April 18, 2015
As I sit down to write this blog post, I realize now just how much of a hankering I have for good shrimp chips. I haven’t had them in ages. These chocolate shrimp chips don’t taste like shrimp chips at all, as the coating is completely overwhelming. But good shrimp chips: those things are made of dreams and fairy sprinkles.
And I realized that some of you might not have ever had shrimp chips. Am I right? It’s hard for me to remember what’s commonly available outside of Korea now, since we’ve been here for so long now. If you’ve never had shrimp chips, they don’t taste like chips to begin with. While chips have a flatter quality to them, as they’re made from potatoes, shrimp chips have the texture of cheesy poofs, which – for the life of me – I have no idea what real world ingredient they’re made of. And the chips themselves don’t taste like shrimp. They taste more like a seafood flavoured msg, but what does seafood flavour taste like? It doesn’t taste like real seafood. Like, hmm, how do you describe fake tastes that don’t really have real world equivalents? I remember when I first had Korean Watermelons, and how amazed I was that they taste like Jolly Rancher Watermelon candy, while before coming to Korea the watermelons I ate were watery and vaguely sweet. I wonder if there’s a seafood that tastes like Shrimp Chips?
I had fresh shrimp chips once, freshly popped at a restaurant we ate at in Toronto. I don’t even remember what we were eating with the shrimp chips. OH NO WAIT I DO! We were eating these gigantic spring rolls at a restaurant close to University of Toronto. They made the shrimp chips there fresh and warm, and they were glorious and I wanted to just sit down at the restaurant, look at their menu as I drink their free water and eat their warm shrimp chips, then decide that I’m not going to eat after I’m full. But that was when I was more unethical than I am now. But I’d still eat the hell out of those shrimp chips now. I haven’t really had any as good as those.
Ah. So many memories based off of these lame shrimp chips. The chocolate wasn’t even that good! Anyhow, if you’ve had shrimp chips before, how would you describe them? I don’t know what I can compare them to, apart from memories of being a broke student.