Black Sesame with Red Bean

This is one of my favorite combinations of flavors for desserts. I’m not alone, either, because I constantly see these two paired in bakeries, the grocery store, and even in bubble tea shops! The same goes for matcha green tea!

Yesterday I tried a recipe for these two flavors that I had to share with you for a few reasons:

  • it tasted amazing, of course!
  • the recipe yields a small amount, which is always a plus for me
  • it works in several forms: i tried muffins and taiyaki pancakes!



Steamed Black Sesame Cupcakes

  • 1 large egg
  • 30g brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy milk
  • 1 tablespoon  oil
  • 60g flour
  • 50g cooked/sweetened red beans
  • 20g black sesame powder (you can get it from most Asian grocery stores)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

1. In a bowl, beat the egg lightly then add the sugar and mix well.

2. Then add the milk and oil into the mixture. Beat well.

3. Sieve the flour, and baking powder then combine with the black sesame powder. Mis with the egg mixture.
4. Stir in or layer your red bean, and pour the mixture into a muffin tin and bake at 325 degrees until firm (around 20 min), or try making pancakes! You can also steam them, as seen here where I found the original recipe.


I’m Back!

Hi Guys,

I’m back after somewhat of a long break from this blog. With the holiday season, and starting classes in January, I’ve had very little extra time. But now that things in my schedule have settled a bit, I wanted to start posting again, although it probably won’t be as frequently as before.

I’m planning to diversify this blog a little and include more of the art and design I’m working on, as well as recipes, new restaurant news, and discount offers. As always, I love comments, so keep them coming!

I’ll leave you today with an announcement of a Cookie Pop-up shop in NYC. It will be Feb 6-10 at Mizu – 505 Park Avenue, NYC (between 59th and 60th streets) from 10am to 6pm. Although they’re known to sell out, so get there early!

If I can make it to the east side, I’d love to try the sesame sea salt and the cranberry five-spice cookies. I’ve heard from friends that these are very unique and delicious cookies. Be prepared to wait in line!

Cute Pumpkin!

How are you getting ready for fall? I painted this cute pumpkin for my desk at work! I had so much fun making him that I think he may have a new friend pretty soon, too. 😉


A Few Messages…

I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend. Here in NY we had perfect weather, so we took the opportunity to spend some quality time outdoors and enjoy the fresh air. We visited Mohonk Preserve, which is a beautiful spot for hiking and biking. I enjoyed it especially for the “rock scrambles,” which required both hands and feet to climb! 🙂

In other news, I’m anxiously awaiting the new Iphone, which will be delivered on Friday!!!! I think I’m most excited about the camera, because then I’ll be able to take pictures and post from anywhere!

Also, I wanted to warn you to go get some peanut butter before the prices go way up! I read on Life-hacker this morning that peanut butter prices will be going up about 30-40% in the next month or two because of increased wholesale peanut prices. So stock up on your favorites now!

Sweet/Salty Craving

I can never get enough of the sweet and salty flavor. It’s something I constantly crave at any time of day, and it’s one of the reasons I love combinations like chicken and waffles, peanut-butter and jelly, kettle corn…the list goes on. Today I tried out a sweet and salty recipe from renowned  pastry-chef of Momofuku Milk Bar, Christina Tosi.

**By the way, Momofuku Milk Bar just opened a location on the Upper West Side, so I’ll be visiting soon and sampling all their delicious goodies! Don’t worry, I’ll post some pictures so you can see 😉 **

This recipe is the perfect snack (as long as you don’t let yourself eat the whole thing at once!) You will have trouble just eating a little. I even ate quite a bit before I was finished making it. Ooops!

I adjusted the original recipe a little bit to what I had in my kitchen and to reduce the butter, and it still turned out great, so I think this recipe can be easily changed to include your favorite treats! Here’s my version:

Sweet/Salty Mix

  • 2 cups broken mini pretzels
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 package french vanilla cocoa mix
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • Reeses pieces, chocolate bar chunks, nuts, and broken cookie pieces (use whatever you love!)

Combine sugars, cocoa mix,  and melted butter in a bowl. Mix in pretzels and bake at 275 degrees for about 20 minutes. Cool completely, and mix in your favorite candies.

I think it pairs perfectly with a coffee, so you can also add a little espresso powder or instant coffee to your sugar mix. I bet candy corn would be a nice addition too. I guess I’ll have to do another batch…

Mitsuwa Adventures

This weekend I went to one of my favorite places (which I’ve told you about just a few times before 😉 ) — Mitsuwa! It’s so much fun because I can always find something new to try, for not too much money. Here are a few pictures from this weekend’s adventure!

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Photos by Jesse Yang

Back to School

Isn’t it funny how every year at this time, there’s a feeling in the air of back-to-school, even if you aren’t heading to the classroom? I woke up this morning, and was reminded of days waking up before the sun rose, eating breakfast wishing I had gotten just a few more minutes of sleep, and running out the door to catch the bus carrying at least 5 lbs of books on my back. And although I hated sitting through hours of class and spending my free time studying, back to school season was always exciting. There was something about meeting up with friends after a long summer, finding new classes, organizing school supplies, and being on a busy schedule that made school fun!

This fall, along with back-to-school memories, has come a craving I can’t quite explain: peanut butter and jelly! I know a lot of people find it a comforting part of their childhood, so maybe that’s where it’s stemming from, but I can’t get enough! I’ve been eating everything peanut-butter lately: cereal, cookies, oatmeal…you name it! And luckily for me, Pinkberry‘s seasonal frozen yogurt is PB + J! I think it’ll just make this back-to-school feeling complete, don’t you?! 😉