Potato chip producer Lays came up with a few local flavors here in China. One of these is a hot pot flavored chip. Hot pot is the Chinese version of fondue where people cook meat, fish and vegetables in a big pot of soup. It’s typically very spicy and flavored with Sichuan peppercorns that have a numbing effect. No wonder these chips are labelled “spicy and numbing”.
I’m not usually a big fan of Sichuan pepper, as the numbing effect is just too overpowering for me. These potato chips, however, benefit from just the right amount of seasoning. The spiciness is there, and not just in the background. It hits you, and it hits good. It doesn’t numb your tongue though, and you can easily get through a whole bag without losing a drop of sweat. Where other potato chips have tried to impart a strong flavor, Lays numb and spicy had come out victorious.
Fear Factor – 2 / Taste Test – 10
You can still choose my next dish here.