By now we’re pretty much still taking in the news about our Prime Minister’s recent address in accordance with the extension of the Circuit Breaker and the implementation of stricter measures. For the benefit of those who have been living under the rock, that includes the suspension of certain F&B outlets including you’re favourite bubble tea chains and coffee chains.
Wait, no more bubble tea delivery?
Oh, just when we thought that we were getting used to isolation, they take our one and only hope of surviving through the quarantine. Not trying to be dramatic but I’m pretty sure we’ve all been heavily reliant on these treats to get us through the week, no?
Well, worry not. Though it might seem like all hope is lost, there are a few recipes circling the Internet that you can try during this partial lockdown. Ahead, we have listed some of the easiest, trendy recipes — from bubble tea to IKEA’s iconic Meatballs — for you to try at home by yourself.
1. CLASSIC MILK BUBBLE TEA
Two weeks ago, we thought that dealing with the Circuit Breaker was somewhat bearable as long as we had access to 3 essentials — WiFi, food and bubble tea. Unfortunately, for the latter, MIT has considered the business as a non-essential service, which resulted in the closure of many bubble tea shops islandwide.
If you haven’t already seen the masses that flocked every bubble tea shop on the night of 21 April, then you’d best believe it was a nightmare come true. Oh, the things we would do for our “last cup” of BBT.
But fret not. All hope is not lost. Instead of mulling over not having BBT for the next 6 weeks, here’s a simple recipe that you can try at home to sate your bubble tea cravings.
Check out the full recipe for Tapioca Pearls here.
Check out the full recipe for Classic Milk Tea here.
INGREDIENTS — TAPIOCA PEARLS:
— 1/3 cup water
— 1/4 cup brown sugar
— 1 cup tapioca starch
— 1/4 teaspoon black food dye
INSTRUCTIONS — TAPIOCA PEARLS:
Add water, brown sugar and black food dye. Bring the mix to a boil and add half of the tapioca starch, before mixing it. After the mixture combines, add the other half of the tapioca starch. Knead the mixture until it’s smooth and roll it into a log. Cut it into smaller pieces, and shape it into a ball. Cook for 15 minutes in boiling water, before straining and cooling it.
INGREDIENTS — CLASSIC MILK TEA:
— 4 cups freshly brewed strong black tea
— 1 tablespoon sugar
— ice cubes, for shaking
— 1/2 cup whole milk
INSTRUCTIONS — CLASSIC MILK TEA:
While tea is hot/warm, add sugar and stir to dissolve completely. Let it cool and then refrigerate until completely chilled (~ 2 hours). Use a cocktail shaker and shake the ice, milk and tea together before straining it to serve.
2. BROWN SUGAR MILK TEA
But if your classic milk bubble tea doesn’t hit the spot and a cup of brown sugar milk tea is truly what you’ve been craving for, enter this recipe. Now if you’re able to get your hands on pre-packed pearls, then wow, good for you — because you’d save yourself the time and trouble of making the pearls.
Basically, the recipe focuses more on the inclusion of brown sugar, duh, with the pearls, before topping it off with a cup of fresh milk. It’s not as tough as it sounds, and it may not be the same as the ones you’d usually order from Tiger Sugar, but if this is the closest we can get to getting our Brown Sugar Bubble Tea cravings fixed, we’re buying it.
Check out the full Brown Sugar Milk Tea recipe here.
— 150g of store-bought tapioca pearls
— 100g brown sugar blocks/muscovado
— 350ml water
— Cold fresh milk
Cook the tapioca pearls according to the instructions on the packet. After cooking the pearls, run cold water over it and set aside. Place the brown sugar and water together, and bring it to a boil — open lid and stir till sugar dissolves completely. While the syrup is boiling, pour the tapioca pearls in and stir. Spoon the brown sugar pearls into a cup and top it off with cold fresh milk.
3. SOUFFLÉ PANCAKES
If you’ve been spending some time in the TikTokVerse, then you’d be familiar with some recipes that may have come up on your feed just like this one. Soufflé pancakes have been all the rage thanks to its unique, fluffy texture that can be replicated at home in your kitchen. Though it may seem a little tough at first, ensuring that the texture of the batter is not too thick or too thin is important before you hit the pan.
Souffle Pancake 🥞 #soufflepancake #stayathome #stayhomecooking #homecooking #pancake #souffle #whatsforbreakfast #whatsforlunch
— 4 eggs
— 2 tablespoons of milk
— 2 teaspoons of vanilla essence
— 8 tablespoons o flour
— 1 teaspoon of baking powder
— 2 ⅓ tablespoons of sugar
— 1 tablespoon of butter
Separate 4 eggs. Add milk and vanilla essence to the egg yolks. Sift the flour and baking powder together in another bowl. Add the sugar to the egg whites and whisk till it forms stiff peaks. Mix yolk mixture with the flour mixture. Fold the white mixture into the yolk mixture until fully combined. Butter your pan on low heat and add 2 tablespoons of the pancake mix to the pan. Add 1 tablespoon of water into the pan and cover it with a lid to cook for 1 minute. Flip and cook for another 3 minutes. Serve.
4. STARBUCKS CARAMEL FRAPPUCCINO
Though we might be restrained and limited by the tools we have at home, brewing a cuppa like the ones you’d usually have from Starbucks may not be as impossible as you thought it would be.
In fact, we actually found a cheat sheet on how you can make your favourite cup of Caramel Frappuccino at home! Not to mention, you’d probably have all the ingredients in hand — all you need to do next is to blend everything together, and voila! It’s so simple, you could do it with your eyes closed, well, not literally.
Check out the full recipe for Caramel Frappuccino here.
— 2 cups ice
— 1 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled
— 1 cup low-fat milk
— 1/3 caramel sauce
— 3 tablespoons white sugar
Blend ice, coffee, milk, caramel sauce, and sugar together until smooth. And that’s it!
5. HOMEMADE YEAST BREAD
Alongside bubble tea chains, bakeries have also faced the same tragedy of having to close their doors thanks to stricter measures of the Circuit Breaker.
So if you’re wondering how you’re gonna get that bread, then you’ve come to the right page. Here, we found the perfect, easy-to-make bread recipe that you can try at home with your family. It’s fairly simple if you ask me, and all you need in making this bread, besides these ingredients, is patience.
Check out the full Homemade Yeast Bread recipe here.
— 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
— 1 tablespoon sugar
— 1 tablespoon salt
— 2 cups warm water not over 110°F
— 5 1/2 to 6 cups All-Purpose Flour
— cornmeal or flour for dusting
— boiling water
Mix together yeast, sugar, salt and water. Gradually add flour, one cup at a time the liquid and mix thoroughly. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface to knead. Return the dough to the bowl and turn it over once to grease the topbefore covering it with a damp towel to keep warm until dough doubles in bulk (1-2 hours). Punch down the dough to get rid of any air bubbles before shaping it into loaves. Place the loaves on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with cornmeal — let it rest for 5 minutes. Slash the tops off the loaves and brush them with cold water before putting it in the oven for 35 to 45 minutes at 200°C.
6. BLACK PEPPER GARLIC SHRIMP
I’ll admit it, I’m a newbie when it comes to cooking and so you can take my word when I say that this dish was simply one of the easiest dishes to prep. I came across this recipe on TikTok (of course), and it looked too easy and good to be true. But I thought it over and I gave it a shot — and to my surprise, it tasted so good I would consider cooking this weekly.
Black Pepper Garlic Shrimp (ft: @rachelgurjar | 📹: @eitan) #FEEDFEED #food #recipe #shrimp #seafood #cooking #chef #foodie #lovefood #foodlover
The ingredients list is simple and cooking it while taking reference from the tutorial, made the process so much better. So if you’re new to the kitchen and you’re looking for your first dish to impress your family with, look no further than this Black Pepper Garlic Shrimp recipe.
Check out the full Black Pepper Garlic Shrimp here.
— 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
— Kosher salt, as needed
— 2 tablespoons olive oil
— 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
— 2 cloves garlic, chopped
— 1 tablespoon Simply Organic Black Pepper
— 3/4 cup heavy cream
— Chives, for garnish
— Simply Organic Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, for garnish
Add olive oil into the pan before adding the shrimp. After the shrimps are cooked, take them out in a separate bowl and add butter to the same pan to let it melt. Then, add garlic, black pepper and cream. Once the cream thickens, add the shrimps and mix. Lastly, season it with salt and garnish with chilli flakes and chives.
7. IKEA’S MEATBALLS
Now that IKEA has temporarily closed its doors, thanks to the Circuit Breaker, many of us are missing what they’re best known for. I mean, furniture aside, we can’t help to admit that we’re all hooked on their iconic IKEA meatballs.
It’s not just any kind of meatball, but there’s something about a plate of ’em topped with cream sauce, paired with lingonberry jam on the side that make this dish oh-so-addictive.
Nevertheless, we can still enjoy this meal even at the comfort of your home. Though it might not be exactly the same, here is how you can replicate the recipe the next time you’re craving for this dish.
Check out the full recipe for IKEA’s Meatballs below:
INGREDIENTS — MEATBALLS:
— 500g beef mince
— 250g pork mince
— 1 onion (finely chopped)
— 1 clove of garlic (crushed or minced)
— 100g breadcrumbs
— 1 egg
— 5 tablespoons of milk (whole milk)
— generous salt and pepper
INSTRUCTIONS — MEATBALLS:
INGREDIENTS — CREAM SAUCE:
— dash of oil
— 40g butter
— 40g plain flour
— 150ml vegetable stock
— 150ml beef stock
— 150ml thick double cream
— 2 teaspoon soy sauce
— 1 teaspoon
INSTRUCTIONS — CREAM SAUCE:
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