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Apr 26, 2011 11:07 AM

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?

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*"

          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!