The Great Boba Milk Tea Swindle

If you grew up in the 80s like I did, you’d remember a show called “Fight Back with David Horowitz,” where he would spotlight products from current commercials, then prove or disprove of what was advertised.  For example, “Is Heinz’s ketchup really as thick as it was advertised” or a popcorn test that says “Orville Redenbacher’s pops more than the other brands” and so forth.

Well… I decided to make my own test from one of my favorite boba tea houses… “Half & Half” in Southern California.  They advertise drinks at a regular size and offer to supersize it for .85 cents more.  I always do the supersize (they call it Supercup).  As I was drinking the Supercup sized drink, my friend and fellow offender said that the Supercup is almost the same size as the regular.  I said “No WAY!” Thus, this test was the result.

This Lunar New Year Give the Gift of Delicious Spam

Unless you’re from Hawaii, I don’t think many Americans truly understand how special Spam is. I don’t mean the junk email we receive informing us how happier we’d be if we enlarged our penis or the riches that could be bestowed upon us by a Nigerian prince, but the real Spam. You know the yummy…er…”meat” product:

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There are even people right here at YOMYOMF who mistakenly think that Spam is gross or low-class or disgusting. To which I say—whatever! Some people just don’t get it.

If you have never known the pleasure of a plate of delicious Spam fried rice:

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Or some Spam musubi:

The Art of Nhau or Beer Food in Vietnam

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I ate my way through Saigon aka Ho Chi Minh City during my holiday break in Vietnam. As I wrote the last time, I was there to help produce my friend’s horror film. But, I’d like to blog about some of the interesting things I ate.

Aside from amazing, well known cuisine like Pho and banh mi sandwiches (which were damn good), I also joined in on many late night “nhau,” or sessions of drinking lots of beer and eating food. Nhau culture is ingrained in Vietnamese culture. It’s a ritual that co-workers, families, and friends do on a pretty regular basis. And with all kinds of “beer food,” there are some unique items to be ordered, stuff that you don’t see much in Vietnamese restaurants outside of the country.

I Love Bacon but Whoever Lives Here Really Loves Bacon

I woke up this morning with a carving for bacon (which to be honest, isn’t an unusual thing) so when I saw the following pics online, it’s clear that the universe is reaffirming my instinct that I should want need to get some bacon into my belly.

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These images have been making the rounds online in China—it’s an apartment in Wuhan, which is either the home to a butcher (Chinese bacon is apparently air-cured) or someone who really hearts bacon.

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Take Your Damn Dirty Hands Off My Sushi!

Among the new laws that went into effect in 2014 is one that seems to have made it through under the radar, but is raising the ire of Asian food lovers (particularly sushi lovers) here in California.

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No longer can there be any bare-handed contact with foods that won’t be cooked. Which basically means chefs and cooks will now need to slap on gloves before touching the food. Here are the details:

Under the new rules, such foods must be handled with single-use gloves or utensils like tongs, forks, spoons, bakery or deli wraps, wax paper, scoops, spatulas, or dispensing equipment.

As mandated previously, foodservice workers must also thoroughly wash hands with soap and warm water before entering a food preparation area, before putting on clean gloves or between glove changes.

While in theory, this new law sounds great and will serve the interests of good public health, there are exceptions, the most obvious being sushi chefs who depend on the “feeling” that comes with using your bare hands to ply their trade—a tradition that’s thousands of years old. But you know…whatever.

Why Japan is Awesome #1,127: Mountain Dew-Flavored Cheetos

Who would ever think to combine Mountain Dew with Cheetos? And once they came up with such a crazy idea, who would have the balls to actually execute it? The Japanese, of course.

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The question is—are Mountain Dew-flavored Cheetos any good? Hell if I know—I can’t even imagine what such a creation would taste like. But the idea that such a combination exists in this world is a comforting thought indeed.

And if you can’t make it over to Japan to try it out, looks like you can order it here for just $3.50 per bag. Happy eating!

AROUND THE HORN: Fork that food (or not)!

By the time you read this, I may or may not have stuffed myself with a bunch of food I otherwise wouldn’t have to celebrate good ol’ Thanksgiving. But if I have, I can guarantee you one thing: not one of those plates will be turkey.

I’m sorry – call me a heathen if you must – but turkey is just one food I cannot get into. When I was a kid, the turkey iconography surrounding Thanksgiving made me look forward to tasting it each year and each year, I kept wondering if it would get better. It never did; it still hasn’t; and I doubt it ever will.

I’m not allergic and I’ve had it in many ways. I’ve just resigned myself to the fact that chickens are the superior birds when it comes to flying into my stomach.

What’s one food that you just can’t find yourself sinking your teeth into?

ROGER: I’m in the same boat, Jerome. Every year Thanksgiving rolls around, I find myself wondering why turkey just isn’t as satisfying as chicken or duck. That being said, I LOVE processed turkey that you get at Subway or Jersey Mike’s. Why? Perhaps b/c it doesn’t taste like Thanksgiving turkey.

Native Americans or What the Pilgrims Ate for Thanksgiving

Another Thanksgiving has passed and many Americans will have consumed their fair share of the traditional turkey. And while most of those fowl-eating Americans may think that turkey was the meat of choice at the very first Thanksgiving, the more educated know it was actually venison (at least if Icabod Crane on FOX’s Sleepy Hollow is to be believed). But if we dig deeper into history, we know there was another meat enjoyed by the Pilgrims: Native Americans.

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Yes, our Pilgrim forefathers were cannibals who murdered and ate the indigenous population.

But it wasn’t completely their fault. The Pilgrims came to the New World apparently unprepared to make it on their own—they over-hunted and their farming skills were subpar at best. So what else could they do but turn to eating the people who were already here. According to original colonist George Percy:

“So great was our famine, that a Savage we slew and buried, the poorer sorte took him up againe and eat him; and so did divers one another boyled and stewed with roots and herbs… [the cause of starvation was] want of providence, industrie and government, and not the barennnesse and defect of the Countrie, as is generally supposed.”

I Want to Go to There: The Burger with Everything

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Behold Japanese fast food chain Lotteria’s zennose burger:

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Zennose literally translates to “the burger with every damn thing you can imagine going inside a burger included”. But for those who prefer a more precise description of what makes up this magical creation, here it is:

Any Decent Chinese Food West of SGV? (Or in any non-obviously Chinese enclave?)

Ever since VIP seafood on Wilshire/Bundy closed, I swore off any Chinese food on the Westside in LA.  And when I say Westside, I started to feel like that encompassed pretty much anywhere west of the San Gabriel Valley.  But finally after many years, a generous Singaporean friend took me to Joss in Beverly Hills which claims to be healthy but authentic Chinese.

Joss – Fancy pants Hong Kong food in BH