Calbee Coriander Potato Chips Review
The office didn’t know how to react to the new coriander-flavoured potato chips from Calbee. It’s not the first time we’ve had a vegetable flavoured snack. Nori (seasweed) and matcha flavours have found their place in the snack world, and even the wasabi has been perfected its taste without turning anyone off. Then comes along Calbee Coriander Potato Chips to test our tongues and imagination.
But why coriander? Isn’t coriander an acquired taste, that you either like it or didn’t? Mr Mizuguchi informs me that coriander’s popularity has been trending in Japan, that is probably what spurred Calbee to recreate the taste in its line of potatoes.
Tasting Begins – Roger
I got to open the bag of chips, expecting to catch a strong whiff of coriander! Instead, it was actually underwhelming, with the scent being very gentle. My expectations were flipped 180 degrees. So far so good, let’s go for the taste!
I was at a loss of words. Because there were no words to give! At first impression, it tasted like a normal potato chips that has been salted. The coriander flavour came only in the aftertaste, but it was so faint that I would not notice it till maybe half the bag was gone.
I never liked coriander, because I think that the strong flavours destroys other tastes in dishes. I wouldn’t consider this test to have challenged my preference against coriander.
Roger’s Verdict: One thumb up.
“Good for anyone who likes salted potato chips. Because it is.”
Second Taster – Wulan
Wulan is not a person who enjoys potato chips because it is too heavy for a snack. Yet, ever since she arrived in Japan, she has made it a quest to try every flavour, #becausejapan. Her favourite flavour (sour cream) is no longer selling, and she’s not expecting much from the Calbee Coriander potato chips.
Her first bite was suspicious… until she enthusiastically took another piece to eat! It was to her liking. Her comments were similar, that the coriander taste seems absent, but the scent is most certainly there. “If I had to say, it tastes closer to lemon grass.”
Wulan’s verdict: One thumb up.
Third Taster – Ho
Ho is different from Wulan, in that she had eaten a lot of potato chips in Taiwan, but hasn’t touched it much when she came to Japan. The reason behind this is because the flavours in Japan are thinner than the flavours available in Taiwan. In fact, Ho expects that the flavour of the coriander in the potato chips to be different from the coriander flavour used in dishes.
Ho gave a very troubled look on her first bite. It wasn’t the taste that bothered her, but she couldn’t figure out what taste it was at all (she had to inspect the packaging again just to make sure). “Isn’t the taste totally different?!”
“The taste is so thin, I can’t even describe what it taste like,” she continued. “It’s just normal potato chips!”
Ho’s verdict: No thumbs up, no thumbs down.
“The taste is too thin, I wouldn’t want to eat it.”
So it’s not going taste exactly like coriander. However, looking back at the our reactions, it’s really not bad tasting. This means that it is not going to be a mistake trying this snack as a step into the world of tasting weird things. But we did get a surprise when Wulan said she preferred the Umeboshi than the Calbee Coriander Potato Chips!!
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