Mid-Autumn Festival is coming up soon, and my family would buy snow skin mooncakes from local Asian grocery stores. But this year, I decided to make some homemade and healthier ones. Good things about homemade products is that sugar level can always be adjusted, and I can choose natural ingredients to eliminate any preservatives. Using purple yam in desserts and pastries is now a new food trend, as it has a beautiful purple color for pictures, and it has high nutrition, with low calories. Making Purple Yam Snow Skin Mooncakes seems difficult, but it is actually easy and fun, especially when assembling them.
I recently got some Japanese Matcha powder from Heapwell Superfoods and hope to add them into some of my desserts. My boyfriend doesn’t like any type of bitterness from his desserts, and he loves red bean. So I decided to go online and learn how to make this Matcha Mochi Bread. At first I thought kneading a dough would be very difficult, but after trying it, it is actually quite fun and simple. You just need to have some patience and energy during kneading. You can even knead the dough with your kids or husbands/boyfriends to add some extra fun.
I was very excited when I heard there is a newly opened dessert place in my neighborhood. Bambu features Chè or Vietnamese home-made beverages, dessert drinks, and puddings. With over 70 locations in the U.S., the first store in Canada finally arrived in Vancouver. Since the store is very close to my house, I just can’t resist to come here more often. Continue reading “Bambu”
Charisma Cafe & Dessert House is a spacious cafe located outside the Stadium-Chinatown skytrain station. It specializes homemade cheesecakes and beverages, such as bubble tea and coffee. Recently, it also sells twice baked croissants from Elmo Pinpin. This blog post consists of multiple visits. Continue reading “Charisma Cafe & Dessert House”
Regarded as the Starbucks of Japan, Nana’s Green Tea recently opened its first North American store in Kerrisdale, Vancouver. Prior to its grand opening, I was lucky to tag along with Jason to its media event. Its minimalist and elegant interior design is paired with wooden chairs and tables. Though there is limited seating, it is not too packed. After the media tasting, I went back again on a weekend afternoon, and the line wasn’t too bad, as I only waited for 15 minutes.
We tried some signature desserts, drinks, and savory dish in the media event. Continue reading “Nana’s Green Tea”
Yes I just returned from my month long vacation in Hong Kong, Korea, and Taiwan, so I finally have time to sit down and consolidate a list of must try food spots for you all. Hong Kong is known as a food paradise, yet as a local, I’ve found food in Hong Kong to be pretty mediocre. It can get quite expensive compared to other cities, including Vancouver! So on this trip, I spent more time digging through hidden gems to share with you all.
Every year, I would choose a different place to order a cake for my mom’s birthday, and this year, I chose 812 Cake & Dessert. I came here with my friends before, when they first opened. We ordered most of the flavors in the shelf, so I thought my mom would love this place as well. 812 Cake & Dessert is a Korean-owned cake shop near Gilmore. Their cakes overall are on a lighter side, and they have a large variety of beverage selections.
During my first visit, we ordered Tiramisu, Blueberry Cheese, Sweet Potato, and Salted Caramel. Flavors come in a rotational basis, so I am sure you will never get bored of the cakes here. As for the second visit, I ordered Strawberry for my mom’s birthday cake.