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Jiak-Pa-Buay? Random scribbles of everyday life and sharing of recipes

Cinnamon Buns March 23, 2007

Filed under: Food — xxtlhxx @ 10:17 pm

I almost gave up. The dough didn’t seem to rise as much as I expected it to be. I kept the dough for almost 24 hours in the fridge and it didn’t seems to improve and it was toodsc_2047a.jpg getting too late to bake anyway. Need to nurse Rico too. But before I chuck them into the bin, I took a small piece and baked it in the bread toaster, just to see what happens. The dough, believe it or not, rised and was quite fluffy. So, what the heck, I’ll just sprinkle cinnamon and butter and bake them anyway. Whoa la ……. I got a batch of beautiful cinnamon buns! Taste fantastic. Who need the overly sweet ones from Cinnabon anymore?



2 cups of milk

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup sugar

1 sachet of dry active yeast

4 1/2 cups of flour

Cinnamon powder + sugar for dusting
Melted butter

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 tablespoon salt

Verdict : Heavenly when fresh from the oven. Bun is soft even after a day. What can be better than a warm bun with a cup of coffee. Hmmm ………….


Watermelon & grass jelly March 21, 2007

Filed under: Food — xxtlhxx @ 2:26 pm

This is so refresingly new.  Great for a hot day, but it rained today. Oh well, it’s still nice on a cool day.img_8708.jpg


Fried Luffah with Sweet Potato Flour

Filed under: Recipe from family and friends — xxtlhxx @ 11:10 am

This is really an old family recipe. My mom and aunt told me it was my late grandfather and late granduncle’s favourite dish. I vaguely remember eating it so, was really excited img_1855.jpg 6th aunt reminded me of it. You see, I’ve eaten it so long ago that I can vaguely remember how it’s suppose to taste like or look like. Anyway, that didn’t stop me from trying it. This is how my version looks like, which I don’t think what my late grandfather would be proud of.



Sweet potato flour


Minced garlic

Verdict : Nostalgic


Steaming is the healthy way of cooking?

Filed under: Recipe from family and friends — xxtlhxx @ 11:03 am

Really? If it’s so, indeed this is a healthy dish. Kong bak (stewed pork) with buns, whimg_8717.jpgere both the meat and the buns are steamed. Had this for dinner yesterday. So, now, what do I do with the leftover buns in the freezer? My freezer’s getting too full and the fridge seems to be complaining by making weird noise. Oh oh.


Verdict : Meat is tasty and very fragrant. The gravy is watery and not thick like those in West Lake restaurant


Going Bananas

Filed under: Food — xxtlhxx @ 10:49 am

My quest for steamed cakes continues with steamed banana cake. Again, I searched the internet and found a recipe for steamed banana cake at Food Network. Someone has tried it before and said that it tasted good, so, I tried it, feeling confident after the successful steamed chocolate cake.


I would say, the cake turns out alright, not fantastic and more like a bread than a cake. So, if I have had set my expectation that it would be a bread, I suppose I would be more thrilled.

And then, what do I do with the leftover banana? This time, I want a real banana cake. Again, I found a well reviewed banana cake at Yochana’s Cake Delight. This time, the cake isimg_8714.jpg really yummy and complete with decoration on top. It’s moist, the way I like it. The only set back is, it takes so long to bake, more than an hour for me!

Verdict : Very yummy, difficult to stop at just 1 piece. Banana on the topping is very sweet and soft after baked. So, don’t skip toppings, they’re not just for show.


Phad Thai March 16, 2007

Filed under: Food — xxtlhxx @ 11:45 am



The first time I ever made phad thai was a disaster. The noodles were all sticky and it turned out almost like a pancake instead. When I cooked this last weekend, it was kinda impromtu because I happened to have kuay teow, bean sprouts and bean curds in the fridge.



And since I have not tried it since learning this dish at a Thai cooking class I attended with Sonny, I thought I’d give it a go. Turned out quite good, but I over-cooked the beansprout a little. Would be better a bit crunchy. Will attempt this again soon.


Verdict :  Smells like the real thing in Bangkok and quite tasty.  Beansprouts should be left crunchy or even raw.


Precious Pandan

Filed under: Uncategorized — xxtlhxx @ 10:18 am


My pandan plant is so precious and is almost overused. You see, it’s not growing fast enough for me. I should start to propagate or plant it on the ground instead of a pot.


This plant has served me very well especially through my pregnancy. How? I used to make soy bean drinks weekly when I was pregnant with Rico last year and a piece of pandan leave is a must. I became so efficient in making soya bean drinks that I could do it in 10 mins.

Good old plant, I shall take care of you.