Friday, April 3, 2020

Alkaline Noodles/Ramen 手工鹼水麵



This post has been in my draft folder for quite some time and now, given current events I finally have time to finish and post it. The recipe is from a cookbook called "Momofuku" by David Chang. The famous restaurant with the same name is very popular in New York City.
It is imperative to use high gluten flour or bread flour to provide a chewy texture. If you cannot find both alkaline solutions, using either one should be fine.


To make 6-8 portions:
800g bread flour
300-350g water
7.2g/2 tsp sodium carbonate
1/4 tsp potassium carbonate


1) Combine all the ingredients and knead using a stand mixer with the dough hook for 10 minutes. Add additional water if needed.
2) Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
3) Cut into smaller portions, about 6 oz per bundle.
4) Use either a manual or electric pasta machine to cut noodles for desired thickness and shape.
5) Cook the noodles in a large pot of salted water for about 5 minutes and rinse in cold water immediately to stop the noodles from overcooking.





Thursday, March 12, 2020

Los Angeles County Cooking Program Update 3/12/2020


Please note that LA county has cancelled all programming for the month of March--including cooking programs.

For more information: https://lacountylibrary.org/coronavirus/

I will keep you posted when updates are available.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Coconut Tartlet 一口椰撻




I often regard coconut tart as a twin of egg tart. Both are a staples in Asian bakeries. However, I think coconut tart is easier to make and has a higher successful rate than egg tart. By using a smaller size tart mold makes it so cute and have no guilt feeling in eating more than one!


Ingredients to make a dozen mini tarts (5 cm/2" diameter):

Tart shell:
46g unsalted butter, softened
85g unbleached all purpose flour
29g powdered sugar
20g egg yolk
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract


Coconut filling:
40g unsweetened coconut shreds
15g melted butter
25g sugar
1 egg
40g whole milk
10g cake flour
2g/half a tsp baking powder


Make the tart shell:
1) Mix flour, salt and butter in a stand mix with the paddle (or with hands) until it is crumbly. Do not over mix.
2) Add sugar, yolk and vanilla and mix until it comes together as a dough.
3) Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour or overnight.
4) Divide the dough into 12 pieces or 15g each.
5) Press each one onto the mold. Refrigerate for 30 mins to relax the gluten.


Make the filling:
1) Slightly beat an egg with sugar.
2) Add the melted butter. Mix well.
3) Add milk and mix well.
4) Combine with the dry ingredients: coconut shred, cake flour and baking powder.


Assembly:
1) Preheat oven to 375F.
2) Spoon about a table spoon of the filling into each mold.
3) Bake in a preheated 375F oven for 15-18 mins or until golden. Serve warm or in room temp, or reheat in a 350F oven for 5 minutes.


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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Chinese Walnut Cookies 中式合桃酥



When I took a bite of this walnut cookie, I couldn't believe it was made without lard or hydrogenated shortening. It is so crumbly it just melts in your mouth. It is just the taste of the cookies I had in my childhood, yet this recipe is much healthier.

傳統中式合桃酥或其他酥餅,與豬油是分不開的,但這食譜的作法只有菜油及牛油,也沒有人造(氫化)油脂,完全符合健康標準,食多幾件也無防。

入口酥鬆、即溶,做法簡單,你一定要試!



Ingredients to make 14-18 cookies:
70g walnuts, plus some more to top each cookie
130g cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
50g unsalted butter, room temp
50g vegetable oil
1 egg yolk, room temp
1/4 tsp salt
70g sugar

1) Toast walnuts lightly in a 300F oven for 5 mins or until it is lightly brown and aromatic. Let it cool before blending 70g in a food processor until coarse or mealy (set aside a handful of unprocessed walnuts for topping the cookies).



2) Preheat oven to 350F.
3) Cream butter with a handheld or stand mixer for 2 mins.
4) Add vegetable oil to the butter and continue beating on high for another 2 mins until it is homogeneous.
5) Add sugar and salt. Beat for another 2 mins.
6) Add the egg yolk and beat until it has emulsified into the butter mixture. The batter should be smooth and shiny.


7) Fold in the cake flour, baking powder, and processed walnuts with a spatula.


8) Scoop a 20g ball with a ice cream scoop or a spoon. Place each cookie 2 inches apart on a baking sheet.


9) Top each cookie with one of the unprocessed walnuts that we set aside earlier and gently press it into the dough.


10) Bake for 16-20 mins or until you see small cracks in the sides.


11) Cool completely and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 7 days.

Recipe modified from briancuisine.com





Friday, September 20, 2019

2020 Los Angeles County Library Cooking Programs

Looking forward to a busy 2020!!


Date
Time
Library
Program
Jan 4th Saturday

2pm

La Canada Flintridge
4545 Oakwood Ave, La Canada Flintridge
Egg Tart蛋撻

Jan 7th Tuesday
5pm
AC Bilbrew
150 E El Segundo Blvd, LA

St Foods of HK: Egg Waffle & Steamed Rice Cake雞蛋仔,缽仔糕
Jan 11th Saturday
2pm
Duarte
1301 Buena Vista St, Duarte
Pineapple Pastry 鳳梨酥
Jan 15th Wed
5pm
Florence
7600 Graham Ave, LA
Egg Tart蛋撻
Jan 18th Saturday
2pm
El Camino Real
4264 E Whittier Blvd
Pineapple Pastry 鳳梨酥
Jan 25th Saturday

2pm

Agoura Hills
29901 Ladyface St, Agoura Hills
Bo Law Bao菠蘿包

Jan 29th Wed
6pm
Hollydale
12000Garfield Ave, South Gate
Bo Law Bao & Egg Tart
菠蘿包, 蛋撻
Feb 1st Saturday
11am
Willowbrook
11737 Wilmington Ave, LA
Pineapple Pastry 鳳梨酥
Feb 4th Tuesday
5pm
Hawaiian Gardens
11940 Carson St, Hawaiian Gardens

St Foods of HK: Egg Waffle & Steamed Rice Cake雞蛋仔,缽仔糕
Feb 8th Saturday
2pm

La Canada Flintridge
4545 Oakwood Ave, La Canada Flintridge
Wife Cake 老婆餅

Feb 14th Friday
12pm
Norwalk
12350 Imperial Hwy, Norwalk
Street Foods of HK: black sesame roll & curry fish ball黑芝麻卷、咖哩魚蛋
Feb 15th Saturday

2pm
Cudahy
5218 Santa Ana St, Cudahy
Street foods of HK : egg waffle, steamed rice cake, curry fish ball 雞蛋仔,缽仔糕,咖哩魚蛋
Feb 22nd Saturday
2pm
Rosemead
8800 Valley Blvd, Rosemead
Red Bean Pastry 紅豆酥
Feb 26th Wed

6pm

S. El Monte
1430 Central Ave, S. El Monte
Wife Cake and HK Milk Tea老婆餅、絲襪奶茶
March 4th  Wed
5:30pm
San Fernando
217 N Maclay Ave, San Fernando
Street Foods of HK: HK style egg waffle, steamed rice cake雞蛋仔、缽仔糕
March 7th Saturday
2pm
Hawthrone
12700 Grevillea Ave, Hawthorne
Wife Cake老婆餅
March 11th Wed


7pm


Manhattan Beach
1320 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach
Red Bean Pastry 紅豆酥


March 19th Thurs

6pm

Compton
240 W Compton Blvd, Compton
Street Foods of HK: HK style egg waffle, steamed rice cake雞蛋仔、缽仔糕
Mar 21st Saturday


2:30pm


W. Hollywood
625 N San Vicente Blvd, W. Hollywood
Wife Cake老婆餅


March 28 Saturday
2pm
Culver City
4975 Overland Ave, Culver City
Street Foods of HK: HK style egg waffle, steamed rice cake雞蛋仔、缽仔糕
April 4th Saturday

12pm

Alondra
11949 Alondra Blvd, Norwalk
Pineapple Pastry鳳梨酥

April 10th Friday
11am
La Mirada
13800 La Mirada Blvd
Pineapple Pastry, Wife Cake
鳳梨酥、老婆餅
April 11th Saturday

2pm

Bell Gardens
7110 S Garfield Ave, Bell Gardens
Pineapple Pastry鳳梨酥

April 14 Tuesday
6pm
Baldwin Park
4181 Baldwin Park Blvd, Baldwin Park
Wife Cake 老婆餅
April 18th Saturday

2pm

Paramount
16254 Colorado Ave, Paramount
Pineapple Pastry 鳳梨酥

April 25th Saturday

2pm
San Gabriel
500 S Del Mar Ave, San Gabriel
Pineapple Pastry 鳳梨酥

April 29th Wed
6pm
Wiseburn
5335 W 135th Street
Hawthrone, CA 90250
Pineapple Bun/Bo Law Bao
菠蘿包
May 2nd Saturday

2pm

Stevenson Ranch
25950 The Old Rd, Stevenson Ranch
Wife Cake老婆餅

May 6th Wednesday
6:30pm
La Verne
3640 D St, La Verne
Pineapple Pastry 鳳梨酥

May 16th Saturday
2pm
Lynwood
11320 Bullis Rd, Lynwood
Street Foods of HK
May 18th Monday
5pm
Chet Holifield
1060 S Greenwood Ave, Montebello
Street Foods of HK: curry fish ball, steamed rice cake
咖哩魚蛋、缽仔糕
May 30th Saturday





11am


Malibu
23519 W Civic Center Way
Malibu
Street Foods of HK: egg waffle, steamed rice cake
雞蛋仔、缽仔糕
2pm


Topanga
122 N Topanga Cyn Rd, Topanga

Street Foods of HK: egg waffle, steamed rice cake
雞蛋仔、缽仔糕
June 1St Mon


5pm


Los Nietos
8511 Duchess Drive
Whittier CA 90606
Wife Cake 老婆餅


June 3rd Wed
5pm
Florence
7600 Graham Ave, LA
Red Bean Pastry 紅豆酥
June 6th Saturday
2pm
Clifton M. Brakensiek
9945 Flower St, Bellflower
Red Bean Pastry
紅豆酥







Tuesday, August 6, 2019

LA County Library Cooking Program--Fall/Winter 2019-20 schedule

Date
Time
Library
Program
2019
Sept 21st Saturday
2pm
Masao W. Satow
14433 S.Crenshaw Blvd,Gardena
Bo Law Bao & Char Siu
菠蘿包、叉燒
Oct 28th Monday
6pm
Pico Rivera
9001 Mines Ave, Pico Rivera
Egg Tart 蛋撻
Oct 30th Wednesday
6pm


Rivera
7828 S. Serapis Ave, Pico Rivera

Pineapple Pastry 鳳梨酥

Nov 2nd Saturday
1pm
Leland Weaver
4035 Tweedy Blvd,
South Gate
Egg Tart蛋撻
Nov 19th Tuesday


6:30pm


Gardena
1731 W. Gardena Blvd, Gardena

Egg Tart 蛋撻


Dec 3rd Tuesday



10am



Maywood Cesar Chavez
SE Rio Vista YMCA
4801 E 58th street, Maywood
Pineapple Bun
(Bo Law Bao) 菠蘿包
Dec 5th Thursday
6pm
Norwood
4550 Peck Rd, El Monte
Pineapple Pastry 鳳梨酥
Dec 7th Saturday


2pm


Bell
4411 Gage Ave, Bell

Egg Tart蛋撻


Dec 14th Saturday
2:30pm
Hermosa Beach
550 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach
Bo Law Bao/Pineapple Bun 菠蘿包
2020
Jan 11th Saturday
2pm
Duarte
1301 Buena Vista St, Duarte
Pineapple Pastry 鳳梨酥
Jan 18th Saturday
2pm
El Camino
4264 E Whittier Blvd
Pineapple Pastry 鳳梨酥
Jan 25th Saturday
2pm
Agoura Hills
29901 Ladyface St, Agoura Hills
Bo Law Bao & Char Siu
菠蘿包、叉燒
Feb 1st Saturday
11am
Willowbrook
11737 Wilmington Ave, LA
Pineapple Pastry 鳳梨酥
Feb 22nd Saturday
2pm
Rosemead
8800 Valley Blvd, Rosemead
Red Bean Pastry 紅豆酥
Mar 21st Saturday
2:30pm
W. Hollywood
625 N San Vicente Blvd
Wife Cake老婆餅
May 2nd Saturday
2pm
Stevenson Ranch
25950 The Old Rd, Stevenson Ranch
Wife Cake老婆餅
May 30th Saturday
2pm
Topanga
122 N Topanga Cyn Rd, Topanga
Street Foods of HK

*Satow Library is closed for renovation




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