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Salted egg potato chips: Rich, crispy and craveable

by Patrick St. Michel

Contributing Writer

One of the hottest products in Singapore over the past few years has been salted egg potato chips. The addictive flavor comes from salted duck-egg yolk, which is used to create the extra-rich, crispy snack that has now spread across Asia. One Singaporean company, Irvins Salted Egg, even launched a pop-up in Tokyo last year.

Although Irvins hopes to make it to Japan permanently, those who didn’t get a taste of those chips can now try domestic producer Calbee’s take, which you can pick up for a limited time at FamilyMart. It’s not clear if this variety (¥158 after tax) uses duck or chicken eggs — the bag design features the latter — but it’s an obvious nod to the original.

I haven’t been able to try any of the original brands from Singapore, but if the Calbee variety is even half as good as those, the trend is a winner. The Japanese interpretation cuts through the rich yolk flavor with a subtle touch of salt and parsley, making for one of the best new chips of the year.

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