Still waiting on that Cutty Sark whiskey. Anyway, despite containing so many of the usual Murakami trademarks, this story interests me because it deals with friendship as a central plot point instead of the romance that’s the focus of so many of his novels. I’m liking it very much so far.
It’s ice cream covered in peanut brittle shavings and sprinkled in cilantro, all rolled up in a chewy dough wrapper. MAGICAL! In Taipei, you can find these in many street markets — just look for the giant cube of peanut brittle. If you’re anywhere else, it would probably be pretty easy to make something similar to this at home.
Maybe it would be more accurate to call these “ice cream spring rolls” or “ice cream crepes”. But since they don’t taste quite the same as any other wrapping anyway (they’re actually made with popiah wrappers) I still think of them as ice cream burritos.
Little crispy rice cracker sticks wrapped in seaweed — my go-to snack at convenience stores in Taipei. These things are addictive, with a coating that I’m guessing includes soy sauce, mirin, sugar, and something that gives them a mild spicy flavor.
I learned that they’re actually a Japanese snack called norimaki arare ( 海苔巻あられ), a variant of the bigger, rounder senbei rice crackers.
If you’re wondering “Would they win in a fight against a potato?” this video should answer all your questions.