The Random Writings of Rachel: Bewildering Food

Bewildering Food

 

Angel was eating his breakfast at school when I noticed that one of the rolls he'd grabbed wasn't among the breakfast buffet's usual offerings. "That looks kind of like a cinnamon roll!" I said.

(Notice, with that statement I betray my lack of trust in my own eyes' ability to judge what foods actually are by their looks. After all, we've been tricked before, remember the green oranges?)

Angel just grinned at me and didn't say a word. I could tell by the light in his eyes that he was hoping I'd bite into the roll in order to determine if it was, indeed, a cinnamon roll.

I, of course, did no such thing. Upon a few more moments of reflection, I came up with what the true answer to the identity of this mysterious roll might be.

"It's a red bean roll, isn't it?" I asked Angel. Indeed, the "cinnamon" that was rolled up throughout the pastry was actually the ubiquitous red bean paste, a common pastry filling that I am not at all fond of.

Angel likes these pseudo-cinnamon rolls, but even if it weren't for the fact that I have a long-standing opposition to red bean paste (possibly incited by the time Dad bought all of us kids red-bean flavored popsicles thinking that they were strawberry flavored popsicles during our first few months in Malaysia), I'm not sure I could ever quite forgive them for their uncanny resemblance to a treat whose deliciousness is not easily surpassed.

35 comments:

  1. that kind of happened to me in Wales during study abroad. On our last night, our professor took us to a tavern and we all ordered tavern dishes. They all came with what looked like a super burnt chocolate cookie. We asked our professor what it was, he just smiled and said taste it--he loves them. We all did and it was the grossest thing ever. He laughed. It was black pudding, more commonly known as blood pudding--congealed blood made into a little cookie/biscuit thing. GROSS! But apparently, Welsh people love it!

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    1. Ha! I live in Wales and I'm from the US. My boyfriend had me try black pudding. It looks like a cake I guess, but what it is-a slice of a large sausage, so it looks like a little pattie. I've seen them made! Icky!
      Leah
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  2. Wow! That totally looks like a cinnamon roll! I would have been bewildered as well. Too bad it wasn't.

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  3. LOL! That is confusing!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  4. I've never heard of a red bean roll before but it looks tasty.

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  5. Ha! I've never heard of a red bean roll, but I already know I would greatly prefer the cinnamon roll! :)

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  6. oh first glance it does look like a cinnamon roll, I do not think I have had red bean roll before but i do love me my cinnamon rolls.

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  7. I would be sooooo Mad!! I really dislike beans and I Love cinnamon!! I need to make sure my man never sees these lol.

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  8. That is so tricky! That would have been a huge disappointment for me.

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  9. A red bean roll does not sound good at all! You are smart for not falling for that one! I would have been so disappointed, when you get your hopes up for a cinnamon roll it's hard to move past that craving! :D

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  10. Haha that really does look like a cinnamon roll!

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  11. Who puts beans in a roll? that should be illegal! Ha ha

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  12. Who would make such a thing!? Obviously someone evil lol, I've never even heard of red bean paste! But it sounds like something that should not go in pastries.

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  13. Wow that does look like a cinnamon roll and I must say if I had taken a bite into it and realized it wasn't, I would not be a happy camper! LOL

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  14. I really enjoy red bean soup, but not a fan of red bean pastries AT ALL. so funny haha thanks for the laugh!

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  15. I have never tried red bean paste but that really does look like a cinnamon roll! Funny!

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  16. I don't think I'd like this either! Sure does look like a cinnamon roll on first glance!

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  17. oh man...you have every right to be traumatized. A kid expecting a popsicle to get that? no thanks.

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  18. I would've cried if I bit into what I thought was a cinnamon roll but tasted beans instead. Traumatizing!

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  19. Oh no! That would be a terrible realization. I'm glad you've become cautious because I would hate to bite into what I thought was a cinnamon roll only to find out it wasn't!

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  20. Oh no! I would totally bite into that

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  21. OMG that looks so good. I would never have realized that it is not a cinnamon roll. It looks literally just like one. Not sure about red bean paste. lol

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  22. That does NOT sound like a cinnamon roll and it does NOT sound delicious. Lol I'll pass - Angel can enjoy it or attempt to. Hope you guys have a great weekend and keep sharing these weird eats! Take Care Rachel -iva

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  23. Way to evaluate the situation first! I hate expecting one flavor and being blindsided by another!

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  24. Hahah this is hilarious!!! Always gotta be careful in Asia, hehe!

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  25. That does look like a cinnamon roll! I had a red bean paste roll once. I was really skeptical about it but actually enjoyed it!

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  26. The red bean roll doesn't sound all that bad - though sounds more like a good partner for soup than morning coffee. The red bean Popsicles though?! No wonder you're so against the idea!

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  27. Ohh..nothing is worse than when you are about to take a bite of something that you think is going to be sweet...than, you bite it and it taste Horrible! It looks so delicious and cinnamon-e!!!

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  28. Haha this would happen a lot in Indonesia! You would think it was one thing when it really was another. Sorry you didn't get your cinnamon roll!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  29. Yikes! I would have guessed cinnamon roll too, but probably because I'm not familiar with red bean paste, however I might try it!

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  30. It does look like a cinnamon roll. I have never heard of red bean paste but I'm intrigued!

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  31. Yum! I love red bean paste. I may have to try this for when I can't get a red bean bun. Don't hate me. ;)

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  32. 100% with you on being opposed to red bean paste. Especially when it is on something that makes you think it'll taste like a cinnamon roll!

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  33. Your poor dad! And from the sounds of it, poor you for trying it thinking it was strawberry!

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  34. I will beware of imposters like that! The nerve of some bean rolls!

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