Technically speaking, mango pudding involves no baking whatsoever. But if we run our bigger than our stomach eyes across the delectable array of predominantly baked goods at Spadina’s Furama Dessert Garden and they land upon a conconction that is neither cookie nor cake, well, far be it from us to legislate against such a delicacy. Especially if said delicacy is none other than mango pudding, that gelatinous and often unfortunately cool-whip adorned staple of Spadina Dim Sum houses and Hong Kong cafes.
Furama’s mango pudding is good, save for the ill-advised addition of what looks like Dole fruit cup fruit. That said, dollar for dollar, it’s a reasonably priced downtown snack, on a street where mid-day munches beyond Peking Duck and Vietnamese Subs are in extremely short supply.
Furama’s mango pudding, like Sky Dragon’s up the block, is firm, sweet and not a little weird. By contrast, Bright Pearl, yet further up the street, serves forth a mango pudding that is slightly more wobbly, but comes pressed into the shape of a cloyingly sweet heart.
If Torontoist was forcibly interred on a desert (dessert?) island, and we could bring only one incarnation of Spadina Street mango pudding with us, we’d vote Furama. It’s cheap ($1.50), it’s solid, and the awful chemical cream garnish can be removed with one deft flick of the spoon.
Next week we’ll return to your regularly scheduled programming – cookies, cakes and confections.