43 comments

  1. says:

    April 22, 2015 at 7:19 am

    I love EVERYTHING about this post from your oh-so-vivid descriptions of the food in HK (seriously, I want to jump on a plane right this minute and go and eat all of it) to this perfectly decadent bowl of goodness to your always stunning photography. We’ve got a mango coming in our veg box next week and I was wondering what to do with it. Now i know!

  2. says:

    April 22, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Hi there! I literally just made mango sago yesterday and there’s half a pot left for tonight. : ) It is my husband’s very favorite thing! Being from HK originally, all the food you mentioned just brings me right back and makes me wish I had access to all that goodness all the time. The mango sago I make is just mango juice, sago, evaporated milk, and a thickened sugar slurry. Your version is obviously amazing! Now if only we can have a nice bowl of black sesame dessert soup with it… ; )

    • tworedbowls says:

      April 29, 2015 at 10:54 am

      Your version sounds so delicious, Monica!!! (And oh my gosh, yes — black sesame dessert soup for all!) Thank you so much for stopping by!

  3. themoonblushbaker says:

    April 22, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Mango is every where in HK! I am smitten with mango pudding with loads of condense milk and those egg waffles ( Gai daan jai) from the street stalls. You trip is so well deserved and it seems like a good destination for a food eating tour.
    The brights and darks of these images are to die for! Your control of the camera is something I admire Cynthia.

    • tworedbowls says:

      April 29, 2015 at 10:55 am

      Yummmm gai daan jai!!! Oh my gosh, always so tempting whenever I walked home…. Or, whenever I walked anywhere, period! Thank you so much for such sweet words, Belinda! (Especially about the contrast! I couldn’t decide whether I liked it or not, so that means a lot!)

  4. says:

    April 22, 2015 at 8:14 am

    Omg this dish!! It has everything I love in it, and I’ve never heard of it before?! Thanks for introducing it 😀 And btw I’m totally the same about food memories. It’s always the thing I remember, and certain flavors and smells really has the ability to awake some memory and transport us to different places and feel it all over again. I especially have that relationship with greek food from countless of teenage summers spent on various islands :)
    Gonna try this soon if I can find all ingredients here in Sweden! :)
    Best wishes,
    Agnes

    • tworedbowls says:

      April 29, 2015 at 10:58 am

      Such lovely words, Agnes! You’ve captured how I feel about food memories exactly :) Thank you so much for such a thoughtful comment!

  5. says:

    April 22, 2015 at 8:28 am

    That color!! Cynthia, this is beautiful. I love your description of getting Cantonese, sounds like I need to go to Hong Kong now because you make the food sound amazing. The pomelo looks gorgeous in the photos, as does the recipe, but you really never take a bad photo do you? 😉 Hope everything is going well!

  6. Lynn | The Road to Honey says:

    April 22, 2015 at 10:18 am

    The food in Hong Kong sounds amazing. I have yet to travel there; however, it is on my list of “must visits”. This dessert is so beautiful and I can see why you would want to re-create it in honor of the slow emergence of spring. Its so happy and vibrant. I bet it sends the taste buds into a happy place.

  7. Sini | My Blue&White Kitchen says:

    April 22, 2015 at 11:12 am

    “–the places I’ve been and the memories I have are, a lot of times, defined by the things I ate and savored and enjoyed in any one place at any one time–” I can totally relate to this one! Also, I must say that I have wonderful memories of various meals enjoyed in both Hong Kong and China. They have such a vibrant food culture just waiting to be explored!

    What a glorious spring dessert you’re sharing with us today! All that yellow. Love.

  8. says:

    April 22, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Firstly, your food styling/photography is just ridiculous, Cynthia! I could spend hours just flipping through a picture book of your work and be a happy girl. And these are some of my favorite photos you’ve ever posted. The contrast between light and dark; color and neutrals is STUNNING.

    Second, I’m drooling on my computer after the sound of the HK food scene. Must put it on my bucket list! And these sound genuinely amazing. I feel like I can almost taste them and it’s making me superbly happy! :) :) :)

  9. says:

    April 22, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Ohhhh sister….This is one of the best things I’ve seen as of late! (in the foodie world) I realize nowadays that my palate is super like, gimme-some-of-this-dish-or-i’ll-bite-myself-geared towards Asian food, and particularly Hong Kong’s flavors. This is beautiful in every sense of the word and reminds me of the Filipino dessert called halo halo and of course, the desserts I can only get my hands on when I go out with my girlfriends to a cute little Asian cafe. Maybe now it won’t be so much drama to eat this whenever I want though, thanks to you?! ^_^ And have a beautiful day!

  10. stephanie says:

    April 22, 2015 at 11:50 am

    ahhh…i want to go back to hk and eat all the things!!!

    yes yes yes to this mago pomelo sago :) every time i see a mango i think of hui lau shan and how i would just casually order the mango juice with mango jelly and mango cubes on every other street. ugh. major craving now!!!

    i love the way you think lady… :)

  11. says:

    April 22, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    I love how food brings about such a vivid memory of Hong Kong for you. I felt like I was right there while reading this. You continue to inspire me with such creative and soulful dishes. This is truly your “Soul Food” and I love it.

  12. says:

    April 22, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    HEART EYES FOR DAYS. OMG OMG OMG to all of this but especially the haupia situation. Also, I want to hear more about HK, so bring it on–seriously cannot wait for the next HK inspired recipe. P.s. My heart swelled about five sizes just now (Maui goddess…me? 😀 😀 :D). <3 <3 <3

  13. says:

    April 22, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    yay, love reading about your food memories! and i am in total love with these vibrant yellow bowls, and your photos just capture it all so beautifully, cynthia! hope you and b2 are well, and enjoying the warmer temps, xo!

  14. says:

    April 22, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Just beautiful, love this flavour combo. My wife was born in HK so I’ve been lucky enough to visit a few times and wow, the food! My favourite thing is finding a good bakery early in the morning to get a daan taat that is still warm and crispy …. I’m drooling!

  15. says:

    April 24, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    These vibrant colors are are making me SO happy, I can only image how amazing this must taste. This recipe looks absolutely wonderful lady! XX

  16. says:

    April 26, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    I love how you explore; take a bus & get lost in the moment :) It’s the most daring & rewarding way to explore the area. I said ‘daring’ because when I was in HK, my (old) boss repeatedly told me, “Pang, you have to keep the Hotel’s address with you, and DO NOT remember 7-11 as the point of direction to return back to the hotel.” I still got lost many times on that trip… hahaha Though I am with you on the food wise; they have seriously delicious dishes (drooling)

    Surprisingly, I have never had this before, but judging from your wonderful photos, I probably need to make it sooner than later :)

  17. says:

    April 26, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Your writing brings back such memories of my own times in Hong Kong. I love this. It’s going right to the top on my list of things I want to make. Adding haupia -> awesome. Yours in honestly more beautiful than any I’ve ever seen in Hong Kong!

  18. says:

    April 26, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    I tried Haupia for the first time in Hawaii last month. It’s been on my to-cook list since then- I have a feeling this recipe will come in handy! Thanks ( :

  19. says:

    April 28, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    This Pennsylvania Dutch girl has NO IDEA what most of those foods you mentioned are. But they sure sound exotic! I became a mango fanatic in college and I’ve been enjoying them plain over the past few weeks, but this certainly sounds interesting ….

  20. says:

    July 25, 2015 at 3:00 am

    I love love love the colors on this post. This is my fav. dessert in HK too, reading your post is sooo making me want to pop out and get it…(shame it’s raining outside…)

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