Taiwan Treat is a Taiwanese snack subscription service whose mission is to spread Taiwan culture, tradition, history, and most importantly -- food!-- worldwide, all in a convenient box.I love trying foreign foods. I've ate 'American' foods all my life, so it's interesting to see what foreign countries have for snacks.
Taiwan Treat delivers authentic Taiwanese snacks, candies, treats, chips, ramen noodles, coffees, and teas from Taiwan to your front door.
I was very excited when Taiwan Treat agreed to send me a box for review. I received the Original Box, which contains at least 16 snacks. Let's see what I received.
^^What I received^^
A-sha Dry Noodles
Tasted just like 'American' ramen, but maybe a little spicier. This came with a sauce, and it made it a little messy to make, but I liked it.
Taiwan Fancy Black Teas
Lipton Black Tea from Taiwan. Seriously, I could not taste a difference between the Taiwanese Black Tea and American Black Tea. I used to drink a LOT of tea as a teenager and young adult, even taking an old soda bottle and putting warm tea in it to drink at school (I got there when the principal and office staff were just setting up for the day; I had plenty of time) I’m still a coffee girl, but this wasn’t bad at all.
I couldn't get past the smell of these... they smelled sour, if not rancid. Upon research, they should have smelled of soy sauce and spices, so I don't know if the package I got spoiled during shipping or what happened. I just tossed them out.
Soft Flour Cakes
According to my Google research, this is supposed to taste like a Rice Krispie Treat. Um, No. This had zero flavor and wasn’t very soft. It actually got stuck in my teeth. Only good thing about this was the lone raisin. I wouldn’t eat this again.
Jin Jin Mango Coconut Jelly
This looked like opaque Jello. Sort of tasted like it too, and had bits of fruit in it. I couldn’t tell if the bits were mango or coconut, maybe both. Very soft on the teeth.
Take Cocoa Puffs, crush them and somehow make the crumbs into a cookie, then put slivers of almonds on top. You now have this cookie. I loved this, but the downfall is that it’s VERY crumbly. I had to eat this over the cardboard box to avoid dropping any crumbs and Chase licking them up… Dogs can’t have chocolate. One of my faves in the box.
Purple Yam Cake
I had something in this flavor in my Snakku box. However, while that one was soft like a Twinkie cake, this was made from crispy chow mein noodles (which I love), Liquid sugar and purple yam. This was delicious and my top favorite item in the box.
We had something like this in one of the previous Munchpaks. To me, this had more of a icing/fondant texture than nougat. When I think nougat, I think the stuff inside a Snickers or Milky Way bar, not stuff like this. Very chewy and sweet.
Assorted chewy candies
Various sizes of chewy candies. These were harder than the Hi-Chews I’m used to. There were two small round ones. They tasted like chocolate, but these are actually caramels. These are a bit deceiving, as they seem to be hard to the touch, but they are chewy.
Taiwanese Rice Crackers
Quite hard and crunchy. Since there were two packs of these, Mama Melissa and I each tried one. She said they tasted like heavily buttered popcorn cakes to her, while I detected a hint of soy sauce. Either way, I liked these a LOT.
Prince crunchy noodles
This was just broken up ramen with the seasoning on it. It was quite interesting. I detected the chicken flavor of ramen, but yet, it had the ‘potato-ey’ taste of Pringles chips. There were also dried spring onions on this, or as I know them, ‘scallions’ which gave it a slight egg roll flavor. I liked these a lot actually.
Taiwan loose tea
I don’t do loose teas. I prefer tea bags. Less mess for me. If/When I try this, I will update this.
TASTE: Unknown at this time.
Tasted more like a biscuit with pineapple jelly or filling inside. Very soft and crumbly, but delicious.
There was also a recipe for Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup by CiCi Li
WHO IS CICI LI?
Born in Beijing, raised in Southeast Asia and moved to New York City at the age of 12, CiCi Li has been hosting and producing food and travel TV programs since 2009.
CiCi Li is the host of CiCi’s Food Paradise. Traveling around the world, CiCi has pushed herself to adjust to new environments; she believes there is no better place to do that then around the dining table.
CiCi Li is now a chef-in-training and hopes that the best culinary traditions of the world as well as her passion for great food will bring people a sense of ease and happiness.
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The recipe for this can be found over on The Disabled Cook. http://thedisabledcook.blogspot.com/2016/05/taiwanese-beef-noodle-soup.html
The biggest problem I see for disabled people (minus any chewing issues) is cooking the a-sha noodles. If cooking is not your strong point, this MAY be an issue. Also, like with most snack foods, actually opening the snacks themselves may be an issue as well. I had to use scissors (or ask Mama Melissa) to open some of the packages.
There are 2 sizes available, the Small Box (at least 7 treats) or the Original Box (at least 16 treats) They are available from Taiwan Treat for $14.99 a month for the Small Box, $25.95 a month for the Original Box.
Great and affordable subscription box for those who love foreign treats!
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes
**As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**