Friday, February 12, 2016

Recipe: Cornflakes Cookies (CNY)

Since the kids are on CNY school holidays, we decided to do some CNY baking with them to replenish our CNY cookie stock ;) I chose a simple recipe - cornflakes cookies, which requires only 6 ingredients and is very easy to follow, even for kids.




It was a fun morning for us making these cookies -our kids helped with measuring out the ingredients, crushing the cornflakes using a rolling pin - Baby C crushed them until they were quite fine, however will try this recipe again in future with lightly crushed cornflakes. Once the cookie dough was made, I was in charge of scooping out the dough, the kids rolled them into balls and Hubby was in charge of QC, making sure there were of a similar size.

These cornflakes cookies were fragrant, buttery and crumbly with a crunchy texture from the cornflakes. Thanks BabySumoKids for doing a fantastic job!




Cornflakes Cookies
Recipe by Baby Sumo, adapted from here
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Makes 100


Ingredients
150g salted butter
80g icing sugar
1 egg yolk
50g cornflour
180g plain flour
80g cornflakes

1. Place cornflakes in a zip lock bag and crush with a rolling pin until fine.



2. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and icing sugar until fluffy, about 5 minutes.

3. Add in egg yolk and beat until well mixed. Then, add in the cornflour, plain flour and mix well. Finally, fold in cornflakes.

4. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Using a teaspoon, spoon out batter then roll into balls and arrange on the tray.






5. Preheat oven to 180°C (no fan). Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes.

6. Allow to cool in tray for 5 minutes, then cool completely on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container.

Note: Your child can help with all steps in this recipe. For younger children, you may help them place and remove tray from hot oven.






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I am submitting this to the "Cook & Celebrate: CNY 2016" event which I am co-hosting with Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Diana of The Domestic Goddess Wannabe. To join, simply cook or bake any Chinese New Year recipes from 15 January 2016 to 22 February 2016.

Your post must be a current post i.e. posted between 15 Jan to 22 Feb 2016 - please do not link older posts. Please mention our "Cook & Celebrate: CNY 2016" event in your post and link back to Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids, Diana of The Domestic Goddess Wannabe and Baby Sumo of GoodyFoodies.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Aomori Fair @ Senya Japanese Family Izakaya, Solaris Dutamas, KL

From 15-29 February 2016, Senya Japanese Family Izakaya in Solaris Dutamas, KL will be running an Aomori Fair, whereby the restaurant will showcase special dishes made using ingredients from the Aomori prefecture of Japan.

Aomori Prefecture is located on the northernmost on Japan's main island. Northern Japan is much colder than Tokyo and western Japan; the cold weather and a significant temperature difference between daytime and night time enables Aomori to produce a multitude of fruits and vegetables with sweet and juicy taste.

Aomori is the best producer of apples throughout Japan, and besides the world famous Fuji Apple, there are varieties of apples produced in the region. Moreover, seafood of Aomori such as saba (mackerel), scallops and squids are best known for its fabulous quality. 




In conjunction with the Aomori Fair, Senya Family Izakaya has collaborated with Aomori Prefecture of Japan will be organizing two contests, one via Facebook and one at the restaurant. The contest is open to ALL (no purchase necessary!).

Facebook Contest:  10 photos of Aomori dishes will be posted on Senya Solaris Facebook page. All you have to do is LIKE the dish which you think will be "most popular" out of the 10. At the end of 2 weeks, 5 randomly picked winners who liked the most popular dish will be chosen and presented with a RM100 Senya voucher each. 

Restaurant event: At the restaurant, customers will also be asked to vote for the most popular dish out of the 10 dishes, via a ballot box at the restaurant. At the end of the event, 5 randomly picked winners who chose the "most popular dish" will be presented with a RM100 Senya voucher each.


Here are 10 dishes we sampled during the preview event for Aomori Fair and will be in the running for the contests above.

Aomori Apple with Pork Belly Skewer (RM6) - The sweet Aomori apples are first preserved, then wrapped with pork belly and grilled over the charcoal. One of my favorite dishes of the afternoon, the sweet, juicy apples went extremely well with the tender pork belly.  Highly recommended.



Fried Aomori Baby Scallop and Long Bean Sprout (RM25)- Due to its small size, the Aomori baby scallops are much more condensed in flavour, hence it is sweeter in taste with stronger umami flavour. I liked the long bean sprout from Aomori, it is crunchier in texture and contains twice as much vitamin C, E and B compared to the normal bean sprout.




Grilled Aomori Squid with Guts (RM22)- This is a traditional Aomori dish, mainly eaten by the fishermen. Only very fresh squid is used to make this dish because the guts need to be fresh when you make this. It is good with shochu and sake. For this dish, I feel that it is an acquired taste and may not be to everyone's liking.




Aomori Baby Scallop Kakiage Tempura (RM19.80) - Beautifully crisp, this kakiage is a mix of onion, carrot, mitsuba leaves and Aomori baby scallops.



Vinegared Saba Sushi (RM22.80) - The oshizushi is topped with Aomori saba, and the chef has also added his own twist, placing egg, cucumber, sakura denbu and kanpyo to make it look like a futomaki.



Nanbu Aomori Senbei Hot Pot (RM19) - This is a traditional, local hotpot dish from Aomori, especially in the Nanbu area. In Japanese, it is called Senbei Jiru. The soup stock is made up of shoyu (soy sauce) and chicken broth and then topped with Nanbu Senbei, a type of rice cracker. Other ingredients include mushrooms, leeks and shirataki noodles. This would be great on a rainy evening.




Aomori Seafood Barachirashi Don (RM33.80)- without a doubt, the best looking dish of the afternoon. One of my favorites, the bara chirashi featues Aomori squid, Aomori vinegared saba, tuna, Aomori scallop (regular size), ikura as well as boiled Aomori baby scallop.  Compared to Hokkaido scallops, the regular sized Aomori scallops are more milky and rich in taste. The rice is also topped with Aomori yam, which tastes crunchy and cooling.



Pork Don with Preserved Aomori Apple (RM23.80) - The pork don is Senya's signature dish, and for this Aomori fair, they have topped the pork don with preserved Aomori apple. The apples which have been preserved with some lemon is slightly tart, and cuts some of the richness of the pork. Again, pork and apples are a winning combination. Love the smokey flavours of the grilled pork, so delicious! Highly recommended.





Aomori Baby Scallop Miso Curry Milk Ramen (RM22.80) - We were surprised to learn that the children of Aomori created this recipe by accident one day when they put milk and curry into their ramen. It became very popular in the region. The broth is rich and creamy, and is a pretty substantial dish with noodles, bamboo shoots, beansprouts, fish cake, seaweed and Aomori baby scallops.




Cream Cheese Snow Mountain & Aomori Apple Sorbet with Cinnamon Cookie (RM16) - The apple sorbet was light and refreshing, and is paired with cinnamon cookies, cream cheese mousse and an apple crisp.


3 dishes I would pick as my winner for most popular dish: Aomori Apple with Pork Belly Skewer, Aomori Seafood Bara Chirashi Don, and Pork Don with Preserved Aomori Apples. 


Visit Senya Solaris Facebook Page now or the restaurant at Solaris Dutamas for a chance to win some dining vouchers. Or simply head over to the restaurant to try the delicious Aomori dishes on offer!


Opening times: Mon: 5:30 pm - 12:00 am; Tue-Sat: 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm - 12:00 am; Sun:
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm.

Location: Senya Japanese Family Izakaya, D5-G3-5 Solaris Dutamas, No.1 Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tel: +60 3-6205 4999

Website: https://www.facebook.com/senya.solaris.dutamas/

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Tim Ho Wan 添好運, Mid Valley, KL

Now that the queue for Tim Ho Wan has finally died down a little, I revisited the restaurant with my parents and The Unc for some Hong Kong dim sum. The restaurant itself is still very busy (full house when we visited), however service is efficient and we were served in no time at all.

First to arrive was their signature baked bun with BBQ pork (RM11.50) - it was still as nice as I remembered it. Crisp exterior and fluffy on the inside, with sweet sticky BBQ pork filling. We also loved the congee with lean pork, century egg and salted egg (RM10.50) - the congee had a super smooth texture and tasted really good.





We also had the vermicelli roll with shrimp (RM13.60), once again the roll was smooth, and the prawn filling was fresh and bouncy. One of my favorite steamed dim sum items here is the steamed spinach dumpling with shrimp, the translucent skin is delicate and beautifully made. At RM8.30, it is one of the cheapest items on the menu too.





The deep fried beancurd skin roll with shrimp (RM11.50) was nice and crispy. The Unc fancied the glutinous rice with lotus leaf (RM13.60), and it was good - sticky, and flavorful.






For desserts, we had the steamed egg cake (RM8.30), so fluffy and nice. Best eaten warm! During our visit, we were also served a complimentary tonic medlar and osmanthus cake (RM7.20 usually) - refreshing jelly-like dessert.




Other outlets can be found at 1 Utama, and Melaka (next to Hatten Hotel).


Opening times: Monday - Friday : 10am - 10pm; Saturday,Sunday & PH : 8am - 10pm

Price: Total bill RM91.95.

Location: Tim Ho Wan, 27-G, Ground Floor, The Boulevard, Midvalley Megamall, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (opposite the water fountain in front of The Gardens Mall)


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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Valentine's @ Prego, The Westin KL

Embrace love everyday but especially so on St. Valentine's Day. Pamper your loved one at Prego, The Westin KL on 14th February with a 5-course Italian Valentine's dinner, "Just You & Me". We had the pleasure of tasting Chef Vincenzo Sirna's exquisite and delicate Italian specialties at a special preview dinner last week.

Priced at RM298 nett per person, the meal starts with an antipasto of Sicilian roasted cherry tomatoes soup with crispy "Mazzara del Vallo" red prawn and basil emulsion. The soup, in a beautiful red, the colour of love was rich and appetizing - we really enjoyed the combination of the red prawn and soup (note: these two have to be eaten together for maximum enjoyment).



Next, we were served the homemade squid ink ravioli with Aurora sauce, dehydrated leek and caviar. This was our favorite dish of the evening - the pasta was beautifully made, with Australian red snapper and Italian burrata cheese filling and topped with the velvety, smooth tomato sauce. This will be served as a sharing portion.





The next two courses will be served simultaneously as a sharing platter - the Boston lobster gratin with fresh Italian herbs, and porcini mushroom sauce, as well as the slow cooked beef cheek. Hubby, being the gentleman that he is, offered to let me have all the lobster to myself.... the lobster meat was firm, sweet and fresh - I loved it. The beef cheek has been cooked sous vide for about 8 hours in beef jus, til it's meltingly tender. It was delicious, especially eaten with the sides of truffle scented potato mash.


 



For a luscious sweet ending, a semifreddo of white chocolate cream, with osmanthus jelly and lychee compote complete with pink and white hearts will be served to each lovey dovey couple. :)





The above menu is available on Sunday 14 February 2016 for RM298 nett per person. SPG members are entitled to 15% discount. For reservations, please contact 03-2731 8338.


Opening times: Mon-Sat 12noon to 2.30pm, Sun 11.30am - 2.30pm, Mon-Sun 6.30pm - 10.30pm.

Location: Prego, The Westin Kuala Lumpur, 199 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03- 2773 8338

GPS Coordinates: 3.14779, 101.714569


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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Our 2016 CNY Reunion Dinner + CNY Snacks

Hello everybody! How did you spend CNY eve this year? As usual, we would head back to my grandparents place for the reunion dinner... look at the reunion feast that we had! Yum :)



As we come from a Hokkien family, the must have dish is pork trotters with sea cucumber... I love this! We also had a fish maw with mushroom stew,  stir fried leeks with tofu pok, stir fried kailan, a prawn dish, fried chicken (for the kids), siew yuk (roast pork), and roast duck which we will have with the longevity noodles. Every year, my aunt will also make the pig's stomach soup as she knows I love it! :)





BabySumoKids with their second cousin :)


And after-dinner snacks... fried ngaku (arrowhead chips)


Seaweed chips


Fried crabstick... they're all so addictive!


My favorite of all...prawn crackers! A whole tub just for me.... lol just kidding!


Have a great CNY celebration! Gong Xi Fa Cai! (watch #Babysumokids CNY greeting video here)





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Saturday, February 6, 2016

CNY 2016 Greeting - Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous New Year - Gong Xi Fa Cai from us all at GoodyFoodies.

Check out this cute CNY greeting from #BabySumoKids.

Here's to an abundance of good food as well as lots of good luck and "gold" in the new year.

May the Year of the Fire Monkey be a great one for you all!



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Friday, February 5, 2016

9 Great Chinese New Year Vegetarian Recipes (CNY)

Many Chinese, including our family, follow the practice of abstaining from meat and eating vegetarian food on the first day of Chinese New Year. It is believed that abstaining from meat consumption on the first day will ensure longevity. Vegetarian food can include mock meat as well as vegetables.

Here are a collection of 9 of my favorite vegetarian dishes which we would prepare annually on the first day of CNY. Please click on dish names for the full recipe.











This is a must-have vegetarian dish in our home on the first day of CNY. My mum would make this for us every year without fail while we were growing up and we have continued the tradition.

This dish is harmoniously made up of loads of auspicious ingredients such as leeks, mushrooms, carrots, dried lily buds, cabbage and tanghoon (glass noodles).


2. Braised mushrooms with fatt choy and lettuce



On the first day of CNY, we would always have longevity noodles and to go with the noodles, we would make this braised mushroom dish with fatt choy. The braising liquid tastes great with the noodles.

Furthermore, fatt choy 髮菜, also known as black moss is a popular ingredient as its homonym sounds like "struck it rich". Other ingredients in this dish also has auspicious meanings, such as lettuce 生菜 which symbolises prosperity, mushroom for longevity, enoki mushrooms for wealth and carrots for good luck.


3. Braised mushrooms with broccoli and fatt choy



Another alternative to dish #2 which we make is to serve the braised mushrooms with broccoli florets and carrots.


4. Stir fried leeks with sliced mushrooms



Ingredients with auspicious-sounding names are sought-after during Chinese New Year. For this reason, leeks 蒜 are commonly served as the name is a homophone for "calculating (money)" (算suàn). 




Mixed vegetables is a popular dish during CNY as it symbolises family harmony. I used a mix of broccoli, celery and carrots as well as 3 types of mushrooms - Shitake, enoki and abalone mushrooms. This dish is absolutely heaving with good, auspicious meanings - carrots symbolises good luck, Shitake mushrooms symbolises longevity, enoki mushrooms, also known as golden needle mushroom represents "gold" and abalone's homonym is absolute prosperity.


6. Braised tofu pok with mushrooms



Having white tofu is a no-no during CNY as the colour white is considered bad luck, however tofu pok  豆腐泡 (also known as tofu puff or tau pok) is considered auspicious as the golden colour symbolises gold and wealth. The tofu pok is braised with two types of mushrooms, enoki and bunashimeji and is flavoured with mushroom oyster flavoured sauce.





I love cabbage! This stir fried cabbage with wood ear fungus 木耳 (mok yee) and Enoki mushrooms 金菇 is very auspicious since cabbage's homonym sounds like "prosperity" and enoki mushrooms, also known as golden needle mushroom represents "gold". The wood ear fungus is added for texture as well as symbolising prosperity.




Eryngii mushrooms is also known as king trumpet mushroom, French horn mushroom or king oyster mushroom but in Japanese it is called eringi (エリンギ).This mushroom has a lovely meaty texture and is often compared to that of abalone.





For those looking for an easy one-dish vegetarian meal, try this vegetarian "Hakka mee".The noodles are stir fried with auspicious vegetables such as Chinese mushrooms, leeks, carrots, wood ear fungus and Chinese cabbage leaves. 



Do share with me what your favorite vegetarian CNY dishes are! :)



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I am submitting this to the "Cook & Celebrate: CNY 2016" event which I am co-hosting with Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Diana of The Domestic Goddess Wannabe. To join, simply cook or bake any Chinese New Year recipes from 15 January 2016 to 22 February 2016.

Your post must be a current post i.e. posted between 15 Jan to 22 Feb 2016 - please do not link older posts. Please mention our "Cook & Celebrate: CNY 2016" event in your post and link back to Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids, Diana of The Domestic Goddess Wannabe and Baby Sumo of GoodyFoodies.

Happy cooking! Do check out the other bloggers recipe below:







If you enjoyed reading my posts, LIKE me on Facebook! You can also follow me on Instagram (@babysumo) for more photo updates or Dayre for daily updates. Thanks :)

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