A Bite of Hong Kong in Egg Tart

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