Snack Review: Vegetable Soda Crackers

Details: I don’t know how to translate the front of the packaging, but the official site of the company is here: http://www.dailyfood.com.tw/

Score: 7.8/10

Sometimes you start eating a snack like a bag of chips or a cookie and you suddenly get that realization of, “uh oh, these things are so damn good I’m going to eat the whole damn box in one sitting.” These things made me feel that way.

These crackers are so damn good. This company produces a number of flavors, but the flavor I had was green onion based and it was amazing. I had to use every last ounce of self control not to eat the whole box, which wouldn’t be difficult because there are only eighteen crackers sized slightly larger than an American saltine. If you like sour cream and onion flavored potato chips, then you need to be careful around these things because they are dangerously good.

As for price, I think I paid about three dollars for a box of eighteen crackers, but I’ve seen them sold online for thirty dollars a box. I don’t think they are that good that you should spend that much for it. If you live near an Asian supermarket, they should probably have these at a reasonable price.

Snack Review: Nice Choice Taiwan Dessert Pineapple Cake

Details: This was the first Google result: https://www.amazon.com/Nice-Choice-Taiwan-Pineapple-Cake/dp/B00UQ5BER2

Score: 7/10

I have been fortunate to say that I’ve never eaten a Taiwanese pineapple cake that I didn’t like. After eating this box, the streak continues.

This was good. The price also wasn’t too bad as I paid about four dollars for a six-pack. Most pineapple cakes cost a little more. A freshly made pineapple cake from a bakery is ideal, but if you can’t get your hands on one of those, this will suffice.

Oh, and each individual pineapple cake is packaged within the box, so you don’t have to worry about rushing through the box in fear of all of them going bad.

Here’s a picture of the individual packaging.

Snack Review: Mong Lee Shang Taiwan Mochi

Details: This was the first search result I found on Google: https://www.amazon.com/Mong-Lee-Shang-Assorted-Pieces/dp/B08BMZN94V . I did not buy this from Amazon, but from a local supermarket for a lower price.

Score: 7/10

This was pretty good. It’s a variety pack with three flavors. The top row is sesame/peanut flavored. The middle one is filled with red bean paste. The bottom row is black sesame filled. All were very delicious. My personal favorite is the black sesame.

Edit: I realize after reading this that I should probably describe the item better. Mochi is a Japanese rice cake that is usually served as a dessert or a treat. It’s made by mashing cooked, white glutinous rice until it gets a soft, doughy consistency. That rice is then shaped as the baker sees fit into whatever desserts they seek to prepare. The most common form is mochi. It’s basically a really soft, dumpling, often filled with a sweet filling, as was the case for this product. It’s a delicious dessert that children usually enjoy. The ones I ate were very sweet as the filling were very sweet, but there are many variety that are far less sweet. The main attraction of those versions is the chewiness of the mochi. My favorite form of mochi is when it’s filled with ice cream.

Bubble Tea Review: Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea

Details: Located at 135-15 40 Rd, Flushing, NY 11354. Official site is http://www.yifangtea.nyc/

Score: 6.4/10

Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea is the new hotness in bubble tea in Flushing. Every single time I’ve walked by, there has been a ridiculous line for this places bubble tea. Finally, I decided to get on line and try it out.

I ordered their signature drink, which is the Brown Sugar Pearl Milk Tea underneath the Tea Latte section. A smaller size cost about six dollars after tax. They even specify on the menu that you cannot alter any of the aspects of this drink (like sugar content) and that it is predetermined. You can do that for almost everything else on the menu.

The main thing that makes this drink unique versus the bubble tea of its competitors is the tapioca. They serve this drink with approximately slightly less than half tapioca, half milk tea. The tapioca is warm and fresh, while the tea half is cold. What you get is a drink that is half hot and half cold and that makes all the difference. The tapioca is fresh, warm, and really soft. It’s almost like a custard. It’s a pleasant sensation. The taste of the tapioca is not extraordinary, just the texture. The tea is mostly milk and not noteworthy. If you mix the two, it turns into an average milk bubble tea.

And that’s the main trick. They serve hot, fresh tapioca. Other places make tapioca in the morning and just keep serving from that initial batch throughout the day. This place makes smaller batches of tapioca throughout the day so that customers can have it fresh and warm, which is more of a hassle for the business. This likely also contributes to the line since people have to wait for batches of tapioca to get made.

Overall, this place was fine. I think it’s worth trying, but not worth waiting in line for.

Score: 6.4/10