Tuesday, September 29, 2009

dumpling cravings...

I've been staying in quite a bit lately due to the rain and this kind of weather makes me want my comfort food dumplings!!!!! If there's one food I never tire of eating, it's this!!

Here is my own recipe, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do :D

Serves 4

Meat mixture -
400g pork mince
1 onions
4 clove of garlic
1 small bunch of chives
1 small can of whole water chestnuts ( chopped and diced)
2 tbsp soya sauce
2 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp sesame sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp ginger (chopped and diced) * I only use ginger if I'm pan frying, no ginger if boiling the dumplings.

1 pkt of dumpling/gyoza wraps ( approximately 50 pieces ) ~ if you like to make your own dumpling dough, click here for the recipe.


1. Throw all mince mixture ingredients in a big bowl and combined
2.Wrap the mince mixture in dumpling or gyoza wraps
3. Boil kettle of water
4. Use a frying pan with lid and heat up frying pan for frying
5. Pour a tbsp of vegetable oil in frying pan and lay the dumplings in the pan
6. Pour boiled water in the pan of frying dumplings until dumplings are 2/3 covered, cover with lid. *be extra careful when pouring hot water into the frying pan as you can easily burn your hands from the rising heat!!
7. Cook for 3-5 minutes, checking occasionally until the water have completely evaporated.
8. Once water have completely evaporated, leave for 1-2 minutes frying in the pan, or until the base of the dumpling is brown and golden.
9. Remove from frying pan and serve with soya sauce and wasabi or chilly sauce - whichever you prefer.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Dumpling and noodle dough

Photos taken by: my friend KH Lim :D

Serves 2
1 cup plain flour - extra for coating and kneading
1 tbsp corn flour
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup of water
pinch of salt

1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix until the water and flour have combined
2. Knead flour for about 10 minutes and roll in to a ball.
3. Place flour in a bowl and cover with damp towel - leave for 30mins
4. Knead flour for 5 minutes adding flour if wet.
5. Roll dough in to a ball and flatten using a rolling pin to create the dumpling skin - sprinkle with flour to keep skin from sticking.
6. Skin is ready for use to wrap dumplings or eat as noodles.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sugar makes me happy!

now you know I love my cupcakes but for me nothing beats a chocolate and pandan layer cake from the Chinese bakery "Maxims"...perhaps it's because they don't offer this variety all the time and it's hit and miss as to when they do have it in store...sadly for me, it's mostly miss therefore I want it even more but not today! I have two slices savoured and waiting for after dinner!! :D
Not sure what it is but the Chinese cakes have a light and fluffy texture to their sponge and the cream is sweet and buttery but not heavy. Believe me I've tried looking for recipes to make my own Chinese like sponge cake but for $1.90 a piece, it costs me more than that to make and probably won't taste as nice.
Maxims have been around for a looooooooong time and is also famous for their pre-ordered birthday cakes (Taro is my fav) and also their freshly baked egg tarts which is absolutely delicious!! I'm sure most Melbournians know Maxims so why blog about them? well, this blog is about my favourite eats and not that they need the exposure since they're always busy and have been operating for a very long time...but I sure hate for one my favourite cake shop to go belly up and disappear when I need that happy sugar fix. For everyone who's not had the Maxim experience, life can only get sweeter! tee hee
Photo above: 2 x chocolate and pandan layer cake + 1 x black sesame roulade just sitting and waiting...

Maxims Cake and Pastry
173 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
Ph: 03 9662 1980

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Breakfast for Walter's daddy - HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

At some stage, I had so much trouble getting the batter for pancakes right even after referring to recipe books. After several attempts, I stopped making pancakes for breakfast to DH's dismay! One day, having nothing in the pantry or fridge to cook breakfast I had to make do with what I had..flour, soya milk (lactose intolerant), sugar and frozen berries that I really needed to eat before they expire. Throwing food out is one of my pet hates!

Not bothering with looking up the recipe for measurement, I just threw all the ingredients in a big bowl and mixed. To my delight, it turned out the be the best batter I've ever made.

Today is father's day in Australia and Walter and I thought we'll make daddy's favourite breakfast..MIX BERRY PANCAKE WITH FRESH STRAWBERRIES AND SMOTHERED WITH CONDENSED MILK!! OK, he doesn't like it smothered with condensed milk..I DO!

I realize not everyone is a fan of condensed milk but with my sweet tooth, I go through cans and cans and cans each week. One of the best thing about having a Costco opening up close by, now I can buy bulk and save! lol

If you like to try my "Mixed Berry Pancake with fresh Strawberries" here it is:
Measurements makes enough for 2 or just 1 for a very hungry daddy!

* 1 cup S.R flour
* pinch of salt
* 1 tbsp raw sugar (am trying to stay away from processed foods so have been using raw sugar instead). I found for some reason, having sugar in the batter helps to create a crispier pancake.
* approx. 350ml soya milk
* large handful of mixed berries - I like to use the frozen berries, they're great and no need to defrost beforehand
* butter

1. Throw all dry ingredients in a big bowl
2. Pour in soya milk and stir - add more soya milk if required. The batter should be runny but not too liquified. It doesn't matter if the batter is a little lumpy either :-)
3. Heat up frying pan on medium heat, add some butter to the frying pan to coat but make sure you do not burn the butter.
4. When butter have melted and coat the pan, scoop a ladle of batter into pan and wait about a minute.
5. When the batter starts to form holes on top, flip the batter on the other side to cook about 1 minute or until golden brown.
6. Remove from pan to plate, sprinkle fresh strawberries and pour over with condensed milk! :D

HOPE YOU ENJOY IT! Happy Father's days to all father's out there!!