Saturday, May 31, 2008

Cream Cheese Brownies

Yummyy....i get this recipe from HERE i reduce amount of sugar because it looks too much for me and the taste ...mmmm.....just perfect

Brown layer:

113 gram unsalted butter, cut into pieces
100 grams unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
250 grams granulated white sugar ( i use 200g)
1 teaspoon vanilla powder
2 eggs
70 grams all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

Cheese layer:

227 grams cream cheese, at room temperature
65 grams granulated white sugar (i use 50g)
1 teaspoon vanilla powder
1 egg

-In a stainless steel (heatproof) bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water, melt the butter and chocolate. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar and vanilla extract.
Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well (with a wooden spoon) after each addition.
Stir in the flour and salt and beat, with a wooden spoon, until the batter is smooth and glossy (about one minute). Remove 1/2 cup of the br
ownie batter and set aside. Place the remainder of the brownie batter evenly into the prepared pan.
Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the sugar, vanilla, and egg and process until creamy and smooth.
Spread the cream cheese filling over the brownie layer. Spoon small dollops of the reserved brownie batter evenly on top of the cream cheese filling. Then with a chopstick, swirl the two batters without mixing them.

Bake in preheated oven at 160 degrees celcius for about 25 minutes.
Refrigerate the brownies until they are firm enough to cut into squares/triangle (about 2 hours)

Friday, May 30, 2008

Water spinach (kangkung) with beef


1 bundle kangkung
50 g shredded beef
2 cloves shallot
2 cloves garlic
1 tbsp sweet soy sauce
1 tsp vegetable oil
1 tsp cornstarch
salt as u need

- Marinate shredded beef with sweet soy sauce, oil and cornstarch
saute shallot and garlic until fragrant, add beef and stir quickly, add kangkung and stir until done

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Chinese Herbal Jelly Mix

In a hot weather like today, i would prefer to have this green bean mix for dessert.

Chinese herbal jelly (cincau in Indonesian-sien cau in Mandarin)
Cooked green bean
Glutinous rice balls
Crushed ice

Put everything in a bowl and pour a cup of coffee creamer(5ml is enough)on top. Best served cold

* Do not refrigerate cooked glutinous rice balls, otherwise it will be hard

Coffee creamer best goes with black coffee, also perfect with chinese herbal jelly

Monday, May 26, 2008

Easy made tofu and fish soup


1 package tofu
sliced fresh tuna/milk fish(as u need)
1 tbsp thinly slice spring onion
1/5 cup shredded baby ginger
1 tbsp garlic flakes
dash of salt and pepper

- Boil water and baby ginger for 10 mins.
add fish boil for another 5 mins, then add tofu.
Remove from heat, sprinkle with thinly slice spring onion and garlic flakes.
Serve hot

Gulai papaya leaves

Papaya leaves contains a remarkable enzyme called papain, it used in
protein-dissolving. In some places, papaya leaf used to wrap meats to tenderize it.
The enzyme in papaya leaves also breaks down wheat gluten and carbohydrates for extra digestive protection. The taste might be (very) bitter but its enzyme really powerful.
If you suffer from indigestion, give this recipe a try!

100 gr papaya leaves (chopped and boiled with a dash of salt, rinse well)
small dried fish as u need (fried)
4 cloves shallot
2 cloves garlic
3 sliced ginger
2 sliced galangal
1/4 tsp bay leaves powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
3 red chili (optional)
1 cup thick coconut milk
Salt as u needed.

- Saute sliced shallot, garlic, ginger and galangal over a low fire until fragrant, add chili and stir for
1 minute. Add bay leaves powder and coriander powder in, pour the coconut milk and put in papaya leaves. Cover for 5 minutes. Last, add fried small fish and season with salt. Simmer for few minutes. Done

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Trip to Jhusan

Today i (and gang) went to Jhusan-Nantou County for hiking, it is mountainous area located in southern part of Taiwan around 3,5 hours driving from Taipei city. This city has always been a major producer of bamboo.
We did not drive today... instead, we take High Speed Rail from Taipei main station to Taichung. It take 49 minutes ride, then we change bus in Taichung station.
Currently, there's no HSR station located in Jhusan.
I saw beautiful and some rare(to me... especially the blue one) flowers along side the road and i take many shoot of it.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Soy milk banana shake

I thank aa peter for teaching me this soy milk recipe.
If you getting bored with "beany" taste of soy milk, you can try this, or add cane sugar or hazelnut syrup (like what aa peter told me...too bad i can't find it here)
To make this banana shake you'll need 2 cups of soy milk, 1 ripe banana, cane sugar (or sugar alternatives...i would prefer without sugar) mix with blender. Ummm...yum... nutritious and healthy drink withered flower on the background...

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Kemarin tanggal 20 adalah pelantikan presiden baru Taiwan ( Mayor Ma Ying Jeou)dari partai KMT. Waktu mau pergi beli lunch aku melihat segerombol supporter DPP yang lagi demo atas kemenangan KMT pada pemilihan presiden bulan kemarin.
Sepertinya faktor terbesar yang mempengaruhi kekalahan DPP adalah ulah dari mantan presiden Chen Shui Bian(DPP) yang telah mengacak-acak ekonomi Taiwan dan "too much" ngantongin uang negara hehee.... Apalagi anak perempuannya kalau ngomong ke wartawan dan reporter sepertinya asal nyeplos saja. Pernah dia ngatain mertuanya, katanya suruh pergi mampus aja dia.....wahhhhhh anaknya presiden tapi kok kata2nya seperti itu di depan public, kalah deh sama anaknya tukang parkir.
Image Mayor Ma yang "Harvard-educated" sebagai politikus yang "bersih" dan smart memenangkan hati para voter. Hehee aku aja yg bukan Taiwan's citizen ikut senang atas kemenangan KMT. VIVA KMT !!!!!!!!
( i write this without unsur politik....emang aku bukan politikus.... muka mirip tikus iya :p)

Spicy Ikan Pindang with gravy

I love ikan pindang and ikan asin, Diana friend of mine taught me this recipe


500 g ikan pindang (or japanese salted fish)
5 cloves shallot, sliced
2 cloves garlic, slices
1 tomato, cubed
5 red chili (or more), slices
1 stalk spring onion
1 cup water
1 tablespoon coconut milk (optional)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
pinch of salt (optional)


Fry ikan pindang/salted fish till brown. Set aside
Saute garlic and shallot until fragrant add tomato cube and sliced red chili, stir for 1 minute then add water(and coconut milk).
Put in ikan pindang and cover for 5 minutes. Add salt, and stir fry until the gravy almost dry.
Add spring onion and remove from heat

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