Cookies & Biscuits that only 90s kids will remember

Before we take a trip down our memory lane. Lets first make sure that we are on the same page.
Biscuits are baked snacks which are much harder than cookies. The ones that gives off a “pak!” sound when you break them in two. While cookies are much softer and squishier biscuits. Well like cookie monsters, we love both of them. But can we differentiate cookies from biscuits? Below are some of our old time favourite snacks.

 

Back in the days, When we were kids, life was carefree. We were constantly snacking and hanging out with friends. It’s sad to see how our favourite cookies and biscuits change with time. They use to be the classic snacks that 80-90s kid would die for. Below are our favourite snacks back when we were young. Are these biscuits or cookies? You tell me!

 

Biscuit or Cookies? Well biscuit of course. Does this biscuits have a name? Well apparently it is called the Gem biscuits (Just learn this term)  This biscuits has sugary colourful icing on top. You can still see these biscuits in older shops. Sheng Shiong and Mustaffa do sell them as well. However these days, with the wide variety of biscuits, these biscuits are more often seen on altars than on kid’s snack list. Kids these days may not enjoy these simple biscuit like how we use to.

 

Biscuits or Cookies? Cookies Definitely. Monde Cookies! Back in the days, this was one of the premium snacks. Most mothers and grandmothers love the cookie tin so much that they would use it as a storage kit. Seeing these tins appearing in our home gives me a bittersweet feeling. Back when I was a kid, this was a horrid joke. On one hand, we hope that it contains danish butter cookies but on the other hand we know that it is unlike our parents to be splurging on premium snacks. Does it contain cookies?! Until today, this question still remains a mystery. Mind boggling!

 

Biscuits or Cookies? What do you think? It is called Biscuit Piring. Biscuits!  These colorful flat biscuits may be all that we could afford after a match of soccer.  The different colours represents different flavours. (which to me, they tasted the same.) This biscuits softens rapidly upon saliva contact. It has a slightly sweet aftertaste. A simple snack from our childhood. The only uncomfortable experience with these biscuits is that they tend to stick to our upper palate of our mouth. They still appear in some of the provisions shops but it is quite rare to find them these days.

 

Biscuits or Cookies? Biscuits. 旺仔小馒头 (Wang Zai Xiao Man Tou). 旺旺 was the company that use to distribute these biscuits before many copy cats came into the snack scene,  These milky bolus bites are especially popular with babies that are teething. They are the snacks that we packed for our recess when we were in primary school. Unlike the danish butter cookies, these are not the premium snacks neither are they cheap snacks (like our biscuit piring). They are average priced  snacks that taste milky-licious!

Biscuits or Cookies? Biscuits. These use to be the cheaper version of pocky. Don’t get me wrong, they are cheaper and yet they taste great. These biscuit sticks are not coated with a layer of strawberry or chocolate but their original taste is enough to keep you coming back for more. Well, it is savory and has a sweet after taste. Definitely one of the affordable canteen snacks available back then.

 

Biscuits or Cookies? Biscuits. Pocky use to be available in strawberry and chocolate only. These are the snacks that stood the test of time. They are still available these days. However, they may have done some changes to the recipe (in my opinion). The packaging is also different these days. Do you still remember the iconic old packaging? It may be a simple coating of strawberry or chocolate on a biscuit stick but the combination is perfect. For all the pocky lovers out there, I am sure that you will agree with me that the old version tasted better (especially for the strawberry flavoured pocky). No? Well, that’s fine. Taste is subjective.

There you have it, our trip back in time with our favourite snacks. Did we miss out any snacks? I am sure we did. Leave your comments below and let us know what are some of your favourite snacks that we might have missed. The lucky winner will receive a 10% off of Alphabees products. Hurry!

 

 

 

 

 

Top 5 laksas that every Singaporeans ought to know

Top 5 laksas that every Singaporeans ought to know

Laksas are spicy noodle soup adopted in peranakan cuisines. This coconut soup base may look abit similar to a bowl of curry yet their taste are nothing like them. Singapore being a multi-diversified country has cuisines from all over the world. We are expose to various laksas from young. Are you able to name 5 different laksas at the top of your head? Well worry not, let us refresh your laksa memory.

Penang Laksa

Penang laksa or sometimes known as asam laksa, has a sour and spicy broth. It is usually served with mackeral making this laksa soup base sweet. Lemongrass, galangal, and chilli are added to create a defining flavour. It is served with thick rice noodles and fresh condiments such as sliced cucumbers, onions, mint, pineapples, strong and sweet prawn paste, and ginger flower. There are quite few penang laksas around but for a true authentic experience, we still recommend you to try them in Penang (at least once). It is one of the most popular dishes to try in Penang.

Katong Laksa

Katong laksa is derived by a strait chinese who live in the vicinity of Katong in Singapore. This laksa has a spicy stock that takes the colour of a flame. Flavoured with coconut milk and dried shrimp, and topped with ingredients like cockles, prawns and fishcake this dish is a top favourite in Singapore. Unlike the other laksa this laksa has its thick bee hoon cut up so that the entire laksa can be eaten with just the spoon. The most iconic laksa in Singapore. If this is not in your laksa list, where have you been this whole while?

Sarawak Laksa

A popular breakfast in Sarawak. Unlike all laksas this laksa has a broth that is less thick. However, that don’t discount it from being a savory laksa. Some key ingredient of the broth includes sambal belacan chilli, coconut milk, sour tamarind, garlic, galangal, and lemongrass. The Sarawak laksa, is served with thinner bee hoon (vermicelli) as compared to thick bee hoon which is quite unusual comparing to the rest of the laksas. The fresh toppings in Sarawak laksa may just keep you pumped up for more. Shredded chicken, beansprouts, egg omelette & fresh big prawns. That is also why some Sarawakians called it the “the breakfast of the gods”.

 

Nonya Laksa

 

Nonya laksa has a rich coconut soup base. This laksa soup base is a reduction of chicken bones and shrimp stock. This is also what makes this laksa from melaka, sweet and rich. Similar to the Katong Laksa, every strand of thick bee hoon are cut up into pieces. With the use of a spoon, you will be able to conquer the entire laksa, leaving your tummy satisfied.

That it folks, try these laksas today. I hope this widens your laksa vocabulary. If there is any laksa that you think that we might have missed, let us know in the comments below.

The Importance of Breakfast

The Importance of Breakfast

Breakfast as agreed by scientist all over the world, is the most important meal of the day. How much should we take exactly?  Well, scientist have unanimously estimate this value to be 15 – 25% of daily energy. A typical calories intake for men should range from 375- 625 calories while a woman usually require a lesser calories intake of  300 to 500 calories.

Side effects of not having breakfast 

  • After a long period of time not having your breakfast, chances of getting  a coronary heart disease may just increase to 27%.
  • Cognitive damage will start to surface. This is especially seen in growing kids
  • Your blood sugar drops, leaving you hungry and angry
  • Body metabolic rate reduces
  • Unwanted Migrains due to low sugar level

Coffee for breakfast?

If we were to drink a cup of coffee in the morning, we will tend to be more alert. An experiment conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health actually proven this theory to be right (and I always thought it was just a myth). There is also a large correlation between caffeinated coffee and suicidal rate. Having more cups of coffee a day halved the suicidal rate. Moderate consumption of caffeine has also mild anti-depressant effect. As positive as it may sound, do not consume coffee with an empty stomach as these may damage our stomach linings.

What does the experts have to say? 

We need to have a substantial amount of well balanced breakfast, one that delivers its energy slowly over the course of the morning.  Intake of proteins and healthy fats are crucial as it gives us the energy required for the day. Unknowingly, skipping breakfast not only results in the deterioration of our health but also causes mood swing. Who wants to interact with a cranky monster early in the morning? Start your day right today. More Positive. More Healthy. Less Negativity!