Saturday, September 16, 2017

How to Make Chinese MahJong Coconut Osmanthus Jello 麻雀(麻將)椰汁桂花糕





Have you heard of one of the most popular Chinese card game called MahJong (麻雀 or 麻將 in Chinese)?  It’s one of my In-Law’s favorite game to play with friends and family.  I made these Chinese MahJong Coconut Osmanthus Jello 麻雀(麻將)椰汁桂花糕 to celebrate my Mother-In-Law’s birthday.  They were fun to make and absolutely fun to eat as well, especially if you’re eating the winning set of “tiles”!

How to Make Chinese MahJong Coconut Osmanthus Jello 麻雀椰汁桂花糕   http://uTry.it

When I was a little kid, I remember sitting next to my parents and watch them play MahJong during the Chinese New Year.   That was how I learned the rules for the game.  Back then, I was secretly hoping that they need to take a bathroom break so that I can sit-in as a substitute!  Those were some fun memories.

How to Make Chinese MahJong Coconut Osmanthus Jello 麻雀椰汁桂花糕   http://uTry.it

I got the MahJong Silicone Mold to make these Coconut Osmanthus Jello and the mold is super easy to use.  I’ll list the product link as well as the required ingredients at the end of this post for your convenience.  To mimic the actual MahJong tiles, I make these jello in 2 layers.  The bottom layer is made with coconut milk and the top layer is made with dried Osmanthus. 

How to Make Chinese MahJong Coconut Osmanthus Jello 麻雀椰汁桂花糕   http://uTry.it

For this recipe, I tested out a few times to get the perfect flavor and consistency.   My kids love the version with milk mixed with coconut milk.  I personally love a stronger coconut milk version.  I’ll list both of them in details in the recipe below so that you can choose for yourself. To color the wordings of the “MJ tiles”, I used my homemade beet root red food coloring (red), matcha green tea powder(green), and homemade red cabbage blue food coloring (blue).  I’ll list the links to the tutorial below for your reference.  Otherwise, you can use store-bought natural food coloring as well.

How to Make Chinese MahJong Coconut Osmanthus Jello 麻雀椰汁桂花糕   http://uTry.it

This plate above is the famous winning hand called 十三么.  Which is considered a rare hand to win because it’s not easy to collect all these tiles in a game.  But it’s a challenge that many MJ players would dream to get this hand in the game. 

How to Make Chinese MahJong Coconut Osmanthus Jello 麻雀椰汁桂花糕   http://uTry.it

These Coconut Osmanthus Jello not only look whimsical and realistic, they are also very refreshing and delicious!  If you know someone who love to play MahJong, you’ve got to try this recipe out!  Wish you all good luck in the game and have fun making this treat.  Remember, Eat, Drink, and Be Happy!  Thank you for stopping by and I’ll see you all next week!

How to Make Chinese MahJong Coconut Osmanthus Jello 麻雀椰汁桂花糕   http://uTry.it

Below is a picture consists of (one of each of) all the tiles in the MahJong Game.  You can look at this picture and reference back where to add the colored gelatin mixture when you make the recipe!  Have fun!

How to Make Chinese MahJong Coconut Osmanthus Jello 麻雀椰汁桂花糕   http://uTry.it


Link to Homemade Beet Root Red Food Coloring Tutorial
https://goo.gl/v7G49A
Link to Homemade Blue Food Coloring Tutorial
https://goo.gl/K6BDHM

Ingredients and Tools Used:
Chinese MahJong Silicone Molds (Click here for more information)
C
alphalon Baking Pan (Click here for more information)
All Natural Food Colorings (Click here for more information)
Organic Coconut Milk (Click here for more information)
Unflavored Gelatin Powder (Click here for more information)
Dried Osmanthus (Click here for more information)
Large Measuring Cup (Click here for more information)
Strainers Set (Click here for more information)
Matcha Powder (Click here for more information)
Flat Top Wooden Spatula (Click here for more information)
Measuring Cup Set (Click here for more information)



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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Garza Blanca Resort Suite Tour- Summer Vacation 2017 @Puerto Vallarta, Mexico




First of all, sorry for not posting anything last week.  It was the Labor Day long weekend in the States, we're back on track with school schedules, and I’m still daydreaming about our summer vacation, whenever I'm alone!  When I'm not daydreaming, I was actually busy processing the videos and pictures that we took during our summer vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Garza Blanca Resort Suite Tour- Summer Vacation 2017 @Puerto Vallarta, Mexico    http://uTry.it
(Lobby of Garza Blanca Resort)

Second of all, this is NOT a sponsored post!  We paid for this entire trip out of our own pocket!

Now that the disclaimer is done, if you still haven’t check out my video above, be sure to watch it.  In this video, I’ll give you a virtual tour of our 2 bedroom suite at the Garza Blanca, a beautiful resort where we stayed for 5 nights during our summer vacation.   I also included some of our daily activities and food that we enjoyed.   Although we did experienced some thunder storms (mostly at night), overall, we had fantastic and awesome experience for our stay. 


Garza Blanca Resort Suite Tour- Summer Vacation 2017 @Puerto Vallarta, Mexico    http://uTry.it



Garza Blanca Resort Suite Tour- Summer Vacation 2017 @Puerto Vallarta, Mexico    http://uTry.it
(Click on the images to enlarge)

Besides the beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean by the beach, the infinity pools at this resort are just as gorgeous.  We signed up for the all-inclusive package and the non-motor sports activities at the hotel beach area are all included as well.  For the majority of time, we stayed in our resort, hung out at the beach and pool side.  My Kids declared that it was the most amazing vacation ever!  Honestly, I guess it’ll be quite hard to beat this one though.  No pressure on the person who will be researching and booking our next vacation destination though (a.k.a. my Husband)!


Garza Blanca Resort Suite Tour- Summer Vacation 2017 @Puerto Vallarta, Mexico    http://uTry.it


Garza Blanca Resort Suite Tour- Summer Vacation 2017 @Puerto Vallarta, Mexico    http://uTry.it
(Berry Blush Cocktail)

Garza Blanca Resort Suite Tour- Summer Vacation 2017 @Puerto Vallarta, Mexico    http://uTry.it
(Grilled Mushroom – Side dish from the Steakhouse)

Garza Blanca Resort Suite Tour- Summer Vacation 2017 @Puerto Vallarta, Mexico    http://uTry.it
(Sauces for the Steaks)

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(Veal Chop)


Garza Blanca Resort Suite Tour- Summer Vacation 2017 @Puerto Vallarta, Mexico    http://uTry.it
(Dessert Tree from the Steakhouse - Assorted Desserts)

There are 3 major restaurants in this resort, unfortunately one of them (Italian theme) was under renovation during our stay.  So we only dined in the remaining 2 of them, they are Blanca Blue (Mexican theme) and Bocados STK (modern steakhouse).  The food and service in both restaurants were exceptional!  Be sure to check out more food videos and pictures from my video tour above.  The presentation of the dishes from Blanca Blue were fabulous!


Garza Blanca Resort Suite Tour- Summer Vacation 2017 @Puerto Vallarta, Mexico    http://uTry.it
(Lobby of Hotel Mousai)


Garza Blanca Resort Suite Tour- Summer Vacation 2017 @Puerto Vallarta, Mexico    http://uTry.it
(Pressure Massage Shower – one of the Hydrotherapy Circuit at Spa Imagine)

The sister resort of Garza Blanca called Hotel Mousai is for adults only.  They do have 2 other restaurants but we didn’t get to try them this time.  However, I did get a chance to visit Spa Imagine, which is located in the Hotel Mousai, and enjoyed a relaxing massage as well as their Hydrotherapy services.  That facility and services were just as wonderful as the rest of the resort.  Everyone was very attentive and courteous.   They would go above and beyond to make sure that you are happy and satisfy.  I did had a relax afternoon at the spa and felt rejuvenated when I left!  Thanks to my Honey for watching the Kids!

Garza Blanca Resort Suite Tour- Summer Vacation 2017 @Puerto Vallarta, Mexico    http://uTry.it
(Room Service Food)

Garza Blanca Resort Suite Tour- Summer Vacation 2017 @Puerto Vallarta, Mexico    http://uTry.it
(Mojito from Pool Side Service)

Garza Blanca Resort Suite Tour- Summer Vacation 2017 @Puerto Vallarta, Mexico    http://uTry.it
(Snack from Pool Side Service)


Garza Blanca Resort Suite Tour- Summer Vacation 2017 @Puerto Vallarta, Mexico    http://uTry.it
(Seafood Ceviche from Pool Side Service)

As I mentioned before, we opt for the all-inclusive package for our stay.  Therefore, all of our food including room service and pool side snacks and bars were all included.   But I have to say, the room service food was just so-so.  On the other hand, the pool side snacks and drinks were surprisingly delicious!  Overall, we had an awesome vacation and spent some quality time together as a family.  We sure made some unforgettable memories and something to look forward to in the future.  We sure hope to have a chance to be back some day…..but for now, I need to work hard for our next vacation! 

Just in case, below is the hotel website and information if you’re interested to check it out. 

Garza Blanca Preserve, Resort & Spa
Website: http://www.garzablancaresort.com/ Resort Phone: +52 (322) 176 0718
Address: Carretera a Barra de Navidad Km. 7.5 Puerto Vallarta , JAL. ,48390, Mexico.







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Friday, August 25, 2017

How to Make Hawaiian Buns (Tang Zhong Method) 夏威夷麵包-湯種法



Do you love Hawaiian Buns?  My family is a big fan of these buns!  Today, I want to share this homemade copy cat recipe with you.  After several recipe testing, I have finally ended up with this amazing recipe that our family absolutely loved!  The verdict?  We all agreed that my homemade version is way better than the store bought ones!  After all, it’s quite difficult to beat freshly baked buns that are still warm right out of the oven.  This is especially true since these buns are made with all natural ingredients and packed with amazing sweet aromas!  When you bake these buns, your whole house would smell amazing, like a bakery.  As my Son puts it, these buns are simply irresistible! 

Hawaiian Buns (Tang Zhong Method) 夏威夷麵包-湯種法    http://uTry.it

If you had been following my blog for a while, you probably know that I like making bread and buns with the Tang Zhong Method 湯種法.  This Hawaiian Bun recipe is no exception.  Tang Zhong Method is a bread making method that involved a partially cooked dough added into the main bread dough.  This method yields the most amazing soft and fluffy texture of breads and buns.  The most amazing part is that the softness will last for a few days (that is if you haven’t finished these buns by then!)  You can read more about the science behind the Tang Zhong Method by clicking here

Hawaiian Buns (Tang Zhong Method) 夏威夷麵包-湯種法    http://uTry.it

For the unfinished portions, simply wrap them tightly in plastic wraps.  To reheat, simply unwrap the buns and heat them up for a few seconds in the microwave.  They will be warm and soft just like they are fresh out of the oven!  If you haven’t try the Tang Zhong method of making bread, I highly recommend that you give it a try.  Once you have done it, you would not go back!  
  
Hawaiian Buns (Tang Zhong Method) 夏威夷麵包-湯種法    http://uTry.it

To give these Hawaiian Buns their tropical flavor, I used pineapple juice in the bread dough.  They are slightly sweet because of the brown sugar and vanilla extract.  There’s no egg in the bread dough, but I added some custard powder to give these buns a hint richness of egg aromas.  I used custard powder quite often in a few of my other recipes.  It’s a more common ingredient in Asia countries.  Unfortunately,I haven’t seen them in the local supermarkets in the States yet and I always have to order them online.  I’ll list the ingredients and tools used in this recipe below this post for your convenience.

Hawaiian Buns (Tang Zhong Method) 夏威夷麵包-湯種法    http://uTry.it

Although these Hawaiian Buns are just perfect the way they are, they are even more irresistible if you put a little butter and let it melt in the middle!  Each bite is simply heavenly!  If you are a Hawaiian Buns lover, you’ve got to give this recipe a try and thank me later!  After trying this recipe, you’ll never go back to the packaged version!

Hawaiian Buns (Tang Zhong Method) 夏威夷麵包-湯種法    http://uTry.it

Thank you so much for visiting, stay tuned for more fresh and delicious recipe next week!  Remember, Eat, Drink, and Be Happy!

Ingredients and Tools Used:
9X13 Rectangular Baking Pan (Click here for more information)
Infrared Thermometer (Click here for more information)
Wooden Spatula (Click here for more information)
Dole’s 100% Pineapple Juice (
Click here for more information)
Active Dry Yeast (
Click here for more information)
Custard Powder (
Click here for more information)
Dry Milk Powder
(Click here for more information)
Kerrygold Salted Butter (
Click here for more information)
Measuring Spoons Set (
Click here for more information)
Kitchen Scale (
Click here for more information)
Dough/Bench Scraper (
Click here for more information)
Silicone Pastry Brush (
Click here for more information)
Brown Sugar (
Click here for more information)
Stand Mixer (
Click here for more information)
Cooling Racks (
Click here for more information)
Rolling Mat (
Click here for more information)
Rolling Pin (
Click here for more information)
Organic Vanilla Extract (
Click here for more information)
Heat Proof Measuring Cups (
Click here for more information)

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

How to Make Piña Colada Poptails:



How was your summer holiday?  I hope you were able to get some time off from work and hang out with your family.  We surely had an amazing vacation this summer and I couldn’t wait to share more details with you. I would love to hear where you’ve been and what you’ve done this summer.  So feel free to leave me a comment below.  

How to Make Piña Colada Poptails   http://uTry.it

What are the key ingredients of an ideal holiday for you?  To me, it’s not a holiday until you’re sipping a nice cocktail with a nice view in front of you!  Forget about all the stress and responsibilities for a while.  Well, even for a few days a year, it’s still nice.  Our bodies and minds definitely need a break and some rest to recharge, so that we can work harder and reach higher after the break.  Don’t you agree?

Although summer vacation might be over, we can still enjoy a little treat over the weekends to bring back those fond memories!  These Piña Colada Poptails definitely bring me back to the tropical paradise instantly!  While they taste just like the cocktail themselves, why not have some fresh fruits and vitamin C at the same time?

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If you haven’t done so, check out my video tutorial above.  I’ll show you how to easily cut these pineapple spears to prepare these poptails.  By the way, Poptails = Popsicle + Cocktail.  I’m sure you don’t need any explanation here, but just in case. These Piña Colada Poptails are so refreshing and so much fun to eat.  They are perfect for parties and gatherings.  Or, whenever you need a 'healthier' cocktail. 

How to Make Piña Colada Poptails   http://uTry.it

There is one thing that I forgot to mention in my video.  It has to do with the rum that you would used to soak the pineapple spears.  Please do not throw them away after soaking!  You can use them to make some nice cocktail later.  Maybe a Piña Colada?  Simply keep the rum in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.  I hope you enjoy today’s post and recipe!  And remember, Eat, Drink, and Be Happy!  Stay tuned for more fun and delicious recipe next week!

How to Make Piña Colada Poptails   http://uTry.it


Tools and Ingredients Used:
Pitcher (Click here for more information)
Long Bamboo Skewers 
(Click here for more information)

Maraschino Cherries with Stems (Click here for more information)
Coconut Cream (Click here for more information)
Coconut Flakes (Click here for more information)
Silicone Pastry Brush (Click here for more information)


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Saturday, August 12, 2017

How to Make Mochi Ice Cream 雪糕糯米糍



Have you ever tried Mochi Ice Cream 雪糕 糯米糍 before?  These little gems are one of my childhood favorites.  They used to be occasional treats when I was young.  Besides it’s considered a little pricey for me when I was a kid, and that there weren’t that many places that sell them back in the good old days!  So, I cherished them whenever I get my hands on these delicious treats!  Fast forward to now, they are more widely available and not as expensive as in the past.

How to Make Ice Cream Mochi 雪糕 糯米糍   http://uTry.it

However, the good news is, I will show you how you can easily make them at home, with the help of my recipe and tutorial!  Best of all, you can create them using your favorite ice cream flavor!  That way, you can enjoy any flavor that your heart desired!  Mochi Ice Cream is a confection made from Japanese Mochi (pounded sticky rice dough) filled with a scoop of ice cream.  They might seems complicated to make, but actually quite simple.  Check out my video tutorial above for more tips and tricks.  There are quite a few steps and chilling time, but all quite straight forward to follow.

How to Make Ice Cream Mochi 雪糕 糯米糍   http://uTry.it

In the mochi dough, I used a mix of glutenous rice flour as well as regular rice flour.  The glutenous rice flour gives this treat the signature chewy texture while the regular rice flour yield the tender and soft texture for the mochi skin, even after freezing! Therefore, it's important to use both type of flours and not just one. With that said, you should always let your Ice Cream Mochi rest at the room temperature for a few minutes before serving.  That way, the mochi skin and the ice cream will have a chance to soften up before you bite into one.

How to Make Ice Cream Mochi 雪糕 糯米糍   http://uTry.it

In today’s Mochi Ice Cream, I filled them with an Easy Mango Ice Cream, which I will also show you how to make in my video, as well as Roasted Strawberry and Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream!  They are all homemade with natural and organic ingredients. Check out the recipe links at the end of the post if you're interested to make your own.  Otherwise, you can use any store bought ice cream as well.   

How to Make Ice Cream Mochi 雪糕 糯米糍   http://uTry.it

Aren't they gorgeous?  I love how beautiful and colorful they turned out.  They make me feel happy just by looking at them, not to mention, they are refreshing and delightful to enjoy in the hot summer days!  Hope you’re enjoying summer in full blast!  If your kiddos are already back to school, these would definitely be their favorite after school snacks!  Thank you so much for stopping by today.  Remember, Eat, Drink, and Be Happy!  Stay tuned for more fun and delicious recipe next week!




Ingredients and Tools Used:
Organic Vanilla Extract  (Click here for more information)
Glutinous Rice Flour (糯米粉) (Click here for more information)

Potato Starch (
粟粉) (Click here for more information)

Freezer Safe Container
 (Click here for more information)

Ninja Blender (Click here for more information)

Ice Cream Machine (Click here for more information)

Tovolo Ice Cream Tub
 (Click here for more information)

Mini Muffin Pan
 (Click here for more information)

Mini Cupcake Liners
 (Click here for more information)

Silpat
 (Click here for more information)

Rolling Pin
 (Click here for more information)

Round Cookie Cutter Set
 (Click here for more information)

Cookie Dough Scoop
 (Click here for more information)

Ice Cream Scoop
 (Click here for more information)

Regular Rice Flour
(粘米粉) (Click here for more information)




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