Snow Skin Mooncakes

I love mooncakes. Especially the ones with double yolks. We ate mooncakes every holiday season (we still do). What we get in the US is standard, Cantonese-style. Golden pastry, lotus seed filling, and yolk or two. It’s dense. We cut it into quarters and share.

With Chinese food being so trendy, it was only a matter of time before everyone got into the mooncake game. That’s a good thing. The more mooncakes, the merrier. I worked on a mooncake project for a client this year, which resulted in months of research and tasting. No one does it like they do in Asia. Did you know the packaging/delivery vessel in which mooncakes are gifted are just as important as the mooncakes themselves? My next career, mooncake packaging…

I found these mooncakes from Melissa, the pastry chef at Mister Jiu’s. Her snow skin mooncakes are very beautiful. FYI these mooncakes also go by the name Crystal Mooncakes and Ice Skin Mooncakes.

This mooncake was filled with a bay leaf ganache and lilikoi gelée (tucked in the center)…

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Argentine Yerba Mate, Part IV

[I’m collaborating on a post series with the team at Argentine Yerba Mate. In Part 1, we explored how to make yerba mate, Part II showcased origins of the brew, in Part III we drank yerba mate in different forms. Today…we are making drinks! Hope you enjoy.]

Noelle hosted dinner on Saturday. There was a big, warm loaf of country bread and lots of salted butter. A simple salad with shallot vinaigrette. Cherry tomatoes cooked down with fennel and sausages and tossed with orecchiette. Warming, cozy food. We drank lots of cider and had cookies and ice cream for dessert. But before all that…I showed up to her place early, multiple varieties of Argentine Yerba Mate in hand. Time for a cocktail? Noelle is great at brainstorming on the spot and in a matter of minutes we came up with two simple pre-dinner drinks for the night…

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Ballet Afternoon Tea at Peninsula New York

It was called the Grand Whipped Cream Tea.

Afternoon tea collaborations are common in Asia but less frequent in the US and Europe. So when a collaboration does happen, it is pretty exciting. Peninsula New York just finished a two-month tea collaboration with American Ballet Theater. They’re currently on a Ladurée afternoon tea, but I wanted to share photos from the ballet tea (t0 house in our afternoon tea archives :).

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Best Places to Eat in Honolulu: Kaimuki Edition

Kaimuki! This is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Honolulu. My mom’s office used to be in Kaimuki so I’d take the bus from Punahou to Kaimuki after school, and get off at the 12th Avenue stop…

…I’d check out new comic books at Gecko’s and buy one Archie Comic each week (ideally a Betty & Veronica Double Digest), swing by Crack Seed Store for li hing mui Coke Icee, and then walk to mom’s office. Pretty fun for a kid…

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