Category Archives: cake

Street Eats – Yufuin, Japan

After eating B-Speak‘s roll cake in the car, we walked around this charming hot spring town.  Apart from onsens, there’s also art galleries, cafes, boutiques, mountains and lake.

Lake Kinrinko

We also ate our way through town…

Snoopy Cafe… so kawaii!

green tea mochi… super soft…

Wagyu beef BBQ skewers… 500 yen only! Unfortunately, this was really tough.. not Wagyu.. ripoff

We passed by this bakery, Milch, and stopped because of the fragrant smell of cheese.

cheescake (cold and hot)…. both versions were delicious and so rich.. but the hot version was so amazing cause it was piping hot!

caramel milk custard… creamy, rich and so smooth! I love the little container it came in so much that I kept two of it!

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Street eats @ Yufuin, Japan

B-Speak – Yufuin, Japan

Back in May, we went on a 6 day road trip in  Japan’s Kyushu island. We rented a car from Fukuoka and drove around the northern/mid part of the island.  Our first stop was this quaint onsen (hot spring) town called Yufuin.  As we were heading to another onsen later that day, we spent our time in Yufuin sightseeing and eating.

The most famous food there is B-Speak’s cream roll cake.

B- Speak is so popular that it usually gets sold out before the afternoon.  We got there before it opened at 10am and the line was already around the corner.

We ended up buying 1 large size vanilla cream roll cake and 3 minis: 2 vanilla and 1 chocolate.  There wasn’t a place to sit and eat.. so we ate in the car.

As usual, the Japanese wrapping and packaging was so intricate.. so many layers to reveal!

the fluffiest cream cake! and the cake with the butteriest and creamiest taste and smell! No other roll cake can compare to this! My dad, who originally said “roll cake is roll cake.. it’s just the hype,” loves it so much that to this day, is reminiscing about this cake.

The chocolate was good.. but not as buttery as the original…

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B-Speak

Address: 3040-2 Yufuincho Kawakami, Yufu, Oita Prefecture 879-5102, Japan
Tel::+81 977-28-2166

John’s Pizzeria – New York City

This trip has all been about eating and Broadway shows.. we watched musicals 3 nights out of the 4!  After watching Lion King, we headed to John’s Pizza, which was directly across from Phantom’s Majestic Theatre (didn’t notice it the night we watched Phantom…).

Apart from being famous for the pizza, John’s known for being in an abandoned church.

It has high ceilings with stained glass windows…probably the classiest pizza joint! It’s also the largest pizzeria in the world!

We ordered:

1 large size pizza…. it’s baked in coal-fired brick oven so it was very aromatic. loved the crust.. very thin and slightly crispy!

house salad.. the vinegrette was too sour…

New York Cheesecake.. 

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John’s Pizzeria

260 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036, United States
+1 212-391-7560

Hidemi Sugino – Tokyo, Japan

I love love love cakes…. so obviously, I visited one of the most famous pâtisserie in Tokyo, Hidemi Sugino.  In the French pastry world, Hidemi Sugino is so renowned and has won the prestigious Coupe de Monde de la Pâtisserie award back in 1991.

I read about the long lineups and potential shortage of cakes so I was extremely worried .. but when we  got there, there was no lineup!!!

Hidemi Sugino is famous for his artisan mousse cakes which is made with limited amounts of gelatin.  These cakes are very delicate and temperature sensitive and must be consumed immediately… which is one some of the cakes are only for “eat-ins.”

We waited for a table in the cafe and ordered a few of the “eat-in” and “take-out” cakes.

Eat-in cakes:

La harmonie (cherry and lemon mousse)

Geometrie (pink grapefruit and mint mousse)

Sicilie (pistachio and blackberry mouse cake)

Everest (base: fromage blanc mousse, top: chantilly cream, middle: red fruit confiture)

take-away cakes:

Ambre noix (starting with the base: biscuit au noixmousse au chocolat au laitm mousse au caramel with a layer of biscuit joconde au chocolat sandwiched in between, topped with caramel glaze and a piece of walnut…..)

Charme (black forest)…

Since I’m typing this entry almost 10 months later, I forgot the individual taste but I remember that these cakes were in a league of its own. Seriously! The texture is so different than the others. The consistency’s like flan.. kindly jiggly.. and I would say it borders on jello/tofu… but more moussy than jello. No wonder these cakes must be eaten immediately! It was like eating a work of art… all those intricate layers and flavours blending into a masterpiece. It’s certainly worth the expensive price (around 600+ yen per cake!)

I didn’t know that photos weren’t allowed until the staff informed me… oops.. my bad!

Note: I returned again in 2016 and it’s now mandatory for each person to also order a drink……

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Hidemi Sugino

京橋大栄ビル 1F, 3-6-17 Kyobashi, Chūō, Tokyo 104-0031, Japan
Phone:+81 3-3538-6780

Depachika!!! @ Tokyo, Japan

Depachika, also known as a department store’s food hall, is the food mecca for foodies.  An entire floor (sometimes two) devoted to all things sweet or savory.. and traditional Japanese or Western.  I love going to depachika’s because of its sheer size and diversity, but mostly because of the gorgeous display of the food.  

The must-buy item from the food hall for me is Fukusaya’s Castella cake. Fukusaya is the famous bakery that has been making castella cakes since 1624!  The cake is intricately wrapped in boxes and layers of wrapping paper… oh the anticipation of finally uncovering the cake!

this wrapping paper depicts the founding date of Fukusaya, the shop’s various locations, and its  bat-shaped logo..

Castella is a sponge cake made with sugar, flour, eggs and syrup.. which as a honey taste to it.  My mom went through a crazy castella-baking phase when I was a kid and I clearly remember her frustrations on making a perfect tasting/looking castella…. so I fully appreciate Fukusaya’s castella.  It’s so moist and fluffy with the perfect amount of sweetness.  Yummmmmm….

This time, we also tried out the takeaway food counters at the depachika.  Once again, we were shopping till very late at the Damairu Department Store and like always, I needed to take a walk in the amazing food emporium before leaving.  We came across people snatching up sashimi bento boxes.  Apparently the prices are slashed by half! We ended up buying 3 boxes (the best of the remaining) and ate it back at the hotel.

Even around store closing time, the sashimi still looked so fresh.. and it tasted fresh as well!

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