Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Honey Chicken Wings by Angela Seah Thulin




Honey Chicken Wings by Angela Seah Thulin


Recipe: 
1. Wash and rub 10 full chicken wings with some salt and rinse off. Then pat dry them.
2. Prepare plain flour 3/4 cup & corn flour 1/2 cup in a bowl. Mix them well.
3. Coat the wings with the flour and put them into fridge to air dry for 30mins.
4. Remove wings from fridge and let it rest for 15mins to room temperature then deep fry all of them. Set aside.
5. Heat up pan with 1/2 tbsp oil - add 2 tbsp oyster, 2 tbsp honey, 1.5 tbsp light soya sauce and 1 glove garlic (minced).
5. Add ready fried wings into this sauce and cook till wings are well coated with sauce or that sauce have slightly thicken. 

Drizzle sesame seed (opt). Done!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Birthday 2015 - Chocolate cake


Yeppie! It's my birthday! 

A short clip of my birthday 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLJg6C3QOYc&feature=youtu.be







In Chinese Hokkien tradition - people like me - we serve mee sua when celebrating birthdays. Mee sua is a type of thin long salted noodles that signifies long life and it is usually cooked with chicken drumstick and two eggs. The two eggs symbolizes fertility and life. Since i will be dining out today, i cooked mee sua and baked a cake yesterday as a small celebration at home. Table for 3 at restaurant Kitchen & Table (New York inspired restaurant by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson) at Malmö Live. 


The cake is moist, very rich in chocolate and with a hint of banana fragrance. It is super easy to bake and can be done within 1.5hrs.



Chocolate Banana Moist Cake by Angela Seah Thulin

Preheat oven to 170degree celsius

Part A
1 large egg
2 super riped banana, mashed
120ml milk
60ml heavy cream (34-36% fat)
60g melted butter
1 tbsp vanilla essence

Part B
180g brown sugar
130g cake flour, sifted
35g cocoa powder, sifted
3/4 teaspoon of baking powder
3/4 teaspoon of baking soda

50g chocolate chips

Part C
110g dark chocolate
160ml heavy cream (34-36% fat)
7g unsalted butter

Steps -
1. Melt the butter in the microwave and set aside to let it cool.
2. In a bowl, mix all the Part B together. Set aside.
3. In a big mixing bowl, add all the Part A in, mix well then add Part B in. I use a hand mixer and beat till all well combined.

4. Pour the batter onto a 23cm baking pan. 
5. Bake at 170 degree celsius for 25-28mins. For my oven, i baked at 160 degree celsius at 26mins. 
6. Let the cake cool before removing from the pan.
7.To make ganache - using double boil method to melt the chocolate, then stir in butter, then pour heavy cream to it, stir till well mixed. Ganache will thicken.
8. Pour on the cake top.

Done!



Baked on 16th Mar 2016



Recipe origin -

https://plus.google.com/108854154044884708244/posts/6XRwcCpw5Hp

 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Pan fried wings with chinese wolfberry by Angela Seah Thulin


This year's mid-autumn festival falls on a Sunday and here in Sweden we had a mini celebration at our balcony. With paper lanterns lit up, enjoying durian snowskin and baked lotus paste mooncake under the full moon with our jackets on, kind of funny yet fun. 


As i was out shopping earlier on, i only had time to prepare a simple dinner and tangyuan. 



For tangyuan, i made two flavours. One was the traditional tangyuan, cooked them with ginger and orange sugar in different colors.


Another was stuffed with chocolate chips into glutinous rice flour and cooked them. Surprisingly, my husband liked this more than my son. 

Ok, so here's our dinner - Pan fried wings with chinese wolfberry, simple and yummy.



Ingredients A (marinade) 
13 whole chicken wings 
1 tbsp of Hua Tiao jiu
2 tbsp oyster sauce
1/2 tsp of salt
1 tsp light soya sauce
1 tsp of white pepper
*wash the wings, cut them into 3 sections and throw the last ending sharp wings away. Pat dry them and marinate with the above preferably overnight (mine was 2hrs only)

Ingredients B (to pan fried)
1 cup water
1 tbsp oyster
1 tsp of light soya sauce
*add the above in a bowl, stir n mix well
2 tbsp wolfberry, rinsed
4-6 slices of dang gui (当归)

*Opt - 1/2 tbsp hua tiao jiu



Steps -
1. Take out the wings from fridge 30mins before cooking.
2. Heat up wok with 4 tbsp sesame oil, pan fry all the wings till lightly browned on both sides. Few minutes only.
3. Scoop up the wings, wipe off all the excess oil. 
4. Then same wok, heat up 1/2 tbsp sesame oil, pour back all the wings and add ingredients part B including wolf-berries & dang gui.
5. Let the gravy come to a boil. Then simmer the chicken wings for 30mins (medium to low heat) or until wings have cooked and sauce slightly thicken too. 
6. Optional - drizzle 1/2 tbsp hua tiao Jiu and off flames.

Serve!


Monday, September 21, 2015

Taro and sweet potato balls by Angela Seah Thulin


I love Taro and sweet potato balls! I fell deeply in love when i first had it in Taiwan during a holiday many years ago. Then they launched this in Singapore. Oh my! Not just me, even my husband is in love with it. We could have this every alternate day easily. Since now i've moved to Sweden, i have to make everything from scratch. My husband had a big portion right after his dinner. He was saying - I was craving for this so much! Mmmm...the chewiness of the yam with the cooling sweet grass jelly...

Easy recipe, not difficult but you need time to do it.



Taro and sweet potato balls with grass jelly dessert by Angela Seah Thulin

Ingredients- 
350g yam
130g tapioca starch 
1 tbsp caster sugar

60gm sweet potatoes 
25g tapioca starch, or more 
2 tsp caster sugar

Steps -
1. Peel, cut the yam and sweet potatoes into slices and steam till cooked. Est. 20minutes...
2. While yam is hot, mash it and mix in the tapioca starch using a ladle. Add sugar in. Then knead to form a dough. Add bit of water if needed. 





3. Roll it into a thin long log and cut. 



4. Repeat the same for sweet potatoes. 
5. You may freeze them if you do not want to cook all. Dust with some corn starch to avoid sticking together.





6. Prepare a cold icy water in a big bowl. 
7. To cook - in a pot of hot boiling water, add these in. Let it cook till float and then continue cooking for another 2 minutes. 
8. Transfer them to the cold water immediately. 


Yam, sweet potatoes in orange and yellow color


9. Assemble with grass jelly and done! 

Notes - sweet potatoes are quite moist, you will likely need more tapioca starch. Do not add too much or keep adding them else it will be too chewy. If it's still too moist, let it rest aside and it will slightly harden otherwise place the dough into microwave for ten seconds or so. 




I bought these bubble pearls and boiled them myself :)


Saturday, September 19, 2015

Chocolate Chips Chiffon cake by Angela Seah Thulin




Chocolate Chips Chiffon cake by Angela Seah Thulin


Ingredients A -

5 egg yolks
3 tbsp granulated sugar
100g cake flour, sifted + 1/2 tsp baking soda (combine them)
90g chocolate
1 tbsp cocoa powder, sifted
40ml water or chocolate milk
3 tbsp oil
4 tbsp chocolate chips 

Ingredients B -
5 egg whites
4 tbsp granulated sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tartar

Steps for ingredients A -
1. Using double boil method, melt the chocolate and stir till smooth. Then add the oil in and stir to well mixed and smooth.
2. Using a hand mixer, beat the egg yolks and sugar till light and frothy. 
3. Transfer no. 1 to no. 2. Add the water, cocoa powder and cake flour in and beat till combined. 
4. Set aside.

Steps for ingredients B - 
1. In a clean metal bowl, using mixer, beat the egg whites till bubbles formed then add cream of tartar in. Continue beating then add sugar in slowly. Beat till stiff peak formed.

To assemble - 
1. Scoop half of the ingredients B into ingredients A and fold them in gently. Follow by the other half. Then gently fold the chocolate chips in.
2. Pour onto 21cm (i'm using a 23cm mould) pan and bake in preheated oven 140 degree celsius for 30 - 40 minutes or until its baked. 
3. Invert cake immediately and onto cooling rack until completely cooled.



Note - 
Just like me, my oven is pretty hot-tempered thus I baked at 125 degree celsius with foil covered for first 20 minutes and then another 28 minutes without. 



Pan-fried Prawn Omelette by Angela Seah Thulin


Another local Singaporean favorite - Oyster eggs (Orh Luak)  aka 耗蛋,耗煎 which is most commonly sold in Hawker Centers. This is the same cooking method but i used prawns instead of oysters. I like the crispiness at the sides combined with the soft and gooey texture. 




(A)
100ml water
3 tbsp tapioca flour
1 tbsp rice flour

(B)
1 tbsp hua tiao jiu
1.5 tbsp fish sauce
1 tsp light soya sauce 

2 large eggs 
2 tbsp oil
6 medium size prawns


I push it aside because i like the heat to focus on the prawns first.

Steps -
1. Mix (A) items altogether in a bowl. 
2. Mix (B) items altogether in a bowl.
3. Crack the two eggs and take 1 tbsp from (B) and beat to mix.
4. In a heated big pan, pour the oil in. Then add all of (A) in. Let it cook for a while until sides are slightly crispy. Then pour the eggs in. 
5. At the side of the pan, add the prawns in and drizzle 1 tbsp from the balance liquid from (B) onto the prawns and cook them. 
*discard the rest of the sauce.
6. Then join step 4 & 5 together and pan fried till your desired crispness. 

Garnish with coriander!







Hakka Yam Abacus Beads 客家算盘子 by Angela Seah Thulin


Hakka Yam Abacus Beads 客家算盘子is a traditional Hakka dish that is usually eaten during festivals.

For the yam abacus -

Ingredients:
350g yam
110g tapioca flour

Steps: 
1. Peel, cut the yam into slices and steam till cooked. Est. 20minutes...
2. While yam is hot, mash it and mix in the tapioca flour using a ladle. Do this while it is still hot. Then knead to form a pliable dough. Add bit of water if needed. I did not add water as i want to retain the strong yam taste, so this action of mixing and kneading it together must be fast. 
3. Roll it into a thin long log and cut. Then shape into a ball. Using my thumb, i give a gentle press down at the center. 
4. Prepare a cold icy water in a big bowl. 
5. To cook - in a pot with hot boiling water, add all these in. Let it cook till float and then continue cooking for another 2 minutes. 
6. Transfer them to the cold water immediately.
7. Drain them and coat with 2 tbsp of oil (to prevent them from sticking).

For stir frying -

Ingredients: 
Garlic, minced
Shallots
Carrots
Dried shrimps
Scallions
Chilli
Chinese mushrooms
Light soya sauce
White pepper
Bit of sugar

Steps:
1. In a heated wok with oil, cook the minced garlics, shallots and dried shrimps till fragrant.
2. Then add the carrots and mushrooms in till almost cooked.
3. Add the abacus beads and all the seasoning, stir fry to well mixed and add scallions/chilli in. Taste and adjust accordingly.
4. Dish up and garnish with more scallions and deep fried shallots.







Thursday, September 17, 2015

Ee Fu Noodles by Angela Seah Thulin


Braised Ee fu noodles is one of my favourite noodle dishes! It is commonly found in Chinese restaurant menus, and especially served during Chinese weddings in Singapore. I'm always drooling for this dish when group Plate & Palate members share it. A cooking friend of mine (Flora) was very nice to courier two such noodle packets to me. Normally you will use straw mushrooms for this dish but since I couldn't find good ones in Sweden, I've replaced it with Chinese mushrooms. For the same reason, I also had to replace yellow chives with scallions. 



Ingredients - 
250g Yee fu noodles
1 tsp sesame oil 
1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
3 gloves garlic, minced
4 Chinese mushrooms, soaked and sliced (keep the water) 
3/4 tbsp hua diao jiu 
3 stalks of scallion, separate the white and green
Half carrot, cut into stripes 

Marinate meat (30mins)  - 
120g chicken breast meat, sliced
Light soya sauce
Pepper
Corn starch

Sauce - 
350ml mushroom water
1/2 chicken knorr cube
2 tbsp oyster sauce 
1/2 tbsp light soya sauce
Dash of pepper

Steps -
1. In a wok with vegetable oil, cook the garlic then add white part of the scallions, carrots, chinese mushrooms and chicken breast meat in. Cook till the meat turn opaque.
2. Add the sauce in, noodles and sesame oil. Give a stir and cover with lid. 
3. Stir upon opening. Noodles should have soften, gravy will be very little. Drizzle the hua tiao jiu at the sides. Add the green part scallions. Stir to well mixed and done.




Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Pandan Chiffon Cake by Angela Seah Thulin


Seeing the members in Plate & Palate group baking Pandan chiffon cake the last few days, i decided to do it again using my freshly extracted pandan juice. I have not eaten this for months! The recipe is simple but the result is yummilicious. My family loves the softness and the pandan / coconut fragrance .. 




Pandan Chiffon Cake

Ingredients A -
5 egg yolks
20g granulated sugar
100g cake flour, sifted + 1 tsp baking powder (combine them)
100ml coconut milk
2 tbsp fresh pandan juice
3 tbsp organic coconut oil

Ingredients B -
5 egg whites
60g granulated sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tartar

Steps for ingredients A -
1. With a mixer, beat the egg yolks and sugar till light and frothy. 
2. Then add the coconut milk and pandan juice in and beat for few seconds.
3. Add the cake flour and baking powder in two batches and beat for few seconds just to combine. Follow by adding coconut oil in and beat for few seconds to combine.
4. Set aside.

Steps for ingredients B - 
1. In a clean metal bowl, using mixer, beat the egg whites till bubbles forming then add cream of tartar in. Continue beating then add sugar in slowly. Beat till stiff peak formed.

To assemble - 
1. Scoop half of the ingredients B into ingredients A and fold them in gently. Follow by the other half.
2. Pour onto 21cm (i'm using a 23cm mould) pan and bake in preheated oven 140 degree celsius for 30 - 40 minutes or until its baked.
3. Invert cake immediately onto cooling rack until completely cooled.

*My oven is a terribly hot temper kind - I baked for 30minutes but it still cracked on the top. 

Here's a guide on choosing the right chiffon pan size -

1 egg recipe - 14cm mould
2 eggs recipe - 17cm mould
4 or 5 eggs recipe - 21cm mould
6 eggs recipe - 23cm mould
8 eggs recipe - 25cm mould


I got the pan from Ikea and some say this is non-stick pan, might not be suitable for Chiffon cake But i think its alright.
One of my Orange Chiffon cake baked last year using the same Ikea pan

This is how i flip my chiffon cake :)

Recipe Origin from Christine's Recipes

Prawn noodles with pork ribs by Angela Seah Thulin


Living in a cold country such as Sweden, having hot soup is something i really wish for. Prawn is one of my favorite types of seafood. So - soup + prawn = Prawn noodle soup! 

I have a hard time accumulating my prawn shells and it usually takes me months to have enough for just one meal (there was even once that i had to accumulate for 9 months!). 

Why add pork ribs, you might ask? It enhances the flavour and makes for a heartier meal.





Prawn noodles with pork ribs by Angela Seah Thulin

Ingredients - 

600g pork ribs
3 tbsp oil
3 cloves garlic, cut
3 red shallots, cut
1 kg prawn shells or more
1 star anise
1/2 chicken knorr cube
2 tbsp brown sugar
7-8 cups water
1/2 tsp white pepper
2 tbsp crystal sugar
1 tbsp fish sauce
3/4 tbsp dark soya sauce

Steps -

1. Blanch the ribs in boiling hot water. Drain and set aside.
2. In a big pot, add oil to it, stir fry the garlic and shallots. Then add prawn shells in. Cook till fragrant is out and shells turn red.
3. Add star anise, chicken knorr cube, brown sugar in, Stir and mix well. Then add water in. Let it come to a boil.
4. Add the ribs in and white pepper, follow by crystal sugar, fish sauce and dark soya sauce.
5. Stir and mix well. Taste and adjust accordingly. Let it come to a boil and then switch to low heat and simmer for 2hrs.



Monday, September 14, 2015

Chess cookies by Angela Seah Thulin


I remember the first time i had such cookies. They were offered by my mother in law. My husband was sharing to me how much he loves these cookies and he had them very often when he was a kid. Well well, i was hesitating even to try as i don't really fancy butter cookies. They were amazingly fragrant and i couldn't taste the butter so much .. I'm falling for them.


Chess cookies by Angela Seah Thulin


It looks complicated and you probably have to use a ruler to measure if you like an even design.. But hehe, i don't. All done free hand so i don't really have a detailed explanation to that. And yes this is another easy recipe.


Ingredients - 
325g All purpose flour
220g room temperature butter
140g granulated sugar
20g cocoa powder, sifted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon zest
1 large egg
1/4 tsp salt




Steps - 
Preheat oven - 175 degree celsius
1. In a baking bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fuffy (about 2 minutes).
2. Add the eggs, vanilla extract and lemon zest in till well mixed. 
3. Then add the flour in and beat till they are well combined.
4. Divide the dough into half and place one half of the dough back into the bowl. Add the cocoa  powder and beat until fully incorporated.
5. Place the two doughs on 2 parchment papers. Roll and shape them accordingly. For this part, you really have to use your imagination to ponder .. :) 
Brush in between layers with water. Press down gently and then wrap and freeze for 15 minutes or until they are firm.
6. When firm, remove from freezer and cut them. Into preheated oven and bake them for about 6 -9 minutes or until you see the browning at the cookies edges. Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool completely. 

Watermelon Jelly by Angela Seah Thulin


My husband bought me the WORLD smallest watermelon yesterday... (ok, I exaggerate abit too much. Anyway, it's the smallest watermelon I ever own). Eating the fresh and with the leftover skin, i used it to make into jelly. 








Bought the packet in Singapore and behind the packet, there are clear simple instructions of how to do it.

Photo credit: Vivawoman