5 Inspired Treats To Celebrate Japan's Cherry Blossom Season
1/5Sakura berry mille crepes
One look at this dainty offering and you know it’s going to be delicious. Handmade crepes are layered with strawberry-infused pastry cream, and topped with sakura-flavoured chocolate ganache and dehydrated strawberries.
2/5Sakura tea-infused macarons
It’s hard to resist the allure of the crisp ruby pink almond shells that give way to an even more indulgent chocolate ganache infused with green tea and cherry. Give yourself the ultimate treat by pairing these seasonal confections from TWG Tea with its sakura green tea from the Haute Couture Collection.
Sakura celebrations are just as indulgent at the dinner table, evident in this restaurant's spring menu, which also boasts eight dishes inspired by the sakura. The sakura mochi—prepared kushiage-style—sees the soft rice cake paired with a creamy red bean paste filling and wrapped in cherry blossom leaf, and deep-fried to give a crisp coating. Even the highball here gets an aptly pink makeover, with the addition of preserved sakura blossoms and cherry garnish.
Kushikatsu Tanaka | 01-01B Clarke Quay Block A, 3A River Valley Road, Merchant Court, S(179020) | 6258 3789
4/5L’Orient sakura wine
The wine perfectly captures the aroma of spring in a bottle. It’s a blend of Japanese Koshu and Muscat Bailey grapes, and the addition of sakura petals gives it a welcome burst of floral notes. It’s light-bodied and refreshing, and perfect any time of the day.
Emporium Shokuhin | 01-18 Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard, S(039594) | 6221 4333 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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Chef Yamashita Masataka is a master of pastries, and we can’t get enough of his sakura roll. The pink-tinted chiffon cake is soft and fluffy, and the fresh cream is delicate but not too sweet. Probably the easiest way to satsify the need to indulge in the season and your craving for a good slice of cake.
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