Tuesday Three: Totally overrated foods

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Bubble tea/ Milk tea / Pearl tea / Whatever the hell you call it

I know, I know. I’m Asian. Blasphemy, right? But there’s nothing good in my books about this stuff. The creepy, rubbery balls. Tea itself (I prefer tea to coffee but that’s not saying much). The weird flavour combinations. Give me a milk shake any day.


Ick. This is the only seafood I can think of that I turn my nose up at. It’s like the tofu of the ocean. The smell! The texture! And think of the poor baby oysters from Alice in Wonderland!

Any candy that’s not straight chocolate

Now look, nobody would ever deny that I have a sweet tooth. Health aside, I could easily exist on the two food groups of carbs and dessert. But I’ve never liked lollies. Kids would scramble to the corner dairy after getting their allowance to buy up packets of jet planes and milk bottles after school. I never did (plus, I only got an allowance for a few months). I like my food to look edible, not processed, plastic lollies. And who came up with the concept of fruit rollups?

What foods are overhyped in your book?

9 thoughts on “Tuesday Three: Totally overrated foods

  • Reply Earn Save Live February 8, 2012 at 00:01

    I love chocolate – preferably mint chocolate. Since moving to Australia, I’ve discovered mint Aero bars and hokey pokey gelato. (Not at the same time, but you know what I mean!)

    As a former vegetarian, I still can’t eat meat on the bone. It’s a little too carnivorous for me.

  • Reply Sense February 8, 2012 at 00:10

    I am not a big fan of sweet things, my cravings always go to salt…but I love fruit rollups! are they the same here as in the US??

    also, i agree with the pearl tea dislike. my friend called them ‘flesh balls’ once and I’ve never been able to look at them the same since.

  • Reply Two Degrees February 8, 2012 at 04:50

    Milk chocolate is a rip-off. In the US, a lot of ‘chocolate bars’ are not marked as ‘chocolate’ because the content has been watered down with wax. They actually have to label it at ‘candy bar’.

    • Reply SWR February 9, 2012 at 14:02

      Gross. Never buying milk chocolate again…thank you.

      (My waist line thanks you too!)

  • Reply Kara E February 8, 2012 at 07:28

    I think I’ve only had oysters twice and both times they were rather “Meh.” I don’t get the big deal with them either!

    I find Starbuck’s holiday specials to be overrated. The red cups, the crappy flavours … I’ve never been a fan!

  • Reply youngandthrifty February 8, 2012 at 08:58

    The gluten in the bubble tea aka the “pearls” are SO BAD for you.
    I think they are like 110% of your daily intake of carbohydrates lol.

    I don’t like anything other than chocolate but when I was a kid, I love all those gummies etc. That stuff is so bad for you too- high fructose corn syrup wrecks havoc on our systems.

    But I have to disagree with you about oysters.


  • Reply simpleislandliving February 9, 2012 at 08:04

    I love oysters, but I’m asian and I agree with you on the whole bubble tea thing. What it’s really useful for is for stress relief. You can sit on a balcony and have bubble tea pearl shooting contests. That’s pretty fun, but a terrible waste of money.

  • Reply First gen American February 10, 2012 at 23:28

    I’ve only had bubble tea once in NYC. It was just ok. I didn’t need to ever try it again.

    I personally think martinis are way overrated.

  • Reply Money for Boba March 2, 2012 at 10:29

    That’s too bad about the tea. I’m a fanatic myself and I have a category in my budget for it 🙂 I usually get one on the weekends and I have a whole wallet for those stamp cards they give away. I do agree with you though that some flavor combinations should not have been created.

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