Melon Pan

Melon Pan is a Japanese sweet bread with a thin cookie crust on top.  It is one of the most popular Kashi Pan (sweet bread) in Japan, loved by the young and the old.ytdkj

Melon Pan was created about 50 years ago in Kobe by a bread baker.  Originally Melon Pan was football-shaped rather than round. Because the bread was shaped similarly to the melons commonly eaten at that time, it was named Melon Pan. Today, Melon Pan is more typically a round shape with the signature look of grid line indentations.  The flavor usually has nothing to do with the name, but more recently some bread makers try to add a melon flavoring or even fruit itself to the dough.  You can add melon extract to the cookie dough if you can find it (never found in the US).  We added lemon zest and vanilla extract here, and that gives a nice sweet smell.

There are a lot of sweet breads at Japanese bakeries, which are on almost every corner in cities.  Many breads have been influenced by French or other European pastries.  Living in Southern California, it is hard not to notice that the

Banana Pudding Ice-Cream

Vanilla Ice Cream
It’s Not Your Mamma’s Banana Pudding, recipe follows
Graham Crackers or Chessman cookies
Cream cheese
2 bags cookies (recommended: Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies)
6 to 8 bananas, sliced
2 cups milk
1 (5-ounce) box instant French vanilla pudding
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping thawed, or equal amount sweetened whipped cream
Additional Add ins:
Add vanilla ice cream to It’s Not Your Mamma’s Banana Pudding. Additionally mix in bananas, graham crackers, marshmallows and cream cheese to your desire.

It’s Not Your Mamma’s Banana Pudding

Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

Line the bottom of a 13 by 9 by 2-inch dish with 1 bag of cookies and layer bananas on top.

In a bowl, combine the milk and pudding mix and blend well using a handheld electric mixer. Using another bowl, combine the cream cheese and condensed milk together and mix until smooth. Fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture. Add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture and stir until well blended. Pour the mixture over the cookies

Braised Chicken Wings with Pickled Plums

Here come more chicken wings again. Yes, again. You know we’re chicken wing lovers. What makes these wings taste dfngfnwonderfully unique is the salty-sweet pickled plums. The savoury wings took up the mild tart taste of the plums, absorbed all the flavours of the tasty marinade. I didn’t use the wing tips, only cooked the middle and drumettes. Let the family enjoy every meaty bite of the wings. Mind you, this dish is quite addictive.

Braised Chicken Wings with Pickled Plums Recipe (Printable recipe)
By Christine’s Recipes
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Yield: 3 to 4 serves


  • 970 gm chicken wings
  • 4 to 5 pickled plums
  • 1 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp water
  • sesame oil, to taste


  • ½ Tbsp ground bean sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Shaoxing wine
  • pepper, to taste
  • 2 tsp corn flour / corn starch
  • 1 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 red chilli, chopped, optional
  • spring onion, for garnish


  1. Rinse the pickled plums. Wipe dry. Press with a teaspoon into a paste. Discard

3 Foods Which Sous Vide is Perfect for

There are particular foods and particular meals which are best prepared by using a certain method of cooking, it’s why so many exist.

Some dishes are best grilled, others pan fried, some are best off stuck in the oven. As a home cook, it is always beneficial to know the best ways to cook your meals.

One of the biggest developments in home cooking in recent years has undoubtedly been the emergence of sous vide.

Once a tool reserved for the professional chef, companies like Sous Vide Tools have created smaller, more affordable water bath technology for us to use at home.

Much like any other method of cooking, there are certain foods and meals which sous vide is perfect for.

So, to save you from making second-rate meals because you’re using the wrong method, here are 3 foods which sous vide is perfect for.


The beef steak is a classic meal which us unlike any other. This is because seemingly everyone has their own preferred way to have it cooked.

Cooking to such specifications can be very tricky and so many things that ca go wrong, from

Right Seating For Right Restaurant

Furniture is more than just pieces to furnish room. From the furniture, one can see what the function of the room is. To the most importantly, one can decide whether or not the room is one to love, whether or not he or she likes it. In sort, furniture is the soul of the room. None space is complete before it gets furnished, and when it furnished it gives name to the space. Furthermore, the furniture can be added value for the space. The boring ones become nicer; the already nicer ones become a lot of more. And, when it comes to nice, some of nice level can really bring benefit; both the intangible and the tangible one.

The intangible one for instance, is that feeling of leisure and comfortable when you are in one room furnished with nice furniture. And, the tangible one is when the furniture can drive people to really appreciate it. We know, when someone really appreciates something, they would not mind to give more. That is what happens in those really hip restaurants. They do not just sell great food, since there will be no great food without great seats. One of the secret behind those

Prettier Cake With Gelatin Art

From the super ordinary to super extraordinary, cake never stops making us fall in love, or fall into temptation probably. For birthday or wedding celebration, for graduation or just simply celebrating event. From one layer to two layers cake, three or four or even more, when it comes to cake we simply want more and more. It can be more in the look, and it can be more in the taste. New cake taste may come every one month; let say recently there are green tea and red velvet, and those other new that may come. Eventually, people back to either chocolate or vanilla or strawberry or mocha, as indeed they are the everlasting taste one.

But, whether your most favourite taste is mocha, strawberry, vanilla or chocolate, a little or more decoration pieces would always look match. Or when yours are red velvet or green tea, pieces of art on the cake would not be things to reject. One for sure, is they will make you love your cake more, especially if they come in various nice and pretty shape that just look so real. Gelatin art can make it all; shapes that are too detail yet are

he Safe Alcohol Cocktails for Your Health

Do you have the best food to be consumed? Do you have any favorite foods to consume? Why do you have a certain kind of food to be consumed? Well, you need to make sure that you choose the best food with the best taste. Many people mentioned that if you have the best food to be consumed, it will make your mood becomes great. That’s why you need to make sure that you can choose the best food for your own body condition.

Besides of the foods, we also have the beverages. The beverages are very important also to be considered since if we can choose the best drinks, it will boost our mood also. That’s why here we need to make sure that we can choose the best drinks in which the drinks are safe to be consumed. Sometimes, you will think that you want to consume alcohol. When someone is getting so stressful in their daily life, they need to make sure that they can manage their willingness to consume the alcohol.

If you are really such an alcohol lover, you need to make sure that you can change it right now since we know that the alcohol is

5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Meal Delivery Service

Today’s meal delivery services are better than ever, offering delicious and often healthy options for home-cooked meals without the hassle of shopping and prep. However, with so many services available, how do choose? This list of things to consider will help:


  1. What kinds of foods do you like? This is first on the list because if a service doesn’t offer meals you’ll enjoy, the rest doesn’t matter. Some meal delivery services specialize in certain types of cuisine. For instance, if you’re craving Indian food NJ, you can have a meal delivery service bring fresh, ready-to-cook ingredients for authentic Indian food right to your door. Check to see what types of food the service provides before committing to a subscription.
  2. Do you have any dietary or medical concerns? Many meal delivery services offer vegetarian or vegan options. However, if you want a weight loss meal plan or have special dietary needs due to a medical condition, you should ensure any meal delivery service you choose can provide meals in line with your particular requirements.
  3. How much prep do you want to do? There is a wide range of preparation involved when it comes to meal delivery services. Some are almost heat-and-eat basic

How To Make A Simple, Yet Delicious Fried Rice At Home

Everyone knows fried rice, if it is not, then most of it. However, it is the opposite when it comes to the one who can make fried rice, moreover a delicious one. Nevertheless, people may cook fried rice for breakfast, some will cook it for dinner or anytime they want it. Anyway, do you like fried rice? Do you want to make your very own fried rice? Though, you may find some complicated process when it comes to make fried rice, but don’t you know there is always be the way to make a simple, yet very delicious fried rice.

So, how to make simple fried rice? First, you need to decide what kind of fried rice that you want to make, perhaps you want seafood fried rice. Second, prepare anything that you need like the rice (of course!), and another additional ingredients based on your preference, such as; egg, shrimps, squids, leek, and many others. Now this is a secret to make your simple fried rice delicious. You need to add one package of Royco for its complete fried rice seasoning which you can find in almost anywhere.

After all of the preparation, you can start making the fried

Spicy Roasted Chicken Breasts


4 chicken breasts, with skin and
2 tsp cayenne powder
2 tsp (or to taste) coarse salt
1 medium onion
3 garlic cloves
4 bay leaves
1/2 cup water

Using a sharp knife, slice onion in half, lengthwise, all the way through the root

Take brown skin off, and discard

Place halves cut side down on cutting board. Cut a small part off the top of each half.

Slice the onion thinly,srosswide, at even intervals. Hold onion with your hand in the procces

Place baking dish with chicken in oven and bake until deep golden brown, for 45 minutes to 1 hour, basting with liquid(from baking dish) every 10 minutes until the last 10 minutes (use a spoon to pour a little of liquid over chicken).

Roasting time may vary, depending on the oven. The meat is ready when a meat thermometer inserted into meat
reads 170 degrees F.

Robata Restaurant

In the shadow of the swanky Imperial Hotel lies a wholly original dining experience. Stepping into the small and time-worn storefront of Robata, you enter another dimension. It has the feel of a movie set: Cramped, dark and filled to the brim with high-quality and eclectic artwork. Here, you can feast with your eyes as well as your stomach.

At the door, you’ll usually be greeted by Takao Inoue, the owner of this unique restaurant. On the night of our visit, he looked dashing in an old-fashioned kimono with hakama. We were, of course, with friends in the know, and we followed them as they climbed a narrow strairway past a warren of little rooms, arriving on the third floor, a magical space filled with all kinds of eye-candy.

It’s only in photos that I can now concentrate on each view and take in the quality of each thoughtful arrangement of artwork. But while we were there, the effect was almost overwhelming because there’s just SO MUCH of it, covering every square inch.

The food has nothing to do with the name, which is a Japanese grill surrounded by counter-style dining. It is, however, home-style, as the writing on the

How does sugar in our diet affect our health

Most adults and children in the UK eat too much sugar. Cut down by eating fewer sugary foods, such as sweets, cakes and biscuits, and drinking fewer sugary drinks.

The kind of sugar we eat too much of is known as the collective term “free sugars”. Free sugars are any sugars added to food or drinks, or found naturally in honey, syrups and unsweetened fruit juices.

Many foods and drinks that contain added sugars can be high in energy (measured in either kilojoules/kJ or calories/kcal) and often have few other nutrients. Eating these foods too often can mean you eat more calories than you need, which can lead to weight gain and obesity.

Being overweight can increase your risk of health conditions such as:

  • heart disease
  • type 2 diabetes

In particular, drinking lots of sugary drinks has been linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

For a healthy, balanced diet, we should eat these types of foods occasionally, in small amounts. We should get the majority of our calories from other kinds of foods, such as starchy foods and fruits and vegetables.

Learn more about how to have a balanced diet.

Sugar and tooth decay

Sugary foods and drinks can also cause tooth decay, especially if you eat

10 Minute Chicken, Corn and Kimchi Ramen

4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
Three 3-ounce packages ramen noodles (flavor packets discarded)
One 5-ounce package baby spinach (about 4 cups)
2 cups leftover shredded rotisserie chicken
2 cups kimchi
1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
3 scallions
4 sheets toasted seaweed snack
Combine the chicken broth, 1 cup water, ramen noodles, spinach, chicken, kimchi, corn and soy sauce in a large straight-sided skillet. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally, about 6 minutes; boil for 1 minute.

Meanwhile, slice the scallions and tear the seaweed into bite-size pieces.

Divide the hot ramen among 4 shallow bowls and top each with scallions and seaweed.

Lime Pie Recipe

1 cup key lime juice, or regular lime juice, or 6 to 8 key limes, quartered
16 ounces water
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
1 (9-inch) graham cracker crust
8 ounces whipped topping
If using 6 to 8 limes instead of lime juice, put water in blender or food processor, set processor on puree, and with processor running drop lime slices in, one at a time. Key limes are very tough – do not drop in too many at one time. Drop in 8 to 10 slices, maybe more if you have a really powerful blender or processor. Process completely, then pour through strainer into another container. Make sure to press out all of the juice, discard lime remains then pour the lime juice back into blender. Again, drop in lime slices, repeating the above process until you have processed all of the limes. Set aside 1 cup of the resulting lime juice.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Blend key lime juice with the sweetened condensed milk. Add the sour cream. In a separate container, beat the eggs, then add to the key lime

Chicken Fried Steak with Country Gravy

It’s always funny to compare my Canadian upbringing with that of my Yankee husband. On the one hand, things were not so very different on our opposing sides of the border. We spoke the same language, played the same games, watched the same TV shows and read the same books. And for the most part, ate the same foods. But then there are those things that one of us references and the other person gets that totally blank look. The “huh?” expression where we know we’ve hit something that doesn’t translate between our two countries. So many of my American friends will be amused to find out that chicken fried steak is one of them. I’d never heard of the stuff until sitting across from my then-boyfriend, now-husband at a diner in southwestern Colorado. It was one of his favourite dishes and I, for the life of me, couldn’t see the appeal. A cheap piece of steak pounded thin, fried in batter and slathered in viscous gravy? Nope, it just wasn’t for me.
But a Canuck can always change her mind, right? Especially when that dish comes out of Kyndra Holley’s new cookbook, The Primal Low Carb Kitchen. Just consider the subtitle

How To Wrap a Pyramid shaped Sticky Rice Dumpling

Dragon Boat Festival (端午節) is coming on the weekend this year. Get ready to make some sticky rice dumplings (zongzi 鹹肉糭) to celebrate? When I first learnt to make zongzi, I took the easiest way. Here’s the recipe I posted previously. It only needs three pieces of bamboo leaves to wrap a zongzi. If you jump on the bandwagon to try making zongzi at home, I highly recommend the easiest method.

I reckon this pyramid shaped sticky rice dumpling is the most beautiful one. It’s the traditional shape mostly made by Hong Kong people. You need four pieces of bamboo leaves to make a dumpling. It sounds too many things to manage. But don’t be nervous. I posted a tutorial video below the recipe. It’s not that difficult as you thought.
You need the following ingredients to wrap one pyramid shaped sticky rice dumpling. As for preparing the ingredients, please refer to the previous recipe.

How To Wrap a Pyramid shaped Sticky Rice Dumpling (Printable recipe)
By Christine’s Recipes
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 5 mins
Yield: 2 to 3 servesIngredients:

  • 4 pieces bamboo leaves, soaked and trimmed
  • 4 Tbsp glutinous rice, soaked

Lime Pie with Meringue Topping

3 large egg yolks
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons grated lime zest
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 prepared 9-inch graham cracker crust
4 egg whites
6 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
Pinch salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and condensed milk. Stir in the lime zest, lime juice, and cream. Pour the filling into the crust and bake about 30 minutes or until firm. Remove pie from oven.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. In a second bowl, stir together the sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Add the sugar mixture, a little at a time, to the egg whites, beating between additions. Continue to beat until the sugar dissolves. Spoon the meringue over the hot pie filling. Torch the meringue to give it’s golden color; or bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Serve pie warm or at room temperature

Braised Chicken Wings with Potatoes

miss this braised chicken wing dish so much. If you’ve lived in Hong Kong for a while, you would’ve known this dish or tasted it before. It’s so homey and tasty. Oftentimes, my mum used to chop the wings into halves when she cooked this dish. I just love every bit of it and don’t want to waste every drop of the sauce, so I mixed it with my bowl of rice. This dish is so easy to make. There is a tricky point though. The potatoes could become quite mushy after braising. Chefs in Chinese restaurants will deep fry potatoes briefly beforehand in order to keep the shape. In home cooking, we opt for using lesser oil if possible. How to go about it then? I’d share a simple tip below the recipe. If you have any other methods, you’re welcome to share in the comments.

Braised Chicken Wings with Potatoes Recipe (Printable recipe)
By Christine’s Recipes
Prep time:
Cook time:
Yield: 2 to 3 servesIngredients:

  • 8 chicken wings, about 375 gm
  • 2 large potatoes, about 280 gm
  • 1 carrot, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp minced shallot
  • 2 to 3 slices ginger
  • ¾ cup water
  • spring onion, sectioned, for garnish


  • 2 tsp

Chicken and Rice Casserole

2 tablespoons butter or vegetable oil
1 medium onion, peeled and diced
3 cups diced, cooked chicken
2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans green beans, drained and rinsed
1 (8-ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and chopped
1 (4-ounce) jar pimentos
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed cream of celery soup
1 cup mayonnaise
1 (6-ounce) box long-grain wild rice, cooked according to package directions
1 cup grated sharp Cheddar
Pinch salt
Watch how to make this recipe.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat butter or oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add onion and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a large bowl.

Add all remaining ingredients to bowl and mix together until thoroughly combined.

Pour into a greased 3-quart casserole dish. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand for a few minutes before serving.

Sago Dumplings with Red Bean Filling

Dragon boat festival is coming around the corner, exactly falling on this weekend this year. We will surely have some traditional savoury Cantonese sticky rice dumplings. As I was itching to make some sweet ones for my family as well. I soaked some sago for a little while, then wrapped in with red bean filling. Voila, the steamed sago dumplings looked so spectacular and went so well with the fragrant Osmanthus syrup. Immediately I brought a batch for a family gathering. And it’s gone so fast. The second batch is reserved as afternoon snack on the weekend.

Sago Dumplings with Red Bean Filling Recipe (Printable recipe)
By Christine’s Recipes
Prep time: 45 mins + plus soaking bamboo leaves and sago time
Cook time: 30 mins
Yield: makes 10


  • 250 gm sago
  • 20 gm sugar
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 250 gm red bean paste (store-bought or homemade)
  • 10 pieces bamboo leaves
  • kitchen twine


  • 50 gm palm sugar, roughly chopped
  • 100 ml water
  • 1 tsp dried Osmanthus flower


  1. Soak bamboo leaves one day ahead or overnight until softened. Use a sponge or clean cloth to wipe clean both sides of each bamboo leaf. Carefully place the

Long Yan and Goji Tea

Long yan (also known as longan, “gui yuan” 桂圓 in Chinese) is a popular tropical fruit. The flesh is very sweet and juicy. I and my family like to eat it fresh, even though it’s quite pricey here in Australia. The dried ones, dark brown in colour, are less expensive, good for making Chinese soups, desserts and teas. In Chinese medicine, long yan is a natural cure for insomnia. Goji (aka wolfberry, or Goji berries, 枸杞 in Chinese) is also found good for eye health, giving your a feeling of calmness and quality of sleep.

My mum used to make this long yan and goji tea for me when I complained after a sleepless night. This traditional Chinese tea is handed down from generations. I love the sweet fragrant smell of long yan. It’s very appetizing and comforting. After moving to Australia, I have to make it myself and surely will pass the recipe to my daughter just in case she needs it.

Long Yan and Goji Tea Recipe (Printable recipe)
By Christine’s Recipes
Prep time:
Cook time:
Yield: 1 serveIngredients:

  • 1 Tbsp dried long yan, about 8 pulps
  • 2 tsp dried goji
  • 1 cup boiling water + plus