Macaron #1

Made macarons for the very first time!  It is intimidating but thanks to the detail sharing by Not So Humble Pie, it was a good start…



I think the batter was too thick, probably the amount of almond meal was not rightIMG_5921

The cookies turned out a bit too tall but the texture was ok.IMG_5923

140C might be too high and browned the cookies but tried lower temperature and the cookies seemed not getting properly cooked.IMG_5927

Made chocolate ganache as filling.IMG_5931


The texture seemed fine when it was freshly baked – crunchy on outside and chewy inside.  After storing in the fridge for two days, the outside turned a bit soft.

Considering even C eats these and asked for peanut butter as filling next time, I would say  this was a very encouraging first time. 🙂


Sweet Black Sesame Soup

I am not a big fan for sweet black sesame soup but as I was searching for recipe for black sesame dumpling, I came across a recipe that could do both…very easy to make and even my girl likes it.

Japanese black sesame I got from the supermarket, heat in the pan for 10-15minsIMG_5822

Heat rice flour in pan till turned a bit brown.  Grind sesame & rice flour together. IMG_5826

Add approx 1 table spoon of the mixture to every 100ml water, add rock sugar to taste…IMG_5846


Dry black sesame and rice flour mixture could be kept in the fridge.

Imperial Treasure La Mian Xiao Long Bao 御宝拉面小笼包 @ Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore

Our favourite xiao long bao place in Singapore…

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Shiro @ Hysan Place, Hong Kong

A modern Japanese restaurant with conveyor belt sushi & no queuing (on a weekday)…menu has a wide selection but only tried their sushi and sashimi this time.  It was a nice change from the traditional sushi place.

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Mis en Place @ East Coast Road, Singapore

A small restaurant near home….we have been there twice…food is a very nicely done but unfortunately their kitchen cannot handle the volume of customers.IMG_5940

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[Update on March 24, 2014] We went again last night and were lucky to be the first table so the wait was manageable.  IMG_5935 IMG_5936 IMG_5937 IMG_5939