Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pea Crackers (Wasabi Flavor)- Asian Food Market: Cherry Hill, NJ

Pea Crackers (Wasabi Flavor)- Asian Food Market: Cherry Hill, NJ
I know Easter is quickly approaching, and I should be reviewing the Easter themed candies in my stash, but I was craving something spicy, so it's time to open up this bag of wasabi flavored Pea Crackers!

After reviewing the garlic version, which was really flavorful and intense, I was really looking forward to the wasabi one. I've mentioned this on instragram, but my go-to snack for the past few months has been wasabi flavored seaweed snacks, which are delicious, but they aren't terribly intense. I'm not sure if my wasabi tolerance is building up, or if I'm getting desensitized to spicy foods, but I'm craving something a bit bolder. (Oh no, the seaweed was a gateway food!) Either way, I'm excited to potentially add a stronger wasabi snack to my junk food rotation.

I already discussed the packaging when I reviewed the original (garlic) flavored version, so there's not much to talk about. The color scheme and information obviously reflect the wasabi flavoring, but the design has stayed the same.

Since there's nothing else to talk about, let's open these bad boys up and see if they are as intense as I had hoped.

Unlike the garlic version, which had a pretty intense aroma, this snack had a more subtle scent. (Then again, garlic is very aromatic, so that makes sense.) The initial aroma is very similar to the fried umaibo sticks I have reviewed in the past, but after a few seconds you can detect some spicy horseradish-like notes. I feel like wasabi is more of a taste than an aroma, so hopefully the scent doesn't reflect the intensity of the flavoring.

Once opened, I noticed that the twists are coated in bits of green seasoning, but they aren't the light green color I usually relate to wasabi. To me, these look more like itty bitty flecks of seaweed. (Which I am totally okay with.)

I popped one of the twists into my mouth, and I am very happy to admit that I had to stop myself from instantly eating the whole bag. These are delicious! They aren't as intensely flavored as I had originally hoped, but they are significantly stronger than my go-to seaweed snacks, and the crispy texture is really addicting.

Unlike the garlic version, which seemed like it was flavored throughout the entire snack, the wasabi flavoring seems to be limited to a fine powdery coating. I wouldn't say the wasabi flavoring is as intense as a dollop of the real deal, and it doesn't cause any burning in my sinuses, but it does leave a nice spicy feeling on the sides of my tongue. After the flavoring dissolves the snack has a crispy texture and fried flavoring whihc is pretty nice, but the wasabi is the star of the show.

I love these! I bought these when they were on sale at the Asian Food Market, so they were really affordable, but I hope that doesn't mean that I'll never be able to find them again. (That'd be heart breaking.) If you like wasabi, or horseradish, this is a must-try snacking item.
© Maria Smith
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