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Ultra-Portable Rice Ball

Unlike the new MacBook Air, edible and tasty.

Every culture has the portable food. The sandwich, the shawarma, the burrito (ok, not an original Mexican creation, I know). The portable food has to be dry on the outside while still containing moist tasty ingredients inside. Tricky, but can be done. In Taiwan, it is the ba tzang: sticky rice, peanuts, pork and cooked egg yolk wrapped in bamboo leaves to neatly form a pyramid of tastiness. Even though it's not warm, the glutinous rice stays moist and sticky, so the ba tzang doesn't have to be eaten hot (although its better that way).

Lucky enough for me, I got one for the road when I was off to the airport in Taipei. It made it all the way to Singapore, when at 4am, I decided to gnosh. Untie the string, unwrap the bamboo leaves and have at it. Delish!


Posted by hsustyle 03:55 Archived in Singapore

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