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Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, one of the first things that should come to mind is chocolate. Giving and receiving chocolate has become one of the most popular ways to commemorate the day of love. Whether you are single or not, Valentine’s Day is […]

Red Bean and Sesame Rice Cake

Red Bean and Sesame Rice Cake

Chinese New Year is coming and I already can see the streets decorated with vibrant red color. There is nothing better to start a new year with sweet treats. Although every household have different customs, I believe that desserts are necessary for a complete New […]

Almond Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Almond Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Never mind fancy desserts, chocolate chip cookies have always been one of my favorite sweet treats. After all, nothing says comfort and warm feeling I got like a freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. Basically, if you want good chocolate chip cookies, you need to put a good chocolate chips. Unfortunately, I always have a problem of choosing chocolate chips to go for my baked goods as I find them either not chocolaty enough or too waxy for my liking. In this case, I substitute chocolate chips with coarsely chopped chocolate and I add almonds for an extra crunch, creating this almond chocolate chunk cookies recipe.

I suggest to make it warm in microwave for a few secs so that the chocolate melts and make it even tastes better. If you are like me and find them irresistible, you probably can not stop eating these almond chocolate chunk cookies after a few bites. The outer of the cookies are crunchy and caramelized, while the inside is soft with melting chocolate. Try dunking these cookies in milk and they will taste more amazing. (more…)

Almond Milk

Almond Milk

Cow’s milk is staple in my family’s diets. It is an ingredient that is constantly used and bought at my home. That one time when I run out of cow’s milk for my morning granola, I had this idea about making my own milk. I […]

Chicken Larb

Chicken Larb

By any chance, I had a taste of Thai cuisine at local Thai restaurant weeks ago. It was actually my first time trying authentic Thai dishes and I was totally impressed. Although the dishes looked simple, they tasted fresh and rich in flavors. I tried […]

Red Bean Paste

Red Bean Paste

Red bean paste is one of my favorite filling in Asian sweet treats. In fact, I am actually a little bit picky about it. Sometimes I hoped its consistency was a little bit chunkier or I thought the food combination with red bean paste became overly sweet. Moreover, the ready-made red bean paste sold in the grocery stores usually contains preservatives, food coloring, and oil. Those reasons made me truly like to know how to make my own red bean paste, making it more versatile for different uses. (more…)

Lemon Madeleines

Lemon Madeleines

I have been dying to make this little spongy shell-like cake with lemon flavor. You might think that I am exaggerating with how much I love Lemon Madeleines. However, I must say I fell in love immediately at the first bite. The inside is moist […]

Matcha Ice Cream

Matcha Ice Cream

I was craving a bitter-sweet Matcha Ice Cream, not the one with artificial green tea flavoring that could be found in cheap green tea ice cream. Finding an authentic Matcha Ice Cream is like finding a needle in haystack here. If you have ever tasted […]

Banana Oat Smoothie

Banana Oat Smoothie

This week, my sister was in the mood for Banana Oat Smoothie and told me to make one. This recipe is the perfect all-in-one breakfast on the go for those who do not have the time in the mornings to throw a breakfast. Banana Oat Smoothie is thick and creamy with the flavor of banana shining. More importantly, the added banana adds a hint of sweetness which is why there is no need to add sugar to this recipe. This Banana Oat Smoothie is a delicious and healthy way to start your day. It offers a great source of fiber and protein to keep you satisfied and energized for longer period of time. (more…)

Bourbon Brown Sugar Ice Cream

Bourbon Brown Sugar Ice Cream

I am continuously in pursuit of making outstanding ice cream recipes. If you have ever made your own homemade ice cream, you know why I get so excited about it. Having ice cream machine really motivates me to experiment on different ice cream flavors and […]

Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

A chocolate chip cookie in a skillet? Hell yeah! Want to make it more awesome? Let’s stuff it with Nutella! Yeah, this week Jaja Bakes made a Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie. It is literally a big chocolate chip cookie made in a skillet […]

Red Bean Porridge (Patjuk)

Red Bean Porridge (Patjuk)

The Dongzhi (冬至, Winter Solstice) Festival is coming next week on December 22, 2018. The festival is performed by Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans to celebrate the return of longer daylight hours and ultimately an increase of positive energy flowing in. As part of the festivities, families get together to make tang yuan(汤圆). Tang yuan is glutinous rice balls that are served in sweet soup or savory broth. These small round balls symbolize family unity. It becomes an important seasonal food during a time of year when the seasons begin to the warmth of spring.

On this day, my family usually makes colorful glutinous rice balls with peanut filling and served with sweet ginger-infused syrup. However, I was trying to make something similar but different from the usual. I noticed that there is a type of porridge consisted of red beans with glutinous rice balls called Patjuk or Red Bean Porridge in Korea. What I like about Patjuk is how thick and rich the consistency is, compared to the Chinese red bean soup which is more soupy. The red bean porridge is simply mild, earthy, and soothing, while the glutinous rice balls is pleasantly chewy and gives more texture to the porridge. Although the recipe went through many processes, from all of that boiling, smashing, and straining, but the taste of Red Bean Porridge really bring the warmth in my heart.

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