Aji WOW is my series of unusual Japanese food/drink reviews. 'Aji' (味) means 'flavour', and the name's also a pun on 'ajiwau' (味わう) - 'to enjoy the taste of'.
This time: red velvet bread pudding!
Okay, I cheated a bit this week. Bread pudding isn't exactly a Japan-only thing. But I ate this delightful concoction in Japan, so I'm saying it counts.
Yes, there's a candle in it. I got this on my birthday. Can't say for sure if that made the pudding taste sweeter, but it sure felt like it.
Red velvet is a mix of chocolate and vanilla. A lotta cocoa and a lotta buttermilk. And don't forget the lashings of red food colouring. Bliss.
I've been a fan of red velvet for a long time. There's a pub near my hometown that does a cake 'mashup'. Layers of red velvet cake and vanilla cheesecake stuck together. You can put on weight just looking at it. I'd managed to put it out of sight and mind, but seeing this masterpiece of dessert concotion brought that all rushing back.
The bread pudding texture was... more pudding than bread. That's not a complaint. It was lovely and squishy. A genuine, appropriately velvety feeling on the tongue.
I'm used to finding raisins in British-style bread pudding, but I really didn't feel their absence here. Mind you, I guess I technically make 'bread and butter' puddings. But if you haven't put any butter in it then you're doing it wrong.
Verdict: 10/10, it should be my birthday every day of the year.