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In reference to John Osmotherly's message to you on Malaysian wafer biscuit.
If it is the wafer I know. Yes, that's the way they are. I don't 'eat' them like a snack. My family don't eat them at all. I remember playing with them when I was a kid. We, the kids will stick them onto our lips or tongue. Then showed one another like we did something really 'smart'. Then maybe eat them or spit them out. Or we will put a bunch in our mouth and 'crash' them in our mouths then start talking with our mouths open and all the pieces will 'fly' out and mess the other person up. We thought it was funny. I still think it is funny .... LOL.
Mr Osmotherly, I'm sorry you had such a bad experience. There are a LOT of good tasty biscuits in Malaysia that you can simply pick up anywhere. The one that I especially enjoyed is the peanut biscuit. They are similar to the peanut butter cookies in America but these have more peanut taste to it because they are not made from peanut butter but grinded peanuts. They are shaped like a ball with a small piece (quarter) of real peanut in the middle. The best ones are the ones that melts in your mouth. You will find a lot of these during Chinese New Year season (January and February).
|Nicey replies: Annie,
It's not very nice to play with your food.
|Dear Nicey ,|
I am from India and it was fabulous to see Parle G o. We eat it at office all the time . The Chaiwalla(guy who gets us tea) brings these and they are quite cheap . We just love it . Now they have made them wheat and removed refined flour from it so Parle G is more healthier too . Most of us have grown up on it . It sure is good and i having the 5 th one yummy !
|Nicey replies: Your office sounds terrific.|
I just thought I should keep you and your readers informed of a fearful biscuit with which they could become involved if venturing overseas.
Recently while in Malaysia I had the terrible misfortune to encounter this "biscuit" while searching for something tasty to nibble upon. Actually a type of wafer confection -(yes, I know, always risky) it is all the more dangerous due to it's unfamiliar Malaysian name being entirely impossible to remember. All I can say is that it was clothed in transparent plastic (the warning signs were there).
How to describe this peril?
Ok... imagine a pink wafer that had been banished to the centre of the Sahara for a thousand years. (not a bad idea some would say). In that time it has gained an impressive tan. This is NOT due to chocolate content.
It is so devoid of moisture that even touching it will draw the very moisture from your skin.No doubt its moisture grabbing properties could be put to good use in some field of science, but not that of biscuitology.
In addition, this material has been coated with a couple of coats of brown paint- again this is NOT chocolate.
The resulting item is astoundingly and completely devoid of taste of any sort. How they did it I don't know. It's kind of eery really.
Rest assured that the fine teas of Malaysia are no match for this abhorrency, it is just too dry and too bland to be tamed by a simple beverage.
If you are in that neck of the woods and fancy something wafery and chocolaty try Beng Beng in Thailand which is quite safe.
||I've just tried the Korean spin on instant tea, crystallized ginseng. It's a product of the Dongwon Korean Ginseng Company based in Seoul. I don't get that same steepy goodness from this tea that could be expected from the root itself, and to get the right strength two packets of the stuff should be used (10 to a box). The crystals dissolve instantly with a fizzly sound, producing a thin layer of froth in the cup. I recommend honey as a sweetener if desired, but only in moderate amount so as to not overpower the ginseng. It has a pleasing warmth to it, and soothes the throat in the opposite way of the cool slightly minty Echinacea brews. Although the idea of instant tea may initially put off, it's crystals rather than powder and worth a try simply because it's so convenient and will even dissolve readily in cold water (I prefer it hot, of course).|
|Nicey replies: Washed down with some Purple Yam biscuits no doubt.
I think we'll stick to PG and Digestives.
|While on holiday last year in in lanzerote,having forgotten to take my usual supply, in the hotel shop I came upon a packet of McVities bourbons in a red packet?|
As far as I am aware McVities don't sell bourbons in individual packets in this country. Am I wrong in this, do they sell McVities bourbons over here or is there a whole world of forgain export biscuits that are shipped out of the country with out our knowledge. whats going on?
ps marie biscuits ( a posh persons rich tea) do they still make them any
|Nicey replies: Its all very complicated really. Basically you have the giant that is United Biscuits, whose main brands in the UK are are McVities, Crawfords and the recently acquired Jacobs. Bourbons and Custard creams here are always Crawfords (as are Marie which you can still get (Sainsburys) green pack ). UB has acquired lots of Spanish biscuit firms since the 1990s and are bringing UK brands over to Spain, many of which are being baked in Spain. They use the McVities brand abroad because it is more recognisable to ex pats. They have tried the reverse bringing Spanish brands over here under the Crawfords name as it happens but it didn't really catch on.