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Kuro Goma Ice Cream | Japan Yokohama

During our visit to Japan Yokohama China Town, we noticed a black colour ice cream. It is now winter season in Japan, but the cold weather does not stop us from trying this unfamiliar colour ice cream. It is a black sesame flavour ice cream which cost 260 yen. Kuro means black and Goma means sesame in Japanese.              

 

香港,澳门,珠海,广州,深圳 六天五夜 行 (第五章)

今天是行程的最后一天了,不舍的心情涌了出来。没关系,好好享受这一天吧! 26/10/2012 8:30 感谢导游把我们带到一家卖玉的店,让我们有机会遇见全香港最有孝心的儿子。由于这位儿子妈妈的脚不方便行动,所以这位身为儿子的,代替母亲从香港赶来广州拜佛。好虔诚,好孝顺啊! 母亲就是这玉店的老板,所以这个做儿子的就是代妈妈拜了神后,再来这店面做生意,就这样巧合下,才有机会迎接我们这一团。这儿子还说,他的妈妈是在大马嫁过去香港的,所以和我们这班马来西亚的团友就算是瞒亲的啦。儿子的这一番话是在是感动呐。。。但,我信你才怪!听到这个"儿子"的废话,什么肮脏话都想骂出来,不骂实在对不起自己的心脏,让自己压着气,心脏却气得跳到乱七八糟实在不好! 这"儿子"还说今天是不做生意的,看看就好,叫我们不要买。每个玉的价钱是上百上千元的,但因为我们是"亲人",原本上百的玉只卖人民币50,你信吗?信你才怪!实在看不过这种耍生意的手法,一来浪费时间说废话,二来看到这种虚伪的做法,实在看不下去。 还好,最庆幸的是,本团是没有任何人购买任何东西的。谢谢大家合作!要是这样也有人购买,实在是。。。无话可说啊!我说嘛,做生意,老老实实好的,别转弯抹角,虚虚伪伪,这招不流行了啦!   26/10/2012 10:30 发泄完毕,到了吃午餐时间,没错,听废话听了一个早上。接下来,吃深圳金钱豹自助餐时间到啦!这里有上百种的食物,有中餐,日本餐,西餐,意大利餐,海鲜类的,烧烤类的,果汁,蛋糕甜品,雪糕等等。。。任你吃。领队说,这一餐要RM100++的,还满贵的呢。

 

Sushi Kitchen, Japanese Organic Plant-base Cafe | Sungai Ara, Penang

Being creative and innovative are the key to success in this world. If you can design or think of something new and special, and do something different compare with others, you can be very outstanding. Last week, We visited a vegan sushi restaurant in Sg Ara.

 

Rice Cooker Sukiyaki with Instant Rice

To cook, add sukiyaki sauce plus some water into rice cooker. Power on rice cooker, when boil, add in pork slice and chicken, then mushroom, then vegetables. When everything is cooked, serve hot with instant rice. To cook instant rice, tear off a little part of rice pack, add in some water. Put instant rice in microwave oven for 2 minutes. Done! It tasted exactly like what you cook in rice cooker. It is soooooo convenient! Prepare an egg in small bowl, pour some hot sukiyaki soup to cook the egg.That's my rice cooker sukiyaki with instant rice and half cook egg. This took me less than half an hour to be ready.
Low Sugar Coffee Chiffon Cake Recipe PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 November 2013 14:48
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CoffeeSpongeThis cake is specially dedicated to an OLD baby boy that was born on 67 years ago, exactly 33 years earlier than my OLD baby Camus. Now, the OLDer baby has diabetes and cannot consume much sugar. Everytime I bake a cake, he will complain that my cake is tooooooooo sweet. To cater for his needs, I change my chiffon cake recipe to low sugar version, I choose coffee flavour because... besides my mummy, the one that he cannot let go and cannot survive without is COFFEE...and yes, the "he" I mentioned here is my lovely daddy!

It has been long time I want to come out with low sugar version cake, pastry, and etc, and being lazy is my natural instinct. Dad's birthday is a good reason for me to start my low sugar recipe.

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Ingredients
5 egg yolks (about 85g)
10g sugar
75g hot water + 10g instant coffee (mix well)
1tbsp coffee paste
70g corn oil
120g cake flour

5 egg whites (about 200g)
45g sugar
1/2tsp cream of tartar

Method (step by step picture here)
1. Add sugar into egg yolks, immediately whisk with hand whisk until pale and light.
2. Add in corn oil, mix well.
3. Add in coffee water and coffee paste, mix well.
4. Sift in flour, stir until well combined. You will get a thick mixture now.
5. Whisk egg white with electrical hand mixer at low speed until big bubbles form, add in cream of tartar.
6. Continue whisk from medium to high speed until small bubbles form (egg white is foamy and white in color now).
7. Slowly add in sugar in few badges, continue whisk at high speed until soft peak formed.
8. Add 1/3 of meringue into egg yolk mixture, mix gently with hand whisk until well combined. You will get a light mixture.
9. Change hand whisk to rubber spatula, fold in 1/2 of the remaining meringue. GENTLY fold with egg yolks batter until 50% combined (you will still see white meringue now).
10. Add all remaining meringue and fold GENTLY with spatula again until well combined (your mixture should be very light and volume now).
11. Pour batter into chiffon pan. Using satay stick / chopstick, run around baking pan side and then draw curly pattern all the way in the middle and bang pan on counter top to remove big bubbles. Level the surface and bake in preheated oven at 160C with fan forced for 45 minutes or until cooked.
12. When cooked, remove from oven and invert chiffon pan immediately to prevent shrinkage. The pan must remain inverted until fully cool.
13. To remove chiffon cake from pan, carefully run the pan outer, inner and bottom side with thin spatula or knife. Invert pan to remove cake on big serving plate.

At first I was afraid the cake will shrink after reduce half of the sugar quantity, but I am very happy to see the cake turn out very nice. For taste wise, my dad able to accept this sweetness level by finished 1~2 pieces of the cake. Even though the level of sweetness has reduce, but the coffee fragrance did brought me a "Yes, delicious!" comment from all the other family members.

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I am very happy to say that I had successfully make a low sugar birthday cake for dad this year, wish him happy birthday, healty and properous day ahead!

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Temptation Chocolate Banana Cake Recipe PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 November 2013 14:31
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ChocBananaI am back again to bake a birthday cake, a fresh cream birthday cake. This time I make chocolate banana cake for Camus's birthday. To me, I am lazy to make this type of cake as I will need to spend 3 hours and above (can up to 5~6 hours) to make a whole cake, from weighting ingredients to decorate the cake. Also, I will accumulate the left over ingredients like fresh cream, sponge cake mix and some others for months, or years...until they are expired...then throw them away. I really feel wasted to throw away those ingredients, and many times I also very lazy to make a move to stand in kitchen for whole afternoon on my weekend to make this type of cake. Of course, some time I "got form got ohm", I will do it happily just like this time, another chocolate banana cake was born in my kitchen, for an OLD baby that was born on 34 years ago.

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Let me share the recipe of this chocolate banana cake with photos I have taken.

Recipe
Ingredients
Chocolate Sponge Cake
260g sponge cake mix
260g eggs
70g hot water
1tbsp chocolate powder
80g melted butter

Chocolate Ganache
100g chocolate (cut to small pieces)
50g fresh milk

Filling
400g whipped fresh cream
150g chocolate ganache (you may add all or leave some for decoration)
3tbsp coffee kahlua (optional)
8~10pcs banana (I used pisang "awak" as we like the "compact and smooth" texture of this banana)

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Method
For chocolate sponge cake:
1. Mix chocolate powder and hot water.
2. Use mixer, beat sponge cake mix and eggs in high speed for 6 minutes.
3. Switch to medium speed and slowly pour in chocolate liquid from step 1 to sponge egg mixture and beat for another 2 minutes.
4. Lastly, combine melted butter with sponge mixture.
Hint: To prevent sponge mixture separated from melted butter, take a portion of mixture combine with melted butter first, then just combine with the rest of mixture.
5. Pour chocolate sponge mixture into baking pan, bake at preheated oven (160C) for 40 minutes or until cooked.
6. When the cake is cool, slice to 3 pieces in horizontal.

For chocolate Ganache:
1. Put chocolate and milk in a pot/bowl, double boil until chocolate is melted.

For filling:
1. Mix whipped cream and chocolate ganache until combine = chocolate cream.
2. Remove banana skin, slice half into horizontal.

To assemble cake:
1. Place a slice of chocolate sponge cake on cake board.
2. Evenly pour a table spoon of coffee kahlua on sponge cake.
3. Spread a thin layer of chocolate cream with spatula on top of sponge cake.
4. Arrange banana on top of chocolate cream.
5. Spread another thin layer of chocolate cream to sandwich the banana.
6. Sandwich cream and banana with second slice of chocolate cake.
7. Repeat step 2~6 for second layer.
8. For last layer, pour a table spoon of coffee kahlua on sponge cake.
9. Decorate accordingly.

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Before ending this post, I would like to wish Camus "Happy Birthday" and "Happy
Everyday"!

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Pandan Chiffon Cake Recipe PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 13 October 2013 21:29
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PandanChif_8This is a long keep recipe that I baked few months ago. Baked it together with other chiffon cakes during my chiffon cake study. I get this recipe from Kitchen Tigress, I found her blog from youtube while I was searching for video on how to make chiffon cake.

 

 

 

Recipe

100g pandan leaves, use only soft and moist young leaves

70g freshly squeezed coconut milk, undiluted

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180g egg whites
½tsp cream of tartar
50g sugar

60g egg yolks
50g sugar
60g corn oil
¼tsp salt
100g cake flour (sifted with baking powder)
1tsp baking powder

Method

1. Blend pandan leaves with coconut milk and 1 tbsp water. Strain pandan leave and get green liquid. Set aside green liquid, which should weigh 95 g.

2. Add sugar into egg yolks, immediately whisk with hand whisk until pale and light.

3. Add in corn oil, mix well.

4. Add in green pandan coconut liquid, mix well.

5. Sift in flour, baking powder and salt, stir until well combined.

6. Whisk egg white with electrical hand mixer until big bubbles form, add in cream of tartar.

7. Continue whisk from medium to high speed until small bubbles form (egg white is white in colour now) .

8. Slowly add in sugar, continue whisk at high speed until soft peak formed.

9. Add 1/3 of meringue into egg yolk mixture, mix gently with hand whisk until well combined, you will get a light mixture.

10. Change hand whisk to spatula, fold in 1/2 of remaining meringue. GENTLY fold with egg yolks batter until 50% combined (you will still see white meringue now).

11. Add all remaining meringue and fold GENTLY with spatula again until well combined. I did in in this way: spatula cut mixture into center all the way to bottom bowl, scrap from bottom along bowl side toward you. Rotate bowl few degree and repeat this action until well combined. (your mixture should be very light and volumic now).

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12. Pour batter into 18cm chiffon cake pan, level the surface. Bang mixing bowl against worktop 2-3 times to remove air bubbles. Run a chopstick round side of tin to remove more air bubbles. Level and smooth top. Bake in preheated oven at 160C at lowest rack with fan forced for 40-45 minutes.

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13. Remove cake pan and invert pan immediately, cool completely before remove cake from pan.

Result

The cake should be evenly green but I saw some white spot, it was due to unbalance mix during step 11, meringue not mix properly with egg yolk batter.

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Compare with other recipe which I used 5 eggs, this recipe used only 4 eggs. It is shorter compare with 5 eggs chiffon cake on right (picture below). I prefer 5 eggs recipe.

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Left: 4 eggs recipe; Right: 5 eggs recipe

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6 Days 5 Nights Relax at Chiang Mai (Day 6) | 废人废生活的清迈6天5夜行 (第六天) PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 October 2013 21:36
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Today is our last day in Chiang Mai, I hope it was our first day here. Our last destination was to Warorot Market. You can find all kind of stuff from this market, fresh flower, clothes, shoes, fabric, kitchen utensil, tower, food and many more. It is a local market where their local people will come here to buy their things.

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今天是清迈的最后一天了,实在是不舍得回啊!但计划中要去的地方都去了,只剩下Warorot Market。从网上得知这里是本地人逛的市场,东西比较便宜又应有尽有。我们乘搭双条抵达该处,也是20Baht一个人。在这儿,从鲜花,衣服,鞋子,布,厨房用具,毛巾,吃的用的都有。

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Warorot market location map

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Warorot market

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We had our last shopping here before return back to hotel for final packing.

我们在这里买了几匹布,衣服,皮带,草席帽,猪皮等,就完成了清迈的血拚。回到酒店收拾好行李后,到附近吃午餐。

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We had the chance to taste their famous mango glutinous rice before we came back. It was really delicious. They also have durian glutinous rice which is very special and hard to get it from other place.

第一天来到这卖芒果糯米饭的摊口,看见他们已经收挡,还好最后一天还来得及吃上一碟芒果糯米饭及榴莲糯米饭,总算安心了。

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Mango glutinous rice, beef noodle and coconut drink location map

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Mango glutinous rice

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Mango glutinous rice in front of this hotel

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We went to get a cup of coconut drink just opposite mango glutinous rice stall. The coconut drink is only 10Baht per big cup, delicious.

吃后觉得还是不太饱,就走到对面卖水摊口,买了一杯椰水,这椰水啊,真的很香很甜,才10Baht一大杯。Camus喝的最开心。

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Coconut drink

Then we go to another shop sells beef noodle which located the same row as mango glutinous rice.

我们也去到芒果糯米饭同排的面店,也不知他们卖什么,随便叫了一碗米粉汤面,原来是牛腩米粉汤,真的非常好吃。

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Beef noodle

After meal, we took Song Theaw to airport at 50Baht per person and end our journey at Chiang Mai.

之后,我们乘搭双条(50Baht一个人)抵达清迈机场,乘搭飞机飞回我国。就这样,结束了我们的清迈之旅。

 

旅途感想:

这次的旅行,可是我们那么多次的旅途中,其中一次很令我们大开眼界,喜出望外,惊喜连连的旅途。很多事件实在是让我们刮目相看,所以给我们留下了很多难忘及美好的回忆。

虽然这次的旅程花费超出预计,但受益良多,实在是让我们增广见闻。我觉得嘛,人生就得享受,懂得赚的同时,必须懂得花,只要不过于奢侈就行嘛。当地的食物,风俗,人情,景点,都让我们难以忘怀,真的还想再去多几次。清迈,是我们非常推荐的一个旅游城市,您也不妨亲自到哪儿体会体会当地的人情世故吧!

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6 Days 5 Nights Relax at Chiang Mai (Day 5) | 废人废生活的清迈6天5夜行 (第五天) PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 October 2013 20:41
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Breakfast in Baan Hanibah hotel.

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Baan Hanibah 酒店的早餐。

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Today we joined one day trip to elephant show, 1400Baht each person, driver picked us in front of hotel. The package includes bamboo riding, elephant show, visit to long neck village, lunch, ride on oxford and elephant, visit to orchid and butterfly farm.

今天我们参与大象营一日游,一个人是1400Baht,有司机到酒店接我们。这一日游行程包括乘坐竹筒船,看大象表演,参观长颈村,免费午餐,乘坐牛车,骑大象,参观花园及蝴蝶公园。

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Bamboo riding

Every activity was very attractive to us except for visit to orchid and butterfly farm. We truly respect the elephants' trainers as their elephants are all very well trained. You will experience how elephant drawing with their long nose.

除了参观花园及蝴蝶公园,每项都是很特别的。大象表演简直是让人大开眼界,真不能不佩服工作人员们平日的训练,看上去大象们即聪明又很能听指令。

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Long neck village is one of the famous spot in Chiang Mai.

长颈村也是我期待的一个景点,觉得这种族很特别,拍上照片肯定有特色,所以就非去不可。

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After visit to long neck village, we had our lunch. It was buffet style lunch with fried chicken, rice, drink, fruit, etc.

参观完长颈村后,我们就吃午餐。午餐是自由式的,有不同的简单肉菜,白饭,水果,茶水等等。

 

After lunch, we ride on oxford and elephant. It was a very scary experience, I was really afraid that the oxford and elephant will do something to me, or I will fall down from elephant. Scary...

吃饱后我们乘坐牛车和骑大象。前者已让我觉得心慌慌,担心牛车会翻车。后者更加让我不放心,想象自己坐在高处,慢慢的在"空中"荡漾,真的很恐怖,又担心大象突然发癫,把我们甩下。还记得有一幕,当大象正从陆地下水的时候,大象前脚突然下去有深度的河,镇了一大下,吓得半条命,喊了好大声,一直期盼快点完成这路程。想想,真的很恐怖,要是有畏高的人,肯定比我还害怕。

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Oxford ride

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We returned to hotel and end our one day tour after visited to orchid and butterfly farm.

再来就参观花园及蝴蝶公园,之后就会酒店去。

 

We have our dinner nearby Chiang Mai town, famous pork leg rice.

我们在酒店附近的小贩享用凤飞飞猪脚饭。

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Pork leg rice(凤飞飞猪脚饭)location map

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Famous pork leg rice

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Semi-transparent hard boil egg

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Sunset colour egg york

After rest in hotel, we went to Kalare night bazaar & Anusarn Market with Song Thaew. The journey cost 20Baht per person.

休息了片刻,我们乘搭双条到Kalare night bazaar & Anusarn Market。不会太近的路程,双条费用只需20Baht一个人。

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Kalare night bazaar and food center location map

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Kalare night bazaar & Anusarn Market

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The things sell in Kalare night bazaar are more expensive compare to Saturday and Sunday market. We had our dinner at food court before back to hotel.

我们觉得Kalare night bazaar的价钱比夜市场的还要贵,吃的用的也比较贵,所以就走马看花而已。走了好久,都不见好吃的,直到要回前,来到美食中心,所以就在这儿吃饱后才回酒店。

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Food court at Kalare night bazaar & Anusarn Market

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Food court opposite this building

Tuk tuk, a "mini" taxi in Chiang Mai, with one driver and up to 2 passengers at the back. Like combination of motorbike and trishaw, is my favorite transport in Chiang Mai. I fall in love with this vehicle after my first ride on it. It costs 60Baht for two of us from night bazaar back to our hotel in Chiang Mai city. Best to take it at night with your love one, windy windy feel... "feng" left "feng" right...romantic...I have a simple wish, you know? I just wish I can own a tuk tuk, drive here and there, or sometime hire somebody to fetch me and dear Camus "feng" here "feng" there. Too bad, the distance from night bazaar to our hotel is too short, I don't really fully enjoy and we had already arrived at the destination. Now, can someone tell me how much does one tuk tuk cost in Chiang Mai?

我们选择tuk tuk车回酒店,60Baht一辆,挺便宜的。我一坐就喜欢上了这tuktuk车,机车感觉轻轻的在路上奔驰,夜里凉风吹来,好舒服,司机走的路线和双条不同,都是走小巷,所以很快就抵达酒店。tuk tuk车,我真是爱死你了。

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