i am not a fan of macarons. i had always found them too sweet, overpriced and overrated. so even after CNY baking early this year which left me with over 40, or even 50 egg whites, i was not tempted to attempt macarons. after reading many posts on macarons and people worrying about the little shells forming feet and everything turning into a disaster.
recently, however, lol. i don't remember how and why but i had a strange craving for matcha macarons. maybe i thought that the bitterness from the green tea would complement the sweetness of macarons perfectly and i decided to try one the next time i spotted a place selling.
well i was at Katong i12 the other day for dinner with some friends and i wasn't too hungry. so while my friends settled with their pizzas and lasagna at Gastronomia, i popped over to Obolo to pick up a green tea macaron. IT WAS SO EXPENSIVE. i was so shocked. i had expected it to be a little less than $2 for one, but it was $2.50 for one!! </3 ANYWAY, there was a sign at the counter which said to wait 5-10 minutes after removing from the refrigerator before consuming for OPTIMAL taste. so i waited 5 minutes.
it was GOOD! it wasn't TOO sweet and the green tea taste was strong. AND the filling was solidly green tea/chocolate. i'm not sure because i was convinced it was some green tea paste of some sort but the lady serving me told me it was chocolate. which brings me to the point that the counter ladies weren't very friendly. i guess they were KIND of friendly but i could feel them judging me for buying just one. lol. plus they weren't too knowledgable about the macarons when i questioned them on the fillings. :/
anyhow, i've been dropping by just to get that macaron fix ever since. and then i contemplated making some. so while browsing through blogs and reading, i started craving AGAIN. so this time i bought 6 pieces from Obolo and they wrapped it in a pretty box. picture shows 5 because i had one immediately after buying hehe. i bought 2 matcha, sea salt caramel, earl grey, sakura (limited edition flavor) and champagne at $14.20. but their site seems to be offering a discount at $12.50. hmmm.
i think the waiting for 5-10 minutes will make the interior more moist which should apparently taste better? i don't know but i think i'd enjoy it colder and less moist inside. somehow the chilled macaron downplays the sweetness imo.
in case anyone's wondering, no i didn't eat all 5 in a day. i had two yesterday and two just now, and i did up the post and drafted it as i tried. the last one left is the matcha flavored one. (which, is my favorite really) and i don't think i'll eat it now. maybe tonight or tomorrow. i don't think it can last later than that.