New York Hipsters Are Obsessed With A Dessert Malaysians Have Been Eating All Their Lives
Minimalistic, vegan, and calorie-free - these are the qualities that probably made the Raindrop Cake such a Instagram-worthy hit when it made its debut in hipster capital Brooklyn, USA last week
Sold at US$8 (RM31.40) apiece, the cake - which is shaped like a gigantic raindrop - is made out of natural spring water and agar, a vegan substitute for gelatin. The flavourless cake is served with black sugar syrup and roasted soy flour.
The refreshing dessert was created by digital marketing strategist Darren Wong, who was inspired by the Mizu Shingen Mochi from Japan. Wong had initially predicted that the cakes will eventually make its way to the US but ultimately decided to make the cakes himself when it didn't happen.
While its shape and texture has been compared to silicone implants, culinary connoisseurs are impressed with the light and delicate texture, praising it for its refreshing watery yet mildly sweet taste
Its creator describes the experience as one of "refreshment and renewal and clarity that has a happy symmetry with spring showers". Fancy.
Here's the thing - New Yorkers are queueing up to pay RM31.40 for a dessert most of us have eaten and probably made ourselves! In fact, agar jelly cups are typically sold by local vendors at RM1 to RM3 per cup.
Okay, maybe it's not as clear as the Raindrop Cake, but not everyone knows where to get "natural spring water" y'know.
Even better, they are available in all shapes and sizes with various colours and even combined with coconut milk!
So don't fret, Malaysians. You're definitely not missing out on the Raindrop Cake... because we have much better (and cheaper) agar jelly!