June 07, 2013

#omySBA2013 ~ Panasonic Cooking Workshop @ Onaka Restaurant & Wine Bar

Encouraged. Inspired. Motivated.

PinkyPiggu is one of the top 10 finalists for the Singapore Blog Awards 2013 ~ Best Cooking Blog category! Yay! I felt very encouraged to continue sharing more of my cooking experiments and recipes through this humble blog. Together with all the other finalists, we attended a cooking workshop organized by OMY and Panasonic at Onaka Restaurant & Wine Bar last weekend, where Chef Jason and Chef Benson demonstrated to us how effortless it can be to whip up some delicious dishes in our home kitchen with the help of modern technology. I was greatly inspired after the session with lots of recipe ideas running though my head. Seeing how cooking method can be simplified and made less time consuming with the use of Panasonic kitchen appliances actually motivated me to cook more often!  Yay to time saving! Cannot always say "no time, no time" already. :p

In just the short duration of 2 hours, 5 yummy and healthy recipes were shared with us ~ Onaka Living Green Healthy Smoothie, Yam Cake, Farmer Pie, Hong Kong-style Ginger Egg Pudding and Apple Pastille, created with only Panasonic Microwave Oven, Rice Cooker and Blender. The products has definitely revolutionized the way we cook. I learned that microwave is not just used for heating up food and the rice cooker can be used in more ways than just cooking rice. Yay to multi-functionality! 

All the recipes shared during the workshop can be found at the end of this blog post. Greatly inspired, I will be doing my cooking experiments in my own kitchen very soon. Watch this PinkyPiggu space for recipe updates soon yo! :)

Difficulty in finding time to cook amid my busy working and social schedule aside, what I really dread is the tedious cleaning which comes after the cooking. I do not have a luxury of a helper and the thought of all the scrubbing, mopping the kitchen sometimes hold me back. But with the microwave oven, I can perform tasks like heating shallots without the oiliness and smoke which I get from the conventional stir-frying way. What I get now is the same sauté effect and aroma, without any compromise on the taste. Yay to easier cleaning!

The multi-functionality and versatility of the Panasonic kitchen appliances also means that we do not need a whole load of pots and pans, but are still equipped sufficiently to create a wholesome complete meal. Yay to kitchen space saving!

The workshop ended with a short interview with the finalists. Talking to the camera is sooooooo scary for me lol. We were asked questions like what inspired us to cook and what our comfort food is (can you guess mine?). Hope to see the interview clips on OMY soon!

I really enjoyed the workshop and benefited much from it. What I gained is not just cooking tips, but also the valuable experience of being a part of this exciting Singapore Blog Awards event. It's great to meet up with the other finalists too, some of you I've already know, some of you I've just met. I think our great smiles says it all. Please look at our beautiful photo above!! LOL!!!

Please vote for PinkyPiggu for Singapore Blog Awards 2013 here, daily till 23rd June.
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(Read: Singapore Blog Award 2013 ~ Finalist for Best Cooking Blog)

Lastly as promised, here are the 5 recipes!


  • 1 Coconut (water + flesh)
  • 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 1 Pear (core removed)
  • 1 Teaspoon Spirulina
  • 5 Leaves Baby Spinach

  1. Place all ingredients in Panasonic mixer grinder/ blender
  2. Blend till smooth.

*Note: Blended in Panasonic Mixer Grinder MX-AC300 / 400


  • 300g Yam (cubed)
  • 1 slice Chicken Bak Kwa (cubed) (can replaced with Chinese Sausage)
  • 2 Chinese Mushroom (soaked, cubed)
  • 40g Dried Prawn (soaked, drained)
  • 80g Shallot (sliced)
  • 100g Rice Flour
  • 30g Tapioca Starch
  • 550ml Water
  • 1 ½ tbsp Roasted Sesame Seed (use for garnishing)
  • 1 Stalk Spring Onion (diced, for garnishing)
  • 1 Red Chilli (diced, for garnishing)

  • 1 ½ tbsp Light Sauce
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Pepper
  • ¼ tsp Five Spice Powder
  • ½ tsp Sesame Oil

  1. Cook shallot with 4 tbsp oil on High power for about 4-6 minutes, uncovered. (stir-in-between)
  2. Cook dried prawn on high power for 1 min, uncovered, add 1 tsp shallot oil, cook for another 1 min.
  3. Add chicken, cook for 1 min, stir-in-between during cooking. Leave aside.
  4. Cook yam with 2 tbsp water on High power for 6 minutes, covered with lid.
  5. Add flour, water, sauce, mushroom and cooked ingredients, cooked on High power for 4 minutes, uncovered.
  6. Stir, cooked on Medium power for 16 minutes, covered. (600w)
  7. Do not serve immediately because pudding has yet to set. Suggest to serve in 2-3 hrs time.
  8. When ready, serve with golden brown shallot, spring onion, sesame seed and chilli.

*Note: Cooked in Panasonic Microwave Oven Model NN-SV30


  • 300g minced Chicken
  • 60g fresh mushroom (sliced)
  • 100g English celery (diced)
  • 200g edamame bean
  • 150g white onion (chopped coarsely)
  • 3 garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp coarse black pepper
  • 2 tbsp plain flour ]
  • 4 tbsp water ] Mix together
  • 1 tbsp Konbu shio ]
  • 1 tbsp tamari ]
  • 1 tbsp olive oil or corn oil

  • 1 kg potato (washed, pierced skin with fork)
  • 120g shredded mozzarella cheese

Ingredients A
  • 2 tbsp milk ]
  • 3 tsp melted butter ]
  • ½ tsp black pepper ] Mix together
  • ¼ tsp salt ]
  • 1 egg ]
  • 5g saffron (optional)

  1. Cook onion, garlic and oil in a 2 litre oven proof casserole dish on 1000w or High power for 5 minutes, stir in-between. Do not cover with lid.
  2. Add chicken, salt, sugar and black pepper, cook on 600w or Medium power for 3 minutes, uncovered.
  3. Add mixed vegetables, mushroom and celery, cook on 600w or Medium power for 3 minutes, covered with lid.
  4. Stir in flour mixture, cook on 1000w or High power for 2 minutes, covered. Leave aside.
  5. Cook potato with 3 tbsp water on 1000w or High power for 15-16 minutes, covered, turn over at half the time and continue cooking.
  6. Peel potato skin, mash potatoes with fork or blend in a food processor.
  7. Add Ingredients A and mix well, spread ½ of the potato, over the cooked chicken.
  8. Sprinkle ½ of cheese on top, follow by remaining mashed potato.
  9. Sprinkle remaining cheese and paprika.
  10. Preheat oven at 200C till hot.
  11. Place baking tray in the center shelf. Bake at 200C for 30 minutes, till surface is golden brown.

*Note: Baked in Panasonic Microwave Oven Model NN-SV30


  • 2 egg (about 100g)
  • 110g cooled boiled Water
  • 20g ginger juice
  • 20g rock sugar syrup (1.5 part sugar to 1 part water)

  1. Mix all ingredients well, do not beat the mixture too hard, create as little bubble as possible.
  2. Pour into mould and cling wrap the mould
  3. Fill rice cooker with water
  4. Select to steam function
  5. Place the mould into the rice cooker.
  6. Close the lid and steam for 8 minutes


  • 3 green apples (peeled and slice)
  • 30g sultanas
  • 90g soft brown sugar
  • 30g butter
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 60ml water
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 ½ tbsp cornflour (dilute with 1 ½ tbsp water)

  • 1 pack of large spring roll skin

  1. Cook apples, sultanas, sugar, cinnamon powder and water on High power for 10 minutes, covered. (stir in-between)
  2. Stir in butter, lemon juice and cornflour, cook on High power for 1 ½ minutes, covered. Leave aside to cool.
  3. Wrap two tablespoons of apple filling in the spring roll skin
  4. Fold it into a samosa shape
  5. Preheat oven at 200C till hot
  6. Bake in a preheated oven at 200C for 10 minutes. (use top shelf)
  7. Egg wash baked pastry, bake for another 5 minutes.

*Note: Best Baked in Panasonic Microwave Oven NN-SV30

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  1. The yam cake looks very sumptuous. Would love to pan-fry them with egg. You should cook your own version! And congrats on the nomination!

    1. Thanks Daniel!! Yam is nice but I gonna try a pumpkin version! Think will be yummy too lol.

  2. Oh! The yam cake looks so delicious. And I am really glad you included its recipe. Even I am not really into cooking, I will surely give this recipe a try.

    1. My pleasure, Jelly Andrews! Great n enjoy cooking :)

  3. When u do the pumpkin version must let us try some

    1. Hee Derrick, I'm thinking maybe tomorrow!

  4. Thanks for sharing this post.This is the one of the best Panasonic Mixer Grinder & in a budget.

  5. Thanks for sharing this post.This is nice Panasonic Mixer Grinder having good quality.According to me it is a good product having efficient output.

  6. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/pastille

    A pastille is a type of sweet or medicinal pill made of a thick liquid that has been solidified and is meant to be consumed by light chewing and allowing it to dissolve in the mouth. They are also used to describe certain forms of incense.

    Pastille - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia