In our edible endeavors, we often come across things that taste strange. But it’s quite rare indeed to find a snack that’s actually proud of its strange taste. Such is the case with Chongqing Strange-Taste Horsebeans. Instead of coming up with some flavor euphemism like “wild” or “wacky” or “frizzlesnarf”, these horsebeans freely admit that they taste strange.
The back of the package includes a section entitled “A Brief Introduction to Chongqing Strange-Taste Horsebeans”. So while these horsebeans might be strange, they’re also reasonably friendly. We couldn’t actually read any of the introduction, but we assume it was rather cordial. After all, if these horsebeans are proud of their strange taste, they’d have no reason to be angry and bitter. (Yes, I’m looking at you, Adlay Oatmeal Deluxe.)
In spite of all this, we were still a bit hesitant to try these strange-taste horsebeans. Not because they taste strange, but because they’re horsebeans. We weren’t sure what to expect, since most things that start with “horse” don’t really have much to do with horses. Think of horseradish, for example. But other things do really relate to horses, and with a name like Strange-Taste Horsebeans, we were a bit worried about what we might be eating.
While we were never able to confirm the horse (or non-horse) status of these horsebeans, we can confirm that they do taste strange. They are very crunchy, and they proceed from an oddly sweet start to a mildly spicy finish. So far, neither of us have turned into horses, which is also a good sign. We can’t comment on any other flavor of horsebeans, but in terms of the strange-taste variety, they really aren’t too bad.