Monthly Archives: December 2012

Was it Potable?: Ais Kacang, the Food Pyramid of Shaved Ices

Sweet corn.  Evaporated milk.  Red kidney beans.  Agar-agar.  Azuki.  Ice cream.  Fruit syrup.  Peking duck.  Patatas bravas.  Sole meunière.  Where do the toppings stop??   Well, if you knew from the first few ingredients that this was ais kacang (bean ice), … Continue reading

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Tokyo’s Nakagin Capsule Tower

Kurokawa Kishou’s 中銀カプセルタワー, the Nakagin Capsule Tower, was completed in 1972, close to both the swish Ginza district and the Tsukiji wholesale market (aka the place where you, as a native non-Japanese speaker are most certainly not welcome, particularly at … Continue reading

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General Tso’s 8th Floor Walk-Up: Rotisserie Realtors in China

Walking by real estate offices in China might make you wonder.  Wonder what? Now that’s the important question.  The men are usually outside dun’ing, that is, squatting, at the edge of a step, in addition to smoking and texting, often at … Continue reading

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Digestion is Half the Battle: Jakarta Eats, Part Dua

As I’ve alluded to in an earlier post, Jakarta is the epicenter of Indonesian food.  Imagine being able to get NYC/New Haven pizza in LA or anything Mexican on the east coast and having those respective meals actually taste good.  … Continue reading

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