Daily Cooking Quest

Fruit Recipes

Double Chocolate Banana Cake

Earlier this week, I went to do my bi-annual dental exam and forgot to bring cash to pay the dentist. The receptionist pointed me to an ATM inside a corner…

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Pear and Chocolate Scones

Those who know me well don’t expect me to make pretty baked goods, and I totally agree with that assessment. So it has been known and an accepted sad fact…

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Nagasari - Coconut and Rice Flour Cake Stuffed with Saba Banana

Among the many traditional Indonesian kue basah with banana, nagasari is probably the most widely known and most popular across the archipelago. It has come to…

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Barongko - Saba Banana and Coconut Milk in Banana Leaves

I was doing my weekly grocery when I chanced upon boxes of beautiful pisang kepok (saba bananas). They are almost always available year round, but this time…

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Pandan and Coconut Milk Layered Agar

A green and white Indonesian pandan and coconut milk layered agar that is easy enough for midweek, yet impressive enough for a party. Plus, they happen to be vegan friendly and gluten-free!

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Apple Cake

This is my go to recipe for apple cake. I know that it is traditional that people use granny smith apple for baking, but I prefer to use red apples. In fact, I…

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Mango with Black Sticky Rice

This is the dessert that come to my mind when someone mentions a Thai dessert. The sweet sticky rice that has been cooked with coconut milk, served with mango…

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Winter Melon Tea

Winter melon (冬瓜) is a versatile fruit, very delicious either made as savory soup or as delicious drink like this winter melon tea. Although I call it tea,…

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Kolak - Plantain, Cassava, and Sweet Potato in Coconut Milk

Kolak is an Indonesian dessert made with coconut milk, palm sugar, and scented with pandan leaves. Popular ingredients in a kolak are plantain (either pisang…

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Chinese Apple Herbal Soup

Do you have a favorite soup to order in a Chinese restaurant? For the longest time, my parents always get Apple Soup (蘋果湯) whenever we go to one. The restaurant…

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Thai Pumpkin and Shrimp Coconut Soup

Pumpkin really goes hand in hand with coconut milk, be it in a sweet dessert like Indonesian kolak, or in savory soup such as this. The addition of lemongrass,…

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六味糖水 - Chinese Six Herbs Sweet Soup

This is one of the many Chinese herbal soup that my Mom prepares for us. Her version is always the savory one, with pork ribs, but I found out later that many…

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