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||Dear Nicey,Wifey and YMOS|
On Wednesday afternoon, my husband and I came back to Korea after staying for three nights and four days in our motherland, Japan.
Sad to say, when we arrived at Haneda Airport(Tokyo), there was no lady with a green tea trolley to greet us, but Tokyo was so beautiful because the lovely pink-coloured cherry blossoms were in full bloom.
In Tokyo, my husband seemed to be busy visiting several offices on business.
As for me, I was busy dropping by corner shops enjoying biscuit hunting, as you guess.
And we flew back to Korea with a lot of biscuits I had gained in Tokyo, including a box of twenty "Black Thunder" biscuits, which are one of my favourite Japanese biscuits.
Well, I am a lady who love inexpensive,mass-produced biscuits that are available at corner shops and common supermarkets.
However, in remembrance of our brief retro life in Tokyo, I ventured to try to buy four extravagant biscuits at WEST shop.
The WEST shop is a confectioner well-known for its even finer and high end biscuits in Japan.
Actually, even a single biscuit cost me at 168JPY (about 0.82GBP / 1.64USD).
Interestingly, the confectioner calls its biscuits "Dry Cake", while it calls its fresh cakes (such as cheesecake, sponge cake covered with whipped cream and cream puff) just "Cake".
And it is fact that those 4 "Dry Cake" biscuits I bought were drier than Tunnock teacake and Jaffa Cake.
Anyway, I am very happy that I was able to get such gems of biscuits as well as common biscuits in Japan.
By the way, what lets me down is that I was not able to discover a gem of contemporary literature: Japanese version of NCOTAASD book in Japan. It seemed to me that your Japanese book has not been released in Japan, yet.
I do hope I will get it next time we fly to Japan.
Hiromi Miura (Seoul Korea)
|Nicey replies: Hello Hiromi,
It sounds like you had a lovely time back in Tokyo, even if you didn't get your cup of green tea at the airport..
Of course the main reason for our book being published in Japanese is so that you can read it. I've pointed this out at length to all concerned. Fingers crossed that you'll find it next time.
We have cherry trees all along our road, which have just began to blossom too. Each year they produce masses of black cherries most of which are eaten by birds or fall on to the road. This year Wifey plans to ask permission to grab a few pounds of them and turn them into her new found best drink ever, Cherry flavoured Vodka. NCOTAASD ISP Dr Borrill did this with his cherries and worked very well indeed.
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.|
I just read the mail about the "PLOP" biscuits from Belgium. As I live in Belgium, I can give you an explanation as why these biscuits are called PLOP. The gnome on the box is actually called PLOP, he is part of a very popular childrens TV show in Belgium and The Netherlands.
I haven't tried dunking the biscuits in my cup of tea because my nephew is quicker than me and eats all the biscuits before I can try it.
Greetings from Belgium!
|Nicey replies: Thank you An,
This is all excellent information, the sort of vital facts which once seen are very easily recalled years later. I now patiently await a suitable moment in the future when I can divulge this new learning. And of course as the nation who gave the world the Tellytubbies who are we to get all high and mighty about the naming of popular children's TV characters.
||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.
Polish Jaffa Cakes Multireview Review
|Dear Nicey, wifey and YMOS!|
Thank you for your wonderful review of "Polish Jaffa Cakes Multireview". I believe that Wifey was able to get such fine biscuits by giving her right arm that she risked abandoning beloved Nicey and YMOS for a while. It must be just trophied biscuits.
Sad to say, I have never tried any Polish Jaffa cakes. However, I am lucky to have enjoyed some "McVitie's branded Jaffa cakes" biscuits in the U.K. I loved the fruity tartness of the orange jelly rich in gelatin that could work as a skin moisturizer. (or jam ??) I think many people in the U.K.and Poland are really happy to be able to eat Jaffa cake biscuits.
As you guess, Korea has no Jaffa cake biscuits. However, I recently met a nice biscuit named "Big pie" .
The "Big pie" manufactured by CROWN is a biscuit with a strawberry flavoured jelly in a chocolate. The main reason I love the biscuit is that I can enjoy three key- points such as "the biscuit, the chocolate and the jerry" at the same time as Jaffa Cake biscuits in the U.K.
Of course,I know that the "Big pie"biscuit is not a "Jaffa cake"biscuit. But I will taste the Korean "Big pie" as Korean Jaffa Cake" with gratitude in Korea.
The "Big pie" is a SMALL round biscuit around 4 cm in diameter.
Hiromi Miura (Seoul Korea)
|Nicey replies: Hiromi,
Glad to see that you have settled down in Korea and are busily finding new biscuits. As you point out not only are those pies not big but they don't appear to be pies either. We are very lucky to have your Japanese view of Korean biscuits based on your working knowledge of British biscuits. I feel that one day there might come to pass a course of events that would see you at least saving the world using your specialised knowledge that is a Japanese view of Korean biscuits based on your working knowledge of British biscuits.
The smashing orangey bit in the middle of the jaffa cake to give it its full technical name is as you suspect actually jam. Industrial jam at that. Which means that the inclusion of the Jaffa Cake in the new edition of the Oxford English Dictionary with the definition as
a sponge biscuit with an orange-flavoured jelly filling and chocolate topping is wrong on two counts and very obviously throws doubt on the validity of every other piece of information held in it.
As for Wifey she gave her left arm today, as she gave blood. She tells me she had a cup of tea afterwards and three Crawfords Gingernuts, although Digestives and Custard Creams were also on offer.