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

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

Drink with Me: Pepsi Sakura

Hello! So I was pretty upset when I found out Pepsi released a ‘Sakura’ flavour in Japan for Spring after we returned back to Melbourne. Thus I was super excited when I found a bottle at Tokyo Hometown, which by the way is an amazing Japanese store in the CBD that can cure post-Japan snack cravings haha ♥

pepsi sakura

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While the drink was a super cute pink with a pretty design, the taste unfortunately did not live up to its hype.

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what I was expecting but the resulting flavour of Pepsi and Cherry Blossom ended up tasting rather odd. At first sip, you are met with the familiar fizzy sensation of Pepsi, but are then suddenly left with an overwhelming taste of too much sugar and a tinge of a peach aftertaste.

Overall, I was quite bummed by this but hey, it was a fizzy drink and I still ended up finishing the whole thing ♥