By now one should know that one of the highlights of Chinese New Year is “festive cookie”, the pineapple tart.
Because the word pineapple is translated to “ong-lai” (in Hokkien dialect) which mean wealth come, thus it is a must to have pineapple tart during Chinese New Year. Also, pineapple in Teochew dialect sounds like 'Wang Lie', which means imminent luck.
The appearance of the pineapple isaphan simply catches my attention. I can imagine the striking yellow shouting "try me" and I simply succumb to my temptation.
On the other hand, Yuan wanted to have get their new flavours macarons ($2.30 each) to contrast the size of the Isaphan and thus explaining our purchase.
The pineapple isaphan is refreshing, with the sweetness from the pineapple cubes and a slight sourishness from the raspberries, this is indeed a perfect combination of the two. What makes it unique is the filling, which has the texture of a custard enveloping shredded pineapples. Indeed an expensive alternative to traditional pineapple tarts.
Mandarian orange macaron with chocolate ganache was alittle diappointing as fruity flavours generally don't gel with chocolate. On the other hand, the pineapple macaron was not bad, something similar to Amande's passionfruit macaron but the isaphan definitely fair better.
Fen and I have been quite fond of macarons hence when we saw the CNY series from Carousel, we felt that we simply must try. What's surprising is that the pineapple Isaphan tasted pretty similar to a conventional Pineapple tart. Apart from the usual macaron crust, there is this layer of custard which tasted like the crust of a pineapple tart. Overall, I would say that the pineapple isaphan is rather refreshing and deserve a try. The mandarin macaron too is not bad except that I personally do not like chocolate ganache in my macaron.
Michinoku & Hokkaido Fair
Isetan Scotts Supermarket, Basement 1
9-19 Jan, 10am-7pm
Royal Plaza on Scotts, Singapore
25 Scotts Road
Tel: 6589 7799
Note: These product will be available from Wednesday 14 January, 2009 to Monday 9 February, 2009.