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Conan helps make ramen burger with Chef Keizo Shimamoto

Although I haven’t had the pleasure of trying a ramen burger yet, it’s definitely on my bucket list. I’ve also always had the impression that a ramen burger wouldn’t be hard to make. But after watching ramen Chef Keizo Shimamto, a former computer programer turned chef, make a ramen burger patty out of fresh ramen, I’m pretty impressed. Getting the fresh ramen noodles to hold together to form a bun and then frying them so that they’re crispy on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside requires skill! Check out the hilarious video of Conan learning how to make a ramen burger.

Disturbing baby-shaped pears grown in China

Baby shaped pears

I’m ok with butt peaches, but I’m not so sure how I feel about pears grown to look like babies. Somehow biting into one would just seem wrong. Well, this isn’t stopping Chinese farms from growing pears shaped and selling them in the supermarkets. While the pears are still small enough, a mold is clamped onto the fruit and the pear will naturally grow into the mold’s shape. Can’t we just stick to regular-shaped fruits?

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China sells sexy panty peaches

sexy peaches

In an effort to capitalize on the upcoming Qixi Festival, also known as the Chinese Valentine’s Day, fruit venders in China are throwing sexy underwear on their peaches to give the illusion of plump butts. While some might think it’s a vulgar idea, I think it’s a cute and hilarious idea that is different from the typical chocolates and flowers people usually give to their significant others.

These cheeky peaches aren’t cheap. A box go for $80, but apparently they are reported to be “the juiciest, most delicious peaches on earth.”

(Thanks, Victor!)

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Make your own roti with the world’s first roti machine

Rotimatic

One of my favorite foods growing up in Singapore was roti prata. Every so often, I will find myself craving the yummy Indian fried flour-based pancake. The only problem is, it’s not always easy to find roti and my roti-making skills are definitely not up to par. However, I may have found the solution to my roti withdrawal. The Rotimatic is the world’s first fully automated robot roti-maker. Although it’s a bit pricy ($599), this device is fully automated and all you have to do is add the ingredients into the machine, plug it into an outlet, select your desired thickness, crispness and oil content on a small LCD screen, and leave it all to the Rotimatic to churn out your roti for you.

Unfortunately, the roti maker is currently “sold out,” and the initial run of Rotimatics won’t arrive in consumers’ hands until early 2015 because work is still being done to perfect its assembly line as well as getting U.S. certification. Feeling left out because you missed out on the pre-order? Just sign up here to get updates!

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Japanese World Cup fans clean up stadium after loss

There’s always stories of angry fans rioting and trashing cities and stadiums after major game losses. But not all fans are the same. After Japan’s loss in their first World Cup match against the Ivory Coast, instead of throwing a fit, the Japanese fans decided to clean up the stadium instead.

Apparently this isn’t an unusual tradition. Nicknamed the Blue Samurais, Japanese sports fans are known for cleaning up after sporting events at home and have shown the same etiquette at the World Cup in the past. Now how’s that for good sportsmanship?

Japanese fans clean up stadium

 

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Psy and Snoop Dogg get drunk togther in “Hangover” music video

Psy and Snoop Dogg Hangover

It has been a while since we’ve seen Psy bust out his crazy dance moves in an annoying catchy song. Good news for those who have been waiting: Psy recently collaborated with Snoop Dogg in a song called “Hangover.” The title of the song is pretty self-explanatory and the video features Snoop Dogg and Psy taking shots of soju, singing at norebang (karaoke), and getting wasted together. Throw in some random dance moves and you got yourself another viral Psy video. After one day, it already has over 9 million views. This song just might be the jam of the summer!

Taco Bell parent company to launch banh mi sandwich shop

Banh mi

Banh mi has become a pretty big deal in the past several years. This yummy Vietnamese baguette sandwich filled with pickled vegetables and meat has caught the attention of Taco Bell’s parent company, Yum! Brands, and they are planning on launching a banh mi shop in Dallas called Banh Shop. I wonder what banh mi chain, Lee’s Sandwiches, has to say about this. More importantly, I’m not sure if a company owned by Taco Bell would be able to produce the same quality of banh mi as your local deli. I guess we’ll have to wait and see!

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(Thanks, Thai!)

Chubby Korean baby shows off dance moves

Nothing says “aww” more than a chubby Korean baby shaking her booty to some music. Check this cutie out as she demonstrates that we have nothing on her when it comes to dancing! Gotta love those chubby rolls!

Bacon and mustard Doritos hit stores in Japan

 

Bacon and mustard Doritos

Most people agree that the Sriracha-flavored Lay’s didn’t live up to its hype, but Frito Lay’s Japan recently released a new flavor of Doritos on April 21: bacon and mustard. The flavor combination sounds intriguing to me. I’ve never imagined eating bacon dipped in mustard, but my guess is it would taste similar to a bacon cheeseburger. Apparently this flavor is supposed to appeal to the more “mature” palettes. I told Emily to get me a bag to try since she’s in Japan now so I guess I will have to wait to find out. If you are in Japan, make sure to grab yourself a bag of these limited potato chips as they are only being sold until August 11, 2014.

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Jackie Chan portrait made of 64,000 chopsticks

Jackie Chain chopsticks portrait

When I think of chopsticks, I think of two small wooden sticks used to eat my pho, sushi, ramen, or even spaghetti. But imagine combining 64,000 chopsticks together to create an art masterpiece! Hong Yi, who goes by the nickname ‘Red’, recently worked with Jackie Chan to create a portrait of him using just these disposable bamboo eating utensils. The Malaysian artist-architect spent a month collecting 64,000 chopsticks, in Zhejiang and in Beijing. She then tied them into different bundle sizes with strings, and then hung them on a steel frame to create what she describes as “a tribute to the life, art and cultural significance of Jackie Chan.” Check out her other mind-blowing creations, like her Yao Ming portrait,  here!

(Thanks, Ivan!)