September 28, 2022

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Cooking is a hobby

UConn student aims to ‘bring more dessert to Stamford’ with her new East Asian-inspired shop Shiro

STAMFORD — May was a busy month for Sabrina Yang, a rising junior at the University of Connecticut.

The 19-year-old not only took — and passed — her finals but also officially opened the doors of her first business: Shiro Dessert, which offers desserts and beverages rooted in East Asian culture on Bedford Street.

Yang, a lover of fine dining who is studying business management, said the menu features Korean sponge cakes, a matcha-flavored mille crepe cake and Hong Kong bubble waffle. She said she cannot bake on site, so the cakes are delivered to the store instead.

Growing up in Fairfield County, Yang said frozen treats like ice cream seemed to dominate the dessert scene.

“I just wanted to bring more dessert to Stamford,” Yang said.

She was also interested in making drinks. At Shiro, she said customers will find beverages “very similar (to) what you’d find at a regular bubble tea store.”

There are fruit and milk teas as well as lattes, sparkling ades and yakult drinks. Patrons can pick sugar and ice levels for their drink of choice.