Unforgettable desserts worth the trip


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Unforgettable desserts worth the trip

Sweet indulgences can be found everywhere; the most famous macarons are those from Ladurée in Paris.

If the words 'croquembouche', 'bee sting', and 'snow egg'* get your tastebuds tingling, you probably know your desserts fairly well. Whether you've been fortunate enough to try them yourself or have only seen them created on cooking programs such as MasterChef and the Great Australian Bake Off, as a connoisseur of sweets, you'd leap at the chance to taste them (again!).

For the traveller with a sweet tooth, innumerable dessert opportunities await. Whether you've got your eye on a once-in-a-lifetime indulgence or simply want to eat as the locals do, here are some delicacies to inspire your tastebuds and make your trip unforgettable.

Once-in-a-lifetime desserts

Some people seek out the legendary dishes they've read about in magazines, heard about from gushing friends, or seen on the TV. While world rankings, Michelin stars, or a famous chef might pique interest, sweet connoisseurs want to taste the proof in the pudding. Renowned dishes on the wish lists of many foodies include:

Sweet and simple

If a Michelin star restaurant isn't your scene and you're just looking for a local experience, there are plenty of signature desserts from around the world to satiate your sugar cravings.

Baklava is a Middle Eastern delight, and not to be missed when travelling in the region.

Spanish flan: For an authentic dessert experience in Spain you can't go past el flan - vanilla custard with a jelly-like consistency and caramel topping.

Italian gelato in every flavour: Enough said. Look out for gelatarias where the gelato is stored in vats below the counter - these are the best!

Beat the heat with ice kachang: a favourite for locals in Malaysia and Singapore, ice kachang (ais kachang in Malay Bahasa) is shaved ice topped with colourful sweet syrups, nut, redbean, sweetcorn and fruit - the combo will depend on your preference and where you go to eatviii!

American favourites: pecan pie, apple pie, doughnuts, cheesecake, whoopee pie - all delicious, you simply can't go wrong.

South American dulce de leche: a caramel sauce that defines South American desserts, dulce de leche is known in Chile and Ecuador as manjar and called cajeta in Mexicoix. This delicacy is tasty on and in anything - it'd be a crime not to try it when in South America.

Nutty baklava: a favourite across Greece, Turkey and the Middle East, these little pastries are filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrupx.

Marvellous mochi: Colourful Japanese sweets made from glutinous rice paste, with a variety of fillings - favourites include red and white bean pastexi.

Do you have a favourite dessert that you'd travel the world for? Share it with us and others on the Allianz AU Facebook page.

*If you're wondering… the 'croquembouche' is a tower of choux pastry and caramel, and a bee sting cake (the German Bienenstich) is a dessert with a caramelised almond topping and a rich vanilla cream filling. The snow egg, synonymous with Quay chef Peter Gilmore, now has a cult following after his signature take on the dessert was the finale cook-off challenge for MasterChef Australia season two (watched by more than 5 million viewersxii).


i The Fat Duck 2013, Tasting Menu, viewed 19 July 2013,
http://www.thefatduck.co.uk/The-Menus/Tasting-Menu/

ii The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2013, Noma, viewed 19 July 2013,
http://www.theworlds50best.com/list/1-50-winners/noma/

iii The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2013, El Celler de Can Roca, viewed 19 July 2013,
http://www.theworlds50best.com/list/1-50-winners/el-celler-de-can-roca/

iv The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2013, DOM, viewed 19 July 2013,
http://www.theworlds50best.com/list/1-50-winners/dom/

v The World's 50 Best Restaurants Facebook Page 2013, The World's 50 Best Restaurants, viewed 19 July 2013,
https://www.facebook.com/50bestrestaurants

vi Ladurée 2013, Histoire de la maison de macarons et douceurs,
http://www.laduree.com/douceurs/histoire-de-la-maison.html

vii Meryment, E 2012, 'Sydney goes mad for famous Swiss macarons', The Sunday Telegraph, 16 September, viewed online 19 July 2013,
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/sydney-goes-mad-for-international-macarons/story-fndo317g-1226474813457#

viii Ng, J 2011, 'Singapore's Favourite dessert: Ice Kachang', HungryGoWhere.com,
http://www.hungrygowhere.com/dining-guide/best-and-top/singapore-s-favourite-dessert-ice-kachang-*aid-f4613b00/

ix Duplex, J, 2012, 'Hot food: Dulce de leche', Good Food, 23 October, viewed 19 July 2013,
http://www.gourmettraveller.com.au/recipes/recipe-search/classic-dish/2009/7/baklava/

x 'Baklava' 2009, Gourmet Traveller, viewed online 19 July 2013,
http://www.goodfood.com.au/lifestyle/cuisine/hot-food-dulce-de-leche-20121020-27xl0.html

xi Simply Mochi 2009, Simply Mochi, viewed 19 July 2013,
http://simplymochi.com/

xii Quay News, Peter Gilmore's Snow Egg causes a sensation on MasterChef, viewed 19 July 2013,
http://www.quay.com.au/page/news__events.html