Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Brick Toast at My Sweet Tea


One of my good friends, CA, will be going on a trip to Hong Kong very soon. So on the weekend, we went out to My Sweet Tea to chat and for a little dessert. More so the chatting part... uh... yes...

Last time we tried brick toast for the first time. We had already eaten dim sum before going for bubble tea so we weren't sure if we would be able to finish one by ourselves. That's why we shared one. And I guess it was so good that we killed it in under 5 minutes. We got our own this time.

While looking on the menu, CA was trying to decide which flavour to get. I thought that the condensed milk and chocolate hazelnut would be overkill. We had both assumed they'd be together on the toast. CA said she'd either get the apple cinnamon or chocolate hazelnut (without the condensed milk). But when she ordered it, she asked for the condensed milk and chocolate hazelnut brick toast. Freudian slip, perhaps?

She was confused when it first arrived. We had a good laugh about how she thought she ordered something else. It was meant to be, I guess. CA got a hot drink to enjoy as well.

It crossed my mind to suggest that we combine our sandwiches and make a penta-decker brick toast, but that was just be too fat.

I was either going to get the plain condensed milk brick toast or the chocolate hazelnut. The thing is that I don't like ordering stuff with fresh bananas because I like to eat bananas when they start to get spotted.  Since we had the condensed milk one before, I went with the chocolate hazelnut with banana brick toast and a black milk tea with pearls to drink.

We talked about things to do and eat in Hong Kong. What to buy in Asia *cough* everything *cough* Hello Kitty *cough* and stuff like that. It made me want to go back to Hong Kong. For the goose. For the dim sum. And for the good times to be had with Aunty.

Have a fun and safe trip CA!! Make sure you take lots of photos!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Toronto Weekend July 2013: Part II

Our family went to Toronto one weekend for my cousin's wedding. This is the second, and final, part. The previous day can be found here [link].

We had breakfast at the hotel's breakfast buffet. It wasn't just a sad cereal and fruit selection with juice, coffee, and hot water. No, no. They had stuff like scrambled eggs, bagels, sliced bread, cubed fruits, and a waffle machine.

I didn't mean to have a carb-heavy breakfast. Lucy shared half of her waffle. I suspected that she couldn't finish it all. The breakfast sausages were very lean. They were close to being dry.

Lucy's comments:
Being the first one in the family at breakfast, I excitedly texted everyone to let them know that there was a waffle machine available.  It was an impressive feature for a complimentary breakfast.

After breakfast, we packed up and checked out of the hotel. We headed to Pacific Mall to walk around a bit and get some bubble tea. We had already been drinking our bubble teas when we walked by a bubble tea shop that had winter melon tea available! Holy! Even though I barely had any of my drink, I was so tempted to buy a winter melon-flavoured drink. I think it must be a Taiwanese thing, because I can't really find it anywhere else. I found some expensive cans of winter melon tea at T&T. Not worth it. Next time... bubble tea shop... next time.

I have to admit that while walking around Pacific Mall, I was trying to buy time so that we could go for dim sum in the GTA before we head back home. But then I realized that we all had a late breakfast. No go. I gave up and we to Kingston for a late lunch.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Toronto Weekend July 2013: Part 1


We did a road trip to Toronto for our cousin's wedding last weekend. I'll break it up into two parts. Here's 1 of 2.

I tend to get car sick on road trips because three main reasons: empty stomach, being too warm, riding with a heavy-footed driver. Sometimes it's a combination of the three. The latter didn't apply during the trip. To prevent the first two, I made sure to have a snack before we hit the road and have a bottle of water to keep me cool during the trip.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Hot Pot Dinner


After a trip to an asian grocery store, we made hot pot to help clear out our fridge and freezer. We took out some napa cabbage, frozen homemade dumplings and fish cakes, which we had already.

These assorted South Korean fish balls were bought weeks ago when they were on sale.




Enoki mushrooms, napa cabbage, basa fish, cilantro, dumplings, fish balls, and tofu. There were also tofu puffs.

I didn't know tofu could look so good.

Here's a pot of pork soup that we used for the hot pot. It was made of pork neck bones, onions, carrots, and dried scallops. We debated whether we wanted to add the spicy hot pot mix but decided against it.

We all made our own dipping sauces. Mine consisted of Pearl River Bridge's soy sauce, salmon XO sauce from Australia, and hoisin sauce.

A bit of everything was tossed in.

Majority of the hot pot contents were white. I didn't realize it until after I started eating. And I had a glass of sweetened soy milk too. My favourite part of the hot pot was eating the South Korean fish cakes. Our family has grown sick of the floury fish cakes from T&T. These actually tasted good! We didn't have any noodles or rice with dinner -- which was fine.

Dinner was simple but filling.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Over-Ripened Bananas? Banana Pancakes!


We had over-ripened bananas in the kitchen. Every time that happens, Mom eventually makes banana cake with them -- I say eventually because we sometimes pop the bananas in a bag and then into the freezer.

It was getting a bit monotonous so I tried to think of different ways to use it. Using them in a smoothie is overkill. I couldn't really think of anything but pancakes. So I did a quick search three mornings ago and found this recipe from Pastry Affair.

Banana Pancakes
Adapted from Pastry Affair's Banana Cinnamon Pancakes.

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1¼ tbsp baking powder
2 tbsp granulated sugar
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1 large egg
2 large over-ripened bananas, mashed
1½ tsp vanilla extract
1½ tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 tbsp butter
1 cup of milk

All of the dry ingredients were mixed together in a large bow. Then I mashed the bananas separately in a bowl with a fork. Once that was done, I added the rest of the ingredients -- except the milk -- into the dry ingredients. I mixed everything together and slowly added the milk. That's it.

Mom was getting ready for work and saw what I was up to in the kitchen.

"What are you making? Banana cake?" She asked.

"No, I'm making banana pancakes." I answered. "It's not the same."

I heated our griddle to medium-high. While that was doing its thing, I melted a little butter and mixed it with a bit of vegetable oil to raise the burning temperature of the butter. We love to cook pancakes with butter in our house.


Personally, I like mine almost deep-fried. When you add enough butter-oil to the hot griddle and then add the pancake batter, it should have a crust. I made a small pancake as a tester. I found the pancake a bit too thick so I added a little more milk to the batter.

I was a disappointed in the taste. I mean, they tasted great, but they just tasted like banana cake. The whole point of making banana pancakes was to avoid making banana cake. I have no idea what I was thinking. Even when I read the recipe again, it screams banana cake to me. Womp womp...


Despite the likeness to banana cake, the pancakes were still tasty. I made a warmed up some peanut butter and mixed it with some syrup to make a peanut butter syrup. It was so good! Andrew melted some semi-sweet chocolate with peanut butter for his pancakes. We washed the pancakes down with some cold milk. I was ready for a nap after that.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013


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