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As Boba Goes Mainstream, Dessert Innovators Get Creative With The Drink

As bubble tea, or boba, has continued to grow in popularity across the United States, many dessert shops have popped up that don’t just specialize in boba, but turn it into mind-boggling, delicious desserts.

Even while the rest of the industry, including fast food giants like Dunkin’, is just starting to catch on, many places are already taking boba to the next level.

Ty Tran, founder of Rice Feed and Asians Never Die, feels that the US is in a “boutique” phase of boba right now, even as mainstream chains start to catch on to the hype.

“They’re using natural products, good, high quality ingredients, and they’re also using boba made in the US,” he said on Foodbeast’s The Katchup podcast.

As boba sees both a growth in quality and distribution, it’s also finding its way out of the drink menu and into several tasty sweets. Below are just a few examples of the different tasty ways you can enjoy boba that restaurants are doing to get creative with the popular tapioca pearls.

Creme Brûlée Boba

Feng Cha, a fast-growing global teahouse with several US locations, adds the standard components of creme brûlée to the top of their boba drinks for a fun, interactive experience that adds a unique twist to their beverages.

Boba Stuffed Cream Puffs

While a few bakeries are starting to catch onto this trend, this particular version comes from Alimama in New York City. They stuff tapioca pearls into the cream filling for their choux buns, giving you multiple levels of textures in each bite of these tantalizing treats.

Boba-Stuffed Cake

The next iteration of lava cakes, this variation from Orange County’s Hok Tea unveils a motherlode of pearls when you split the cake open.

Gallon-Sized Boba Pouch

While this really is just a super-sized drink, with it comes 1) the ability to drink as much boba as you want and save some for later, and 2) get some nostalgia in with the juice pouch-shaped container this gallon of boba and milk tea comes in. Stock up on this one at Pulp Juice Bar in Orange, California.

Boba Toast

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Both French Toast and regular toast forms of this exist, but in each case, the build is the same. Start with toasty bread, add on some custard/cream, and a layer of tapioca pearls for some extra texture. This particular version comes from Lang Lang Bie Ku (which means, Don’t Cry, Lang Lang) in Tainan.

Boba Egg Tarts

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With Taiwan being the epicenter of boba, it’s no surprise that more than a few creative concoctions come from there. A personal favorite of mine would be this Boba Egg Tart from Mr. Z’s Egg Tarts in Tainan. The combo of crisp pastry, sweet eggy custard, and chewy tapioca pearls sounds like a match made in dessert heaven.

Brown Sugar Boba Ice Cream Bars

Ever since these were spotted in 99 Ranch markets late last year, Asian-American communities in the United States (including the popular group Subtle Asian Traits) have been going nuts for these ice cream bars. There are now a few variations you can find in several Asian grocers, as well as flavors like melon or ube that go beyond the brown sugar milk tea these pops are inspired by.

Boba Souffle Pancakes

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Fluffy Japanese souffle pancakes are another wildly popular dish right now. Combining the Japanese dish with the flavors of Taiwanese pearl milk tea adds levels of sugary taste and texture that will leave any sweet tooth satisfied. For this exact version, head to Cloud Nine Cafe in Hawaii.

Boba Basque Burnt Cheesecake

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Basque Burnt Cheesecake is a variety on the classic dessert invented in Spain roughly 30 years ago. In 2020, it’s become a quarantine cooking favorite, but has also made it’s way to dessert menus. As that has coincided with boba-themed treats, it was only a matter of time until someone made a boba-topped Basque Burnt Cheesecake. Find this variety at Daboba in Melbourne, Australia.

Restaurants Sustainability

Is Food Delivery Sustainable During A Recession?

Everyone’s home. Everyone’s either cooking or ordering takeout. This is the reality we’re living in thanks to the infectious disease known as the coronavirus.

In a recent episode of the Foodbeast Katchup podcast, host Geoffrey Kutnick and Foodbeast managing editor, Reach Guinto, had a conversation with the editor-in-chief of Restaurant Business Magazine Jonathan Maze about the state of food and restaurants during the time of Covid-19.

With people essentially ordered to stay at home to prevent the spread of the virus, Kutnick posed the question, “What is the value of these delivery apps?”

“Delivery is a lot of what restaurants have,” Maze said speaking to the current state of restaurants during this “stay at home” mandate. “They don’t have anything besides delivery and take-out. So they’re going to have to survive on it. For delivery apps, this is their time to shine — their ability to continue to serve a lot more customers to get a much greater share. To get consumers onto their platform, it’s going to be really important for them.”

Maze, however, voiced a concern for delivery services in the months and even years ahead.

“I tend to have a longterm concern with delivery apps overall, simply because I think it’s expensive,” he said. “When I’ve gone to delivery and I’ve compared to what it would cost if I just went and ordered at the restaurant directly rather than through one of the third-party apps, especially if you’re not a jerk and you tip them.”

You’re going to spend a 70-75% premium on that order, if not more. That’s expensive.

Maze says when everything clears up, we’re going to be in a recession, and it’s going to be a while before the economy recovers from that.

“You get into a situation where people are really cutting back. Are they going to spend that kind of premium when they’re cutting back and everything? That’s a legitimate question down the line.”

Maze isn’t alone in this belief. Trevor Broomstra, director of AlixPartners restaurants and hospitality services told CNBC that restaurants should be wary of leaning too heavily on delivery sales. The December 2019 article hauntingly mentions that if the economy were to slow down, consumers would have less disposable income to spend on delivery fees.

In the short term, however, Maze says it’s a certainly benefit. Delivery apps will definitely play a role and restaurants need them. Especially in the immediate weeks to come.


You Can Buy This Mug For Ketchup, Fulfilling All Your Fry-Dipping Fantasies

As much as I love In-N-Out, my biggest gripe with their ketchup containers is that I’ll need to fill multiple ones to meet my standard fry-dipping requirement. Really, it’s any burger joint that carries those dainty little paper cups. Surely there’s something out there that can meet our ketchup requirements. Thanks to some mild innovation, there’s a solution that will solve anyone’s condiment woes.

One of the newest items to hit the Foodbeast Merch Shop, the Katchup Mug is here for all your ketchup dipping needs.

The Katchup Mug is both dishwasher and microwave safe, as well as 100% reusable. You can purchase the item here for $13. A companion mug that houses Ranch is also available at the Foodbeast store and comes highly recommended for your Ranch dipping needs.

Wonder if I can also use it for coffee?

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The Curious Supersititon That Kept Koreans From Eating Chicken Wings

Southern. Chinese. Korean. Nashville. There are more kinds of fried chicken on this Earth than one mere human could ever hope to try in one proper sitting.

“Korean chicken wings are some of the best,” The Katchup co-host Elie Ayrouth remarked to fellow co-host Geoffrey Kutnick and guest Lawrence Longo on the most recent episode of the podcast.

It’s hard to argue with him, too. Famous for their ultra crispy double fried breading and juicy meat, Korean chicken wings are indeed some of the world’s best.

That’s why it’s that much more surprising to find out that there’s a superstition in the Korean culture that warns people against eating these double fried delicacies. 

According to Longo, “The Korean culture, 500 years ago, didn’t let their husbands eat the chicken wing.” 

Turns out, it’s true. confirms that in the Korean culture, there’s a superstition that says a wife should not feed her husband chicken wings because then he will “fly away” and cheat on her. One site, KoreanClass101, suggests that this could be because the Korean word for wind is “바람” which, funny enough, is also Korean for “affair.” 

So if a chicken can be gone with the wind, apparently so could this fictional husband when he’s done eating said chicken. Or maybe it’s a coincidence?

Either way, find out more about this tidbit (gristle, if you will), L.A’s first Wing Fest, and everything else chicken wing by listening to the latest version of The Katchup, right here


Let’s Play Roomba Beer Pong & The Existence Of Disney Dim Sum [KATCHUP]

Here we are, another episode of the FOODBEAST Katchup. If you missed out on all the food news this week, fear not. This series catches you up on all the top stories in the wide world of food.

This week, someone created a brilliant new way to play beer pong. Hint: it involves a roomba. A man got into an altercation with his friend after he didn’t want to try the delicious bowl of ramen he offered.

There’s something terrifying in the food courts of IKEA Japan. They’re calling it a Ninja Dog and it’s as dark as the night. Remember those romantic comedies where eating cookie dough will help you deal with a break up? Not anymore, says the FDA.

Finally, Disney Dim Sum is a thing.

Check out this week’s Katchup!

Disney Dim Sum


If you love all things Disney just as much as you love stuffing your face with snacks, you might want to stop what you’re doing and pay attention.

It turns out you don’t need a foodie fairy godmother to make all of your magical meal wishes come true. Apparently, all you have to do is stop by the Crystal Lotus restaurant in Hong Kong’s Disneyland Hotel for some of its Signature Disney Dim Sum. READ MORE

Roomba Pong

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Drinkers can be some of the most innovative people out there, and they’ve proven that notion once again with this strange yet highly functional combination.

Introducing Roomba Pong! Based on the images and videos we found, the rules seem to be pretty simple. Basically, each team has a square table, with each table a reasonable distance from each other. Then a roomba is placed on each table with the ten cups forming a triangle placed on top of the roomba.


Ramen Beatdown


An overly-aggressive man in Pennsylvania pretty much used his buddy for some UFC ground-and-pound practice after the friend refused to eat his freshly cooked ramen noodles. READ MORE

Cookie Dough

cookie dough

Who doesn’t love eating raw cookie dough or licking the spoon after making brownies? Apparently the FDA, who is now saying put the raw cookie dough down now and forever. Yes, even the vegan, eggless variety. READ MORE

Ninja Dog


We’ve seen quite a few fast food items with black buns over the past few years. That Burger King Halloween Whopper still haunts us to this day. Now, IKEA Japan is introducing a new dish that’s as dark.

They’re calling it the Ninja Dog. READ MORE


WHOPPERRITOS Exist & A Dude Smuggles Pork Ribs In His Pants [KATCHUP]

Here we are, another episode of the FOODBEAST Katchup. If you missed out on all the food news this week, fear not. This series catches you up on all the top stories in the wide world of food.

This week, a brewing company developed a beer that’s safe for dogs to drink. Cause no one wants to drink alone. Hipsters found another thing to ruin for everyone else by deconstructing coffee. Awesome, guys.

Burger King is testing a new item: a Whopper and a burrito. Guess what they’re calling it? A guy was caught shoplifting at a grocery store and when he was asked to return the items, hilarity ensues. Finally, a bunch of geniuses decided to rob a McDonald’s that was filled with special forces. Bad move, gentleman.

Check out this week’s Katchup.

Beer for dogs


Drinking beer with your buddies is a human bonding activity, but who’s to say that it can’t be done with man’s best friend too? A U.K. based company called Woof and Brew recently released a beer just for dogs. Canines can safely consume the beverage since it doesn’t contain alcohol, hops or carbonation that can harm their digestive tract. According to The Atlantic, veterinarians often advise owners to not give their dogs beer since canine livers can’t metabolize the alcohol the same way human livers can. In addition, other ingredients including hops can cause violent reactions in some dogs. READ MORE

Hipsters ruin coffee

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It turns out that even coffee, one of the last few bastions in the world of simple delights, is susceptible to being raped and defiled by the beanie-toting, opinion-flinging, artisinal-everything bearded goons we all know and hate called “hipsters.” READ MORE

Burger King introduces the Whopperrito


Apparently thirsty for its day of innovation, the folks at Burger King are wrapping their famous Whopper in burrito form and calling it the Whopperrito. We have your first look. READ MORE

Man whips meat out of his pants


Being a former Kroger supermarket employee, I’ve seen my fair share of shoplifters trying to casually walk out with carts full of groceries, or slipping Kit-Kat bars in their pockets, but this guy’s technique is at a master level, except for the fact that he still got caught. A video shows a man being questioned by a store employee before eventually revealing the meat he was packing inside his pants, literally. READ MORE

Idiots rob McDonald’s full of special forces


Back in the day, Tonight Show host Jay Leno used to love telling stories about stupid criminals, and in that same vein, we present to you the morons who tried to rob a French McDonald’s filled with special forces. READ MORE


Girl Caught Smuggling Meth-Filled Burrito & Hodor Gets His Own Cake [KATCHUP]

Here we are, another episode of the FOODBEAST Katchup. If you missed out on all the food news this week, fear not. This series catches you up on all the top stories in the wide world of food.

This week, Olive Garden dropped some awesome new spaghetti pies. Wonder how many of those we could tackle? A Russian couple found a bear cub and raised it until it was fully grown. Now, the bear just sits and eats with them like it was straight out of a Disney movie.

If you’re a fan of those tiny yellow chili peppers from In-N-Out, you’re shit out of luck. An industry-wide shortage means you won’t be seeing many of them this summer. If you’ve been keeping up with this season of Game of Thrones, you’ll recall the unforgettable Hodor episode a few weeks back. Well, a hotel was so touched by what happened that they made a door-shaped cake for the actor who played Hodor.

Finally, if you plan on smuggling meth across the border you may want to avoid using burritos. This girl got caught doing that exact thing and now everyone’s wise to it.

Check out this week’s Katchup.


Olive Garden spaghetti pie

Spaghetti Pie Array

As Olive Garden keeps trying to reinvent pasta, its new summer menu includes pies made entirely of spaghetti, that might scare off Italian food enthusiasts, but excite those looking to try something new. READ MORE

Russian couple eats dinner with bear


I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning, overcooked my eggs and put the shower on too hot, but seeing this bear immediately turned things around for me. A Russian couple did something that sounds straight out of urban legends, as they somehow house-trained a bear, to the point where the grizzly could sit down on the dining room table and enjoy a nice dinner with the couple. READ MORE

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In-N-Out running out of yellow peppers


Each week, I find myself helplessly drawn to my local In-N-Out where my order is standard: No. 1, no onions, add pickle and mustard, a Lemon-Up (sometimes Dr. Pepper). On some days, things get crazy and I’ll add chopped chilies to my Double Double, but mostly, I ask for yellow peppers on the side, without question. My favorite part of the meal is taking a bite of the yellow banana pepper, which I call chilies, then squeezing the juice all over every bite of my Double Double and fries.


The Game of Thrones door cake


Game of Thrones is arguably the most compelling drama on television right now, and will likely end its run in a few years as one of the greatest shows of all time. With its high production value and almost excessively engaging storyline, this epic series could very well “hold the door” for others to follow suit. Honestly though, I doubt it.

Kristian Nairn, the popular Irish DJ and actor that portrays the beloved character Hodor, was pleasantly surprised when he checked into his room and found a delightful little pastry made especially for him by Rachel Newman, the exceedingly talented pastry chef at the W Hotel. READ MORE

Girl caught smuggling meth burrito


An Arizona woman was recently apprehended for allegedly sneaking some methamphetamine tucked inside a burrito across the U.S.-Mexico border at Nogales, Arizona. READ MORE


Woman Overdoses On Kelp & Edible 6-Pack Rings May Save Sea Life [KATCHUP]

Here we are, another episode of the FOODBEAST Katchup. If you missed out on all the food news this week, fear not. This series catches you up on all the top stories in the wide world of food.

This week, a woman in China really wanted a boy so she decided to eat a ton of kelp to make sure that happened… causing her to overdose. Ever try to sit down and enjoy a pizza when a fight breaks out in front of you? You could try to break it up … or just relax and finish your slice.

Someone created edible six-pack rings that actually FEEDS marine life if they ever ended up in the ocean. Pretty cool, right? What’s not cool is ordering a plate of chicken wings and finding a deep-fried chicken head inside. Sick.

Finally, a vegan professor tried to disprove the notion that vegans are weak and malnourished. She decides to climb Mt. Everest, but meets an unfortunate end.

Check out this week’s Katchup.

Woman overdoses on kelp


In the hopes of improving her chances of having a boy, a Chinese woman from the sub-provincial city of Wuhan overdosed on kelp, a seaweed known for its high concentration of iodine. READ MORE.

Vegan dies while climbing Mt. Everest

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Vegans have this incessant need to prove to everybody that their way of life is the best. It’s understandable, especially since the entire premise of being a vegan relies on saving animal lives, theoretically. So why wouldn’t they try to convince everyone that their way is the right way? Hell, I know I would.

That’s partially what led to the unfortunate demise of Dr. Maria Strydom, lecturer at Melbourne University. READ MORE

Guy enjoys his pizza in the middle of a fight

chill ass pizza eater

Have you ever been in an awkward situation where a couple starts fighting and you don’t really know what to do? If you had a slice of pizza in hand during those situations, everything would have so much better. READ MORE

Customer finds chicken head in plate of wings

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A fly in your soup sounds pretty good right about now, doesn’t it? A fast food restaurant in France called Quick recently became famous after serving a man his chicken wings meal, only for the man to discover that he was given much more than he paid for. After inspecting one particularly odd-shaped wing a bit closer, he realized that this was actually the fried head of a chicken. READ MORE

Brewery invents edible 6-pack rings


Saltwater Brewery, a craft beer company, wants consumers to toast to saving the ocean with their innovative edible six-pack rings.

The company, based in Delray Beach, Florida, is responsible for creating 100% biodegradable six-pack rings that will feed marine animals rather than harm them if it ends up in the ocean. The rings are made of material consisting of barley and wheat left over from the brewing process. READ MORE