Flavorful World’s Friday Fourplay offers up a bite-sized tidbit of info on each of the four food- and drink-related things we found most interesting each week.
Freeze-Dried Brew? Ha Ha…
I know. Beer purists reading this are already rankled by its header. I can hear you out there, gearing up to be outraged. The notion of a powdered instant beer that reconstitutes when water is added to it rouses cries of “Blasphemy!” and “Sacrilege!” and “Freeze-Dried Beer?! More like Deez Dried Nutz, amirite?!” I don’t mind admitting that I’m not without my skepticism, despite the not insignificant amount of press it’s been getting. Originating from To Øl Brewery in Denmark, the powdered potables were crafted by the respected brewery’s developing a way to freeze-dry four of its artisanal beers. The aim in doing so is to be able to bring the brews back to familiar states of award-winning drinkability by mixing the granules with sparkling water. That this product isn’t yet available for purchase by consumers in no way dampens excitement over the potential implications of such a product, IF continuing efforts succeed in establishing consistent flavor quality comparable to fresh draughts. (And IF this doesn’t turn out to be some kind of October Fool’s Day master stroke.)
Via First We Feast
Whiskey In My Pockey
For the uninitiated, Pocky is a Japanese sweet made of crunchy pretzel rods that get dipped in various flavored chocolates that dry to form a tasty coating. Strawberry and green tea are just two examples of the ever-expanding repertoire of taste sensations that the product, made by Glico foods, has introduced over the course of its long history. For those uninitiated who enjoy sweets but also like their confections to carry a li’l ethanol (or at least the faint suggestion of it), Pocky has gone (temporarily) grown-up, putting out a whisky-flavored edition of Pocky called Otona no Kohaku (Adult Amber). Salted and dipped in whiskey-scented chocolate, the line, first launched in November 2015, is said to pair well with a glass of actual whiskey. Given my rule of always obeying directives from candy if they involve a booze pairing, I look forward to throwing fistfuls of cash at Amazon Japan when the treats go on sale later this month.
This One’s Real Too
I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t dialed the number myself to see who answered. Johnsonville Sausages has set up a Sausage Support Hotline for people too overwhelmed by life to come up with recipes for the sausages they just actively made the decision to purchase. The preceding statement is delivered without judgment (since who among us hasn’t found himself stuck for meal-making ideas at some point?), and with more benevolent amusement in the “Who knew such a thing existed or had been asked for?” vein. Nice to have a resource the next time any of us scores some ‘sage (I just saved a load of time by abbreviating the word “sausage” to ‘sage, so let’s get that trending, shall we?) without a plan. [Video courtesy of Official Johnsonville YouTube channel]
Giant Soup Dumplings
What’s hot, steamy, and full of uniqueness that one can slurp to the last drop? Yes, it may sound like the setup to the NSFW joke of the season, but the answer is, innocuously enough, the massive soup dumplings being served at the Drunken Dumpling. So full that customers have to come at them with a straw rather than your garden variety utensil, the piping hot morsels are prepared in batches of just 25 portions each day. Dubbed the XL XLB (an abbreviated form of extra-large Xiao long bao dumpling), it could be the most interesting thing to happen to both dumplings and soup in quite a while. [Video courtesy of Tasting Table YouTube channel]
Via Tasting Table
[Top image: Pocky]
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