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Milk tea eggs: New York City boba shops are helping fuel new viral drink trend

Boba chains in New York City are selling boba drinks in limited-edition egg-shaped containers.

I’Milky, founded originally as Mu Bai in Taiwan in 2017, had previously sold their Magic Eggs collectibles in April and May in 2021. This year, the international chain brought back their three Magic Egg drinks exclusively at their Midtown and Williamsburg locations in New York City. 

Pizza Hut Taiwan debuts chocolate-crusted pie topped with Oreos, popcorn chicken and calamari

  • Pizza Hut Taiwan announced a new pizza called the No. 1 Salted Chicken Pizza in Taiwan in a May 10 Facebook post.
  • For only $399 New Taiwan dollars (approximately $13.40), customers can purchase an entire pie, available in only one size, in participating stores for a limited time.
  • The No. 1 Salted Chicken Pizza in Taiwan is topped with Taiwanese popcorn chicken, salted chicken, Oreo cookies, fried calamari, cheese and scallions.

Pizza Hut Taiwan announced a new pizza called the No. 1 Salted Chicken Pizza in Taiwan. 

Pizza Huts in East Asia are known for creatively topping their pies, such as with dim sum, tonkatsu ramen, and century egg and pig’s blood. They are stepping up their pizza game once again by “using the most annoying ingredients of sin,” according to a May 10 Facebook post from the company.

Dolly Parton, Doja Cat to star in Taco Bell’s ‘Mexican Pizza: the Musical’

  • Inspired by Doja Cat’s “Mexican Pizza” song, Taco Bell announced yesterday that they will be releasing “Mexican Pizza: the Musical” – a satirical musical about how Mexican pizza lovers fought for the return of the beloved menu item. 
  • “Obi-Wan Kenobi” writer Hannah Friedman wrote the script alongside Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear, the Grammy-winning duo behind “The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical,” who wrote the score. 
  • “Mexican Pizza: The Musical” is set to premiere on TikTok on May 26 at 8 p.m. EST. 

Taco Bell is set to release “Mexican Pizza: the Musical,” starring Doja Cat and Dolly Parton, to celebrate the return of the beloved dish to its menus.

Taco Bell previously discontinued its Mexican Pizza in November 2020, but after over 171,000 superfans, including a substantial number of Indian Americans, signed a Change.org petition urging the company to bring it back, the chain finally announced in April its return. 

Panda Express worker’s viral TikTok roast of early morning customers has fast-food employees chiming in

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  • A 15-second video posted to TikTok by @isaiahafk shows a Panda Express worker expressing his dismay at the chain’s early-morning customers.
  • While many in the video’s comments section offered up their arguments as to why some might want to purchase orange chicken at 10 a.m., others empathized with the poster’s sentiment and shared their own experiences of working in the food industry.

A Panda Express worker took to TikTok to express his dismay at the chain’s early-morning customers.

The 15-second video posted by @isaiahafk shows him wearing a black Panda Express apron and matching hat while pointing to the sizzling American Chinese food as he rants, “Bro, people really coming to Panda Express at 10:00 a.m. for some of this. Like really? Sometimes, they come at 7:00, 6:00, doing shit early in the morning. How are you going to wake up and want some orange chicken?”

Cafe Maddy Cab: Program that pays cab fares for NYC AAPIs vulnerable to hate crimes relaunches

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  • Food influencer Madeline Park relaunched her Cafe Maddy Cab program on Sunday in response to the rising rate of anti-Asian hate crimes in her home city of New York.
  • “Every single time I see a headline or a video footage of [a crime], I feel a very visceral fear that it could've been me. Or my parents. Or grandparents. This is why I started the initiative in the first place,” Park tells NextShark.
  • Last year, with the help of 25 volunteers and 4,016 donors, Cafe Maddy Cab raised over $250,000 to pay for cab fares for people who are at risk of anti-Asian hate crimes, including elderly populations, women and LGBTQ-plus individuals.

Food influencer Madeline Park relaunched her Cafe Maddy Cab program on Sunday to raise funds for anti-Asian hate crime prevention.

In April 2021, the Korean American content creator developed Cafe Maddy Cab on Instagram to pay for cab fares for people who were at risk of being targeted by anti-Asian hate crimes in New York City, including seniors, women and LGBTQ-plus individuals. With a team of 25 volunteers and in collaboration with former tech company Stimulus, they raised $100,00 overnight and another $150,000 over the next three months from 4,016 donors. Cafe Maddy Cab also received support from Lyft and Uber to pay for 7,842 cab fares. 

See the long-awaited Nike x Hello Kitty sneakers set to drop just in time for summer

Sneakerheads are pumped for the new Nike x Hello Kitty Air Prestos sneakers collaboration. 

Those who missed out 18 years ago on the infamous first Nike x Hello Kitty sneakers collab — which is just about everyone — will have another chance to obtain a pair of Hello Kitty sneakers late next month. Official images of the new Hello Kitty x Nike Air Prestos collaboration to be released next month have been unveiled. 

TikTok video showing how a conveyer belt sushi restaurant in Japan quickly calculates bills goes viral

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  • TikTok users are impressed by the clever technology a Japanese revolving sushi restaurant uses to ring up customers instantly.
  • With over 3.3 million views and 800 comments, a 13-second video on the platform shows staff scanning a stack of different colored plates with a handheld device that appears to calculate the price automatically.
  • The handy scanner apparently removes the hassle of having to manually count the plates by their colors.

TikTok fans are impressed by the clever technology a Japanese revolving sushi restaurant uses to ring up customers instantly.

“Why Japan is living in the future,” begins the viral video by @allstarsteven, a Japanese food and travel content creator on TikTok and Instagram.

Olympic gold-medalist snowboarder Chloe Kim reveals plans for mental health break

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  • Two-time Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim plans to take a full season off from competition to prioritize taking care of her mental health.
  • Kim still plans to compete, however, in the upcoming Milano Cortina 2026 Winter Olympics.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim plans to take a full season off from competition to prioritize taking care of her mental health.

The snowboarding star revealed her plans in an interview with Cheddar News last week.

South Asian Americans are hyped for the return of the Mexican Pizza

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  • Taco Bell recently announced the return of their Mexican Pizza to participating stores across the United States, Aruba, Costa Rica and Dominican Republic on May 19.
  • Taco Bell was one of the few fast food restaurants that offered vegetarian and halal customizations during the 80s and 90s, when the U.S. saw a large influx of Indian immigrants.
  • Writer and comedian Rima Parikh also says that for many Indian Americans, the fast food chain’s appeal comes from its spiciness.
  • The announcement comes after a Mexican Pizza superfan created a Change.Org petition, which has collected over 171,000 signatures, to bring back the beloved dish.

South Asian Americans are hyped for the Mexican Pizza’s return after a two-year absence from Taco Bell restaurants.

The fast food chain announced on Monday that they are bringing back the once-popular menu item to participating stores across the United States, Aruba, Costa Rica and Dominican Republic on May 19.

Mila Jovovich’s daughter impresses fans with video of her Japanese language skills

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  • Ever Anderson, the daughter of actor Milla Jovovich and director Paul W.S. Anderson, took to Instagram to share her impressive Japanese skills after a few months of learning the language.
  • Anderson visited Japan in 2016 after appearing in “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” alongside her mother.
  • In the video, Anderson says she loves Japanese culture and hopes to show her respect when visiting the country by speaking Japanese.

Editor’s note (4/22): A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Paul W.S. Anderson was the director of “Licorice Pizza.” The story has been updated to correct the mistake.

Fans have praised 14-year-old Ever Anderson, the daughter of actress Milla Jovovich and director Paul W.S. Anderson, for her enthusiasm in learning to speak Japanese and her impressive pronunciation of the language in a recent video. 

Thailand nominates mango sticky rice for UNESCO heritage list after the dessert’s viral Coachella moment

  • After performing “Mirror Mirror” and “Sud Pang” at Coachella, Thai rapper Danupa “Milli” Kanateerakul ate mango sticky rice, a traditional Thai dessert, while still on stage.
  • A now-viral clip of her eating the dessert has sparked an interest in mango sticky rice online, with a hashtag of it trending on Twitter.
  • Milli is the first Thai solo artist to perform at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
  • The director of Thailand’s Department of Cultural Promotion commended Milli for promoting the dish, announcing that it will be nominated on a UNESCO proposal to be recognized as a part of “Thailand’s intangible cultural heritage.”

Milli, a 19-year-old Thai rapper who performed at Coachella on Saturday, ignited international interest after eating Thai mango sticky rice on stage. 

@jx9bx4m #MILLILiveatCoachella #Milli #Coachella2022 #Coachella #fyp ♬ Mirror Mirror – F.HERO & MILLI

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