Desserts That Make Any Occasion SpecialColumns Jus' Desserts
July 7, 2013
Story By: Nicole Kato | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo
Step into a world of colors and flavors at The Mandalay on Alakea Street in bustling downtown Honolulu. Known for its dim sum and elegant interior, The Mandalay also offers up some amazing treats that will satisfy any sweet tooth.
Mango Pudding ($3 individual, $30 party size) packs incredible flavor in adorable packages.
Super-size your Mango Pudding for special occasions and parties. (The Mandalay is able to accommodate parties of up to 350 people, with private rooms that can hold up to 50 people.)
The chefs at The Mandalay created a koi fish pudding that seemingly swims in lime gelatin.
“A lot of people order this for parties,” explains manager Linda Chan, who notes that this delectable treat must be pre-ordered. “It’s not only the presentation, people also like the taste. There’s a sweet and sour taste, and people normally order this for good luck.”
The individual pudding size is made out of the same ingredients, and Chan says it’s a popular item during Valentine’s Day.
Baked Sweet Cream Bun ($3.50, three pieces) houses a sweet custard on the inside. On top of each bun is another layer of flour mixed with sugar. Chan explains that the bun is baked, and the top layer is added and baked again.
The process allows for a flaky and crunchy exterior that pairs well with the custard filling.
For those seeking a chewy texture, Coconut and Peanut Mochi ($2.50, three pieces) will fulfill that need.
“This is our chef’s creation,” Chan says. “Japanese have mochi with red bean or lotus seed (paste). People like the coconut flavor, and it’s crunchy.”
Other desserts on the menu include BBQ Pork Pastry ($3.50), Almond Tofu with Fruit Cocktail ($3.50) and Steamed Sponge Cake ($2.50).
Location is everything, and The Mandalay is a convenient and splendid place to celebrate special occasions or to have lunch with co-workers and friends.
Dim sum-style desserts are perfect for sharing, so head down with family and friends to try excellent Hong Kong- and Cantonese-style cuisine before indulging your sweet tooth.
1055 Alakea St., Honolulu
Daily, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.