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An Okay gimmicky dessert Apr 15, 2011
Had a craving for dessert this afternoon but was too lazy to walk to Paul Lafayet. So thought would give this new stall a try.
The stall was decorated in a pseudo-Japanese fashion with the owner / dessert maker busy making the cakes inside and a lady taking orders and selling at the same time. I ordered a "classic custard" and a "classic red bean" for my colleague.
The cakes were made to order so it was a good 10 minute wait. It was okay as the alley was not too busy but imagine it would be a bit crowded on weekends.
The cakes were pipping hot when I get them and I took it back to the office to eat as it was so hot. The first bite was uninspiring and fairly disappointing. The custard is very bland, it doesn't even taste sweet. The outer layer / cake was equally bland with only the taste of flour. You can't taste any egg or butter or sugar. Japanese sweets / cakes are not supposed to be like that.
The only comments from my colleage who has the classic red bean was that it was difficult to eat. When she bit on one side of the cake, the red bean fillings spilt out from the other side and vice versa. It did get a bit messy towards the end.
My colleague asked what I thought about the cake afterwards and I told her that I felt like eating HK$10.
The OK was given mainly because the cakes were freshly made and the lady selling the cakes was very courteous. And that it wasn't too much of a ripped off at HK$10. But I certainly would not go back again.
Takeaway Wait Time: 10 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Apr 14, 2011
Spending per head: Approximately HKD10(Tea)
Value for Money3
Taiwanese version of the obanyaki (Imagawayaki) Mar 11, 2011
This shop looked interesting, tiny but with all the intricate details of a Taiwanese stall.
It is made of batter and heated in the waffle iron and the filled with fillings. The common fillings are custard, fruits, red beans, and other savoury items.
As well as round ones, they also have triangular ones!!
The slight difference is that the two halves are not completely sealed, so the fillings ooze out, so perhaps this is why they are called "jeung bau" but it makes it very messy to eat.
Cheese and onion with chicken
Black peppar, sweetcorn and tuna
Strawberry and cream
Peach and custard
Green tea and red bean puree
Original red beans
Belgian chocolate and custard
They cost $10 each, or $27 for three, so I got three and tried the following flavours, 2 savoury and 1 sweet.
After paying, I was given a ticket, so I took a walk around the area, I managed to buy other snacks slowly and returned they were still not ready, but I could see that they were making one flavour at each time.
The peach one was nice, the filling for the savoury alone were good, especially the pepper, because it was freshly grounded black pepper.
However for the savoury one, the batter was sweet, which didnt really go well together.
The batter could have been cooked more thoroughly because the outside was crispy, but the inside was still floury.
Not sure if they are meant to be like that, because for the Japanese version, the filling is totally encased inside the shell.
Takeaway Wait Time: 15 minute(s)
Value for Money3