Tasting Asian Snacks : Celebrating 3000 Subscribers!

We couldn’t be more thankful for the 3000+ people who took the time to subscribe to our YouTube Channel, because that means that they like what we’re doing and want to support us.  That’s really humbling to us!  So to celebrate, we wanted to taste a bunch of Asian snacks we’ve never tried before in front of the camera to say thanks!

You might have already seen our previous video of us doing the Spicy Korean Ramen Challenge when we reached 1000 subscribers.  That video has surprisingly gone to be viewed over 11,000 times!  Yeah…we’re still pretty amazed by that.

These days on YouTube it seems like people are amused by watching other people eat new, different, or weird food…and I kind of am too!  So we went to a tiny local Asian grocery store near our home and raided the snack aisle.

We purposely selected only the snacks that had at least some kind of English written on it, just so we could have a starting point of understanding what the packaging might contain.  We didn’t pick up any Korean snacks this time.  But that’s probably better because I’ve probably already tasted most of the Korean snacks available in the US anyways!

So we hope you enjoy our fun little video below of us trying these mysterious Asian snacks for the first time!

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Lasagna for Two : Behind the Scenes

To everyone else, I was simply making a lasagna in front of the camera, but inside, I was struggling with my emotions.  It’s been a while since we’ve made and posted a real behind the scenes video of us filming our cooking show, but I’m glad we did this time.

This time, instead of showing all the happy moments of us being goofy and upbeat while shooting, I showed you my vulnerable side.  It came as a total surprise to me because I don’t often like to show “weakness” in front of the camera.  But as soon as Joe pointed our vlog camera at me, I unexpectedly just let my guard down and told you how I was really feeling.  Maybe I’m starting to get more comfortable with the idea of being on YouTube now.

I was having a rough week mentally and emotionally and I just felt like being completely honest with you.  Most days are good, but some days are bad… and I don’t always even know why.  But that’s the thing about being human, right?  We can’t always be the same everyday or we’d be robots, and life would be boring. You can see what went on that day in our behind the scenes video below.  But just letting you know that in the video, I might not seem all that sad to you.  We tried hard to cover up my emotions by adding happy sounding music and editing out the really depressing parts. Haha. Either way, here it is…

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Lasagna for Two

I usually like leftovers, but I’m not a fan of eating leftovers for days, especially when it comes to pasta dishes.  I dunno… I feel like the noodles get bloated and mushy, and the cheese never melts the same.  But with this recipe, I don’t have to worry about that!  You just make it in a little loaf pan and it ends up being the perfect amount for two.  Yeah, you’ll probably still end up with a little leftover, but you can handle that.

Lasagna for two

You just need some oven ready lasagna noodles, which don’t require boiling in advance.  So not only is it cute and small, but it’s low fuss too.  And you still get all the great comforting flavors of the ricotta and meat sauce layers that we all love from a lasagna.

Lasagna for two

If you want to make a bigger version of this cutie patootie lasagna, just double the recipe and use an 8×8″ square baking dish and it should do the trick.  You can watch how I assemble this easy and delightful little lasagna layer by layer in EPISODE 11 of Bits & Pieces SEASON 2 below:
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Creme Brulee for Two

I think it’s pretty cool that our friend Chef James Park agreed to collaborate with us in a video and provide his scrumptious recipe for Creme Brulee.  He’s used to making this in a professional kitchen setting only, but was nice enough to cut down the recipe so that it would be appropriate for two people…just in time for Valentine’s Day!

We first had a taste of James’s version of this magical dessert when he made it for a special dinner.  And with spoon still in hand, I pretty much peer pressured him into coming onto our show and sharing his secrets with us!

His version is a fancy Orange Creme Brulee with Ginger Whipped Cream and Candied Orange Peel.  But you know me, I’m always trying to cut corners, so I asked if there was a way to make it more approachable.

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Well, the good news is that the garnish is completely optional.  So if you’re pressed for time or just don’t feel like simmering an orange peel for 30 minutes, then you can totally skip the toppings and still end up with an amazing dessert.  It doesn’t really affect the taste.  But if you want to impress that special date on Valentine’s Day, it might be worth busting out all the moves.

Creme Brulee

It really does look impressive, but you only need 6 ingredients for everything, and you can even make this a day in advance!  This is a more intermediate recipe because the steps are precise and you have to be exact.  But don’t worry because you can watch how we break it down and guide you through it in EPISODE 10 of Bits & Pieces Season 2 below:

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Pita Chips with Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

I used to cater small parties, and almost every single time, I would make homemade pita chips with roasted red pepper hummus.  It’s a great snack item to have on the table because the ingredients are fresh and wholesome, so you don’t have to feel guilty about stuffing your face.  In fact, I got used to watching guests chatting away while hovering around this bowl of chips and dip.

But you want to know a secret?  This is SO easy to make.  I finally decided to make a video of it because the Super Bowl is around the corner.  They’re the perfect healthy plop yourself in front of the TV kind of snack.  But you don’t have to wait until there’s a game on in order to try these delightful munchies out for yourself.

Pita Chips Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

The ingredients are humble and the techniques are simple.  I show you how to make these crispy golden baked Pita Chips and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus in EPISODE 9 of Bits & Pieces Season 2 below:

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Pub Style Sliders (Game Day Bites)

Much to Joe’s disappointment, I’m not a sports fan….at all…GASP!  Yeah, sorry if we can’t be friends now.  But I do like the Super Bowl, because I enjoy the Halftime show, the entertaining commercials, and all the game day munchies!  It’s also a great excuse to gather with friends, kick back, and just hang out together.  I mean, I usually end up huddled up in the kitchen somewhere with the other non-game watching people, but that’s besides the point!

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The fellowship is definitely the best part of the Super Bowl, but there have been a couple moments in the past where Joe and I ended up watching the game at home alone together.  That’s why when our friend Lee, from 6kidsProductions, told us that this is what she and her husband would be doing this year, we got to talking.  Even though it would be just the two of them watching the game, she still wanted the day to feel festive.

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As we were brainstorming about what she could make, my first instinct was chili or nachos, but she was “chili’d out” from doing this the previous years, and she wanted something more “meal-like” than chips.  My second thought was wings, but she had already done that too and was looking for something different.  So after some pondering, I couldn’t get the idea of “Pub Style” Sliders out of my head.

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Even though these juicy little burgers use humble ingredients and don’t take too much effort to make, they end up looking pretty fancy.  And the taste is everything you would dream to have in one little bite.  So watch how I put them together in EPISODE 8 of Bits & Pieces Season 2 below:

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