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An Outrageous Look At CPK Pizzas From Around The World Including Milk Tea Pizza

We’ve always had a deep appreciation for variations of popular food dishes made around the world. Whether it’s what burgers look like in different countries to what a culture’s go-to BBQ options are, the world is such a large place that we can only imagine what creative flavors are out there.

Dropping by California Pizza Kitchen’s test kitchen, we were given an exclusive look at what the pizza restaurant serves around the world.

After trying each, we’re pretty depressed they don’t serve these pizzas in the states. Novelty aside, they were that good. However, since CPK’s next chapter transformation (new menu, remodeling, custom drinks…) is taking place at 80 of its locations throughout the country, maybe there’s hope yet.

Seriously, that eel pizza though. We’ll be dreaming of that thing for years.

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Chorizo Pizza (Philippines)

CPK-Chorizo

The pizza is made with a spicy chorizo and mozzarella cheese. It’s topped with sautéed red onions, shaved red & yellow peppers and scallions.

Roasted Pork Belly Pizza (China)

CPK-PorkBelly

Made with roasted pork belly, the dough is slathered with a hoisin-kale sauce and topped with mozzarella cheese. It’s topped with pickled mustard greens, glazed mushrooms and cilantro.

BBQ Eel Pizza (Japan)

CPK-Eel

Using a creamy miso sauce base, the pizza is made with mozzarella cheese, Shiitake & King Trumpet Mushrooms, broccolini and slivered scallions. It’s topped with BBQ eel and an eel sauce drizzle.

Gambas Al Ajillo Pizza (Phillipines)

CPK-Gambas

Made with sweet shrimp that’s marinated with roasted garlic, smoked paprika and Cholula hot sauce, the Gambas Al Ajillo is eaten on a crispy flatbread.

Pearl Tapioca Milk Tea Pizza (Taiwan)

CPK-MilkTea

The Milk Tea Pizza is created with a thin crust that’s been brushed with honey, the pizza is topped with a mascarpone black tea cream. It’s then topped with sliced banana, pineapple and caramel tapioca.

Peking Duck Pizza (China)

CPK-Duck

Served on a thin crust, the pizza is based with a hoisin sauce. It’s topped with mozzarella cheese, honey glazed mushrooms and roasted duck tenderloins. Cucumbers, red jalapeños and slivered scallions are served on the side as add-ons.

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Health

Study Reveals Boba Tapioca Balls May Cause Cancer

Or: How to Give a High School/College/Any Kid a Heart Attack in Eight Words or Less.

Sad, but true: German scientists may have just effectively killed another Asian-borrowed college student eating staple (the first being ramen), with a new study revealing the “presence of PCB-like substances” (said to strongly increase one’s risk for cancer), in a sample of tapioca boba balls.

The samples in question came from one milk tea shop from an unnamed nationwide German chain, whose spokesperson claimed to receive their tapioca balls from a mass producer in Taiwan. Thus far, it is unclear whether the PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) can be traced to any specific batch from the distributor or even what the level of toxicity was, though the scare has been enough to prompt at least one environmental spokesman to call for regular PCB testing in stores.

According to the New York Daily News, this tragic news comes to us now as Europe, which has stronger food safety restrictions than we do, has just started to catch onto the tapioca milk tea trend–researchers there perhaps bringing to light information which here might have until now been deemed negligible or inconsequential, at least according to our own FDA.

Not that this news is likely to change things stateside. Thus far, there have been no reported boba-related accidents (bobaccidents?) due the presence of PCBs and until one arises (or someone invents a satisfactory boba substitute), I for one will continue to enjoy my chewy-laden Taiwanese milk tea in ignorant bliss.

Boba on?