Banana Cake



Almost the last day of the year and made my best-ever banana cake. It is one of our favorite.


  • 125g un-salted butter (room temperature)
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs / 3 medium eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon powder
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 2 tbsp. milk (warm)
  • 3-4 ripe bananas
  • walnut (optional)


  1. Sift the flour and baking powder (dry mixture).
  2. Add the baking soda and cinnamon powder into the dry mixture, combine them well.
  3. Cream the sugar and butter.
  4. Add one egg at a time, fold in the dry mixture slowly.
  5. Add warm milk and then vanilla extract.
  6. At last, add the remaining flour.
  7. Puree the banana and squeeze small amount of lemon (optional).
  8. Add the pureed banana into the dough mixture.
  9. Add chopped walnut (optional)  if you like.
  10. Grease the baking pan and warm the oven to 180°C.
  11. Pour the mixture into the baking tin and then bake for approximately 50 minutes.
  12. When it is done, take it out from the oven and leave it on a rack to cool for at least 10 minutes together with the baking tin.
  13. After 10 minutes, remove it from the tin and leave it to cool down before serving.








Improved edition of home-made teriyaki sauce

In my previous blog, I’ve explained on how to make your own (basic) teriyaki sauce at home. Now, I’ve found 3 more ways to do it for different dishes. Both has Korean influence because it is using Gochujang (Korean chili paste). You may think that “chili paste” and it must be hot…Don’t worry!!! I’ve a person at home who can’t stand any hot / spicy food. If he can handle it, this means it is mild. The chili paste is just gave a light “kick” into the sauce. If you prefer the “kick” to be higher, increase the amount of Gochujang and decrease the sugar.

Recipe 1:

  • 1 tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. mirin
  • 1 tbsp. sake
  • granted ginger
  • granted garlic
  • toasted sesame (optional)

This recipe is best for chicken and salmon.

Recipe 2:

  • 1 tbsp. sake
  • 1 tbsp. mirin
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. tomato ketchup
  • 1 tsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Gochujang (Korean red chili paste)

This recipe is best for Korean beef roll.

Recipe 3:

  • 2 tbsp. soju (or sake if you can’t find the soju. I’ve tried the 1st time with sake because can’t find any soju.)
  • 2 tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Gochujang
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp grated garlic

This recipe is best for Spicy crispy chicken.