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Food notes: Richards Street take-away counter serves truly incredible vegan pudding

Married couple use kabocha squash, coconut milk and maple syrup in their vegan creations that taste 'rich like whole milk and smooth as raw silk.'

The Vegan Pudding & Co.'s 'truly incredible' vegan puddings are just that.

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The Vegan Pudding & Co.'s 'truly incredible' vegan puddings are just that.

Sometimes, the first sign of a mediocre restaurant is a hyperbolic claim plastered on the front door: “best ______ in Vancouver!”

However, in the case of Vegan Pudding & Co., I’ve found every word of their marketing to be delightfully true. Sora and Hiro, the Japanese husband-and-wife-team behind what they claim is the world’s only vegan custard pudding store, call their product “truly incredible”...it’s “rich like whole milk and smooth like raw silk”.

I couldn’t create a more accurate description myself.

Made with kabocha squash, coconut milk, maple syrup and a variety of other plant-based ingredients, this vegan dessert looks and tastes as creamy as if it came from an udder.

Husband-and-wife team Hiro and Sora at their Richards Street take-away counter.

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Husband-and-wife team Hiro and Sora at their Richards Street take-away counter.

Sold from a take-away counter at 422 Richards St. and a growing number of stockists, the uniquely delectable pudding is also organic and gluten free.

Eight flavours grace their menu, including Hoji-cha (roasted green tea), Roasted Black Sesame, Earl Grey Tea, Strawberry, Chocolate, Caffe Mocha and Matcha.

If you have to pick just one? Original Vanilla with caramel sauce stole my heart. Also worth a try is Hiro and Sora’s Vegan Creme Brulee, sweetened with maple sugar.

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