While at Tampopo to review their famous Black Pig Shabu Ramen for Tried & Tested: Ramen, we also tried out two of Tampopo’s much-raved about desserts.
For the orange jelly, they scooped out the flesh of a large navel orange, and filled it with soft, cloudy jelly that has small chunks of sweet orange flesh.
At first, I wasn’t quite used to the near-mushy texture of the jelly. But the jelly was totally bursting with pure, zesty, and intensely orangey flavors! It wasn’t too sweet, and tasted very natural, ie, no artificial flavor.
Mmm…it was so delightfully refreshing, we scraped the orange cup clean of every jelly molecule!
I really marvel at how the Japanese take something that’s not their invention, and take it to the next level. Normally, any cake with such a large proportion of cream puts me off. But like the orange jelly, the Scoop cake was just as irresistible.
Suffice to say, I was already floating around blissfully in cake heaven after just one bite. It’s hard to imagine how a simple assembly of fluffy sponge, lighter-than-air Chantilly cream, and fresh fruit could be so delectable, but it really is!
If it’s just the cake you want, go to the basement where Tampopo Deli is located. Besides the Scoop cake, they also have other Japanese-style cakes and pastries, the most sought-after of which is the cream puff. Apparently, the cream puffs are all snapped up once a fresh batch is produced every hour, so go stalk the deli if you’re game to try.
Tampopo (Liang Court)
177 River Valley Road
#01-23/24 Liang Court Shopping Centre
Tel: (65) 6338 3186