Okay, so I have a Korean penpal from Gunpo city. We have been communicating for around a year so far, I met her off a typical penpal site. Initially, I was just looking for a friend who can teach me more about Korean culture, the language and also help with English. She is so nice, sweet and adorable. She sent me a care package last year for my birthday in June, I was so delighted. In my package I received Korean salty treats, sweet snacks, a letter, Kakaotalk Friends bandaids, handphone decor, innis free masks and a drawing. I still have yet to send her a package, I plan to do so for her birthday in March. Now I will be reviewing the snacks I have tried.
Shin Ramyun 라면 – 농심 (Nongshim)
Shin ramyun is essentially the Korean version of Japanese ramen. It is very spicy to those who aren’t used to spicy food. For me it is nothing, I am very used to spicy food. It has a bit of dried kimchi in there too and has a delicious broth. Best served with chopsticks. It’s an instant taste of Korea in a cup. 9/10 since I prefer kimchi instant noodle soup.
2. Poka Chip, Onion flavour by Orion (포카칩 – 오리온)
100% potato, 100% subtle but delicious flavour. It is not super strong onion flavour, however it topped my list of delicious chips that I have tried in my life. Chips in Canada is too oily and saturated, but these have beat them. I can say these are like the lighter Korean version of Lays chips. 10/10 on the scale.
3. Pepero Sticks, Original Chocolate Flavour (빼빼로)
Pepero sticks are so far the most popular sweet snack in all of South Korea. From normal kids, to teenagers on the streets to K-Pop idols, you will see this treat be eaten no matter what. I suppose this is what they call the Korean version of Pocky? It had a rich chocolatey thick taste, however sadly the bread stick part seemingly wasn’t as tasty. 8/10.
4. Mallang Cow Strawberry Milk Chews by Lotte (말랑카우)
The expression on the wrapper means “is it difficult?” I figure it’s because the candy is quite uhm, chewy. If you like strawberry milk flavoured things, this is for you. I am not a huge fan of chewables, but I love strawberry flavoured candies. 7/10, weird aftertaste.
5. Lotte Sand (Cookies)
My penpal told me this is what Koreans consider Oreo cookies, or something similar to it. It is very cheap, maybe around $1.20 USD. It tastes nearly exactly like Oreos. I love cookies and my family nearly ate all of it. Perfect with milk. 10/10 for cookie lovers.
Overall, I loved these treats and I recommend that you try some Korean treats and food in the future if you haven’t already. Their cuisine is aromatic, colourful and full of surprises. Stay tuned for more reviews, posts about skincare, beauty and more.