Thursday, March 29, 2018

How to Make Pusheen Dango 胖吉貓糰子



Recently, I’ve fallen in love with Dango 糰子.  Dango is a type of Japanese Wagashi 和菓子.  What are Wagashi?  They are traditional Japanese confections that are usually made of mochi and served with tea.  They could be elaborated with designs and fillings or as simple as these sesame dango, which are slightly sweetened but not filled.  Do you like these Pusheen dangos?  Aren’t they the most kawaii treats you’ve seen lately?   If you haven’t seen my Bunny Dango yet, you should click here to check them out and let me know which one you like better.

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My Baby Girls and some of her friends are crazy about Pusheen lately!  I don't blame them!  This chubby little kitten is certainly super adorable!  If you’re not familiar with this cute Japanese Character, you can check out her own website here!

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My version of dango are made with just a few simple ingredients.  I don’t use water to mix the dough but only used the moisture from the silken tofu.  The tofu not only added a hint of flavor to these dango, but also more nutritious.  It keeps the dango dough soft and smooth and quite easy to handle.  To achieve the grey color of Pusheen, I added some black sesame powder to the dango dough.  You can taste the sesame but not too strong.  Just keep in mind that if you add more sesame powder, the end product might turn out even darker.  As you can see, they do darken quite a bit after they’re cooked.  

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To maintain the gorgeous figure of Pusheen, she has to consume quite a bit of yummy food every day!  Apparently, doughnuts are one of her favorites as you can see from the many pictures that she always seems to be holding one wherever she goes!  

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These sesame Pusheen Dangos are delicious as the way they are, but you can also put them on other dessert as an edible decoration.  I made these strawberry pudding dessert cups with Pusheen Dango on top for a good friend’s daughter’s birthday party because Pusheen was the theme! 


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This recipe is quite fun and easy to make and I hope you’ll give it a try soon!  Check out the list below for all the ingredients and special tools that I used for this recipe.  Stay tuned for more fun and yummy recipe soon!


Tools and Ingredients Used:
Edible Color Markers (Click here for more information)
Skimmer Strainer (Click here for more information)

Glutenous Rice Flour (Click here for more information)

Measuring Cups Set (Click here for more information)
Food Decorating Tongs/Tweezers (Click here for more information)
Bamboo Picks (Click here for more information)
Black Sesame Powder (Click here for more information)

Doughnut Shape Cereal (Click here for more information)

White Chocolate chips (Click here for more information)

Red Candy Melt (Click here for more information)
Wilton Rainbow Nonpareils (Click here for more information)
Powdered Sugar (Click here for more information)
Parchment Paper (Click here for more information)




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Friday, February 23, 2018

How to Make Strawberry Pudding with Bunny Dango 士多啤梨布甸 + 兔兔糰子



March 2nd marks the Spring Lantern Festival (元宵節) for 2018.  Lantern Festival is a Chinese festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the Luna Calendar. It’s the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day and often celebrate with games of riddles and sweet dumplings, Tang Tuan 湯丸.  Sweet Dumplings symbolized unity of the family.  That’s the reason why it’s often serve in Chinese Festivals, such as this New Year’s Eve, and Mid-Autumn festival.


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However, for this year, instead of the regular Tang Yuen, I will be making these Strawberry Pudding with Bunny Dango 士多啤梨布甸 + 兔兔糰子 for a change.  Not only that these are perfect for the Lantern Festival, they are also wonderful treats for Easter!  So these Bunnies serve double duties this year! 

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Recently, I felt in love with Dango!  They are the Japanese version of the Chinese sweet dumplings (湯丸).  They are often unsweetened and serve with a sweet syrup on top.  Since I’m not going to add any syrup on these bunnies, I added a small amount of powdered sugar in the dango dough for a hint of sweetness.  Also, I added a secret ingredient in these dangos to keep them moist and fluffy.  Check out my video tutorial on YouTube to find out what it is.  You’ll be surprise how easy it is to make this treat as well.  I love dango because they are easier to make (no fillings) when compared to Tang Yuan, but the texture and flavor are very similar! 

Strawberry Pudding with Bunny Dango 士多啤梨布甸 + 兔兔糰子   http://uTry.it

This strawberry budding is slightly sweet and tangy because I used fresh strawberries for the base.  It’s packed with refreshing flavor and the texture is silky smooth!  It pairs really well with the cute bunny dango on top.  If you try out the recipe, be sure to leave a comment below to let me know how it turned out.  Thank you so much for stopping by today and I wish you all a wonderful Chinese Lantern Festival!


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Tools and Ingredients Used:

Edible Color Markers (Clickhere for more information)
Unflavored Gelatin Powder (Clickhere for more information)
Large Measuring Cup (Click here for more information)
Skimmer Strainer 
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Glutenous Rice Flour 
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Measuring Cups Set 
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Organic Vanilla Extract 
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6 ounces Ramekins 
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Ninja Blender (Clickhere for more information)

Sieve Set (Click here for more information)





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Saturday, February 10, 2018

How to Make Rose Steamed Buns - Valentine’s Day Recipe Idea


Valentine’s day is less than a week away.  Do you and your loved one celebrate?  My Hubby and I usually prefer staying in and celebrate with the kiddos together with a special dinner.  After all, we didn’t want to head out and dine with the crowds when EVERYONE is out!  hm….is that a sign of getting old?  Perhaps, we are just not romantic in nature, a.k.a. typical parenthood! 

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Although we’re staying in on V-day, I still like to prepare something special for my family!  My Kiddos are my little Valentines, too!  This year, I’m making these Rose Shaped Steamed Buns as a special treat.  You’ll find 2 different flavors in my video tutorial.  They are Purple Yam Buns and Rose Flavor Buns, all made with natural ingredients and natural coloring.

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In the Purple Yam Bins, I added purple yam powder for the pretty purple color and a hint of purple yam flavor.  It’s slightly sweet and comparable to sweet potato.  For the Rose Buns, I added a little bit of rose extract in the dough.  Just make sure you use a small amount as the rose extract could be quite strong.  If you cannot find rose extract, you can substitute with rose water.  However, the later one is much weaker in aroma and you might need to use more to achieve the same flavor.  I’ll list the ingredients at the end of this post for your reference.

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The only thing I was a little bit disappointed was that the pretty pink color in the rose buns turned a little bit orangey after steaming.  You can chose to use store-bought natural food coloring for this recipe is you prefer a more vivid color.  But honestly, I’m sure anyone would be super happy to get these rose buns for Valentine’s Day, despite pink or orange theme!   Wish you all in advance a warm and sweet Valentine’s Day with your loved ones!


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Tools and Ingredients Used:
Rose Extract (
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All Natural Food Coloring (
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Grapeseed Oil (
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Bamboo Steamers (
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Active Dry Yeast (
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Purple Yam Powder (
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Matcha Powder (
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Dough/Bench Scraper (
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Rolling Pin (
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Rolling Mat (
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Strainer/Sieve Set (
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Bamboo Spatula Set (
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Measuring Cups Set (
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Saturday, February 3, 2018

How to Make Chocolate Orange Bundt Cake - Super Easy Recipe



Last month, I celebrated my birthday, my 29th birthday!  Oh wait, I think I’m just getting too old that I simply stop counting since my 29th birthday!  What did I do on my birthday?  Besides enjoying a lovely dinner with my family in the evening, I baked myself a birthday cake!  This Chocolate Orange Bundt Cake, to be exact. 

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Some of you might think that it’s not right that I have to bake my own cake for my birthday.  But actually, I don’t mind at all.  In fact, it’s quite the opposite.  I quite enjoy spending time in the kitchen, even on my birthday!  Plus, this Chocolate Orange Bundt Cake is super easy to prepare, I promise.  It’s pretty much a foolproof recipe to any beginning bakers out there.  It’s super easy to make, thanks to this secret ingredient!  Although this secret ingredient doesn't usually show up in my pantry (as I mostly bake from scratch), it is easy to find and it might appear in the pantry of many homes!  Watch my video tutorial above to find out what it is!  

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This cake turned out to be very moist and tender.  It’s packed with decadent dark chocolate flavor and refreshing orange zest.  Dark chocolate and orange flavors are simply the perfect classic combination, in my humble opinion.  I made a chocolate crust on top for a contrast of texture as well.  Each bite, is simply heavenly!  If you’re still looking for a dessert recipe to end your Valentine’s Day dinner with the perfect sweet note, this is THE recipe to make! 

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If you make this cake and share with someone, be prepared that they will ask for the recipe!  Yes, this cake is that good!  I’ll leave it up to you to decide if you want to reveal the secret ingredient!  They might be shock that it’s the main ingredient in the cake!  If you have any recipe requests or suggestions, feel free to leave me a comment below.  I would love to hear from you.   Wish you and your loved ones a warm and sweet Valentine’s Day!  Stay tuned for more fun and easy recipes next week!

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Ingredients and Tools Used:

10-inch Bundt Pan (Click here for more information)
Edible Gold Leaf 
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Microplane Zester 
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Cooking Spray 
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Whisk 
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Measuring Spoons Set 
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Cooling Racks 
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Baking Sheets 
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Devil’s Food Cake Mix 
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Kerrygold Butter 
(Click here for more information)
Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips 
(Click here for more information)
Food Decorating Tongs/Tweezers 
(Click here for more information)



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Saturday, January 27, 2018

How to Make Chinese Steamed Cakes – 2 Ways 傳統雞蛋糕 原味+朱古力味



Ready for Chinese New Year?  This year, Chinese New Year falls on February 16th.  It’ll be the Year of Dog.  To celebrate the occasion, I’ve created this authentic and traditional Chinese dessert that you'll love: Chinese Steamed Cakes – 2 Ways 傳統雞蛋糕 原味+朱古力味!

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Streamed Cake in Chinese “蒸糕”, resemble the well wished we say during the Chinese New Year. “蒸蒸”日上,步步”高”升 means getting better and better (higher and higher), such as school grades or promotion at work.  Therefore, this is one simple treat that is often prepared during the Chinese New Year.

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Chinese New Year is one of the biggest festival celebrated in Asia countries.  There are many other treats and dishes that we make during Chinese New Year.  Such as Pot StickersTurnip CakesMatcha CookiesFirecracker ShrimpsGlutinous Rice CakeVegetarian Chop-SueyPork JerkySesame DumplingsHello KittyRed Bean Dumplings, and Osmanthus Jelly, just to name a few.


How to Make Chinese Steamed Cakes - 2 Ways 賀年糕點-傳統雞蛋糕  原味+朱古力味 http://uTry.it



These Chinese Steamed Cakes are super spongy and fluffy.  It's slightly sweet and packed with egg-y flavors.  My kids enjoy the chocolate version a lot (which is not quite traditional).  But I personally adore the original flavors as they bring back so many childhood memories.  It's definitely a nostalgic treat for me!  What are some of your childhood food that you miss?  Share with me in the comment below.  I can't wait to hear from you!


How to Make Chinese Steamed Cakes - 2 Ways 賀年糕點-傳統雞蛋糕  原味+朱古力味 http://uTry.it







Ingredients and Tools Used:
Organic All-Purpose Flour (Click here for more information)
Whisk (Click here for more information)
Measuring Spoons Set (Click here for more information)
Organic Vanilla Extract (Click here for more information)
6 ounces Ramekins (Click here for more information)
Valrhona Cocoa Powder (Click here for more information)
Grapeseed Oil (Click here for more information)
Bamboo Steamers (Click here for more information)
Baking Powder (Click here for more information)
Cupcake Liners (Click here for more information)
Ice Cream Scoop (Click here for more information)











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