Showing posts with label Sweet Potato(番薯). Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sweet Potato(番薯). Show all posts

Friday, 28 March 2014

Pumpkin Red Bean Balls vs Gula Melaka Steamed Cake with Sweet Potato

Assorted tea snacks for Bake King March recipes
March is coming to the end and this month my baking project with Bake King features some quick and easy Asian tea snacks such as Pumpkin Red Bean Balls and Gula Melaka Steamed Cake with Sweet Potato. Pumpkin Red Bean Balls has a very soft texture when bite and it pairs well with the sweet red bean paste which makes it sort of like the Mochi (Japanese rice cake made of mochigome).

Friday, 13 January 2012

Happy Call Pan Recipes - Baked Sweet Potato, Sizzling Tofu and Claypot Rice

It's Happy Call Pan(HCP) recipes again! As I have mentioned before this is an "IN" kitchen gadget which is it one of the hot discussion topic in forum and Facebook. With it's quick and easy pressure cooking method, this pan has won the hearts of many people especially homemakers who aim to cook healthier dishes for the family.

In this post I would be sharing another 3 recipes using this HCP to Bake Sweet Potato, cook Sizzling Tofu and our favourite Claypot Rice (without using claypot).

Friday, 17 June 2011

Steamed Pandan Cake With Sweet Potatoes

I am sure most of us are familiar with the pandan chiffon cake that is available at most bakery stalls. Here with a twist from the previous steamed cake that I have made, I decided to make some Steamed Pandan Cake with Sweet Potatoes. And to make these steamed cakes more fragrance and delicious, you can add in some home-made pandan juice for a superb and natural jade green colour.

When it comes to steamed cake it might look rather easy compared to those bake version but for some of us this might not be the case. I have received a few emails regarding on the "steamed cake" recipe(s)(read more HERE) that they have tried a few times following the recipe(s) to dot and yet they cannot achieve the desire outcome like what is mention on the blog post. Friendly speaking I have failed at least twice while testing out the recipe(s) before I could perfect them with the right texture and outlook too.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

[Dessert] Sweet Potato Soup

I am sure you can easily find this common sweet soup available at most dessert stalls in Singapore. But are you willing to pay for the price ranging from  S$1.20 - S$2.50 just for a bowl of Sweet Potato Soup - 番薯汤 similar to this?

In fact you can cook this quick and easy sweet soup anytime of the day at your own comfort zone with just minimum ingredients required. But before you starts you have to take note of some tips to make it taste just as good as what you had from those dessert stalls.

The key point of this dessert is to control the sweetness of the soup and texture of the sweet potatoes. The soup base cannot be too bland or too sweet and as for the sweet potato it must not be overcooked or else it will be too soft and affect the overall taste of this dessert. And to enhance the taste of the soup, you can also add in a few slices of ginger and some dried longan for that extra spicy taste and fragrant.

Ingredients: (serves 4)
2 Orange Sweet Potatoes(番薯), peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
1 Japanese Potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
Cane Sugar To Taste
2 - 3 Slices of Ginger, optional
1.8 Litres of Water
5 Pieces Pandan Leaves, tie to knot


Method:-
1. Bring 1.8 litres of water to boil together with pandan leaves and ginger slices for about 3 minutes.

2. Add in all the potatoes and simmer over low heat for about 20 minutes or until soft.

3. Lastly add cane sugar and stir till dissolved.

4. Remove from heat, ladle into serving bowl and serve warm.


I simply adore this sweet potato dessert which brings back a lot of my wonderful childhood memories where my mum and I used to patron a dessert stall outside the cinema area where we used to visit after our show for late night supper.


Tuesday, 3 May 2011

[Dessert] Bo Bo Cha Cha(摩摩查查)

Bobo (Bubur in Malay) Cha Cha is a popular Nyonya dessert make of coconut milk together with sweet potatoes, yam(taro) and colourful tapioca cubes.You can eat this dessert either warm or cold with shaved ice and they taste wonderful with a mixture of texture from the sweet potatoes and chewy tapioca cubes with luxury coconut milk base.

There are a few methods on cooking this Bobo Cha Cha dessert where you can put all the mixture together and simmer till cooked or steamed the sweet potato mixture separately while preparing the coconut soup base.

Ingredients: (serves 4)
1 Packet of Bobo Cha Cha Premix from Top Gourmet
1 Packet of Colourful Tapioca Flour Cubes
200ml Coconut Milk
Pinch of Salt
Cane Sugar to Taste
A Bundle of Pandan Leave, tied into knot
1 Litre of Water

Method:-
1. Prepare a pot of water and bring it to boil, add in the colourful tapioca flour cube, simmer over medium heat(stir on and off to prevent them from sticking to each other) till they float to the surface.

2. When they became translucent and cooked, drain well and transfer them into a bowl of cold water. Set aside.

3. Bring 1 litre of water to boil over medium heat, add in pandan leaves and simmer for about 5 - 7 minutes.

*4. At the meantime, rinse the sweet potato and taro cubes in two rounds before adding it into the prepared pandan water.

5. Simmer the sweet potato mixture till soften then add in cane sugar to taste.

6. Lastly, stir in coconut milk, salt and cooked tapioca flour cubes, keep stirring to prevent mixture from curdling. Remove from heat after it boils.



OR Alternative Way:
(Steaming Method)


*4. Rinse the sweet potato and taro cubes then steamed it over medium heat for about 8 - 10 minutes until cooked.

*5. Sweeten the pandan leave water with cane sugar then stir in coconut milk and salt, keep stirring to prevent mixture from curdling. Remove from heat after it boils.

*6. Place cooked sweet potato and taro in a bowl together with some cooked tapioca flour cubes.

*7. Ladle some hot/cold coconut milk mixture over it and serve.


Friday, 15 April 2011

Steamed Milk With Egg Whites and Purple Sweet Potato

I have being using Purple Sweet Potato to try out a few recipes in this blog such as "Purple Sweet Potato Mantou - 紫番薯馒头", "Purple Sweet Potato Chiffon Cake" and "Assorted Sweet Potato Huat Kueh". These Purple Sweet Potato is richly nutritious as they are fat-free and low in calories, high in fiber and great for people who are carbohydrate sensitive and most importantly it is loaded with antioxidants.

In this post I am using some steamed purple sweet potato as the filling for the Steamed Milk With Egg Whites dessert. Normally you can find this Steamed Milk With Egg White custard at most of the Hong Kong Style Dessert Stalls which served without any fillings in it. But for my version I choose to add in some purple sweet potato to which has a very lovey purple colour that contrast well with the white milk custard.

Ingredients: (serves 2)
200ml Fresh Milk
2 Large Egg White, (60g egg)
2 Tablespoons Sugar
100g Steamed Purple Sweet Potato, cut into small cubes
4 - 6 Ready To Eat Ginkgo Nuts


Method:
1. Add milk in a microwave safe bowl, heat on HIGH powder for 60 - 90 seconds (depend on microwave voltage) till milk is warm. Add in sugar and stir till dissolved. Set aside

2. Gently beat the egg whites till a bit frosty. Sieved it over a fine sieve into the milk mixture.

3. Give it a few stir using a fork or chopstick to mix well.

4. Place 1 to 1.5 tablespoon of mashed purple sweet potato into each rice bowl (about 250 - 300ml) and use the back of a spoon gently press and spread out the sweet potato evenly in the bowl.

5. Next slowly sift the milk mixture into each bowl. Wrapped it with clear-wrap.

6. Steam over medium heat for 8 minutes, open the clear wrap, add in a few pieces of the reserve sweet potato cubes and ginkgo nuts and continue to steam on medium heat for another 1 - 1 1/2 minutes till slightly firm.


TIPS:
1. You can either steamed the sweet potato over medium heat on stove for 8 - 10 minutes; OR

2. Place sweet potato cubes in a microwave safe bowl together with 1 tablespoon of water and cook on HIGH for 3 - 4 minutes. Give it a quick stir every 1 minute to make sure that the sweet potato cubes are evenly cooked.


Steamed Milk With Egg Whites and Purple Sweet Potato on FoodistaSteamed Milk With Egg Whites and Purple Sweet Potato

If you cannot get hold of purple sweet potato over at your side, you can always mix and match to replace the fillings with whatever you preferred. Here I have another sample using mashed pumpkin for the fillings or you can even add in cream corn like one of my friend, Joyce did.


STEAMED MILK WITH EGG WHITES AND MASHED PUMPKIN

Ingredients: (serve 1)
100ml Fresh Milk
1 Large Egg White, (60g egg)
1 Tablespoons Sugar
1 Tablespoon of Mashed Pumpkin Paste

Garnish:
Some Wolfberries
Extra 1 1/2 Teaspoon of Mashed Pumpkin Paste


Method:
1. Add milk in a microwave safe bowl, heat on HIGH powder for 40 - 60 seconds (depend on microwave voltage) till milk is warm. Add in sugar and stir till dissolved. Set aside

2. Gently beat the egg whites till a bit frosty. Sieved it over a fine sieve into the milk mixture.

3. Give it a few stir using a fork or chopstick to mix well.

4. Place 1 to 1.5 tablespoon of mashed pumpkin into the rice bowl (about 250 - 300ml) and use the back of a spoon gently press and spread out the sweet potato evenly in the bowl.

5. Next slowly sift the milk mixture into each bowl. Wrapped it with clear-wrap.

6. Steam over medium heat for 8 minutes, open the clear wrap, add in a some mashed pumpkin paste, wolfberries and continue to steam on medium heat for another 1 - 1 1/2 minutes till slightly firm.


If you don't like to have any extra fillings, you can always make it PLAIN using just egg whites and fresh milk. And I am sure you will love that smooth and silky texture of the healthy quick and easy dessert. Do share with me your view if you do try out this recipe and what are some other fillings that you could add in.


Surprised to know about this Steamed Milk With Egg Whites and Purple Sweet Potato(Chinese version) being mentioned on 20th April 2011, MyPaper through one of the blog readers.



P/s: Another "Steamed Milk With Egg Whites and Mashed Pumpkin" recipe included plus mentioned of this recipe on 20th April 2011, MyPaper too.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Purple Sweet Potato Chiffon Cake

It's tea time again! These few days I saw quite a number of blogger friends posting similar chiffon cake recipes range from Purple Sweet Potato, Green Tea with Azuki Bean, Spinach Chiffon, Pistachio & Raspberry and etc. And since I have some purple sweet potato paste leftover in the fridge after making our favourite Mantou(馒头), I decided to use the it to make a chiffon cake.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Purple Sweet Potato Mantou - 紫番薯馒头

Mantou(馒头) often referred to as Chinese steamed bun or bread is a kind of traditional steamed bun origin from China. It is normally made with wheat flour, water and leavening agents that leaves it with soft and fluffy texture. But in modern days now, there are a lot of ready-made frozen mantou that comes in different varieties and flavours which you can purchase from the supermarkets.

But for us, we still prefer to make our own mantou using fresh ingredients and consume it straight from the steamer rack while it is still hot. We love the taste of the freshly homemade mantou where we could add in more ingredients such as pumpkin, dried fruits, sweet potato and etc to make it more tasty and vibrant in colour to enhance the taste and at the same time attracts kids’ attention too.

For this recipe, I am using some mashed Purple Sweet Potato to make this mantou which gives it a very lovely natural Pinkish-purple colour which you can see from the photos. Purple Sweet Potatoes are richly nutritious as they are fat-free and low in calories, high in fiber and great for people who are carbohydrate sensitive and most importantly it is loaded with antioxidants.

These are the dry ingredients and steps on how to make the mantou dough using mashed sweet potato:-

Ingredients: (make 8 3cm wide medium mantou)
120g Plain Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
2 1/2 Tablespoon Caster Sugar
140g Purple Sweet Potato, cooked & mashed
1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
1/2 Teaspoon of Dry Yeast
40ml Lukewarm Water
2 Tablespoon Roasted Black Sesame Seeds, optional


Here are the steps on rolling and dividing the sweet potato dough:-

Method:
1. Add dry yeast into the lukewarm water and give it a quick stir, set aside for about 5 minutes till bubbles appeared.
2. Sift plain flour and baking powder together in a big bowl with the caster sugar till combined.
3. Next slowly add in yeast water into the flour mixture and stir using a metal spoon or clean hand and follow by the mashed sweet potato till it forms soft dough.
4. Add in oil and give the dough a quick knead till well combine or till dough does not stick to your hand.
5. Set the dough aside in a lightly flour/oil bowl, covered with cling wrap and let it proof for about 20 minutes till the dough became slightly bigger.
6. Knead proof dough on a lightly floured work surface for a few second, flatten and roll into a rectangular shape, sprinkle some black sesame seeds on it, roll it up lengthwise into an oblong shape.
7. Repeat the process once or twice depends on your preference.
8. Roll the final dough into oblong shape, cut them into equal portions and coat the top of each slice of mantou with some extra black sesame seeds.
9. Place each shaped mantou on the steamer rack with greaseproof paper below and rest for another 10 minutes.
10. Sprinkle some water on the mantou before placing the steamer rack into the pot of boiling water and steam them over medium heat for about 8 - 10 minutes. (depending on the size of the mantou)
11. When done, removed and served hot/warm.



Note:
~ Lukewarm is about 36 - 37 degree Celsius

~ Rinse and cut the sweet potato into chunks, steam it over medium heat till soft (about 10 - 15 minutes), removed from heat and mashed it into paste form while hot and set aside for later use.



Indeed homemade Mantou is something quite quick and easy if you could get the hand out of it. Moreover you could also mix and match with different ingredients according to your own preference and this can be consider as a healthy snacks for both the adults and kids too. Sometime I would also make a bigger portion and keep some of it in the freezer so that I could re-heat/re-steam them for a quick snack anytime we feel like having our favourite mantou.


Sunday, 25 April 2010

Sweet Potato Mantou

During my recent trip to Taiwan, almost every morning we can find some freshly made Mantou in our breakfast menu. In Taiwan, most of their breakfast dishes are Mantou, Porridge with preserved vegetables like caixin, bamboo shoot, salted egg and etc. And other than Mantou, you can also find their famous Baked Golden Sweet Potato in some shops or street market.

So for last weekend, I decided to combine some orange flesh sweet potato with the Japanese sweet potato that can be easily found in any supermarket. This Mantou will give you two different textures, as I have shredded the orange flesh sweet potato as filling and combined the mashed Japanese Sweet Potato together with the flour ingredients.

Ingredients: (makes about 6)
125g Plain Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Active Dry Yeast
20ml Lukewarm Water
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
2.5 Tablespoons Caster Sugar
100 - 120g Japanese Sweet Potato, skin removed
50g Orange Flesh Sweet Potato, shredded
1/2 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
20ml Water

Method:
1. Sift the plain flour and baking powder together in a big bowl together with the caster sugar till combined.
2. Remove the outer skin of the Japanese sweet potato, cut into small cubes (about 1cm) then rinse it with water and place in a microwave safe bowl together with 20ml of water and cook on High heat together with a cup of water for about 4 minutes. (Stop 1 minutes in between and give it a stir so that it will cook evenly)
3. Use a fork or food masher to mash the sweet potato cubes to form a paste, set aside for later use.
4. Add the dry yeast into the lukewarm water and give it a quick stir then set aside for about 5 minutes till bubbles appeared(refer to the picture above).
5. Next slowly stir in the yeast water into the flour mixture and using a pair of chopstick then follow by the mashed pumpkin till it form a soft dough.
6. Rub some oil on your hand then give the dough a quick knead till well combine.
7. Set the dough aside in a lightly flour/oil bowl and let it proof for about 20 - 30 minutes so that the dough will raise slightly bigger.
8. Knead proof dough on a lightly floured work surface for a few second, flatten and roll into a rectangular shape shown in the above photo, sprinkle some shredded orange flesh sweet potato on it, roll it up lengthwise into an oblong shape.
9. Repeat the process once or twice till the shredded sweet potato finished.
10. Roll the final dough into oblong shape, cut them into equal portion.
11. Place each shaped mantou on the steamer rack with greaseproof paper below it sprinkle the mantou with some water.
12. Place the steamer rack in the boiling water and steam the mantou over medium heat for about 8 - 10 minutes. (depending on the size)
13. When done, removed and served hot/warm.

Note:
a) Lukewarm is about 36 - 37 degree Celsius
b) If the sweet potato dough is too dry, you can add about extra 5 - 10ml of water to knead the dough.
c) You might need to cook the sweet potato for about 3 - 5 minutes more before it will be soften depend on the power of your microwave.


This is an interesting Mantou with dual sweet potato texture. So if you like sweet potato, do give this a try. I am sure you and your family will loves this healthy snack for a chance during tea-time or breakfast. Posted by Picasa


Sunday, 21 June 2009

Sweet Potato & Sesame Chiffon Cake

Recently while blog hopping around, I saw a few of my favour food blogs will into chiffon cake making. So I thought maybe I would also like to join in the fun of chiffon cake making. After much selection I decided to settle on this Sweet Potato & Sesame Chiffon Cake rather than our usual local Pandan Chiffon Cake.

Sunday, 12 August 2007

Assorted Sweet Potato Huat Kueh

Get to know this delicious "Huat Kueh" from my boss wife Veron. When I first taste it, I knew that I am going to do a batch of this. The texture is so moist and soft which is very different from those traditional huat kueh that we used to eat. Even if it is left in room temperature for a day or in the fridge it still taste soft and moist. This huat kueh doesn't required any yeast or baking powder and yet, but it can yet achieve the soft and fluffy texture.


For my version, I added assorted Sweet Potato instead of one type. I love vibrant colours for my food and since I am able to find 3 different types of sweet potato at the stall, I might as well give it a try. As you know the purple sweet potato had a very nice colour and it's rather kind of saltish taste which balance off the sweetness of the huat kueh and the orange sweet potato.

I also add in the yellowish Japanese Sweet Potato which is fragrant and great in texture. Besides starch, sweet potatoes are RICH in dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin B6. Despite the name "sweet", it is actually a good food for diabetics, as preliminary studies on animals have revealed that it helps to stabilize blood sugar levels and to lower insulin resistance. For those who loves sweet potatoes you might want to give this recipe a try. It's very easy, just mix, stir, pour and steam.Posted by Picasa

Ingredients: (make about 7 - 9 cups 100ml size disposal cups)
250g Self Raising Flour
250ml Coconut Milk
1 Medium/Large Egg
1 Big Pieces Of Gula Malaka(Palm Sugar)
50 ml water
3-4 Small Sweet Potato(about 300g)

Methods:
1. Wash and steam the sweet potatoes until soft, peel off the skin and use a fork or finger to roughly break into pieces then set aside to cool.
2. While steaming the sweet potato, place the 50ml of water and gula malaka(if possible break it into pieces so that it will melt easily) in a small saucepan and simmer over low heat until the gula malaka is completely dissolved into sugar syrup.
3. Set aside for it to cool before using.
4. Pour the self-raising flour into a big mixing bowl, then make a well in the center and pour in the coconut milk and use a balloon whisk to whisk a few times before adding in the egg.
5. Kept on whisk until the egg is incorporate into the batter then pour in the gula malaka syrup and whisk well.
6. The mixture will be sort of like a pancake batter, lastly add in the sweet potato pieces(reserve some for the topping) and use a spatula to stir till combined.
7. Spoon the mixture into a aluminium cup(100ml) then top with some extra sweet potatoes and steam over medium/high(depending on the steamer that you use, I steam mine over medium heat on stove) heat for about 20 minutes.

Notes:
a) You must wait for the water to BOIL 1st before placing the cup mixtures into the steam, and do not open the cover of the steam in between the steaming time or else the Huat Kueh will not have the "Open Mouth" effect.
b) You can find fresh coconut milk in 250ml packet from most of the supermarket at the noodles/doufu sections.
c) You can use either one type of sweet potato or assorted depend on your preference.
d) The weight of the Gula Malaka is about 150g - 200g depending on the size that you purchased.(if is possible, strained the liquid after boiling to remove any big particulars or lumps in it)


Friday, 13 April 2007

Ondeh Ondeh WIth Shredded Coconut Fillings

My mother had being asking me to teach her how to make this Local Noya Kueh called Ondeh Ondeh which is commonly Jade Green in colour. Usually the normal Ondeh Ondeh will be wrapped with Gula Melaka sugar but not for this version that we are making today.


For this, I had follow the recipe from Lily's blog(please click for recipe) which she used shredded coconut mixed with gula melaka for the fillings. It's taste much more fragrant and with the busting favour. For those who is interested in trying out this, you can refer to Lily's blog link. Posted by Picasa


Sunday, 12 February 2006

Ondeh Ondeh (元宵节)

The 15th days of the Chinese Lunar New Year is also known as Yuan Xiao Jie ( 元宵节). On this day, every household gets together to enjoy reunion dinner, new year goodies as well as the most important item Tang Yuan (汤圆). But  instead of making the traditional Tang Yuan (汤圆), Rey and I actually re-create it into Ondeh Ondeh which also make use of glutinous rice flour, Gulua Malaka (椰糖) filling but these are eaten "dry" so we coat them with fresh desiccated coconut.

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