Recipe: Chinese pan fried turnip cake

Posted by vivien | Recipe | Monday 31 August 2015 11:08 am
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above is cooked mixture before steamed


472g grated daikon/chinese turnip

141g rice flour

141g wheat starch

19g cornflour

472g water

3 shallot, diced finely

38g dried shrimp, 4 tablespoon, chopped finely

half teaspoon salt

– must use shallot for best flavor, onion just don’t cut it. For this time, i am using Indian shallot, wonder what the more expensive variety of shallot like rose shallot or thai shallot will bring…

– many recipes specifying to use sugar, which i find is not really necessary, you can add half teaspoon sugar to this recipe if you want


1. Combine the flours and water to form a slurry.
2. Over medium heat, in a wok or pan large enough to contain all ingredients, saute shallots under slightly golden, add shrimp and cook for a 2-3 minutes. Fry the dried shrimp till bubbly and very crispy add good flavor!
3. Add radish and cook for a further 3 minutes, remember to cook the radish through else the end product will end up wet and crumbly for water which comes out from radish during steaming or pan frying process.
4. Stir the flour mixture and add to the wok. Cook unit it thickens, stirring constantly.
5. Tip contents into an oiled loaf tin or 9 inch round tin.
6. Steam for 45 minutes until cooked through.


I have tried around 3 radish cake recipe, some issue faced were:

– too soft texture, due to recipe using only rice flour

– slightly too sweet, some recipe uses sugar which i think is not neccesary, or perhaps use less

– without good aroma, as some recipe do not use dried shrimp or shallot which is very important, don’t use normal onion! Do fry the dried shrimp till bubbly and very crispy add good flavor!

Among the 3 recipes, this out turns out the best. The other 2 radish cake turned out too soft. This out turns out just ok, soft without breaking up too much, and this recipe using the most wheat starch in ratio with rice flour, the other 2 recipes using much less wheat starch which could be the cause of too-soft-texture.



pan fry


pan fried

This post is linked to the Best Recipes for Everyone August 2015 Event (Theme: Dim Sum)  organised by Fion XuanHom’s Mum Kitchen Diary) and hosted by May (厨苑食谱).


Nong and Jimmy Thai BBQ, Taman Cahaya, Ampang

Posted by vivien | Kuala Lumpur and Selangor | Saturday 29 August 2015 11:55 pm
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mini fried crullers, just ok


Yummy fried rice, RM6 per portion, above is 5 pax’s portion


bbq cockles, yummy, RM6


Tomyam, big, RM30, personally prefer clear tom yam than this


Grilled squid, RM18


BBQ Prawn, 600g, RM40


2 BBQ crab, RM91


Overall, really like the food here, the seafood are fresh and tasty BBQ-ed with minimal seasoning.

Address: Nong & Jimmy
Lot 27363, Jalan Cahaya 1,
Taman Cahaya,
68000 Ampang Selangor
Telephone number: 03-4251-1807

Business Hours : 6pm -11.00pm (Closed on Monday)

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Maintenance Free Car Battery – “Start” brand, under Century

Posted by vivien | Non-Food Related | Saturday 29 August 2015 11:38 pm
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The Century MF12 which i previously blogged about lasted me from Mar 2009 till May 2013, ie 4 years and 2 months. Thereafter i used Panasonic which lasted me from May 2013 till Aug 2015, ie only 2 year 3 months.


Now i am trying out a new brand called “Start” which is supposedly under Century Motolite, priced at RM170, after deducting RM10 for trading in old car battery, let’s see how long this last. Century battery will be slightly more expensive at RM180-190 after deducting RM10 trade-in old battery.


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Frisky Goat, TTDI

Posted by vivien | Kuala Lumpur and Selangor | Sunday 23 August 2015 11:19 pm
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all day brekkie 8am – 9:45pm


almost all day brunch 8am – 3:30pm


soup/salad/small bites menu for noon – 9:45pm


pasta and mains for noon – 9:45pm




loaded omelette, RM17


Monsier-ben waffles, RM17, very nice, the waffle is very buttery and light in texture

Overall, really nice food here. Do take advantage of for 15% discount for dining from 3pm-6pm on Monday-Friday excluding public holidays

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Manila, Philippines 4 days 3 nights trip (10-13 June 2015)

Posted by vivien | Others | Monday 10 August 2015 12:44 am
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took the 10:30am flight from KL to Manila, reaching Manila at 2:30pm, making it a 4-hour flight. Above is first dinner with fresh food bought from the supermarket – salmon belly, the cheapest cut but tasty nonetheless, don’t seem to get such cut here in Malaysian supermarket + maya maya fish (snapper) with simple roasted vegetables (red pepper + green pepper + green zucchini + tomato drizzled in oil, sea salt and black pepper) Yum~


view from serviced apartment where we staying


interior, with kitchen!




with washer and dryer! No more bringing loads of dirty clothes back Manila_6

Vikings in SM Megamall, seems to be very popular among the locals, look similar to our Jogoya, buffet style food. SM Megamall is the largest mall in Phillipines, and 3rd largest in the world.


my first meal in the mall, salmon sinigang soup in food court, soup is sourish like chinese salted vege soup, quite appetizing


saw this hand sanitizer machine in the toilet


they have Crate and Barrel here, an American chain store selling housewares


Dinner in Linguini Fini, they have branch in Central, Hong Kong, Manila, and recently open a new outlet in Hanoi, their food is really nice especially the complementary bread, could be the best bread i have tasted, the bread is not served warm, but room temperature but still tasted really good


antipasti and Insalata menu


pasta menu


pappardelle “Nose to Tail Bolo” pork testa, veal and oxtail ragu with parmigiano Reggiano Manila_14

crispy calamari salad with mixed greens, pickled chili, red onion, cucumber, roasted lemon citronette, PHP 255


this pappardelle dish is really nice!! the pasta is cooked just right with biteManila_16

interior of the restaurant


3rd day in Manila, i cooked garlic fried rice for breakfast


went Mall of Asia which is next to sea, for tea time, we had dessert in Lugang


Mango Supreme with mango pudding, fresh mango, coconut and mango ice cream Manila_20

the mango supreme is satisfying enough although the coconut ice cream tasted like vanilla ice cream :S the drinks however are horribly sweet especially my fruit tea punch, couldn’t finish it


nice blue sky in MOA eye, looks like we are on the cloud, just next to Mall of Asia


another view, just next to sea, but can’t see it from the above pic and the pic was taken while seated


SM Mall of Asia, another mall under the SM group


since it is too early for sunset and we already finished browsing in MOA, thus decided to walk around 20-3o minutes to an area called Dampa where lots of fresh seafood are sold, just buy the seafood from some really persistent and slightly pushy seafood vendors and bring it to be cooked in one of the nearby restaurant at a charge, we bought seafood among the 3 rows of seafood vendors and chose Cuzina Seafood Haus as the cooking charges looks to be reasonable


cooking charges etc menu


view from inside the restaurant, the seafood vendors are just few steps away


the prawn are really fresh, cooked chilli garlic style, the sauce is too strong tasting for me though, the clams in ginger soup style which is quite good


lapu lapu fish steamed in soy sauce, ie chinese style, fish is very fresh Manila_29

one of the seafood stall, some of the seafood seller are very pushy though, especially the crab section, they are literally holding out live crab out to us from both side of the lane when we walking past those stalls, quite scary.


one of the 3 rows of seafood stalls Manila_31

walk back to Mall of Asia for sunset viewManila_32

Sunset viewing crowd in SM Mall of Asia Manila_33

Before flying back Malaysia on Saturday afternoon 3pm flight, time to check out Salcedo community market, happens every Saturday 7am – 2pm, a must visit, so many nice food here although some may comment the food here is more expensiveManila_34





even embryo


pots of herbs for sale


dairy and cheese


got to have more mango before leaving Phillippines, the mango shake here is very refreshingManila_40

sausage sandwiches


pancakes, the cream cheese one quite nice, whereas the cheese one is tasteless, as if there is no cheese inside


from left: tofu-fa, perogies and hungarian sausage sandwich, the pierogies is quite nice


in Starbucks, the tuna pandesal is surprisingly very nice~Manila_44

– prevailing peso to myr rate during this period is about 100 peso = RM 8.45 to 8.5

– Bought the Air Asia ticket one way KUL to Manila about 1 month before travelling date at RM345 including 2 meals and insurance.


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