Green Tea Mushi-Pan & Steak at Kahala Times

Thursday, May 31, 2007 7comments No tags Permalink 0

Saint Germain (Beratania Location)

3:00pm…this time, it’s not just my stomach that’s hankering for a snack, but also my mom’s! So we go to Times and Saint Germain in Kahala

Options are seemingly endless. And even after spending a summer as the bakery girl at their Ala Moana location, subjected to cruel management and poor pay, I am still effortlessly drawn to the baked glories of this Japanese bakery.

Should I get the mini epi bread with ribbons of bacon?

The raisin sticks look a bit silly in wrapped in the bags. But here’s a tip: it’s the first thing baked in the day, so come early if you want them hot, and if you’re really lucky, you might get them before the bags are all tied up (cause there’s still steam coming out). I used to split a bag with my grandpa on the way to school, and who wouldn’t want to start the day with a warm raisin stick??

Or an Ensamada, a massive buttery round crowned with sweetened whipped butter…There’s enough egg yolks in here to bring up your cholesterol a dozen notches or so, but there’s no better way to do so!

Coconut or Sweet Potato Turnovers…

Or donuts! But then I’d have to decide between an An Donut or the sinfully crunchy, yeast, sugar dusted Butterflake Donut…

Custard Long Johns, Spinach Quiche, Bacon Quiche, oh my! ;)

But alas, it was the green tea mushi pan I called my own, a little steamed sponge cake (still warm!) It’s one of the few pastries on the island that don’t skimp on the matcha, and man, this baby is sooo soft and light, but goes all creamy in your mouth!

And my mom! You wouldn’t believe this lady. None of the baked good would satisfy her at the moment, so she wandered to the other section of the market, where Times was doing their Monday Steak Dinners. But instead of getting a plate lunch, she told the guy she only wanted steak. And apparently, what my mom wants, she gets. So at promptly 3:00pm yesterday, it was my mom and I in her car, eating steak and steamed matcha cakes. Nothing like mother-daughter bonding!

  • Robyn
    May 31, 2007

    Stop making me want to go to Hawaii! IT HUUURTS! (.__.) (I actually looked up plane tickets to Hawaii…about $800 round trip…which didnt sound so bad compared to other things. But I must restrain myself. From the delicious…pastries..oh..ohohhh)

  • Kathy YL Chan
    June 1, 2007

    Robyn!I feel your pain, hehe! $800 is A LOT for ticket to Hawaii…but if the price drops to around $600, then you have no excuse not to come! :)

  • Deborah Dowd
    June 2, 2007

    Thanks for taking us along on this trip to the market. The photos made me wish I was there!

  • Yukari
    June 4, 2007

    Uwah~ I haven’t been to the Saint Germain Bakery in Beretania – only the locations in Ala Moana. In fact, I just recently sent in a job application. I have been hoping to work there because the smell of their bread is so lovely. ^^~You’ve worked there before? Is it really a bad place to work at? The only thing I’m worried about right now is when they’ll contact me. If I’m going to be rejected, I hope they call me to tell me so or I’d spend forever waiting. DXI love an pastries, but your matcha mushipan looks delicious as well! I will definitely go and try it next time I visit Shirokiya. ;D

  • hellokitty893112
    June 5, 2007

    OMG! I want the ENTIRE tray of an donuts…and everything else.

  • Tom
    August 18, 2007

    Oh, those butterflake donuts are like nothing else! I was at the Ala Moana location last month and I wish I could have brought some home (Oregon) with me.I miss Oahu so much (and not just the butterflake donuts). :D

  • anonymous
    June 3, 2008

    The green tea mushi-pan looks great. Still warm mmm.

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