Foodie Friday: DIY Boba

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Okay, as you well know, I'm a fan of boba. (See this previous post for my explanation and to watch the Bobalife video!) Anyway, there are now chains popping up with an all-you-can-eat style. That means you pick a tea and add whatever ingredients you want. You can go crazy with bobas, jellies, puddings, etc. My plan of action was to choose, say, three ingredients at the most. Nope, went way overboard! Here's the result: I like the idea of getting more bang for your buck. In the end, … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Teh Tarik

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Teh Tarik: pulled milk tea I heart this Malaysian staple. There's nothing like a frothy cup of tea to make me feel all cozy. It's also a simple recipe that lists only black tea and condensed milk as ingredients. The tea is supposed to be poured back and forth between containers to make those yummy bubbles on top of the beverage. Fun fact: Teh tarik is considered the national drink of Malaysia. … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Green Tea Latte

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Green tea latte: green tea mixed with warm milk I'm a huge fan of green tea. I like its lighter taste, as compared to its more bitter and darker counterpart. Also, I enjoy knowing that I'm feasting on antioxidants. My new cold weather favorite? Green tea latte. I can't find this in all the cafes I frequent, but when I do, I like to splurge. There's something comforting about a warm mug and sipping the frothy drink. I especially relish the creaminess of the milk (although, truth be told, … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday First: Popping Boba

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I've had plenty of boba before. However, I had yet to try popping boba until now. Popping boba: balls that pop with juice They're still ball-shaped. Instead of having a chewy center, though, the inside is filled with juice. (Mine was lychee.) Once you chew down on one, the liquid pops out. It's like crunching on a bubble. The skin is super thin, and it's very light in terms of texture. I'm still inclined for the more interesting chewiness of regular tapioca balls, but it's kind of fun … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Green Tea Kit Kat

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Ready for Halloween? I've got my stash of green tea Kit Kat. Green tea Kit Kat: Kit Kat bars with green tea cream coating I found this batch at the local Japanese store. So every year, I see this vibrantly colored bag and think I've gotten exactly what I want: green tea + chocolate + crunchy wafer. And I get fooled all the time because there's no chocolate in these! What? Once I get over this surprise, it's still a pretty cool candy. Especially if I want matcha flavor with a crunch. It's … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Pudding in Tea

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Pudding: topping option for tea I think you're all familiar with bubble tea, which typically consists of milk tea with boba (even giant boba sometimes!). Anyway, it's definitely a nice drink to have for cooling down. Usually I'm good with a plain iced jasmine tea, or I might splurge on tapioca pearls or lychee jellies. Most recently, though, I ventured adding pudding to my drink. It's been a long time since I went down that road, and it was a pleasant surprise. I guess I was expecting an … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Grapefruit Green Tea

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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: Winter melon tea

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Winter melon tea: sweet tea made with winter melon Sometimes it's nice to have a delicious drink. In Taiwan, we were given a homemade brew of winter melon tea. The winter melon is a common gourd with white flesh inside it. It has a long shelf life and can be stored in a cool place, lasting well through the winter months (thus, its name). The vegetable is often eaten during the summer because of its cooling properties. Winter melon is also supposed to detoxify our bodies. The taste of … [Read more...]

Serendipity

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"Consider your impressions; follow them once in a while." Sometimes you can't plan for things. On the way back from a road trip this weekend, I stumbled upon Ding Tea. (They had me at the words: Taiwanese tea house.) Apparently, their tea leaves come from the central mountains of Taiwan, so you can expect a high quality drink. I also love that you can customize the sweetness level and the amount of ice in your tea. Plus, they offer golden boba.  These tapioca are lighter in color than … [Read more...]

Tea and Colds

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"Your home is a pleasant place from which you draw happiness." But not when we're sick... But at least we have our Zojirushi machine.   These hot water dispensers are amazing. If you're a tea drinker like me, they keep the water piping hot and always on tap. For me, the amount of tea I consume triples when I'm sick. Sure, I also go for a good bowl of chicken noodle soup, but tea is my first line of defense. Wish me luck as I battle this little virus going through our … [Read more...]

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