Monday, November 05, 2007

Squid-ink cake and other black foods

Asia's black food craze is starting to spread to the rest of the world.

"Black food" doesn't mean food dyed black for Halloween. It means food that's either naturally black or dyed with something naturally black—such as black soy beans or squid ink. The latter is said to have anticancer properties and other health benefits.

The photo below show one example of Japan's black food craze, a squid-ink cake roll sold online.

Using squid ink isn't unheard of in the West. The Italians, for instance, enjoy spaghetti al nero di seppia and squid ink risotto.

Wait until your guests have finished their slice, then ask them "So, how did you like the squid ink cake?"

—Mellow Monk

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