Easy Mango Smoothie

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When summer is here, I always think of this mango smoothie (芒果奶). My mom used to make this for my sister, dad and I in summer. My mom was a high school teacher before retiring. Every morning, she left home at 6am. We usually didn’t get to see her in the morning, and we had toasts and breads for breakfast mostly.

During summer time, my mom had vacation and she got to stay at home. She would make breakfast for us sometimes. Mango smoothie was one of those special treats that we all love. The ripe and sweet Carabao mangoes are blended with some milk and ice cubes. It is cold, smooth and creamy. A wonderful summer drink only takes less than 5 minutes to make! I know you will love this too!

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Banana Chocolate Chip Waffles with Salted Caramel Sauce

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Bryan and I like to have breakfast as dinner once a week. Every once a while, I make pancakes or waffles as a side dish. Of course you can make them as breakfast or dessert. No matter what, these waffles will not disappoint you. They are really tasty. You can taste the sweet banana and the melting chocolate. YES, anything with chocolate chips is better.

And the sauce… Nom… Usually, I am not a fan of caramel sauce. I have always found them to be overly sweet. But to a surprise, this salted caramel sauce is not really sweet. There is a bit of saltiness which balance out the sweetness of the waffles. Amazing combination! Hope you will like it!

Also, I want to say a early Happy 4th of July to you! Have a fun BBQ day! Stay safe. Bryan will have a long weekend, so hopefully we will be doing some fun things!

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Waffles with Macerated Strawberries

Bryan and I like to have breakfast for dinner, so I am always trying to come up with new ideas for breakfast. Other than eggs and toasts, this waffle recipe is probably pretty easy and good. These waffles were light and crispy. They were not heavy at all. When top with macerated strawberries and whipped cream, they were simply amazing.

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Egg Tarts

Egg tart is one of the Hong Kong classic. Everyone in Hong Kong loves egg tart. They like to eat it for breakfast, brunch as dim sum or tea time snack. An egg tart is a baked egg custard in a pastry. There are mainly 2 types of egg tarts. One with a shortcrust pastry and the other with a puff pastry. This recipe is the shortcrust one. I personally love this crust the most. It is buttery with a hint of savory, which is perfect with the smooth and lightly sweetened egg custard. Whenever I am baking these little egg tarts at home, the house just smells incredible. It is hard to eat only one. Maybe, I can sneak in two in my stomach before anyone found out.

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Classic Hong Kong Waffle

Are you tired of the normal strawberry or maple syrup waffle? A classic Hong Kong waffle will give you an exciting twist. It is like a normal waffle, but with peanut butter, sweetened condensed milk and sugar as topping. It is a great snack in Hong Kong, and children love this. You can always find this waffle on the street. When I was in high school, I used to go and get this waffle for lunch. This recipe is very good. It tasted almost like the ones in Hong Kong. The waffles were light and crispy on the outside. They were savory from the peanut butter, sweet from the condensed milk, and crunchy from the sugar and crust. Yum… I love them! I am glad that I have found this recipe, so I don’t have to wait until I visit Hong Kong. I know it sounds weird, but give this a try! I hope you will like it.

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Buttermilk Pancakes with Blueberries

There was some buttermilk leftover in my fridge. I thought about making some buttermilk pancakes. And, it turned out to be an excellent choice. These pancakes were very fluffy and buttery, and they didn’t need much time to make. They were so much better than any store-brought pancake mix. This will be my pancake-go-to recipe for sure.

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Chinese New Year: Turnip Cake

Turnip Cake is the one thing that can’t be missed during Chinese New Year! I love that so much that my mom used to make them specific for me while I was in Hong Kong for vacation, even though that was during Christmas! But it doesn’t matter, who doesn’t want turnip cake? Turnip cake is actually made with daikon or Chinese white turnip. Every family has their own recipes. Some use dried mushroom, some use dried ham, and some use salted radish. Everyone makes them differently. This turnip cake recipe is my mom’s recipe. I have been eating this dish for years. If I am in Hong Kong, there is no reason for me to learn how to make turnip cake. Since I am far away from home, I have asked my mom for the recipe. Finally, I made it! And, I am so glad that this is good! My sister said that my turnip cake tastes 90% like mom’s. Bryan asked whether I can make it during other time of the year.

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