All About Chinese New Year Cake & Snack from Previous Years

All About Chinese New Year Cake & Snack from Previous Years

Let me say Happy Chinese New Year to you guys, it is on this Friday, 16th of Feb, 2018, the year of Dog. Just 2 days after Valentine’s day! It should be really busy for all the Asian family already, the lady in the house obviously!

I just start to take action from today. But all the schedule and planning I have done before the last two weeks. Why? Is that serious? I can tell you the answer is YES! All I need to plan is how many stuff I’ll prepare, also my own vegan food as well.

This year I haven’t got time to try something new but I still loyal to my cake from all the past years. You can see how busy I am! Wish you all love them! ♥♥♥ Happy Chinese New Year, all the best wishes and good health to you all! 🙂

Chinese Crispy Peanut Puff – CNY Snack 新年食品, 炸油角

Steamed Golden Custard Cake ~ CNY, 富貴黃金糕 

Chinese New Year Crunchy Snack ~ 蛋散

Baked Vegan Crispy Savoury Cookies for CNY (焗南乳酥餅)

CNY Vegetarian ‘Lo Bo Gao’ (素食蘿蔔糕) – White Radish Cake

Vegetarian Radish Cake (港式素食蘿蔔糕)

CNY Sweet Coconut Rice Cake (椰汁年糕)

Chinese Sweet Rice Cake (椰汁紅豆年糕)

CNY Steam Molasses  with Ginger Pudding ~ 黑糖薑汁年糕

Pineapple cake II ~ 鳳梨酥

Pineapple cake ~ 鳳梨酥

Pineapple cake ~ 鳳梨酥

Rice Crispy with Nori & Peanut Bars ~ 花生海苔米果

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Mushroom Burger with Quinoa & Rice Burger buns ~ Gluten-free

Mushroom Burger with Quinoa & Rice Burger buns ~ Gluten-free

Start from stepping on 2018, I can’t remember how many times I have made the burger. Seems ‘making burger’ is my new goal of playing recently.

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Improved Homemade Mushroom Sauce (II)

Improved Homemade Mushroom Sauce (II)

You must be wondering why the sauce is not in a bottle but in an ice-cube tray?

If you follow me a certain of time, you’ll remember my first mushroom sauce recipe in two years ago. That’s my first attempted to challenge myself. It was a nice sauce without any artificial flavoring, preservatives and unnecessary colouring. The best advantage is in line with economic principles and healthier.

Today’s version is incredibly scrumptious, I enhanced the recipe by adding some warm spices mingle to evoke the flavour of this multi-purpose sauce. The secret adding is the star anise and tahini sauce. Use them or not it depends on you, but it yields a perfect blend with minimal effort.

I made it in a cube size for easy to storage, because I made a large quantity and store in the freezer. So, I can have my own mushroom sauce whenever I need it.

It is absolutely a decent recipe. Highly recommend you to try it! 🙂

Improved Homemade Mushroom Sauce (II)

Ingredient: 

  • 150g Dried Shiitake mushrooms washed and soaked few hours
  • 4 cups of Water
  • 2 tbsp Flax-meal + 6 tbsp Water, mix together
  • 2 tbsp Fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 2-3 tsp Ground Star anise
  • 2 tbsp Tahini sauce (optional)
  • 3 tbsp Thick Soy sauce or (5 tbsp Light Soy Sauce)
  • 3 tbsp Dark Soy sauce
  • 2-3 tbsp Dark brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp Sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Pink Sea Salt
  • 2 tbsp Sweet glutinous rice flour 糯米粉

Method:

  1.  Wash the dried mushrooms, soak in just enough water for few hours before starting the work.
  2. Reserve the soaking water, and clean the mushrooms under running water.
  3. Put the mushrooms in a blender with the ginger and water (make it 4 cups with the reserved mushroom water. It needs to blitz into few portions if you have a small blenderBlend until smooth without any lumps. Add the flax meal mixture, tahini, ground star anise and do few pulses until well combined.
  4. Pour the mushroom mixture into a large pot over medium heat. Add the remaining seasoning except for the rice flour. Let it bring to the boil, stirring constantly! Lower the heat to simmer for another 5 to 10 minutes until the sauce start thicken. Mix the rice flour with a little bit of water and turn the heat to medium. Pour over the mushroom sauce. Whisk thoroughly and the sauce becomes more thicken. Off heat.
  5. Grease a shallow rectangle tray and spread the mushroom sauce evenly into the tray. Cover the top with a piece of cling film, it should let the cling film touch the sauce.

Note: 

  • Use the soaking mushrooms water to give the sauce more favourable. If your sauce is too thick, add a little bit of water at a time. Otherwise, if it is thinner, add more rice flour to thicken.
  • Adjust the taste by adding the seasoning when you simmer the sauce.
  • You can make half portion of the recipe, it still can last a certain of time.

Vegan Condensed Milk

Vegan Condensed Milk

The dairy condensed milk is far too sweet than this vegan version with a lot of unhealthy white sugar that’s all I know. It is not an essential item in my kitchen cupboard. But why do I make it? Silly? NO. I make this vegan condensed milk for some special reason!

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Fried Tofu with Japanese Style Sauce ~ 日式和風醬煎豆腐

Fried Tofu with Japanese Style Sauce ~ 日式和風醬煎豆腐

I am going to fulfill my words today. Remember I did the homemade tofu a few post before. I said I will make something with it. Now is the promise here to show you all.

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Vegan Matcha Panna Cotta ~ 純素綠茶奶酪

Vegan Matcha Panna Cotta ~ 純素綠茶奶酪

Yay, my blog 5th Happy Anniversary today 16th August.

Blogging is an amazing world, can’t believe my blog still stay safe here. Thanks for all nice people who follow me since the very beginning 2012. Also, I need to say thank you to some of my loyalty friends, who support me when I get a hard time whenever I cry out for help.

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Vegan Butter

Vegan Butter

I did have tried a few times of vegan butter making, they’re good for spreading. But this time, I like to make something harder for some reason. You will find out later, stay tuned for more!

Until I found one here, the rose and bean. I feel over the moon because this is exactly what I eagerly hard to search.

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Homemade Strawberry Balsamic Preserve (草莓香醋果醬)

Homemade Strawberry Balsamic Preserve (草莓香醋果醬)

So sad about what had happened in England recently. 💔

The weather in here is getting better and better, summer arrives! We desire it for so long, same as we desire for peace in this entire world.

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Steamed Malaysian Sponge Cake ~ Mah Lai Goh黑糖馬拉糕

Steamed Malaysian Sponge Cake ~ 黑糖馬拉糕  Mah Lai Goh

What is steamed Malaysian sponge cake? Why is it called Malaysian but not Taiwan or Korea? I really don’t know, dear! It just one of my favourite dim sum in a Chinese restaurant.

One of the more common version is after British rule over the Malay Peninsula, retain the habit of afternoon tea, eat cake, but commonly found in coconut milk than milk on the Malay Peninsula, the oven is not easy to find, so used coconut milk instead of milk and using the steam method instead of using the oven to make a cake.

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