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 […]
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 […]
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…)
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…)
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 […]
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.