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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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