But this weekend just happened to be one of those weekends with a little less to do than the others. (There's always stuff to do, but I'm thankful that there's just a teensy bit less this time =P That being said, I simply CANNOT wait for Christmas!)
After physio, I had this serious craving for dumplings, so my dad suggested that it'd be the perfect time to try out a new place: Golden Harvest Northern Chinese Cuisine
And the desserts - OH the desserts! - were fabulous. My mom really wanted the Sweet Potatoes in Hot Toffee; since I was quite dubious that it'd be something I would like, I stuck to the safe bet of glutinous rice balls in dessert soup (though it was a Shanghainese dessert as opposed to a Northern Chinese one).
The dessert soup arrived first: it was slightly too sweet for my taste, but the slight tartness of the Goji berries balanced it out. I also really liked the large amounts of egg white they whisked in.
Then the Sweet Potatoes arrived. We were in utter awe from that point on.
Although they just seemed to be pan fried sweet potatoes drenched in sugar syrup from appearance, they were quite another story to indulge in. After the waiter set down a bowl of ice water beside them, we became rather confused and weren't quite sure we knew how to go about eating them. The boss (or someone who we perceived to be the boss since he called out orders) told one of the waiters to show us how to eat them.
Basically, the sweet potatoes were drenched in a hot sugar syrup, making them stick together. Upon pulling one out from the pile, you were supposed to dip them into the cold water, let the sugar threads harden, and eat them that way. /mindblown
One heck on an insanely awesome dessert if you ask me; we LOVED it! xD
Before lunch, we actually went to a bakery called Louis XIV (pronounced "Louis Fourteen") to use up a $10 gift card we had received in the mail. Focusing heavily on aesthetics, one could see the bright, Christmas-themed decorations and gifts once having set foot in the shop.
As for what we actually bought, my mom ordered a Hazelnut Layered Cake Slice, Blue Mountain Layer Cake Slice, Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake and a Guava Mousse.
Though the layered cakes were a tad rich for our taste, the Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake was the perfect mix of fluffiness and blueberry (I even finished it WITH the whipped cream that they evidently crafted out of heavy whipping cream, one of the things I dislike in this world). The Guava mousse cake was also nice, but thoroughly sweet and much too rich.