Lay's Zhou Hei Ya Spicy Braised Duck Neck
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Lay's Zhou Hei Ya Spicy Braised Duck Neck

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Taste test: This bag of Lay's from China promised a flavor that sounded quite different from anything we've eaten on a potato chip. I opened the bag to find that the chips looked pretty ordinary, generally small, with somewhat wiggly shapes that had some bubbles embedded inside and yellow surfaces with areas of browning. There were some very sparse, fine, orange and green seasoning bits, but I had to look really closely to see them.

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I crunched in to find a nice crisp feel and good crunch, with quite the explosion of flavor. I've eaten Peking Duck with hoisin sauce (as well as a Pringles flavor based on it), and this vaguely reminded me of that, but the level of heat here was completely different. It packed a pretty good punch, which isn't something that I've had with duck before — and that's fine, because it didn't claim to be Peking duck. It was really quite tasty, and the heat lingered for a while in the aftertaste, at which point I detected a hint of sichuan pepper too.

The bag seemed to show the bottom of a duck's face, similar to how Lay's has depicted people's smiles on recent American bags.

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Smell test: Nice tangy smell, maybe like hoisin sauce.

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Company: Pepsico China (China)

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This snack was discovered by Jeremy at 99 Asian Supermarket, Malden, Massachusetts. Review published .

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