When I was kid, I was so indifferent to all things sweet that I used to see Halloween as a colossal waste of time (I was a strange child, I know). However, about 10 years ago, something shifted in my palate and I developed an absolute obsession with dessert. This year, we at 365 Days of Dining continued to taste and celebrate the abundance of delectable sweet treats in Richmond. Get set for our top 10 favourites, which are all bound to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Best of 2015: Leisure Tea. (PHOTO: GASTROFORK)
1. Caramel Pudding Sundae at Leisure Tea & Coffee
In our blog post on Alexandra Road (a.k.a. “Food Street”), we featured Leisure Tea & Coffee, where you can not only slurp down taro milk tea and papaya milk but also enjoy a very decadent caramel pudding sundae ($6.75, pictured above), with caramel pudding, two big scoops of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, drizzled chocolate sauce, and a maraschino cherry.
Location: 8391 Alexandra Rd.
Best of 2015: Café de Waraku. (PHOTO: JESSICA ROBERTS-FARINA)
2. Durian Mousse Cake at Café de Waraku
Durian is a bit of an acquired taste, but once you’re hooked, there’s no turning back. This ethereal offering ($8.50, above) at Café de Waraku juxtaposes the intense flavours of durian with layers of light mousse and fluffy yellow cake. Each forkful is absolutely lovely.
Location: Parker Place Mall, 155-4231 Hazelbridge Way
Best of 2015: Kam Do Bakery. (PHOTO: CAROLYN B. HELLER)
3. Taro Pastry at Kam Do Bakery
Our post on veggies that also moonlight as delicious sweet pastries included a taro pastry ($1.65, above) that has a wonderfully flaky exterior and an interior of dense taro paste. The dessert’s purple hue makes it especially eye-catching.
Location: 6211 Number Three Rd.
Best of 2015: Frappe Bliss. (PHOTO: GASTROFORK)
4. A Dream in Eden at Frappé Bliss
We recently chowed down on the best that the Aberdeen Centre Food Court has to offer, and emerged stuffed, but full of great finds. One of them is A Dream in Eden ($6.50, above) at Frappé Bliss that tempts with milky shaved ice, kiwi, mango, strawberries and mango ice cream. The combination is very refreshing.
Location: Aberdeen Centre, Food Court, 3070-4151 Hazelbridge Way
Best of 2015: Brazilian Pastries. (PHOTO: TARA LEE)
5. Fruit Empanadas from Brazilian Pastries at the Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market
A visit to the popular Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market (Mark your calendar: it returns in May) this summer uncovered a trove of finds, like lime curd made by Janet Patricia of Preserved, and salted caramel chocolate from Vacocoa. Particularly memorable were the flaky Brazilian pastry tarts ($3 for one, $10 for 5), filled with various fresh fruit combos, like mango and black pepper, apple cinnamon, or mango and black pepper.
Location: Moncton Street and Third Avenue
Best of 2015: Screamers. (PHOTO: LAUREN KRAMER)
6. Pineapple and Vanilla Soft Serve at Screamers
In our round-up of cold desserts, we visited Screamers, named after their part Slurpee, part soft serve specialty (mini $2, small $4.50, large $5). You can also have the ice cream on its own. Choose between vanilla, pineapple, or a combo of both for your ice cream flavour, and then try your best to finish this generously portioned brain-freezer.
Location: Third Avenue and Bayview Street
Best of 2015: Well Tea. (PHOTO: TARA LEE)
7. I Luv Strawberries at Well Tea
Fancy toast was a major foodie trend of 2015. Fortunately, for toast fiends, Richmond boasts many cafes that serve towering Taiwanese thick toast. The I Luv Strawberries ($8.95, above) at Well Tea is a hollowed out loaf of sweet white bread, toasted and filled with strawberry jam, strawberry ice cream, fresh strawberries, an Oreo cookie, whipped cream and chocolate Pocky.
Location: 170-4811 Hazelbridge Way
Best of 2015: Monster Fried Ice. (PHOTO: TARA LEE)
8. Pan-Shaved Ice Cream from Monster Fried Ice at the Richmond Night Market
We’re counting down the days until Richmond’s two night markets and their crazy good eats will start up again in May. This year, over the course of a single evening, we visited the Richmond Night Market and International Summer Night Market and sampled 10 of their most wondrous desserts. This latest dessert darling was found at the Richmond Night Market, and consisted of rolled chocolate ice cream ($6), topped with whipped cream, tapioca pearls, chocolate bits and sprinkles.
Location: 8351 River Rd.
Best of 2015: Kumare. (PHOTO: CAROLYN B. HELLER)
9. Ube Ensaymada at Kumare Restaurant & Bakery
Our post on livening up breakfast beyond doughnuts and muffins included the delectables at Kumare Restaurant & Bakery. We were big fans of the Ube Ensaymada ($2.50), a popular Filipino bun filled with ube (a purple yam) paste.
Location: 8130 Park Rd.
Best of 2015: Sugarholic Café. (PHOTO: TARA LEE)
10. Afternoon Tea at Sugarholic Café
And, for the ultimate in indulgence, treat yourself to afternoon tea ($20 for one, or $50 for two) amid the girly décor of Sugarholic Café. Your selection of desserts (subject to change) includes fresh raspberry custard tarts; lemon macarons; crème brulée; white chocolate, mango and green tea mousse; Japanese cheesecake; and lemon blueberry, matcha, and passion fruit mousse cakes. Take a break from shopping this month and spend an afternoon over tea and treats instead.
Location: Aberdeen Centre, 1008-4151 Hazelbridge Way