I couldn’t resist the temptation of opening the bags so I went ahead and opened one. The unmistakable smell of sour cream and onion chips wafted into the air inviting me to dig in. The flavor was very sour cream & onion-y. The mouth feel was spot-on crunchy. Not that I would mistake it for potato chips (the slightly thicker slices and wee bit starchy) but it’s close. The chips are from California Crunch and these are cassava chips. But it ain’t the same ole kamote chips we are accustomed to.
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.