Cha Dango 京の茶だんご | Japan

Dango is a Japanese dumpling made from mochiko, rice flour. There are many varieties of dango in Japan and normally three to four dango are often served on a skewer. The texture of the dango is very similar to chinese glutinous flour ball (tang yuan), especially the plain dango, not only the texture, the taste is almost close to tang yuan. On this post, I would like to share on the Cha Dango from Kyoto, Japan 京の茶だんご. It is a green tea flavour dango where only sells in Kyoto area. I have never see this brand of dango in Tokyo.


Gohanya Japanese Restaurant | Penang

This restaurant is located at Pulau Tikus, near to Belissa Row. It is not located at main road, you must turn-in in order to find this restaurant. The one who served us is a Japanese. Hence I believed it is opened by Japanese.    


Sibu Kampua Mee 寺巫干盘面

Being a Malaysian, I am a bit(yes, a bit only) shy to say that I have never been to Sarawak. I give myself an excuse that it is too far away from my lovely hometown, Penang island. The air ticket is quite expensive to travel from here to there. But, I think that I am lucky enough to know a friend from Sarawak, which willing to share with us the recipe of their local famous food, Kampua mee ("Gam Mua" noodle (干盘面)). Kampua mee is from Sibu and it is Fuzhou (福州) food. My first impression about Kampua was it almost same as dry Wan Tan Mee (干云吞面), as the sauce is black in colour and it is dry mee. Well, look at the recipe and cooking method, let's compare the differences.


Pandan Chiffon Cake Recipe

This 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 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). 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.   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. 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. Left: 4 eggs recipe; Right: 5 eggs recipe
Macallum Connoisseurs Cafe | Lebuh Macallum, Penang PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 06 April 2015 16:27
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IMG_20150406_145954Camus and I took a day off from our busy life to enjoy our own sweet time. He brought me to this cafe located at Lebuh Macallum. He told me we can have our breakfast with coffee and bread kind of breakfast which I like. We arrived there on weekday morning around 10:30am and the cafe was very empty, only one customer during the time we were there. Plenty of parking space outside the cafe.





Cakes at RM13 per piece!

After enter the cafe, a young man passed us a menu, we seated and read through the menu. I was shocked when look at the menu and do not know what to order at the first glance, I focus on the price and feel hard to choose my meal as they are very expensive to me. In the end, we get one Macallum breakfast and Smoked Salmon Bagel, one cafe latte and one cappucino, there gone our RM55!


Talk about the cafe, I found this cafe is quite nice as the fragrance really attracted me when I first enter the cafe. I like the fragrance and it is quite different with other cafe as I can smell something soury. I am not sure what is this fragrance until I get my latte and cappucino. The sweet aroma of coffee taking over my senses, they are creamy, smooth coffee I longed for.


Cappucino and Latte

Maccallum breasfast came with sunny side up, avocado, chicken frankfurter, chicken bacon, grilled capsicum, baked potatoes, bread and salad. Portion is quite big. I like the chicken frankfurter which the size like german sausage.


Smoked salmon bagel came with smoked salmon with wasabi cream cheese, rocket leaves and pinch of capers. I do not understand most of the terms mentioned in the menu except for "smoked salmon". Now as I am writing, I compare the menu and photo I took, I cannot find "wasabi cream cheese" from my photo, why? Mana dia pi? Oh, the one spread between the bagel? It's wasabi cream cheese? Not butter? To me, this smoked salmon has nothing special but I do like rocket leaves. And now I know what is capers, it is the small tiny things appeared on top of the roll smoked salmon. Ooppsss, we do not finish that even though only served with 3 biji, what a waste? I thought they were just a decoration to the smoked salmon...


Overall, Macallum Connoisseurs Cafe is a good place to enjoy coffee but sincerely, it was a very expensive experience to me.

Macallum Connoisseurs Cafe
1, Lebuh Macallum, Georgetown, 10300 Pulau Pinang
016-422 1259
Opening hour : 9am- 12 am

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Yong Pin Restaurant Dim Sum 榕槟茶楼点心 | Penang PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 October 2014 14:54
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DS_1Out of many dim sum restaurant in Penang, Yong Pin restaurant is one of the best to Camus and myself. This restaurant has been serving dim sum for many years.

We had our early breakfast at Yong Pin last week. We order few types of dim sum with a pot of hot Pu Er tea.

Yong Pin Restaurant at Jalan Sungai Ujong.


Lo mai kai (steamed glutinous rice with chicken), not oily and texture of glutinous rice was just nice, not overcook like many others dim sum restaurant did, but you can only find a small piece of chicken, pork and mushroom in it.


We simply love the tradiotional taste of this fried radish cake. Not easy to get it at some where else.


Tasted good and chewy fish ball, with green shallot and red chilli.


Curd pork pao.


My favourite golden yolk pao.


Price for each type of dim sum and tea is clearly listed.


Prices and photos for all types of Pao.


I do not list out all types of dim sum that we ate, but most of them tasted good, we also bought their "sak kei ma" (1 box RM5) which was very nice too.

Restaurant information:

Address: No. 11-B & C, Jalan Sungai Ujong, 10100, George Town, Pulau Pinang, 10100 Georgetown, Penang.

Phone: 04-261 1355

Opening hours: 6am-12pm; 7pm-12am (closed on Monday)

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Coffee Smith 咖啡史密斯 | Maritime Piazza, Karpal Singh Drive, Georgetown, Penang. PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 August 2014 11:59
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CoffeeSmith_9When there are more and more cafe open in Penang, I wish I could visit them one by one to enjoy a cup of coffee but I only managed to go one of them recently. It is Coffee Smith that located at Maritime Piazza, Karpal Singh Drive.

We went there during Friday lunch, it was very crowded and we had to wait for a while to get our seat. The waiter gave us few copies of menu which I tought it was an advertisement booklet. I found it is quite special to printed menu in this way.


After grance through the menu, I found that their foods are quite pricey. In fact most of the cafes are selling foods at higher price range nowadays.

I ordered brunch set "Benny Duck Egg and English Muffin", it came with two duck eggs and ham on bread, two pieces of mini hamburger steak (very mini), fries and salad. This set includes one small cup of fruit juice and black coffee, RM24. The way they serve on "wooden plate" is special but I wonder how they clean the plate? Will it remained very clean after use for many times, will the stain leave behind the wooden material?



They serve spaghetti too, Spring Vegetable Spaghetti at RM16.


Hokkaido Scallops Cream Noodle at RM22. Portion was not big but taste creamy and delicious, you can find two scallops in the plate.


Grilled Sandwich, Sicilion Chicken, RM14. I like the grill toast pattern.


Caramel Macchiato, RM11. Nice latte art...


Address: No. 29C-01-11, Maritime Piazza, Lebuh Sungai Pinang 5, 11600, Georgetown, Penang.
Business Hours: 11am to 11pm (Opens Daily)
Contact Number: 604-6841818


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Spaghetti with Mushroom Sauce Recipe PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 31 July 2014 14:53
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Speg_3Years! It has been years I never touch on spaghetti, never walk into Italian restaurant (except for pizza). I am phobia to spaghetti after went for Italian buffet in Japan in year 2009, the Italian buffet came with free flow of pizza and spaghetti, somehow I guess I ate too much of spaghetti, and that caused me stop spaghetti for 5 years!

Last week, sitting in office, I suddenly smeeeell spaghetti (my brain pop out spaghetti)...then feel like eating the spaghetti that Camus cooked for me about 7 or 8 years ago. Last weekend, he cooked for me again using the same recipe.

See below for the ingredients and recipe, simple yet delicious!


To cook the sauce, fried garlic and onion in pan, when both ingredients almost golden brown, pour in a can of Campbell mushroom soup, add half can of water and stir well. Add in dried mushroom which has been cut into slices after soak in water until soft. Boil everything and add in a slice of cheedar cheese. Stir evenly.

In separate pan, cook corn, crab stick and beef breakfast lean.



Very delicious beef breakfast lean bought in Jusco

Cook spaghetti in boiling water until it is soft. When everything is done, serve spaghetti with mushroom sauce on plate, add corn, crab stick and beef breakfast lean. Serve hot!


Now while I am writing the post, I wish to eat another plate of spaghetti again. Next time, maybe I want to have a plate of carbonara spaghetti. Last but not least, thanks my dear for this very delicious spaghetti!


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Butter Cake Recipe (Egg Separation Method) PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 July 2014 11:37
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ButterCake_2Butter cake is one of my family favourite cake, I used to bake it years ago with "Buttercup" or "Farmcow" butter. This few years, I found it hard to bake nice butter cake with this types of butter. I am not sure what's wrong with it, it was either my baking skill get worse? or the weather that makes the buttle melt easily? or the butter itself? I bought a 500g better quality butter to keep in fridge and plan to bake for butter cake. This time I get "SCS" butter.

When I read through some bloggers' blog, I found one recipe that is famous among many bloggers, and this method using egg separation method. I decided to give it a try.

With no regret, I am very happy with the result, I like this type of cake which gives a very fluffy texture and rich in buttery flavour. Thanks to wendyinkk for sharing Mrs NgSK's recipe. I really love it so much!!!

230g salted butter, softened
150g caster sugar
4 egg yolks (grade B egg)
200g self raising flour, sifted (I used 200g cake flour+3.5tsp baking powder)
60ml fresh milk

4 egg whites (grade B egg)
50g caster sugar

1. Preheat oven to 170°C. Line bottom and sides of 8 inch cake pan with parchment paper.
2. Cream butter and sugar till pale and fluffy, scrape side and bottom of mixing bowl as necessary. Add egg yolk 1 at a time. Beat well after each addition.


3. Put half the sifted flour and mix on low speed until combined. Add milk in two additions and mix until well combined. Add in balance of flour.


4. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk egg whites till soft peak. Gradually add in 50 g sugar, beat until egg whites form stiff peaks.
5. Put half the egg whites in butter mixture and mix on low speed, pour in balance of egg whites and fold with spatula.
6. Pour batter into baking pan and level.
7. Bang baking pan on table top to remove big air bubbles.
8. Bake at pre-heated oven for 45 minutes or until skewer inserted and come out clean.

My cake has little crack on top when bake in oven for about 40 minutes, I don't really care about this as most importantly it was very delicious, look at the photo to see the cake's texture, lovely!


Left: before baked, right: after baked



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