Flan is a recognizable food, but it’s only very well known within South American communities. It’s more like a food with its own cult following. Without the classic appeal of apple pie or a slice of chocolate cake, it’s not on nearly as many restaurant menus as the other two desserts. Flan is a special case, because flan lovers actually have to go out of their way to find places that sell it. Typically, those places turn out to be ethnic restaurants.
16277 Laguna Canyon Road, Suite A
Irvine, CA 92618
Inkas specializes in “fine Peruvian cuisine.” On the menu is Peruvian flan, which they describe as a “national favorite” in Peru. The yellow round of flan will please lovers of exotic food. The owners are of Peruvian descent, and their goal is to bring the kinds of foods the women who came before them would have brought to the table in Peru.They put true “homemade” care into their flan.
211 62nd St.
Newport Beach, CA 92663
There are two locations for this café (the other is in Costa Mesa), and they both serve a nontraditional menu. They call their food “New American.” However, there are some menu items that are traditional, even if they aren’t a tradition of the America of old. Their flan is one of them. They call it their “Tradtional Flan,” so it seems they are trying to make flan an American institution. Their flan is sweetened with strawberries and powdered sugar.
Felix Continental Café
36 Plaza Square
Orange, CA. 92866
Just by looking at the name of the café, you can’t tell what kind of food this restaurant specializes in. It actually specializes in Cuban and Spanish food, and has a number of food items you might not find at a typical café. For dessert, they serve Flan de Caramelo, among other dessert choices. Compared to the rest of the dessert menu, caramel flan sounds like a middle of the road choice. The restaurant has dessert that is as generic as chocolate cake and as unusual as guava shells with syrup and cream cheese.
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Thuyen Vien Vegetarian Restaurant
1740 S. Euclid St.
Anaheim, CA 92802
This Vietnamese restaurant for vegetarians has only two dessert items: cheesecake and flan. The desserts are also incredibly affordable. The flan is only $2.95, while the cheesecake is $3.50. The description for the flan reads as follows: “Made with soy creamer and homemade caramel for a light, bittersweet treat.” Warning: People with soy allergies may want to avoid this restaurant and its flan. Besides being used as a milk substitute in the flan, soy is also used to replicate meats and is an ingredient in many of the items on the menu.
Amorelia Mexican Cafe
2200 Harbor Blvd., Suite C110
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Just look at the name of this restaurant to find out the origin of the food that is served. The menu here reflects the kinds of food found in Mexico’s Morelia, Michioacan. The website points out that Mexican cooking varies by region, and the food here is region specific. Where flan is concerned, there are a couple of choices. For $7, you can try the flan napolitano or the flan de coco. The flan napolitano is a traditional Mexican flan, while the flan de coco is a coconut flan.