Matcha Cupcakes with Azuki Bean Buttercream

Matcha Cupcakes with Azuki Bean Buttercream

A girl friend had requested to replicate Uncle Tetsu's green tea Madeleines on my Instagram, not knowing it was not something I had made before. Upon request, I went to attempt these Madeleines at her place without the azuki bean filling in the center. I used my mini muffin pan to bake them. Surprisingly, it was a simple recipe and it turned out better than I had expected! 

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Basic Chinese Steamed Bao Dough Recipe

Basic Chinese Steamed Bao Dough Recipe

I've been greatly inspired watching ChefSteps on youtube to try making some steam baos at home. They used David Chang's Momofuku's pork bun recipe, a modern take on the traditional Chinese stuffed steam buns. I decided to follow a more basic recipe for the steam bao. It's a very versatile recipe that can be used for savoury or sweet fillings. And basic is where I wanted to start from.

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Hong Kong-Style Egg Tarts

Hong Kong-Style Egg Tarts

Growing up, I would have dim sum after math class on Sundays. It was almost customary to have a serving of mini egg tarts and it's usually the first item brought to the table. Dessert before the main meal was such a delight for the six-year-old me. (It still is, as a matter of fact!) It was the best part of dim sum. I would consistently prefer the buttery pastry over the cookie tart shells each time. If you haven't guessed by now, I love my pastries to be filled with butter. Butter makes everything taste better. That's a fact.

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Chocolate Flourless Cake (Gluten-Free Recipe)

Chocolate Flourless Cake (Gluten-Free Recipe)

When I'm eating out and it comes dessert time, I usually don't prefer chocolate desserts since they tend to be overly sweet for my palate from past experiences. It wasn't until my experience at Grazie Ristorante, an Italian restaurant, that changed my mind on chocolate desserts. Their flourless chocolate torte was silky and luxurious. I had cravings for more ever since.

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