One special post-badminton summer afternoon (pre-Applegreen), The four of us, walking through crowded streets with sweaty backs and tiresome bodies, dragging ourselves to this lifesaver joint. It was all very old-style. We settled down upstairs, passing the Barbie cake and freshly baked custard tarts at the entrance. Opening the menu, the beverages caught my eyes in the first look. On the second look a "Pineapple Ice" (菠蘿冰) called to me. It's something I have never ordered, in fact I don't remember the last time I've had something fruity in places like these. (I'm a milk-tea sort of guy -- there is something about the old thick porcelain cups that draw my attention every time). And to go with the ice, I ordered the custard tart as well.
The custard tart arrived promptly, simply put on a coloured plastic plate and half-slid across the table to me. It looked darker than I thought the crust would be, but the custard filling on the top and middle was very eggy and slightly jiggly when I shook it slightly. Biting into it the flaky crust gave out buttery vapours complimented by rich and wobbly custard filling. I was surprised that it wasn't so sweet to begin with. In a few bites the custard tart was diminished into light crumbs remained on the plate, as I awaited my drink to arrive.
Served in a tall glass not unlike a highball glass, the Pineapple ice was surprisingly lemony in colour -- just about the most perfect summer mocktail it can be. Call me silly or anything but I've never had a pineapple ice in my life, or at least so I thought.
One sip of it, up the straw and down my throat. I took a deep breath from its cool icy beverage, and took another sip. In an instant messages and memories fired across my mind -- now THAT, was the taste I was sorting after all these years, one that I have forgotten since childhood. It was not the pineapple, but the orange juice blend that I have had when I was little. Another seemingly silly indulgence of orange juice concentrate (from a bottle) to be diluted with iced water to make 'orange juice' drinks.
This "Pineapple Ice" was made with the exact orange juice concentrate and chunks of canned pineapple chunks, topped with ice. It didn't get any more artificial and hands-off than that, but let's face it, it's gotten me back down the memory lane as I reminded myself I've got a piece of my culinary memory from a place like this one, that I've gotten a piece of my budding appetite for foodie knowledge from childhood, and perhaps one of many "food mysteries" in my life sorted out.
The taste of reclaiming a lost taste extended to greater lengths than the food itself, it reminded me how I grew up in search of just about the exact same taste I've tasted at a time I didn't know what food was all about. It also encouraged me to soldier on to look deeper into the complex world to find out more about food, be them simple or complex, rare or common...
Recommended Dish(es): 菠蘿冰, 蛋撻
Spending per head: Approximately HKD20(Tea)
Value for Money3
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