Valentine’s Cookies 🍪 

Think I should bake something to celebrate this special occasion. Went through Pinterest and saw this pretty cookies. Baked succcesfully. Like the texture and agree that cookies should be sweet…

Recipe: (6 ingredients)


Steps:

  1. Mix together cake mix & baking powder, put aside. 
  2. Whisk together eggs, oil & vanilla. 
  3. Add the egg mixture to the cake mixture and stir to form a dough- stir vigorously until all of the pockets of dry cake mix are gone. 
  4. Mix in the chocolate chips. 
  5. Drop rounded balls of dough, about 2 tbsps each onto baking sheet. Stick a few more chocolate chips on top of the cookie dough balls if you want them for looks. Make sure the balls of dough are taller than they are wide. 
  6. Bake for 20 mins in the preheated oven at 180C. 

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Cookies in life (Pineapple roll ~Nastar)

Realised that I am not good at cookies baking, gonna put the blame on my oven. It is not functioning well lately, temperature went haywire 🙄 

My first pineapple cookies baked successsfully but the time needed is longer than what is required in the recipe. Going to share this yummilicious 5 ingredients CNY pineapple very buttery cookies (nastar) recipe. 

What you need: (make ~100 pieces)


Steps:

  1. Cream butter & condensed milk till light. 
  2. Add egg yolk one at a time & beat until combined. 
  3. Mix in flour until soft and non sticky 
  4. Shape pineapple filling into elongated ball of  7g each. 
  5. Put dough into the nastar mould, press it out, and place a piece of elongated pineapple filling in the middle. 
  6. Cut the edges and seal it. 
  7. Bake in preheated oven at 165C (fan forced) for 23 mins or till golden brown  
  8. Cool completely before storing.


Everyone loves this cookies, it just melted in your mouth…

Sweet temptation – cheese tart in KL

It’s the last month of the year, thought I should write something 🤗 – cheese tart it is. Not a big fan of cheese tart, but trust me, once you have tried the right one, you can easily fall in love with it…and below are my top pick 😁

No. 1 – Tokyo secret


It’s best to share with your bff 😍

I have tried Hokkaido and even the overrated Pablo cheesetart…not to my liking. Hokkaido cheese is not as good TS and Pablo is definitely not cheesy enough (Pablo has always emphasise on its creamy taste).


De Lava is not bad a choice if I have a crave for cheesetart and TS is difficult to reach. Newly opened at Kuchai area. I have tried their original flavour cheesetart. Priced at RM4.50. 


Uncle tetsu has been in town for quite sometime but I only get to try it this month in JB. The cheese filling is rather diluted, not the thick cheesy taste am expecting. Affordable at RM4.50/ piece. 

Lavender Bakery at Mid valley serves cheese tart too. This Lavender Hanjuku Cheese Tart received quite some good review. But still, can’t beat Tokyo Secret warm or cold ☺ At a price of RM6, definitely taste better when it’s warm…but on the sweet side. 



Empire Damansara Cafes and Restaurants

Just found this hidden germ in damansara. The underground design and rustic feel of this building is a reminiscent of my study time in Australia.  The first restaurant I tried on a Saturday afternoon is Jekyll and Hyde.

1. Jekyll and Hyde (G9)

This is a cafe by day and pub at night. They serve delicious pork ribs (with Hickory BBQ sauce). Not many patrons on a Saturday lunch hour and Wi-fi is not working on my phone for some reasons. All beef meal is ‘out-of-stock’ that day. We ordered two pork dishes which is the pork ribs and a pork patty. The portion is pretty small but it satisfied our tastebuds and stomach. 

 
2. Epique Coffee

It’s a quiet cafe during our day of visit. Staff are friendly and the mushroom bruschetta is a must-try. Ordered lemongrass and ginger tea and milo cafe latte. Like the beverages menu with Horlicks latte and Milo Affogato, should give it a try next…

  

3. Metal Box

I see the restaurant is quite busy on a Sunday morning,  could be because not many open at 10am here in empire damansara. Nevertheless, friendly staff and comfortable environment would be the selling point here to attract customers. Ordered eggs benedict with salmon and they serve with a twist here with croissant. Like the sautéed spinach and not too vinegary hollandaise sauce. Bon Appétit! *weak Wi-fi signal outdoor 😟

  

Pork noodles in Klang valley

Not a big fans of noodles…but die hard fans for POrK…here the pork noodles stall I have tried and they are goodilicious 😋

1. 老妈子猪肉粉 (Mama Love Restaurant)

Batu 9, Cheras

Long queue but very efficient service. Once arrived, we waited at the queue, and the waitress already taking order from us. There were another few waitress with diff roles, one assigning seats, one taking our ordering slit, etc. We got a seat and our order in less than 15 minutes in a busy restaurant like this. Sure I will revisit to try their dry pork noodles or may be the curry mee.

  

2. 妈子面 (Machi noodles)

34, Jalan 34/154, Taman Bukit Anggerik, Cheras, 56000. 

Another Sunday morning trying pork noodles at Cheras area. You can try the lower ground seats if the upstairs seats were full. Air-conditioned seats at downstairs. Service is pretty slow, you can order Yong Tou Fu as appetiser, as the stuffed food will come earlier. 

  

    
   

3. 靓靓猪肉粉 (Leng Leng Pork Noodles)

Bukit jalil


Claimed to have no MSG…and it’s true ✌🏻

Fun with Bread Baking

This is what I have been doing recently…bread baking. Easy, cost-saving, healthy (to certain extent) and it brings sense of great accomplishment! Its a SKG bread maker I am using, it comes with all the basic functions needed to make homebaked bread. The following is a great recipe I have repeatedly used to make my favourite raisins, cranberries & sesame bread. 

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If you don’t read Chinese, it reads: 

High protein flour (425g), instant yeast (5g), castor sugar (43g, i put only half), salt (7g), soy milk (290g, i am using v-soy), corn oil (26g) & black sesame (20g), cranberries & raisins (1 cup each)

Steps for baking:

  1. Pour liquids (soy milk & oil) into the bread pan
  2. Place high protein flour on top of the liquids
  3. Dig hole and put sugar, salt & yeast at three different corners. 
  4. Set SKG bread maker to function 1. basic 主食面包 (3 hrs), weight at 1kg, colour setting medium – start 
  5. When machine stop and rest for the first time, pour in sesame, raisins & cranberries 
  6. Wait for another 2+ hrs and enjoy ur fresh baked 🍞 

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I have been trying with different recipes that I have got from the internet, the basics are the same, PM me if you want to know the details. Sharing here the recipes and bread that i have successfully baked =)

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2nd attempt in Mar 2017…smell soooo good 😊 

Chocolate bread with high protein flour (250g), unsalted butter (40g), sugar (40g, i use half), salt (3g), cocoa powder (30g), chocolate chip (40g), milk or water (180g, i use dutch lady low-fat milk), instant yeast (3g) – set the weight at 500g

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Sweet corn bread: high protein flour (280g), unsalted butter (20g), sugar (15g), salt (4g), milk or water (110ml), drained corn kernel (80g), sweet corn paste (80g), instant yeast (3g) – set the weight at 500g

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The above banana cake i baked has a very good smell of banana, but it doesn’t taste like banana bread?! you may want to add in MORE banana. Recipe: high protein flour (250g), unsalted butter (30g), sugar (30g), salt (4g), milk or water (120ml), banana (80g), instant yeast (3g) – set weight at 500g

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This Cinnabon-taste bread is my latest creation. Recipe: high protein flour (250g), salt (4g), sugar (20g), unsalted butter (30g), milk or water (180ml), instant coffee powder (10g), instant yeast (3g), for the filling: cinnamon powder (4g), sugar (30g) and chocolate chips (50g). Set the weight at 500g. You will need to remove the dough from the bread maker before it completes the fermentation process, roll the dough into a 12cm x 40cm rectangular shape and sprinkle the pre-mixed cinnamon powder & sugar and chocolate chips onto the dough. Roll in into shape before you put it back for further fermentation and baking.

Practice make perfect…enjoy the bread making fun!

Loving it – Eggs Benedict @Kuala Lumpur

Before I made my own perfect Eggs Benedict, I have tried a few in town. The best variation I have tried is the one in ABC, The Troika: crunchy bun, mild flavoured hollandaise, perfectly cooked poached egg and off course the melt-in-your-mouth savoury beef bacon.

ABC

My second choice got to be the Eggs Atlantic @Garage 51 & Mukha Cafe. Well, you got to try the Garage 51 “Awesome Garage Breakfast” also, which is a variation of Eggs Benedict with hash brown topped with smoked cured salmon, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. Mukha Cafe’s serve this well-blanaced brunch with diced tomatoes and baby spinach, appetizing!

garage 51

Awesome Garage Breakfast

Mukha

If you wanted to try one in Plan B, Publika’s Plan B served a better one, just because the poached egg was overdone on the day of my visit@ Mid Valley’s Plan B.

Plan B

Other choices in town:

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