As a foreigner in Japan, there are several typical questions that you’re sure to be asked. Alongside, “are you married?” and “can you use chopsticks” sits “what is your favourite Japanese food?” In particular, I’m constantly asked this by my students. In my early days I’d be answering, sushi, tempura and ramen. Now however; after having tried a fair bit of Japanese cuisine, I can wholeheartedly say my favourite is shu creme. These French-style cream puffs will be the death of me.
So what is it? According to the internet, shu cream is a Japanese dessert which translates to “cream puffs”. It is based upon the French Choix pastry where the puff pastry is baked to light and airy perfection with a thin yet slightly crisp exterior shell. The shell is then filled with a sweet and creamy custard. Prior to serving, shu cream is gently dusted with sweet powdered sugar.
In other words, a giant profiterole. Yes such greatness exists!
So forget ramen and sushi. And instead, shu shu shoose shu cream.