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I absolutely agree, Special Biscuit Correspondent Miuraís sterling research work in The Orient is deserving of her own icon. And the animation is quite splendid.
Now to matters of a more pressing nature. Iím fortunate enough to be off to the US on a two week business trip on Saturday. After all this time I donít think youíve come up with an icon for the US yet, which suggests thereís nothing to be had of any merit there, or perhaps your book sadly hasnít crossed The Pond yet? They are a charming and hospitable people but they really donít get the piping hot tea and crunchy biscuits thing do they? I suspect it may be down to their puritan heritage whereby a cuppa and chocolate digestive was historically probably considered somewhat indulgent.
I know the tea will probably be Liptonís Yellow Label, prepared with water barely exceeding body temperature. I know if I ask for biscuits Iím likely to get some sort of gravy-coated hardened dumpling and Iíve suffered Oreos once too often to know not to go there again. Iím really not fond the soft and chewy cookies which to my palate, always taste rather underbaked.
So, I must throw myself upon the mercy of you and your international and esteemed readership. Can anyone perhaps suggest what I might seek out in the cookie aisle of the local Piggly Wiggly. Are there perhaps any local biscuit-like delicacies to be procured in Florida and Colorado where I will be spending my time? Iím open to the idea of novelty biscuits if necessary; I guess in Florida they might be Ďgator shaped and in Colorado, well, I really donít knowÖ.beetles perhaps? And please, nothing that contains Hersheyís chocolate.
As ever, best wishes to you and the YMOS.
|Nicey replies: Hello Nick,
Good to hear from you again. By now you will be winging your way to the land of 'not yet achieving and icon'. We often get asked this question by forward thinking travellers such as yourself and so far the biscuit which I found the most plausible is the Graham Cracker. Its very name would be enough to keep most Brits at bay thinking its some kind of aspiring cheese board wanna-be. It is, however, a quite reasonable sweet biscuit and has little creases embedded in it which aid its breaking apart into smaller sections. For this reason alone it punches above its weight, making it one of the must see biscuits for the inquiring biscuit tourist.
Strawberry Newtons are notable in as much as there really isn't anything like them in the UK, so its worth just trying them to say you have. Likewise another Nabisco biscuit the NutterButter which having peanut butter in them isn't going to make on our shelves anytime soon, although I did actually find them appealing to my inner child like some sort of new sweet shop treat.
To be honest it is as you suspect a much more serious problem getting any sort of sensible cuppa, so I hope you have your teabags packed and access to boiling water over the next fortnight.
||Nicey, you star!|
I was made-up to go on the site today to find a new icon for Hiromi. She's a public treasure: always informative, enthusiastic and full of a pleasing wackiness that sits well with the British public. Hooray to you for recognising her unique strengths.
|Hello Nicey, wifey and YMOS|
I thought I would email you and ask you if it was perhaps time that Hiromi Miura had her own little icon?? All she gets is the little globe by the looks of things. It would be nice to be able to search for her under a little icon of her own Ė perhaps a lightening bolt to complement her love of black thunder biscuits and also to represent her dynamism.
Also I have a helpful tip for the fellow Aussie who will be visiting the UK soon Ė I would recommend he try a bourbon biscuit. He would need to look up the proper etiquette of eating one as we donít have them over here (I have searched but to no avail) but they are really ultra yummy. Especially dipped in tea.
Thanks and kind regards
Great site as usual
|Nicey replies: Right that's a new icon for Hiromi then, or any other Korean based Japanese UK biscuit aficionados with a liking for Black Thunders that write to us.
In time honoured NCOTAASD fashion, here is a hearty Hoorah! for the new icon (I had to animate it and everything).
||Dear Nicey, Wifey and YMOS|
Wednesday the 10th, my husband and I came back to Korea ,dragging packets of Japanese biscuits from our three-day trip in Tokyo Japan to make our life in Korea more comfortable :-)
Then I was able to get a case of twenty & fourteen "Black Thunder" biscuit bars, my favourite Japanese biscuit, which are chocolate covered biscuits like the "Penguin" and" Tim Tam" , although they have a rugged texture unlike those two traditional biscuits.
To tell you the truth, the "Black Thunder" is much more popular than before in Japan.
Reportedly, Kohei Uchimura of Japan, silver medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games men's gymnastics, is a "Black Thunder" fiend.
Since such a fact spread all over Japan, Yuraku Confectionery, the manuacturer of the "Black Thunder" has been so busy filling increased demand for the biscuits that some employees were unable to take their summer holiday.
I got mine at a 7-Eleven, which is a major convenience store chain in Japan. The shop manager who was kind enough to allow me to buy up all the "Black Thinder" biscuit bars in his shop, told me that each 7-Eleven shop could order only one case (20bars) of "Black Thunder" biscuits at a time, up to three cases a week, nowadays.
Actually, it was not easy for me to spot a store sellig them.
Hence, the biscuits appear to have become hard-to-get biscuits for shops as well as us consumers.
It is reported that Yuraku Confectionery does want to keep supporting Uchimura with its "Black Thunder" biscuits until the 2012 London Olympic Games.
So, you may see Kohei Uchimura munching some"Black Thunder"biscuits somewhere in London in 2012.
And I obtained a box of "Mcvitie's digestive biscuits pumpukin flavour",too, which was made in Japan by Meiji Seika.
It is probably a limited edition for this autumn-winter in Japan.
However, if it turned out that another promising athelete were a huge fun of the pumpkin varaiant, Meiji Seika might be required to continue manufacturing it so as to support the athelete at least until 2012 when the London Olympic will be held.
Hiromi Miura (Seoul Korea)
|Nicey replies: Hello Hiromi,
Worrying events in the world of Japanese biscuits especially as you say you like to buy them otona-gai. I suspect once they have got the situation under control they'll probaby start making all sorts of spin off biscuits. I have to say we all enjoyed the Black Thunders you kindly sent. They seem to be a mass produced version of the sort of tray bake things you can make with smashed up biscuits, dried fruit and chocolate which are very pleasant.
Not sure what biscuits Chris Hoy our triple gold medal winning cycling bloke or Rebecca Adlington our double Gold Medal lady swimmer eat. Some how what ever they were I don't think the whole nation would run out and buy them all up though.
Fox's Whipped Creams Review
|Dear Nicey,Wifey and YMOS|
I understand that Nicey enjoys D I Y, and your latest wonderful review brought me to FOX's website featuring an adorable panda (danda ?)
So, I'd like to introduce you a Korean biscuit in the shape of a panda's face, suitable for DIY lovers.
It consists of a blue pouch of some panda-faced biscuits, a yellow pouch of biscuits for base, two tubes of filling such as chocolate and strawberry flavour, and a sheet of stickers (maybe a free gift).
Here, we are required to complete the panda-faced sandwich biscuits ourselves, instead of the sandwich machine of the biscuit factory of HAITAI, manufacturer. The back side of the box, we can see the building instructions with diagrams. As you guess, it is very difficult for me to read Korean without the dictionary. As a grown-up, I know how to build up sandwich biscuits, so I skipped reading such a manual and made mine.
However, after tasting all panda biscuits,I finally found that I should have enjoyed them after freezing for 10-20 minutes, because on seeing the instractions well later, I mamaged to read a Korean language meaning "freezer" and a figure of "10-20".
Anyway, I was happy to have a lovely time completing sandwich biscuits myself, and that the lukewarm ones were good.
Sad to say, I cannot read the product name written in Korean printed on the box, yet, although I tried to look the Korean words in the dictionary. Therefore, I would like to call this biscuit "Banda" (biscuit/panda) by borrowing the idea of danda (dog/panda).
Thank you for reading,
Hiromi Miura (Seoul Korea).
|Nicey replies: Hello Special Biscuit Correspondent Miura,
They look like really good fun for YMOS parties and such. Perhaps the biscuits become super-conductive at low temperatures allowing them to hover in magnetic fields, perhaps that's what the Koreans are getting at.