Eat with Melody & Lynn: Random Snacks!

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It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Snack Review post… which is evident, as the above photo doesn’t accurately depict what food was actually eaten and reviewed! In this special and unorganised edition, I have Lynn guest starring to help me review some delicious snacks we found at her local Asian Grocer.

Lavabites

Unico Lava Bites: Choco Lava and Strawberry ($1 each)

Nothing attracts an Asian like a good sale. As soon as we entered the store, we were both immediately drawn to a basket of these cute boxes, advertised for $1 each.  We took one of each flavour.

Due to the price cut, neither of us really had high hopes of this cookie, but… it actually turned out okay! As expected, the filling was hardly gooey like that of a lava cake. But it did taste like a Hello Panda biscuit, so I consider it redeemed in my books. I really enjoyed the strawberry flavoured cookie, and thought it had a really nice crunch to it.  The chocolate was a little bit more average, but I believe, we still managed to finish both boxes easily.

Chips

Oishi: Ribbed Cracklings in Salt & Vinegar ($?)

This next purchase was Lynn’s choice of snack (mine was the Salted Egg ridges that we didn’t end up reviewing together). I was very excited when I saw these because I haven’t seen them around for quite a while, and so it was like a blast from the past! I love chips, and I’m a fan of salt & vinegar, so these were enjoyable enough. Funnily enough, I’m actually the opposite and not usually a fan of salt & vinegar, so this is probably the only salt & vinegar flavoured snack I have ever actively craved. 

However, they weren’t memorable? How dare you! I don’t remember too much about the flavour, but I do remember that they became a bit addictive once you kept eating them… but aren’t all chips the same??? The individual pieces tasted mostly the same as I remembered. One thing to note, though, was that the packs I used to buy were a mini version so they were way more palatable (as a whole pack) than this bigger pack we got. So even though we shared this pack, the vinegar flavour did get pretty strong and overwhelming for me by the time we finished it. 

Boba

Xiao Mei Brown Sugar Milk Tea Ice Cream ($9.90)

Okay, so I have been seeing these ice cream everywhere online, but I was always too stingy to spend $10 for myself… but with Lynn enabling me, how could I say no? See, the thing is, a few years ago (back when the brown sugar milk tea trend hadn’t even been born), I bought a cheap box of “milk tea ice cream bars” and to say they were a disappointment would be an understatement – the pearls were soggy and the milk tea flavour was weak. So even though everyone has been raving about these brown sugar ones online, I was cautiously optimistic due to having been burnt that one time.

In short, these were delicious. I. LOVED. THEM.  The tapioca balls were still chewy and the milk tea flavoured ice cream tasted really good! It tasted exactly like the brown sugar milk tea drink, plus, it being extra cold made it taste even better. 11/10 FROM ME. The ice cream was quite melted by the time we took these photos, but it didn’t compromise the flavour (maybe it enhanced it??), so no complaints from me!

All in all, we had great fun eating these snacks whilst watching To All The Boys: PS. I Still Love You!

x

KFL: Let’s eat some snacks!

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I am quite embarrassed to say that this post is year overdue but as this post took effort and money(!), I have decided that it needs to go up no matter how late! Better late than never, right?

My dear friend Irene and I are hardly ever in the same city/country at the same time, so when she visits Melbourne, we love to try out different snacks together. On this occasion, we visited the asian grocer, KFL in Doncaster East to look for some new and interesting snacks to try out! As you can see in the above photo, we got a little excited!

Custard-Cake

Custard Cream Cake (Made in Japan)

    M: I was very excited when I saw these in the freezer because I absolutely love mochi ice cream and thought it might have a similar creamy filling. Although my expectations weren’t met, I still ended up enjoying these and would eat these again without hesitation.

I: Since this came from the fridge I kind of expected it to be like mochi ice cream but with a more crumby/ cakey exterior. Instead it tasted more like someone had accidentally put one of those Lotte Custard Cream Pies into the freezer. The flavours were nice (as you would expect from something called ‘custard cake’), but nothing too exciting.

Drinks

JA Foods Mikan & Suntory Gokuri (Both Made in Japan)

I: I was a bit confused by my ‘pulpy mandarin drink’. It was definitely VERY pulpy and it didn’t taste like your usual citrus-juice-from-concentrate, but it didn’t taste much like fresh juice either.
I wasn’t too crazy about this, and would not buy again.

M: I had the pleasure of picking the grape soda which I knew I would like, because you can’t really go wrong with grape soda. It was nice, but it pretty much tasted exactly like all the other grape sodas I’ve had!

Numbing

Lays Numbing Spicy Hot Pot Chips (Made in China?)

I: YUM!! I’ve recently discovered (very belatedly as usual) the amazing flavours of Sichuan and these chips channeled these flavours quite nicely (though more garlic would always be appreciated on my end). Different, flavourful, addictive. Definitely my favourite of the lot, though I wish I had been more successful in posing with the fake mouth on the packaging.

M: I wholeheartedly agree with the above sentiments! While I wouldn’t go so far to say these were numbing, these were incredibly addictive and the only negative I’d have to say is that the packet sizing is way too small!

Mochi

Pie Cookies with Mochi (honey butter flavour) (Made in Taiwan)

M: When I saw these on the shelf, I immediately grabbed them because I hadn’t seen such a concoction before!? The cookie was quite dough-y and while it didn’t really remind me of a cookie per se, I found myself enjoying the texture of the overall cookie and ate another one shortly after.

I: So this was a bit new because it involved mochi in a chocolate chip cookie, and it tasted exactly like mochi in a chocolate chip cookie. I guess the fact that the chocolate chip cookie had to accommodate a piece of mochi in the middle meant that textually it had to be more cakey – I prefer cookies that are thin and chewy so I think in future I would probably just have a chocolate chip cookie and some mochi separately. Good novelty value though – and brownie points for thinking outside the box (or, in this case, inside the cookie)!

Orion Baked Potato Snacks (Made in Korea)

I: Potato chips, but blander. More like potato crackers? I believe these were not fried, so what you lose in taste value, maybe you gain in health points? Or so I’d like to believe, because I would probably only eat these when feeling too guilty about eating actual potato chips. I hear they are good with ketchup, though, so maybe some room for further exploration …

M: Interestingly I did not enjoy these on first bite, and as you just learnt, neither did Irene. However, since Irene kindly donated the rest of the packet to my household, I felt obligated to eat another packet the following day and although bland, its true potato taste became quite addictive the more I ate! My mum also really enjoyed these and it wasn’t too much later that I returned to KFL to purchase another box.

Milk Pudding

Milk Pudding Cake / Gyunyu Purin Cake (Made in Japan)

I: With the glossy exterior and ‘pudding’ in the name I thought these cakes would be a lot more creamy? Or soft and cottony – like a Japanese souffle cheesecake in texture. They were actually more of a sponge cake, which was tasty but not as exciting and different as I’d hoped.

M: I’m not too sure why but when I saw these, they reminded me of Tokyo Banana. Unfortunately they did not taste nearly as nice as Tokyo Banana, but more reminded me of an Asian Twinkie. I also thought they would be creamy, but alas, a cute sponge cake it was!

Gummy

Konnyaku Jelly Grapes (Made in Japan)

I: THESE WERE WEIRD. They were oddly shaped and when I squeezed the package I had the impression that they had melted into liquid jelly blobs. When I opened one of the individually-wrapped packs I discovered that they were in fact solid with the shape of liquid jelly blobs, which was a bit weird. They also tasted a bit weird, which was disappointing because I usually love grape jellies! Maybe their extra collagen content caused this flavour dysfunction, but in future I will forgo the potential beauty effects and buy proper tasting grape jellies.

M: These were definitely different from the grape jellies that I am used to, and I am unsure whether if it was the hot day but I had to squeeze these out of the packet directly in to my mouth because they were so sticky to handle! I wouldn’t go as far as to say they were horrible, because I ended up eating the remaining jellies in the packet (common occurrence in this post??) but I wouldn’t bother purchasing these again.

As I come to the end of this post, it seems that Irene is a lot more picky about her snacks than I am, and that I became the one to eat the unwanted leftovers!

What’s the weirdest snack you’ve ever had?

Eat with Melody: Pig Shaped Buns

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Have you been to Tokyo Hometown? If not, you need to go immediately!
It’s a wonderful Japanese grocer in the city that stocks some pretty cool Japanese and other Asian grocery items. On one of my wallet-burning visits, I found these buns in the freezers. Remembering all the instas I’ve seen of legit ones, I thought about how awesome it would be to be able to eat these in the comfort of my own home!

Of course, that is, hoping that they actually taste good enough to want to buy again heh

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Unfortunately (but not that surprisingly) they didn’t turn out that great haha. As you can see in the below image, the custard was rather chunky and not creamy in any way. They didn’t taste that amazing either,  so it was a huge bummer!

 But hey, at least they’re cute right? haha