These chips look awesome!

Good morning everyone,

It's slowly getting warmer and warmer. Actually, the next five days will all see warmer than average temperatures-between 16C and 19C. Unfortunately, it's supposed to be overcast tomorrow and then rainy on Sunday. But don't put your winter clothes away quite yet, because by the middle of next week it's going to drop back down to around 10C or so.

Japanese snack maker Calbee has recently released two new potato chip flavors, and it looks like they could add quite a bit of zest to your snack life. The two flavors, tom yum ung and Szechwan-style mapo, both based on popular Asian dishes, certainly sound like they would go extremely well with a cold beer!

Check out the Tom Yum Kung flavor, based on the Thai soup that has become quite popular in Japan in recent years. Calbee supposedly put in considerable effort to get the balance between spicy and sour just right, and also added powdered cilantro to recreate the unique flavor of the soup.

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I love Tom Yung Kung soup-these look great!

The Szechwan-style mapo chips come in the flavor of mapo tofu, a spicy tofu dish that has long been a favorite in Japan (although what we have in Japan is probably not nearly as hot as the original version and it's pronounced differently-Japanese say 'mabo dofu').  In these chips, Calbee has added the flavor of douchi and Chinese pepper to simulate the spicy taste of the dish.

KF 2

The two flavors will be available exclusively at convenience stores across Japan until early April, so you may want to grab a couple of bags if you happen to come across the chips during that time.  After all, these spicy chips should be perfect for early spring get-togethers and flower viewing parties, right?

I'm going to pick up a bag of each as soon as I find them and I'll let you know how they taste.

Have a great day!

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