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East Bali Cashews: Healthy Snacking with a Cause

Ever since I had a batch of really fresh and crunchy cashews in Sri Lanka, I’ve been searching for some good ones in Hong Kong to (sort of) guiltlessly snack on. But the ones sold in supermarkets were the reason for my lack of enthusiasm for these nuts in the first place. Finally I found a likely cashew contender, accompanied by a lot more flavours: East Bali Cashews. They aren’t available in chain supermarkets, but can be spotted in some boutique health stores such as Nature’s Blessing and Spicebox Organics. I’ve also seen them featured in the healthy snack boxes created by Snacking Bird. They have a range of interesting flavours which all sound extremely tempting. I started off with the Native version which are plain – they’re relatively sizable and super tasty itself. I actually prefer cashews plain or with Sea Salt. But to entertain guests at home, I served the Chili Crunch and it was such a crowd pleaser – addictive to say the least. The Sesame Ginger is also highly recommended! A Social Enterprise Apart from being delicious, there was also an intriguing …

Try This: Warm Pecan Pie and Ice Cream from The Diner

I’ve written about The Diner a few times and even recently said it was one of the 5 Restaurants Worth Revisiting Again and Again. Evidence of that point, I’ve just had a laid back brunch there again over the weekend, which as always, promises a satisfying American style meal with lots of eggs, sausages and pancakes. I love the variety on their menu, their milkshakes and bottomless brew coffee! While browsing on Sugar, a food discovery app I’ve been using, I found that I could redeem their pie of the day at a discounted price – the perfect incentive to try something new (since I almost always just get their All-American breakfast). The pie of the day was a pecan pie which to be honest is not something I would usually order (if it wasn’t for the app). But it was a pleasant surprise and a good example of why we should always try new things! The pie was served warm, which is always amazing especially when there’s ice cream on the side. It had a soft and …

Try This: Mentaiko Pasta for Lunch at Tabibito

I came here for dinner once and absolutely loved all the dishes we ordered, especially the Lobster Toastie. Given that dinners here can cost about HK$500 per person, coming here for lunch is one way you can taste their delicious Japanese fusion dishes on a more wallet-friendly budget. Of course, the menu is very different though. Lobster Toastie – Special item served during dinner I actually fell in love with mentaiko pasta at Baby Cafe in iSQUARE (now closed), which was featured in Fusion pastas that actually taste amazing. After being thoroughly impressed by Tabibito’s food during dinner one time, their mentaiko pasta definitely met my high expectations of being creamy, tasty and with a good amount of ‘crunch’ from the roe. It’s HK$80 for a lunch set with miso soup and they have a few other options on their menu too. Mentaiko pasta (served during lunch) The downside is of course that it’s quite inconveniently located in PoHo (upper Sheung Wan). See more “Try this” articles here. Tabibito 20 Po Hing Fong Sheung Wan Phone: 2547 2833 …

Try this: Order LeTAO cheesecake online from Japan to Hong Kong

My colleague came to my desk one morning describing this Japanese cheesecake to me with the most exagerrated enthusiasm, repeatedly alluding to how sooooooo yummy!!! it was. I’m pretty easily sold by references to yummy, cheesecake or food, so I automatically matched the enthusiasm with an omg I want it!!! She ordered the LeTAO Fromage Double via this online Japanese supermarket which delivers to Hong Kong. When it arrived a few days later, I was a bit disappointed at its looks. Considering I paid about HK$200 for it, it was small and did not look fantastic (i.e. not that instagrammable). Thankfully, the moral of the story was the cliche of not judging a book by its cover. The cake has two layers. The top is light, refreshing and ice cream-like, while the bottom is a more intense and dense creamy cheesecake. Given how light the overall texture was, the taste was surprisingly strongly cheesy. Most importantly, it definitely tastes much better than it looks! Actually all of us in the office ordered another one each …

Try this: Chocolate lover frozen yogurt from Smile

The froyo craze died down massively a few years ago. We all watched a lot of frozen yogurt outlets open then close around Hong Kong and they are much less prevalent now. Thankfully for survival of the fittest, the best ones seem to still be alive and running right now. By far my favourite froyo is from Smile. The texture is very thick and creamy (and not icy). The taste is quite tarty but not unbearably so. Sometimes I try to be healthy and order the fruit version, but my favourite combo is really the Chocolate Lover. It’s served with delicious cubes of brownie, tasty crumbs and other chocolate things. I guess the only downside is its steep price of HK$61. Well, if it’s any comfort, the portions are quite big..! Smile is located in Ocean Terminal (Tsim Sha Tsui) and Hysan Place (Causeway Bay)

Try this: Green tea cheesecake and Thai tea from Teakha

Located up the hill from Hollywood Road in the trendy area of Sheung Wan – what some call PoHo – the surroundings of hipster tea cafe Teakha is quite relaxed. It’s too bad that Hong Kong rents are so high that these places can’t afford to be spacious and have a comfortable interior at the same time! There are only limited and tiny seats available. But the food offerings here are legit, worth the trek and perhaps worth the uncomfortable seating too! Authentic low sugar Thai milk tea (HK$38) I’ve had lots of trouble finding authentic Thai milk tea outside of Bangkok but this one is spot on the real deal. In fact it tastes even better than many of the ones I tried during my trips to Thailand. One thing I love about it is that they make it not very sweet by default! Just gotta live with the fact that it’s kind of overpriced. Best green tea cheesecake in Hong Kong (HK$42) I love all things matcha and green tea! This must be …

Try this: Moist slice of red velvet cake from Cedele

When they sliced up the red velvet cake, it was definitely less red than I had expected. Then I thought, what is red velvet cake anyway? Red velvet is a chocolate-based cake (though much less chocolate-y than chocolate cake) which typically uses buttermilk and is topped with cream cheese frosting. So the red is most usually just colouring – the lack of red in this version was probably a good thing then! Cedele’s red velvet cake is extremely moist, soft and spongy in texture. I’d say the taste is a little lighter than usual and definitely tastes very “homemade”. The cream cheese frosting was a bit tough and compact – I would’ve liked a softer and creamier topping. That said, along with their amazing lemon tart (featured in 5 best lemon tarts in Hong Kong), their red velvet cake is definitely worth a try. Cedele is located in Elements (West Kowloon), Infinitus plaza (Sheung Wan) and Tai Kok Tsui.