The World in Junk Food

Taiwan – Mochi

Mochi is a type of rice cake made from glutinous rice. The rice concoction is pounded and molded, then it is filled with a scrumptious filling. Although mochi is a popular dish in many East Asian countries, Taiwan style mochi is set apart by using bean paste for the filling.

Fun fact: although the rice cakes are made of glutinous rice, the name comes from the glue-like texture of the rice, not any extra gluten!

Hong Kong – Gai Daan Jai

A junk food so traditional Hong Kong doesn’t know how it originated, Gai Daan Jai literally translates to “little chicken eggs.” Don’t worry PETA, the Hong Kong population is not enamored with tiny poultry eggs!

The name comes from the egg-crate shape of the waffles. There are only three simple ingredients in this delicious delicacy – flour, eggs, and sugar. Gai Daan Jai is sold at many reputable restaurants and street vendors around Hong Kong.

Italy – Sweety con Nutella

Sweety con Nutella is what amounts to a Nutella burger. This McDonald’s burger does not come with meat, but instead a HUGE serving of Nutella is spread between two of McDonald’s signature buns. What is not to love? We personally don’t think it’s fair that we can’t get our hands on it, but since Nutella originated in Italy, we guess it’s fine.

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