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Porridge is my type of comfort food always. :') 

Whenever I post pictures of my pumpkin porridge on my Instagram (@lirongs), I'll always get a lot of enquiry on how to make it. Pardon me that my speed at showing recipes nowadays is really slow. 

Anyway, since I received a few Sanitarium's EZY Oat Porridge to try. I thought it would be perfect to finally share the pumpkin porridge with everyone! ^^

Except, it's definitely much simpler and easier to use EZY Oat Porridge to cook instead. :D 


EZY Oat Porridge is made from oats harvested in Australia. 

It is filled with whole-grain goodness with no MSG added! 

Now available in selected NTUC Fairprice outlets, with an ongoing $1 promotion! 

It comes in 3 flavours - original, seaweed, mushroom! Each containing the nutrients that you need on the go, anytime, anywhere! Just need hot water~ 

Of course, if you like, you can be like me. Add more nutritional food in to enhance the taste and flavours! ^^


Pumpkin & Mushroom Oat Porridge

Ingredients:
1 Mushroom flavoured EZY Oat Congee
1 wedge of pumpkin, cut into cubes 
3 baby corns, sliced 
4 shiitake mushroom, sliced 
2 stalks of spinach 

Method:
1. Bring a pot of 500ml of water to boil.
2. When the water boils, add in the pumpkin, baby corn and mushroom. Let the soup simmer on low fire for about 10mins.
3. Pour in the seasoning from the EZY Oat Congee. 
4. Add the spinach and EZY Oat into the soup. Stir well. Let it boil for 3mins.
5. Serve immediately.


Super simple right? :D

Usually for porridge using grains, I need an hour at least to get it. But with oat porridge, less than half an hour! Super quick and easy! Most importantly, tasted just as good! :D

This recipe is very versatile, you can mix and match with whatever ingredients that you like. ^^


If you really, really dont have the time and you needed something quick and healthy to fill your stomach. Simply pour in hot water to the cup, in 3 minutes, a flavourful oat porridge awaits. ^^

Till next time~

Love,
Lirong
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Hi, everybody! 

It has been a while. It is always a long while from my previous post to be next. :P 

Really appreciate if you're still checking out on me. :')

Anyway.. Yes! I'm happily married and we made ourselves a honeymoon baby too~ <3 

Life has been good and kind to us. :')



I'm currently 24 weeks pregnant, that translates into 6 months! 

How time flies. :') 

Yes, I know I don't look anything like a 6 month pregnant woman. :P 


Wondering if we are having a girl or boy? ^^


A baby girl! 

Mummy can't wait to hug and kiss you, baby J! <3


Pregnancy life is so much better when you're in your 2nd trimester. 

Thank you Floral Garage for sending me this gorgeous bouquet of flowers! 


Floral Garage has been Singapore's trustworthy online florist offering flower delivery services for 2 years and counting. 

They aim to encourage others to show love, care, appreciation and gratitude by the sincere gesture of gifting flowers. While ensuring affordability for the customers, they maintain good product and service quality. ^^

They have a broad range of products that includes flower bouquets, hampers, congratulatory stands and more; bouquets primarily being the most popular products!

 The signature bouquets are the Freestyle bouquetPremium Freestyle bouquet as well as the Vegetable bouquet. So unique right?!

You could get your hands on a beautifully crafted Freestyle bouquet for only $34.90. Their hampers comes in a huge variety of choices to choose from as well; from chocolate hampers, fruit hampers to CNY hampers, get well soon hampers and etc. :) Each including bright fresh flowers! The prices go as low as an affordable $55!

Same-day delivery service is available for a standard charge of only $9.70, so you don't have to worry about your last-minute gifts! Self collection is possible as well~


The flowers came fresh and I love the way they were presented! It gave the bouquet a rustic look. I like! ^^


One of my recent bake for my mother's birthday. 

Orh nee tiramisu! ^^


Till next time, everyone~

Follow me on my Instagram (@lirongs) or Dayre (@lirongs) for more recent updates! ^^

Love,
Lirong
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Hello everybody~

Recently, I was gifted Tefal's new Tefal ClipsoMinut' Duo 2-in-1 Pressure Cooker. Hence, I'll be doing a review and sharing 2 simple recipes using it! 

Of course, one of them is the curry chicken featured above and like what my title says, no coconut milk added! Healthier choice curry chicken you may call it. ^^ 



A short introduction about Tefal’s new ClipsoMinut’ Duo. It is the first 2-in-1 pressure cooker
and stew pot. I love how it is so space-saving with the 2 pots into 1 concept. 

The pot also cooks up to 2 times faster compared to a regular stew pot! Extra love for this feature! I no longer feel so stress to cook up a dinner after a long day at work! ^^ I'll share with everyone how long I took to cook these dishes compared to the time taken using my usual pots too. :) 


Curry chicken is something I grew up eating. I used to observed how my mother made it. She wouldn't use any pre-packed packet for the curry paste, she went all out to make her own curry paste! Kudos to my mother for the effort. :')

Of course, I don't have that luxury of time and patient to do that. I'm good with my curry paste. I don't have any particular favourite brand though. I go with what catches my eyes first. :P 

Oh yes, I believe that we can cook yummy curry chicken without the use of coconut milk too! So here's my modification to share with everyone. :) 

Ingredients:1 whole chicken, cut into chunks1 bag of russet potatoes, cut into chunks
2 carrots, cut into pieces
1 onion, chop into pieces
500ml water
1 pack of curry paste
10 pieces of curry leaves
2 tbsp coconut oil

Method:
1. Using the stewpot function, add 2 tbsp coconut oil, fry onion curry leaves and curry paste till fragrant.
2.  Add in chicken, sear the chicken pieces till golden brown. Add in potatoes and carrots. Mix well. 
3. Add in water, bring to boil. Once boiled, let it simmer for about 30 mins under low heat.
4. Dish and serve with baguette or rice~ 


So what's the trick to make the curry thick without coconut milk? 

1. Don't add too much water

2. Lot of potatoes! Especially russet potatoes. Potato is rich in starch, so when you let it simmer under low heat, the starch breaks down into the curry stew. 

Definitely, you can't expect the thickness to be as rich as coconut milk, but this is good enough for us! Noticed that I use coconut oil too? It adds that coconut fragrance to the dish too! :) 

How long was the cooking time using  Tefal’s new ClipsoMinut’ Duo?

I use the stewpot function for this and it took less 45 mins! I think if you use the pressure cooker, it might even be faster! :) 


Next recipe that I'm sharing is a beef and vegetable stew using  Tefal’s new ClipsoMinut’ Duo pressure cooker function. :) 


Notice the knob there? That's how you change between the functions! 


Ingredients
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp black pepper
500g beef stewing meat, cut into cubes
1 onion, cut into pieces
2 carrots, cut into pieces
1 eggplant,  cut into pieces
2 tomatoes,  cut into pieces
1 zucchini, sliced 
2 tbsp olive oil
250g beef broth + 250g water 
2 bay leaves 

Method
1. combine the flour and pepper in a bowl, add the beef cubes, toss to coat well. 
2. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in the pot. Add the beef cubes into the pot. Pan sear the beef cubes till they are browned on all sides. 
3. Add all the vegetables. All the beef broth + water and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a slow simmer. 
4. Cover and cook under the "pressure cooking" function. Cook until the beef is tender, about 1 1/2 hours, under the pressure cooker method. 

PS: You can use any vegetable that you like, potato and celery are good too! Generally I like my vegetables soft, so I'll throw them all in. You can always add you vegetable at a later timing. :)


If you use the normal cooking method, it probably takes at least 3 hours for the beef cubes to be tender, so using the pressure cooking method, time was shortened by half! 


Oh yes, Tefal ClipsoMinut’ Duo comes with a steam basket too! I steamed my pau using it as well! ^^

So it's more than just 2 functions, there are 3 ways you can utilise this single pot! *thumbs up*


Besides the ClipsoMinut’ Duo, Tefal’s also has a new Dark Ruby cookware range! 

The Dark Ruby range boasts of a High Density technology - an extra dense, non-porous
ceramic coating surface ideal for producing crisp cooking results with just the use of
a little oil.


I tried the cooking pan by making a fried rice with minimal oil and the result was amazing! Best of all, cleaning is so much easier with this new coating! Super love! <3

The Tefal Dark Ruby cookware range retails between $69.90 and $119 and is available at OG, Takashimaya, TANGS, Metro, Isetan and Lazada.

The Tefal ClipsoMinut’ Duo ($309) is available at Best Denki, Courts, Gain City, Harvey Norman, OG, Takashimaya and TANGS outlets, and Lazada.

Till next time~
^^

Cheers,
Lirong
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Hello Guys! 

It has been a long, long time since my last post. :P 

Alright, so before I start on my Europe trip, let me clear this Taiwan backlog and I have an awesome GIVEAWAY to share with all of you! ^^

So make sure you read till the end! :) 



This is my 2nd trip to Taiwan, we tried to cover different places this time round, but we just couldn't not visit Cing Jing again! So yet again, we stayed at our favourite Starry Minsu. Read more about this beautiful minsu here


Their hearty breakfast spread with an awesome mountainous view! 

Alright, a confession here. 

What's one of the most important thing you'll look out for when travelling? 

Well, for me connectivity is definitely an important factor for me! Because I'm a social media addict like this. :P 

I need my internet access 24/7, with unlimited high speed connectivity! 

If you're nodding your head with me, here's what I'll recommend to you for your next trip to Taiwan! 


Stay connected with my family and friends while travelling with Far EasTone's Tourist Prepaid Card! 

Once you touch down at Taoyuan International Airport, you can already get yours from either Terminal 1 or 2 for exclusive price plan! ^^

Check out here for the direction and exclusive price plans available at T1 & T2.

Price starts from NT300 for 5 days of unlimited 4G connectivity speed! In fact, Far EasTone prides itself as the #1 connectivity coverage in Taiwan among all the other Telecom companies. 


With great connectivity, I was able to spam my family and friends with my shameless selfies! :P 
Of course, I'm also able to update my social media on the go! 


Ps: Taipei Zoo is a must visit! But please bring along insert repellent! 


Yeliu Geopark.



Come if you're interested about rocks and stones! 


Yang Ming Shan.


Are you planning for a Taiwan trip soon? 

Besides reading my Taiwan posts here for travelling ideas and guides, I'm giving away 10 unique promo code for you to buy Far Eastone SIM card in Taiwan, apply the code and you can get free 1 day internet access! Best of all, there is no expiry to these codes!^^ 

More information on the Giveaway is on my Instagram. Head over to participate! ^^


Xiao You Keng @ Yang Ming Shan

Breathtaking view that's worth a visit! 


Missing the yummy xing zhu mi fen. :'(


<3


Jin Feng Lu Rou Fan!! 


*drool*


Mandatory eat. 

Ok, see you over at my Instagram page (@lirongs)! Good luck to you! ^^

Love,
Lirong
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Rise and shine~

We checkout our rooms early in the morning before heading for a hearty breakfast at The Food Factory! ^^

Read Day 1 of our trip here.

Located just above First World Hotel, at level 3! It's a huge dining place and can accommodate up to 1300 diners at one time! Good to know that The Food Factory is normally open for breakfast/brunch only! 

Expect a huge hotel alike buffet spread at only RM29 nett (adult) and RM14.50 nett (child)!



So big and spacious!



The restaurant serves delightful breakfast from 4 different regions!

Freshly baked breads, buns and danishes here. 


Make your own toasts here~

Pizzas at the other corner. 


It's call The Food Factory for a good reason!

Imagine 1300 diners under one roof? Food has to be served quickly! Hence, machines are being used to churn out food as quickly as possible! It's also an open kitchen concept where diners can be entertained by the cooking process of their food! 

That's pancakes in the making by the way!^^


The scrambled eggs were so good!!!



Lots of different curries and nasi lemak!


Pita bread.


Fiery curry!


Congee, chee cheong fun, noodles and rice!


The only food item that requires human labour - char kway teow!

A must try!!


Our breakfast feast!


Pardon the messiness. :P


Satisfied our tummies and now we can make our way down to Kuala Lumpur! :D

Thank you Resorts World Genting once again for the good breakfast. <3

Stay tune for the next post for our stay in KL!

Love,
Lirong. 

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Hello, everyone~

I've just returned from a short family getaway to Malaysia (Genting and Kuala Lumpur). Decided to blog about it because I feel that I've benefited from all the travel blogs that I've read so I want to contribute as well? Haha! 

Anyway, I realised that most travellers will choose to take a bus from Singapore to Genting (which is a freaking long ride), I chose to do away from it. We took a morning flight to KL International Airport then we took Aerobus up to Genting! Save time and much more comfy, I feel. ^^

We took Jetstar by the way and they were having a promo then! Yay! :D 

For more information on how to get to Resorts World Genting refer to here!



I booked 3 rooms at First World Hotel, the standard room which has.. the basics. 

Haha!

Since we are staying for a night and I don't think we'll be spending much time in the hotel room, so basic will do for us. :D 


My third trip to Genting! It still looks the same to me after all these years. Haha!

I think we didn't come at the right time, Genting is undergoing major renovations and upgrading projects! I think if you were to come by next year, it's a whole new world, literally. 

I'm sure many of us have had about the 20th Century Fox World Themepark and the upcoming Sky Avenue Shopping Mall!  

Anyway, we exploded and walked our way to Maxims Hotel Grand Lobby to have lunch at Kobe Gyu Takumi!


Kobe Gyu Takumi is owned by Dato' KB Tan of the Grand Imperial Group of restaurants and Malaysian Badminton Champion Dato' Lee Chong Wei is also a shareholder! 


So much Japanese feel~

Helmed by Head Chef Tan Kok Tiong, who has 14years of experience in Japan with the Toraji Group, one of Japan's largest chain of yakiniku restaurants!

 Kobe Gyu Takumi uses only 100% Japanese imported products and sauces (talking about Japan, I should write on my Japan trip too! Haha!) to ensure consistency and authenticity! 


<3


We got a private room to dine with the family. ^^


^^


Lunch is served~

Thanks to Chef Tan's previous working experience in Japan, he managed to bring in prime Kobe and Matsusaka beef which are flew into Malaysia weekly! 


Otoro Karubi, premium short rib belly, RM110.

One of the most popular cut here! Look at that marbling~ 


Buta Jyo Rosu, pork rib eye, RM45.

For those with dietary restriction, no worries, Kobe Gyu Takumi also offers premium imported pork ranging from Iberico to Sakura! Different cuts available too! ^^


Tori Momo, marinated chicken, RM20.

Chicken as well~

Good to know that the menu at Kobe Gyu Takumi changes every 6 months! 


You can choose to gill the meat yourself or have the staff to help you.

We chose to let the expert served us, they know best! ^^


Pork vs Beef.

Just lightly dip into the bbq sauce or ditch the sauce entirely to enjoy the natural flavour of the meat!


Not sure how they marinated the chicken, it was tender and oiishi~ 


I recommend you to try their seafood fried rice too! :D

KOBE GYU TAKUMI 
H/G600 Maxims Hotel Grand Lobby
69000 Genting Highlands
Phone: +603 61013299


That's the Sky Aveune Mall that I was talking about! Expect to see lots of international brands and yummy food across the world! Do you know that the famous London Burgers & Lobsters will be opening their first Asia outlet in Genting! OMG!!! 


The good thing about being in Genting, escape the hotness in Singapore! Haha! 


Just eat our way through!

This is a small eatery beside the casino, the pau and chee cheong fun are good! 


Then we hopped onto a shuttle bus from First World Hotel and came to Chin Swee Temple.

Do look out for the schedule of the shuttle bus outside the lobby, when in doubt just saw for the direction! It's a good place to come for the scenic view! 


A pity that it was too misty, otherwise the view would be magnificent! 


Not a very big place, you should be able to cover the temple in an hour. 










The wind was just too strong!

Daddy surely loved the place! Hehe.. 


After freezing ourselves out at Chin Swee Temple we had dinner at Resort Seafood Steamboat,

The temperature at Genting is always perfect for steamboat! Good to know that Resort Seafood Steamboat is the only steamboat place in Genting that offers quality seafood! 


Spacious dining area! 


Resort Seafood offers set steamboat menus from RM108 nett to RM638neet (2-8 persons) as well as a la carte dining. 

We had the menu for 4! ^^




We had the yuan yang pot -tom yum and herbal chicken soup broths. 


So shiok~~

If you're not keen in having steamboat, they also serve hot food like fried noodles, rice and tze char dishes! 

Level 1, Resort Hotel
Operates daily for lunch (12pm-2,30pm) and dinner (6pm to 10pm)


After meal activity at SnowWorld


It is -5 degree Celsius inside! OMG!

If you like to experience winter, here's an inexpensive alternative. ^^ 


We literally needed some warm hugs! Haha!

SnowWorld has adopted a medieval theme and there are many exciting photography moments!

We were dashing to grab moments quickly, because it was so cold!! Fun nonetheless. ^^




Almost like a mini European village in SnowWorld itself! 

Check out more details over here

Ending our day 1 on a cold, cold note! Hahaha! Thank you Resorts World Genting for hosting my family and I at Kobe Gyu Takumi, Resort Seafood and SnowWorld! ^^

Then we headed over to MarryBrown for supper before heading back to our hotel. 

Stay tune for the next few posts~

Love,
Lirong. 
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Hello everyone! Look who's back! Haha!

I've recently done my pre-wedding shoot and I'm going to share with everyone, especially fellow brides-to-be (BTB) on what I've done prior to the shoot! ^^ 

Ps: Not an expert of this. Purely sharing on my preparation work. :) 

Bridal Boutique 


By now, you should have confirmed and signed your bridal package. I signed mine with Rico-A-Mona

I admit that I sign with them on impulsion. Haha! Because of that one dress that I really like and I feel that Sinny, my coordinator, and I have some kind of chemistry. Hehe.. So I signed with them soon after. :) 

So far, all is good! ^^

If you're interested to read more about my experience with Rico, go on to read more on my Dayre. I've created this hashtag #SunTanHappilyAfter to document our wedding planning. :)

So after confirming our gowns and suits, we decided on the date for our pre-wedding shoot! I've exactly a month to prepare! :X

One month before pre-wedding shoot...

  • Hair style and makeup

Yes, do your homework! Only you know what you want! Well, unless you really have no idea, you can just leave it to your MUA.

Google is always my bestfriend, just type 'Bridal makeup', 'Chinese bridal makeup' and etc. Lots of ideas will come out!:)

I search on Instgram and Pinsterest as well. They are very handy too! :)

Remember to printscreen and show to your MUA~ ^^

For makeup, I know I want it to be soft and natural. So I didn't really research on it. Anyway, the type of makeup really depends on your skin condition and face as well. :)

  • Props for pre wedding shoot
It is important that you discuss with your partner on what the 2 of you want to do. Any theme in mind? Any memorable items between the 2 of you?

 If you need ideas, do be shy to ask our friend, Google! Haha!

Taobao is a good platform to buy props, but do get them early because it takes time to ship in! ^^ 

  • Bridal heels
Now that you have decided on your gowns, you can go on to look for your heels to match! I didn't want it to be any fanciful, I wanted a pair that I can also wear it on normal occasions. So no bling for me,  I got a simple pair of simple white heels to match my gowns. White colour can never go wrong for brides. :) 

  • Pre-wedding shoot site recce 


I think in most cases, you get to decide where to you want to go for your pre-wedding shoot. 

We chose 2 indoors and 2 outdoors. Again, this is really dependent on your bridal package, so do check. :)

Where to go? I recommend places that are close to your heart, places that are meaningful to you and your other half. That was how we decided. :)

If not you can always ask Google. Haha! Google is the most helpful tool ever~ 


Good to go down and check out the location for yourself. 

Find out where would be a good location to take photos! I feel that it's important to find out the human traffic at the site as well. Especially if you're going for popular places for photoshoot. :) 


From our recee, we actually discovered places that we didn't know! 



Of course your photographer will be experienced enough to guide you, but no harm going down to have a feel first. :) 

  • Eyebrow Embroidery

Not a must, but why not? ^^

Recommended that you do it at least a month before. Just enough for the eyebrow embroidery to faint to become more natural. :) 

I did mine with Vain Beauty @ Far East Plaza.

Pretty sure, Vain Beauty is no stranger in the beauty industry. They are quite established in their eyelash extensions, hair extensions and manicure services!

Recently, they have expanded to include Korean eyebrow embroidery, lip embroidery, defined eyes and deep cleansing facial into their services!

Good news!

My readers get 50% off if you quote my name, Lirong, when you make an appointment and visit them from 1030am-3pm! ^^ Till end of Dec only yo~

50% discount is a really good deal! :D 
 Call 9850 6743 for appointment! :)



Anyway, I did mine with Ting Ting, and the effect came out to be very natural! :D 


These are the next day after the eyebrow embroidery. :D 

2 weeks before pre-wedding shoot...
  • Hair cut and hair colour
Now, if you want to do nice bridal hair, you need to keep your hair long and healthy!

Keeping hair long doesn't mean that you don't cut or trim your hair. It's still important to visit your trusted hair salon regularly! :)

On the colour of your hair, the best person to ask is your coordinator or MUA. They will advice you on the colour that will best suit your skin and gowns. 


 

With that, I went to Phyllis! Phyllis has been taking care of my hair for the past 3 years. ^^

Now she's with Kream Salon @ Holland Village. 

So we trimmed my long and tangling hair, dyed it brown and we did treatment for my dry and lifeless hair. :/

I wish I could have Phyllis to do my hair everyday! Haha!


She even helped me to curl my hair after that! Hehe.. Of course I can't waste her effort right? :D

Quote my name with Phyllis for special rate! Call 6463 3373 to make your appointment! 

Always good to book an appointment to prevent disappointment! ^^

Ps: Don't dye your hair too early to prevent the ugly black roots from growing out! 2 weeks before is just fine. :)



5 days before pre-wedding shoot...
  • Facial and cleansing 

It is important that you do your usual facial regime. Like for me, I mask 3 times a week to take care of my skin. Prior to my photoshoot, I try not to apply any makeup as well, to allow my skin to 'breathe'.

Finally, I made an appointment with Vain Beauty 5 days prior to my photoshoot to do Deep Facial Cleansing!


This is actually my first time doing facial!

Haha!

It's a 60-90 minutes treatment, $58. The beautician will exfoliate your skin to remove dead skin deep from within. Blackhead removal and so on. Basically, your skin will be very clean, smooth, soft and supple after the cleansing! That was how I felt! ^^

I felt really good throughout the session, especially when my beautician massaged me! Haha! This is how bridal life should be eh? :P

Why 5 days before? Because you may experience rednes after the cleansing! It's entirely normal! It fades away soon after. So allow yourself 5 days for the redness to go away. :) 

Mine went away on the 2nd day. :)

Similar to the eyebrow embroidery, quote my name, Lirong, to recieve 50% discount when you make an appointment and visit them from 1030am-3pm! ^^ 

Ps: check out my eyebrow embroidery! That was 2 weeks after! 

1 to 2 days before pre-wedding shoot...
  • Eyelash extensions and bridal nails
Eyelash extensions are entirely optional, but I like to look pretty even after the photoshoot, so I did mine. :PpP 


I did mine a day before the photoshoot! 

Did a natural eyelash extension as well as bridal nails with Vain Beauty! This entire month I went down 3 times to get myself ready and pretty for the photoshoot. Haha!

  • Teeth whitening
Book an appointment with my dental clinic to clean and polish your teeth! Remember you're going to need to smile and show some teeth! ^^


The day before pre-wedding shoot...
Checklist
1. Have you brought your skin-colour silicon bra? Do you know how to wear it properly? 

2. Pack your props! 

3. Drink sufficient water, but try not to consume any water after 8pm to prevent water retention! Similarly, cut on salty food! ^^

4. Mask the night before you sleep. This will help in the makeup process!

5. Avoid using hair condition and serum the night before and even on the actual day. Your MUA will have a hard time styling your hair as it is too smooth. 

6. Bring a straw along for drinking of water after you've applied your makeup. Good to bring some light snacks too if you're always hungry like me! Haha!

7. Sleep early and set your alarm! ^^


Finally, just enjoy the process! ^^

Love,
Lirong. 
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Hi everyone! If there's still anyone reading this space. Haha! 

My goodness, the last time I updated this space was in July? :P 

Pardon for the lack of updates over here. I'm still very active on other social media platforms like Instagram and Dayre. Under the same username @lirongs. 

I left because blogging takes up to much time, especially when I have a day job. Also, Dayre is simply a much better platform for 'micro-blogging'. Haha! 

So, why I came back to blogging? 

I think because I it upsets me when I'm not doing the things that brings me here, to share my kitchen experimentation. 

I feel humbled with the number of people requesting me to share my recipes whenever I post on my Instagram or Dayre. Thank you for the love! <3 

I may not make the best meal, may not come up with the best recipes, but I'll still try my best to share. :)

Here's one for a start. 

Bread, one of my favourite food! :D



If you have been following me on my Dayre, you probably have witnessed my home renovation process. Evverything has ended and our #suntannest is currently our weekend home! I've shared some visuals on Dayre, go check them out if you're curious. :D 

Anyway, we bought appliances for our place of course. One of the best buy would be our Hitachi machine.

 


It's a smart micowave oven that can do lots of functions! Including a breakmaker function in it! Go to Hitachi's website if you want to find out more. :)

The best thing is, it even comes with  recipe book that contains over 100 of recipes!.



I modified the bread recipes given and baked a pumpkin bread!

This was so good that I had to bake 2 loaves within a day!


I also experimental with chocolate and mixed nuts & fruits bread.

You can choose the 'doneness' of your bread. Be it softer, harder or medium. I always go with medium. :)


Matcha with azuki swirl bread.


So soft and fluffy! 


The latest I've tried is this pandan kaya bread!

Basically I added a few spoonful of kaya paste inside and replaced water with coconut milk! It was supreme!

Recipe below. :)


Ingredients:
250g bread flour
3g instant yeast
180ml coconut milk
30g sugar
12g butter (I replaced with coconut oil)
1 tsp pandan paste 
1 tsp pandan essence
pinch of salt 
4 tbsp kaya 

Method:
If you have a breadmaker, good for you! Just put all the above ingredients into the machine and let it do the job!

Otherwise, use your hands and knead! Good workout yo~ :D

 1. Mix bread flour, sugar and yeast in the mixing bowl, mix well. Add in salt and coconut milk, pandan essence, pandan juice and kaya. Mix into a dough and knead to combine.

 2. Add in butter, knead until dough becomes shiny and smooth. 

3. Proof the dough for 1 hour or until double the size. 

4. Divide dough into 2 equal balls, then allow them to rest for another 10 minutes.

5. Flatten one of the ball into a rectangle shape and roll it up. Repeat for the second ball.

6. Place the 2 doughs into a baking tin (I use Pullman tin) and allow for final proofing for another 1 hour. 

7. Bake in a preheated oven at 190 degree Celsius  for 30 minutes.


Egg-in-a-hole pandan kaya toast. 

Just how soft the bread is. <3

If you need the recipe for the toast, check it out here. :) 

You know what's the best thing about the Hitachi machine? It has self cleaning function!! Yay!

I got it from Audio House, not sure if any other places are selling it. You can try your luck. :)

ps, not an ad.

Cheers,
Lirong. 
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I'm pretty sure you probably have seen a number of Over-The-Top-Milkshake somewhere? But I'm also pretty sure you wouldn't know where did it originate from? Or who created that hype! :D

 Patissez is the original freak shakes creator from Canberra, Australia!

They deem themselves as 'home of the freak shakes'. I'm sure they are. 

Back then they created a 3 hrs long wait just to get sugar high from these milkshakes! 

Now, they are here to stay! With Singapore being their first overseas venture! :D



Located at the ground floor of the newly opened, Raffles @ Holland Village. 
Currently 4 freak shakes on the menu, $16 per glass. The same ones as of Australia!


Very photogenic place! 

I think what's encouraging here is to see cheerful and friendly staff! I noticed the service crews here would go from table to table to just causally ask how they feel about their food and any feedback. 

Patissez does this right. You can't sustain for long in this competitive food industry unless you listen to what your consumers want. :) 

I little ranting here because of some bad service experiences lately. :P 


I would want to try all 4 of them. But insulin told me not to play a fool. Haha!
I had the Mint condition and Pretzella instead.

My favourite was the mint condition! Love that refreshing after taste! 
Mr Tan on the other hand prefers pretzella. Surprisingly,  the latter was not as sweet as I had imagined! 

The milkshakes here may not be as dramatic or attentive seeking like other over-the-top-milkshakes, but it's definitely the most drinkable ones that I've tried. 


If milkshake is not your kind of thing, have a cup of coffee!



All day breakkie and other savoury items to fill the stomach too! :)


Herby roasted mushroom & smashed avocado, $18.


I find the price a bit too steep for this. :/

Wasn't too impress with this because the burgers outshone it! 


Yes, go for the burgers instead! 

Our host highly recommend their freak burger, $25.
2 pieces of beef patties, double crispy bacon, bacon jar, American cheddar, house made BBQ sauce, fries and patissez special sauce!

I particularly like that juicy beef patties! 

 

Crispy panko chicken burger, $19.

Though not as majestic as the freak burger, I find this chicken burger to be even better! The fried chicken was so tender and moist! 

I like how they buttered and toasted their buns too. They were so fluffy and soft! 


Mr Tan approves. :D 


Tropical hot cakes, $15.
I was surprised by the ball of vanilla ice cream on top! Can't tell, but it was bigger than my fist.


Light & fluffy buttermilk hot cakes, housemade honeycomb, caramelised mango, orange segments, saffron a go reduction, vanilla ice cream and fresh mint.

Buttermilk hot cake can't go wrong. So fluffy~~

Definitely a good ending to our meal. ^^


Lovely meal to end our hectic week. ^^

Thank you Patissez for hosting us with great food and drinks! :)

Patissez Singapore
118 Holland Avenue #01-06, 
Singapore 278997
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm (Mon-Wed), 
                          10am – 10pm (Thu-Fri), 
                        9am – 10pm (Sat-Sun)
Call: 6262 3616

Love,

Lirong. 
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Hi everyone!

I hope it's not too late to share the recipe for this cake, Matcha Goma (black sesame) Moussecake. 
The cake that I've baked for my Dad during Father's Day! ^^

My dad is a huge fan of black sesame, hence the birth of this cake. :) 

You know what's great about baking your own cake?

You can customise the cake to the receiver's liking! That's something you can't get easily from off-the-shelf-bakery. ^^ 

To be honest, I'm pretty surprised by how good the cake turned out to be! Definitely surpassed my expectation. Heh. :D 

If you like, you can read more about the story behind this cake on my Dayre. Otherwise, just read on for the recipe! ^^



Thankful for Mr Tan for pounding the black sesames for me! 

Tedious process but the result makes everything worthwhile. <3 

 

2 cakes for 2 noblest fathers. <3 


Matcha x Goma

ps: Is it me or it looks like I have a troop of ants invading my cakes? Hahahaha!


Matcha Goma Moussecake - look 1. 

Not satisfied as it looked rather plain and boring.. 


Some strawberry to give some vibrant colour to the cake! :D


Goma sponge cake - ingredients:
1 1/4 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp toasted black sesame seeds
4 tbsp pounded black sesame seeds
1 egg, room temperature
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
200g  unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
pinch of salt
Method:1. Preheat oven to 170C. Line one 7-inch round baking pan with parchment paper. 

2. In a medium bowl, sieve the flour, baking powder and salt together. Set aside.
3. Combine toasted black sesame seeds, pounded black sesame seeds and eggs together. Stir to combine. Set aside.
4. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until mixture is light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Then add sesame mixture (#3) in two additions, beat until combined.
4. Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients (#2) in 3 additions, alternating with milk, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Beat till combined. 
5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Smooth and gently tap the pan to remove any trapped air bubble. Bake the cake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven or when inserted into the cake, the skewer comes out clean. Remove and allow the cake to cool completely before slicing the cake into 2 equal pieces, horizontally.
White sesame mousse - ingredients:
2 tbsps toasted white sesame seeds
4 tbsps pounded white sesame seeds 
300ml whipping cream
10g gelatine
50g lukewarm water
30g icing sugar

Method:
1. Dissolve the gelatine in lukewarm water, let it stand to soften. 
2. Whip the whipping cream with icing sugar till whipped form. 
3. Add in dissolved gelatine, toasted and pounded white sesame seeds. Fold till well combined. 

To assemble:
1. Place one of the black sesame cake onto an 8'' removable cake pan.
2. Add half the portion of white sesame mousse.
3. Repeat process 1 and 2 
4. Keep in the fridge for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight.
5. The next day, decorate as desire (I decorated the side of the cake with toasted black sesame seeds and sprinkled sweetened matcha powder on top. )


A recipe to keep for sure. ^^

Let me know if you have tried any of my recipe. I'll be glad to know how you feel about them! :D

Cheers,
Lirong. 
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