Apologies for the lack of updates! I have been busy churning out my food club's annual magazine for the past week, so in the meantime, here's something I wrote for NTU Student Union paper, Tribune, months ago!
If you thought that boutique Japanese/Korean supermarts are the only places that you can get exotic imported tidbits, think again. Take a walk in our very own Nanyang Supermarket and you will be immensely surprised (Trust me, I was) by the amount of never-seen-before brands on the racks. And before you write them off as not-for-me products catered to the Chinese population in hostels, you might just walk away with a few dollar notes lighter and a couple of biscuits heavier.
Product: Beer Yeast Soda Biscuits
Packaging: I think this caught my eyes for the wrong reason. Helming from Taiwan, the word “beer” stood out so prominently that I barely hesitated to grab one. A peek inside the box revealed 6 individual packets with 4 pieces of soda cracker each. Ah how convenient.
Taste: I think I was trying a bit too hard to detect any alcohol in this, as double checking on the nutritional label showed no such content at all. Still, there was a very faint lingering taste that somewhat resembled the after sip of beer, either it really existed or purely my stubborn mind playing tricks on me. Nonetheless, if you look past the fact that it was made with beer yeast, the cracker really was quite a tasty treat; light, crunchy texture with savoury seaweed flavour.
Worth a try? Yes, at least to satisfy your curiosity!
Product: Fox’s Chunkie (Fruit & Nut and Chocolate)
Packaging: Looking remarkably like a Mark and Spencers product, you can’t help but to be attracted by its classy, matt wrapper and aura of British aristocracy. Okay I’m exaggerating, but it really is from a UK brand with a century of history. Fruit and Nut? My favourite Cadbury fillings. Emphasis on “extremely chocolate”? Now you’re talking! Well my only gripe was that you need to get a air-sealed container once you opened it, but it wouldn’t matter if you plan to finish it in one go anyway.
Taste: The cookie itself had sort of an identity crisis. When you bite into it, it wasn’t your typical cookie that crunches and brittles, neither was it of a doughy Subway-like texture. Not sure if that was due to a generous amount of nuts and raisins, but the in-between compromise might take some time to adjust to. As for the layer of chocolate on top, it was decently smooth and creamy but definitely not close to any praline-grade that you are imagining.
Worth a try? Yes to impress your friends with psudo-atasness. But hey, it really is worth buying when even Isetan Supermarket is selling it at $4.50!
Post-thoughts: I haven't seen the beer yeast biscuits anywhere else yet, though Fox's had been spotted quite a couple of times in places like Market Place and previously mentioned Isetan. It's amazing where the campus supermarket dig out these snacks from and even sells them cheaper than outside. Time for another visit when school reopens!
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