[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 πŸ™Š 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 πŸ˜‹

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 πŸ˜…

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 πŸ˜…

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 πŸ˜‹ 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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[HEALTH FOOD] A Healthier You: Specially Curated Packages of Goodness for You and Your Loved Ones

Hello everyone!

Being raised by traditional Chinese parents has got its own perks. For one, it has exposed me to the various traditional Chinese superfoods (which benefits would have otherwise been dismissed as primitive superstitions in today’s westernised world) that have shown effects in supporting and boosting my health and immune system. I’m sure this isn’t unique to my childhood household, but the moment a cough is heard in the house, a flask of luo han guo tea (or lo hon gwo as what my Cantonese mother would say) would be sitting on the kitchen counter within the next two days. During spells of hot weather (and especially times when we had to continuously burn the midnight oil to study or complete a project), we would magically find a pot of chrysanthemum tea brewing atop the stove. Thank you, Mommy ❀️

As our parents age, however, these practices have gotten less common. We, the busy grown-ups, in turn become increasingly reliant on what’s more widely available, such as western medicine and dietary supplements (which might, in fact, not be as beneficial to our health as many thought), to get the nutrients we need although deep down, we know that nothing compares to nature’s gifts as far as our wellbeing is concerned. But for some reasons, we feel daunted by the task of purchasing herbs and other dried goods over the counter (it’s the grumpy and impatient shop assistants at TCM shops for the most part for me πŸ€ͺ) so we would rather not do that.

What if I told you you can now do your herb shopping with just a few clicks of the mouse? Thanks to A Healthier You, getting your (or your loved ones’) herbal fix has never been so easy!

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A Healthier You (AHY) is an online food store established on the firm belief that health and wellness are essential to living an optimal life. By adopting a complementary and preventive approach to health, not only would we experience a better quality of life, but many health-related risks could also be mitigated. With this foundation in mind, AHY strives to provide specially curated high-grade health foods that nourishes the body and add nutrition to our diets – in a convenient and accessible way.

Herbal soup packages - all of them only come in one size, which can feed about 2 adults

Herbal soup packages – all of them only come in one size, which can feed about 2 adults

A wide variety of everyday herbs to choose from!

A wide variety of everyday herbs to choose from!

More examples of everyday herbs AHY carries. There's more so go take a look at what they offer on their website!

More examples of everyday herbs AHY carries. There’s more so go take a look at what they offer on their website!

Their product range is not limited to traditional Chinese herbs only – AHY also caters to the exquisite taste buds by offering floral teas (in their plain organic dried form) and many more, such as the eco-friendlier and more economically-viable alternative to bird’s nest, peach gum. Every batch of goods from their suppliers is personally examined and quality-checked by their staff before packing them into individual containers or bags upon order by customers. This helps to ensure maximum freshness of the products from the packaging line to your doorstep.

Delivered by A Healthier You - thank you!

Delivered by A Healthier You – thank you!

Whoop, can't wait to find out what's in the package! I'm not sure if your orders will come in this form, but I thought this would make a good gift hamper!

Whoop, can’t wait to find out what’s in the package! I’m not sure if your orders will come in this form, but I thought this would make a good gift hamper!

Whoaaaa so many healthy goodies! You're pampering me, AHY!

Whoaaaa so many healthy goodies! You’re spoiling me, AHY!

Andddd the VERY necessary recipes for each of the products because I can be such a dunce at the kitchen!

Andddd the VERY necessary recipes for each of the products because I can be such a dunce at the kitchen!

Despite their commitment in offering the best possible quality in their products, prices are kept relatively affordable (or rather, low) with the most expensive standard-sized items being their herbal tea blends at S$12. Moreover, all of their products come in very presentable packaging (even the cheapest options!), which makes them ideal for gifting. Instead of sending flower bouquets to your significant other (which is pretty much purely aesthetics πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ), why not show your affection and care for their health with more practical and functional gifts like a container of French rose buds, a glass jar of lavender buds – both of which can be brewed into teas – or, better yet, a box of floral-infused cookies baked by you? Otherwise, you could also consider completing your date night or family dinner with a nutritious home-made gum tragacanth dessert (Psst! Life hack: top ready-made milk pudding with your soaked gum tragacanth to save time) to aid digestion after a hearty meal.

French Rose Buds (75g, S$10.50)

French Rose Buds (75g, S$10.50)

French Rose Buds

French Rose Buds

This is all you need to brew a cup of Rose Tea!

This is all you need to brew a cup of Rose Tea!

It smells sooooo fragrant!

It smells sooooo fragrant!

Jasmine Buds (25g, S$6)

Jasmine Buds (25g, S$6)

Jasmine Buds - another option for tea lovers!

Jasmine Buds – another option for tea lovers!

Osmanthus Buds (60g, S$9.80)

Osmanthus Buds (60g, S$9.80)

Osmanthus Buds - so intrigued by the appearance of it!

Osmanthus Buds – so intrigued by the appearance of it!

Chia Seeds (one size only: 260g, S$8.00)

Chia Seeds (one size only: 260g, S$8.00)

Peach Gum (360g, S$15.50)

Peach Gum (360g, S$15.50)

Peach Gum, known to effectively reduce wrinkles and is also quite good for the skin. I haven't got the chance to use this yet. This will go well with red dates and dried longan!

Peach Gum, known to effectively reduce wrinkles and is also quite good for the skin. I haven’t got the chance to use this yet. This will go well with red dates and dried longan!

No other people know better than the Chinese themselves how important soups and broths are in both Chinese cuisine and traditional medicine (for all kinds of common ailments, and even pregnancy!). Typically low in calories while providing a clarity of flavours and low oil content, herbal soups are believed to help to restore the balance of yin and yang in the body, and they never fail to bring me immense comfort, especially when the weather gets rough. But somehow the idea of brewing them myself terrifies me because that would mean having to source for the individual ingredients on my own (I don’t even know how to select fresh produce…) and to find out the exact measurements for them. Well, if this thought resonates with you, great news – AHY will now take over these daunting tasks. We’d just need to add some meat and bring the concoction to a boil!

Ginseng Chicken Soup (sans chicken, 90g, S$9.50)

Ginseng Chicken Soup (sans chicken, 90g, S$9.50)

Ginseng Chicken Soup (sans chicken): Ginseng is apparently great for pregnant women!

Ginseng Chicken Soup (sans chicken): Ginseng is apparently great for pregnant women!

Ginseng Chicken Soup: Have been feeling under the weather and was craving for some piping hot soup!

Ginseng Chicken Soup: Have been feeling under the weather and was craving for some piping hot soup!

Ginseng Chicken Soup: It was surprisingly easy to prepare! Even though it's stated that I'd need to boil and simmer it for about 1-1.5h, mine was done in about 45min on top of the stove. The longer cooking time is probably applicable to those using slow cooker. I used Kampung chicken and added chicken stock for maximum flavour πŸ˜‹

Ginseng Chicken Soup: It was surprisingly easy to prepare! Even though it’s stated that I’d need to boil and simmer it for about 1-1.5h, mine was done in about 45min on top of the stove. The longer cooking time is probably applicable to those using slow cooker. I used Kampung chicken and added chicken stock for maximum flavour πŸ˜‹

Dried Chrysanthemum with Goji Berries and Red Dates Tea (170g packed into 5 sachets, S$12)

Dried Chrysanthemum with Goji Berries and Red Dates Tea (170g packed into 5 sachets, S$12)

Dried Chrysanthemum with Goji Berries and Red Dates Tea (170g packed into 5 sachets, S$12)

Dried Chrysanthemum with Goji Berries and Red Dates Tea (170g packed into 5 sachets, S$12)

Step aside, flower bouquets and over-priced gift hampers, there’s now another way to express our love and concern for our loved ones without having to dig into our pockets, and that’s through A Healthier You! If such concepts of gifting health food packages takes off, I hope AHY could consider selling their products in bundles, or in a form of gift hampers (i.e. for the floral tea and herbal tea blends because these are much easier to brew)!

What are your thoughts about A Healthier You? If you’re not familiar with oriental herbs or floral teas, has any of the above products caught your eye? Let me know your views in the comments below!

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