Monthly Archives: May 2019

Baked Rice Cake or Bibingka

Yummy Bibingka

This baked rice cake is native to the Philippines and it is gluten free. Even though it is native to the Philippines, I am sure that the taste would suit the palate of our locals. This cake is enriched with coconut milk, slices of salted eggs and cheese, and with the right level of sweetness, make the flavour well balanced; like yin and yang. It can be served together with some grated coconut or more grated cheese. Now can you imagine the taste? Yum!

This recipe is very easy. No need for mixer.


  • banana leaves
  • 60g sugar
  • 120g eggs
  • 30g milk
  • 180g Coconut Milk
  • 32g melted butter
  • 140g sifted rice flour
  • 7g sifted double acting baking powder
  • 22cm pan
  • 1 hard boiled salted egg (sliced)
  • Sliced Cheese or grated cheddar

Trim the edges of the banana leaves, and cut off the central rib. Wipe with clean damp cloth. Soften the leaves to make it more pliable by heating it directly on the stove. You can see that the banana becomes shiny when heated. Just give it a quick pass over the fire.

quick pass over the fire

Method :

  • Preheat your oven to 190 degree celsius
  • Lay the banana leaves on your pan
  • Lightly whisk the sifted flour and baking powder together, set aside
  • Whisk the eggs, sugar, melted butter, coconut milk and milk together
  • Add in the baking powder and flour mixture into the batter
  • Whisk until no more lumps
  • Pour the mixture into your pan
  • Bake for 15 minutes, top it with sliced salted egg, and give a gentle push into the cake to make it settle a bit on the partially baked cake. We do not want to add it immediately while the batter is runny because the salted egg will sink to the bottom. Add small slices of cheese or grated cheese
  • Bake for another 10 minutes
  • Set the oven to grill mode and bake for another 3-5 minutes, this is to help browning the top of the cake.
Ready to get a slice!
It’s fluffy!

I gave a slice to my kids’ tutor and he couldn’t stop raving about it. He said that the combination of all the flavours are just perfect. So try it out, and let me know what you think of this cake.

That’s all for now, hasta la vista!

Thai Coconut Prawn and Fish Soup

A delicious meal awaiting at my dinner table

I have always been a huge fan of this soup. I still remember the first time I had this soup more than two decades ago at Tokyo Training Center when I was a trainee in Japan sponsored by AOTS. Their canteen served this soup, and being a fan of seafood, I ordered and tried it out. Yes, I was hooked. The level of spiciness is not too much, just a little tang and a note of sweetness that ended with a nutty taste of coconut. It was a very rich soup that is full of flavours.

Now that Ayam brand had the light version of coconut milk, with only 5 percent fat and yet still flavourful, I was so ecstatic to cook it again without feeling the guilt! Yahoo!


  • 660g Ayam Coconut Light (5% fat)
  • 40g chopped and split Lemongrass
  • 24g chopped shallots
  • 12g chopped green chili
  • 38g galangal ginger
  • 95g squeezed lime juice
  • 50g red curry paste
  • 40g fish sauce
  • 1L chicken broth
  • 400g cod fish fillet (or any of your preferred fish)
  • 500g deveined prawn with shell
  • 1 can straw mushroom (drained)


  • Heat up your pot and drizzle 10g of oil then sauté your curry paste, lemon grass, shallots, ginger and green chili for about 2-3 minutes to release the fragrance of the spices.
  • Add the chicken broth, lime juice and Ayam coconut milk; bring to boil.
  • Lower the heat before adding the prawn and fish fillet then let it simmer until the seafood are cooked.
  • Season it with fish sauce.
Steaming hot soup ready to be served!

The aroma permeating in my kitchen was making everyone at home hungry. Who wouldn’t be, right?


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