We met a couple of months ago. We got to know each other. I thoroughly enjoyed his presence. But somewhere along the way, I forgot about him. How could I? When these Shiroi Koibito cookies are blow-your-mind awesome?
Translating to White Lover in English, Shiroi Koibito is a type of cookie sandwich. A creamy white chocolate filling sits amidst two delicate wisps of “langue de chat” aka cat’s tongue cookies or lengua de gato. Instead of the usual cat’s tongue shape it comes in, Shiroi Koibito’s cookies come in little squares of perfection.
What’s so special about it? I wondered as well. A friend told me that it was as prized a treat as Royce’ Nama (before we got it locally), though it’s more difficult to purchase as one had to search for it in Hokkaido. Shiroi Koibito was originally created in 1976 by the Ishiya Seika company as a local treat. I was lucky enough to chance upon a box at Choto Stop, thanks to a tip from my friend Y.
Curiously, I took a bite. The delicate buttery cookie easily gave way; a chilly bite with creamy white chocolate in the middle. A very light, burnt taste tempered the sweetness of the chocolate, at the same time adding a different dimension to the flavor with the contrast it offered. It’s one of the things I can keep on eating because of the delightful interplay of flavors—even if I normally avoid white chocolate like the plague.
Shiroi Koibito is not cheap. I paid around 600 (USD13.55) pesos for my box. It’s quite expensive compared to other biscuit brands–both local and imported–that you can find here. But each bite is wonderful and now that I think about it, craving madly, is worth every peso I paid.
Next time you spot a box during your travels, be sure to grab a box. Or if you spot it locally, grab a box THEN give me a heads-up so I can buy some too. This delicious cookie spells love at first bite.