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The Booth Delivered – Menulog + Giveaway

As much as Mr Bao and I like going out and I love any excuse to dress up, put some make up on (sometimes perhaps too much lol) and head out for date night. Some days when I work from home, I literally roll out of bed in my pyjamas and will log onto my computer and stay in my PJ’s all day, with no make up on and put no effort into my look. And on days like these I would usually ask Mr Bao to get us takeaway for dinner. But then there’s another issue, sometimes when I tell Mr Bao what I want he’ll accidentally forget (yes men) or order something else because he thinks I’ll like… But I think I’ve found a new solution for this :) And that is to use an online takeaway website instead like Menulog.

Menulog

I was given a $30 voucher to try the services provided by Menulog, I’ve used another similar website before and found the interface to be more or less the same. You type in your postcode/suburb and it will generate a list of restaurants who take orders and deliver in your area. I let out a little squeal when I saw ‘The Booth’ on the list, because it is one of my favourite Taiwanese restaurants in Melbourne! As you all know my love for Taiwan!

Placing the order

Placing the order

I was really impressed with the menu online, it practically had everything you could order in the restaurant and at the same price. There is a $5 delivery free which I think is reasonable to cover for petrol and time used to deliver the meal. It’s quite easy to navigate, you choose what you want, it has the price on the right, press the ‘+’ button and it will be automatically be placed in the panel on the right and when you’re done, press ‘Place Your Order.’

Pay for order

The next page is where you enter your delivery details and pay for the order. I really liked the function where you can choose when you want the delivery to be sent, so I can order my dinner at lunch time at work and ask for it to be delivered at a specific time.

Menulog

We asked the delivery to be sent ‘Now’ and we were immediately sent an SMS confirmation with an estimated delivery time of about 45 minutes. It arrived in about an hour which is slightly longer than we expected, but knowing how busy The Booth gets every night, we will probably order earlier in advance next time.

Let the Feast begin!

I admit, I probably over ordered, but this is about the same amount we would order when we go to the restaurant and I really do like their food :)

Green Tea with pearls $4.7 and Matcha Milkshake $6

Green Tea with pearls $4.7 and Matcha Milkshake $6

Let’s start with the drinks ~ Mr Bao ordered the Green tea with pearls one of his favourite bottle drinks and I obviously got a Matcha Milkshake. I’ve had this at The Booth before and it can be a little inconsistent at times, sometimes too runny or milky. But they got it spot on this time with good matcha flavour and smooth texture. Who would’ve thought it was possible to get a matcha milkshake delivered to your door step :)

Chicken Wrap $9

Chicken Wrap $9

We shared a Chicken Wrap as a little appetizer, if you’ve haven’t had this type of Taiwanese wrap before, think of it as a Taiwanese pancake very similar texture as a Roti but a little more doughy with a crispy layer on the outside. The filling is slices of chicken with a sweet sauce similar with Hoisen sauce. One of my favourite dishes from The Booth, the pancake was not as crispy as I’d like, but I understand because it was placed in a box and the steam would have created moisture and softened it.

Special chicken rice $9.5

Special chicken rice $9.5

For my main, I got another usual Special Chicken Rice which is deep fried drumlets with rice, tomato sauce, fried egg and veggies. It’s a pretty affordable all this for only $9.5. They used a paper bag for the fried chicken which arrived piping hot and still crispy and it tasted the same as it does in the restaurant.

Three Cup Chicken Rice $9

Three Cup Chicken Rice $9

I’m not sure if Mr Bao has ordered the Three Cup Chicken rice before, but he felt like it that night. For those who don’t know Three Cup Chicken is given the name because it uses equal quantities of sesame oil, Chinese rice wine, and soy sauce. The chicken is then braised in these ingredients to make it into a stew. We both really enjoyed this dish and thought the chicken had great flavour and probably a more ‘takeaway’ safe dish to order, because it doesn’t change the texture or flavour at all. 

Taiwanese Meat Stick Soup $6.5

Taiwanese Meat Stick Soup $6.5

It was a little chilly that night so Mr Bao and I decided to order the Taiwanese Meat Stick soup as well. Taiwanese soups are generally thicker than the Canton style soups, we’re use to drinking in Hong Kong. This soup was full of Taiwanese meat balls, bamboo sticks, woodear, mushroom and radish ~

Sweet Soya Bean Curd with Pearls $6

Sweet Soya Bean Curd with Pearls $6

For those who have visited Taiwan you would know the Taiwanese love their desserts and The Booth do a great job in replicating these dishes. They offer the snowthies which is like a crushed iced dessert but the ice-cream is shaved so lightly that it has the texture of snow. Being realistic this is very hard to be delivered, but I was impressed with the selection of deserted they offered. I chose the Sweet Soya Bean curd because it’s been a while since I’ve had that and paired it with pearls. It was the perfect way to end our meal and night.

Overall, we enjoyed our experience ordering through Menulog, it was quick, easy and most importantly we got our Taiwanese food fix without having to go out ;) If you haven’t tried ordering takeaway and having it delivered before, I would really recommend you trying because we all deserve a break once in a while especially working mothers! I have so much respect for you!

Now thanks to Menulog, one lucky Reader is going to have the chance to win a $40 voucher to this service out for themselves :)

The Booth on Urbanspoon

To enter this giveaway
- Leave a comment and tell me how often you order takeaway and have you tried Taiwanese food before?
– For more entries please ‘Like’ me on Facebook and Follow me on Twitter ~ If you’ve already done that please let me now! Thank you!
– Giveaway ends on the 7th June (Sunday) 
– You may reenter daily, one entry per day
– Winners will be chosen by me personally and announced on this blog and notified via email on the 8th June 
– Open only to all Australian residents (Sorry International Readers!)

Congratulations to Ben Travia you have won a $40 coupon to Menulog!

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I will be emailing you with the voucher and details :) Thanks again for entering in the Giveaway!

Daisy@Nevertoosweet and Mr Bao received a $30 voucher from Menulog the remainder of the bill was independently paid for. 

My favourite Matcha Softserve – Via Tokyo, Hong Kong

My Dearest Readers! I’m back :) I arrived back home in Melbourne on Monday morning. And even though it’s great to be home, I’m already starting to miss my family, friends and one of the best matcha soft serve I’ve had! I don’t use these words lightly, but I honestly liked the matcha soft serve so much from Via Tokyo, I visited 3 times in during my short stay.

Via Tokyo in Causeway bay

Via Tokyo in Causeway bay

Via Tokyo is one of Kosei Kamatani many ventures in Melbourne, he’s also the owner and operator of Ramen Jo which is just a stores down from Via Tokyo and believe it or not he also owns a Shisha bar. A lot of my foodie friends in Hong Kong are friends with Kosei so I was lucky enough to meet him in person. He was surprisingly young, friendly and very dedicated to his businesses, I’ve visited both Ramen Jo and Via Tokyo and they’re both brilliant, will have to try the Shisha bar as well next time :)

Via Tokyo Menu

*Warning* Via Tokyo is definitely designed for matchaholics! More than half of their menu is matcha based and the rest is focused on soft serve made from Hokkaido milk and a range of coffees. My first visit was on my 3rd night in town and I dragged my friend Mary to come with me. We arrived at around 8pm and there was already a queue outside. We were told to stand line up and given the menu to look at, I couldn’t decide I just wanted it all!

Matcha Azuki Parfait $45HKD ($6.3AUD)

Matcha Azuki Parfait $45HKD ($6.3AUD)

We were both quite full from dinner so we only ordered two things, the first was the Match Azuki Parfait, the base is a matcha soft serve, Azuki beans puree, mochi (glutinous balls), sliced banana and rice puffs. I didn’t even pay much attention to the toppings and just dived straight into the matcha soft serve, and it was everything I expected but more! It had the smoothest texture but what really impressed me was the strong matcha flavour. That is the main issue I have when I go to most places for matcha soft serve, it always look green in colour but usually the matcha flavour is really light and merely tastes like green vanilla ice-cream. But here at Via Tokyo the matcha flavour is not only strong enough but it doesn’t have that bitter aftertaste :D

Sample Set $45HKD ($6.3AUD)

Sample Set $45HKD ($6.3AUD)

We then got the sample set with mochis azuki beans, matcha soft serve and a soft jelly served with a brown sugar syrup. Once again I had my eyes and mind set on the matcha soft serve, which was just as nice but the other two sides was also nice and shouldn’t be ignored especially the mochi which was chewy on the outside but still soft in the middle. That concludes my first visit to Via Tokyo and I can only describe it as ‘impressive’.

Matcha Addicts!

Matcha Addicts!

I went home with a huge smile on my face, and kept bugging my other matcha loving friends (Ivan, Minnie, Winnie, Margaret and Ann) and kept telling them we have to go back together as soon as possible. So about a week later we finally found the time to go, conveniently, we had dinner at Ramen Jo first (blog post to come) then walked over to Via Tokyo. Its a small store and we had 5 of us so we wanted for a good 20 minutes before we got a table. And we went nuts hahaha we ordered a whole table of matcha desserts and drinks!

Matcha Affogato $42HKD ($6AUD)

Matcha Affogato $42HKD ($6AUD)

I’ve heard and seen so much about the Matcha Affogato that I was so excited to try. But note that this isn’t on the menu so if you want to try simply order it at the cashier :) It’s basically a serve of matcha soft serve topped with matcha latte. It’s a genius idea! Because we get the best of both worlds.

Matcha Affogato

Moving on we got the Okome Shiratoma Matcha Soft serve, which is similar to the Azuki Parfait with the matcha soft serve base and I found out the Shiratoma are not really mochi but more sweet rice flour dumplings. I particularly liked the rice puffs which gave the soft serve a little crunchiness.

Okome Shiratoma Matcha Soft Serve $45HKD ($6.3AUD)

Okome Shiratoma Matcha Soft Serve $45HKD ($6.3AUD)

Nope we still weren’t matcha-ed out and Margaret suggested we get a matcha latte, and I was so surprised to see the latte art. It was a very cute Winnie The Pooh face and also the word ‘Pooh’ with a little heart on the side! Definitely one of the prettiest lattes I’ve seen! Didn’t even want to drink and wreck the face! The matcha flavour wasn’t as strong because we’ve been overdosing in matcha but I know if I drank this first it would’ve had enough matcha flavour ~

Matcha Latte $32HKD ($3.5AUD)

Matcha Latte $32HKD ($3.5AUD)

Ok to give you guys a relief from matcha, we also shared a regular Affogato with Hokkaido milk soft serve and a shot of Espresso. I loved this shot! Thanks Ann for being such a great pourer hehe even though it’s not matcha, I still enjoyed this soft serve it has the richest and creamiest texture probably because they use the milk imported from Hokkaido to make all their soft serves.

Affogato $38HKD($5.30AUD)

Affogato $38HKD($5.30AUD)

That’s the second time I visited and I was left thinking about the matcha soft serve again, and I knew I would’ve visited even more often if it was closer to where I lived. So on the last day I was about to leave, we had peking duck with the family for lunch and then we had a couple of hours before I had to fly out … and there was only one place I wanted to visit before I left and that was Via Tokyo for the matcha soft serve yet again :) And I really wanted Win Win (sister) to try because she also likes matcha ice-cream ~

Matcha affogato

Matcha affogato

I got another Matcha Affogato all for myself and no sharing :) I mean it was my last day so I think I had the right to be selfish hehe still just as good! Win Win got a simple cup with the matcha soft serve and she was also impressed with the strong flavour.

Okome Shiratama Soft Serve $38HKD($5.40AUD)

Okome Shiratama Soft Serve $38HKD($5.40AUD)

My nephew Aden isn’t a fan of matcha yet probably because he’s 3 and doesn’t like the slight bitterness which comes with matcha. So got him an Okome Shiratama Soft Serve with ‘milk’ instead and the shiratama again. Aden really liked the soft serve and kept asking for more haha I think soon enough I will be able to train him to like match as much as his Auntie Daisy done :D

And that there sums up my 3 visits to Via Tokyo and trust me when I tell you, I really really like the matcha soft serve here. One of the best I’ve had and if you’re a matchaholic like me or like really rich and creamy soft serves, I highly recommend you trying Via Tokyo! Now I can’t wait till the next time I get to visit :D

Via Tokyo
Shop nos. 1A-1B, G/F., Leishun Court,
106-126 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay
銅鑼灣禮頓道106-126號禮信大廈地下1A-1B號舖
PH: +852 
2895 1116
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/viatokyocafe

Matcha Delights – Miam Miam + Some News :)

Happy Chinese New Year my Dearest Readers :) If you celebrate I wish you all a prosperous horse year!! Mr Bao and I celebrated Chinese New Years with our friends and I will be sharing that story with you soon ~ But today, I want to share with you a new French-Japanese restaurant that has recently opened in Chadstone Shopping Centre – Miam Miam.

Miam Miam

Miam Miam is originally from Tokyo and have now opened throughout Asia including Singapore and have now ventured into Australia and landed in Melbourne :) As soon as I saw photos of of the matcha lattes and desserts, I knew I had to go check it out ASAP! You know how much I love my matcha hehe

Miam MIam

If you’re not familiar with Chadstone, Miam Miam is in the area with the other restaurants such as Pappa Rich and close to Aldi and Colonial Markets. I really like the decor of the restaurant with the aluminion chairs and bright lights. They have a no booking policy, so I arrived early to get a table for 6 as I was meeting up with Jana, her husband and some of her friends ~ The waitress was friendly and even though they didn’t have a table for us, they were willing to shuffle the tables around to accommodate us.

Matcha latte with softie $8.8

Matcha latte with softie $8.8

They had a whole section on the menu dedicated to matcha goodies! You should’ve seen the smile on my face :) A couple of us ordered this matcha latte with matcha soft serve, I must say I was quite impressed! Because it is quite hard to find matcha lattes that have a strong matcha flavour and the soft serve had a nice creamy texture and good matcha flavour. I would have preferred if it had an even stronger matcha flavour, but its already one of the better ones I’ve had in Melbourne.

Matcha smoothie with red bean $7.5

Matcha smoothie with red bean $7.5

Mr Bao ordered a matcha smoothie with red bean, I couldn’t really taste the red bean but it had the same matcha flavour and had a more icy texture as it was a smoothie. I think I prefer the matcha latte a little more ~

Miam Miam Spaghetti $16.8

Miam Miam Spaghetti $16.8

The menu is a little small with only a handful of savoury dishes, it was made even more disappointing when a few dishes were sold out at 7pm and we were only left with either the Miam Miam spaghetti or the squid ink risotto. 3 of us got the Miam Miam Spaghetti with tomato, eggplant, bacon and a soft boiled egg. The pasta was cooked to a nice al dente texture and with good flavour, we did find it to be slightly salty.

Squid Ink Risotto $20.8

Squid Ink Risotto $20.8

The rest of the table ordered the Squid Ink Risotto with omelette on top, once again cooked to al dente and with squid pieces through it, flavour was great and the egg top was creamy and soft. For such a small portion I find it a little overpriced for $20.8, the boys were definitely not full and wanted more food ~

Matcha Souffle

Matcha Souffle

Sorry I can’t find the prices for the desserts, of course all the desserts we ordered were MATCHA :D Starting with the matcha soufflé, I don’t think I’ve had this before. Unfortunately, it was a little bit of a disappointment, it was very wet inside and felt a little uncooked, while matcha flavour wasn’t very strong. I think it would make a great soufflé if a few improvements were made.

Matcha soufflé pancake with soft serve

Matcha soufflé pancake with soft serve

The other dessert we got was the matcha soufflé pancake with matcha soft serve, coffee jelly, matcha jelly and red bean. The pancake is thicker and dense in the middle but remained soft, once again lacked some matcha flavour but the coffee jelly actually complimented the matcha in general.

That’s the first meal I had at Miam Miam, I enjoyed some of the dishes but would’ve have liked more options no the menu and stronger matcha flavour for some desserts. However, still really glad that they have now opened up and serving so many matcha desserts.

Iced Matcha Tea

Iced Matcha Tea

Because I am a true matchaholic, I couldn’t hope but go back two days later with my colleague and we had afternoon there. This time I had the iced matcha tea as it was quite hot and I wanted something to quench the thirst. It’s very different from the matcha latte as this iced version has no milk and not sweetened either, it had quite a lot of ice which watered down the matcha.

Matcha parfait with matcha jelly, red bean and rice crisps

Matcha parfait with matcha jelly, coffee jelly, red bean and rice crisps

I didn’t get to try the parfait last time so went back to try the matcha parfait with matcha jelly, coffee jelly, red bean and rice crisps. Pretty much the same toppings that was on the matcha soufflé pancake, all matched quite well but I think I would’ve liked some other topping on the parfait to make it a little different. 

Cookie N Cream Parfait

Cookie N Cream Parfait

They made a mistake with our order and brought a Cookie N Cream parfait when we ordered another pancake. They were kind enough to offer it to us so yay for us we got to try this as well. Similar to the matcha parfait it had a vanilla soft serve base chocolate rice crisps, sliced banana, chocolate syrup and some crushed Oreo cookies. Not bad but I think I prefer the matcha more hehe maybe I’m bias!

Spiced Apple soufflé pancake

Spiced Apple soufflé pancake

Last but not least was the spiced apple soufflé pancake topped with vanilla soft serve and crushed corn flakes. I found the pancake to be slightly overcooked this time, and would have preferred if the apples were a little softer.

After two visits in 3 days, I definitely like Miam Miam especially their matcha soft serve and all their other matcha drinks and desserts. However, I find the quality of the food to be a little inconsistent and the same elements used again and again. I have also heard from others that they find the menu to be limited and for some dishes it is overpriced. I think Miam Miam needs more time to improve and expand on their menu but other than that it is a great addition to our food scene ~

Miam Miam Restaurant on Urbanspoon

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Now time to share some exciting news :)

My little CUPCAKE!

My little CUPCAKE!

Mr Bao and I are very happy to announce that we are now proud parents to this gorgeous little silver toy poodle :) And his name is CUPCAKE! I have actually Instagrammed some photos before so those who follow me will know about him hehe we are both so in love with this little puppy! But I do understand not everyone likes dogs so I have created a separate Instagram account for him to share his daily adventures ~ His account is @My_Mr_Cupcake

Cupcake

I totally underestimated the time and effort required to train a puppy, between working full-time, going to puppy school twice a week, toilet training, feeding and playing with Cupcake. It hasn’t left me with a lot of time to do my own things like blogging! But please bear with me Dearest Readers, I promise to get my act together as soon as possible! Thank you so much for being so patient with me!

Japanese Afternoon Tea – Hihou

Hello my Dearest Readers :) Hope you’ve all recovered from Christmas and now getting ready to celebrate New Years! This year has just gone by so quickly I haven’t even had time to think about my achievements and failures…let alone New Years resolutions. But it’s ok I still have a little bit of time to work that out hehe

Hihou tea

I’m sure I’ve said that plenty of times and I’ll say it again, I can’t think of a better way to spend Saturday afternoon than having afternoon tea with my girls – BBFF (Michele), Lianne (Food Made with Love) and Michelle (The Bakernista) :) A couple of weeks ago I came across an article which talked about Hihou limited edition Japanese Afternoon tea which they have on the last Saturday of each month. For Japanese food connoisseurs in Melbourne they will know Hihou is owned by the same group as Izakaya Den and Nama Nama the acclaimed restaurnats. I haven’t had the chance to try these restaurants but was lucky to try some of Hihou’s dishes at the Lexus Pavilion on Stakes Day.

HIhou tea

Hihou Japanese Afternoon Tea $25 per person

Because there were limited seats, I literally emailed and booked a table of for and then merely informed the girls that they were to have afternoon tea with me on that date and 2pm. I gave them no choice and the only way they could get out of it was to give me a REALLY good excuse :P Yes I can be very pushy or efficient as I like to describe myself hehe

I’m glad we all made it to the afternoon tea that day and got a nice table by the window which gave us a good view of the Flagstaff gardens and the people walking along Flinders Lane. We all started with a hot tea, I obviously went for the matcha while the girls Ume Vert which was a Japanese Plum Green. I think I prefer the taste of the matcha tea but the Japanese plum green smelt so good!

Chilli miso soy bean oyaki

Chilli miso soy bean oyaki

The first course for the afternoon tea was this Chilli miso soy bean oyaki which is a dumpling made from fermented buckwheat and a miso soy bean filling. I found the dumpling to be a little dense and chewy but I did like the slight spiciness from the chilli.

Pork Tonkatsu Sandwich

Pork Tonkatsu Sandwich

It was then followed by this delicious Pork Tonkatsu Sandwich the girls went crazy for this :P I can’t blame them the pork tonkatsu (deep fried pork cutlet) had a light crispy layer on the outside but still remained so juicy and tender inside. This may sound a little silly but I also found the bread so soft and fluffy as well hehe

Scallop and Shitake Shumai

Scallop and Shitake Shumai

My favourite out of the savoury dishes would have to be this scallop and shitake shumai, they were freshly steamed and I loved the flavour and texture of the scallop. Just modernises and makes the already delicious Shumai even better.

Japanese Sweet Treat Box - Matcha cookies, Japanese Whiskey chocolate, Mountain berry tart, Miso caramel nut praline

Japanese Sweet Treat Box
Matcha cookies, Japanese Whiskey chocolate, Mountain berry tart, White bean paste dumpling, Miso caramel nut praline

Now time for sweets! I did let out a little squeal when I saw this little sweet treat box. It had a good spread of Japanese inspired and style sweets. On the top left was the matcha cookie which was more like a shortbread it was quite nice but I would’ve liked a stronger matcha flavour. On the top right was the Japanese Whiskey chocolate which was surprisingly sweet and couldn’t really taste the whiskey. In the middle was the Japanese Mountain Berry tart, there wasn’t a distinct flavour to the mountain berry best way to describe it would be like a really light tasting raspberry. On the bottom left was a white bean pate dumpling this was my least favourite as I’m not a fan of white bean and the paste texture. Last but not least was the miso caramel nut praline, it may sound unusual, however, the saltiness from the miso matched the sweet caramel quite well.

Black Sesame Cheesecake

Black Sesame Cheesecake

That’s not it there’s more dessert yay! This was the black sesame cheesecake, I know the colour may alarm people who are not familiar with black sesame but if you’re a fan you will appreciate the strong yet not overpowering black sesame flavour and the soft cotton like texture of the cheesecake.

Warm Yuzu tofu cake, white chocolate sauce

Warm Yuzu tofu cake, white chocolate sauce

Everything was lovely, but the winner of this whole afternoon tea was this warm yuzu tofu cake. I find it’s quite hard to find yuzu flavoured desserts in Melbourne. Yuzu is a Japanese citrus fruit cross between a lemon/mandarin. I really like the spongey texture of the tofu cake and the delicious white chocolate sauce topped with chopped pistachio and cranberry. I have already instructed Mr Bao to try and replicate this at home and try and open and use that bottle of yuzu juice we have at home :D

Overall, all of us had a great time at Hihou and really enjoyed the afternoon tea. We probably overstayed and wanted to stay for longer and just chat chat chat hehe for only $25 per person, it’s actually very good value for all the food we got and also unlimited supply of tea. Would highly recommended this to anyone who likes Japanese food or want afternoon tea with a twist.

Hihou on Urbanspoon

Never Too Sweet Turns 2 – Blogversary

My Dearest Readers :) I’m so excited to tell you Never Too Sweet Turns 2! I’m a couple of days late the exact blog birthday, but things have been hectic and unexpected to say the least. You may have seen on Instagram last Thursday I posted Mr Bao in hospital as  he was in a pretty serious car accident. But please don’t worry Mr Bao wasn’t hurt doctors cleared him within a couple of hours and I was able to take him home. But I guess bad things always come in three… I then fell extremely ill with laryngitis and completely lost my voice. Last but not least… my Macbook also decided to drop dead on me…so it’s made blogging quite difficult! Apologies in advance these photos are taken from my iPhone :(

I’m finally feeling much better and able to talk again! And I’m sure you will know by know how much I love talking! Anyhow, moving away from all that negativity, Mr Bao and I wanted to make something special for the blogversary after all we’re two years old and I can’t believe how quickly time has gone by.

Giant Matcha Fondant

I wanted to make something that represents Never Too Sweet so of course it was going to be sweet after long discussions we decided to remake the Giant Matcha Fondant I had at the Intercontinental Hotel in Hong Kong :) Because its everything I love in one dessert! I’ve made it before, but never has it really been that successful or look very pretty! There was always something wrong with the edges or it was under or overcooked.

Giant Matcha Fondant

We started on this project on Monday night and after 5 attempts we finally got the recipe, cooking times and everything right! Yup that’s 5 times which equates to 24 eggs, 1kg of butter, 2kg of chocolate and 1kg of caster sugar and 200g of matcha powder! The 3rd time it looked alright but there was a hole on the top…and Mr Bao is a perfectionist and said this wont do so we made the 4th which was worse than the first…and eventually the last one slide out of the tin effortlessly and had the perfect lava ooze out!

ThankyouNTS

Would also like to take this opportunity to say a few things:
– THANK YOU to my Dearest, Loveliest and most supportive Readers without you there will be no blog!
– Need to thank my family and friends for putting up with me and fully understanding the ‘Camera Eats First’ concept (It’s a miracle I still have friends haha)
– My fellow bloggers who are so much fun to hang around, hold the best food parties and make the most amazing food!
– Last but not least need to thank Mr Bao the blog would not be the same without him helping out, eating the successful and unsuccessful things I bake and also taking over and baking even more extraordinary things

Moving forward I really hope to share more interesting food and travel stores, crazy desserts and expand on the recipe section :)

Recipe – Giant Matcha Fondant original recipe by Never Too Sweet
Yield – One 20cm fondant

Ingredients
400g white chocolate, finely chopped
200g unsalted butter, diced
4 eggs
4 egg yolks
1 cup (220g) caster sugar
75g plain flour sifted
40g Matcha powder

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Method
1) Preheat oven to 200°C/390°F. Grease and line tin with baking paper and a light sprinkle of plain flour *IMPORTANT STEP*
2) Place chocolate and butter in a saucepan over low heat and stir until chocolate is melted and smooth.
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3) Place eggs, egg yolk and sugar in a bowl and whisk until well combined.Giant Matcha Fondant7
4) Add the chocolate mixture and flour and matcha powder in three batches and whisk until well combined, smooth and shinyGiantmatchafondant2

5) Pour mixture in cake tin and bake for 24 minutes, remove from oven and let it cool in tin for 5 minutes.

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6) To remove out of time, run edge with palate knife to ensure it doesn’t stick, put oven gloves on and place on the bottom of cake tin, cover with a large plate and in one swift but steady move flip the cake onto the plate. Slowly remove cake tin and sprinkle with icing sugar and matcha powder and ice-cream if you wish.

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Notes
* You can reduce the amount of matcha powder used to 20g or 30g depending on your preference. I personally like my matcha desserts to be very strong and green :)
* It’s really important to grease your pan very well because that was what we had trouble with the most, sticking to the cake tin
* Don’t worry about over baking the fondant for a minute or two extra as it is better for it to be cooked through on the sides and still remain molten in the centre.
* Be gentle when you flip the fondant as it might break
Please feel free to leave me a comment, email or tweet me if you have any questions!

Amazing Pandan Cake – Jinda Thai

I never knew my high school friend Garfield (nickname) was ever into food, because I never really saw him eat! I just remember him drinking crazy amounts of Coke Zero or Pepsi Max and the only food he liked was calamari. But recently he’s been asking me to take him places and introduce him to more food places especially Thai restaurants. He’s spent a couple of weeks there last year and did the same this year and is now fully hooked on and even wants to move there and live one day!

Jinda Thai

It was his birthday last week and when I asked him where he wanted to go, of course he said ‘THAI’ just like I would say ‘anywhere with desserts’ :P I was brainstorming for places to go when I read Catherine’s post about Jinda Thai and remember seeing a few more people on Instagram going and everyone seemed to really enjoy it ~

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Jinda Thai isn’t on the busy main Victoria St but off a small side street Ferguson St and is adjacent with a Thai grocery store. I really liked the decor of the restaurant very different from what it looks like outside, it’s quite spacious with plenty of natural lighting, with the menu written on large black boards.

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Chang Beer $6

The menu’s quite large with all the classic Thai dishes and also some other more authentic dishes that I haven’t heard of before such as the boat noodles. The Birthday boy felt like some beer and unquestionably had was Thai beer told you he’s obsessed! He was also telling us how much cheaper it is in Thailand only $1 a bottle.

Cha Yen Milk Tea $3

Cha Yen Milk Tea $3

Aaron (@fongwi) and Catherine both demanded that I have to try the Thai Milk tea here at Jinda because they believed it to be one of the best. I didn’t know the Thai name for this drink was Cha Yen and I must agree it was amazing. Had strong tea flavours but then diluted and sweetened with condense milk. Mr Bao found it to be a little sweet but it was perfect for me!

Satay Platter $7

Satay Platter $7.90

We decided to start off with some appetisers and ordered the satay platter with one of each beef, chicken and pork skewer covered in spicy peanut sauce and also served with a sauce on the side that tasted like vinegar. The satays had that nice chargrilled flavour and the meat was tender, we did find the portion a little small to be called a platter and wouldn’t have mind paying more for a few more satays.

Jinda's rice paper rolls $6.90

Jinda’s rice paper rolls $6.90

I thought rice paper rolls were from Vietnam and didn’t now they had a version in Thai cuisine, the rolls was filled with chicken, rice vermicelli, carrots and lettuce. And a sweet ands spicy sauce was also given, I loved how soft and fresh the rice paper rolls were and wasn’t dry or hard, as it happens when they’re pre-made.

Som Tum Softshell Crab $12.90

Som Tum Softshell Crab $12.90

I love Som Tum (green papaya salad) and I also adore softshell crab so putting them together made complete sense to me and it was delicious! Soft shell crab was crispy and wasn’t made soggy from the dressing. Mr Bao and Garfield found it a little spicy and had turned a little red, while I really liked the spiciness and heat. Highly recommend dish! But once again thought it was slightly small.

Pad See Ew with beef $14.9

Pad See Ew with beef $14.90

Mr Bao and I don’t normally order Pad See Ew not because we don’t like it but we somehow order Pad Thai more. But it’s Garfield’s favourite and he was adamant that he wanted to try. This turned out to be Mr Bao and his favourite dish of the night. It was fresh from the wok and still piping hot when it reached out table, the sauce that covered the noodles wasn’t overpowering while the thin slices of beef was well marinated with Chinese vegetables mixed through. It reminded me a lot of a similar fried noodle beef dish we have in Hong Kong need to find the name ~

Boat noodles with glass noodles $9

Boat noodles with glass noodles $9

I was really interested in the boat noodles where you can choose the soup base you wanted, and the type of noodles you wanted. I chose the spicy pork soup with glass noodles which came with sliced pork and pork meatballs. I loved the soft nearly melt in your mouth texture of the glass noodles and also the slightly herbal tasting soup. Some people have said that its quite similar to the Malaysian Bak Kut Teh (Herbal pork soup), which I agree but I find it less bitter and was sweeter. This was definitely my favourite dish and will have to order this again!

Condiments with Boat Noodles

Condiments with Boat Noodles

The boat noodles also came with a little tray of condiments, with chilli flakes, salt, pickles of some sort and another more sour tasting sauce. We tried a little bit of everything and thought that the boat noodles already had enough flavour without adding these to it ~

Penang curry with chicken and pumpkin $14.90

Penang curry with chicken and pumpkin $14.90

Last dish we ordered was the Penang curry they usually do it with beef, but they were nice enough to change it to chicken for us as we didn’t want to beef dishes. This is another curry dish that I don’t get very often, but think I will order more from now on. I really liked the curry sauce and how it was slightly spicy but sweet at the same time. It gains more points because it has pumpkin pieces and I can never seem to get enough of it.

Deconstructed sticky rice $6.5

Deconstructed sticky rice $6.5

I was panicking a little when the waiter said that they didn’t have a dessert menu, but then said with a smile that he can tell me what desserts he had. *PHEW* There were a few options one of them was this deconstructed sticky rice dessert, with papaya, taro puree, glutinous rice and two scoops of coconut ice-cream. I found it to be very good value for only $6.5 and was lovely. Especially liked the taro and the chewiness from the glutinous rice. Found the coconut ice-cream to me quite light and more like a sorbet :)

Pandan chiffon cake with coconut ice-cream

Pandan chiffon cake with coconut ice-cream $8.50

Another dessert we got was the Pandan chiffon cake with coconut ice-cream. It was a small slice of cake and didn’t have much expectations but it turned out to be one of the best pandan chiffon cakes I have ever had. With the perfect soft moist texture and the creamy pandan frosting that has intense pandan flavours and not that flavour from artificial essence ~ If you like pandan cakes you will definitely love this one, I can’t wait to go to back and try the coconut cake!

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Garfield, Magnus and I have been friend since year 7! :)

We really enjoyed our meal at Jinda Thai and Garfield thinks it’s very authentic and probably the closest compared to the ones he’s had in Bangkok ~ All the dishes were lovely with great flavour, we did find the dishes to be a little bit on the small side and even though we ordered quite a bit of food we didn’t leave with a fully stuffed stomach which isn’t necessarily a bad thing :P

Would also like to wish Garfield Happy Birthday again and hope you liked the Peanut Butter Chocolate cake I made for you ~ It’s really nice to still keep in touch with you guys! I miss those High School days!

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Matchaholic’s Dream – Sin Mei Tea

So my Dearest Readers I have a lot of sweets that I like but there are some flavours that I’m crazy about and one of them is MATCHA! For those who aren’t familiar Matcha is powdered form of Japanese green tea, depending on the strength of the matcha it can have a unique flavour and can in some cases be quite bitter. That’s why I find it’s either a flavour you like or don’t like :)

Sin Mei Tea

Sin Mei Tea – Can you see Sin Mei in the background? :) 

I have been very lucky and have met quite a few Matchaholics in Hong Kong especially Minnie (Instagram @minnie2mac) she is the biggest matchaholic that I know ~ I have been drooling over her matcha desserts and drinks she’s been indulding at Sin Mei Tea in Hong Kong. That’s why I put it on the top of my list this time going back!

CS Tower in Sheung Wan

CS Tower in Sheung Wan

Sin Mei Tea is actually named after the owner herself, Sin Mei. She is a tea lover and came up with the idea of a modern tea cafe because she felt that this was something Hong Kong lacked. You might be a little confused when you arrive at Sin Mei Tea, because it’s located in a commercial building on Wing Lok Street in Sheung Wan. But don’t worry just head up the elevators and when you arrive on level 5, you will immediately smell the tea and a chic cafe.

Matcha Snow White $42HKD ($5.8AUD)

Matcha Snow White $42HKD ($5.8AUD)

I managed to persuade few people to go with me so I could try more things ~ Mr Bao, Minnie, Ivan (@ivanypng) and Yuki (@yukis_world). It’s summer in Hong Kong so everyday is like over 30 degrees and extremely humid so we all started off with a refreshing drink. I was the first to order and got the Matcha Snow white, which is like an iced matcha latte with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. It was rather milky and creamier than I expected, matcha flavour was subtle and I would’ve liked some more but was quite refreshing.

Matcha Mojito $42

Matcha Mojito $42HKD ($5.8AUD)

Mr Bao wanted something less creamy and chose the Matcha Mojito with matcha, fresh mint leaves, lime and soda. We both agreed that the mint was quite overpowdering and definitely down played the matcha flavour, but he still enjoyed it finished it in a flash.

Soya Matcha $42HKD ($5.8AUD)

Soya Matcha $42HKD ($5.8AUD)

Minnie is like a VIP here lol I swear she comes here at least once a week. That day she felt like a Soya matcha which is similar to my Matcha snow white without the ice-cream and was made from soy milk instead. I had a sip and found that the soy milk matched the bitterness from the matcha quite well and gave it an extra nutty flavour hmmm I think I’ll order this next time :)

Matcha chiffon cake with match icing $38HKD ($5.2AUD)

Matcha chiffon cake with matcha icing $38HKD ($5.2AUD)

Now that we’re done with drinks it’s time for matcha flavoured desserts! First thing we got was the matcha chiffon cake with matcha buttercream frosting. I find my matcha cakes tend to be a little dry and sometimes dense, so I was really impressed with the light airy texture of this chiffon cake. The green tea flavour in the cake was once again a little on the lighter side, but the intense matcha frosting definitely made up for it. I could’ve just ate the frosting and I’d be happy!

Matcha panna cotta

Matcha panna cotta

The matcha panna cotta was actually a special request from Minnie and Ivan, Sin Mei doesn’t make it every day and when she does they’re usually sold out within hours! So glad we got one each because this was definitely the richest, smoothest matcha panna cotta I have ever had! I also liked the mango slices on top that was shaped liked a flower :D Put a smile to my face! I may or may not have got the recipe from Sin Mei ~ But not sure if she’ll be happy for me to post it onto my blog but I’ll ask and hopefully will have the chance to share it with you too!

Matcha fondant with vanilla ice-crema $68HKD ($9.3AUD)

Matcha fondant with vanilla ice-crema $68HKD ($9.3AUD)

One matcha dessert that I can make and do it reasonably well at home, would be a matcha fondant, do you remember the giant one I had at Intercontinental Hotel at the start of the year? This was definitely much smaller but still just as good.

Perfect texture!

Perfect texture!

We carefully made an incision and slowly but steady a flow of green lava started oozing out, and that’s why I realised that it’s much thinner and smoother than my batter at home… meaning I have some experimenting to do! As for taste and texture it was close to spot on for me, just personally because I am such a matchaholic I would’ve added maybe a tiny tad more of matcha but if not it’s pretty much a perfect matcha fondant!

Matcha Cheesecake $40 ($5.5AUD)

Matcha Cheesecake $40 ($5.5AUD)

Just when you thought I couldn’t have enough matcha desserts, the last one was the matcha cheesecake, digestive base then a thick layer of matcha cream cheese. Ummmm we actually had two of them hehe and the first one had a merengue topping but wasn’t very photogenic so I think the naked one looks better ~ This had a good matcha flavour and bitterness was balanced out quite well with the cream cheese. Next on to make list ‘matcha cheesecake’!

Matcha Soul $32HKD($4.4AUD)

Matcha Soul $32HKD($4.4AUD)

I was close to being matchaed-out but Sin Mei was so kind and made me their signature ‘Matcha Soul’ latte, which has green tea, soya milk, honey, almond, sultanas and cinnamon flowers. Wow it has so many flavours that it’s quite hard to describe, but I think the best way would to be say it’s like a Matcha chai latte. It has the matcha flavour in the background but on top it has the cinnamon flowers, sweetness from the sultanas and honey. It gets a little complex with the soya milk and faked almonds but if you like chai latte and matcha this is THE drink for you ;)

That concludes my first visit to Sin Mei, I’m sure it’s not going to be my last, because I thoroughly enjoyed both the sweets and drinks ~ Sin Mei is also very friendly and turns out she’s an Aussie too! She use to live in Brisbane but moved back to Hong Kong a couple of years ago :) Sin Mei Tea is definitely any matchaholic’s dream come true!

Sinmei Tea House
5/F, CS Tower, 50 Wing Lok Street
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
上環永樂街50號昌盛大廈5樓
PH:3690 8238

 

 

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