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More Asian-shoppery(and lemon babies)
Saturday. 4.12.08 7:21 pm
I realize this post is long and rambly. If you want to "get to the point", as people like for me to do, you can search for the string "*****" (five asterisks, no quotes). Lemonbabies has six asterisks.
I've been wanting some bottled barley tea/drink the past few days, so I took a trek to the the local shop that caters more to Asians(of the Chinese/Japanese persuasion, it seems) than it does "The world", like the other local shop.
This shop has a $5 minimum purchase for using cards, and I figured the tea would probably be two dollars or so, and I would get two and a snack-thing, maybe some broadbeans (om nom nom. nom nom)
They only had oolong tea, so I got no tea. I got some mirin, because I see it in all of the recipies I'd like to try. There was was HUGE bottle of salted rice wine, but I decided that I probably didn't need that much. I'm sure it probably would have been much pricier in the "international" section of local "large" grocer, or even the "world" shop.
Anyway. They had some jelly mix, like the little cups of jelly from way back when that had the .5cm2 chunk of coconut in them, but they got pulled off of the market when kids choked on them because their parents couldn't supervise them well enough. Grr. They remade them without that massive hunk of coconut, but it's not the same. Anyway, I bought this packet of jelly mix. I can't wait to make it.
At this point, I think I was up to about 4 dollars in purchases. I found some green tea pumpkin seeds, which sounded slightly awkward. Just a bit.
I go to the refrigerated section to look for the tea, and perhaps some other tasties (world food market will get the 1-up in that it has green tea mochi... it looks so tasty!). I see the little yogurt-milk drinks that are awesome, but I don't want any.
I eventually see "green bean ice milk bar". Green beans? What kind of green beans? I guess I could have read the ingredients... but green beans? Was it edamame and green tea? Was it generic flavorless bean dyed green in green tea? Was it... String beans? Peas? That would have been a bit awkward. Well, the string beans. Peas are almost always awesome. Having almost faithfully watched Jackie Chan Adventures, I wondered if it were mung beans... which I have never had, and was not willing to try in a confection just yet.
*****(What follows is the point of the story)*****
Then I see "sesame ice milk bar". Sesame done right is always tasty. Sesame done wrong makes me slightly ill. It was black, like sesame things are wont to be, and the idea was a bit offputting. Maybe there is someth... oooh, Red bean! AND jelly! This bodes well. (Okay, maybe not for that guy... but for me, yes. Then again... maybe not for me.)
I ask the clerk (who was exceedingly friendly when I came in) how much they were. $2.79, not horrid, not awesome either. A good price for an experimental try. I went to buy them, and he seemed surprised/impressed that I was buying something with red beans in it. Maybe people "like me"(non-asian, obviously) come in and don't like red beans? Who knows. I told him that I thought red bean stuff was pretty darn awesome, and he thought that was pretty cool. Go figure.
So on to this bar. I decide that it would be nice to have one whilst walking back to Dave's. I open the bar. It is red beany... and green. Green? Um, okay. It tasted like coconut and red bean, and there was a ton of beans in it. The green things were the jelly, where I'd expected the jelly to be worked into the texture of the bar. They didn't have any taste to them, and they reminded me of gummy worms. I guess they were there to break the monotony of beans and ice-milk? It would have been fine without the green-things, but they did make it a bit more fun to eat.
Maybe I'll be adventurous and try the "green bean" one next time. The beans on the package are the same kind of bean, so if anyone wants to offer a "wtf is this", go ahead.
Lemon babies. I think it is highlarious. Dave thinks I'm rather awful. I probably won't be a good parent at all, if I ever have kids... I'd be so mean.
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