Trung Nam coconut croissant: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 15
Expand your plain/chocolate/almond horizons: the coconut croissant.
Plain croissants are an indulgence that's fairly straightforward in nature: layers of whisper-thin pastry with a buttery buffering between.
Almond filling adds an element of sophistication; chocolate a certain hedonism. But coconut? Croissants stuffed with those sweet, tropical shavings are harder to find at most bakeries. Fortunately, Trung Nam is an exception.
Trung Nam has been brightening up a drab stretch of University Avenue with its baked treats, sandwiches, and soups for years, with its management somehow never having gotten around to removing the old Popeye's drive-in window sign from the side of the building.
Much like the banh mi, which Trung Nam also makes, the coconut croissant is a French bread with Vietnamese influence. These glisten with the faintest sugary glaze, which is strategically placed on the crust to make a first impression with the tongue. The coconut filling, too, has a just-sweet-enough quality, and adds chewy contrast to the croissant's flaky layers. Save your sugar--and caffeine--rush for the turbo-charged Vietnamese coffee.
Trung Nam French Bakery
739 University Ave W., St. Paul
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