Posted in Snack

Chocolate – Caramel Oatmeal bars

Preparing snack for my daughter can be daunting sometimes, I need to have few options of snack so she won’t get bored. Sometimes it’s only fruits and sometimes fruits and cookies.

I really care what we eat, when I decided to make most of meals that’s because I want to know what ingredients  I put in my meals. Some of the meals take time to cook but I am happy because I can make sure all the ingredients are safe. One time I came across recipe of snack bar. In my head, I always think that making snack bar is difficult but not until I scheme this one. It’s simple and does not require a lot of preparation.So I told to myself, why not try baking them.


I modified a bit from the original recipe, feel free to copy the recipe. I modified due to reducing sugar intake for my family. Here’s the recipe that I used ;

Ingredients :

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 10 ounces (2 1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 6 tbsp store-bought caramel sauce


Directions :

1.Preheat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit, Line the 9 by 13 in baking sheet with aluminium slightly overhanging.

2. Stir together oats,flour, baking soda, salt and brown sugar until blended. Blend in butter with your fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal; press half of the mixture onto bottom of the pan. Bake for 20 minutes until it starts to color around the edges. Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the wire rack

3. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and caramel sauce over the baked oatmeal. Top with remaining oatmeal mixture. Bake until golden pale for 20 – 25 minutes. Allow to completely cool and cut into square.


Taste so good right after I took out from the oven since I can’t wait to try. My husband loves it when it’s still warm and I had to stop him from eating too much as I want to reserve for my daughter’s snack.





Posted in Indonesian Food, Snack

Steamed cassava with coconut milk (Thai dessert)



When I was still living in Singapore, I used to get this dessert from hawker place. There is a stall in Bukit Timah Market and Food Center selling this dessert. The combination between the steamed cassava and the coconut milk has the right balance. I love it.

Since we moved to USA , whenever I crave for this snack I have to make my own. So far I have not found this snack in Thai restaurant that I have been to. It’s not hard to make this but it was convenient for me just to buy it from hawker place ( I know I sounded like spoiled kid)



Now, just looking at this picture made me want to eat this right away. Okay, let’s start cooking. You can get fresh cassava from Asian supermarket in USA, in USA cassava is called Yucca. The supermarket (RALPH’S) close where I live has ASIAN goods’ section so I just got them from there. Choose the ones that are not squishy when you check the skin.

Ingredients :

  • 800 gr cassava/yucca/tapioca, peel the skin. Cut about 5 cm long each and cut into half. Cut off the hard part in the middle
  • 1 liter water
  • pinch of salt
  • 200 gr sugar


Coconut Milk Sauce

  • 500 ml coconut milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch



1. Rinse off the cassava, set aside.

2. Boil water in the medium saucepan, add the cassava. When the cassava has softened but still firm and change to translucent add the sugar and salt. Let the water reduce almost 80%, cassava should look very translucent and very tender. Turn off the heat.

3.Making sauce : Pour the coconut milk in the saucepan, add the salt. Dissolve the cornstarch with little water or coconut milk  then add to the coconut milk mixture.

4. Using small heat, boil the coconut mixture until the it gets thicken. Keep stirring for another 2 minutes and turn off the heat. Keep stirring until the steam comes off.

5. Place some cassava into bowl/serving glass pour the coconut milk sauce on top of it. Can be served cold too.




Posted in Indonesian Food, Snack

Bolang Baling (Indonesian Style of Fried Bread)

I remember when I was very young, I liked to eat this snack.  The older I grow up, the harder to get this snack. Not many people sell this snack anymore.

The outer of this snack is crispy and it tastes delicately sweet, can be eaten with or without powdered sugar. Almost similar to beignets.



The recipe is quite simple to follow,  I was multi-tasking by doing house chores since the dough needs to be proofing. It’s quite taking time to make this but it’s worth it. I enjoyed having this fried/fritter with a cup of chai masala. Ohhh… perfect match !


  • 250 gr plain flour
  • 100 gr granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 45 ml water
  • Cooking Oil for frying



  1. In a medium bowl, mix 200 gr plain flour, baking soda, yeast and salt.
  2. Add water then mix well until the dough is elastic by adding the remained of flour; little by little.
  3. Cover with dampened cloth, rest for 30 minutes.
  4. Knead the dough, add more flour if necessary. Rest for another 3 hours. Cover with cling plastic wrap.
  5. Divide the dough into 16 balls. Place on the floured plate. Flatten with your palm. Sprinkle with sugar.Press it lightly. Alternatively; roll the the in the sugar then flatten with your palm.Cover with dampened cloth for 10 minutes.
  6. Heat the oil in the pan in medium heat, fry the dough until it’s golden brown.
  7. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if you like.