I desired coffee, and further investigations of the cute, compact space in the Mississauga Chinese Centre. Little had I known that the grab-and-go spot, while very Vietnamese in every vein of offering, did not offer Ca Phe Sua Da.
The Caramel Flan, on the other hand, was a much more enjoyable portion, despite its reduction in size. Creamy, silky, and with a fitting quantity of toasty caramel to offset its sweet, custard-like qualities, I proceeded to demolish majority of the cup, pausing only once such that the sleepy polar bear could sample.
We strode through the Nike Factory Store for mall access, finding Kin-Kin and Hachigo nearly instantly. Washrooms were used and stores browsed briefly. Then, we returned to the colourful stall for a closer look at their products.
I had been keen on trying out the city's latest Japanese cheesecake contender - now six months old - for a while now. The sleepy polar bear was more intrigued in the animal-shaped pastries filled with tacky, starch-thickened custard, insisting that "No one could beat Tetsu" anyway.
The Gogo Bits bore too great a resemblance to Stuffies, towards which I had been equally unfond. The Original Cheesecake, on the other hand, succeeded my expectations. Achieving greater height than the likes of Uncle Tetsu, the cake was fluffier and lighter, even after overnight refrigeration. It was crumbly, yet not as extreme as Love Me Sweet. The cheesiness factor paled in comparison to Tetsu, which is robust in its eggy, creamy, and slightly savoury finish. Two days after chilling, the $12.99 cake emerged a bit dry; it wasn't an uncommon symptom of Japanese Cheesecakes, though my memory concludes Tetsu to remain moist for up to four days. The shiba inu and its heart-shaped nose is an adorable touch, though I'll most likely be taking my cravings back to more convenient grounds, in spite of inflation.
Dinner adopted the form of Yum's Kitchen takeout: a Grilled Pork & Spring Roll Vermicelli (No. 20) for me and a Grilled Chicken Banh Mi (No. 07) for the sleepy polar bear. Indecisive had my mind been, as I debated constantly between getting re-dressed for dine-in or remaining at home for the completion of chores. The dilemma was resolved by an offer to undertake the run on my behalf, such that laundry and cleanup duties could be completed in parallel.
The third edition of the Oat Fudge Bar was commenced.
- Reducing the flour content
- Swapping out all-purpose for whole wheat entirely
- Potentially increasing the amount of egg white