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Cravings For Tong Sui – Chinese Sweet Soup Desserts That Can Also Be Healthy

Tong Sui and snacks at KTZ

Popular Tong Sui and snacks at KTZ in SS2

 

Hi there, dear friends 😀

Last night, my husband and I suddenly had some strong cravings for “Tong Sui” after dinner  and so, we quickly drove to KTZ  in SS2, Petaling Jaya to get some satisfaction! LOL!

Tong Sui is literally called  “Sugar Water” in the Chinese/Cantonese dialect , but it actually means desserts in sweet soups, and there are many types of Tong Sui.

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Happyhomemaker88’s Homemade Granola Bar Recipe – Loaded With Lots Of Healthy & Yummy Goodness!

My very first homemade Granola Bar

My very first homemade healthy Granola Bar

Hi there, dear friends 😀 

My eldest daughter and I love eating Granola Bars, but those that are store-bought are often laden with  too much sugar and they also cost a bomb for just a few bars in a box. Also, most of them are lacking in the type of nutritious ingredients that we want.

So, for the past few weeks, I have been looking up  Granola Bar recipes, but I couldn’t really find one that I liked…and so,  I came up with my own recipe instead and my Granola Bars were very delicious! I love it that they were made with a lot of high fibre ingredients and sweetened naturally by the dried fruits and a little wild honey….yummm!  

A plate of Granola Squares

A plate of yummy Granola Squares

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Easy Green Mung Bean Chinese Dessert/Sweet Soup For Detoxification, To Dispel Body Heatiness, For Lowering High Blood Pressure & Cholesterol, Clearing Acne

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Hi there, dear friends! 😀

Yesterday, I was testing out blogging from my new iPhone and when I hit the “Publish” button, only the photos remained of this post – all narration was gone! LOL!  So, here is the update 💡 ===> 

This is a very classic, traditional Chinese sweet soup or dessert that uses the Green Mung Bean. It is not as popular as the other Chinese sweet soups (Tong Sui in Cantonese) but I do make it now and then as an easy method for countering body heatiness and for detoxification. 

A few years ago, a friend taught me an effective remedy for reducing high viral fever – take a handful of green mung beans and boil in 2 cups of water for about 15 minutes. Add half a teaspoon of salt and drink when cooled. The cooling property of the bean is magnified this way.

When I told an elderly aunt about this fever reducing remedy, she said when she was a young girl around 50 years ago, women would drink lots of this salted green mung bean water to prevent pregnancies whenever they had missed their period or their menses were late. 

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Easy, Fluffy, Yummy Cinnamon Rolls Recipe For Amateur Bakers : Secret Ingredient ===> Mashed Potatoes!

Fluffy cinnamon rolls fresh out of the oven, drizzled with some butter cream cheese frosting

Fluffy cinnamon rolls that I made fresh out of the oven, drizzled with some butter cream cheese frosting

Hi there, dear friends 😀

I am not very good at baking at all – heheh, please have a look  my ugly but yummy first Sourdough Bread that I had made a few weeks ago and you will get the idea 😳  !

Most of my recipes here are for savoury  foods! My past baking attempts had usually resulted in some hard buns  and dense breads and as a result, I am not very confident at all in following any baking recipes. 

So, if I can make these super fluffy and yummy cinnamon rolls with my secret ingredient, you can definitely do so, too, and you will be able to impress your family and friends with your new found “baking skills” LOL  !

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My Dodgy-Looking But Real Yummy Wholemeal Carrot Cake


Happy Sunday, dear friends 😀

Late one night, I had a strong craving for cakes and I decided to bake a carrot cake at midnight! 🙄 Well, it was a Saturday night and my husband and kids were all staying up late anyway….and so, this was a real treat for them, a slice of carrot cake for supper!

I had some leftover cream cheese in my refrigerator and I decided to use all of it and somehow, I messed up with the measurements for making the cheese topping, and I ended up with a frosting that was a tad too watery…but…. it sure tasted great with the cake anyway. 😆

This recipe is really easy to follow and it only took me 20 minutes to prepare the cake batter from scratch all by myself and without any little assistants (hehe, my kids) helping out in the kitchen. I’m not very good with baking cakes and so, I was very happy with the results here. 😀

First, the oven is preheated to 180 degrees Celcius or 350 degrees Fahrenheit. While the oven is going, grease and flour a 8-inch or 10-inch round or square cake pan. Then, prepare the batter as follows –


Wholemeal Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients –


1 1/2 cups oil

2 cups brown sugar

2 tsps cinnamon powder

4 eggs, beaten lightly

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups wholemeal flour

1 tsp salt

3 cups finely grated carrots

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda or soda bicarbonate

Method – Mix the first five ingredients thoroughly in a large bowl. Then add in the rest of the ingredients one by one until they are all incorporated. Pour into the prepared cake pan and bake in the preheated oven for approximately 50 minutes, or when the top of the cake is golden in colour and the cake is tested for doneness when an inserted toothpick into the centre of the cake turns out dry (without any batter sticking onto it).

While the cake is baking, prepare the Cream Cheese Frosting …

Cream Cheese Frosting –

Ingredients –

1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

230 gm or 8 oz of soft Philadelphia Cream Cheese, at room temperature

2 cups or 230 gms of icing/Confectioners’ sugar, sifted

zest of 1 lemon

1 tsp vanilla extract


Method – Beat cream cheese and butter with a hand mixer until smooth and well incorporated. Add in the icing sugar bit by bit, then the lemon zest and vanilla – make sure to mix thoroughly. Frost this onto a completely cooled cake.

Bon Appetit! 😀

Note – Because I was using wholemeal flour, the cake’s texture is a bit heavy but if you prefer a softer cake, use plain flour and for a “more moist” cake, add in 1/2 cup of well drained and crushed canned pineapple with the wet ingredients for the cake and bake a few minutes longer. You can also add 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts or raisins, too, if you like. I didn’t put any in this recipe here because my family doesn’t really like them in their cakes.

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Auspicious Delicious Sweet Soup To Welcome The Chinese New Year

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Clockwise from top – dried lily bulbs, dried lotus seeds, gingko nuts in shell, rock brown sugar

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Dried Longan

Good evening, dear friends 😀

As the Chinese New Year (7 Feb) is coming nearer, I thought I would post here a recipe for an auspicious “Tong Sui” which literally means “Sweet Water” in Cantonese, but actually it is a healthy, delicious sweet soup usually served as dessert.

During the CNY, many homonyms are used to create auspicious meanings out of words. So, this dessert is actually cooked on the eve of CNY, right after the Family Reunion Dinner, and it is left to simmer in a slow cooker to be served first thing on CNY. The best part of this is that the wonderful smell of thisTong Sui is wafting throughout the house as we sleep and its good smell is what greets us when we wake up to the new year!

Let me introduce the ingredients for this recipe and you will understand the meaning of this dessert as well as know its health benefits.

Ingredients –

200 gms dried lotus seeds, called “Lin Jee”

100 gms dried lily bulbs, or “Pak Hup”

100 gms gingko nuts, or “Pak Kor” (shelled, boil in water for a few minutes and the skin will rub off easily)

100 dried whole seedless longan meat (not in picture)

200 gms of rock sugar

2 litres of water

When we merge some of the names from the ingredients, this dessert has an auspicious of “Pak Lin Yan Kor Ho Hup” with the meaning “A Hundred Years Of Fated Peace And Harmony”……..so, we have an auspicious start to the new year when we have this dessert as a family in harmony after we woke up and we are dressed in our new clothes.

Lily bulbs are a cooling herb which is yin in nature, nourishes the lungs and has a calming effect. This is especially good for easing insomnia, irritability and restlessness. Lotus seeds nourish our kidneys, spleen and heart, and they are also calming in nature. Gingko nuts are high in antioxidant and are supposedly good for bladder and urinary problems.

Method –

1) Soak lotus seeds for 3 hours. Rinse and place in a slow cooker together with the water and sugar.

2) Bring to a boil and simmer at low heat until the next morning when you wake up.

3) Meanwhile, wash and soak Lily Bulbs overnight.

4) On the morning of Chinese New Year, when you have washed up, check on your CNY Tong Sui – by now the lotus seeds would have softened. Add in the Lily Bulbs, increase the hear and boil for 30 minutes.

5) Lastly, add the Longans and boil for a further 30 minutes. Check to see if the soup is sweet enough.

Serve in small bowls for your family and enjoy this wonderful auspicious Tong Sui or sweet soup together! I would like to wish you and your loved ones prosperity, harmony and peace!  😀

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Amazing Rice Cooker Chocolate Cake

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My new “smart” electronic rice cooker that bakes 😆

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My chocolate cake that was amazingly cooked in a rice cooker

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Good evening, dear friends 😀

Yesterday, I used my new rice cooker for the first time and instead of cooking rice in it, I baked a chocolate cake! Yes! I BAKED a cake in it – not steamed, not boiled 😆

I had followed a recipe that came with the rice cooker and I wasn’t really having any great expectations of a cake baked in a rice cooker, but I was really amazed by the light and fluffy cake texture that was evenly cooked throughout – no burning, no hard bits at the bottom (as the heat in the rice cooker comes from the bottom)…a perfectly normal looking and tasting cake as we would have it if it were baked in an actual oven! 😯

All I did was prepare the cake batter in my mixer, pour it into the non-stick, greased rice pan, set the menu to “Cake” and the timing for the baking to 50 minutes and it was all set to go. When the cake was done, there was a beeping sound to tell me that the cake and the rice pan were ready to be removed from the rice cooker. I let them cool for 5 minutes and it was easy inverting the cake onto a plate. I did the chocolate fudge separately and I admit that I am not very good at spreading frosting, hence the dodgy picture! 😆

Voila! There you have it – a chocolate cake baked in a rice cooker! 😀

Added – 29 March, 2009

My Rice Cooker Chocolate Chip Cake

Ingredients for Cake –

Butter 130 gm

Castor Sugar 120 gm

Eggs 3

Self Raising Flour 150 gm, sifted

Chocolate Chips 30 gm

Vanilla Essence 1/2 tsp

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Ingredients for Cocoa Mixture –

Cocoa Powder 30 gm

Sugar 70 gm

Water 110 ml

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Method

1) Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy

2) Add in eggs, one at a time, and continue to beat for 2 minutes

3) Add vanilla essence

4) Fold in sifted flour and cocoa mixture alternatively, beginning and ending with flour mixture

5) Add chocolate chips and mix well

6) Pour mixture evenly into greased rice cooker pan/pot

7) Select “Cake” function on the Rice Cooker Menu, and set timer to 50 minutes

8 ) When cake is done, remove the pan/pot from the Rice Cooker

9) Let cake cool for 2 minutes before inverting cake slowly onto a plate to cool

10) Decorate cake before serving

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Here are the ingredients to other types of cakes. The preparation method is similar to the one above.

Rice Cooker Prune Cake

Butter  125 gm

Sugar  200 gm

Eggs   2

Vanilla Essence       1/2 tsp

Self Raising Flour   180 gm

Baking Soda (sifted with flour)    1/2 tsp

Water   70 ml

Prunes, steamed and cut    120 gm

*** Sifted flour and water is to be added  alternately into the batter

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Rice Cooker Orange Butter Cake

Butter   135 gm

Castor Sugar   135 gm

Orange Rind  12gm

Eggs   3

Vanilla Essence   1/2 tsp

Orange Juice   1 tbsp

Self Raising Flour, sifted   190 gm

Fresh Milk    1/2 cup

*** Note – Orange Juice is to be added with water, and the flour is to be alternated with fresh milk, beginning and ending with flour

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Orange Icing/Frosting

Icing Sugar   1 cup

Butter   15 gm

Orange Juice   2 tbsp

– combine sugar and butter. Stir in orange juice. Stir in container over hot water until icing is spreadable.






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