If you want more information on travel options to Johor Bahru (JB), do look at this Wikitravel entry on JB – it is really very informative and saves me from having to explain.
I also wanted to clarify certain misconceptions that readers might have got from the list of shops:
- Although some of the shops have addresses listed as ‘Larkin’ – these are not at the Larkin Bus Terminal that some JB-SG buses stop at. They are quite a distance away and I wouldn’t advise walking there!
- For Ng Ming Huat, you can try taking a bus there – it is next to Crowne Hotel and relatively near to Pelangi Mall and Holiday Plaza and KSL City, but for the life of me, I have no idea which buses stop near it because I have never taken a bus there myself.
- For the shop Perling Indah – it is NOT near Taman Bukit Indah at all. Taman Bukit Indah is another terminal for the buses CW3 and CW6. Perling Indah is actually in the row of shops next to Perling Mall, which is the mall that you might see when exiting the Second Link at the Taman Perling exit. Perling Indah is the second last shop and is next to a 24-hours Indian Muslim eatery Sayed. For the intrepid, you can choose to take CW3 and tell the bus driver “Perling Mall” – this will deposit you on the road across Perling Mall, after which you have to jaywalk across two two-lane road with a rather huge drain separating them. (The pedestrian crossing at one end of the road doesn’t really work and I wouldn’t advise you trying to cross there because most cars ignore the red light anyway, making it really dangerous to attempt crossing at the pedestrian crossing. Ironic yes?) Then, you still have to cross another small two-lane road (with little traffic) before getting to Perling Mall, then walking the width of the mall before reaching that row of shops that Perling Indah is on. Note that the Perling Mall stop does not have a bus stop, but there is a makeshift ‘terminal’ for the CW3 buses which head to Bukit Indah first before heading to Second Link via Bukit Indah and then terminates at Jurong East. Pretty confusing so yup – only for the courageous!
Like I’ve mentioned previously, I seriously do not advise traveling around JB by bus – it is difficult and a waste of time. Either go by car or taxi if you wish to head to these places. I hope this helps those who have been wondering! For your information, the CW3 and CW6 I’m talking about is this bright yellow bus on the right. I have linked up the buses which head to Singapore in the hyperlink underneath.
Alright, now that I’ve said my piece, it’s onto the post proper. I’m making Hokkaido Chiffon Cupcakes (北海道戚風蛋糕) today :]
- Preheat your oven to 180°C.
- Place the egg yolks in a bowl and whisk them together with the 70g of sugar until yolks turn a pale yellow. Add the vanilla extract, followed by the milk and oil. Whisk well to combine.
- Next, sieve in the flour and baking powder, making sure to incorporate all the flour into the mixture.
- In another bowl, beat the egg whites on high for about 30 seconds until foamy, before adding the remaining 50g of castor sugar. Beat the egg whites until firm peaks are achieved (but not overly stiff).
- Take a third of the egg whites and fold it into the egg yolk mixture to lighten it. You don’t need to be overly gently with this one-third portion of egg whites. Continue folding in the remaining egg whites, making sure to fold all the whites gently until you get a very pale yellow batter. Fill the cupcake liners until about 70%, making sure not to over-fill the liners as the batter will rise quite a bit before falling when cooling.
- Bake the cupcakes for about 20 minutes, or until the tops turn a golden brown and a cake skewer comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in the tin before removing it onto a cooling rack to cool. The cupcakes will fall and wrinkle, but that’s normal – you can top it with a dollop of cream or sieve icing sugar on it to cover the ‘wrinkles’ up.
- Taste: As mentioned by Rima in her post, this cupcake is a little on the not-so-sweet side (perfect for me) but not so for someone look for that sugar hit. I’d definitely advise increasing the sugar amounts by at least 10% if you want something sweeter, or just top the cupcake off with a dollop of whipped cream or fill it with curd for that little something extra.
- Texture: It’s almost as if you are ‘eating clouds’ actually – it is very light, (even though I used all-purpose flour and not cake flour), and each cupcake is easily consumed in three bites or less, without that ‘heavy’ gelat filling you get after eating a slice of pound cake. You can probably finish two or three of these at a go! Also, I prefer to bake these a little browner so that I get the ‘crust’ but if you want an overall soft chiffon, do bake it for a shorter time (start checking at 15 minutes), and once you get a golden color, you can remove the cupcakes!
- Serving size: I made about 14 cupcakes with the full recipe and 8 cupcakes with the halved recipe – probably because I filled the cups slightly less the second time around.
- Modifications: I have also made a halved portion of this recipe and it works fine. You can also bake this recipe in a normal 23-cm chiffon cake tin.
- Storage: The cupcakes stored well for a day or two (beyond that I’ve no idea because they were gone) but I’d presume that they should keep well in the fridge for at least a week.
- Would I make this again?: Definitely – it is a rather standard chiffon cake recipe which I turn to once in a while anyway :]
- Note: I would advise using slightly higher cupcake liners to enable the cake to rise (it looks visually more appealing too). However, normal liners are fine too!
PS: That crusty golden brown part is actually my favorite part of the cake. I ate a few of those tops and left the bottoms for my family…which led my mom to exclaim, “Which rat bit the cupcakes?” –> Of course she knew I ate them – I’ve this weird habit where I like to eat crusts – I like the last slice of the bread because it’s the crust, same for the ends of the spring roll, etc… you get my drift.
|Oops the white balance is a little off here :/|
As you can see, the inside of the cupcake still remains soft and fluffy, with a nice golden brown crusty exterior :] Since this is a chiffon cake in a cup, I’ll be submitting this to Min for Aspiring Bakers #13: Enjoy Cupcakes! (November 2011).