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Happy summer! Time to go out and enjoy the sun with your friends and family. Visit some of the best Australian summer spots, with your favourite foods to share and savour. Bring titbits and snacks too, for more fun and joy.
Here are 14 handpicked munchies from all over Asia that you can easily find at your local Asian grocery stores or supermarket, for a merry summer picnic!
Nissin Potato Chips
Originated from the premier Japanese instant food brand Nissin, comes Nissin Koikeya Potato Chips. Wavy, thick-sliced chips made with real potatoes and enriched with a variety of flavours: Sesame Oil, crispy golden with a savoury taste and nutty aroma. Hot Chilli, for fiery and savoury enjoyment. Chilli Cheese, spicy with a rich cheesy twist. Spicy Seafood, enriched with the umami of seafood flavour. All irresistible snacks for any occasion.
Lotte is a major confectionery snacks-maker originated from Korea, with a massive range of yummy products. Their chocolate biscuits are a beloved fave. Sweet and crunchy. Fun for all ages. Take your pick of Lotte Toppo Vanilla Chocolate or Cocoa Chocolate flavours. Want a fun, cute snack for the kids? Lotte Koala’s March biscuits are shaped like a koala. Enjoy Chocolate, with rich, cocoa aroma and sweetness, or go fruity with Strawberry flavour. Matcha, for a rich and creamy touch, or White Milk, with a milky taste.
Cosmos Sweet Honey Rice Chips
Cosmos chips are made with actual rice, inspired by the traditional Korean snack Nurungji – thin crust of slightly browned rice from the cooking pot’s bottom, scraped and baked into crispy fragrant chips. Enjoy them in Sweet Honey flavour.
Obap Roasted Seaweed
Obap Roasted Seasoned Seaweed is lightly roasted and seasoned with natural sea salt, giving it a crispy texture. This paper-thin snack is made with organic Nori sheets – nutrient-rich, moreish and delicious. Enjoy this superfood from the sea as a snack or as a side dish.
Koloko Pea Crackers
Made with real peas and shaped like spirals, Taiwan’s Koloko Pea Crackers is a crunchy snack that will have you wanting more! The crackers are lightly fried for maximum crispness, and dusted with seasonings. Comes in a selection of zesty and umami flavours: Original, with a classic garlic fragrance. Spicy, seasoned with chilli powder. Wasabi, with its distinctive zesty aroma. Extreme Spicy, flavoured with a mix of fiery spices. Basil, with its dimensional taste. Lemon Pink Salt, citrusy freshness and savoury taste. Pick your fave, and crunch away!
Koh Kae Peanuts
Roasted peanuts with a unique Thai twist: coated with coconut cream. Crunchy with a delightful nutty fragrance. Fun party snack with any kind of drink. Comes in a sealable can for picnic convenience!
Tao Kae Noi Crispy Seaweed
Besides Japan, seasoned seaweed is also a popular snack in Thailand. Tao Kae Noi is one of the largest seaweed snack-maker in Southeast Asia. The name literally means ‘little boss’. The selection is massive. Grilled, tempura and crispy ‘types’, all come in their special set of flavours. Uniquely Thai ones include Chicken Larb, Tom Yum Goong, and Sriracha Chilli.
Julie’s Peanut Butter Sandwich
Julie’s is a renowned biscuit brand in Malaysia, with a wide selection of family-friendly snack products. Their Peanut Butter Sandwich is especially popular. Rich, creamy peanut butter cream paired with two round savoury crackers. The aroma hits you right when you open a pack, and every bite is a wondrous crunch.
Mamee Noodle Snack
Every Malaysian kid of all generations has tasted and loved this crispy snack. Shaped like a small pack of instant noodles, but is in fact, a crunchy snack. Tasty by itself, but also comes with a small packet of seasoning powder for extra flavours; including savoury Chicken, Barbecue, and Hot & Spicy.
Ngan Yin Groundnuts
With a signature thumbs-up brand emblem, Ngan Yin makes the best roasted groundnuts in Malaysia, which keeps the natural aroma and flavour within their shells. Their special recipe only uses salt to season the groundnuts, without any preservatives. Crunchy and mildly savoury, with a nutty, smoky aroma. Just crack the shells, and munch. Always a joyful snack!
Golden Duck Salted Egg Yolk Fish Skin
Salted egg yolk is an amazing umami coating for snacks. But this gourmet snack from Singapore’s The Golden Duck brand, takes it to the next level. Made with all-natural ingredients, the rich, savoury coating is a heavenly match with the golden crispy dried fish skin. Absolute umami indulgence. Once you’ve had your first crunch, it’s very hard to stop.
Potato chips with a unique Indonesian twist. Chitato chips are made with real potatoes in wavy slice cuts, and coated with their most beloved instant noodles seasoning: Indomie Mi Goreng. For the uninitiated, Indomie is the country’s preeminent instant noodles brand. A national dish, even. The complex savoury flavour is one of its kind, and is enjoyed from households to street stalls, and diners alike. How yummy is it? Just have a sample taste in Chitato chips!
Huiji Sunflower Seeds
Roasted sunflower seeds are an all-time Chinese snack. Everyone from kids to grandparents enjoy them. Just bite to crack and remove the shell, and chew the fragrant seed within. It has a natural nutty aroma and light crunchy texture, and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. The Chinese brand Huiji is one of the yummiest, with a range of flavours: Original (mild nutty flavour), Roasted (deep nutty flavour), refreshing Green Tea, buttery Pecan, and sweet Brown Sugar Sea Salt. Besides a fun snack to share, Huiji sunflower seeds are also an aromatic garnish for your salads, muesli and desserts!
You know peanuts, right? Fragrant, crunchy, fun to munch. Chinese Shaerge peanuts are seasoned and barbecued to the perfect, appetizing golden hue and crisp texture. A popular brand of beer snack in China, and an all-around party titbit for any occasion. Comes in savoury and aromatic spicy flavours!