Jakarta. As the rest of the world battles a prolonged heatwave, Jakartans could be forgiven for thinking, "This is what has been happening to us for years!" This is also one of the reasons why, apart from being home to nasi goreng and rendang, Indonesia is also famous for its myriad of iced drinks-slash-desserts. One of them is the classic cendol, tiny, worm-like green rice flour jelly, often found swimming in an icy cold sweet pool of coconut milk and palm sugar syrup. In Jakarta, the traditional iced cendol drinks are sold from roadside carts usually bearing brown earthenware jars where the cendol, coconut milk and palm sugar syrup are kept. "Es Cendol" also still crops up regularly in the dessert menu of many fancy restaurants in the capital. But as we've found out, Indonesian culinary creativity knows no bounds, so you can now find cendol cake, cendol pudding, cendol with cheese toppings and for the health conscious among you, cendol in skinny almond mylk … [Read more...] about Deconstructed Cendol Cake, Anyone?
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NEW YORK (REUTERS) - New York's Baccarat Hotel serves up an opulent US$1,500 (S$2,042) sundae called "Bear Extraordinaire". "Divine," said Baccarat Hotel patron Virgilia Virjoghe, after lifting the top off the US$1,200 Baccarat "Zoo Bear" crystal and porcelain bowl and tasting the house-made Madagascar vanilla ice cream. "It's exquisite, just like everything Baccarat ever creates. May I eat it all? It's so outstanding I'm almost scared to touch it. Artwork. Now that's a diet I would love to be on for the rest of my life." The sundae is made up of vanilla ice cream on top of a black truffle crumble, topped by a champagne sauce, all inside a white chocolate shell hand-painted with strokes of red, green and yellow coloured cocoa butter. It is covered with gold leaf and silver flakes. Spun sugar in the shape of a nest rests on top of the white chocolate shell with fondant butterflies and edible flowers adorning the creation. The sundae comes in a honeycomb design porcelain base and … [Read more...] about Would you pay $2,042 for this dessert?
Cagayan de Oro is what the call the “City of Golden Friendship.” Though I was only there for a few nights, everyone was so warm and welcoming. Since it was my first time in CDO, I was eager to try everything! Cagayan de Oro, of course, is known for their whitewater rafting, but who knew that there was so much more food to discover! Every year, Ayala Centrio celebrates the Big Bite Food Festival that features startup food concepts. This gives smaller companies and even homemakers a chance to showcase their products and creations to a larger market. Sinuglaw is a hybrid of sinugba (grilled pork belly) and kinilaw (fish ceviche) using the hangsqueezed juices from tabon-tabon, local lime, and coconut vinegar with onions, ginger and chili. It was a four-day celebration with activities such as culinary competitions, demos, song and dance numbers, as well as appearances by Megan Young and Mikael Daez. Every day had a different highlight, such as serving the largest buko halo-halo … [Read more...] about Chookies, binaki, hugot & more from Cagayan de Oro