That’s right ladies and gentleman. You’ve asked for it, and I’m here to deliver. I tend to write in a hurry a lot of the time and don’t always get to put my best taste bud forward. Well today I’m going to recover an old post of mine on Tao Kae Noi.
Lets introduce the contestants shall we?
On my left…your left…we have the reigning champion,flying in all the way from Taiwan, Tao Kae Noi, but this time wasabi flavored! And on my right…your right…we have the challenger, also sprinkled with wasabi powder, a local favorite here in Hong Kong, Four Seas Seaweed!
Tao Kae Noi comes at you with fun packaging an an air pillow like feel. Good for those long MTR rides when you need a nap AND a snack. Four Seas has a respectable no frills packaging merely showcasing their product.
We blow the whistle and the contestants blow their tops and show us what they’ve really got!
Both bags open quite easily with a simple tear top and both offer the option to reseal the bag with zip-lock like efficiency. That is about where the similarities end as the contents come sliding out. I was quite shocked (after only having Tao Kae Noi seaweed snacks before) to find that Four Seas packs their seaweed in individual packs of 3 pieces each. This could be quite convenient if I ever get around to cooking with this stuff as waste could easily be avoided, but let’s be real here. Both of these bags lasted a little under 15 minutes once opened.
Now that the seaweed has been let out of the bag, lets see how they stack up next to one another.
<–Tao Kae Noi / Four Seas Seaweed –>
As you can see, one piece of TKN is quite larger than the offering by Four Seas. Our challenger also seams to be lacking the bubbly texture I recall being so fond of last time I tried these snacks. One must remember though, to make up for its size, Four Seas does offer 3 pieces per pack and there are about as many packs in Four Seas as there are pieces in TKN.
Once the taste test occurred it was all gloves off. I tried TKN first to get a good reminder of why I liked it so much, and it was all still there but this time with a slight kick from the wasabi powder. Four Seas came up next with a few surprises. Four Seas is actually a lot crispier than TKN and packs a punch to the taste buds with seaweed flavor. The downside is that the wasabi flavor was also very strong. So strong in fact that it was borderline offensive.
In summary, both packs of seaweed snacks are quite tasty. I would still put these in the mints/gum category of snacks as I was still hungry soon after consuming both bags of the seaweed snacks. I would like to try this again with the original flavors I think as I’m pretty sure Four Seas would have won if it weren’t for the super intense wasabi flavor. That being said, for a quick snack…our champion remains just that…a champion. For cooking purposes I’m afraid I will have to leave our dear friend TKN in the pantry and pick up a bag of Four Seas Seaweed snacks for their extra seaweed flavor. The individual packaging is great for keeping the left overs fresh for cooking, but it did get in the way a bit for my movie snacking needs.
But don’t take my word for it. Go out, grab your favorite snack and compare it to a similar product. You may find a new reason to Keep on Eatin’.