Posts Tagged ‘Snack’

I feel like in every country I visit, there is one dish or snack that I feel compelled to consume as much of as possible during my trip. In Thailand, it was mangos and coconut milk sticky rice and in Korea, it was hotteok .

In Taipei, it was hot soft soymilk pudding with a sweet peanut soup and sweetened red beans. You can find dou hua 豆花 in many Cantonese dim sum restaurants, usually served with a sweet ginger syrup, and sometime I see it in Japan, drizzled with a black sugar syrup. Taipei serves it up at stalls devoted to Chinese style desserts soups, and you can add a variety of sweetened beans, mochi made of taro and yam, and jellies to your order.

My standing order was dou hua with hot sweet soy bean milk, boiled peanuts and sweetened large red beans. Most stalls serve their dou hua in a light sugar syrup, but I much preferred the hot soy milk instead. The dessert is light and not too sweet, the tofu is custardy and silken in texture, mixing well with the soft peanuts and red beans. I had it for breakfast, and as a late night snack after a day of eating. I even lugged back instant dou hua mix and peanut soup in an attempt to make it at my apartment, but it isn’t the same. I guess I’ll have to make a trip back to Taipei to eat it again 😀

Ningxia Night Market @ Taipei, Taiwan

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Japan has never had a shortage of cute animal shaped food, but I always seem to forget to take a photo before munching on an adorably shaped ear. Last Friday, I managed to hold off my baser instincts for the 5 seconds it took to snap a photo of two bear shaped buns before they met their demise.

I spotted this rainbow panda bun at the local convenience store.

It’s supposed to be a Pirameki Panda, a character from a Japanese TV show. Looking at the colors, I expected the filling to be something sweet, like strawberry milk or red bean paste. I was a little surprised when I took a bite and realized it was a normal pork nikuman filling. I started with the yellow light bulb first, before taking out an eye, heh. ;D

Next, I went to Mister Donut for my next victim snack.

Though Mister Donut is doing a promotion with Rilakkuma right now, this is not a Rilakkuma donut. It’s a bear shaped raised yeast donut filled with whipped cream, and topped  with a caramel flavored faux chocolate coating. It is definately not my favorite donut (golden chocolate all the way!), as I’m not really a fan of filled donuts, or fake chocolate.  Just goes to show that sometimes cuteness can outweigh taste when it comes to my better judgement. >_<;;

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So I have been trying to avoid the convenience store, because every time I go inside, I end up with a bunch of impulse snack purchases. I swear today, I only went in to pick up some bug spray! Somehow, I managed to leave the combini without bug spray, and with a selection of this month’s limited edition snacks.

First up,
From the top down,
Almond Pocky: An almond paste based chocolate coating, rather than chocolate with bits of almonds, like Almond Crush Pocky. According to the back of the package, Almond Pocky was the second Pocky product introduced by Glico after Chocolate Pocky. It is really creamy tasting, like almond butter. Really good, I actually like Almond Pocky better than normal Pocky, and am sad that it is an limited edition product.

Apple Vinegar Kit Kat: I was really curious how apple vinegar would come across in a Kit Kat. Instead of a milk chocolate it is a white chocolate coating, and the package says that it contains 1.4% powdered apple vinegar. When you open the package you get a light apple smell, but I was surprised that it wasn’t sour at all, even though the taste was definitely apple vinegar versus just apple.

Jasmine Tea Kit Kat: A milk chocolate coated Kit Kat, with 1% powdered jasmine tea. These are great! Everything from the jasmine fragrance to the slight bitterness from the tea leaves is in the Kit Kat. It is really strange, the tea flavor is so strong, that I couldn’t taste any chocolate at all.

Lemon Love Kit Kat:  I bought this solely for the cute packaging! You can refold the box to hold just one pack (each box has 2 wrapped twin bars) and write a message on the flap, and give it to someone special . 🙂 Cute!

These are also white chocolate, with 0.8% powdered lemon. It tastes creamy, with a lemony sour taste at the end. I didn’t really like this one, i found the white chocolate too sweet and too creamy to match the citrus from the lemon.

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Sour Cream and Onion flavored Ame Pote, which I am guessing is short for “American Potato Chips”. I normally don”t buy potato chips unless they are a flavor I haven’t eaten before, but this bag of chips called to me for some reason. Then I took a look at the back of the bag…
Made with Oregon White Round Potatoes! Aww, I have to show my love for the Beaver State…so in the basket they went. They aren’t amazing, a little drier than I like, but still tasty.

It’s getting warmer and warmer every day here in Yamanashi! I am excited that is is almost kakigori and ice cream season. (^^)

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