Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Recipe: Mapo Tofu 麻婆豆腐 with Homemade Egg Tofu 自製蛋豆腐

Another 'must keep' recipe. Mapo Tofu 麻婆豆腐 , a very appetising dish to go with rice. Children love it!

Reference: https://youtu.be/W6V0tqqkB4I

  • 1 Tbsp oil (or diced lard)
  • 2 clove garlic + 1 slice ginger + 1 shallot, minced
  • 1g sliced chili (or 1/4 teaspoon ground Sichuan peppercorns - optional)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp bean paste 豆瓣酱
  • 50g diced/ground pork
  • 250g water
  • 1 Tbsp shaoxing wine
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt (or 1 Tbsp soy sauce)
  • homemade egg tofu, cubed *refer below 
  • 1 1/2 tsp tapioca/corn starch + 2 Tbsp water, mix
  • 1 stalk spring onion, diced
  1. Med heat, render the lard till slightly brown (about 5 mins). Stir fry once a while.
  2. Add minced garlic/ginger/shallot, saute till fragrant (about 3 mins).
  3. Add bean paste and diced pork, stir fry till cook (about 1 min).
  4. Into the work pour 250g of water, add 1 Tbsp shaoxing wine, 1/2 tsp sugar and 1/4 tsp of salt and bring to boil. Simmer for 3 mins. 
  5. Add tofu, simmer another 3 mins. 
  6. Add starch solution, toss to incorporate. Off heat. 
  7. Garnish with spring onion.

*Homemade egg tofu:
  • Into a pyrex dish, whisk 225g unsweetened soy milk + 3 large eggs + 1/2 tsp salt till smooth. Steam 10-12 mins. (For firmer tofu, do add a little tapioca/corn starch).

Friday, August 11, 2017

Recipe: Sachima (沙琪玛 Sàqímǎ)

I had fun preparing Sat Ke Mah today! Ooo wow, look at it : )

I love this video. Short and clear https://youtu.be/DxdwXasUCc0

  • 150g plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1g baking powder
  • 1g salt
  • some tapioca/corn starch for dusting
  1. Mix and knead to dough. Rest 20 mins.
  2. Dust roller and dough with tapioca starch.
  3. Roll dough to think layer (1-2mm).
  4. Cut to strips of 5cm x 3mm.
  5. Med high heat, fry for about 10 seconds. (Mine took about 15-20 seconds).
  • 90 sugar
  • 90 maltose (Used 40g honey, 40g golden syrup and 10g butter)
  • 40g water
  1. Cook all ingredients over med heat till deep golden colour, about 5-8 mins.
  2. Mix syrup with fritters. (I sprinkled some sesame seeds too)
  3. Into a baking tin, compress well and cut into serving sizes.


  • try 1 egg and 2 egg yolks instead and fry dough strips till slightly brown.
  • used 1/3 of 1/8 tsp of baking powder.
  • used 1.5 of 1/8 tsp of salt.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Recipe: Fried Kuih Sayur

This was usually served as after-school snack in our family. It is one of the popular demand snacks. So instead of the agak-agak version, I am recording down the actual amount used this round. This way, my children would be able to prepare and enjoy the 'kuih' anytime in the future.

This served merely as a guide to the main ingredients. Sometimes, I like it with more plain flour and less self-raising (my husband's liking), and most of the time I did it without spring onion and carrot. So, you get what I mean? Just play around with it...the ingredients : )

Oh ya, I named it 'Fried Kuih Sayur' based on the ingredients hehee.

  • 450g lobak (white radish), coarsely grated
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 stalks of spring onion, diced - optional (may substitute with more onion instead)
  • 50g carrot, coarsely grated - optional (may substitute with more lobak instead)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 tsp salt 
  • 30g rice flour (or some leftover rice)
  • 220g plain flour
  • 145g self raising flour
  • 450g water
  1. Mix all ingredients till well combined.
  2. With med-high heat, place a spoonful of battle into a frying pan. Repeat 
  3. Fry till brown on both sides.
  4. Serve hot. We like it with hot chili sauce!
Dipping - optional
  • 2 tbsp of hot chili sauce
  • juice of 7 limes
  • 3 finely minced garlic
Mix all! We like it this way,  limy and garlicky...yum!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Recipe: Crispy Apam Balik 香脆慢煎糕

Recipe adapted from Agnes's cookbook. Makes around 10-11 pieces.

This is what I've been craving for...can't wait for another round.

Batter: mix all ingredients below and rest for 3 hours. Stir well before use.
  • 170g self raising flour (or 170g plain flour + 2tsp baking powder +1/2tsp salt)
  • 100g rice flour
  • 30g corn/tapioca starch
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 250g water
  • 130g castor sugar

  • 70g butter, diced
  • 1 cup crushed roasted peanut
  • 110g castor sugar
  • 11 Tbsp cream corn

Method (cook with med-heat) :
  1. When the pan is hot, pour slightly less than 1/3 cup of batter into a 22cm non-stick pan
  2. Evenly coat to thin layer, cover to set (around 30 seconds)
  3. Sprinkle 1tsp of sugar evenly then cover till brown (around 3-4 mins)
  4. Add a few diced butter, 1 1/2 Tbsp of crunched peanut, 1 Tbsp cream corn and 1 tsp of sugar
  5. Loosen the edges and fold it into half
  6. Serve hot!

  1. Do adjust the thickness to your liking. For thinner layer, use less batter. My husband like it thicker, I used 1/2 cup of batter and more sugar for that.
  2. Serve hot, otherwise place Apam Balik on a wire rack.

pour slightly less than 1/3 cup of batter into a 22cm non-stick pan

Evenly coat to thin layer

cover to set (around 30 seconds)

Sprinkle 1tsp of sugar evenly

then cover till brown (around 3-4 mins)

Add a few diced butter

1 1/2 Tbsp of crunched peanut

1 Tbsp cream corn 

and 1 tsp of sugar

Loosen the edges and fold it into half

Serve hot!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Half Day Brisbane Chinatown Jalan and Makan

Brisbane Chinatown.

It's really nothing much...just one street, 'Duncan Street' at Fortitude Valley.

Nevertheless, we enjoyed yum cha at Suncrop Seafood Restaurant! Marvelous selection of dim sum.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Winter Term Break 2017

Shorncliffe Pier, stretches 350m out into Bramble Bay
Amazing day out! Great place to be with family of all ages.

Weekly Chore, to maintain a clean and tidy home

Dim Sum at Fortitude Valley.  Live and eat to the fullest! hehe

Domino! Time for creative thinking

Sisters are the perfect best friend 'Big sister and Little sister'

Outdoor, the sunshine for more vitamin D

SeaWorld Gold Coast, once more and the last for 2017

The Routine...

Despicable Me 3.  We were laughing so hard!  Happy time together. Thumbs up

Dinner in Brisbane CBD. Good moments together!

2D1N Camp at Noosa River Holiday Park, Queensland. We had an amazing time with Mei&Familly, Annie&David! Thanks guys

Noosa Heads National Park

Cheers! Till we meet again...soon in Melbourne

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