Yummy Bazaar delivers gourmet food items to your door monthly. The items for the Destination Food Club are carefully selected from a different single country every month. With the Full Experience you’ll get 6-8 full sized gourmet items from your destination for $35.95. There is also a Sampler subscription that sends 6-8 sample sizes from various countries for $9.95. We received the Full Experience box.
This month’s featured destination was Korea! As always, the box was packed in a smartly utilitarian, corrugated, brown paper, and tape combo. It is a very clever packing scheme — recyclable and cool looking.
They dropped the postcards in favor of a folded-paper booklet, but they still provide a beautiful visual of the destination country.
The booklet has handy info on the items in the box, plus some extra country-specific notes.
These Korean recipes were recreated so they can be made using primarily items from the box. The recipes were a mix of American cuisine staples kicked up a bit with a splash of Korean sauces and easy versions of very traditional (and delicious) Korean fare like Bulgogi.
The product description pages give a brief description of each item, along with several suggested uses, the retail price, and the origin. Everything in this box was made in Korea– and I was very glad that they included so many foods that have long been central parts of the culture’s cuisine.
Everything was packed snugly to avoid any damage during shipping — it’s all nestled together well, and the corrugated interior lid prevents shifting in transit.
Everything in our box arrived in superb condition. I can’t recall ever having real issues with anything we’ve received. The jars were wrapped and surrounded by the oddly decorative corrugated cardboard.
Haitai Korean Honey Butter Whole Almonds ($3.95): Delicious whole roasted almonds completely covered in an appropriately sweet honey butter coating. The coating looks very thick, but it doesn’t seem to alter the texture of the almond at all — you wouldn’t notice it but for the lovely flavor. Unlike the American version of honey roasted nuts, these were lightly salted and had a beautifully natural flavor.
Market O Korean Chocolate Coated Crackers ($5.95): This box contained two decoratively wrapped sleeves of dipped wafers, both choco flavored. These are a great kids snack or something to nibble on while reading, as a portion is undipped for clean handling. The chocolate coating is dark and delicious. The cracker is just that — it is textured a bit like a water cracker, with all the flavor of a communion wafer. It’s obvious intended primarily as a vehicle for the choco.
ChoripDong Korean Bulgogi BBQ Sauce ($5.45): Along with bibimbap (rice bowl with all kinds of good stuff), bulgogi is the traditional Korean dish Americans are most likely to have tried before. This Korean version of BBQ usually comprises thinly sliced beef heavily marinated in a sweet, spicy, and tangy sauce, then fried. This marinade has the usual suspects: soy sauce, ginger, garlic — but bulgogi gets its distinct flavor from the heavy use of fruit. This sauce uses pears (some use plum or kiwi) to add sweetness and a lovely flavor. The booklet also has a recipe for this super-simple dish.
Spicy Gochujang Sauce Roasted Seaweed ($2.95): These crunchy loafs of laver (seaweed) have a liberal sprinkling of sesame seeds inside for added flavor and texture. The real dose of flavor comes from the addition of gochujang, a fermented hot sauce that packs a kick.
CJ Korean Sweet Pancake Hotteok Mix ($8.95): Our household loves to have pancakes, so this item is very welcome. I hadn’t been aware that Koreans prepared pancakes in a particular manner, but Yummy Bazaar has now educated me! These look awesome! The “pancake” mix actual forms a dough that quickly rises and is then folded around a dollop of sweet peanut, molasses, and cinnamon paste. The pancake has a bit of a different texture than you would expect, as it is made, in part, with tapioca flour. It also is flavored with bean extract — very Korean.
Surasang Korean Herbs with Ginseng for Chicken Stew ($6.95): This is a very cool looking chicken soup seasoning set. The tray contains an array of traditional herbs and seasonings, some of which look like woodchips and sticks! The kit contains glutinous rice, chestnuts, jujube, ginseng, licorice, astragalus root, a chunk of prickly castor oil tree, and acanthopanax sessiliflors (a ginseng-like barky root). The ingredients are to b stuffed in a chicken prior to boiling (preferably in a clay pot). This ultra-traditional soup seasoning contains a plethora of traditional medicinal plants.
Dong Won Anchovies Appetizer ($4.95): Koreans love to eat little fish when drinking, or as a rice topper. These little anchovies are fried crispy and ready to eat. Yum!
Haechandle Medium Hot Gochujang ($6.49): This tub of gochujang is huge! It has over a pound of gochujang in it. The traditional pepper paste is fermented and useful for adding heat and flavor to any sauce or marinade. It also make a great condiment (in moderation — it’s super spicy). We are PSYCHED to get this!
ChoripDong Korean Honey Citron Tea ($5.95): This looks like marmalade, but it is really a tea mix made from citron and honey. It is to be mixed with hot or cold water to make a very traditional drink.
Wang Food Traditional Kimchi ($3.99): Kimchi is the quintessential Korean condiment. Originating as a clever way to preserve the staple cabbage crop, this spicy fermented condiment is served at every dinner, and every Korean’s grandmother makes the best version. Slightly crunchy and tangy, with lots of spice, it goes wonderfully with meat.
Haitai Honey Butter Corn Chips ($4.95): The honey butter flavor adds some sweetness, but the really strong flavor here is sweet corn (think canned creamed corn), a flavor popular throughout East Asia. Crunchy and airy, these are very tasty.
Yummy Bazaar is a fantastic way to get a sense of a country’s cuisine. They do a great job of selecting items that are of cultural significance, or are just so popular among the population that they have to be included. I love that most of the items come in big pantry packs, so I get a lot of tries of every product. Since everything is available in their store, You can always go back for more of your favorites, too. It’s always a fun journey learning about cultures through their food! Also FYI – you can also skip or cancel at any time – and they will accommodate most special diets if you need. They have a $9.95 per month Mini Sampler box too!
The total value was about $63.45, based on YB per item retail pricing, which is a really fantastic value. Have you tried Yümmy Bazaar? What did you think of this month’s box?
The Description: Discover some of the most authentic and delicious foods from around the world, delivered to your doorstep. Each month receive 6-8 full size products from a delicious country (each month is different!)
The Price: $35.95 per month