It’s hot! It’s spicy! It’s crispy! It’s…seaweed?! From Taokenoi Food and Marketing Co., Ltd. comes this puffy pouch of oceanic edibles which promises to be “delicious with good nutrients from the sea”. Like most other snacks of its type, it comes in many flavors such as Original, Tomato Sauce, Wasabi, Seafood, Tom Yum Goong, and Pizza. This particular portion happened to be Hot & Spicy flavor, which is clearly depicted both by the words on the label and by the little man with steam coming out of his ears and tears running down his face.
Inside the pouch there are a multitude of paper-thin pieces of crispy seaweed. This should come as no surprise, since this snack is called “Crispy Seaweed”. As promised, these were delicious. I assume they also contained good nutrients from the sea, but I have no way to verify that culinary claim. Unfortunately, in spite of the spice, these seaweed snacks neither caused steam to come out of my ears nor tears to run down my face. This was a bit of a disappointment, since I enjoy spicy foods and I don’t mind enduring an occasional moment of cranial combustion in order to get my piquant pleasure.
You may be wondering why, with such a wide variety of flavors available, I chose something as simple as Hot & Spicy instead of, say, Tom Yum Goong. The reason is that I unfortunately am nowhere near a Taokaenoi Land store, and thus I had to choose between Original and Hot & Spicy. If I were near a Taokaenoi Land store, I could have purchased every possible variety of Crispy Seaweed, not to mention the Big Sheet size. The Big Sheet package depicts a much larger version of the Tao Kae Noi man greedily gorging himself on a gigantic sheet of seaweed. These also come in many flavors, but not Tom Yum Goong. Apparently Big Sheet Tom Yum Goong is just too much Tom Yum Goong. Another thing I could buy from Taokaenoi Land is a doll in the form of the Tao Kae Noi man himself, though without steam coming from his ears. In short, Taokaenoi Land is the one-stop shop for all things Taokaenoi.
Sadly, the current blogging budget does not cover a trip to Taokaenoi Land, so the Tao Kae Noi man will not be gracing these pages any time soon. Nor does it appear likely that we will be able to sample Tom Yum Goong Crispy Seaweed. Nevertheless, we can still enjoy the Hot & Spicy variety of this snack with its good nutrients from the sea.