The Japanese take on the traditional Italian dish combined the tried-and-true green tea-red bean pairing with lighter flavours to suit a more delicate palette. I deemed it a unique twist on tiramisu, but not nearly as indulgent nor caffeinated enough to curb cravings. Swapping the standard red bean layer for a matcha custard would have also solidified depth and intensity.
In the original recipe, ladyfingers are commonly brushed with a mixture of coffee liquor and/or simple syrup prior to the layering of the mascarpone layer; Little Pebbles' rendition was devoid of alcohol and only retained a minimal amount of syrup, leaving much to be desired.
That said, I suggested CoCo as a destination for outlet hunting. Upon arrival though, the bubble tea shop was observed to be at max capacity, forcing us to relocate elsewhere for juice.
There were, however, two awkwardly-positioned spots in the waiting area alongside the main corridor. I gladly set my belongings onto the stools, plugged in the apparatus in question, and hopped onto their password-secured Wi-Fi network.
But as a spot with bold-flavoured brewed teas - Roasted Oolong is a winner! - and sufficient heating, it was a decent destination to catch up before a chaotic evening.
The two gender-separated stalls were, by far, the most revolting scenes I had ever had the opportunity to see (and smell).
The women's washroom was almost always occupied, so I creaked open the adjacent men's stall to determine whether it was usable. Prior to even switching on the lights, all olfactory senses were ruthlessly slapped with an outrageously atrocious fume cloud. I shut the door to halt further infiltration of utmost grossness.
The only "safe" stall wasn't actually that safe either. The facilities were grimy and dusty, paper towels were in complete absence, and uncovered wastebins displayed exposed sanitary pads for all users to behold. The sheer contrast against the soulful aura dining area came as an immense shock to me. Even New Kennedy's bathrooms are more pristine in comparison.
Time flew by before we knew it, and we were in desperate need of sustenance before the show.
Continue reading Part 2 (AKA THE CONCERT) HERE !