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I <3 Shrimp Chips. If you're of a non-asian persuasion, it's very likely that you've never before had shrimp chips and may even find the idea sort of grotesque. I'll be the first to admit that the benefits of mixing seafood and potato chips may not immediately be apparent. It's not a combination I would have come up with but I'm more than happy to reap the benefits.

Here's a picture of the bag of chips.

Mmm mmm Calbee.

I've been eating this brand of shrimp chips since I was a kid. I'll admit I don't have them nearly as often now, but that's mostly because I seldom visit chinese grocery stores nowadays. Back when I was a kid, my sisters and I would scoop up a bag or two every time we tagged along with our parents to one. There were other snack food favorites, but shrimp chips were always a must have.

For those of you who have never tasted shrimp chips (and I have to assume that's practically all of you), the flavor is a bit hard to describe. There is definitely a seafood element to the taste and the ingredients actually list shrimp. I have no clue how they might affect a purely western palate but they are little sticks of joy as far as I'm concerned. The only potential downside is they are a bit pricey compared to normal potato chips. I'm sure the cost of importing them drives up the price and in general they cost twice as much as a comparable bag of Lay's or Dorito's. I guess it's too much to hope that someone will open up a giant shrimp chip factory locally and undercut the competition.



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Feb. 3rd, 2009 10:22 am (UTC)
In Malaysia I once stayed at a hotel which had a bowl of free shrimp chips in.....just the smell almost made me throw up.
Feb. 3rd, 2009 11:31 am (UTC)
That's because you're a barbarous gaijin unaccustomed to the more refined and cultured elements of asian gastronomy.
Feb. 3rd, 2009 11:35 am (UTC)
Actually it's cause I'm vegan.
Feb. 3rd, 2009 12:02 pm (UTC)
She's a vegetarian, mary moon, mary moon.

She don't eat meat, but she sure likes da bone!

Edited at 2009-02-03 12:19 pm (UTC)
Feb. 3rd, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC)
NOM NOM. This is white girl checking in to say that she has tried shrimp chips and found them to be delicious.

Thanks for the reminder because I haven't had these in years.

The only purchase that I have not enjoyed (from a Chinese/Korean/Indian market) was dried squid. I guess it was similar to jerky.
Feb. 3rd, 2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
i thought they were a dollar a bag? Those are great.

Wonder what the sodium content is.
Feb. 4th, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
$2 for a 4 oz bag. $4 for a 10 oz one.
Feb. 3rd, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC)
They have shrimp flavoured chips in the UK...well, they call them "prawn cocktail crisps". They also have prawn crackers, which come with their "Chinese food". They have the consistency of styrofoam and when you lick them they shrivel up. The first time I tasted them they were disgusting, but I grew to like them...as long as there was sweet and sour chicken on top of it.
Feb. 4th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
It's not the same thing, though those are pretty common as well. I haven't had those in ages though I hear that they're used in some dishes as a foundation.
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