By The Sentinel
This article featured two of our On Havana Street restaurants. Staff writers: Kara Mason and Dave Perry highlighted Angry Chicken and Yum Yum Bakery.
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2680 S Havana St.
No need to keep saving for a trip to Paris for out-of-this-world pastries. A quick trip to Aurora’s K-Town neighborhood will keep you home.
While Vietnamese cuisine usually enjoys foodie adoration for generations of adaptation by French colonization, this Korean-French bakery wins hands down for improving on perfection.
Yum Yum offers a wide range of mostly sweet classics and novelties. Parisian macaroons are sublime, just-right chewy almond-flour biscuits with a not-too-sweet creme center.
In fact, the entire bakery expertly walks the line between sumptuous and saccharine.
Something you’ve never had and won’t soon give up are Korean based traditions with an astonishing French twist. Red-bean cakes never tasted like this. Impossibly light and crunchy, no amount of will power can withstand just one more bite. Likewise for something spongy and tender filled with yam paste. A puffy ball filled with what otherwise would be an unremarkable American Twinkie is a light, joyous lark of a pastry that will keep you driving back for more.
The shop offers a wide range of stunning cakes and pastries, sometimes variations on a theme, other times, totally beguiling strangers.
On the counter last week were fresh savory buns filled with potato and slurried meat, rolled in what appeared to be a crunchy Panko breadcrumb mixture. If you’re on the hunt for different, ask for them.
— DAVE PERRY, Staff Writer