Saturday, April 28, 2012

Tiramisu: the perfect dessert for coffee lovers

Tiramisu is the dessert that almost everyone likes and after any binge there will always be a space for a teaspoon of tiramisu. It is the most loved, the most requested, the most dreamed. Its current name derives from the Venetian dialect and is now considered a typical dessert of this region. Yet other regions compete for its origins like Friuli Venezia Giulia, Piedmont and Tuscany. Yet there are many little-known curiosities behind this sweet so loved! We'll tell you some.

It was a fresh October evening in Taipei, the metropolis, and Taiwanese capital. We came out of a restaurant after dinner, specializing in hot pots. The unusually livable temperature (25 degrees at eight in the evening and humidity at 77%) is an invitation to walk. After the inevitable purchase of the usual bubble tea, we find ourselves in the night market of Liaoning, in the Zhongshan district that remains open until one o'clock.

There are food stands and digital gadgets. Occasionally we find items made by one of the Taiwanese aborigines' tribes. We see girls of Chinese ethnicity and platinum blonde hair and muscular guys with tattoos. Workers at the edge of the market collect what is thrown away and load it in huge bags attached to the handlebars of old bikes. Modern scooters covered with thousands of LED lights whiz through the nearby streets. Ordinary people go by and do their business on the Taipei 101, the high skyscraper at half a kilometer that was the highest in the world until a few years ago.

Among the food for sale, we find caramelized tomatoes and unexpected kebabs. There is the stinky tofu, whose smell can be felt from ten meters and makes immediately go in the opposite direction. And there's a vendor of Asian-looking tiramisu. In a mixed English, and Italian, he answers perhaps adding something in Chinese Mandarin. Within two minutes, continuing to walk in the market, I decide that the tiramisu made by an Italian must be tried absolutely. We buy three portions.

I tried the pistachio-free mini gluten-free one. It was my tastiest minutes of the week! Soft, delicate, the pistachio does not overwhelm the coffee and vice versa. Thanks to the convenient single portion I tasted my dessert, sitting on a bench in the shop. It is abundant, comfortable to hold and allows you to eat it while walking around the city.

I think back to what he does. I do not know if he has a hand-made tiramisu production company or the "factory" on an industrial scale, or he prepares a few portions as and when he can. I only know that it takes courage to start selling something in a night market thousands of miles from Italy.

It's easy to say tiramisu! Who does not know it? Who have you never tasted it? But who could say who was his inventor? There are several legends that revolve around the birth of the tiramisu, who maintains that it was conceived in Piedmont by a Turinese chef.

Even earlier in time, it is said that the tiramisu was created in Tuscany, around 1600. But the regions in winning the paternity of tiramis├╣ are Friuli Venezia Giulia and Veneto. In fact, most attribute the paternity of the "tirames├╣" to the city of Treviso. The success was so resounding that it gradually spread throughout the Veneto region.

But why is tiramisu just like that? There are many stories that circulate about the name of this dessert. The only certainty is that it is a word derived from the dialect of Veneto "tirame su" (then Italianized tiramis├╣). The current name tiramisu seems to date back to the custom of serving this sweet treat as a tribute to some closed houses in the region. Thanks in fact to that combination of energizing ingredients it has always been characterized as a dish with invigorating and aphrodisiac properties.

The tiramisu was good, by the way.


Divya A said...

Looks very rich and delicious

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Felicity Grace Terry said...

If only one of the ingredients wasn't coffee - no matter how little the amount added I can always taste it.

Marina@Picnic at Marina said...

What a great way to start your day!

Ash said...

What a coincidence. I was just saying to my partner that I'm thinking of making a tiramisu this weekend!

Kala said...

That tiramisu looks so delicious, Kaylan!

Ann Jones said...

I love tiramisu, your pic looks mouthwatering! Yum!

Kalyan Panja
Kalyan Panja is a photographer and a travel writer sharing stories and experiences through photographs and words