Will anyone ever tire of macarons?
What is it about macarons that send so many of us crazy? I have to admit that I am not super macaron crazy. I like this stuff but unless it is macarons from Zumbo or Duncan’s, it is hard to send me goo goo gaa gaa. I have no obsession with macarons and I am not one to hunt them down. So it took me awhile to get to LuxBite. And one of the reasons that made me get off my ass and trek across the river is its infamous kaya flavoured macaron!
Yen and Bernard are both Malaysians that have done good both in Sydney and Melbourne. Totally inspired by pâtisseries in Europe and Japan, they decided to crave a name for themselves in Melbourne and perhaps, Australia. Allow me to take you on a beautiful and sweet journey at LuxBite.
This is the meringue tower that was also seen on Oprah’s Australian Adventure. It was on a baby shower that Oprah threw for a local Melbourne mum, Catherine Shranks. Lucky mum and baby! This also reminded me of a biscuit that I love as much as a kid. The plain round biscuit with just sugar icing on top. I remember that I used to remember biting the sugar icing off first and then popping the biscuit into my mouth. I am many Singaporeans and Malaysians will recall this little sweet biscuit?
I really want to have a bit into this Black Forest St. Honore
And this strawberry tart……
And I must have this Ferrero Rocher cake! My photo does it no justice. Sorry. Too busy drooling.
Where are the macarons you ask? There were 16 usual flavours to choose from – Blueberry, Rose & Lychee, Milk chocolate, Passionfruit, Kaffir lime, Raspberry & white chocolate, Sicilian pistachio, salted caramel. strawberry cream, pina colada, watermelon yoghurt, chocolate & cherry, peanut butter & jelly, kaya toast, black sesame, match azuki (green tea & red bean).
And some flavours change according to season and so does the dessert. Faithful patrons will then return for new and exciting flavours. These 4 flavours below were made especially for Australia Day celebration. Thumbs up for the courage to have a vegemite on toast flavour. Unless you love vegemite, this isn’t for you. We also tried the Rocky Road macaron and I love the addition of a mini marshmallow in the middle. Very playful. Just like the 2 owners!
Mister and I brought home some macarons for our own consumption.
So what did I think of the kaya flavoured macaron? This kaya recipe was a hand me down from Bernard’s grandfather and I think he did him proud. There are a couple version of kaya. One that is more pandan and coconut flavour and the other that has a more caramel flavour. I believe that this is the latter.
I have to thank both Yen and Bernard for their sweet and very delightful present. They were very kind to prepare a dark choc delice , peanut brittle, gold dessert for me to take away. It was so pretty with gold leafs but it did not travel well. Opps! But you have to take my word that is super delicious. I love the super creamy and rich chocolate delice. And the peanut brittle was nicely roasted, nutty and deeply caramel. A small piece of this chocolate delight is enough to send me to heaven.
LuxBite is open every other day except Tuesday. They are daring with flavours and daring to try new things. They do not stinge on packaging. Every piece is treated with care like a piece of jewel. Yen and Bernard are young and they are following their dream. In many ways, I am so envious that I am still desk bound and not courageous enough for a seachange. Where and when is my tipping point?
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