March is the busiest month I have ever had in Sweden. My schedule is full: we began the challenging machine learning course in bioinformatics (given that I learned programming only two months ago); I took the preliminary national test in Swedish twice in a week; I visited the annual job fair at Karolinska and will start job hunting very soon……Therefore, I decided to take a temporary escape from these stressful moments and go back to Hong Kong. But this time not through airplane: it is “a journey on food”.
Taste buds connect our memory and feeling.
That’s why I chose egg tart, which can be found in any bakeries that I always bought one after school when I was a secondary student. To many, egg tart is perhaps the most famous, popular and savory cuisine in Hong Kong. The origin of egg tart is ambiguous: most believe that it is the magical concatenation of Colonial tradition and Cantonese wisdom. On the other hand: it is one of the easiest and least time-consuming things that you can bake!
Imagine you are invited to a Birthday party and you want to give a surprise to your friend and the guests (>20). You start at 5 pm with these materials:
- Aluminium Baking Cups X 24
- Puff Pastry X 2
- Egg Yolk X 6
- Whipping Cream 300 ml
- Sugar 50 g
- Milk/Soy milk 150 ml
Step 1 (5:00 – 5: 10 PM)
Mix thoroughly the whipping cream, milk/soy milk, egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl.
Step 2 (5:10 – 5:15 PM)
Cut the each puff pastry into 12 identical sheets
Step 3 (5:15 – 5:30 PM)
Fill the baking cups with pastry sheet, one for each cup
Step 4 (5:30 – 5:40 PM)
Pour the mixture in Step 1 into the filled baking cups in Step 3 by 1/2 to 2/3 of the volume
Pre-warm the oven at 220 C
Step 5 (5:40 – 6: 00 PM)
Bake the tarts at 220 C for 20 mins
At the mean time, prepare strawberries (my favorite fruit) in small pieces
After 20 mins:
Step 6 (6:00 – 6:05 PM)
Now, the egg tarts are ready! Don’t forget to decorate them a bit for the birthday party look 🙂
2017/03/14 a dark winter night at Stockholm University
tianlin (with her Hong Kong egg tarts and always want more)
***Photos and video from Charlotte Wang, the cutest girl in Lapis