I believe everyone has a dream. A dream that you wish it will materialize, whether it is realistic or not, it doesn’t matter. It can range from a simple hope of getting a favourite pair of shoes to owning a dream home to striking a million-dollar tag lottery.
So what is your dream right now ?
Hmm… I had the most impossible dream that I knew it would probably take a miracle to strike. But since it’s a dream, I guess I can have the wildest of it all. So please don’t laugh your heads off !!
I really hope I can run my own business one day, and most hopefully a baking or food related one. Near impossible, isn’t it ? Especially when I knew I do not have the everything, no capital, no professional skills, no manpower, etc, etc. What I have is probably a burning passion that keeps this desire alive. But there’s surely not enough to sustain it all.I was watching the 星期二特写yesterday, talking about this old bakery in Tiong Bahru where they sell various Nonya Kuehs, pastries, breads and cakes. The couple had their love founded through the bakery run by the wife’s family and they are subsequently passing the skills onto their next generation. And this old bakery managed to sustain the livelihood of the entire family of 4-5 for the past few decades. Fantastic, isn’t it ?
My dream re-surfaced again after watching the show. But I knew I am not up to that kind of level yet. I just love to do, but not a professional. I do it as a hobby, but not a full timer. I do what I like, but not what the market likes. I guess I still have a long way to go. In the meantime, I shall really keep DREAMING. ^-^And here’s a Brownie Marble Cheesecake which were pretty well-received.
I have been distancing myself from cheesecakes for quite sometime, plainly because the prices of GOOD cream cheese has been constantly on the rise. And making one good cheesecake oftens requires more than one block of cream cheese to complete. And while cheesecake are very filling stuffs, usually we would not take more than one slice at each go. To give away the balance will somehow twitched your heart, considering the premium cost, unless of course there is a special occasion to cater for.
But I realise not many people appreciate cheese too. Especially the old folks.
As the name implied, the cheese sits nicely on a layer of brownie which I have conveniently replaced the usual walnuts with macademias which made it extra nutty, fragrant and very delicious.
Last but not least, enjoy the bakes and do continue dreaming yeah… ^-^
Warning : Next few posts may not be interesting anymore due to the lack of bakes and no cooks. However, I do have some personal food reviews to share. So be warned !! But really do hope you will still keep coming back. ^-^
Brownie Marble Cheesecake
~recipe adapted from [Cheesecake with Kevin Chai] with modifications~
Brownie Layer : 150g chocolate (broken into pieces)
1. Grease a 8-inches baking tin. Line with aluminium foil. 2. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. 3. To make brownie, melt chocolate and butter over low heat. Remove from heat, stir in brown sugar until almost melt. Stir in eggs and vanilla essence, mix well. 4. Fold in sifted flour, chopped nuts and raisins. Pour mixture into prepared tin. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven. 5. To make cheese layer, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. 6. Beat in yogurt and cornstarch until blended. Reserve 1 tbsp cheese mixture for topping, the rest mixture pour over brownie. 7. To make topping, mix well cocoa powder with water. Add in 1 tbsp of reserved cheese mixture, stir until well blended. Drizzle over the surface of cheese mixture and draw marble pattern with skewer. 8. Continue bake in oven at 180 degrees C for 30 minutes or until light brown. Remove from heat and leave to cool. Chill in fridge.
<Recipe> Steamed Egg with Tofu and Braised Minced Meat Recipe :
2 eggs, beaten + 200ml water
2 tubes egg tofu, sliced
80g minced meat
1 tbsp cooking oil
1 tbsp minced garlic
100ml water + 2 tbsp water
Some spring onion diced Minced meat marinate :
2 tsp light soya sauce
1/2 tsp sugar
Pinch of pepper
1 tsp corn flour Seasoning sauce :
2 tsp oyster sauce
1 tsp spicy bean paste
1/2 tsp dark soya sauce
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp sesame oil Sauce thickening (combine together):
1 1/2 tsp corn flour
2 tbsp water Method :
1) Marinate minced meat for at least 2 hours. 2) Combine beaten egg with water and run through a sieve several times to remove the egg membrane and air bubbles. 3) Stack sliced egg tofu in steaming plate and pour the egg mixture over. 4) Cover with heat proof cling wrap and poke holes over the wrap. Steam on medium heat for approx 15 mins or until done when the steamed egg-tofu mixture is no longer watery. 5) In another pan, add cooking oil and stir fry garlic until fragrant. Add in marinated minced meat and stir fry till no longer pinkish. If it starts to get too dry, add in 2 tbsp water. 6) Add in seasoning sauce and stir fry to mix well. Add in water and cook till it boils. 7) Add in sauce thickening and allow to cook on high heat till sauce thickens. Once done, remove from heat and drizzle over the steamed egg-tofu. Garnish with spring onion and served hot immediately to enjoy !
Perfecting the ideal Sambal Kang Kong at home. Cook the stems first before the leaves and use abit more oil to prevent the vege from drying out. Using store-bought sambal chili for a shortcut today. Recipe :
200g kangkong vegetables, (usually I use only the leaves and the top parts of connecting stems, separate the leaves and stems)
4 tbsp cooking oil
2 tsp sambal chilli (if sambal chili has been left in fridge and become hardened, add 1 tsp hot water to loosen it)
1 1/2 tsp dry shrimps, soak in water till softened and diced
1 1/2 tsp garlic, minced
1 chilli padi, diced
Pinch of salt
1/4 tsp sugar Method :
1) Heat up cooking oil and stir fry dry shrimps and garlic till fragrant. 2) Add in stems of kangkong and stir fry till they turn soft. 3) Add in the leafy parts with the sambal chilli, chilli padi and rest of the seasoning. 4) Stir fry quickly on high heat till the leaves withered. Remove from heat immediately and serve hot to enjoy !
Having Lunch at HOTPOT by Seoul Garden Group today ! Our picks include the nourishing Ginseng Chicken and spicy-licious Soon Dubu Salmon Hotpot served with Mixed Rice and Banchan. Now that everyone is heading back to office, these value-for-money lunch sets that begin from $12 and served up efficiently and piping hot within 10 minutes are just so desirable on these working days' lunches ! These value-for-money sets are also available for dinner with other favourite selections of #HOTPOTbySGG include the Chicken Bibimbap, Army Stew Beef and Kimchi Braised Beef ! Hungry yet ? Seeya at @seoulgardenhotpotsingapore ! https://sfy.is/sg-87tur
It's been awhile since I cooked some of these homely fare. All the food were awesome, especially the flavourful Sesame Oil Chicken. 🤤
#有些食物就是怎么吃也不会腻 Dishes today include :
🍀Stir fry Baby Spinach with Garlics in Oyster Sauce 蒜蓉蚝油炒菠菜仔
🍳Onion Egg Omelette 大葱煎蛋
🍗Sesame Oil Chicken 麻油鸡
🍚Mixed Brown Rice 糙米饭 Find the Sesame Oil Chicken recipe over at eatwhattonight.com with a search for the same name.
Another satisfying round of #comfortfood to #supportlocal @souprestaurantsingapore once again ! Went for the newly-launched 7 Course Classic Set at $125.90 for 5 pax this time because it encompasses several of our home favourites, including :
🥢Sweet and Sour Pork 旺来咕噜肉
🥢Traditional Boiled Soup of the Day 传统足料靓煲汤
🥢Homemade Tofu with Spicy Minced Pork and Sweet Turnip 肉搓菜谱辣豆腐
🥢Yang Chow Fried Rice 扬州炒饭
🥢Diced Thick Mushroom with Beancurd Skin and Broccoli 厚菇粒腐皮西兰花
🍑Homemade Mini Longevity Buns (5 pcs) 手工迷你寿桃
🥤Homemade Chrysanthemum Tea 自制菊花茶 🍑🍑Topped up separately for the 18 pcs Longevity Bun Tower 寿桃塔 too as they can be kept for breakfast the following day. Tastes especially good when it's piping hot after steaming ! 🛒Can also alternate between different options for the Meat, Tofu and Fried Rice according to ur palate for this set when you order online via https://order.souprestaurant.com.sg or Whatsapp to 9897 3761. 🎉Other promos include :
🔹OCBC Cardmembers enjoy FREE Delivery (worth $25) with min spend of $180.
🔹Self-pickup orders with min spend of $160 will enjoy FREE Panda Twins Buns.
Simple and healthy Herbal Steamed Fish today ! Used Green Halibut fish which tastes similar to Cod Fish but cheaper. One of the ways to beat inflation is to find similar yet more economical substitutes ! Recipe :
1 slice Green Halibut Fish steak
2 pcs dang gui 当归
1 pc bei qi 北荠
2 pcs dang shen 党参
5 pcs red dates 红枣
A handful of wolfberries 枸杞
8 slices of ginger
2 stalks of spring onion
1 tsp light soya
1/2 tsp chicken powder
2 tsp chinese wine
1 tsp sesame oil
Some chinese parsley (for garnish) Recipe :
1) Add all the chinese herbs except wolfberries with water and cook till it boils. Cover and allow to simmer for a further 25mins. 2) Add light soya and chicken powder to season the herbal soup. Drain away the herbs. 3) Rub salt all over fish and drizzle chinese cooking wine over it. 4) Sprinkle the ginger slices, wolfberries and spring onion over the fish before pouring the herbal soup over it. 5) Cover, poke holes over wrap and steam fish for a further 10 mins or till done. Drizzle sesame oil over and garnish with some chinese parsley before serving to enjoy !
Cooked this really delicious and aromatic Preserved Vegetables with Braised Meat Mixed Rice 咸菜花肉拌饭 that I had extra helpings of it today ! 🤤 Recipe :
1 cup of uncooked rice
2 tsp cooking/shallot oil
1/2 tsp dark soya sauce
120g preserved vegetables
160g pork belly/collar (I used a mixture of both)
1 tbsp cooking oil
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp sugar
Some hard boiled quail eggs Seasoning:
1 tbsp light soya sauce
1 tbsp rock sugar
1 tbsp chinese cooking wine
1 1/2 tsp dark soya sauce
1 1/2 tsp ABC sweet sauce
Pinch of pepper Method :
1) Cook rice in rice cooker with 2 tsp oil and 1/2 tsp dark soya. 2) Soak preserved vegetables in water for 1 hour. Squeeze away the excess water and cut into thin strips. 3) Stir fry the preserved vegetables with 1 tsp of sugar until they are dry. Dish and set aside. 4) Heat up cooking oil and stir fry minced garlic till fragrant. Add in the pork and stir fry till no longer pinkish. 5) Add water till 2-3cm level above the meat and the rest of the seasoning. Cook till it boils. 6) Add in hard boiled quail eggs. Cover and simmer on low heat till it turns fairly dry. Halfway through the cooking time, scoop 3 ladle of the sauce and quail eggs and set aside. 7) Mix the rice with the preserved vegetables, braised meat and sauce together and enjoy !
Mala Bak Kwa Scrambled Eggs ! 麻辣肉干炒蛋。 The Mala Bak Kwa from @beechenghiangsg is back with a new and improved formula ! Made from premium pork hind leg, with a unique blend of special premium chilli and Sichuan Pepper and barbecued to perfection ! The Mala Bak Kwa has no added preservatives, meat tenderiser, artificial colourings, flavourings and MSG. Used crushed Szechuan peppercorn to flavour the oil before adding bak kwa and beaten eggs, throw in a pinch of salt and scramble all in. Aromatic, flavourful and absolutely mala-licious !