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Spicy Green Peas

A snack of crunchy, chili-covered green peas.

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香辣青豆 Hot Green Peas by EGO, finally hot asian peas without wasabi!

  • Jan 17, 2009
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I picked these up at my local Chinatown market today at a ridiculously low price.

I was very excited because when I was a kid and on some cultural excursion I ate chili peas along with some seaweed mix as an intro to Japanese culture. When I grew up and moved to the city I looked and looked it seemed all I could find was wasabi peas and I felt like I had been misled. I love fresh wasabi but the peas are too sweet for me. Not sure what's going on there. The closest I found in my search was in Mexican markets and a variant of fried Indian Channa Daal where the chickpeas are dusted in a garlicky, chili powder.

I have to give the caveat that I didn't just go to any Chinatown market. Hong Kong market is a little out of the way and on the fringes of Chinatown. The employees don't all speak English and it might be an intimidating place if you can't hold your own with the aggressively elbowing and foot trampling little old Chinese ladies, but it has some great finds and a lot of variety of bean curds, vegetarian snacks, sauces and Asian cooking ingredients that you might not otherwise find. It's also probably slightly cheaper than other Chinatown markets...but that's another review.

The green peas are not low in fat as they are fried. They have flavor of garlic and chili. They aren't quite as dusty as I recall, like drenched in chili powder, so there's a chance they are fried in the flavors or are even subjected to ingredients not on the label such as a bit of wasabi (incorrectly labeled imported items? no way! I once bought a Mexican coconut bar that said it had 0 g of fat hehe). Additionally once you open the package, you'll be surprised to learn the portions are individually wrapped and the peas are small...well, they're fried/dried. It's pretty cute and you could theoretically pack them as snacks or as part of your lunch. That's if they last that long. I've gone through most of tis package because they are addictive.  But, seriously, of all the vices a person could have on a bitterly cold and windy day??

Off to the gym...
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February 11, 2009
I finally bought a pack of these and am totally addicted! Any more delicious recommendations?
 
January 18, 2009
These are like flaming hot cheetos for me... I eat one, think its too hot and don't want anymore.. but somehow my hand goes in the bag and then I can't stop!! So addicting!
 
January 18, 2009
These sound so good! I love spicy green peas when they're in trail mix, and I never thought of just getting them alone. I'll have to check 'em out! Thanks!
 
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I'm a vegetarian and kung fu fanatic. I'm learning Chinese language and cooking. I an open to learning any vegetarian cooking for that matter. If you have recommendations for good, tasty, healthy recipes … more
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