Have you tried them? Is there a different way to eat them?Let's see what my next grocceries shopping trip will get me..
Sunday, 30 September 2007
Friday, 28 September 2007
Coconut(milk) is one much used ingredient used in Chinese snacks and desserts. The coconut tart is one of the fixed selling items in the Chinese bakery. The recipe is very simple, try it out if you like!
Ingredients (makes 10)
- Flour - 100 gram
- Sugar - 40 gram
- Butter - 70 gram
- Vanilla Essence - 1 tsp
- Milk Powder - 1,5 tbsp
- Egg - 1 large egg
- Baking Powder - 5 grams
- Desiccated Coconut - 150 grams
- Condensed Milk - 100 ml
- Egg yolk - 1
- Butter - 50 grams
- Egg Yolk - 1
- Butter - 1/2 (half) Tbsp melted butter
Ready to serve!
Sunday, 23 September 2007
It is quite some work to find everything you need before making mooncakes. I have been looking for mooncake moulds, but could not find any in the Netherlands. I bought mine online at the wokshop. The people are so nice there and I even got 2 pairs of nice chopsticks as a token. Then I had to hunt for Lyle's Golden Syrup to make the skin. Ofcours it was only available in Expetriats stores. The hunt for the filling was not that easy either. There is only one Chinese Supermarket in Amsterdam Chinatown that holds selfmade lotusnut paste (and they also sell the white one!!!!). All the other Supermarkets only sell the ones in a tin (I really do not like them). I could just buy the salted duck eggs from any store in Chinatown, but I think I will salt my own eggs next year.
I will not be posting my recipe for mooncakes, because I followed the recipe of Florence. Of the couple of recipes I tried, this is the most workable one.
- Make sure to give new mooncake moulds a 24 hours oil bath treatment.
- How much filling and skin dough you need, differs with every mould you use. If you have too much or too less, the mooncake will not take the print of the mould nicely.
Monday, 10 September 2007
Forgot to pick up some bradwurste (German sausages). For the next time.
Sunday, 9 September 2007
Ingredients (makes 12 pcs)
- Glutinour Rice Flour - 200 grams
- Corn Starch - 2 tbsp
- Water - 300 ml
- Peanut oil - 2 tbsp
- Peanuts (roasted, not salted) - 100 grams
- Granulated Sugar - 35 grams (Dutch, kristalsuiker)
- Desiccated Coconut - 50 grams (Dutch, cocosrasp)
- Glutinours Rice Flour - 50 grams
Steam the batter over high heat for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the filling by grinding the peanuts fine and mix it with granulated sugar.
After the steaming the batter should be turned into a sticky dough. Use a pair of chopsticks to stir the dough a bit. You will feel that the dough is very sticky and solid.
As the dough is very sticky, you will need some glutinous rice flour to dust the dough off. This way the dough will nog stick to your fingers, while you try to form it.
Use a tablespoon to scoop a big spoon full of dough into the flour.
Cover the dough with flour. Form the dough into a cirkle as big as your palm.
Fill with 1 table spoon of peanut mix. Close the opening kneading.
The ball is formed.
Dip the ball in water and cover with coconut.
Ready to be eaten!
Tuesday, 4 September 2007
The tables are as small as they come, 100cm x 100cm is a table for 2. This makes sense as they earn per filled seat. So the more seats, the better.
They just added some new items on the menu. Thought we should check it out! The picture below does not show the new items yet.
These are the items you can choose from. They call the Thursdays "deluxe" as you can order things like sashimi, fried oysters, which you cannot on other weekdays. Though you pay a couple of euro's more ofcours. Here a couple of dishes that we ordered.
The sashimi was not that fresh in the first "rounds". It got better as the evening went by. Funny chicken dumplings/balls (?). Guess they were desperate thinking of new dishes?
Yummy fried oysters, they were holding back on the lemons. The miniature Katsu Curry (my fav at Wagamama) was not too bad. The little green dish is the Ginger Pork, not very special. The seaweed salad tasted a bit like the dimsum jellyfish dish.
I liked the gyoza's though Kelvin is not too fond of them. The season special was mussels, not bad. Another new comer is the vegetable roll. Vegetable rolled in (nappa?) cabbage. Ooh well, we do need our greens right? So green tea ice cream for dessert :-) They actually serve the best green tea ice cream I had in Holland. Too bad they do not have red bean ice cream.
The food is not spectacular, but it makes a nice casual evening out. Hope they have a non smoking area soon. As the tables are so close to each other, it is very disturbing when the table next to you is smoking, while you are trying to eat.
The bill was €60 including tips for two.