Maiko Han Hii Hii Curry Senbei – Japanese Snack Review
I was born in a tropical Asian island, where I grew up surrounded by food of the international cuisine of various Asian spices. Thus, it is really odd that one such as me has a low tolerance for spicy food. I could never understand the kick people get out of eating spicy food. Certainly they were just masochistic, like how people go to the movies, get scared till they cry, eventually coming out of the movie theatre saying that it was the best movie they have ever seen.
When the four staff of Wonect sat down to try the Maiko-han Hii Hii Curry Senbei, it was a slight dread. I wasn’t ready, I wasn’t in sweat absorbing clothes. Fujikawa-san sat us down to let us know that Maiko-han Hii Hii has extremely delicious food products, but it is also known for its spiciness. Wulan was from Indonesia, so she was more than ready to give the senbei a “taste drive”. The rest of us were not good with spicy food, and approached the senbei cautiously.
First Reviewer – Chong
Even though Chong is from Korea, she wasn’t good at eating spicy food either. She must have gotten used to the gentle tastes of Kyoto’s food. Even so, she took the spiciness really well! She was expecting the spiciness to come instantaneously, but the burn took its time to wash over her mouth and tongue, making it bearable.
Chong was enjoying the senbei slowly, not because of the curry taste. “The senbei itself is delicious. It’s well made!”
Chong’s verdict: “The curry spice is okay, but I really love the senbei. I can eat multiple pieces without the curry taste!”
Second Reviewer – Wulan
Wulan was ready. She was the only one among us who was good at eating spicy food, so she expected to like it already. And that she did! She could taste the goodness in the curry spice, and quickly proceeded to procure her second piece. We were not sure it was joy she was portraying, or she was thinking about buying a pack home to take her time to enjoy it.
Wulan’s verdict: “I want to eat it all!”
Next Reviewer – Ho
By this point, Ho was in an amused mood. The past Japanese snack reviews were already interesting enough. She was prepared to take the plunge into the next snack. Nevertheless, she has brought along a HUGE bottle of water. Seriously, I’ve never seen a lady of small posture to carry around a 2L bottle.
One bite, and she’s saying it’s spicy! Ho was really not used to spicy food, so it was no surprise that her reaction would be different from Wulan’s.
Ho’s Verdict: “It’s too hot! It’s way too hot!”
Final Reviewer – Roger
I was trying to convince myself of the sweetness of the curry spice. How hot can Japanese spice be? Well, this IS the spiciest senbei I know in the world! The first bite, you’ll think that “Hey, I can do this.” Unfortunately, like Chong says, the spice creeps in and slowly starts numbing the tongue. But it is delicious and can be addictive! I’ll prepare a cold drink before starting the second piece though.
Roger’s verdict: “WATER, please!”
The Maiko Han Hii Hii Curry Senbei is without a doubt the spiciest senbei in Japan, and probably the world! Yet, it’s not the kind of numbing spice where you lose the taste of anything you eat. You can still enjoy the crunchy senbei with each bite, with the spice working its spice, the curry pulsing with no hurry, making this a truly worthy snack for anyone who enjoys spicy Japanese snacks!