My manager spent the past two weeks on vacation in Hawaii, and returned to the office with a treat for all of us to try:
My manager’s grandmother has lived in Hawaii for the past several decades, so as a child my manager spent a lot of time on the island(s). My manager explained that she adored Li Hing Mui as a kid – and now, every time she gets to return to Hawaii, she always make a special stop as soon as possible to pick up this snack for herself.
My manager offered some of her goodies to all of us at work (which is very kind of her) – but ‘cautioned’ us that we might not particularly enjoy this food as much as she does. (“It’s pretty powerful,” she explained.) Given that I’m doing my best to remain open to new options, I decided to go ahead and take a nibble of this exotic item. I mean, when might I have this chance again?
The fruit tastes exactly as the package ingredients describe it; it’s an incredibly salty, dried (dehydrated) plum, that has been married with a piece of licorice, then rolled in a light sugar bath. It was a very strange taste – I really couldn’t wrap my mind (or taste buds) around the whole really-salty-really-sweet-fruit-anise combination. It was wild.
Admittedly, I ate only a small nibble of the ‘treat’ before I politely tossed the rest of it into the trash. (I really couldn’t handle much more than that.) But I tried it – and I’m very glad that I did!
But I still think I need to try a ‘real’ piece of fruit to fully accomplish #74 on the list. 🙂