Chocolate Lava Cake (Revisit on 3Oct2015)

choc lava cake

oozing choc lava cake

chocolate lava just happened to be the first dessert i picked to try out 3 yrs ago, shortly after i started “seriously” cooking in mar2012.

web recipes are always too sweet for the asian palate (usually i used only 1/3 of the sugar quantity). for chocolate lava cake, it’s like too large serving, too much effort adding cocoa etc, so i basically experimented & created my own recipe –

I was successful in my 3rd attempt in creating the oozing chocolate lava cake, and thanks to Facebook for being such a faithful repository of memories, that was on 22.8.2012!

after lava cake, i went on to do a few very good cakes –

  1. tofu cheese cake
  2. tiramisu
  3. banoffee (banana toffee) cake
  4. jam crumb cake
  5. apple pie

my popular cakes are the first 3.

the jam crumb cake was good, but not so special, the apple pie was tedious & ok, again no wow.

recently, did the lava cake again for a 9pax dinner on 28.9.2015.

choc lava cake x 6 (muffin trady)

choc lava cake x 6 (muffin trady)

& it wasn’t that great, so i thought i gave it a try again.

it is really very easy to make. i use the same chocolate lava cake recipe i created previously

  • beat 3eggs + 2 egg yolks with 1 tbsp flat sugar & 1 tbsp flat sifted normal flour
  • melt 100g cadbury old gold 70% cocoa with 60g unsalted butter (i use 1min 10secs in microwave & stir to melt the chocolate)
  • add slowly while beating the egg (i use a hand whisk)
  • grease bottom & sides of muffin tray with butter & add the cake mixture
choc lava cake

choc lava cake

then it’s just 3mins 30secs in a preheated 210degC oven on the grill function.

choc lava cake

choc lava cake

i timed on phone timer & removed immediately.

choc lava cake3

oozing choc lava cake

the cake would have lifted from the side near the top. i use a knife to move round the edges to separate the cake from the tray.

choc lava cake

oozing choc lava cake

then i inverted the muffin tray over another flat try & served the cake with ice cream.

the taste was wonderful! ^^

that i knew as i had tasted the cake mix before baking. there was certainty & confidence on the taste & flavours. the flowing lava was somehow an unknown though previously i did not have much difficulty reproducing the oozing lava.

i am still not satisfied this time. will probably try one at 3mins 15secs to get more oozing lava.

c.h.e.f andy

Spicy Black Bean Sauce Pork Ribs or Soft Bones

spicy pork ribs

spicy pork soft bones – 6.2.2015

spicy pork ribs. i really love it! ^^

this a favourite dish for my son, younger daughter & me.

when i am doing a homecooked buffet that featured chinese, this is also among the favourite dishes for all my friends, a perennial crowd pleaser of sorts. 🙂

the number of times i served the dish testifies to its popularity-

aunty bes' spicy bean sauce pork ribs

spicy bean sauce pork ribs 19.8.2013

spicy black bean sauce pork ribs

spicy black bean sauce pork ribs – 7.11.2013

spicy pork ribs

spicy pork ribs – 28.5.2013

spicy pork ribs

spicy pork ribs – 24.4.2015

#11 helper's spicy black bean sauce pork ribs

#11 helper’s spicy black bean sauce pork ribs – 26.8.2015

usually my helper cooks this. & for my dinners i would leave her to do it.

when she was away on homeleave for 1 month last year, i did it a few times myself.

lkk spicy black bean sauce

lkk spicy black bean sauce

recipe is simple & easy to do. i use lee kum kee spicy black bean sauce.

i scalded the pork ribs (or pork softbones) to remove scum & cleaned. i fried 2 (or 3) tbsp of lkk spicy black bean sauce with some chopped garlic in 1 tbsp oil for short while till fragrant. then added 600g (or 1 kg) of pork ribs or pork soft bones. i fried for about 30mins to 40mins on low fire, adding some water to avoid burning & cover. then i placed it on a tray in the steam oven for 30mins. this makes the pork soft & tender.

if you are not using a steam oven, cook pork ribs for about 50mins. taste it to make sure it is to the texture & flavour you like. ^^

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredients –

  • 600g (or 1kg) pork ribs or pork soft bones
  • 2 (or 3) tbsp lkk spicy black bean sauce
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2tsp garlic

Directions –

  1. scald pork ribs (or pork softbones) to remove scum & clean.
  2. fry 2 (or 3) tbsp of lkk spicy black bean sauce with some chopped garlic in 1 tbsp oil for short while till fragrant.
  3. add 600g (or 1 kg) of pork ribs or pork soft bones. fry for about 30mins to 40mins on low fire, adding some water to avoid burning & cover. then place it in a tray in the steam oven for 30mins. this makes the pork soft & tender.
  4. if not using a steam oven, cook pork ribs for about 50mins. taste it to make sure it is to the texture & flavour you like.