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The Prestigious Collection from Domino's Japan

In the limited time collection of "Prestige" pizzas, topping combinations include: the snow crab and shrimp gratin with a "rich and luxurious" white sauce finished with truffles; Mangalitsa pork, known as Hungary's "edible national treasure", with asparagus and Bordeaux sauce; and fresh mozzarella with beef stew and broccoli. (Hmm. One of these seems less prestigious than the others.) But the best part is that they can all be combined in the Quattro Prestige. More

Peking Duck Pizza at Costco (in Taiwan)

[Photograph: My Inner Fatty] From the blog My Inner Fatty comes this account of Peking duck pizza, available at Costco of Taiwan: it looks just like a regular pizza, except... it's covered in Peking duck! Instead of tomato sauce, try 甜麵醬 (er, I don't know how to translate that, it's the sauce you put into those thin pancakes when you have Peking duck). Then to replace normal onions, you have scallions. To be fair, the pizza wasn't amazing, the crust was kind of soggy ... it was overly doughy, and lacked the char on the bottom. Whatever, you find... More

Snapshots from South Korea: Pizza Doughnut from Mister Donut

From May 8 to May 12 I visited Seoul for the first time, mostly to eat as much food as I could and learn about a cuisine I knew little about. I know I just wrote a post about Mister Donut, but that was about the doughnut I liked. Here's one that was less successful and strange enough to deserve its own post. As the story* goes, one day the chefs at Mister Donut headquarters thought, "Hey, why don't we make a doughnut that's pizza-flavored?" And enough people responded with, "I don't know; let's try it," that the Pizza Roll... More

Snapshots from South Korea: Grand Prix from Mr. Pizza, Korean Pizza 'Made for Women'

From May 8 to May 12 I visited Seoul for the first time, mostly to eat as much food as I could and learn about a cuisine I knew little about. "You have to try Mr. Pizza," said Dan, my primary Seoul eating guide for the week. "It's for women! ...And they use lots of crazy toppings." Hey, I'm female and I like crazy toppings! Apparently, Mr. Pizza was made just for me. (Why is it for women? Mary Eats provides some insight.) Actually, I lied; I don't like excessive crazy toppings. I like the idea of excessive crazy toppings... More

North Korea's Kim Jong-il Finally Gets His Pizzeria

North Korea now has its first-ever pizzeria. The Guardian reports: An obsession with pizza stretching back at least 10 years prompted the isolated nation's dictator, Kim Jong-il, to authorise North Korea's first Italian restaurant, which opened in December, according to a pro-Pyongyang newspaper published in Japan. "General Kim Jong-il said that the people should also be allowed access to the world's famous dishes," the restaurant's manager, Kim Sang-Soon, was quoted as saying in Choson Sinbo, a Tokyo-based newspaper seen as a mouthpiece for the regime. In a lengthy three-part series for Asia Times in 2001 (1, 2, 3), Italian... More

A Thai Pizza Has Bacon and Cheese Stuffed in the Crust

Bangkok-based journalist Newley Purnell just hipped me to perhaps the most extreme stuffed-crust pizza yet. On his blog, he says: You can get it at The Pizza Company, a Thai chain. I haven’t tried it yet. But I just might have to. One interesting detail: it’s served with cheese sauce on the side. (In case you need even more cheese! Presumably there’s no bacon on the side, since there’s “double bacon” in the crust.) "But I might just have to"? Might? Come on, Mr. Purnell, you have to try it. We'd love to see some actual pictures of this... More

Thailand Upskirt

Clicking in to the Slice inbox today, we've got some hot, exotic pizza action from Thailand, courtesy of A Hamburger Today contributor Matty Jacobs. --The Mgmt. Man, this should really get caught in the spam filter. Spoiler alert: the pizza was horrible. More spoilers: I'm going to try to do a burger review for A Hamburger Today from Thailand. Mike's Burgers is apparently the best burgers in all of Thailand. We shall see. --Matty... More

Hutong Pizza in Beijing

Photograph by jeanmichelchuiche on Flickr Before and during the Olympic bacchanalia in Beijing, much was made of the fact that the government there had torn down blocks of hutongs. Those remaining are being snatched up by wealthy Chinese or foreigners, all who think it's cool to live in these traditional courtyard residences. From what I've read, it's not uncommon for restaurants and shops to be located in hutongs, and here, I just spotted this cool photo of a pizzeria situated in one. It's from jeanmichelchuiche's Beijing 北京 Hutong 胡同 on Flickr.... More

10 Crazy Asian Pizzas

My idea of a pizza is rather basic: a flat round of dough covered in tomato sauce, dotted with mozzarella, and topped with a few basil leaves. But in the world of East Asian pizza chain pies, that would be some major weak-sauce pizza. More

"I Made Pizza For Kim Jong Il"

We always enjoy bringing you pizza news, even moreso when it ties in with current events. That's why we've been sitting on the following epic tale for months, waiting for that chubby pipsqueak Kim Jong Il to rear his nattily-coiffed (and nutty) head. With last night's debate touching on nuclear proliferation—specifically in North Korea—and with that tragic country's so-called "Dear Leader" squaking recently about his country's having gone nuclear (or, "noo-cue-lur" as our dear leader pronounces it), well, this material couldn't be timely enough. Our more voracious readers may have seen this elsewhere, perhaps even years ago, but we... More

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