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Strangest Sweet in Boston?

The international world of sweets is so fascinating, especially the further away you get from Western traditions. The 'strangest sweet in Boston’ experience i have had- was yesterday at Yi Soon Bakery in Allston. Not so unusual for the ingredients- I’ve had plenty of tasty vegetal sweets from India and the rest of Asia, and I love taro.... it was the composition that really threw me for a loop. I have no idea if this item has a particular story behind it, but here’s what it was>> Like most of Yi Soon’s light-as-air soft buns and cakes, this was a bun, filled with sweetened white taro. But why is it draped/wrapped in a purplish grey napkin?, I wondered. Well, that napkin is actually a sheet of purple taro something (think 1/8” thick sheet of marzipan) Maybe some taro and mochi/rice flour combination...? As a concept, it reminded me of Japanese gifts that are traditionally wrapped in a pretty piece of fabric. And this purple taro ‘fabric’ even had something of a ‘pattern’ on it (but maybe that was due to the makeup of the taro itself). Anyway, if you’re ever going to a “guess what this is” party, this is the perfect thing to bring along. You’ll win every time! How about you? Pig trotter ice cream? tomato cheesecake?

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Yi Soon Bakery
112 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA

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  1. The Durain "Popsicles" at Kam Man

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    1. re: C. Hamster

      hmmm, are we related?(see photo!) Are they sweet and delicious? i've always wanted to try durain but have thought them too big and expensive to buy one.

      1. re: opinionatedchef

        I'm sure Hamster will jump in, but I believe they are often referred to as stinky fruit?

        1. re: Pegmeister

          oh yessss, i know exactly what they are; i've just never eaten one!

        2. re: opinionatedchef

          I suspect we are cousins once or fifty times removed ...

          The durian pops are very weird. Very sweet, watered down but not delicious to me.

          Real durian smells like gasoline-soaked garbage to me. The pops are different and less offensive but not exactly tasty.

            1. re: StriperGuy

              well that's why they call you striperguy!

        3. re: C. Hamster

          i've had some durian pops in my freezer since last summer, from H-Mart, probably the exact same brand at Kam Man. To paraphrase Will Ferrell in Anchorman, "It's so hot! Durian pops was a bad choice. *glug*"

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          H-Mart
          3 Old Concord Rd, Burlington, MA 01803

        4. Have you had ube ice cream, or some other such treat made with purple yams (from the Phillipines)? A friend made some for us and it was very tasty.

          I'm trying to think of sweets but instead I keep coming up with that snack mix at Super 88/HK Market - the one that's a bunch of puffed/fried peas and other legumes with some lighty sweet, almost candied anchovies mixed in. I forget what it's called...

            1. I had string bean popsicles from Super 88. They are probably available at any Asian grocery. They were good!

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              1. re: TheScribe

                well, terrif! just the kind of vegetal thing i'd love to try, so thank you!. Now when i go for the next PhoViet banh mi fix, i'll pack some of these in the cooler bag! thanks!......... And then, being the good CH that I am, I will stop at Mixx . Because we pass this way but once.........

              2. I had it in Chicago and not here, but I had a potaot salad filled sweet bun at a Japanese market. It was good!