So we are traveling to Kenya ( yyaaayyy !!! ) and one of the most important things on our To-Do List was taking the Yellow Fever Vaccine.
We had about three months to take it, but what’s the fun of travel without a little panic? We woke up NOW with barely
a month left to travel and it was absolute pandemonium.
Our recent search history looked like we were doing a research paper on Yellow fever vaccines in Mumbai and when it was D-Day we were busy trying to locate our ‘very safely’ kept passports. In all this hustle and bustle to ensure we reach there early to beat the crowd, breakfast seems mentally and physically impossible to make. But we had to eat something, that’s what we were told! And just as we began walking towards the kitchen, we saw a Tupperware container shining bright… the answer to our breakfast woes! In the Tupperware container were the UNIBIC Biscuits we were clicking to post a review of. Since we hadn’t tasted them yet, we took our chances and rushed out of the house to reach the Yellow Fever Hospital.
We reached at around 8.00 am and were about 25th in line to enter. Despite the actual call time being 10.30 am, people were rushing to stand in-line. Our search to find a chai wala was futile and then thirst was overpowered with growing hunger pangs.
Without batting an eyelid, we knew it was time for a UNIBIC.
We checked the packets to understand which flavor we wanted to tackle first and we could see our craving for an Elachi Wali Kadak Chai being satiated by their Ragi Cookies. UNIBIC Ragi Cookies, along with the nutrition of Ragi, melts in your mouth thanks to the goodness of pure ghee. The melted cookies leave behind a delicious spicy, citrusy, minty flavor of cardamom on your tongue that immediately takes your taste buds to that pyaari Elachi chai ki pyaali. Along with cardamom, the biscuits also have a nuttiness owing to a pinchful of almonds in the mix.
By the time we slowly finished all our Ragi cookies, it was 9. The hospital help had now reported to work and relieved us from the hot pavement. We were asked to stand in line in the compound near the shade of the hospital with The Lalit right in sight.
Another hour passed, and it was time to go in! We were all seated in the waiting room… pin drop silence around… so quiet that we were worried we are breathing loudly! Just then… *gurgle gurgle gurgle* went our tummy. How does one eat in the room full of ( assumingly ) hungry people? We took our Vaccination number and excused ourselves to use the washroom.
We walked out of the waiting room and sat on the staircase to wonder what we should try next.
Since we skipped breakfast, we decided to zero in on the flavor closest to it – 40% Oat cookies. Quite obvious from the name, 40% of the biscuit is oats. Consistency? They are crumbly with a side of chewy. The biscuit contains syrup, honey, milk solids, butter and more ( you can check the rest of the ingredients listed on their packet). Despite having quite a lot of sweet ingredients, the biscuits have a very mild, pleasant sweetness, kind of like that little pinch of sugar we add to our bowl of serial just for the essence. In our opinion, a perfect breakfast munch with a glass of milk !
After quickly stuffing our faces with the 40% oats cookies, we rushed back into the waiting room right in time for our shots ! Our hearts were racing as we entered the room and well… we took our injection like a BOSS!
But our ordeal wasn’t over yet, we still had to wait for about half an hour to be observed and then collect our Yellow Vaccination Card, imperative to our Kenya trip. We couldn’t wait to dig into our Tupperware container to grab the last flavor…
but the watchful eye of the staff kept our hands folded throughout.
“20 to 30, Card collect karo” … our signal to break free & rejoice. It was past one in the afternoon and time for a well-deserved lunch but… it was a long ride back home. Lucky for us we still had one more UNIBIC variant to munch one – the WOW cookies.
The moment we saw wow biscuits, we immediately thought… shortbread, but that was just the appearance. The Wow biscuits are gluten free keeping in mind those who cannot consume gluten but would still love to munch on good biscuits. The biscuits had a lovely brown outline with soft off-white /
cream-ish tones moving towards the center. The biscuit was crumbly and definitely pulled us through till lunch.
Overall we did have quite a hectic day and have to thank UNIBIC for getting us through the exhausting morning.
The variants we tried ( mentioned above ) were from UNIBIC’s MyHealthy range that promotes health and taste… basically guilt-free indulgence. These biscuits will soon be available in the market priced at a range of just Rs.30 – Rs 50 ! After the day we have had,
we are certainly stocking up on UNIBIC’s for another rainy day.