"'Edible alkali' probably refers to kansui, which contains sodium and potassium carbonates. It gives a characteristic texture and yellowish color to noodles; ramen noodles, in particular." – Tenorissimo
"A molded salad (also called Jell-O salad) is one of those things that people make with gelatin (or sometimes aspic) and fruits and/or vegetables. Housewives would have an arsenal of salad molds in different shapes for different occasions (see eBay!). Normally they are associated with Mormons (I know because I grew up in Utah) but in the past they were really popular everywhere. Often they would have weird stuff suspended inside them (hot dogs, pretzels, marshmallows, nuts, etc.)." – barcelonabites
"[S]everal things come to mind: smoked fruit, 'grilled cheese' dessert sandwiches, grilled pound cake slices with cream cheese frosting, grilled corn ice cream." – goodhealthgourmet, on suggestions for a "bizarre-becue"