Monday, September 27, 2021

Black Sesame Ang Ku Kuih / Black Sesame Ang Ku Kueh / O Ku Kueh / 黑龟粿 / 黑芝麻龟糕

I'm not going to deny... I'm not a Nyonya kueh expert and this is my first time making ang ku kueh but I'm proud to say that my black sesame ang ku kueh (also known as o ku kueh or 黑龟粿 or 黑芝麻龟糕) are amazingly delicious!!!

Among most of the black sesame ang ku kueh that I have tried or seen, mine seem to be the most ultimately sesame-loaded! Yet, their black-sesame-loaded skins are soft, thin and tender. Their mung bean fillings are not too sweet and optimally filled with black sesame nutty fragrance. Even my fussy husband said that my ang ku kueh "got standard" LOL! So you must believe that they are really good.

As you can judge by its intensive black colour, my kueh are made with A LOT of black sesame! Hence, this means that my kueh tends to be richer than the ones with less black sesame but I made mine with the least oil and sugar. Please allow me to explain and show you how...

black sesame ang ku kuih ang ku kueh O ku kueh 黑龟粿 黑芝麻龟糕 less sugar less oil
My Black Sesame Ang Ku Kueh (黑芝麻龟糕)
made with lots of black sesame and minimal oil and sugar

Monday, September 20, 2021

Big Chunky Crispy Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

Since the start of the Covid pandemic till now, we have not been to anywhere. Our everyday is mostly home, work and supermarkets. Nothing excited. Are you the same? So sad!

I miss travelling. The flying, the road trips, the stopovers, the sightseeing, the exquisite resorts and hotels plus so many exotic foods that we can try and eat... I wonder. When am I going to travel again? Hopefully soon...

I love road trips and even stopping by the petrol stations, convenience stores and the local bakeries at the small towns can make me really excited! I love browsing through these humble neighborhood stores and will usually buy a few of their locally made treats such as vanilla slice, gingerbread man, fudges or the 
giant chocolate chip cookie.

To me, nothing beats the comfort of holding one big giant cookie with a firm grip from the both of my hands as I take my time to nibble, munch and enjoy every single bite and crumb of it! Hmmm... I missed this feeling!

As we know, we are not travelling to anywhere soon. So, I’m going to bake these sort of giant chunky cookies and enjoy them at home just like how I savoured them during my road trips.

big giant extra large crispy chunky crunchy chocolate chip cookies
Fancy a giant Chunky Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookie?
I will show you how to bake these...

Monday, September 13, 2021

Custard Polo Buns / Hong Kong Pineapple Buns 菠蘿包 - with reduced sugar and butter! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

Just realised that the mid-autumn festival is arriving in a week time and I have not bake any mooncakes or Chinese pastries for my family... Ops!

However, if you are interested, these are my favourite mid-autumn-related recipes:
Baked Custard Mooncakes at HERE
Thousand Layer Flaky Swirl Yam / Taro Mooncake (with custard filling) 千层芋泥月饼 at HERE
Colourful Spiral Flaky Pastry Coconut Custard Mooncake - Made with Natural Colouring and Less Sugar at HERE
Mini Honey Mooncakes at HERE
The Flaky and Flakiest Tau Sar Piah with smooth Tau Sar filling 酥皮豆沙饼 at HERE
Penang style Tau Sar Piah Tambun Biscuits 槟城豆沙饼 at HERE
Like 611 Buttery Tau Sar Piah 像611牛油豆沙饼 ar HERE
Yuan Yang Sweet and Salty Tau Sar Piah 鸳鸯咸豆沙饼 at HERE

No mooncake this year? Yup! I don't know why... I wasn't craving for any mooncakes and tau sar piah lately. As Melbourne has been in lockdown since mid-July until now, I was actually craving for yum cha especially the custard polo buns 菠蘿包!!!

Instead of mooncakes, I was baking these fluffy soft custard polo buns with crispy buttery topping and custard filling. Plus, I was baking these buns with the minimal amount of sugar and butter, resulting them to be less sinful and yet as yummy as the ones we normally ate in yum cha restaurants!

Try baking them and you'll see what I mean.

custard polo Hong Kong pineapple buns
My Homemade Custard Polo Buns / Hong Kong Pineapple Buns 菠蘿包
with reduced fat and sugar

Monday, September 6, 2021

Super Soft Black Sesame Marble Swirl Bread Loaf - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

I wonder if it is just me... Do you feel tired and unmotivated lately?

I wonder if this is because we have not been travelling to anywhere for the past two years due to Covid and we need a holiday so badly.

Fortunately, I'm feeling less sad whenever I baked something nice and pretty. Just like when I was baking this bread.

I felt victorious when I removed this bread from its baking pan, I was thinking...

"I have finally got it right."

Then, I was humming a triumphal rhythm and smiling a lot while slicing this Super Soft Black Sesame Marble Swirl Bread...

black sesame swirl bread
This is me feeling happy baking this
Super Soft Black Sesame Marble Swirl Bread Loaf!