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2017 05 06 18.36.37

Tai Arare: I purchased this snack from Tokyo Fish Market, a Japanese grocery store in Berkeley, hoping the fish-shaped crackers would be seafood flavored, as many Asian snacks are. The Chinese character on the packaging even literally translates to "red snapper" (though I have to admit that I had to use Google Translate to determine that). Despite the name and shape, the crackers are just regular glazed rice crackers – crunchy, sweeter than you would expect, but still with a savory soy aftertaste. A... (read more) 3.0/5.0

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2016 07 18 19.05.36

Lotus Foods Shoyu Arare Rice Crackers: Purchased from Whole Foods, this is the second flavor of rice crackers I've tried from the Lotus Foods brand. The product is made with whole grain brown and black rice "sourced from small family farms" (very Whole-Foods-marketing friendly). The rice crackers themselves are more hearty than most and have a distinct soy flavor. Nonetheless, I do prefer the Thai-flavored crackers I previously purchased, and I also prefer rice crackers with a more diverse set of textures and flavors. 3.0/5.0

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Lotus Foods sweet & savory Thai arare rice crackers: I'm usually wary of non-Asian brands taking on Asian flavors (and charging more for it), but I was interested in what Thai-flavored rice crackers might taste like - I usually associate rice crackers with Chinese or Japanese flavors. This snack is made of heirloom brown and black rice, with several differently shaped and flavored pieces. I will say that if you munch on them, you don't really get much Thai flavor. It's only if you let the crackers dissolve a bit on your tongue that you taste s... (read more) 3.5/5.0

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