BIJOU-REVIEW: Doritos – Butter Soy Sauce (Japan)

Rating: ©©©-3/4 chips  (notable)

Doritos - Butter Soy SauceAs we taste, and review, more and more of these chips from Japan, we are beginning to wonder – more and more – if we actually have been told the correct flavor translation?!

Plain and simple, we do not know Japanese, and we are taking the eBay seller’s word for the translation of these chips.

Case in point, take a close look at the Doritos bag to the left.  The small oval picture seems to contain some grilled corn on the cob, with a pad of butter drizzled in what actually looks like caramel to us.  But, according to our eBay seller Market Tokyo this flavor is actually Butter Soy Sauce?!

So, that’s what we had to go with….

Is butter and soy sauce a common or authentic combination in Japan?  We’re not really sure about that, but it must be a delicious combination nonetheless when the New York Times dedicates an entire article to it.

As for these Doritos, well, they are pretty darn tasty.  Certainly a unique chip flavor combination that we have never tried before.

The chips sort of taste like buttered popcorn to us.  Very salty buttered popcorn.

Frankly, we expected a lot more prominent soy flavors, but really all we taste is salt and butter, combined with Doritos corn tortilla chips.

Well, there you have it.  Anyone else out there tried them yet?  Thoughts?  As always we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree.  Let us know.

Chips purchased from market_tokyo on ebay.

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REVIEW: Chef’s Shoppe – Wasabi & Soy Popcorn

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Chef Shoppe - Wasabi SoyWhat do we have here?  Yep, that’s right, another unique, startling and lip-smacking flavor from everyone’s favorite Warrenville Popcorn Store – Chef’s Shoppe!  In case you are unfamiliar with this great specialty cooking and food store (which would mean you haven’t read our reviews for their other fantastic flavors – Sriracha-Cheese and Spicy Beer Cheese – shame on you!), this shop also makes some of the best popcorn around!!  Edwardsville is the third oldest city in the state of Illinois.  And although technically a city in southwestern Illinois, Edwardsville is considered a part of the greater metro area of St. Louis.  So, we’re not sure if Edwardsville citizens cheer for the Blackhawks or the Blues, but we’re guessing that regardless of sports team loyalty, all Edwardsville-ians love themselves some Chef’s Shoppe popcorn!

So, how did this gourmet kitchen store get into the popcorn game?  According to the Chef Shoppe legend, and we have no reason to question it:

In May 2012 the Chef’s Shoppe expanded again, taking over the 2,500 square foot space adjacent to the existing business and adding popcorn.  But they didn’t start small – offering over 70 flavors of popcorn every day, the Chef’s Shoppe entered the popcorn scene in a big way. Scott, having officially retired after 32 years with AT&T the year before, is the head “popologist”.  With the help of his merry band of popping and coating specialists they turn out hundreds of gallons of popcorn every week.  ALL are made fresh in house – ALL are available to taste before you buy – ALL are so delicious that picking just one is nearly impossible.

Right from the get go, a potent blast of wasabi sets the flavor tone for this lip-smacking popcorn.  That undeniable wasabi burn clears the nasal passageway, and then lingers there for a while.  Not really sure if we can actually pinpoint any soy in the mix, but then again it is sort of tough with the barrage of wasabi slapping taste buds around!  The real kicker, or curve ball, in this flavor combination is the inclusion of white cheddar cheese. This cheese powder adds a dynamic facet to the flavor that is really unlike anything we have tasted before.  It sort of smooths out, or mellows, the wasabi just a little bit, but still allows the green root to do its intended job.

Not sure if we have brought this up before, but we love the Chef’s Shoppe technique for applying seasoning. Somehow they are able to cake the popcorn kernels with an almost wet slathering of seasoning that delivers this richness to the popcorn that our mouths enjoy very much!

In the end it is probably fair to say that we appreciate this flavor more than we actually loved eating it. It is certainly not a flavor of popcorn that we would want to sit down and enjoy a big bowl, or even a bag of.  This wasabi & soy is meant to be sampled, and maybe grazed upon in passing, but not eaten by the handful.  Either way, count us impressed by Chef’s Shoppe once again!

As always, these are our thoughts. Agree or disagree, make sure to let us know.

Popcorn provided to Chip Review by J & V for review

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REVIEW: Pringles – Exclusive Flavor Wasabi & Soy Sauce

Rating: ©©©©-1/4 chips  (lip-smacking)

Pringles - Wasabi & Soy SaucePringles All New Wasabi & Soy Sauce crisps are a Walmart exclusive flavor!  That’s right, if you want to enjoy these tasty potato crisps you are going to have to either visit the goliath department store, or find someone to do your Wally World shopping for you!  In the name of chip reviewing, and being the professionals that we are, we packed our bags and traveled out to the Chicago suburbs in search of the new Japanese inspired Pringles.  Luckily for us, we spotted them at the first Walmart we visited, and popped the canister open even before reaching the registers!

As we sat down and began writing this review we got to thinking “when was our last review of a new flavor of Pringles?”  Turns out that it has been nearly 3 months since we reviewed any new Pringles!  THREE MONTHS!  While three months may not seem like that long of time to many of you, let us just tell you that in Pringles’ months we’re talking about a very long time between new reviews!!

We are very, very happy to report that Pringles Wasabi & Soy Sauce crisps are really, really SPOT ON!!  Seriously, we’ve tried quite a few different Wasabi flavored chips, and these taste as much like wasabi as anything we have tried.  We have not tasted very many Soy flavored chips, but we have of course splashed the salty gluten-ful condiment on many a grain of rice, and these crisps taste like they have been splashed as well!

As soon as we popped the top off of the canister, very prominent aromatic notes of soy sauce permeated the air even before we could poke our nose in for a whiff.  The lightly green dusted potato crisps deliver a wallop of dependable wasabi nasal heat that invades the entire mouth and nasal cavities.  Luckily, the punch dies off quickly, and allows our taste buds to mingle with the deliciously salty and unmistakeable flavor notes of soy sauce.  With each potato crisp we crunched, Pringles transported us to our local sushi joint where we often grace our favorite maki rolls with a little dab of green wasabi paste, and a quick dip into the small soy sauce cup.  A delicious combination, and Pringles has NAILED the flavor!  Bravo!!

Despite Pringles accurate flavor execution, the other half of this equation is whether or not these flavors work with Pringles potato crisps?  And, for the most part they do.  We would probably appreciate a thicker chip, with a bit more of its own flavor to combat the strong wasabi and soy flavors, but the Pringles potato crisps work adequately as a delivery canvas to showcase these flavors.

We really like these bold, lip-smacking new crisps from Pringles.

As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree, let us know.

Discovered at Walmart; Countryside, Illinois

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Chip Review of the day…..

Cabo Chips – All Natural Gourmet White Corn Tortilla Chips

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Cabo Chips - Tortilla Chips

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A couple of months ago we reviewed Cabo Chip’s Blue Corn Tortilla Chips, and while we thought they were alright, we didn’t appreciate them nearly as much as we do these White Corn Tortilla Chips!!

It is not very often that we get to know and understand a chip company’s story prior to enjoying them.  Before ever having tasted Cabo Chips, we already knew, thanks to this article, that we were huge fans of the Bunte Family Business, and their journey to start and accomplish a dream.

We would describe Cabo Chips as very rustic, traditional, thinner, and crispy tortilla chips.  In fact, their texture reminds us a lot of the tortilla chips offered at the better Mexican restaurants where they use their house-made corn tortillas, cut them into triangles and fry them up fresh.  As we had previously stated in our blue corn review, many of us here at Chip Review prefer the lighter, flakier tortilla chips when we are eating them on their own, but we would most definitely reach for these chips if we were about to dig into a bowl of salsa or guacamole.  And, once again similar to the blue corn chips, we would describe these chips’ seasoning level as a bit sporadic; meaning one, we wish there was a bit more of it, and two, that when we did find a chip with a decent amount of soy, lime and salt, we appreciated it that much more.

Oh, by the way, did we mention the soy sauce on these chips???  That’s right, you heard us, SOY SAUCE!  And may we just say wow, and that we love, love, love the decision to try soy sauce to flavor these chips.  Despite Cabo Chips decision to only use (we assume) a minimal amount of soy sauce, and therefore retain the integrity and flavor of the corn tortillas first, and foremost, it was still evident that the soy sauce was present, and what a surprising, and underutilized option for flavoring chips!!  Chip companies everywhere should give soy sauce a try!

As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think.  Agree or disagree, let us know.

Chip provided to Chip Review from Cabo Chips for review

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