Hot Spring Eggs (Onsen Tamago)

Thursday, 8 February 2018


I've migrated to New Zealand. There's a hot spring in my backyard . . .

Just kidding. I'm still in Singapore, where there're all of two hot springs in the country.

Do I go to Sembawang or Tekong to make hot spring eggs?

Matcha Swiss Roll

Tuesday, 3 February 2015


This is another Swiss roll post, the third on this blog. 

My matcha sheet cake is barely sweet, to keep it in character with green tea which is drunk without sugar. It has quite little oil because matcha doesn't absorb much oil.

Marble Butter Sponge Cake (Tang Mian Method)

Wednesday, 29 October 2014


Tàng, 烫: scald. Miàn, 面: flour.

Tang mian is roux, made by cooking flour in bubbling hot butter.

Bamboo Charcoal Cake (竹碳蛋糕)

Tuesday, 22 April 2014


Black is mysterious. Black is sophisticated. Black is . . . sexy.

What makes my cake black? It's bamboo charcoal that's been pulverized into a very, very fine powder.

Matcha Cake

Wednesday, 12 March 2014


Green tea powder, aka matcha and maccha, is the soul of green tea cake. If you want to make good green tea cake, you have to use good quality green tea powder.

GTP has three enemies: heat, light and oxygen. The colour and flavour deteriorate very quickly unless the tea is kept in the cold, in the dark, away from oxygen.

Japanese Strawberry Shortcake
(草莓奶油蛋糕; Strawberry Cream Cake)

Monday, 9 December 2013


Japanese strawberry shortcake is a layered sponge cake filled and topped with whipped cream and strawberries. It is what I call a ménage à trois made in heaven, because each party brings out the best in the other two.

Honey Castella (Kasutera) Cake (蜂蜜蛋糕)

Thursday, 14 November 2013


The traditional mould for baking Castella cake is a bottomless wooden box frame.

Where to get a Castella wooden mould?

Japanese Soufflé Cheesecake (日式芝士蛋糕)

Monday, 29 October 2012


Soufflé cheesecake is the Japanese take on cheesecake. It's much lighter than the American or German version and not at all cheesy – the ideal cheesecake for cheesecake haters.  The recipe I'm sharing is adapted from Diana's Desserts. I've made four changes to the original recipe:

Salt-Grilled Salmon Head

Sunday, 13 February 2011

I have a great solution for people who don't eat fish heads because they don't like the eyes staring at them.

Eat the eyes first, then there's nothing to stare with!

When I made my very helpful suggestion to an ang moh friend who didn't like ocular animal parts, he thought I was kidding.