Exquisite desserts and
breads at Le Mout's
By Douglas Habecker
Translated by S. Ying
40, CunZhong St, 1F, West Dist
Hours: 11 am-8 pm
Credit cards accepted.
No service charge.
Being named Asia's Best Female Chef in 2014 gained global fame for Chef Lanshu Chen and her flagship Taichung establishment, Le Mout Restaurant. However, quietly existing in the shadow (literally and figuratively) of that success is yet another of chef Chen's creations that showcases the things that she personally loves.
Located directly across the street from Le Mout, Choux Choux is a cozy, suitably French-looking gourmet shop filled with wonderful desserts and breads, mostly for take-out. However, a couple inside tables and one outside table also make it a place for lingering, perhaps over a cup of coffee or Russian/French Kusmi brand herbal tea and a sandwich or exquisite creation from Le Mout's Japanese-born, American-raised pastry chef Makito Hiratsuka, whose extensive international experience includes long stints in Spain.
When creating his various baked goods, Chef Hiratsuka, who makes all of Le Mout's bread here, uses top-end ingredients without any of the pre-mix or bread improvers popular with other bakeries. This means that his La Flute (larger baguette), for example, take 18 hours to rise.
Much like its Continental cousins, Choux Choux also offers flowers, wines and porcelain for sale, not to mention ready-to-eat take-home meals (in daily limited quantities) from Le Mout like Burgundy Braised Short-ribs (NT$290) or Home-made Rustique Pork Terrine (NT$150).
Note: Choux Choux will be closed Feb. 18 and 19, 2015 for the lunar new holiday.
Left: Among other baked creations are
the Croissant (NT$60), Hazelnut
Glazed Croissant (NT$70) and
Spiced Pineapple Danish (NT$70).
Medium: Over 20 types of freshly-baked
breads here include the pictured
La Flute (NT$100), Bourbon
Vanilla Flute (NT$140) and
Prunes and Macadamia
Right: When savoring Choux Choux's Caramel Chocolate
or Tieguanyin eclairs (NT$80 each), it's hard to stop
with just one.
Left: The unforgettably-named Eureka (NT$150)
has an equally unforgettable mix of pistachio,
fennel and green apple flavors.
Medium: Filled with strawberries, the MH
Fruit Tart (NT$160) is a flavorful
Right: The Matcha Chestnut and Raspberry and Rose roll cakes
(NT$250 each) go great with a cup of Kusmi-brand tea, like the
pictured Anastasia (NT$140/pot).