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Imported From Southeast Asia, “Blackened” Cuisine Is A Hit In Seattle

March 28, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
A Seattle-based restaurant that focuses on Southeast Asian cuisine introduced a brunch menu item popular in Pacific Rim countries. The jet-black waffle took a while to catch on – except on Instagram – because Stateside restaurant customers weren’t quite sure what they were getting. Cooked-over charcoal? Burnt? Eventually people learned to love it, and other eateries in the region began featuring the blavk pwder ingredient it in breads, cakes, waffles, cookies and ice cream. Food-grade charcoal powder, made from bamboo or hardwood, has some interesting qualities. It absorbs food moisture, making waffles very crisp. It does not affect flavor, so one variety of black ice cream tastes the way it’s supposed to: like salted caramel ice cream.
Jackie Varriano, "Cooking with Charcoal: Yes, that Waffle is supposed to be Black", The Seattle Times, March 28, 2017, © The Seattle Times Company
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