Aji WOW: Umaibo, part 2
Aji WOW is my series of unusual Japanese food/drink reviews. 'Aji' (味) means 'flavour', and the name's also a pun on 'ajiwau' (味わう) - 'to enjoy the taste of'.
This time: Umaibo snacks, part 2. Read part 1 right here.
If you read my previous Umaibo post, you'll remember my drastic reaction to the scent of mentai Umaibo. This veggie salad version gave me the same feeling. Whew.
It doesn't taste of much except garlic. Garlic bread, at first. And then something I don't recognise. This one can't decide which flavour to be. No idea why. I know there are no real vegetables in this, but they faked the taste of everything else so well!
No idea why salami is represented by K9 and a scooter. At least the chicken curry one made some kind of sense.
This - tastewise - was a revelation. It looks very plain, but it smells and tastes exactly like salami. It's some kind of magic that I don't understand. Yay for when artificial flavourings work perfectly!
One complaint here: as with many Umaibo flavours, the salt needs to be toned down.
Tonkatsu sauce - pork cutlet sauce
I LOVE tonkatsu sauce. Love. Which is why this is the one Umaibo I forgot to photograph before opening. Whoops. You can still make most of it out, right?
Generous with the sauce, as every tonkatsu dish should be. The spicy-tangy flavour of this is very similar to Monster Munch. That's probably the sole point of reference I can give you for this entire taste test. I enjoyed it greatly.
Cheese, here in Japan, is not all that predictable. I wondered what kind of cheese to expect as I opened the packet. Maybe it's more like cheddar? Brie? Blue cheese? Turns out it's sliced, artificial Wotsits cheese. Yum. Not.
Took one bite of this and noped out. It's not good. At least Wotsits are edible. This here is not the kind of cheese you want to willingly ingest. By far the worst of the bunch.
Ebi mayo - prawn mayonnaise
Was there any prawn in this? Mind you, would I have wanted there to be? The mayonnaise emanating from this Umaibo made me grateful for a lack of seafood-y whiff.
Decent realism in the aroma does not translate into taste. Mayo crunchy snacks are not the joy of flavour I was anticipating. I admit I did not - could not - finish this.
Look out for more snack reviews soon!