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(The Takeout)   Somewhere the Chef Formerly Known as Prince is smiling   ( divider line
    More: Spiffy, Yam, Milk, uber ube, Philippine cuisine, Starch, Ube, Root vegetables, Sweet potato  
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714 clicks; posted to Food » on 28 Jun 2022 at 1:20 PM (6 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook

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2022-06-28 11:30:12 AM  
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2022-06-28 12:43:20 PM  
Ube is a tuber

Wasn't that a song by The Smiths?
2022-06-28 1:34:05 PM  
Well, my expectations have fallen low enough that the honesty of mentioning "I got a whole one and it was kind of bland, but I admit that may be because I didn't prepare it right" and "the processed Americanized products I could get my hands on weren't special in any way but the color, which was also artificially supplemented" and especially "go ahead and call it a superfood if you want but you're just deluding yourself" is all it takes to qualify as enjoyable.

I'd love to try a naturally purple sweet potato donut.
2022-06-28 2:01:56 PM  
I lived in the Philippines when I was a kid, and loved getting an Ube ice cream cone after school. Sometimes I'd add a scoops of mango, coconut, chocolate.....yeah, I was a chubby kid lol
2022-06-28 2:13:00 PM  
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2022-06-28 3:15:55 PM  
So, if you like the flavor profile of ube and ube products, enjoy it. If you are drawn to it purely for its status as a superfood, fine, but you're not actually getting anything out of it. If you like it for its pretty purple color, then, yes, my lovely, you will be getting a good return on your investment.

...well, I'm sold. Kidding. I'll pass.

We've grown winged yams - the name by which that root first went when I "met" it - here for a very long, long time. The Spanish & Portuguese brought it here in the 1500's. This isn't a new food to the U.S., and, indeed, we've tried hard to get rid of it. It's an invasive, damaging species, and the tubers are toxic when raw.

If you want to buy ube root, don't buy "ube root" - buy "winged yams" or "purple yams," because it's bizarrely cheaper if you buy it with the "unhip" name instead of the "trendy" name.
2022-06-28 4:25:33 PM  
Oh, come on, The Takeout!  You're a food site, stop with the "yam=orange sweet potato" nonsense.  Labeling the orange-fleshed sweet potatoes "yams" was a marketing ploy to give those new varieties some cachet.
2022-06-28 6:15:12 PM  
Meh. Ube is not for me but if you like it, knock yourself out.

Also, I tried some of those mochi donuts (in other flavors)... not a fan. Chewy donuts just feel wrong. Maybe the place I went to in San Jose just isn't good.
2022-06-28 6:54:24 PM  
The author just kind of glosses over her daughter trying to murder her with a candle.
2022-06-28 9:28:50 PM  

NobleHam: The author just kind of glosses over her daughter trying to murder her with a candle.

Professor Plum in the kitchen with a candlestick?
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