Asian Food · Cooking · Dessert · homemade

Spicy Crunchy Cornflakes

Hi assalamualaikum everyone!

Initially I wanted to bake cornflakes cookies but I couldn’t find any flour around my area. Even online grocery sites are out of stock too. I ended up making spicy crunchy cornflakes or in Malay, we call it kudapan cornflakes. Some might call it cornflakes bercili (cili is chili).

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I don’t really measure my ingredients when I cook. I agak-agak (estimate).

INGREDIENTS
1 box of cornflakes (i used medium size, 250g)
curry leaves (the more the better)
6-7tsp curry powder (you can use either chicken or fish curry powder. i use baba’s chicken curry powder)
1tbsp of sugar
1/2 tsp of salt
roasted peanut (optional)
sliced garlics (optional)
6-8 dried chilies (cut slanting)
olive oil (or any type of oil)

METHODS
1. Put 2tbsp of oil into your hot wok and fry your cornflakes batch by batch (this step is to make sure your cornflakes be extra crunchy & crispy). Fry for about a minute for each batch and put aside.
2. Fry the sliced garlics, dried chilies and curry leaves together, medium heat. Once fried, put aside.
3. Sangai (a method of cooking whereby spices are fried without using oil) curry powder, sugar and salt at the same time in a very low heat. Once the color changes, add in cornflakes, curry leaves, dried chilies and sliced garlic.
4. Turn off the stove, and let it cool at a bowl.

This is my spicy crunchy cornflakes, approved by my aunt, sister-in-law and dad. Hope you guys try it at home!

Baking · Dessert · Food · homemade

Easy recipe – Apple cinnamon cake

Assalamualaikum everyone! As you know today is Mother’s Day and of course as a child, you would want to shower your mom with unconditional love and gift her a bouquet of flowers, or chocolates or perhaps a Pandora bangle & etc. And since we are under quarantine aka circuit breaker, all confectionery stores are closed until further notice.

Even Starbucks and Coffee Bean are not selling cakes at the moment. I thought of getting a bag for mom (i always shop at shopbop.com) but I don’t wanna go through the risk of waiting and then my moods go off (pandemic moment, so oversea shipping might be delayed).

So I baked her a cake – apple cinnamon cake.

Now here’s the thing – my initial plan was to bake orange cake but I couldn’t get all ingredients at two different supermarkets. Baking needs and ware are out of stock (literally everywhere around my area). And since I have leftover stocks of wheat flour, why not improvise a little bit. I used whatever ingredients I have at home.

INGREDIENTS
250g (2 3/4 cups) wheat flour – sieved/sifted
1 cup of castor sugar
3/4 cup of unsalted butter (softened)
2 large eggs (3 eggs if you use small eggs)
a pinch of salt
1 tsp of ground cinnamon
1tsp of vanilla extract
2 tsp of baking powder
1 cup of plain yoghurt (i used organic yoghurt)
3 cherry apples

METHODS
1. Peel one apple and chop into small pieces (not too small, in cube). The remaining two apples, cut them into thin slices (throw the core away & do not peel the skin). To prevent your apple from turning brow, dip into lemon juice or soak in salt water.
2. Beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Then, add egg one by one and vanilla extract. Continue beating.
3. Add in flour, salt, baking powder and ground cinnamon. Stir well.
4. Slowly add in chopped apple and yoghurt. Give them a good stir.
5. Preheat oven for 10 minutes, 170 degree celsius.
6. Place baking sheet on your tray (i used 7″ square tray) and grease it with a little bit of olive oil.
7. Pour the mixture in the tray and be sure the top is level. Then, arrange the slices apple on top and sprinkle the remaining ground cinnamon and castor sugar (mix them well) on top of the apple slices.
8. Bake for 50 minutes or least 45 minutes. Use a skewer to check if the cake is already bake. If it’s cleaned, you may take your cake out.
9. Let the cake cool down before cutting or transfer it on your cake rack.

Asian Food · Cooking · Dessert · homemade

Youtiao/Cakoi recipe

I recently made youtiao (we call it cakoi in Malay) and I swear… the hardest part (for me) is waiting for the yeast to expand. You have to get the accurate lukewarm water. No more, no less. Or else you will kill the yeast.

I had to redo four times in order to get it right.

Almost there! Anyway, here’s the recipe to make simple and easy youtiao.

INGREDIENTS
2 cups of wheat flour
1tsp of yeast
1 1/2 tbsp of olive/canola oil
2 tbsp of sugar (i use cane sugar)
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 of lukewarm water

METHODS
1. In a bowl, add in lukewarm water together with sugar and yeast. Mix well and let it rest for 20 minutes, in room temperature. (i covered the bowl with cling wrap, easy & faster)
2. In another bowl, add in flour, salt and oil. Once the yeast has expanded (like above photo), add it in. Mix well till it becomes a dough. It’s okay if it’s a little bit sticky.
3. Let it rest for 60 minutes in a room temperature.
4. On a board, gently sprinkle some flour and roll the dough. Flatten it with a roller till you get an oblong shape.
5. Cut the dough to small pieces. Dip a wood skewer into water and mark a straight line in between 2 youtiao pieces and then glue them together. They will look like the picture below.
6. Next, heat up your wok with oil in medium heat.
7. Pull the youtiao a little longer from its original shape to let the air out. Fry till golden brown.

Your youtiao will look like these. Best eat with hot soya or hot coffee or melted kaya spread. Enjoy!

Baking · Dessert · Food · homemade

2-ingredient cake

Day 12 of circuit breaker. And everyday I experience with different type of dish, but most of the time mom will be doing the cooking (since I have to work from home).

This evening I made 2-ingredient cake and since my birthday is just around the corner, why not pamper myself with some happiness (for tummy).

We only need a pack of semi-chocolate chip and 4 eggs (grade A would be better but you can use large/omega one too!)

  1. Start off with a bag of choco chip (i use the whole bag, 340g). Melt it off in microwave for 30-40 secs. Mix well and let it cool, leave aside.
  2. Crack 4 eggs and separate the yolks and white in two different bowls.
  3. For the white yolks, use hand mixer to whisk till you get that fluffy peak foam.


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  4. Add yolks, one by one and mix well with melted chocolate. Then, slowly add in the egg whites.
  5. Pour the batter in a greased pan (i used 8′ square pan).

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  6. Bake for 30 minutes, with 170 degree celsius.
  7. Let it cool for 1-2 minutes then sprinkle with either icing sugar or powdered sugar.

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I used brown sugar and blend till soft/powdery.

Check out my 15 second videos on Instagram highlights for more random meal or dish!

This is a gluten-free dessert.

Asian Food · Dessert · Food · homemade

Ondeh-ondeh keledek (sweet potato)

Circuit breaker has turned me into a diligent person lately.

And so I made ondeh-ondeh keledek (sweet potato). My first attempt by the way. I wanted to make two flavors – keledek and pandan but you know lah some Singaporeans unleashed their kiasi and kiasu attitude – they hoard almost everything they could.

I managed to get a pack of sweet potatoes (last few) and yesterday, with no skills, nothing, I ventured in making one. These are the things I used for my ondeh-ondeh:

Ingredients:
2 sweet potatoes (peel off skin)
150g glutinous rice flour
1 tbsp wheat starch
120ml water
6pcs mini gula melaka (palm sugar)
200g desiccated coconut (you can use kelapa parut too)
a pinch of salt

Methods:
1. Peel the (sweet potatoes/keledek) skins off before boiling. Boil them till they are lembik (soft)
2. Steam the desiccated coconut for about 15-20min
3. While waiting for keledek and desiccated to settle down, cut gula melaka into small pieces or smash them
4. Squash/smash the keledek and mix well with the glutinous rice flour & wheat starch till it becomes a dough
5. Take a small amount of the dough and make a ball out of it. Press with your thumb into the ball till it becomes a little flatten and put in 1/2 teaspoon of gula melaka in it. Then, re-ball it again.
6. Boil them into a hot pot. Once float, cool them off before coating them with smooth desiccated coconut.

There! That’s my ondeh-ondeh keledek. Easy to prep and cook/make. Attached below is a video I made for fun so that everyone in my reading list can enjoy watching… even though I am still quite amateur in video editing.

Stay safe everyone!

#wheretoeat · Dessert · Food

Sweet darkness at The Dark Gallery

I am not a sweet tooth kind of girl. I indulge bitter & sour more. But K on the other hand is hantu (ghost) chocolate. To be fair for both of us, I will always do some research that serves both sweet and not-really-sweet desserts in town, or at least nearby us.

Last two weeks, I discovered The Dark Gallery. You can find their stores at Takashimaya (B2-29), Millenia Walk (#01-K5) and Funan (#01-14).

To avoid many people, we decided to hang around at Millenia Walk and as a first timer, I’d always ask “What is your signature flavor/specialty?” Great service I gotta say (their employees are full with love and smile).

After quite some time, I decided to try thier 88% dark chocolate Sur del Lago along with waffle in a cup. And K had a slice of signature dark chocolate cake (66% dark chocolate mousse layered with fluffy sponge.) Not sure what drink K bought but I remember the name has white in it. Probably white coffee. Or white latte. I forgot.

I can actually taste that not-sweet-bitter in my ice-cream. I went “Ughh I WANT MORE!” and I even tried K’s 66% cake – it was delicious for me. But I’m not a big fan of mousse so I that’s why I skipped their cake part (I’m a simple person. No fancy cream).

As much as I wanted their waffle ice-cream, I had to skip that part because I had quite a heavy breakfast before going out.

Last week, I brought one of my Twitter friends, Nysa to The Dark Gallery (again). Gotta say… once I like one particular thing, I will definitely come over again to try their other menu.

And this time around I had 80% Signature dark chocolate and Nysa had Sea Salt Butterscotch with 64% Madagascar dark chocolate along with almond topping.

With this, I told her “This may not be special but as promised before I’ll bring you for an ice-cream date and since your birthday is around the corner, lemme treat you for some great dessert.”

Price starts from $5 and gotta say, this is one of a kind and affordable dessert place to hang out with your buddies and if you love dark chocolate as much as I do, you gotta try it out.