6 March 2013

Hot and Spicy Potato Crisps (Pinoy Foods) [By @SpectreUK]

Calbee, from Hong Kong, produced these Hot and Spicy Potato Crisps, which were bright red in colour. The 55g bag contained 300 calories, with 20g of fat and 1.2g of sugar. Ingredients included; potato, vegetable oil, spices, soy sauce powder, and a few too many E Numbers to mention. Although E Numbers are often natural ingredients, so it would have better to list these, as E Numbers listed instead on products often freak people out a little (me included). These potato crisps were made in a factory that also handled crustacean, fish, peanut, milk and nuts (so sounds a pretty busy place). There was a cute potato character on the front of the packet, probably warning you that these crisps were as red as they were hot and spicy. That potato character, we’ll call him Mr Potato, oh no, that sounds too much like Mr. Potatohead, okay Mr. Crispy instead (though I’m sure that’s been used somewhere too), would be right about the hot and spicy nature of these crisps. They had a very spicy paprika taste, though I don’t know whether it was my imagination, but it didn’t taste exactly like paprika (one of the many E Numbers?) and a sort of chilli (another E Number?) burn that made my nose sweat a little whilst I merrily dunked these fire red crisps into a sour chives dip. There was also a pleasant tingle on my tongue with a mixture of chilli, paprika and sour chives dip as an aftertaste. Whilst I’m not sure I’d go out of my way to buy these crisps again, as they didn’t exactly taste like paprika and chilli (E Number meltdown?), I did rather enjoy them whilst they lasted.
By Spectre

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