Foodie Friday: Tebasaki

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Tebasaki: crispy fried wings These fried wings are known for their crispy skin. They're also marinated in all sorts of spices. The ones I tried were from Sekai no Yamachan. Their secret sauce combines soy sauce with other ingredients (perhaps garlic?) and a notable kick from pepper. The restaurant also uses special natural salt from Jiangsu Province, China to add flavor to their chicken. Tebasaki is a nice snack or appetizer that is part of the izakaya (Japanese pub) style of food. I like … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Matcha Crisps

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Matcha crisps: green tea-flavored cookies For regular followers of my blog, it's no surprise that I'm a green tea lover. My wonderful dad (so sweet!) picked up a package of matcha crisps on his recent visit to Malaysia. If you look closely at the pic, you'll see a "Penang" sticker. These are not British crisps, which are akin to potato chips. I think they're more like cookies. Here are my favorite attributes about them: Not too sweet (it's more of a snacking food) Balanced between … [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: Ketchup Chips

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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

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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

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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

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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...]

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