🐵 Gong Hei Fat Choy! 🐵 🎊

Happy Chinese New Year to all my readers! (even if you don’t celebrate it) For those that don’t know, today the 8th February 2016 is Chinese New Year! The Year of the Monkey!  🐒 The day where in my household it consists of many phone calls from relatives wishing ‘Happy New Year’, good food and red money envelopes. Truthfully our family doesn’t really do much for the new years since there isn’t really much to do especially if you don’t live near Chinatown in London. But like most people we celebrate with food, which I’m always grateful for.

So i thought I’d share with my readers some of the delicious Chinese New Year desserts that I’m enjoying today (though i enjoy these desserts all year round ^_^)

  • Gok Jai (many different spelling variations)-a traditional dumpling pastry filled with either a sweet or savoury filling that is deep fried. These were given to us by a family friend, who must know that I have a sweet tooth since they went with the sweet option. Yay! These Sweet Gok jai dumpling are filled with both white & black sesame seeds, dried coconut, sugar and peanuts. Traditionally these dumplings are fried, but nowadays many online recipes prefer to go with the healthy option of baking them. These are very simple to make and are very delicious with the sweet crunchy filling.DSCN4688DSCN4689
  • Jian Dui (also known as sesame balls)-a deep fried pastry sesame covered ball made from glutinous flour with a sweet filling. These were made by my mum, who loves to cook. With various sweet fillings to choose from, my mum prefers to make Sweet Sesame Balls with a red bean filling. The savoury option is something that my mum likes to do, though most sesame balls are sweet filling. My mum makes her savoury option for those that don’t like sweets, the filling includes chicken, carrots, water chestnuts & mushrooms. (would have photos of these but they were all eaten by the time I realized that I didn’t take any. You can always google search them )
  • Red Bean Nian Gao or Red Bean Steamed Cake (various names which I’m not sure which is the right-a steamed cake, well I say cake but it has the texture that is springy. This is since the Nian Gao is made of glutinous rice flour, which makes the cake chewy with red bean added to it for extra flavour. 20160207_210536

Hope you enjoyed reading about some of the Chinese desserts that are available. I’m stuffed from eating so much today by the time i finish writing this post. ^_^ Hope everyone has a nice day!

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(My Chinese New Year Monkey Papercut)

December 2015 WOWBOX Review

Hi there! I know it’s a bit late but i thought I might as well post this review up. Anyways for Christmas, I decided to purchase a one off WOWBOX subscription box for my little sister (really I just wanted it for myself). WOWBOX is a monthly japanese subscription box that contains candy and snacks from Japan. They have three different sizes which vary the amount of items received in each box.

  • Small  $14.99 (roughly £11)
  • Medium $24.99 (roughly £18)
  • Large $34.99 (roughly £25)

What’s great about WOWBOX is, they have three different types of themes you can choose from. With all three being quite different. They have:

  • Original Fun & Tasty-contains candies & snacks that are a bit different from the basic and fun to eat.
  • The Classic-contains candies and snacks that are quite popular and well known in japan. Such as pocky sticks
  • Kawaii & Beauty-contains candies and snacks that are suppose to be low calories and good for the body for those that are into eating healthy.

Since I sometimes purchase basic Japanese candy from Chinatown in London, I decided to go with the Original Fun & Tasty Box, since i wanted to try new things that I wouldn’t necessary be able to purchase in the UK. Since a wide range of Pocky sticks are available to purchase in Chinese supermarkets. Using a discount coupon from another review, I was able to purchase the Original Fun & Tasty medium box for £15.28 ($22.50) with free shipping. The box was dispatched on the 9th December 2015 from Japan and arrived in the UK on the 29th December 2015, so it took roughly 2-3 weeks but this might be because of it being close to the Christmas holidays.

WOWBOX has their own personalized box which contains the logo on the top lid like some subscription companies. The material is made of a sturdy box, so when it arrived there were no tears or dents made and was sealed tight with tape making sure it couldn’t open. So my items would survive the treacherous long journey from Japan to the UK. So what did i get in my December subscription box, upon opening you are presented with a nicely designed information sheet with one side saying the month of the subscription box and the other being the actual information sheet of all the products listed. And a nutritional sheet about the items given, for those that like to consider these things when eating. Personally I think it’s a nice touch, but I don’t really look at these things ever.

 

So what was inside my box? Well here they are:

  1. Corn Potarge – a corn snack that tastes like creamy corn soupDSCN4579.JPG
  2. Umai Dama (chocolate) -a airy puff that is filled with chocolateDSCN4569.JPG
  3. Bikkuri Man Chocolate 8-a wafer snack with a chocolate filling that comes with a special cardDSCN4573.JPG
  4. Donut Biscuit-a vanilla flavoured crunchy bite sized biscuit that has a sugar coatingDSCN4568.JPG
  5. Pokemon Chewing Candy (pineapple)-a chewy pineapple flavour candy that features a Pokemon character on each wrapper. DSCN4566.JPG
  6. Pucchibi (Soda)-small blue chewy candy that is soda flavourDSCN4564.JPG
  7. Kajiriccho Soft Candy (Hip Hop Berry)-a chewy candy that tastes like soda and berries with small little pieces in the middle. Kind of reminds me of the cable sweets that you can get from pick and mix sweets.DSCN4565.JPG
  8. Texas Corn (Fried Chicken)-crispy corn snack that tastes like chickenDSCN4576
  9. Yawaraka Yawaraka Soft Candy (cola)-a soft chewy cola flavored candyDSCN4578.JPG
  10. Giant Caplico (Usa Pyon Vanilla)-a ice cream cone filled with two types of foamy chocolate.DSCN4571.JPG
  11. Crisp Choco (Hot Cake Maple)-crunchy corn flake snack that tastes like maple syrup.DSCN4562
  12. Tanoshi Ramenya-San- a DIY kit to make dumplings and ramen candyDSCN4570.JPG
  13. Niginigi O-Sushiya San Gummy-sushi shaped gummy candy in apple, banana and lemon flavourDSCN4574
  14. Fit’s Link (No Limit Mint)- chewing gum that is minty and provides freshness that is suppose to last for 50 minutes DSCN4567.JPG

Overall to me this box was worth the price that it is since it came with many news items that I enjoyed and might not have necessary been able to purchase in the UK. The items were pretty big size for some of the products, and had sweet & savoury items. This was good as it was fun to share with my family and try new things. The box had free shipping, which means you only pay for the box and NO UK custom tax fees. This was a good thing, since personally I’m always worried about having to pay extra for Customs tax fee. Wished I had bought the bigger box now, since the Pokemon Soda looks pretty good. Maybe I will try another box or try another subscription company. Anyways hope this inspires you to try a couple of items or the subscription box. Great gift for those that love Japanese candy and snacks or want to try something new.  You can purchase by visiting the website at www.wowbox.mogmog.us or by clicking on the word WOWBOX

Hope you have a nice day!