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||Dear Nicey, wifey and YMOS,|
Thanks to your past picking up on NCOTAASD.com, I expect that many people outside Korea have already known the Korean style Wagon Wheel, "Orion Choco-Pie" biscuit, which is well-known as military use biscuit as well as the korean's favourite.
Now, the "Orion Choco-Pie" is undertaken a new project.
The project is a "Dr.You Project" by Dr.You and ORION!
In short,the Dr.You Project is that eat one banana and a milk carton (maybe 200ml) with a piece of the "Orion Choco-Pie" so that such a combination will meet an ideal CPF ratio.
As you know, CPF means Carbohydrates, Protein and Fat.
The ideal CPF ratio seems to be approximately 65% carbohydrates /15% Protein /20% fat.
I hear that the CPF balanced-diet with such an ideal ratio is helpful for keep slim.
Dr.You, who was born on the seventh of June in 1955 and is a great professor of family medicine at Seoul University in Korea, found how to enjoy the "Orion Choco-pie" perfect for the CPF-balanced diet.
How lovely Dr. You is !
And, I guess that a banana and some milk with a "Wagon Wheel" biscuit might also meet the ideal PFC ratio.
Good luck with your diet, Nicey!
I am sure that it will not long before you complete your diet project successfully.
Because you has wonderful supporters, Wifey and YMOS, always with you.
For you, Wifey and YMOS must be greater doctors than Dr.You.
Dr.You appears on MBC FM radio "radio doctors"currently on air in Korea.
< Mondays to Saturdays 8:30am-8:35am >
And he published his book titled "Everyone can lose 10 kg".
I hope that my translation from Korean via Japanese into English about the "Dr. You Project" will be correct.
Hiromi Miura (Seoul Korea)
|Nicey replies: Hoorah for Dr You and his bonkers Project.
Despite his lovely pie chart and stethoscope I don't think eating chocolate biscuits bananas and milk in abundance is really going to shift the pounds. There is probably something in the Korean small print about how often you are allowed to do it and if you are allowed to eat anything else.
Anyhow he looks a lot like he is from the Dharma Initative
But maybe that's because Wifey made we watch 23 episodes of Lost season 3 in a week after she had the box set of DVDs for Christmas.
I read your latest wonderful "Nice News" about French LU biscuit's landing on British Tesco.
I think Tesco is a fantastic retailar that tries the positive recruitment of biscuits
and then makes biscuit lovers happy. I believe many biscuit fans in the U.K. will be able to enjoy thier biscuit hanting even more at their own local Tesco from now forth.
By the way, now, some "Tesco store brand biscuits" are available at "Home plus" store in Korea,
which is jointly managed by British Tesco and Korean Samsung. (I do hope they are NOT miserable biscuits kicked out of the crowded biscuit section of Tesco U.K., because of the emergence of a new star, the "LU biscuit".) As far as I see, "Tesco NICE","Tesco Malted mlk", and "Tesco Fruit shortcake" are available at Homeplus in Korea,right now.
It was 26th November that I encountered such lovely biscuits from the U.K. for the first time there, when I successfully got a packet of the "NICE" biscuit of 200g came in a green wrapper. On the upper right side, we can see some information of "Great taste now 10% less salt" written in a circle. Sounds wholesome!
I never think you might read these teensy letters printed in the receipt of the photo I attached. But the receipt tells us that this is a "UK NICE BISCUIT 200G 980KRW" at #003. Little did I dream of being able to taste real Tesco store brand biscuits in Korea!
To tell the truth, the Home plus (my local?) is located 13 stops away from the nearest station of mine. However, I will patronise the shop, expecting to see some more Tesco biscuits from the U.K. such as "Tesco Rich tea (round type)", "Tesco Milk chocolate Digestive" and "Tesco Custard cream", as well as "Nice","Malted milk" and "Fruit shortcake".
Hiromi Miura (Seoul Korea)
|Nicey replies: I'm very pleased that you can get hold of some proper biscuits, and I know how much you like a nice Nice. It's also good to hear that we are keeping the balance of trade between the two nations, Korea sends us TVs, cars, computers, hair straighteners, HD / DVD players, mobile phones, set top boxes, MP3 players, sat-navs to go in the cars they already sent us, washing machines, microwave ovens, fridge freezers, air conditioning units, digital cameras, vacuum cleaners, hobs and ovens, cam-corders and printers.. and we send them some biscuits.|
Leafy Pie and Green Tea Pocky Review
|Dear Nicey,Wifey and YMOS|
11th November, it is "Pepero Day" in Korea.
So now, "Pepero Day season ". The "Pepero" is a so popular Korean biscuit ,which has been manufactured by Lotte since 1983 in Korea. It is a thin biscuit stick dipped in chocolate. I guess many people may think that the "Pepero" is similar to Japanese "Pocky" (French Mikado). But, sad to say, it appears that there is no relationship between them.
By the way, on this "Pepero Day", many Korean enjoy giving "Pepero" biscuits to their beloved boyfriends/girlfriend, cherished family members, close friends and bosses, and scoffing together.
Allegedly, the "Pepero Day" began 11th November in 1994 when some Korean girl students sent "Pepero" biscuits to one another, hoping to become slim ladies like thin "Pepero" sticks.
11th November, or 11/11 consisting of QUADRUPLE 1 seems to have been specially selected by those Korean girls, as the thin, slim stick shaped like a figure 1. And their gift exchanging seems to have spread all over the country.
Some says that the excitement to the day has been more than Valentine Day in recent years in Korea.
I have no ideas if this happy event is a splendid fiction created by wise Lotte or not. However, I think it is fantastic that many Korean automatically show up on BISCUIT sections in their local supermarkets and corner shops for "Pepero" biscuits, as the "Pepero Day" approaches, every year.
We can actually see many biscuits manufactured by NOT Lotte but other confectioneries sold as gifts for the day, along with "Pepero" biscuits by Lotte. And I want to extend a hearty welcome to such a stretch because, I expect that Korean will start enjoying even more any type of biscuits
in the world as well as "Pepero" biscuit at the very day of "Pepero Day", and eventually the lovely "Pepero Day" will be reborn as even lovelier "Korean Biscuit Day"(KBD) in the future.
Now, "Pepero" has three flavours including chocolate, cocoa biscuit & chocolate and chocolate & almond. Besides, a "Nude-Pepero" line is available in two flavours of chocolate and lemon cheese.
"Nude-Pepero" is a salt-less pretzel stick ZERO percent enrobed in coating. Instead it has some centre filling with a bit seductive naming.
I have a plan to gobble some "Pepero" biscuits with my husband ,11th November this year.
By the way, I read about Bourbon biscuits recalled because of possiblity of contamination of some biscuits by small pieces of metal wire in your "Nice News". I hope things will calm down, soon.
And I felt glad that those Korean girls had chosen NOT thin metallic wires but Pepero biscuits
for their gifts as something slim and thin in 1994.
Thank you for reading.
Hiromi Miura (Seoul Korea).
|Nicey replies: Hello Hiromi,
Once again you've alerted us to yet another blatant copy of somebody else's biscuit by the Koreans. They might not have anything to do with Pocky directly but everything about them is borrowed from Glico's Pocky something I'm even more certain of since receiving your training shipments of Japanese biscuits. Still it must be nice for you and your husband to find such a familiar biscuit in your new home and to have a whole day devoted to it.
I think that the unless they change the date it will probably not spread too far outside of Korea, as on that date we remember those who died in wars and conflicts especially the WWI and WWII as it coincides with the end of WWI. No doubt the Koreans have such a reflective time too, when we are probably doing something frivolous possibly involving biscuits, such is the nature of global biscuit celebrations and human strife.
Tim Tam vs Penguin Review
|Hello Nicey, Wifey and YMOS.|
I work for an airline and spend most of my time barrelling around the world, landing in far off and exotic places. I have to hold on to my hat and close my eyes against the unceasing gale of culture shock. Not having access to a nice cup of tea most of the time, the natural way to restore an inner balance is a wander round your lovely website, which seems to give me inner peace. A type of ‘cyber tea’ if you will. I think it might be something to do with a sort of distilled englishness that pervades the site. Anyhow, browsing the site while in Dubai, I came across some comments regarding Tim-Tams re. Penguins (personally I rejoice in a Tim-Tam but despise Penguins). Intrigued to see the results of the head to head, I clicked on the link and got the following message:
Gosh. What controversial statements am I missing out on? How do you feel about the citizens of the UAE being unable to benefit from your Tim-Tam / Penguin debate?
There is a supermarket opposite the hotel and I will now go biscuit hunting.
Thanks for your lovely site.
PS I find Hiromis’ regular despatches utterly charming – surely I am not the only one who looks forward to hearing of her next Korean related biscuit adventures?
|Nicey replies: Richard,
Firstly I shall be using our airplan icon for your message which until now has mean't issues with tea and biscuits arising whilst on an airplane, or something like that. It now also encompasses anything that people who work for airlines have to say.
We've been told before that the United Arab Emirates have blocked some of our content, I suppose we should be flattered that they have gone to so much trouble on our account. We would tone down our offensive language if we knew what it was we were saying. Perhaps in future they could just underline the offending bits in red and put a note at the bottom.
As for Biscuit Correspondent Hiromi, we have her latest report coming right up.
||Dear Nicey Wifey and YMOS,|
Nearly one and a half month have already passed since my husband and I moved into Korea
from Japan. As you guess, in a new life in a new country, I had never been able to settle down from my heart for a while before I successfully met satisfying Korean biscuits. Now, I lead a serene life in Korea as I eventually met a Korean biscuit that made me its fiend,yet. It is a "CROWN-SAND", which has been manufactured by CROWN in Korea since 1961.
CROWN seems to be short for [ Creating Resources for Optimizing Wellness through Nutrition].
I think that CROWN has an even more complicated structure than NCOTAASD for [Nice Cup Of Tea And A Sit Down] and YMOS for [Young Members Of Staff]. The company was founded in the name of "Young-il Dang Confectionery" in 1947 in Korea. And it changed the name into today's CROWN Confectionery in 1956. As you know, CROWN marks the 61st anniversary this year and its" CROWN-SAND" biscuit was born in 1961.
"The 61st and 1961, or DOUBLE 61" I guess that something like a gold medal with the figure 61 printed in the centre of the box may emphasise that such a "DOUBLE 61" is a happy event for CROWN.
My lovely CROWN-SAND is a vanilla cream sandwiched between two biscuits. The biscuit is crisp.
I guess the texture is in condition between a richtea/Marie-typed biscuit and a plain savoury biscuit/cracker. The vanilla cream is sweet and a little sour. In fact, such a sweet and sour filling in the biscuit made me feel odd, first. However, I found myself love it so much. My tastebud may have changed like a roller-coaster to survive in my new biscuit world.
There are eight individual portion packs including two biscuits in the box. Now, the"CROWN-SAND" biscuits are available in three different flavours including strawberry and chocolate as well as vanilla cream.
By the way, you may see a description of "The first biscuit added lactic acid bacterium in Korea" written in Korean Languages at the right upper side on the box. Moreover, you may see another description of CROWN-SAND "is a family love" written in Korean languages at the left bottom side on the box.
More than one hour required for me to decode those descriptions written in Korean languages on the outer box. And around ten minutes required for me to translate into English. Again, for your information.
Thank you for reading.
Hiromi Miura (Seoul Korea)
|Nicey replies: Well done biscuit correspondent Miura,
Your quest for biscuit solace in Korea seems to be bearing fruit now. I like the double 61 it is surely some sort of sign. Very interesting that the biscuit has lactic acid bacterium, and well done on the tricky double translation. Your reward was that it made you feel a bit strange when you ate it before you got the hang of them.