Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Food: Sweetest Valentine @ NZ

Happy belated Valentine Day! Traditioanlly for Japan & Korea, this will be the day when Girls buys gift for their sweetheart while guys will return a bigger gift on white day (i.e 14 March). On the other hand, the west have their version of St Valentine day. Whatever, Valentine Day should be sweet, perhaps as sweet as the Pavlova.

Crispy crust while moist & fluffy inside, Pavlova is meringue dessert named after the ballet dancer, Anna Pavlova. While there is a controversy surrounding the origin of recipe. I shall leave that to Aussie & Kiwis to sort out for themselves.

I have my first taste in NZ 2005, Paihia. It's very commonly found in NZ supermarket and available in various fruity flavors.

Pavlova is made by beating egg whites, salt till stiff before folding in caster sugar, vanilla, vinegar.

A slow baking process create a crisp crunchy shell while keeping the insides soft & moist. I have to say this is very sweet dessert, the crispy crust breaks into many small pieces when moment you sink your teeth into it, while the moist & fluffy insides simply soften & melts on your tongue.

To sweeten the deal even more, add NZ honey wine. There, the sweetest dessert, Valentine or not, I have ever tasted.

Of course, our kind kiwi host, Jenny, showed us the traditional NZ way of serving in Christmas, whipped cream with lots of freshly sliced fruits toppings. Beautiful & sinful way to end any meal!!!

5 Comments:

Anonymous pfong said...

Great set of food shots slurp. You make it all look appetising.

12:47 PM  
Blogger eatzycath said...

that last final shot with the mound of fruits and whipped cream is so tantalizing, need to go and get some sugar rush soon!

6:17 PM  
Blogger slurp! said...

pfong, cath, thanks!

this piece of dessert is really light (in weight). a gust of wind almost blew it away :D

12:10 AM  
Blogger Godknows said...

Great pics. I love kiwi cake. send me some pls :)

11:29 PM  
Blogger slurp! said...

oh my GOD,
I love to send you some, unfortunately, it all inside my tummy, fully digested, excreted & flushout for furthur processing somewhere :P

*just kidding*, the nearest you can get is meringue & there are lots of excellent bakery in HCMC that does meringues. :)

12:10 AM  

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