Thursday, July 28, 2011

Peking Duck: The No. 5 Best Food in the World

Delicious and juicy Seven Seas' Peking duck. Served with shredded green onions, pancakes and home made hoisin sauce.
CNNGo recently released a list of top 50 best foods in the world. We're ecstatic that the Peking duck made it to the No. 5 position! Other Chinese delicacies that made the cut are egg tarts at No. 16, stinky tofu at No. 41 and chicken rice at No. 45.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Dessert with Many Names

In this sweltering heat, what can you do with a large block of ice?

Make snow cones of course!

At Seven Seas, we prefer shaved ice dessert. While snow cones consist of crushed ice, a shaved ice dessert has a finer, snow-like texture. This helps to absorb the sweet flavorings like brown sugar syrup and condensed milk. A well-made shaved ice dessert should melt upon contact with the tongue almost instantly.

Toppings like grass jelly, sweetened red beans, mung beans or fruit are added to give some variety to the texture of the dessert. In Taiwan, some vendors add ingredients like green tea, chocolate, strawberry or milk before freezing the ice.

This dessert is highly popular all over the world. Many countries have their own version of a shaved ice dessert. In Mandarin, it's known as Bao Bing (Pronounced bow-bing.) Locals in the Philippines call it halo-halo, whilst in Mexico, it's called raspado. For a list of shaved ice names in other languages, see the end of this post.

In the pictures below, Seven Seas' server Vicki shows us how she prepares Fruit Bao Bing, an item from our brand new shaved ice dessert menu.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Food News

Restaurant calorie labels aren't changing diner's eating habits.Federal regulators are finalizing plans to require chain restaurants to carry calorie labeling on their menus. This is part of a national effort to to fight obesity by guiding diners to make healthier eating options. However, a new study shows that the labels are not changing people's dining out habits. Researchers theorize that dining out is seen as a treat, which is why people choose to ignore nutrition in favor of their comfort foods.
What do you think of calorie labels in restaurant menus?

Flooding dampens Mississippi oyster season.
An article in the Washington Post reported that due to the flooding of the Mississippi river, the state's oyster season is in doubt. Oysters are dying because freshwater from the river is threatening the oysters' saltwater habitat. State officials suggest that canceling or restricting the October to April harvest will give the oysters a chance to recover.
Although we love to eat oysters and all types of seafood, sometimes it's crucial to be aware of news about our food sources. By making informed choices, we can help to prevent future problems with our seafood supplies.