Random bits and bobs I ate while visiting HK. This was about four months ago.
1 This is the best dessert EVER. This dessert is definitely a gift from the gods. Sweet mango chunks, pomelo pieces, mini sago beads, and herbal grass jelly in a sweet but not overly so syrup (mainly made out of mango. I could taste a little condensed milk, but I can’t make out the other ingredients). The sweetness of the mango, the chewiness of the little sago beads, the tart pomelo pieces, the slightly bitter and cool grass jelly mixed with the syrup is a perfect balance of flavors and textures. SO GOOD. I had a bowl of this magical soup every single day. Sometimes twice a day. A perfect way to cool off during the heat of HK summers. This dessert can be found in any dessert shop throughout HK, but I got mine from Honeymoon Dessert, which is a well-known chain. They’re efficient, clean (you can see them prepare the desserts right in front of you), and delicious. Nothing is overly sweet; the balance of flavors is amazing.
8 Sweet Potato Soup. Sweet Lotus Nuts and Lily Bulb with Egg. Double Steamed Papaya with Fungus with Chinese Almonds. LOL. My brother and I seriously considered getting double steamed papaya with fungus with chinese almonds. But we opted for Taro Soup with Sago, Red Bean Soup with Rice Balls, and Sweet Cashew Nut Paste, the latter recommended by the waitress.
11 Cashew paste. I was looking forward to a really intensely cashew-y soup (I love cashews) but the soup was not that thick, only semi-cashew-y and VERY sweet. We couldn’t really finish anything because the sweetness level was so high.
Like always, my family and I headed over to Tim Ho Wan for some quality dim sum. I already have a review on the restaurant, so I won’t go so in-depth. The pictures I took then were via iphone so these pictures will show the food much better. For those of you who don’t know, Tim Ho Wan is where you can get the cheapest Michelin-starred dim sum in the world. Cheap and delicious.
15 Phoenix claws stewed in abalone broth (is really what it’s called- phoenix claws). SO DELICIOUS. I know some of you are getting grossed out, but trust me. The collagen in the chicken feet is so rich and full of flavor, your lips actually get coated with a oily deliciousness. This only happens with the richest broths, like bone marrow soup in Korea. The broth is seasoned with soy sauce and has a great depth because of the broth, which is made out of abalones. We have at least two plates of the claws every time we go.
25 And… because we’re lacking in greens. A plate of steamed lettuce to balance things out. Steamed lettuce sounds weird, but is actually delicious. Unlike cabbage, the lettuce is still crisp after steaming.
26 The famous Tim Ho Wan pork buns. The buns aren’t like your normal white, tasteless floury buns. The bread is very light and is covered with a thin cookie layer, similar to the Japanese melon bread or Korea’s Soboro bread.
27Behold the innards of a pork bun. Fairly large chunks of BBQ pork, and as you can see, the bread is very thin and light. More pork to bread ratio. Tastes very naughty, because it’s so sweet and rich, but you can’t stop eating them.
I had hundreds of photographs taken of the many things I ate around HK and even when I went to Macau on a day trip, but sadly my DSLR sucked the life out of my memory card and I was left with a error-ridden dead card. These were pictures taken on my newly purchased SD card. I am sincerely thinking of selling my beloved DSLR of seven years because it keeps on killing memory cards. I’ll be going to HK again in Feb. so I will take more pictures then.
Recipes coming soon! Until next time