[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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[SNACKS] NutsAndSnacks.com.sg: Specially Curated Nibbles for Your Midday Slump Needs

Workplace violence, fatigue and falls – to name a few – are some common examples of office hazards. But what most employee safety handbooks fail to mention is the inevitable rumbles in the tummy at odd times that could spiral out of control if we ignore them long enough!

Hold up – isn’t it bad to snack?

Contrary to popular belief, snacking (i.e. eating a small quantity of food) in between meals is actually healthy as it keeps our metabolism humming while providing us the needed energy to stay alert and focused at work – so long as we stick to the nutritious nibbles (as opposed to junk food). However, the increase in false advertising claims over food labelling in recent years has only made it more difficult for us to discern the truly healthy ones on the supermarket shelves. Recognising this challenge that we consumers had been facing, dedicated online businesses that specialise in wholesome snacks have sprung up to save us the hassle of scrutinising ingredient lists (and of course, our waistline!), one of which is Nuts and Snacks.

Nuts and Snacks Gift Box!

Nuts and Snacks Gift Box!

Nuts and Snacks is an online retailer and wholesaler for, as its name suggests, snacks that are not only nutritious, but also pleasing to the palate. Its catalogue boasts a wide array of dried fruits and nuts ranging from dried cranberries to Turkish apricots, and almond to macadamia (with an option of having them raw or baked) in 100g, 500g or 1 kg packets. Carefully selected to ensure that only the best possible ingredients are used, these munchies are touted as good sources of fat, fiber and protein. Furthermore, they are also fortified with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants such as magnesium and vitamin E, hence rendering them a healthy yet affordable option to tide you over till your next meal – without the guilt.

Kacang Puteh men are such a rare sight these days... but you can still get your Kacang Puteh fix on Nuts and Snacks! No sugared nuts, though!

Kacang Puteh men are such a rare sight these days… but you can still get your Kacang Puteh fix on Nuts and Snacks! No sugared nuts, though!

Going nuts over these nuts!

Going nuts over these nuts!

[100g packs] From bottom left, in anti-clockwise direction: Natural Macadamia Nuts, Tropical Trail Mix, Roasted Salted Mixed Nuts, Roasted Almonds (unsalted), Pistachio Nuts Roast (salted).

[100g packs] From bottom left, in anti-clockwise direction: Natural Macadamia Nuts, Tropical Trail Mix, Roasted Salted Mixed Nuts, Roasted Almonds (unsalted), Pistachio Nuts Roast (salted).

[100g packs] From bottom left, in anti-clockwise direction: Brazilian Delight, Roasted Hazelnuts, Roasted Cashews (unsalted), Pine Nuts.

[100g packs] From bottom left, in anti-clockwise direction: Brazilian Delight, Roasted Hazelnuts, Roasted Cashews (unsalted), Pine Nuts.

Each product page includes a detailed description of the product’s nutrition facts, suggested ways to enjoy it and its country of origin to aid you in making an informed choice, especially if you are placing corporate orders. After all, you definitely want to create a positive first impression for clients by engaging their taste buds when they pop by at your office.

Example of a Nuts and Snacks product page

Example of a Nuts and Snacks product page

Given that Nuts and Snacks is also a wholesaler, prices are relatively low (less than $5 for most 100g packets) and bulk purchases are rewarded with significant discounts and free local delivery (or flat rate of $5 for orders below $80 per location). Don’t worry about over-ordering or taste preferences. Since the products are kept in food-grade resealable airtight packaging with oxygen absorbers added to eliminate extra oxygen and prevent food degradation, you can be rest assured that your (unopened) snacks will remain fresh for the longest time (which is up to 3 months when stored in a cool dry place, according to Google)! Besides, aren’t we somehow more likely to reach for a plate of nuts than for a basket of wrapped sweets if they are both laid right in front of us?

Snacks for the non-nut lovers! [100g packs] From left: BBQ Chickpea Snack (not available anymore), Chilli Fried Rice Crackers.

Snacks for the non-nut lovers! [100g packs] From left: BBQ Chickpea Snack (not available anymore), Chilli Fried Rice Crackers.

[100g packs] From bottom left, in anti-clockwise direction: Banana Chips, Chili and Lime Snippets, Honey Dijon Snippets, Peanut Butter Pretzels

[100g packs] From bottom left, in anti-clockwise direction: Banana Chips, Chili and Lime Snippets, Honey Dijon Snippets, Peanut Butter Pretzels

[100g packs] From bottom left, in anti-clockwise direction: Turkish Apricots, Chocolate Pretzels, Supreme Nougat, Turkish Figs, Green Raisins

[100g packs] From bottom left, in anti-clockwise direction: Turkish Apricots, Chocolate Pretzels, Supreme Nougat, Turkish Figs, Green Raisins

There you have it. Stock up your pantry with these affordable wholesome nibbles from Nuts and Snacks and you will no longer need to fight off your hunger pains in the middle of the day 馃構 Go on, your body (and wallet) will thank you!

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

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[ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE] Ondeh-Ondeh Porter, a Unique Singaporean Concoction, and Other Craft Beers by Sunbird Brewery Co.

Hello everyone!

Singapore might just be a tiny red dot on the world map, but our capabilities are not to be belittled. Already, our country boasts a few homegrown brands (such as Razer and Tiger Beer) that have earned international acclaim for their products. Now, with more companies demonstrating their ingenuity, the list is just going to keep growing!

Sunbird Brewery Company is one such example, as they have been making waves in the craft beer industry since entering the scene in July last year with a collection of four craft beers. Led by founder Clive Tan who paid his dues at Archipelago Brewery and Brewerkz, Sunbird (named after Singapore’s national bird) is driven by the passion to produce bolder flavours with an innovative edge for consumers of the future. Curious to know what the hype was all about, my companion and I promptly accepted the company’s invitation to taste all of their craft beers – including their latest offering launched in April – at Orh Gao Taproom last Saturday (after restrictions on public gathering had ease, that is).

Orh Gao Taproom - a new casual bar serving residents in Bukit Timah!

Orh Gao Taproom – a new casual bar serving residents in Bukit Timah!

Orh Gao is a colloquial term for stouts

Orh Gao is a colloquial term for stouts

Menu overhead (also pictured is the founder of Sunbird Brewery Co on the left)

Menu overhead (also pictured is the founder of Sunbird Brewery Co on the left)

Fly in Light

Fly in Light

Fly in Light

Fly in Light

A pale ale, Fly in Light has a 5% alcohol content with a fruity – more specifically, passionfruit and citrus – taste which complements the dry earthy flavour of the malt. It is light on the taste buds and does not make one feel surfeited after a couple of sips, therefore making it easy to drink. This was one of my favourites (as a non-alcohol geek) that evening, along with Fluff Up.

Fluff Up

Fluff Up

Fluff Up

Fluff Up

Fluff Up – a Belgian witbier (think Hoegaarden) – too has an alcohol content of 5% but with a more interesting flavour profile. It packs a little kick due to its spice and orange peel notes, which makes it a perfect accompaniment to seafood especially in countries with hot climate like Singapore.
Birds of Paradise

Birds of Paradise

Birds of Paradise

Birds of Paradise

One cannot forget to mention Birds of Paradise since hoppy and bitter brews are becoming a huge trend in the craft beer industry. A white IPA with a creamy taste, it has bitter taste profile as with American IPAs (which neither of us is a fan of). That said, its citrus and pine undertones will definitely go well with the holiday season (because we shouldn’t let the pandemic stop us from feeling the holiday spirit, right?), or simply spicy food like buffalo wings (psst.. Orh Gao taproom serves great buffalo wings 馃槈).
Some finger food to go with the beers. Not sure if we were just hungry but they were ALL delicious. We practically cleared the plate!

Some finger food to go with the beers. Not sure if we were just hungry but they were ALL delicious. We practically cleared the plate!

And probably the best thing that was served with the platter - the chilli. Haven't had such satisfying chilli in a while! I swear it this came in bottles, I'd totally get it 馃槅

And probably the best thing that was served with the platter – the chilli. Haven’t had such satisfying chilli in a while! I swear if this was sold in bottles separately, I’d totally get some 馃槅

Eclipse of the Sun

Eclipse of the Sun

Eclipse of the Sun

Eclipse of the Sun

Another beer in Sunbird’s regular range is Eclipse of the Sun and it is wildly popular among expats here. Despite the slightly higher alcohol content of 6%, the Scottish Ale is malty and full-bodied which could be due to the caramel that gives it a raisin taste, as well as its deep copper brown colour.
In commemoration of National Day this year, Sunbird has rolled out a new and exciting seasonal concoction infused with flavours familiar to the local palate – the Ondeh-Ondeh Porter. This one-of-a-kind craft beer pays homage to a timeless traditional dessert – as its namesake implies – with an alcohol content of 6%. The drink has a distinct roasted and dry taste, coupled with a caramel flavour and coconut smell which is further drawn out and complemented by the addition of pandan.
Ondeh-Ondeh Porter

Ondeh-Ondeh Porter

Ondeh-Ondeh Porter

Ondeh-Ondeh Porter

Ondeh-Ondeh Porter, bottled (look how cute the ondeh-ondeh illustration is on the bottle - haha!)

Ondeh-Ondeh Porter, bottled (look how cute the ondeh-ondeh illustration is on the bottle – haha!)

Crafted as a porter due to the nutty flavour profile obtained when the gula melaka brown sugar is toasted, this is certainly nowhere as bitter as a stout but its sharpness might still be a bit too overwhelming for novice drinkers. However, if you’re one who appreciates this category of beer, the bitterness of the porter actually goes hand-in-hand with the roasted caramel taste. As one with a sweet tooth, I only wished this was crafted as a witbier instead. But on second thought, that would probably render the beer too sweet.
Sunbird's brews in bottled form, a.k.a what you would get if you make your order online!

Sunbird’s brews in bottled form, a.k.a what you would get if you make your order online!

Unlike the other beers that are available in singles, the Ondeh-Ondeh Porter is only sold in a pack of 6 at $55 nett (or in a mixed pack of 12 that includes other beers) on the website, maybe because it won’t be on the menu for long (so it’s always good to stock up!). Of course, you could always sample or enjoy one bottle at selected bars and restaurants islandwide – one of which being Orh Gao Taproom – in the month of August with people you have not met in ages! Great excuse to catch up with your buddies, eh?
Leaving you with this memorable quote we saw at Orh Gao Taproom.. Remember this, guys.

Leaving you with this memorable quote we saw at Orh Gao Taproom.. Remember this, guys.

What are your thoughts about this local creation, or the craft beers offered by Sunbird Brewery Co. in general? Beer connoisseurs, do let me know your views in the comments below!
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Sunbird Brewery Co 路 5 Mandai Link, #05-05, Singapore 728654 路 order from WEBSITE 路 free islandwide delivery with purchase of $65 and above 路 For more information on where the beers are served, please visit FACEBOOK PAGE, INSTAGRAM or WEBSITE.
Orh Gao Taproom 路 10 Jalan Serene, #01-03 Serene Centre, Singapore 258748 路 Operating hours: 4.00 pm – 11.00 pm (Tue – Thu, Sun), 4.00 PM – 12.00 AM (Fri & Sat), Closed on Mondays聽路 Nearest MRT station: Botanic Gardens (CC19/DT9) 路 For more information, please visit Orh Gao Taproom FACEBOOK PAGE聽or INSTAGRAM.
this was a media invitation. ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED ARE MY OWN, with contributions from my beer-enthusiast companion.

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