Sweet Potatoes Donuts aka Kuih Keria (甜薯圈)

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INTRODUCTION

Kuih keria is a type of local Malay snacks and I really do not have much things to write about this kuih commonly sold in Malay kuih stalls.

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I do not have the  literature to support the name , I do not know how it evolved and I only know that it is a type of sugar coated sweet potatoes donuts. It is aromatic, slightly denser than normal donuts and delicious.

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Since I have some sweet potatoes and I am trying to finish off as many kuih recipe as possible, I have decided to try out preparing it. Preparation is not difficult though the dough can be slightly sticky when doing the shaping. As for the sugar coating, you can either do the coating or you can dust with icing sugar just like the normal donuts..

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As per Wikipedia Bahasa Malaysia, it was written that:

“Kuih keria (atau kuih gelang) merupakan sejenis kuih tradisional Melayu. Berasaskan keledek dengan campuran tepung, gula dan garam. Ia dicanai dan dibentuk seperti cincin ataupun gelang tangan. Biasanya, kuih ini disaluti dengan gula mahupun cairan gula (gula cair). Kuih ini sering dijamah dan dihidang ketika sarapan dan waktu minum petang.” (Source: https://ms.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuih_keria)

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WHAT IS REQUIRED

Servings: prepared 10-15 kuih keria depends on size

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  • 300 grams of sweet potatoes
  • 80 grams of self raising flour
  • 30 grams of rice flour
  • Pinches of salt

Sugar coating

  • 50 grams of castor sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of water

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STEPS OF PREPARATION

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  • Steam the sweet potatoes until soft. Put all the ingredients in a food processor, blend until fine.

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  • Lightly knead the dough and shape oblong. if it is too sticky, add more self raising flour until your hand can handle the stickiness.

  • Use a knife to cut dough of about 1-2 cm thickness. Shape round, lightly press down using the palm, use something round to make a hole in the centre. The hole shall not be too small as it will expand when deep frying hence closing the gap. If you have a donut cutter, you can use too. Alternatively before throwing into the hot oil, insert your fingers in the cavity and slightly pull the hole bigger.

  • Deep fry in a pot of hot oil under medium heat until the donut turns golden brown. Drained and set aside.

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  • Heat up the sugar and the water in a pot and bring to boil. Boil until it resembles a thick syrup. Take a tablespoon out and if it coated the tablespoon when touches cold air, the syrup is considered as ready. Put the donuts in and use a ladle to “stir fry” the donuts until it coats well.  Transfer out and cool completely before serving.

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CONCLUSION

Pardon me for this short post as i really do not have much to say about the kuih except that it is delicious kuih.. Remember that you can always dust with icing sugar and you will be able to adjust to the sweetness that you like.

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Dried Longan Black Sugar Huat Kuih (桂圆黑糖发糕)

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INTRODUCTION

This is a huat kuih that is not common in Singapore and Malaysia but it is a very famous traditional huat kuih in Taiwan..

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One my be surprised that why dry longan (桂圆) is paired with black sugar (黑糖)。。In fact, this combination together with red dates (红枣) is a very famous combination in tea believed to be very beneficial in promotion blood circulation and replenish blood supply for the body.

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There are beliefs that ladies who have menstrual pain should drink tea with this combo together with a piece of ginger and it will warm up the body. Therefore, this huat kuih is especially beneficial to ladies who have inadequate blood supply, pale face and cold body temperature.. As contrast to the other huat kuih, this is consider is a healthier traditional huat kuih recipe that have properties of soothing our body conditions.

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I have known the existence of this huat kuih for a long time except I did not make an effort to prepare it.. Well, today, I have decided to buy a small pack of black sugar in the provision shop and used it to prepare this huat kuih since I have quite a lot of dried longan in the house. I am happy that my recipe works very well and they did smile as intended.. When you saw the huat kuih smile happily, I am sure you will smile too… Honestly, I do like this special huat kuih, the only regret I have is not putting enough dried longan.. I should have added more or in my next attempt, I may boil the dry longan overnight to extract the concentrated longan solution for the cake.

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As per a Chinese website, the benefits of dried longan are:

“According to the record in The Chinese Materia Medica, it is sweet in taste and warm in properties and it goes to meridians of heart, kidney, liver and spleen. Its fundamental functions include tonifying heart and spleen, replenishing qi and blood, and achieve a peaceful calm state of mind. Essential longan fruit uses and indications are heart-spleen deficiency, fright caused by insufficiency of vital energy and blood, palpitation, insomnia, forgetfulness, a sallow facial complexion due to deficiency of blood, irregular menstruation, and uterine bleeding.” (Source: http://www.chineseherbshealing.com/longan-fruit/)

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As for black sugar, this website have a very good account of the benefits of black sugar. It was written:

“Black Sugar (Kurozato) is a common ingredient in Asian cooking and baking. This type of unrefined sugar comes from the island of Okinawa and has many health benefits not found in white and brown/red sugar. It is believed to help lower cholesterol levels and neutral blood fat contains molasses, potassium, iron, calcium and other minerals necessary to our diet. While chocolate might be the comfort food of choice in the west for many women during painful periods; in Japan (and Taiwan as well), black sugar is the soothing medicinal of choice as iron and calcium help ease the discomfort, bringing ease and relief during the menses while the mellow sweet taste and calories muster up energy to help endure it. In Chinese medicine terminology we would say that it treats painful menstruation by moving and nourishing the blood. Black sugar looks a lot like brown sugar, only darker in color and more complex in taste, smoky-malt like with a bit of saltiness. Some common serving styles include dunking it in a cup of ginger tea (excellent for cold days or people suffering from cold syndromes), melting it into a caramelized sauce, processing it into crystalized lollipops with a sour plum surprise waiting in the middle or having it straight up in cubes as a mildly sweet snack. (Source: Health Benefits of Black Sugar – Chinese Medicine Traveller)

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黑糖桂圓紅棗茶: 功效:補血益氣、養顏美容、溫暖腸胃、子宮。桂圓肉】別名龍眼,又稱「益智」,性溫、味甘,有補心脾,益氣血的功效,是傳統上常運用的補血藥之一,對於氣血不足引起的倦怠乏力、面色萎黃、體虛冒汗等症,桂圓是很好的補充食品【黑糖】味甘性溫,中醫認為黑糖有健脾暖胃、活血化瘀的功效,適量的黑糖水能舒緩經痛,幫助經血排清,但拼命地喝也不好,火氣大的人要注意用量。據專家分析,黑糖中的鈣含量都比白糖要高,還含有白糖中所沒有的胡蘿素、維生素B2等,更不像白糖那樣甜膩。黑糖的葡萄糖含量很高,很容易被人體直接吸收消耗掉。” (source: 黑糖桂圓紅棗茶養身與養顏秘方)

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WHAT IS REQUIRED

Servings: About 7-8 Huat Kuihs

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  • 250 grams of self raising flour (自发面粉)
  • 150 grams of Chinese black sugar(黑糖)
  • 1 teaspoon of double acting baking powder or baking powder (双重发粉或发粉)
  • 250 grams of ml of plain water (白水)
  • 30 grams  of cooking oil(食用油)
  • 50 grams of dried longan (桂圆干)

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STEPS OF PREPARATION

  • Get ready a steamer with water capable of steaming the Kuih for at least 20 minutes.

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  • Put the black sugar, water and chopped dried longan (reserved some for decoration) in a pot. Heat up over the stove until the sugar melted. Set aside for cooling .

  • In another bowl, sift the self raising flour and double acting baking powder. Add the sugar solution, cooking oil and stir until well mixed. Add the black sugar solution in 3 stages, stir until well mixed. Transfer it to some cupcake cups and fill the cups with the batter until at least 95% full.

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  • Prior to steaming, lightly grease a scissor or a knife and cut a criss-cross on top of the batter. Steam in the steamer for 15-20 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre come out clean. It is best that the cupcakes cups be pre-steamed before filling of the batter. You shall use high heat in the entire process of steaming. Best served hot as a snack.

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CONCLUSION

Unlike the huat kuih or fatt koh recipes here, we will use all sort of ingredients to flavour the huat kuih. However, for this recipe, it is unique as the ingredients do have medicinal benefits according to the Traditional Chinese medicines. It is especially beneficial to ladies who have irregular menstrual symptom, low blood counts and etc. Of course, it can also be eaten by guys, ha-ha. Lastly, this huat kuih is also being sold in Taiwan as a road side snack.

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Braised Pomelo Pith (卤柚子皮)

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INTRODUCTION

Whenever friends have wanted to get old traditional recipes that they do not know how to replicate, they will ask me.. They always said that they missed their late grandparents or parents cooking on certain dishes and they did not have a chance to get the recipe from them…They will ask for the recipe.

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This is one of the most common recipe that friends requested from me.. They have eaten it before, they know it is a waste to throw the pomelo pith away but they do not know how to cook.. They will describe as a very nice dish that walked them down the memory lane.

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Hmmm, unsure which dialect dish is that but I have never tasted it before.. I suspected. it is related to Cantonese cuisines since Hong Kong Facebook groups seems to recall such dish whereas Taiwanese food group have never seen the dish before Since there are request for the recipe, I tried to search for recipe and it seems there are quite a lot of recipes in the  Chinese website..

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I tried and I seriously like it.. It is soft and flavourful. As to the flavour, you can choose the type of braising sauce that you want. Essentially, it was treated as a vegetable . You can cook in 1001 ways. Since I am still on my vegetarian diet, I have decided to braise it on a vegetarian sweet sauce. That goes well with the pomelo pith, in my humble opinion.

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The preparation is not difficult but it take time and patience. I have expedite the cooking part by using pressure cooker to cook the pomelo pith. The challenge of this recipe is to get rid of bitterness associated with the skin.  My end product still have slight bitterness but I can take it as it is. I especially loved the texture.

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If you do not know how to skin the pomelo beautifully, you can refer to this post: Pomelo Honey Jam (柚子蜂蜜酱)

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WHAT IS REQUIRED

Servings: 6-8 adults

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  • 1 pomelo crust

Braising sauce

  • 3 tablespoons of dark soya sauce
  • 3 tablespoons of sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon of five spice powder
  • 3 slices of ginger
  • 1 medium piece of rock sugar

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STEPS OF PREPARATION

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  • Wash the pomelo crust and skin off the pomelo rind leaving the white spongy pomelo pith.  Cut into big pieces and transfer to a pressure cooker pot. Add adequate water to cover the pomelo pith.

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  • Pressure cook the pith for 20 minutes . If you do not have a pressure cooker, you can boil over the stove until the skin can be pierced through by a chopstick.

  • Drain and squeeze away the water trap in the spongy pith. Transfer this pith to a container of cold water. Soaked the partially cooked pith in cold water overnight. Change water 2-3 times. For every changes of water, ensure that the water trapped in the pith is squeezed out.

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  • In  a pot, put all the braising sauce ingredients and adequate water to cover the pith. Bring to boil. Cut the pith into desired sizes and put in the braising sauce. Turn the heat to medium and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes. Let the pith rest in the pot for at least one hour before servings.  Timing of cooking will depend on your desired texture of the pith.

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CONCLUSION

Well, the basic recipe is shared in this post but what is most important is your braising sauce. The cooked pomelo skin is tasteless and it depends very much on your sauce. This recipe serves as a guideline, after pressure cooking the pomeo pith, you can either stir fried it in your style, or even braised with your favourite recipe. Meat can be added to enhance the taste and some recipes suggested to braise the pith with duck as well..There are also recipes that called for steamed pork ribs with these pomelo pith.  Leap out from this recipe, just take this as another vegetable and feel free to cook in the manner that you like.

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Sesame Sweet Chinese Pancake (芝麻糖烧饼)

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INTRODUCTION

People’s Republic Of China has a massive land area and there are many many different type of cuisines in different part of China. While most of the immigrants are migrated from southern costal cities of China, there are still many traditional cakes and breakfast items in other parts of China that are not common in South East Asia.

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These items can be healthier and tastier too.. From my years of travelling in China, I did have some limited exposure of various types of pancakes or cakes served in China. They are delicious but is totally not common here. Therefore, I have decided to take a plunge and introduce recipes that I think the locals may like it.. Well, promoting a new recipe is tough and it will indirectly hit my readership.. But since I like to eat, I like to try and who know some readers may think the same as me..

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Shao bing you tiao (烧饼油条) is such a popular term in Chinese literature to denote humble breakfast items that usually goes with soya bean milk or very watery porridge made of quinoa or rice..

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While you tiao or Chinese crullers are very popular in this region and I doubt if any readers do not know of this well liked breakfast item, I presumed not many readers will know its counter part – shao bing. Well, i have eaten a few times when I visited in Taiwan and stationed in Shanghai. It can be sweet or savoury.

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As personally, I like sweet shaobing, I will share with all a recipe of sweet shao bing which is crispy, flaky and aromatic.. It did not turn soft easily and even after 3 days, it is still very crispy. I have made a mistake in the shape, it should be round for sweet version whereas oblong for savoury version. Hope readers will pardon me for that.

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Readers may be surprised that there is a lot of write up of shao bing in Wikipedia, as per Wikipedia:

“Shaobing (shāo bǐng), also written shao bing or sao bing,is a type of baked, unleavened, layered flat bread bread in Chinese cuisine. Shaobing can be made with or without stuffing, and with or without sesame on top. Shaobing contains a variety of stuffings that can be grouped into two main flavors: savory or sweet. Some common stuffings include red bean paste, black sesame paste, stir-fried mung beans with egg and tofu, braised beef, smoked meat, or beef or pork with spices. Shaobing is not very well known in southern China, unlike other northern dishes like mantou, baozi, and youtiao. Some unique varieties of shaobing can be completely unheard of in the south. Different types of shaobing are often associated with certain cities and towns. Shaobing is a common breakfast item. Filled shaobing are usually eaten with soy milk and tea, while unfilled ones are usually eaten with steamed eggs or a breakfast meat dish. In the Mandarin cuisine tradition, shaobing are served with hot pot (huǒguō) in winter or soy milk. “ (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaobing)

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WHAT IS REQUIRED

Servings: 8 烧饼

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Water dough

  • 120 grams of plain flour or all purpose flour
  • 50 grams of plain water
  • 40 grams of cooking oil or lard
  • 1 tablespoon of white sugar

Oil dough

  • 80 grams of top flour or low protein flour
  • 30 grams of cooking oil or lard

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Fillings

  • 80 grams of castor sugar
  • 15 grams of top flour or low protein flour
  • 10 grams of sugar
  • 10 grams of maltose
  • 1 tablespoon of milk powder (optional)

Coating

  • Some white sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of corn syrup mix with 1 tablespoon of water

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STEPS OF PREPARATION

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180 degree Celsius

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  • Put all the water dough ingredients in a big  bowl, stir and knead until well mixed. Divide into 8 equal portions. Let it rest for 15 minutes.

  • Put all the oil dough ingredients in a big bowl, stir and knead until well mixed. Divide into 8 equal portions. Let it rest for 15 minutes.

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  • Put all the filling ingredients in a bowl, stir until well combined. If it is very difficult to handle, put the most additional one tablespoon of top flour. Should the need arises, chill until firm before dividing into 8 equal portions.

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  • Take one portion of water dough, shape round, flatten it , put a portion of oil  dough on top of the water dough, seal it and shape it round. Use a rolling pin to roll the ball into a rectangular shape as evenly and as thin as possible. Roll it up like you are preparing Swiss roll. Turn the “Swiss roll” direction with the shorter side pointing at you. Use a rolling pin to roll it again in a rectangular shape as evenly and as thin as possible.

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  • Roll it up again like you are preparing Swiss roll. Use the rolling pin to flatten it into a circle shape.. Put a filling ball on top of the rolled dough, seal the edges, shape it round, sprinkle with some water, coat with sesame seeds and use the rolling pin to roll it flat such that it look like a circular disc shape or oblong disc shape.

  • Baked in the pre-heated oven of 180 degree Celsius  for 15-20 minutes or until the pastry puff up. Best served with traditional breakfast beverages such as soya bean milk.

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CONCLUSION

I like this Shao bing. Possibly because it is sweet with bits of sesame seeds. it is flaxy and the sweetness is just nice to eat together with the flaky crust. For savoury version, just forget about the sweet fillings and substituted with spring onions , salt and sesame paste.  Of course you can also use the leftover moon cake paste for this shaobing. Lastly, be careful when you are eating, the debris will drop on the flour and best that you eat together with a plate.

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Adzuki beans Lotus Seeds Soup (莲子百合红豆沙)

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INTRODUCTION

I have to be frank that I do not like to issue this type of dessert sweet soup recipes.. The main reason is that I have to do a lot of researches before I can issue my post..

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I do think I will issue a simple recipe without providing readers any information.. I believed readers should always understand what they are consuming or at least, in Chinese dessert sweet soup, why ingredients A is paired with B and etc. or benefits of having such desserts. All these traditional recipes have been prepared for many years and there must be reason of its benefits and  behind such pairing.. 

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What I am sharing to day is a very common dessert prepared be it in restaurants or households. Again, it is a Cantonese cuisine and I presumed most household will now how to prepare. Depending on your dialects, Cantonese  believed that for a good bowl of this dessert, the red beans must be cooked until very soft and resembling  the paste form..For other dialects, soft but still grainy is considered as acceptable.

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The recipe basically involved boiling the red beans in water until the red beans are very soft and mushy. Add sugar and it can be served. The challenge is to achieve this effect as fast as possible. There are many ways of cooking but I believed using pressure cooker is the fastest among all. Other cooking methods that can be considered are:

  • boiling over the stove with a porcelain spoon ;
  • Slow cooker over night boiling
  • Rice cooker soup function
  • Thermal flask cooking by bring the red bean to boil and keep in the thermal flask overnight

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The main ingredients in this recipes are dried lily bulbs (百合), red or adzuki beans (红豆), lotus seeds (莲子) and dried tangerine peel.(橘皮) 。 At times when the ingredients are a lot, I will only share the benefits of the two most important ingredients. Per http://chinese.herbs.webs-sg.com/articles_9.html, the main functions of lily bulbs as per Chinese medicine are:

  • For treating of ulcer of the stomach.
  • For treatment of pain in solar plexus because of spleen deficient.
  • For treatment of Dengue Fever during frequent urination period.
  • For treatment of neurasthenia.
  • For treatment of boils.

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As per http://www.pingminghealth.com/article/259/red-bean/, red beans have the following benefits :

  • Reduce Fluid Retention as in oedema cases
  • Aids in weight loss due to excess fluid retention
  • Avoid effects of external pathogenic dampness
  • Reduce heat and toxin in the blood that causes rashes, pimples and boils

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“莲子百合红豆沙 – 红豆有清心养神、健脾益肾功效,加入莲子、百合更有固精益气、止血、强健筋骨等作用,能治肺燥、干咳,提升内脏活力,增强体力。莲子有养心安祥的功效,中老年人特别是脑力劳动者经常食用,可以健脑,增强记忆力,提高工作效率。百合具有养心安神,润肺止咳的功效,是著名的保健食品,也是老少皆宜的食物。莲子百合红豆沙具有补脾、和胃、清肺功效,老少皆宜。养生也是护肤的重要的一部分,外调加上内养,才能造就一个水灵灵的女人。” (http://www.baike.com/wiki/%E8%8E%B2%E5%AD%90%E7%99%BE%E5%90%88%E7%BA%A2%E8%B1%86%E6%B2%99)

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WHAT IS REQUIRED

Servings: 4-6 adult servings

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  • 300 grams of adzuki red beans (红豆),soaked for 1-2 hours
  • 250 grams of rock sugar (冰糖)
  • 25 grams of dried lily bulbs (百合) , soaked until soft
  • 50 grams of lotus seeds (莲子), soaked until soft
  • Some tangerine peels (陈皮)
  • Few pandan leaves (香兰叶)

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STEPS OF PREPARATION

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  • Wash the red beans, add sugar and pandan leaves. Add water until it is about 2 cm above the red beans. Pressure cook the beans for 30 minutes.

  • Add the soaked lily bulbs, lotus seeds, rock sugar and tangerine peel. Add additional water such that it about 2cm all the ingredients. Pressure cook again the beans for another 30 minutes. Use the ladle and move in a circular motion and grind the the red beans for a few minutes. While doing this action, avoid breaking the lily bulbs and lotus seeds which should be rather soft now. Best served warm with additional tangerine peel.

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CONCLUSION

To conclude, this dessert aids to improve the spleen function (and hence blood production and transportation 补脾 leads to less easy to become tired), strengthen  the stomach (and hence better intestinal digestion system  和胃  leads to better appetite) and lungs clearing (reduce chronic cloth and etc. 清肺)。It is also beneficial to ladies as it contained lots of iron in adzuki beans and good in blood replenishment。Lastly, it is good for skin conditions resulted from damp heat as per Chinese Tradition Medicine.  I hoped I am clear and I know I am not as I am as new as you are.. lol . I hope to learn together with all of you.. Whatever it is, this is bowl of delicious traditional dessert that is believed to benefit our bodies.

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Pumpkin Coconut Jam aka Pumpkin Kaya (金瓜加椰)

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INTRODUCTION

This is the long overdue recipe that I have never blog.. It was very trendy 2 years ago. I still remembered then I just started my blog and I can remember that a few bloggers started sharing recipe and it become so common that Facebook are flooded with this pumpkin kaya recipe.

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Since I have a lot of pumpkin at home, I have therefore decided to prepare some. After digesting for 3-4 recipes, I have designed my own, making it creamier and easier.

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I am happy that the adventure works, and family members like it too. Actually, the taste did not differ much from the traditional egg kaya or coconut jam. It is silky smooth and good as spreads for bread.. It is addictive too possibly because of the creaminess from the addition of condensed milk.

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Well, if you are someone who  have condensed milk phobia, I have another recipe to use castor sugar. You can choose either one but the one with condensed milk is definitely a better recipe. The illustration will show the use of condensed milk.

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WHAT IS REQUIRED

Servings: Prepare a small bottle of pumpkin coconut jam

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  • 400 grams of pumpkin
  • 8 Pandan Leaves
  • 80 grams of condensed milk or 60 grams of brown sugar
  • 200 ml or grams of thick coconut milk

Note: Both the sugar and condensed milk quantities stated here are rather conservative. Feel free to add more if you found that it is not sweet enough to your liking.

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STEPS OF PREPARATION

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  • Steam the pumpkin until soft. Put all the ingredients (except pandan leaves) into a blender and blend until as fine as possible. Transfer to to a non stick pan and add pandan leaves. Cook under low heat until it thickens. Constant stirring is required and it took me about 30 minutes of stirring.  If the jam thicken until a stage whereby when you stir, the line appeared on the jam, it is considered as done. Cool completely before storing in sterilized glass container.

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CONCLUSION

Trust me, if you have never try pumpkin kaya before, you should give it a try. If you have tried it before, do give this recipe a try and let me know if there is any differences.

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Pomelo Honey Jam (柚子蜂蜜酱)

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INTRODUCTION

First of all, I have to apologize that I got confused with term Yuzu and pomelo.. I was confused because of the Japanese Kanji 柚子 is different from the Chinese character 柚子. Though both characters are the same but Yuzu in Chinese is 香橙 and 柚子 for Chinese character means pomelo.. Are you as confused as me? Well, I hope not, I do not intend to change my picture wordings as the recipe is equally applicable to the preparation of yuzu jam if you are able to get hold of it.

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This post is concerning pomelo or 柚子 or 文旦, another type of fruit in the citrus family. As per Wikipedia,

“Citrus maxima (or Citrus grandis), (Common names: shaddock, pomelo, pummelo, pommelo, pamplemousse, or shaddok) is a natural (non-hybrid) citrus fruit, with the appearance of a big grapefruit, native to South and Southeast Asia. It is usually pale green to yellow when ripe, with sweet white (or, more rarely, pink or red) flesh and very thick albedo (rind pith). It is a large citrus fruit, 15–25 centimetres (5.9–9.8 in) in diameter, usually weighing 1–2 kilograms (2.2–4.4 lb). Leaf petioles are distinctly winged. The fruit tastes like a sweet, mild grapefruit (which is itself believed to be a hybrid of Citrus maxima and the orange[6]), though the typical shaddock is much larger than the grapefruit. It has none, or very little, of the common grapefruit’s bitterness, but the enveloping membranous material around the segments is bitter, considered inedible, and thus is usually discarded. The peel is sometimes used to make marmalade, can be candied, and is sometimes dipped in chocolate. In Brazil, the thick skin is often used for making a sweet conserve, while the middle is discarded. Citrus maxima is usually grafted onto other citrus rootstocks but can be grown from seed, provided the seeds are not allowed to dry out before planting.”Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomelo)

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The benefits of pomelo are many and as per http://www.healthbenefitstimes.com/health-benefits-of-pomelos/, the 13 major benefits of pomelo includes the following. However, it is advised that you do some read up on the above link before you place reliance on such information,

  • Prevent urinary tract infection
  • Promote fast healing of wounds
  • Promotes healthy teeth and gums
  • Prevent anaemia
  • Prevent colds and flu
  • Regulate blood pressure levels
  • Prevent osteoporosis
  • Prevent leg cramps
  • Cure Constipation
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Fights against Cancers
  • Treats atherosclerosis:
  • Anti-aging

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This fruit is very common  during Chinese New Year and big festivals like moon cake festival. As to why moon cake festival was associated with pomelo, according to some website, it was written that the homophone of 柚子 is the same of having son (有子).  Some others believed that eating 柚子 or pomelo will lead to moon goddess’s 嫦娥 blessing 保佑平安。Some said that during the period of moon cake festivals, it is the harvesting time of pomelo in northern hemisphere. Some even believed that putting the pith of the pomelo at the head of a kid will give additional blessings during this period.

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I am also rather new to this belief as it was not common during my childhood in my small town. What I know now is that this is common in PRC when I was staying there, Hong Kong and Taiwan Facebook Groups. Singapore supermarkets was loaded with pomelo and prices can be steep before the festival. Gift sending always include moon cake and pomelo..

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I believed many families are loaded with pomelo.. Most will eat the juicy flesh in throw away the skin. What most may not know is that the skin can be churned into dishes and jam and etc. What I am sharing today is how to skin the pomelo beautifully and how to make jam from the fruits. You can use the jam for as bread spread, baking cakes or dilute with water and become a refreshing drink. . In fact, you can also use for stir frying pork ribs, chicken and etc. as a flavouring agent.

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WHAT IS REQUIRED

Servings: Prepare a small jar of pomelo jam

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  • One medium to big size pomelo
  • 500 grams of pomelo flesh
  • 120 grams of white sugar
  • 200 grams of honey or golden syrup or maltose
  • 50 grams of water

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STEPS OF PREPARATION

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  • Wash and scrub the skin of the pomelo as clean as you can. Use a sharp knife to cut shallowly a circle at the middle of the pomelo. Do not cut too deep as it will cut into the flesh. Use a spoon to push inside the pith and push around the fruit. When the cavity is big enough that your finger can go in, use your finger to push around the segments. Take out the rind and the pith. Perform the same for the bottom.

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  • Use a knife to cut lightly following the segment patterns. Use hand to lightly pull apart the segments. Use a knife to cut away the core connecting part. Use your hand to pull away the white membrane. During this process, you have to hold the pomelo segment tight to facilitate pulling. Otherwise, you are likely to break the fruits.

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  • Use a peeler to peel the rind (do not go into the white pith). If you are weary that it is bitter, you can blanch in hot water for 2-3 minutes but the fragrance will be reduce in the next step.

  • In a pot, put the pomelo flesh, sugar, pomelo rind and water. Bring to boil. Though the water seems to be very little, however, when you boil, the pomelo juices will be excreted.

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  • Once the flesh and rind has slightly softened (after boiling for 5 minutes), transfer to a blender and blend until fine. This steps is optional but it will save you at least 30 minutes of high heat boiling. You can omit this step but you will need to boil until the flesh and rind is soft which took about one hour.

  • Transfer the blended flesh back to the pan, add the honey, continue boiling under high heat until the jam thicken. Give it an occasional stirring to avoid sticking to the sides.   Cool completely before store in a sterilized glass container.

  • The jam can be used to prepare drinks , as a bread spread , baking cupcakes or chiffon cakes or as a flavour enhances in the cooking of savoury dishes.

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CONCLUSION

I hope this post will help  those who are looking for a way to fully utilize the pomelo. If you are overloaded with pomelo, you can consider this recipe.

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

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