It's that time again! Yep! Another discussion on all things Asian desserts! Minna notteru? I've been saving this topic like fine wine, because June is my favorite month. Not only is it because I love summer, but my birthday's in it too! GASP! Another year added on to the Kanagawa meter? Watashi wa toshiyori ni narimasu. Waa haa haaa. :(
So what's the topic? Asian celebrities and the desserts that they like! Sure they know what's it like to be chased by a legion of fans, but when it comes to things like food, their tastes are not much different than ours! Mixed in with their particular eccentricities, and you've got some interesting discoveries!
Pop quiz: Who's my favorite k-pop singer?
Her initials may look like Bank of America in this part of the world, but BoA is super kadooper popular to the masses of Asia! The queen of K-pop music have made a successful career in South Korea, Japan and even in North America. Mmm. So it stands to wonder where she gets her inspiration! Perhaps its her Catholic beliefs, musical role models, close friends and outerworldly talent (seriously, no one can dance and sing better!), but maybe, just maybe it has to do with her obsession for mango lychee cheesecakes. Yep. That's right! When the singer's backstage or dining in a top penthouse suite, close assistants have vouched for her love of this rare custom cheesecake. And much like Japanese pop singer, Kumi Koda, BoA also shares an interest toward black toffee and Ovaltine. Man oh man! Hee. All that fame and fortune and nothing still beats good ol' fashioned Ovaltine. Take that Nestle Quik bunny! Speaking of Koda Kumi, one of her albums, Black Cherry, is suspiciously plastered with song titles and lyrics about, what else? Desserts. I know...I know...reading too much. But isn't milk tea an awesome metaphor to life? Mmm. Taberu koto ga ikigai nano! ^_^
Who else has a case of the Asian dessert munchies?
There's something about cookies and chocolate that attract the heartthrobs. Take actor Dong-gun Jang, for example! One look at him makes me yearn to transform into one of those Lotte sticks he loves (and of course, like all Korean guys, he likes Chocopie as well). And how does vegetarian Hyori Lee stay so skinny with all those flower cookies (called Yakgwa) she loves? Must be her sweet potato diet! Like most pop stars in Asia, Hyori Lee eats a high ratio of sweet potato dishes to keep in shape! She's lucky because she, like myself, have a natural love for them! Her favorites are Calbee Sweet Potato chips! So if you want to look like Hyori, start munching on sweet potato desserts! Hee. ^_^
In fact, in the Asian entertainment world, just as popular as sweet potatoes are honey breads. The J-pop extraordinaire girl group Perfume are notorious for their delight of honey breads. Lead singer Ayano Omoto particularly enjoys the raspberry cream, while the other two girls are indecisive on which one's their favorite. Honey breads are the newest sensation in Japan and these stars help fuel the fad! South Korea is also getting into a national desire for honey bread thanks to hot, hot, hot popular group Girls' Generation, who some American audiences may recognize due to their active U.S. exposure and marketing. Perhaps it's not too long that the States will develop a craze for honey bread too, sou desu ka?
But does everyone like desserts? Not everyone has that sweet tooth! Take my future husband Bi Rain for example. It's no big secret the sweetest bad boy in Asia likes things on the bitter and mellow side (after all, he was with that trampy drama queen, Kim Ah Joong...::rolls eyes::), but deep down inside, rumor has it that Rain likes.........::whispers::.....Japanese ice cream! Ah ha! The truth has spoken. Seoul's number one dream guy can be won with sweet Japanese treats. This rumor supposedly originated during his filming of Ninja Assassin, while he was trying to stick in tip-top shape, he paid interns to get him cherry blossom and wasabi ice cream. Do you know how hard that was to get in Berlin, Germany? See, this wouldn't have been a problem if he had made a certain Japanese girl a writer, since I would know where to get cherry blossom and wasabi ice-cream. As my internet "ex-wife" Vivi would say: Kakakakaka! ^_^
Buuuuuuuuuuuuuut. I digress. (Ah..kare no koto wo kangaeru to nemurenai wa.)
Oh, my dizzy head...what were we talking about? Mmm. Oh yeah, not every celebrity has a sweet tooth. And it's always the ones you least suspect! Take Bollywood star Freida Pinto for instance. You may know her as the Latika from Slumdog Millionaire. She may have a sweet smile, but she's never been one for desserts. In an exclusive interview, Freida reveals she's just a main course type of person and would rather finish it off with coffee. Really, Freida? I guess that's more gulab jamuns for the rest of us! Fukuhara Miho also feels the same natural distaste for the sweet stuff. The talented but often emotional Japanese singing sensation is known to avoid food altogether, taking the "music is my nourishment" line she often spouts to literal meaning. Can a person make such great music without the joys of Asian desserts? One can only imagine :(
But enough about Asian desserts (gasp! Did I just say that? Taisetsu na minna, yurushite). Many Asian entertainment stars enjoys all varieties of cakes, chocolates and other snacks! Take Jpop legend Ayumi Hamasaki's consistent diet of cakes and chocolates. Although strangely she doesn't like chocolate cakes, she does enjoy cakes or chocolate things on occasion and has a hobby of baking them when not in the studio. Hong Kong pop celebrity Kelly Chen is also no stranger to the wonders of the desserts, except Kelly compulsively chooses fruit as her snack of choice on a daily basis. Ms. Chen is well-known by those around her to eat at least three or four bananas a day. In a strange twist, she also compliments each banana with a cup of instant noodles. Told you these stars can be a bit eccentric! ::pout::
Isn't it ironic that stars who need to stay in shape have such love for desserts? I can't blame them, they're too irresistable! They probably do what I do, calculate how many sit-ups it takes to compensate for that last piece of pie! Hee. Well, what about athletes? Mega-famous Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao needs to consume 7000 calories a day. What part of that is desserts? ^_^ Welllllllllllllll. Considering athletes use a little latitude in their diets to allow for high volumes of food, they can just about eat anything, including junk food! What do you expect when you eat seven times a day? Ha! Manny crunches on sweet popcorn and stuffs himself with pancakes. Do all Asian celebrity athletes have such boring choices? Luckily, dropdead gorgeous rookie pitching sensation Yu Davrish of the Texas Rangers prefers an interesting kind of dessert. In his first year in the state of Texas, Yu has developed a love for twinkies and apple sauce. While Yu is busy delighting himself in American guilty pleasures, his baseball park has been adding Asian snacks for the fans. Awesome cultural exchange! And how could I not end this section without mention of my boy, Jeremy Lin? Unfortunately, he's been pretty hush hush about anything in his personal life, including his favorite desserts. I live a block or two away from his brother, I really should make the trip, but if I get arrested for stalking, how else can I write next month's article? Decisions, decisions. Sigh! But one thing I will say is that all throughout New York, there have been Jeremy Lin dessert specials everywhere, including the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory's "#17 Sundae" (the name Linsanity was trademarked). I'm sure you can guess I've already tried it...
But are desserts only for real people? What about holograms? In 2010, Japan was introduced to Hatsune Miku, a fictional holographic pop star sensation that was brought to life on stage and on videos. Kawaii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She sold plenty of CD's and was treated like a real pop-star, making celebrity "appearances" on TV-shows along with real stage dancers, being interviewed by a real host. I'm sure...yep...you guessed it! Hatsune was also given an in-depth personality, including, yep...you guessed it again!...her favorite desserts! Unfortunately...since she's an imaginative creation, so too, is her weird choice of favorite ice-cream flavor: leek (a certain type of onion popular in Asia). Yick! Oh well, maybe holograms have different taste buds like cats and dogs! Who am I to judge? Ha! Mmm. Annani kechonkechon ni iwanakuttemo... ::puts my head down::
Another video creation is Aimi Eguichi, but she's so far been confined only as a virtual pop singer in video. Unlike Hatsune, Aimi looks realistic, and that's no surprise since she's based on the looks of the other real members of her 64-member (!!!) girl group , AKB48! So what does Aimi snack down to? Well, since her physical looks are a hybrid of all the real members of the group combined, her personality is a composite of all theirs as well, including favorite desserts! Sixty-four members with distinctive preferences...Aimi must be constantly confused or she likes everything! Yep yep! She likes everything! But ever since she's been a spokesperson for Gilco, it's no surprise that she caters to...dun dun dun daaaa...POCKY!!! Woot woot!
Asian celebrities are getting more and more well-known thanks to the explosion of Korean and Japanese pop music, imported movies, and stars coming to pair off in American movies and TV shows! Maybe this article is the first time you've heard of some of them, or maybe they're familiar to you all. But one thing that's super uber important is that they love desserts just as much as we do! And that gives us one more reason to find connection. Hah! Mmm. ^_^
...it's another end to another article, but come back in 15 days when we talk about more Asian desserts. Special thanks to all my new fans who found me through facebook or google and their support, emails and instant messages. Boku choo serebu nandakedo gugutte mite!