Adventures in Eating & Cooking

More Japanese Sweets from Zaiya

Before I had gone back to Philly for my immunology lab summer internship, I picked up a few goodies from Cafe Zaiya for the road including:

My fave, green tea ice cream!!!

Green Tea Ice Cream!!

Twice as delicious when soft-serve, Cafe Zaiya’s green tea ice cream is something I can gobble up at the speed of light. However, I still think their black sesame ice cream is the best. I have yet to try the kinako flavor though…

Spicy Cod Roe Baguette

I had also gotten this spicy cod roe baguette, since there was only one left (so I assumed it was popular and delicious).  The baguette was crunchy with a bit of fishy oil taste (yay for getting my omega-3s!) and the mushy innards of spicy cod tasted like onigiri filling. Not bad, but I’m not that big of a fan either. I think I prefer my spicy cod in onigiri!

Spicy Cod Roe Baguette Innards

I also got the green tea melon pan, which wasn’t that great. I’ve always heard people say great things about melon pan (which supposedly has a cookie dough crust), but I never really understood its greatness. There is no filling, the bread is fluffy but tastes like just any other sweet roll, and the only thing that makes it special is a layer of cookie dough-like substance. However, I didn’t taste the green tea in it, so it was rather disappointing…

Green Tea Melon Pan

I did really like the green tea roll cake however. Oozing with rich matcha flavor in the cake and light cream, the roll had some red bean filling that sweetened it out. However, the red bean also increased sweetness, making it slightly saccharine. I would have preferred a stronger bitter matcha-ness. Oh well, it was still a very yummy cake! Oishii!

Green Tea Roll Cake

5 comments on “More Japanese Sweets from Zaiya

  1. Vennila
    June 26, 2010

    I’m not a fan of melon pan either, although it always sounds delicious in theory — can we go to Chinatown (Philly) for bakery shopping one day? 🙂


  2. bubblepeachtea
    June 26, 2010

    Yes definitely!! It’ll be another adventure ;]


  3. Nicholas
    June 27, 2010

    Don’t be turned off from melon pan because of 1 bad experience! Aren’t they the same thing as pineapple buns? They’re not always just plain with a sugar crust covering the top, they can have red bean, creamed butter, taro, or pork floss filling!

    ^^clearly I love melonpan


    • bubblepeachtea
      June 28, 2010

      I don’t know… I kinda like the crunchy sweet coating of pineapple better, and I didn’t know there were melon-pan with filling! I only had it twice, each time from Cafe Zaiya and wasn’t that impressed either time… Maybe I need to go to another bakery. Any recommendations xD?


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