Asia Has Ruined My Favorite Foods

Asia Has Ruined My Favorite Foods

Asia makes some delicious food, I have really enjoyed trying sushi in Japan, egg tarts in Hong Kong and countless different foods on a stick.  But I have to air my complaints about Asia’s blatant attempt to ruin my favorite treats from home.  I tried not to take it personally, but Asia went after chips, beer and chocolate.  Come on, these items are things you shouldn’t mess with and I should be able to purchase without added ‘kimchi’ flavor.  Just so that I can get it off my chest below are Asia’s most flagrant displays of attacking America’s favorites.

1. Oreos

Offense number one: re-flavoring the Oreo.  If there is any sacred American desert item it is the Oreo, it’s delicious because of it’s simplicity: chocolate wafers stuffed with white stuff.  But, Asia wasn’t satisfied with white stuff they went ahead and put in strawberry filling, mango and orange filling, green tea filling and blueberry raspberry filling.  Keep it simple stupid, bring back the white stuff!

2. Pringles

The slogan for Pringles is “once you pop, you can’t stop”, well I wasn’t even interested in starting with flavors like Hong Kong Fish Ball.  Ick!  I don’t like fish balls, much less in chip form.  In addition to this “tempting” flavor we also found soft shell crab, grilled shrimp and Bangkok chicken.  Whatever happened to Original? Nowhere to be found in Asia.

3. Candy

The Oreos were the first to be violated in the sweets department, but soon after we found that Kit Kat’s and other chocolates had also been subject to Asia’s altered palate.  Along with green tea Kit Kat, Japan produces soy sauce flavored Kit Kat, Royal Milk Tea Kit Kat, Canteloupe Kit Kat, Corn Kit Kat and even Intense Roasted Soybean Kit Kat.  You can’t make this stuff up, these are real flavors enjoyed by Japanese people. But, not enjoyed by me.

4. Beer

Asian beer isn’t my favorite, but I was willing to at least give Tsingtao beer a pass, but then the Chinese added fruit to their beer.  Of all the things that you had to go mess with, Asia, why couldn’t you have just left my beer alone?  No, you had to add pineapple to it.  Really?  Are you trying to go for a shandy-type effect?  Because beer and lemon sometimes works, but beer and pineapple, I can tell you from personal experience does not work.  Just avoid it.

5. Pastries

Finally, after abandoning chocolate, chips, candy and beer I thought I couldn’t be led astray with a plain old pastry.  But I was wrong.  The pastries in Asia can’t seem to decide if they are sweet or savory, so you get a foul blend of cloyingly sweet pastry dough covered in salty pork floss.  I would not recommend trying this yourself, just take my word on it and avoid pastries all together unless you’re sure the bakery is owned by non-Asians.

Now that I am done ranting I feel much better and I look forward to heading to Australia and New Zealand at the end of the year.

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» Bka :
Oct 4, 2011

Very fun……but you can’t trick me, you never once had a cupboard filled with pringles and oreos……you ate them from my cupboard……I should have written this on your behalf… you dad

LOCAVORista Reply:

Dad, this may have been better coming from you as you have always been good at stocking the cupboard with treats. While I may not indulge often I do like pringles and oreos on occasion, but not when they come in Asia flavors.

» cindy :
Oct 5, 2011

And I would add sweet popcorn in Asian theaters (no salt & butter options) to the list. Plus, I remember we always brought our own tomato sauce to be added to the pizzas in Singapore because thinkChua & siblings didn’t like the toppings as prepared by the American brand or local restaurants without additional tomato sauce.

LOCAVORista Reply:

Cindy, I agree sweet popcorn should definitely be added to the list I hate the sugary stuff here- I want salt!

» Kate C :
Oct 8, 2011

I wholeheartedly agree with this post! I sometimes found the chips entertaining, but getting a bad pastry just rubbed me the wrong way! It was awful to evaluate and analyze, finally decide to put your money down, and obtain something inedible. So disheartening. But part of the joy of travel, right?

LOCAVORista Reply:

Kate, the chips really do make me laugh, but the pastries get to me too! They are false advertising at it’s best, they look so good and taste awful.

» Ewa :
Dec 9, 2011

Kit Kat is sooo popular in Japan because the name is very close to “Kitto-Katsu” which means “win without fail”. That’s why they are making those sauces and everything else with kitkaty flavour – not only tasty, but lucky as well.:) Btw, really nice travelogue, the most advanced and well-organized I’ve ever seen.:)

LOCAVORista Reply:

Ewa, thanks for sharing that Kit Kat trivia- never knew. Thanks so much for the compliments on our travel blog, we’re having fun with the content and hope that it will encourage even more people to travel as well as give them the tools to do so. Happy travels to you!

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LOCAVORista: A curious adventurer exploring the culinary delights and local traditions around the world. Currently on a 3 year round-the-world trip discovering amazing cultures, must-eats and off-the-beaten-track destinations.

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