On the shelf
I'm not sure what the appeal is of the 'super long' noodles in this Itsuki brand of instant ramen. I did a double take when I saw the price - HK$69, but when you realise that each pack serves three, it doesn't seem as expensive. Instant noodles are pure comfort food for many of us, and the Japanese brands tend to do them the best. This one, with a Kagoshima pork bone base, is sold at City'super (Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 2506 2888).
I won't be buying these Rutherford & Meyer Waferbites again (HK$37 for 120 grams from Oliver's, Prince's Building, Central, tel: 2810 7710). They taste a little too healthy - and despite being flavoured with roasted garlic and sour cream, they bear an unpleasant resemblance to the thin, white wafers the priest gives out at communion (I was raised Catholic). They're described on the packet as being 'unbelievably unnaughty' - and they taste it.
I was thrilled to find Ski Queen gjetost cheese in City'super. It's not a cheese in the traditional sense, in that the milk isn't coagulated then drained; instead, it's made by cooking milk products (this brand uses whey, goat's milk and cream) until it reduces to a thick, dense, rich and sliceable block. It's a product of Norway, where it's typically cut it into very thin slices and served on bread. It's HK$64.50 for 250 grams.