I first came across the British potato chip brand Walkers at Butcher Block, the Irish grocer in Woodside. Actually to be more precise Walkers makes crisps as they are called in the U.K., in such flavors as roast chicken and prawn cocktail. So when I spotted the stylish black bag of Walkers Sensations Thai Sweet Chilli Crisps at Bedford Cheese Shop I immediately forked over $1.75 and took the Southeast Asian flavored potato chips back to Queens for a Taste Drive.
As you can see the chips are indeed coated with chili and other herbs as promised, but there’s little to distinguish them as Thai. They do have a nice heat and pleasing crunchiness, but there’s no flavor of fish sauce or lemongrass to be found. When it comes to Thai style potato chips, I’ll stick to those actually from Thailand, like Lay’s nomtastic Hot Chili Squid. I am however quite curious about some of the other items in the Walkers Sensations line, especially the Chinese Szechuan Pepper Coated Peanuts. By the way, what’s your favorite ethnic junk food? Let me know in the comments or hit me on Twitter, @JoeDiStefano.
Chicharon ni Mang Juan! It’s faux fried pork rinds made with potato starch. So wrong yet so right.