Thanks for the recipe Kenneth! I'm not sure how you came across it but if you come across any other ones, please let me know. As promised, once I manage to get the recipe right, you're invited over to eat! Give me another week or two, and hopefully I will have mastered different flavours and variations for you to choose. Seriously dude, you're awesome!
So the story goes, Kenneth gave me this recipe late last week. At that time, I didn't actually have the right equipment to make them but I thought I'd give it a go with a regular English Waffle Pan maker. I'd planned on doing that over the weekend but as things always work, there was a slight change of plan. On Friday night, mum tells me she has a 'surprise' for me. lol... I actually thought she went to eat Maccas and got me the gingerbread man (that's another story) but I come home to find this surprise:
Is it awesome or what?! I didn't think they sold these here in Australia and even if they did, it would be heaps expensive! Turns out it was just a bit over $30 at the restaurant supply store that it's in my suburb. Mum was warned by the old lady at the store that this was just a very basic model. If you can see in the photo, it's pretty much 2 pieces held together by a nail. Definitely not as fancy as the professional ones you find in the streets of Hong Kong. Yay nonetheless!
I'm sure everyone from Hong Kong would be quite jealous now :P I don't think I know anyone (from Hong Kong) who doesn't like these cakes. If you're like me, I grew up with these and I look forward to my trips to Hong Kong where I can dig into countless servings of these cakes. Now I can make them at home!
Using Kenneth's recipe, I ended up making 3 full servings. The first turned out quite dense and well, I 'accidentally' overfilled the thing so I had batter running everywhere and caking onto the stove. As warned by the lady at the shop, you really need lots of oil/grease before you pour the mix in and I reinforce her words. The second batch I burnt quite badly (that's when I realised you can't pour the mix in when the pan's already heated up). The third I got to say was pretty much perfect. And well, that was gobbled up rather quickly.
So...I've got pandan essence and pandan paste at home which I have yet to use. Thinking I'll probably try a pandan flavoured batch next time. Hehe..loving my new little/big gadget! Only downside is that it's an absolute bummer to clean. Oh...and I lost one of my pastry brushes on this thing.