Thursday, October 22, 2009

Beans & ice & condensed milk

When I was home, one story I kept being asked to tell was about the unique summer treat, uh, I don’t really know what it is:

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You start with some shaved ice.  A few places add condensed milk and fresh fruit, which has a certain appeal.  Most places add, um, tapioca balls (those are the black balls in the sign above), weird medicinal jell-o (the jello-y black stuff in the bowl on the right), taro balls (the kinda beigey purple balls) and other gummy and chewy things.  And, of course, beans!

It’s one of those things I kinda get talked into because Taiwanese people can’t fathom how it’s not delicious.  The stands always have a huge menu, which I can’t understand, and also one kind of cold soup gummy beany thing tastes the same as the next to me.

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I’ve learned to avoid these stands by treating at Starbucks whenever someone suggests it all my smarts went out the window last weekend, when the friend I was with said she’d treat me to ice later.  Ice cream, I thought!  Great!  And for some reason in my mind I just knew she’d take me to some delicious place with homemade ice cream in normal flavors…  Sometimes I don’t know what’s wrong with me.  Did I just get to Taiwan yesterday?

The upshot is that I got to take a picture of my bowl.  Yes, those seems to be pinto beans and kidney beans, and yes, I ate some (but not all- it was huge!)  The beans are not as salty as canned beans back home so it’s not really that bad, just not something I would choose to eat.

ghost money 008Since it’s only 80 degrees out (ie, it’s cold!), she couldn’t eat the ice stuff, so she got a bowl of warm (not hot) “tofu flower” soup. 

I just realized this whole post sounds really sarcastic.  But I mean how else do you write about sweet gummy bean ice?

2 comments:

Mimi said...

They serve that all over the place here in Hawaiian and Chinese restaurants. We even saw it at a Pumpkin Patch this week. How mayn people in so Cal want plain shaved ice with fruit or beans on top at a Pumpkin Patch? Not my kids!

Richard said...

I have discovered the hard way that the bean soup is better then ExLax....lol