All posts tagged: cake

Lady M: What’s the Hype?

Instagram is my favourite database to do my food research; it’s a lot of raw data to go through, but you get honest opinions and find out about all types of restaurants out there. It’s also how I first came to know Lady M’s signature mille crepe cakes, years before it was even sold in this city! Follow me on Instagram @lolleroll for my “raw” feed! So when Lady M came to Asia from New York, opening stores in Singapore, it was so popular that Hong Kong peeps couldn’t stop raving about it. Had I visited myself, I would’ve definitely lugged one back to Hong Kong instead of the default Bengawan Solo pandan cake. Therefore, no surprise that there’d be a massive queue when it first opened in Harbour City (Tsim Sha Tsui). But lucky I was that Lady M finally opened a second store at IFC mall (Central) and blessed I am that my boyfriend went down before lunch hours to queue up for it! Earl Grey Mille Crepe Exclusive to HK – HK$75 …

Do Mug Cakes Actually Taste Good?

If you follow any food blogs, accounts or websites, you must have seen all the viral posts on “mug cakes”. It’s an easy sell for modern busy/lazy people, because it’s a quick cake recipe that’s supposed to take no longer than 5 minutes, including microwave time. So I’ve always been curious as to whether mug cakes actually taste good. Even though many of them sound horrible – come on, you can’t expect real cake with just 3 ingredients, some actually look amazing. So I browsed a while for relatively complex mug cake recipes. Plus I was hoping that adding in some characteristics of actual good cake could give me a better shot of churning out a decent tasting cake. That’s why you’ll see the ingredients list I used is so long. Recipe for Chocolate Mug Cake Ingredients: 1/8 cup flour 1/8 cup sugar 1 tsp baking powder 1/8 cocoa powder pinch of salt 1/8 milk vanilla essence 1 egg 1/8 oil Method: Mix the dry ingredients then mix in the wet ingredients. Pop it in the microwave on “high” for 1.5 …

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: 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.

Spoilt for choice at MoMo Cafe’s modern lunch buffet

With a wider food selection than most dinner buffets, my bill for MoMo cafe’s lunch buffet came at a more-than very reasonable HK$270 per head (with discounts, see end of article). The food quality was excellent and I was impressed how well they managed to keep their cooked main dishes fresh. The vibe is modern and comfortable. I loved the beautiful natural lighting that complemented well with the cafe’s wooden refurbishment – a great ambience for larger social and family gatherings! Japanese cold noodles and fresh sashimi They have all the standard starter options at this buffet: salad bar, smoked salmon, cold seafood, tomato and buffalo mozzarella, that kind of stuff. But their Japanese station is better equipped than most! They serve three kinds of cold noodles and even yellowtail sashimi (pretty rare at buffets), as part of their fresh selection raw fish! Outstandingly delicious and freshly cooked mains Main dishes really stand out here. I tend to avoid main course at buffets, as they tend to be warm and stale, having sat at the counter for …

Mixed feelings about Dalloyau’s afternoon tea

Fancily located in Harbour City (Tsim Sha Tsui), Dalloyau offers two types of afternoon tea sets, one is a “fine dining” option and the other is the “cafe” option. Since we “walked in”, the latter was the only option for us. The HK$536 (for two) price tag did put us off, but we decided to be baller and see what this was all about anyway. Sorry, no switches I have very mixed feelings about this place. Well, I don’t like foie gras, and so when ordering, I requested to exchange the foie gras sandwich for something else. The waiter told me that the tea sets are all pre-made and no switches can be made. “Can’t you make me anything else?” No because nothing else they make is small enough to place on that golden tea set rack. Hmmm, I didn’t want to say anymore, I’ll just take the foie gras then. Finely delicate lobster and truffle sandwich Aside from my biased dislike of the foie gras, the other sandwiches were all very good! My favourite was the lobster and …