The biscuit at the back was too strong in terms of coconut flavor. It overcomes the mango mousse, so in the end it’ more a coconut charlotte than a mango charlotte. What’s more, i think that the layer of mousse was too thick and bland, which made the cake quite boring to eat. The thing is also that mangos i eat here are juicy and sweet, while this pastry didn’t reflect this nice aspect of the fruit, which is also why i didn’t really like it, even though it was with mangos.
The second tart
I had asked for a white chocolate raspberry tart, but ended up with blueberries and dark chocolate tart (and as i’m not fond of black chocolate AND it’s really not what i wanted, i hated it even more). Too much chocolate.
My Taiwanese friends brought me to a French bakery/tearoom near Zhongshan Junior High School MRT.
The shop was nice, i liked the bright colors. I chose a cake called “Café-noix” (coffee-walnuts) in which unfortunately you could only taste chocolate flavor, while it shouldn’t be there (i originally chose it because it didn’t have chocolate).
There were walnuts in the biscuit, but the coffee flavor was totally non-existent. Maybe it was supposed to be in the flavorless grey cream (not really appealling by the way), but the chocolate mousse overtook all the dessert flavor. It was also too thick to be really nice and not creamy and melting as it should for a mousse. As an entremet, a finer layer of mousse would have been better. So i don’t recommand taking this “Café-noix”.
However, i tried my Taiwanese friend dessert, which was supposed to be only chocolate, but it turned out it had a nice coffee flavor. Actually, i prefered his dessert and he prefered mine… My other friend tries a “Raspberry Mont-blanc”. The raspberry flavor was nice, but the chestnut cream was a too thick.
So just be aware that the names are kinda tricky. Overall, it’s not the best bakery in town, but it has fair prices for the quality.
I was started to desesperate to find any other good pastry shop except Sadaharu Aoki, but it came that i was worrying for nothing. Actually, Alléno Yannick, the 3 stars Michelin chef of Le Meurice, has opened a restaurant in Taipei 101 this year, and he also created a tearoom/pastry shop called Sweet tea. So as i really wanted to try something new (i’ve tried everything i wanted in Sadaharu Aoki and truthfully, i prefer classics to “asian” flavor like tea in pastries).
One of the best Financiers i’ve eaten. The almond flavor isn’t too strong and the cake is not dry and stodgy as some can be. The best thing is the salted caramel cream which makes the cake even meltier. It’s not too salted, and the cream is also really good.
Saint-Honoré, the parisian pastry…The piece is small (pastries in Asia are so small…but if the taste is here, that’s ok, however that’s not often the case), but awesome. What i love is that it really has the French pastry flavor (can’t really explain what it is) that i miss so much here. The puff are nice and look, the caramel on the puffs is so well-done that you can see my camera lents through it! The only “bad” point i would say is the vanilla. I think it’s another kind of vanilla than usual or they add a different flavor to it, but i didn’t like it as much as usual. I mean it’s good, but not to my personnal taste.
The Raspberry-pistachio tart. The tearoom sells it in a very big (10 people) and rectangular shape, just like Michalak does in his restaurant, and then they only cut you one piece of cake (small too). I am not a fond of fruit tarts but this one… You have the raspberries with the pistachio, some drops of liquid sugar on them, a raspberry cream and a almond cream to finish by the dough. The pistachio here gives not only a contrast in colors but also some light crispy in the mouth that goes really well with the raspberries.
I had never eaten any Tropézienne before, but actually i was disappointed. Not by the way it’s done but by the cake in itself. I didn’t know it was done with bun. The vanilla cream has the same “different vanilla” flavor as the Saint-Honoré that i am not really fond of. I just think that there is too mush bun for the cream and that it’s a little too heavy. I won’t take any Tropézienne.
I used to dream about being able to eat a Galette des rois everyday, now it’s possible! The Almond turnover is the perfect thing for “frangipane” lovers like me. You have the almond filling with the pastry dough, a little more puffed than the one for the galette, which is really nice. I think that’s a good idea because usually we can only findapple turnover.
The easiest French recipe ever that reminds me childhood…
Ingredients for 1 person:
– 4 slices of loaf
– 2 slices of ham (or 4 of Taiwanese ham)
– Grated Emmental
On the first slice of loaf put a little butter, then add your ham on it, and then grated cheese. On the second slice, only use cheese and then put the second slice on the top of the first slice. Make another one (yeah, 2 croque-monsieurs for a person), and cook around 5 minutes in the oven (or what we have and they call an oven). That’s ready! It’s better with some lettuce.
Starter, a salad. I was glad because finally we could have a salad. Even if their lettuce aren’t fresh (you can only find iceberg lettuce here). But the sauce? Yogourt? Ok, why not. Surprising, but ok, it wasn’t bad.
Then the crêpe. I chose a egg & ham one. First, it arrived cold. And it wasn’t because everyone was served and i was the last one, no we all had our crêpe lukewarm while it was supposed to be hot. Then, there were nearly only salad again, with yogourt again inside while they didn’t mention that it was a “salad crêpe with some ham and an egg”. And even for those who chose salmon, the salad was nearly the main dish.
And they don’t even know how to cook an egg?! Com’on! The eg yolk was all dried!
And then, the dessert. Hum, the size…Not even a quarter of a crêpe and it cost more than 2 lunch near NCCU… The ice-cream didn’t have any taste. And my so called “Suzette crêpe” had only the orange taste, exit the Grand Marnier and the nice butter…
The only thing that was great was the cider.
Considering the price that’s nearly the same as Paul (around 450TWD), i’d definetly prefer Paul. This is just a scam. I know that French food here is expensive and isn’t the same as in France, but still in itself it was not good and it’s a way too much for this.
Crêperie La Bretagne
n°13 Chifeng Road
Some biscuits i baked to finish my almond powder (yeah i had a lot of almonds). It tastes like Arab pastries, while it comes from East of France (Alsace again?). It’s called Mandelhernele/ croissants de lune (= Moon croissants). Well, i think it’s because of the orange that it has this taste. I used candied orange peels instead of the actual zests of an orange.
I took the recipe from Cakes in the city (nice pics by the way).
Ingredients for about 40 Croissants de Lune:
– 200g of almond powder
– 200g of sugar
– candied orange peels
– 3 eggs
– almonds ( you can choose flaked almonds like i did or minced, like the real recipe)
Mix your almond powder, your candied orange peels, and the sugar. Add one by one the white eggs while mixing.
Preheat your oven to 180°C.
Prepare your greaseproof paper, make small balls with your pastry, cover with egg yolks and roll them in flaked almonds/minced almonds and give them the shape of a croissant. Put on your greaseproof paper.
Cook them for about 10 mn, wait for them to cool down before moving.
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D’autres biscuits cuisinés en même temps que les autres, pour finir ma poudre d’amandes (oui j’en avais beaucoup). Ils ont un gout de pâtisseries orientales, même s’ils sont originaires de l’Est de la France (l’Alsace encore?). Cela vient peut-être du fait que j’ai utilisé des écorces d’oranges confites à la place des zestes d’une orange.
J’ai pris la recette du blog Cakes in the city (qui a de belles photos en passant).
Ingrédients pour 40 croissants de Lune:
– 200g de poudre d’amandes
– 200g de sucre
– 3 oeufs
– amandes effilées/ hachées
– écorces d’oranges confites
Mélanger la poudre d’amande, les écorces d’oranges, le sucre. Ajouter les blancs d’œufs un à un en mélangeant.
Préchauffer le four à 180°C, le papier sulfurisé.
Faire des petites boules de pâte, les couvrir de jaune d’œuf et les rouler dans les amandes effilées. Leur donner la forme de croissants de lune et poser sur votre papier sulfurisé.
Cuire 10mn environ et attendre avant de les décoller du papier.