How was it?
One of the stops on the Kinsgford/Kensington food tour that Lorraine organised (a few months ago) was La Paula's. We went there to try their empanadas, which you can see and read about here. After tasting their empanadas, a few of us decided to buy some sweet treats to take home. I decided to buy a few things to take with me to the Hoppers Feast at Smurfs that evening.
They didn't have any names of the items in the display, so I just went "I want one of this, one of this, one of that... one of that chocolately one, oh and one of those"! The main ingredient in all of these little treats is dulce de leche (which is sweet condensed milk which has been boiled/cooked to form a caramel like syrup). YUM! They ranged in price from $1-$3 (Trina and I were nudging each other - 'so cheap'!). The first one, pictured above, was two thin sweet biscuits with dulce de leche filling in the middle, and then coated in loads of icing sugar. Lots of sugary goodness, however quite hard to eat without the icing sugar falling off!
The next one was the same kind thing except the icing sugar was replaced with coconut. Deliciously sweet yet not overly coconut-y.
The next one I chose was looked quite similar to the others, but I was so pleasantly surprised to discover that it was actually more of a cake. Two sponge pieces with dulce de leche wedged in the centre and coated with dulce de leche around the outside. The texture was actually quite hard, but I really enjoyed it. It tasted like those asian egg roll biscuits that come in those big tins... (anyone know what I'm saying?!)
The three layered biscuit one was my favourite! I loved the flakey biscuits and combined with the dulce de leche, it was just so moreish!
The chocolate one consisted of dulce de leche sandwiched between two pieces of chocolate sponge. The was lovely and crumbly, even though it was a bit hard.
Lorraine tells us that La Paula's is quite a hidden little secret as most of it's clientele are native Chileans. People travel far and wide to come for their empanadas and sweets - a very good sign indeed!
The sweets at La Paula's were delicious. I'm glad that I was sharing them with other people, otherwise I would have probably overdosed on sugar and dulce de leche! If you're in Kingsford (hello UNSW students) and looking for something different of the sweet variety, just take a few extra minutes walk down Gardeners Road to La Paula's and your sweet tooth will thank you!
La Paula's Empanadas and Sweets
118 Gardeners Road,
Kingsford NSW 2032
Tel: (02) 9663 1041
Open Thursday - Sunday 9am - 4pm
p.s. happy 100th blog post to me! yay :)