This post is actually due to a happy accident because when I bought this...
...I was under the impression that the box contained potato chips or kernels flavored like shrimp. I assumed that the choice of packaging was just a little marketing quirk. Instead, I got this:
That’ll teach me no not read food packaging properly. A brief scan of the back of the box reveals that you have to fry them. I’ve seen loads of weird flavored snacks in Asian grocery stores before, but never something like this. Don’t you buy chips so you don’t have to cook? That’s half the reason why people tend to stock up on chips before they get drunk. If you rolled these out in the middle of a party it’d probably result in brns. Although I suppose you could always relegate the actual frying to that one shirtless, drunk guy who tends to show up at gatherings of twenty-somethings and won’t stop yelling “WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” and that no one actually invited; he just thinks all parties are open and the beer is always free cuz that’s how it works in college movies and who will invariable sulk off, muttering insults under his breath like the naïve, entitled, little mommy’s boy shit he is when told to leave, despite the fact that there was absolutely no way he was going to hook up with any of the women there without the aid of rohypnol. Then again, those guys tend to be terrible cooks, so you run the risk of a grease fire breaking out.
Total cost: $1 - $10
Heat some oil over medium heat. The chips are really thin but you want to be sure that they’ll be covered since the box says that you’re supposed to deep fry them. The actual frying is surprisingly cool. In a few seconds they puffed up, became opaque and lost some color.
Transfer them to some paper towels to let them drain.
Cool! It’s like a puffed potato chip or a soft rice cake. Don’t worry if a chip hasn’t puffed completely. Any spots that look uncooked are just a bit crunchier, that’s all. They have a buttery taste with a slight hint of prawn. It can be a bit hard to notice at first but the more you eat the stronger it is. I approve. At first I was slightly annoyed that I’d have to fry them myself but I really like how they’re warm and kind of oily. It's kind of cool that I have freshly fried chips too. It wouldn’t have occurred to me to market chips that you have to fry up yourself, but I guess that why I’m not rubbing shoulders with the snack food barons. Stay queer!