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Chicken Char Siew

One of my favorite things to order whenever I go for dim sum is their BBQ chicken buns, or char siew chicken buns. There are a number of good halal dim sum places in KL, but we rarely eat out anyway, so meals there are few and far between usually.

Here’s my first attempt at making my own chicken char siew, to be used for the pau filling. I got this recipe from Jasmine Hoo, one of my Cooking With Philips Pressure Cooker Facebook groupmates, modified using permissible ingredients, of course.

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Make Your Own: Pau Dough

It’s been a very long time since Kak’mbang and I made pau. Back when we were still living in Terengganu, every so often we would buy boxes of Blue Key flour and make chicken mushroom pau. Kak’mbang made the filling and I was on dough duty. Freshly steamed buns would then be sent to friends and relatives for their afternoon snack.

Gosh, that was such a long time ago.

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Pandan Coconut Bread

Been meaning to make this for a while. I used homemade pandan extract using the leaves growing in Mummy’s garden, which wasn’t as strong or aromatic as I’d hoped. I’ll make this again using store-bought extract, and perhaps another time using the water from making the pandan extract in the yukone.

The rolls were very soft and fluffy, and absolutely yummy when enjoyed with kaya. A good idea is to also dip the rolls in kaya and grated coconut, for an extra-indulgent treat.

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Make Your Own: Pandan Extract

I wanted to make pandan coconut breadrolls, and naturally the recipe called for pandan extract.

All of the stores I scouted only carried artificial pandan flavour, some with and some without artificial alien green coloring. Mummy does have a lot of pandan growing in her garden, so I might as well set some time aside to make my own extract.

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Seared Crispy Skin Duck Breast with Duck Fat Fried Potatoes

Bought some duck breast from Tesco then took my own sweet time to make something from it. Ended up with this simple enough dish, to satisfy your duck cravings without the hassle of roasting a whole bird.

Watch out the roasting times; overcooking the duck will result in dry, tougher meat. The original recipe calls for the potatoes to be gently smashed, but I find this to be rather messy so I’ll just slice them into halves next time.

Based on the recipe by Tasty.co.

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Breadmaker Brioche

One day I was inspired to make brioche. So many articles and recipes, and many look super complicated or time consuming. Tempting, but not very suitable when I don’t have much time on my hands.

After a few rounds of experimenting with other recipes and modifying them for my Kenwood BM450, I went back to basics and looked at the recipe book that came with my machine. There’s a brioche recipe in there, maybe I should just try this one out? But, would this recipe be inferior to the traditional method?

Then Kak Nia got her own BM450 from the recent Lazada 11.11 sale, and one of her first loaves was the brioche which received raving reviews from her family. That really settled it for me lol.

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Homemade Bagels

I love bagels. Especially the ones freshly toasted and slathered with a ton of cream cheese. Top it with some yummy smoked salmon and you’ll have a complete breakfast.

I tried making my own bagels before which turned out pretty yummy, however it wasn’t very long before they became a bit stale. So I found another recipe by Serious Eats which applies the Japanese method of using yukone, a water-based roux which is supposed to improve the browning and shelf-life of bread.

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Easy Dinner Rolls

Over the long weekend I wanted to take my breadmaker for another spin, when Kak’mbang suggested this recipe she found on Youtube. These dinner rolls looked fairly easy to make, and uses basic ingredients most people readily have in their larder.

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Smoked Chicken and Cheese Chowder

It’s strangely hard for me to find turkey ham of late. Chicken toast is everywhere, but turkey… not so much. I went to the usual places like B.I.G. and Cold Storage near my house and they are always out of stock. So I reached out to Merv, whom I can always count on for bulk supplies of stuff. Merv definitely delivered; a 3-kg loaf of smoked turkey roll. Now I have enough to add to easily 10 different recipes, and then some. Haha!

I also had a block of Velveeta cheese waiting to be used. I originally intended to make enchiladas with it, but that just didn’t happen so here we are. In the end I used the turkey ham and Velveeta for this interesting looking chowder recipe I found on Taste of Home.

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Horlicks Bread

I generally like Horlicks, but I noticed that it is slowly disappearing from day to day life. Many eateries no longer offer Horlicks on their beverage menu, although a few places like the wonderful Inside Scoop has Horlicks ice cream (yum!)

I wondered how Horlicks put in bread would taste like, so here I am trying out a recipe from the blog MJ Bakes a Lot. The recipe calls for us to shape it by hand and baking in a loaf pan using an oven, but because I’m lazy I just used my Kenwood BM450 from start to finish.

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