Red Velvet Cupcake Baking Class @ Big Fun Kitchen, New Bridge Road

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A random search for baking class through Groupon deals caught my eye on Red Velvet Cupcake Baking class. I was initially attracted to the reasonable price then to what will be taught. ^_^  It was my first time attending a baking class at Big Fun Kitchen. From the many classes I attended, no expectation whatsoever.

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The location is convenient with easy to follow maps on their website. Either that or you can google map it yourself. The classroom is bright and clean, making anyone there feeling comfortable especially with the 2 friendly chefs, Ricky and Rick, and Cindy, the administrator (I think).

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All ingredients are pre-prepared and provided to us for mixing. Some ingredients are to mix from raw, some are pre-mixed for adding. Well, although everything was prepared, a recipe is given to us for reference or note taking. I like how the recipe lays out where all ingredients are in weighing measurement. This is because I feel that the difference you get from using measuring cups or spoons is more than weighing the materials.

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All we need to do is mix the ingredient from butter to batter. Step-by-step instructions will be given by Ricky. While you are busy exercising your arms, the whole team of 2RC (Both Ricky and Rick, and Cindy) will go around the class to help you out. They will confirm if your batter is ok or more work.

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The baking process is done by Rick. While the cupcakes are being baked, Ricky is all up for Q&A sessions. I find myself learning a lot from them but would also provided that you do ask your questions, whether stupid or not.

The recipe provided also comes with vanilla cupcake with salted caramel frosting. As for the vanilla cupcake, is already baked for you. What we need to do is decorate them.

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You can decorate with either salted caramel frosting or cream cheese frosting and some sprinkles. You don’t get to see or do the frosting but it was fun decorating. It would be nice if I could see how the frosting are mixed or prepared. Now, that would be up to your own experiment or maybe you can search on youtube.

The salted caramel frosting can shape better than the cream cheese frosting because the cream cheese melts rather fast. So, it is very important that before you use the frosting, you have to chill it for 15-30 minutes.

I had fun! Have you?

 

Location:
277, New Bridge Road, #02-01
Singapore 088751

Tel: +65 6536 6759

Email: info@bigfunkitchen.com

Website: http://www.bigfunkitchen.com

Kampung “Adidas”

What is Kampung “Adidas”? A new “Adidas” shoe model? Nope, it’s not. It’s rubber shoes made in Malaysia.

“Kampung” means village in Malay. Many villagers and now, many people who hike in Malaysia knows or wears this. Why “Adidas”? I was told that the shoe design used to have 3 lines like Adidas. Hence, the combination of Kampung “Adidas”.

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Nowadays, it does not only sells the most convenient design (just slip-on) like the one shown in the photo above but there are other designs with shoelace and knobs on the soles, and more feminine design for woman.

This shoe is suitable for hiking, especially going through streams or muddy terrains. You won’t need to worry about the soggy feeling of your sneakers nor your sneakers will smell after a long walk nor headache of cleaning your sneakers from wet or dried mud. Just a rinse and wipe or let dry and you are good to go again. It’s sole grip on land and rocks is good, then especially when it’s new. After getting used to it, you will have more confidence stepping on wet rocks around streams (except those smooth or algae covered rocks, you will still need to becareful or avoid).

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Here is where I got my pair at Serendah, a stop-by for breakfast before heading to Sungai Chilling, Kuala Kubu Bharu. It is priced at RM8.50 per pair but our bulk purchase got us RM0.50 discount each.

Fook Hing Loong
3, Lorong Kampung Dato Harun,
Serendah, Selangor, Malaysia.

Differences: Alishan Fencihu ginger tea vs Black Gold Legend ginger tea

There are many brands selling around Taiwan. Some sells only the original and some sells it with various flavours. For this time, I have tried this. How is it different from the more famous brand, Black Gold Legend?

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At first look, they are both main in Taiwan. From the main ingredients of ginger 老薑 and brown sugar 黑糖, Fencihu’s (left) ginger is from Taiwan but sugar is from Okinawa, Japan and Black Gold Legend’s (right) both ingredients are from Taiwan.

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Inside the pack, both cube sizes are different. Fencihu (left) ginger tea cubes are cut in different sizes with recommended water required is about 400-600cc. So, sometimes it’s rather hard to estimate the amount of water you need for the size that you took. So, you can start with less water and then add more to your taste. Something you need to adjust everytime. As for Black Gold Legend (right), they are additionally packed into small cubes of the same size with recommended water required is about 400cc. You can get back to about the same taste each time.

After making both into drinks, they look the same – Black.

Taste – different. I didn’t previously like anything with ginger but Black Gold Legend helped me adapted to the taste because it has the taste of the brown sugar and spiciness of the ginger. I don’t taste the ginger more than the sweetness of the sugar but still spicy. It contains many small little pieces of ginger that you can eat if you want.

When I first tried Fencihu, it tasted different. Then, I soon realised that they blended the ginger and mixed it with the brown sugar. So, you will taste more of the blended ginger than the sweetness. You will need to stir your cup everytime before you drink. Otherwise, you will feel like you are drinking blended ginger rather than a normal drink at the end. As such, you only get 2-3 thin slices of ginger left in your cup.

My personal preference: Black Gold Legend.

For a not-s0-big-fan-of-ginger person and for the goodness of ginger, I prefer the Black Gold Legend because it does not have the blended ginger taste and it’s convenient to carry around 1-2 pieces when I travel.

Oh well, like all food and drinks, you will need to try it to know your preference. Enjoy!

If you need more information of any of the product:

Alishan Fencihu ginger tea 
There is no official website to share. You can google more about it or call +886 05 256 1566 or +886 929 075 006.

Black Gold Legend ginger tea
You can read more on the following pages:

Black Gold Legend official facebook page

Buying brown sugar ginger tea in Taipei

Where to buy brown sugar ginger tea in Malaysia and Singapore

Alishan Fencihu Ginger Tea 大阿里山 奮起湖 黑糖之老薑

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A trip to Taiwan gave me the opportunity to tried another brand’s ginger tea, Alishan Fencihu 大阿里山 奮起湖. This ginger tea is packet in turquoise plastic bag at a cost of TWD500 for 3 packs. Our tour guide helped us to get it when we were at the Fencihu area. I am not sure if it can be purchased around Taipei City area.

Its main ingredients are ginger and brown sugar from Taiwan and Japan, respectively. It tastes like blended ginger mixed in born sugar, leaving a few thin slices of ginger to eat.

There is no official website to share. You can google more about it or call +886 05 256 1566 or +886 929 075 006 for more information on how and where to purchase.

For the review of how this brand compares to another, please click here.

 

 

Face cleansing brush from Japan

These face cleansing brush is to exfoliate your face to reduce your blocked pores, especially blackhead on your nose, and smoothen your face from dry skins.

In Singapore, I saw Alty face cleansing brush selling for SGD70 (smallest size) by Hands at Isetan, Wisma Atria. In Taipei, there are also Hands outlets, selling the same at TWD1,791 (slightly cheaper than Singapore).

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Alty face cleansing brush (TWD1,791)

Material: High quality acrylic fibre

Test on hand: Its brush is dense and baby soft to touch when dry. When cleansing, the brush is mild on the hand without the feeling that you are using a brush. After cleaned and dried, the hand feels smooth without any dry skin or rough texture.

Alternative cheaper version available at the same shop. It is slightly smaller than Alty’s smallest brush.

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Tsururi face cleansing brush (TWD422)

Material: Acrylic

Test on hand: Touching the brush when dry is soft but it’s not too bad, better than sponges. When the brush is wet, its fibre does not retain its density as you see when it’s dry. During cleansing, you can feel the cleansing but not rough on the hand. After cleaned and dried, the hand feels the same, smooth without any dry skin or rough and uneven texture.

Summary

Overall, Alty wins over Tsururi of its quality and density of the material of the brush and how it feels on your skin while cleansing but Tsururi would also not too bad. If you have a sensitive skin or very dry skin, you may want to use Tsururi softly on your skin, otherwise you may feel a little tingling pain. Good quality products comes with a price.

Location of Hands Tailung in Taiwan

For more information, click this link (only available in Chinese, with minimal English headers).

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