Howdy! In this post I explore the candy aisle at an Asian market, get inspired by the mochi, and make a truly unique treat: mochi + waffles = moffles!
I spent a year living in south India and the food that I ate there ended up being some of the best I’ve ever had. However, it took me a while to develop an appreciation for it. When I moved there I was 23 and the extent of my international experience was a weekend in Vancouver, B.C. with my family when I was 12. When I got off the plane in India I found myself completely skeeved out at the thought of eating in a foreign country. I was scared to get sick, I was overwhelmed by the unfamiliar choices, and somehow through the combination of jet lag, culture shock, and fatigue I completely lost my appetite anyway. I brought a couple boxes of Clif bars in my luggage, and I survived on those for a week. But when the Clif bars started to run out I knew I would have to deal with my anxieties, and eat some food.
What did I do? I started with candy. Well, candy, crackers, chips, and soda to be exact. I was a walking nutritional disaster for a few days but somehow the junk food was just what I needed to get over the psychological hurdle. And if you find yourself not knowing where to start in an Asian or other international market I’m going to recommend you do the same thing: Go straight for the junk food.