Review: New Lay’s Do Us a Flavor Wasabi Ginger Kettle Cooked Potato Chips
BWAHAHAHAHAH. GOT YOU, WASABI GINGER. You thought you could escape me??? THINK AGAIN!
Sorry, had to get that out of my system. Hi, Junk Food Nation! Eric, your friendly neighborhood Junk Food Guy comin’ at you live from Baltimore this fine fine morning. Well, I guess it’s not “live” per se. Ugh – my brain is melting. Been watching too much Sportscenter cooped up in this hotel. Can’t wait to go home tonight.
In the meantime, however, I have someone to comfort me. No, not the Junk Food Gal – she’s busy. Nope, I am spending the day hugging my new best friend: New Lay’s Do Us a Flavor Wasabi Ginger Kettle Cooked Potato Chips!
If you’ll remember from yesterday’s post, I found three of the four new Lay’s Do Us a Flavor chips at Walmart. The one missing? The one I was most interested in trying: New Lay’s Do Us a Flavor Wasabi Ginger Kettle Cooked Potato Chips. Undaunted, I ventured out today and sniffed this flavor out. And now I am the proud owner of this green bag. *SWOON*
Look, I’ll admit that I’m biased when it comes to wanting these New Lay’s Do Us a Flavor Wasabi Ginger Kettle Cooked Potato Chips. Yes, I am Asian and I do think that since I grew up loving these flavors that it skews my objectivity when it comes to these chips. But let me say this: I KNOW I’m not the ONLY person in the world who loves wasabi and soy sauce and ginger. I once saw one of my white friends dump soy sauce all over plain white rice and scarf it down. WTF. That’s like me having a salt sandwich. But whatever – he LOVED it, so I’m convinced non-Asians will love these chips. I hope.
C’mon, what’s in these New Lay’s Do Us a Flavor Wasabi Ginger Kettle Cooked Potato Chips that you DON’T like? Brown sugar, soy sauce, onion and garlic powder, horseradish, Medium Chain Triglycerides….YUMMY YUMMY.
I opened this bag of New Lay’s Do Us a Flavor Wasabi Ginger Kettle Cooked Potato Chips and took a big whiff, and I sh*t you not: THESE SMELLED LIKE EGG ROLLS. The smell of the oil, the slight soy smell, the general savory aroma – it TOTALLY reminded me of eggs rolls or fried spring rolls. AND I LOVE THOSE. I need these in my mouth, NOW.
The first taste I got when I popped a bunch of these New Lay’s Do Us a Flavor Wasabi Ginger Kettle Cooked Potato Chips into my mouth was ONION. Like, how a regular sour cream and onion chip tastes. Easily accessible flavor for most people…as I chewed, the onion flavor definitely released a horseradish wasabi flavor and a soy flavor emerged too. It wasn’t completely bold – my eyes didn’t water like when I normally eat wasabi…but the flavor profile IMO was clear – wasabi and soy. The ginger? Well, I didn’t really get it until the back end of the chew…there was a bit of tangy spice on the edges of my tongue that felt distinctly ginger-like. Very mild, however.
This flavor, plus the perfect kettle chip, came together perfectly. With Asian flavors becoming more and more popular, I think the people will enjoy, and they’d be my vote, even though I am confident it will not win. If you liked the Wasabi Soy Triscuit Thin Crisps, you will enjoy these.
They’re not the boldest flavor, and I basically described a sour cream & onion chip dipped in soy sauce with wasabi… but I think these definitely had that great umami note I was seeking. WIN.
PURCHASED AT: Shoppers
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