Boooom!Here's the second post of International Snacks Feast!Due to Chinese New Year,the post offices here were closed last week,so I didn't get the parcel until now.I was super excited to see a red sticker on my mail box,which means I have a package to get and that totally made my day!
Song-Thanh,an eighteen year-old always smiling girl,who exchanged snacks with me this time,is from the Netherlands.It's really nice to bring back my memory in Amsterdam.I went there like three or four years ago.The pity is that I was there only for three days,which means I didn't have much chance to eat authentically.Thanks for Song-Thanh,she just let me have a deeper look into Dutch culture.
My first impression of the Netherlands is "Drop,"a licorice flavor candy.As my prediction Song-Thanh sent it to me.The truth is I haven't actually heard from any foreigner says that he likes "drop."People look frightened on hearing that word,as if it's Voldemort.On the contrary,Dutch people just love it!Here's an interesting fact Song-Thanh told me that there're many other kinds of drop from sweet to salty,soft to hard!
Now I gotta tell you what I feel:The moment I opened up the drop,the smell seemed quite special in an weird-but-familiar way.Then I put one piece into my mouth,well,to be honest,that was the strangest thing I've ever tasted.I don't hate it but don't like it,either.The reason why I think it smells familiar is that we use licorice as a spice in our cuisine and medicine a lot in Taiwan.I cannot figure out why even if that's not a new thing for me,it's still hard to accept it. Valerie v.s. Drop /0:1 FAILED!
The Dutch snacks which I eat quite often is stroopwafels from Daelmans.I'm used to putting them on a cup of hot coffee or hot tea for five minutes before having it.The stroopwafels becomes moist and the caramel just becomes really soft.Therefore,you can imagine how excited I was on the moment seeing some mini stroopwafels in the parcel!
Another pack of cookies is speculaas,Song-Thanh told me that it contains different spices like pepper,cinnamon,ginger,cloves,cardamon and nutmeg.It has a distinct flavor and I like its aroma.I heard that it's a bit spicy,but this one is not at all.
Besides,there's a box of cute-looking cake with a layer of pink fondant.It's kind of fluffy,I usually prefer a dense and heavy one,but my friend's little sis loves it,you know,pink power!
This exchange makes me have a better acquaintance with Holland,perhaps not genuinely,but it's like a sudden realization.Regardless of my personal preference,it's interesting to find that how taste varies from country to country.
Wanna have some fun together?Can't wait to hear from you!