Category Archives: East & Southeast Asia

It’s Food. You’re Supposed to Eat It.

Is it food?  You might ask that question at a buffet, or in-flight or just to tease your friend.  But can food be art?  I’m not sure, because I’m too busy eating it. How about that?  Is that art?  No, … Continue reading

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Kumis (China)

Given Name: Kumis Aliases: Koumiss, ayrag (Mongolia), 马奶酒 Place(s) of Origin: Central Asia Place Consumed: Ürümqi, China Common Features: Raw mare’s milk drink fermented by frequent stirring/churning Background: Traditionally, kumis was consumed from a horse-hide vessel.  The inventors) must’ve really … Continue reading

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Judging Books by Their Covers

Engrish can be amusing sometimes, particularly when it doesn’t make a lick of sense, but how about when the consumer also suffers from food allergies?  What do you have to say for yourself, random brick-and-mortar in Fukuoka, Japan? But there’s no … Continue reading

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Teh Tarik (Malaysia and Singapore)

In fact, I had this drink at an Indian restaurant in Batam, Indonesia, but that island, as close as thirty-five minutes to Singapore by boat,  is so filled with unscrupulous Singaporeans – like the city-state itself – that it remains … Continue reading

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What’s the Opposite of Yummy? Yummy.

Daybreak, Jakarta.  The scene: A supermarket at the Plaza Indonesia mall.  What’s on offer there?  Food.  Powdered milk is the norm in Indonesia, and I have a hunch part of the reason is that electricity is not always reliable.  Being … Continue reading

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Walnut Milk (China)

This is a big one:  Walnut milk*…from China?  A dairy drink from East Asia worth mentioning?  The joke’s on me, it’s probably just powdered flavor spirit, ya know, MSG, a slew of sugar and walnut shavings that some factory worker … Continue reading

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There’s No Street Food in Singapore

Yes, Singapore, East Asia‘s archetype of blandness had to find something to lure in those flying the Kangaroo route, and that something is most likely food.  Or, a gentle reminder of where you are.  No, it’s definitely food. If Collateral … Continue reading

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