Monday, January 28, 2008

Golden Huat Kueh


Picture above: Remove "huat kueh" from the tea-cup when it's cooled. I didn't "greased" the tea-cups, what I did was to make sure the "tea-cups" are being heated before pouring the batter into it and steam.
Picture above shown the actual size of the huat kueh. The palm-size of a 16 months old toddler.

3/4 cup Corn Kernel (canned)

2 tbsp of chopped chinese celery 芹菜

3 slices of ham (cut into small squares)

1/2 cup castor sugar

1 1/2 cup water (room temperature)

2 tbsp custard powder

1 1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 cup rice flour

1 1/2 cup cake flour


Heat the water in the pot with some tea-cups (陶瓷茶杯) in it.

Mix the sugar with water and stir till the sugar has been dissolved. Add cake flour, rice flour, custard powder, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda into the sugar water and mix well. Add corn, ham and chinese celery into the mixture and mix well.

Fill the "hot" tea-cups with batter up to 90% full, and steam at very high heat for 12 -15 minutes or till done.

Golden rules:

1. Do not add too much of bicarbonate of soda as it will give a very bitter taste.

2. The water should be boiling before the steaming of "huat kueh".

3. If using porcelain tea-cups to steam the "huat kueh", make sure it's been heated before adding the batter into tea-cups.

4. Always remember, "A wok is better than a steamer, a small pot is better than a big pot".

5. Do not open the cover and peep the "huat kuehs" within the first 12 minutes.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Jemput-Jemput Pisang

Banana Fritters (jemput-jemput pisang)

I have 3 very ripe bananas. So I've decided to make these banana fritters for afternoon tea. My daughter likes it very much.
3 ripe bananas
3 tbsp plain flour
1 1/2 tbsp castor sugar
1/4 tsp salt
Oil for deep-frying

Lightly mash the bananas in the mixing bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients except the oil into the mixing bowl. Mix well.
Heat the oil and drop a tablespoonfuls of batter into the hot oil and deep-fry in medium heat until golden brown. Serve as snack.

Vanilla Sponge Cupcakes

This sponge cupcake is very light. It tastes like those steamed egg cakes ~ 鸡蛋蒸糕. My 16 months old son likes to eat it.

Vanilla Sponge Cupcakes
makes 12 cupcakes

4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
120g castor sugar
2 tbsp water
2 tbsp corn oil
1 tsp ovalette
120g cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
Chocolate chips for toppings (optional)

Preheat the oven at 170 deg C.
Use an electric mixer to beat the eggs, sugar, vanilla essence till fluffy. Follow by adding the rest of the ingredients gradually and beat till light and fluffy. Spoon the batter into papercups and bake in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes or till done.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Kuih Lapis 九层糕

This recipe was taken from fenying's blog. I did some changes as I don't have fresh pandan leaves and fresh coconut milk. This kuih lapis recipe has been tried and tested by many members at M4M parenting forum. It's highly recommended, should give it a try.

Kuih Lapis
Ingredients A:
220g sugar
150ml water
a bit of pandan paste
Ingredients B:
50g rice flour
50g sago flour
130g tapioca flour
200ml coconut milk (packet)
280ml water
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp vanilla essence
1) Put Ingredients B into a mixing bowl and mix well.
2) Mix Ingredients A and bring to boil. Pour into Ingredients B and mix well, strain.
3) Divide batter into 2 equal parts. Add red coloring in 1 part.Leave 1 part white
4) Heat up a 16 - 18 cm steaming tray, pour 100g of white mixture into the steaming tray and steam for 5 mins
5) pour 100g of red mixture on top of the white layer and steam for 5 mins
6) Repeat until the last layer, steam for 10 mins
7) Remove, leave to cool completely before using a plastic knife to cut into pieces. Serve.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Stir-fry potatoes with minced meat

This is one of my daughter's favourite dishes. I cook this dish today for lunch. It goes well with porridge.

1 large potato
100-150g minced meat
2 cloves garlics
2 shallots
1 tbsp cooking oil
1 tsp dark soya sauce
1 tbsp light soya sauce
1 tsp oyster sauce
1 tsp sugar
1/2 cup of water
Marinate the minced meat with a little of light soya sauce and pepper.
Heat the wok with cooking oil, fry chopped garlic and shallots till fragrant.
Add the marinated minced meat and fry for a while. Pour in the sauce and bring to boil. Lastly, add sliced potatoes and covered and simmer with low heat till the sauce has been reduced. Serve.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Bergedel ~ Potato Patties

I made these patties (Bergedel) yesterday for lunch.

Ready to eat.
~ This recipe makes 12 patties


3 large potatoes

1 can sardines (225g)

1 stalk chinese celery

1 stalk spring onion

1 red chilli

2 shallots

3 eggs

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground pepper

4 tbsp cooking oil

Use fresh ingredients...

Remove two sardines' bones and mash well (you can use all 4 sardines from the can). Boil the washed potatoes in a pot of water till cooked. Remove skins and mash the potatoes in a mixing bowl when it's still warm.
Add finely chop shallots, spring onions, chinese celery and red chilli into the mashed potatoes. Add sardines, 2 whole egg plus an egg yolk, salt and pepper into the mixture and mix well. Put an egg white in a small bowl. Wet your hands and mould the patties and dip with some egg white and fry it in a heat up frying pan with heated cooking oil. Use low fire to cook till golden brown.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Long Bean Rice for lunch

Just cook this "kiam png" aka "cai dao png" (in hokkien, salted rice aka long bean rice) for lunch today. My 15 months old son likes to eat. He opened his mouth "wide" and ate more than 5 teaspoonfuls. I'm very happy! Sue Jean went to school this morning. I'm going to fetch her at 1pm later.

Birthday Cakes

Happy New Year!
This will be my first post for the year of 2008.
Last Sunday, we had a birthday celebration for my father, who is 74 years old. We ordered the cake from a bakery shop located at Sembawang Road.
The cake below is for me. My hubby bought me this cake from Bengawan Solo for my birthday celebration on 31 Dec. It's "black forest" cake, chocolate sponge cake with blue berries.