Foodie Friday: Chè

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My first... Chè. I've decided to not just write about dishes from cultures I'm associated with--American, Chinese, Malaysian, and Taiwanese--but also to reveal new foods that I'm discovering. Here's my first foray into the unknown. Chè: a Vietnamese dessert; exotic fillings in a milky bath, often served cold               This is a refreshing drink, perfect for the heat wave we've been experiencing (I blame you, Santa Ana … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Sea Salt Drinks

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Sea salt drinks: beverages topped with sea salt, typically using tea or coffee That's right. Salty coffee and tea is all the rage in Taiwan. Introduced by the chefs at 85C Bakery Cafe (85°C  is supposed to be the ideal temperature at which to brew coffee), the salty foam on top of the beverage encourages sequential tasting. In fact, it's supposed to appeal to multiple taste buds, providing a fuller drinking experience. The flavors your tongue longs for are: sweet, sour, bitter, salt, … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Tea

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Tea: a beverage made from pouring hot water over cured leaves of the tea plant My thoughts have turned to tea this Friday, thanks to a recent online chat with +Amy Pabalan. Now that Daylight Savings has made the evenings darker, I'm looking forward to a cup of the steaming beverage. Tea comes from an evergreen plant, camellia sinensis. The top 1-2 inches of the plant are picked and used to brew tea. Tea can range in color from white to black, depending on how long the leaves are left to … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Giant Boba

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Giant boba: tapioca found in the world's largest cup of milk tea In honor of my love for the bubble drink, I've dedicated today's post to one huge cup of milk tea. I didn't actually drink this one, but I marveled at its size at the 626 Night Market this past weekend. Check out this video to see how they assembled the 5-inch balls. On a side note, I did purchase a similar but more consumable beverage and discovered white tapioca balls! They're the same size and shape as the black ones, but … [Read more...]

It’s All About the Food

Sihk Chat Gam Sihk: eat and drink as much as you canIt is believed that seven days after a man dies, his ghost returns to visit his kin.  On that day, ritual ceremonies are performed by a monk ("jouh chat").  The routine repeats on each subsequent seven-day cycle until the 49th day when family and friends gather together and eat a vegetarian meal of seven dishes.  They can eat and drink as much as possible without paying.  This is known as Sihk Chat Gam Sihk.  During our recent trip to … [Read more...]

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