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Sadaharu Aoki (青木 定治 Aoki Sadaharu?, born 1 July 1968) is a Japanese chef patissier at the pâtisserie Sadaharu Aoki in Paris, France. He is known for using traditional Japanese ingredients and flavors in French-style pastries. His style is defined as a combination of minimalistic aesthetics with rigorous French techniques.
Each cake is a piece of art!
Chocorons are macarons coated with chocolate. They are colorful and original! The packaging is also really cute and makes it perfect to give as a gift.
The originality of Sadaharu Aoki
Sadaharu Aoki is often inspired by the classics of french pastry, to revisit them with Asian ingredients. These are a few recipes : green tea matcha macaron, black sesame éclair, yuzu tart (a citrus from asia), etc. The mix made by Sada of french and asian flavours is such a delight !
Thick green tea custard blanketed in soft choux pastry, painted with a thin coat of green tea ganache, perfect level of sweetness, perfect green tea taste. It is, simply put, THE éclair of all éclairs.
Bamboo is one of the most popular cake of Sadaharu Aoki.
Here’s a perfect combination of green tea and red bean.
The flavors are balanced, and the texture is varied thanks to a layer of praliné just beneath the red bean paste. The mini matcha macaron adorning the the cake is cute, and delicious too. – See more at: http://www.sugarednspiced.com/paris-sadaharu-aoki/#sthash.OSJFsRwi.dpuf
One bite and I was in love. Tender choux, not-too-sweet glaze, smooth well-balanced sesame crème, and that color . . . the crazy grey/blue/purple of black sesame bleeding into its environs. Amazing. The warm earthy nuttiness delivered by the sesame is unlike anything I’ve enjoyed in an éclair before.
The yuzu (Citrus ichangensis × C. reticulata, formerly C. junos Siebold ex. Tanaka; Japanese ユズ, 柚, 柚子 (yuzu); 유자 (yuja) in Korean; from Chinese 柚子, yòuzi) is a citrus fruit and plant originating in East Asia. It is believed to be a hybrid of sour mandarin and Ichang papeda. The fruit looks somewhat like a very small grapefruit with an uneven skin, and can be either yellow or green depending on the degree of ripeness. Yuzu fruits, which are very aromatic, typically range between 5.5 and 7.5 cm in diameter, but can be as large as a grapefruit (up to 10 cm or larger).
The yuzu macaron exploded into the citrusy flavour of yuzu in my mouth and it felt so refreshing. I had never tasted a macaron so fruity in my entire life. I love it!
Other Japanese flavors
Where to buy?
Shinjuku Isetan Shop
3-14-1 Shinjuku shinjuku-ku Tokyo
3 minutes walk from Shinjukusanchôme station (Tokyo Subway)
Open : Monday to Sunday 10:00 – 20:00
3-4-1 Shinkokusai BLD RDC Marunouchi,chiyoda-ku Tokyo
3 minutes walk from Yurakuchô station(JR lines/Tokyo Subway)
Open : Monday to Sunday 11:00 – 20:00
Tokyo Midtown Shop
9-7-4 Akasaka Minato-ku Tokyo Midtown B1F
3 minutes walking from Roppongi’s station (Tokyo Subway/ Oedo line)
Open : Monday to Sunday 11:00 – 21:00
Shibuya Hikarie ShinQs shop
Shibuya Hikarie ShinQs B2F
2-21-1 Shibuya Shibuya-ku Tokyo
Open : Monday to Sunday 10:00 – 21:00