Kusina Filipino Bakery Now Open in Charleston, SC
Okay, technically Kusina is a Filipino food store that also operates as a bakery. And technically they are in Goose Creek (just a couple of blocks from where our favorite Brazilian bakery used to be). And technically I haven't actually been to Kusina, but I did get to try a couple of their baked goods this weekend.
We enjoyed both Kusina's ensaymada and mamon. Ensaymada is a sweet, buttery, light brioche topped with margarine/butter, sugar, and grated cheese. If you're not familiar with this, it may sound kind of weird, but when you eat it, it all makes sense. Mamon is a very light, moist sponge cake. Kusina makes their mamon in both mocha and ube (purple yam) flavors. Both the ensaymada and mamon were among the best I've had.
Other baked goods that Kusina makes (but we haven't tried yet) include pandesal (a yeast bread roll coated in fine bread crumbs), pionono (like a jelly roll), pichi-pichi (casava cake), Spanish bread (a sweet, cylindrical bread roll), and kutchinta, espasol, and puto (all different types of sweet rice cakes).
The Philippines is arguably the Asian country with the strongest baking tradition, and from what I sampled that expertise is on full display at Kusina. This is definitely a "must-try" for anyone who loves breads and pastries, especially ones with an Asian flair.
I'll write more when I have a chance to visit the store and/or sample more items.
More info here:https://www.facebook.com/kusinagoosec...
Ahh! I'm jealous! We in Raleigh, NC don't have anything that compares. Back when I lived in LA we had a very large Filipino presence and a few bakeries where some coworkers used to pick up birthday cakes for the office parties. If you ever get a chance to try it, there's a mocha cake with crunchy little bits of candy throughout the icing. It is phenomenal and unlike anything you typically get in a bakery in the US. I hope this place does well and decides to venture north a bit to expand, lol.