Hester Nights

Had a fantastic (rainy) Thursday at Hester Night. There weren’t as much vendors as I was expecting but the forecast was occasional heavy downpour. Not the most comfortable weather to eat in but that doesn’t deter me from seeking it out.

This lovely dessert is called Bibingka, a traditional Philippines treat, from Bibingka-esk, They had plenty of other non-traditional flavors but since I never tried one before, Eileen Formanes (founder) recommended the original. Lightly sweet with a chewy center, it reminded me of Lo Pau Bang, directly translated as Wife Cake, but the coconut flavor and cupcake-shape was unlike the Wife Cake. I’ll be coming back to try the other flavors! 

Right next to it was Khao Man Gai NY. Their signature dish Khao Man Gai and two teas, Hibiscus Tea and Thai Tea with Key Lime. I tend to have weird descriptions of tea so I describe Hibiscus Tea as “Spaghetti Tea” and Thai Tea as “Paper Bag Tea”, not that I don’t like them but they really do taste like that… But that’s probably just me.

A closer picture of the Khao Man Gai. The chicken was juicy and the sauce had an equal blend of sour, sweet, and spicy. Pretty damn delicious but I didn’t really know what the container on the left was supposed to be for (the liquid tasted faintly of chicken stock). 

The aftermath (‘cause it really is that good). 

Merleawe

Afternoon Tea

Went over to Cha-An Teahouse for their wonderful tea and desserts.

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Green Tea, I don’t remember what name but its leaves are shaped like pearls. It paired fantastically well with the desserts.

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A Sakura Flan? I amused myself by tapping my spoon on the surface. Lightly sweet and smooth.

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Cookies with a well baked texture. 

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This was the Black Sesame Creme Brulee. It was like a treasure trove every time I dipped my spoon in. 

Cha-an’s menu has much more to offer; I’m definitely coming back. :)

Mel’s Merleawe

Summer Afternoon’s

Tea and Ice Cream, my favorite combination at Radiance Tea House

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Green Tea Peppermint Utopia: Sweet Mint Iced Tea with Green Tea Ice Cream and Spearmint Leaves. Satisfyingly refreshing.

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What dessert is without its appetizer? Chicken Wonton covered in Sweet Chili Sauce. 

Mel’s Merleawe