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Lay’s Potato Chips - Thailand

Continuing Eataku’s international exploration into the world of Lay’s potato chips, today I’ll show you the different flavors I picked up last summer in Thailand…

Sweet Basil…

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Spicy Lobster…

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Not to be confused with Lobster Hot Plate…

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These didn’t have an English explanation, but my guess was they were a spicy Thai sambal…

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A similar spicy chile flavor, but with dried shrimp, ginger and lime…

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And what’s an Asian potato chip package without a local celebrity or pop star appearance?

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Roast salmon flavor…

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And her boy band counterpart…

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Hawking spicy meatball flavored chips…

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Filed under Thailand Lay's potato chips Thai sambal spicy lobster salmon chili chile chilli basil

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Sour Patch “Zombie Kids”

Last year, I found Sour Patch "Heads & Bodies" around Halloween time in the UK…

Well, it turns out they’ve been available in select areas of Canada and the States each Fall for the last few years now, albeit with a few changes…

Known as “Zombie Kids” here, they’re a little less gruesome, with no candy decapitations, and instead of black currant flavor, the “purple” Sour Patch Kid here is raspberry flavored.

They’re available in stores now as I saw them near my folks place out in CT!

Second pic via www.collectingcandy.com

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Our Homegrown Japanese Watermelons

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They’re supposed to get up to about the size of a volleyball, but these have been kind of stalled out around softball-sized for about two weeks now. With evening temps approaching the low 50s in Connecticut now, we decided it was best to pull the biggest ones. Here’s a look at what we got…

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While there was not much “meat” to eat inside, they were still quite sweet!

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One little three-year-old had trouble keeping his hands off them…

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Filed under CT Connecticut garden homegrown home cooking Japanese watermelon

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Hakata Tonton, NYC

While Hakata Tonton in the West Village is one of my favorite spots to sit down for a casual, authentic Japanese meal, it’s also a great place to grub on some late night snacks if you’re in the area…

Shrimp tempura and grilled foie gras “sushi”…

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Kanpachi sashimi…

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My favorite dish, their grilled pork cheeks…

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Surf clam with chili oil…

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Grilled pork belly…

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And another order of pork cheeks for good measure…

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Tonton tends to be pretty packed, even late night, but sometimes you can walk in and get lucky and score a seat at their counter. Always better to call ahead though…

HAKATA TONTON

61 Grove St., NYC

212-242-3699

http://www.tontonnyc.com/

Filed under NYC Manhattan West Village Japanese Tonton pork sushi sashimi clam pork belly pork cheek shrimp tempura foie gras

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Cleaning out old iPhoto folders earlier today, I came across this pic, from Lay’s Singapore… Red Chili Shrimp, I’d say?
Update: Thanks to readers here, we now know these are Thai Tom Yum Soup flavor!

Cleaning out old iPhoto folders earlier today, I came across this pic, from Lay’s Singapore… Red Chili Shrimp, I’d say?

Update: Thanks to readers here, we now know these are Thai Tom Yum Soup flavor!

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Black Iron Burger & Beer, NYC

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New York City’s newest burger joint just opened up right down the street from my apartment and I was feeling well enough today to venture outside for lunch. Here’s a look…

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We went with their house burger, the Black Iron Burger, two 4oz. all natural American beef patties topped with horseradish cheddar, stout caramelized grilled onions and their special horseradish mayo on a toasted brioche…

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I just naturally figured the burger would come with lettuce, tomato and onion, but it didn’t, which is a mistake, in my opinion…

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This was a DAMN GOOD BURGER! But the blend of the horseradish cheese AND horseradish mayo was a little too overpowering, in both spiciness and creaminess, and some raw vegetables would have really helped cut through all that nicely. Plus, the double layers of meat, cheese and onions got to be kind of one-note in texture, and every burger needs some kind of crunch, which some crisp lettuce would have provided beautifully.

That said, I was really impressed by what was between the buns and on the plate here. Black Iron Burger is off to an impressive start! I’ll definitely be heading back!!

BLACK IRON BURGER & BEER

245 W. 38th St.

NY, NY 10018

212-677-6077

http://blackironburger.com

Filed under NYC Manhattan midtown burger cheeseburger fries beer

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Tonkatsu Taihou, Meguro, Tokyo

As the Disney Japan offices are located in Meguro, I obviously spend a lot of time in that area when I’m in Tokyo. However, whenever we go out for lunch, we end up leaving the Meguro area as my colleagues always say there’s really nowhere good to eat near the offices. But after doing some research and exploring a bit more on my own, I’m discovering that that’s just not true. There are some GREAT eats in the Meguro area, as long as you know where to look!

I actually had, and I do not say this lightly, THE BEST piece of tonkatsu ever in Meguro when I was there in June…

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Yes, I’ve eaten at Maisen and Butagumi and plenty of high end tonkatsu places around Tokyo, but Tonkatsu Taihou raises the bar far above all of them…

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With only an eight seat counter and small table in the back, when you walk into Taihou, you feel like you’re walking into an intimate sushi restaurant, not a fried pork place…

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Taihou opens at 11:30am for lunch. Folks start lining up around 11. First person in line gets the first seat at the counter, the next person gets the second seat and so on. And that’s the order the chef serves you in. I happened to be first in line so got seat #1!

As soon as you sit you get your tsukemono (pickled vegetables) and salad…

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Your “condiment” selection: Taihou’s special tonkatsu sauce, hot oil, mustard and salt…

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Once you order… I went with their “tokujyo roast”, aka “top cut pork loin”… the chef prepares every piece from scratch. First using a “pig sticker” to poke holes in the pork…

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Tossed in homemade flour…

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Next it goes into the eggs, freshly beaten with chopsticks…

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Removed…

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Into the pan on panko bread crumbs next…

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This is where my piece of pork spend the most time, as the chef would cover it in panko, then press down hard, dig it out and do it over again. He repeated this action about four times…

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Then it was into the hot oil and fried until golden brown, cut and served…

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The eight plates lined up on the counter for the people sitting in the eight seats…

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Pork perfection on a plate! Crisp, thick and juicy with just the right balance of meat and fat…

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Don’t forget the sauce…

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The memories of how good this was brings a tear to my eye even now…

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Served with all-you-can-eat white rice and cabbage, and a bowl of miso soup for about $18!

The chef believes that there’s no need to do anything special or fancy with pork. That if prepared properly, the flavor speaks for itself. He says he buys the best pork from the same butcher every day and strives for consistency by keeping his recipes and cooking techniques simple. The same way that was taught to him. No adjustments. And by doing so, hungry fans keep lining up on a daily basis…

TONKATSU TAIHOU

1 -6-15 Meguro

Tokyo 153-0063 

Japan

+81-3-3491-9470

http://www.tonkatsu-taihou.jp

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KFC Japan’s New “3D Chicken” Contest

As a way to help celebrate Colonels Sanders’ birthday, which was September 9th, and also increase their number of Twitter followers, Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan has launched a new contest where they’ll be giving away 50 one-of-a-kind 3D-printed KFC collectibles.

All you have to do in follow them on Twitter at @KFC_jp and tweet out as much as you like from now until September 24th using the hashtag #KFCカーネルズデー (which translates as “KFC Colonel’s Day”) and the URL back to their homepage, bit.ly/1qUR3SV . Each tweets enters you another chance to win.

The unique 3D-printed prizes you could win by doing so are:

A customized KFC fried chicken keyboard…

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Only one will be made.

A KFC drumstick mouse…

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And only one of these will be made as well.

A KFC drumstick USB drive…

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And again, only one will be made.

Ladies who love KFC get a little luckier though as the remaining 47 prizes will be pairs of KFC drumstick earrings…

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Finger clickin’ good!

Images via http://www.kfc.co.jp

Thanks to @foodiebuddha for the heads up!

Filed under KFC Japan Kentucky fried chicken contest 3D printer keyboard mouse USB earrings