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?

2017 in a Nutshell

I know I say this every year, but 2017 flew by…
I think this is more true than other years just because it was such a BUSY YEAR.

I completed three lots of placement in 2017, which was very difficult and yet, fulfilling.

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In January, I did 15 days of placement at my current ELC, starting in the Babies Room and finishing up in the Kinder Room. In April/May, I did 20 days with a Foundation/Prep class and then in July/August, I did another 20 days with a Grade 3 class! Slowly moving up in age was great, especially as I initially was very worried with the older age group. I loved every one of my placements and it’s just really satisfying knowing that I’m on the right track with what I want to do.

I also said a sad goodbye to my first car and welcomed in my second one!

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And finally, probably my biggest accomplishment yet, I flew to Europe all by myself!

I met up with Ash in Paris, but flying from MEL > HKG > FRA > CDG was very nerve-wrecking for someone like who has never really done anything by herself before! I am very proud of myself for getting through the entire journey well with no real hiccups throughout. And of course, Europe with Ash was awesomeee and I’ll definitely need to post about that soon.

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All in all, 2017 was an exhausting but fun year! Let’s bring on 2018!

Favourite Posts of 2017: 4th Anniversary Glamping, Mouriya Kobe Beef Dining, 25th birthday at Pixel Alley

Mouriya Kobe Beef Dining

Hello true believers, Ash here to faceroll my keyboard until a blog post coalesces

One meal we had in Japan deserves special attention, more so than the rest. The place in question is called Mouriya, and being situated in the heart of Kobe, it was only fitting that they specialised in Kobe beef. Having already dabbled in the stuff in a couple other places and being aware that it is beyond scarce outside of the Nihons, we (mainly me) wanted to experience the absolute best of this delicacy, and in light of it being our last supper in Japan, we decided to go fancy.

神戸牛フィレステーキコース (Kobe Beef Fillet Steak Course)

Mouriya opened up their first location in 1885, and their longstanding success serves as a testament to the fact that are one of the most famous and well-regarded Kobe Beef restaurants.

  Other than the striking stained glass windows, another pleasant facet at the outset was the personal table service we got from the chef.  When choosing drinks he cheerily informed us that due to ongoing Whisky Festival celebrations, all their scotches were discounted and seeing as how we were already spending a pretty penny, decided to hit up the fancy stuff: Macallan.

前菜(Hors d’oeuvre): duck liver pate

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サラダ (Salad): Roast Kobe Beef Salad

スープ (Soup): French onion soup

 It soon became apparent that the cuisine was largely French-inspired,  and prepared with top Japanese produce. For hors d’oeuvre, we had some tantalising duck liver pate. Following that, we had some tasty roast Kobe beef salad and French onion soup, using what we were informed are the best Japanese sweet onions – which may sound a bit like hyperbole, but I can say it was some damn good soup.

フィレステーキ: Ashley: 150g of A5 Kobe Beef Filet Tenderloin Steak | Melody: 80g of A5 Kobe Beef  Filet Tenderloin Steak

Finally, ladies & gentleman, what you’ve all been waiting for, the main course: Kobe Beef Filet Tenderloin cooked medium-rare on sizzling hot plates. Other than it’s succulence and being super delicious, the fact that it’s A5 tenderloin says it all: SO GOOOOD.

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 I cannot praise this place enough. Seriously, the food and not to mention the service was some of the best I’ve ever had – if you plan to take a trip to the land of the rising sun soon and have even a passing interest in beef, make sure to pen Mouriya into your itinerary. While it may break the bank, you won’t regret your newly broken bank one bit.

Me and Mr Kobe Beef Grill Man

 Mouriya Kobe Beef Dining
http://www.mouriya.co.jp
Kakuten Bldg. 2F, 1-9-10 Kita Nagasa Dohri,
Chuo-ku Kobe-shi, 650-0012