Steamed rice cup cake & Hakka tea cakes

Steamed rice cup cake – 缽仔糕 (Bok Jai Go) Hong Kong is home to a lot of delicious street food. One of them, a classic and traditional “street dessert” is called 缽仔糕 (Bok Jai Go) in Cantonese, literally means “cakes in small bowls”. In English it has many translations such as “red bean cake bowl”, “red…

Inago: let’s snack on Japanese extra protein!

But, But, But…. What are these things?!? It is a dish called Inago no Tsukudani (稲子佃煮) and yesssss the main ingredient is: GRASSHOPPERS! The little guys have been previously boiled in soy sauce and sugar before being fried. In the region  Kanto, Tohoku and Chubun regions, especially in Nagano and Yamagata prefecture (and probably many other places!),…

Eating Japan’s cutest cucurbitaceae, or, gourd :)

  Gourd is very old plant and have always been depicted in Japanese art, literature and religion, conducting spiritual and mystical significance. I had no idea until today what a wide subject gourds are. Who would have thought gourds could be so captivating and refreshing? Find out more about the topic on this super informative blog from Jerry Vegde with lots of anecdotes and…

10 FULLY BLACK Asian Food

I wonder what fascinates me so much about black food (and I don’t mean dark, or partially black, or dark brown or whatever…but pure black here!). There is something mysterious about black food that attracts me, making me wanna try them… so you don’t have to! Fully black food are not something common in the West, where…

Shirako (or fish sperm), I tried it so you don’t have too!

Last February, I visited Hokkaido and couldn’t wait to taste Shirako 白子… so you don’t have to 😉 What is Shirako? First clue: it goes on roe… Second clue: 白子 literally means white children. Got it? It is… cod milt (or fish semen)! In Japan it is considered as a delicacy. Apparently trying shirako is a big…

Japanese… Kiri, Kiri, Kiriiiiiiiii !!!

No, not harakiri, just Kiri.  ;p Kiri is one of Bel Group’ s main brand (Bel is a French multinational marketer). It is very famous for its processed square portions cheese: What is surprising about this brand is how they conquered the Japanese market. They not just sell your typical Kiri cheese portions but some …. very quirky versions of…

What do spiders taste like?

People often ask me “What do spiders taste like”? Well, first thing is, like most foods: quality matters. Spider tasting part 1: CHINA There’s a famous place in Beijing near Wangfujin  Dajie(王府井)  called Donghuamen (东华门) night market, where you can find lots of strange and unusual food… some I bet you even didn’t know where edible….

Chinese delicacy: Would you dare to try… Oil Tea?! (油茶)

Yes, you read that right: OIL-TEA! 油茶 [ yóuchá ] First time I heard “Oil Tea”, I thought to myself “Whaaat?! I know Chinese love their oil, as can testify all the 5 liters bottles on the supermarket shelves, but still…making tea with oil?”. I had to check this out. So I went to Oil…

One of Hong Kong’s best hidden street dessert-糖蔥餅 (Tong Chung Bang)

One of the most well-hidden traditional Cantonese “street dessert” is called 糖蔥餅 (Tong Chung Bang- Candy & coconut wrap or Sugar Pancake in English). The hawker makes this dessert on spot. I guess they can’t prepare it in advance, otherwise the crunchiness wouldn’t be so perfect. What is that dessert made from? It’s a small…