Our earliest recollection of Oishi was of those pink Kirei prawn crackers. That was a time when local chips, most especially the potato chips, tasted differently from their foreign counterparts. Don’t brand us as colonial-minded but it was just that even blind-folded, we can tell if a potato chip came from a balikbayan box or the sari-sari store. It took awhile before the local chip makers caught up and boy, have they narrowed the gap. At the forefront of this is Oishi, now with a lot of other products apart from the still-growing strong prawn crackers.
For the next generation of chips eaters, Oishi goes a bold step forward with its gourmet series. And the flavors are not the usual variation of its existing lines. Your happyfoodies are just too happy to oblige to a taste testing and see what’s inside every big bag.
Lagal[og] said: I’ve been an Oishi eater ever since their prawn crackers days. But over the recent years, I’ve come to love their newer chips which taste miles apart from the other local chips out there. Whatever Oishi is doing, they’re really doing something very right.
Ironwulf said: One of the things they’ve done right is the price of these Gourmet Picks Chips. A big bag cost only about P45. The packaging is also very elegant that it can be easily mistaken for an imported brand.
Lagal[og] said: Oishi’s coming up with gourmet series came as a pleasant surprise. The Nori and Wasabi Flavor variant was the first one I tasted. Boy, it smelled and tasted like Wasabi alright. I like the chips speckled with bits of horseradish and Nori but I simply couldn’t finish half the big bag.
Ironwulf said: While I also like the Nori and Wasabi variant, the Natural Sea Salt Flavor appealed to me. It has the right amount of saltiness and the rippled chips have that nice crunch in every bite. This is a safe flavor for anyone who wants to try the gourmet chips without being too adventurous on the flavor.
Lagal[og] said: The Kimchi flavor is up to my liking as I dig Korean food. The second I opened the bag, the unmistakable smell of Kimchi wafted through the air. I knew it was going to be an interesting flavor to try and it was.
Ironwulf said: This is a great move for Oishi to introduce this line of chips. One highlight they have is the use of natural flavors that are apprealing to the “healthy” snacker. The label indicates very low sodium content which is good. But chips are still chips so moderation is advised. Better yet, share a bag of chips.