Eden patisserie

IMG_4538.JPGStrawberry tart ($4.50) from Eden patisserie in Mawson, a sister bakery to 210 degrees in Hughes. When did the huge explosion of cafés/bakeries happen in Mawson?! #toomuchchoice #food #foodie #canberra #cbr #tart #visitcanberra #restaurantaustralia #sweets #localscanIMG_4543.JPGI like 210 degree pies so I had no hesitation ordering the cheese and bacon pie ($4.00). Cheese in every bite, yum!IMG_4544.JPG

Cronut hunt: Saigon Southland Hot Bake

Immediately upon leaving the Italian Continental bakery, I admitted to TimmyC that I lied. I didn’t just want to go to one bakery I really wanted to go to two and since we were in the area, why not? I scuttled over to Saigon Southland Hot Bake before he could protest.20140616-180319-64999917.jpgOh good, I wasn’t too late to get one, there were still plenty there and they have more flavours than I’m used to.20140616-180321-65001338.jpgThe bread rolls looked nice and fresh (at bargain prices!) while in contrast all the iced cookies and meringues in the cabinet looked like they were weeks old and they were dry and cracking. Without being too greedy this time, I stayed on course and only got what I came for. One cronut. This time we got a salted caramel flavour.

Salted caramel cronut ($3.50). The texture was more true to a cronut but the icing was like what you would normally find on a cheap vanilla slice and that ruined it for me. The caramel on top was more of a light flavouring and didn’t really meld into the cronut, I think they just treated it like an iced doughnut.20140616-180322-65002729.jpg20140616-180324-65004247.jpgMaybe slightly better than the cronut I had at the Italian Continental bakery because of the texture, but out of all the ones I’ve had in Canberra so far, the one from Ricardo’s is still the best (although there are still some others I’m yet to try).

Venue: Saigon Southland Hot Bake

Address: 1 Heard St, Mawson ACT 2607

Phone: (02) 6286 5277

Portuguese tarts Lord Stow’s bakery – Macau

I sat there with a sweat dripping out of every pore. My feet were sore from excessive running in inappropriate shoes. My face was red and flushed and I might have annoyed a few people along the way. Yet I felt deeply satisfied with the resulting box that laid in my hands.

How did it all come to this?

60 minutes earlier

We were heading out for the morning after a night of R ‘n R staying at the luxurious Lisboa hotel. The plan was simple – buy our ferry tickets for our return trip to Hong Kong, hunt down Lord Stow’s bakery and then head back to the hotel just in time for our 1pm late check out, allowing time to wildly throwing everything back in our suitcase.

Me being as stubborn as I am, wanted to go to the original Lord Stow bakery hidden somewhere amongst the not so main streets of Macau but when Google, phone reception and the taxi drivers were not helpful in finding the store, we had no choice but to run wildly towards the Venetian hotel (I knew there was a store there), which seemed very far away and time was ticking.

Inside the Venetian was an awesome canal with gondolas paddling up and down between all the fabulous stores, there are gorgeous paintings everywhere all over the ceiling and there were human statues, magicians walking around performing tricks but there was no time for any of that, we were here for one thing – PORTUGUESE TARTS!

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It would have looked like four crazy tourists running in multiple directions and there might have been a bit of running around in circles but we finally found it!20131123-002057.jpg

Warm Portuguese tarts from Lord Stow’s bakery ($8.00 HKD per tart).20131123-002206.jpg

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The pastry is so flaky looking with beautiful imperfect brown spots.20131123-002617.jpg

The custard was so delicate and silky smooth, which a great contrast to the crispy flaky pastry. Oh my goodness, there is a party in my mouth.20131123-002659.jpg

You can see the pastry is swirled at the bottom and you can really feel that in the texture when you bite into it.

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Even the next day when the tarts were all cold, they were still amazing and while sitting in a five-star hotel looking over Macau just made the experience just even better.

While you’re in Macau, you have to make this as one of your ‘absolutely have to do’ things on your list. I would suggest going straight to the Venetian hotel and take time to browse around the mall and float down the canal in a gondola and not frantically scramble to check out of your hotel room.

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Koi Kei bakery – Hong Kong

I must admit while I was doing my shopping rendition of Home Alone’s “we slept in!”, 20131118-224558.jpgI didn’t think of going out of my way to hunt down a Koi Kei bakery, it was just a happy coincidence that I came across a shop front on my way to purchasing Hello Kitty shoes.smileys-hello-kitty-130611 

I stepped inside and cookie boxes were flying off the shelf like they were free. I found myself being drawn to the egg rolls (my fav) but my fear of being patted down in customs only led me to sample them. In fact there were samples of almost everything in the store. A helpful sale assisted recommended several things which were fabulous and helped me hunt down cookies that I didn’t know the name of (that is the trouble with eating something all during your childhood without reading the packaging).

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Buying almost $900 HKD worth of cookies and candies means getting one of the biggest bags that they had. They were very clever to wrap the plastic handles with bubble wrap which made holding this very heavy bag much much easier, it was not so clever of me to get these cookies in the middle of my shopping trip. 
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There is never a quiet moment in Koi Kei bakery, with people always coming and going. Chances are, you will see at least one person holding a Koi Kei bakery bag while walking in the street /traveling on a ferry /going on a plane .

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My favourite pick of the bunch: almond pastry. I had never had these before and I was very impressed, so much so that I bought 4 boxes, although none were for me.  I chose the handmade type over the machine-made candies/cookies.20131118-222659.jpg

Buying several kilos worth of cookies means that they threw in a few peanut candy freebies.20131118-222710.jpg

When I tasted these, I was amazed by how much ginger taste you could pack into a cookie. These are going to a friend who certainly loves ginger.20131118-222721.jpg

And of course I couldn’t leave the bakery without getting some peanut candy which is what they specialise in. They have so many types, I almost was full from trying them all – crunchy, chewy, peanut, almond, white sesame, black sesame and coconut, they have it all!

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I really wanted to try their Portuguese tarts while I was in Macau but as fate would have it, we just didn’t have good timing. These are a lovely treat as souvenirs (easy to take as carry on) or just good for general snacking. I would recommend you come and try everything, if you don’t like anything you could just leave, but I’d like to see you try to resist.  I took my bag of precious cookies as carry on with no trouble.

My Eat wish list before I leave Hong Kong

1/. Hotpot rice
2/. Egg waffles
3/. Cookies from Koi Kei bakery << I ate a lot more than I anticipated
4/. Beard papa sweets
5/. Lemon iced tea
6/. Cold milk tea