rice cake confessional

adventures in eating

Posts Tagged ‘mango sago

singapore hits and misses: vol 2

leave a comment »

Told you I had a backlog. Second verse, same as the first.

HIT: This was one of my first lunches at the office. Crazy monkey rain kept us indoors so we joined about 3000 of our closest friends under the labyrinth of halls, restaurants, and food stalls that make up the Singapore MRT system. Easy, fast, cheap food with no worries of raindrops. This was surprisingly good – lemon chicken with Thai sauce. Despite the color, it’s not as spicy as it looks and the chicken was very, very lemony. Comes with a side of mashed potatoes (yum), apples drenched in mayo (pass), and a fried hard boiled egg with some cream sauce (yes that’s right, it’s hard boiled, breaded, and then fried… weird but not bad).

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by joann

August 10, 2008 at 6:59 pm

hello desserts!

with one comment

We’re always on the look out for a Bay Area equivalent to mango sago. So far we’ve been unsuccessful, but Hello Desserts does bring us one step closer.

If you’re familiar with the South Bay, Hello Desserts is in the Ranch 99 complex in San Jose right off of Hostetter near the side that has the Goldilocks. Do you like how I give directions based on important landmarks like Ranch 99s?

We ended up here after we were moted trying to see Forbidden Kingdom a few weeks ago (it was sold out). The place is super cute inside and smells of waffle cones a la Coldstone’s Creamery.

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by joann

April 27, 2008 at 6:49 pm

Posted in bay area, chinese, dessert

Tagged with ,

hong kong top 5: eats edition

leave a comment »

Just in case it wasn’t clear, I had an awesome time in Hong Kong. Definitely a city that I’ll be coming back to. In honor of my new fan-hood for HK, here’s my top 5 eats starting with numero cinco.

5. Black Sesame Ice Cream from Wasabisabi


Best black sesame ice cream ever. Pricey at HKD44 but worth every tasty bite. Plus you gotta love the fancy presentation.

4. Thick Ass Toast + Milk Tea


You have to drink milk tea in Hong Kong. Something strong with tea flavor and creamy with evaporated milk. You have to drink it with thick, giant, mutant, buttery slices of toast. Include a bustling Chinese breakfast place at rush hour and you have a winner.

3. Peking Duck


Warm, crepe-style pancakes wrapped around slices of fatty Peking duck, cucumber, and leeks. Add hoisin sauce and watch your cholesterol rise. Soooooo goood.

2. High Tea


We did high tea not once but twice. First at the Peninsula and next at the Four Seasons. Each time just feels special. Little teapots of unique teas (lychee green tea anyone?), dainty finger sandwiches, fancy desserts, clotted cream, yummy scones. Relax in the comfy seats (esp at the Four Seasons), rest your feet from all the walking, and chat about the advice of fortune tellers. Okay maybe not that last part.

1. Mango Sago


This stuff is gooder than good. Addictive in the extreme with dozens of varieties you will find something that suits your taste buds for sure. They have spots all over Hong Kong. Just think of it, turn the corner, and the stuff will magically appear. Each serving is about HKD25-38 depending on which one you pick. My pick: mango + mango puree + glutinous rice balls + coconut milk.

Written by joann

February 21, 2008 at 9:48 pm

the house of mango delights

with 5 comments


Hong Kong is a mango lover’s dream. You wouldn’t think it but WOW. If you love mango you are going to be a happy camper here. I present to you… Hui Lau Shan.

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by joann

January 27, 2008 at 9:54 pm

Posted in chinese, dessert, hong kong, travels

Tagged with

a serenade for victoria harbor

with 2 comments


Not allowed to visit Hong Kong without hitting the light show over Victoria Harbor. After an afternoon of fortune telling and high tea on the Kowloon side, we walked to the promenade to watch the show. The next night we picked a restaurant with a view of the harbor to celebrate our last night in lovely Hong Kong. Our pick? Serenade Restaurant located on the first floor of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by joann

January 27, 2008 at 1:04 pm