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Lobster, Oyster & More – The Bostonian

My Dearest Readers, are you a huge fan of seafood? Let you in on a secret, growing up I wasn’t really a fan, I’ll eat most seafood like fish, scallops (I actually love), prawns and crab. Oysters was a whole different story, I would only eat them cooked but the it all change a couple of years ago when I went to Tasmania, I had some super freshly shucked oysters and now I really like them :) However, Mr Bao is the one who is nuts about oysters he’ll order then whenever they’re on the menu and can’t get enough of them! I think his record was 3 or 4 dozens in one seating.

The Bostonian

The Bostonian

Anyhow, I’m getting side tracked with today’s post! The reason why I brought up the topic was oysters is because I wanted to share with you our recent seafood feast at The Bostonian at the The Langham Hotel in Hong Kong, where we got to sample a wide variety of oysters. An overview of The Bostonian mainly focuses on seafood and steak and is located in the basement of the hotel, underneath Main St Deli. I haven’t had the chance to explore much of America, but the decor and atmosphere of the restaurant sort of reminds me of a underground secret restaurant for the rich and famous in the 1960s :P Or maybe that’s just my imagination hehe

Oyster Bar

Oyster Bar

I recognised the manager Brendan from my last visit to the Langham and we chatted like old friends, he led us to a quiet table at the back and introduced us to their menu. When we visited they had a lobster themed menu and also a 3 course lobster dinner set. I couldn’t wipe the smile off Mr Bao’s face as he walked past the oyster bar, there were at least 30-40 different kinds of fresh oysters imported from around the world. I had no idea there were so many kinds of oysters in this world! I let Mr Bao pick the ones he wanted, while I focused on choosing the wine.

Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Sorry for my bad memory but I don’t quite remember the name of the Chardonnay we had but I do know it’s from Spain and it was recommended as it would compliment our seafood dishes very well. Even though I found it to be a little dry, Mr Bao really liked how well it went with the lobster.

Fresh bread

Fresh bread

While Mr Bao was still choosing the oysters, a board of bread – white with olives, rye and multigrain was placed on our table. But I had my eyes on the mini crab cake instead.

Maine Crab Cakes

This was the complimentary start, a mini version of their signature Maine Crab Cake served with spiced avocado aioli. After having this bite sized treat, I regret not ordering more, it had a crispy toasted texture on the outside but it was the intense crab flavour that really got me.

La Perie Blance, Tsarskaya and Royale Cabanon

La Perle Blanche, Tsarskaya and Royale Cabanon per 6 $208HKD ($28.5AUD)

We didn’t want to go overboard with the oysters as there was so much food on its way, Mr Bao chose 3 types of oysters for us to try from – La Perle Blanche, Tsarskaya and Royale Cabanon correct me if I’m wrong my Dear Readers, but I’m pretty sure they’re all from France, please don’t take my word for it because I’m no expert ~ Brendan explained to us that you always eat the oysters from the right of the lemon, reason being the oysters are organised from the lightest tasting to the strongest flavour towards the back. It was also served with vinegar and cocktail sauce.

La Perle Blanche oysters

La Perle Blanche oysters

My favourite were these large La Perle Blanche oysters which had a a firm texture, decent seawater flavour but still remained some sweetness.

Pan-fried Foie Gras $258HKD ($35AUD)

Pan-fried Foie Gras $258HKD ($35AUD)

Some how I really wanted Foie Gras that night, and felt that more restaurants in Hong Kong serve foie gras compared to Melbourne. This was the pan-fried Foie Gras with Port-raisin spinach, raisin-pear chutney and sour chicken natural jus. Not much I can fault about this entree, since it’s hard to go wrong with foie gras anything and thought the raisin-pear chutney was perfect to cut through some of the richness.

New England Chowder

New England Chowder

Brendan highly recommended the New England Chowder claiming it to be one of their signature soups. I loved the presentation of the soup in a round sourdough roll, I don’t think I’ve had a soup served like this before! I only recently found out there are so many different types of clam chowders, but the New England is a milk creamed based and this one had a generous amount of seafood – clams, scallops and prawns.

The Bostonian Lobster Bisque $138HKD ($19AUD)

The Bostonian Lobster Bisque $138HKD ($19AUD)

Another recommendation from another waiter was The Bostonian Lobster Bisque with Canadian jumbo scallop and Maine Lobster. I really wonder how many lobsters were used to make this bisque, it was wonderfully fragrant and tasty.

Lobster Bisque

Lobster Bisque

Moving onto the mains, we both ordered from the Lobster menu. This is the Lobster Two ways I got, half of the lobster was baked with vine ripe tomatoes, while the other was baked in garlic butter and Cep mushroom. Both were delicious, but I think I prefer the garlic butter one more because the butter accentuated the flavour of the lobster.

Lobster Two Ways $638HKD ($87.5AUD)

Lobster Two Ways $638HKD ($87.5AUD)

Mr Bao ordered the Casserole of Lobster and Cherry Stone Clam with penne pasta and lobster sauce. Even though it was summer in Hong Kong, I think this would be the perfect dish for the cold winter nights we’re currently experiencing in Melbourne.

Casserole of Lobster and Cherry Stone Clam $648HKD ($88.75AUD)

Casserole of Lobster and Cherry Stone Clam $648HKD ($88.75AUD)

Look at the lobster claw :D The shell had been removed so all we had to do was put it in our mouth ~ We also liked the penne pasta was al dente and not too soft which helped scoop up the lobster sauce.

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My meals always end with a sweet note, Hazelnut crunch and chocolate mousse with caramelised hazelnut ice-cream. Brendan told me this recipe was from a French Michelin star chef who had gave the recipe to chefs at The Bostonian last time he visited. It’s definitely my type of dessert, I love anything with hazelnuts and that crunchy base was lovely!

Hazelnut Crunch and Chocolate Mousse $98HKD ($13.5AUD)

Hazelnut Crunch and Chocolate Mousse $98HKD ($13.5AUD)

It felt wrong for me to leave without trying the Boston Cream Pie since we were at the BOSTONIAN :P Believe it or not, it’s actually the first time I’ve ever nada a Boston Cream Pie before. Sure I’ve seen it in recipe books and heard about it, but never come across it. I blame that it’s because I live in Australia hehe Even though it called a pie, it’s actually vanilla sponge cakes with cream and custard filling with chocolate frosting.

Boston Cream Pie $98HKD ($13AUD)

Boston Cream Pie $98HKD ($13.5AUD)

I’m sure this is a fancier version using Valrhona chocolate and gold flakes on top. The sponge cake was light and still remained quite moist. Brendan mentioned their plans to add more desserts to their menu which would be awesome, and I’m looking forward to coming back and trying them!

If you would like to experience some Boston inspired dishes in Hong Kong, I would definitely recommend The Bostonian. Keep an eye out on their specials too, they recently had a Man VS Steak challenge which I found really interesting too. Customers were asked to finish a 1.5kg steak with 2 sides and chips, valued at $1980HKD ($271AUD) and if they could finish all the food in 1.5 hours it was all free! I wish I had known about this offer earlier because I’m sure Mr Bao would be able to do it! Would like to say a huge Thank You to the Langham, Hong Kong for having me again, it’s always a pleasure coming back as everyone is always so nice and friendly. Will definitely come back and visit next time I’m in town!

The Bostonian
The Langham, Hong Kong 
8 Peking Road
Tsimshatsui
Kowloon
Hong Kong
PH:+(852) 2375 1133 

Daisy@Nevertoosweet and Mr Bao dined at The Bostonian as guests of The Langham Hong Kong Hotel 

RSPCA Cupcake Day – Chocolate Marshmallow Cupcake

Facebook_Cover_ImageHello Readers :) I’m really excited to tell you that I’ve been asked to be one of RSPCA’s Online Ambassadors for their Cupcake Day this year ~ I’ve always wanted to participate in Cupcake Day, but it makes it even more meaningful now that I have a dog and his name is conveniently Cupcake! It’s pretty simple I was basically I was asked to make a cupcake and share there recipe to help them promote their event.

For those who aren’t familiar with Cupcake Day you can read more about it here, but to give you an overview, on the 18th of August you can get together with some family, friends or colleagues and organise your own Cupcake Day event. Make some cupcake sell them for how much you would like to, and donate the money paid for the Cupcakes.

Chocolate Marshmallow Cupcake

Chocolate Marshmallow Cupcake

I’ve made a couple of cupcakes and looking forward to sharing them with you guys ~ The first one is this Chocolate Marshmallow Cupcake. I was going through all my books, blogs, websites looking for a cupcake recipe I wanted try. Eventually, I decided to ask my pregnant sister to see if she had any cravings and she said ‘marshmallows!’ So that’s when I made these Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow frosting.

Chocolate Marshmallow Cupcake

Chocolate Marshmallow Cupcake

These cupcakes are relatively easy to make, the only tricky part would be the marshmallow frosting which requires a sugar thermometer but if you follow Not Quite Nigella’s recipe like I did, it shouldn’t be too hard ;)

Before I give you a recipe, there’s a little surprise in the cupcakes, I not only decided to make marshmallow frosting, I decided to put a marshmallow inside the cupcakes too! It gave it a little more texture and flavour. My sister lives in Hong Kong so

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Make sure you put the marshmallow in while the cupcake is still warm so it will melt slightly! Mr Bao, some friends and colleagues have done the taste test and they give me the thumbs up. I hope you’ve convinced you to make these cupcakes and perhaps have your own little Cupcake Day even on the 18th of August with some friends and family to raise some money to help those animal in need ~

Recipe – Chocolate Cupcake with Marshmallow frosting from Hummingbird Bakery and Not Quite Nigella 

Yields – 10 Cupcakes 

Cupcake
100g plain flour
20g cocoa powder
140g caster sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
A pinch of salt
40g unsalted butter, at room temperature
120ml whole milk
1/4tsp vanilla extra/paste

Marshmallow frosting – From Not Quite Nigella 
1 cup caster sugar
1 cup cold water
4 egg whites (about 120g)
A pinch of cream of tartar

Method
Cupcakes 
1) Preheat the oven to 170°C (325°F).
2) Put te flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter into an electric mixer with the paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk) and beat on slow speed until it reaches a sandy consistency and everything is combined.
3) Gradually pour in half of the milk (120ml) and beat until the milk is just incorporated.
4) Whisk the egg, vanilla extract and remaining milk (120ml) together in a separate jug for a few seconds, then pour into the flour mixture and continue beating until just incorporated (scrape any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a spatula). Continue mixing for a couple of minutes until the mixture is smooth. Be careful do not over mix.
5) Spoon mixture into cupcake until it is about 1/3 full and bake for 20-25 minutes, test by using toothpick if it is clear it is cooked.
6) Once cooked remove from oven and let them sit for 5 minutes, then carefully using a spoon scoop a little whole in the cupcake and place a marshmallow inside, and cover with remaining cake to make it smooth for piping.

Marshmallow Icing

1) Place egg whites and cream of tartar into bowl of an electric mixture with the whisk attachment.
2) Place sugar and water into small saucepan without string and make a syrup, cooking until 114C/238F use a sugar thermometer to check precise temperature.
3) When sugar syrup nearly reaches temperature, whisk the eggs on the highest setting until you get soft peaks. Once sugar syrup reaches 114C, with the whisk still on, slowly add to egg whites and continue whisking until thick and stiff.

When cupcakes are cool, you can now pipe the marshmallow icing on top :)

Happy Baking everyone!

Chocolate Marshmallow Cupcake

 

Bring Back Tea Time – Bakers Delight

Happy Long Weekend for all my Dearest Readers who are lucky enough to get Monday off :) I’ve had a wonderful long weekend with Mr Bao and Cupcake on our first family trip to Mildura, can’t wait to share with you everything we did ~ But let’s just back track a little, a few weeks ago, I invited to Bakers Delight ‘Bring Back Tea Time’ event at Cristina Re ‘Where A Girl Goes’ tea salon in Collingwood.

Cristina ReI’ve visited Cristina Re before so I knew it was the perfect place to hold this event for Baker’s Delight. They are introducing the two new scone flavours and also trying to promote the motto ‘Bring Back Tea Time’ to get people to take a couple minutes of out their busy work days and enjoy a scone and a cup of tea with friends.

Cristina ReWe were so spoilt with the abundance of scones to choose from, I’ve walked past Baker’s Delight so many times and sure I see the scones on display, but I never knew there were so many favours to choose from!

Beautiful setting with an abundance of scones :)

Beautiful setting with an abundance of scones :)

There were towers of both sweet and savoury scones, I was really lost for choice. The morning tea was sort of like my brunch because I didn’t have much to eat for breakfast, so should I go for a savoury? The spinach, feta and parsley or the cheese and chive both sound like perfect breakfast scones to me ~

Savoury scones

On the other hand, I could jump straight into the sweet scones, I mean when was the last time you had a savoury scone don’t the Americans call them biscuits? :)

Chocolate Mud Scone

I definitely had my eyes and heart fixed on the chocolate mud scone! Great idea must try making at home ~

Jams and Lemon Curd For those who don’t like their scones plain, there was a good variety of jams, lemon curd, butter and clotted cream to serve. Personally, I’m a fan of the traditional cream and strawberry jam, yet I also get caught up in the cream first or jam first argument :P Either way scones, cream and jam are a match made in heaven in my opinion!

Champagne!

And for those who weren’t driving or simply wanted to indulge there was champagne to go with the delectable scones, unfortunately, I was driving and had errands to run after the event so decided to skip the bubbles that day.

Blueberry and White Chocolate Scone with tea

Blueberry and White Chocolate Scone with tea

I declined the champagne but definitely wanted tea, got my usual English Breakfast and sat down with Jenny (Ichigo Shortcake) and Joyce (Mel Hot or Not) for some Blueberry and White Chocolate scone. I was really impressed at how moist the scones were and had enough flavour that I didn’t need any jam or cream.

Chocolate Mud Scone

Chocolate Mud Scone

And don’t forget that Chocolate Mud scone I had my eyes on before, finally got to try it. Wasn’t as chocolatey as I expected but with the chocolate chips it still had enough flavour, having said that I do have a crazy idea and think these scones would have improved with a huge dollop of Nutella *GRIN*

Orange  Poppy Seed and Orange Chocolate Scone

We then got to try the new limited edition flavours and they are the Orange Poppy Seed with cream cheese frosting and Orange Chocolate scone with chocolate chips folded through with chocolate frosting.

Orange Poppy Seed and Orange Chocolate Scone

Orange Poppy Seed and Orange Chocolate Scone

Both scones had wonderful flavours and would have pleased all those orange lovers out there, I did find the Orange Poppy seed scone a little more moist. However, I did like the flavours from the Orange Chocolate scone more and one of the bakers told us that each scone over 100 chocolate ships, so it’s definitely packed full of chocolate ~ These scones are available for 3 weeks and if demand is high enough it will stay for a long longer so don’t miss out :)

I really enjoyed this event having time to sit down, enjoy a scone, have some tea and chat with some friends. I think we should all this more often.

Daisy@Nevertoosweet attended this even as a guest of Bakers Delight, KeepLeft PR and Cristina Re 

Baby Ho’s Baby Shower – Conservatory, Crown

Congratulations dear friend and fellow food blogger Lianne (Food Made With Love) who is expecting her first child in August :) She’s heading home back to Singapore for a couple of months to deliver the baby and spend time with family. But it wouldn’t be right for her to leave before we threw her a baby shower! We decided to leave the handwork of baking and cooking to others and chose to have afternoon tea at the Conservatory at Crown Casino ~

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It’s been such a long time since I’ve visited the Conservatory, and since then it’s gone through a renovation and it’s looking more modern with more natural light coming through. The Afternoon tea is $50 per head and is offered 3pm-5pm on Saturdays and 3:30pm-5:30pm on Sunday.

Conservatory

It’s a buffet style which is great because it means free flow of food and you can pick and choose what you want more or less of ~ It had all the usual items you would expect at any high the ribbon sandwiches, bruschetta and mini pies.

Good range of savouries

Good range of savouries

However, what really impressed me was the Chinese roasts, especially the Peking duck pancakes, BBQ Pork Buns and dumplings which I’ve never had before. Another idea just came to me, I’m sure someone else has done it before but I think a Yum Cha high tea would be fun too!

Cheese

For those who don’t fancy Chinese, you can also have some Grissini breadsticks, dried fruit and a range of cheeses which I know Ashly (Im So Hungree) will appreciate!

Scones

 

It wouldn’t be a high tea without SCONES even better when it’s unlimited, you get a choice of plain or fruit ones and also clotted cream and strawberry or raspberry jam to serve with.

Chocolate Fountain

Chocolate Fountain

But the most important part of afternoon tea or anything meal is always DESSERT for me :) And for those who have a sweet tooth like me, you will not be disappointed here at Conservatory. They have a large bench full of sweet goodness. Let’s start with the chocolate fountains! Yup it’s plural because they have 4 flavours, dark, milk, white and an orange flavoured, dip strawberries, marshmallows and whatever you fancy ~

Gianduja mousse cake

Gianduja mousse cake

All the cakes were so pretty look at these mini Gianduja mousse cake with a short crust biscuit base and finished with a little silver leaf ~

Black Forest cake

Black Forest cake

Berry Cheesecake

Berry Cheesecake

If you haven’t noticed these amazing photos are taken by the one and only Iron Chef Shellie so of course I had to use more of these photos hehe I need lessons! I didn’t get to try all these cakes but they’re all so gorgeous.

Lemon Tart

Lemon Tart

I did get to try this Lemon Tart and it was wonderfully made with a good short crust pastry and a creamy filling which wasn’t too tart or sweet ~ Really liked the use of the mini merengue and strawberries which gave it some texture and flavour. Overall, we were quite happy with the afternoon tea here, my only comment would be 2 hours seemed a little rushed when you calculate the time spent queuing up in line at the food stations but definitely a great place to go with a bunch of girls. As a matter fact I didn’t see any men :P

 

Couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon and to celebrate such a great news with Lianne :) Wishing her the very best with the delivery of her little bundle of joy and can’t wait to catch up with you again and meet Baby Ho in person!

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Childhood Memories Jaffles – The F.T Tuckshop

My Dearest Readers :) Do you remember my little puppy Cupcake? Wanted to give you guys a little update on this silver fur ball. He’s now 8 months old, growing up much quicker than I’d like him to (even though he’s still tiny) and is generally a good boy until he starts chewing anything and everything he sees!

My Little Cupcake

My Little Cupcake

Because Cupcake is a single dog and I’ve been organising lots of doggie dates with other friends with a dog. It’s so nice to see the dogs jump, chase and kiss each other :) Last weekend, I organised a doggie date with Serena (Piggy Eat A Lot) and her adoptive dog Xiao Xing or simply XX (which translates to Little Star), her friends have gone on a holiday to Europe for 5 weeks so she’s dog sitting XX him ~

Cupcake and XX

Cupcake and XX

XX on the right is a Maltese cross Shih Tzu, I think Cupcake was a little too excited and help jumping on XX so I don’t think he was too pleased about that! But all good they eventually worked it out and had fun with each other :) Serena suggested having brunch at The F.T Tuckshop in South Melbourne market, I think I’ve vaguely heard about them but as soon as I saw they were dog friendly and had milkshakes I was sold!

The FT TuckShop

The FT TuckShop

It might be a little tricky to find The FT Tuckshop because it isn’t on any major streets, however, its located on Charles Street off Coventry St. But they have signs pointing towards if and when you see a shop with green grass in front, table and chairs you’re at the right spot.

FT Traders

As the name suggests it’s a Tuckshop, it’s a really casual spot for a quick bite. Their specialities here are Jaffles and I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but I’m pretty sure that’s the next big thing! Move over burgers and burritos because the Jaffle is going to take over :) Jaffles really bring back childhood memories for me, because when I was young, my parents would go out and leave my older sisters to take care of me. Win Win isn’t exactly the best cook (hope you doesn’t read this post haha) but one thing she was good at making was a cheese and ham jaffle! I wonder if we still have that battered up jaffle at home somewhere.

Jaffles X Jaffles

Jaffles X Jaffles $4.5 Each

I think we were all quite hungry, because in total we ordered 6 jaffles, 5 savoury and 1 sweet!  I really liked the consistency of the jaffles here, the bread was light and crispy and also the quality of the filing inside. They are also very reasonably priced at only $4.5 each, the lovely lady who took our orders said they wanted to provide customers with a cheaper breakfast or brunch option, because it’ll cost at least $20 per person to have brunch at a cafe nowadays.

Ham, Cheese, Tomato Jaffle $4.5

Ham, Cheese, Tomato Jaffle $4.5

Sure ham, cheese and tomato isn’t the most exciting combination but it’s got that nostalgic factor and sometimes less is more! The whole combination just made me smile from ear to ear :)

Spaghetti Bolognese and Cheese Jaffle $4.5

Spaghetti Bolognese and Cheese Jaffle $4.5

My friends at school us to tell me about this jaffle which had spaghetti bolognese filling, here at FT Tuckshop they added cheese to the filling as well. It was definitely one of the more filling jaffles, and we could tell the Spaghetti bolognese inside was homemade and not from a can with real pieces of mince beef ~

Chicken, Curry, Mayo Jaffle $4.5

Chicken, Curry, Mayo & Cheese Jaffle $4.5

This is a slightly less traditional jaffle , usually this is made with pesto, however, they ran out that day, so they substituted it with an aromatic curry sauce which still tasted wonderful with the other ingredients. This reminded me of a more Asian twist to jaffles ~

Higgo - Turkey, cranberry, $4.5

Higgo – Turkey, cranberry, bacon & cheese $4.5

This was by far our favourite savoury jaffle that day! It had turkey, bacon, cranberry and cheese, it sort of reminded me of a grown up slightly more sophisticated version of the ham, cheese and tomato. I also think it’s because the cranberry jam gave it that slight sweetness. Highly recommend this one!

Banana and Nutella $4.5

Banana and Nutella $4.5

You can imagine how relieved I was when I saw a Banana and Nutella jaffle! And honestly if you ask me, I don’t think you can ever really go wrong with the banana and Nutella combo ~ I think this would be a great snack or breakfast for the little people or adults like myself :P

Don't forge the milkshakes!

Don’t forge the milkshakes!

The jaffles here at The F.T Tuckshop are probably the main attractive but don’t forget to try the milkshakes they have a really good ranges of flavour and also for $6 for a large milkshake is quite a bargain these days! :)

Soy Nutella and Peanut butter $4, Banoffee $4, Salted Caramel and Coffe $6

Soy Nutella and Peanut butter $4, Banoffee $4, Salted and Coffe $6

We each got a milkshake and the best part about it is, you can mix and match the flavours as you please and the best part they even have Soy milk for those who are intolerant. Serena ordered a Nutella and Peanut butter with soy milk, I got the Banoffee with banana, caramel and coffee. Perfect combo for the morning it had banana for energy, coffee to wake me up and caramel to make it sweet ~ Mr Bao got a large salted caramel and coffee, which was quite similar to mine without the banana. The milkshakes here are smooth, flavours are great and not sickly sweet because I know some places use sugar syrup to sweeten their milkshake. Next time I want to try Milo and Peanut butter as a matter of fact, that gave me an idea to try it at home, for some strange reason I think it’ll work!

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The F.T Tuckshop is a great spot for locals to get a quick bite and relive those days when your nan or mum use to make you jaffles at home. It’s also a dog friendly cafe so if you want to bring your furry friend like me, you can. The owners were very nice and a even cafe Cupcake a couple of treats, maybe because he’s a poodle lover too ;) Now Mr Bao, it would be most appreciated if you can please buy me a new jaffle machine Thx K Bye!

Ps. If you’d like more updates about Cupcake feel free to follow his Instagram account @my_mr_cupcake :)

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