Monday, March 03, 2014

Having a Taste of Kusê’s Sapin-Sapin Crème Brûlée

Other than our love for Adobo and Sinigang, Filipinos are also known for their sweet tooth. Thus, kakanin—our version of dessert—is usually served on the table after meal. At Kusê, they give their desserts a twist, and among their specialties is the Sapin-Sapin Crème Brûlée.

Kuse | Lucky Chinatown Mall
Photo by Aki Libo-on
Sapin-Sapin + Crème Brûlée

Sapin-Sapin is a Filipino dessert made from glutinous rice and coconut milk. Its colored layers are what make it unique. In fact, the dessert’s name means “layered” in English. Crème Brûlée, on the other hand, consists of rich custard base that is topped with caramelized brown sugar.

To tell you honestly, it was curiosity that made me pick Sapin-Sapin Crème Brûlée among Kusê’s specialties. That’s because more than adding a twist to a well-known Filipino dessert, it is actually a combination of East and West.

Sapin-Sapin Creme Brulee - PHP 195.00
Photo by Aki Libo-on
It looks yummy on the first sight, and I also love that it’s topped with lost of caramelized Muscovado sugar. I am actually a fan of desserts because of my sweet tooth. So seeing tons of sugar over a combination of desserts is heaven! Moreover, the Sapin-Sapin Crème Brûlée is light in the tummy despite being a glutinous rice cake.

What I don’t like about it, though, is that the custard topping occupies a big portion of the dish. I didn’t see the colored layer of the Sapin-Sapin either. One more thing, it’s more of Ube Halaya than Sapin-Sapin. Although the combination of Ube Halaya, custard topping and sweetness of the caramelized Muscovado sugar is delightful to the taste buds, I still felt cheated. After all, the dish was named Sapin-Sapin and not Ube Halaya.

Served in a medium-size oval platter, you may say that Kusê’s Sapin-Sapin Crème Brûlée is a good deal at PHP 195.00. In my honest opinion, though, I must say that it’s not worth it. While the dessert looks and tastes like heaven, it would have been better if there’s really Sapin-Sapin instead of Ube Halaya in it.

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  1. Seems like there are so mny great resto to try at Lucky Chinatown Mall,this one is a must-visit.

    1. I agree with you on that, Willa. Since the mall is new, the boutiques and restaurants are worth exploring.