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Beard Papa Cream Puff

sgtoca Oct 24, 2007 08:46 PM

Wow, cream puff alert! Has anyone tried this new cream puff place that just opened in Richmond BC called Beard Papa, its a franchise from Japan and can be found in US and now in Canada. It is the best puff ever and I was wondering what others thought!

  1. sweeterpea Nov 21, 2007 12:38 PM

    We had some in NYC last week, and I was a little disappointed -- they were ok but not mind blowing. I tried the Earl Grey flavor, which was pretty good. I think go for the flavored ones. Mr. S thought the plain ones were a little bland.

    1. jay_kay Nov 6, 2007 04:26 PM

      Very interesting news, I will definitely have to check it out. That distinct sweet smell, I could pick it out from anywhere. I think the last time I came across it was in their outlet in one of the major departments stores (Hyundai?) in Seoul. When I am in Tokyo next month, I will definitely grab a bit at the Shibuya station store if I miss my Richmond trip.

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        twinkienic Oct 28, 2007 10:53 PM

        I stopped by the Beard Papa in Aberdeen today. The lineup was pretty long (3 lineup turns!) and everyone was buying boxes (limit 1 dozen per customer) but luckily I got through. Later, though, customers weren't so lucky when they ran out of choux pastry and had to wait for more to bake. They only have the original flavour (vanilla) right now. Light, fluffy, tasty! I'm looking forward to trying the other flavours when they get them, especially green tea and earl grey.

        1. ByeByeBaby Oct 25, 2007 05:10 PM

          I went to one in SF when I was last there; actually, I went there twice in the span of a few hours since I was in the neighbourhood. It's definitely an excellent cream puff, and there's something sort of awesome about the logo and presentation and so on. 'Twas an enjoyable stumble, indeed.

          That being said, there's a real limit to how much use a cream puff -- no matter how atounding -- is to me; given the choice between Beard Papa and, say, a good taqueria or an Afghan restaurant, or Carolina-style BBQ pit, it's no contest.

          1. John Manzo Oct 25, 2007 07:02 AM

            Arrrgh! Richmond?! I want to see this in Calgary- I had one in Waikiki and saw God!

            Of course if it opens in Calgary it will be at 256th Ave and 88th St SE....

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            1. re: John Manzo
              alex8alot Oct 25, 2007 08:24 AM

              too funny.

              sgtoca, do you know where in Richmond? My husband generally refuses to go there because the traffic is such a nightmare, but cream puffs may be incentive enough.

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                twinkienic Oct 25, 2007 11:40 PM

                I think it's in the food court in Aberdeen Mall.

                1. re: twinkienic
                  sgtoca Oct 27, 2007 11:50 AM

                  yes it is on the 3rd floor Food Court area of Aberdeen Mall. It's a nightmare lineup and parking can be a challenge there but trust me, it will be worth it alex8alot! Here's a pic of my last puff before i inhaled it.

                   
                  1. re: sgtoca
                    alex8alot Oct 27, 2007 10:06 PM

                    oh dear, maybe I won't even tell my husband... I'll just hijack the car once we land at YVR in December. That picture has me absolutely hellbent. thank you!

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                      yen Oct 29, 2007 10:54 AM

                      Alex,

                      This will probably get split to the home cooking board, but if you can't wait till December, I have a recipe that produces amazing results if you're interested, and it's very very simple. Unfortunately, it uses extract and not bean, which is how Beard Papa does it. Havent had a chance to experiment to get the right vanilla flavour yet with bean, but otherwise it tastes the same.

                      1. re: yen
                        alex8alot Oct 29, 2007 01:47 PM

                        yes yes yes
                        yen to the rescue yet again
                        although I am a little skeptical about the very very simple
                        by the way, loved the story about your name. pretty uncommon name, but I knew another in my past (shudder shudder)

                        1. re: alex8alot
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                          yen Nov 21, 2007 10:14 AM

                          BP Update: Apparently, the Beard Papa @ Aberdeen Mall is currently serving only the Vanilla ones. Chocolate and other flavours arent there yet.

                          Alex... check my profile and get in touch with me there. I'll get you that recipe.

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              yen Oct 24, 2007 11:26 PM

              Never been to the one in BC, but i've been to Beard Papa in Japan, Taiwan, and SF. They are amazing. Glad to see they've finally hit Canada!

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