It's the strangest looking creation, right? One you'd only find at a Chinatown bakery, alongside egg white custard tarts and spongy taro rolls. For $1.50, the tiger roll is a smashing good deal—one of the more memorable treats at the relatively new Hon Café in the heart of Chinatown. The four-inch long roll features airy light chocolate sponge cake hugging a cool center of sweet, soft fudge. Covering the chocolate surface is a thin layer of whipped cream and a yellow sponge—a touch firmer and cakier than its chocolate counterpart. The surface, though, is truly the oddest part. A peelable bumpy cover mottled in various shades of brown.
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