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25

May

abangpinoy:

Asian Food Time: Passion Tree’s 계피빵, and the Macaron Taste Test

Have you ever done the whole ‘Oooh new food shop *go in and sample the goodies’ thing? Well I did. This is a new cafe that just opened up, called ‘Passion Tree’ on Elizabeth Street. This particular cafe is pretty snazzy, and is a great place to catch up with friends, take a break from study, or even sit down and watch the people walk by, made even more enticing now that winter’s setting in. There’s plenty of seats available (bench-style, or couple seating, but not after 2pm… then the rush sets in), the musics nice (not Kpop, and personally I’d rather it be like that, you know, to attract people)

Apart from the coffees, teas, iced drinks and hot chocolates, they also do frozen yoghurts, macarons, chocolate fondues, chocolate desserts (truffles and eclairs), pastries, and 팥빙수 (patbingsu, marketed at PT as Bingsoo’s) which come in Red Bean, Green Tea, and Berry flavours. It is owned by Koreans, but it’s a very friendly atmosphere.

BUT… you know what caught my eye? Their 계피빵/honey bread. For you Nasties, this is what Simon and Martina did for their Korean Toast FAPFAP the first time around, and didn’t like it. Well, might as well try it. So, what you get is a piece of sliced loaf, about an inch thick, cut into squares, topped off with cream, and glazed with honey and a bit of cinnamon sprinkled on top. For a $7 price tag, it’s not quite value for money, ‘cause face it, it’s basically carbs, fat, glucose, and lactose. However, taste wise, it’s not a thick as piece of supermarket bread, y.ou see and taste that it isn’t. It’s more a baker’s bread… <.< >.> how can I put it… it’s not as fluffy as white bread, it had that kind of sourdoughey texture. Taste wise, it’s like eating a cinnamon roll from Cinnabon, all sweet and sticky.

I can understand why Simon and Martina don’t get why there’s such a thing as Cream/Ice cream on bread. To some people, it doesn’t make sense putting ice cream on bread. For convenience’s sake, if you can’t source waffle cones, you use bread. For me growing up, bread with ice cream was normal. It saved in washing up mugs or glasses, and the bread wasn’t going to crumb like wafers did.

Verdict on the 계피빵:

  • Taste: 4/5 omnomnoms
  • Value: 2/5

Drop by Passion Tree sometime, some of you might spot me there watching Kpop MVs, or learning Korean from ‘Korean for Dummies’.

Now, the Macaron Taste Test. I picked out 2 macarons each from Passion Tree, Noggi Myer Centre, and Starbucks Myer Centre.

There are an assortment of macarons at Passion Tree, all freshly made, ranging from Yuja to Caramel to Green Tea. The ones that I got to test today were the Strawberry/딸기, and Orange Caramel/오렌지 캬라멜 (like the After School sub-unit).

  • Strawberry: Strawberry-flavoured macarons sandwiched by strawberry buttercream and a little strawberry jam in the middle.
  • Orange Caramel: An orange and salted caramel-flavoured macaron halves sandwiched by an orange buttercream.

Over at Noggi there’s Watermelon, Coffee, and Pina Colada (no doubt it’s non-alcoholic). I bought the Raspberry and Bubble Gum ones to try.

  • Raspberry: Raspberry flavoured macaron halves filled with a raspberry frozen yoghurt.
  • Bubble Gum: Gum-coloured Macarons with a bubblegum-flavoured frozen yoghurt.

Lastly, at Starbucks, they had the stock standard Raspberry, Green Tea, and Chocolate. I tried the Raspberry and Green Tea.

  • Raspberry: Raspberry flavoured macaron shells filled with a chocolate ganache.
  • Green Tea: Green tea flavoured macaron shells filled with a simple buttercream.

I was really disappointed with the Starbucks ones… I was expecting a raspberry jam inside, but then I thought it was a red bean paste, which would be something interesting in a macaron. Alas, upon further tasting, it was a chocolate ganache. The Green Tea macaron shells were a little too fragile, so they began to crack before I even picked it up. Again, I was expecting a green tea buttercream/filling, but no. At $3.25 a pop, they were the most expensive (and had the thickest shells) of the 3, and sadly, the worst performing ones.

Noggi’s offerings were good, The frozen yoghurt was something I expected, given it was a frozen yoghurt shop. Flavour wise, they were both a touch sweet for me, probably due to the frozen yoghurt. These were the smallest of the 3, and at $3 each (or 4 for $11), are pretty good, I’ll have to sample the Pina Colada ones… for science purposes.

The Passion Tree ones were, in my opinion, the best of the 3. The strawberry macaron shells did taste of strawberry, and the overall flavour was tart, but once you got to the jam, it was delicious. The orange caramel macaron was also delicious. The buttercream contains orange zest, and combined with the macaron shells, presented itself well. I would’ve liked a touch of salted caramel in the middle. These were the largest of the 3 (in terms of diameter), and the cheapest of the lot at $2.50 per macaron (or 5 for $12 from recollection). Definitely go and look at what they’ve got.

Passion Tree is located at 103 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane City, where the old Fashion Cafe used to be. Directions wise, if you exit Myer Centre at the Starbucks/Maccas, it’s across the street, then turn right and walk uphill. It’s just before the Elizabeth Arcades.

22

Apr

abangpinoy:

Asian Food Time: Bo Kho from Ms Chi Qi, Wintergarden

abangpinoy:

Asian Food Time: Bo Kho from Ms Chi Qi, Wintergarden

19

Apr

abangpinoy:

Asian Food Time: Hanaichi’s Kurobuta Ramen:
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abangpinoy:

Asian Food Time: Hanaichi’s Kurobuta Ramen:

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17

Apr

abangpinoy:

Asian Snack Time: Zest-O Dalandan Juice.
Citrus flavoured goodness. Verdict: 4.5/5 omnomnoms

abangpinoy:

Asian Snack Time: Zest-O Dalandan Juice.

Citrus flavoured goodness. Verdict: 4.5/5 omnomnoms

15

Apr

abangpinoy:

Asian Snack Time: 롯데 빼빼로 땅콩 (Lotte Pepero Peanut Flavour).
 Tastes like a normal Pepero, but with the peanuttiness. Also, the packaging has an address to part, so you can send it to your love interest. (I’m gonna assume male? For White Day perhaps? Or even just for Pepero Day)

abangpinoy:

Asian Snack Time: 롯데 빼빼로 땅콩 (Lotte Pepero Peanut Flavour).

Tastes like a normal Pepero, but with the peanuttiness. Also, the packaging has an address to part, so you can send it to your love interest. (I’m gonna assume male? For White Day perhaps? Or even just for Pepero Day)

12

Apr

abangpinoy:

Asian Snack Time: 오리온 통그 (Orion Tonk) Multigrain Snack.
Taste-wise it’s great, but I wish it didn’t break into pieces as easily as it did. Verdict: 4/5 omnomnoms.

abangpinoy:

Asian Snack Time: 오리온 통그 (Orion Tonk) Multigrain Snack.

Taste-wise it’s great, but I wish it didn’t break into pieces as easily as it did. Verdict: 4/5 omnomnoms.

10

Apr

abangpinoy:

Asian Snack Time: The 웅진 자연은 제주감귤 (Woongjin Natural Jeju Tangerine Juice) Taste Test.
Wonderfully refreshing. Verdict: 4.5/5 omnomnoms.

abangpinoy:

Asian Snack Time: The 웅진 자연은 제주감귤 (Woongjin Natural Jeju Tangerine Juice) Taste Test.

Wonderfully refreshing. Verdict: 4.5/5 omnomnoms.

08

Apr

abangpinoy:

Asian Snack Time: Meiji Black Chocolate. 
It’s not just dark chocolate, it’s Japanese black chocolate. Verdict: 4.5/5 omnomnoms

abangpinoy:

Asian Snack Time: Meiji Black Chocolate.

It’s not just dark chocolate, it’s Japanese black chocolate. Verdict: 4.5/5 omnomnoms

05

Apr

abangpinoy:

Asian Snack Time: The 써니텐 Taste Test. 
What better to cleanse the throat from 맥콜 (Mccol’s) than with a can of Sunny 10 Soda. You can choose from 1 of 5 flavours, each decorated with a different 빅뱅/BIGBANG member. Verdict: 4.5/5 omnomnoms.

abangpinoy:

Asian Snack Time: The 써니텐 Taste Test.

What better to cleanse the throat from 맥콜 (Mccol’s) than with a can of Sunny 10 Soda. You can choose from 1 of 5 flavours, each decorated with a different 빅뱅/BIGBANG member. Verdict: 4.5/5 omnomnoms.

03

Apr

abangpinoy:

Asian Snack Time: The 맥콜 (Mccol) Soda Taste Test.
You’d think that after watching EatYourkImchi do this for their Valentine’s Day WANK (Wonderful Adventure Now Korea) (here, and here) last year, that I wouldn’t try it, you’re wrong. When I found this “gem” of a drink in the store fridge I went ahead and got it. From tge moment you crack it open, the aroma of barley and soda mixed together hits you. (For those of you Singaporeans/or those familiar with BRAND’s Chicken Essence, that’s right people, chicken essence, it’s of a similar smell) For the first few sips, you don’t taste it so much, but once you get to about halfway it may get a bit overwhelming. Verdict: 2.5/5 omnomnoms. Try if you’re game.

abangpinoy:

Asian Snack Time: The 맥콜 (Mccol) Soda Taste Test.

You’d think that after watching EatYourkImchi do this for their Valentine’s Day WANK (Wonderful Adventure Now Korea) (here, and here) last year, that I wouldn’t try it, you’re wrong. When I found this “gem” of a drink in the store fridge I went ahead and got it. From tge moment you crack it open, the aroma of barley and soda mixed together hits you. (For those of you Singaporeans/or those familiar with BRAND’s Chicken Essence, that’s right people, chicken essence, it’s of a similar smell) For the first few sips, you don’t taste it so much, but once you get to about halfway it may get a bit overwhelming. Verdict: 2.5/5 omnomnoms. Try if you’re game.

29

Mar

abangpinoy:

Asian Snack Time: Battle of the Chocolate covered sticks - Pepero vs. Pocky.
I really can’t split these two apart… halp? Verdict: 4.5/5 omnomnoms for both.

abangpinoy:

Asian Snack Time: Battle of the Chocolate covered sticks - Pepero vs. Pocky.

I really can’t split these two apart… halp? Verdict: 4.5/5 omnomnoms for both.

27

Mar

abangpinoy:

Asian Snack Time: Home-made Empanadas.
These are filled with ground beef/pork, potatoes, carrots, capsicums, and peas. Brought over by the Spanish, we Filipinos made it our own. Verdict: 5/5 #omnomnoms (I’m biased because I filled them myself xD)

abangpinoy:

Asian Snack Time: Home-made Empanadas.

These are filled with ground beef/pork, potatoes, carrots, capsicums, and peas. Brought over by the Spanish, we Filipinos made it our own. Verdict: 5/5 #omnomnoms (I’m biased because I filled them myself xD)

25

Mar

abangpinoy:

Asian Snack Time: 해태 홈런볼 초코 (HaiTai Home Run Ball Choco flavour).
These are little profiteroles filled with milk chocolate. Very tasty and great to share. Verdict: 4.5/5 omnomnoms.

abangpinoy:

Asian Snack Time: 해태 홈런볼 초코 (HaiTai Home Run Ball Choco flavour).

These are little profiteroles filled with milk chocolate. Very tasty and great to share. Verdict: 4.5/5 omnomnoms.

22

Mar

abangpinoy:

Asian Snack Time: 오리온 예감 (Orion Potato Chips)
Made from freshly dug up potatoes, sliced, and baked (not fried). Taste quite good, and not as salty as other chips. Verdict: 4/5 omnomnoms.

abangpinoy:

Asian Snack Time: 오리온 예감 (Orion Potato Chips)

Made from freshly dug up potatoes, sliced, and baked (not fried). Taste quite good, and not as salty as other chips. Verdict: 4/5 omnomnoms.

20

Mar

abangpinoy:

Asian Snack Time - Lotte 마가렛트 (Margaret)
Filled with 5 kinds of black bean, it’s somewhat sweet. Verdict? 3.5/5 omnomnoms

abangpinoy:

Asian Snack Time - Lotte 마가렛트 (Margaret)

Filled with 5 kinds of black bean, it’s somewhat sweet. Verdict? 3.5/5 omnomnoms