To say that I'm not a potato kind of guy is an understatement. I am pretty Westernized in most parts, compare to a lot of my Asian friends who were born outside of North America, but when it comes to my diet, I can not be more Chinese. I enjoy the occasional steak and hot-dog, but if I haven't had rice for a few days, I can physically feel that my body is missing something. In Chinese, we call this missing "rice-chi" (飯氣), basically means lacking the energy of rice. What worse is nothing can replace this craving, I have to have actual rice! In Chinese we have a slang called "rice bucket" (飯桶), referring to people who are idiots. As I'm a literally a human "rice bucket" with the way I consume rice, I often get called that.
When we talk about non-Asian food, I am pretty much not a fan of potato and bread, which, funny enough, are the stable carbs in the Western diet, just like rice for Asians. Pasta is okay though, but similar to potatoe and bread, I can only eat so much before I find it way too stuffy and unhealthily filling. This extend to almost all potato and bread-based food like chips, fries and biscuits, with two exceptions: McDonald's fries Calbee potato chips.
Like many kids with similar background as I do, going to McDonald's was a huge treat when we were growing up. And despite many American Chinese restaurants has deep fried items on their menu, traditional Chinese food hardly have anything that is deep fried, so having McDonald's fries were exotic enough for me as a kid, that even till now knowing they soaked their fries in tons of sugar and vinegar, I still like them a lot. Calbee chips, on the other hand, I had quite a bit while growing up.
In Japan, Calbee is one of the biggest snack manufacturers. Their shrimp cracker sticks (kappa ebissen) were what made them well-known. In their selection of snacks, my favourite has always been their chips, in particular their BBQ flavour chips. As I recall, it might have been the first chips I've ever had. Compare to regular chips in North America, it has a slightly stronger flavour yet way less salt, so you can taste the chips better. They call it BBQ but to be honest, it taste more like roasted or baked. Nevertheless, like my stable diet, rice, whenever I have craving for chips, I just want these Calbee chips as they are pretty awesome.
Up until very recently, I thought this is their standard flavour, as when they introduced Calbee in the 70's Hong Kong, that's the only flavour they offered. However, I found out this flavour only exist in Hong Kong and Sigapore market! (On their website, they listed a flavour called "Sapporo Barbecue Flavor" that was introduced in 1974. I've never tried it, but maybe that was the origin of the BBQ flavour known today.) Apparently, they have different type of flavours for different market; that is why when I tried to locate them in Austin, Texas, I can only find all other exotic flavours like Seaweed and Salt but not my favourite BBQ kind!
Anyway, on a night I'm slightly bummed out that my right knee is a little sore from training too hard, these Calbee chips with a can of Pepsi is making my life pretty darn good.
#37/365 – Calbee