Foodie Friday: Mango Lychee Mousse

lychee mango mousse

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 First: Durian Ice Cream

durian ice cream

Tried out… Durian ice cream: creamy, powerful-tasting ice cream You can smell this “king of the fruits” from a mile away. There’s a certain almost rotting quality to the stench. It makes you want to crinkle your hose. It’s hard to describe the durian taste—a mouthful of flavor that hits you in the stomach; an earthy, pungent flavor. But I figured that would be reduced in ice cream. Nope. It’s still got super intense taste (and smell). Thankfully, it was tempered by the egg … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Mango Sticky Rice

mango sticky rice

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: Grapefruit Green Tea


Grapefruit green tea: yep, grapefruit juice mixed with tea Let me tell you. On a beautiful summer day (first day of summer = June 20th), there's nothing more desired than a glass of something refreshing. My latest fave? Green tea mixed with grapefruit juice. It's a great combo of tart and sweet. I guess it's a bit like an Arnold Palmer--but more Asian-style. Cheers!   … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Guava


Guava: fragrant and musky tropical fruit Taiwan has a pretty tropical climate, so it's no wonder that I got to eat many different kinds of fruits there. (As an aside, it was so warm and humid that I sometimes didn't wear a coat, and people gave me strange looks during my visit.) A lot of relatives offered me guava on my trip. Confession: I first ate guava in Hawaii and never got used to the taste. It has a very overpowering flavor when it's super ripe. The scent fills up your … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Persimmon


Persimmon: a light orange, sweet fruit Fall has beautiful bursts of color. I love the tangerine look of Fuyu persimmons. They remind me of tiny little pumpkins, and I'm always glad when this fruit is in season. I also have great memories of eating them with my dad. If you haven't tried them, this type of persimmon offers a crisp flesh. (The softer variety is better for baking cookies, though!) It's pear-like in its texture, but with a stronger sweet flavor. The sugar factor is less than a … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday First: Golden Kiwi

golden kiwi

I tried the delicious... Golden kiwi: sweet, yellow kiwi  This is the sweeter version of its green counterpart. The flesh of the fruit is not as tart, and the skin is a more delicate thickness. (The outside is also less hairy!) While green and golden kiwis share similar nutritional profiles, there are some slight differences. Golden kiwis have more vitamin C and folate. Green kiwis have more dietary fiber. Golden kiwi has a shorter storage life, which makes it difficult to find in … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Dragon Fruit

dragon fruit

Dragon fruit: tropical fruit with a scaly red exterior and white flesh inside I love the vibrant color of dragon fruit. It's often a deep red, with scales that remind you of a dragon. Once you slice inside it, there's a white flesh speckled with black seeds. Despite its showy nature, the actual fruit tastes very bland. It can be likened to a kiwi, with its similar look, but it's not as sweet. It's part of the cactus family and offers a boost of nutrients, including fiber, vitamin B, and … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Pineapple Fried Rice

pineapple rice

Pineapple fried rice: classic rice dish with tropical overtones Craving an exotic twist to simple fried rice? Layer some pineapple on top and voilà! Here are some fun pineapple facts: Name comes from its resemblance to the pine cone Produces beautiful flowers, ranging various shades of purple and red Sailors carried it to prevent scurvy Area near the base of the fruit is sweeter and more tender Dole Plantation's Pineapple Garden Maze is the world's largest maze The first … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Mango Cake

mango cake

Mango cake: a light cake with mango filling and topped with the fruit Sometimes my kids go through seasonal fruit preferences. It used to be pears, then peaches. This year, it's mangoes. The tropical fruit is bright and colorful, exotic in its hues. It's also got tasty flesh that's very sweet, and they love biting the cubes off the skin. There are different varieties of mangoes. Here are a few that I've tried: Alphonso mango: grown in India, these display a yellow skin. They taste very … [Read more...]

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