May 31st, 2016
I’m having an unlucky day, so I decided to treat myself to some snacks!
I woke up at 7am after a bad night sleep. I had to rush and move out of my flat because workers arrived (we are re-doing our bathroom). Rain started to pour intensely, together with the strongest wind. I walked in the rain and got soaked, and once I got safely inside my old flat, putting away the clothes I had packed the night before, I bumped my head in the wardrobe so hard my forehead instantly got very swollen. Let’s not forget that my phone is dead and I forgot to bring the charger. YAY.
I was having such a hard time with everything, that I decided to head out and go to an asian market. I picked a few drinks and snacks, and now I’m here, cosily writing about them, feeling much better already!
Food always knows how to make me happy.
So, the one thing I go insane over is asian drinks:
- They look adorable;
- They taste delicious;
- They are so unusual!
I got incredibly excited when I found canned milk tea. I don’t drink milk that often, but. But. This is a whole different thing. It’s usually difficult to find it where I live, so I honestly went crazy and grabbed the last one available in the counter.
I’m sipping it very slowly, just so I can enjoy it all day.
Since that was the last one, I decided to pick up a rice drink, which I’ve tasted before and, although is not the same, still tastes very nice.
Another option I decided to try out is the Cookies & Cream drink – I’m very intrigued by this, but haven’t tasted it yet.
I then saw strawberry water in a can/bottle packaging, and because it looked so cute, I had to add it to my basket.
I also took one last drink (the one in the green packaging) but I haven’t tried it yet and I have no idea what it is. Sometimes you just have to include new things in your diet, and in my case, I’m hoping it’s green tea based!
Now, I definitely knew I needed something salty today. I was happy to find some Calbee chips (my favourite Japanese brand) and although there wasn’t a huge selection, I did spot these pizza ones (vegetarian). They are very good, slightly hot but nothing I can’t handle. I would rate these 8/10.
Then I picked up a bag of green peas chips, which are so incredibly delicious. I don’t even like peas that much, but these are great. 10/10!
The last salty thing I wanted to try was this bag of roasted chestnuts. I love cooking and eating chestnuts, so I figured these could be a nice snack to have around. Unfortunately, although they don’t taste bad, they are super slimy and they just seem a bit weird. I will finish the package, but I will not buy them again. 6/10.
Moving onto sweet treats, I got some I already knew I liked, and others I’ve heard of but never tried.
I of course went for some Matcha Pocky, they are very good and I always make sure to have some in the house (7.5/10) but I also found the Pepero, from Lotte, that I bought during my trip to South Korea. I picked those up and tasted them at home, and they actually are even better than I remembered! I would give them 8.5/10.
I believe Birthday Cake Oreos are pretty popular, but I never had them before. I ate a cookie, and although I did like it, I think regular Oreos are the best. This would be a 7/10.
Another brand I really like from Japan is Glica (the same that does Pocky) and although some of their snacks are incredible, others kind of feel “old”. The last thing I’ve tried today, the Cream Collon biscuit, was okay, but not the greatest. I will happily eat it, but as it goes for the chestnuts, I probably won’t get them again. 6/10.
And these are all the snacks I bought and tasted today. I do get waaay too excited anytime I enter an asian grocery store, simply because it reminds me of my trips to Japan and just makes me curious to try out new things.
Have you tasted any of these? Do you have a favourite asian snack or brand?