asian snacks i grew up on:
mmmmm... generic asian gum. lets get the "bad" out of the way first. the horrible thing about gum you could buy at asian food markets was that:
a)the flavor was always a retarded version of what the label said it was. like if it was some "grape" flavored gum, you had to REALLY use some imagination to convince yourself what you were tasting was "grape" flavored and not "toxic ass" flavored.
b)after awhile the gum got harder than the bottom of most nike sneakers, ive known friends that have lost teeth chewing this shit for long periods of time.
c)the flavor of the gum lasts about as long as the first time i had sex with a girl with no condom.(think your average commercial break from your favorite tv show)
despite all this, i LOVE asian gum. why? cause its nostalgic to me. and for some people nostalgia goes a long way.
white rabbit candy: you know, this is one candy that has depreciated in value for me. it really hasnt held up over the years. i remember LOVING this candy cause you could eat the white wrapper that the candy was wrapped in(it was like rice paper or something) and to me that was the best part. the candy was good but it was the gimmicky wrapper that made me like this candy so much. but i was young and naive then and now that im grown up, i see through the bullshit gimmicks much better. damn you white rabbit candy! damn you for all your lies! i cant believe the deception, and for all these years! i'll never forgive you!
awww who am i kidding? i still love you.
shrimp chips: wow, this is the one i still frequently eat. its not really "shrimp" flavored imo but damn it, who cares?(even though now that i think of it the thought of "shrimp" flavored chips dosent sound so appetizing) hard to go wrong with these. theres another type of "shrimp chips" thats on the market but it never broke out like these did. they were like a cross between a potato chip and a pork rind. honestly they tasted better to me but were tougher to find than the "calbee" version ive grown to know and love. heres that version:
mmmmm, shrimp rinds...
yan yan: see now yan-yan and pocky were classics. if there was a "Holy Trinity" of asian snacks it would go something like this: yan-yan, pocky and shrimp chips at the top(with white rabbit candy being an alternate).
pocky: in some respects this is better than yan-yan cause this one had the strawberry already coated on the pretzel. thus taking the work out of dipping it in the strawberry yourself. yan-yan followers thought that pocky was for the lazy(who couldnt dip the pretzel in the strawberry themselves) and pocky followers thought that yan-yan was for the suckers(who thought "why wear yourself out with all that extra work?"). nevertheless, they are both good as hell, totally bad for your health, and more addicting than a huge ball of crack, heroin and hydro all mixed together.
if you havent had the pleasure of trying these, search em out. you can get them at your local asian food market. the snacks section is usually located right next to the "dog/cat meat" aisle.