OMG A CHOCO CAT!!
Super cool. But wait, there’s more – this is a *fortune* cat. Yes, that’s right, like its cookie counterpart, there’s a fortune hidden inside this feline confection. How did I happen upon this lil’ guy? Allow me to back up just a bit…
I was on my way to sample one of my faaavorite Singaporean dishes (laksa, of course) when I passed by this cute row of stores:
The turquoise-hued storefront caught eye, partially due to the color (but really because of the promises of chocolate inside. Let’s be real here). I was curious to discover – were the chocolate shops in Singapore vastly difference than my NYC faves? In the name of “journalism” I decided to check it out.
A few products in particular caught my eye, such as this chocolate puzzle. Chinese (or lunar) New Year is taken very seriously in Singapore, and since it’s the year of the rabbit, there were rabbit themed products everywhere! I could see “missing” pieces being a very real problem for me if I purchased this puzzle….
I was also intrigued by the creative product names – hmmm, should I get the Penguins on Parade bar or the Ali Baba on Aladdin’s Magic Carpet with Puff the Magic Dragon snack? (I’m leaning towards the Penguins)
There was also a really scrumptious-sounding assortment of flavored chocolates:
as well as mouthwatering-looking baked goods:
Look at the little caterpillars!
And my absolute fave….the CHOCO fortunate cats!!
You can see I had the “fortune” cats as well as the “misfortune” variety (which were more like joke fortunes rather than actual misfortune, so not to worry!). These cats are modeled after the Lucky Cat that is so popular in East Asian cultures. Plus, my own cat raises her paw all the time, so I’m especially partial, ha!
I had a chance to sit down with owners Joshua and Sandora – they were super friendly, enthusiastic, and really knew their chocolate. When they offered to walk me through a chocolate tasting, OF COURSE I had to oblige.
The chocolate was superb, and I wanted to try some of the other products. In the end, I decided on the fortune cat (didn’t see that one coming, did you), and some macarons (another NoshGirl fave):
These definitely tasted as good as they looked!
I’m so glad I made a detour into Pave Chocolates. The store offers beautiful, innovative chocolate and dessert products in a quaint, inviting atmosphere. The high quality of the products is evident in each bite and worth every penny. If you’re ever in Singapore, definitely check them out!