Homemade Milk Bread

October 1, 2011

One type of the bread that I heart is Asian-style bread. The texture is different from the western-style bread. It has a softer texture both the outside (the crust) and the inside. It does have a sweeter taste. Perfect for toasting. Crushy a little bit but still soft and chewy. One of the technique that I found when making the Asian-style bread soft is " Tangzhong Method". It's a mixture of bread flour and water, cooked on the stove to get a thick paste. This paste keeps the bread moist. So, you end up with a softer bread. It is added into the wet mixture when making. This is my first time of making this Homemade Milk Bread. I would say it's the softest bread that I have been making so far and I'm very much loving it. I got this recipe and adapted into a hand-kneadling method. It turned out very well.

Well, it's time for you to try now!

Homemade Mixed Seed Bread

September 4, 2011

Finally, my bread making skill is getting improved. In the past, I always ended up getting a heavy dry hard bread. Recently, I found a place where I can learn how to make bread. So, I decided to take a bread making class couple weeks ago. Even thought it was only 2-day classes, but it was worthed. The class was all about bread making by hands. So, everyone can go home and can easily make bread at home. So, this weekend I tried to make bread again. Ta-da! It worked! I finally get a nice soft bread and it doesn't have weird smelling too. This Homemade Mixed Seed Bread is perfect for breakfast. I added black and white sesame seeds, sunflower seends and pumpkin seeds in it. They gave a nice little crunchy and are good for health too! Now, I feel that making bread is not as hard as I think anymore!

New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

August 14, 2011

Finally, finally....after many years of watching other people bake the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies aka. New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies, I finally got a chance to try it myself! First of all, yes it is good like everyone say so. The texture is perfect...soft and chewy. I made mine with semi-sweet chocolate chips instead of chocolate chunks. It's still good. However, there is one thing that I would like to try. I want to make them a little bit less sweet. Not sure whether if I decreased the amount of sugar, it would effect the texture of the cookies or not. If anyone had tried this, please let me know! But for sure, the original recipe is already great, so maybe I shouldn't change a thing! just eat less so I dont have to feel quilty!

Recipe: New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

Notes: Love this photo...I took it with my iphone.
The application is so cool. It looks like photo from dslr!

Sticky Date Pudding

July 9, 2011

It is nice to be back on here again...doing all the baking and a quick photo shooting. It has been a long time to be on here and I'm very much missing it all! Last week, one of my best friend was back in BKK. She brought back a box of dried dates from Qutar as a gift for my parents. So, I stole them to make these little yummy Sticky Date Pudding! It was delicious, nice & soft...not too sweet. Great with a cup of tea for the afternoon. Enjoy!

(I'm currently so into the lomo app on the iphone these days. It's fun to take photos with it. The photo always look good and you don't need much of the skills! Fun Fun! Here is the lomo of my sticky date pudding)

Beijing & Hong Kong Trip 2011 (Part II)

May 1, 2011

Great Walls

These are some of the photos  from my trip in Beijing. We went to many places including The Great Walls, Olympic Stadium The Bird Nest, Summer Palace, Forbidden City, and many more. I feel bad that I couldn't remember all of the places. I felt like we went to so many temples and palaces and at the end I got confused because they all look similar to one another. lol. Anyways, I took many photos but these are some of the highlight that I like to share with you. Enjoy!

The Olympic Bird's Nest

Inside the Olympic Bird's Nest

Summer Palace

Summer Palace

Oops...I forgot the name of this place...

Street Food & Peking Duck in Beijing

Beijing & Hong Kong Trip 2011 (Part I)

March 19, 2011

I'm appologize for my absence and my very late photo update on my Beijing and Hong Kong Trip back in February. I have been very busy at work and pretty much have no time to do anything on weeknights and for the last weekend I was away for the business trip to Samui too. Anyhow, let get started!   
Flower Market @ Victoria Park
I took so many pictures during my trip, so here are some of the highlight that I would like to show you guys. I was in Hong Kong during the Chinese New Year. It was wonderful! I got to experience and learn lots of new things regarding what people in Hong Kong do and prepare for their New Year's. Above are pictures from the "Flower Market @ Victoria Park". One of the must-do things for the Chinese New Year is to go to the flower market. It is their tradition to go to the flower market and pick up lovely flowers such as orchids, orange trees, daffodils, Nipple Fruits (lower left), peach blossom and many more. The bloomings of the flowers symbolize prosperity and fortune. That's why all Hongkongers buy lots of flowers to decorate their houses. 

The Must-Eat HK Snacks
Of course, my HK trip is always like a non-stopped eating marathon. Above are the must-eat snacks that you need to try when you're in HK. Starting from the top left (clockwise): "traditional candy & coconut wrap", "egg custard tarts", "HK style egg waffles" and "HK milk tea". I wish I could get all of these right here in Bangkok. Even though we have something that are similar,but nothing is better than the ones from the origin.
Tai O Fisherman Village
If you have one free day to spend, I recommended you to go visit "Tai O fisherman village" ( the oldest fisherman village in HK) and also "the Big Buddha" on the same day. Since we were there during the Chinese New Year, there were TONS of people visiting the big buddha. So, we weren't able to take the 360 cable car to the top of the mountain, instead we took the bus. It was a bumpy ride since we have to travel ups and downs the hills. I almost got sick on the bus, but fortunately to be able to get the front row seat later on. It was a closed call.

The Big Buddha & Lovely Scenery
Another lovely place to visit is "Nan Lian Garden". You will see lovely traditional Chinese architecture in the ancient style of the Tang dynasty and also the Chinese garden. Inside the garden, there is a very lovely vegetarian restaurant called "Chi Lin Restaurant" where you are able to eat delicious vegetarian dishes prepared by using traditional methods. They also have a lovely gift shop if you happened looking for some souvenir or gifts for someone. Next to the Nan Lian Garden, you can also visit Chi Lin Nunnery, another lovely Chinese architecture.

Nan Lian Garden

One Year Blog Anniversary with Coriander Root & Garlic Shrimps

February 12, 2011

I believe that most people probably say the same thing on their one year blog anniversary that they can't believe it's already here. Yes, I am one of them too! Time goes by quickly. I have learned many things through out the creation of this blog and can't wait to learn more things in the coming years. This blog also lead me to the great opportunity that I'm about to tell you below, so keep reading...

At first, I wasn't sure whether I would be back in time for my blog anniversary(Oops, I couldn't remember the exact date of my first post! Only knew that it was sometimes close to the Valentine's Day, but now I know!). The past couple weeks, I have been pretty busy. I was away for my Hong Kong & Beijing trip with my family for two weeks as you know and just got back on Tuesday night. Yes, I still need to post interesting pictures from the trips. Please wait!

Right after got back, I finally started my first real job that I have been dreaming for! (Yes, it is the great opportunity that I'm talking about.) I'm so exciting about it! I got a job at a food magazine in Bangkok, working as a foodstylist and luckily I will do some writing too. I still can't believe that I got a job in this field. Thank you for my editor, who has given this great opportunity to me and believe that I can do well in this field. Now, I know that if you want something badly and have great passion for it, just work really really hard and you will have what you have been waiting for. I know I'm still new to this, but I will do my very best and will work very hard on it.

Last but not least, I'm ending this with this lovely Coriander Root & Garlic Shrimps recipe. Coriander Root is one of the important ingredients in Thai cuisine. It gives lovely strong fragrant and flavour. I'm not sure whether it's hard to find elsewhere outside Thailand, but if you happen to find the coriander roots at your Asian grocery store, please don't forget to buy them and try this recipe. Or, if you happen to have coriander in your garden, please go to your garden and try this. I believe that if you are already a fan of garlic shrimps, you will love this one. Enjoy!

One year ago: Chocolate Spice Bread
Coriander Root & Garlic Shrimps
(for 1-2 servings)

6 large shrimps ( shell on, slit the back of the shrimp and deveined)
2-3 cloves garlic
2 coriander roots
2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp chopped finely red chili
1 tbsp green onion, chopped
1 tbsp Chinese rice wine
1 tbsp soy sauce
1-2 tbsp canola oil
2-3 tbsp of water, more if needed

To make coriander and garlic paste:
Smash the garlic, the coriander roots, black pepper and salt together in a mortar and pestle until all crushed up and incorporated into a paste. Divided the paste in halves. Marinate the shrimps with half of the coriander-garlic paste for 2-3 hours or overnight. Set aside the remaining in a small bowl, covered.

Note: if you don't have a mortar and pestle, you can use a mini-food processor to make the coriander and garlic paste.

To cook:
Heat up a wok with oil over a medium-high heat. Lightly saute the remaining coriander-garlic paste until aromatic. Add shrimp into the wok and stir well with the coriander-garlic paste. When the shrimps are slightly pink, add in Chinese rice wine, soy sauce and a little bit of water. Cover the wok with its lid. Allow it to cook and steam for 1-2 minutes or until the shrimp completely cooked. Add in chopped green onion and red chili. Stir well. Transfer on to a serving plate and serve immediately.

Note: It's best serving with a bowl of rice and maybe with some vegetable stir-fry. Easy idea for your weekday dinner. Or, you can have this by itself for a cocktail dinner party.

Jalapeno Poppers, Test #1

January 19, 2011

For the past a few year, I have tried to plan for a trip to visit, a place that I've ever been, at least once a year. I love to experience new things, getting new inspirations for life, by just being in a different city or country. Next week, my parents and I are visiting Hong Kong and Beijing for 2 weeks. Even thought I have been to both places before, I am still looking forward to go there again. For HK, I have visited so many times. Eating is the main activity that we do when we get there. My mom's friends always take us for Dim Sum and many other things which I can't remember all. It always feels like an eating marathon when I go to HK. lol. However, this year will be a little bit different. I will be in HK for the Chinese New Year's in a nice cool weather. I am so excited to see lots of events, take lots of photo, and eat lots of food in HK.  We have also planned to go to Beijing for 4-5 days, directly from HK. Three years ago, I went to Beijing to visit a friend from University. At that time, it was during the summer time, so it was very hot. Luckily, I get to visit Beijing again but in a different season. It looks like it will be below zero! ohh...I missed all the snow and the freezing weather. hahaha. I can't wait to hear what my parents think about the cool weather since they definitely don't get use to this kind of cold weather!

Well, I'm finishing this with this jalapeno popper recipe. This is my first time making it at home. It turned out to be 'okay', but not as good as one can get at a pub. I heard one said to use pickle jalapeno to make it, and it tastes close to that. If you have any good recipe for the jalapeno poppers, please share with me!  Anyhow, I'll see you again in 2 weeks and definitely be back with lots of stories and photos to share with all my dear readers.

Jalapeno Poppers

8 Jalapeno, halved and seeded
3 tbsp cream cheese, softed
3 tbs cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 C milk
1 C crushed panko
1/3 C flour
oil for deep frying

In a small bowl, mix the cream cheese with the cheddar cheese. Spoon the mixture into the jalapeno halves. Dip the stuffed jalapeno first into milk and then into the flour. Wait for several minutes for the flour dry out slightly. Then, dip it into the milk again and now into the crushed panko. You can repeat the milk & panko step twice to get a nice thicker panko crust. Wait for the coat to dry out slightly between the steps. In a medium pan, heat the oil to 365F and deep fry the jalapeno for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. 

Homemade Samosa

January 14, 2011

This year, 2011, I have a plan for my blog. I know that this past year most of my posts are more on the sweet side. So, my plan is to try to bake less and cook more for a healthier diet. One of the main reason is that I don't want my parents to have lots of sweet thing even though they love what I bake . My dad has a sweet tooth and usually eats everything and all of what I bake. So, I have to  be careful of what I make for him. If not, he will have high blood sugar.

So, I'm starting my 2011 recipe with savoury snack called, Samosa. I know it's not that 'healthy healthy' because it is deep fried. But, since mom requested for this, I have to make it. My mom is pretty tiny, 5 feet high (i think lol) with 92 lbs. She's a pretty healthy person, eat lots of veggies and tofu and less meat and poultry. However, her guilty pleasure is fried food, especially Thai's fried tofu, taro fritters and corn fritters. She also have a big love for Indian things. She loves spices especially Indian spices like garam masala and also loves chai tea. So, homemade samosa should be her perfect guilty pleasure food since it is deep fried and contains lovely Indian spices. 

This recipe is something that we came up. It is the first time what we made and it tastes wonderfully. Samosa is not a typical thing that can be found easily in Bangkok. We know a place near Indian town that sells this, but mom said ours is better. It's an easy recipe using pre-made frozen spring roll wrapper. So, let's try this and let me know what you think!

Lovely photos from New Year's 2011

January 11, 2011

Happy New Year 2011!

I hope you all have a lovely new year holiday. I spent my new year's holiday at Pattaya with my family this year. Luckily, we got to see New year's Eve firework up close from the Ambassador hotel which locates just beside our condominium. It was worth to wait until midnight! The weather was nice, not too hot. I also got some lovely photo of the sunset and parasailing. I hope you all enjoy!

Firework on New Year's Eve

Sunset on New Year's Eve

Cool actions from Parasailing