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Steamed red-bean peach-shaped buns: A sign of longevity, these peach-shaped buns are typically gifted to the elderly in Chinese culture. I found this particular brand of pre-made, frozen buns in a Chinatown grocery store in Boston. Though a serving size is a single bun, I eat two for breakfast to feel satiated. The buns are surprisingly good steamed in a rice cooker; the amount of steamed white bread feels substantial, and the red bean filling is sweet, but not overpoweringly so. The air-brushed peach accents are impressive, e... (read more) 4.0/5.0

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Jiu Zhen Nan pineapple cake: From Taiwan, a country that reveres the pineapple cake. Cake itself is very buttery and rich, but the pineapple filling is substantial and satisfying. Good in small quantities. 3.0/5.0

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Spring Home peanut flavored glutinous rice balls: Small, frozen rice balls with a peanut filling consisting of a thick paste and bits of peanuts. The texture of the peanut filling is not very good, and it gets stuck in your teeth. Not too sweet (contains 4g of sugar per serving). 2.5/5.0

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Want Want cheese flavored rice crackers: In this bizarre East meets West snack, a cheese powder reminiscent of what you might find in boxed mac and cheese is paired with the crunchy, neutral base of an Asian rice cracker. The combination is odd yet intriguing. The cheese flavor is lighter and creamier than most cheese snacks but surely not any less artificial. The packaging is much nicer than most Want Want snacks-each packet contains two rice crackers in a frosted, plastic wrapper. 3.0/5.0

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Mong Lee Sheng Taiwan mochi with green tea paste: The texture of the mochi is offputting (somewhere between chewing gum and proper mochi). The green tea flavor is common and lacks depth. Not overly sweet. 2.0/5.0

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Meisum Bakery peanut bun: Generous mochi dessert coated with coconut shavings and sweet peanut filling. The mochi itself is plump and soft, barely sweetened, while the peanut filling is slightly crunchy, lending a surprising texture. Overall, a very satisfying (and cheap!) snack. 4.0/5.0

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