Monthly Archives: April 2012

I’m Back – Banoffee Pie

Big hello to my all Readers ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m back! I’m so sorry for not blogging lately! It’s been absolutely crazy here… I’m not sure if you know through my Twitter/Instagram, but Mr Bao and I have officially ‘moved in’ together ๐Ÿ™‚ We’ve practically lived with each other for some time now but this time it’s ‘our’ place, not his, not mine but ours YAY! The best thing is it’s a brand new apartment with a new kitchen, new oven and a new dishwasher ๐Ÿ™‚

Even though I’ve been so excited about the move, it’s also been very stressful ๐Ÿ˜ฆ with packing everything, unpacking it all and settling in. It’s worse when I’ve also had a few arguments with my parents…so it’s just been a down right crazy and rough week… But baking and blogging always relaxes me and I would also like to say ‘thank you’ to Win Win, Selina, Brian, Andy, Shan Shan , Michelle, Julie, Maya, Rita, Ros and everyone else for the lovely and kind messages on Twitter and Instagram ~ not to worry! I’m finally back, I’ll try my very best to get back on track with blogging ASAP! Thank you for being so patient with me ๐Ÿ˜€

I wanted to participate in this months AlphaBakes but simply had no time, but then Ros the host for was so kind and extended the date ๐Ÿ˜€ It was a relatively easy letter ‘B’, I had so many ideas but they all seemed to revolved around ‘bananas’ LOL I was initially going to make ‘banana bread’, but then was sure there will be more entries…so then I remembered the Banoffee Pie I had at Main St Deli in HK? I was inspired and decided to make a ‘banoffee pie’ ๐Ÿ˜€ it’s my first time and it’s actually relatively easy to make hehe ~

Banofee Pie

Recipe: Banoffee Pieย 
Adapted fromย Carnation Companyย 
Yields: 3 mini pies

50 grams, butter, melted
125 grams, digestive biscuits

50 grams, butter
50 grams, dark brown soft sugar
1/2 (198grams) condensed milk

2 – 3 Bananas
150 ml thickened cream, lightly whipped
Cocoa powder to serve

1) To make the base, process digestive biscuits in a food processor or using a rolling pin. Stir in the melted butter. Press the mixture into the base, making sure it covers the side of the tin. Chill the base while you make the filling.
2) To make the caramel filling, place the butter and sugar into a non-stick saucepan over a low heat, stirring until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves. Add condense milk and bring gently to boil, stirring continuously.
3) When the caramel has started to boil (Be careful it’s very hot!), remove from the heat and pour over the biscuit base. Cool, and then leave to chill for 1 hour, until firm.

Love mini pies and tarts ~

4) When ready to serve, remove the pie from the tin. Slice bananas, place it over the caramel layer, spoon over softly whipped cream and finish off with a sprinkle of cocoa powder (optional)

Ready to serve

More or less bananas depending on personal preference ๐Ÿ™‚

The finished product ~ An easy, sweet and yummy no bake banoffee pie.

I have to admit though I only really like the ‘caramel’ and ‘banana’ layer of a banoffee pie ~ I don’t mind the whipped cream but can do without it, then and again it wouldn’t be a banoffee pie without the ‘whipped cream’ ๐Ÿ™‚

This was the first time I made banoffee pie and even though I’m quite happy with it hehe even Mr Bao ate half as you can see ~ It wasn’t the best ‘caramel’ layer, I wanted to try making my own dulce de luche by boiling condensed milk. However, I didn’t have enough so decided to use this ‘quick’ method by adding butter and sugar hehe but to make this even better, I’m gonna try this again!

I hope you like this recipe too and will give this a go sometime soon ๐Ÿ™‚


Rich & Thick – Chobani Yoghurt

Do you say ‘YO-ghurt’ or ‘YOG-hurt’? ๐Ÿ™‚ I remember there was a lecturer back at Uni who was English, he would also use ‘Ski Yoghurt’ as an example to explain a marketing theory, and the whole class would laugh because we all say ‘Yo-ghurt’ but he’ll argue and correct us saying it’s ‘YOG-hurt’ hahaha no matter how you say it, I’m CRAZY about yoghurt! The one thing that we always run out in the house is ‘yoghurt’! I down at least a tub or two a day ~ Mr Bao sometimes gets annoyed that he always needs to buy ‘more’ yoghurt ๐Ÿ˜› really should make my own…especially since Lorraine (Not Quite Nigella) and Kim (Fruit Salad Mixed Veg) have both written great posts about making your own yoghurt ~

Anyway, that’s why I was SUPER excited when Chobaniย asked me if I’d like to sample their yoghurt ~ I have read and heard of some amazing things about their yoghurt and really wanted to try so it was perfect timing ๐Ÿ˜€

For those who don’t know, Chobani is one of America’s most famous yoghurt and have recently entered the Australian market ๐Ÿ™‚ It was founded byย Hamdi Ulukaya in 2005, who was born and raised in Turkey, he decided to make his own yoghurt because he didn’t like the yoghurt sold in the supermarkets. I was really surprised when I read that, because I always thought American’s made pretty good yoghurt hehe ~ but then after trying Chobani…I now understand why Hamdi decided to make his own! It’s so much better ~ Thicker, Creamier and Richer hehe

I was sent all 7 Flavours – Mango, Peach, Strawberry, Blueberry, Pineapple, Passionfruit and the Plain ๐Ÿ™‚ Unfortunately, by the time I took photos for this post…Mr Bao had already eaten the ย ‘Mango and Passionfruit’ flavour -____-

Extremely thick and yummy ๐Ÿ™‚

Before I go through the flavours with you, just wanted to show you exactly how ‘THICK’ Chobani’s yoghurt is ~ it was so thick that it wouldn’t even move when I shook it furiously, I dunno why I did that though lol

I stuck a spoon in and it didn’t ‘move’ at all! I don’t think I’ve ever had a thicker yoghurt ~ I usually just eat ‘Jalna‘ yoghurt and thought that was already pretty thick ๐Ÿ™‚

Remember to mix it ~

I’m sure you guys are smarter than me hahaha I remember the first time I opened the tub of yoghurt, I was a little lost, why was it so ‘white’ and ‘where’s my fruit?’. Mr Bao rolled his eyes and said ‘It’s probably at the bottom,just mix the damn thing’ so I did and there it was ~ The lovely fruit puree YAY! The one in the picture is the pineapple flavour ~ I don’t see many yoghurts that have a pineapple flavour so I was pretty surprised hehe I liked the pineapple flavour and get to have both tubs because Mr Bao can’t eat pineapples ๐Ÿ˜›

My favourite Blueberry ~

My favourite would have to be the BLUEBERRY flavour ๐Ÿ˜€ It had the thick consistency, but I just think it was the best combination with the blueberries, wasn’t too tart or too sweet, just right ~

Strawberry flavour ~

Mr Bao loves strawberry flavoured yoghurts and desserts ~ he liked this strawberry yoghurt, but thought the strawberry puree tasted it a little artificial and didn’t really provide him with the fresh strawberry flavour he was looking for. I had the same feeling, and thought the strawberry puree was a little bland ~

Plain Yoghurt

I made the mistake of having this ‘plain yoghurt’ with some cereal ๐Ÿ˜ฆ because it was quite tart and a little to pungentย to have on its own, but I could definitely see myself cooking and making desserts with me ๐Ÿ™‚ However, it might be a little thick if you’re trying to make a sauce so you may need to stir it or thin it down with some oil ~

Peach Flavour ~

Quite nice ๐Ÿ™‚ but I’m not really a peachy person so this wasn’t my favourite ~

I didn’t take a photo of the mango but that would be my second favourite, because I love mango flavoured yoghurt and it didn’t taste like ‘artificial flavouring’. I also tried the passionfruit, but didn’t like that because it was too sour, trying to be healthy, I don’t like adding extra ‘sugar’ to my yoghurt, but I had to add a little bit of honey to finish this tub of yoghurt.

Overall, I really liked Chobani’s yoghurt and will continue buying it ๐Ÿ™‚ I really love their rich and thick texture, the only problem is they’re only selling their yoghurt at Woolworths right now and I usually shop at Coles…damn lol but doesn’t matter, for good yoghurt I’m happy to go to Woolworths ๐Ÿ˜€

Thank you once again Chobani for giving me the chance to sample your wonderful yoghurt ~

Daisy@Nevertoosweet was not paid to write this review and was based on my own personal taste, preference and experience.

Thanks Kirk – Chocolate Orange Tart

Dear Loveliest Readers ๐Ÿ™‚ have you ever wanted to ‘make’ friends with someone who works in a specific industry or occupation? I do LOL I have always wanted to be friends with a PASTRY CHEF ~ That’s right someone who works professionally with pastries and sweet goodies everyday! But unfortunately… I never found this ‘special’ friend…until one day last year hahaha when Ellen a friend from Uni told me she was friends with a person who’s a pastry chef at a prestigious restaurant in Melbourne! I was SUPER DUPER excited about meeting this mysterious person hahaha after a couple of months of nagging…I was finally introduced to Kirk!

Welcome Kirk ~

Hahaha I hope Mr Bao wont be jealous when he reads this, but Kirk and I basically had ‘fireworks’ going from the moment we met ๐Ÿ˜€ it didn’t even feel like we just met LOL we spent hours talking to each other about pastries, our favourite chefs, TV shows and everything about food ~ and since meeting Kirk, he’s basically been MENTORING me! Teaching me new techniques and perfecting my old ones ~ Mr Bao and I have been so blessed! He’s always making us goodies – savoury for him and desserts for me YAY!

Now I am so happy and proud to say ‘I have a friend who’s a pastry chef’ hahaha and I love that I can share Kirk’s secret recipes with everyone ~ The other day, we had dinner with Kirk and he said to me, ‘I have a chocolate tart shell for you, go wild with your imagination’.

Kirk's Chocolate Tart Case ~

I was so so so happy ๐Ÿ™‚ because I’ve never really managed to make my own ‘pastry case’ so it was perfect, that Kirk had done the ‘hard work’ for me hehe I’ve been missing Win Win and my nephew quite a bit ๐Ÿ˜ฆ so I was inspired to make a Chocolate Orange Tart because that’s one of Win Win’s favourite flavours~

My First Chocolate Orange Tart~

I’m so proud of myself ~ because this is the first Chocolate Orange Tart I’ve ever made hehe and I made an effort to take photos when I was making it, to make it easier for my lovely Readers to follow the directions ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sorry that my photos aren’t that great… I’m still working on it ๐Ÿ™‚

Recipe: Chocolate Orange Tart
Adapted from Good Food Channelย 

Chocolate Orange Filling
350 ml Thickened Cream
300 grams Dark Chocolate, 70% cocoa, chopped into small pieces
Finely grated zest of 2 oranges
2 tbsps Orange Liqueur or Orange Juice or Orange Essence
Orange zest for decoration

Pastry Shell:
1 Store Bought Pastry Tart Shell
1 Homemade Pastry Tart Shell
Sorry Everyone! Kirk is on holidays right now so I don’t have the recipe for the tart shell yet, but will share with everyone once I get a hold of him ๐Ÿ™‚

1) Prepare the store bought pastry case or make your own using a reliable recipe ๐Ÿ™‚
2) Heat the thickned cream in a small saucepan with most of the orange zest. Bring almost to a boil when small bubble forms around the side

3) ย Pour the heated cream over the chocolate, stirring until the chocolate has melted or place it over a simmering pot of water, ensuring the bowl does not touch the water.

4) Once the chocolate has thoroughly melted and begun to thicken, stir in the orange liqueur/juice/essence.
5) Pour the mixture into the pastry shell.
6) Leave in a cook place (but not in the fridge) to set for 1-2 hours.

7) Sprinkle with remaining orange zest

All Done ~

It was really easy to make ๐Ÿ˜€ because I simply made the filling ~ woo hoo! I love easy and quick recipes, it only took me 20 minutes to make that’s why I made another tart while waiting for it to set hehe

I didn’t put any extra sugar so it was slightly bitter chocolate tart, and even though Mr Bao complained that it lacked orange flavour ย I thought it was just right ๐Ÿ˜›

Hope you liked this recipe ~ and Thanks again to Kirk for making it so easy for me ๐Ÿ˜€

Special Offer – Jam For Joe

Hello Everyone ๐Ÿ™‚ I still have a bucket load of places in HK that I haven’t blogged about yet, but I’ve also been eating out back at home, so thought it would be nice to blog about Melbourne again. I wanted to introduce you guys to a cafe in our local area – Jam For Joe in Blackburn.

Great place for catch ups~

It’s a discrete stand alone cafe on Blackburn Rd, located within the One Community Church, it’s quite easy to drive past it, so look out for the sign ๐Ÿ™‚ I have to admit, I’ve driven past Jam for Joe so many times, but never had the intention to check it out. Until one day, I got pretty bored of the cafes we usually go and dragged Mr Bao to go with me ~

Kids friendly cafe ~

I really like the casual decor of this cafe and all the natural light that they get, it really creates a relaxing environment ๐Ÿ™‚ Perfect for catch ups and because it’s situated right across a primary school and day care centre, it’s also a kids friendly cafe with books and toys for the kiddies to play with ~

The lovely Amanda who does everything ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve visited a few times and have wanted to blog about this cafe, so I told Amanda and Chef John that I was a food blogger and if they’d mind if I took photos and asked a few questions. I was so nervous that they were going to tell me to leave hahaha but they were so kind to speak to me and answer my questions. Amanda and John are business partners, and also in-laws, John is married to Megan (Amanda’s Sister) ~ I was a little embarrassed when I asked if they were partners, because I thought they were a ‘husband and wife’ team LOL! Amanda is in charge of everything besides cooking ~ she takes the orders, makes the coffee, serves the food, cleans the tables and collects the money! It’s amazing how she does it all on her own!

I also love how they came up with the name of the cafe, ‘JAM’ stands for ‘John, Amanda and Megan’ and ‘Joe’ is actually American slang for coffee ๐Ÿ˜€

Chef John ๐Ÿ™‚

This is Chef John ~ he has 25 years of chef experience and had previously worked at the Como Hotel and cooked for Bon Jovi’s Thanks Giving Dinner wow! I never thought I’d find such an experienced chef at our local cafe, that’s why we should never judge a book by it’s cover hahaha

Lunch Menu ~

They have a simple lunch menu, with only a few items to choose from but Chef John would rather use the freshest ingredients and focus on making them the best instead of having a large menu.

Skinny Mocha $3.5AUD

After a couple of questions, I was ready to eat and drink lol I hadn’t had breakfast so was starving again ๐Ÿ˜› started off with a mocha ~ they use Jasper Coffee beans here. After spending more than 4 months in HK with bad coffee, this was definitely a decent cup of mocha, I could actually taste the coffee! But I would have liked it more if they had put more chocolate in it, because I couldn’t really taste it ๐Ÿ™‚

Latte $3.5AUD

Mr Bao had his usual latte ~ he seemed to enjoy it saying that it was just right, wasn’t too strong or too weak ๐Ÿ™‚ LOL as per usual I drank all of the ‘milk froth’ because that’s what I like the most hehe ~

Baked Beans $14.50AUD

Even though it was close to 1:30pm, I really wanted ‘breakfast’ food. YAY they serve breakfast here till 2pm ๐Ÿ™‚ so I ordered the baked beans, I’ve had them before and remember it being very delicious! It’s actually one of their signature dishes ~

Love Poached Eggs ~

It’s homemade baked beans with chorizo sausages, baby spinach and topped with a poached egg. It’s also got some chilli which gives it an extra kick ~ which I love! But this may be a little hot for some people, so if you don’t really like chilli, just let Chef John know and I’m sure he’d be able to help you out. This is such a flavoursome and filling dish, I had to fight Mr Bao off, he kept eating it! The buttery toast matched well with the baked beans, but I think I would’ve liked sourdough instead hehe I like really dense breads ๐Ÿ˜›

East West Chicken Burger $15AUD

Mr Bao had the Beef burger last time, and I remember that being so yummy too! But he’s on a ‘no beef’ diet because of his eczema so he got the East West Chicken Burger instead ~ it’s panini bread, with a chicken patty,tomato, roman lettuce and dressed with sweet chilli sauce with a hint of ginger ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh don’t forget the chips lol I didn’t take a good picture of the chips but definitely worth mentioning! They were so so so fresh and crispy! Think I’m gonna go back and just get chips next time ๐Ÿ˜›

Yum yum ~

I’ve never had an Asian-inspired burger before, and really liked the ginger in the dressing and the chicken patty wasn’t ‘mushy’ like some others I’ve had, it had proper chicken meat hehe ~

Definitely recommend you dropping by if you’re around the area or looking for a new place to have brunch ๐Ÿ™‚ And thanks to Jam For Joe, all Never Too Sweet readers are given a special Muffin and Coffee deal for only $6AUD. You simply mention that you’re a reader of Never Too Sweet and you will get the deal ๐Ÿ˜€

Thank you once again Chef John and Amanda for answering my questions ~ see you soon I still haven’t tried the salmon patties lucky that I only live around the corner ๐Ÿ™‚

Daisy and Mr Bao @Nevertoosweet paid for all food and drinks mentioned in this post

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Burger Time – Main St Deli

Since going to NYC with Mr Bao in January and experiencing the best burgers in our lives at Shake Shack ๐Ÿ™‚ I have been craving for a good burger! Very much like Catty from The Catty Life who’s been going on a Project Burger to find the best burger in Sydney ~ I was inspired to find a ‘half-decent’ burger in HK lol

That’s when I jumped onto Openrice, the HK version of Urbanspoon and did some research. I was surprised to find quite a few options ranging from the fast-food chains like MOS Burger, Triple O to the steakhouses such as Wooloo-mooloo ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s when I found Main St Deli at the Langham Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui.

I think was attracted ย by the ‘deli’ in it’s name because it was very NYC hahaha and to be honest, another friend had told me about their desserts so I dragged Sasa to go with me ~

HUGE pickles ~

As soon as we sat down, a waiter came over and placed two places in front of us. I had to laugh at the two humongous pickles placed in front of us ๐Ÿ™‚ I know they were trying to replicate delicatessen’s in NYC but I’m pretty sure you don’t get huge pickles like these hahaha ~ I don’t really like pickles but still tried a little and was surprised that it wasn’t very ‘spicy’ or ‘tangy’.

Coleslaw ~

We were also given a little coleslaw which once again puzzled me, but Sasa and I enjoyed it as a little appetiser ๐Ÿ™‚ nothing special but at least it wasn’t out of a can like what you get from KFC ๐Ÿ˜›

Onion Rings $72HKD ($9AUD) plus 10% service charge

Sasa loves onion rings so we ordered a plate as an appetiser to share ~ however, we were a little disappointed…because the batter was so thick the onion rings weren’t really crispy when we ate them. It was more like eating ‘lumps’ of flour than onion rings ๐Ÿ˜ฆ It was also quite bland…like it lacked seasoning.

Chopped Salad $158HKD ($19.82AUD) plus 10% service charge

I remember seeing a Chopped Salad recipe from The Pioneer Woman’s show,ย so I immediately wanted to try it. It’s a mix of iceberg lettuce, roman lettuce, avocado, grilled chicken, eggs and sprouts all chopped and mixed together. We were asked which dressing we wanted, which we found a little weird, because most places would pair the salad with the most appropriate dressing. Anyhow, we chose the honey mustard and it was served on the side, which was a little annoying because we had to mix it in ourselves and either had too much or too little ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Overall, I enjoyed this salad, but once again nothing spectacular and for the price we paid we expected a bit more.

Monster Burger 12 oz $188HKD ($23.60AUD) plus 10% service charge

Burger time! Most of their burgers came in two sizes, the 8oz or the 12oz, because we were pretty hungry we got the 12oz but girls, if you’re going alone, I’m pretty sure the 8oz is more than enough ~ we were so so so full! Damn…we shouldn’t have ordered onion rings…it came with the burger ~

Simple burger

It was a pretty simple burgerย with a patty and a pickle inside, it didn’t even have cheese or any tomatoes or lettuce inside. Instead they were placed on the side. We asked the patty to be made medium but some how it came out to be pretty well done. I liked the patty though ๐Ÿ™‚ not sure what kind of meat they used but it was flavoursome and properly seasoned YAY! I really didn’t like the bun though…it was quite dry…and the bottom bun was so soggy ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

So my verdict of their burger would be … ‘Reasonable’…I know I can’t compare them to Shake Shack or any other burger joints in NYC. Therefore, given that it as a burger found in HK it was decent, I just would have preferred if they had more components to the burger to give it an extra punch of flavour ~

Now to desserts, I walked over to their dessert cabinet and was going to get the lemon merengue pie (sorry forgot to take a pic) and just before I was going to order it…it was taken away from me…another table had just reserved it ๐Ÿ˜ฆ sighhh lesson be learnt…always order desserts BEFORE your mains ๐Ÿ˜› Instead we started off with a Bannofee pie ~ I don’t remember the last time I had one so I was very excited.

Half each ~

This was a pretty classic bannofee pie, with a chocolate tart case, a thick layer of caramel, whipped cream then topped with bananas and a glaze. I was a little disappointed when I could tell that they used the Nestle Top and Fill caramelย and not a homemade ‘toffee’, so it was extremely sweet, even for me. If they had used another type of caramel/toffee filling it would’ve been much better, because I quite liked the tart case and the glazed bananas ๐Ÿ™‚ย Poor Sasa, she was already so full but being my ‘best friend’, she was ‘forced’ to have 2 desserts with me hahaha so we went ‘half each’, I was more than happy to eat her share too but then I would just be selfish ๐Ÿ˜›

Chocolate Fluff Cupcake $24HKD ($3AUD) plus 10% service charge

They had a few cupcakes and if you remember I was looking for some good cupcakes in HK too, so I was pretty happy to see them here ~ it look us a while to decide, we were tossing between the black and white and the chocolate fluff. We chose the ‘fluff’ in the end because we wanted to know what the ‘fluff’ was lol

Very dense ~

Turned out to be a dense chocolate cupcake topped with a small amount of chocolate marshmallow icing. I’m pretty sure it was original marshmallow fluff with a little cocoa powder mixed into it. Not bad, and it wasn’t really sweet but I would have preferred a bigger ‘dollop’ of it ~ Even though the cupcake was relatively moist, it was very dense…Sasa didn’t like it much because she prefers fluffy and light cupcakes ~ ย I would definitely go back to try their other desserts, but may go to another place for burgers ~

Main St Deli Langham Hotel
Lower Lobby Level, The Langham Hong Kong,
8 Peking Road,ย Tsim Sha Tsui

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Midnight Cravings – Taiwanese Fried Chicken

Home Sweet Home ๐Ÿ™‚ After a long 9 hour flight Mr Bao and I finally got back to Melbourne, Australia ~ even though I’ve been away for so long, I settled in right away hehe it was so nice to see people walking at a ‘normal’ pace and not ‘power-walking’ hahaha

I was a little overwhelmed by everything that I had to deal with though – my poor car had an extremely flat tyre, had to open a mountain of mail, pay the bills to ensure we still had water, gas and electricity and a whole heap of other things to do ๐Ÿ˜ฆ but I guess that’s what you get when come back from an extended holiday ~ Anyhow, so by the time I got all that done… it was way past mid-night and I had serious cravings but surprisingly didn’t want dessert lol rarely happens hahaha I actually craved for FRIED CHICKEN…not KFC…butย Taiwanese Fried Chicken ๐Ÿ˜€

There’s two types of Taiwanese Fried Chicken, one where it’s cut into thumb-size pieces and then deep fried, while the other is a large piece of chicken breast shaped like a pork cutlet ๐Ÿ™‚

Thumb Bite Pieces VS Chicken Cutlet

For those who may not have heard or had Taiwanese Fried Chicken before, it has a unique taste because it is deep-fried and often seasoned withย white pepper, chilli and fried basil. But because different stalls will create their own seasoning it’s hard to describe the taste of it ๐Ÿ˜ฆ sorry! I’m still working on my writing skills, but if there’s any Taiwanese restaurants near you, I highly recommend you trying ~ It’s so addictive even more so than KFC ๐Ÿ˜€

I only ever really go to these two places for fried chicken in Taiwan – Ji Guang Delicious Fried Chicken (็นผๅ…‰้ฆ™้ฆ™้›ž๏ผ‰andย Hot Star Large Fried Chicken(่ฑชๅคงๅคง้›žๆŽ’).ย 

Ji Guang ~ Thumb Sized Fried Chicken

Gonna start with Ji Guang Xiang Xiang Ji (็นผๅ…‰้ฆ™้ฆ™้›ž) first ~ they specialise in the ‘bite sized’ form of the fried chicken ๐Ÿ˜€ They opened their first store 38 years ago and developed a special seasoning that using more than 10 herbs and spices ~ the exact same recipe is still used today.

Constantly frying ~

Apart from the fact that it’s so delicious, I love going to Ji Guang because they are constantly frying new batches of chicken and I have never bought cold or stale fried chicken which I think is crucial ๐Ÿ™‚

Its a bit scary the amount of oil used ~ but it is so yummy that the calories are worth it hehe definitely not something people dieting should eat ๐Ÿ˜›

Weighing the chicken ~

You can buy the fried chicken in either a small or large size, which is weighed ~ I’m not really sure of the difference in weight but I think the small size is more than enough for 1 to 2 people.

Small Serve Fried Chicken $55TWD ($1.8AUD)

The best way to describe Ji Guang’s fried chicken would be they are bite sized chicken thigh pieces coated in a light batter then deep-fried until golden brown and then tossed in its special seasoning. You can either have the original or have it with chilli, for those who can’t eat spicy food, I recommend staying away from the chilli powder as it is quite hot ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh did I forget to mention ~ It’s also quite cheap too! You can buy a small pack for less than $2 AUD:) so there’s no excuse to share hahaha YAY I don’t like sharing! The chicken is mine ๐Ÿ˜€

Now to the next famous fried chicken Hot Star Large Fried Chicken (่ฑชๅคงๅคง้›žๆŽ’), they serve their fried chicken in form of a large cutlet ~ Hot Star opened their first store more than 10 years ago and has reminded one of the most famous stalls at the Shi Lin Night Market ~ย no matter when you go, whether it be rain or shine there will always be a line waiting ๐Ÿ™‚

I recognise this lady ~

Because I’ve been going to Taiwan on a regular basis for many years, I recognise this nice lady, who will organise the long queues, serves the chicken and takes the money ~ it amazes me how she can do everything so quickly and efficiently ๐Ÿ™‚

Big Fried Chicken Cutlet~

They only come in one size and once price $55TWD ($1.80AUD) same price as Ji Guang once again a cheap eat ๐Ÿ™‚ Instead of using chicken thigh, at Hot Star they use a large piece of chicken breast and some how make it even bigger, coat it with a thick floury batter and then deep fry it ~ Once again they use a special type of seasoning and you have the option of adding chilli powder ๐Ÿ™‚ For me I always add the chilli powder because the hotter the better ~


I think this picture shows you exactly HOW big this chicken cutlet is! It’s bigger than my face hahaha It’s really filling if you had the whole thing so even though they don’t cut it for you, I suggest you sharing with someone, so you can save some room for other goodies at the night market ~ I have to admit though, not everyone likes Hot Star’s fried chicken, because they say the batter is too thick and it’s not as crispy as Ji Guang as it’s such a large piece.

I really can’t say which one I prefer ๐Ÿ™‚ Because I love them both hehe when I feel like something more crispy, I’ll go for Ji Guang, when I want something salty and filling I go for Hot Star ~ It’s also easier for me to get Hot Star because they have a store in HK too also read on their website that they’ve opened in Singapore too ๐Ÿ˜€

No matter which store you go to ~ I really hope you get to try some delicious Taiwanese Fried Chicken soon and become addicted like me hehe

What are your mid-night cravings? ๐Ÿ˜€

Ji Guang Delicious Fried Chicken (็นผๅ…‰้ฆ™้ฆ™้›ž)
108, Taiwan, Taipei City, Wanhua District
PH: +886 2 2381 5869

Hot Star Large Fried Chicken (่ฑชๅคงๅคง้›žๆŽ’)

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Time Flies – Thomas Trillion

Happy Easter Everyone ๐Ÿ˜€ Hope you all got lots of ‘Easter eggs’ ~

Time flies…looking back I’ve already been in HK for the past 4 months ~ this is the longest time I’ve stayed here and definitely one of the best times ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve spent time with family, Mr Bao, caught up with old friends, made new friends and most importantly explored the food scene here ~ HK is definitely a food heaven for foodies ๐Ÿ˜€

Want to take ย you to a quick trip to ย Thomas Trillion patisserie in Tin Hau today, before I jump on a 9 hour flight back to Melbourne ~ I’ve wanted to visited Thomas Trillion and have bugged Win Win for such a long time, but because it’s quite inconvenient for us to get there, we keep putting it off.

Many awards ~

The mastermind behind Thomas Trillion, is Thomas Lui an experienced pastry chef with a passion for chocolate ~ upon walking into the store, you will see numerous awards and medals from various competitions.

Let me eat cake ~

They had a reasonable number of cakes displayed in the cabinet, they’re all so pretty! Like a piece of art ~ However, flavours weren’t as creative as I expected, they were quite regular. For instance, they simply had a ‘cheesecake’ with no description of whether it was ‘baked’ or ‘New York’. I would have liked to try the chocolate spheres with the little holes called ‘Roseanna’ filled with Greek yogurt cream, raspberry cream and yellow fruit compote. But we didn’t feel like having Greek yoghurt ~ so we got something else hehe

Peanut Mousse $45HKD ($5.6AUD)

They did have one cake that was a little more unique because I don’t see many ‘peanut towers’ which are chocolate discs sandwiched with peanut mousse ~ I immediately thought of Ros from The More Than Occasional Bakerย who absolutely LOVES peanut butter ~ Not sure if you’ll like this but hehe it just reminded me of you ๐Ÿ™‚

Pralines $20HKD ($2.5AUD) each

They had a wider range of pralines for $20HKD each, once again they are so cute and perfectly made ~ I didn’t try any but maybe next time, if anyone has tried or will try please let me know what you think of them ๐Ÿ™‚

Chocolate Heart ~

I don’t know if you can actually purchase this, as they have a ‘display only’ label, but this looks magnificent and I really wouldn’t mind receiving this for my birthday or Valentine’s day *hint hint hint* Mr Bao ๐Ÿ˜›

ย Win Win and I bought 3 cakes takeaway because they don’t have any tables in the store, we weren’t very happy with the shop assistant, she wasn’t very helpful and when I asked ‘which cakes would you recommend?’, she just looked at me blankly and replied ‘Errr I don’t know…’ I think she could have at least tried to tell me the different elements and components of the cakes.

Rosy Rosa $65HKD ($7.5AUD)

We started with the Rosy Rosa which is aย Chocolate breton biscuit layers with Griotte compote and 68% chocolate mousse. Its so shiny ~

We shared this with my Bro In Law (Win WIn’s husband) as well, and neither of us liked it. We couldn’t really taste the chocolate in the mousse and the Griotte compote was extremely bitter, and wasn’t pleasant at all to eat. I only liked the breton biscuit layer ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Strawberry Mille Feuille $55HKD ($6.87AUD)

Next up – Strawberry Mille Feuille, unfortunately, this was another disappointment, the puff pastry, tasted like deep-fried wonton wrappers, but the worst would have to be the vanilla bean custard, it had NO vanilla taste at all and just tasted like ‘egg yolks’, I’m not usually this harsh, but I thought it was borderline ‘disgusting’ sorry!

Cheesecake $45HKD ($5.62AUD)

The last and the best out of the 3 was their ‘Cheesecake’, a very simple and traditional cheesecake with a very thin layer of short crust base, which I would’ve liked if it was a little thicker. In terms of the cheesecake itself, it was quite ‘pleasant’ to eat, very soft and smooth and had a stronger cream cheese flavour. However, we still prefer the cheesecakes from Mandarin Oriental or Gioia By Chi ~ which is also cheaper ๐Ÿ™‚

Thomas Trillion was definitely a disappointment to us, because I’ve read good reviews about them but I guess it’s always like that when you have high expectations and they don’t fulfil them, you’re more likely to be disappointed >_<

Thomas Trillion
G/F, No 17 Wing Hing Street, Triumphant Court,
North Point, Hong Kong

PH: 2806 0332ย 

Before I head off to the airport, I just wanted to say thank you to a few people in HK:
– My loveliest and dearest Readers from all over the world ๐Ÿ™‚ thank you for reading and supporting me for the past 4 months, it has definitely made my stay here more interesting and enjoyable! ย I have loved sharing with you all my ‘foodie adventures’ ~
– Win Win for always eating out with me and helping me cross off many restaurants off my ‘wish list’ ๐Ÿ˜€ Love you Sis! Gonna miss you like crazy!
–ย ย Sasa my best friend, thanks for allowing me to order 2 desserts and only one main and giving me all the time I need to take photos! Take good care of yourself! Hope to see you real soon!
– Mary my dear friend from NYC wouldn’t have had a such a great trip and go eat at all those places without you! Miss you ย ~
– All my old friends in HK – Terence, Kenneth, Jovian, William, Eunice, Ellen, Connie, Joseph, Flora, Kennise, Jack and Cindy sorry if I forgot to add you to this list – Thanks for always spending time with me when I’m in HK, can’t wait till we catch up again!
– All my new friends – Kaylee, Terry, ย HK Epicurus, Chocolate Mui Mui, Sai Lee, Mercury and Peggy – So great to have met you guys and I wish we had known each other sooner! I’ll be back soon ~ Don’t forget about me!

Even though I think I’m ready for ‘full-time work’ there’s still a part of me which wants to stay as a student and not have to enter the ‘real’ world yet ๐Ÿ˜› So please wish me luck and stay with me as I enter the next most important stage of my life ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo

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