PPC radish soup and PPC minced beef kurma

Ingredients for the soup: radish, carrot, tomato, pumpkin, one piece lean pork and one chicken thigh

Mode: Soup

Then I took out the kids’ portion with the chicken thigh which was then tender enough for them!

The remaining soup and ingredients left in PPC is used as base for the next dish for the adults. 

I then added marinated minced beef with sesame oil, soy sauce, oyster sauce, kurma powder and turmeric powder plus cinnamon stick, star anise, cardamom pods, black pepper and oats (to thicken sauce) to make the PPC minced beef kurma (using mode: stew)! 

Minced beef kurma was served with spaghetti 

Radish soup served with animal pasta

Pressure cooker banana chia seed cake 

Modified from Alice Chin’s recipe, ingredients used:

200g cake flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon powder

Pinch of salt

3 eggs

100g unsalted butter

60g caster sugar

60ml fresh milk

250g mashed banana

2 tbsp chia seeds

You can hand mix but I used electrical mixer this time! 

Mode: Cake, kpt:55

Mash the banana and set aside!

Cream butter and sugar.

Add in the eggs and mix.

Sift in flour. <video>

Sift in cinnamon powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Then mix them.

Add in milk and mix.

Add in banana.

Add in chia seeds and mix.

Batter ready!

Pour batter into inner pot and shake.

Set Phillips pressure cooker to cake mode (valve: bake); kpt=55

Remove inner pot once done and leave it aside for 20 minutes before removing!

Let it cool down before cutting.

Not the spongy kind of banana cake, though.

But both kids enjoyed eating it! 

Butter cake with Phillips pressure cooker

Recipe modified from: http://thedomesticgoddesswannabe.com/2015/11/marble-butter-cake/

Ingredients used:

250g unsalted butter

100g caster sugar

4 egg yolks

200g cake flour

3/4 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp baking soda

3/4 tsp seasalt

60ml fresh milk

4 egg whites

50g caster sugar

Mode: Cake, KPT: 55

Mix butter and 100g caster sugar with electrical mixer until turns creamy.

Add one eye yolk at a time and mix.

Sieve in half of the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. 

Then mix.

Add in the milk and continue mixing.

Add in remaining flour and mix. Set it aside.

In another mixing bowl, add in 50g caster sugar into egg whites.

Mix it until stiff peak.

Meaning it turns into meringue and when you turn it upside down, it doesn’t fall off.

Fold in the meringue into the initial batter.

Done and pour into the inner pot of the PPC.

Shake it to release some air.

Then send it to PPC.

Valve at bake; mode: cake and kpt: 55

Remove the inner pot immediately after done. 

Let it cool down about 20 minutes where we will see it shrink.

Put it on a rack and let it cool down further before cutting it. 

It’s kinda spongy though some part seems wet.

The kids enjoy eating the cake! 

Guess I won’t be baking cakes with my oven for some time now! 

Pressure cooker braised pork trotter with nam yue

Ingredients (no exact measurement):

Blanched pork trotter (I used half trotter)



Nam yue 

Soup stock (can be replaced by water)

Cinnamon stick

Star anise 

Dash of black pepper

Dark soy sauce

Light soy sauce

Cooking wine 

Mix everything and cover with valve sealed. Mode: beans/ tendon (default time)

It is extremely tender and even my toddler loves it!

Recipe to save for ‘confinement’! Will need the whole trotter for both lunch and dinner! 

Double boiled herbal chicken thigh in PPC

I’m experimenting simple meals for our coming confinement period! 

This is pretty simple and we just need to throw in stuff into it!

Ingredients used:

Carrot, diced

Shiitake mushroom, sliced

Dang guai 

Angelica root

Red dates


One chicken thigh


I fill everything into a little clay pot which I then put into the pressure cooker with water!

Mode: soup

Moist and spongy chocolate cake

What I like about this recipe – it just need to be hand mix (therefore, Noelle can complete the whole process- since she still has phobia with electrical mixer). 

The recipe from the Phillips pressure cooker facebook page:

*i reduced sugar to 100g
And using the pressure cooker, it definitely save (monitoring) time plus the inner cake is definitely well done! I have also learn this time round the role of ‘instant coffee’ in helping a chocolate cake (thanks to the tip from Vanessa Lau). It is a combination of moist and spongy chocolate cake! It goes well with the durian ice cream that my hubby bought last night! 🤣

Well, this cake is to satisfy my crave and to ‘celebrate’ the complete dismiss of the virus at home that has been going on more than two weeks. The kids are now back to normal and I no longer suffer from the flu. It was a ‘tough’ fight for us – getting sick two times in a row! Getting well wasn’t too easy especially during pregnancy – where immune is kind of low! Feeling sick and tired with cranky kids was definitely overwhelming! Glad that it is over! The month of May 2017 is ‘bad’ and thankfully June has arrived!

The process:

Sift the dry ingredients!

Add in wet ingredients and mix!

Pour batter into the inner pot!

Valve on bake and using ‘cake’ mode, start with ‘kpt 55 minutes’.

Remove cake immediately from pressure cooker after the final beep sound! Let it cool for 5 minutes before removing from inner pot!

The glossy part is because of the parchment paper.

Removed the parchment paper!

Deco as you wish! 

Video <here

Happy Reunion to all!

It is a happy pleasure to cook Reunion lunch for my little family! And this year I have made a difference- my girls and I are not attending reunion dinner at the in laws! I would expect people to criticize me for being not respectful to the elderly or my hubby BUT I seriously think it is time to put a a full stop to this!

If you haven’t know me/us, I have been with my hubby since 2004 and joined their family reunion since 2005. I came from a rather ‘unhappy’ family, hoping that I would ‘married’ into a lovely happy family. To a certain extent, they are lovely but to a large extent – I would feel that they have been autocratic in the sense – everything done based on their personal likings and comfort. 

I actually began working in their restaurant on Chinese New Year eve and into first and second day of the celebration – yes, I volunteered. Those days I did enjoyed. It was until no.1 was born, we stopped doing so since it isn’t appropriate to bring a baby/toddler along working. Despite that, we still attended reunions and follow by the family ‘tradition’ of visiting some relatives. I would say it is some how a dread to me. Seriously, I feel saddened that I have to go through such processs every year with all the waiting – plus the ‘nasty’ comments, suggestions and comparison. And what to be a family reunion, involves an extended family member with her family (who has so much gossip). With father in law and mother in law working, the Reunion dining seems not to be one – but for the pleasure of those who just want to eat. Not to forget, with kid(s) to handle plus their adult conversation that made my hubby so absorbed – it always me alone handling of kids. I feel like a dumb maid sitting by a side of the ‘family’ table.

What brought me to nerves was last year – we waited close to an hour for the divas. In between, my hubby was sort of ‘begging’ some food for me because I was hungry but to no avail – the answer ‘how to prepare abit of food?’ I feel humiliated – like a beggar. As those people arrived late, no.1 started turning restless and not forgetting that no.2 was just one month old – end up I did not get to eat and everyone was ‘enjoying’. The most annoying part – the lady who gave her daughter the phone to control her started questioning why we don’t just give in to our no.1. I was mad and said ‘are you crazy?’. Instead of hubby defending me, I was asked to keep quiet and we nearly got into a Cold War after that. 

All these made me realise – why do I have to put myself into this situation ‘again’. We actually spoke about this – and hubby eventually gave me the discretion this year. I never stop him from going but he should not force me to go. Yes, hubby may be saddened by my choice but did anyone bother if I wasn’t happy over the years? 

Life is too short to be unhappy over such event. And one day (the so called reunion and Chinese New Year day 1) shouldn’t spoil the rest of the year. I seriously hope Chinese New Year would be different from this year (2017) onwards – after more than a decade of being with the in laws. I don’t bother who hurt who in the past – but I want to move forward  – without some people in the equation (of course). I want to make a difference in this – I need them to understand that if they want people to respect them, please respect us – time and individual (as in if you really want to have Reunion, please be seated to eat). I want them to respect our parenting approach and please respect our kids as unique individuals beyond comparison. It is not that I don’t want our kids to have this tradition – but they themselves aren’t truly practicing the tradition itself. Yes, ‘tradition’ has to continue but we will start a whole new way of tradition – so start with mama’s homecooked reunion (lunch) plus family time spent together.

There are always two sides to a coin – while some may think I would get karma from not celebrating with the elderly (no respect or whatsoever) – that is I didn’t lead by example; but I am teaching our kids self respect – respect our time and person. 

Nothing is more important than my two precious:

My peaceful and happy reunion dinner with the girls:

Anyway, today I attempted my first pressure cooker dong pou ruo! 

By simply following the steps below, copied from a member of the Phillips pressure cooker facebook group:

Befor cooking:

Add up water to cover:

Done before removing scallions:

The meat itself:

I also made rice with Chinese sausage and arrow roots:

And mushroom soup: