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Thursday 27 March 2014

How to Make Perfect Fried Breadstick 油炸鬼 / 油條 (Chinese Crullers)

Youtiao, Its usually served with Bak kut teh 肉骨茶, Rice congee 粥 or hot soy milk 豆漿. The most popular way of enjoying this delicious snack in my hometown is usually eaten with butter and kaya or kopi dipped into condensed milk (my favourite).

2 cups plain flour
4 tsp sugar
2 tsp oil
1 tsp instant dry yeast
(Allinson Easy Bake Yeast)
1 cup warm milk (250ml)
should be under 38°c


Oil for deep frying

1) Pour a glass of cold milk and put the milk in a microwave to heat it up about 26 seconds. Add 1 teaspoon of sugar and yeast, mix well. Sit in the oven (26°c - 30°c) for about 20 minutes or until bubbles arise.

2) In a large bowl, add 2 cups plain flour, 3 teaspoon of sugar, 1 tsp oil, Add the (1) yeast mixture to the flour and mix together with your spoon.

3) The first fermentation takes about 2-3 hours, leave to rise in the oven under 38°c, the dough should rise until double or triple in sized. or you can let the dough rise in the refrigerator overnight instead; (cool rise at least 10 hours). After taking the dough out of the refrigerator, reshape and let rise again in the second fermentation.

4) Sprinkle some more flour over the dough, kneading the dough inside a bowl. and some flour on a clean work surface. Transfer the soft and sticky dough and then ''knead well for 25 times''. Covered with a wet cloth.

5) The second fermentation takes about an hour. Leave to rise in a warm place or in the oven under 38°c, the dough should rise until it is puffy.

6) Add 1 tsp oil when you knead it. ''knead well for 25 times again''. (IMPORTANT PROCESS)!

7) Roll out the dough on a well floured surface to about ½ inch thick, Cut to shape and making conjoined dough twins. Using a bamboo sticks or chopstick, make a gutter in the middle of each strip and Pressing it down lightly. Pick up one double strip. Hold the two ends and stretch it until 8 inches long. Repeat process with remaining pieces.

8) Fry in hot oil (at approximately 180°c). Gently flip it over continuously many times with chopstick,
Keep flipping & frying until they have puffed up and become golden brown and remove.

9) Drain off excessive oil or drain on kitchen paper before eating. It was traditionally served warm and Enjoy!

Helpful Tips:

1) After the second fermentation, add 1 tbsp vegetable oil, then knead well and remember rest for 15 minutes.
2) This process will increase your fried breadstick, super crispy even after a few more hours.
The fermentation temperature, and time control are two very important elements in making the perfect dough.You can put the dough in the refrigerator overnight, so the next day, you can save a lot of time or you can rise the dough on the same day. It's up to you!
3) (STEP 2) - 3 teaspoon of Salt can be replaced with Sugar.
4) You can add extra 1 tsp of baking soda, 1 tsp of baking powder and mix with 2 cups of plain flour.
and it's possible with just warm water instead of milk also perfect to put the sugar and yeast together until bubbles arise.



Monday 24 March 2014

煎堆 Sesame Balls (Jin deui)



份量 12個 (小) 煎堆


外皮: ( 1 )糯米粉.... 2 杯
                          糖....  2大匙
                          油....  1大匙

內餡: ( 2 )鹹香蘿蔔絲

再加入調味料: 1大匙麻油,1小匙胡椒粉,2大匙生抽,


1 ) 倒入2杯糯米粉到碗裡,加入少許水,先揉出一小塊。

2 ) 放入煮滾的水中汆燙至熟,至熟粉團浮起時撈出。
將熟粉團,放入糯米粉中, 2大匙糖調味,和1大匙

3 ) 將滑麵團分成12等份,包入餡料,搓成圓球。

4 ) 一鍋油燒至6分熱時, 120 ℃ 放入煎堆,








Friday 21 March 2014

Bubur Cha Cha 摩摩喳喳

Bubur Cha Cha is a sweet soup of traditional Malaysian dessert with
wonderful combination of sweet potatoes and taro mixed with coconut milk and sago pearls.

This is one of my favourite sweet soup 香芋番薯西米露
(tong shui) and It can be served hot or cold.

3-4 cups Water
2 small Sweet potatoes
1 large Taro

1 Palm sugar or ½ cup of brown sugar
1 cup Coconut milk or evaporated milk
3 tbsp Sago / White tapioca pearls

3 stalks Pandan Leaves


Peel and cut sweet potatoes and taro into chunks of desired shapes.

In a large pot,
Add in sweet potatoes, taro and pandan leaves.
Filled with water then start boiling.

Turn heat to medium, continue boiling for about 20 minutes.

Exact cooking time: 
As it depends on how thick you have cut the potatoes and taro.

Put Sago in a strainer and wash under running water.

Finally, Add sago,
palm sugar, and 1 cup of coconut milk
for simmer about 10 minutes.

Turn off the heat,
Removed pandan leaves and serve either hot or cold.

*** You can also add extra 2 tbsp sweetened condensed milk,
depending on how much of a sweet tooth you've got ***

Wednesday 19 March 2014

Homemade Dried Mandarin Peels 自製陳皮

Wait! Don't throw away those mandarin orange peels.
As a traditional seasoning in Chinese cooking and Traditional medicine.

My grandmother always makes a lot of dried mandarin orange peel when I was a little girl.

Today, I made this almost 3 years ago,
It brings me back to childhood and the smell always makes me feel good!

First, Add a pinch of salt to scrub and rinse the peel under running water.
Always dry with a clean cloth or kitchen paper before start to produce.

There is a good way for drying the peel on a radiator or
All you have to do is dry them somewhere under the sun for a few days.

Once the peel is completely dried. Store in an air tight container.
In a cool, dry place, out of direct sunlight for at least a year.

Keep your homemade dried mandarin peels for over 7 years.

Longer you aged naturally, the strongest fragrance
and turn dark brown instead of its original bright orange colour.
It's good for making any type of soup and tea.

It is also much more expensive than lower quality.

They have a valuable medicinal herb.
The cost increases as the peels are aged and sold.

Helpful Tips:
It's important to wash the peel and pat dry
Scrape away any excess white pith from the peel

古人有說:"百年陳皮,千年人參! 陳皮是越久,越值錢。



How to Make Roasted Rice Tea 自製炒米茶

Red rice has a high nutritional value, as the germ of the rice is left intact. This aromatic rice tea brings us the refreshing. Its sweet, toasted rice flavour. That combines perfectly with dried mandarin peel / dried tangerine peel.

You can use brown rice instead of red.
See the following link for more details

500g red rice 紅米
28g dried mandarin peel 陳皮


1) Rinse the mandarin peel and red rice, drain and air dry.
2) Toasting peel and rice in a pan, over medium heat for about 20 minutes or until grains turned a rich dark colour.
3) Leave to cool, and store in an airtight container.

Making the perfect cup of Tea:
3 tbsp roasted rice / dried mandarin peel
3 cups water


1) Bring the 3 cups water to a boil in a pot, 
add the 3 tbsp toasted rice / dried mandarin peel
and simmer over low heat for 25 minutes.  

2) Strain out and pour the rice tea into a glassand serve plain 
then you can serve hot or cold and even eat the rice.

1) Put 3 tbsp roasted rice in the pot.
2) Add 3 cups of hot water, Leave for a few minutes. (Generally, stewed in hot water to make this drink).
3) Strain out the rice, pour the rice tea into a glass and serve plain.

Toasted Rice Tea Health Benefits:
• Aiding digestion, easing morning sickness in pregnant women
and curing motion sickness.

• Other benefits include balancing blood sugar,
activating liver detoxification, treating colds and flu and relieving stress

• Lower Cholesterol

• Medicine: Traditional Chinese drinks and beverages for breastfeeding mums.

• As a new mum, you need to drink roasted rice tea instead of water,
for about three months rice tea made of boiled water until in the full of the moon.

Monday 17 March 2014

How to Make Roasted Barley Tea 自製麥茶

In China it is called 麥茶 Maicha, in Japan, Barley tea is known as Mugicha, and in Korea it is known as 보리차 boricha. See the following link for more details: It's a wonderful tea to replace coffee, as it tastes and smells like coffeeI just love brewing them and my kitchen smell so good!

500g Tesco pearl barley

1) Rinse the barley, drain and air dry.

2) Toasting barley in a pan, over medium heat for about 20 minutes or until grains turned a rich dark brown colour.

3) Leave to cool, and store in an airtight container.

Making the perfect cup of Tea:
3 tbsp roasted barley
3 cups water
1 tbsp honey
(It can be added to help sooth sore throat)

1) Bring the 3 cups water to a boil in a pot, add the 3 tbsp toasted barley, and simmer over low heat 
for 25 minutes.  

2) Strain out the barley, pour the barley tea into a glass and serve plain or add 1 tbsp honey for natural sweetness then you can serve hot or cold and even eat the barley.

1) Put 3 tbsp roasted barley in the pot.

2) Add 3 cups of hot water, Leave for a few minutes. (Generally, stewed in hot water to make this drink)

3) Strain out the barley, pour the barley tea into a glass and serve plain or add 1 tbsp honey for natural sweetness.

Barley must be rinsed to remove any dust, dirt and debris.You can drink barley tea hot or cold, plain or with honey, Maybe a little lemon if you like.

Barley Tea Health Benefits:
• A source of fibre, helps maintain a healthy digestive system
• Rich in fibers, vitamins B1, B2 and Iron
• Treats thirst and fever
• Increases chi
• Promotes blood circulation
• Moistens the skin
• Calms the stomach
• Treats distension of the stomach
• Reduces stress
• Effective at treating bladder infections when mixed
with fresh ginger juice and honey

Sunday 16 March 2014

How to Make Perfect Condensed Milk 自製浓缩牛奶煉乳 Josephine's Recipes Episode 85

Just follow this step-by-step recipe carefully and make your own Happiness is
Homemade Sweetened condensed milk 煉乳 gives the perfect texture and traditional flavour. You'll be rewarded with a wonderfully rich, Smile. Cook. Eat. Love » be delicious! It's Perfect topping for all your favourite desserts from a fresh fruit, bread, or many other drink or baking.

1 litre fresh milk
1 cup white sugar
½ cup Maltose (barley malt sugar)

First, Pouring 1litre fresh milk into a large pot.
Add 1 cup white sugar and  ½ cup of maltose. Stir well with spoon.

Cook over medium high heat about 25 minutes,
Remove the heat and rest another 10 minutes,
Stirring frequently until you reach a boil.
Keep an eye on the milk because it can bubble and over flow.
Once the milk has boiled,  pour into the strainer and set aside to cool.

You can place it into clean bottle and refrigerate after it has cooled to room temperature.
Safely stay in the refrigerator no longer than 3 months. It will get thicker when it is refrigerated.

Helpful Tips:
Use a fairly big pot,
 Prevent a messy spill by keeping heat down and eye on it.
(otherwise it will make an ugly mess on the stove)

Turn the heat off and allow the milk to completely cool.
Scoop out the skin or film that forms on top.
It can be sweetened or flavoured if desired

Maltose sugar is hard and sticky.
 * Microwave the maltose on high heat until softened.
 * 3 tbsp Butter can replace Maltose.

Convert litre & cup to ml
1 litre = 1000ml
1 cup = 250ml
½ cup =125ml

Thursday 13 March 2014

Oreo Ice Cream Recipe | Easy Homemade Ice Cream without a Machine | Josephine's Recipes 84

Don't have an ice cream maker? Don't worry, Here are the Best Frozen ice cream recipe for you. This is by far the BEST Oreo Ice Cream I have ever had! It tastes like my favorite ice cream Haagen-Dazs. Just perfect!

300ml Tesco fresh British whipping cream
85ml sweetened condensed milk
2tbsps evaporated milk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 packs Oreo cookies (4 pieces)

1) In a mixing bowl, add whipping cream and use a electric mixer to beat on low speed, add sweetened condensed milk in 3 times, increase to medium speed, add evaporated milk,  then increase medium to high speed. Add a few drop of vanilla extract and continue whipping till soft peaks form.

2) Pour the mixtures into freezer-safe containers and add oreo chunks. Cover the lid and freeze for at least 6 hours and voila!

Helpful Tips:
(Whipping cream + Condensed milk) that can be made into any ''flavors'' combination your heart desires. Now that is simple and amazing! 

Tuesday 11 March 2014

How to Make Perfect French Toast 法蘭西多士 Josephine's Recipes 83

Definitely one of the best ones I've tried!


2 eggs
3 thick slices bread
25g salted butter for frying
25g salted for eggs mixture

1) Prepare 3 of sandwich bread, cut in half.
2) Beat eggs and butter in a bowl.
3) Melt butter in a frying pan, over medium heat, and arrange bread in two layers of soaking the egg mixtures, gently place in a pan and fry on both sides until golden brown.
4) Serve warm with sweetened condensed milk.

Recipe Source: JosephineRecipes.Co.Uk

Monday 3 March 2014

Steamed Fish 蒸鱼

How to cook Steamed Fish, It is very easy, healthy dish, it contains lots of nutritional protein, and omega 3. 
Perfect as a light, full of oriental flavours as dinner. You should at least give it a try :) 

This is a symbol of steamed fish will help your dream come true in the year to come.

You'll love the fresh and authentic taste of Chinese. 
I'm still remember during Christmas season in the UK. 
We went down to Chinatown and decided to go for a nice dinner. 
We ordered the steamed fish, it was the most expensive dish in the restaurant, 
on their menus that could triples the price of the meal. so if you're making them at home, 
you can save a lot of money :)

Now, Let's get started!

Serves: 1-2
Cooking Time: 15 minutes


1 ½ pound whole white fish
slices of ginger
3 tbsp rice wine
A pinch of salt 

3 tbsp vegetable oil
red onions
Chinese sausages
spring onion (sliced into -5cm long)
slices of red chilli
3 tbsp light soy sauce

Garnished with finely chopped / sliced spring onion and red chilli.

1. Using a sharp knife make a slit and cutting away the guts and 
cut away the red gills on the inside of the head and makes 3 - 4 long 
diagonal incisions into the thickest parts of both sides of the fish. 
Rinse well inside and out under cold running water and set aside to dry. 

2. Arrange the fish to an oven proof serving dish.
Put slices of ginger to the long diagonal incisions parts of both side.
Add 3 tbsp rice wine and lightly sprinkle a little salt. 

3. Steam for 15 minutes, it depending on the size of the fish.
After steaming, whatever juices that come from the fish, it's usually discarded.

4. Meanwhile, to make the sauce for the fish. 
In a heat pan, add 3 tbsp vegetable oil, red onions, mushroom, Chinese sausages, 
stir fry until fragrant for 3 minutes until golden brown, then flip and repeat, 
after then add red chilli and spring onions. 

5. Pour it over the fish before adding the soy sauce. 
Garnished with finely chopped / sliced spring onion 
and red chilli to serve immediately with steamed rice. 

Happy Cooking and Enjoy!

1. You can be baked as well as steamed.
Preheat oven to 200 c. Line a shallow ovenpoof serving dish with foil. 
Bake for about 30 minutes or until as tender as you like.
It's perfect to serve with steamed rice.

See the link:
Method 1 of 4: Prepare to Clean Your Fish If your fish have scales, 
you'll need a butter knife or a scaling tool; either one works just as well.
If your fish don't have scales, you'll need a pair of pliers to peel back the skin.