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Monday, February 13, 2006

Fast food in Japan

From
Trends in Japan: Sweets in Disguise
Treehugger, Lloyd Alter

Trends in Japan usually show up here a couple of months or years later; here is one to watch. It appears that men do not like to be seen eating elaborate cakes in public, so a confectioner set up what looks like a typical fast food outlet to sell what look like hamburgers and fries, but that are in fact cake.

"The Mamido burger, for instance, which sells for ¥390 ($3.25 at ¥120 to the dollar), is a highlight of the menu. The "bun" is actually a sponge cake, the "patty" inside is chocolate cream, and the "pickles" are kiwis.

The deep-fried fish burger, meanwhile, priced at ¥440 ($3.70), features a banana shaped like a fish fillet in sponge cake. It is topped with "tartar sauce," which is actually fresh cream. And the gratin burger, also at ¥440, is a sandwich with a cream cheese and fruit filling.

The side dishes are equally ingenious. The French fries look like the real thing but are actually custard cream covered in starch powder and deep-fried. The fries, diners are told, are delectable when topped with ketchup.


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1 Comments:

At 1:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i just read your post about tyler thompson, the african american boy singign Chinese opera. i left this comment on that post:

i'm sorry, but i have to say. Tyler's singing abilities are way overrated. the boy simply cannot sing. and what so hard about singing in Chinese? i don't care if he's blue, green, or purple, but he can't sing. his voice is not good. being a singer myself, i know. i plya in the chinese orchestra taht he sings with. also, anyone can sing in any language if they really want to. it's jsut immitating sounds. why don't i get "Wowed" if i sing in Italian or Japanese (i'm chiense, by the way). this is ridiculous. people need to stop getting so hyped up about him. if he really were a good singer, i woudlnt' be saying this. but he isn't.

 

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