As a child, some of my fondest memories come from many a lazy Sunday where I would kick back and snack on a nice bar of ice-cream, or a fancy new piece of pastry.
So imagine my excitement upon hearing of the J-Sweets Fair at WAttention Plaza – a gathering of the very best snacks, confectioneries and pastries from Japan, all in one place!
Is your mouth watering yet? Let’s take a look at what’s available:
– Japanese Desserts
Brought from Niigata, and made with irresistibly soft mochi, these daifuku have a slightly unique spin to this traditional dessert by filling them with cream along with azuki red beans, matcha and even peach.
Karinto Manju is created by kneading red beans into brown cane sugar and fried. This results in a unique treat that is crispy on the outside yet soft on the inside, with a perfectly balanced sweet flavour. A definite must-try if you’re looking for a new experience.
– Ice cream galore!
The classic, ever-crowd pleasing cold treat, you just can’t go wrong with good ol’ ice cream!
In Japan, few brands are as synonymous with ice cream as Futaba with over 60 years of experience.
Ice cream wafers, ice chocolate bars, cookie sandwiches and more. You name it – they’ve got it!
If you’re feeling artistic, you can also head to the Decoration Ice cream bar.
Here, you can choose your flavourings, toppings, and make your own creation. Subdued and elegant, or bold and colourful? The choice is yours!
– Beard Papa Cream Puffs
A familiar face usually only found in the central areas of Singapore, it feels good having their delicious cream puffs available for fans in the west. Judging from the long-snaking queues, it sure looked like everyone else agreed!
Visitors also get a rare, up-close look at the meticulous process that goes into making a Beard Papa Cream Puff.
From unfreezing the dough to kneading, baking and finally letting it cool off; it takes about 1 1/2 hours to complete an entire batch of puffs.
The puffs are baked for about 25 minutes
Filling the puffs with cream
Adding the finishing touches
While this may sound long and tedious, once the delicious aroma from these crispy delights soon filled the hall and it took just one bite to convince anyone that the wait is worth it.
Tadah! A fresh batch of Pie Cream Puffs, one of the most popular flavours
A quick chat with the chefs also let us in on a really interesting tidbit of information. Initially, original batches of cream puffs used dough imported from Japan. But from last December, Beard Papa has established a factory right here in Singapore, with plans to make original puffs specifically for the Singaporean market.
More yummy special puffs for us? Sounds good to me!
To make things more exciting, exclusive flavours were available as well. Matcha (a collaboration with ITOEN Singapore), a new & improved Strawberry flavour and even Kaya (a new collaboration with the famous Ya Kun)!
A Japanese & Singaporean pastry collaboration that’s the first of its kind. Beard Papa & Ya Kun have put in great efforts to create a flavour that both preserves the essence of its Singaporean origins, yet is still undeniably ‘Beard Papa’!
Reasonably priced, high-quality and in great abundance. Who can possibly resist such an inviting kaleidoscope of indulgences?
Not me, that’s for sure!
The J-Sweets Fair will be at the WAttention Plaza until the 29th March 2015.
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