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Ma Lai Goh (Steamed “Malay” Cake)

6 Feb

For some reason, this old school Chinese bakery goodie is called “Malay cake”, even though it has nothing to do with Malaysia. The light cake was always my favorite dessert after dim sum (Chinese small plates eaten at lunch time). Unfortunately, traditional style Malay cake is disappearing from menus, and I can’t find them at bakeries either. So I decided to make my own. It turns out that this cake requires only a few basic ingredients.


Malay cake is a steamed cake, not a baked cake. I used a 9″ steamer basket, lined with parchment paper. 


  • 1 ¼ cups dark brown sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 120 ml corn oil
  • 130 ml milk
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla



  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar until the sugar is well dissolved and the mixture is bubbly.
    Ingredients for Mah Lai Goh
  2. Whisk in oil and milk until well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture. Mix well.DSC05230
  5. Add vanilla. Mix until bubbly.
  6. Cover mixing bowl with plastic wrap and let sit for at least 1 hour, or refrigerate overnight.
  7. Pour mixer into parchment lined steaming tray.
  8. Bring water in steamer to a boil. DSC05235
  9. Place steaming tray in the steamer and steam until cake is done and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 35 minutes.


I added some chopped walnuts on top, just to make it look a little prettier.


Slice and enjoy! This cake is best devoured while fresh and warm!

Happy Canada Day!

1 Jul

Canadian flag cakeI used regular red food coloring from the grocery store…and ended up with pink!

Cake Decorating at Amanda Oakleaf Cakes

7 Dec

I loovvvveee cake. But I’m very particular – I really don’t care for icing or frosting – so it might seem strange that I would take a cake decorating class. But I stumbled upon a groupon for a class at Amanda Oakleaf Cakes, and I thought this would be a fun way to find out how professional bakeries create such fancy edibles.

Amanda Oakleaf Cakes recently relocated from Winthrop to Boston’s Back Bay. They had only been teaching classes in their new location for a few weeks when my friend W and I attended a Buttercream Basics class. The instructors admitted they were still ironing out the logistics, but overall the class ran smoothly. One student didn’t show up, so we were a class of 7 – good thing too, because it probably would have been too crowded otherwise.


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O’Grady’s Grill and Bar, Stowe, VT

28 Apr

During the peak season, it can be tough to nab a table for dinner in Stowe, Vermont. Luckily, O’Grady’s Grill and Bar (504 Mountain Road) is large enough that we didn’t need reservations. However, the parking lot is on the small side for a restaurant of this size, and we circled it a couple times before “creating” our own parking spot behind the restaurant building.

As we entered, we were greeted with a smile. Though it calls itself an “Irish pub,” the ambiance is that of an upscale casual restaurant. The menu is a mix of Irish and Italian dishes, ranging from fish and chips to butternut squash risotto. There is something for everyone here.

The clam chowder was light and creamy, with celery, potatoes, and smoked bacon.

O'Grady's Restaurant - clam chowder

The Irish nachos appetizer was a valiant attempt at some sort of Irish-Mexican fusion. The fried potato slices loaded with cheese were ok at first, but became chewy and soft as they got cold. There was also way too much sour cream.

O'Grady's - Irish Nachos

The 14 oz. prime rib special was perfect, served with onion rings, zucchini, and a twice baked potato with bacon, cheese, and sour cream.

O'Grady's - Prime rib

The seafood cioppino had five large shrimp, large clams and mussels in a not-too-spicy tomato broth with tomatoes, onions, roasted red peppers. The toasted garlic-y bread was a bit too hard for my liking, but everything else about this dish was delicious.

O'Grady's - Cioppino

Unfortunately, they had sold out of dark chocolate pumpkin cheesecake when we were ready to order dessert. We got the flourless chocolate cake instead – a light, fluffy triangle with a texture that was a cross between chocolate mousse and cheesecake, served with Baileys cream.

O'Grady's - Flourless Chocolate Cake

The Final Word: Good food at reasonable prices in a comfortable environment and friendly staff. A great place to relax after a day of skiing or hiking at Stowe!

Info: O’Grady’s Grill and Bar, 504 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT, USA

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