Nothing says it better than a bowl of noodles with pickles to welcome you in a different part of the world.
Aren’t these the cutest fruit miniatures ever?
Trust me, they are more than edible.
These little gems are a Thai dessert known as Luk Chup, made from mung bean flour and were historically served as sweetmeats for Thai royalty. A client brought us these for us during a visit and they were almost too pretty to be eaten.
Well, like I said, almost.
At the end of a particular trying day, I find it hard to decide between a nice cool beer or a blissful hot cup of java before heading home.
Presenting a new solution to my two-drinks answer; the Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout.
An artisan beer from one of Japan’s earliest craft breweries, the Kiuchi Brewery in Ibaraki, I found the combination of coffee and stout a blissful if somewhat heavy tasting drink.
Who says you can’t have the best of both worlds?
Just in time to say…
A Happy Lunar Year of the Rabbit!
(cute bunny coffee art via unknown barrister from Joe &Dough)
Because I fear that one day I might get into an accident and wake up with amnesia, forgetting my favorite joke ever…
A man tou and a char siew pau go to the cinema together. They watch a tear-jerker and char siew pau cries like crazy, going through wads of tissues while man tou keeps a poker faced expression throughout the film and looks unmoved.
After the movie ends and they walk out, an angry char siew pau turns to man tou and asks “Did you not like the movie? Why didn’t you cry?”
man tou looks at char siew pau, shrugs and replies. “Because I have no feelings (filling).”
Mantou (饅頭) is a plain bun whilst Char Siew Pau (叉燒包) is a bun with pork fillings. If I have to explain this to you, you’re probably not going to find this funny. Now excuse me whilst I duck from all the imaginary things being thrown my way from the people who did. And yes, I do love lame jokes like that.
AL taught me to eat durians with a spoon today.
It was a bit daunting balancing the pulpy seed on the metal spoon, but the most deterring factor was came from people nearby who were gawking at us. I think they can’t quite make up their minds if we were brilliant or crazy. (I warrant it’s the latter.)
When questioned about when she started doing this, AL explained that her friend had taught her the trick after she had complained about the inability to wash off the strong smell after consuming the King of Fruits.
“I guess some people might argue that it takes away the “authentic” experience of eating the fruit?” she says, “but keeping the smell off my fingers is more important.”
To paraphrase, I guess this is having your durian and eating it too?
a bite of red bean goodness to brighten the start of your day.