Copan rusk toast - Chicken & Mustard

Posted by Linda on 03. 2012 2 comments 0 trackback
Happy New Year everyone!Hope you all had a lovely Xmas & New Year celebrations!
Sorry for not updating for so long, but because of the holiday season, it's not hard to believe that I've been distracted by all the holiday mania & celebrations.

Anyway, in order to kick this blog into the new year, I've chosen one of my favourite snack brands to review today; 'Copan' from Meiji for my first review for 2012! I've blogged about these lip-smackingly delectable rusk toast snacks numerous times in the past, and if you've been a regular reader, then you probably have read these reviews for this irresistible snack and know exactly what they are and just how much I'm head-over-heels in love with these tasties!
So without further ado, this time I'll review about the Chicken & Mustard flavor, which is still a relatively new flavor that was only released in very late 2011:
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Jagariko - Roast potato & butter

Posted by Linda on 15. 2011 1 comments 0 trackback
After my fond experiences with Jagariko's Salad and Cheese flavors, I was quite excited when I discovered this special Roast potato & butter flavor from the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, selling at Tokyomart during my last visit to the grocery:
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'Jagariko' potato sticks - Cheese

Posted by Linda on 14. 2011 0 comments 0 trackback
This is my second experience with the 'Jagariko' brand from Calbee, my first try was the Salad flavor. Despite the too overly cooked potato sticks for my palette, I still thoroughly enjoyed my first experience with this particular brand, so I decided to have seconds, this is the cheese flavor:
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I remembered from my first experience with the salad flavor, how amazingly crunchy & crispy the potato sticks were (because of the extent of the frying), and I'm pleased to be satisfied again and the seasonings were very accurate. I was even more thrilled when I noticed that there were also REAL cheese bits embedded in each stick, enhancing the overall flavor of cheese even more.
I've become accustomed to Calbee's over-frying of their Jagariko potato stick snacks, if it means I get to enjoy the beautiful crunchiness and crispiness of these potato sticks every time and the pleasantness of the seasonings.
I'm still quite disappointed by the relatively small size of the package and the shortness of these potato sticks...at US$2.99 for a small container of these, I would want more for my money.

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'Cratz' snacks - Smokey cheese

Posted by Linda on 04. 2011 0 comments 0 trackback
After my pleasant encounter with Glico's 'Cratz' snacks with the Pepper bacon & almond Cratz, I couldn't wait to order my next packet of this lip-smacking snack! I decided to go for the smokey cheese this time:
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once again, these lovely crunchy pretzel bites were seasoned nicely and accurately along with whole toasted almond pieces inside the pack. But like all Cratz snacks, the flavors might become too salty for your palate the more you consume, since these Cratz snacks are originally made to accompany a beverage like beer. So it's better to munch on these with some water or a beverage.
These Cratz snacks are great for parties, or just have them all to yourself, I always keep these to myself!

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'Jagariko' potato sticks - Salad

Posted by Linda on 04. 2011 0 comments 0 trackback
'Jagariko' is the name of this popular potato stick snack brand from Calbee (the most recognized Japanese chips manufacturer)...this was my first encounter with the brand, although I did hear quite a lot about the brand beforehand. Anyway, so I ordered the salad flavor @ NapaJapan for my first Jagariko experience:
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I was rather surprised at how over-cooked those potato sticks were, resulting in the sticks being hard and dry...which was a bit of a disappointment for me, as I like my potato sticks to be just like french fries, retaining some of its moist, soft flesh. But these potato sticks were fried so intensely right through. Also, the sticks were much shorter, and the container was much smaller than I had expected.
But all is not lost, because of the intensity of the frying of the potato sticks, they were amazingly crunchy & crispy, and the seasonings were really nice.

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I would've given it 5 stars, but I took some points off for the potato sticks being too over-cooked for my taste, and with the amount of the sticks being much too less than I had expected.

'Copan' rusk - Butter salt

Posted by Linda on 14. 2010 1 comments 0 trackback
Oh boy! After my first sensational experience with those delectable tuna & onion Copan toast snacks from Meiji back in September, I couldn't wait to order my second packet of Copan! I decided to try a different flavor the second time round and ordered the butter salt flavor:
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I actually received these in my 4th order from NapaJapan back in October, but it took me this long to blog about it.
Anyway, the flavors & seasonings of these were not as intense as the tuna & onion Copan, but they were by no means any less delicious! In fact, these were just as irresistibly tasty! The flavorings were lite & fresh, but very accurate, and the rusk toast pieces themselves were very crispy & crunchy as usual.
I highly recommend these Copan snacks, they're just so tasty, not only are they great snacks to munch on by themselves, they also make a perfect garnish to a dish.

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You can order these Copan snacks at NapaJapan here:
http://www.napajapan.com/Products.asp?brand=52

Pork floss bun

Posted by Linda on 20. 2010 0 comments 0 trackback
I went to my local Chinese bakery Nice Bakery again a while ago to buy a bun and a bottle of milk tea for afternoon snack.
I'm not particularly fond of the bakery and they don't have a lot of selections of buns to choose from compared to the Asian bakeries in the CBD & Chinatown, and they only a very few buns I particularly love & would sometimes buy them from the bakery. Initially I wanted to get my usual favorite the crab & cheese bun, but then I decided to try a new bun that I hadn't tried before...I was debating between 2 buns, until I finally decided on this floss bun, since I love pork floss. Pork floss is a dried meat product that's very popular with Chinese food culture.
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basically it's merely a plain white bun (with no filling) topped with a generous amount of pork floss, the bun itself was freshly baked, but the star of the show was definitely the lovely pork floss topping.
Overall, it's nice but a bit too ordinary for my taste, there wasn't anything particularly special or stand out about it, aside from the pork floss.

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'Ta Pasta' snack - black seafood

Posted by Linda on 19. 2010 0 comments 0 trackback
here's another interesting savory/salty snack from the famous Glico company, it's a new brand, only released early this year called 'Ta Pasta'. They're dried REAL pasta sticks made with various ingredients...at the moment, there's only 3 flavors available; black seafood, peperoncino, and a new flavor that's just been released; basil & cheese. Today I'll be blogging about the black seafood flavor, I've never had these Ta Pasta snacks before, so this was my first encounter with the new brand:
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'Cratz snacks - Pepper bacon & almond

Posted by Linda on 23. 2010 0 comments 0 trackback
These are 'Cratz', a lip-smackingly delicious salty snack from Glico, these are little pretzel bites snacks lovely seasoned to accommodate any beverage, especially beer. But these are lovely eaten just by themselves too! This is one of Cratz's original flavors; pepper bacon & almond:
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'Copan' rusk snacks - Tuna & onion

Posted by Linda on 21. 2010 1 comments 0 trackback
This is a pack of Italian-inspired 'Copan' snack from Meiji (the largest & one of the most famous Japanese confectionery/snacks & pharmaceutical company), this is the tuna & onion flavor:
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I ordered this at NapaJapan in my 3rd order with the site, this was the very first pack of Copan snack I ever bought, so I didn't know what to expect initially. I read in the item description at NapaJapan, and it states that these Copan snacks are mini crispy toast ovals with savory flavors. They sounded very interesting & tempting so I decided on the tuna & onion flavor as my first try, and I'm glad I did! I was so pleasantly surprised by these! Each of the toast pieces were beautifully golden, crispy & crunchy, and bursting with loads of lovely tuna & onion flavor! These were so irresistibly tasty, that I had a hard time stopping, piece after piece, I popped them in my mouth, savoring the seriously addictive flavors & crispiness of each piece.
My mum loved these Copan toast pieces too, we actually fought over the pack! I did let her have a few pieces, but then I had to lock myself in my room just to prevent her from snatching anymore from the pack!

Overall, these were absolutely delicious, a highly recommended snack that you can enjoy anytime, anywhere!
There are currently 5 different flavors of Copan available (all sounding & looking so delectable!), you can order them at NapaJapan here:
http://www.napajapan.com/Products.asp?brand=52

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