Zaku Zaku Technique Explained
My local coffee shop just started offering “Mille Fueille” and when I sat down to eat mine, I discovered they’d helpfully provided a little instruction sheet on how to tackle it. Because I’m a veteran fork user, I thought haha this is like the “how to use chopsticks” diagrams you get at American Chinese restaurants and I didn’t bother to read the tip sheet. Unfortunately for me, most “foreign” foods are copied in ideal form here in Japan, and the puff pastry layers were really crisp. I poked it firmly from the top with my fork and the cream filling squished out all over the place. Oops.
1. Take off the clear film wrapping and push the Mille Feuille over on its side.
2. Hold the Mille Feuille with your fork.
3. Cut it with your knife, in a way that makes a zaku zaku sound.
I love that I had to come to Japan to learn how to eat a French pastry.
Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, published by Penguin/Intermix.