Malaysian Snack: Dodohl

CindTee arrived in Taipei on Thursday night to visit me, and she won’t be returning to Vancouver until tomorrow night, so we’ve been hanging out a lot! Last night she brought out an interesting Malaysian snack called Dodohl. At first I didn’t know what it was, because it looked like a dried up piece of leaf!

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CindTee explained that I had to open the leaf up, and inside I will find a sticky rice cake. It’s a Malaysian version of coconut sticky rice cake:

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She explained that there are no preservatives in the cake, and that it can last up to three whole months because of the leaf’s “preserving qualities”. I thought that was quite neat! It’s made by melting and boiling coconut sugar until it turns into a sticky, brown consistency (reminds me of the process of turning sugar into caramel). As for the taste, it tasted like sweet coconut candy, but chewy at the same time. It doesn’t stick to the teeth as much as I thought it would!

Yum, thanks for letting me try this tasty novelty food item, CindTee!! I love trying new things.

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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

It’s the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival today, and it’s the first time I’m spending it with family in 10+ years. I’m spending the day at my grandma’s place over lunch and moon cake.

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Yum! Grandma prepared all my favourites.

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These moon cakes are from CF! :) They’re really delicious. I like them better than the traditional HK-style moon cakes.

In Taiwan, people celebrate this festival by having moon cake, pomelo (Chinese Yuzu) fruit, and BBQ. They also look at the full moon. Unfortunately because of the typhoon, we won’t be able to see the moon tonight. I’m planning to BBQ tomorrow though! Going to enjoy the four day long weekend before going back to the grind on Monday.

Wishing everyone a happy Chinese Mid-autumn (moon) Festival!

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Chocolate Felt Cake

Chocolate 蛋糕

Here is the picture of the felt cake that I made right after my final exams ended back in April. I was bored out of my mind for a couple of weeks before summer school started. So aside from learning driving with my dad, I worked on this cake as well as another project that I will post at a later time. (*hint hint* It’s green and it has wings~) My mom really likes this cake so I’ll be giving it to her when I go back to see her this summer. Hoping to find the time to work on more cakes in the near future. The plan is to make a cake box, but first I’ll need a box. Or maybe I should try chocolates. Anyway, that’s all for now. Back to more midterm studying!