Bangkok Post reviews
It's a choux-in
- Writer: Bangkok Post Editorial
- Published: September 6, 2013 at 9:26 am
Feeling like a big puff? Head to the Silom Complex
You can't lie about choux pastries. Their light crispy shell is in itself a dead giveaway to whether it has been kept overnight or not. On Silom Complex's basement floor, it can be tough trying to navigate and break through all that franchise clutter to get a really good bite, but rest assured that some bake-houses do offer quality choux pastries with a zing of their own.
Choux Creme, a blue and white stand alone which focuses on selling choux puffs, offers delightful fillings the market has yet to catch onto.
The staples are there like other choux houses _ vanilla, chocolate and green tea _ but what we really like are the less conventional flavours that really give a breath of new life into these mass-commercial puff balls that are about to flood the market.
To love is the Nutella and Earl Grey tea fillings, which are bigheartedly aromatic and have a more distinctive kind of sweetness than ol' chocolate would. You can catch both of these fillings on Friday. On weekends, try Thai tea fills, while hazelnut coffee and Skinny Vanilla is available during midweek.
Also impressive to note are their fillings from the past such as blueberry lavender, raspberry and lemon and coconut pandan, grilled banana during April's Songkran season. The drinks are not bad either and the apple Parisian Sparkler (60 baht) is a less circulated flavour of soda that's green and snazzy.
The cream is always freshly squeezed into the choux one by one in order to ensure the crispiness and prevent sogginess.
It might seem generic, but you cannot possibly imagine how some other places still cannot get the dough right and serve you a greasy mess, when cream puffs aren't even supposed to be greasy.
The original sized puffs at Choux Creme (55 baht or 250 baht for a box of five) have a cookie coat on top which creates a delightfully crispy crunch. The miniatures are at 35 baht a piece while vanilla ice-cream fillings are at 70 baht. They've also got the cream right _ you can tell it's not made from whipped cream or powdered milk like other places might try to get away with.
Owner Tanawat Damnernthong said: "If the cream is hardly cold when you eat it, that means it's been kept outside for a while and isn't as fresh as it should be. Fillings must be chilled or else it will spoil in the heat."
Choux Creme only has one store now so you'll have to head to Silom for a bite, but it's definitely one to keep an eye on, especially with their plans to have savoury puffs in the future. Our stomach is already rumbling at the thought of corn salads or spinach and cheese inside those wonderfully airy choux.
Earl Grey, Nutella and Vanilla choux.
Visit Choux Creme, Basement floor Silom Complex, Silom Road. Open daily 10.30am-10pm.