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Hot chocolate is a comforting drink I love having in autumn/winter time. This recipe is a little extra – Black sesame hot chocolate. It’s made with only 4 ingredients, ready in 10 mins or less, so comforting and delicious.
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Hot chocolate is a lovely hot beverage to have in autumn and winter time. But who said you can’t have hot chocolate in spring? It’s still March and I guess it’s still considered as cold/cool weather in some parts of the world, isn’t it? Well at least here in Tokyo! So I wanted to share with you my healthy hot chocolate drink – Black sesame hot chocolate y’all. It’s vegan, healthy and made with only 4 ingredients.
Talking about the weather, is it only me who feels like the spring has arrived earlier than usual? I think most us feel the same way. I love nice and warm spring weather, but it kind of makes me worried that we have spring this early. Ok, I am starting this blog post in a little bit different way than usual… That is because we have a lot to talk about including global warming and other important things that affect out lives. But today, we are having a chat specifically about the Asian community in western countries.
Welcome to my Tea and Talk Time recipe post! This is a seriesI created where we make ourselves a comfy drink, sit, and chat about some important things. As you know, recently we had a very sad incident targeting Asian women in the US. It was shocking to all of us. So we are going to talk about it today. But before that, let’s make our delicious hot chocolate together, shall we?
- How to make vegan hot chocolate
- Q and A
- Tea and talk time!
- Addressing recent Asian hate crimes
- My experience in western countries as an Asian woman
- My childhood – growing up among 99% Japanese kids, and moving to London
- Mistreated because you are Asian
- How we can help improve the situation
- Donations to support Asian community
- Books about the Asian American Experience
- Your teacup is empty?
How to make vegan hot chocolate
This hot chocolate recipe is made with healthy 4 plant-based ingredients. They are a great substitute to store-bought sugary hot chocolate mix because you know what exactly goes into this recipe and they are all healthy.
I used almond milk for the base of this recipe. Almond milk is lovely, I love that nutty sweet flavour that almond milk has and it’s perfect for this recipe. Use unsweetened natural almond milk so that it’s as healthy as it can be.
Other plant milk that you can use for this recipe are soy milk, oat milk, rice milk, quinoa milk, etc. Every time I talk about all the plant milk selections on my blog, I feel a little happier because we have more and more choices and brands that have delicious plant based milk!
Cacao powder gives the chocolaty flavour in this recipe. I always use unsweetened natural cacao powder because sweetened ones alter the taste of the final product. So always use 100% cacao powder when you are making hot chocolate at home, it’s better and healthier!
I used maple syrup to sweeten my hot chocolate. Maple syrup is such a versatile sweetener, I use it all the time in my drinks, baking goods, and to drizzle on top of porridge etc. Other sweeteners you can use in this recipe are agave syrup, date syrup, coconut nectar, etc. Feel free to use your favourite sweetener in this recipe!
Here comes the ingredient that makes this recipe so special, black tahini! If you don’t know what tahini is, tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds. There are 2 types of tahini, white tahini and black tahini. We are using black tahini from Kevala in this recipe to make our hot chocolate more nutritious and rich in flavour!
To make this recipe, heat up the almond milk in a small saucepan, then add all the other ingredients and stir to mix completely. Yep, that’s it! This recipe is healthy, easy and vegan. You will never need a store-bought hot chocolate anymore. Your welcome!
Q and A
Is this black sesame hot chocolate gluten-free?
Yes, absolutely! This one I forgot to mention earlier, this recipe is also gluten-free. I believe many plant milk, sweeteners and tahini are gluten-free but if you are avoiding gluten, check the label before buying your ingredients to make sure that what you are buying is 100% gluten-free.
Can this recipe be nut-free?
If you want to make this recipe nut-free, simply use soy milk or oat milk. Soy milk is good if you are going for nut and gluten-free black sesame hot chocolate, and oat milk is best if you are nut-free and soy-free!
You will love this black sesame hot chocolate recipe because it’s:
– nut-free option
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A nice little sauce pan like this works best for this black sesame hot chocolate recipe! Mine is in green, but white is as cute too!
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Tea and talk time!
hey there! It’s me again. Are you all set and comfy on your couch having your delicious black sesame hot chocolate? Goood! If you don’t have a couch, find somewhere comfy to sit and chat, but yea maybe make a cup of hot chocolate first!
*If you want to skip my stories and go straight to the resources, scroll down to the “How we can help improve the situation” section below!
Addressing recent Asian hate crimes
I would say I am an adventurous person. I like doing new, challenging, exciting things in my life. Going and living in London was one of the things I dreamt of doing when I was in school. when I lived in London, the majority of the time I spent there, 99% of the time, all good things happened to me, including those tough times where I almost became homeless because I couldn’t find a new flat, thinking about going back to Tokyo after no success with finding a job as a hairdresser, getting all my money I had in my British account stolen 2 days before moving my flat, etc. But including all the toughest moments, my life in London was incredible. I had great friends, workplace, travelled around Europe, and yea it was all adventure.
I would say I did have some annoying experience in London when I was hanging out with my Asian friends sometimes, like in a restaurant we would get our order a lot later than other groups of white people(which I didn’t notice until my friends started complaining about it, and yea maybe it was because we were Asian, or maybe not), but real disturbing things actually happened to me outside of the UK when I was traveling on my own.
My experience in western countries as an Asian woman
I won’t name the country, but it’s in Europe. I was going to meet my friend at the biggest station in the city who lived in Germany at that time, but she accidentally booked her flight a week later, so I was there all alone! Which was fine, I love traveling to new countries by myself so I started exploring the city. And a random white guy started talking to me.
“Hey cutie, where are you from?” He wasn’t English but he spoke very good English and back then I didn’t speak much English. He was in his 40s, and started walking next to me and talked about where is good to visit in the city and everything. I said thank you, and kept walking. Then he started saying he would buy me nice souvenirs, a famous beer at the riverside and then asked where I was staying. I didn’t want to tell a stranger where I stayed, so I said I stayed at a youth hostel very far from there. And he asked me if that place was nice, and I said no. And the next thing he said was this.
“You should come to my house to stay tonight, it’s so much better and bigger than a youth hostel dump. You will have a big nice bath, I will cook you a nice dinner and buy some of your favourite beer, we can cuddle and give each other a massage.”
I bloody don’t know if he thought I was wandering around the city to look for a sugar daddy or whatever, but this, was outright rude and disgusting. Can you see what’s wrong and how some white men see Asian women here? When this kind of men see Asian women, they instantly think Asian women want a white guy to look after them and pay for them in exchange for physical contact. Some men think this is what Asian women want. But honestly, are their heads in the right place? And this concept of Asian women is rooted in their heads by history and in recent years mostly by the media portraying us this way for decades. And it needs to stop right now.
As soon as I said no I was not going to his house, he left saying ok, no souvenir, no food or beer, you can go back to your dirty youth hostel then. I was naive, I thought he was being this way because he was just a total dickhead, but no, when I think back about it now it was the portrait of what Asian women are like in western countries. And I don’t know what would’ve happened to younger me if I had gone to his house, which some Asian girls might have and this kind of situation can lead to sexual violence, crime, or even worse, murder.
My childhood – growing up among 99% Japanese kids, and moving to London
As we all saw on the news, we are shocked and saddened by the incident that happened in Atlanta, US, targeting Asian women in spas. To be frank with you, I had never paid attention to racism or hate crime, until that big event that happened last year when George Floyd was killed by a police officer.
I have spent most of my life in Tokyo, Japan where I was born and raised. I spent my school days among 99.9% Japanese kids until I was 21. I had a little knowledge about the English language like saying hello to greet, but spoke no English so the information I got in my life was limited to things written in Japanese. This is probably the main reason I was not aware or paid attention to things like racism or hate crimes because… well we didn’t have it on as massive a scale as the US. It wasn’t until I went to live in London to learn English that I started noticing what is called “racism”.
At first, things looked all great, I was surrounded by multinational people, I hear all different languages in cafes, see people with different backgrounds, this doesn’t happen in Tokyo and I thought wow, London is so multicultural, international and everyone seems so happy, this is wonderful! But as I got better at communicating in English, I started noticing the dark side as well as the good side.
I started noticing people are in their own ethnic/race groups shortly after I spent some time in London. The place I lived was a good example – one part of the town are known as the part where relatively wealthy white people were living, and right next to the part about 10-15 mins walk away, there was a part where the majority of the people who lived there were black immigrants. I don’t know if this is something to do with racism, but it was obvious that people tend to get together with the same ethnicity or race, including Asian people.
Mistreated because you are Asian
And one day, a friend of mine told me an astonishing story – “My friend was kidnapped and tied to a pole with an eye blind on in a house. The kidnapper shouted and smashed glasses around her to scare her, so that he can enjoy her scream and be scared. He didn’t do anything further though, he released her and she is safe. But we don’t know who the kidnapper is.”
I couldn’t find words. Why the hell someone would do this to anyone? I don’t know if the kidnapper took her because she was Asian, but Asian girls tend to be small and I heard that they are easier to physically pick up and take away than tall white girls. I would not tolerate this kind of action on any girl of any race, but if the kidnapper took her because she was Asian, how sick and disgusting hebaviour is that to kidnap an Asian girl who barely speaks English and enjoy her being scared and scream?
This happened in the early time of my time in London, and I must say I was very lucky – I had an amazing host family, friends and workplace in London, the people in my life never mistreated me or I never got into any trouble like the Japanese girl who got kidnapped. And then towards the end of my stay in London, another Asian friend of mine told me what happened to him and about the hate that Asian people get.
“Did you not know racism towards us exists in London? Wow you are lucky. I mean, most of the Asian people who live in London have experienced at least one event where they were discriminated in some ways because of our race. Like the other day, I was buying some drinks and snacks at a shop, and I don’t know what I did or said wrong but the cashier staff threw my change and what I bought in my face. You see, I have quite prominent Asian facial features, quite short for a guy, white people often look down on me.”
Again, no words found. I guess I was quite naive, but I really didn’t know that this kind of thing can happen to us. Not the slightest. I was shocked because London is my favourite place on earth where I have some of the most amazing friends and couldn’t believe this was the case for most Asian people.
How we can help improve the situation
And all these happened BEFORE the pandemic. Can you imagine how bad it is right now for Asian people around the world to just go outside, just be themselves, to have to look over the shoulders all the time for possible attacks, deadly attacks. Asian hate over corona virus when Asian people already deal with racism is the worst thing in the Asian community.
I have never lived in the US so I can’t say or know exactly how bad Asian hate crime has gotten, but we can all see on the news that it has become really bad. Asian hate crime has risen by 1900% since the start of the pandemic. Can you believe it? 1900%. I’ve seen an elderly Asian man violently pushed down to the ground in the street, Asian women harassed in public, and yes that spa shooting incident targeting Asian women, all happened because they were Asian. My heart goes out to all those who are affected.
When George Floyd was killed by a police officer, I tried to put myself in other people’s shoes. I’m not black, and I will never completely understand what black people go through in their life, but I can try to put myself in their shoes and think how it would feel like to be a black American. What if, George was my brother? Father? My Boyfriend? How would I feel If someone important to me was murdered because of our race? It really made me think, like, really think.
So I educated myself with documentaries, books, talking to my black friends, and they all had different information, different opinion, but it was all educational on an important subject that we need to improve as soon as we can. Like right now. I donated for some of the victims of police violence because educating myself and others, donating and supporting were the only things I could do to help my friends.
So with the Asian hate crime situation we are facing now, I think it only makes sense that I do the same. I can never understand what Asian American people go through every day, being scared of when they get shot or beaten, when they’ll be the next. But I can support them by spreading the message, education and donation. I have gathered some information and links to donations to help improve the Asian hate situation below. I hope this is useful to you.
Donations to support Asian community
They have useful information and donation page.
Books about the Asian American Experience
I found an article about books about Asian American experience. I haven’t read any of them yet, but I’m intending to read some of them in my spare time. I’ll list some of the books that this article suggests below.
Your teacup is empty?
Thank you so much for reading this post until the end, until your teacup is empty. I hope I shared with you some useful information and hope you enjoyed your black sesame hot chocolate white you read this. Racism is a very deep and difficult subject to talk about, but if we all come together and try our best to make the world a better place to live for everyone, I believe we can do this! Even with little supports like reading a book. Let’s all be kind to others, no matter what race they are.