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Sweets

Raspberry Lychee is February’s Cronut of the Month

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February is a week away which means a cronut shake up is about to go down at Dominique Ansel’s bakery. The genius behind the breakfast hybrid usually features a unique cronut flavor that changes each month, this week he announced February’s cronut of the month would be Raspberry Lychee.

Adorned and filled with pink ingredients, which Ansel says is his favorite color, the cronut is filled with raspberry confiture and lychee ganache. The cronut is then topped with a simple glaze made up of lemon juice and freeze dried raspberry bits before finally being dusted with lemon zest sugar.

Given the pink on pink action, we’re betting a good amount of New Yorkers will be gifted with some of these limited time cronuts for Valentine’s Day. Because nothing says “I love you” like standing out in the snow for hours to pick up some cronuts.

H/T + PicThx Gothamist

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Fast Food

McDonald’s Singapore Gets Lychee-Chocolate Frappe and Clementine Orange Mouse Cake

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Alright, McDonald’s US, you’re doing something wrong. At least, that’s the case when McDonald’s Singapore is decking out their menu with Litchi Coco Frappes and Clementine Orange Mousse Cake. Yes, Clementine. Mousse. Cake. Who even knew those words were possible on a fast food menu?

The new Litchi Coco Frappe is the latest addition to their McCafé line-up and brings together the flavors of lychee with ice-blended chocolate. As one of our favorite fruits, we’re incredibly disappointed that we’re not sitting pretty in Singapore right now. For a limited-time, the Clementine Orange Mousse Cake will also be available. The sweet treat layers orange mousse embedded with orange slices and orange-flavored cake. Probably just the thing you were craving to nibble on with your lychee-flavored icee.  Probably.

Picthx McDonald’s Singapore

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Recipes

How to Make a Thai Tea Arnold Palmer

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At the end of September, a couple of us Foodbeasters headed to the Chan Dara restaurant in Los Angeles to scope out its offerings for Thai Restaurant Week. Among them, lobster pad thai, seafood paella, and this darling, Cha-Manau — a combination of strongly brewed Thai tea (without milk) and Thai lemonade, or in more western terms, a Thai Tea Arnold Palmer. We decided to play it a little different in our recreation, keeping the milk and trading out the traditional sweet  lemonade with a lychee and thai chili version. Our only question is, why on earth haven’t more people tried this before?

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Thai Tea Arnold Palmer

(Adapted from White on Rice and Serious Eats)

Thai Tea:

  • 1 cup Pantai Thai Tea Mix
  • 4 cups water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • Coconut milk

Lychee-Thai Chili Lemonade:

  • 1 pound lychees (I used canned)
  • Juice from 10 to 12 lemons
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 small red Thai chili
  • 3 cups cold water
  • Ice

How to Make It

  1. Bring water to a boil and add Thai tea mix. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Allow to boil for three minutes, then remove from heat. Let mixture steep for additional thirty minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, combine lychees, lemon juice, sugar, salt, and Thai chili in blender. Blend until smooth, then strain liquid mixture into pitcher or bowl. Discard solids. Add water to lychee lemonade and stir to combine.
  3. Strain the tea leaves from the Thai tea mix, then let cool. Take a glass with ice and fill about 1/3 with tea, another 1/3 with lychee lemonade, and stir. Add coconut milk to taste.

PicThx Eight Ways to Sunday

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Features

16 Things That Taste Just Like My Asian American Childhood

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Nabisco? Hostess? Please, it’s all about Lotte, Glico and Calbee.

Growing up Asian-American, it was always hard not to feel just a little bit different from your peers, especially at lunchtime. While your classmates were knocking back Capri Suns and Dunkaroos, you’d be stuck drinking probiotic Yakult and eating Hello Panda crackers. But that’s okay, because trips to the Asian grocery store with your parents usually meant stopping by the toy counters out front and picking up the newest holographic Pokemon cards, which were always loads cooler than anything you’d find in a Cracker Jack box.

With that in mind, here’s a list of the top 16 Things That Taste Just Like Your Asian American Childhood. Mmm, just like mom used to pack.

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1. Pocky, Yan Yan, Hello Panda

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Never underestimate the simple joy of crunchy bread dipped in chocolate cream. Also available in Strawberry.

Picthx Asian Food Grocer

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2. Lychee Jelly

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These always came in giant buckets, but for some reason there were never enough. WHY WERE THERE NEVER ENOUGH?

Picthx Viet Wah

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3. Shrimp-Flavored Chips

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The Asian equivalent of gum (i.e., once you opened a pack, you could pretty much say goodbye to it forever).

(Notable mention: Snow Pea Crisps)

Picthx Amazon

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4. Calpico, Ramune

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For some reason, Japanese sodas were never content just being one color or flavor, and for some reason, the Strawberry one was always the best.

Picthx Asian Food Grocer, Sand Village Farm

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5. Yakult

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You had the inkling feeling this was supposed to be like liquid yogurt, but decided it was probably best not to ask too many questions.

Picthx Fechando O Ziper

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6. Dry Ramen Packets

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When you have built in crunchy noodles and built in seasoning, who needs chips? (Serving suggestion: crushed and shaken up in a zip-lock bag.)

Picthx Newgrounds

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7. Haw Flakes

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Admittedly these ones tasted kinda funny and you only ate them because your dad gave them to you, but at least tearing open the packs was always fun. Plus they kinda looked like fireworks.

Picthx Nummy Nims

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8. Dry Seaweed

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Perfect with or without rice.

Picthx Nourishing Meals

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9. Tamarind and Coffee-Flavored Candies

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Also available at most Asian restaurants (with the check, of course).

Picthx World of Snacks

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10. White Rabbit

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Two words: Edible. Paper.

Picthx Cafe Zupas

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11. Boba

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Admit it, you felt kinda cool when all your American friends started asking you to take them to get “bubble tea.”

Picthx Tasting Tampa

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12. Rice-Seaweed Crackers, Wasabi Peas, Nagaraya Crackers

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Picthx Hibiki, Nut Stop, Food Recap

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13. Hi-Chew

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Just like harder, chewier Starburst, except they also came in Melon and Mango, aka possibly the best Asian-inspired flavors ever.

Picthx David Wong

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14. Asian Ice Pops

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Hands down, 1 million times better than Otter Pops, just because they were a million times easier to open. Oh, snap.

Picthx Asian Food Grocer, Please Let It Be Friday

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15. Orion Choco Pie

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Picthx Old Delhi Mart

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16. Pork Sung

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Lastly, pork sung, which, despite all appearances, is really not hair. Really.

Picthx E Food Depot

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Leader Image: Jordan Plenzich, Flickr