money at Starbuck's for their low quality snacks and mediocre coffee. Well, for Christmas I had bought my parents a moka pot. I actually use it more than they do... infact I don't think they've ever used it. It's always just me making coffee for the family in the mornings (I don't mind of course). So anyways, I used this moka pot to make some really awesome eggnog lattes for breakfast this morning. I had bought the coffee from Safeway (I just love using the in store grinder, honestly there's no point in buying one when you can ground it for free at the store) just the other day and decided to bring a little holiday cheer into the house, even though Christmas is long gone. So I brewed some espresso, frothed some milk with my handy dandy milk frother (duh!) and used the stencils I had bought from Daizo to fancy up the regular cups of joe. Take a look! Just a few stencils and some cocoa powder and you turn boring into beautiful!

I also decided to whip up a batch of breakfast cookies; oatmeal and raisin is my favorite but my sisters aren't big fans. So I used a regular chocolate chip cookie recipe, divided it into thirds and made one batch oatmeal raisin, one batch chocolate butterscotch chip, and one batch butterscotch coconut. De-licious! Always nice to wake up to a wonderfully nutritious breakfast, eh? hehehe :P

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Hawaii Part 2... Finally

I guess I decided to finally finish up my blog on Hawaii because the weather we've been experiencing is just so completely opposite to that of Waikiki. Went there during the last summer of my high school career and just before entering the crazy world that is university :P So let's reminisce shall we? I think in Part 1 I talked about the International Marketplace and shopping... but right now I feel like remembering the beautiful beaches of Waikiki. Funny thing, we woke up early the morning of our trip to Hanauma Bay but the first 2 buses to that beach were full so they didn't stop to pick us up!? So we eventually decided on taking a taxi to the beach, the fare was decent and the taxi looked like a limo (my family thought this was neat as we had never ridden in a limo before). We managed to reach Hanauma Bay before the buses and we were 5th in line, ready and roaring to enter the sandy paradise. We spent about 2 hours there, snorkeling was awesome (except for the salty water going up your nose... blegh). After that amazing experience we decided to go to Genki Sushi... oh boy do the Hawaiin's love their Japanese cuisine.

We did a tons of stuff in Hawaii, don't think I'll be able to fit all the awesome pictures onto one blog... so I guess there'll be a part 3 to this seemingly endless saga. Please stay tuned!

To read Part 1 click here.