What is Taiwan famous for? Apart from the hot springs and shopping, Taiwan is also famous for their local street snacks. From pineapple cakes, dandan noodles, sun cakes – you name it! Try out our Taste of Taiwan Box now to try out all the crazy and wacky flavours of Taiwan!! You’l surely fall in love!!!
Here is my second box from ABCDEat. This is an Asian snack service that was started by a YouTuber/Blogger named Genie and her partner. This is not a subscription service because it does not automatically renew but you can receive monthly boxes, specialty boxes, and their pouches. At the moment, they are not releasing new boxes but hopefully they will be back to it soon.
This box was $22 I believe including shipping so I thought that I would try it out in the hopes that it wouldn’t be all seafood snacks.
Taiwan Pineapple Cake
This is a Taiwan specialty, and it’s definitely something that you can’t miss if you ever go to Taiwan. It is a soft shortbread cake filled with a sweet pineapple paste with a chewy texture. There are many different fillings nowadays, but the traditional is using pineapple.
My apologies on the lack of a picture of the actual little cakes. I tried to break it to take a picture but I ended up mashing it to smithereens and I thought that wouldn’t work out so well for you guys. Now, I am not the biggest fan of shortbread but I do really love pineapple so I was excited for this one. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t my favourite either. The pineapple portion was really sweet and I found I was missing the tang that pineapple can have sometimes. I will definitely eat this though so it is still a win.
Cute Ya White Chocolate Almond Cookie Rolls
These are bite sized cookies covered in smooth white chocolate, and covered with almonds and coconut powder. These are non-fried. These are perfect to go with a cup of coffee or tea.
I actually really enjoy these cookies. We got 2 of them in the box and I am happy with that because they were tasty. They have a nice, almost wafer-like crunch to them that I really enjoy. With almonds, coconut, and white chocolate I really can’t complain because those are all tasty things! I think I will have my second cookie with a cup of coffee because that does sound like it would be nice!
I Mei Taipei Egg Crisps with Dried Fish Floss (Salmon, Tuna)
Egg rolls are a traditional Chinese specialty, but what the Taiwanese have added to this crispy delicacy is some dried salmon & tuna floss in the middle, giving the egg rolls a different kind of taste – the egg roll is sweet, whereas the floss is slightly salty, and watch how the floss melts inside your mouth, absolutely delicious!
I just can’t do it. I know that in my last ABCDEat post I said that I wanted to be adventurous and try new things but I just can’t do it with this one. However, just because I am not interested in it doesn’t mean someone else won’t be. That’s why I didn’t open this one up yet, in case I found a friend who would like to have it.
Anbao Crisp Honey Cookies
The Taiwanese love incorporating honey into their cuisine, and these crisp honey cookies are one of the examples with honey in it! Honey has a special flavour that sugar cannot replace, and that’s what’s so special about this snack – a crunchy snack that contains both sesame and honey – double tick!
I have to agree that I love the taste of honey in snacks! It is just so yummy. We got 2 little bags of these crisps and I really like them. They have a sweet and nutty flavour that is almost leaning towards the savoury side because of the sesame. Really tasty!
Chiao-E Handmade Brown Sugar Pumpkin Pie
Although the English translation of the packaging says the cake is using brown sugar, but in fact, it actually contains black sugar. It is not very popular to take black sugar, as black sugar is said to be very healthy for the body! These are our childhood favourites – a fried dough covered in black sugar syrup, and these even added pumpkin puree!
Now, I am not one for pumpkin pie kinds of things. I don’t eat it at Thanksgiving or any other holidays, so I was a little nervous about this one. I really like it though! It is nice and crisp which I enjoy and it reminds me of something that I can’t quite put my finger on. Definitely worth a try though!
Playful Naughty Original Quail Egg (Best Before: May 8 2015)
No preservatives added. Quail eggs have said to be very nutritious as they are packed with vitamins and minerals. Even with their small size, their nutritional value is three to four times greater than chicken eggs, so no wonder, the Taiwanese love to eat them! These quail eggs have been soaked in a special sauce for a period of time, so that the eggs harden and turn black – try them to see how bouncy eggs can taste!
This is another one that I can’t do. I can hardly deal with regular eggs let alone black quail eggs. I know that this is just a matter of personal preference, and someone else could really love these!
Cute Ya Strawberry Chocolate Almond Cookie Rolls
These are bite sized cookies covered in smooth strawberry chocolate, and covered with almonds and coconut powder. These are non-fried. These are perfect to go with a cup of coffee or tea.
These are the same company as the white chocolate almond cookies. I find the texture of these reminds me of the cheese snacks I received in my ABCDEat Happy Friday Pouch. I am quite fond of this cookie too. I think I prefer the white chocolate one but I am a fan of strawberry so this is definitely good for me!
I am not sure if the full sized boxes are worth $22 for me. I may try another one if there is a candy kind of one that comes out because I think that would be more of a winner for me! If I order from ABCDEat again, it would probably be one of the $9 pouches so that I could try out a couple of things without it being too much of a risk.
I think that if you like to try cool new snacks, than ABCDEat might be of interest to you! If you want to check them out, you can view their facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/ABCDEat, you can find their website here http://www.abcdeatbox.com/, or you can watch Genie’s video about the service here: ABCDEat Video.
Disclaimer: This pouch was purchased with my own money. All opinions and pictures are my own.