Sweet Tooth

27 October 2011

One of the things I love and miss about Hong Kong (or perhaps this applies to Asia in general) are the unusual foods that are available. About half of the snaps I've taken below and grouped together in this dessert post are Japanese snacks. Japanese cuisine and culture are extremely popular in Hong Kong and is evident in the many Japanese supermarket chains and department stores that make up some of the main shopping destinations in the thriving city.

My aunts have a lot of colleagues who frequently travel over to Japan for business trips and one of them very kindly bought these Matcha green tea Kit Kats for us to try! My aunts had actually saved the chocolates in their fridge anticipating our arrival (which is a distant memory now!). If you're a fan of Matcha in general, you would love these. They taste a little like green tea lattes in solid form! Yum.
greenteakitkatThe fish shaped dessert below is a Taiyaki. They are traditionally made from waffle batter and filled with red bean paste (adzuki beans). As you can see from the slight ice still left on them, these are ice cream versions! I suppose they're pretty much like ice cream sandwiches but they are filled with Vanilla ice cream with a layer of red bean paste. These remind me of being little, not because I used to eat them regularly but I recall them featuring in many of the Animes that I used to watch!
Taiyaki ice creamOn the left is Hailey and her melons. Haha ok (I couldn't resist), they're little watermelon sorbets that I snapped while we were in one of the Japanese supermarkets. I think this was in City Super at Times Square, Causeway Bay. As with most Japanese supermarkets, it's full of cutely packaged food and adorable kitchen paraphernalia. On the right is more Green tea goodness (you guys know I'm obsessed with anything green tea flavoured!) and it's a green tea ice lolly filled with red bean paste. To be honest, I think Green tea, Red Bean and Sesame are three hugely popular flavours in Asia, and it's something that I always miss when we come back home to the UK!
melonsorbetandgreentealollySpeaking of sesame flavoured things, this was a dessert that we had at the end of one of our many dim sum sessions or yum cha (literally translates as 'drink tea') that the Chinese tend to refer to it as. They're little dumplings made from glutinous rice flower (tong yuen), rolled in an almond powder that are filled with a black sesame paste. Oh my, this was one of Hailey's favourite things and she definitely let out a little 'oooh' in nostalgia as she saw me putting the images together.
sesame dessertOne of my favourite desserts ever is Tofu Dessert (Dofu fa). The dessert is made from very soft Tofu with a sweet ginger syrup. Other times sugar or syrup is added to taste. It's the best thing ever! The dessert shop, Sweet Auntie or 甜姨姨 in Tin Hau, serves the dessert in the traditional way in a little wooden bucket! My grandad ordered this and he was given a timer. When the timer beeped, you were allowed to take the lid off and eat it. This was torture for my grandad, as we all finished our cold desserts and he hadn't even started his.
grandad's tofu dessert I love this picture of my grandad, he was SO pleased when the timer went off and he could finally dig in! The photo on the right is actually an Instagram photo I took yesterday, just so you guys know what Tofu dessert looks like. I also take a constant stream of the photos I eat on Instagram, it makes me obsessive about well presented food!
grandad dofufaThe thing is, when you're on holiday you eat so much which is not so good on the waistline! My family kept surprising us with various treats. So after a long day of shopping and entertaining ourselves around Hong Kong, we came back to these yummy Napoleans one evening. Forget that crummy one from this post these ones might not look as colourful but they were amazing and filled with fresh cream and made on the spot for us.
Mimosa Napoleans These were even more cakes that we carried home one day from near where we live.As ever, they're all made from the lightest sponge which is traditional with Chinese style cakes and I spot a Chocolate, strawberry, Mango, Black Forest and Black Sesame flavours.
cakeshkThe last of my green tea flavoured desserts on here is this lurid green tea ice cream we had one evening at a Korean BBQ restaurant. I've definitely had better but it's still something I'd order without a moment's hesitation.
greentea_ice creamvitasoyandbubbletea
Lastly, It's not exactly dessert but Bubble Milk Tea is one of my favourite things and they're pretty much a meal in itself with the large tapioca pearls that you end up chewing on. Yum! On the left is me sipping some Chocolate Soya milk by Vitasoy. You guys probably know by now that I am hardly a giant at only 4"11' so the proportions do look a bit funny in this photo! The Vitasoy in hand is actually mini and we couldn't resist buying a pack and coo over their miniature cuteness. I think all Asian kids grow up with this drink and the Vitasoy brand is STILL very much a staple in our fridge at home! 

Over and out! x

66 comments:

  1. aaah i wanna taste all of those :D specially the kit-kat haha :D or all of the above x)

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  2. Oh my, these pictures are making me so hungry! (And wanting to go back to HK to try more things!)

    I love bubble tea and really want to try matcha tea out, will have to keep my eyes peeled over here!

    In Sheffield there is a Chinese cake shop called Cake R Us and the goodies in the window always look amazing - I think I may have to finally go in and buy something :)

    Clare x

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  3. Oooo Mutcha Kit-kat, did you know there's a Marmite flavored Kit-Kat in Japan?!

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  4. looks yummy!

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  5. Aw your family seems great! I love the hot soft tofu and the ginger sauce. They have matcha pocky here that all my friends are addicted to. :]

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  6. Bubble tea = one of Taiwan's creations. My favourite will always be the original (milk tea). =D

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  7. I LOVE KitKats! I want to try green tea!

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  8. omg sweetness overdose! I love bubble milk tea tooits so popular right now in my country,bubble tea shops popping up everywhere.

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  9. OMG? Funny yummy foods... Love them all ecpecially the special kit kats. :)

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  10. Such yummy goodness in this post.

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  11. Oh wow! Now you've made me miss Taiyaki! My favourite is definitely the one with red bean fillings! And green tea anything; especially green tea ice cream is just the best!

    Anyway; thanks for the sweetest comment! x

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  12. yum! everything looks so good! never seen a green kit kat before!

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  13. I have loved reading through this post Winnie! It's great to see and hear about different cuisines, even though I'm now just immensely hungry and intrigued! I hope to try bubble tea one day :) x

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  14. Oh my, I want to try them all. Very intrigued by the Kit Kats!

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  15. I love green tea kit kat ! NOw im really hungry and looking for snacks, hahaha

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  16. those fish look so lovely! and as for those green kit kats! wow! never seen them before! :)

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  17. that green type of KitKat looks strange, does it taste good at least?
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  18. My GOD, what a delicious post. Like everyone else I am completely fascinated by all of it, especially those green Kit Kats. Brilliant! x

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  19. Oh man! I thought this was soo funny because my families the same hun -_-

    Food food food everywhere and ALWAYS shovelled infront of us haha. Those fish shaped things actually gave me mad food poisoning so I revolt at them lol BUT in saying so they were freakin delicious!Bubble tea is also my fav! Nommed on some pearls earlier today in fact and yummos on the green tee kit kat! Its as exciting as seeing my local candy specialist start stocking cocunut m'n'ms teehee YUUUUUUM!

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  20. so yummy!!! so want all the foodie... am so hungry with your post.... love love love them all, am surely going to taste them all... enjoyed your blog...love the picture with your granddad on it, i admire you for loving your old folks... following you now.. hope you could visit my blog too.. kissess!!!!


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  21. Wow this all looks too amazing, I am eternally jealous that I am not part of your family and able to eat all of this stuff all the time. Please move your entire family to London so I can gatecrash??? Maybe I will try and seek out some of these things in London, swear I've seen a place selling Bubble Tea in Chinatown. I've also been buying pork buns from a bakery there randomly, it's the only thing I know of to order!

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  22. I love red bean, it's one of my favourite things ! So all of this looks yummy to me and those Kit Kats look so good too !

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  23. Oh wow! I love trying new food from different places - especially sweets - those green tea kitkats look so good!

    Thank you for sharing such a fascinating post, I really enjoyed it!

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  24. Such beautiful foods! Hope you are having a fun weekend!

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  25. I had always been curious about that fish ice cream, now I'm definately going to eat it next time I see it. In fact, I wish I could eat all of this XD Your poor granddad, it must have been terrible waiting haha! And Hailey's melons haha that cracked me up :D

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  26. I like everything green, from my green thighs and umbrella to snacks and sweets :)

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  27. green tea kit kat is my FAVE!!!!

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  28. I love bubble tea. My coworker always brings me bean buns, they're so delicious. -xo

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  29. mmmmm...i like sweets!) :D

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  30. ohh wooww, everything looks amazingggg and soo yummy and just aahh making me hungry, your blog is soo lovely by the ways, i will be visiting again very soon :)


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  31. i am hungry now.


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  32. WOW! This all seems so strange but so delicious! I once had one of those seseame roll things once at a chinese food place and it was delicious. Those cakes looks super tasty.

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  33. Winnie, this has got to stop. Not only are you making me desperate to visit Asia, which I really don't have the time or money for at the moment, but you're making me HUNGRY too.

    I WANT some of those green tea KitKats, they look and sound devine, wouldn't mind some of Hayley's melons (sorry couldn't resist either, but seriously, the melon sorbet sounds YUMMY), and I'd really like to try the bubble tea thing which I know is huge. Looks yummy. Oh Winne, I'm HUNGRY!

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  34. Those green tea Kit Kats sound interesting! I definitely want to try those lol.

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  35. I love this post since I'm such a dessert freak. Seriously can't get enough of asian packaging.

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  37. kitkaaaat! i love it :9 green and look so yummeh.

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  38. Eek! I've never seen green kit kats :)

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  39. the green tea kit kat and tofu dessert = sooo yummy!

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  40. I just got a virtual cavity. haha but your granddad! How is he so healthy-looking?! He looks great haha :)
    and matcha kit kats are the best thing in the world. why would they not sell it in America D:

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  41. What a lovely post :) it's interesting to see food/sweets from other parts of the world!

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  45. Haha I've noticed that as well, or like when you go to asian stores, they have all these weird flavors in everything haha. but it's cool and fun to try ! :P

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  46. These all look delicious. I love trying new food. The cakes and the Kitkats look great.

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  47. I wanna taste these, look so delicious!!!!^^
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  48. Hey !
    OMG !So many tasty treats! They are making me want to have a snack again :)

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  49. KitKats are my favorite candy.

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  50. Green Kit Kats??? That is craziness! I have never seen these before. How fun!

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  51. What an amazing combination of sweet things. Xxxx

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  52. they look all so delicious!!

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  53. this post KILLS ME!!!! the kit-kats...one day!

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  54. omg!!! kitkat green tea is one of the best chocolate ever. it sucks that i cant find it here in Indonesia. were you in Japan? im so jealous indeed...

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  55. looks soo yummy
    I am craving for some green tea ice cream:)
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  56. woahhhh i love Kit Kat Green Tea, the taste is so delicious :p

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  57. LOVED this post - I have such a thing for foreign sweets!

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  58. I had so many green tea desserts when I was in Japan - this post is making me want to go back just to eat them all again! x

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  59. I've been trying to find the matcha Kit Kats at every japanese supermarket in town but no luck yet, I'm jealous!
    Also didn't know about the ice lollies with bean filling, must try those, I love matcha sweets but my heart belongs to red bean paste.

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  60. omg u know what! i love those matcha kit kat! my friend went to JP once and got me one pack before. Not sure if they sell them in HK now?

    I love matcha too, i think a lot of ppl do in HK:D

    i love tong yuen, tofu dessert, and bubble tea too! OMG...u really should move to HK! lol

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  61. Kitkat is a total strangeness but I WANT TO TRY!

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