I have found these cute macarons at the Japanese Christmas market Jipango in Paris and was curious to discover if they were as good as cute. I took the pink rabbit (lychee flavor) and the yellow tiger (yuzu flavor, a Japanese citrus), there are normally others animals with different flavors (like the matcha tea frog) but there were not available. Victim of its own success, the Mayu pastry has been completely empty.
I have added panda shape biscuits and had my favorite Japanese green tea : the genmaïcha tea, a puffed-rice green tea. It is naturally sweet and so gourmet, a real delight!
It might be the most kawaii tea time but not the best one. Macarons are so cute but not really food (compared to those we can buy at Sadaharu Aoki, I have already talked about it here). Tastes are not distinct enough, I barely recognized lychee. It is maybe intentional, because with this shape, it might be made for kids? And the biscuit is a little dry and not soft enough. I will write down all the information anyway, in case you want to surprise your children or nephews!
Mayu pastry – Only made-to-order, no store – 2,5€ the animal macaron sold with two mini macarons
KIOKO Japanese grocery, 46 Rue des Petits-Champs, 75002 Paris – panda biscuits at 2,5€ the box of 38g
Empire des Thés, 101 Avenue d’Ivry, 75013 Paris (e-shop here) – genmaïcha tea, about 5€ the 100g
Enjoy your end of week, Xxx