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hong kong tea time snacks

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sour and spicy soup noodles

sour and spicy soup noodles

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$20.  They use the clear noodles which are quite difficult to chew as it doesn’t seem to break apart.  It has trace amounts of ground beef and more generous heapings of sour vegetables, cilantro and peanuts.  It’s a decent meal for a quick fix snack.  It’s on Belcher’s street.  I would not go back a second time.  For the next time I am dumb enough to order this I will cook instant noodles at home.

egg waffle cart in Kennedy Town

wood fire egg waffle cart

The best egg waffles can only be found during night time on one of the corners in the intersection of Smithfield Road and Belcher’s Street.  The gentleman making the egg waffles use wood as heat source which is suppose to impart a distinct taste.  It’s $20/bag vs. $10/bag at the legitimate stores.  The only difference being the heat source.  The street vendor is constantly fanning an open flame making it dangerous around small children and crowded areas.  Luckily his egg waffles are not available during the day time, it is only available after dark when the police officers are nowhere to be found.  The egg waffles from the wood fire cart is as traditional as it gets.

traditional egg waffles

close up of the work area for the best egg waffles in Kennedy Town

A colleague of mine told me to bring the waffle iron to the next bbq so we can make it ourselves.  Typical of HK attitude, it’s so simple you can do it yourself.

These puppies are only available during the season of Chinese New year.  Bags of these delectable treats, deep fried “corner sons” with a peanut and sugar filling.  They are the size of mini-donuts and tim-bits but they taste even better.  In keeping with food that tastes good these treats will not be healthy for you.  I know it is made with lard.

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I paid $20 for a bag of 12, ate all in one sitting and now regret it.  One of my favorite chinese desserts but not available year round so gouge on them while you can.  A moment on your lips…

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GF had a black banana fermenting in her fridge.  It had a distinct alcohol taste making it a perfect recipient to compliment a baked food.  Muffins is the logical choice as she only had one; more and she would have made banana bread.  Muffins are quick and easy.  It is very similar to making bread without the long preparation time.

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flour, sugar and flax seeds

Home made muffin mix.  It is very similar to bread except you sub out the yeast.

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banana into the egg mix

blueberries into the mix

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mix everything by hand to get a workout

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partition into tray

Into the oven for 30 minutes

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VOILA. Magic in these guys.

One thing I love about HK is the fact the best fruits seem to always be in season.  Mangoes are a perfect example of this.  I can’t get enough of them.  Do check out the street markets so you develop a relationship with the vendors so they know to set stuff aside for you.

Philippine Mangoes are cheap, $8.  Australian Mangoes are 4x the price at $30.  I have yet to find Mangoes out of India but those are on the list.  India Mangoes are elusive since I am unable to find with relative ease, a venture into the Kowloon side is required.  If you are allergic to mangoes, it will most likely come from touching the skin.  The skin of the mango is from the same family as poison ivy.

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Philippine Mango on the left and Australia Mango on the right

An Avocado thrown into the mix for comparison.

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As always, mango salsa with avocado.  Salsa and Guacamole share many similarities so rather than make it using two separate bowls I throw everything together into one.  Pair it with couscous to keep the meal light and healthy.  Another thing to throw into the mix would be raw almonds.  Everything in the salsa is mushy so raw almonds provide much needed crunch giving the salsa a different texture.

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Necessity is the mother of Invention.  I can never find quality cinnamon buns that taste right.  As luck would have it, my GF loves to bake.  This is the process involved in creating your own Cinnamon Buns at home.  In this instance as is the case for HK, it’s better to make your own food rather pay for disappointment.

Bun dough.

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dough

Roll out

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Add brown sugar and cinnamon

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Too much sugar!!!!

Spread lovingly

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Roll the dough into itself

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Rolling the dough into itself. Brown sugar and cinnamon love.

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Cut into size to fit the pan

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Leave ample room for the buns to expand

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An hour later, the buns have expanded and now it’s time to throw into the oven for 30 mins.  No frosting as GF is testing her healthy Cinnamon Bun recipe.

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Cinnamon Buns in Hong Kong