Friday, June 16, 2006

Sesame Snacks

Some of the best food in Taipei is sold on street carts, which usually appear at night markets but can sometimes be exceptions. This particular old man makes pure sesame snacks. He takes black sesame seeds, grinds them, and adds just a touch of sugar and compacts the mixture into a thick cake that resembles black shoe sole leather. Dispite the unappetizing description, his sesame snacks are REALLY good. It's chewy and not saccrin-sweet, and completely natural with no additives. He also makes crispy sesame brittle and peanut brittle (Taiwanese style, without that sweet sugary stuff in the middle to hold the seeds/nuts together.) Simplicity = Tasty.

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