If you get my daily tip newsletter (it’s free and you can sign up here), you know that last year I wrote a tip stating “Don’t Leave Japan Without Buying this Addictive Snack“). While in Tokyo’s Narita International Airport, I noticed passengers going crazy in the Duty Free shops, buying boxes of something called . The employee trying to restock couldn’t even get them on the shelves so he just left them on the trolley and let customers grab them from there.
Of course, when I see a frenzy like that I know something is good so I bought two boxes. In that case, each comes with 10 individual packets. Like a fool I didn’t try them until I was home, and after one bite I knew I made a mistake for not buying the store’s five-box limit.
They cost 600 yen each ($5 US) in the store but (the price has come down $5 since last year). The chips are shaped and taste just like french fries. They were so good that I wanted to export them to the US, but obviously I didn’t.
Then, last week while flying first class (I got upgraded for free thanks to my elite status) from San Francisco to L.A. on American Airlines, I noticed a new offering in the snack basket that the flight attendants were passing around.
looked to me like they might taste the same as my Japanese snacks, so I tried them—and sure enough they did! When I returned home I bought them on Amazon so Natalie could experience them too. She loved them, too!
Like the Japanese chips, they aren’t that cheap () but believe me when I say they are both worth it.
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