I was totally inspired by Jonathan's piece about locally made tofu last week, a huge feat for this omnivore. I have to second the Joy

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Pandan pudding, pandan juice, pandan...beer?

I was totally inspired by Jonathan's piece about locally made tofu last week, a huge feat for this omnivore. I have to second the Joy Palace shout out for their ethereal tofu pudding. Matter of fact, the first time I ate at Joy Palace was with JK.

With pudding and pandan on the brain, I finally picked up the Laughing Buddha Pandan Brown Ale I've been spying for a while in the cooler at Bottleworks. Brewed with pandan leaf and palm sugar, this fairly classic brown ale takes on a little aroma and flavor of a Belgian, without the overly candied smell that can come off the richer Belgian ales, and with only 6.0% alcohol. Did you ever sprinkle sugar on your French toast? That's the overriding flavor/taste memory I got with my first glass of this beer. The finish brings a quick sharp note at the end, like a good brown should. The hint of sweet matches well with spicy (especially my srirachi dipped fried FRESH tofu), and that finish will help cut through any sauce (especially garlic black bean).

You can find Laughing Buddha at Full Throttle Bottles in Georgetown, Bottleworks, and select QFC. They smartly and handily have a full list of outlets on their website (with tasting room info, too!). If you read my article about South Seattle wine touring, you might want to add Laughing Buddha as an asterisk--they're in the same complex as Cadence in South Park. The brewery specializes in beer with an Asian style, either in lightness or ingredients.

 
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