Japan — ROYCE’s chocolate

Royce’s chocolate

Besides Shiroi Koibito’s chocolate cookies, Royce’s chocolate is also another famous sweet in Hokkaido. It has to put in the fridge.

The chocolates have the chocolate powder on it, that’s why some people call this chocolate as “chocolate dust.” There are different flavors, such as rum, champagne, Hennessy VSOP, red tea. I highly recommend the rum flavor, since it contains a strong flavor of rum and just a little bit sweet taste. Because the chocolate is cold, so it won’t taste too sweet. When you put the chocolate in the mouth, it will melt immediately .

A box of Royce’s chocolate has 20 pieces of chocolate.

Except the chocolate dust, Royce also provides other sweets.

Royce’s black chocolate dust

Royce’s white chocolate dust

Royce’s potatochip chocolate

Royce’s marshmallow chocolate

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Japan — Shiroi Koibito Chocolate

Shiroi Koibito Chocolate Cookie (JAP: 白い恋人)

“Shiroi” (白い) means “white”, “koibito” (恋人) means “lover”. This chocolate cookie is one of the most popular sweet in Hokkaido.

This Shiroi Koibito’s chocolate factory is opened by Ishiya Company, and it located in Hokkaido. Maybe I like the story about “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ,” it is really interesting to visit this chocolate factory. If you have a chance to go to Hokkaido, you definitely have to go there. But you don’t have to go to Hokkaido to buy Shiroi Koibito chocolate cookies, since you are able to buy it in most of the department stores and in the airport.

I really enjoy visiting this chocolate factory, because it decorated like a palace. Besides, there is a big restaurant in the factory, selling different kinds of home-made desserts and beverages. Also, you are able to see how the Shiroi Koibito chocolate cookies produce.

The chocolate factory:

Shiroi Koibito milk

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Japan — Baumkuchen

Baumkuchen

Baumkuchen is German. In Chinese, it means “the cake of rings.” A lot of Japanese people buy Baumkuchen cake as a gift, because they thought that the rings on the cake are similar to the rings on the tree. Thus they gave Baumkuchen cake the meaning of longevous and prosperous. Some Japanese people would have Baumkuchen as their wedding cake as well.

Usually a Baumkuchen cake is height 35 cm, and the diameter is 11 cm.

 

 

Recommended stores:

1) Kitakaro

 

Kitakaro store is really popular in desserts, Baumkuchen cake is one of them. They have a lot of chains throughout Japan.

They have a special name for the Baumkuchen cake. If translated it to English is “The spirit of the tree.”

Most of their stores are located in Hokkaido. The chain in Otaru city is a famous store that a lot of foreign visitors go there.

2) Villon

The characteristic of Villon’s Baumkuchens are baked in a vase. Thus different Baumkuchen cakes would have the special shape. To bake these kinds of Baumkuchen cakes are really difficult. It has to bake it one layer by one layer, and keep rotating it. Because of the special shape of the Baumkuchen cakes, Villon is one of the popular stores that sell Baumkuchen cakes in Japan.

It is the Baumkuchen cake which has the jelly of the raspberry inside, it contains that sweet taste of the cake and the sour taste of the raspberry jelly.

It is the shape of pear, and the Baumkuchen cake has the jelly of pear inside.

It is the shape of pear, and the Baumkuchen cake has the jelly of apple inside.

This is their oldest and original taste of Baumkuchen cake in this store.

Trio- Baumkuchen: included chocolate, coffee, and the original taste.

Green Tea Baumkuchen cake

Villon not only provides Baumuchen cakes, but also other, such as different kinds of chocolate.

Address: 2-8-4 Sakura-shin-machi, Minato-ku, Tokyo Metropolis; TEL: 03-3427-2555; Business Hours: 9:30 – 20: 30, Thursday off.

3) Juchheim

 

Juchheim’s Baumkuchen cakes are one of the successful candidates in the award of “The Best Tokyo gift.”

They provide 3 different sizes of Baumkuchen cakes.

Apple flavor – with cooked apple inside

 

Address of the main store: 1-4-13 Motomachi district, Chuo-city, Kobe

Juchheim has a lot of chains in the department stores throughout Japan, also in the airport. So if you can’t buy it when you travel around Japan, you can buy it in the airport.

4) Minamitei Baumkuchen

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Japan — Pastel (1)

Pastel’s pudding

This pudding is one of the desserts in Pastel’s Italian chain store. Japan is one of their conglomerates. Pastel’s puddings become popular in Japan are due to a TV interview. After that TV show, like strawberry pastry, there are a lot of stores sold Pastel’s desserts in underground stations.


 

All of their puddings are made by high quality of fresh cream and egg yolk, thus it is really smooth. And they are served in cold.

The original Green Tea Flavor

Strawberry Flavor Caremel Flavor

Pudding chocolate Strawberry custard

Some seasonal desserts:

Strawberry Jelly (It adds lemon fruit juice in it)

Strawberry rare cheese

Orange and grapefruit jelly

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Japan — Strawberry Pastry

Strawberry Pastry (Jap: yuki-ichi-go; 雪莓娘 )

 

It is one of the Japanese desserts. These kinds of pastries are called “daifuku” in Japanese. However, the name “yuki-ichi-go” is not taken by Japanese. It has no name in Japan at the very beginning. This strawberry pastry appears is only because a Japanese old lady wants to make daifuku. Then she uses strawberry as the ingredient, and people thought that was really delicious. Thus people call this as strawberry daifuku. When Taiwanese import this strawberry daifuku from Japan, they named it as “yuki-ichi-go”.

“Yuki” means snow, it is because the pastry is wrapped by mochi, which is one kind of Japanese rice cake that made of glutinous rice. Also, it is served in cold; inside the pastry it has wrapped whip cream, sponge cake, and a strawberry (Jap: ichi). The big characteristic is when you put in your mouth it has a feeling of like snow melting. That’s why the Taiwanese people used the word “yuki” to describe this dessert.

You are able to buy this pastry in some train stations and department stores, but those sold in the train station is the traditional. Strawberry pastry is seasonal, so you may not always see it. There are numerous kinds of daifuku too, both sweet and salt. But I think sweet taste better, and the strawberry pastry is the best!


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Taiwan — Night market @Shida (3)

Mu Ding Japanese-style ice shaving store (木町日式冰店)

 

Mu Ding is a dessert store which mainly provides Japanese-style ice shaving. The owner specially brings the syrup from Japan back to Taiwan.

Green tea ice shaving — This is her popular ice shaving. The owner uses the Japanese green tea powder to make jellies, tangyuan, ice-cream. Then serve with red bean and the Japanese syrup. I think their red beans do not dip in sweet-water before, thus all the red beans are not that sweet.

Hawaiian ice shaving – This ice shaving is serving with vanilla ice cream, soda, and four different seasonally fruits. It is not a colorful ice shaving, but also suitable to have it in summer. And it’s healthier than other ice shaving since it does not serve with too much syrup.

Sweet soup with white fungus and lotus nuts – If you do not want to have the cold ice shaving during winter, Mu Ding provides some hot Chinese dessert. This hot tong sui contains white fungus (tremella fuciformis) and lotus nuts which is really healthy and nourishing.

Black glutinous rice – This is one of the desserts that the owner highly recommended. Rich flavors of coconut tong sui and combine with sweet black glutinous rice.

Japanese rice dishes (Japanese: rice dish = “donburi/don” ) – The dessert store not only provide Japanese ice shaving, but also some Japanese rice and noodle dishes for customers. Such as fried pork rice dish (pork don), eel don, udon, etc. These dishes attract a lot of Taiwanese students.

 

Address: No.50, Longcyuan St., Da-an District, Taipei City 10645, Taiwan (R.O.C.) [next to Lantern Lou Mei] Tel: 02-3365-1680; Service hours: Mon-Sun 11:30-23:30

Tai-one dessert store (臺一牛奶大王)

 

Tai-one is one of the dessert stores in Shida night market that provide tang yuan. They have different kinds of tang yuan, included both sweet and salt flavors. They also provide ice shaving, but not as famous as Mu Ding.

Red bean soup with tang yuan

Tang yuan with sweet peanut tong sui

Salt flavor’s tang yuan

Ice shaving with chocolate and pudding

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