Cultural Tastes

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A good old jelly doughnut. Sprinkled with powdered sugar with a soft sweet dough and red jelly interior. Who knew its origins was so old? Called a Bismark in Canada, Pfannkuchen (pancake) in Berlin and East Germany, Krapfen in Austria, … Continue reading

January 20, 2013 German Foods , , ,


TimTam is an Australian chocolate snack invented in the 1960′s. They are finger-sized, composing of two thin chocolate biscuits sandwiching a vanilla cream filling, and then coated with a layer of chocolate. According to the TimTam website, Australians consume over … Continue reading

December 19, 2012 Australian Foods , ,


I love fish, but even foods that are fish-shaped are fun! Taiyaki is a Japanese snack which is comprised of a fish-shaped waffle filled with sweet red bean paste inside. Although red bean paste is traditionally used, other fillings such … Continue reading

October 11, 2012 Japanese Foods , ,

Haw Flakes (山楂餅)

Any person who has parent(s) from Hong Kong will have eaten this snack in their childhood. What are haw flakes? They are candy made from the Chinese hawthorn plant, circularly shaped and cut into 1mm thick slices. They are packaged … Continue reading

October 7, 2012 Chinese Foods , ,

Dried Mangoes (Philippine Brand)

On the same topic of mangoes, let’s hop a few countries eastward from India to the Philippines, whose people may love mangoes even more than the Indians… Something any Asian food store will have in your neighborhood – Philippine Brand … Continue reading

September 30, 2012 Filipino Foods , ,

Melonpan (メロンパン) / Pineapple Bun (菠蘿包) 

Pineapple buns have been a common snack since childhood. It is a Hong Kong pastry most likely sold in all bakeries of any Chinatown in the world. It is a sweet bun with a crumbly cookie topping with commonly nothing … Continue reading

September 24, 2012 Chinese Foods, Japanese Foods , , ,


Let’s be honest. I am totally obsessed with unhealthy American snack food. Or, to be more specific, I’m fascinated by how food marketing works on kids, as it worked for me when I was in elementary school. At some point, … Continue reading

September 23, 2012 American Foods , ,

Brezel (German Pretzel)

What better way to start than with the humble Brezel (plural: Brezeln), or as we North Americans call it, the Pretzel. In Germany, especially in the south, it is a staple of everyday life. Babies munch on it, you bring … Continue reading

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