“ Type: Crisps/Snacks „
I recently saw an offer on in Asda for Walkers Sensations: Oriental Crackers in Peking Spare Rib flavor and decided to try them. I enjoy prawn crackers and thought that they may be similar. At the time I bought them, they were £1 a bag, and I have seen very similar offers in a range of supermarkets since I first bought them. I decided to save them until I was having a film night and was more than pleasantly surprised when I opened the bag. As soon as I opened the bag, I could smell a distinctively meaty smell. The crackers are smaller than prawn crackers, but what they lack in size they make up for in flavor. The taste of the spare rib and the Asian spices fill your mouth right away and you find yourself sucking the cracker to get the full effect of the flavor. As it says on the back of the packet "The flavor of sweet, sticky pork hits the taste buds first, before ginger and pepper add spicy heat, making way for a distinctly oriental aniseed finish." Personally I could not taste the aniseed and I did not find them to be too spicy. There is a little kick from the pepper but it is not too strong at all. There is a lovely crunch to them as you bite into them but they are not hard at all. They are the perfect mix of crisp and prawn cracker. The only downside is that as with most packets of crisps today, you do not get a massive amount even though the bag is quite large. I would suggest that one 110g bag would be perfect for two or three people to share as they are quite moreish and you may need to get two bags if you are sharing them with more people. The packaging is very typical of Walkers, but with a bit of an Asian twist. The logo and fonts are as you would usually find on any packet of their crisps, and the key flavors (ginger and spices) are pictured on the front of the bag. Extra decoration has been added though to make this product stand out and look distinctive. Overall I would say that these crackers are excellent value for money when they are on offer, but I would also buy them at their regular price. I would prefer them to be in a smaller bag, as I feel that the size of the bag is a waste, but other than that I am very happy with them.
This review is of the peking spare rib flavour. These are the ones that I have tried most recently. I bought a 110g bag of these from Tesco for £1 which is an ok amount to pay as you get a good amount in the bag. The crisps differ from 'normal' shaped crisps as they are more like prawn crackers in shape. They also have a crunchier and thicker texture rather than melt in the mouth. The main taste is pork but then they are also a bit spicy but not too bad. They also taste like black pepper. The crips are quite large but produce a satisfying bite when you eat the whole crisp at once. They claim to have no preservatives, artificial colours, sweeteners or flavour enhancers. Even though theres no MSG its still very easy to eat a whole bag without realising. They are very salty and no good for you so see them as a treat. The bag is purple with a picture of the crisps and the Walkers Sensations logo. They taste really nice and are very moorish. The flavour is quite full on and really fills your mouth. It tells you all the nutritional information on the front and back. Each serving of 30 g has 144 calories alone so do not eat if you are trying to loose weight. They make a nice snack to put out at evening events and when you are just lounging in front of the tv and want something to chew on.
In Morrisons last night I saw they had all their big bags of Sensations for £1.00 so I brought a packet of Spare Rib flavoured oriental crackers to snack on while I watched a film. They were delish. The crackers are quite small compared to the massive prawn crackers you buy in the Chinese, but they are a lot thicker and that makes them more filling to eat. They melt in your mouth but also have a lovely crunch when you bite into one. The crackers have got a bit of a greasy feel when you're chewing but that doesn't matter because it doesn't affect the flavour at all. The crackers can get a bit spicy as you eat them, they're not mega hot but the spare rib flavour is quite a lot spicier than I thought it would be. They don't actually taste meaty but the crackers have deffo got a bit of a pork flavour that you can just about taste under the spare rib flavouring. I think they have used the perfect amount of flavour because you can still taste the yummy cracker underneath it, the spice is mostly on the top of the cracker so you can suck it all off and then munch the cracker. Some of the flavouring has also got into the cracker though so that when you are crunching it you can still taste the delish spare rib flavour. I love these Sensations Oriental Crackers and will deffo buy them again even when they are at their full price. The only complaint I've got is that the bag is massive but it was less than half full and that did my head in, not because I felt ripped off on the crackers but because I wish they would just sell them in a smaller bag!
When browsing the aisles of my local Sainsbury's really I found these Walkers Sensations Oriental Crackers for just £1, down from their usual price of £1.49. I have wanted to buy some of these for ages since nabbing some from my sisters bag and they were absolutely delicious. Also, I've just realised that these are just 73p in Tesco so I shall be heading there to stock up in future. These crackers are available in two flavours: Peking Spare Ribs & Five Spice Flavour but I have only tried the Peking Spare Rib flavour as Five Spice doesn't really appeal to me. These Sensations are curved tapioca, cassave & sunflower oil crisps that are infused with delicious peking spare rib style flavour. There is something incredibly moreish about these crisps as they have a delicious taste that just stays on my tastebuds for ages after they are finished. The taste really is like Peking Spare Ribs and has this delicious asian kind of taste to it. Per 24g serving there is 113 calories & 5.3g of fat but I never seem to be able to stop before I have eaten half a bag! I don't think this is too bad for some crisps and they are lower in fat than some other ones that I've eaten recently. These crisps are delicious and crunchy and I would definitely recommend them. They are quite unusual and the taste may not be for everyone. I love these though and they are one of my favourite snacks. These crisps are tops and get 5/5 from me as there is nothing I love to have a bingo on more!
A tasty little number for your delectation this afternoon - Walkers very own Sensations Oriental Crackers...the Peking Spare Rib flavour. Yum! It comes in a purple packet with green 'trim', at 110g a bag - the 'share' bag if you will. Unfortunately they're yet to burst into the individual bag market, but if they did I'd be buying them in shares!! What differs them from the normal Sensations brand such as Thai Sweet Chilli is they are shaped like crackers rather than crisps...a posh Quaver than basically... Well, not entirely. Upon opening the packet, the crisps do look like miniature versions of the prawn crackers every Chinese takeaway loves to give away, but smaller and slightly coloured in flavourings. The feel of the crisp when biting down on it is somewhat firmer than a Quaver, so I'll remove the title of 'posh Quaver' should probably be removed at this point! For all those watching what they eat, here's the ingredients... Tapioca (37%), Cassava (26%), Sunflower Oil (21%), Sugar, Peking Spare Ribs Seasoning, Chilli, Shallot leaf, Spices, Salt Peking Spare Ribs Seasoning contains: Sugar, Flavouring, Dried Pork, Barley Malt Flour, Dried Onion, Fennel, Star Anise, Ginger, Black Pepper, Allspice, Dried Garlic, Colour (Paprika Extract). The crisps, or crackers for those being pedantic, do contain gluten and apparently 'may' contain egg. And for those people 'watching their weight' here's the nutritional details for a 100g worth of the stuff... Energy - 470kcal Protein - 1.2g Carbohydrate - 67g Fat - 22g of which saturates - 2.5g Fibre - 4.4g Sodium - 1.37g But what do they actually taste like?? Well the manufacturers product description states; "The intensive flavour begins with star anise and garlic, whilst the spices and a hint of chilli combine with the succulent taste of oven-roasted pork, completing the deliciously sweet taste adventure." Now I thought star anise was aniseed flavour, and I hate anything even close to liquorice, but I can't taste anything like that in it. The garlic and chilli spices are obvious to even the least-trained of palates. At present they're on offer in Tesco's as part of the Sensations range of any 3 for £3.50, but usually you can find them for approximately £1.50 from all good supermarkets. Anyone who likes a good crisp with a bit of crunch and flavour to it, then I thoroughly recommend the Peking Spare Rib. Delicious is an understatement!
Today my granddaughter and I shared a big bag of Walkers Sensations Oriental Crackers in Peking Spare Rib flavour. I like cracker type snacks and the flavour appealed to me so I was really looking forward to tucking into them, I have resisted them for a few days now but after todays Weight Watchers weigh-in I decided to tuck in thanks to the wonderful excuse of the Easter break if I have a poor result next week. Like my logic? I've had them before so know how lovely they are, I was seriously addicted to these a couple of years ago and it coincided with my daughter's pregnancy so she called it my sympathy craving! These Oriental Crackers are delicious; they're much smaller than the authentic prawn crackers I get free with my Chinese take away order, I can see by looking at them that they are going to be full of flavour as they have an interesting appearance and the aroma is fairly intense. The Peking Rib flavour is amazing, it's very saucy tasting with a very moreish spiciness. The aftertaste gets quite warm but these are very enjoyable to eat, the heat does not spoil the snack in the slightest just enhances the flavour. I adore these little crackers, the flavour is just wonderful and quite close to the taste of real spare ribs only a wee bit spicier. I ate mine plain tonight but have had them dipped in all kinds of things from sweet chilli sauce to mayo, they are perfect for dipping as they have the typical oval prawn cracker shape to scoop up whatever you're eating. I've also used them on a party buffet table and they've always been a hit with most people, when you open the bag you'll see they're nearly all in perfect whole condition so are perfect for serving as nibbles when you have guests. The best thing about these is the light texture, if I eat too many then they do tend to lie a little heavy on my tummy but when I exercise proper portion control instead of being ruled by greed I find them an airy and appealing snack. They don't exactly melt in your mouth but they have a similar effect in that the flavouring will melt from the cracker while it retains it's crispness until you're ready to start chewing. I love them, really love them to the point that I don't dare buy them very often as I could eat bag fulls of the things. The nutritional values aren't too bad really considering what a lovely snack these crackers are, a 24g serving contains 113 calories and 0.6g of saturated fat (total fat content 5.3g) so if you can keep it at a SINGLE serving then you should have no problems fitting them into your diet. Unfortunately it's a large 110g bag or nothing for me so I tend to be safe and stick to nothing! At the moment Morrisons have the large bags of Sensations, including these, on offer at 2 for £2.50, which isn't a huge saving considering these are £1.35 a bag but it's something although personally I preferred the BOGOF in Tesco recently!
Oriental Crackers are available in Peking Spare Rib and 5 Spice flavour.