Coco Puffs on the left, Cream Puffs on the right
We stopped by Liliha Bakery the other day and grabbed some of their famous Coco Puffs, along with some Cream Puffs.
The Coco Puff uses a Choux pastry shell, injected with a chocolate pudding filling and a Chantilly frosting on top that’s very buttery and sweet, with a sort of granular texture to it. Because they’re made in advance then refrigerated, the Choux pastry’s outer crust is a bit on the soft side. I’d prefer it more crispy, but they’re still good.
Coco Puff cut-away view
That buttery-sweet frosting is so rich, I could only eat one, but I’m sure there’s folks out there who could easily put a dozen of these bad boys away. While each one is a bit smaller than the Cream Puffs served at Beard Papa, they’re also considerably cheaper at 80 cents each, vs. $1.50 at BP. They also have them pre-boxed by the dozen if you’re looking for a treat to give that prospective business client or to share with coworkers.
The Cream Puff uses the same Choux pastry as the Coco Puff, except it’s filled with a custard and topped with Chocolate shell glaze. While they’re good, the Coco Puff certainly wins the taste contest.
Cream Puff cut-away view
My buddy also is very fond of what’s called Palm Leaves…
As you can see, the name comes from its shape. This pastry has an interesting combination of texture, being sort of chewy and sort of crunchy. Very buttery, with a sweet glaze covering it. It’s hard to describe the exact flavor, but I liked it. This would go great with a cup ‘o joe.
They’re located almost near the corner of Kuakina and Liliha st., across Pizza Hut
While the Coco Puffs may be their claim to fame, there’s also a very large selection of other delicious looking, fresh-made pastries, cakes and pies to choose here. They also have a full-service diner including everything from pancakes ‘n eggs to steak and potatoes.The bakery was very busy when we arrived. If you go, make sure you pull a number to be served.
I plan to return here and sit down at their diner for breakfast or lunch. The menu looked good and priced right.
515 N. Kuakini Street