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Matcha Hurricane Swiss Roll Recipe (抹茶飓风瑞士卷)

Matcha Hurricane Swiss Roll Recipe

Matcha Hurricane Swiss Roll Recipe

Hurricane Swiss Roll is essentially a swiss roll that swirls layer that looks like a hurricane and hence the name. It is very popular in Indonesia, and when I first heard from my mum about it (who saw many beautiful pictures from her Indonesian relatives), I told myself that I am going to recreate these beautiful swirls. Luckily, it was fairly simple!

Matcha Hurricane Swiss Roll Recipe

Matcha Hurricane Swiss Roll Recipe

For this recipe, I am pairing up the flavour of Matcha and Cream Cheese as it goes so well together. The bitterness of the Matcha powder complements the tanginess of the Cream Cheese, making it light and refreshing.

Matcha Hurricane Swiss Roll Recipe

Matcha Hurricane Swiss Roll Recipe

Feel free to change the flavour profile to your liking. If you like Chocolate flavour, substitute Matcha Powder with Cocoa Powder. You can even add some melted Dark Chocolate to the Cream Cheese if you want it to be extra chocolaty.  

Matcha Hurricane Swiss Roll Recipe

Matcha Hurricane Swiss Roll Recipe

The recipe is fairly simple to make as long as you are patient. There are a lot of components and waiting time to this recipe. Make this on a lazy Sunday and share it with your colleagues the following Monday! Do serve it chilled! The cream does not stand up very well our hot and humid weather in Singapore. It would not be a good idea for you to bring this on a picnic. However, if you like to, switch up the cream to something more stable like a fruit jam or buttercream. 


Matcha Hurricane Swiss Roll

Servings 1 roll cake
Author Zong Han Chua


Egg Yolk Batter:

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 40 ml of milk
  • 40 ml of vegetable oil
  • 40 grams of plain flour
  • 15 grams of corn starch
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract

Egg White Batter:

  • 4 egg whites (160 grams)
  • 85 grams of caster sugar
  • 1 tsp of vinegar

Matcha Paste:

  • 8 grams of matcha powder
  • 30 ml of water
  • Green food coloring optional

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 60 grams of Full-Fat Cream Cheese soften at room temperature
  • 30 grams of salted butter soften at room temperature
  • 85 grams of icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon of gelatin and 2 tbsp of water microwaved for 20 seconds
  • 120 ml whipping cream, chilled


  • To make the egg yolk batter, in a measuring cup, whisk egg yolks, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, and milk till thick and volumized.
  • Next, fold in plain flour and corn starch. Set aside.
  • To make the matcha paste, stir in matcha powder and hot water together until smooth.
  • I like to add some green food coloring to enhance the color but it's optional. Set aside.
  • To make the merginue, in another clean bowl, whisk egg whites and vinegar on high speed until frothy.
  • Then gradually add in caster sugar while whisking until stiff peaks.
  • Once it reaches stiff peaks, whisk in a dollap of merginue into the egg yolk batter. Then slowly fold in both mixture until they are well combined.
  • Portion out 160 grams of the batter into another clean bowl, then stir in the matcha paste we made earlier on.
  • Once it is well combined, transfer to a piping bag and set aside.
  • At this point of time, preheat your oven to 170C.
  • Transfer your white batter into a 9.5 inch square pan that has been greased and lined with parchment paper.
  • Then pipe your matcha batter accordingly.
  • Drop the pan a few times to even it and use the back of a spoon and make vertical lines across the batter. Then flip it 90 degree and make another set of vertical lines across the batter again.
  • Bake it in the oven for 14 to 15 minutes.
  • Let it cool in the pan for a few minutes, then flip it over on a clean parchment paper. Let it cool with the pan for a few minutes before making a few insertion onto the cake and roll it up.
  • Let it cool completely while you whip your cream cheese frosting.
  • To make the cream cheese frosting, whip softened cream cheese and butter until combined.
  • Then stir in icing sugar, and cornstarch.
  • Once it has been well combined. Drizzle in chilled whipping cream and whip it up till the mixutre is fluffy.
  • Whisk in the geletin mixture and put it in the fridge to let it set before using it.
  • Once your cream has been chilled for a few hours, gently unroll your cake and spread across it.
  • Roll it up and use the parchment paper to tighten the roll. Put it in the fridge to set overnight.
  • Cut the roll accordingly and serve chilled.
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Lapis Surabaya

Lapis Surabaya

Lapis Surabaya

Last week, I shared my experience at Lapis Lapis in Jakarta with my good friend, Titan. If you haven’t seen the video make sure to check it out here!

So for today, I am sharing my take on Lapis Surabaya. I got this recipe from my mum’s old notebook and made some modifications to suit the size of my pan. As I don’t fancy making a whole cake because I can’t finish, I made my Kueh Lapis in a loaf pan instead. If you want to make a large 7-inch square cake, just double the recipe will do.

Lapis Surabaya

Additionally, if you have noticed, I’m not in my own kitchen! I shot this recipe in IMPIXEL kitchen studio. Make sure to check out my video recipe on Youtube and tell me about my new shooting style. I certainly do feel nervous speaking in front of the camera while baking. But I really want to share my tips and trick and connect with all of you so I hope you guys will enjoy my new format. 

Lapis Surabaya

Lapis Surabaya

Lapis Surabaya
7.9" x 4.3" Loaf Pan
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  1. 10 Egg Yolks
  2. 125 grams of Fine Sugar
  3. 50 grams of Plain Flour
  4. 125 grams of Salted Butter
  5. 2 tsp. of Milk Powder
  6. 1 tsp. of Vanilla Extract
  7. 1 tbsp. of Cocoa Powder
  8. 2 tbsp. of Strawberry Jam
  1. Preheat oven to 180C.
  2. Beat butter for 10 minutes on high speed until pale and fluffy.
  3. Set aside and beat egg yolks and sugar in another bowl for 10 minutes on high speed.
  4. Lower your mixer speed and stir in plain flour and milk powder.
  5. Drizzle in vanilla extract.
  6. Next, fold in butter.
  7. In a small bowl, mix cocoa powder and a tablespoon of water until well.
  8. Separate the mixture into 3 and stir in cocoa powder mixture with one of the bowl.
  9. Transfer each mixture into a loaf (7.9" x 4.3") lined with parchment paper.
  10. Bake it in the oven for about 20 minutes.
  11. Let it cool completely and layer them by spreading some strawberry jam in each layer.
  12. Trim the edges and serve!
  1. Add orange zest or spice to change things up a little.
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Martabak Manis (Indo Thick Pancake)


Do you know our Singapore Min Jiang Kueh? Or what the Malaysian called, Apam Balik?


This is something similar. Compared to ours (Sg and Msia), theirs are much thicker, much more filling, and much larger in size! It’s Indonesian-style. They call it, Martabak Manis.


You should totally try it out. If you have had been to Indonesia, I’m sure you have tried this. But if you have yet to, do not fair! Make yourself one! They are so easy to make.

Instead of just peanuts and sugar, they used a mixture of butter, chocolate, chopped peanuts and cheddar cheese. ‘Keju’ is what they named their cheese. I just like the word ‘Keju, keju’, so cute.

Martabak Manis (Indonesian Thick Pancake)
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Pancake Batter
  1. (2 cups) 250 grams of plain flour
  2. 1 tbsp. of baking powder
  3. ¼ tsp. of salt
  4. 1 tsp. of instant yeast
  5. 2 tbsp. + 1 tbsp. of sugar
  6. (1 ¼ cups) 310 grams of warm water
  7. 1 egg
  8. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Chocolate chips
  2. Butter
  3. Condensed milk
  4. Chopped peanuts
  5. Cheddar cheese
  1. In a jar, combine warm water, 2 tablespoon of sugar and instant yeast together. Let it sit for 10 minutes until bubbly.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together plain flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Stir the rest of the ingredients including the yeast water and mix for a minute until smooth.
  4. Let it proof for an hour.
  5. Preheat and grease your 9 inch non-stick pan on low heat.
  6. Transfer your batter into the pan and swirl around to give the crispy edge.
  7. Once the edges start to dry out, sprinkle a tablespoon of sugar and cover with a lid.
  8. Cook on low heat for 10 minutes.
  9. After 10 minutes, immediately transfer into a cutting board.
  10. Spread a layer of softens butter.
  11. Sprinkle some chocolate chips, chopped peanuts.
  12. A light drizzle of condensed milk.
  13. And a good grating of cheddar cheese.
  14. Make an incision cut on the center and fold it into half. Slice them into half.
  15. Serve them in bite-sized pieces.
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Indonesian-Style Avocado Milkshake

I love avocado. Avocado helps to lower bad helps lower bad cholesterol, and is also high in vitamin B which fights off diseases and good for your skin.


To me, Indonesian Avocado Milkshake is like my childhood favorite drink. My mum was born in Indonesia as a Chinese- Indonesian. She was later married to my dad, who is a Singaporean and eventually moved to Singapore. 

Often when I travel to Indonesia to visit my relatives, the first thing I would order in any restaurant or eatery is Avocado Milkshake. It’s thick, creamy and full of goodness.

Indonesian Avocado Milkshake
Serves 1
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  1. 1/2 avocado
  2. 30 grams of Gula Melaka (Palm sugar)
  3. 2 tbsp. of water
  4. (1 cup) 250 grams of milk
  5. (1 cup) handful of ice
  1. Chopped up Gula Melaka (Palm sugar) and melt them with water on low heat.
  2. Blend everything together.
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