An article in the FoodBeast by Dominique Zamora lists 16 food items that remind her of her Asian American childhood.
The items include everything from Lychee Jelly candies to dry seaweed. Her list is a good one and inspired me to come up with my own list.
Here’s my list in no particular order.
1. Plum candy– Chinese New Year wouldn’t be complete at my house unless my mom put out the plum candy in the dish. It was about the only time of year when she would put out candy in the home. All the other times, I pretty much had to buy my own candy with my daily 10 cent allowance.
2. Ginger– Not the kind of ginger that you buy at the grocery store to spice up your recipe. But this ginger was stringy and came in a clear plastic wrapper. It was great to suck on and added a little spice to your mouth.
3. Cow Ear Chips. Probably sounds pretty gross to those who have never had one. But this is just a chip to eat as a snack. It has nothing to do with the ear off a cow. I guess I haven’t grown up yet because I just finished a bag last night while finally watching the Life of Pi on blu ray.
4. Fortune cookies– I used to be able to go into Ross Alley in San Francisco Chinatown and buy a bag of broken fortune cookies for 5 cents. It was the way the fortune cookie factory could still make some money off fortune cookies that broke into pieces on the assembly line.
5. Frosty Ice Cream cone– There was an ice cream shop across the street from my grammar school that used to sell Frosties. The creamy treat was popular long before yogurt shops populated every mall and suburban street corner. If I remember right, I used to be able to get a cone for 10 cents. Man, am I that old? DON’T YOU DARE ANSWER THAT! 🙂
Check out Dominique’s list in FoodBeast and then share your own below. Have fun with the memories!