Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Spice Shop

For most people,they usually can't have a break abroad until winter or summer vacations.However,I think a plane ticket can take you from A to B,but a good meal can take you to everywhere at anytime.

My mom is the person who makes me a foodie.She is such a dab hand at cooking that she even can cook for up to almost one hundred people.When I was a baby,my mom rarely bought canned baby food.She  would grind some spinach,apple or oatmeal and fed me bite by bite.So I guess I was cultivated to be a sucker for food since then.

I'm fascinated by different cultures and something exotic.Besides some common foreign cuisines,like Italian and French styles,I'd love to go cosmopolitan.Every country has its specialities and characteristics.Trying different dishes is like an adventure,you'd never know what it's like till you give it a shot.

I tried Russian and Moroccan cuisine for the first time in New York City last summer.That was amazing!I was thrilled to have the special meals,because after watching so many traveling programs and reading piles of books in gastronomic literature,I finally could experience them myself.

What I'm trying to say is it's really good to get to know something that can WOW you.And today I have an unforgettable Indian meal with my mom for celebrating Mother's day.

The restaurant is called "The Spicy Shop",which is located in Tien-Mou again.Ahh,there're too many insider's restaurants in that area,from some local tasty food to exquisite restaurants.It can cater to anyone's taste.

The dishes in The Spice Shop are influenced by Kolkata,an eastern city in India.Making an authentic cuisine the seasoning is always the most important factor.The seasoning the restaurant uses is imported from India,so this can explain why all the dish smell so irresistible.

This's a piece of crispy Indian naan on the house and the sauce is made from coriander.

They have several different flavours of naan,like Tandor,garlic,cheese,but we just have the plain one.It smells so good and every bite is so chewy.You can have it with curry,but it doesn't need curry to make it stand out at all.

They have a selection of cold dishes as appetizer.The weather today is hot and humid,so I was thinking maybe a Yogurt Salad can ease my troubled mind.And yes,the yogurt salad is quite refreshing,but the smell of onion is really strong,if you don't like onion,I'd not recommend this one.

I guess it doesn't make sense that you go to an Indian restaurant without ordering curry.We've already got other two dishes that there's chicken inside,so we have a White Mushroom Curry.The texture is really rich and savory.

The rice in India or South East Asia is quite different from Taiwan.It's more chewy like glutinous rice,but not that kind of sticky.Most of my friends don't like that type;somehow,I'm so obsessed with it!I remember the first time I try it is three years ago when I was in London.The species was a novelty to me,each rice grain was separate like sand.I'm glad that I can bring back all my sweet memory by ordering Chicken Spice Rice.It's fried with turmeric,chicken and potato.Each ingredient is well mixed and cooked.

The server highly recommends "Tandor drumsticks" to us.It's preserved by yogurt and spices for one day and then baked in a traditional oven.All the complex steps only make this dish so colorful and juicy!

The Spice Shop
Add:No.6, Aly. 10, Ln. 50, Tianmu E. Rd., Shilin Dist., Taipei City 111, Taiwan

Friday, May 6, 2011

Pâtisserie Sadaharu AOKI Paris

Euuuh!I've been quite busy in these days,overwhelming by one test after another.And commuting between my university and home every day is killing me.I'm kind of mentally and physically worn out.The sad thing is that it will take several weeks to get to the summer vacation. Since Mather's day is on this coming Sunday,I decide to have an afternoon visit to Pâtisserie Sadaharu AOKI and get something for my mom.That definitely can cheer me up!

Generally speaking,there must be something good and something lousy in a dessert shop.However,as far as I'm concerned,most of the desserts from Pâtisserie Sadaharu AOKI are amazingly good,and actually I've had all the desserts they have in Taiwan.

For Mather's day,they have a special offer,it's a heart-shaped puff,stuffing with whipped cream,custard cream and fresh strawberries.On the top of the puff is sprinkled with almond crunch.It's good,but It doesn't surprises me,though.

And I also get a currant flavoured cake,which is called "Cassiser" and a Éclair Valencia.

This's my second time tasting currant flavoured cake.It's a little bit sour like berries but moderate,mixed with layers of currant cream, chocolate and halzelnuts.

Éclair Valencia is like puff with orange flavoured custard,dressing with mike chocolate and halzelnuts.

Éclair,which means lightning in French, always takes my heart,it's such a charming and tasty French dessert.Oh là là!

An éclair is a pastry made with choux dough filled with cream and topped with icing.

There're two reasons why it's called éclair.First,it's because the reflection of the icing.I personally prefer the other saying that it's too delicious that people eat it so fast just like lightning.

Then,this is AOKI's new product,it's called "Paris Rusk."

A macaron biscotti is a word that it can probably precisely describe what it tastes like.

Judging from the appearance,they look like macaron,you may say they're the shell of macaron.In fact,the macaron in Nancy,located in North East of France,just exactly look like them.There're different styles of macaron in France,varying from region to region.The most common macaron in a dessert shop is known as parisian style,they're different flavour of stuffing in the middle of two shells.

I love Paris Shell so bad!Honestly,it's my first time finding a crispy cookie can be so good.To balance the sweetness,it go so well with a cup of English Earl Grey Tea.Ah!I'm seeing myself sitting down on the terrace in Paris now.

The following are the top three dessert in my mind,which I posted them on my facebook,sharing with my friends before.

I'm telling you that this is the best "Mont Blanc Aux Marrons" I've ever tasted!!!Sadaharu Aoki is such a gifted pâtissier!This one has the firm texure of baked meringue,the rich whipped cream with blueberries and the smooth and moist chestnut cream.What's more,the marron glacé on the top just give this amazing dessert the soul.Every bite,you can even smell the aroma of grand marnier!it's totally a perfect combination!

Here,this's called "Saya."Neither pink colour nor stawberry is my thing,but the reason why I give it a try eventually is I said I was going to try all the desserts in Aoki!The result turns out to be miraculously good!Judging from the surface,it's like a normal stawberry mousse cake.But there're beautiful layers inside,strawberry mousse,macha stuffing,stawberry jam and a lil bit custard Iguess.Once you cut it in half,a picture in soft colour just comes into view.The texure of the red dots around the cake is like macaron,which gives it more aesthetic feelings.Ah btw,which lucky girl could have such a sweet father that he named a scrumptious cake after her name!

I know you must have been captivated by this zen-looking dessert.You can tell that its appearance is pretty similar to "Saya."It's called "Duomo Mâcha Azuki."What makes Sadaharu Aoki popular in paris is exactly mâcha.He's like an artist,he plays with different flavours.I think his specialty is mixing western materials with eastern ones.Fom fleur de sel to sesame,violet to genmai tea,they're all beyond your imagination.Ok back to the subject,the moment you scoop the delicate surface,you can see the beautiful stuffing in layers.There're mâcha cream,red bean paste,crispy chocolate stuffing.The mâcha macaron just gives this cake a more parisian look.It's really a must-try!

Pâtisserie Sadaharu AOKI Paris

Bella Vita (B2)
Add:B2,No.28, Songren Rd., Xinyi Dist., Taipei City

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