Thursday, March 31, 2016

Xiao By Crustz @ Happy Mansion, PJ Section 17

Good vibes, good desserts: After nearly seven years of nurturing her craft with home baking & corporate catering, young pastry chef Koh Xiao-Ly has launched her own patisserie with her sister - it's a lovely parlour in Petaling Jaya's Section 17 (with a distinctive seating space that caters more to couples than clusters), focusing on petite but elaborate French-inspired creations that illustrate its friendly founder's flair & finesse. This is one place to check out for well-crafted sweets.

Xiao specialises in selections of gateau-style cakes & tarts that will evolve from time to time - highlights from her current Magnificent Seven include Le Cerf, layered with hazelnut dacquoise, moelleuex au chocolat & milk chocolate chantilly cream on a crispy-crumbly base, topped with a deer-shaped thin chocolate slice (RM16), one of the many photogenic concoctions that'll show up on social media in the weeks to come. If you're searching for a sumptuously nuanced dessert, try Goma Goma, an eclair with pleasurably nutty accents, irresistibly punctuated with creamy sesame ganache & hazelnut mousseline (RM13).

We like how some of these reveal unexpected complexities; La Vie En Rose is a delicately modulated, floral-fruity treat - sable breton shortbread cookie crust crowned with pate a choux dough stuffed with raspberry jam & sandwiched with rose chantilly (RM16). Also worth trying: Le Citron (RM16; an ensemble of the good stuff - sable, madeleine, vanilla lime mousse, house-made orange marmalade) & Earl Grey (RM15; a tea devotee's dream - sable, Sacher sponge, Earl Grey bavarois & ganache).

We have mixed sentiments about Pa Macha; the pate choux & luscious green tea creme diplomat work well together, but the final component of passion fruit jelly feels too dominantly tangy - it's interesting to sample though (RM12). The only one we'd skip is Le Fruit (RM13), a fruit tart with creme patisserie, vanilla mousse & almond cream, which tastes relatively nondescript compared to everything else here - but it's nevertheless still notable for its use of mint planted in Xiao's own garden. Wash down with Yuzu or Lime fizzy beverages (RM9) & purchase a jar of house-made peanut butter or mango jam to bring home. Xiao By Crustz is a labour of love, & it's done well enough that it deserves a following. Expect to hear more about this place.

Xiao By Crustz
B-G-6, Happy Mansion, Section 17, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Open Wed-Fri, 3pm-10pm; Sat-Sun, 12pm-6pm

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16 comments:

  1. another new things to try @ happy mansion there! Yeshhhh!!!

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    1. 小乱: yes! but uh-oh, parking is getting more and more difficult in this neighbourhood! :D

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  2. Can't say I'm all that fond of the cubicles, me KPC...would like to see other people, see what they're eating and what not...such a busybody, me. LOL!!! Awesome creations, very artistic. Beautiful!

    Is the name Chinese, by the way? If that's in Hokkien, it would have a variety of meanings depending on how one pronounces it.

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    1. Suituapui: haha, i kinda like the sense of privacy ... and i don't mind not looking at other tables of customers! :D hmmm, Xiao is part of the owner's name (Xiao-Ly), and Crustz ... well, i guess that's meant to evoke pastries, heheh :)

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  3. Too bad the seating spaces (which look very boxed in) don't seem to cater for groups :(

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    1. Contact.ewew: yeah, for larger groups, i'm afraid they'll either have to wait for one of the bigger tables to clear, or you can tapao to have in the comfort of home :)

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  4. The facade definitely doesn't looks like it situated at Happy Mansion! Those masterpieces are so elegant and delectable!

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    1. Choi Yen: ya, Happy Mansion is changing more and more ... it'll be interesting to see what other cafes pop up here ... and we couldn't resist ordering all seven of their beautiful desserts :)

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  5. Truly beautiful desserts....my better half would love this place.

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    1. Huai Bin: you'll both be pleased to hear that nearly all the desserts taste as good as they look (the only one i'd really skip is the fruit tart, but that might also be a matter of personal preference) :)

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  6. Make me feel like want to visit Paris! Hahaha.

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    1. CK: jom, let's go in springtime 2017, heheh :D

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  7. really nice looking place! Will definitely check it out :D

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    1. Ciki: and it's scarcely a five-minute drive from your place, ya ! :D

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  8. Hi Sean, this is Chaly, Xiao-Ly's sister. Many many thanks for the great review. Our little patisserie is very new in the retail business and are trying very hard to cope with the overwhelming response. As such, we have to revise our opening hours to 3-10pm Wed to Friday and 12-6pm Saturday and Sunday. Many thanks again and would appreciate if you can update our opening hours. Thank you SOOOO Much.

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    1. Cha-Ly: thanks for the update! ;) i've amended the business hours in the post. all the best with these opening weeks, and hopefully will see you guys again when you have a new batch of desserts ;)

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