Craving Asian Snacks From Your Childhood? Check Out This Homemade Choco Pie Recipe

 

When I was young, I spent most of my Saturdays at my grandmother’s house, secretly picking flowers off her houseplants, overfeeding her goldfish and eating up all her snacks that she would get from Chinatown. I say “all her snacks,” but my grandma really only had two snack foods in her cupboard — one was the family pack lemon puff biscuits, which always tasted dry and slightly artificial, and the other was Garden coconut wafers, which I knew had been laying around for a while. See, to save money, my grandma would buy the wafers in these big metal tins, which would take forever to finish. And for that reason, all the Garden wafers I’ve ever eaten at my grandmother’s house always tasted a bit stale. Still, I opted for the wafers over the biscuits.

I had a very specific method of eating the wafers. Because I was only allowed to have a few per visit, I would split the wafers into individual layers, so that it would seem like I had a whole lot more to eat than there actually was. As a kid, I would do this to all of my snacks, just to prolong my time with them. Sounds kind of silly, right?

But it’s funny how when I share these stories with my Asian friends, nearly all of them reciprocate with their own stories. My friend Timmy from Taiwan would freeze his lychee before eating them like little frozen popsicle balls. And my college classmate Grace, who grew up in Brooklyn, would take Haitai French Pie cookies, eat everything except the middle, and save the center apple pie filling for her last bites. “Always the last two bites because that was how the center fit perfectly into my mouth,” she says.

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Of course, my love of Asian snacks didn’t end as a child. As a college student, the Japanese fruit gummy candies — you know, the ones that come in apple, kiwi, strawberry and lychee — were my ultimate companions for late night studying. A small confession is that I would bring them into the library as well. (An even bigger confession is I’ve prob- ably brought a snack into every library I’ve ever been in — and the culprit snack was usually Asian. I know, I know, but it’s hard to walk away once you’re in the studying groove.) Anyway, any “library snacker” can tell you that the hard part is not sneaking the snacks into the library, but eating them in silence. That takes skill, especially when you’re eating those crunchy rice crackers.

Now as an adult, I still find myself watching TV and curled up next to a bag of prawn crackers or snacking on the latest red bean, green tea and sesame Pocky. To this day, Asian snacks remain a comfort food for me. So here’s my own attempt at recreating that magic with a homemade Choco Pie recipe.

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INGREDIENTS

Cake:
– 1 1/4 cup cake flour
– 1/2 cup sugar
– 1 egg
– 1/3 cup milk
– 1/2 tsp baking powder
– splash of vanilla extract

Filling:
– 1/2 cup Marshmallow Fluff pr marshmallow creme

Chocolate Ganache Coating:
– 8 oz chocolate chips
– 1 cup heavy cream

 


 

DIRECTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Make batter by mixing dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
3. Fill whoopie pie pan or muffin tin with 1/4 inch of batter.
4. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cakes turn golden brown on the underside. Let cool. (Tops may still look pale.)
5. Meanwhile, prepare ganache by bringing a cup of heavy cream to a boil.
6. Immediately remove from heat and pour on top of chocolate.
7. Whisk till smooth. Set aside.

 


 

TO ASSEMBLE
1. Cut tops off cake so that the surface is flat.
2. Spread about a teaspoon of marshmallow filling on the cake. Top it off with another cake, making sure the golden brown sides are exposed.
3. Place the assembled cakes on a wire rack with a sheet pan underneath to catch the ganache. Pour a small amount of ganache on top of each of the assembled cakes until the tops and sides are cov- ered. A spatula may be needed.
4. Let it set in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving.

 

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– Story and photos by Christina Ng
This story was originally published in our Fall 2014 issue. Get your copy here

Talented DIY Bride Makes Her Own Wedding Dress For Only $30

 

These days, DIY weddings are definitely the latest trend. Soon-to-be brides have invaded craft stores everywhere looking for candles, mason jars and ribbon. But one bride has decided to take this DIY trend to the next level.

Seattle bride Chi Kreneta decided that she would test her crochet skills on something that many women spend years dreaming of: her wedding dress. The talented crocheter utilized her 50-minute bus commute each day to work on the gown of her dreams. The beautiful, floor-length gown features cap sleeves, an empire silhouette and uses a common pineapple stitch throughout. Chi Kreneta simply wore the piece over a white slip, accented it with a ribbon and voilà, her masterpiece was complete!

Although the dress took 5 months of hard work, it’s clear that it all paid off. Best of all, the materials to create the dress only cost a total of $30.

“I crochet a lot on the bus during my commute and have made other things like hats, scarves, and shorter dresses,” Kreneta told ABC News. “I knew I wanted to design and make my own wedding dress (I also sew) and figured that crocheting it would be the most efficient way to accomplish.”

Additionally, Kreneta points out that the dress is in honor of her late grandmother who taught her how to crochet as a child.

Check out the impressive time lapse video below!

 

 

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Top 6 Fragrances Worn by Your Favorite Celebrities

 

Fragrance is a strong factor in defining one’s personality, and it can get a little tricky and overwhelming to choose the right scent. We created a list of your favorite celebs along with their favorite scent for the fall season. Hopefully this will guide you in deciding your own signature scent this fall!

 


 

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Vanessa Hudgens
The all-time fresh and stylish Vanessa Hudgens revealed her favorite scent: Aquolina Pink Sugar. Just like the lovely Hudgens we all know, the fragrance balances out the sweet caramel and vanilla scent with a stack of womanly sexiness.

 


 

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Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling’s go-to fragrance is Stella McCartney Stella Eau de Parfum because it was the fragrance her mother wore. After applying the fragrance, wait a few minutes; you never know the actual scent of the fragrance until a few minutes later. In just a few minutes, the sharp and metallic scent converts to roses with a hint of spice.

 


 

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Nicole Scherzinger
Why not find two separate signature scents you can wear during the day and night? During the day, Nicole Scherzinger likes to release a positive and softer side through Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb. Don’t worry– despite the name, it’s actually not that flowery. It’s more of a sugary scent with a hint of flowers which helps intensify the entire scent. In the evening, Nicole unleashes her wild side through Thierry Mugler’s Alien that will remind you of the sultry and intriguing Nicole you’ve always seen from the Pussycat Dolls.

 


 

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Hwang, Jung-Eum
The K-drama Endless Love superstar Jung-Eum Hwang is known to wear the English Pear & Freesia Colonge by Jo Malone, which is the perfect essence for autumn. For those in love with soapy, crisp and fresh scents, this fragrance will keep you satisfied all season long.

 


 

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Lee, Hae-Young
Who would’ve ever imagined she’s in her early 40s? Known for her unique and refined sense of style, Lee Hae-Young is one inspiring figure for woman in South Korea. On her Instagram, Lee Hae-Young revealed how much she’s in love with the elegant and gender-neutral Chai Robert Piguet.

 

 

–STORY BY MICHELLE KIM

Fall Eye Makeup Tutorial To Compliment All Eye Shapes

 

Fashion isn’t the only thing to change with every passing season. Makeup trends also change to match and compliment a season’s color, weather and feel. This past spring and summer, eye shadows of popping hues such as purple and aquatic and even lighter gold shades were a major hit during catwalks and on the streets.

This fall is all about seductive and flirtatious shadows that spreads throughout your entire eyelid with a good amount of moist and gloss. Today, we’ll take a look at different hues of eye shadows that complement different eye shapes.

 


 

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Single Eyelids – Burgundy

For those of you with single eyelids like Ga-In, you should try on the burgundy shadow to bring more emphasis towards the eyes. Whether you’re opening or closing your eyes, this hue will add a mysteriously beautiful look that fits perfectly during fall.

 

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First, apply a burgundy pearl shadow all over the eyelid as well as the under-eye region.

 

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Next, add a Champaign colored shadow above the burgundy eyelid and blend it to create a slight gradation.

 

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Add a touch of pink or white pearl shadow on the middle of the eyelid and the under-eye region to bring a three dimensional effect.

 

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For a more defined look, draw a winged liner with burgundy pencil eyeliner and finish the look by applying dark mascara.

 

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Double Eyelids – Orange

Orange is the perfect hue that creates a softer look for those with big double eyelids. Just the right amount of orange shadow will bring a rejuvenating effect like it does to Ko Joon-Hee, without the need of any additional products.

 

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Apply a beige-toned eye shadow all over the eyelids.

 

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Follow up the beige with a line of a darker toned coral shadow right above the eyelid.

 

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Mix up the red and brown shadows to create a more natural gradation and, starting from the bottom of the top eyelid, apply an orange shade halfway. You may also use any shine or glitter that you see fit.

 

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With black eyeliner, create a thin winged eye and make the final touch with black mascara.

 

 


–STORY BY MICHELLE KIM
All photos courtesy of http://tvdaily.asiae.co.kr and http://blog.naver.com

7-Year-Old Cellist Justin Yu Meets Ellen, Charms His Way Into Our Hearts

 

I don’t know about you, but at the age of 3, I was probably spending my days watching cartoons, drinking out of juice boxes and trying to figure out how on earth people colored inside the lines. What was Jun Justin Yu doing at 3? Learning how to play the cello.

Justin Yu is the son of Chinese composer and conductor Ziliang and Korean pianist Rho Aera. After learning how to play the cello, it wasn’t long before Yu went beyond the wildest dreams of any musical parent. After being accepted into the Herald Music School gift class, Yu performed in a number prestigious venues and most impressive of all, he made his debut in Carnegie Hall in 2012. Of course, he did this all before the age of 6. Now at the age of 7, Yu has been accepted by the Manhattan School of Music as one of the youngest cellist in school’s history.

On September 24th, Yu made an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to give us a taste of his breath-taking skills. As it turns out, this young prodigy not only has an incredible amount of talent, he also has an incredible amount of personality.

Yu quickly charmed his way into our hearts with his large facial expressions and adorable stories. He talked Ellen’s ears off about everything from his boring plane ride to his hilarious victory dance.

Check it out for yourself. Trust us when we say this will be the best 4 minutes of your day.

 

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Must-Read of The Week: “The Story Hour” by Thrity Umrigar

 

Looking for a good read? We have just the thing. Find out what page-turner you should pick up with our Must-Reads of The Week! 

 


Acclaimed author Thrity Umrigar tells the story of an unlikely friendship in her latest novel, The Story Hour. When Lakshmi, an Indian immigrant in a loveless marriage, tries to kill herself, she is required to go see a psychologist as a condition of her release from the hospital. Maggie, an African American psychologist married to an Indian American man, at first tries to help Lakshmi, who is constantly berated by her Indian husband and treated more like an employee than a wife. We, too, as readers suffer from the “poor Lakshmi” syndrome, shaking our heads at the stereotypical arranged marriage of the helpless wife from the countryside, demonizing the cold brute of a husband.

That is, until stories begin to unfold in these unconventional therapy sessions — stories where secrets are revealed. Before we know it, it is Maggie who is in need of saving and the cold brute of a husband for whom we feel sympathy. And ultimately, it is Lakshmi who holds the fate of those she loves in her hands.

 

Details Hardcover, $25.99, umrigar.com.

World’s 10 Most Followed Asian Female Celebrities on Twitter (September 2014)

1. Indonesian entertainer Agnes Monica (@agnezmo) — 11.3M followers

 

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2. Indonesian singer Sherina Munaf (@sherinasinna) — 8.17M followers

 

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3. Japanese-Swiss-Polish Brazilian TV personality Sabrina Sato Rahal (@SabrinaSatoReal) — 8.09M followers

 

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4. Indonesian actress Luna Maya (@LunaMaya26)– 7.83M followers

 

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5. Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) — 7.35M followers

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6. Filipina Australian entertainer Anne Curtis-Smith (@annecurtissmith) — 7.11M followers

 

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7. Bollywood entertainer Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) — 7.06M followers

 

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8. Indonesian actress Shireen Sungkar (@shireensungkar) — 5.69M followers

 

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9. Filipina actress Angel Locsin (@143redangel) — 5.07M followers

 

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10. Filipina American entertainer Nicole Scherzinger (@NicoleScherzy) — 4.99M followers

 

Information provided by http://www.socialbakers.com/ 
Did we miss someone? Don’t be shy! Tell us if there’s anyone that should be on this list!

 

 

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Words Can Be Weapons: Powerful Chinese Campaign Links Teenage Crime to Emotional Abuse

 

It’s scary to think that a number of parents and adults don’t realize they verbally abuse children. It’s even scarier once we take a look at the potential consequences of this abuse. Some adults think they simply get carried away with anger when they scold their children, but they fail to realize that physical abuse is not the only way to harm a child.

In China, the number of juvenile crimes has doubled in recent years and when the Center For Psychological Research went to investigate this, they stumbled upon a disturbing realization: juvenile crime is directly tied to childhood emotional abuse.

“Verbal abuse of children is like setting off a time bomb. It explodes only much later, long after the original perpetrator has left the scene. And it is society that pays the price, as is evident from the rising rate of juvenile crime,” explained Juggi Ramakrishnan, executive creative director of the advertising agency Ogilvy and Mather. “We really needed to tell this ‘cycle-of-violence’ story in a way that will make people sit up and take notice.”

And so they did.

Words Can Be Weapons,” a multimedia campaign based in China, interviewed six teenagers in Shenyang Detention Center. During these interviews, the teenagers revealed the harsh words that were said to them as children. They were told that they were useless, garbage, morons, and in one extreme case, a mother constantly told her son to “go away and die.”

The campaign takes the words that haunted these teenagers and literally transforms them into the weapon which the teens used to commit their crimes. The message here is clear: these harsh words are weapons in disguise.

Take a look at the powerful video below.

 

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Study Shows South Koreans Consume More Coffee Than White Rice

 

South Koreans now drink more coffee than they eat their staple food rice, according to a survey conducted by the Korea Centers for Disease Control of 3,805 adults, according to The Chosun Ilbo.

According to the 2013 survey, the average Korean drinks coffee 12.3 times per week, followed by eating kimchi 11.8 times, multigrain rice 9.5 times, and white rice seven times per week.

The proportion of rice in Koreans’ daily diet has steadily declined over the past decade whereas coffee-related calorie intake has quadrupled due to the amount of artificial sweeteners in coffee, reported The Korea Herald.

Over the past few years, coffee culture has been going strong in South Korea. Earlier this year, Seoul was named as the city with the most Starbucks locations, beating New York City and Los Angeles. In addition, it was reported last month that Starbucks in Korea costs twice as much as it does in the U.S.

 

–STORY BY REERA YOO 
Image courtesy of The Korea Herald
This story was originally published on iamkoream.com 

Haerfest Will Make You Fall In Love With Backpacks All Over Again

 

Backpacks have a long history stemming from both casual to military use, but as with most accessories, there is always some sort of fashion-focused, mainstream revival. Backpacks generally have most of us reminisce about our early school days or university years of carrying heavy loads of textbooks and papers, but fashion week produced newly inspired designs that work more for style statements rather than practicality. Ultimately, I prefer to find something advantageous to both function and aesthetic, so I revisited the brand Haerfest founded by New Yorkers, Daniel and Tim Joo.

A few years back, I was sitting in a friend’s apartment being introduced to his cousins who, at the time, were in the beginning phases of developing a line of accessories. They graciously shared a little of what they were doing while running back and forth between laptops, working on sketches and what was likely early product development. At the time I wasn’t writing for fashion, but instead science and research so I didn’t think anything about it other than it was amazing to see entrepreneurial spirits at their best. My favorite part of fashion is the beginning, which always starts as a simple idea coated with drive and hope, much like the fields of scientific research. Over the years these two men have produced a luxurious and sleek brand of backpacks, briefcases and small leather goods that outshine the overly sporty styles being carried around.

Their bags are perfect for any environment, and for those women who are enamored with menswear inspirations; carrying around any of their products would even grab the attention of those who prefer more classic, feminine accessories. Created in neutral tones, along with an artful balance of leather and textiles, the most appreciative design feature is their signature single strap construction with a ring and stud system. This provides stability and strength for any degree of handling a wearer may impose on the bag. The use of cowhide leather only adds to the durability, making any of their goods a worthy investment. For those of us who find functionality essential, interior pockets and sleeves offer extra storage and easy access for our personal belongings.

For me, it is wonderful to see the current growth and success of Haerfest since the time I first learned about the brand. My only hope is that their accomplishments and popularity continue to flourish in the fashion industry.

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Signature Single Strap Design.

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The F20 Briefcase — Available at Haerfest.us in green, black, red and blue for $425.

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The G13 Shell Backpack — Available at Haerfest.us in blue and black for $375.

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The G24 Shopper — Available at Haerfest.us in blue and black for $275.

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The Capsule Backpack — Available at Haerfest.us in blue, black, red and green for $395.

 

–STORY BY MIN A. LEE
All images courtesy of Haerfest.us

 

 

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