As always my husband is helping me with my posts, but today he got a special place to pick and recommend you some of his favourite snacks. Why him not me? I have a sweet tooth and I can eat anything covered in chocolate so I’m not really picky, but he deep inside him is ‘very Chinese’. It’s nothing racist, he just enjoys Asian snacks much more than a Western one. I can bet with you than non if you would be able to convince him to eat a chocolate cake.
Of course you can give him Good Good Eat crackers or some seaweed but it won’t make him as happy as his childhood tastes. Screw almond croissants and petit fours – brace yourself, Chinese snacks are coming!
鳳爪 – chicken feet
Why eat chicken feet only on dim sum when you can eat them… all the time? Well, don’t ask me, but I must say I was quite surprisedto know that they sell a packed chicken feet. Come in sour and spicy versions, already covered in sauce.
Sing: I love the texture, they are not gummy but bouncy. You have a choice of sour and spicy version, I personally prefer the spicy one. I enjoy holding them, holding bones with meat, just like people eat KFC chicken. Perfect snack for evening playing cards with friends.
Maybe KFC in China/Hong Kong should think of putting chicken feet into their menu. No need to thank KFC, just share profits from our great idea.
魷魚絲 – dry squid
I can say that’s probably the only ‘weird snack’ I love as well. My husband’s whole family loves it. Even our cat loves it. I think you might love it as well. First dry squid I tried was the one bought on sale in Hong Kong’s Aji Ichiban and I fell in love from the first bite. You can buy shredded squid in any Asian mall – Chinese, Korean, Japanese, everyone loves it.
Sing: Depends on what seasoning you use it can be salty or sweet, sweet and salty. Goes great with beer or Soju. It got popular in Hong Kong in the 70’s and I remember eating it in the evening with my parents and sister while watching TV. Very good memory with a very good taste.
番薯乾 – dry sweet potato
Honestly by adding ‘sweet’ to dry potato doesn’t convince me to eating it. I tried a sweet potato soup made by our landlord’s wife which prove me I was wrong, but eating it as a snack? In China sweet potatoes, typically of the yellow variety, are baked in a large iron drum, and sold as street food during winter. But also you can buy a packed, dry ones.
Sing: They go really good with a tea. You can drink soda or beer with them, but since they are so sweet I like to drink a bitter tea to balance the sweet taste and treat it like some kind of cake. The only problems with them is sometimes they can be a real jaw breaker, very hard to chew.
話梅 – dry sour plum
Huamei is a name for Chinese plums pickled in sugar, salt, and herbs. There are two general varieties: a dried variety, and a wet (pickled) variety. If you take a look on the texture more dried skin more sour the plum is, if the skin is moisty you can be pretty sure plums you buy are more sweet. I ate them only once, we got them on a stand in Dragon Centre (西九龍中心) in Sham Shui Po – I liked them but they weren’t as sour as I imagined. Try chewing gum called Center Shock – THAT is sour and anyone in Poland can confirm that I’m telling you the truth.
Sing: I really find them extremely sour and I just love it. Besides that if the seeds are not drilled you can hold them in your mouth and the taste will stay with you for next few hours. And did you know that it’s very popular among pregnant ladies and traveling people? It helps you to cure nausea so if you have morning sickness or don’t really feel well on the trips have a pack of plums in your purse.
魚皮花生 – fish skin peanuts
I never really had a chance to try them but the first thing on my mind when I saw were Lorenz’s NicNac’s – crunchy snack fun and full-on peanut power in a handy snack pack! They were delicious, especially the barbecue one so I can be pretty sure this one might suit my taste. Even my mother-in-law got tricked while visiting Poland that NicNac’s and fish skin peanuts are the same thing!
Sing: It has all that snack needs – it’s crispy and crunchy, almost like a peanut chips. Also it has a shell and it makes me have more interaction with food. Laugh or no but anyone I know belive that having an interaction with your food makes it more tasty, that’s why we enjoy eating meat from the bones, breaking peanut’s shell, take a whole bite of fish and spit the bones out.
Well, that says a lot why I used to throw my mom’s food everywhere in the house, including sticking a sausage into a VHS recorder. Sorry, mom.
Have you ever tried any of them? What’s your favourite snack? Share your experience!