Foodie Friday: Mango Lychee Mousse

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Foodie Friday: Mango Lychee Mousse This is a really fun dessert! As you can see, there are yummy chunks of mango on top. There are even a few lychee bits buried like treasure on the bottom. The whole thing is actually really light because of the mousse texture. Unfortunately, because of this, it feels insubstantial, like you can't really taste the dessert part of it, just fruit. I'd have preferred maybe a bit of cake to ground the flavors. Overall, a visually pleasing dessert. … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Eight Treasure Dessert

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Eight treasure dessert: sticky rice decorated with 8 toppings I admit it. This is a really pretty dish! I usually think of sticky rice as part of the main course, but I've found it in a dessert now. The eight "treasures" are different fruits and nuts that go on top of the rice. Often, they serve some sort of symbolism (e.g. lotus seeds bring happy marriages). Inside the dessert is a sweet surprise of red bean paste. Although I'm not a huge fan of red bean desserts, this does have a … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Mochi Donut

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Checking out... Mochi donuts: mini donuts made with mochi and filled with cream I know what you're thinking...How can mochi be made into a donut? Well, these cute treats can be found at Mochi Cream bakeries. Instead of the usual outer dough layer, the donuts feature a covering made from glutinous rice. They must add something to harden the texture, though, to give it shape. Maybe a type of glaze? Inside, there is a flavored cream layer, similar to that found in a cream puff. Of course, … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Chestnut Cake

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It's been a while since I've had roasted chestnuts. They make me think of winter and Christmas songs. But I did go for some chestnut cake recently. Chestnut cake: soft pastry with chestnut paste It's a sweet offering that uses chestnut paste in the middle of soft doughy layers. The Japanese chestnuts used on the inside are a bit like sweet potato in taste and density. Thumbs-up! Fun fact: Besides being eaten by themselves, chestnuts can be incorporated in a Japanese rice dish … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Taiwanese Snow

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So there's no snow in Cali (except up in the mountains). When I want to cool down, I grab some shaved snow. Shaved snow: cold and creamy dessert I love how it has a silky soft texture instead of the harder quality of shaved ice. Snow seems to consist of almost ice-cream-like pieces that melt in your mouth. Yummy! How do you stay cool? … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Fried Taro Rolls

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Fried taro rolls: mini egg-roll looking taro pieces These are great as appetizers or mini desserts! They've got real taro on the inside and a light crispy skin. Not as flaky as fried taro puffs, they concentrate on providing the full root flavor. Fun fact: The leaves of the taro plant look like elephant ears. … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday First: Nitrogen Ice Cream

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Oh yeah, I tried that. Nitrogen ice cream: ice cream made under super cold conditions  I went and visited Creamistry, an ice cream shop that uses liquid nitrogen to produce its goods. Since it uses the quick chemical process, it ends up flash-freezing the batch of ice cream. It's actually really neat to watch, all mist and icy temperatures. However, the actual product itself was a let down. Perhaps because there isn't any slow churning involved, the scoop ends up being super dense, … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Paradise Cake

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Paradise cake: three layers of tropical flavor I'm not sure if this cake is labeled "paradise" because it's inspired by the beautiful island of Hawaii, or if it's due to the spectacular flavors in it. I also love the three colors; the rainbow spread makes me feel so happy! This fluffy chiffon cake boasts the flavors of lime, guava, and passion fruit. Yum!   … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Mango Sticky Rice

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Mango sticky rice: sweet dessert made with fresh fruit and coconut-flavored rice This is generally a seasonal dish, when mangoes are freely available. It's definitely a dessert, since it's got sweetened rice and ripe mangoes. It's a nice combo because you've got the soft chewiness of the sticky rice paired with juicy fruit. I also like the coconut flavoring of the milk, which gives it a tropical taste. Here's a recipe to make mango sticky rice at home. Fun fact: In Malaysia, they have a … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday First: Taiwanese Puff Dessert

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Well, I'm back from my trip to Taiwan, and I got to try this sweet treat! Taiwanese puff dessert: hollow, sweet ball Okay, so I'm not exactly sure what the real name of the dessert is, but it's known for its poofy appearance. There is a hollow cavity, but it has a slight molasses filling that clings to the inside of the pastry. The outside has a subtle flaky texture that crumbles easily. It's not an overly sweet dessert, but there's the hint of sugar that makes you crave more.   … [Read more...]

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