I can be very forgiving when it comes to snackfood - well look at all the flavour enhancers I end up eating! But how could I resist such attractive packaging?
These were perched at the top of the rack containing the usual array of garlic seasoned pumpkin seeds, BBQ prawn crackers, etc. They didn't even deserve their own hook. I should have heeded the warning!
There was hardly any english on the pack and I could only wonder having been pleasantly surprised by the authenticity of black truffles in a potato chip at what delights awaited me!
The pack looked mouth wateringly good, very colourful and had some varieties of sushi that I had never seen in the fresh variety!
I fully expected the contents to be crispy - and I was excited to see if the variety I saw on the pack would be repeated with the contents.
How would they replicate the taste of tofu or roe, egg or pickle?
I pictured these as little sweet Cheesel-shaped rounds dipped with icing, hopefully with the different colours as represented on the pack.
Here is what came out of the sushi pack:
Here is what came out of the donut pack:
Okay, so it didn't come out looking like I expected. Did it meet my taste expectations?
Looking at the beautifully illustrated pieces, I really wanted something savoury, maybe a little fishy out of the sushi pack. Nope. Aside from a strong smell of seaweed and the shape being entirely wrong, the "sushi" to my tastebuds was way too sweet. The texture was like those Dutch crispbreads that you can find in any supermarket, a pillow of air that doesn't satisfy no matter how many you eat. The flavour from piece to piece wasn't completely consistent although it wasn't different enough to make me think this was an attempt at getting the variety implicated on the packaging.
The doughnuts were powdery on the tongue, they were inexpicably less sweet than the sushi and they were more solid to the bite, a bit like a sweet Twistie (hmm like the Pineapple Twisties without the pineapple!). Each one is approximately 2cm across (including the hole) and while I admit that I ate more of these than I would have had they been dipped in the anticipated icing, it's the principle!
If you come across these Taiwanese made snacks in a supermarket near you, at least you've been warned! Happy snacking! ; )