Raging Sweet TeethPosted: July 21, 2011
So I’m pretty sure anyone who’s read a couple of my posts kinda figured out I have a raging sweet tooth. Actually, I should probably say sweet teeth, since I love sweets so much. And Hong Kong is no exception. I probably eat more sweets here than I actually do back home.
Good thing I consider fruits to be sweets because they satisfy my sweet cravings and are aplenty here.
But nothing makes me happier than a whole box of delicious sweet treats…
Pastries from Tony Wong
Mixed-berry Napoleons, Mango Napoleon, Blueberry Cheesecake, Fig tart, Mango Delight, Pinky – aka Almond cake with raspberry jam, and Hazelnut & Chocolate Crunchy Cake
The fig tart was so pretty!
and lastly, a cuppa goodness – a Mango Parfait.
I love how pastries here are usually super light and less sweet. I don’t ever get that sickening feeling from too much sugar.
Tony Wong also has beautiful full sized cakes you can specially order.
They’re shaped like roses! I wish I had a better photo…but aren’t they gorgeous?? My birthdays just around the corner and I’m hoping to be blowing out candles on one of these. Just kidding. That’d be pretty darn awesome though!
I’m proud to say I had a taste of every single one of those pastries in that box 🙂 That should be plenty, but I didn’t stop there…
I’ve also been eating mooncakes!
Mooncakes are traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival, which is sometime during the end of September or early November, depending on when the moon is at its fullest.
People celebrate in different ways, but lighting lanterns and sending floating lanterns to the sky is what I remember the most. Technically these mooncakes are eaten while admiring the full mid-autum moon with friends and family, but they’re sold months in advance, so we can practically eat them almost all year round.
A mooncake is actually a little hard to describe. It’s basically a pastry-type sweet that has a tender crust surrounding a dense sweet lotus paste that may or may not contain up to three salted eggs yolks in the center. The egg yolks symbolize the full moon. It’s kinda got that sweet and salty thing goin on, which I love.
I highly doubt my description was all that enticing, but I promise they are absolutely delicious. If you don’t eat eggs, there are mooncakes with no egg yolks and just lotus paste. Those are delicious too 😛 The most important aspect though is that you have to buy the RIGHT brand of mooncakes. Otherwise, it’s it’s not so delicious…
So mooncakes and pastries should be enough, right? Wrong.
It’s so hard to pass up sweets here. Just this evening when I was walking home from dinner, I just had to stop at a food stand to buy this.
In that bag is…Egg waffles!
These puffs are warm and crunchy on the outside and hollow on the inside with the slightest chew. If you like waffles, you will LOVE these. There should actually be another row or two of puffs, but I kinda ate them before I got a chance to take this picture.
These have to be one of my absolute favorite foods here in Hong Kong. I’ve eaten them since I was little and they never get old. They’re sold on the streets and there are good ones and bad ones, but thank goodness I live close to a good stand 🙂 I can never pass it up when I walk by because I can smell it a block away.
I haven’t had the opportunity to try it yet, so I’m not sure how it compares to the ones in Hong Kong, but I’d love to find out!
I could probably go on and on about all the desserts and sweets I’ve been eating, but think I’ll just stick with my favorites so I don’t bore you all to death or give any of you a toothache…;)
What’re some of your favorite sweets?