The international world of sweets is so fascinating, especially the further away you get from Western traditions. The 'strangest sweet in Boston’ experience i have had- was yesterday at Yi Soon Bakery in Allston. Not so unusual for the ingredients- I’ve had plenty of tasty vegetal sweets from India and the rest of Asia, and I love taro.... it was the composition that really threw me for a loop. I have no idea if this item has a particular story behind it, but here’s what it was>> Like most of Yi Soon’s light-as-air soft buns and cakes, this was a bun, filled with sweetened white taro. But why is it draped/wrapped in a purplish grey napkin?, I wondered. Well, that napkin is actually a sheet of purple taro something (think 1/8” thick sheet of marzipan) Maybe some taro and mochi/rice flour combination...? As a concept, it reminded me of Japanese gifts that are traditionally wrapped in a pretty piece of fabric. And this purple taro ‘fabric’ even had something of a ‘pattern’ on it (but maybe that was due to the makeup of the taro itself). Anyway, if you’re ever going to a “guess what this is” party, this is the perfect thing to bring along. You’ll win every time! How about you? Pig trotter ice cream? tomato cheesecake?
Yi Soon Bakery
112 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA