Taste of Thai

A while back, I purchased a groupon for Taste of Thai. Taste of Thai has two locations: Hillcrest and Del Mar. I’ve known about Taste of Thai since I first moved to San Diego. When I was in college, it seemed that the two most popular Thai places were Taste of Thai and Celadon. At the time, the two were located directly across the street from each other in Hillcrest. Celadon has since relocated and revamped its menu and style.

I was a loyal Celadon patron when I was in college, so I never visited Taste of Thai. Lately, when I pass by Hillcrest, I see the signs for the lunch specials, so I have been wanting to check it out for a while. So when the groupon appeared, I purchased one.

Hokkaido milk toast is popular japanese-style bread.  It’s soft, thick, fluffy and addicting. I found a recipe for Hokkadio milk toast in the 65 Degrees Tangzhong book and decided to try it out this weekend.

As you know, I love making bread using the tangzhong method, which you can read a little more about here. It takes a little more effort, but the results are worth it. The bread has such an incredible rise and stays so soft and fresh. This is something I’ve not been able to achieve with other bread recipes and I’ve been testing out a lot of bread recipes.

I love french macarons. The shell is so delicate, yet has a surprising chewy texture. It’s one of my favorite desserts. I finally successfully made some a while back. And then I never got around to making them again. Once you start, it’s not that hard to put together. But when recipes require preparation ahead of time, I always drag my feet.

So I finally made myself make some matcha macarons. I love the light green color. I paired them with some sakura blossoms. Full disclosure: the flowers are fake. I loke sakura/cherry blossoms. Near my parent’s house, there is a park full of cherry blossoms and I used to get to see them bloom every year. I miss having cherry blossoms around.