Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Beard Papa’s Black Sesame Cream Puff

Once upon a time, there bestowed upon us a gift from afar. Some embraced and worshipped it with all their heart and soul. Houses of love celebrating this gift spawned across major shopping malls in town and were welcoming but patience was needed in waiting to experience the so-called divine as turnouts were perpetually overwhelming. The power of a magical fried scent, it must be. There was no escaping this love for everything fried that had been instilled in all of us. The only decision one had to make was to decide if he or she was an orthodox glazed or a modernistic nutty. Famous worshippers include Homer (Simpson).

Circa 2010…whatever happened to imported doughnuts ar?

Some time ago, I gave it a try, felt mostly uninspired and decided that I’m better off a renegade, so stone me. On a hungry day at the basement level of Mid Valley Megamall, I blasphemed a new, overcrowded house of love that was the doughnut and headed for the more zen school of Beard Papa. It was here that I found something enlightening – cream puff with black sesame. Not to be confused with the trivial sprinkling on the choux pastry (for easy identification, I think), ground black sesame seeds were actually mixed with whipped cream for the filling! A crispy choux is just as important as the filling and we’ve already recognized Beard Papa’s version of being consistently good – crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and refined. Most new flavours at Beard Papa’s are worth a try simply because the worldwide perennial favourite of the vanilla custard cream creation has given some sort of vision of what we can expect – a puff worth sinning for. As with most Japanese desserts, the taste was subtle - just enough black sesame seeds to tease the tastebuds. The combination of smooth, light cream and fragrant toasted seeds was just brilliant. However, this flavour is not always available. From my understanding, it rotates with the green tea version on a monthly basis. During the month of February, it was green tea. If I’m right, it’ll be black sesame this month.

In other countries, flavours such as Earl Grey tea and pumpkin are offered as well. Looks like doughnuts are not the only souvenir to bring back from abroad, eh?

19 comments:

qwazymonkey said...

Never knew they had this flavour. Then again I'm not one to be caught up with new flavoura of things. Almost always prefer original tasting food. But fir this I'llake an exception. Thanks for sorting out tomorrow's brekkie!

Once again, happy turning 30!

Sean said...

hey, i remember getting all excited when beard papa opened at midvalley. seems like a lifetime ago ... was it 2004? 2005? i remember loving it, but the last time i had it at their 1 utama outlet, it tasted overly chilled and bland. didn't know they've introduced new flavours ... looks terrific! packed with cream, just the way i love 'em! :D

Bangsar-bAbE said...

Like Sean, I thought the cream puffs weren't that great. I had it in mid valley, and was terribly disappointed. But this new flavour looks quite nice leh...I'm tempted to go try it. It's all your fault! =P

Petite Lass said...

Aiks, wasn't aware they have these new flavours! Otherwise, wouldn't have missed it. Thanks for sharing! :D

J said...

I tried the chocolate one last month and didn't like it. :(

... but maybe the black sesame one will be better? *fingers crossed*
:)

(Nice shots of the puff btw!)

ai wei said...

harrrr, you manage to get this goma flavour!!! i havent have a chance to have this. this flavour is unavailable on my every visit :( sigh

babe_kl said...

LOL i need to be adventurous... always stuck with their vanilla cream!

minchow said...

I love Black Sesame ANYTHING but Beard Papa and me, we got some bad blood between us. On account of my raging intolerance of the amount of dairy involved, I'll have to skip this, I'm afraid :-(

mimid3vils said...

I loveeee everything with sesame!!! Can I have 1 ? :-)

CUMI & CIKI said...

fwar. black sesame is one of my favourite ice-creams plus dimsum dessert (hak chee mar wu). So.. i can just imagine myself falling in love with this cream puff! take me.. take.. (also take me to universal studios!)

J2Kfm said...

I have always loved their pure, simple vanilla creations. With those specks of vanilla visible. Definitely more satisfying than doughnuts.

Keropok Man said...

u know i have only eaten it once in my life? haha...

Nic (KHKL) said...

qwazymonkey, hopefully you'll find the puff nice la cos brekkie's like the most important meal of the day. thank you so much for the birthday greeting, monkey bro! :D

sean, yeah, i remember being excited as well because it's really good when i had it in japan. i've not tried those from 1 utama but the black sesame ones from mid valley are good, i think. go try and let us know what you think, ya!

bangsar-babe, woah, i pressure leh...hahaha! do give it a try, especially if you are black sesame dessert fan. argh, i want a piece just thinking about it. hehe.

petite lass, you are welcome! :D then again, i'm not sure if it's a new flavour or not lah but when it's good, it doesnt matter if it's old or new, right? give it a try! :D

j, me *fingers crossed* that you'll like it! :D dont hentam me if not nice, ya! hahahahaha! thanks for the compliment, babe! :D

ai wei, yeah, it's always not available! so frustrating, right? try march because i remember them telling me that it rotates with the matcha filling on a monthly basis. good luck! :D

Nic (KHKL) said...

babe_kl, i don't blame you because the vanilla cream is nice. :D between black sesame and matcha, i suggest black sesame. have fun! :D

minchow, hope you are feeling better now. :D so, no chance of reconciliation with the beard one? will the black sesame puff put the past behind? :D will a new treaty be signed? until then, there's always the goma ice cream to satisfy that goma craving.

mimi, wish i could make one as good uncle beard...hehe. do give it a try, ya! :D

cumi & ciki, me fwar the puff too. drop by the next time y'all have lunch at sage la. it'll be a dessert after a dessert. :D i also wanna go to universal studio leh. u let me know when u come over la, ya!

j2kfm, i like doughnuts but sometimes, the queue just turns me off la. now that the hype has kinda died, maybe i should give it another go. still, i like my black sesame puff a lot. :D

keropok man, u mean the black sesame flavour or beard papa in general ar? then again, can't blame you la. so many snack stalls in sg these days. not forgetting durian puffs. O_o

Keropok Man said...

papa beard in general :-)

thenomadGourmand said...

Hmm..bread papa was all fluff & nothin nice to me..perhaps they hv improved? well..at least some new funky flavours might help sales..

Nic (KHKL) said...

keropok man, too bad they dun have the black sesame flavour in sg la. i think you'll like that!

thenomadgourmand, not sure about their taste cos i seldom buy in kl. but the black sesame flavour was a good intro. :D

Yin said...

I went over yesterday to the MV outlet, no black sesame :( :(

Had the green tea one, still pretty good :)

Nic (KHKL) said...

yin, aiyer, too bad they don't have the black sesame flavour! their brownie's pretty good too. moist and soft. do check it out! :D