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Krispy Kreme Adds Doughnut Menu Inspired By The Desserts Of Asia

Here in the states, Krispy Kreme celebrated their 81st birthday by giving away a box of donuts for $1 and throwing confetti into their Original Glaze.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Krispy Kreme Japan is celebrating something else — the diversity of Asian desserts, according to Sora News.

As a way to taste the different decadent offerings across Asia, Krispy Kreme released a limited menu called Tasty Asian Sweets.

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This menu offers items inspired by the desserts of  countries like Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Here’s a look at what treats are being highlighted.

Hong Kong Almond Tofu

Inspired by the Japanese dessert “Almond Tofu,” this donut is filled with a milky cream that’s similar in texture to the bean curd. The donut is glazed in white chocolate and topped with tiny flecks of gold powder and pieces of dried goji berries.

Thai Mango Cheesecake

Mango flavored Cheesecake is a pretty well-known dessert in Thailand, so this donut encompasses all those elements. Stuffed with a cheesecake-flavored cream, the breakfast pastry is coated with a frosting made from pureed Alphonso Mango.

Vietnamese Che

One of Vietnam’s most traditional dessert drinks Che is a blend of diced fruits, jellies, and beans. This donut is topped with a lychee and strawberry glaze and garnished with chunks of dragonfruit and mango pieces.

Taiwan Pineapple Cake

The Feng Li Su(凤梨酥)Pineapple Cake is a popular pastry in Taiwan and this Taiwan Pineapple Cake doughnut draws heavily from just that. The dough is made with powdered cream cheese and pineapple sauce.


Alongside these dessert offerings, Krispy Kreme is also serving up a donut that’s on the more savory side.

Thai Spicy Green Curry

Don’t order this donut expecting  something sweet. The Thai Spicy Green Curry donut falls more on the savory side. Stuffed with a chicken and eggplant filling that’s combined with coconut milk and fish sauce, the donut is a hot and spicy pastry more in line with a curry sandwich.

All of the donuts are available now at Krispy Kreme locations in Japan through September.

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Animals News

Taiwan Just Imposed Asia’s First Ban On Eating Dogs Or Cats

Pet lovers and animal cruelty advocates around the world are rejoicing over this landmark legislation.

Earlier today, the Legislative Yuan of Taiwan passed a series of amendments to the island’s Animal Protection Act. According to the China Post, these amendments include punishments for the sale, purchase, or consumption of dog or cat meat. Fines given to those caught can be as high as two million New Taiwan dollars, or over $65,000 US dollars (USD). Violators of the law will also be prohibited from registering pets or applying to adopt a pet.

Other amendments passed include increased punishments for intentional animal cruelty, with up to two years of imprisonment and two million New Taiwan dollars in fines for first time offenders and up to five years of jail time and five million New Taiwan dollars (around $163,000 USD) for repeat lawbreakers.

The amendments just have to be signed by the Cabinet and President of Taiwan before going into effect, which could happen as early as the end of this month.

Kuomintang legislator Wang Yu-min, the sponsor of the new laws, said the amendments came in response to some horrific acts of animal cruelty that occurred in Taiwan within the past year. These acts generated a growing need for legislation banning dog and cat meat consumption. Some local areas had such bans, but Taiwan had no overarching law preventing this consumption from taking place.

Across Asia, dog and cat consumption has drawn some harsh criticisms, with the Yulin meat festival in China being one of the most grotesque examples. To date, no national laws that outright ban such atrocities exist in Asia.

Hopefully, these amendments are just the beginning of a continent-wide wave of legislation that keeps such horrific acts of killing and eating cats and dogs from continuing.

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Hit-Or-Miss

Taiwan’s Light Bulb Bubble Tea Goes Viral After Using A Great Business Strategy

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Taiwan has unleashed a new bubble tea trend that employs the help of some actual “bobas”, known to be originally translated from the word “buxom ladies”.

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The bubble tea is served in light bulb shaped glasses, but it’s probably more about who is serving the tea that has netizens, particularly in Thailand, going crazy for it.

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I mean, it’s not like it takes an expert to copy the “hot worker” trend in Asia.

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It’s a solid, tried and true business strategy, but we are sure the bubble tea is good too.

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Written by NextShark || H/T: Shanghaiist

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Fast Food

Son Comes Out To His Father In This Tradition-Challenging McDonald’s Ad

McDonald’s Taiwan recently released a commercial that seriously tugging on our heartstrings. The ad shows a young man coming out to his father at a McDonald’s.

We see the two men sitting together at the fast food restaurant.

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The camera shifts to writing on a McCafe cup that roughly translates to:

I like men.

As the two sit in silence, the father abruptly gets up and leaves his son behind. The young man looks disheartened.

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The father returns, however, takes out a pen and writes a response on his son’s cup.

I accept that you like men.

Happiness ensues and father and child then enjoy their McCafe beverages together.

Seriously McDonald’s, great commercial. Simple, sweet and moving. Sure beats that horrifying anthropomorphic Happy Meal box you had dancing around.

Video: McDonald’s Taiwan , Translation: Sophia Hui

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Products

IKEA Is Selling A Hotplate That Needs Your Phone For A Beautiful Reason

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Keeping your phone away from the dinner table is quite a formidable feat in this world of social media and gratuitous food photography. An IKEA in Taiwan has created a unique hotplate that gets rid of the distraction caused by smart phones, reports Rocket News.

Diners arrive at the table and sit around the hotplate. While it holds a pot filled with broth, meats and vegetables, the hotplate won’t turn on until a cellphone is placed underneath.

One cell phone will not provide enough heat to cook the food, so more cellphones must be added to keep the hotplate going. Get it?

A cool innovation that allows families and loved ones to actually spend dinner talking to each other rather than play on their phones.

As you can see in the video above, some people struggled with the separation more than others.

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Hit-Or-Miss

This Watermelon Bread Looks So Good, You Almost Don’t Want To Eat It

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Check out this watermelon bread! It isn’t made from watermelon, it just looks like watermelon. Confusing! Apparently the fruity looking loaves are all the rage in Taiwan right now. The bread’s made out of different colored doughs that are put together to make up the appearance of a watermelon. A square watermelon, that is. Which really do exist! Why? Because Taiwan. That’s why.

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Written by Brittany High, Incredible Things

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Hit-Or-Miss

This Food Stall Only Serves Penis-Shaped Foods

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In a recent trip to Taipei, YouTuber Micaela Braithwaite discovered a food stall that served nothing but penis-shaped foods. Yep, take a second to take it all in.

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At the stall, Braithwaite was happily greeted by the owners who gave her a little demonstration on what kinds of penises they had for sale. A combination of savory sausages and sweet popsicles, the stall served penises in a variety of different flavors.

This included sausage penises with Thai Chili Sauce, Red Wine Tomato Sauce, Honey Mustard Sauce, Taiwan Sweet & Spicy Sauce and a Caesar Cheese Sauce. On the sweet side, there were frozen popsicles with a variety of flavors including a popular berry.

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The walls of the stall were covered with photos of past patrons, each with a penis in hand (or mouth). Needless to say, it was a surreal experience for the YouTuber.

Check out her video below and get an upclose look at the mysterious penis food stand.

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Hit-Or-Miss

Taiwanese Restaurant Slammed for Naming Pasta Dish ‘Long Live Nazi Spaghetti’

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It looked like a simple pasta dish with German sausage, but then things got controversial. Rockmill restaurant in Taiwan thought it’d be a wonderful idea to serve up a dish called “Long Live Nazi Spaghetti.”

Manager Chao Ya-hsin told TVBS she didn’t think the dish would get so much attention. She was just trying to provide an easy way for customers to identify the dish as German. The Wall Street Journal reported that it was a popular dish over the last year and hadn’t received any complaints until a local station ran a story on it. After getting media attention, the complaints started pouring in as both Israeli and German representatives in Taiwan were outraged at the lack of sensitivity and understanding of the Holocaust.

Chao apologized and changed the name of the dish to “Long Live Purity.”

Reminds us of that one time “Holocaust Beer Pong” was unfortunately a thing.

Picthx WSJ