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September 26, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Asian snacks? I’ll take a (WhoNu?) Korean drumstick

I just now got around to sneaking a peek at my Sunday paper. And that’s where I found a Pacific Northwest magazine article that spoke — loudly — to me and my family. We’re big fans of Asian snack foods, including the fruit jellies, mochi balls, dried plums and wasabi peas writer Eve Tai loves too [read her story here]. And, funny she should mention it:

This summer we got together here at our house with our “judo families” — friends from Seattle Dojo. Our potluck started, naturally, with plenty of snacks, including one the kids adored. As everyone who knows Korean food knows, fried chicken’s hot stuff in Korea. But who knew that you could actually purchase a box of fried chicken snack-crackers?

Cayla’s got a Japanese-American mom and a Chinese-American dad, and if you’re a longtime Seattleite, perhaps you’ve eaten at her grandparents’ restaurant, Ruby Chow’s. [photos/Nancy Leson]

Our Korean pal, Silver, brought the mini-drumsticks, proving, as I often say, you never know what wonders you’ll find when hitting the aisles of our multitude of “ethnic” supermarkets, or any local market, really. My favorite Asia-inspired snack?

Trader Joe’s Savory Thin Mini Edamame Crackers, which — who knew? — go great with my homemade edamame hummus. (Though I hate to mention it, because you know what happens when you go crazy for a product at TJ’s.) So tell me, do: What fun snacks do you pack?

I’m guessing Silver bought the “fried chicken” at H Mart. As for the WhoNu? cookies: they were sampling those recently at QFC. [photos/Nancy Leson]

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