Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Sticky Sweet Vinegar Pork Ribs

Tonight I made sweet vinegar ribs and it was pretty delicious. I'm trying to eat less rice but the taste is just so good with rice!

Recipe from Dingoozatfood. I followed the recipe and added a couple small rock sugar. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Coconut Pandan Castella Cake

I have not bake a cake for a while and really craving for some. Baked this cake to sastify my craving.  It's a bit ugly but taste good. I added young coconut strings macapuno to the top of the cake. I think this topping is nice for chiffon cake as well.

Recipe is from 8days. I added 1 tsp pandan paste to the batter for the fragrance.  Need to bake for 1 hr 30 minutes since it was a pan in pan method with steam bake.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Scallions Pancakes

Lately I've been wanting to eat fried stuffs and scallions pancake is one of them. Totally satisfied my craving.πŸ˜‹

Recipe from chinesecookingdemystified
I didn't have enough scallions so only used what I had. I also omitted the five spice part because I totally forgot.πŸ˜† I like to dip mine in dumpling sauce with some hot chili oil. I made my own since didn't buy a bottle at the store. I also find pancake is better when thinner.  Instead of putting in oven for 10 minutes , I put them in airfryer which help it more crispy. πŸ˜‹

Dumpling Sauce:

2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp water
2 tsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp sesame oil
Chili flakes or saute chili oil

Add more or less sugar to your liking.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Korean Marinated Eggs

I've been wanting to try this marinated eggs for a while so finally marinated them last night. I usually doesn't like cold eggs but this is perfect eating with hot rice. I love the scallions so fragrance every bite.πŸ˜‹

Recipe from seonkyounglongest. I cooked the eggs for 7 minutes as 6 minutes too runny for me. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Pork Floss Swissroll

I have not make this pork floss swissroll for a while now. This sweet and savory cake is so yummy. πŸ˜‹

I used Suka Amelia's recipe since I wanted a larger cake so I can share with family and friends. I also beat the egg white to between soft and firm peak. Baked in a 12x12 inch pan at 365F for 20-25 minutes on second level until golden. Next time I'll try 375F and bake at a shorter time.

Mixed 4-5 tbsp mayonnaise with 1.5 tbsp condensed milk to spread on cake then add pork floss and reroll cake.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Fruit Tarts with Cookie Crust

My last experiment with tart crust is the cookie crust. I am done with fruit tarts and now can move on to other bakes. Family likes the cookie crust since softer. But of course I will need to find a way to make a thinner crust on the base. Cookie crust is the closest crust to Wegmans fruit tart.πŸ˜‹

Monday, January 6, 2020

Fruit Tarts with Puff Pastry

My brother was complaining why my fruit tarts so big. He want bite sizes so he can just pop them in his mouth without having to use fork and he likes the crust to be puff pastry. He's asking so much but that gives me ideas and so I used puff pastry sheets from freezer to save work.  Used diplomat cream with is custard fold in whipped cream.πŸ˜‹

Using my two different size cutters to cut the first round then use a smaller cutter to cut the inner circle (not all the way) do not remove it. Bake at 400 F for about 15 minutes. Cool and cut the inner circle and press down. Then fill with cream and top with fruit. Glaze with apricot glaze.

Diplomat cream from Brunoskitchen

Note* I stacked the 2 sheets of pastry for a taller pastry which ended uneven puffs. So best to make a little bigger and shorter circle.

Fruit Tart with Shortbread Crust

My family really like Wegmans fruit tarts. However, we can only buy once in a while as the tarts is quite pricey and 1 extra large tart is still not enough for everyone. Our family likes round 2 and 3 the next day and day after...lol. So I am searching for the perfect recipe...at least something similar to Wegmans.  The toughest part is the tart crust. Wegmans tart crust is different than any other places we ate. Their crust is more on soft and chewy compared to hard and crispy.  Today I tried the shortbread crust  and flavor is nice but still too hard and crispy for family. So next time will need to try a cookie crust. I also think baking small individual tarts is better as cutting can be messy.πŸ˜„

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Fruit Tarts and Eclairs

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! This year I made fruit tarts and eclairs for family gathering.  Pretty happy with the results.

Recipe for tarts from PreppyKitchen. No expensive perforated rings so I used my muffin rings to bake tart crusts. For cream filling I folded in 1 cup whipped cream to lighten it. I used this cream for tarts and eclairs. Glaze the baked crust with apricot glaze to prevent sogginess.

Recipe for eclairs also from PreppyKitchen.

Saturday, December 21, 2019


Panettone is one of my mom favorites bread. I'll buy for her once in a while when we want some sweet bread. I have never thought of making this bread before until I see Uncle Barry sharing his recipe. So here I am baking bread at 3 am in the morning because proofing the dough took over 6 hours and then had to bake 3 batches.πŸ₯Ά I'll just need to make sure I start my proofing early morning next time.😴😴😴

I tried two recipes, one from Uncle Barry and another from Brunoskitchen. Both came out delicious. This bread is good eating plain but I love it with my homemade orange marmalade!πŸ˜‹

Casing bought from bakedeco which I find cheaper compared to other places. 

Recipe from Brunoskitchen.  I reduced yeast to 4 tsp as recipe using too much yeast. The casing I used is 5 1/4" by 3 3/4" high. Using 550 grams dough. For smaller and shorter used 500 grams dough. Baked at 350F for 35 minutes.

The small panettone casing is 2 3/4" by 2" high. Using 90 grams dough. Baked at 350F for 20 minutes. 

Monday, December 9, 2019

Pain Aux Raisins- Raisin Bread

I've been wanting to bake this raisin bread for a while now even before I visited Paris. When I was in Paris, I bought a few to try and it was good. However,  I think it's even better baking and eating hot out of the oven. This bread is like a raisin custard crossaint, with flaky, buttery, soft and crispy on the outside. Glazed with orange marmalade syrup. Yummylious!πŸ˜‹

Recipe from Brunoskitchen.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Drinkable Yogurt Instant Pot

I am obsessed with homemade yogurt lately because they taste so good. Plus, my children are not drinking milk often so I need to find ways to get them to drink some. We always like yogurt drinks and I miss the one I drank many years ago when I visited Vietnam.  My favorite was the orange flavor but I could not find anything similar here. So I searched everywhere online to see if there's a recipe. I found one, yes...just one. And it looks good so why not try. The result is a bit thick compared to what I drank before but adding in some fresh orange or tangerine juice solves the problem. My youngest who doesn't drink milk at all drank and also loves the Vietnamese yogurt. Now next time I might just use 1 or 2% milk. This may make the drink thinner.

Recipe by➡️ foodisafourletter

Follow the recipe but you can use regular pasteurized milk. I just used whole milk any brand. 15 hrs incubation inside instant pot, then refrigerate until cool. I sterilized my glass jar before using. 

If want orange flavor or any other flavor, pour yogurt drink into a glass and add the juice. Stir and drink. I squeezed in 1 tangerine each time and it was delicious. Next time I'll try other flavors when I get the fruits.πŸ˜‹

Monday, November 25, 2019

Vietnamese Yogurt 2

Finished last batch of Vietnamese yogurt already so last night I made another batch. This time I followed recipe exactly. I have a lot of yogurts left free from stores and they are expiring soon too. The the yogurts I bought from store were plain or no sugar added. The taste of yogurt with no sugar is not my type and kids won't eat them either. So I used them for this batch to see if there is a difference in texture and taste or not. Result is using Greek yogurt does gives a firmer result. Using whole milk also gives a firmer texture too. Flavored yogurt smell nice too.πŸ˜‹

Using the can of the condensed milk to measure everything. Fill the can with one Greek yogurt and the other half with regular yogurt. I'm using a mixture of yogurts since I have a lot of both left. Can use only greek yogurt. Can reduce condensed milk to 2/3 can if doesn't want too sweet.