Chocolate coffee custard – Zahav

Chocolate coffee custard - Zahav
Blood orange, crystallized cocoa, sugared almonds. Mesibah menu $53 per person
Zahav, Philadelphia PA

I really enjoyed this dessert. Under the hardened chocolate shell was a silky, coffee flavored custard that just melted in your mouth. Such a wonderful way to end a glorious meal at Zahav. Thank you, Zahav! Until next time.

Custard pastry – Tous Les Jours

Custard pastry - Tous Les Jours
Banh lop kem. 10,000 VND
Tous Les Jours, Ho Chi Minh City VIETNAM

This was a nice little sweet treat for our morning walk to the War Remnants Museum. It got SO hot that we had to stop at Tao Dan Park for some much needed shade. The custard pastry was SO tasty and moist. This bakery was really popular since it had branches all over the city.

Gerbera daisies
Gerbera daisies, Tao Dan Park.

Floating island – Alamo Square Seafood Grill

Floating island - Alamo Square Seafood Grill
Meringue, creme anglaise (vanilla custard), toasted almonds, caramel sauce, strawberry and mint garnish. Daily 3-course prix fixe $14.50
Alamo Square Seafood Grill, San Francisco CA

This was a very simple, light and elegant dish and it tasted really good! I don’t think I’ve ever had this before but I can see that it’s a great cost effective way to put out a delicious dessert. You really need the toasted almonds and caramel sauce to elevate it though. Noms!

Burgundy Bliss oxalis
‘Burgundy Bliss’ oxalis (Oxalidaceae), Noe Valley.

Pomme d’amore – Knead Patisserie

Pomme d'amore - Knead Patisserie
Puff pastry filled with custard, bruleed sugar. $3
Knead Patisserie, San Francisco CA

This pomme d’amour really is a delicious dessert for breakfast! It’s small enough that it isn’t a morning sugar overload, and it’s super tasty. The custard filling is delicate and smooth, and pairs perfectly with a warm cup of coffee. Noms!

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America's Cup spectators
Spectators in the Marina for the America’s Cup.

Egg custard tart – Golden Gate Bakery

Egg custard tart Golden Gate Bakery

Buttery, flaky tart shell filled with warm, creamy egg custard.
Golden Gate Bakery, San Francisco

It took me 3+ months and four visits to finally get these! The first time I went, there was a festival going on and I waited in line but all they were selling (or I thought) were mooncakes! I got a pineapple mooncake and left but immediately saw that other people were ordering these from the back area. Argh! There was NO way I was going to wait in that long line again! The second couple of times the bakery was closed because they were on vacation. That’s all the sign said! It didn’t say when they were coming back either, lame! Finally, on the fourth trip I was able to snag a couple of these and there wasn’t even a line, score!

These egg custard tarts were worth it! They are probably the best egg tarts I’ve had! I’m not even a fan of these, but I really like Golden Gate Bakery’s version. The crust is super buttery and flaky, very different from others I’ve tried. And the egg custard filling is amazing! These tarts are larger than most so there’s a LOT of filling but I didn’t mind because it tasted so good.

Egg custard tart Golden Gate Bakery

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Vanilla cream puff – Beard Papa’s

Vanilla cream puff Beard Papa's

“Our original recipe custard discovered in Osaka, Japan and now made available around the world. Our vanilla custard is made with all natural ingredients and is abundant with the highest quality, imported vanilla beans grains available.” $2.25
Beard Papa’s, San Francisco

Mmm, how I love Beard Papa’s cream puffs.  And vanilla is my favorite!  The chocolate custard has a weird grainy texture that I’m less partial to.  The choux pastry is SO frickin’ light and fluffy and the vanilla custard is yummy!  The dusting of powdered sugar adds a little more sweetness.  I can only purchase one at a time otherwise I tend to eat them all, hehe!

Egg custard tarts – Clement Restaurant

Egg custard tarts Clement Restaurant
Baked in puff pastry, these “dan tat” are filled with a light egg custard.  Unlike Western custard tarts, milk isn’t normally added to the custard.
Clement Restaurant, San Francisco

Everyone in San Francisco always boasts about the egg tarts at Golden Gate Bakery in Chinatown.  Sadly, I have yet to taste one, but I’m confident I will do so soon!  Clement Restaurant’s egg tarts were light and the custard was silky.  Pretty good if you ask me.  If the tarts at Golden Gate Bakery are THAT much better, then I’m in for a treat!