Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Bamboo Charcoal Snacks for Chinese New Year - WW

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Charcoal Egg Rolls, Charcoal cookies among the usual CNY goodies

While shopping for Chinese New Year goodies recently, I noticed quite a number of new food products that contain charcoal.

These days, the trend in Singapore is to add charcoal to food. It's edible powdered bamboo charcoal, said to absorb impurities.

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Bamboo charcoal salted egg bun


bamboo charcoal kueh lapis

Charcoal Kueh Lapis (Indonesian layered cake)

I have tried some of these snacks, they taste the same as the normal ones. Price wise, these charcoal goodies are more expensive. 

The sales promoters tried to market them as auspicious food. They are "black gold" which symbolizes wealth.

The elders probably would be horrified to see these black stuff being served to guests during Chinese New Year :)


21 comments:

  1. heh.. Sure or not good for health? I think I'll just let this one pass :)

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    1. That's what the sales promoter said. I tasted the cookies but didn't buy because they didn't taste better than the usual ones.

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  2. I agree with the "old" people ! I think it's only the price which changes the so said quality ! That's like our "organic" food here which is so in fashion ! To me it's a joke !

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    1. There are so many "new products" arriving on the market these days and claiming all sorts of benefits to our health. They are expensive and I have no way to know if they are truly good for a healthy living.

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  3. Ha! Yes, I'm sure the older generations would be shocked.

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    1. I showed them the pictures and they wonder why people buy "burnt cookies". haha....

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  4. These look sooo good! My best friend here in Florida is from China. She wants me to visit China with her over the summer. She always has a Chinese New Year party with lots of great food. Take care!

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    1. Glad to hear that your Chinese friend is inviting others to her Chinese New Year party. And this summer is going be an interesting holiday for you in China. Have a fantastic trip!

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  5. huh, that's an odd food trend alright. glad they don't taste like ash.

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    1. It started in Japan and then spread to Taiwan. I don't know if it is supposed to taste like ash but the ones I tried, they were no difference to the normal food I eat.

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  6. That is interesting, edible charcoal. Hearing it for the first time, hope to eat it too.

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  7. Growing up I was told that charcoal ( from the grill) was carcinogenic, now they say its activated charcaol is medically beneficial, I'll remember that next time I burn the food lol

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    1. LOL.... I didn't link it to the carcinogenic part. A FB friend warned "Carbon or Charcoal pills are use to hold up the tummy runs. Overdose & you get constipation".

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  8. Hi ECL! :)

    Charcoal kueh lapis looks interesting, haven't tried anything charcoal yet!

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    1. I have yet to try Charcoal kueh lapis. This picture was sent to me by a friend who asked if I want to place an order as she is promoting it as a CNY special. :)

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  9. That's my favorite . :)

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  10. wah i'm a fan of charcoal-products too! can detox ehehehe

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  11. First time I've heard of this, ECL. Sounds good! Very interesting!

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