Monday, 18 May 2015

Sliced Cheddar Cheese Muffins by Stephanie Ng

Sliced Cheddar Cheese Muffins


Wet ingredients:

1 large egg, room temp
2 cups of Meiji Bulgaria plain yogurt (or any plain yogurt 240ml) taken out of fridge for at least 30min
80 ml canola or corn oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Dry ingredients:
260 grams plain flour
100 grams caster sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
5-6 slices of cheddar cheese(I used Cowhead)


Preheat oven to 190 degrees C. Prepare 12 muffin cups or line your muffin tray with liners. 

In a large bowl whisk all the wet ingredients gently till fully mixed. Place aside. 

In another large bowl, sift the flour then whisk in all the dry ingredients. Tear the cheese pieces into 2-3cm sizes and drop them into the mixture. Gently stir in the cheese pieces such that they are evenly spread throughout the dry mixture. 

Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and using a spatula, gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until the dry ingredients are sufficiently moistened. It should take about 15 -20 strokes. Do not over mix the batter as the muffins will become very tough. The batter will be thick and lumpy.

Scoop the batter into muffin cups and top each with 2-3 small pieces of sliced cheese again before u put them into the oven.

Bake for about 15 - 20 min or until u smell the aroma of the baked muffins. Mine was done around 18min. The toothpick test doesn't work as the melted cheese within the batter would be sticky. Cool the muffins for about 10 min before consuming as the cheese would be very hot.

Jamie Oliver's Bloomin' Brilliant Brownies by Stephanie Ng

Jamie Oliver's Bloomin' Brilliant Brownies

Recipe adapted from Jamie Oliver's Bloomin' Brilliant Brownies
Serves 20

250 g unsalted butter
200 g good-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), broken up
75 g dried sour cherries, optional
50 g chopped roasted nuts, optional
80 g cocoa powder, sifted
65 g plain flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
360 g caster sugar(I reduced it to 280g)
4 large free-range eggs
zest of 1 orange, optional
250 ml crème fraîche, optional

Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Line a 25cm square baking tin with greaseproof paper. In a large bowl over some simmering water, melt the butter and the chocolate and mix until smooth. Add the cherries and nuts, if you're using them, and stir together. 

In a separate bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder and sugar, then add this to the chocolate, cherry and nut mixture. Stir together well. Beat the eggs and mix in until you have a silky consistency.

Pour your brownie mix into the baking tray, and place in the oven for around 25 minutes based on Jamie's original recipe for a very gooey centre(see next 2 paras on the baking times for different textures). You don't want to overcook them so, unlike cakes, you don't want a skewer to come out all clean. The brownies should be slightly springy on the outside but still gooey in the middle.

If you like it really gooey inside, 25min of baking is enough. A skewer poked into the centre will come out sticky. You may allow it to cool in the tray before carefully lifting the grease proof paper with the slab of brownie out, transferring to a large chopping board and cut into chunky squares.

However, if you prefer it to have a crispier top and just slightly gooey centre, bake it for 25min then remove from the oven. Allow it to cool in the tray for about 15mins then put it into the oven again at 150°C for another 8-10mins. Allow to cool in the tray before carefully lifting the grease proof paper with the slab of brownie out, transferring to a large chopping board and cut into chunky squares.

These make a fantastic dessert served with a dollop of crème fraîche mixed with some orange zest.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Yong Tau Foo (Hong Kah North Sg50 Masterchef Cooking Competition) by Rontree Chan

Yong Tau Foo (5 different types for 4 servings) 


1 piece Boneless Chicken Thigh ( remove skin and fat) ( C)
200g Minced Pork (D,E,F)
8 pieces Tiger Prawn ( remove shell and devein) (B)
1 pack Unicurd tofu puff (E)
1 pack Unicurd Tau Kwa (F)
1 pack Fish paste (B,C,F)
20 pieces Sweet Thai Basil Leaves ( finely chopped) (C )
1 Egg White ( divide to 3 portions for B, C and F)
100g Soy Bean (A)
100g Ikan Bilis (A)
1 piece Lady's Finger (Blanched and cut to 2cm length) (E)
1 piece Bitter Gourd (D)
3 pieces Shitake Mushroom ( diced) (D,E,F)
5 pieces Water Chestnut (diced) (D,E,F)
some Spring Onion for garnish ( finely chopped)

light soy sauce
Hua Diao Chinese Wine
Sesame Oil
Chicken Powder
Corn Starch
white pepper powder

(A) Yong Tau Foo Soup 
 Lightly fried the ikan bilis, cooled and pound to small pieces put in a filter bag.
Boil 8 bowls of water with soy beans and ikan bilis for 1-2 hrs.
Add some salt and pepper to taste.
The soup will get sweeter After cooking (B),( C) and (F) in it.

(B) Prawn Ball ( place the prawn in cold running water for 1-2 hr)
Minced 1/2 of the prawns finely and dice 1/2 of the remianing prawns.
add 1 TBsp of Fish paste, pinch of salt, sugar and pepper,some egg white
and 1 Tsp of corn flour.
Mix well till gluey. Use palm to scoop paste and throw back to mxing bowl a few
times to increase its springy texture. Use a spoon and shape to ball.
Blanch in soup for around 2-3 mins( depending on its size).
Dish out place in a bowl of warm soup, set aside.

(C) Basil Chicken Ball
Cut chicken thigh to dice size. Repeatedly chop on it to give it a rough minced
texture. ( not too fine like minced chicken meat)
Add Finely chopped basil leaves, 1 tsp salt, 2.5tsp sugar, some egg white, 2 TBsp
fish paste, 1 tsp Hua Diao Wine, 1/2 tsp chicken powder and 1 tsp corn flour
Mix well till gluey. Use palm to scoop paste and throw back to mxing bowl a few
times. Use 2 spoons to shape it to quenelle (dumpling shape).
Blanch in soup for around 5 mins.
Dish out place in a bowl of warm soup, set aside.

(D) Bitter Gourd with Minced Pork 

(E) Tau Pok (Tofu Puff) with Minced Pork 

(F) Tau Kwa with Minced Pork

 Minced Pork Paste
~ 200g minced pork, add in diced mushroom, water chestnut, 2 Tsp sugar,
1 Tsp salt, Hua diao wine, sesame oil, 1/2 tsp chicken powder and corn flour
Mix Well and stir in one circular motion till achieving gluey texture.
~ Split to 3 portions for D, E and F

(D) Cut Bitter Gourd to 5cm length, then cut into 2 or 3 parts of 2.5 cm width.
Use a spoon to scrap the white internal part. Rub with salt and leave for 20 mins.
Wash bitter gourd with water and pat dry with kitchen towel.
Rub a little corn flour on it surface then top with seasoned minced pork.
Dap the both sides of the minced pork( the joining edges between bitter gourd
and minced pork) with a little corn flour.
Sent for deep fry for around 3mins. Dish out set aside.

(E) Cut a hole on the tau pok( Tofu puff) , gently reverse it inside out.
Fill it 3/4 with minced pork paste. Use finger to dig a hole in it then place the
cooked lady's finger vertically on it. Fill with more minced pork.
Try to close up the opening and use 2 palms to shape into ball.
Sent for deep fry for around 5mins. Cut into half to serve.

(F) Add the remaining egg white into minced pork paste and mix well.
Add a little for corn flour if it is too wet. Set aside.
Use 1 piece of Tau kwa. Cut into quarterly to 4 pieces and section cut to 1cm
Thick. Dap dry with kitchen towel and sear it till golden brown with little oil
in a non stick pan. Dish out and cool it. Cut and use a spoon to dig a square hole
on its surface. Top with minced pork paste. Blanch in soup for around 3 mins.
Dish out set aside.

To Serve, put all yong tau foo [B] [C] [D] [E] and [F] in a bowl with spring onion
in it. Pour in hot soup [A] through a strainer and serve immediately.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Taiyaki with Azuki Filling by Stevia Chai

Taiyaki with Azuki Filling


1 3/4 c flour
2 tsp baking powder...
1/2 tsp salt
1 T sugar
3 eggs; separated
1 1/2 c milk
90g butter; melted

Sweet adzuki bean paste or desire fillings


Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl and set aside.

In another bowl, mix the egg yolk and melted butter together, then add in the milk.

Add the egg yolk mixture to the flour mixture and stir till not a trace of flour to be seen.

In a clean oil free bowl, whisk the egg whites till frothy and add in the sugar. Whisk till soft peak stage.

Blend the egg white mixture into the whisked egg whites with a hand whisk quite and gently.

Cook mixture in a taiyaki iron by filling the mould with half the batter and place 1 - 2 tsp of adzuki bean paste in the centre and spoon some batter to cover the bean paste. Cook by turning the mould every now and then to evenly brown both sides.

Carp Coconut Nian Gao (椰汁锦鲤年糕) by Vanessa Tay

Carp Coconut Nian Gao (椰汁锦鲤年糕)


glutinous rice flour 200g

wheat starch 30g

rice flour 20g

rock sugar 120g (you may adjust to your preferred sweetness)

salt 1/8 teaspoon

water 225ml (original recipe 200ml)

coconut milk 150g (original recipe 130g. I used Heng Guan packet coconut milk.)

carrot juice 80ml (to use 140g carrot and 80g water. You may use pumpkin to replace carrot) *This amount is enough for 2 nian gaos for me. Hence you might want to half the amount here.


1. Mix rock sugar, salt and water in a pot. Boil till dissolve. Leave aside to cool.

2. Mix together and stir well the glutinous rice flour, wheat starch and rice flour. Slowly add in the cooled sugar water into the flour mixture. Knead into a dough. Cover with cling wrap and best to leave overnight.
*I could not get the flour to stick together and it was still very crumbly, hence I increased the amount of water to 225ml in my second attempt. For the first attempt, I just simply added another 25ml of water when I was trying to knead the dough.
*I later read under the comments in the original post that you could just leave the covered dough in room temperature. I missed out the part and left the dough in the fridge. However I let it thawed before proceeding the next step. The dough became very hard when removed from the fridge.

3. Steam the carrots till cooked and soft. Add in the water and blend together with the carrots to make into puree. Strain the pureed carrot to obtain the juice.

4. Add in coconut milk to “break open” the dough and loosen it to liquid form. Strain the liquid 2 to 3 times to ensure no flour lumps.
*I skipped the straining part and I used my mixer to help with the mixing. The mixture was smooth and no visible lumps. I increased the coconut milk from 130g to 150g.

5. Grease the mould with cooking oil. You may want to grease with more oil so that it will be easier to unmould the nian gao. Scoop some of the carrot juice and pour over the gales and the fins parts of the koi mould. Steam for 2-3 minutes. Pour in the remaining. Steam under high heat for 20 minutes.

6. Cool completely the cooked nian gao. You may want to chill the nian gao in the fridge to set it further before unmoulding as the nian gao is very soft when just steamed.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Longan Walnut Muffin by Uginia Eugenia Uniflora

Longan Walnut Muffin

Serving: 10 muffins

75g Dried longan
150g Yakult
2 Eggs
100g Brown Sugar
100g Butter, melt
160g Plain flour
Pinch of salt
1tsp Baking powder
1/2tsp Baking soda
80g walnut - roast and cut into cubes (keep 30g to sprinkle on top of muffin before baking)

1) Soak dried longan into Yakult for 1hr.
2) Drain the soaked longan, yakult set aside for later use.
3) Beat eggs and sugar until well combined. Then add in cooled melted butter and Yakult to mix well.
4) In another bowl, add in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt to mix well. Then add all dry mixed ingredients into the batter and mix until well combined.
5) Use spatula to mix dried longan and 50g walnut into the batter.
6) Scoop the batter into cupcake liners about 80% full. Sprinkle the remainder walnut on top of the batter.
7) Bake in preheated oven of 180℃ for 20-25mins

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Graham Balls by Gwen Chow

Graham Balls


200 g graham crakers (crushed)
3/4 tin condensed milk
1 packet marshmallows

Crush crackers and mix with condensed milk to form a dough.
Wrap marshmallow in the middle.
Coat with icing sugar and leave to dry for 2 to 3 hrs. (I placed into fridge)

I used the chocolate marie biscuit in place of graham crackers, thus the chocolate looking balls. I thought recipe would be very sweet but surprisingly it's not!

Reese's Peanut Butter Chips & Dark Chocolate Chips Cookies by Vanessa Tay

Reese's Peanut Butter Chips & Dark Chocolate Chips Cookies


Yield approximately 80 pieces of standard small-sized (around 5-cm diameter) cookies
2 cups minus 2 tablespoons (8½ ounces) cake flour (approx. 240.97g)
1 & 2/3 cups (8½ ounces) bread flour (approx. 240.97g)
1¼ teaspoons baking soda
1½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
1¼ cups (10 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1¼ cups (10 ounces) light brown sugar (approx. 283.50g) (I reduced to 250g and used muscovado sugar)
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar (approx. 226.80g) (I reduced to 200g)
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
250g dark chocolate chips, at least 60% cacao content  and
283g (one pack) Reese’s peanut butter chocolate chips
Sea salt, for sprinkling


1. Sift together the cake flour, bread flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a large bowl and set aside.
2. Cream together the butter and sugars on medium speed until very light, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition, then add the vanilla. Reduce the mixer speed to low, gradually add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the peanut butter chips and chocolate chips.
3. Divide the dough into smaller portions. I divided them into 4 balls. Press plastic wrap against the dough and refrigerate for at least 24 hours, up to 72 hours.
4. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 140 degree celsius.. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat.
5. Scoop a heaped teaspoon dough, roll into a rough ball and place on the baking sheet.  Repeat until you have finished the dough. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and bake until golden brown but still soft, 15 to 18 minutes. I did mine for 15 minutes. Transfer the parchment or silicone sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes, then transfer the cookies onto another cooling rack to cool a bit more, until just warm or at room temperature. Repeat with remaining dough (or keep some of the dough refrigerated for up to 3 days, and bake cookies at a later time). Store leftover cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

(1) I am not able to find kosher salt (which is coarser and less chemical taste) and so substituted with sea salt. As my sea salt is fine type, I replaced with 1 tsp. If your sea salt is coarse type, you may still use 1 1/2 tsp.
(2) You may make your cookies a bigger size but would need to adjust and increase the baking temperature (maybe to around 170 deg cel) and baking time to approximately 18 – 20 minutes.
(3) As the dough balls will spread during baking, there is no need to flatten the dough balls before baking.
(4) I would likely further reduce the sugar amount as the peanut butter chips are sweet.
(5) Reason why I like to divide the dough into smaller packs for chilling is to allow me to bake the cookies in batches. I would take out the pack of chilled dough from the fridge before baking. If you are taking out all the chilled dough, it will become too soft and you might need to put it back in the fridge before taking out to roll into the cookie size again.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Rustic Apple Pie by Karen Yee

Rustic Apple Pie


Pie Shell

300 cups flour 
2 tbsp sugar 
½  tsp salt 
½ tsp of baking powder (this really makes the crust extra yummy)
250g cold unsalted butter, cubed 
2 egg yolk
2 tbsp ice water 

For the Filling

5 green apples - peeled, cored and sliced 1/4 inch thick
40 grams granulated white sugar
55 grams light brown sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice (tossed into the sliced apples to prevent browning)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch (corn flour)


Preheat oven to 220 degree celsius. Place the rack to the lowest of the oven.

For the pie shell, mix all the ingredients together except water.
When the mixture is crumbly, add water. If the dough is too sticky, add a bit more flour 
to bind. Add 1 tbsp. at a time. Divide into 2 portions and press into a disc.
Wrap the dough up and chill for 30 mins.
Press one portion of the cold dough into you 8" pie pan and chill it while you prefer the 

For the filling, toss all the ingredients together except butter.
Meantime, roll out the 2nd piece of dough for the top crust. 
Arrange the apple slices onto your pie shell you have already prepared in the fridge.

**Do not pour in too much excess liquid left in your bowl as your pie  may turn out to be 
very soggy.

Gently lay the 2nd piece of dough to cover the entire pie. Trim of excess dougn hanging 
over the edges and crim the edges with a fork.

Using a knife, make 2 to 3 slits in the centre of the top crust to allow steam to escape.
Brush the top with an egg wash (mix one egg with 1 tbsp of water)

Place the pie pan onto a baking sheet and bake for about 40 to 45 minutes or till the 
apples feel tender when you insert a knife into it.

Remove from the oven and allow it to cool completely before serving.

Braised Pork Belly (Kong Bah Bao) by Vanessa Tay

Braised Pork Belly


500g Pork Belly
4 Ginger - thick slice 
6 Cloves Garlic - whole without skin
5 shallot - thick slice


2 tbsp Premium Light Soya Sauce
2 tbsp Dark Soya Sauce with Caramel
3 tbsp Oyster Sauce
2 tbsp Sugar
* I used Brown Sugar
A Dash of Pepper
3 tbsp Cooking Rice Wine
500ml Hot Water 


Parboil meat till cook and rinse with water. 

Cut pork belly into slices, place pork belly into stew pot with ginger, garlic and shallot. Turn on low flame, add in seasoning as mentioned above. 
➰ Add in each condiment at a time .. Give quick stir whenever each condiment added in. Once done, let it boil for 5mins.
�� I used this method to bring out the flavor before adding water. 

Add in 500ml hot water. Bring to a light boil and let it simmer for 1 1/2 hours. 

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Earl Grey Tea Bread by Grace Chang

Earl Grey Tea Bread


120g   Bread flour
   4g   Earl grey tea leaves
 80g   Boiling water

280g   Bread flour
   6g   Instant yeast
 20g   Milk powder
 50g   Sugar
   5g   Salt

160g   Cold water

 50g   Butter


1. Mix boiling water fr A with earl grey tea leaves n set aside for 1 min . Add it into
   flour n mix well to form a dough . Cover n set aside to cool then refrigerate for a
   at least 12 hrs.
2.  Mix B until well blended then add in C, knead to fora a rough dough. Add in A
    and knead until well blended.
3.  Add in D n knead to form an elastic dough
4.  Set aside to proof for 40 mins.
5.   Divide the dough into 80g each n mould it round. Let it rest for 10 mins.
6.  Shape it into oval n place onto greased pan. Set aside to proof for 50 mins.
7.  Bake at 180deg C for 15 mins or until golden brown.
8.  When it is cooled down , cut the centre of bread n pipe in the butter cream

Cream fillings..
30 g  icing sugar
60 g  condensed milk
200g butter
Whip all the above until light n fluffy..