17 December 2014

Making Bread is Effortless with Panasonic Bread Maker SD-P104!

Just two hours of cooking demo session and I am convinced that making bread is truly easy with the
Panasonic Bread Maker SD-P104!

Simple and Easy 5-step Operation
You don't have to worry about over kneading the dough and getting your hands weary. Just place the ingredients and set the timer by using the 13-Hour Digital Timer to get your bread ready at the time you want.
Thanks to Theresa who demonstrated to us the baking process of 4 recipes and shared with us her tips in baking. And I shall share with my readers what I've learnt from the cooking demo session.

Muah Chee
We started making the Muah Chee which was easy, what you need is just
250g glutinous rice flour
375ml of water
1 tbsp shallot oil
Place the ingredients in the bread pan and select mode 2 to start.
In the last 10 minutes, stir dough with wooden chopstick.
Muah Chee dough is done!
Cut the Muah Chee dough into bite size and coat with peanut mixture of 
150g ground peanut
60g fine sugar
some roasted sesame seed (blended)
And Muah Chee is ready to serve!

Wheat Bread
Next, we worked on baking the Wheat Bread. We'll need 
75g whole wheat flour
175g bread flour
10g butter
1 tsp salt
200ml cold water
2 tbsp castor sugar
1 tbsp milk powder
1 tsp instant yeast (Put yeast into the yeast dispenser)
Theresa shared that cold water is very important as it will affect the texture of the bread.
Place the ingredients (except the yeast) in the bread pan. The yeast dispenser automatically dispenses yeast at the proper time.
Place the mixture of the following in the raisin & nut dispenser.
30g raisins
30g sunflower seeds
10g melon seeds
10g black sesame seeds
The dispenser will drop the mixture automatically. You could also add in your choice of dried fruit or nuts such as the dried cranberries, walnuts or pine nuts for healthier choice.
Select Menu no. 2 for "Rapid" mode, and select "Raisin" mode, then press start.
You could also select the colour setting "light" or "standard" for the Crust Colour.
The machine automatically mixes, kneads, rises and bakes the bread.
Once ready, remove bread from pan.
Leave it to cool before cutting.
The bread could last up to 4 days in room temperature and about a week if you keep it in the refrigerator.
Making bread is simply easy! You'll enjoy the bread making process.

Tuna Buns
Add the following into the bread pan.
280g high-gluten flour (bread flour)
50g butter
1 tsp Salt
160ml cold water
2 tbsp milk powder
3 tbsp castor sugar
some black sesame seeds
25g beaten egg (half an egg)
1 tsp instant yeast (Put yeast into the yeast dispenser)
You could replace the milk powder and cold water with just 160ml milk.
Select bread dough no. 9 and press start.
When you hear the beep sound, press "Stop" and take out the dough.
Divide the dough into 12 even pieces and shape them into balls.
Spray water on the dough and allow it to ferment for about 50 minutes
(till dough rise double in size at a temperature of 40 degree celsius)
After the dough have fermented, egg wash the dough with the remaining 25g of beaten egg (half an egg).
For the toppings, mix
tuna flakes (about 2 cans of tuna)
2 tbsp mayonnaise
sliced yellow onions
some black pepper
Cut the surface of the dough with scissors, making a line in the middle in order to place the tuna mixture on top of the dough.
Sprinkle 30g mozzarella cheese and some paprika on the buns.
Bake the buns in a preheated oven at 200 degree celsius for about 15 minutes.
When the buns are ready, the aroma of the freshly baked buns would fill the room. 
I can't resist the tasty buns and had a 2nd serving.

Fresh Focaccia
Place the ingredients into the bread pan.
350g bread flour
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp castor sugar
1 tbsp milk powder
1.25 tsp salt
225ml cold water
1 tsp instant yeast (Put yeast into the yeast dispenser)
Select Menu no. 10 and press start.
Once ready, remove dough and divide into 2 portions, shape it into a flat circle and place it onto the baking paper. 
Press the rest of the ingredients onto the flat dough.
200g cherry tomatoes
80g black olives
140g mozzarella cheese (cut into 1cm cube)
Leave dough to rise at 40 degree celsius for 50 minutes or till it doubles in size.
Brush the surface with olive oil (2 tbsp), sprinkle with black pepper, rosemary and paprika.
Bake in a preheated oven at 210 degree celsius for about 16 minutes and the Focaccia is ready to serve. 
The crust is crispy and the texture is soft. I had 2 slices of the freshly baked Focaccia!
Want to know more about Panasonic Bread Maker SD-P104?
Check it out at Panasonic Singapore website! You could get the bread maker at Best Denki, Courts, Harvey Norman, etc. The retail price of the bread maker is at S$329.

Glad to know about the Panasonic Bread Maker and I do have the intention to get one for myself. Shall start making my own bread such as kaya bread, milo bread, banana walnut bread once I got the bread maker.

Thanks to Panasonic Singapore and Omy.sg for the cooking demo session!

10 December 2014

Backstage Cafe

I caught up with my ex-colleagues at Backstage Cafe that is located near my previous workplace. I had least expected that such cafe would operate at a secluded area at Kallang way. Probably due to its location, the tranquillity of the cafe allowed me to have a good time catching up with my friends.
The cafe has really spacious dining area.
Their Promotion Set comes with a soup and ice cream. Top up S$3 for a drink! (U.P S$4.50)
I ordered the promotion set - Squid Ink Spaghetti

 that comes with the soup
and top up S$3 for the ice lemon tea.
Susan had her beer and
Spaghetti Carbonara.
My friends had their Roasted Spring Chicken and
Breaded Chicken.
And last but not least, it is time for ice cream!
Rachel was busy scooping her chocolate ice cream.
I had the mint chocolate chip and coconut ice cream~
 Plus point for having meal at the cafe - free one hour parking with minimum S$20 spent in a single receipt.
How to get there?
Address: 158 Kallang Way #01-06, Performance Building, Singapore 349245
Tel: +65 743 6893
Backstage Cafe Facebook
Backstage Cafe Website

Opening hours
Mon to Sat: 11am to 9pm
Closed on Sundays

By Car - 
  • Along PIE towards Changi, exit 13 towards Kallang Way, keep right and turn right at the T-junction, keep left and in a short distance, turn left into Performance Building carpark
  • Alternatively, along Aljunied Road towards Macpherson Road, turn left into Kallang Way and turn right into Performance Building Carpark

By Public Transport -
  • Alight at Bus Stop No. 70329 (Opp Foster/Sanyo) - Bus No. 125 (take from bus stop opposite Aljunied MRT)
  • Alight at Bus Stop No. 70011 (Opp Blk 125) - Bus No. 40, 62, 63, 64, 100, 125, 155, 158 (10 minutes walk from bus stop)

Nearest MRT Station: Aljunied

03 December 2014

Tai-Parfait 鯛パフェ (Bugis)

Tai-Parfait was first opened in Japan, with 2 current stores operating in Chiba and Yokohama.
Now, it has arrived in Singapore with the 1st store opened at Bugis Junction and the 2nd store at VivoCity.
Taiyaki is a Japanese dessert made of a fish-shaped pancake filled with sweet red bean paste.
At Tai-Parfait, you could add ice cream, fruits, whipping cream and other toppings.
  Order the Tai Parfait by choosing your topping and the filling
Our Tai Parfait in the process
Tai-Parfait Kinako Brown Sugar! 甘い!(S$4.50)
How to get there?
Address: 200 Victoria Street #B1-03A Bugis Junction, Singapore 188021
Tel: +65 6333 1500
Singapore Website: http://www.tai-parfait.com.sg
Japan Website: http://tai-parfait.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TaiParfait

By Car -
  • Park at Bugis Junction, enter along North Bridge Road or Victoria Street (Check out the parking rates at the Bugis Junction website)
  • Alternatively, park at Tan Quee Lan Street or Liang Seah Street (Coupon parking)

By Public Transport -
  • Alight at Bus Stop No. 01119 (Bugis Junction) - Bus No. 2, 12, 33, 130, 133, 960
  • Alight at Bus Stop No. 01112 (Opp Bugis Junction) - Bus No. 7, 12, 63, 80, 175, 197, 851, 960, 980
  • Alight at Bus Stop No. 01113 (Bugis Station) - Bus No. 2, 32, 33, 51, 61, 130, 133, 145
  • Alight at Bus Stop No. 01039 (North Bridge Commercial Complex) - Bus No. 7, 32, 51, 61, 63, 80, 145, 175, 197, 851

Nearest MRT Station: Bugis

Opening hours
Daily from 10am to 10pm

Other Outlets
Tai-Parfait @ Vivocity
1 HarbourFront Walk #B2-K2, Vivocity Signapore 098585
Tel: 6376 8017

Tai-Parfait @ Plaza Singapura (Opening in Dec 2014)
68 Orchard Road, #B2-49, Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839

26 November 2014

Asam Batu Laut Seafood Restaurant 亚三峇都港海鲜饭店 (Tanjung Sepat)

During our stay at Tanjung Sepat, we had our lunch at Restoran Asam Batu Laut. The restaurant is well-known among the locals for its seafood and beautiful sea view. The place is spacious and their dishes are delectable.
How to get there?
Address: Sungai Mosok, Batu Laut, Kuala Langat, 42800 Tanjung Sepat, Selangor, Malaysia
Tel: +603 3148 2628 / +6019 3844 362 / +6019 2669 953 (Ah Zuan)

A short distance drive from Ganofarm

Opening hours
Daily from 11am to 10pm
Beautiful scenery while having your meal
Garlic and chilli to go with the dishes
  1 barrel of rice 一桶大饭 (RM 10)
Vegetables 菜 (RM 12)
 Assam Sotong (RM 18)
 Fried Oysters (RM 16)
You'll definitely have to order this! It's one of my favourites. 
The oysters are sliced to smaller pieces and fried with other ingredients. Simply tasty! 
Clams (RM 22)
Fresh and sweet.
Crabs  (RM 52 for 1 Kg)
Steamed Fish (RM 45)
I'd definitely come back to this restaurant if I were to visit Tanjung Sepat again.

Where else have I been in Tanjung Sepat?