Shrimp chips are an ubiquitous flavor of east Asian snacks. They’re everywhere. Calbee’s brand of shrimp chips are no different than any other brand. They all just taste the same. Furthermore, they are all equally tasty.
For those that have never had shrimp chips, you should know that they don’t really taste like shrimp. It’s a savory taste, but I’d equate them more to the flavor of monosodium glutamate (MSG) rather than any kind of seafood. Actually, I’m not sure there’s even an MSG in this. It’s just very savory.
I was checking my Popeyes app on my phone when I saw a coupon for Popeyes Popcorn Shrimp for three dollars. Being the cheap bastard I am, I indulged and got some.
Something important to keep in mind is that Popeyes Popcorn Shrimp and Wicked Shrimp are not the same thing. From what I can tell from eating both is that Wicked Shrimp are generally bigger shrimp and Popcorn shrimp are smaller… much smaller. Popcorn Shrimp are essentially the crumbs and small shrimp that didn’t make the cut toward Wicked Shrimp. They take those rejected pieces and fry them up for Popcorn Shrimp.
So this really was not great. I imagine this to be the case for the Wicked Shrimp as well, but I estimate at least 60% of each piece of shrimp is batter. You’re mostly eating the fried batter they use to coat this stuff. It reminds me of the fried clams at White Castle which don’t taste like clams at all.
Overall, these things were not good. I don’t recommend them. Generally, I don’t recommend seafood from fast food restaurants at all, especially those that specialize on chicken.
Details: Located in the food court of the New World Mall, Flushing, NY 11355. Couldn’t find an official site, so here’s the yelp page: https://www.yelp.com/biz/shikoku-teriyaki-express-flushing
This is your standard chicken teriyaki place you’d expect to see in any reasonably sized American mall. What’s ironic is that this is mostly a Chinese mall with Chinese oriented businesses and the chicken teriyaki here is decidedly an American mall style. It’s about five to six dollars for chicken. Other options like beef or shrimp cost more. You get rice and vegetables and you can replace rice with noodles. It’s classic, American mall food in a Chinese mall. It’s not great, but I sometimes get the urge for it.