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Eclair Vanille from Pierre Marcolini

3 Mar

Another week, another try. I wanted to try Sadaharu Aoki’s Mille-feuille, but unfortunately his shop is currently closed, so i decided to go to Pierre Marcolini. I picked the “éclair vanille”, since i wanted vanilla. His pastries are a way too expensive and too small. For example, i spotted the tiny lemon pie: 340NTD (8,5€ for half a size of a pie you find in pastry shops in Europe). Anyway, i tried my pastry. The puff of the éclair isn’t right, too soft again, and the cream has a taste of vanilla (not as good as Pierre Hermé’s pie Infiniment vanille but still), but is too heavy (maybe too much eggs?).

Concerning the puff, i think it has to do with Taiwan’s weather which is awful. Humidity is a real problem here, and it must impact the pastries. Even bread for example: after one day, it is totally soft, while back in France, it would be too hard to eat. So i think that it will be difficult to taste a proper puff here, except in a restaurant where it’s really fresh and just made.

Something i like in Taiwan concerning the packaging, is that all the pastries are put in a bag with some ice within the bag so that it’s still cold when you go back home. I think that’s really a nice thing that we should try in France, even though that would be a little more expensive.

Pierre Marcolini

29 Dec

Yesterday as i was walking on the streets i saw that Pierre Marcolini had a shop in the area. As i didn’t know him before Christmas thanks to his beautiful “bûches” and chocolates that where everywhere on food blogs and other websites, i decided to go for a try today.

I bought 12  milk chocolates and one small white chocolate bar, and a small gift for friends as i always eat their bread. Hum, be ready to empty your wallet: 2700TWD for this. But god dammit, that was so delicious.

For the small chocolates, i chose:
Thé Earl Grey: nice and light
Thé Citron: this one is really nice, you really have a strong flavor or the lemon
Safran: this one i wasn’t that impressed and i don’t think it was really special
Mangue: the mango flavor comes at last, and it’s quite refreshing. However i would have like the mango taste a little bit stronger
Fleur d’oranger: it was like eating a Maghrebian pastry. Really nice, one of my favorite
Palet Or Lait: ok, this one is just a killer: caramel, vanilla, just everything that i love…
Calin Lait: this one also is delicious, with caramel, “dentelle de quimper” for the crispy part, and vanilla.
Caramel fondant: with melted salted caramel. Well it’s just awesome, i can’t say more. I just love caramel and this one was nicely salted.
Quatre épices: this one is impressive, because you really feel like eating a ginger bread. Really strange and nice.
Rose: i am not fond of this one, maybe it is because i think rose flavor is too chemical.
Ginger: nice and fresh. Chocolate ginger is always a nice mix i think.
Café Cardamone: the coffee taste was here (i can’t even  to the Godiva truffle where i couldn’t taste it).

The white chocolate is really nice: you can really feel the vanilla. But maybe i would have put a little less salt, because a part of it was quite salty i think.

If you want a sweet treat with chocolate, i can only recommend you this place. So far there are one of the best chocolates i ever had. However, it’s really expensive and small for the price. But good quality often means small size too. My favorites are the ones with caramel, but you should try the quatre épices and fleur d’oranger for something unusual.

Pierre Marcolini
Shin Kon Mitsukushi A4 2F
MRT: Taipei City Hall

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