Sunday, January 28, 2007

Further adventures in beaniness


Since my post about green bean shake was such a hit, especially with Michele, here's a far stranger thing I consumed the other day in a mall. It was called Rice Ball Bean Curd, and it consisted of sweet soy milk, chunks of tofu, and some unbelievably sticky-chewy rice balls. One ball was filled with sweet red bean paste, another with sweet black paste (I'm not sure what that was made of, but probably beans), and a third with peanut butter.


I have to say, even for a bean-loving person such as myself, this was a little beany. And the portion was quite huge. I think in the case of Rice Ball Bean Curd, less is more. I wouldn't rule out having it again, though.

This doesn't seem at all Indonesian, by the way. An internet search suggests Taiwan as the inventor, or perpetrator (depending on your feelings about soy).

8 comments:

m said...

I could see this one coming as soon as I saw the picture, and I was doing pretty well with it until I reached "the third one filled with peanut butter" - holy crap!

This is a prime example of lots of perfectly good individual ingredients being combined in such a way as to create a little bowl of hell on earth.

thanks SO MUCH for the photos...
;)

Anonymous said...

the one with black paste is from black sesame. never tried the others, is it ok?

Anonymous said...

you should be able to get similar kind of snack/drink/food, however you want to call it, in San Francisco and probably in LA. Not sure about east coast though.

kopisusu2 said...

Ah, black sesame -- that makes sense. Yes, the others are good. The red bean is like the red bean filling you get in Chinese deep-fried sesame balls sometimes.

This place is in Plaza Semanggi, fifth floor, opposite end from the food court, if you're in Jakarta and want to give it a try.

Some Chinatowns in the Eastern US might have this ... New York being a prime candidate.

As for you, m, now I have another thing to FedEx you ...

mr_john said...

Mmmm... I love onde-onde (sesame balls)...

What are you complaining about the peanut butter for? This from a country that came up with Reese's Pieces. Yuck...

jake said...

no, i think the black paste is tapir dung.

mel said...

Oh wow!!! It looks delicious! Which mall is it sold at?

kopisusu2 said...

Semanggi, 5th floor. To the right as you get off the escalator. Selamat makan!