For Tet, we received sticky rice and I must admit, we haven’t gotten around to eating it. I’m not all that unfamiliar with this type of food as Pinoys also make the same. We call it kakanin. “Kanin” is the direct translation of rice. There are different types of kakanin but we don’t put fillings like what they do here in Vietnam — such as meat and vegetables.
Filipinos are big on sweets and one of our favorite desserts is CAKE! I find that the Vietnamese don’t like too much sweets. [Case in point: In our office, I practically ate all the Reese Chocolates in the pantry. Come to think of it, I was probably just hogging all the chocolates. Hmmm…] One time, I brought Krispy Kreme Glaze Donuts (from the Philippines) and they liked it BUT they found it to be TOO sweet! I don’t actually get it because one of their favorite drinks is ca phe sua da. It has got too much condensed milk in it!
Anyway, as I was saying, Pinoys love cakes and I am no exception. In the Philippines, we have two bakeshop giants, Red Ribbon and Goldilocks. And when you’re used to the kind of flavors they have like the Black Forest, Chocolate Marjolaine, Coffee Crunch, Chocolate Mousse, Tiramisu, etc., I always expect every bakeshop in Saigon to have the same. But no! Here, it’s different.
I actually like the fact that you can step into different bakeshops and find a variety of cakes and with fresh fruits as toppings! If you visit a bakeshop daily, you’d find that they offer different cakes everyday.
Don’t get me wrong, I still miss and love our cakes in the Philippines because really, our cakes there are REALLY GOOD. And I find it comforting to come home to something familiar — my favorite cakes.
Yesterday, on a whim, we bought a cake from Tous Les Jours. I forgot what’s it called though but it was a sponge cake with strawberry-grapes-orange-dragonfruit toppings. One thing that’s great with the Vietnamese culture is that they will always try to make their food healthy — fruits!
As I was packing the cake away to put in the fridge, the cake knife slipped out! There was a free cake knife! Just like in K-Do Bakeshop. Is it a standard in bakeshops here? Because in Manila, we don’t have that — at least last time I checked. And it has free candles and matches too! My son couldn’t stop saying “Wow! Wow! Wow!” Needless to say, he shall be asking us to blow candles every time he eats a slice of cake.
Hope the bakeshops in Manila pick the idea of giving FREE cake knife and candles. I mean we didn’t have to ask for those from Tous Les Jours. And they even asked if we wanted to put a greeting on the cake for FREE. Those are just little things to keep us sweet tooth citizens to keep coming back.