The next time you find yourself in Shangri-La Plaza Mall, head to its 5th level in the new East Wing. Here, you'll find a really cool place where you can check out incredible varieties of cream puff creations + awesome coffee drinks too! The store's name--HAPPY CREAM PUFF--perfectly match the feeling you'll get once you've tasted their custard based cream puffs. I'm no fan of anything sweet but this one is something I could vouch for.
Established in 2006, Happy Cream Puff is an original concept store owned by couples Japanese businessman Haruo Yamagishi and his Filipina wife Maricel. Both are very hands-on with their business. Happy Cream Puff's first outlet opened its doors in Makati and many have already become loyal customers. So from a humble kiosk in Makati, they were able to open a bigger branch on the 5th level of Shangri-La Plaza Mall's East Wing expansion in February 2014. A lifestyle resto-cafe, Happy Cream Puff offers a wide variety of cream puff and other desserts as well as sandwiches and coffee. At this cozy shop, perfection is king. The Japanese are known to have a keen eye for detail, people always seek perfection. "Our clients know our products are different. We use only natural ingredients and we avoid all kinds of preservatives," says Mytch Alipio, Happy Cream Puff Manager. The claims are evident in their lineup of freshly baked breads, cakes, croquembouche, namachoux, puffs and other Japanese-French inspired sweets. Their croquembouche (pronounced as "kroh-kuhm-boosh") which literally meant "crunch in the mouth" is a must try--made of custard-filled cream puffs and stacked in a tall pyramid shape. It's an ideal present and a pretty good alternative to cakes. Best served at celebrations such as weddings, debut, birthdays and other special occasions. Their Namachoux (nama-shoo) is delicately soft and moist, while their Banana Nama Eclair is a scene-stealer.
So what makes Happy Cream Puff a great place to visit? I personally enjoyed all the petit cream puff especially the caramelized one. Each small, crisp, hollow round of choux pastry is filled with honest-to-goodness custard cream, freshly piped upon order and then topped with a thick coating of caramelized sugar or if caramel aren't your thing, there are 28 other different toppings for you to choose from: Matcha Cashew Green Tea, Blueberry, Sliced Almond Choco, Rainbow Sprinkles, Dark and Strawberry, Caramel Choco, Chocolate Chips, Coconut Choco, Sliced Almond Caramel, and Rum Raisin are just a few examples. It's actually difficult to choose the toppings because you're tempted to try them all at the same time!
If you think Happy Cream Puff's tad too sweet for your tooth, then you're in for a surprise. I don't have a sweet tooth neither am I a chocoholic, but I just couldn't resist these heavenly cream puffs. They've got just the right amount of sweets and they go well with an order of Happy Cream Puff's specialty drinks: for hot coffee enthusiasts, you'll never go wrong with hand drip coffee, cafe au lait, espresso, matcha latte, caramel macciato. For cold beverages, there's Happy Cream Puff signature blended iced tea, milk tea, banana, mango, or strawberry shake, caramel bean frappe or chocolate frappe.
I brought home a box of Happy Cream Puff's petit puffs (a box of 14). It tasted sooo good and sooo addicting that I didn't realize I almost ate the entire box in one sitting. Yes, that was how good it was. But a box of petit puff is basically meant for sharing. Each little piece of heaven gives an emphasis on the hard work that the Happy Cream Puff team had been doing--from its own unique taste and the flavors to the freshly piped cream inside them. The attention to detail placed on their product.
A trip to Happy Cream Puff is like a treasure hunt, with a treasure trove of kawaii delicacies and oishi puffs waiting to be discovered. Choose from any of their authentic pastries for a taste of Japanese perfection.
Happy Cream Puff Delivers for a minimum of P500 + P50 fixed charged delivery via 956-3147 for Ortigas, Pasig, Mandaluyong and selected areas only.
Happy Cream Puff is located at the 5th level of Shangri-La Plaza Mall, East Wing, Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City
Special thanks to Ms. Leony Garcia and Ms. Mytch Alipio.
Disclaimer: I am not compensated for this post. Opinions expressed are my own.