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You Can Bake Hong Kong Egg Tarts At Home

24 Nov

Chinese egg tarts are subtly sweet desserts that consist of a egg custard filling that is baked in pastry shells that are either flaky puff pastry or soft, shortcrust pastry. Eventually, I will make the pastry from scratch, but for now, the store bought puff pastry tart shells work beautifully and make these egg tarts one of the quickest and easiest desserts to put together. My family thought that these were even better than the ones that we buy from Chinese bakeries. Now that I know how easy they are to make, I’ll never buy them again.

Hong Kong Egg Tarts

Hong Kong Egg Tarts Recipe:

  • 2 boxes of 12 frozen puff pastry tart shells
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 100 grams icing sugar
  • 85 grams evaporated milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 225 grams water

Defrost the frozen puff pastry tart shells. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C and place the oven rack in the bottom third of the oven. Over medium high heat, heat the water in a medium sized sauce pot until it starts to steam. Then remove it from heat and stir in the icing sugar until it has completely dissolved. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with the evaporated milk until well combined and stir in the vanilla extract. Pour the hot sugar water in a very thin stream to very slowly add it to the eggs and evaporated milk, whisking continuously. Sift the egg mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a lipped measuring cup and set aside. Place the defrosted puff pastry tart shells on a baking sheet. Pour the egg mixture evenly into the tart shells up until the bottom of the ridges of the crust edge. Bake the tarts in the oven until the edges are lightly golden, about 10 minutes. Then lower the heat to 180 degrees C and bake for 8 to 10 more minutes. The custard should have puffed up into a dome. Open the oven door, about 3 inches, and wait for the top of the custard to flatten out again. This will only take a minute or two. Then remove the tarts and transfer them to a wire rack to cool. The custards are done if the middle of the custard is only slightly more jiggly than the edges of the custard and the edges of the pastry are lightly browned. Enjoy warm (not hot) or at room temperature. The custard will set further as it cools.

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There Are A Lot Of Famous Hong Kong Food

12 Nov

Hong Kong is the culinary capital of Asia. A gastronomical tour of Asia without a visit to Hong Kong would be incomplete. Hong Kong is a place which offers superb cuisine from around the world and an infinite choice of restaurants.

Here is concise information about famous Hong Kong food recipe:

Hong Kong Food

Hong Kong Hits

If you are on a tour of Hong Kong, never fail to bite into Dim Sum, the tasty collection of delicacies served in bamboo steamers, or crisp Peking Duck carved at your table. Be sure to try Jumbo Restaurant, counted among the world’s most luxurious floating restaurant. And Hong Kong also holds Ocean City Restaurant and Night Club, which seats more than 4800 people.

Dim Sum

Dim Sum is the most famous in the long list of dishes in a Hongkong meal. Impressively shaped, bite-size portions of dumplings with lightly seasoned fillings of meat and seafish, fluffy buns with various fillings and glutinous rice – all deliciously steamed – just ignite the tastebuds.

Hot Pot

Hot Pot is best savored with a pot of tea. Served in little bamboo steamers or pretty plates, dim sum is light in content. It is a favorite dish of the Chinese. There are few better ways to pass time than eating some bites of Hot Pot accompaniements and drinking the soup.

Chinese

Hong Kong is best known for Chinese menu, specially Cantonese style of cuisine. Cantonese people give very much attention to the freshness of their food. This cooking is lighter to some extent than most regional Chinese cuisine.

Preparation methods usually involve stir-frying in shallow water or oil in a wok. Flavors and nutrition of the food is preserved as cooking time is short. Much oil is not consumed for steaming vegetable and fish. Ingredients like ginger, garlic, onion, vinegar, and sugar are used for preparing sauces.

Indian

To find authentic Indian cuisine is not tough in Hongkong. Restaurants serving dishes like ‘tanduri chicken’ and ‘naan’ abound in the island. Recipe in these restaurants is affordable and satisfying. A conventional method of Indian cooking is the roasting of meats and poultry in a oven, which is made of clay. Indians are fond of savoring the food cooked in Tandoori style and Hong Kong fulfils their need. All other popular varities of Indian food are also available in Hong Kong.

A Tour In HongKong The Special Snacks Which You Can Not Escape

24 Apr

Hong Kong special snacksSpeak of Hong Kong and you can’t avoid talking about the Hong Kong  food. The most notable Causeway Bay is for authentic Hong Kong cuisine with the atmosphere to match it. From local snacks along the Jardine’s Bazaar, Tang Lung and Matheson Street to illuminated 24-hour food stalls and from bars and sushi parlors along Sunning Road to the elegant restaurants at the Times Square, Theater Plaza on Percival and Paterson streets, Causeway Bay is the ultimate source for all native gourmets.

If all sorts of Asian cuisine is your preference, head towards Kowloon City. Formerly an industrial hub, Kowloon City gradually evolved into one of Hong Kong’s best Asian gourmet destinations. While the cuisine is dreamy and delicious, the prices are so low that you can savor a variety of cuisines in a single night without breaking your budget. Spicy South Asian dishes are offered alongside the sweet and sour Cantonese and Chiu Chow delights.

For freshly prepared seafood, head to Sai Kung, Lamma Island or Lei Yue Men. The beautiful setting is livened up by the best types of fish, lobsters, scallops and juicy prawns. A bit grander and elaborate than other food districts in Hong Kong, these will often require advanced booking. In comparison, Stanley, located on the southern side of town, offers a different atmosphere, with seafront alfresco and boutique beer options. It’s a relaxed dining area, with romance as its number one appeal.

The cuisines of China (particularly the Cantonese) are dominating Hong Kong’s culinary scene, and that is no surprise, as most Hong Kongers are of Cantonese origin. Alongside the Chinese cuisines, you will find many restaurants specializing in other Far East cuisines, such as Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Indian and others… European and British influence can also be found, as Hong Kong was a British colony for more than 150 years.

Moreover, it can be said that during the years Hong Kong developed its own unique cuisine that combines Cantonese cooking with other elements. Being one of the world’s foremost culinary capitals, Hong Kong presents visitors to the city a gastronomic array of delights to indulge in. The Hong Kong Food  is part of an initiative that was launched in 2009 to promote this image. The festival isn’t actually a festival in the traditional sense but is rather a year long promotion of food in Hong Kong. It gathers the support of approximately 2,000 restaurants, famous dining districts, and twenty five renowned local gourmets in addition to popular tourist attractions.

Due to the blending of cultures from around the world the variety of foods available are almost endless. The Western and Chinese cuisine are all very authentic. French cuisine has become the most popular style of Western cuisine in Hong Kong and a large number of French cafes have sprouted up. Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Italian cuisine are also commonplace in Hong Kong. It might take some searching, but there is also Vietnamese, Spanish, Russian, Indian, Cuban, and American cuisine available. Being located on the sea, Hong Kong has a huge variety of the freshest seafood available and it is incorporated into many dishes.

Yum cha (“drinking tea”) is an integral part of Hong Kong’s culinary culture.This Cantonese term refers to the custom of eating small servings of different foods, mainly dim sum, while sipping Chinese tea.Dim sum is probably Hong Kong’s most popular dish. It literally translates to “touch the heart”, which means “take what your heart picks” (that is because of the great variety you can choose from). Dim sum is typically served as a light meal or brunch that consists of various types of steamed buns, dumplings and rice-rolls, containing a range of fillings, including beef, chicken, pork, prawns and vegetarian options.It is normally eaten some time from morning to early afternoon and usually served with Chinese tea.

Hong Kong’s Kowloon Area is one of the best places to eat in Hong Kong. The prices are reasonable and it is a favorite among locals. Around the Causeway Bay, there are many restaurants that specialize in traditional Hong Kong cuisine. You can also find sushi shops and coffee houses. They are a great place to rest after shopping. In the Saigon area there are a lot of seafood restaurants. Being located near to the sea, the seafood is always incredibly fresh. In Stanley, which faces the sea, there are many romantic restaurants. At Lan Kwai Fong, there are many first class Western and Chinese restaurants.

Snowy Moon Cake

5 Nov

Today is Mid Autumn Festival – August 15 in Chinese calendar. Well the most popular festival food is of course Moon Cake. This year I really want to try snowy moon cake. Though this new breed of moon cake was invented some years ago, I didn’t try it until this year.

The other day I passed by Wing Wah, a famous Hong Kong Chinese bakery, and bought a pack of their icy moon cake. Icy and snowy, same thing. As its creator Taipan calls it snowy moon cake, I’ll call it snowy moon cake.

  Traditional moon cake is made of lotus seed paste and salty egg yolks, but snowy moon cake has only the shape of a moon cake but the ingredients are completely different. There are many choices of flavours but my favourite is mango. Unfortunately the saleswoman gave me a pack of coffee. It’s quite expensive, I must say. Two 1-inch cakes cost HK$40 (US$5.13) which means HK$20 for one cake which is only good for couple of bites. If it is not a festival food, I would never buy such an expensive cake.

The Moon and Seven Stars – is another traditional moon cake being interpreted by snowy moon cake. One big (the moon) being accompanied by seven small (stars) cakes – is usually very expensive. My brother received a gift pack of Maxim’s snowy moon cake this year and I was glad to have a chance to share a tiny piece of all the eight flavours.

Lovely Foods in Hong Kong

10 Sep

Now that I have completed this goal, here’s a LONG list of food (7 pages) we had in Hong Kong just for sharing sake. Do note this is not to be used as a guide for food hunting, this is merely a list of things we had during the trip. FYI, our stay in Hong Kong was 5D4N, approximately 100 hours from we touch down till we left. And we stayed in the ever busy Mong Kok, the place that holds the highest population density in the world.

As a food lover Hong Kong has always been a dream destination. Many of us who grew up watching TVB dramas and Hong Kong movies more or less will want to visit the bustling city to sample the dim sum, noodles, desserts and various delicacies featured in the shows.