Browsing through Asian grocery and convenient stores is never a bore. During my six week trip to China and Taiwan, I became obsessed with documenting interesting flavored snacks. Some were palatable (green tea flavoring, for example, is nothing new). Others were just plain weird. Fatty pork chips anyone?
But in a country where packaged chicken feet are sold as grab-and-go snacks (think of them as the equivalent of our beef jerky), these oddly flavored snacks did not phase anyone except the gaping tourists.
The surprising part? A good number of the weirdly flavored brands are American-owned.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 23, 2012