So as I reported earlier, I bought a bag of a peculiar hangover cure-turned-snack-food-concoction from my local conbini (short for convenience store, don’t you know?). Today, well technically yesterday since it’s currently two in the morning, I finally got around to tasting it. Anyways, the video of me actively tasting it is as follows:
So after the relative high of the warm and rich Hokkaido Potato Buns, I was met with a resounding meh from the hangover crisps. They weren’t bad per se but they weren’t all that awesome really, pretty much just weird Cheetos with an aftertaste and not much of the promised tandoori chicken flavor.
Now is this snack effective in warding off alcohol-induced pain? I don’t know… Can plain Cheetos cure a hangover? If they can, then the answer is probably yes. If not, well…
Anyways, I’ve got one other food item lined up for Stephen Eats Weird(ish) Food then I’ve either got to start looking for more stuff or simply wait for the next cycle of fresh funky flavors out of the Japanese food conglomerates. (Japanese convenience stores usually rotate their special flavors of items every month or so but it usually seems like a day.) If any of you, my faithful readers, have any suggestions for stuff I should eat or questions about Japan in general (“Will Fukushima radiation give you wings?”), hit me up in the comments section here or on youtube or you can reach me on Twitter @STEPHEN TETSU. Things will only get better if you guys pitch in because I sure as hell don’t have the talent of skills to make this crap any good.
PS Ukon no Chikara is meant to be ingested before the night of drinking so that the turmeric (the main ingredient in the magic elixir) can kick in before the booze wreaks havoc on your insides. I’m assuming that the situation is the same with the corn snacks as well.
Sometimes I see something and plan and plan to try it. Sometimes things randomly appear in the hot container while you’re waiting in line at the convenience store and you decide on a whim to try it. Tonight, while waiting in line to buy something that I also intend to test later, I came across a rather interesting choice for the contents of a Chinese-style steamed bun (bao): Hokkaido potato butter. Hokkaido, for the uninitiated, is the northernmost main island of Japan and known as the bread basket of the nation. Potatoes are tubers that grow in the ground and are in everything and apparently make you fat. Butter is the stuff you put on bread.
Anyways, quickly shelling out the 126 yen cost for the little round bread thing, I quickly dashed (okay, I walked) back to my apartment and dug into the surprisingly tasty vegetarian (as far as I could tell) bun.
The potatoes were somewhere in between mashed and cooked, some in a more solid state that others and tasted strongly of pepper and butter. There were also bits of minced carrots in there and, the theme of this bun being Hokkaido, a couple kernels of corn (Hokkaido cuisine in Japan is usually generalized as being butter and corn in everything). But the prevailing flavor was the unmistakable starchiness of taters which actually was a good combo with the sweetish bun bread.
So my final verdict on this one is a buy. Is it mind-glowingly awesome? No. Is it good for odd convenience store steamed buns? Yes. In fact, I think it’s better than the standard Sunkus niku-man (pork bun) that they usually put out there. So if you happen to find yourself in Japan and in a Sunkus convenience store, go ahead and try the Hokkaido Potato Butter Bun. There are tons of worse things you could spend your 126 yen on.
P.S. Any suggestions, comments, inflammatory comments? Please share them with me, either here in the comments section, on my youtube channel, or on twitter @STEPHEN_TETSU. Thanks!
Today, poorly seasoned convenience store “jambalaya goop.” Tomorrow, who the hell knows?
All I know is that it was not good.