Korean Food :  Szechuan-Style Chinese Black Bean Source : CJ in Korea


Black Bean Source

Szechuan-Style Chinese Black Bean Source
CJ 사천 짜장

As you can see, it's a variation of CJ Curry that I have reviewd.
It was good. Nothing to add more.
A little bit disappointment for its too less vegetable contents

Nutrition Facts
Black Bean Source
Black Bean Source


Refer to CJ Curry review here.
[FOOD REVIEW IN KOREA] - Food : Spicy CJ Hot Curry : CJ in Korea

 
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 Snack : Roasted Chestnut Pack, Matbam : CJ in Korea

chestnut




 

 

Matbam ★★★★☆
맛밤
100% chestnuts, delicious healthy food

Company : CJ Cheiljedang
Weight : 42g

Main ingredients: chestnut 100%

Nutrition Facts : 73kcal(1serving-42g)
Carbohydrates 16g(sugars 5g) (5%)
Protein 1g(2%)
Fat 0.5g (saturated fat 0g/Trans-fat 0g)(1%)
Cholesterol less than 0mg
Sodium 20mg(1%)

Variation : No variation
Similar Product : Haepyo Matbam








Foodstoryist Review

Color  : light walnut color outside and inside
                 
Taste : First you can smell a bit of nutty flavor on the surface. You smash one piece of the chestnut in your mouth, then it comes with mild chest nut flavor. Without sugar or sweetener adding, it tastes definitely simple and straight. Consumers who got accustomed to instinctive or strong flavor might think it is too somewhat bland. The chestnut taste is just like a chest. I finish my review here.

chestnut
chestnut



chestnut

Pros : No doubt that it’s good for your health. It is a nature food without adding any artificial additive or flavors. It will invite you to the slow food world. It is portable packed in the plastic, and so convenient to carry in the bag for your afternoon snack.

Cons : Chestnuts used in Matbam are imported from China. I don't want to discuss the prejudice or vias on food in china. I just want to ascertain that Korea also harvests chestnuts in many provinces including Jeongan, Buyeo, Sancheong, and Yangpyeong. They are admired to be distinctively sweet and delicious. I recommend CJ as Korean leading food company consider using Korean local agri-products to promote Korean agriculture industry.


Food Pairing :

Chocolate and Chestnut Fondue

I would like to introduce you a interesting way to eat chestnuts(Matbam) with chocolate. You know what a fondue is? This time, you apply chocolate instead of cheese, a chocolate fondue. Sounds yum?

 

All you need is chocolate, dried fruits and chest nuts. You first start melting the chocolate, all types, whichever you like. In a meantime, you just cut dried fruits such as prunes, bananas, plums, or pigs. into pieces in size of chestnuts. (You can prepare whichever you like.) Later, you fork the fruits first and add chestnuts in order. Chestnuts are fragile, so add it later. The last action is you place your fork into melted warm chocolate and then into your mouth. Enjoy your lovely chestnut fondue.






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Tea : Revolution Tea Bag, White tea with pear : Caffe bene in Korea


white tea


White pear tea
★★★☆☆

백차 (배 향)

Cafe : Caffe bene
Size & Price : Regular & 4,000won

Main Ingredients: white tea, sweet pears and natural pear flavor
Nutrition Facts : 0 kcal

Variation : white strawberry tea
Similar Product : white tea in cafes



Foodstoryist Review

white tea

white tea is a lightly oxidized tea grown and harvested almost in China, primarily in the Fujian province. White tea comes from the delicate buds and younger leaves. These buds and leaves wither in natural sunlight and then dry by sun, air or machines, and finally become white tea. It gets through just slight tea fermentation processing(or unfermented).
The name “white tea” derives from the fine silvery-white hairs on the unopened buds of the tea plant, which gives the plant a whitish appearance.

white tea

Color & Texture : lightly-brewed black tea brown rather than green tea.

Taste : Its color is quite brownish in spite of a short fermentation. It smells like lightly brewed darjeeling, delicate dark grass scent. Clean and clear finish. It gives just a little tannin, but soon buried in brewed grass flavor. If you are not a big fan of tea, you might be confused between light darjeeling and white tea. As mixed with pears, it somewhat gives fruity taste and a bit of sweetness at the end

white tea
white tea

Pros : When you drink white tea at the cafe, here is a good news. You can refill the water as much as you want. Although the taste is not the same as the first shot, it is quite satisfactory. (It’s not an official rule, but most caffe bene seems to provide free hot water. If you are brave enough to ask the second round, why not? I always do it.)

Cons : It tastes bland in a huge glass mug. Referring to the white tea articles, tea-bag of 2g should be brewed in 100~200 ml of water. The white pear tea served in Caffe bene is 1.65g, so it should be brewed in less than 200ml of water. The intensity of tea might not be important for some, but those favor of tea can be disappointed with its weak flavor. I suppose Caffe bene wanted to offer quantity of tea for customer content. I think It takes risk dissatisfying picky tea drinkers. I suggest to Caffe bene providing choices of intensity of tea to consumers, so that its white tea satisfies all customers.

 

white tea


Food Pairing :


Pancake with maple syrup and white tea

White tea contains a bit of tannin. Even though it’s less bitter than black tea, it still tempts you to eat something sweet. But, of course, not extremely sweet thanks to pear fruity scent. It pairs up with pancakes with a few drops of maple syrup. You bite one piece of pan-cake, then drink warm white tea. You enjoy the fragrant harmony of light tea and sweet maple. It’s a good mild breakfast with adequate sweetness.



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Snack : Soboru? Soboro! : Paris Baguette in Korea
                                                                      soboro=soboru=strewed bread

soboru


Soboru (Strewed bread) ★★★★☆
소보로 빵


Company : Paris Baguette
Weight : 85g

Main ingredients: wheat flour, butter, peanut, sugar
Nutrition Facts : 280kcal(85g)
Sugars 11g
Protein 7g(12%)
Saturated fat 3g(20%)
Sodium 180mg(9%)


Variation : Sweet potato soboru, Soboru stick
Similar Product : Tous les Jour Soboru



Foodstoryist Review

Color & Texture : dim yellow(straw) color
                             Crispy and buttery strewed cover and rough bread inside

Taste : Soboru usually divides into two parts, cookies on top and bread at the bottom. I instantly smell the strong nutty flavor even at a distance. I usually pick up the strewed cookies with my finger first, because it is the best part of the bread. I enjoy the butter crispy cookie with peanuts in. The cookies impress you with two texture, crunching feeling and chewy and sticky feeling with peanut butter. Later on, I tear off a bit of soboru(the whole bread) and put it into the mouth. The biscuit on top is super sweet itself, while the bread at the bottom is bland. It sets on a balance mixing sweetness with blandness.


A funny way to cast your fortune through soboru.

Curious? Check the bottom surface of it, and if there are crispy cookies the same one on the top, you are lucky. It gives extra sweetness to it. Some have it, others don't. So Test your luck with your soboro today.

soboru
soboru

Pros : Compared to other bakeries, Paris baguette tops with a lot more cookies.  They are less screwy on ingredients. Additionally, its cookie is more crispy giving richer buttery flavor. It’s a charming point for consumers for sure. It is the best and steady seller of Paris baguette.

Cons : The bread part of Paris baguette is too bland contrary with sugary cover on top. I hope it is more flavored so that it positively affects the whole bread. It results that the bread taste is too separated from cookie’s. It’s better to eat soboro with complementary food that contains a flavor.

The quantity of cookies varies depending on the store. Some bakeries have a lot of it on, but others have just little. There must be a standard recipe of it, but the style or the amount of cookie-attaching seem to be decided by the owners or bakers. The headquarter’d better standardize the product. That’s my one thought.

But, I think I am enjoying testing my fortune wishing the biggest soboro with enormous amount of cookies on. HaHa.

 

Food Pairing :

Chai Latte and Soboro

What is Chai Latte?
Chai is a beverage from the Indian subcontinent made by brewing tea with a mixture of aromatic Indian spices such as ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, star anise or fennel seeds, peppercorn and cloves. Chai latte is the steamed milk of a normal latte is being flavored with a spiced tea concentrate, Chai. You can add sweetener or sugar to adjust the extent of sweetness.

 

Eating a part of Soboro, you enjoy its own taste first. Then, you should try it with Chai Latte, warm spiced milk tea. You put one bite of soboro in your mouth, drink one morsel of chai latte and chew them together. You can feel the milk tea soaking bread and buttered crispy cookies altogether.

The most impressive part of this pairing is chai’s spices flavor. The flavorless bread part gets back up with a bit of exotic flavors of spices, bitterness of tea, sweetness of sugar, and smoothness of milk. It complements the missed part of the soboro. a Good match.  

 

 

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Tea : Revolution Tea Bag, Bombai Chai Tea : Caffe Bene in Korea


chai


Bombai Chai tea ★★★★☆
봄배이 차이

Cafe : Caffe bene
Size & Price : Regular & 4,000won
Main Ingredients: cinnamon chips, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and Asam
Nutrition Facts : 7 kcal

Variation : black tea



Foodstoryist Review

Color : As dark as brewed Assam

Taste : I can smell various spicy and flowery scents from it. I feel as if I am drawn to mysterious exotic place. I imagine myself sitting on the colorful carpeting with indian costumes in the animation film aladdin.
Sniffing into the cup, I smell incense burning and shove myself somewhere in middle east country. I become an explorer who just claws my path through the crowded and hectic street market.

Sipping a bit, flowery perfumed water just floods into my mouth. I just enjoy a morsel of splendid journey. I want its feeling to stay longer, so I keep tea inside my mouth for a long time. When it expires its flavor life, I just let go into my throat.
 
Tannin is less than I thought. It tastes clean rather than bitter although tea was based on Assam. Haha, of course, as I let the tea bag inside, it becomes like a poison. I had to put out of it when it’s brewed enough.

   

chai
chai

Pros : Chai usually needs more care to make, for it has more ingredients such as a certain sort of black tea and spices. Spices include cinnamon, gingers, nutmegs, cloves, and cardamon, which are not daily sprinkles.
Chai in Caffe bene gives good sensational taste. I didn’t expect that much from tea bagged Chai. However, it tastes good and interesting enough to enjoy my afternoon tea time.   

Cons : As I mentioned above, it goes strong and bitter as time goes by. It’s nature to be thicken. I was able to put it out, but they didn’t give me a tea bag tray, so I had no choice but to let it stay in the cup. I hope Caffe bene provides tea bag tray for customer.


Food Pairing :

Pineapple pie and Chai

You cut a piece of pineapple pie. You smell sweet pineapple, buttery pastry and pungent cinnamon scent all together. When you just melt as pie melt in your mouth. You sip a cup of Chai. First, the spice odor of Chai meets cinnamon of the pie. Then, the Assam tea cleans up all mixture of them. Enjoy the exotic and luscious harmony! 

chai

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Noodle : Chicken Soup Ramen, Kkokkomyeon : Yacult in Korea

kkokkomyeon

 

 

Kkokkomyeon ★★★★☆
꼬꼬면

Company : Yakult
Weight : 120g

Main Ingredients:

kkokkomyeon

noodle : wheat flour, palm oil, potato starch, modified starch, salt, gluten, etc
soup : chicken soup base, sugar, fine salt, chicken stock, starch, spring onion, egg, pepper, etc

Nutrition Facts : 520 kcal
(serving size: 120g)

Total Carbohydrate 80g(24%) (Sugar 5g)
Protein 9g(15%)
Total Fat 18g (36%) (saturated fat 11g/Trans-fat 0g)
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 1750mg(88%)


Variation : No variation
Similar Product : Nagasaki JJambbong

a published article about Kkokkomyeon



Foodstoryist Review

kokomyeon

Color & Texture
: pale yellow soup, transparent and pale noodle
                             smooth, chewy and sticky noodle texture.


Taste : The soup is based on chicken stock. Beyond your expectation, it’s quite rich in flavors. It has sweetness, saltiness, uami and spiciness in one spoon. Staring at soup, I see tiny chicken flakes and chopped spring onions floating upon. 

Due to its soup color, you might think it’s not at all spicy. When I study the soup throughly, I see molecular dots of spices. If you are sensitive to spiciness, you will find the hidden and treacherlous spiciness inside the pale yellow soup.(If you eat it with your Korean friends, they could dare to add extra peppers in it. Stop them.)

Noodle seems to contain more potato starch than normal ramen. It is more transparent and  smoother. Exaggerating, I feel as if I eat potato noodles. It tastes less oily and feel like healthy, on the other hand, it seems over-cooked without oil coating. 

kkokkomyeon


Pros :
White color soup is a very experimental trial in Koreanramen industry that red color soups dominate. Thanks to its revolutional attempt, consumers could experience something extraordinary. You as a foreigner might not understand reason why Korean fell in love with this white soup. If curious, just look around the ramen corner at the discount store. You will see the selves full of red color. That’s the reason. I appreciate its revolt.

 
Cons : As an instant food it approached, it sells on low cost basis. In other words, less costs, less ingredients. The inventor, the famous gagman Gyunggyu Lee, added more abundant ingredients to enrich the flavors and to enhance nutrition in its original recipe. However, the company minimized the product considering the competitors’ market prices and consumers’ purchase behaviors. If you want to taste the real Kkokkomyeon, I recommend add chopped spring onion, peppers, or an egg.

It contains high volume of sodium. It has 1750mg that occupies 88% of daily value. The figure is higher than normal ramen, so the producer stated on the package that “To reduce the sodium intake, you adjust the amount of soup powder at your tastes.” They already seemed to notify the probable complaints about high sodium contain. You’d better leave some soup in order not to drink 1 liter of water after.



How to cook Kkokkomyeon

1. Boil the 500ml of water.
2. Add noodle, soup powder and flakes, put high heat for 4 minutes.


<delicious cooking tips>

1. 500ml of water is vital(Use a water bottle of 500ml, at your convenience)
2. Add a whole egg(or only egg white) while cooking. Never stir.
3. Put chopped (Cheongyang) peppers into it.

 

kkokkomyeon

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Snack : Black sesami & Black bean, Harvest : Lotte in Korea

harvest


Harvest★★★★☆
하비스트
With black bean, black sesami

Company : Lotte
Weight : 88g(44g x2pack)

Main ingredients: wheat flour, sugar, palm oil, shortening, coconut powder, black swesame, black bean
Nutrition Facts : 225kcal(1pack)
Carbohydrates 30g(9%) (sugars 9g)
Protein 3g(5%)
Fat 10g (20%)(saturated fat 6g/Trans-fat 0g)
Cholesterol less than 5mg (1%)
Sodium 170mg (9%)

Variation : Harvest original, Harvest soft cheese
Similar Product : Gosomi / Japanese Harvest

harvest


Foodstoryist Review

Color & Texture : Wooden color
                             Crispy and Cracking 

harvest

Taste : When I tasted Harvest, the first thing that streak my head was Gosomi made by Orion, Korea. They have quite similar taste with different shapes; Gosomi with a round edged square while Harvest with a circle. Harvest impressed me first with its nutty tastes compared to Gosomi with sugar. The biscuit was enriched with country-like grain flavors. It seemed produced to emphasize its grainy feeling with black sesami sprinkles on the surface of the biscuit.

In comparison with Gosomi, it’s certainly fortified with nutty character while Gosomi with sugar, salt, and butter mixed flavor. As a metaphor, I would say Gosomi is a buttery charming, but whimsical girl with sugar and salt, while Harvest is a young robust farmer in a grain storehouse. Almost the same ingredients, but very distinguished taste with proportion difference in it.

Pros : Not salty, not sweet, only nutty. Well balanced mixture of ingredients. It’s a very delicious snack. It's differentiated from western snack such as choco pies, and chips just like Gosomi.

Cons : I found the almost the same snack named ‘harvest’ in Japan. Harvest in Korea is made by Lotte. I just doubt that it actually originated from Japan, not from Korea. (Not very bad about that fact, but just feel sorry as Korean)


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Snack : Sweet Nutty Cracker, Gosomi : Orion in Korea


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