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asian snacks i grew up on: [Dec. 28th, 2004|12:15 pm]
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mmmmm... generic asian gum. lets get the "bad" out of the way first. the horrible thing about gum you could buy at asian food markets was that:

a)the flavor was always a retarded version of what the label said it was. like if it was some "grape" flavored gum, you had to REALLY use some imagination to convince yourself what you were tasting was "grape" flavored and not "toxic ass" flavored.
b)after awhile the gum got harder than the bottom of most nike sneakers, ive known friends that have lost teeth chewing this shit for long periods of time.
c)the flavor of the gum lasts about as long as the first time i had sex with a girl with no condom.(think your average commercial break from your favorite tv show)

despite all this, i LOVE asian gum. why? cause its nostalgic to me. and for some people nostalgia goes a long way.


white rabbit candy: you know, this is one candy that has depreciated in value for me. it really hasnt held up over the years. i remember LOVING this candy cause you could eat the white wrapper that the candy was wrapped in(it was like rice paper or something) and to me that was the best part. the candy was good but it was the gimmicky wrapper that made me like this candy so much. but i was young and naive then and now that im grown up, i see through the bullshit gimmicks much better. damn you white rabbit candy! damn you for all your lies! i cant believe the deception, and for all these years! i'll never forgive you!

awww who am i kidding? i still love you.


shrimp chips: wow, this is the one i still frequently eat. its not really "shrimp" flavored imo but damn it, who cares?(even though now that i think of it the thought of "shrimp" flavored chips dosent sound so appetizing) hard to go wrong with these. theres another type of "shrimp chips" thats on the market but it never broke out like these did. they were like a cross between a potato chip and a pork rind. honestly they tasted better to me but were tougher to find than the "calbee" version ive grown to know and love. heres that version:

mmmmm, shrimp rinds...


yan yan: see now yan-yan and pocky were classics. if there was a "Holy Trinity" of asian snacks it would go something like this: yan-yan, pocky and shrimp chips at the top(with white rabbit candy being an alternate).


pocky: in some respects this is better than yan-yan cause this one had the strawberry already coated on the pretzel. thus taking the work out of dipping it in the strawberry yourself. yan-yan followers thought that pocky was for the lazy(who couldnt dip the pretzel in the strawberry themselves) and pocky followers thought that yan-yan was for the suckers(who thought "why wear yourself out with all that extra work?"). nevertheless, they are both good as hell, totally bad for your health, and more addicting than a huge ball of crack, heroin and hydro all mixed together.

if you havent had the pleasure of trying these, search em out. you can get them at your local asian food market. the snacks section is usually located right next to the "dog/cat meat" aisle.
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[User Picture]From: korean_guy_01
2004-12-28 12:57 pm (UTC)

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Where's the green bag of onion rings?
[User Picture]From: standing8
2004-12-28 01:07 pm (UTC)

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hmmm...be more specific. asian funyons? theres alot more i couldve listed but i thought of just putting my favorites.
[User Picture]From: theninja
2004-12-28 01:51 pm (UTC)

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HELL YES!

i still LOVE white rabbit candy. my mom's asian students always bring em to her, and she gives em to me =)

and shrimp chips - i think i loved them most because nobody else in my dorm/family liked them AT ALL, meaning i could trust that they would not be snarfed by some ne'er do-well.

pocky - 'nuff said.

don't forget the little yogurt drinks! buy em frozen, thaw and suck em down in 6-pack frenzies. keeps ya regular, too! ;-)

[User Picture]From: standing8
2004-12-29 12:41 am (UTC)

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yeah those yogurt drinks are good too. pocky and yan yan are both "nuff said's".
[User Picture]From: dularigandhi
2004-12-28 02:32 pm (UTC)

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when i was little, my baby-sitter was filipino and she once gave me this ice cream that was purple, and to this day i have no idea what flavor it was, but it was the best damn ice cream i've ever had and i wish i had some right now.

your entry just threw me back into my childhood, lol.
From: (Anonymous)
2004-12-28 03:34 pm (UTC)

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UBE!!!!!!!!
its like purple yams..
but its sooo goood =]
[User Picture]From: dularigandhi
2004-12-28 05:17 pm (UTC)

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oh my goodness! thank you so much! there's a filipino grocery up my block and i swear tomorrow i'm gonna be out there waiting for it to open!

you're wonderful!
[User Picture]From: standing8
2004-12-29 12:44 am (UTC)

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UBE! yup like the anonymus poster below me has stated, it is UBE flkavored. i wasnt a fan growing up but i like it now. go support UBE flavored ice cream and picket with me in fron of baskn robins and we'll try to make it "32" flavors of ice cream.
[User Picture]From: dularigandhi
2004-12-29 06:36 am (UTC)

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hell yeah! i'm all all for making ube ice cream mainstream.

you don't know how happy this made me, just finding out what this flavor is. the last time i had it was when i was 7 or 8. seriously. your livejournal makes me life sometimes. :)
[User Picture]From: kukavan
2004-12-28 03:11 pm (UTC)

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we don't have an asian market here, i think at last count this town had something like 823 asian people, some real countable number. and the little girl i know who came from china three years ago only feeds me seaweed. but now i am educated. what is the white rabbit candy actually?
[User Picture]From: standing8
2004-12-29 12:47 am (UTC)

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you know, i dont know what the white rabbit candy is. its really good though. if you ever do come across an asian market, swing in a buy some, most of what i listed are real cheap.
[User Picture]From: _0_lala_0_
2004-12-28 03:20 pm (UTC)

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That frog on the bubble gum is so damn cute! it's like something outta Sanrio!
Peaches -xox-<333
[User Picture]From: standing8
2004-12-29 12:48 am (UTC)

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haha, you mean "keroppi?" yeah it sorta does look like him.
[User Picture]From: youenvychanel
2004-12-28 04:06 pm (UTC)

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craziness, im eating pocky now

i like these peach/green apple
japanese "jellies"
that my japanese teacher, yuki
use to give us in 4th grade.
he also gave us white rabbit

hot post
[User Picture]From: _0_lala_0_
2004-12-28 04:25 pm (UTC)

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I remember when I was around 4 with my mum going to the local Chinese takawayand the propreiotr's good friends with us so he'd give me 'monster sweets'!? That's all I remember them by! They were green, pink and yellow, I think and they were chewy and yummy!
[User Picture]From: standing8
2004-12-29 12:49 am (UTC)

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you know i heard they recalled all those "jellies" that come in those small cups cause a kid choked on it and dies here in the states. i use to eat those up as well.
[User Picture]From: dularigandhi
2004-12-29 06:38 am (UTC)

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i remember the jellies, too. they were soooo good.

kids here in the states don't know how to do anything right. everything's a problem with them, lol.
From: mynameishoneyb
2004-12-28 07:55 pm (UTC)

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nice... i love yan yan and pocky!
we have a sari-sari store where i live in indianapolis
we go there frequently
[User Picture]From: standing8
2004-12-29 12:50 am (UTC)

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wow, i havent heard the word "sari-sari" in a awhile now. bringing it back.
[User Picture]From: m4n3k1_n3k0
2004-12-28 09:28 pm (UTC)

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whenever i went to toronto, i'd ask to go to a convenience store to get some reese's peanut butter cups (damn i love them), and sometimes we'd be in chinatown. my mom always hesitated, but when she relented and i went inside, it was as if the asians had never heard of peanut butter. so many weird foods, so many shady packagings. heh. ^_^

anyway.
is it just me, or does that Calbee logo look an awwwwwwwwwwful lot like the Coca-Cola logo? hmmmmmmmmmmmm
[User Picture]From: standing8
2004-12-29 12:54 am (UTC)

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yeah goign to an asian food market isnt the easiest thing to do if your not familiar with what youre looking for, calbee could be owned by coca cola. or both might belong to the same company. you know like these conglomerates that own like 30 different food brands. peanut butter cups are the fucking shit. if crack came in candy form, i swear to god it would have peanut butter in it.
From: addydoll
2004-12-29 06:45 pm (UTC)

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i never heard of these snacks...i lived a sheltered life...lol...i might have to try these one day...but i dont know about the gum....i dont want to lose a teeth now.
[User Picture]From: youenvychanel
2004-12-30 11:03 pm (UTC)

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whoever you may be, thanks for being ill enough for me to add you to my friends list.
maybe ive known you for 14 years, or maybe a few weeks? i was bored as fuck, so here we go



ohh by the way, dont forget to check out my latest journal entry where i kind of not really recap 2004.

peace

-brittanychanel <3