Scorpion lollipop

First off, sorry for the delay in my posting this week. I’m stuck behind “The Great Firewall of China” and WordPress was inaccessible this week. Now on the nitty gritty. This particular post is inspired by my friend and fellow blogger Paul. On his blog ‘Paul sees the world,’ he once wrote about a scorpion lollipop, which he never ended up eating, not even the second time he wrote an entry about it. When I saw a scorpion lollipop in the shop, I knew I had to feature it here.

When I finally got around to eating it, I was a bit hesitant, but I had tried scorpion before. I can tell you straight off the bat that this is definitely a gimmick. I did no enjoy this sucker one bit. The problem was not the little critter within, but the candy itself. It was so thick it took me an hour just to get at the scorpion, not to mention it was pretty tasteless. Needless to say I didn’t finish it. The scorpion itself was fine, just a little chewy. Due to the slow way of eating, it lost a bit of its crunch.

Fear Factor – 2 / Taste Test – 4

 

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Rose apple

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The rose apple is one if hundreds of fruits that belong to the family of syzygium. It is therefore reasonable well widespread, and yet I had never come across it before I went to Asia. It is a bell-shaped fruit roughly the size of a fish that comes in various shades of pink and green. This color scheme is what gives it the name ‘rose apple’ because it doesn’t actually taste like an apple at all.

On my trip to Bangkok I had breakfast at the Goji Kitchen + Bar buffet restaurant, which was rated as the number one restaurant in Bangkok on Tripadvisor. Among the numerous trips to he food isles I made, one visit was to the fruit section to sample some snake fruit and rose apple.

I have to say I didn’t like it that much. It had a texture similar to cucumber or watermelon, with an also a similar watery taste. Now cucumber and watermelon are probably my least favorite fruits, if you consider cucumber a fruit. That’s just my personal taste. I’m sure most other people will have no problem scoffing down a rose apple or two.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 5

Durian breadsticks

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While I was in Thailand I had to try to defeat my immortal enemy, the king of fruits, the sultan of stink, the spiky, lethal durian. I unknowingly had a durian tart during afternoon tea, and quite knowingly bought a box of durian breadsticks. What’s the worst that could happen? If I didn’t like it and had to throw it out I would have lost a meagre buck.

I didn’t end up throwing it out after all. On night back in China I was hungry, and it was too late to go out or cook, so it was either durian breadsticks or an empty stomach. I tried one, and the usual funk of rotting onions entered my nostrils. The second bite was far less pungent though, so this little piggy decided to have it all.

Fear Factor – 4 / Taste Test – 5

Raw honeycomb

 

FullSizeRenffderI’ve seen honeycomb pop up on TV occasionally, but not very often, and I don’t see it in many shops either, which is a shame as it is such a nutritious product. Honeycomb is loaded with beneficial enzymes, just make sure not to heat it to a high temperature or it will loose its effects.

Honeycomb is made by bees to store honey or their young ones. It’s formed by hexagonal cells of beeswax. As the bees tend to make too much honey, the beekeepers can easily take out a slab of honeycomb without causing any harm.

I had bought some honeycomb in Thailand and used some to sweeten up my yogurt and strawberries. When I first tried a piece on its own it was an incredible taste of honey, some of the best I’ve had. The wax itself though was super chewy, like gum, and I couldn’t eat it I all. Mixed with my yogurt though, the wax kind of melted and almost disappeared. It was easy enough to eat and quite delicious.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test 8

 

Matcha and red bean KitKat

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This is going to be my last blog entry of many. My last entry on KitKat, my last entry on matcha and my last entry on red beans. Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere, I just think those three topics have been dealt with enough. I had talked about them individually and even paired with each other, but had yet to try a combination of all three. That was until I was leaving Thailand and had a few last Baht to spend at the airport and spotted this KitKat at the on site newsagent.

I unwrapped it only after I got back home. What greeted me was a green KitKat hat was obviously coated in green tea flavored white chocolate. Biting into it I first got that signature crunch, and soon after a hit of nutty, roasted red bean, a flavor which you know I don’t care for. That flavor soon dissolved and I was left with a mild matcha flavored candy bar which was pleasant enough to eat without being thrown off by those beans.

Fear Factor – 4 / Taste Test – 7

White truffle macaroon

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I have a secret love affair with truffles, not the chocolates but the mushrooms. Well, it’s not exactly a secret as I’ve written about it before. I love it just simply shaved over a bowl of pasta, or mixed with some mayonnaise to dip your fries in. You can find it on the menu of many a restaurant across the world. It’s not often though that you find it in a dessert. I may have only had that once as a truffle ice cream in Shanghai.

Whilst on a serious shopping spree in Bangkok recently I couldn’t help but browsing the food courts and restaurant sections of the big shopping malls. That’s how I cam across an overseas outlet of he famous London department store Harrods. The display window of their café was loaded with sugary treats including some vivid macaroons.

When I saw they had a white truffle version I was sold. I carefully carried it over to a nearby bench so as not to prematurely crack it and took a bite. The flavor was out of this world. I was hit with that beautiful rich taste of truffle, without it being sweet. I’m guessing this would be a savory macaroon. The shell itself was a bit disappointing. Although it was chewy it didn’t have that crunch that a good macaroon has. Still, great flavor.

Fear Factor – 1 / Taste Test – 7

Bakeable kitkats

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Oh KitKat, my old friend. What will become of you next? I’ve had many a different KitKat over the pas year. From pumpkin to green tea to pistachio and grapefruit. KitKat has developed in Japan as the candy bar of choice, and there have been plenty of choices at that.

This time around I won’ present you with a different flavor of KitKat, but a whole different kind altogether. These ones are meant to be baked in an oven, which is exactly what I did. My first try wasn’t a great success. On the contrary, I managed to burn them to a cinder. Mind you, white chocolate does but pretty fast.

The second try was much more successful and I ended up with a perfectly brown and toasted KitKat. After letting the candy bars cool a bit I couldn’t wait any longer and had to try one. The texture had changed from a soft chocolate to a crispy outer shell, more like a caramel than chocolate. Taste wise I found it a little too sweet. It was supposed to taste of ice cream, but the sickly sweet white chocolate had the upper hand here. Great concept, but perhaps another flavor would suit me better.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 7

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Fruit cup with chili

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We look at fruit as a sweet treat. The natural sugars make it a great snack for dessert. Of course cooking with fruit is not new either. Think of pork with apple duck with cranberries. And yet we still don’t eat a fruit salad covered in salt and pepper. In Mexico, however, a common street food snack is fruit with ‘chamoy’. This basically is chili and lime.

I ordered a cup of my favorite fruits, pineapple and mango. It also had jicama, which I had never tried before. More about that tomorrow. I thought it was a great combination. You’d get a spicy sensation at first, which was then immediately cooled by the sugars in the fruit. The flavors of pineapple and mango lent themselves very well for this dish.

Fear Factor – 1 / Taste Test – 8

Cinnamon bun Oreos

imageFirst I tried cinnamon candy Oreos, and now cinnamon roll ones. You might wonder if there’s much of a difference, but you’d be surprised. These ones tasted like actual cinnamon, instead of that artificial cinnamon candy flavor. The filling was pretty normal, and the cookie tasted of cinnamon, and yet I can’t give it a high score. The reason lies in the texture. The cookies were soft. Talk about a Limp Bizkit. I don’t know if it was meant that way, or if perhaps the packaging was broken, but it sure spoiled it for me.

Fear Factor – 0 / Taste Test – 6

Mexican corn ice cream

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I have eaten corn ice cream before, but that was a prepackaged highly processed ice cream bar. This time around I came across some freshly made corn ice-cream from a street food vendor in Valladolid, Mexico. That made it a lot more authentic. On further inspection, the ice cream also contained real kernels of corn. The ice cream itself was super smooth and creamy like an Italian gelato. It definitely tasted of corn, which made the whole thing a little strange, but still delicious. Round two proves that corn can indeed be used as a dessert.

Fear Factor – 1 / Taste Test – 7