Of Random Things #108

I did a short yoga workout yesterday evening before sleep with the guidance of an app – Daily Yoga. Unfortunately, I ended up with slightly nausea after finishing the yoga workout. I could not be sure what caused the nausea. Sister said it could be that I drank water before my yoga practice or my body was tense during the workout.

Anyways, I started catching up on Korean drama series after having finished a season of both Lucifer and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. My Secret Romance had finished airing yesterday evening.

I recommended Sister Strong Woman Do Bong Soon and she agreed that the drama series was funny. She also mentioned that it was weird to recruit a female as a security guard to protect the male lead but I guess that was the selling point of the drama.

Anyways, I was looking for a new drama series to catch after having finished the first season of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders and I decided to settle with The Heirs. The said drama series was first aired many years ago and I stopped watching it when I found the storyline to be rather predictable. So, let’s hope that I would be able to finish the entire series this time round.

The Heirs

 

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Baking #136: Double Chocolate Bread Loaf

It was Sister’s last day at home yesterday before returning to Shanghai this morning. She was thinking of baking a Matcha Bread Loaf with the Matcha powder that I brought home from my Tokyo holiday last September. I told her not to as the flavor might be compromised as it is not the authentic Matcha powder but rather instant Matcha powder to make instant Matcha Latte.

And off we went to LeApple Bakery & Mart to buy Matcha powder and Sister mentioned about baking Chocolate Bread Loaf with the Valrhona cocoa powder which she bought from Shanghai for me. So, I baked a loaf of Double Chocolate Bread Loaf with the Valrhona cocoa powder and some ground cinnamon powder.

Double Chocolate Bread Loaf (adapted from Nasi Lemak Lover)

I searched online for recipes for Chocolate Bread Loaf. However, most of the recipes which I came across require water roux, overnight sponge dough or gelatinized dough. I prefer a straight dough method as it is easier and time saving. Light bulb moment suddenly struck me and I thought why not use the Double Chocolate Hot Cross Buns recipe by Nasi Lemak Lover? It is the perfect recipe for me as no water roux or whatsover is required.

Ingredients: 

  • 240g fresh milk *full cream milk, cold*
  • 25g unsalted butter
  • 40g caster sugar *raw sugar*
  • 1/2 tsp fine salt
  • 350g bread flour
  • 20g cocoa powder *Valrhona cocoa powder*
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon powder, optional
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 40g chocolate chips *Hershey’s semi-sweet chocolate chips*

Directions:

  1. Measure all ingredients in advance with measuring cups and spoons.
  2. Remove bread pan from bread machine and install collapsible paddle.
  3. Pour in ingredients in the following sequence – milk, butter, sugar, salt, bread flour, cocoa powder, ground cinnamon powder and instant yeast.
  4. Wipe spillage outside the bread pan, if any.
  5. Return bread pan into the bread machine and close the lid.
  6. Choose setting (Basic – Normal) and press START.
  7. Add in chocolate chips when the machine beeps before the end of kneading cycle.
  8. Wait for bread machine to finish all cycles before removing the bread pan from the bread machine.
  9. Leave bread loaf to cool on a cooling rack prior to slicing.

The bread turned out beautifully and it smelled chocolate-y. If you are not a fan of ground cinnamon like I do, fret not. Despite there was ground cinnamon powder in the recipe, the taste was pretty subtle.

The purpose of ground cinnamon powder is to bring out the flavor of the cocoa powder. Unfortunately, the chocolate chips melted under the heat. However, the chocolate chips stayed in shape when I used them for cakes.

This recipe is definitely a keeper for me when I am craving for a chocolate bread. However, I think I would consider increasing the amount of ground cinnamon powder next time.

28052017 / Sulbingsoo

After dinner at Thiam Hock Restaurant with the family, I joined a friend for dessert at Sulbingsoo. This was my third visit to Sulbingsoo in within two weeks time. I think I will stop visiting Sulbingsoo until some time later. Hopefully, I would not have friend coming up to me suggesting desserts or tea at Sulbingsoo. LOL!

Mango Cheesecake Bingsoo | B$13.80

This was the most expensive Bingsoo among other Bingsoo(s). Our Mango Cheesecake Bingsoo was served with a generous layer of cooked red beans inside, topped with diced mangoes, a scoop of ice-cream, a slice of cheesecake and drizzled with some mango syrup. The diced mangoes were surprisingly sour. The cheesecake was not smooth but powdery in texture. All in all, I preferred their Melon Bingsoo and Red Bean Bingsoo.

Sulbingsoo
Unit B7, Ground Floor,
Shakirin Complex,
Kiulap,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-8305614

28052017 / Thiam Hock Restaurant

It was our family dinner gathering at Thiam Hock Restaurant yesterday evening. Sister will be returning to Shanghai tomorrow morning so the family and I made plans to dine outside on Sunday evening. We contemplated between several options but Sister came up with Thiam Hock Restaurant as she finds their food decent.

We ordered quite a lot for four and we had so many to bring home as takeaways. Mom complained that the food would be too much for the four of us but Sister claimed that Mom had not been cooking enough meat ever since she came home for holiday. LOL! Well, it was me who told Mom not to cook meat so she always cooked me vegetable dishes for lunch.

Without further ado, let me show you what we had for dinner yesterday evening.

Bean Sprouts with Salted Fish | B$8

I am not much of a bean sprout eater but I agreed with parents that the one we had at Traders Dim Sum Centre fared better than this. It was not as crunchy and Mom claimed that the bean sprouts were not extremely fresh.

Asam Fish Slices | B$10

This is one of the signatory dishes at Thiam Hock Restaurant. It was appetizing, sourish enough for my liking but not spicy though. I was craving for spicy food yesterday due to the arrival of my time of the month. However, Mom mentioned that the ladies fingers were over matured.

Special Homemade Beancurd with Minced Pork | B$10

We requested for a different topping as we had ordered too much meat for dinner yesterday. The waitress recommended us mushroom topping and we agreed. We later agreed that we should have gone with the default topping as the mushroom had a raw taste and it compromised the taste of the entire dish.

Yam Basket | B$30

This was the expensive one among all dishes and one that we approved of. The yam ring was nicely done and it was flavorful. They used good yam. However, I do find the Sweet & Sour Pork rather too sweet for my liking.

Stir Fry Venison with Ginger & Spring Onion | B$10

The meat was cooked alright. It was not tough but not extremely smooth kind of texture either. The only downside of this dish was that it was overly salty in our opinion. The soy sauce complimented the fragrant rice well but not advisable to be eaten on it’s own though.

Thiam Hock Restaurant
No: 5, Yong Siong Hai Building,
Kampung Menglait, Jalan Gadong,
BE3180,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2441679

26052017 / Sulbingsoo

This was my second visit to Sulbingsoo in a week. Sister and I made plans to bring Mom to try out Sulbingsoo on the night when she returned home from Shanghai. We went Sulbingsoo rather late as Mom wanted to do some grocery shopping at Hua Ho, Kiulap. Our fridge was running out of food supply. The human traffic at Hua Ho was ridiculous. Thankfully, Sulbingsoo was not crowded comparatively to Hua Ho.

Matcha Latte | B$5.80

Asam Tea Latte | B$5.80

If you are looking for a non-coffee hot beverage, do not go for Asam Tea Latte. It was my bad for not going through the menu properly before placing the order. I was not keen of having Matcha Latte again so I opted for Asam Tea Latte. I thought it was a non-coffee hot beverage given there was a “tea” word on the title.

I had been cutting off coffee from my diet for more than two weeks already. So, my body felt slightly rebellious after the Asam Tea Latte intake. Thankfully, I did not finish the entire cup but less than five sips as it was too sweet for my liking.

Red Bean Bingsoo | B$10.80

I had wanted to try Mango Cheesecake Bingsoo but it was rather late for such a heavy dessert. So, we opted to Red Bean Bingsoo which we thought Mom would like it. Thankfully, our Red Bean Bingsoo came promptly after our orders had been placed.

This was shaved ice with cooked red beans in between, topped with almond powder, more cooked red beans, almond flakes and a piece of Korean mochi with filling paste in it. The cooked red bean was nicely done in my opinion. Red bean is not my favorite dessert but this one was cooked to my liking. The shaved ice tasted like evaporated milk infused to me. No complaint here about their Red Bean Bingsoo.

Sulbingsoo
Unit B7, Ground Floor,
Shakirin Complex,
Kiulap,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-8305614