Friday, August 19, 2016

Sakura Raindrop Cake (櫻花雨滴凍糕)



Have you ever tried the Raindrop Cake, which is definitely the latest trendy dessert?  It’s a very popular dessert in Japan and was recently introduced to the Western world.  Technically, the Raindrop Cake isn’t really a “cake” per se.  There’s no batter and no baking involved!  A Raindrop Cake is a dessert made from water and agar agar powder (a vegan substitute of gelatin powder, obtained from algae).  Traditionally, it is served with black sugar syrup called Kuromitsu and a roasted soy flour called Kinako.  (Please reference my video above.)

Trendy dessert: Sakura Raindrop Cake (櫻花雨滴蛋糕) A super cool, gorgeous, and delicious dessert that you can make at home.   http://uTry.it

This Raindrop Cake is a chilled dessert that is super dreamy and gorgeous.  Each bite simply melts in your mouth, like swallowing raindrops.  Maybe that’s where the name came from.  Or maybe it got its name from its appearance because the cake itself looks like a gigantic raindrop landed on the plate! 

Trendy dessert: Sakura Raindrop Cake (櫻花雨滴蛋糕) A super cool, gorgeous, and delicious dessert that you can make at home.   http://uTry.it

Of course, I can’t just stop at the traditional Raindrop Cake.  I tested out the recipe with the traditional plain one.  Then, I further transformed this gorgeous and whimsical treat with the addition of my favorite Japanese ingredient, Pickled Sakura (cherry blossom).  To elevate it to the next level, I added a few freckles of edible gold leaf.  Normally, a piece of the traditional Raindrop Cake costs $8 USD (in NYC).  But when you can make it at home, it only costs a fraction of the price and you can splurge on other luxury ingredients such as gold leaf and sakura!       

Trendy dessert: Sakura Raindrop Cake (櫻花雨滴蛋糕) A super cool, gorgeous, and delicious dessert that you can make at home.   http://uTry.it

As I mentioned earlier, this dessert is served with black sugar syrup and soy bean flour.  They are the perfect company to this dessert.  As the cake itself is really mild, the Black Sugar Syrup adds the perfect sweetness and earthiness while the Soy Bean Flour accentuate it with a nice toasty and nutty aroma to the palate.  The edible gold leaf is tasteless and simply for decorative purposes.  However, the pickled Sakura adds a nice tartness and saltiness to the cake.  The Sakura reminds me of salty, sour plum (話梅) with a hint of floral aroma.  Of course, it adds a beautiful visual presentation to this treat as well. 

Trendy dessert: Sakura Raindrop Cake (櫻花雨滴蛋糕) A super cool, gorgeous, and delicious dessert that you can make at home.   http://uTry.it

My Baby Girl and I had so much fun making this Sakura Raindrop Cake together!  I think my girl is ready to take over the kitchen, real soon!  Last but not least, I’ll list all the tools and ingredients used in this recipe for your convenience.  Thank you for stopping by my blog.  I hope you enjoyed today’s video and recipe.  Stay tuned for more fun and trendy treat next week!

Trendy dessert: Sakura Raindrop Cake (櫻花雨滴蛋糕) A super cool, gorgeous, and delicious dessert that you can make at home.   http://uTry.it


Tools and ingredients used:
Large Hemisphere Silicone Mold (Click here for more information)
Agar Agar Powder (Click here for more information)
Pickled Sakura (Click here for more information)
Edible Gold Leaf Sheets (Click here for more information)
Black Sugar (see similar product here)
Soy Bean Flour (Click here for more information)
Food Decorating Tongs/Tweezers (Click here for more information)
 



Friday, August 12, 2016

Double Chocolate Sandwich Cookies 黑白朱古力夾心曲奇餅:



One of our favorite summer activities is cooking and baking at home.  However, My Baby Girl is obviously way more interested in the cooking and baking, way more than my Little Handsome does.  Quite often, she got to select our baking projects.  And you probably know by now, bunny is one of her favorite animals.  Click here, here, and here for other bunny treats that we’ve made so far!  Here comes the BIG question!  How will you eat these cookies?  Will you start from the ears?  Or will you bite on the little cutie pink cheek first?  Either way, these are super fun to eat and super fun to make as well!  Not to mention, they are so adorable and almost too kawaii (cute) to eat, almost!  How about we do a little bunny cookie eating personality test?

Double Chocolate Sandwich Cookies 黑白朱古力夾心曲奇餅  http://uTry.it

Bunny Cookie Personality Test:  Where will you start first?

Ears First:
If you nibble on the ears first, you’re a practical, organized, and traditional person.  You value security and you’re extremely loyal.  You might be a little impatient at times but everyone loves you!

Cheek First:
If you start with the cheek first, you’re the type of person that tends to take the roads that are less traveled.   It's not necessarily means that you’re an innovator.  It’s probably due to the fact that you don’t want to be predictable.  A bit cautious, perhaps, or even a little...sneaky!?

Eating the whole cookie all in one bite:
You’re restless, independent, and always on the go.  People can count on you to get the job done.  You also have a delightful personality and make friends easily.  You're definitely a fun person to be around.

Smelling It First:
If you would smell the cookie first before taking a bite, you’re a bit cautious. Isn't that obvious?  You always think twice before you act.  You have high standards and detail oriented.  You’re polite and very well mannered.

Chin First:
If you eat the bunny’s chin first, you are a very caring and nurturing person.  You also need assurance that you are loved.   A little insecure, perhaps?  You’re afraid that people might take advantage of you or take you for granted.  But if you found that right person, you’ll love them unconditionally.  

Breaking the cookie In Half:
Breaking the cookie in half is pretty much a reflection of how you live your life. “Half full” being a bit skeptical or pessimistic about things.  You do have a great sense of humor and you are a great friend to others.

Double Chocolate Sandwich Cookies 黑白朱古力夾心曲奇餅  http://uTry.it

Okay, now you know what kind of a person I am!  LOL….. Anyway, this test is just for a little fun.  Please don’t take it too seriously!  However, I would appreciate that you leave a comment below and tell me your "choice of body part" to bite into, and if the test results are accurate!  

Double Chocolate Sandwich Cookies 黑白朱古力夾心曲奇餅  http://uTry.it

So, head to the kitchen and bake these bunny cookies!  These are very easy to make with no mixer and/or machine needed at all!  However, please use good quality Dutch-process cocoa powder for this recipe.  It’ll give you the deep, dark, and rich chocolate flavor that you can’t get from other cocoa powder.  After trying so many different brands of cocoa powder, Valrhona is my personal favorite.  I’ll list the ingredients and tools below for your reference!  Stay tuned for more fun recipe next week.  Thanks for stopping by and take care.   

Double Chocolate Sandwich Cookies 黑白朱古力夾心曲奇餅  http://uTry.it


Tools and Ingredients Used:
Valrhona Cocoa Powder (Clickhere for more information)
Kerrygold Butter (Clickhere for more information)
Wilton Pink Pearl Sprinkles (Clickhere for more information)
Wilton Daisy Flower Sprinkles (Clickhere for more information)
Dark Chocolate Chips (Clickhere for more information)
White Chocolate Chips (Clickhere for more information)
Organic Vanilla Extract (Click here for more information)
Large Flower Cookie Cutter (Click here for more information)
Small Bunny Cookie Cutter (Click here for more information)
Measuring Spoons Set (Click here for more information)
Cooling Racks (Click here for more information)
Baking Sheets (Click here for more information)
Rolling Pin  (Clickhere for more information)
Silpat (Clickhere for more information)



Friday, August 5, 2016

Chocolate Bubble Waffle (Eggette) Cone Ice Cream 朱古力雞蛋仔雪糕



Have you seen this Bubble Waffle Cone Ice Cream before?  I’m sure most of you had by now.  If not, you're in a treat today!  Apparently, it’s one of the latest food trend!  However, the bubble waffle itself  (Eggette 雞蛋仔) is no stranger to me!  It’s one of my favorite childhood street food from Hong Kong!  You can click here to check out my recipe and video tutorial on how to make the original/traditional version.

Chocolate Bubble Waffle (Eggette) Cone Ice Cream 朱古力雞蛋仔雪糕  http://uTry.it

Today, I want to share the recipe of a chocolate version of the bubble waffle with you.  They are delicious on their own, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.  I used my favorite Valrhona cocoa powder for the waffle batter, so that they are packed with wonderfully deep, dark chocolate flavor.  After making the bubble waffle, I shape it into a cone shape while it’s still warm, by placing it into a cone shape wire rack (to hold its shape.)  The bubble waffle will turn crispy once it’s completely cooled.  I love this wire rack not only because of its shape, I am also re-using it as a serving rack for this dessert dish as well.  Not to mention that this rack was meant to be a french fries holder to begin with!  Hey, I love my kitchen tools that can multi-task!  I’ll list the information of this cone shape wire rack and other tools/ingredients that I used at the bottom of this post for your reference.

Chocolate Bubble Waffle (Eggette) Cone Ice Cream 朱古力雞蛋仔雪糕  http://uTry.it

As you can see from my video and pictures, I filled the waffle cone with chocolate ice cream, freshly whipped cream, chocolate sauce, sprinkles, a cherry, Pocky sticks and a mini chocolate cupcake!  It’s a mouthful just to list the ingredients, however the taste of this chocolate overload is surely wonderful and out of this world delicious!  Without a doubt, it’s a glorious and outrageous dessert to make and enjoy!  Seriously, outrageously good! 

Chocolate Bubble Waffle (Eggette) Cone Ice Cream 朱古力雞蛋仔雪糕  http://uTry.it

My Kids had so much fun sharing this treat together on a hot summer afternoon!  As you can see, they couldn’t wait any longer to devour this monster dessert down while I was still taking pictures!  It was that good!  Make someone happy, and make this treat for them!  I’m sure they’ll love it as much as we did!  What is your favorite treat during the hot summer days?  Ice cream definitely top our list!  Please share yours in the comment below.  I can’t wait to hear from you!  Take care and stay tuned for another wonderful recipe coming next week!

Tools and ingredients:
Bubble Egg Waffle Pan (Click here for more information)
Electric Bubble Waffle Maker (Click here for more information)
Cone Shape Wire Rack (Click here for more information)
Valrhona Cocoa Powder (Click here for more information)
Grapeseed Oil  (Click here for more information)
Custard Powder (Click here for more information)
Tapioca Flour (Click here for more information)
Evaporated Milk (Click here for more information)
Organic Vanilla Extract (Click here for more information)
Maraschino cherries (Click here for more information)
Cooling Racks (Click here for more information)
Chocolate Pocky (Clickhere for more information)
Plain Pocky (Clickhere for more information)


Friday, July 29, 2016

Classic California Roll – 2 Ways 經典加州卷 (兩式)




My kids love Japanese food, I guess that runs in the family!  Unlike my Little Girl, my Son is not quite fond with raw fish or sashimi, just yet.  My Little Girl is definitely more adventurous in terms of trying new food.  But one item that they both enjoy is California Roll!  Well, honestly, I think California Roll is in the “American food” category, not Japanese.  Ha!  Of course, I’m not going to be technical with my kids.  After all, I always encourage them to try different/new food, and California Roll is definitely a good starting point when you are new to Japanese food.

How to Make Classic California Roll – 2 Ways 經典加州卷 (兩式)  http://uTry.it

That’s why today I am sharing with you on how to make the Classic California Rolls in 2 different ways 經典加州卷 (兩式).  These are quite easy to prepare as you can see from the video tutorial above.  I prepare rice and Chinese dishes almost everyday.  Therefore, I prepare my sushi rice in my trusted rice cooker.  If you don’t have one, you can prepare the rice in a pot on stove top, or get a box of to-go rice. 

How to Make Classic California Roll – 2 Ways 經典加州卷 (兩式)  http://uTry.it

There are a few basic tools and ingredients in preparing sushi rolls, such as the rolling mat, nori (seaweed), sushi seasoning package, etc.  I’ll list them all at the end of this post for your reference.  After you’ve obtained these basic tools and ingredients, you can make different type of sushi rolls.  The sky is the limit and you can be creative with the fillings you like as well.

How to Make Classic California Roll – 2 Ways 經典加州卷 (兩式)  http://uTry.it

In the video tutorial, I shared two different ways of making California rolls.  The first way is the more classic way, with the nori on the outside and the rice and fillings wrapped inside (see picture above).  I also used the classic ingredients, such as avocado, Japanese cucumber, and imitation crab meat.

How to Make Classic California Roll – 2 Ways 經典加州卷 (兩式)  http://uTry.it

The second way of rolling the California Roll is with the rice on the outside, wrapping the fillings inside the nori.  Then, I roll the entire sushi roll on some toasted sesame seeds for more flavor and textures.  Last but not least, some masago eggs on top for a crunch.  They are comparable to tiny caviar with a little salty and briny pop. 

How to Make Classic California Roll – 2 Ways 經典加州卷 (兩式)  http://uTry.it

I hope you enjoy today’s recipe and video tutorial.  These are so easy to make and they’ll make wonderful summer party food as well.  Thank you for stopping by today and stay tuned for more fun and easy recipe and videos.


Tools and Ingredients Used:
Zojirushi Rice Cooker: (Click here for more information)

Nori (seaweed): (Click here for more information)
Japanese Short Grain Rice: (Click here for more information)
Japanese Powdered Sushi Rice Seasoning (Clickhere for more information)
Toasted Sesame Seeds (Clickhere for more information)
Imitation Crab Meat Sticks (Clickhere for more information)
Sushi Bamboo Rolling Mat (Clickhere for more information)




Friday, July 22, 2016

Neapolitan Ice Cream Pops 自家製三色雪糕磚



My Kids are having a great summer vacation so far.  From visiting the beach, the park, the library, and meeting up with friends, to playing board games and cooking together at home, we’re having a very balanced schedule.  I like it because the kids are engaged, but yet, still have time to rest and relax.  Best of all, we all love it when there’s no homework involved!  This is what summer is all about, isn’t it?  Having fun and enjoying each other’s company!  As you can see from my recent videos, my Baby Girl had been helping me out in the kitchen whenever I cook.  I really enjoy the time we spent together.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Pops 三色雪糕磚  http://uTry.it

Summer time also reminds me of this nostalgic dessert that I enjoyed when I was young.  It’s the classic Neapolitan ice cream sandwich!  I’m sure you know which one I’m referring to!  The rectangular one wrapped inside a piece of white paper.  It has chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream sandwiched in between two soft chocolate cookies/cake; more like cake with that soft texture, I guess.  I recently had one, but honestly, it didn’t taste as great as I remembered it to be.  I guess it’s all the fun memories that were associated with it that made me loved this ice cream sandwich so much!  Today, I’m updating this nostalgic dessert with my own homemade version!  Let me present it to you: Neapolitan Ice Cream Pops 自家製三色雪糕磚!  

Neapolitan Ice Cream Pops 三色雪糕磚  http://uTry.it

This homemade version gets all the components of the classic ice cream sandwich, but presented differently.  A much more fun and pretty way, in my opinion!  Instead of a soft sandwich, I started it with an Oreo cookie crust!  Yes, you can’t really go wrong when you start anything with Oreo….okay, dinner item would be an exception, I guess.  Then, I layered on with the chocolate, vanilla bean, and strawberry ice cream on top of one another.  You’ll see in my video on how layered the ice cream.  It is super quick and easy to do.  You can use store bought ice cream to make this dessert in a cinch.  It’s perfect to take to parties for sharing.  You’ll need half a tub (1.5 quart size) of each flavor.  But of course, you can take it to the next level by making your homemade ice creams like I did.  I’ll list my homemade ice cream recipes for all three flavors for your reference below.  The ice cream spreads easily right after churning.  If you are using the store bought ones, take the tub out of the freezer 15 minutes before layering.  Lastly, I inserted popsicle sticks on top and turn them into ice cream pops!  Very portable and fun to eat.  After cutting them into individual squares, you can see all the gorgeous layers!  

Neapolitan Ice Cream Pops 三色雪糕磚  http://uTry.it

I hope you enjoy today’s recipe and video tutorial.  Stay tuned for more fun and easy summer recipes!  What are some of your summer favorite recipes?  Feel free to share them with me in the commend below. 

Neapolitan Ice Cream Pops 三色雪糕磚  http://uTry.it




Tools and Ingredients used:

8x8x2 Baking Pan (Clickhere for more information)
Wooden Popsicle Sticks (Clickhere for more information)
Washi Tape (Clickhere for more information)
Ninja Food Processor (Clickhere for more information)
Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker (Clickhere for more information)
Valrhona Cocoa Powder (Clickhere for more information)
Organic Vanilla Bean (Clickhere for more information)
Organic Vanilla Extract (Clickhere for more information)
Horizon Organic Heavy Whipping Cream (Clickhere for more information)
Oreo Cookies (Clickhere for more information)
Kerrygold Butter (Clickhere for more information)
Parchment Paper (Clickhere for more information) 
4 Cups Measuring Cup (Clickhere for more information)


Recipe for Homemade Dark Chocolate Ice Cream:
http://goo.gl/z47CXd

Recipe for Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream:

https://goo.gl/lcpfPc

Recipe for Homemade Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream:
http://goo.gl/2Sd5h4