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You say Pi, I say tart

IMG_4351We recently got back from a few weeks in Asia, spending the majority of the time in Hong Kong. One of the famous desserts of Hong Kong and my favorite is egg tarts. (蛋撻)They can be found at many bakeries across the city (although they can sell out quickly) or at dim sum.

There are many kitchen supply and cookware shops around Shangahi Street (上海街) and Waterloo Road (窩打老道) in the Yau Ma Tei district  where you can find anything you could need in your kitchen or to open your own restaurant. One of the things we bought were deep baking tin cups which I planned to use to make deep dish egg tarts. I have made egg tarts plenty of times in the traditional round style, but this time I wanted to try something more unique to create an even bigger egg tart. The idea came from the Yamazaki Bakery who makes something similar (a bit smaller). Their tarts aren’t as good, nor do they look as pretty as St. Honore’s, or Tai Cheong’s, but I like the concept and it usually comes with a small spoon.

I used the same recipe from a traditional egg tart, but had to tweak the amounts slightly since the volume of these molds is about double, so I expected to make half as many as I would normally make.

before after egg tartsI wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but I consider it a success and the results tasted even better! I expected them to be undercooked, the crust to crumble into pieces as I took it out, or for it to be burned, but it turned out just fine. In fact, it slid out easier than the regular ones I make. I’ll definitely be making these again in the future.


Happy Pi Day!

Good Eats Around Vegas

This next to last post on our Vegas ’13 trip just highlights some of the tasty and good looking foods we found in sin city.

  • Top of the World at Stratosphere for dinner at sunset
  • Ping Pang Pong inside Gold Coast Casino for dim sum lunch
  • California Pizza Kitchen inside Mirage for dinner
  • Café inside Paris for lunch


Neiman Marcus Cake

Made this for all my friends at the lab tonight. My turn to give back! 🙂


Preheat oven to 350°F. You’ll need two mixing bowls. One for the bottom cake layer and one for the top cream cheese layer. Combine all ingredients in their respective bowls.

First Bowl (Cake Bottom)
1 box yellow cake mix
2 sticks of butter melted
2 eggs

Second Bowl (Topping)
1 8oz. Philadelphia regular cream cheese
2 eggs
1 pound powdered sugar (or 2 cups sugar in the raw works well too)

Mix each thoroughly. Cake bottom mix will be thick like cookie dough. Spread it on the bottom of a greased 13×9 baking pan. Pour/spread the liquid second topping layer on top.

Bake at 350°F for 35min, let cool, enjoy!

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