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Recipe • Deco Shiratama

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Hi! Today's post is about Deco-Shiratama which is glutinous rice balls made into cute cartoon/animal form. I first chanced upon the recipe at Bentomonsters . It may look like a lot of work but really, it's not difficult! Serve it with your preferred Tong Shui (糖水,chinese dessert) or shaved ice dessert, yumz!
Here are some of my creations the past years :) Plain Shiratama Ingredients: 50gm Shiratama flour (白玉粉) 60gm Soft Tofu

If making deco-Shiratama: Wilton icing colour of your choice Bamboo Charcoal Powder or  Wilton BLACK icing colour + 1tsp Water
Method:
•Combine shiratama flour and tofu to form a soft dough, it should not feel crumbly yet not sticky on hands too. Add more flour or tofu, if needed. •Cut baking paper into smaller size, for placing decorated shiratama on them. •Separate the dough to different sizes, depending on what characters/shapes you plan to make. •Use a toothpick, dip into Wilton icing colour of your choice and swap onto the dough. Knead until evenly coloure…

Travel • Hotel Okura and Ikspiari Mall (Tokyo Nov 2016)

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I booked a 3N stay at HotelOkura Tokyo Bayon Expedia as I wanted easy access to Disney Resorts. The initial plan was to visit both Disneyland and DisneySea but I decided to skip DisneySea while planning our itinerary and went for Mother Farm instead.






Okura Tokyo Bay's room are generally bigger as compared to other hotels in Japan. Even the bathrooms are huge, complete with a bathtub & separate standing shower. Initially, the staff could not honor my Expedia booking of "2 big beds" and offered us a room with 4 single beds instead. My concern was Mini K rolling off the single bed as he usually co-sleep with us. After understanding my concern, the staff agreed to push 2 of the single beds together to form a big bed and even offered to set up bed rails as extra safety precaution! Brownie Points awarded! They were accommodating although they were not able to communicate very well in English.
It was also a family-friendly hotel, there were children amenities like bedroom s…