What is the name of this dessert at Mandarin Buffet...?
Whenever I eat at Mandarin, I always look forward to one rather unique dessert that they have at most locations. It is a sort of coconut cake with a consistency like that of a pudding or jello... it is always shaped like a bundt cake, but it doesn't seem to contain wheat flour.
It is very soft and light, and only tastes very slightly of coconut. I believe it to have either a tapioca or a rice flour base, but trying to find any information on a cake of this variety is driving me crazy!
Does anyone know the cake I am referring to, and what the proper name for it is? I have tried looking up coconut rice flour cakes and tapioca ones as well, to no avail.
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Does it look like a snowball? Like what is in this photo:
If so, it's mochi -- a rice flour pastry. Fragrant Bakery has some seriously awesome ones filled with custard. I'm sure there's a Chinese name for it (mochi is a Japanese term), but I don't know it. :)
Unfortunately not, but I do love glutinous rice balls as well, I make them at home all the time.
It does share a very similar level of sweetness to them, where it's not especially rich or overbearing.
The cake is shaped exactly like a jello bundt cake: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2443/4...
but it doesn't have the consistency of jello per se. It is uniform throughout, there are no layers, and it is a very snowy white colour.
This topic is breaking my heart as I love the Mandarin and am far away from it. Once my husband asked me where I wanted to go for dinner on my birthday and I said "The Mandarin" so we did---to Toronto from Chicago. For readers who don't know the Mandarin, imagine a Chinese buffet restaurant that is nice, with white tablecloths and real flowers. Imagine a buffet of 48 hot Chinese entrees, a Canadian buffet with prime rib of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, a grill buffet with steak and chicken and salmon and sometimes even lamb chops all done to order, a huge salad bar with shrimp, a stunning dessert bar, sometimes a waffle station, six kinds of soup, and ten kinds of ice cream. Their website has photographs. Several branches all over Ontario.