O’Sulloc Green Tea Milk Spread

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While traveling in Seoul, one of the places I wanted to visit was O’Sulloc (오설록), a café that specializes in all things tea, particularly Jeju Island green tea. If you ever plan to travel to South Korea, I definitely recommend going to an O’Sulloc branch and trying out their green tea latte. Utterly divine.

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Look at that hot serif in all caps… just kidding. But that logo…

Anyway, while I was shopping around Insa-dong (인사동), I came across an O’Sulloc branch. I wandered inside, and a small glass jar filled with some green substance caught the corner of my eye. I walked over, grabbed the jar, and read the serif font that splayed across the label: Green Tea Milk Spread. Wait, did my eyes deceive me? Green Tea? Milk? WHAT?! Would it taste like matcha milk tea?

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Don’t let the green gross you out

I contemplated for several days before saying “F it, YOLO,” and bought the 8000won jar. When I came home, I was so excited to try it. I immediately broke the seal, and an intense green tea aroma greeted my nostrils and made my mouth water. The spread is thick and smooth. I greedily sampled it, and my smile disappeared. It was like eating frosting. I enjoyed the subtle taste of green tea, but that was all it offered. There was no explosion of green tea flavor. The sweetness, probably from the amount of sugar added, overpowered the bitterness of green tea.

Don’t get me wrong, I think it makes whole wheat bread—utterly dry and bland—taste great. Add slices of banana on top of the spread, and you got yourself breakfast. Though, for me, I can only handle eating it once a week. Hopefully I can figure out what to do to find the perfect balance of sweetness. If you have any suggestions, let me know!

If you love sweet things and green tea flavored goodies, then maybe O’Sulloc Green Tea Milk Spread should be your go-to spread on bread 🙂

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Dreaming Cow Yogurt

Honey Pear & Vanilla Agave
Honey Pear & Vanilla Agave
Maple Ginger & Dark Cherry Chai
Maple Ginger & Dark Cherry Chai

I can never refuse cute packaging; I literally gravitate towards it. Although Dreaming Cow yogurt’s consistency is runny, I didn’t think it ruins the taste. I bought them at a local Safeway, which only carries four flavors. I recommend trying three of the four flavors (see below). Visit dreaming cow website for more info 🙂 I hope they sell the other flavors soon!

Honey Pear: Subtle pear flavor that is overpowered by honey flavor. Honey balances out the tartness of yogurt.

Vanilla Agave: The flavor is neither bland nor too tarty. If you want to try something safe and nothing too exotic, I recommend trying this flavor.

Maple Ginger: I wish I could add more maple syrup, but I didn’t have any at home. I wish I could finish it like the others, but I couldn’t. I was never fond ginger, and I was expecting the yogurt to have more of a maple taste with literally a day of ginger. Nope. If you’re a fan of ginger, then this flavor is for you. Otherwise, stay far away from it.

Dark Cherry Chai: Hints of spice complements cherry flavor. It doesn’t taste like the cherry flavor you find in medicine either.

Matcha Mochi Ice Cream Madness

Mikawaya (left) and Maeda-en (right) green tea ice cream mochi packaging
Mikawaya (left) and Maeda-en (right) green tea ice cream mochi packaging

What is mochi?
For those who do not know, mochi is a glutinous rice cake that has been pounded into a paste and molded to a shape. The texture is sticky, sometimes gooey, and chewy. It’s often used to create confectionery such as daifuku (mochi commonly stuffed with red bean paste). You can read more about mochi here.

I still remember the day when Costco started selling ice cream mochi. A mob of people surrounded the food sample booth, trying to snag a sample before it ran out. After tasting the delicious morsel, my family immediately bought a vanilla flavored pack. I still stand by the belief that the chewy, sticky goodness of mochi encasing a chunk of ice cream is revolutionary.

A lot of American supermarkets sell ice cream mochi ranging from vanilla to green tea (matcha). Unlike American supermarkets, Japanese supermarkets, at least the ones that are around the area I live, sell two brands of ice cream mochi: Mikawaya and Maeda-en. Serendipitously both brands of ice cream mochi were on sale one week; my mom bought Mikawaya’s green tea ice cream mochi at Safeway and I bought Maeda-en’s green tea ice cream mochi at Marukai.

Mikawaya

  • comes with 6 ice cream mochi
  • mochi has stiff consistency which holds the form better, and immediately becomes chewy in the mouth
  • green tea flavor is very subtle, it’s practically nonexistent; taste has a bit of mint and other weird leafy flavors (I can’t really describe the exact taste but it’s not as pleasant as Maeda-en’s green tea ice cream)

Maeda-en

  • comes with 6 ice cream mochi
  • mochi has sticky consistency which makes everything fall apart after taking a bite into it
  • green tea flavor has the perfect balance of matcha which is no surprise because their green tea ice cream is the best thing ever
  • comparing the price at Marukai, Maeda-en is cheaper than Mikawaya; this could vary among location and stores

Ideally if you combine Mikawaya’s mochi with Maeda-en’s green tea ice cream, I would be like

I hope this doesn’t deter you from trying Mikawaya’s matcha mochi ice cream; the taste might be more suitable for you than Maeda-en’s. Both brands offer an array of flavors, so if matcha isn’t your thing, then you can try chocolate, mango, or even plum wine. Trust me, you can never go back to ice cream sandwiches once you tried an ice cream mochi… maybe you might, but do definitely try ice cream mochi once in your life.

I-Mei Ice Bar Mania

I posted a while back about I-Mei Pudding Ice Cream Bar. There was a 2 for $7 sale a couple weeks ago, so I hopped on the chance on buying other flavors I haven’t tasted yet. My friend bought Pearl Milk Tea and Matcha Red Bean flavors (which I unfortunately forgot to take photos of), and I bought Melon and Mango.

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Frozen Green Tea Bars with Sweet Azuki Bean

Before the semester begins, I want to share with y’all this treat I bought a while back.

the packaging
the packaging

I have always wanted to try these frozen bars/ice bars/what-should-I-even-call-them-bars ever since I combined green tea ice cream with an imagawayaki. It was like a revelation; I finally understood why desserts like these have this divine combination. I bought this when I saw it on sale because, regularly, it is surprisingly pricey. Each package comes with six bars that are relatively small.

I eagerly took a bite out of the frozen treat and was met with a lackluster taste of matcha and an overwhelming sweetness of red bean. I could literally taste the corn syrup that encompassed the frozen bar’s core as I took another bite. The icy exterior was nothing I imagined as well. I should have suspected it would not be creamy by its name, but I was blinded by the divine combination that was shown on the package (seriously, I recommend everyone to try an imagawayaki with a scoop of green tea ice cream on top). That is not to say that the green shell was nasty. When there was no more azuki bean filling and I was nearing the end of the bar, I could taste the green tea. Finally. I think that area is the best part.

Rating: 3/5.

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one bite in and I was filled with a millisecond of happiness

I-Mei Pudding Ice Cream Bar

What is I-Mei?
I-Mei, or I-Mei Foods, is a Taiwanese food company that is known in Taiwan for providing the highest quality of food to customers. Products they sell range from confectionaries to frozen food, and their packaging is quite unique. More info about I-Mei can be found at their website: click here

Pudding Ice Cream Bar
Popsicle. Ice lolly. Ice cream bar. Whatever you want to call it, this tasty morsel is not your typical Jell-o pudding, but rather custard pudding flavored, which is a popular dessert in Asia, particularly in Japan.

I-Mei does not disappoint. It looks and tastes exactly like pudding. The yellow part is creamy and rich in vanilla flavor, while the brown part is icy, sweet caramel goodness. The difference in texture makes it quite addicting to gobble the ice cream bar in one go. When you eat or lick both sides of it, the flavors harmonize and it feels like you’re eating a cold custard pudding. Granted sometimes the caramel flavor overpowers the vanilla/pudding flavor.

Considering it’s summer, I definitely recommend buying a pack of I-Mei ice cream bar, this or some other flavor.

Rating: 5/5

front of the box
front of the box
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wrapper
ice cream bar - yellow: vanilla/custard part, brown: caramel
ice cream bar – yellow: vanilla/pudding, brown: caramel

Ben & Jerry’s Pineapple Passionfruit

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left: carton, right: close up

Another informal review here! Since the weather is becoming warmer here, my mom and I decided to go buy ice cream one fine Sunday. After trying Ben & Jerry’s Liz Lemon, we decided to buy Pineapple Passionfruit because these new flavors were on sale at Safeway.

I definitely recommend these to anyone who is a fan of greek yogurt and/or Ben and Jerry’s. I won’t go into detail of Liz Lemon in this post, but here is a description of Pineapple Passionfruit: Pineapple Greek Frozen Yogurt with Chunks of Pineapple & a Passion Fruit Swirl. Pretty self-explanatory.

Each spoonful of Pineapple Passionfruit takes me to the tropical islands where I’m drinking some cool, refreshing pineapple beverage.

The texture of the frozen yogurt is a bit fluffy and creamy. It’s not as tangy as regular greek yogurt, but there’s a decent balance of tartness and sweetness because of the blend of passionfruit and pineapple. I think it’s interesting to combine tropical fruits with greek yogurt (unless that’s what they do in Greece), and I think it’s quite successful. I do admit, it is more on the sweet side than I would like it to be; nonetheless, it’s still delicious to eat, especially on a sunny day.

GGE Wheat Crackers

Last week while I was displaying these at work, I noticed that they changed their packaging design. On a whim, I decided that I was going to try out all the flavors available.

GGE, short of Good Good Eat, Wheat Crackers are products of Taiwan (or is it Japanese as well?) and have an array of flavors. I think these were inspired from crushing dried instant ramen, mixing in the flavor packet, and eating the crushed flavored bits like chips. Who used to do that; just me and the rest of the kids at my Chinese school? These have no preservatives and no trans fat. GGE’s mascot is a big head Asian girl who changes her outfit depending on the flavor. Each pack is $1.18USD and is about 2.75-3.75oz. I tried googling for more information but nothing else came up.

Happy eating!

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Original
Nutritional Facts: Calories-150, Calories From Fat-70, Total Fat-7g/11%, Saturated Fat-3g/15%, Sodium-370mg/15%, Total Carbohydrate-29g/6%, Sugar-<1g, Protein-3g
Smell: 4/5
Taste: 5/5
feel: 4.5/5
The smell is like baked potato chips but there isn’t any fragrance or luring smell that entices you to eat it. The taste is not salty and doesn’t have any overbearing flavor, which actually makes it quite enjoyable to eat (unlike some of the other flavors). I like how they’re skinny chopped up strands, but it is unsatisfying if you only grab and eat one strand at a time, which is why I gave the “feel” a 4.5.

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D+ Natural Yeast Bread

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Displaying food when working at a Japanese store makes one such as myself tempted to buy everything and try them all. One of the items I often display is D-Plus Natural Yeast Bread.

D-Plus stands for “day plus,” which is a reference to the breads’ long shelf life—60 days according to official website. This is possible because of how the bread is made with no added preservatives. To further preserve the bread, each package contains a small green alcohol pad. The bread itself is very soft and fluffy.

There are two types of D+ bread: mixed-in flavors and filling. The packaging differentiates the two types. If it has a gold band across the top, then it has a filling.

I finally got around to buying one several months ago. I was hesitant to buy the bread because the price is $1.50-$1.89 USD, depending on where you get it in the area. Anyway, the supermarket next to my workplace had a sale over Thanksgiving weekend, so I bought an array of flavors for 99 cents each. Here’s my first food review! Enjoy and happy eating!

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