Another Hee Pan Recipe–Sweet Potatoes Hee Pan (番薯喜板)



I have one sweet potato sitting in my kitchen shelves and likely to turn bad very soon.


Since it is only a small sweet potato, I have decided to “test” my recipe of plain hee pan recipe about 2 months ago.

Subsequent to my issuance of the post, some readers have successfully prepared it but some seems to have failed terribly. I am unsure of the reasons and I feel that there is a need to test my recipe issued earlier.


I have decided to add sweet potatoes to the hee pan and I am satisfied with the outcome. At least, none of which looks like a disaster though I would love to have my hee pan looked as beautiful as my first batch.


The hee pan is still soft and spongy.



Servings: about 15 Hee Pans



  • 150 grams of glutinous rice flour (糯米粉)
  • 150 grams of plain flour (普通面粉)
  • 150 grams of mashed sweet potatoes (蕃薯泥)
  • 120 grams of castor sugar (细砂糖)
  • 8 grams of Instant Yeast (即时酵母)
  • 25 grams of corn oil (玉米油)
  • 150 grams of lukewarm warm water (温水)


  • About 15 pieces of lightly greased banana leaves of 7cm x 7 cm (香蕉叶)
  • A steamer with water capable of steaming at least 15 minutes under high heat.




  • Put all dough ingredients in a whisking bowl. Add the water and use a tablespoon to lightly stir in until a dough is form. Transfer to a stand mixer and knead under medium speed until the dough is smooth (about 10 minutes)。 Note that unlike bread making, this process is to ensure all ingredients are well mixed and not to ensure that gluten structure is formed.  Alternatively, you can use hand to knead until the dough is smooth which is also rather fast as this is glutinous rice flour. Once done, divide the dough into 15 equal portions of about 50-60 grams each.



  • Take a portion of the dough, shape it into a ball, place on top of a piece of banana leave and press it until it is about 1 cm thick. Perform the same for the remaining 14 portions. Put in the steamer tray and let it proof until double in size which may take about 45 minutes to one hour. In the process of proofing, cover it with some clingy wrap or a piece of wet tower.


  • When the dough double in size and become smooth, get ready the steamer. Bring the water to boil under high heat and transfer the steamer tray to the steamer. Steam for 12-15 minutes. After 15 minutes, off the heat, and let it rest in the steamer for 5 minutes before taking the Hee Pan out of the steamer. Cool in a wire rack or place the hot Hee Pan in a piece of newspaper. The purpose is to let the newspaper  absorbs the water under the Hee Pan due to condensation. Best served hot as a snack item or breakfast item when hot.



If you have never tried Hee Pan, you should give it a try. It is a rather healthy breakfast item with minimum fats. Most kids will like this soft and spongy type of kuih.


Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day.


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A Simple And Traditional Biscuit–Graham Biscuit (全麦饼干)




In Western cookbooks, It is common that graham crackers were being used to prepare the biscuit base of chilled cheesecake and in fact, I do like graham crackers. I like the crispy texture of the biscuits with some bits to bite in the biscuit.


While I was flipping through by favourite cookbook  (Essential Baking Cookbook issued by Murdoch Books, UK 2000) today, I found a recipe on graham crackers. I was amazed  that only 5 ingredients were necessary to prepare the biscuits. Since I have all the ingredients at home, I have decided to give it a try.


Per Wikipedia,

“The graham cracker (/ˈɡræm/, /ˈɡreɪm/, or /ˈɡreɪ.əm/; also graham wafer) was invented in 1829 in Bound Brook, New Jersey, by Presbyterian minister Sylvester Graham. The original graham cracker was made with graham flour, a combination of finely-ground unbleached-wheat flour with the wheat bran and germ coarsely-ground and added back in providing flavor. While graham crackers started out as a mild food, unsweetened or mildly sweetened, they are more commonly known as a sugar or honey sweetened baked good that approaches a cookie.


Most modern graham crackers are made mainly of the refined, bleached white flour to which the Rev. Graham was opposed, and others are made with blends that use unbleached, white flour as a base. Graham crackers have remained popular in North America as a snack food and breakfast cereal despite, or perhaps because of, the greater amounts of refined sugar (often mixed with honey) than in the original versions which may have been unsweetened, and far less graham flour, possibly without all the parts of the wheat included at all.” (Source:


Prior to my preparation, I did search other recipes but most will require much more ingredients and  come with many variations such as adding of cinnamon powder. This recipe is unique as I did not find any other recipes that use cream in the preparation. However, I have substantially modified the ingredients and method  to suit my preparation.


Taste is awesome, texture is crispy and it is addictive.. I have taken more than 5 pieces in an hour..



Servings: Prepare about 50 graham crackers with sizes of about 5 cm x 5 cm x 2mm thickness


  • 350 grams of wholemeal plain flour or wholemeal flour
  • 60 grams of corn flour
  • 60 grams of castor sugar
  • 150 grams of butter (cut into cubes)
  • 50 grams of fresh cream for whipping
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda



  • Line 2 baking tray with baking paper.


  • In a food processor, put all the dry ingredients (except butter) in the blending bowl. Blend the dry ingredients until well mixed.. Add the butter cubes. Blend again until the texture resembles bread crumbs. Add in the cream, blend again until well combined. If you do not have a food processor, you can easily use hand to rub the butter against the flour mixture until a crumble structure is obtained.


  • Divide the dough into two portions (about 370 gram each dough). Put one portion of the dough on top of one of the baking paper, Put another piece of baking paper on top of the dough. Use a rolling pin to flatten the dough with about 2 mm thickness.


  • Put the flattened dough in the freezer and let it chill for about 10 minutes. Take out the dough, tear off one piece of the baking paper, use a pie cutter or pastry wheels or a sharp knife to cut the dough into your desire size (Suggested 5 cm x 5 cm). Put back to the refrigerator again until the oven is ready. If you prefer, you can use forks to make some pattern in your biscuits.


  • Pre-heat the oven to 200 degree Celsius. Once oven is ready, bake in the oven for about 7-10 minutes until the dough is firm and golden brown. Leave to cool in the baking tray for additional 2-3 minutes before transfer to the cooking rack for cooling.Once cooled, store the biscuit in an  air tight container.



i am sure you will concur with me that this is  a simple recipe. and may be you want to give it a try?


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Another Extra Large Chinese Steamed Buns– Dabao or Pork Bun (大包/生肉包)



This time, I have purposely prepared my minced meat steamed buns extra big. It is big and about 120 grams of dough and 100 grams of meat filling. So the buns weigh about 220 grams, about 2 times what is commercially sold in the store.


The minced meat steamed buns  was commonly sold in Singapore and Malaysia together with Chinese Barbecue Pork or Char Siu buns. It usually have some eggs in it and at times, certain stores may include some Chinese sausage or Lup Cheong.. It is always one of my favourite when I buy these Chinese steamed buns for breakfast or snack.


Before I proceed to the sharing of the recipe, there are a few points that I would like to highlight to readers .


  • If you want to buns to have juicy minced meat, you may need to add a few tablespoons of water or meat stock to the minced meat.

  • You can add some solid lard to the buns fillings and it will make your meat fillings more smooth.


  • This recipe here yields only about 9-10 extra large steamed bun and I understand most readers may not want this size, therefore, feel free to reduce the size of dough and filling accordingly.  You can follow my ration of dough to fillings of 1.2 dough to 1 portion of fillings and calculate your number of buns.


  • While this recipe usually pork, you can always substitute with chicken if you did not take pork.



Serving : About 10 steamed buns of sizes of 200 grams per bun


Dry Ingredients (A)

  • 600 grams of bao flour or Hong Kong flour or low protein flour (水仙面粉)
  • 50 grams of corn starch or potato starch (生粉或玉米粉)
  • 100 grams of castor sugar (细砂糖)
  • Pinches of salt (盐巴)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of double acting baking powder/baking powder (双重发粉或发粉)
  • 1 packet (10-11 grams) of instant dry yeast (即时酵母)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ammonia bicarbonate (optional) (臭粉 (可免))
  • 30 grams of vegetable shortening or corn oil or cooking oil (白油)

Wet Ingredients (B)

  • 320 grams of lukewarm water (温水)



  • 500 grams of minced pork belly (五花肉)
  • 2-3 stalks of spring onion, chopped into small pieces (青葱)
  • 2-3 stalks of coriander leaves, chopped into small pieces (芫茜)
  • 3 cm of ginger, pound and extract juices (姜片)
  • 2-3 winter mushrooms, soaked and diced into small stripes (冬菇)
  • 2 tablespoons of corn flour (玉米粉)
  • 1 tablespoon of Chinese cooking wine (烹饪酒)
  • 2 tablespoons of oyster sauce (耗油)
  • 2 tablespoons of sesame oil (芝麻油)
  • 2 tablespoons of castor sugar (白糖)
  • 1 tablespoon of dark soya sauce (酱油)
  • 5 eggs, hard boiled and cut into halves (鸡蛋)
  • Salt to taste (盐巴)


  • Some cupcakes cups or square baking paper (water proof) for about 8 cm x 8 cm (纸杯或方形防水纸)




  • Put all the ingredients for the fillings in a big bowl, use a pair of chopstick to stir it until well mixed. Let it seasoned for at least 1 hour.

  • Weigh the filling and  divide into the number of buns you want to prepare. Take one portion , shape it into a ball, flatten in your palm and put a piece of egg on top of the minced meat. Wrap the egg using the minced meat and shape it into a ball.Once done, put the meat balls into the freezer section of the fridge and proceed to the next section. The main purpose of wrapping the eggs using the minced meat and the freezing of the minced meat balls is to  facilitate subsequent wrapping.


  • Put all dry ingredients (A)  in a whisking bowl. Use a spoon to stir the dry ingredients and make a well in the centre. Add in the lukewarm water.  Use the same spoon to roughly stir it until it form a sticky dough. Use the machine dough hook to knead the dough for another 15-20 minutes or until the dough looks smooth and leaves the side of the whisking bowl. If the dough is too wet for the kneading, add 1-2 tablespoon of flour to continue. You can also do this manually if you don’t prefer to use the machine kneading.

  • In a flat surface, dust with some flour, transfer the dough to the flat surface and knead for 3-5 minutes until the dough does not stick to your hand. Shape it into a ball, put it in a bowl. Cover with a wet towel or clingy wrap and let it prove for 30 minutes (or double in size) whenever is earlier. Note that this is a rather soft dough. As such, do add some plain flour or bao flour if it is too soft for you to handle.


  • Once the first proofing has done, divide the dough into the number of buns you want to prepare. Take one dough, shape it round and use a rolling pin to flatten it.  Put a frozen minced meat ball on top of the dough. Seal the edges and place the bun in a piece of square paper or cup cake mould. You can directly put into the steamer tray if you preferred. Let the buns proof until double in size before sending for steaming.

  • Meanwhile, heat up the water in the steamer to boil.  You should have adequate water to steam for about 30 minutes. Once the second proofing is done and the water is ready, steam the buns in the steamer for at least 20 – 25 minutes depending on the size of your buns. Use high heat throughout the steaming process.



I am trying to emulate the type of minced pork buns sold in Singapore and I hope that this recipe will suit your taste buds. You can start making small  batches and see if it suits your taste buds. Again, as this is a savoury recipe, therefore feel free to adjust the quantity of the stated seasonings and the types of side ingredients.


Hope you like the post. Cheers and have  a nice day.



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Local Baked Custard? Kuih Bakar Pandan Or Kuih Kemboja (香兰烘糕)



This kuih is very much like a baked custard that is full of Pandan and egg aroma. It is soft and resembling biting the top green custard layer of the Kuih Salat or Kuih Seri Muka. That is understandable as the ingredients are very similar except for this kuih, plain flour is used and baked.


The name of this kuih is Kuih Bakar or in Indonesia, it is called Bingka Bakar. It is also called Kuih Kemboja possibly because the traditional bronze mould used for the preparation of this kuih that resembles a flower plumeria or Kemboja in Malay language. It’s flavour can be plain or with Pandan flavour.


There is very little write up about this kuih but as per Wikipedia in Malay Language, It was written:

“’Kuih bakar adalah sejenis kuih tradisional Melayu. Ia biasanya bewarna hijau kerana menggunakan daun pandan sebagai pewarna. Ia juga berbau harum wangi pandan. Kuih bakar biasanya agak manis dan berasa telor.” (Source: – ‘It is written Kuih Bakar is a traditional Malay cake , usually green in colour because of the usage of Pandanus Leaves. It is  sweet and comes with a Pandan and egg fragrance. 


In this illustration, I have in fact baked 2 trays, one using the round baking tin and another using square baking tin. Therefore, the picture that I have taken may cause confusion if you see the square and round baking tin.. Pardon me for that.



Servings: Prepare an 8” square baking tin of Kuih Bakar


  • 2 eggs
  • 200 grams of plain flour
  • 200 grams or ml of water
  • 200 grams of ml of thick coconut milk (1 packet)
  • 150 grams of sugar
  • 60 grams of ghee or butter (melted)
  • few drops of Pandan Flavouring or 10 pieces of pandan leaves (extract juices)
  • 3 tablespoons of sesame seeds as topping



  • Greased the baking tray with some melted ghee or butter and pre-heat the oven to 180 degree Celsius.


  • Beat eggs egg and sugar until well combined and sugar have dissolved. Add in the plain water, coconut milk, pandan juice (or pandan flavouring)  followed by melted ghee or butter. Once all well combined, add in the sifted plain flour, use the machine’s slowest speed (or fold in manually ) to stir until well mixed.

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  • Transfer the batter out to the greased baking tin. Sprinkle sparingly with sesame seeds and baked in the pre-heat oven for 30-45 minutes or until the top is golden brown and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Note that baking time will very much depends on the size of the baking tin used. The taller the cake, the more difficult it is cook the cake. You have to use your judgement. As long as the cake is set, it is consider as cooked, It is common that the sides of the cake will rise slightly higher than the centre. Cool completely before cutting into desired sizes.



If you have never eaten this kuih before, which is rather unlikely, try to imagine you are taking a bite of a firmer Kaya (coconut Jam) or the firmer top part of the Kuih Seri Muka . I am sure you will start to like it.


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Four Seasons Blog Hop #55 (26 June 2014)

Four Seasons Blog Hop - Easy Life Meal & Party Planning

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A 3 Ingredients Simple Dessert With Awesome Taste–Sago Gula Melaka Puddings (椰糖西米露)



Frankly speaking, I never had this dessert until quite recently when I started working.. I remembered then, I need to stay and dine in the hotel for months and that’s how I get to know this sweet, smooth and cold dessert from the then Holiday Inn Damai Beach. Since then, on and off, I can only order from hotels and restaurants in West Malaysia or those selling Malay or Nonya cuisines. Apparently, it was not being sold in hawker centre and  definitely not as common as other local desserts such as Ais Kacang Batu or Chendol.


This is a rather simple 3 ingredient recipe and utilizes ingredients of which my Malaysian home state is famous for its production – Sago pearl balls. Sago is a palm that starch can be extracted and commonly found in Sarawak, Malaysia. It is a type of staple food for some minority tribes in Sarawak especially in the area near Mukah. As per Wikipedia:


“Sago /ˈseɪɡoʊ/ (Tamil : ஜவ்வரிசி) is a starch extracted in the spongy centre, or pith, of various tropical palm stems, especially Metroxylon sagu. It is a major staple food for the lowland peoples of New Guinea and the Moluccas, where it is called saksak, rabia andsagu. A type of flour, called sago flour, is made from sago. The largest supply of sago comes from the East Indies. Large quantities of sago are sent to Europe and North America for cooking purposes. It is traditionally cooked and eaten in various forms, such as rolled into balls, mixed with boiling water to form a paste, or as a pancake.


Sago is often produced commercially in the form of “pearls”. Sago pearls can be boiled with water or milk and sugar to make a sweet sago pudding. Sago pearls are similar in appearance to tapioca pearls and the two may be used interchangeably in some dishes.”.(



Servings: About 6-8 servings


  • 200 ml or 200 grams or 1 packet of concentrated coconut milk
  • 200 grams of sago pearl
  • 200 grams of palm sugar (gula melaka or gula apong)
  • Pinches of salt
  • 2-3 leaves of Pandan or screw pine leaves.




  • Soaked the sago pearl balls with adequate water until they fully expand which took about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, boil a pot of hot water. Add in the soaked sago pearls and stir the sago pearls in the hot water. Note that constant stirring is required throughout the cooking process.


  • During this process, you will witness the water become starchy like glue, keep stirring for about 10 minutes until all the balls looks translucent. Off the heat and cover the pot with a lid. Let is rest in the pot for at least 5-10 minutes before transferring out for draining. The resting in the pot is to let the remaining heat continue to cook the sago balls including the centre. You can always add in cold water throughout the process if you found that it become overly sticky.

  • Once done, drain the balls in a big sift. Use running cold water to rinse the cooked sago balls and wash of the excess starch.

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  • Transfer the cooked sago balls into the desired moulds or bowls, cooled and if prefer, put inside the fridge for chilling until the sago balls are “set”.

  • For the palm sugar (in this illustration, I have used gula apong), add 3 tablespoons of water to the palm sugar and microwave for 30 seconds to one minute. Stir until the sugar had completely dissolved.  If you do not have a microwave, melt the sugar over the stove under low to medium heat until it dissolves.

  • For coconut milk, cook the coconut milk with pinches of salt and pandan leaves under medium heat until it boils. Once boiled. Off the heat and let it cool.

  • For assembly before serving, take a bowl of sago pearls, put some coconut milk and followed by your desired amount of palm sugar. Best served when chilled.



A simple 3 ingredients local dessert and I love the dessert for its smooth texture and rich coconut aroma. Do give it a try and remember to let the sago balls to sit in the pot before draining to avoid centre uncooked sago balls.


Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day.


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Classic Victoria Sponge Sandwich (经典维多利亚海绵夹层蛋糕)



I am not good at cake decoration, deal with cream and etc.… It is just not my area of expertise.. What I thought that it should work always turned out to be  a mess and spoil my cake.. I told members in my Facebook Group that I seriously think that I should go for a cake decoration course and cake cutting course..


No matter how good is my bake, without proper techniques of cake decoration and precise cutting, it will irk the readers too…


Hmmm, having said that, I still decide to issue the post on this famous bakes – Victoria Sponge Sandwich reputably name after Queen Victoria of England.. It is not the fault of the cake or recipe. In fact almost all recipe for this famous cake is the same, equal quantities of butter, flour, eggs and sugar. It is my inability to slice and decorate the cake and  I seriously hope that these few ugly pictures can convince readers to try this simple sponge cake..


A  few things to note about Victoria Sponge Sandwich cake as per Wikipedia:

  • The Victoria sponge or Victoria sandwich cake was named after Queen Victoria, who favoured a slice of the sponge cake with her afternoon tea. It is often referred to simply as “sponge cake”, though it contains additional fat.
  • A typical Victoria sponge consists of raspberry jam and whipped double cream or vanilla cream. The jam and cream are sandwiched between two sponge cakes;
  • The top of the cake is not iced or decorated apart from a dusting of icing sugar. 
  • Although simple to make, Victoria sponge recipes are notoriously sensitive to cooking times and temperatures. As such, oven manufacturers often use a Victoria sponge recipe to test their oven.


Most Victoria Sponge cake recipes are the same and traditionally, it was baked in a round cake tin. For to day’s illustration, I have decided to bake in a Swiss roll tin of 9” x 10”. You can always used the baking tin your prefer.



Servings: Prepare a 9” x 10” baking tin


  • 150 grams of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 150 grams of self raising flour
  • 150 grams of castor sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh milk
  • 1/2 cup of fresh cream for whipping – Whipped until soft peak form
  • 3-4 tablespoon of raspberry jam or any other jam
  • Some icing sugar for dusting the cake



  • Pre-heat the oven to 180 degree Celsius. and lightly grease the baking tin or line the baking tin with parchment paper.


  • Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla essence and eggs, beat until well combined. The eggs should be added one by one . Sift the self raising flour, add the fresh milk, use a spoon or spatula to stir until well mixed. Transfer the batter to the baking tin.


  • Baked in the pre-heated oven for about 15 minutes (for this size) or or until lightly golden brown and risen. Depending on the type of baking tin you use, the cake can get cooked rather easily and use the above criteria to judge if the cake is ready. It  should not extend beyond 30 minutes.

  • Cool completely in a cooling rack. For assembly, cut the cake into 2 equal halves, choose the ugliest side to become centre of the cake. Spread the jam on top of half of the cake and followed by the cream. Top the cake with the other half of the cake and dust sparingly with icing sugar.



Pardon me for the messy frosting and I am sure you can prepare one that look more appealing than me. This cake is not a very sweet cake and it is definitely one of my top choices of tea cakes..


Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day.


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