Cake-Ya had been long on our list of places to visit. Actually, it was more on Suanne’s list because truthfully, I am indifferent to desserts and sweet stuff.
This would have been a perfect place for her cake meet but since this place is over 1.5 hours drive from Richmond and back, that pretty much rules out this place for her cake meets. So who do you think she looks at to accompany her there?
We would not have gone to this place recently if not because we had to drive Nanzaro to Port Coquitlam for his scholarship interview. Nanzaro is trying to snag a precious spot for a six week scholarship training in Ontario this summer. He seems confident he will get it and if he does and if we can figure out something for Arkensen, Suanne and I will have our summer vacation this year!
The name of this place Suanne wanted to go to is called Cake-Ya. Simply put, this place can be sort of called Cake House … sort of because “ya” means house in Japanese.
Jenny (My Secret Eden) was the one who alerted us to Cake Ya in this post on Kurumba in Port Moody. We would not have found it on our own not only because it is located in Port Moody, but it is on Clarke Street which is not a main route that many would take at all. Even when we had the address, we missed this place because the signage is so small.
I thought this place would have been bigger but it’s just a small two person bakery type of operation with an open kitchen in full sight.
The whole place is sparsely decorated with a small counter for retail sales. What they offer is simply all you see above. What they are famous for is the Cream Caramel and a few other cakes — all of them Japanese style.
The two Japanese ladies who worked there were polite and friendly. They told us that they don’t really sell a lot of their food in the store but people do come here for them. Most of what they make is sold all over the city. When we told her that we are from Richmond, she told us we can get them from Izumiya … and for the same price too.
The above is what they are famous for. In English they call this Caramel Cream.
In Japanese, this is called purin. I think perhaps that the name purin is sort of translated from the English word … pudding. Anyone who knows Japanese who can confirm this for me?
They have a total of six flavours:
- Black sesame,
- Milk tea
We got two of each flavours except for Cheese which they did not have on that day. Each of these are about $2.50 each. I find it expensive because I *think* they are easy to make and that the ingredients nothing special.
These creme caramel are steamed unlike the western way of baking. It is apparent because it came in a plastic container. There is a liquid-y syrup at the bottom of the cup.
The purin is silky smooth. Suanne likes that it is not too sweet and it is also lighter. We scooped the pudding using a spoon and then had to dig deep down into the cup to get to the liquid-y syrup.
I thought that something is not right having to dig into the cup.
So I did some research. There you go. I learn new things everyday. LOL!
And I found another youtube that has a huge jiggly purin. Gosh, this must be awesome to eat. I hope Suanne will make a giant purin at home some day
*nudge, nudge, wink, wink*
Even the pokemon has a character called purin, whose English name is JigglyPuff.
Gosh it took me so long to locate it but I found it. JigglyPuff is on the second row, 14th from the left. If you care to see how JigglyPuff looks like, click on the picture above to blow it up.
Only kids of the current generation would know these characters! When I was a kid, all I ever played was marbles and Ultraman was the high-tech superhero.
Cake-Ya also has cakes.
Suanne has a soft spot for cheesecakes. If you want Suanne to help you with anything, all you have to do is to give her a nice cheesecake and she cannot say no. Don’t believe me, try it for yourself. LOL!
The cheesecake is $5.25. It is not too sweet, not too rich nor is it too heavy. The texture was creamy. She likes it but to me it was just so-so.
Ya, you don’t have to drive all the way to Cake-Ya for the purin in future. Just head to Izumiya on Alderbridge and No 3 Road in Richmond. They are available in many other places too but you gotta call them for a place nearer to where you live.