No Bake Mango Cheesecake


Since we moved in to our new flat, it was a little difficult for me to always cook and bake. We have many flatmates who also cook that is why I do not have enough time to work in the kitchen lately. I really miss baking also, so whenever I have a chance I just do refrigerated cakes just to satisfy my cravings.

We bought a box of fresh green mangoes last week and because I avoided almost anything sour because of health reasons, my husband cannot finish all of our stock. We gave most of it to our friends but still plenty left. We let it ripe but my husband still can't manage to eat them all. So I decided to try a no-bake mango cheesecake.

It was my first time to do a no-bake cheesecake but I'm so happy that it all went perfect! I have seen many videos and read blogs about it and using gelatin to achieve its smooth firmness is just a great technique. Great result with less effort and few utensils to clean ;)

So here's how I did it!

Ingredients:

  • Graham crackers - 1 1/2 cup crushed - honey flavored (depending how thick you want your cheesecake crust) 
  • Butter - 1/2 cup melted
  • Cream Cheese - 1 block (250gm Philadelphia Cream Cheese)
  • Cream - 1 can Nestle Cream (160 grams)
  • Condensed Milk - 395 grams
  • Ripe Mangoes - 1 cup slices + 1 cup (cubes)
  • Clear Unflavored Gelatin - 2 tablespoons (dissolved in 4 tablespoons of hot water) + 1 tablespoon (dissolved in 2 tablespoons of hot water) - let it slightly cool to room temperature.
  • Yellow Unflavored Gelatin - 1 tablespoon (dissolved in 2 tablespoons of hot water) - let it slightly cool to room temperature. If you cannot find yellow unflavored gelatin, you may just add 1/2 teaspoon of yellow food coloring to the clear gelatin mixture.




1. Mix the crushed graham and melted butter. Once thoroughly mixed, put it on the spring form (about 8.5 inch) and flatten it using spoon. I used slightly sweet, honey flavored graham crackers, you may add 2 tablespoon sugar if you're going to use plain graham crackers. Put it in fridge for at least half an hour. Put a foil under the spring form. Cover it with foil before putting it to fridge. 


2. In a blender, put 1 cup ripe mangoes, cream cheese, nestle cream, condensed milk and clear unflavored gelatin mixture . Let it completely blend for a minute or so, until the the texture is smooth.



3. Pour the mixture on top of the graham crust, cover it with foil and refrigerate it for at least an hour or until the top is firm. 



4. Remove it from fridge, put the ripe mangoes on top.
5. Pour the yellow gelatin evenly on top.
6. Cover it with foil and let it cool inside the fridge for at least 2 hours or until the yellow gelatin is firm.



7. Remove from spring form. Serve and enjoy!




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Boneless Chicken Feet Salad



My husband and I were craving for this chicken feet salad we had during our Singapore food adventure. He consistently requested me to do this recipe at home but I was hesitant because I'm so lazy to debone chicken feet. But what can I do, I also craved for it. So, to satisfy both our tummy, here's a quick recipe plus a little added effort in deboning the chicken feet. Anyhow, it is all worth it! I'm sure this will be a hit as an appetizer, as main course or even pulutan ;)



(You may also check out www.padaek.com blog post on a step-by-step procedure of deboning chicken feet.)







Ingredients:

  • 1/2 KG chicken feet - cleaned
  • 1 medium red onion - thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch of parsley - rough chop
  • 1 red chili - thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons Sweet Chili Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


Procedure:

  1. Boil chicken feet for 20 minutes or until tender.
  2. Set aside and let it cool.
  3. Debone the chicken feet.
  4. Season the deboned chicken feet with salt and pepper.
  5. Add the sweet chili sauce and mix it all together.
  6. Add the onion, chili and parsley. Combine all.
  7. Serve and enjoy!





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Home Style Shabu-shabu



I've been feeling a little under the weather lately. I got colds but I couldn't fully rest because we just moved out from our old flat to a new location which is a little far from my office. I had so much things to unbox and clean. My body isn't so much into dust and considering the hot weather here in Abu Dhabi, I guess if I couldn't fully rest I deserve good home-cooked food.


Since we just move in to our new crib, we just did a quick grocery to buy something that can satisfy my cravings. I added few available ingredients at home and ta-da, I have an instant comfort food!

I had this craving few days after we had dinner with friends in a shabu-shabu restaurant here in UAE. Some call it hotpot which originated in China or steamboat which is popular in Singapore and shabu-shabu which came from Japanese cuisine. This procedure of cooking is putting meat and vegies on a hot flavored soup. It is usually done using a pot heated on top of the dining table.

Here's a quick procedure on how I did my easy home-made shabu-shabu :)




1. On a pot heating on a medium high heat, put cooked chicken strips (our left over) and 2 cubes of chicken and beef stocks.



2. Put a teaspoon of salt, a teaspoon of ground black pepper, a teaspoon of chili flakes (optional) and 2 liters of hot boiling water.


   

3. Add the crab balls. Cover the pot and let it simmer for 2 minutes.



4. Uncover the pot and add  the crab sticks, cut into cubes.



5. Add cooked tofu, cut into small cubes.



6. Add thinly sliced shitake mushrooms. Cover the pot and let it simmer for 3 minutes.



7. Add the individually separated bok choy leaves (washed).



8. Add the egg noodles and cover the pot and let it have its final simmering for at least 2 minutes.


9. Lower the heat to its minimum just to keep the soup hot. You may adjust the saltiness or spiciness according to your taste.

10. Serve and enjoy!

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Singapore Food Adventure


Singapore is definitely a food paradise for food lovers, like me. A wide variety of food is available everywhere to satisfy the appetites of people from different cultures and races. Food are freshly cooked and the aroma will persistently linger in your mind until you try the mouthwatering dish. Singaporean food are mainly influenced by Chinese, Indian and Malay cuisines.

Being in Singapore for few days was such a relief from my daily work stress. My husband and I chose Singapore to visit because of Universal Studios and the food experience. Well, indeed, our food adventure was the best part of our trip :)

We stayed in Marrison Hotel in Bugis Street. We chose Bugis as suggested by my cousin since it is very accessible to MRT connections. Bugis was definitely a good choice since it is a food heaven! You may read my Singapore planning and our Singapore Adventure in my personal blog www.kikayinside.com



Chuen Chuen in Bugis Street



Chuen Chuen restaurant was just near to the hotel where we were staying. It was around 11:30 am and the restaurant was already crowded. We have plenty of other options where we can eat but out of curiosity, we decided to take a queue number outside and waited to be called for our table. Yes, you cannot just come in, choose your table and take a seat. You have to wait to be called outside the restaurant. There were plenty of customers waiting outside and it took us around 15 minutes to be called. I was already hungry then, coming from an almost 8 hours flight. 

Our queue number was called, we were escorted to our table, which was next to the toilet. :( Well, the place was a little small but it has a homey ambiance. The staff were very polite and helpful though. We place our order and it took 10 minutes to come. The food serving was huge and the taste were all tasty and satisfying. My husband loves the boneless chicken feet with vegies and sweet-spicy sauce. The Hainanese Style chicken was very tasty and tender. While the Sweet and sour diced pork was perfectly cooked, tender with a right crisp. The prices were very budget friendly. No wonder why people spend time queuing here. The food are very good and has a huge serving, the prices are very affordable and the staff are friendly. Indeed, a thumbs-up for us! :)





Hainanese Style Chicken Cutlet Rice

Sweet and Sour Diced Pork Rice

Thai style boneless chicken feet

Iced tea


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BBQ Box


BBQ Box is just adjacent to Chuen Chuen Restaurant. Same with Chuen Chuen restaurant, we have to wait for our table to be ready before coming. We had our dinner here and it was a very good foodie experience. And yes, we didn't had rice but the dim-sums were quite heavy enough to satisfy our dinner. The staff were very helpful assisting us in choosing our order. We ordered dim-sums, chicken satay, pork intestines, squid and beef fats. The aroma of barbecue inside BBQ Box restaurant was definitely mouthwatering. The food we ordered were perfectly seasoned but we still love dipping it to soy sauce with citrus. I personally love the pork intestines and beef fats. I know, it's not a healthy choice but hey, we are in a food adventure. ;)



Pork intestines, beef fats and chicken satay

BBQ Squid

Steamed Dimsums

Dipping sauces


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Restaurant Review : Kenny Rogers Roaster Dubai



It's been a long time since I last visited Kenny Rogers Roasters and had a taste of their famous roasted chicken. Around 10 years now I guess. Since I was based here in UAE, I never had a chance to dine again in Kenny Rogers because it was not available here. And although I've had several vacations in the Philippines, my family and I usually preferred home-cooked meals. Well, anyway, I still remember how good their roasted chicken and side dishes back then, so when my friends suggested to visit Kenny Rogers' branch in Dubai last weekend it was a sure go!




Kenny Rogers Roasters opened last December 2015 in Al Karama Dubai and it was a huge success. The restaurants offer a casual dining environment with rotisserie roasted chicken as the main core item, while complemented by a variety of hot and cold side dishes.

I must say that the mouth-watering aroma and the taste indeed matched my expectations. It sure reminds me of my college days back home in the Philippines. Well, aside from the good food, their homey ambiance and the crews' superb customer service is definitely worth our 2-hour drive from Abu Dhabi just to try Kenny Rogers Roaster.














Yum!!! Tender, juicy and perfectly spiced roasted chicken.

I'm not a mac and cheese fan but this one makes me change my mind :)

Yep, my very advance birthday celebration ;)









Location: Al Karama Dubai

Facebook: Kenny Rogers Roaster Dubai
                   
Food:★★★★☆

Price:★★★★☆

Service:★★★★☆






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