Ah, what would the world be without new tasty treats. A world pretty damn short of new tasty treats, I’d say. So, spotting this pop-up counter in the basement of World Square: I mean, we had to try it, right? Though I knew nothing about them.
Great packaging of course, as the Japanese do so well. And the tiny tarts looked like the pastry might not be very interesting or flaky. Instead it was a great short pastry, crisp and flavourful.
And then in the middle, a very soft custard, with a quality of a mousse, rather than the egg centre of a Cantonese egg tart, or a Portuguese tart. Definitely something different. Not super sweet, but sweet. I found these pretty delectable. At four bucks a tart, they’re pricy, but if I’m passing by a counter, I would rate my chances of buying one rather high.
Apparently, these are popular in Japan, and have been brought to Australia (branches in Sydney and Melbourne) by the Malaysian company that does the PappaRich chain (which I must try).