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November 2009

In Recipe, Yum Cha on
November 7, 2009

Sago Pudding

Let’s play the mystery picture game!
(you can only play if you haven’t read the title of this post)

Did you guess what this is?

It’s a sago pudding!!
Okay, so it doesn’t really look like a sago pudding. But still. It tasted like one =] This one, I made with my mum. Because although cooking/baking in itself is heaps of fun, it’s heaps more fun when you’re doing it with someone else. Eventhough we both like to hog the acitivites. =]

Can you see the sago?

We’ve always wanted to make a sago pudding because it’s something that everyone in our family, especially my dad, who can be awfully picky about desserts. I did try to search for a sago pudding recipe a while ago, but that proved quite difficult as there are a few different types of sago pudding (we were looking for the type you get at yum cha) In the end, I used a recipe from Helen from Grabyourfork which looked like the exact sago pudding we were after. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

It turns out that the recipe made a huge serving, as we halved it and still made enough to last the four of us for a couple of days. The sago we used was quite small (I like bigger sago balls), and the pudding was a little runnier than expected but other than that, it was delicious! The custard was creamy and sweet and since it was very very hot, it tasted better than a lot of sago puddings we’ve had at yum cha restaurants!

We made this at night, so the photography isn’t all that great (espcially since my photography skills are very limited).

Here’s the recipe:

Sago Pudding

from Grabyourfork

2 cups sago
2 cups sugar
125g butter
1 cup milk
2 cups coconut milk
1 cup cornflour (cornstarch)
1/2 cup custard powder
4 eggs

Soak sago well in water for a few hours. Pour sago into a pan of boiling water and simmer until transparent. Wash under running tap. Drain and set aside.
Put 1 litre water and sugar in a saucepan. Slowly bring to boil and add butter, milk and sago, stirring until well blended.
Mix coconut milk with cornflour and custard powder. Gradually stir into boiling sugar mixture. Continue stirring until thickened. Remove from heat.
Add well-beaten eggs and stir until smooth. Pour into heatproof container and place on middle shelf of preheated oven 230C.
Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Note: Coconut milk can be replaced by 1/2 water and 1/2 milk.
Serves 10-15

btw, this is what happened when you try to burn the top with a blowtorch. Although it was very fun, I can’t say that it was successful. =[

In Dessert, Dining on
November 3, 2009

Happy Halloween! (and a visit to Max Brenners)

Happy Halloween to all!


I know it’s a day late.
But I didn’t get to celebrate Halloween this year. We did however, get one group of kids knocking on our door- which was shocking as it hasn’t happened for at least 5 years. We had lots of fun giving lollies to the kids =]


My sister got to go trick or treating – something which I’ve never done. And she got some pretty interesting things- boxes of chocolate, tim tams and even money!

And then the day after halloween, we found out that some kids had chucked eggs at our house.

Thanks kids.


So, back to the original subject of this post- Max Brenners.


I’ve never been to Max Brenners. I mean I’ve been inside, but I’ve never actually eaten there- but I’ve always wanted to go. I don’t think I’m a chocaholic (I’m pretty sure that you can love chocolate more than I do) but I still love chocolate and Max Brenners is another one of those places which all teenagers go to.


This school holidays, my friend decided to take me there. We went to the one at Parramatta and at around 3:30, the place was so busy! We ordered a waffle (between two of us) since I didn’t know what to order. Then we sat down and waited…… and waited……. and waited.

The table we were at (the only free table when we went in) was in the corner, right in front of the door which doesn’t seem to close. Which was unfortunate, because the wind was particularly cold that day so we sat there waiting for our food whilst we slowly froze to death.


By the time the food actually came out we had all gotten so bored that we were playing with the number sign thing which was given to us. And accidently then put out of the view of the waiter who walked all the way around the store just to try and find us. Oops.

Luckily, the waffles were still warm when they came.
And still warm after I took pictures =]

I’ll admit, I’ve never had a waffle before. So I don’t know how it compares to other waffles-but at $5.50 each, I’m guessing they’re pretty good. I quite liked it- it was warm, soft and sort of crunchy on the outside (and went well with the chocolate). However, it didn’t make me want to buy a waffle maker and make my own. I would eat it again, but if I ever go to Max Brenners again, I’d probably try something else.

Looking back at the pictures, the waffle itself doesn’t look all that interesting.
It’s all just brown.