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Monday, 13 February 2017

Natural Yeast Pain de Mie 天然酵母庞多米土司

Pan de Mie is a soft loaf of white bread with great texture despite the simple ingredients involved. I added 50g of natural yeast (100% hydration) to enhance the taste as well as the texture of this French origin bread :)

Yield: one 20x10x15cm bread 
Raw dough weight: 586 g
Bread Weight: 546 g
Pan size:
20x10x10cm Pullman tin
Baking temperature & Time:
170 degree Celsius for 50 minutes at lower rack

Ingredient A
160~170g cold water 冰水*
25g fine sugar 细砂糖
1/2  tsp salt 盐 ~4g
10g rice bran/veggie oil 米糠油/植物油
20g cold unsalted butter 冷无盐奶油

Ingredient B
290g bread flour 高筋面粉
12g milk powder 奶粉
50g natural yeast 天然酵母 100% hydration

Ingredient C
3/4 tsp instant dry yeast 即发干酵母

Some beaten egg or milk as glaze

* If using Prima brand flour, add 170g
  If using Origin brand flour,add 160g
   of water
From my experience, Prima flour produces better elastic and smoother dough for this recipe.

Click the link for the method of cultivating natural yeast:


1.  Pour ingredient A into the bread pan.

2. Add ingredient B above ingredient A.

3. Dig a hole in the centre of the flour, and pour ingredient C in.

5. Select "kneading" function and press start. The process will take about 1:30 hour to complete.

6. After the program ends, let the dough sits in the bread pan for an extra 15  minutes, or till the dough rises to almost the pan height.
As cold ingredients have been used in this recipe, they slowdown the proofing process. Therefore, it needs the extra time for the dough to rise taller.

After 15 minutes,

7. While waiting for the dough to proof, apply a thin coat of butter on the Pullman tin interior walls.

8. Invert the dough out of the bread pan and onto a floured work top. 
Wear a pair of disposable gloves to handle the slightly sticky dough.

9. Flatten the dough to release the trapped air. Divide the dough into 3 equal portions, about 195 g each.

10. Shape the dough into 3 balls by pulling down the sides, and seal at the  bottom.
Cover and let them rest for about 15 min.

11. Flatten the dough and roll out into a flat oval dough.

12. Roll up the dough from the shorter side, cover with a lid, and let it rest for 10 minutes.

13. After the rest, roll out the dough into a flat dough again. The shorter length of the dough should correspond to the shorter width of the Pullman tin. 

14. Flip the dough over so the smoother side will be facing out after rolling up. Roll up the dough from the shorter end. 

Place the dough into a greased non-stick Pullman tin. The open end of the dough should be facing down.

15. Spray some water over the dough and place the doughs in a closed oven.
Let the dough proof in a closed oven for about 50 minutes, or till the dough reaches close to the rim of the Pullman tin.

16. After the second proofing and the dough has reached close to the rim of the Pullman tin, remove the dough out of the oven. Preheat the oven to 170  degree Celsius.  And brush a coat of beaten egg or fresh milk over the dough.

17. Bake the dough at the lower rack of the oven at 170 degree Celsius for about 50 minutes. If your Pullman tin has a thinner wall, you can bake for about 40 minutes at the same temperature.

If the top of the dough brown too fast, around 30 minutes, you can cover the dough with an aluminum foil.

18. Remove the bread from the Pullman tin immediately after leaving the oven. Let the loaf cool down on a wire rack before slicing it.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Rice Cooker Braised Rice Vermicelli 电饭锅红烧排骨米粉

I have heard of rice vermicelli cooked with canned stewed pork. And it seems to be many children's fond memories of their mothers' comfort food. Unfortunately, this was not in my mother's menu, so I've never tasted this dish 😮

I knew some mothers cooked this dish in rice cookers. However, maybe I didn't use the right key words to search, I failed to find a detailed recipe from the web. Based on those available recipes which cooked over the stove, I decided to try my luck to cook this dish in a rice cooker using my intuition 😌

Fortunately, I finally was able to put together every ingredients, including an omelette, all done in a rice cooker 😁 The noodle was soft and moist, except a little under seasoned 😅

200g brown rice vermicelli
1 can stewed pork chop, 256g
250g cabbage, julienned
30g carrot, julienned
1 tsp fried shallot crisp
100ml water
1 egg 
1 tsp milk

1/4 tsp low salt fish sauce/light soya sauce

1 tbsp rice wine
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1/4 tsp pepper powder
1/4 tsp dark soya sauce
1 tbsp low salt light soya sauce
1/4 tsp salt

Cut chilli
Cut coriander leaves
Cut spring onion


1. Soak rice vermicelli for about 20 to 30 minutes. Drain and set aside.

3. Mix all the seasoning ingredients together and set aside.

4. Open the can of stewed pork chop and skim away the top layer of oil. Remove the bones and break the meat into smaller pieces. Keep the sauce for later use. Set aside.

5. Beat egg with milk and fish sauce till foamy. 

Turn on the "Steam" function of the rice cooker. Heat about 1 tsp of oil in the pot. When the oil is hot, pour in the egg mixture. Turn over the omelette to fry the other face till slightly golden.

When the omelette has cooled down, cut into strips and set aside.

6. Continue with the "Steam" function of the rice cooker. Pour about 2 tsp of oil into the pot and drop in the fried shallot crisps. When the fried shallot crisps are fragrant, pour in the cabbage and carrots.

Stir-fry for 1 minute, close the lid for about 3 minutes to soften the vegetables. Stir the vegetables occasionally.

7. When the vegetables have softened, stir in the stewed pork chop sauce


the stewed pork,

the rice vermicelli,

the seasoning mixture from (2),

and water.

Turn off the "Steam" function of the rice cooker, give the ingredients a good stir, close the lid and turn on the "Keep Warm" function of the rice cooker for 10 minutes.

Stir the ingredients after about 5 minutes into the "Keep Warm" function.

After the "Keep Warm" phrase is over, continue to let the contents simmer for another 10 minutes or till it is ready to serve. The contents can be kept warm for about 1 hour or more in the rice cooker 😀

8. Serve warm with the omelette strips and garnishing ingredients. Enjoy 😋