If you're used to Western-style soft drinks, you'll be surprised at what you taste in Japan, where flavors are radically different. But we'll get to all that. Today, instead, we're gonna share some meta-drinks. Candies that are meant to taste like soft drinks. Is there really a big difference between grape candy and grape soda candy?
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Lately I've been starting and ending my days with Pulut Hitam, a Malaysian/Indonesian pudding of black glutinous rice and coconut milk that's so nourishing yet indulgent, it doubles as breakfast and dessert. The pairing of rice and coconut, a classic combination in Southeastern Asian sweets, is especially satisfying when using black rice instead of the usual white.
Matcha's versatility is on par with cinnamon, and it's about as miraculous. It brings both rounded sweetness and a pleasant bitterness to a wide range of baked goods. While its Area 51 color and intense flavor have scared some away, it's an easy-to-use addition to the adventurous baker's pantry.