When I make trips to London’s west End I like to visit the See Woo supermarket in Chinatown to stock up on noodles, sauces and other hard-to-find-locally Chinese delicacies.
Oddly enough it was only recently that it occurred to me that I might be able to lay my hands on some Asian confectionery there, so last week I went there and had bit of a poke around.
Sure enough, I found these – Chocolate Koalas.
What are they? Well, they’re little koala shaped biscuity things filled with a cheap and cheerful chocolate flavoured cream type stuff. Hardly gourmet fayre, but definitely a great novelty item, especially as there are a huge range of cute little koala faces in the box. So as well as a tasty (and they are surprisingly tasty considering the low cocoa content) nibble, you can spend time looking at the various koalas and (if you’re a kid) playing with them before snarfing them up.
The biscuit shell is very thin, crispy and has a good crunch to it, and the melty creamy filing is darker than you might expect and not too sweet, so older palates will also enjoy them.
As far as I can ascertain from the box, See Woo import them, so I couldn’t tell you whether or not they’re available in any other Chinese supermarkets. What I can tell you is that if you’re throwing a birthday party or want a novelty cake decoration which isn’t going to send the kids hyper, then these could well be worth tracking down.
They’re surprisingly tasty.