Foodie Friday: Ketchup Chips


My husband found this gem in Canada. Ketchup chips: potato chips with ketchup flavor Okay, so I'm thinking this should taste good. I mean, fries and ketchup? An A+ pairing. (Although I have some friends who like fries with mayo instead.) Plus, I'm a bit of a ketchup fan in general. It's got to be my #1 condiment of choice. But ketchup chips, to be honest, don't taste ketchup-y. I'm not sure what spices they use to simulate the sweet tomato sauce, but the combination is not anywhere near … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday First: Kolaches


On my spring break trip, I discovered these pastry delights... Kolaches: Czech pastries They're soft, puffy dough pastries filled traditionally with sweet fixings. There were tons of bakeries selling these goodies around Texas. The more modern savory ones were stuffed with sausages or pulled pork. However, the tried-and-true types were dessert-like in taste. They remind me of danishes, but the outside layer isn't crumbly or flaky. It's a softer, pillow-like texture. Kolaches are great … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Ramen Snack


Tried out this new food craze... Ramen snack: crunchy, flavored ramen, eaten as an appetizer I've heard recent hype about eating uncooked ramen. Apparently, folks are buying crunchy ramen for snacks. This is not the typical ramen--although I've known people to eat those uncooked noodles straight from the bag. Now companies are actually producing dry ramen with different flavors and spices. The way to eat it is to smash the noodles in the bag, pour the flavoring in, shake it all up, and then … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday First: Bubble Waffle

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Tried out my first... Bubble waffle: poofy waffles that have raised bumps These are also known as Hong Kong egg waffles. Made using a special mold, they're soft and chewy. Often, they have extra hidden goodies inside the bubbles. My favorite? Mochi. See video below to see how to make them: P.S. I'll be doing a top ten list next week to go over my new blogging topics. … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Almond Cookie

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Almond cookie: shortbread type of cookie with almond flavor As a kid, we used to buy a box of these from the local Asian store. Those almond cookies were crisp and featured a red almond in the center. (The color of fortune? I don't know, but after one of my kids reacted to the food coloring, I skipped to getting more natural-looking cookies.) I once tried to make them in college for lunar new year or some sort of celebration, but failed. I couldn't get the proper buttery flavor. (Key … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Ground Peanut Cookies

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Ground peanut cookies: crumbly rectangular peanut treats This is one of my favorite childhood treats along with White Rabbit candies. I have good memories of sharing this snack with my dad. (What can I say? We're both peanut lovers.) It comes shaped in rectangles. Watch out, though! There are flaky layers that cover the ground peanuts inside, and everything crumbles at the slightest touch. It's like a Jenga cookie. Some of my go-to munchies come from pleasant childhood times. What about … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Ball Cakes


Ball cakes: little round sphere snacks What was our go-to snack in Taiwan? Ball cakes. These little spheres can be found in all Asian supermarkets. Although they advertise different flavors, they're all about the same. They have a little sweetness to them. Although the exterior is hard, they end up melting in your mouth. Lucky for us, we got a buy-one-get-one free deal in Taiwan! Have you ever tried these?   … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Squid Balls

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Squid balls: deep-fried squid appetizers Having a snack attack? Seafood to the rescue! Here's a treat that can come on a skewer or a plate. They're the perfect size to share with friends. The texture of the snack combines a nice chewiness with a slight crisp outer edge. Happy munching! What's your favorite snack to share? … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Yam Balls


Yam balls: deep fried balls of sweetness  These are simple snacks that offer a hint of sweetness. Despite being deep-fried, the outside should be dry and not oily. They're best when freshly made, with a soft but chewy interior and a crispy exterior. They often come with skewers, so that you don't burn your hands by touching their hot goodness. … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Dried Squid

Dried squid: shredded and seasoned squid, typically served as a snack This is a common packaged snack, which features chewy but tender squid. It provides an addictive sweet and salty taste combination. In tea houses, the squid can be stir-fried and served hot to accompany your beverage of choice. Pick up a bag at the local Asian store to satisfy your munchies. … [Read more...]

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