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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Amazing Trip to Singapore with Garuda Indonesia..

Hello! How is everybody? I'm good, and feeling very good B) because today I'm going to tell you my Amazing experience in Singapore. I went to Singapore last year before new year until early this year. Last month, I also went to Singapore for medical purposes. Singapore is the best place for everything, from medical to Indian, Malay, and Singaporean Cuisine and Shopping, especially if you fly with the one and only Garuda Indonesia. :):)

Did you remember my trip to Singapore last year? Winter Season! Christmas Cupcakes! Today, I'm going to continue my experience. It was a very good holiday because I lived in Hardrock Hotel near Universal Studio in Sentosa Island and ended my holiday in Costa Victoria Cruise...
Family Picture..
Cruise Emergency Practice..

Since I lived in Sentosa Island, I went to Universal Studio. I'm so Happy! because I got more medallions! In every amusement park like Universal Studio, Disneyland, Dream World, Sea World, etc around the world, you can made Penny Medallion! I'm collecting it. I have hundreds of medallions from Singapore, Japan, Australia, Europe and America. Are you one of medallion collector? Lets trade!

Beside collecting medallion, usually I buy turkey's drumstick. You know, the giant turkey's leg that make you feel like a Flint Stone. hahahaha.. but I did't buy it there due to the heavy rain that ruined everything. Thankfully, the rain last for about an hour. So I still had time to play many rides including Mummy, Galatica and Jurassic Park.
With Express Pass on hand, I play both blue and red track for less than 30 minutes!
Kung-Fu Panda in Hollywood..
Far Far Away!

3D Ride, Mummy I guess?

Cupcakes and Cookies in New York..
Me, my Sister and my Cousins..

I also went to Candylicious, Singapore's Chocolate dream maker. Hersey, Nutella, peanut butter cups, Jelly Beans, M&M in spectrum color and many more. I bought Hersey's chocolate chips and many weighted candies. My mind was thinking about thousands ideas to make something sweet even sweeter with those candy. My little cousin was having fun with sour sand candy. He is so funny, the way he teach his sister is very cute!
My brother teaching his sister.. ;)
Me and my Sister posing in front of Candylicious..

Every time I go to Singapore, I always go to Mustafa in Little India. This time, I went there with my family and bought lots of things. My Mom always buy raisins and other snack, my Dad looking for interesting stuff there, and my Sister always look for healthy snack like low calories bar, etc. There, I always buy my imported ingredients like: brown sugar (in Indonesia they sell the substitute "Palm Sugar" that taste little bit different), powder food coloring (for Macarons), flavoring, chocolate chips, and many more. Beside buying those ingredients, I also loves to look at the packaging there. It gives me inspiration! One hour is never enough in Mustafa. Everybody busy with their own things, and being lost is usual! hahaha..
Heilala Vanilla, One of my Vanilla Collection now..
Love the vintage design!

Original Indian Samosa! :9

Speaking of India, my one of favorite food is Samosa. I mean Indian Samosa, not the frozen one with lots of vegetables. In Singapore, almost everywhere, I can find very good samosas. Maybe because the cook is Indian. I ate 3 samosas there. :):) yummm ..

Many FUN things to do in Singapore, especially if you fly with Garuda Indonesia! Feel the difference and enjoy.. :D

Feeling excited,
Ivan :)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Corn Dog! With Real Corn!

Special from floating market, Pattaya
Helllllloooo! Long, long time no see. :D How's everybody? Hope you all enjoy your summer holiday because I had an awesome summer this year. I went to Europe (Netherlands, Belgium, Paris, Swiss until Italy) and Thailand. That 2 places are totally different. Europe is expensive for everything and Thailand is cheap for everything. In Thailand, I bought fried insects sprayed with soy sauce! Real maggots, grass-hopper, and cockroach! It cost me about 50 Bath, or about idr 15 or $1.5 . Some of it just taste like insects (GROSS!) and some other are pretty good, salty and crispy :P

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By the way, in floating market, I also found Corn Dog in ball shape. It was very unique! I bought it and it just taste like other corn dog, without CORN!

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About 2 years ago, I found this good recipe by HILAH Cooking. I made it with some changes. Now you can make your own corn dog, WITH Corn :D

Corn Dog, with Corn

Ivan Wongso
1/2 cup Polenta OR Cornmeal
3/4 cup All-purpose flour
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
1/2 cup Canned Corn Soup (cream style)
1/2 small Onion, puree using cheese grater or food processor
1/2 cup Fresh milk or Buttermilk (add a tablespoon of vinegar to 1/2 cup of fresh milk)
1 Package of Mini cocktail sausages (About 20 sausage) or regular Hot dogs
Oil to fry
Tooth pick or Wooden skewers

  1. In a bowl, mix together canned corn soup, onion puree and milk or buttermilk. Set aside.
  2. In other bigger bowl, whisk polenta, flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda until well blended. Then add the liquid and whisk until thick and well blended. Set aside.
  3. Set your sausages, suck it with wooden skewers. Preheat you oil in med (about 5 cm)
  4. Dip your sausages to the batter and fried it immediately until golden brown.
  5. Drain the excess oil and serve!
In Indonesia, it is hard to find Polenta or commonly said as cornmeal. Polenta is ground dried corn. Usually used for dusting in pizza. I bought mine in Europe (Netherlands) that cost me only about $1-$2. Very cheap. In Indonesia, it is not common and expensive. If you want to make this recipe without polenta, I believe you can changed the amount of polenta with all purpose flour.

Hope you try it and share this recipe with your friends and family!

Very busy,
Ivan :)

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Indonesian Orchid Cupcake (Kue Kukus)

Hello! Yesterday, I had an awesome time playing with my sony waterproof camera. We (me, sister and parents) swam in our swimming pool at Villa and took a lot of photos. :P

Next week, we are going to spend 10 days in Europe :D. Are you in Europe? Tell me what should I buy in there.. email me! click HERE

Today, I'm going to share with you my steamed "cupcake" recipe..

Indonesian Orchid Cupcakes - "Kue Kukus"
Ivan Wongso
250 gr All Purpose Flour
250 gr Sugar
10 gr Milk Powder
1/2 tbsp Cake Emulsifier (SP, Ovalet or Starkies)
2 Large eggs
180 ml Sprite (for white cupcakes), Fanta (for colors)
Food coloring or flavoring (optional)

  1. Preheat your steamer until the water boiling. Line "Kue Kukus" mold (shaped like individual cupcake pan with holes all around it) with cupcake liner.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix and beat all the ingredient using whisk attachment (Kitchen aid) or regular hand mixer until light, fluffy and thicken (about 5 minute using kitchen aid on high speed).
  3. If you want to create "ombre" cupcakes, divide the batter to 3 bowl and add food coloring until desire gradation color. Then transfer the batter into piping bag.
  4. Fill the cupcakes mold full with the batter. (IMPORTANT: fill it full or you will not get "orchid" shape cupcakes)
  5. Steam for 20 minutes. Let it cool in the mold, and Done!
Hope you enjoy and try this recipe, and have a great summer holidays!
Ivan :D

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