Since I couldn’t buy a box of the kimchi chocolates, I bought a box of Korean seaweed chocolate instead. I gave away this box as a gift but the recipient kindly shared a piece with me! I’ve finally gotten around to tasting it today.
These are clearly marketed toward Japanese tourists because it says “nori” in Japanese on the right hand side of the box.
The package even looks like mini seaweed packages!
Seaweed vs. Laver
Which one sounds more appetizing?
Do you see the specks of seaweed?
Phase 1: Your mouth is covered in a thin film of milk chocolate which masks the flavor of the seaweed.
Phase 2: Once the chocolate melts, then you get hints of the seaweed from the greenish filling. It’s very subtle.
Phase 3: As the seaweed filling dissolves, you are left with tiny bits of real seaweed.
I really enjoyed the last phase but it made me forget that I just had it with chocolate. I didn’t think this combo would work but I’m pleasantly surprised by it being both novel and comforting at the same time.
Now I’m craving a steaming bowl of freshly steamed rice and salty seaweed.
What flavors and textures go well with chocolate?
Fruit, nuts, salt, wafers, pretzels, chile, wine, tea, coffee, spices, and herbs are some of the usual combinations. I personally like pink peppercorn and earl grey tea infused into my chocolate.
But what are your thoughts about pairing kimchi with chocolate?
I’ve seen Japanese tourists buy a bunch of these at the Inchon International Airport in Korea. I never ventured to buy a box for myself until this August because they scare me a bit. Can you even imagine what they would taste like? I seriously doubt the spicy, sour, garlicky, and fishy flavor profile of kimchi would go well with chocolate.
I totally dismissed them. … … But then I got curious. Now aren’t you wondering about them too?
I tried buying a box at the airport but I was told that the line was discontinued but may return in the near future. The lack of availability made me want to try them more!
According to the vendor, the chocolates are filled with a creamy kimchi filling (!) that didn’t have an overwhelming kimchi flavor.
If I were able to secure a box, would you try them with me?
Tomorrow, I’ll share my thoughts on another box of chocolates.
This time I will have tasted it so expect better descriptions and details!