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Fancy Snacks

Sometime in your life you’re going to think it’s a good idea to invite a few of your closest friends over to your place for drinks.  You’re not wrong!  When I have friends over I typically create some of the happiest memories of my life.  You just need to go about this with some tact so your cupboards aren’t left bare when the affects of the alcohol takes effect on your friend’s stomachs.  I suggest a preemptive strike by supplying snacks if you’re not going all out with dinner.

Now, my friends know that I’m fairly capable in the kitchen so their expectations are relatively high.  Here is a simple favorite that wont clash with most beverages you may be consuming (pairs best with white wine and bubbly).

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This is literately a slap it together kind of appetizer, snack, or hors d’oeuvres which you may have all the ingredients you need (besides the fish eggs) on hand already.  I took Chicken in a Biscuit, topped it with garlic cream cheese mixed with some chives, and topped it with lump fish roe.  I know lump fish roe may not be readily available at your local grocer so instead you could top it with crispy bacon bits or smoked salmon.

Serve these up at your next cocktail party and I’m pretty sure you’ll be asked more than once, “When is the next time we’re all getting together?”.

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2013 in food, Snacks

 

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Amy’s Snacks – Cheese Pizza

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When the word “organic” appears on a frozen junk food item I instantly become skeptical.  It seems to me that the powers that be would like to decimate the term organic so they can continue pumping chemicals onto our foods and creating a bigger profit for themselves.

This is not me campaigning for the organic food movement…although I would like less chemicals being sprayed on my food…but simply over stating that healthy almost never equals tasty in the frozen food section.

And then you have Amy’s.

Now…I’ll admit.  They have a long way to go before I stop buying Totino’s Pizza Rolls, but as Totino’s doesn’t wish to sell my favorite microwave snack to me in Hong Kong I may have found myself a fair substitute.

I was scared to go the Pizza Rolls way and just toss them in the microwave due to the above reason’s so I took the box’s directions to heart and put them into a 350 degree oven for 12-14 minutes.  Am I the only one that goes straight for the middle every time there is a variance on the length of suggested cooking time?  That’s right.  13 minutes in the oven.

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Although their crusts could do with a bit more crispyness, and the filling could use a dash of salt, I’m going to call these a winner in my book (temporarily until I can put some in the nuke-box) as a simply snack for a rainy day.

On a side note…I have been notified that today is my 5th anniversary of blogging.  We’ve had our ups and downs (in views) but I’ve got a good feeling this year we’re going to be running on top!

Keep on Eatin’!

 
 

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Seaweed.Snack.Showdown

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’.

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2011 in food, Product Review, Snacks

 

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Tao Kae Noi

Tao Kae NoiI’m not even going to pretend that I speak Japanese or know what “Tao Kae Noi” actually means.  But after having these crispy seaweed snacks, I’m going to say it really just means tasty seaweed.  Personally I love seaweed.  Then again, I don’t often run into foods I’m not fond of.

These seaweed snacks were quite tasty.  The good and bad thing about this snack is that it is just seaweed, oil, salt, and pepper.  Its good because you don’t lose the natural flavor of the ocean do to excessive flavorings.  Its bad because, although this was a decent sized bag, and I couldn’t stop after I had the first one, I was still starving by the time I got home.  I’m not sure if we can even classify seaweed with the snacks, its more like gum or mints where you just eat it for the flavor.  I just don’t suggest replacing the gum or mints with seaweed unless your date enjoys the smell of stale ocean on your breath.

I think next time I’ll try adding it into a sandwich or with steamed rice could be good too.

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2009 in food, Product Review, Snacks

 

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