The Not-So Starving Student—Dessert Tour of Vancouver

The Not-So Starving Student—Dessert Tour of Vancouver

With Vancouver boasts eateries that draw people from all over the world and some of the most unique desserts in Canada.  I had a chance to experience this first-hand on my latest trip to the area.    Prior to arriving at our hotel, I had already made a list of top 10 desserts to try in Vancouver.  Some of the most unique experiences I’ve had include the following:


Korean bingsu or bingsoo is a dessert that has taken the world by storm.  The flaky texture of the shaved ice dessert makes you forget that you’re actually biting into ice.  The toppings are also endless and highly instagrammable—it’s a feast for the eye and stomach! We tried the Injeolmi Bingsu that features traditional Korean rice cake chunks, red bean, and condensed milk.

Location: Sulmida

Tofu dessert

Who said tofu had to be savory? This one tofu joint in Richmond, Vancouver boasts various exotic flavors of tofu dessert ranging from durian to red bean.  We ordered a durian tofu and a sesame, redbean-topped. tofu parfait.  For me, it was my craving for lightly sweetened desserts brought me to this hidden corner store.

Location: ITofu

Japanese cheesecake

Both Vancouver and Toronto can now boast the presence of Uncle Tetsu Cheesecake – a Japanese cheesecake franchise.  Having visited the store in Toronto, I paid a visit to the Vancouver store to discover first-hand whether there was a difference between them.  In Toronto, I ordered a matcha Japanese Cheesecake that was so fluffy and light I felt weight being lifted off my shoulders.  Japanese cheesecake is quite unlike your average grocery store cheesecake.  It is freshly baked and warm, initially, and melts in your mouth without the same density as a standard cheesecake.

Location: Uncle Tetsu

Oolong tea Souffle

This unique dessert featured tapioca pearls that decorated a light, spongy souffle cake.  This souffle was bathed in a rich Oolong tea cream that gave added flare to theusual souffle.  Biting into this cake was equivalent to my idea of biting into a cloud as a child.  The tapioca pearls were chewy and added a different texture to the spongy dessert.

Location: Bobii Fruit

Korean butter toast

Unlike your average toast, this beauty of a dessert has a matcha syrup filling inside the bread.  My personal love for matcha lead to our choice of a matcha powder topped bread.  The bread is toasted to perfection on the outside and spongy on the inside.  Whipped cream and ice cream decorate the exterior and add some creaminess to each bite.  Surprisingly, the matcha gave a slight bitterness that contrasted with the whipped cream and syrup filling providing a perfect balance.

Location: Sulmida

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