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Siomai (Pork Dumpling)

When I got my hands on a steamer suddenly the possibilities of dishes that I can do is endless! The first dish that I tried using the steamer is this, my fave dimsum which in my country is called SIOMAI. A dish from our Chinese neighbor. Stalls carrying this dish can be seen in every street corner in my country. The sellers have special massive steamer so you always get your siomai warm and ready to eat!

Its also nice that I got a wanton wrapper from this Asian store that we frequently visit.

The recipe that I know needs oyster sauce which I dont have so I replaced that with Worcestershire Sauce. It is okay but if I can find oyster sauce I know it will be life changing for my siomai.

Also I didnt notice that the pork that I used is lean. When I ate (a lot) of the finished dish it is on the dry side and a fatter pork is needed to get a moist siomai.

The ingredients are:

For the dumpling

1clove Garclic crushed and minced
1tsp Ginger peeled and minced
1tbsp Oyster / Worcestershire Sauce
1/2tbsp Soy Sauce
225g Ground Pork
25g Cabbage finely shredded
15-25pcs Wanton Wrapper

For the dipping sauce

2tbsp soy saunce
1tsp roasted garlic
1/4tsp Vinegar
1/4tsp Pepper Flakes


Boil water in a pan and attached you steamer on top.

Mix the garlic, ginger, pepper, worcestershire and soy sauce, and pork together in a bowl and mix thoroughly.

Then add the cabbage and mix until equally distributed in your meat.

Prepare a glass of water for to seal you wanton wrapper.

To start with your dumpling, lighty brush the edges of the wanton wrapper with water using a brush.

On the dry side, add enough meat and fold the edge of the siomai.

I did a open top dumpling and a triangles.

Put the dumpling on your steamer making sure that the water is boiling. If the water is not steaming enough, wait till it is. Putting the dumpling in while its not steaming will make the wrapper stick to the bottom.

It is also important for the dumpling not to touch each other in your steamer.

Steam for 10-15 minutes. Serve immediately with dipping sauce.


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Mud Pie Cupcakes

We are a loyal fan of this magazine, Peppa Pig Magazine. We love it cuz of the workbook as my son is learning numbers and letters. I notice in the end that there is a recipe of an easy chocolate cupcakes. The last chocolate cake that I did was a bit hard. I have to re-do it as something got wrong when I mix the chocolate bar to water to the flour. This one seemed easy. No mixing of chocolate in the flour but just the cocoa powder. When I checked too everything is in the cupboard so I can start right up with the cakes. I also got some Halloween cupcake liners from Ikea so I can used that too!

You will just need:

For the Cupcake Mix

60g Cocoa Powder
4tbsps Boiling Water
175g Butter, melted
175g Caster Sugar
120g Self-Raising Flour
1tsp Baking Powder
3pcs Eggs

For the Icing

100g Chocolate, melted
60g Butter, softened
250g Icing Sugar


For the Cupcake

  1. Pre heat the oven to 200C. Put cupcake liners to molds abnd set aside.
  2. Sift cocoa and add water. Mix until thick.
  3. Then add butter, sugar, flour, baking powder and eggs. Mix until texture is smooth.
  4. Spoon the mixture to your liners and bake for 10minutes or when you poke the cakes with a fork and it comes out dry.
  5. Cool down on a rack

For the Icing

  1. Mix the melted chocolate, sugar and butter until smooth and pipe in or just spread on top of your cupcakes.
  2. SERVE and EAT!

So easy right?

And since our liners are Holloween themed I also did some Halooweeny designs!
We made a bit of a mess but its fun and easy and fast to do!

Disclosure: Not sponsored. I just really love to try easy recipes as I am still learning how to bake. The easier the better for me!

A Guest Cook In My Kitchen

My husband decided that it is his turn to show his fave dish called Pork Chorizo and Bean Stew. in our house the gauge to know whether food is great or not is if our fuzzy eater son would try it. My son didn't only tried this one but ate it!


3/4k Pork Shoulder
250g Chorizo
2pcs Onions, diced
4cloves Garlic, crushed
4tsp Paprika
2-400g Canned/Tinned Tomato
1-400g Cannellini (White Kidney) Beans
10ml Peanut Oil
1/2cup Balasamic Vinegar

*2tsps Dried Chilli Flakes


  1. Cook the pork in balsamic vinegar till soft and set aside.
  2. Cook chorizo in oil.
  3. Add garlic, onions and paprika to the chorizo and cook till onion is translucent.
  4. Add the pork and water and tomatoes.
  5. Simmer for an hour.
  6. Add the beans and simmer for another 30 minutes and serve!


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Chicken Sotanghon (Chicken In Vermicelli Noodles)

I would like to thank my sister for this post. I asked her to show me her fave food and she emailed me this! Chicken Sotanghon or Chicken in Vermicellie Noodles. I grew upeating this. My mother alwaysprepare this for us and it has became a comfort food. We want ours soggy. The noodles are left for long so that the noodles will go fat and yummy! But of course you can serve this right up.



2 cloves – Garlic
1 piece – Onion
1/4k – Chicken
1/2 cup – Cabbage
1/2 cup – Beans
2 Tbsp – Soysauce
1Tbsp – Cooking Oil
1 pc – Chicken Cube (optional)
1 cup – water / or chicken stock


  1. Saute garlic and onion.
  2. When onion is soft add the chicken and chicken cubes. Let it sit for a few minutes.
  3. Add water and simmer till chicken is tender.
  4. Follow the cabbage and beans and then add the noodles.
  5. After the noodles go transparent its ready to serve.

**Optional is to add carrots too. And in the Philippines we eat this dish as viand for rice.

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Spam, Cheese and Potato Croquettes

One of my go to recipe for my batch cooking is this dish: Ham, Cheese and Potato Croquettes. Size is easy enough for my son to eat by himself and tasty enough for a fuzzy kid to try. And I just prepare and freeze and get the mount that I need. always ready for those times when I am busy and dont have time to prepare something.



  1. 1/2cup Cheese, Grated
  2. 3/4cup Ham/Bacon/Spam, chopped
  3. 1/4cup White Onions, finely chopped
  4. 1/8tsp Ground Black Pepper
  5. 2-1/2cups Potatoes, boiled and mashed
  6. 2tbsp Milk (for mashed potato)
  7. 1tbsp Garlic Butter (for mashed potato)
  8. 1 egg, slighty beaten
  9. 1-1/4cups Breadcrumbs
  10. Oil for frying


  1. Cooked mashed potato with garlic butter and milk and set aside
  2. Combine cheese, ham, onion and pepper in a bowl and set aside.
  3. To assemble the croquettes, wrap a spoonful of ham mixture with mashed potato. Roll to form bals and dip into egg and then to breadcrumbs.
  4. Freeze for at least 30minutes for the balls to form and then fry until golden in color.


This post is an entry for #FluffyMarisPiper Linky Challenge sponsored by Potato Council. Learn more at bit.ly/18rWnaB

Maple Syrup & Bacon Cupcake

I always love the combination of sweet and salty. Together they are heavenly! Like dipping your Mc Donalds french fries to your chocolate sundae! Yummy! I always wanted to do this but doesnt have time last summer. Now that the little one is in school I was given few hours to bake. I am starting to do the bakes that I want to try starting with the Brazo De Mercedez. This is my next baking bucket list and I am so happy with the outcome and my husband loves eating it! What better way to gauge how good it is =P



For the Cupcakes:

  1. 200g Caster Sugar
  2. 200g Self Raising Flour
  3. 200g Butter, softened
  4. 2 Eggs
  5. 1/2tsp Vanilla Extract
  6. 3tbsp Milk
  7. 1/3cup Bacon Bits
  8. 1tbsp Maple Syrup

For Frosting:

  1. 1/2cup Butter softened
  2. 1cup Comfectioners Sugar / Icing Sugar
  3. 1/2tsp Vanilla Extract
  4. 1/2tbsp Millk


Pre-heat oven to 180C and put liner in your cupcake/muffin case/s.

For The Cupcake:

  1. Mix the butter and caster sugar till its fluffy.
  2. Add the vanilla and egg. Add egg one at a time.
  3. Add the flour.
  4. Add the milk.
  5. Add the bacon bits and syrup and mix some more till the bacon bits are spread evenly.
  6. Add in your liners and bake for 15-18minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and leave for few minutes in the muffin/cupcake mould/case.
  8. Afterwards put on arack to cool completely.

For The Buttercream Frosting:

  1. Soften the butter.
  2. Add the vanilla extract and sugar.
  3. Add milk to thin the mixture.
  4. Pipe on the cupcakes once the cooled and add some bacon bits and maple syrup on top.
  5. SERVE!



This is an entry to Betta Living and Tots100 BETTA BAKE OFF Competition.
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Dirty Burger Bar at Mini V Festival

Posted this picture from this post and all I am getting in the comments is how yummy it looking it is. It is super yummy! Melt in your mouth soft and the taste is.. stunning! Husband ate a lot of that during our stay in the Mini V Festival and he is hunting down the company to buy some more!

Here are more photos!

disclosure: The burger is not free but husband really loves it so he bought a lot of it =)