More Proof There’s a God: McDonalds’ Fried Pies are Back

Tragedy struck back in 1992 when McDonalds made the unfortunate decision to no longer serve their fried pies and switch to the baked version, which, let’s face it, sucks ass. So imagine my surprise when a couple of weeks ago, I found this staring back at me:


Yes, sometimes miracles do happen and that wish you wished upon a shooting star does come true. McDonalds has brought back their fried pies in all their flaky, crunchy, tongue burning/piping hot (yes, the filling is indeed hot as the warning on the box says unlike in the bland baked versions) goodness.

Here’s a Shrimp Burger Minus the Shrimp


Asia has its fair share of cool but bizarre fast food items and fast food chain Lotteria is no exception. But this might be the most bizarre creation so far. It’s the Ebi Nashi Baagaa or “the Shirmp-less Burger”. In short, it’s a shrimp burger minus the shrimp being served in Japan.


Yup, no shrimp whatsoever:

To Live and Eat in Los Angeles

The flavorful amuse bouche at Tangine, Beverly Hills.

The flavorful amuse bouche at Tangine, Beverly Hills.

I’ve been to many cities in the world from Hong Kong to Tokyo to Paris to Berlin to New York, but none have international cuisines more diverse, more authentic, and more affordable than Los Angeles. I’m conjecturing that it’s all due to this metropolis’ amazing diversity in population and affordability of space. Even an incredibly specialized ethnic cuisine can afford to open up a little shop that local residents will champion. From haut cuisine in Beverly Hills to a mom-and-pop shop in Koreatown, LA has nothing short of good eats.

My aunt took me out for her birthday at Beverly Hills’ Tagine, a Moroccan haut cuisine restaurant. “It used to be impossible to get hummus in the 80s,” reminisced my aunt over the six course tasting menu with wine pairings, “And now it’s everywhere with all different flavors.”

Why Japan is Awesome #3355: Kit-Kat Sandwiches

Apparently, Japanese fast food chain First Kitchen now has these on their menu:


It’s a Kit-Kat sandwich comprised of a Kit-Kat bar, whipped cream and orange peel between two slices of white bread. And this isn’t your ordinary Kit-Kat bar, but a special “krispier” version made to be dipped into your hot beverage.

And once again, Asia has upped the fast food stakes by creating another WTF wonderful creation that puts American innovation to shame. Come on, American fast food companies, what’s up?! Where’s that good ole ingenuity and creativity? This is a start, but we can and must do better if we’re going to compete with this:

Behold the Meal of All Meals

These are Dog Haus’ Tae Kwon Dogs:


As the description says on their website, it is a hot dog that consists of “bulgogi glaze, kimchi, fried egg, Korean chili powder”.

This is how we eat at YOMYOMF. This is what we’re about—the genuine coming together of both East and West. This is indeed the culinary equivalent of different people from different cultures holding hands and singing as one.

And this is a friggin’ double burger with a hot dog, chili, cheese and onions:

The Great Sriracha Giveaway


Remember that 80 million dollar idea you had, the one you forgot to trademark, the one that everyone and their great auntie are ripping off and making a fortune on?  And remember how you had to spend most of your waking hours tamping down wrathful urges which swung from the homicidal to the suicidal and back again, with hours of tearful recriminations and broken dishes and waterfalls of foul verbiage in between?

Me too.

But not so for David Tran, the Vietnamese refugee who invented the original Sriracha sauce….

Taco Bell + Cap’n Crunch = Sophie’s Choice

Look, I don’t know what Cap’n Crunch berries cereal has to do with tacos or other Taco Bell-related foods either, but the fact is—this now exists:


And this is Taco Bell’s Cap’n Crunch Delights—which is a new “top-secret” dessert that the fast food chain plans to release at…some future date? The details are vague unless you happen to live in Bakersfield, California, where some of the Taco Bells there are already selling these puppies for the low price of $4.49 for a dozen. And herein lies the Sophie’s choice dilemma, which I will elaborate on in a second.

These treats are essentially deep-fried balls of sweet, sweet dough filled with some sort of sugary cream and dusted on the outside with the aforementioned Cap’n Crunch berries-flavored cereal.

Hey, You Can Also Get Armadillo at That Temple City Market

A couple of days ago, I blogged about the woman who freaked out when she saw raccoon for sale at a Chinese market in Temple City, a suburb of Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Valley which is home to many Asians. Well, my colleague Jimmy happened to be shopping at that very market back during the holidays when he came upon this and took a pic:


It’s a real, previously alive armadillo bagged, tagged and ready to be bought and eaten. Like the raccoon, the armadillo is also available in the “fish dept” for some reason and at $17.99 a pound, that meat better be tasty as shit.

The Cockroaches are the Stars at This Vegan Restaurant

The motto of Kingsland Vegan restaurant in Australia is apparently: “Be Vegan. Make Peace.” And while I am an avowed carnivore, I have nothing against my vegan brethren. But it appears that Kingsland owner Khanh Hoang might be taking his “make peace” motto a little too far especially when it comes to cockroaches.


It seems that ACT health inspectors found both “live and dead cockroaches” in the restaurant. According to Hoang, he knew about the cockroach infestation but did nothing about it because he didn’t want to kill any living thing. Or as Hoang’s lawyer stated: “(Hoang) had passionate vegan values but accepted, in hindsight, that his morals had been misguided.”

So let me get these “vegan values” straight: it’s not OK to kill cockroaches because they are living things, but it’s completely OK to serve your vegan food with cockroach remains, droppings, etc… in them.

The Double Down Dog or Things That Will Give You a Heart Attack

For those of you whom 1) a regular hot dog just isn’t enough or 2) fried chicken has become blasé or 3) having a heart attack is one of your life’s goals, KFC has introduced the Double Down Dog in the Philippines:


It’s a hot dog wrapped in fried chicken instead of a bun. Plus it’s slathered in cheese. And if the thought of putting this in your mouth gets you all hot and bothered, unfortunately, you’re out of luck as this was a limited promotion that ended today. But perhaps if it was popular enough, it’ll come back and not just to the Philippines. One can dream, right?

Bon Appétit!