Category Archives: Baked Goodies

Burma Superstar

It was only during my last few weeks in the Bay Area that I got to explore Inner Richmond in San Francisco. Under many friends’ recommendations, I grabbed my birthday dinner at Burma Superstar! This birthday girl was fortunate because she was seated immediately but shortly after, a line developed outside the restaurant’s entrance. Tip: Go on a weekday before 6PM to beat the crowd.

The items on the menu weren’t any surprise to me because I have dined at a Burma Superstar in Oakland as well as a similar establishment in Berkeley called Rangoon Super Stars, both located along Telegraph Ave. I absolutely enjoyed the salads at both establishments and since my friends claimed that the ones here were better, I ended up ordering the same things.

Rainbow Salad

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Tea Leaf Salad

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The Rainbow Salad consists of 22 food ingredients including fresh noodles, papaya, crispy wonton skins and tofu. The Tea Leaf Salad, as its name implies, has tea leafs in it and the flavor definitely stands out in a good way. I believe it was featured in the Food Network too. As you can probably tell from the pictures, they are more interesting and flavorful than your average spinach or kale salad. Personally, I preferred the Rainbow Salad but they were both excellent dishes. I would definitely recommend these dishes to anyone who hasn’t tried them before. Their coconut rice is pretty good too and it basically reminded me of the rice in nasi lemak in Brunei.

I asked the servers if they had any special treats for birthday girls and they brought out two scoops of lychee sorbet with a lit candle on top, yay! And as if that amount of sugar wasn’t enough for the day, I walked over to Schubert’s Bakery to get myself a slice of their popular Swedish Princess.

Beautiful cakes at Schubert’s Bakery

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No pictures of the actual slice that I got but the Swedish Princess is basically a layered cake with raspberry and custard filling, topped with icing that looked like fondant. It was definitely one of the best mousse cakes I have had but I still have a soft spot for the cakes at Masse’s Pastries in Berkeley.

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Sugar Rush in New York

New York is a sweet city in the literal sense. With so many bakeries with gorgeous edible displays on their windows, it is hard for any sweet-toothed girl to not fall in love with this place. Here are some of the city’s sweet spots:

1) Lady M
Strongly recommended by friends who have visited the city. Strangely enough, most of the patrons at the time I went were Asians. If you are a least bit lactose intolerant, run away from the mille crepe. Far, far away.

2) Laduree

Nested in Upper East Side, it is easy to see why many girls love Laduree. Not only does Laduree boast of its wide selection of high quality macarons, the store itself has a very quaint and elegant vibe and the packaging is just beautiful.

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Laduree is often compared to another leading macaron manufacturer, Pierre Herme. Having finally had Laduree, I have to say that I am a bigger fan of Pierre Herme. Laduree is possibly overrated and I feel that Chantal Guillon in the San Francisco Bay Area is a strong contender to Laduree.

3) Shake Shack’s Frozen Custard

Good stuff but too sweet for my liking. Just like for the burger, I would not wait half an hour for this.

4) Mo Gelato

This gelato store in Little Italy has the best gelato I have ever had in my life. The gelato was incredibly smooth and light, and the store had so many flavors that I did not know where to start. Pretty pricey but well worth the price for the quality you get. My only complain is that they only let you sample at most two flavors, which makes it nearly impossible to decide which ones to try.

5) Magnolia Bakery

Love the banana bread pudding! I have to admit that it is very sweet though, and that I had to eat only a few scoops at a time, done guiltily for breakfast.

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Here are some other sweet goodies I have seen in the city but dared not eat, especially with the amount of sugar already in my system:

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Indian Snack Time

Viik’s Chaat Corner on Fourth Street in Berkeley has been claimed by some to be one of the best Indian food spots in the East Bay. I was excited to try this place out not only because it has been highly acclaimed but also because I had never really tried Indian snacks besides curry puffs and samosas.

Batata Puri

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What is batata puri? To this day, I do not know. Pictures on Yelp made it look deceptively warm and savoury, but this appetizer is actually slightly sweet and cold due to the cold yogurt on top of the deep fried thing. I still do not know what I think of this.

I also ordered something a little more familiar to me — the lamb samosa.

Lamb Samosa

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My favourite out of the three appetizers I ordered was the masala dosa. This savoury crepe has delicious potato fillings and gravy on the side.

Masala Dosa

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The vast array of vibrant and colorful Indian sweets looked very appealing and I intend on trying some of these the next time I come to Viik’s. This place is also connected to an Indian convenience store in which I spent a good amount of time browsing Indian snacks, spices and ingredients.

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This place isn’t too bad at all but I think this place is a little overrate. However, it is my words against people who grew up in India. Perhaps my palate for Indian food has — unfortunately — been Americanized and I am too content with chicken tikka masala.

‘Egg Tarts’

Finally got round to baking egg tarts after dreaming about it for the past year with my roommate. We used this recipe from Allrecipes.com and may or may not have made alterations to the recipe that may have compromised the quality of our egg tarts. Having a whimsical oven that turns itself off randomly or refuses to bake at high temperatures did not help either.

The second batch was a semi-success.

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The first, evidently not. Burnt baked product with rock hard crusts looked like hybrids of egg tarts and creme brulee.

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Today I also found out that an egg tart is about 400 calories, which brings me back to the day when I consumed four egg tarts in less than half a day. Oh dear.

Cookie!

Chocolate Chip Cookie @ Specialty’s Cafe, San Francisco

Crispy on the outside and soft in the inside. Yummy in my tummy!

Macaron Madness

Tea-infused flavours like Earl Grey Fortune & Chocolate, Napoleon Tea & Caramel, and  Camelot Tea & Praline. Soft and delicate almond biscuits with super smooth ganaches in the middle. Now, these are what I call good macarons. I have been spoilt by macarons from Pierre Herme and TWG. I do not think I can go back to eating macarons from Masse’s ever again.

Midnight Munch

I was not in the best of mood tonight and I happened to be hungry at 1:32AM, so I overcompensated by eating two bowls of Kashi cereal and two almond poppy seed muffins. My conscience is probably gonna nag at me all day tomorrow but for now I have no regrets because all that carbs and sugar made me feel blissful inside. Ah, the joys of eating.