I need your help in determining what the heck I ate. This is my first review of a snack from China, and unlike snacks from Japan I try, this had NO English on the package. When I bought them for $2.95, my friend did a quick scan with a photo translator on his iPhone and it returned “corn puff.” Okay, that’s a start. I won’t be tearing open the bag and have a bunch of fish heads staring back at me. (Note: This was purchased at the The Yong Feng Shangdian Department Store at the China Pavilion in Epcot.)
Here’s a look at the back. Click for larger photos on the front and the back. The website on the package is useless. It’s for an email host called hiBox.
Here’s my only clue to a flavor. 5 spice, perhaps? It’s some sort of powdered seasoning.
I opened the bag and got a strong scent of fish. Bonito, perhaps? Once I got past the smell, they looked just like tater tots. If only they tasted that way! It sure as heck wasn’t 5 spice…
These had the exact texture as cheese puffs, but cheese puffs these were not. They had a fishy flavor, almost like some of the Japanese shrimp chips, but didn’t have the sweetness. I like shrimp chips, but these were a bit strong and off-putting.
Maybe I’ll give them another try tonight. I doubt my tastebuds have changed, but I don’t see myself finishing the bag.
If you have any idea what these are, let me know in the comments!