While my friend claimed to be "no flan expert," she raved about the Flan King from the Farmer's Market. I was excited to try the original and banana flans that she brought to book club since they sounded legendary. Perhaps my expectations were too high though, because I didn't quite understand the big to-do. Yes, the flan was yummy, but not necessarily more so than any other flan I had tried before.
Perhaps the most off-putting part for me was the consistency. This flan was literally as hard and thick as cheese. In fact, I took a slice of cheese from the plater and a slice of flan and ate them side by side to compare.. yep, same consistency! My other friend, the Cheesecake lover, didn't mind this at all. But flan, my fellow sweet-teeth, should have a whisper of lightness, a hint of a jiggle, a bubble of laugher somewhere in there. The Flan King's version, however, was impenetrably unyielding. It took no prisoners.
Someday I'll have to tell you about the flan at LaLa's on Melrose. Now that custard treat is one for the record books!