Friday, July 31, 2015

Banana Ogura Cake

There is an ogura cake frenzy going on in one of the home cooking forums on FB. Irresistible cake photos have finally lured me to the kitchen to bake one today.

 Marshmallow looking egg white meringue

Submitting to the ogura cake frenzy, I put together the following, adapting from Jeannie Tay's blog at I made some minor adaptations and the recipe below are my final adaptations.

60g vegetable oil
100 g mashed bananas (about one Del Monte banana)
Pinch of salt
80g top flour (Any plain flour will do)

5 egg whites
70g sugar

Whisk egg yolks with egg and oil till well mixed
Add in mashed bananas (I used 10g more of banana and reduced 10g of sugar from original recipe)
Fold in sifted flour with salt and mix batter well
Using electric mixer, whisk egg whites and add sugar. Whisk till stiff
Mix 1/3 of egg white meringue into yolk mixture using whisk, followed by another third and remaining meringue using spatula
Pour batter into lined tin with water bath below and bake at 170 deg C for 70 min

What I enjoy about baking this cake is it doesn't involve butter. Butter is often a hassle to handle as some recipes call for softened butter, which means thawing the frozen butter for a couple of hours prior to preparation. Butter is also a greasy affair which I want to avoid in my kitchen. It just means too any utensils and crockery to wash. Besides, using vegetable oil seems a little healthier.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Boiled wantons

Using my excess minced pork from the steamed tofu recipe, I wrapped the minced pork with wanton skins that can be easily purchased at supermarkets.

Simply make chicken stock by boiling chicken meat/bones or use ready made stock which can be found in all supermarkets. When it is boiling, drop the wantons in to cook for about 10 min.

Drain them out and place on the bowl with some soup drizzled on it. I prefer less soup with it but you need to have some soup to keep it moist, otherwise they will stick.

It is a very easy dish to prepare but you need to dedicate some time for wrapping. But it is definitely tasty and you cant stop at two.


Steamed tofu with minced pork

Steamed tofu with minced pork

I was running out of dishes to prepare for dinner and was getting tired of cooking the same old dishes.

Fortunately with the help of social media, I managed to jump start my interest and got all excited again. I came across this site from FB called It is an initiative by NTUC Fairprice which I find is very useful for amateurs like me. It consists of a lot of nice recipes ranging from local dishes to Western cuisines in all very achievable steps done mainly via videos. The video captures the essence of cooking in very easy steps.

I started off with a very simple dish of steamed tofu with minced pork.

All you need are:

A tube of egg tofu
Some minced pork
(I mixed the pork with some minced prawns, water chestnuts and chopped spring onions)
Chopped spring onions - 2 sets

 Chopped water chestnut

Minced pork

Tofu ready for meat topping

Soy sauce
Sesame oil
Some pepper

Oyster sauce mixed with some water and corn flour
  • Marinate pork with the seasonings and set aside for 10min
  • Cut the tube tofu into even sizes and lay on a flat plate
  • Cut out a small hole on top of each tofu
  • Put a tsp of marinated pork on top of each tofu
  • Drizzle the oyster sauce mixed with water on the dish
  • Steam for 10-15min till meat is cooked
  • Remove from steamer and drizzle some sesame oil and sprinkle some spring onions (add some fried shallots if desired)
  • Serve with rice