[SNACKS] JIN Kimchi: JIN Original Flavour Kimchi

When the Korean Wave washed over Singapore more than a decade ago, it brought along the Korean culture, which is oftentimes spoken through their food. Kimchi, for instance, showed me how resourceful the Koreans were in jazzing up vegetables as boring as cabbage. Their ingenuity not only upped its appeal to the taste buds with its new-found spicy and umami flavours (and as a grown adult who still refuses to eat her greens if given the choice, this is a big deal) but also added to its nutritional value (since it is known to be rich in probiotic bacteria).

Generic kimchi (image by Ally J)

Generic kimchi (image by Ally J)

What had put me off kimchi, however, were the side effects of consuming it, such as how it tends to trigger my acid reflux, belching and bloating. But what really took the cake was the strong stubborn odour the kimchi would always leave in my fridge and taint other food inside, much to the dismay of my family. These reasons propelled me to limit my kimchi-eating experience over the past few years to Korean restaurants. That was, until a recent (unbearable) late-night craving for the fermented vegetable rekindled the thought of having it at my disposal.

Safety seal on JIN Kimchi's jar

Safety seal on JIN Kimchi’s jar

My quest for kimchi on Facebook led me to JIN Kimchi, which was established by a Korean national who runs his own video marketing agency in Singapore. Given the founder’s expertise in digital marketing, it was no wonder that even nonchalant viewers like myself could be so drawn to their promotional videos – typically in the forms of recipes, mukbangs and taste tests – that I ended up ordering two bottles of 345g kimchi in its original flavour on the same night, only to purchase two 690g bottles two days later… and another two more 690g bottles just 10 minutes ago. Sorry, bank account but..

JIN Kimchi is simply too good to resist!

Available in small quantities of 345g (S$17.15) and 690g (S$33.20), the made-to-order kimchi is packed in sealed hexagonal glass jars with a guaranteed delivery turnaround of only 1-2 working days, including Saturday and Sunday. Their promptness in processing my second order is a case in point – the order, although placed at the ungodly hour of 3.37 a.m., managed to arrive at my doorstep at 2.11 p.m. on the same day. Impressive! But do note that a delivery fee of S$2.80 applies to orders below S$50.

Delivery paper bag

Delivery paper bag

Another noteworthy feature of the products is the brilliant packaging. Not only does the glass jar feel substantially luxe, it is also absolutely effective in containing the smell – for real, my fridge (finally) does not reek of rotten vegetables at all! On top of that, the jar has a convenient lug closure system where you would only need to twist the lid once to securely tighten it, so going for seconds (oh trust me, you will!) doesn’t seem so much of a chore anymore! Each order comes with a pair of disposable long wooden chopsticks too which, as cheapskate as I may sound, is rather stingy on their part 馃檴 Why not a pair of chopsticks for each jar instead?

My order inside the bag!

My order inside the bag!

Each order comes with a pair of serving chopsticks

Each order comes with a pair of serving chopsticks

345g (left) vs 690g

345g (left) vs 690g

Twist-off closure system

Twist-off closure system

Unlike those I have tried in the past, the kimchi boasts a sweeter profile, and neither does it taste too sour or salty. Those with low tolerance to spice (like young children?) would also enjoy this version of kimchi for there isn’t a single hint of spiciness. Perhaps, this is why it doesn’t trigger my acid reflux! The kimchi is recommended to be eaten as a side dish or made into a stew, but I prefer to snack on it plain (thus the title of this review) in order to savour every crunch of it 馃構

Fresh, crunchy and tantalising kimchi from JIN Kimchi!

Fresh, crunchy and tantalising kimchi from JIN Kimchi!

[690g] Double-seal around the lid

[690g] Double-seal around the lid

[690g] Placing my hand next to it to give you a better idea of its size.

[690g] Placing my hand next to it to give you a better idea of its size.

JIN Kimchi Original Cabbage Kimchi Nutrition Facts (image from JIN Kimchi)

JIN Kimchi Original Cabbage Kimchi Nutrition Facts (image from JIN Kimchi)

JIN Kimchi is undoubtedly one of the better-tasting kimchi in the market, but not without some drawbacks. For one, the smaller jar will already set you back more than double the price of what you can get – in much larger quantities – from supermarkets even before factoring in the delivery charges (and the packaging is likely the main driver of the expensive price tag). Despite being delicious, JIN Kimchi is not exempted from adverse effects such as bloating (especially among people – like me – who get gassy easily), excessive flatulence (read: smelly farts) and bad breath. Therefore, you should avoid consuming it prior to attending any major events. Last but not least, JIN Kimchi is highly addictive, so be prepared to finish the whole jar in one day.

Almost gone on the first day of opening this jar... No picture of my 345g jar unopened as I had not planned to write this review initially 馃槄

Almost gone on the first day of opening this jar… No picture of my 345g jar unopened as I had not planned to write this review initially 馃槄

You might be interested to know that JIN Kimchi also carries other forms of fermented food including cucumber, radish and spring onion – that is, if napa cabbage does not jive with your taste bud.

What are your thoughts on JIN Kimchi (if you’ve bought from them before) and their products? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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[FOOD DELIVERY] Avoid Death Stares from Commuters – Let Durian Delivery Deliver Your Durian to You!

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When a certain distinctive pungent aroma (or odour 馃お) hits every corner of Singapore, we know the season of the King of Fruits has arrived. Normally around this time of the year, durian stalls along the streets of Geylang and at all over the heartlands would be thronged with people wanting to get their hands on the best picks for the day.

Photo by Elaine Tan

Photo by Elaine Tan

But the pandemic happened and the recent imposition of restrictions on dining out meant that most food services are now limited to take-out and delivery. Unless you live a stone’s throw away from the stall, durian take-outs probably would not be very ideal as the fruit is banned across all types of public transportation – even cab or private-hire drivers might be reluctant to pick up passengers with durian in tow because its putrid smell can linger in the car for days!

Thus, that leaves us with the option of delivery which may also have its own constraints related to location and timing. For instance, it could take up to 5 hours for durian all the way from the west (my former area of residence before moving to the north-east) to be delivered to me even with orders placed in advance. Sometimes, sellers may give priority to walk-in customers and refuse to deliver due to manpower shortage, or charge exorbitant delivery fees if they do. Worse still, the likelihood of receiving durians of quality that falls short of expectations is definitely there since we can’t personally choose them. Isn’t it frustrating that eating durian has now become an increasingly stressful and expensive affair, especially amidst this economic downturn?

You’re not alone! In fact, it was precisely these problems that prompted Durian Delivery to start their own durian business (way before the coronavirus reaches our shores!) because like us, they’ve seen enough of unscrupulous and inexperienced sellers who are unable to meet the growing needs of millennials.

Durian Delivery website

Durian Delivery website

Some examples of the durian they sell..

Some examples of the durian they sell..

Durian Delivery also sells vacuum-packed durian, durian puree and durian puffs (as pictured)!

Durian Delivery also sells vacuum-packed durian, durian puree and durian puffs (as pictured)!

By adopting a strong e-commerce model, Durian Delivery is able to efficiently collate advance orders from the day before and notify their durian plantation in Malaysia to send them out the first thing in the morning. That said, orders can still be made on the day itself, but would be subjected to availability (which you are able to check on the website where stocks are regularly updated). You can rest assured that your durian is plucked (just as it is about to drop) within 6 to 12 hours of it being sent to your doorstep so you get to enjoy the freshest harvest with your loved ones. Otherwise, a replacement would be on your way (upon verification) at no extra cost should you receive a defective order (i.e. unripe, sour or watery durian)!

My order from Durian Delivery!

My order from Durian Delivery!

Despite online being their primary mode of sales (they do cash-and-carry at their brick-and-mortar premises too!), Durian Delivery tries their utmost in digitally replicating the shopping experience at their physical stall by enabling customers to conveniently select their preferred type(s) of durian and fulfilling their orders – dehusked – within the next two hours at S$9.70 (or one, at a premium of S$13.70). No minimum spend value is required to qualify for delivery, which is a huge plus for small households of durian eaters like mine. Large orders of above S$100, however, would be entitled to free delivery (so organise a spree and get your whole kampong on board!). What’s more, their delivery hours stretch all the way to 3am just so that you wouldn’t go to bed feeling durian-deprived!

Bird's-eye view of the king of fruits..

Bird’s-eye view of the king of fruits..

Glorious, glorious bed of yellow.. Looking at this just makes me salivate..

Glorious, glorious bed of yellow.. Looking at this just makes me salivate..

Whether you like your durian sweet or bitter, or prefer to indulge in the decadence of the more luxurious types of them (think Black Pearl or Black Gold), Durian Delivery does not snub and has got it all covered with its diverse offerings, albeit depending on the harvest phase. My taste buds lean towards the sweeter side of things (also great for my wallet when durian is in question 馃槵) so my go-to breeds are Red Prawn (which, in this instance, is brought in from Durian Delivery’s private plantation in Muar) and D13 (only if the former isn’t available but so far, this hasn’t been listed on the website). To give my family a choice of flavours, Mao Shan Wang (from Pahang), which is known to have bittersweet notes, was added to my order.

Red Prawn / Ang Hei (800g)

Red Prawn / Ang Hei (800g)

Red Prawn / Ang Hei (800g)

Red Prawn / Ang Hei (800g)

Red Prawn / Ang Hei (800g)

Red Prawn / Ang Hei (800g)

Their durians typically come in two weights – 400g and 800g (the latter of which, according to Durian Delivery, comes from roughly 3.2 kg of durian with husk, and is enough for two) – and packed in airtight plastic containers that, in my opinion, are rather effective in containing the smell. I did not weigh my order but my 800g Red Prawn and 400g Mao Shan Wang durians certainly felt substantially heavy when held. And no, it wasn’t due to their seeds. These durians had seeds that were a lot smaller than usual, enveloped by their thick luscious flesh that were almost pillowy-soft, creamy and sticky – you really get what you paid for!

Mao Shan Wang / Musang King (400g)

Mao Shan Wang / Musang King (400g)

Mao Shan Wang / Musang King (400g)

Mao Shan Wang / Musang King (400g)

Mao Shan Wang / Musang King (400g)

Mao Shan Wang / Musang King (400g)

MSW's small seed

MSW’s small seed

For the eagle-eyed: This picture of Red Prawn was taken a few days after my order was delivered because I was constantly feeling bloated prior to this. Still, it tasted FANTABULOUS, so much so that we refused to share it with our dog (which would usually get a small mouthful of durian flesh from us)

For the eagle-eyed: This picture of Red Prawn was taken a few days after my order was delivered because I was constantly feeling bloated prior to this. Still, it tasted FANTABULOUS, so much so that we refused to share it with our dog (which would usually get a small mouthful of durian flesh from us)

Small seed!

Small seed!

All the small Red Prawn seeds!

All the small Red Prawn seeds!

Since Durian Delivery prides themselves on selling the freshest produce straight from their plantation, leftovers at the end of the day would be frozen and sold to confectioneries and dessert shops to prevent wastage. This is unlike many dishonest sellers who would prey on the naivety of uninformed buyers by pushing old stocks first, often at the very same price as the new ones. This, coupled with the fact that Durian Delivery also offers a 100% replacement guarantee as mentioned above, gives me the confidence to part with my money on my future purchases with them – even when we are free of any pandemic.

What are your thoughts about Durian Delivery? Will you be giving them a shot? Let me know your views in the comments below!

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PRODUCTs WERE SUPPLIED BY Durian DELIVERY Singapore in collaboration with BEST IN SINGAPORE FOR MY EDITORIAL CONSIDERATION. ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED ARE MY OWN.

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