Friday, 21 November 2014

Keroppi Noodles & Philips Noodle Maker

I've a nifty kitchen gadget to share for today. Before I move on to it, let me share what I created using it first.

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A plate of Keroppi wanton mee. The noodles were homemade spinach noodles, which I made with my new Philips Advance Collection Noodle Maker.

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This is the Philips Noodle Maker I'm talking about. You just have to add in the ingredients, the machine will take care of the mixing and kneading, and your noodles will be ready in 10 minutes. It's really that easy.

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The Philips Noodle Maker comes with four shaping discs, that allows you to make four types of noodles - angel hair pasta/mee kia, fettucine/ban main, spaghetti/yellow noodles and penne. It also comes with cleaning tools and measuring cups for flour and water. A recipe book is included as well, the book features both Asian and Western recipes.

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The shaping discs and cleaning tools can all be stored inside the pull out drawer at the bottom of the machine.

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Now, let me show you how I made my spinach noodles. Using the measuring cups provided, measure 250g of plain flour and 95ml of spinach juice mixed with one beaten egg.

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Open up the lid and pour in the flour. Close back the lid. If the lid is not closed properly, the machine will not operate.

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Press the on button, then press the bounciness control button to set the kneading time from 5 to 8 minutes, the longer the kneading time, the more chewier the noodles. I chose 7 minutes for mine.

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Press start button, slowly pour in liquid into opening on lid.

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When the machine is ready to begin extrusion, it will make a beeping sound, just before the noodles start appearing. The machine does not cut the noodles, but this is easily taken care of, you can just cut them with the flat cleaning tool.

I was rather worried the Noodle Maker might be a chore to wash but washing up was surprisingly straightforward. Whatever dough that is left can be easily removed and thrown away. You just have to wash all the removable parts with soap and water. Use a wet cloth to wipe the main machine part that can't be washed. The only part that is more difficult to wash is the shaping disc. The guide book recommends leaving the cap in the freezer for about two hours, just before using the mould cap to push the total lump of frozen dough out. I've tried it and it works well.

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I will definitely be sharing more noodles creations in the future, I can't wait to experiment with different coloured noodles. :)

For more details about the Philips Noodles Maker, please click HERE to check out their official page.

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Leaving you with the recipe for my wanton mee, bon appetit. :)

WANTON MEE RECIPE

Ingredients:

Char Siew:
700g Pork Shoulder Butt
3 tbsp hoisin sauce
1 tsp oyster sauce
1tsp dark soya sauce
2 tsp light soya sauce
1 tbsp rose wine
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp sugar

Dumpings:
200g minced pork
4 stalks spring onion, chopped
2 tsp oyster sauce
1 tsp light soy sauce
dash of white pepper
1/2 tbsp cornstarch
20 wonton sheets

Seasoning sauce (for each serving):
1 tablespoon of sesame oil
1 teaspoon of light soy sauce
1 teaspoon of oyster sauce
1/2 teaspoon of sambal chili paste (optional)

Noodles:
300g spinach noodles
300g chye sim, blanched and cut into around 3 cm

Method:
  1. To make char siew, mix all the ingredients together and leave meat to marinade for at least 2 hours. 
  2. Add a little oil in pan, grill the meat on medium heat for around 5 minutes on each side.
  3. Pour in the marinade and a cup of water, simmer on low heat for around 30 minutes.
  4. Turn up to medium heat and simmer till you get a layer of thick sauce left. 
  5. Slice Char Siew and set aside. Excess can be frozen for future use.
  6. To make dumplings, mix all the ingredients except for wonton sheets. Leave to marinade for at least 10 minutes.
  7. Place minced pork on wanton sheet. Wet the edges with water, fold down halfway diagonally to form a triangle. Press gently on the edges to seal the wonton.
  8. Heat up oil in wok, deep fry wonton till golden brown. Drain on kitchen towels.
  9. To cook the spinach noodles, bring a pot of water to boil, cook spinach noodles for around 5 minutes.
  10. Drain well and portion over the sauce in each bowl. Toss noodles thoroughly in the sauce.
  11. Serve each portion with char siew, fried wanton and chye sim.



Monday, 17 November 2014

My Melody & Piano Bento

Sorry, I've been missing from my blog. I've been busy since the school holidays started, so many activities, and I also have bento work to clear. Just a fast update today, I'll update a longer post at the end of this week, I've a cool product to share with all of you. :)

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My Melody and her sheep friend, Piano. I made this bento because I had some pink fish flakes, which is just perfect for making Piano. This time, I did not use the flakes on My Melody. I ever did My Melody using pink fish flakes before, you can click HERE to check out that bento.

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Side dishes packed in this bento were grilled black pepper chicken, stir-fry veggie, lettuce, steamed egg and grapes. I added a My Melody cut out from carrot on the steamed egg. The steamed egg is not chawanmushi, just a chinese styled steamed egg using chicken broth.

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A closer look at the pair, they are holding on to a cupcake and tea cup from my Re-Ment collection.
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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Hello Kitty Ice Cream Bento

I have no idea what to update today, not because I've no bentos to update, but there are too many in my backlog, I've can't decide which one to choose. Sign. :(

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I eventually settled on this, double scoop of Hello Kitty ice cream on a cone. Ingredients used to make Hello Kitty ice cream were rice, nori, egg sheet and ham. Ingredients used to make the ice cream cone were rice and abura-age.

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Side dishes for this bento were carrot meat patties on ice-cream sticks, grilled chicken, tamagoyaki, grapes and strawberries.

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I also made another version of Hello Kitty ice cream, which I totally forgotten about, lol. I only remember when I saw it while sorting through the photos to post today. -_-

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This was easier to make than the double scoop ice cream, just make 2 rice balls in baking cups and add on Hello Kitty features using nori, egg sheet and ham.
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Friday, 7 November 2014

Domokun Bento

My boys came back with their report books today. IT did better than last year, he continued to score in his best subjects and has improved on his weaker ones. I had been worried about whether LT will fare well in primary school last year, he seemed slower than IT at the same age, and I've not spent much time coaching him as compared to IT. But he surprised me by doing quite well, in fact, his results is better than IT's primary 1 results 3 years ago. They are both capable of doing better, but nevertheless, I'm happy with their results this year. :)

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I can't remember when I last made Domokun. It's been quite some time back, you can click HERE to see my pervious versions. This round, I made him out of rice and pork floss instead. I used red bell pepper, blueberry and cheese for his features. The side dishes for this bento were sweet and sour chicken, egg and broccoli.

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This sleek aluminium box is from Bento & Co. I received the one in gold, they also have it in silver. Mine comes with beautiful berries patterns. They are also available in tree and nuts patterns too.

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A chocolate banana smoothie treat for me. My boys would gladly pass this one, as they hate bananas. This Domokun is made from Squarebar, I added additional chopped up pieces in my smoothie. These protein bars are very yummy, and go well with my banana smoothie.

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If you want to try them, you can order them from iHerb. Shipping to Singapore is at a flat rate of USD4, up to around 6kg. :)
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Monday, 3 November 2014

Spongebob & Patrick Pasta

It's been more than 2 years since my last Spongebob Squarepants bento. Click HERE to see what I made 2 years ago. This time, I tried making Spongebob and Patrick out of pasta.

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There you go, Spongebob bolognese pasta, which I made for IT. Click HERE for my bolognese pasta recipe if you need one.

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I first arranged a rectangular shape using shell pasta. After which, I proceeded to scoop the bolognese sauce around the pasta. Songebob details were done using cucumber, cheese and nori.

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This Patrick meatball pasta was made on another day for LT. He was sitting beside me when I made this, and he kept asking me when he can dig in. Thank goodness this was quite fast to make, I don't think he has the patience to wait too long. -_-

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Patrick was made using tomato based pasta sauce, green bell pepper, cheese and nori. The pineapple house was actually a meatball covered with cheese.
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