Thursday, July 31, 2014

Colorful Snowskin Mooncakes (includes steps and different varieties ideas)

After our successful experimentation of Baked Traditional Mooncakes with the basic Plain, Single Yolk, Double Yolk, etc, here we are experimenting the mooncake dessert world which is the snowskin mooncakes.

Check out our recipe of Traditional Baked Mooncake (includes steps and different varieties ideas)

Getting back to topic. This recipe yields 17, 60g++ Snowskin Mooncakes.


Snowskin Dough, Plain Chocolate Truffle, Alcohol Chocolate Truffle

Dough Ingredients
100g Koh Fun/Kou Fien (self cooked Glutinous Rice Flour, method can be found in this recipe of ours)
90g Icing Sugar
30g Shortening
120ml Cold Water
Coloring

1. Sift the Kou Fien & Icing Sugar in a mixing bowl.
2. Gently rub the Shortening in to te dry mix until no lumps of Shortening can be found and looks like crumbs.
3. Divide the crumbs into equal portions in small bowls depending on the number of colours you wish to have.
4. Also, do it to the Cold Water as well then stir and mix the Coloring in to the.
5. Pour in only a tablespoon of Colored Cold Water at a time to the Dry Crumbs. Slowly knead them until well combine.
6. Place the snowskin dough in a airtight container and chill the dough in the fridge for 30mins to an hour before use.

The below picture does not tally similar to the directions above is due to us trying out to mix all then color the dough. Lesson learnt is that the snowskin will be kneaded and it will loose it moisture.

Plain and Alcohol Chocolate Truffle recipe link here!

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Below are my creations: All here to share! Will update more soon and hopefully add on the step by step guide photos. Below are the experimented best weight of paste & other required ingredients.

Plain Rainbow Snowskin Mooncake
Total 340g; per mooncake 20g Snowskin Dough
Total 680g; per mooncake 40g Paste
Icing Sugar

1. Roll each color dough into 1cm diameter strips, line them all together and give it a tight squeeze and roll.
2. Slice them equally approx 19g to 20g.
3. Use a rolling pin and roll the Snowskin Dough flat.
4. Next Roll the paste into a ball.
5. Place it paste in the middle of the rolled Snowskin Dough and wrap the paste evenly with the Snowskin Dough.
6. Dust some Icing Sugar on the Mooncake Mold and place it in and flatten the shaped Snowskin Dough to conform to the shape of the Mooncake Mold.
7. Gently push out the Snowskin Mooncake and store in a air tight container.
8. Let it chill overnight before consuming.

Snowskin Mooncake with Plain or Alcohol Chocolate Truffle
Total 340g; per mooncake 20g Snowskin Dough
Total 425g; per mooncake 25g Paste
Total 17; per mooncake 1 Plain or Alcohol Chocolate Truffle
Icing Sugar

1. Portion the Snowskin Dough equally approx 19g to 20g.
2. Use a rolling pin and roll the Snowskin Dough flat.
3. Next Roll the paste into a ball create a well big enough to fit the Chocolate Truffle and wrap the paste around it evenly.
4. Place it paste in the middle of the rolled Snowskin Dough and wrap the paste evenly with the Snowskin Dough.
5. Dust some Icing Sugar on the Mooncake Mold and place it in and flatten the shaped Snowskin Dough to conform to the shape of the Mooncake Mold.
6. Gently push out the Snowskin Mooncake and store in a air tight container.
7. Let it chill overnight before consuming.

Snowskin Mooncake with White Lotus and Honey Grapefruit Lemon
Total 340g; per mooncake 20g Snowskin Dough
Total 425g; per mooncake 20g White Lotus Paste
Total 425g; per mooncake 20g Honey Grapefruit Lemon Paste
Icing Sugar

1. Portion the Snowskin Dough equally approx 19g to 20g.
2. Use a rolling pin and roll the Snowskin Dough flat.
3. Next Roll the paste into a ball create a well big enough to fit the rolled Honey Grapefruit Lemon Paste and wrap the White Lotus paste around it evenly.
4. Place it paste in the middle of the rolled Snowskin Dough and wrap the paste evenly with the Snowskin Dough.
5. Dust some Icing Sugar on the Mooncake Mold and place it in and flatten the shaped Snowskin Dough to conform to the shape of the Mooncake Mold.
6. Gently push out the Snowskin Mooncake and store in a air tight container.
7. Let it chill overnight before consuming.

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Below are some photo spams of the wrapping process steps will try to get all the steps photo taken.

No.2 Next Roll the paste into a ball
No. 3 Place it paste in the middle of the rolled Mooncake Dough and wrap the paste evenly with the Mooncake Dough.
No.4 Dust some flour on the Mooncake Mold and place it in and flatten the dough to conform to the shape of the Mooncake Mold.
No.5 Gently push out the unbaked mooncake on a lined baking tray. Approx 1 to 1.5 inches apart for even baking.

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Below are some photo spams of the finish product.


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Chocolate Truffles (includes steps and different varieties ideas)

Truffles are delicious and can expensive! We're experimenting how to make a beautiful and yet delicious truffles. To be eaten or to be use for our bakes.

Apologize for the ugly starting photo below. Will be working a nicely finish version soon.

Plain Chocolate Truffle
140g Dark Chocolate Droplets
Pinch of Seasalt
3 tablespoons of Heavy Cream / Thicken Cream

Double boil method is the best to work with.
1. Bring a 1/4 pot of water to a simmer.
2. Place a Alluminium bowl over and melt Dark Chocolate Droplets.
3. Whisk in the Seasalt and let it melt for approx 30secs.
4. Add in the Heavy Cream / Thicken Cream and Whisk till well combine.
5. Pour it into a airtight container and let it chill until firm (approx 30mins to 1 hour).
6. Prepare a layered of plastic airtight container.
7. Divide and shape the firm Truffles. Place them on the plastic with some gaps in between.
8. Cover up and refrigerate it until firm(approx 30mins to 1 hour) and it is ready to use or be eaten.


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Below is twist and our creations: All here to share! Will update more soon and hopefully add on the step by step guide photos. Below are the experimented best weight of paste & other required ingredients.

Alcohol Chocolate Truffle
140g Dark Chocolate Droplets
Pinch of Seasalt
1.5 tablespoon of Alcohol (Cointreau/ Courvoisier/ Chivas/ Champagne/ Jack Daniel's/ Kahlua/ etc..)
1.5 tablespoon of Heavy Cream / Thicken Cream

Double boil method is the best to work with.
1. Bring a 1/4 pot of water to a simmer.
2. Place a Alluminium bowl over and melt Dark Chocolate Droplets.
3. Whisk in the Seasalt and let it melt for approx 30secs.
4. Whisk in the Alcohol until well combine
5. Lastly, add in the Heavy Cream / Thicken Cream and Whisk till well combine.
6. Pour it into a airtight container and let it chill until firm (approx 30mins to 1 hour).
7. Prepare a layered of plastic airtight container.
8. Divide and shape the firm Truffles. Place them on the plastic with some gaps in between.
9. Cover up and refrigerate it until firm(approx 30mins to 1 hour) and it is ready to use or be eaten.


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Eat everything with your fingers - at Tung Lok's Dancing Crab, Grandstand!

"Remember when your mummy said 'don't eat with your fingers?' That doesn't apply here!"

Today we're visiting Dancing Crab - Louisiana Seafood, the newest concept by the Tung Lok Group. Occupying what was previously the sparsely-patronized Modern Asian Diner at the Grandstand, this restaurant aims to bring Lousiana style seafood to the Singaporean palatte - with an interesting twist: You're actively encouraged to eat everything with your fingers!

Tung Lok Dancing Crab Seafood Combo Bag 1

Utensils are optional here - they're not even provided unless you specifically ask. What's even more enticing is that if you order any of the seafood combos, the entire bag is dumped right in the middle of the table (on new plastic sheets, of course) for everyone to just grab whatever they want and lick off their fingers afterwards.

Tung Lok Dancing Crab Restaurant

The restaurant itself is a weird East meets West fusion concept. On one hand the food is Louisiana style and you have American Top 40 Pop and Rock hits blasting out of the stereo. On the other hand there's a Carlsber Beer Lady walking around serving Beer, and occasionally a restaurant-wide yum seng toast; If you empty your drink during this toast you get a refill on the house.

Tung Lok Dancing Crab Fizzy Lemonade
Fizzy Lemonade - $4 each

The restaurant is immensely popular, with queues of up to an hour on weekend nights. If you've made a reservation (or are willing to wait), once seated you might try the Grilled Butter Roll ($2) - good for soaking up the sauces that come with the Seafood Combos.

Tung Lok Dancing Crab Grilled Butter Roll

Truffle Fries ($7) were as competent as can be for re-fried frozen shoestring fries sprinkled with truffle-aroma'ed olive oil. Comes with a small sauce plate of dip but we much preferred to just dip the fries in the seafood combo sauce.

Tung Lok Dancing Crab Truffle Fries

We also tried the Garlic Soy Sauce Wings ($9) which were a mixed bag - we really liked the oriental/asian flavour profile and the usage of a tempura-like batter, but thought that the batter absorbed too much oil (or the wings weren't drained well enough) making the wings a tad bit soggy and oily.

Tung Lok Dancing Crab Garlic Soy Sauce Wings

Of course, the stars of the show are the various Seafood Combo Bags - we go for the Combo Bag #01 ($80) which comes with a whole ~1kg Sri Lankan Mud Crab, 300g Prawns, 250g Mussels, Potatoes, Corn and Sausages. In your choice of Gravy of course: Signature (Mild, Spicy, Extra Spicy), Herb Butter or Beurre Blanc. Prawns are fresh and have a great solid bite, Crab was delicious with our Signature (mild) choice, but the mussels were strangely and disappointingly small (hardly any bigger than a 20cent coin).

Tung Lok Dancing Crab Seafood Combo Bag 1

The aftermath of the meal certainly isn't pretty! Thankfully the restaurant provides plastic aprons so you won't get any seafood juices on your clothes.

Tung Lok Dancing Crab Messy Table

We really did enjoy ourselves a lot at the dinner. It's a little strange and yet liberating to eat your food directly off the table - and to hell with forks, plates, spoons and other utensils. The amount of seafood that comes in that $80 bag is fairly reasonable, too! On the flip side on weekends the wait staff - comprising mainly of attractive sweet young things (both genders) - can't quite cope with the crowd and as a result service is a little slow and spotty.

Nevertheless Dancing Crab is now firmly one of our favorite restaurants in the Grandstand area - and we'd definitely recommend it. Reservations highly recommended unless you don't mind wandering the nearby Giant or Pasar Bella shopping areas for 30-60 minutes while you wait for a table. Non halal.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Traditional Baked Mooncake (includes steps and different varieties ideas)

Time pass by so quickly that it's this year where I have set a goal to check mooncake off my exploration list. Since Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival a.k.a Mooncake Festival only comes once a year, it's definate the time to start experimenting!

This recipe yields 7, 160g++ Mooncakes


Mooncake Dough, Salted Egg Yolk & Glaze

Dough Ingredients
150g Superfine Flour
90ml Golden Syrup
40ml Peanut Oil
3g Alkaline Water

1. Mix Golden Syrup, Peanut Oil, Alkaline Water until well combine then set aside.
2. Sift Superfine Flour in a small mixing bowl and make a well in the center.
3. Pour in the Syrup Mixture in and use a spatula to slowly fold in until well combine.
4. Portion the dough into 40g per portion and cover it with plastic while it rest.


Glaze Ingredients
1 Egg
1 teaspoon Peanut Oil

Mix till well combine then pour it through a sift then set aside.

Salted Egg Yolk Ingredients
Salted Egg Yolk
Drizzle of Chinese Cooking Wine
Drizzle of Sesame Oil

Remove salted egg yolk whites and place the Salted Egg Yolk in a plate add Chinese Cooking Wine & Sesame Oil. Coat well and put in the steamer to steam for 5mins and leave it to cool.


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Below is my creations: All here to share! Will update more soon and hopefully add on the step by step guide photos. Below are the experimented best weight of paste & other required ingredients.

Plain Paste Mooncake
Total 875g; per mooncake 125g Paste
Total 7g; per mooncake 1g Lightly Toasted Melon Seeds

1. Use a rolling pin and roll the Mooncake Dough flat.
2. Next Roll the paste into a ball.
3. Place it paste in the middle of the rolled Mooncake Dough and wrap the paste evenly with the Mooncake Dough.
4. Dust some flour on the Mooncake Mold and place it in and flatten the dough to conform to the shape of the Mooncake Mold.
5. Gently push out the unbaked mooncake on a lined baking tray. Approx 1 to 1.5 inches apart for even baking.
6. Bake in preheated oven (top bottom mode) at 180°C for 5mins.
7. Let it rest and cool for 8mins.
8. Glaze the mooncakes with a soft brush.
9. Bake for another 10 mins at 175°C.
10. Leave mooncakes to cool fully then storing for 2-3 days, the Mooncakes will get set and the pastry skin will be shinny and soft and ready for serving. Chinese they call this process 回油.

Single Yolk Golden Lotus Paste Mooncake
Total 770g; per mooncake 110g Golden Lotus Paste
Total 7g; per mooncake 1g Lightly Toasted Melon Seeds
Total 7; per mooncake 1 steamed Salted Egg Yolks

1. Use a rolling pin and roll the Mooncake Dough flat.
2. Next Roll the paste into a ball create a well big enough to fit the Salted Egg Yolks and wrap the paste around it evenly.
3. Place it paste in the middle of the rolled Mooncake Dough and wrap the paste evenly with the Mooncake Dough.
4. Dust some flour on the Mooncake Mold and place it in and flatten the dough to conform to the shape of the Mooncake Mold.
5. Gently push out the unbaked mooncake on a lined baking tray. Approx 1 to 1.5 inches apart for even baking.
6. Bake in preheated oven (top bottom mode) at 180°C for 5mins.
7. Let it rest and cool for 8mins.
8. Glaze the mooncakes with a soft brush.
9. Bake for another 10 mins at 175°C.
10. Leave mooncakes to cool fully then storing for 2-3 days, the Mooncakes will get set and the pastry skin will be shinny and soft and ready for serving. Chinese they call this process 回油.

Double Yolk Golden Lotus Paste Mooncake
Total 665g; per mooncake 95g Golden Lotus Paste
Total 7g; per mooncake 1g Lightly Toasted Melon Seeds
Total 14; per mooncake 2 prepared Salted Egg Yolks

1. Use a rolling pin and roll the Mooncake Dough flat.
2. Next split the paste in 2 portions. Roll the paste into a ball create a well big enough to fit the Salted Egg Yolks and wrap the paste around it evenly. Combine the 2 portions into 1.
3. Place it paste in the middle of the rolled Mooncake Dough and wrap the paste evenly with the Mooncake Dough.
4. Dust some flour on the Mooncake Mold and place it in and flatten the dough to conform to the shape of the Mooncake Mold.
5. Gently push out the unbaked mooncake on a lined baking tray. Approx 1 to 1.5 inches apart for even baking.
6. Bake in preheated oven (top bottom mode) at 180°C for 5mins.
7. Let it rest and cool for 8mins.
8. Glaze the mooncakes with a soft brush.
9. Bake for another 10 mins at 175°C.
10. Leave mooncakes to cool fully then storing for 2-3 days, the Mooncakes will get set and the pastry skin will be shinny and soft and ready for serving. Chinese they call this process 回油.

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Below are some photo spams of the wrapping process steps will try to get all the steps photo taken.

No.2 Next Roll the paste into a ball
No. 3 Place it paste in the middle of the rolled Mooncake Dough and wrap the paste evenly with the Mooncake Dough.
No.4 Dust some flour on the Mooncake Mold and place it in and flatten the dough to conform to the shape of the Mooncake Mold.
No.5 Gently push out the unbaked mooncake on a lined baking tray. Approx 1 to 1.5 inches apart for even baking.

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Below are some photo spams of the finish product.


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