Today I placed an order of Cottony Cheesecake birthday cake from Mary’s Pastry Lab. I chose this cake since Riri’s dad said he really liked the Tokyo Banana and wished that he had bought more from Japan. Riri said that his mum likes orchid, so I requested for orchid decoration on the cake. I practiced making a birthday card just like the illustration below, but I’m not sure if I can make as pretty as the example.
Here is the final presentation of the cake. I’m quite satisfied with the look, and I hope that Riri’s parents liked the cake. Riri’s dad took picture of a slice of the birthday cake with a glass of Cafe 21 2in1 Instant Coffeemix. My aunt introduced me and my mum to this Singaporean instant coffee, so I bought it for Riri’s dad since he likes coffee too.
Chef Riri made matcha soft baked cookies for Thatha and her mum. The matcha cookie is more successful than the previous black sesame cookie, in terms of shape, texture and taste.
1. Indomie Carbonara. Chef Riri added a new sensation to a boring instant noodle by adding an egg into the soup broth, so that it is creamier just like spaghetti carbonara. For finish touch, Chef Riri topped the noodle dish with crispy garlic chips and super spicy Thai chilli flakes. I bet you cannot find this dish anywhere else. Maybe Chef Riri should open a food stall called Warung Indomie Mr. Riri to compete with the existing Warung Indomie Abang Adek.
2. Japanese Katsu Curry. Curry is one of Chef Riri’s favourite dishes. For the curry, Chef Riri used these three secret ingredients: S&B Premium Dinner Curry from Japan, Citrus Togarashi 柚子七味 from Japan and Curry Salt 咖喱盐花 from Taiwan.
Cooking the curry.
Making the layered katsu. Chef Riri succeeded in making layered katsu for the first trial, maybe after a while Chef Riri can compete with Kimukatsu. Tadaaaa… Here is the masterpiece.
3. Speedy Teriyaki. No marinade. Chef Riri poured these several key ingredients into the frying pan: sautéed onion, mirin, rice wine, Kikkoman soy sauce, black pepper, sugar, and citrus togarashi.
4. Breakfast Casserole. There were only two elements in this dish: potato (2) and egg (4). First, Chef Riri shredded the potato and stir fry it with seasoning. Lay the potato on the baking dish, pour beaten eggs on top. Bake it for about 15 minutes.
Chef Riri added love potion in all of his cooking, which caused Thatha’s appetite to increase by multiple times. I have to admit that Chef Riri is talented since he didn’t look at recipe while cooking, everything is in his head. People say that “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”. Thatha is lucky enough to have Chef Riri who got to Thatha’s heart from her stomach.
Riri and Thatha made sangria at home with layers of chopped apple, kiwi, strawberry, and Sunkist orange. For the alcohols, we added lemon liqueur and red wine Merlot.
Here is a basic anatomy of sangria.
Today (September 24, 2014) is Riri’s and Thatha’s 13th Monthversary. Riri surprised Thatha by coming to Thatha’s office. Even more surprising, Riri brought 4 pieces of homemade Ichigo Daifuku – mochi filled with red beans and fresh whole strawberry. I fell in love at the first bite.
Riri didn’t stop giving surprise. He bought 3 stalks of white roses. I just found out the meaning of three stalks of white roses; the colour white symbolizes happy love, while the number three represents “I Love You“. Here is a guide to find out the meaning of colours and numbers of roses.
Thank you, Riri!!! You made me feel like I’m the happiest girl in the world. Muah.
Anpan is a Japanese term for sweet bread filled with sweet red bean paste (anko).
Chef Riri took the anpan to another level by adding jasmine tea and sesame. Chef Riri put a generous amount of homemade sweet red bean paste (anko) in each bread. The sweetness level of the anko was just right for me, but some of the red beans were still a little bit hard, maybe they should have been soaked longer or cooked longer. Overall, I love Chef Riri’s anpan, and it saved my tummy after a long flight.
A surprised gift from Riri: Black Sesame Cookies. It is a type of soft baked cookies; the softness level is just right. Riri spilled his secret baking recipe, he used cake flour instead of all purpose flour. Thatha likes black sesame more than white sesame, because black sesame has stronger nutty flavour. Black Sesame is called Kuro Goma in Japanese, and 黑芝麻 in Chinese. Thatha wanted to add Black Sesame Purin into Java Japa menu, but the cost will be too high. There are so many desserts can be made with black sesame, including: ice cream, mousse cake, madeleines, and so on.
I think Riri would love this black sesame macarons.
Riri challenged Thatha to play a game called Sea Battle. I barely play games, and I only enjoy playing easy and fun games. I was extremely happy that I won the game, although it was purely based on luck.