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.
I am pretty sure you are describing coconut pudding. At most dim sum places it comes in squares, not bundt shape. The texture can vary from very springy, bouncy (this is made using agar agar) to very creamy (this means that there is a good portion of dairy or coconut milk). The Mandarin version is most likely on the bouncy side...don't think ther is a lot of coconut milk in there.
This thread maybe of interest