Snack Review: Sun Chips Harvest Cheddar

Details: More information can be found at https://www.fritolay.com/products/sunchips-harvest-cheddar-flavored-whole-grain-snacks

Score: 7/10

Harvest Cheddar is the second best flavor of Sun Chips, the first being French Onion. It’s a tasty chip. Sun Chips somehow taste higher quality than normal chips while also being grainier and sort of organic. I guess it’s because Sun Chips are made from whole grains, not potatoes. But it’s really the flavoring that excels. It’s just a really good tasting bag of chips.

Fast Food Review: McDonald’s New Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Details: More information can be found at https://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en-us/crispy-chicken-sandwiches.html

Score: 7/10

McDonald’s has a lot of crispy chicken sandwiches and now they’ve come out with yet another. The New Crispy Chicken Sandwich is… amazing. It is damn good. I wanted to hate this thing, but it’s one of the best fast food chicken sandwiches out there.

You need to keep in mind that timing matters when it comes to food. How recently was it fried? Is it cold? Stuff like that has a big impact on taste. Your experience with the chicken sandwich may vary greatly from mine. But for me, this was amazing.

It wasn’t even that hot. It was slightly warm, but really juicy and really crispy. I wanted to get a spicy version, but the coupon I was using only allowed for the plain, which was still great. Even without sauce, I enjoyed this thing.

Overall, this is a great chicken sandwich. It’s priced in my area from around five to six dollars, which is about right when compared to competitors. It is on the same level as Popeye’s chicken sandwich in terms of taste, which is my favorite fast food chicken sandwich and a sandwich I place higher than Chil-Fil-A’s chicken sandwich. I’d buy this again, but only if I had a coupon lowering the price about one or two dollars.

Bakery Review: Rainbow Bakery

Details: Located at 41-39 Kissena Blvd, Flushing NY 11355. Official website is https://rainbowbakeryny.com/

Score: 7/10

Rainbow bakery is a chain of Chinese bakeries. The specific location that I visited is a place of some notoriety. Within a couple of days of opening, an incidence of road rage caused a care to crash through the entrance into the bakery, destroying the business. Below is a news report on the incident.

It’s been a few months since then and Rainbow Bakery has renovated (again) and reopened. I felt the need to give some patronage given their past misfortune.

The first thing I noticed upon browsing is that the prices here are very competitive. This location is in downtown Flushing and there are a lot of Chinese bakeries here competing against each other. The prices of common items that each bakery produces is equal or even lesser than what I’ve seen in other local Chinese bakeries.

The quality is also equal or better. I had a cheese tart and a pork floss roll. Both were very good. Specifically, the cheese tart was like eating a very dense, cheesecake flavored foam. The pork floss roll was done slightly differently than other bakeries, but was about as good as you’d find elsewhere.

Overall, this place is great. It’s equal or slightly better than the other bakeries in the area. Additionally, they also had a menu in the back of cook to order dishes, dim sum, and some made to order desserts as well. I didn’t try any of those, but they looked good.

Snack Review: Judy’s Bakery Shop Egg Yolk Pastry

Details: Bought it in a supermarket. Incorporated address is 1013 Napfle Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19111. Couldn’t find a website.

Score: 7/10

I saw this in an Asian supermarket and felt like giving it a try. It’s basically a coconut mash/crumble wrapped in extremely flaky puff pastry. I hesitate to call it puff pastry because I think puff pastry is 50% butter and 50% flour, but this probably had more butter than flour because it was extremely flaky. The outside layers easily just fall apart.

Inside the coconut mash is a salted egg yolk. That may sound unusual to people not used to eggs in their desserts, but keep in mind eggs are an integral part of baking. They are in almost all baked goods, including cakes and cookies. In this dessert, the saltiness of the egg yolk really helps contrast with the sweetness with the rest of this crumbly dessert. Kind of like how many bakers put salt on their chocolate chip cookies, the contrast helps enhance the flavor.

What was particularly impressive about this is how complex the flavor of the coconut mash was. I looked on the back of the packaging and some of the ingredients were mong bean, red bean, white lotus, rose, jasmine, coconut, osmanthus, taro, and purple sweet potato. There’s a lot going on here and all of it delicious.

The only thing discouraging is the price. It cost about six dollars for six small pieces. For that price, It may be better to go to an actual local bakery and by a freshly baked dessert rather than something that’s been packaged, shipped and sat on a shelf for at least a week or two.

Overall, this was pretty good. Price could be cheaper, but it’s still not terrible. I’d buy this again.

Snack Review: Spudlove Sea Salt & Vinegar Kettle Potato Chips

Details: More information can be found at https://spudlovesnacks.com/products/sea-salt-vinegar

Score: 6.5/10

This is simply a good bag of average salt and vinegar flavored potato chips. Kettle chips are supposedly crunchier than normal chips, but I couldn’t tell the difference between this and a bag of Wise potato chips. In fact, I couldn’t taste any difference between this bag of chips and salt and vinegar chips from any other brand. These chips are satisfactorily average.