Zesty Lemon Bars

The annual food blogger meet up is here and each one will need to bring a dish or drink, last year I have made dumplings and the tray was cleaned up in 10 mins, also because maybe I was only one out of 5 person doing savoury dishes. This year I wanted to make a sweet dish, as I am such a beginner in making dessert, this is the perfect chance because I am always having difficult sharing my dessert to my family as none of them like sweets, hence I don’t have much opportunity to practice.

Summer is here I have chosen lemon as my core ingredient to make this dessert, perfect for lemon lovers! These cute little bite size bars has a crust on the bottom and a beautiful and silky filling, it is also easy to make too!




For the base

225g unsalted butter, soften

1/2 cup caster sugar

2 cups flour

1/4 teaspoon salt


For the lemon later

6 large eggs at room temperature

2 1/2 cups caster sugar

2-3 lemon zest

1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (pulps and seeds removed)

1 cup flour

icing sugar for dusting



1) Preheat oven to 180C and grease and line a 30cm X 20cm baking tin with foil.

2) For the base, cream the butter and sugar until light, combine the flour and salt to the butter until just mixed. Knead with a hand until flour and butter is combined. Flatten the dough with floured hands and press it into the greased baking tin using thumb and index finger, building up a 1/2-inch edge on all sides, then put it in the fridge to chill for 10 mins.

3) Bake the crust for 15 to 20 minutes, until very lightly browned. Let cool on a wire rack, meanwhile switch the oven to 160C and make the fillings.

4) For the lemon layer, whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and lastly sieve in the flour. Pour over the crust and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until just set when feel with your fingers.

5) cool down for about an hour, cut into rectangles  and dust generously with icing sugar right before serving.


when pressing down the flour dough, take you time to do it. The more even the better consistency


This is what I mean by lightly brown


Ingredient shot


Pouring lemon juice into egg mixture


Make sure no flour lumps in the egg mixture


ready to be bake


Don’t forget to dust with heaps of icing sugars!



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Hong Kong Eat Out – Part 2

Arome cake shop www.aromebakery.com.hk

If you have follow my Hong Kong eat out part 1, here is more to come…during the time I was in Hong Kong, I discovered a really nice bakery/pastry place – Arome. I believe they are owned by Japanese, the taste and texture is very similar to Savoy in here. I especially love their chestnut cake also known as Mont Blanc, a dessert of pureed, sweetened chestnut topped with whipped cream, I am not a big fan of sweet things but this is one of my favourite dessert in the world.



chestnut cake from Arome cake shop

Hui Lau Shan www.hkhls.com

After a long walk around the streets, we needed some refreshment. We spotted a distinctive red and gold sign, there is the Hui Lau Shan. Hui Lau Shan was opened 50 years ago specializing Chinese style dessert such as herbal jellies, sago and fresh fruit drinks.



Mango blended ice with aloe Vera


Mango blended ice with coconut milk and sago

Yee Shun Milk Company

You must try Yee Shun Milk Company if you would like to enjoy some local fare. Famous dessert here includes steam milk curd, French toast, steam egg. You can eat it cold or warm with the dessert, I personally find the hot one more outstanding.



Cold steam milk curd


Cold Chocolate steam milk curd


Hot steam milk curd

We had dinner in Causeway Bay, I don’t remember the name of the restaurant now but I came here for a purpose, it is the BBQ roast Goose ! I never tried Yung Kee, which is renowned for its roast goose, but this place was fantastic! Taste similar to duck but with much more flavours, skin was extremely crispy that I couldn’t stop myself from eating.


Whole Roast Goose

The next day, we continue our eating journey. Typical HK style café for breakfast is a must, including pineapple bun, hot milk tea, satay beef with vermicelli, sunny side up with sausage and ham nomnomnom.


Hot Milk Tea


Satay beef with vermicelli


Pineapple bun fresh out from oven


Sunny side up with ham and sausage

Tsim Jai Kee

Wonton noodle soup in here is so awesome, big portion and reasonable priced. The menu has English, Chinese and Japanese, you can imagine how many tourist visit this place.





Wonton noodle soup with fish paste


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Petaling Street Malaysian Hawker Food, Sydney George Street

Happy New Year guys! Hope you had a fantastic break with your family and loved ones. I truly had a relaxing and lazy long break, other than the 3 days working through the Xmas break, only other things I did was eat, sleep and watch TV hehehe…

My bad that I should have catch up on my blog post, so here you go: Petaling Street Malaysian Hawker Food, my latest discovery during my break, such a great find! It is situated on George Street right next to an Adult shop… I mean next to Crocodile Senior Thai near the Central station. At lunch time it is quite packed already given the store only open on Christmas day, come night, it turns into a popular dessert place with over 10 pages worth of dessert menu to choose from, oh and also it open til 2am! Another option of Passion flower, I just love variety and competitions.



Food: 7.5/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Service: 6/10
Value: 8/10

Average Price
Entrée: $6 – $10
Main: $10 – $20
Dessert: $10 – $15
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: N/A
Cakeage: Free

Ease of finding a car park: Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Bright
Noise Level: Noisy
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins – 20 mins
Booking time require: walk in
Child friendly/High Chair: Yes



Apparently Petaling Street has 6 branches and five of them are located in Melbourne. When there are so many branches of one food store, it gotta be a good one and it proves me right.

When we first walked in, we see a lot of food menu and pictures hanging on the wall, what a tricky way to make you salivating before even seeing the food, we walked downstairs for a bigger seating. The menu has a lot of variety, ranging from some street food entrée, noodle soup, congee, steam fishes, rice dishes to dessert. (Dessert in a separate menu worth 10 pages long! )


Steam rice roll, $6.80

I really like this dish, HK have a similar kind of food which we usually eat for breakfast except we don’t put fish ball and bean curd one top.


Fried Koay Teow, $9.50

The fried koay teow is more on the spicy side, I was sweating and tearing a little when I ate this dish, it has a lot of wok hey and it was piping hot straight out from the kitchen.


Hainannese Chicken Rice, $10.50

It has all the essentials that a good Hainannese Chicken should have, tenderness of the poached chicken and a good fragrance of the rice. If you are not a big fan of spicy food, this will be a good option for you.


Petaling street style short rice noodle in claypot, $11.50

I am a big fan of fat and chewy noodle, this fat glass noodle is chewy and absorb all the sauce. On the top it has a big chunks of fried onion, pork mince and Chinese mushroom. Also another good option for the non spicy lover, on the down side is, this dish is more oily compare to others because a larger amount of oil is needed to keep the noodle from sticking together.


Ice Teh Tarik, $3.50

A reasonable priced drinking menu in here, the cup is large compare those one in mamak village and it wasn’t overly sweet.


Kopi Ice, $3.50


Chicken Laska, $9.90

Firstly, the laska came with two different type of noodle so I believe that is the authentic way of how a laska should be. Secondly, the soup was rich and packed with lots of spice and aroma, but however, it was lacking a bit of sweetness but overall it is still not bad.


Roti Canai with chicken curry, $10.80

I strongly don’t recommend ordering Roti here, I believe it is not their specialties. If you like fluffy roti MaMak is still the best place. The curry and chicken was nice but the roti was too dry and hard. Some part was still a little bit raw when I bite on it.


Dessert Menu www.pcwdesserts.com.au

Such a great find! Even though a little bit disappointed on the roti but still a good experience. Next time, I am going to try the fish head or steam fish, I heard some good feedback with their fish dishes.


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760 George Street, Sydney
opening hrs: Sun – Wed: 11:00 to 23:00, Thur – Sat: 11:00 to 02:00
Web: www.petalingst.com.au

Getting There:

Parking: Kent Street or Pitt St
By train: Central Station

Map picture

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