Japan’s caviar purin custard pudding – Weirdly wonderful, or foolishly fancy?

Japanese pudding, or purin, because it’s called here, is one in every of life’s great easy pleasures. You get a sweet and creamy custard base, a caramel sauce topping, and a smile in your face for so long as the flavour lingers in your taste buds.

But confectioner Maison de Purin, based in Hyogo Prefecture, is pushing the dessert envelope with some very unusual kinds of purin, and we’re trying a couple of out today.

Hyogo is slightly removed from our Tokyo offices for a snack run, but Maison de Purin offers its puddings via online orders too, and our box contained two types that we’d never even imagined before this: caviar purin and truffle purin.


They are available in fancy containers suitable for such gourmet ingredients, and we decided to start out with the caviar.


As soon as we opened the lid, the caviar was right there, sprinkled on a layer of white chocolates shaped like little lengths of macaroni.


Though it’s called the Caviar Purin, the white chocolate had the strongest presence for out taste tester Tasuku Egawa on his first bite. Underneath that front-end sweetness, though, the saltiness of the caviar is waiting, and there are also some tart notes from the bottom of sour cream that sits underneath the custard cream.

It’s way more complex than the comfort-sweets familiarity of extraordinary purin, but the mixture of tastes and textures (the caviar adds some stimulating grit) works surprisingly well. It’s an interesting, and unexpectedly viable, dessert, Tasuku says.

Next up, the Truffle Purin.


To make clear, when Maison de Purin says “truffle” they’re not talking in regards to the round bite-size chocolates, but the flowery fungi utilized in haute cuisine. At first glance, the Truffle Purin looks pretty near regular purin, because it’s a custard cream base with a black truffle caramel sauce on top. The colour of the sauce does look slightly darker than most purin’s, though.

▼ At 800 yen, the Truffle Caviar is 300 yen cheaper than the caviar.


But while it won’t look so unique, it’s a unique story while you take a bite. This isn’t just purin with a touch of truffle essence, Tasuku says, as the truffle flavor is amazingly noticeable, and as he ate he even became aware of a truffle aroma to the sauce that he hadn’t immediately detected upon opening the lid.


All in all, each the caviar and truffle purin tasted higher than Tasuku had imagined they’d, especially the caviar one. At the identical time, they’re each unique enough that they won’t satisfy your craving for on a regular basis, run-of-the-mill purin, if that’s what you’re within the mood for. When you’re in search of a wholly latest purin experience, though, Maison de Purin can provide it, and each the caviar and truffle will be ordered through their online shop here.

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