How to get smooth steam eggs/Chawanmushi

I wanted to create a video about steaming egg but I don't have much time to film and edit video anymore. With my previous video I filmed it months ago and it took 1 month on and off to edit it.
I might have to give up on  the video side and just stick with blog writing. But would that make my cooking blog too boring? 

I love steam egg and chawanmushi. The way you make it is roughly the same. Chinese steam egg is made with water and egg (some people like to put mince meat on the bottom). Chawanmushi has mirin, vegetable/prawn added in. I prefer plain steam egg with boil rice.

The secret to smooth steam egg is.... put a cover on top of the bowl!
Below is a picture of 2 steam eggs. The big bowl on the left is more rough because no cover was place on top. The small brown cup on the right was steamed with a lid on top. 
I find it interesting how a lid on top makes a difference.

So there you have it. If you're steaming egg and you want a nice smooth egg, make sure you put a lid on top while steaming.
If your bowl/cup doesn't have a lid, put a small plate on top. I do this when I'm steaming with a bigger bowl. 

Chinese Almond Cookie Recipe

Chinese New Years is tomorrow, so I thought this cookie recipe will suit for the occasion. It's a quick and simple recipe and you don't need a lot of ingredients. The only time consuming part is moulding the cookies. But it's optional if you want big or small cookies.

Not everyone likes almond flavour food. I remember eating almond jelly in the can when I was younger and it tasted like medicine. Now that I'm older, I enjoy the taste more.

The almond cookie recipe was from my mother's friend. The cookies are nice and crunchy. Maybe it's from the large amount of oil that goes into the mix. I don't know if this cookie is healthy but it's a nice snack to pop into your mouth.

Please enjoy making the cookie!

Please see below for my recipe:

Prep time: 10-30mins (making smaller balls takes longer)
Baking time: 15 mins
Serves: About 50-70 pieces (depending on size)

120g Almond meal
Start with 100ml oil
150g plain flour
100g caster sugar
1 egg, beaten (used for egg wash)


1. Put the flour, sugar and almond meal into the bowl and mix together.

2. Slowly add the oil into the dry mixture as you stir. If the mixture is too dry add more oil. The mixture should hold together like wet sand.

3. Using a round utensil/spoon (or you can use your hands and roll into a ball, then flatten a bit), spoon the mixture and put it on the baking tray with baking paper.

4. Beat the egg. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the egg wash on top of the cookies.

5. Pre heat the oven to 180C/350F.
6. Afterwards add the tray in oven and bake for 10-15mins, or until the cookies become golden brown.

7. Put the cookies onto a wire rack to cool down.