November 11, 2009 § 8 Comments
On his last business trip to Honolulu, the Mister mentioned to his colleagues he needed to pick up some crack seed for me. The reactions he got was as if he called me a crack [seed] addict, hehe. When asked what the hell are crack seeds, he wasn’t exactly sure what it was or how to explain it (he does know what it is and just forgot). He did, however, offer to bring some in at their next planning meeting. I said, yeah, that’s if there are some left by then. Wait, did I just admit I am an addict??
For those who don’t know what crack seed is, it’s a term referring to preserved dried fruit. Asian cultures have been making preserved fruit (especially the well-known preserved plums) for a long long time. I grew up eating these.
Typically when we visit Honolulu, I usually get crack seeds from Lin’s Market when we swing by Aloha Stadium Swap Meet. This time, I sent the Mister to Ala Moana to the Crack Seed Center. What I didn’t realize until I started to write this post was that Lin’s now has a store at Ala Moana too. If I had known that, I would have preferred Lin’s over Crack Seed Center. Lin’s run a bit cheaper and I prefer their dried seafood. Of course I’d take CSC’s products anytime, too!
First thing the Mister pulled out of his luggage was my crack seed bag!
If there was only one crack seed that I could get, it would always be Rock Salt Plum. Those juicy salty-sweet plums makes my mouth water just thinking about it. It was at the top of my list. Other items I got on this trip: rolled ika (cuttlefish), red cuttlefish legs and Tourist Plum (white). Tourist Plum is a bit saltier than Rock Salt Plum and is the dry version of crack seed. I wish now that I would have gotten some Li Hing Mui plums. Sigh, next time.
I love dried cuttlefish, shredded, hot shredded, rolled, cuttlefish legs, yum! I tried to keep the shopping list simple. Here’s a shot of the red cuttlefish legs. These were good in flavor, salty with a hint of sweetness, chewy and at times, a bit hard. One has to be very careful biting into these because sometimes they can be almost rock hard. Wouldn’t want to chip a tooth! Oh yeah, the red dye will also stain your fingers.
Many of these items are available at Asian food markets although I haven’t seen cuttlefish legs. If you haven’t tried crack seeds before, depending on the kind you try (footballs, plums, cherries, mango, ginger etc.), some of them are an acquired taste. I recommend trying the wet version of preserved plums or mango. Li Hing Mui mangos are another favorite of mine.
Hope everyone is having a good week so far. It’s hump day and Veteran’s Day. Thank you to all those who have and current serve this great country of ours!