I have a tendency to put my foot in my mouth. At a recent gathering of Marketmanila readers/friends, I boldly stated that I couldn’t understand why so many people kept trying to offer substandard macarons in Manila. It’s just one of those things that I think are best enjoyed on a sidewalk in Paris. Not sure if it’s the egg whites, the relatively low humidity, the quality of sugar, or the painstaking time they take to make them in Paris, but I am almost always disappointed when I have this confection elsewhere. Mrs. MM, the Teen and I did some serious macaron sampling a few years back, and wrote several posts on the top purveyors, see here and work your way back through the various houses that offer macarons…
So as dinner progressed, someone mentioned that Chris’ niece has just returned from France where she made macarons at one of the venerable patisseries that do them particularly well. Of course I was embarrassed and knew I should have just kept my mouth shut earlier. :) At any rate, I asked Chris to send me some macarons so I could try them and he sent a container of terrific macarons just before Christmas. I didn’t pay for them, just so we are clear on that, but I think they were quite fantastic and definitely worth writing about.
The fillings and/or ganache in these macarons were excellent, creamy and incredibly flavorful without just overwhelming on the sweet front. The shells were good, but as with all macarons in Manila, suffer a bit after several hours in high humidity. I understand these beauties are made the classic way, over a couple of days (presumably to dry out the egg whites to get that nice crust) and the effort shows. I still think the best place to have a macaron is on a sidewalk in Paris, but if you have a hankering for one in Manila, these macarons were an absolute delight.
The Tuileries Confections
0917-871-7123 or 0922-883-2908