It was simply divine. The soft flaky pastry puffs topped with slivers of almonds and sugar with a hint of butter. It goes very well with a cup of robust coffee.
The end result is something so delectable that I can just gobble it up in a sitting. Ever since that first encounter in 2002, I never got to taste it again until recently when a girlfriend bought it for me. She remembered I had mentioned this pastry before (must have been years or many months back - that is thoughtfulness/friendship for you). Some things are just indelibly etched in your memory bank.
The closest I had this was from the bakery at T&T Supermarket in Vancouver, Canada but it is definitely different. Maxim's is so much better. This is usually sold out by late afternoon at the bakery store in Hong Kong. It is that good!