Samyang Hot Chicken Flavoured Almonds

Very short post!

Bought these in Centrepoint (Korean supermarket) for £1.39. Thought it would be interesting on how these would taste as I really love their fiery Hot Chicken flavour… Looks like a lot of people took the challenge to eat their noodles, and it seems a lot of people have become addicted to them… I’ve limited the amounts of times I eat their noodles, and always add mayo and cheese to it!

It’s a small packet of almonds, even from the first almond I felt a fiery heat building…

Probably nice to eat when watching some dramas with a beer… ^_^

The Laughing Cow – Apericube Sucré / Salé Cheese

One of the most intriguing food items I bought in France were these Laughing Cow cubes of cheese made into different flavours. I thought the Japanese were weird with their food flavours, but the French as well!
I came across these and thought of Baby B, as Miss Pinky said I needed to buy cheese for my goddaughter. ¬_¬”” OK. French cheese it is then.
I bought a pack for myself to try out. It says it’s “sugary (and) salty” at the front – sucré / salé. Flavours are chevre and miel (goat and honey), figues and noix (figs and walnuts), emmental and raisin (no need to translate)  and bleu and noix (blue cheese and walnuts).

Realise this picture is upside down. Hahahahah. But you get the gist of what’s inside the packet.

I tried a piece of all flavours. Erm. Not my favourite flavours for a soft cheese. I think I liked the blue cheese and walnuts… and the only one that made sense in terms of flavours was the emmental and raisin. 

Hmmmm intriguing indeed. Probably wouldn’t buy these for myself, but would recommend to add them onto crackers for taste I guess.

Mr Picky’s mother liked them, and I think Baby B liked them too… Strange tastebuds the French have!

Nissin Sesame Oil Flavoured Crisps

Very short post today.

I’m a big fan of Nissin noodles, so when I saw these in Oriental Delights, China Town (the day after I returned back from HK), I thought I had to try them out.
It’s a big bag, but don’t let that fool you into buying them (which happened to me obviously ¬_¬).
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The amount of crisps were minimal, and for the oily, only slight taste of sesame oil, it was disappointing.

Cost: £1.99 (if memory serves me right, sorry for never remembering or writing prices down).

Will I buy again? Nope.

Snowy Mini Four Mooncakes 美心冰皮 – Mango Series 芒果熱情 (Part 2)

T_T I failed my Japanese exam… boohoo… I knew I would fail, but didn’t know it would be by just 1 point away from a possible pass! 😦 So sad… It makes me want to take the Chinese HSK exams… :p
Well, carrying on with the Snowy mooncakes.
This is the second box that I bought on the same day as the Angel and Devil flavours. This one is called the Mango Series 芒果熱情 (Canto: mong gwo yit ching; Mando: mang guo re qing). This literally means “mango passion”.
I’m sure I’ve tried out the mango flavours before, but I guess this is a new version. Might as well. ^_^

Unlike the Angel and Devil Snowy Minis, this came in a box of four different flavours.

Mango Chestnut came first.

But unfortunately when I tried to break it apart with my hands the outer layer fell apart and became all crumbly. Note: cut it with a knife. >_<" 
It tasted of very sweet mango, and the outer layer seemed to have overpowered the inner chestnut paste. Didn’t like this one.

This is the Mango Crunch.

Learnt my lesson from the previous mooncake. The outer layer was a chocolate base flavour. I couldn’t taste what was actually inside. Probably some mango sort of paste. An ok flavour.

Mango with Pomelo Dessert… ^_^

From the smiley face above, this was my favourite out of the four. It had a mango outer layer and I could taste the paste which had a slight pomelo flavour… it even had pomelo bits inside! Yum yum!

And lastly this is the normal Mango flavour.

I thought this was going to be really sweet, but it turned out really nice, it had a subtle sweet mango flavour to it… and not as sweet as the other flavours,

Don’t think I will get this box of flavours again… The Devil Chocolate ones were my favourite!
With Brexit around the corner, will we ever see these again?!! 😦
Cost: £6.80 at Oriental Delight

Snowy Mini Four Mooncakes 美心冰皮 – Angel and Devil 天使魔鬼 (Part 1)

Poop. The summer bank holiday started off with a big stomach upset… I ate too much at Mr and Mrs Hen’s BBQ on Saturday. My stomach can’t handle too much food at one time anymore… 😦
But to lighten my stomach the next day I went out to China Town to buy noodles and also a few snacks. ¬_¬”” I’m actually looking for the Doll brand cheese flavoured noodles, so if anyone sees them, bell me! I also went out Pokémon Go hunting from China Town to Covent Garden, all the way up to St Paul’s Cathedral… and from there to Tower Bridge! What a walk it was lugging around a lot of noodles and these mini mooncakes. >.<" 
It’s coming up to the Mid-Autumn Festival! 
I’m surprised these Snowy Mini Four mooncakes 美心冰皮 (Canto: mei sam bing pei; Mando: mei xin bing pi) lasted during my long walk, well I did stop off at Starbucks just to coll down. 美心 mei sam is the name of the company. 冰皮 bing pei literally means “ice skin”. In general these mooncakes are called “snow skin mooncakes”. I had introduced them in an earlier post many years ago.
This year I bought two different boxes, the latter I will blog in another post. First box is called Angel and Devil 天使魔鬼 (Canto: tin si mo gwai; Mando: tian shi mo gui).
I tried out the “Devil” first. In English it’s called “Devil Dark Chocolate Crunch”
I understand why it’s called that. It has an indulgence of dark chocolate moulded into a mochi like sweet. Once opened you can smell the dark chocolate.
The crunch part is a tiny biscuit… The chocolate “paste” part just lingers into the mouth, whereas the skin mochi part sticks to your teeth.
It all tastes like an Oreo melting into my mouth. Yummy!
The “Angel” is called Angel Chocolate Crunch. I assume it’s to resemble white chocolate. The smell of it is not as intense as the Devil but has a soft almond like biscuit smell.
The paste and skin gives off a sweet vanilla sort of taste with a touch of almond. This makes you want to eat the mooncake a little more slowly so that you can try and indulge the flavours bit by bit.
The Devil tastes the best out of the two… if I have any money leftover in the next two weeks, I think I might by a couple more of the Devil ones.
Price: £6.80 at Oriental Delights (they sold in boxes of 2 as well as 4)

The Coconut Collaborative Yogurt

Japanese exam over! Think I failed the reading section (going over some of the questions in my head and realised I answered lots wrong)…. 😦 so saaaad, but I only did it for fun to see how much I can achieve. ^_^ Think positive Geek! Think positive! Awaiting for October to come for the results!!!

Started following The Coconut Collaborative on Twitter, and thought this is an interesting concept using coconut milk as yogurt.

Then when I went to a Sainsbury’s to buy it, it was practically the least touched yogurt in the fridge.

1. It’s expensive
2. They were in tiny pots

Although being so small and expensive, I bought them anyway.

They come in a tiny pot with a cardboard packaging. They are naturally dairy free, and so they’re good for those seeking a dairy free diet… probably ok for vegans too.

I think they could have done more with the pot and left out the cardboard… may have saved them a few pennies.

Tried the Natural flavour first. It’s creamy. You can tell they tried to add some natural sour flavours in. Could taste a lot of coconut milk in it… My least favourite of the three.

Next up the Blueberry flavour. This was a nicer flavour with some sweet blueberries at the bottom. This went well with the yogurt. My favourite of the three.

And finally the mango flavour. This wasn’t too sweet. I didn’t think it combined well with the yogurt. I could hardly taste the mango!

All finished! Blueberry wins!

If you’re rich, then go buy them. They’re £1.55 each!!! If you’re not into expensive yogurt, then go and buy big pots of natural yogurt – the dairy kind.

Samyang Hot Chicken Flavour Ramen 삼양 불닭 볶음면

>_< Hot spicy stir fried noodles needed!
Saw these being presented and eaten on a YouTube video by Kinoshita Yuka (a Japanese fanatic eater) and I had to try them out. I’m astounded by the amount she can eat in one sitting, whereas I could only eat a smaller portion of what she has. I’m normal. A normal eating geek.
Well, I found the noodles in China Town and bought a few packets to see what they tasted like.

So, cooked normally and placed into my bowl. The amount of noodles looks so small without the water… Placed in the sauce and topping on top.

Mixed it well… and then had my first noodle slurp… It wasn’t that spicy… until…

I added Japanese Kewpie mayo and slurped more… my, my, it’s really spicy, can’t remember if I could even taste anything else!! I added more mayo (like the Japanese do) to try and tone down the spiciness. It somewhat was ok

This is probably one of the most spiciest Korean ramens I’ve ever tried! I even bought more today because I like them so much. Hahahahaha!!
A pack of 5 was £3 something in Sun Loon Moon Supermarket in China Town… and in the confectionery shop a few doors down it is £1.20 per packet….

Try if you dare!

p.s. I took the spicy ramen challenge ^_^ … didn’t know this was a super popular ramen

Prunes and Peanut Butter

One day Miss Vegan told me to try out this easy dessert / snacky snack. Prunes and peanut butter which are enjoyed by her previous wealthy customers in one of her old jobs.
Apparently this is a Caribbean recipe. ¬_¬” I’m not sure. But correct me if I’m totally wrong.
So got the semi dry prunes, got some leftover peanut butter and a new jar in case I didn’t have enough…
And voila. Not hard to make. The most simple snack to make!
Taste wise. Hmmm. I would say prunes taste better by itself. Peanut butter tastes better on bread. Not my kind of snack. Maybe I need to stuff it inside next time – but that’s just extra hard work!
Well, at least it’s good for those on a low carb diet I guess.

Nissin Spicy Beef Noodle Flavour

I passed my driving theory test today! And so now I have to learn how to drive and pass it within 2 years! I’m a geek. I spent only 2 weeks revising intensively!!! Miss Pinky has to retake hers, and I’m positive she’ll pass next time. The questions are not that bad, some are really just common sense and some you really need to know the facts…
Well, that’s over and done with, and now I have to revise intensely for the Japanese Level N5 exam in July. 😦 I can’t stop learning! It’s my hobby to learn and learn more!!
In the meantime here’s something I bought a few weeks ago in East Street Market. Nissin’s new noodle flavour that is now selling in some stores in London. Spicy Beef flavour. The packet is in such a bright blue colour and so it caught my eye.

So obviously I cooked it in hot boiling water for 3 minutes, placed it into my favourite bowl from Hyper Japan and then added the soup base and seasoning oil in.

It smells incredibly like there was a lot of coriander and spices (like Chinese 5 spices) added into this recipe. When you’re eating the noodles you can’t taste the spicy beef flavour until you start drinking the soup, then it hits you. Nissin have tried really hard to capture the flavours in the soup which I think they have done quite well. ^_^

I bought an extra packet in case I liked the flavour. I did. So I will be eating this again. ^_^

Forgot to take note of the price. Always do. It’s 42p in the market’s Chinese shop.

Wonder if Nissin could just export more flavours to us!

Guest Post: Food in the Bermuda (Pictures from Mr ÆðelgarYellowcloak)

Finally I got someone to do a sort of guest post on my blog!! Yay!! But I’m doing all the typing (with a bit of copying and pasting). :p
Well, it’s going to be a food post. Mr ÆðelgarYellowcloak if you remember is my friend who I met through Mandarin classes a few years back, way before I started Japanese classes. Nowadays he works, sword fights and goes on many trips. LOL!
This year so far Mr ÆðelgarYellowcloak went to Bermuda, a British Overseas Territory). I didn’t even know he was going. Shame on me for accepting a hotel tour invitation instead of meeting up with him and Miss LǜFù for Czech food. ^_^ Anyway, I was a little shocked when he started sending me pics a couple of weeks ago. I remembered telling him last year to send me food pics from Ukraine, which he did but I didn’t post… Little info was provided or fewer pics were provided and he wouldn’t do the write up.

So, here he is at the White Horse Pub, he started off showing me a pic of a cherry coke, with an actual cherry on top. ^_^

A rib eye steak came with that, which didn’t seem too foreign… US$32.95. Exp.

This is Bangers and Mash which I replied back and said “This is not unique”. But what restaurant in England would serve bangers and mash these days… hmmm. Interesting thought. US$18.95. Exp too.

This was his pudding… ice cream with chocolate sauce and cream!

Next (I think this was around dinner time) he showed me a Toad in the Hole dish… ¬_¬ It’s basically sausages in a Yorkshire pudding. LOL! Ok, I don’t see this often. US$19.95.

What is this? He said it was Cheesy Chicken. ¬_¬ Looks like curry chicken. US$19.95.

Burger Pizza at the Swinn Inn came up the next day! This isn’t a unique dish from Bermuda!!! It cost him US$17. Expensive.

This is KFC food… OMG! No price stated.

On this day he said “I’ve got sunburnt feet and legs from a kayak trip this morning…”. His friend had the Aberdeen Angus Strip Steak… Mr ÆðelgarYellowcloak… this food is getting boring… US$26.

But then I got this pic of Pam Fried Red Hind… Looks yummy! US$33.

Ummmm, and now the desserts… they look yummy! Chocolate Bread Pudding and Rum Custard. US$8.

Chocolate Terrine. US$7½ ($7.50 I think he meant).

Next he had fish and chips priced at US$22.95!
WTH!! I had fish and chips that day too but that only cost me £4 something!! Bermuda has expensive dishes!

Beef Brisket in a Yorkie. No price stated. Wonder what the British would have nicknamed that…

Chicken Nuggets and Fries, again no price stated… Please don’t tell me, it was probably priced at US$10. >_<"

And finally Pulled pork priced at US$10.25. Looks yummy, but the Americans would have made it cheaper!

Well, it looks like I won’t be heading to the Bermuda Triangle anytime soon… Food is painfully expensive. 
And thank you Mr ÆðelgarYellowcloak for sharing your pictures, and making me do all the write up! :p