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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 31 January, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 31 January, 2010, 12:00am

We can't resist anything that includes toffee and these Duchy Originals organic toffee biscuits dipped in milk chocolate are no exception. The grains in these biscuits are grown on the Prince of Wales' farm, in south western England. They would have been even better dipped in dark chocolate but they make a fine accompaniment to a cup of tea. A 125-gram box (seven biscuits) is HK$52 from ThreeSixty (The Landmark, Central tel: 2111 4480; Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, tel: 2196 8066).

We were sceptical when we saw this HK$26 pack of instant noodles at City'super (Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 2506 2888) - our usual brands cost between HK$3 and HK$9 per pack. Could Marutai Kagoshima ramen with black pork bone soup be that good? In a word, yes. Each pack contains two bundles of noodles and two each of the soup base, seasoning, fried shallots and lard (there is also a version with sesame oil). The noodles are long and straight and the soup is rich and balanced. Of course, the monosodium glutamate made us thirsty but almost all instant noodles are made with flavour enhancers.

Apple chips seem like a healthy alternative to potato chips but seeing the label of these Seneca apple chips makes us wonder. The pack weighs 71 grams and the suggested serving size is a tiny 28 grams. Each serving contains 140 calories and 3 per cent of the recommended daily intake of saturated fat. This wouldn't bother us if they tasted good but upon opening, we smelled old oil and the musty scent spoiled the flavour. The chips sell for HK$28.40 a pack at Great in Pacific Place, Admiralty (tel: 2918 9986).