How To

How To Make Homemade Pandan Juice & Pandan Extract

At the mention of pandan, what comes to your mind?
Heavenly, aromatic, yummy kuihs and cakes. Right?
Pandan chicken? Oh yeah!

Pandan or also known as screwpine is one of South East Asian prized flavoring treasures. In Malaysia, we simply called them as pandan, pandan leaves or daun pandan (in Malay). I’m really proud of our pandan leaves. Besides using pandan mainly as flavoring agent in baking and cooking, you can also use pandan as coloring agent.

I’ve been wanting to learn how to make pandan juice from scratch for the looooooongest time. Because I never make any desserts requiring pandan juice (actually more like I skipped them because I always thought making pandan juice is hard work), the learning process never takes place. Well until I decided to learn how to make chiffon cake that is. More precisely pandan chiffon cake. I know I can’t escape this time. Tsk, turns out making pandan juice is not as hard (or scary) as I imagined it to be.

Homemade Fresh Pandan Juice
Freshly squeezed homemade pandan juice is DA best! 😍
Not for drinking ya.
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Soup

Roasted Pumpkin, Sweet Potato & Corn Soup

I know what roasting can yield to the flavors of many tasty ingredients. Yet, I don’t do much roasting… because using oven increases my electricity bill by a lot. Yes, it’s my stingy attribute, the Chinese in me or perhaps because life is hard or it’s better to save for other better things (e.g. travel!!!). I used to have the same thinking for baking but recently I’ve been baking quite frequently. In baking sense, I know I’m learning. But in roasting sense, it’s just for eating. You get me?

I came up with this recipe because of the ingredients on hand and my-oh-my what a beautiful combination this is. Pumpkin + sweet potato + corn = πŸ‘. A little heads-up; from the photos you’ll notice the soup DOESN’T look like a soup. “Where’s the liquid?” you WILL ask. Well, I like this kind of soup in thick consistency to savor its beautiful roasted flavor. If you like more liquid, you’re welcome to add more liquid. πŸ™‚

Perhaps I shall call this puree? I bet baby would love this too.

Roasted Pumpkin, Sweet Potato & Corn Soup
Roasted pumpkin, sweet potato & corn soup. ‘Cheng’!
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Fish, Quick & Easy

Nigella’s Mirin Glazed Salmon

Just when I run out of idea on how to cook salmon in more ways, I chanced upon a fellow Instagrammer with a beautiful salmon dish post. Turns out he adapted the recipe from Nigella (Nigella Express). So I googled the recipe, tried it andddd loved it! The best part about this dish is that it’s simple, quick and easy. Perfect for working and busy people or lazy people like me. πŸ™‚

Nigella's Mirin Glazed Salmon
Mirin glazed salmon is wickedly good! πŸ‘
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Korean

Sigeumchi Namul – Korean Spinach Side Dish

After procrastinating for so long, I’ve finally made sigeumchi namul μ‹œκΈˆμΉ˜λ‚˜λ¬Ό (Korean spinach side dish) at home. Can’t believe how easy it is! Sigemuchi μ‹œκΈˆμΉ˜ means spinach while namul λ‚˜λ¬Ό means seasoned vegetable. Sigeumchi namul is a regular banchan serves in many Korean restaurants. In fact this spinach side dish is a norm in many Korean household. You will almost always find sigeumchi namul in bibimbap. They’re great in kimbap too.

Sigeumchi Namul - Korean Spinach Side Dish
Sigeumchi namul μ‹œκΈˆμΉ˜λ‚˜λ¬Ό.
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Petaling Jaya

Salted Egg Yolk Croissant From Le Bread Days & Bake Plan @ SS2, Petaling Jaya

Anyone heard about or have participated in Le Bread Days’ salted egg yolk croissant craze + war few months back? I chanced upon this sounds-amazing salted egg yolk croissant few weeks ago when I was browsing through Instagram. Instantly captivated I was but act upon it I did not because I was nowhere near SS2. 😜

Golden Lave Salted Egg Croissant @ Bake Plan, SS2, Petaling Jaya
Bake Plan’s golden lava salted egg croissant.
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