crackle and crunch: football and kropek

at 4:29 this afternoon, i will sit on my lumpy couch, put my feet up, turn on the TV and prepare to watch the new york jets get slaughtered by the hated new england patriots. i’m hoping/praying, of course, for a rout β€” BY GANG GREEN (awful nickname for the jets, i know; the new york giants are called big blue, which makes me think of IBM). even a one-point victory will do, like last week. but the last time these two teams faced off, those pesky pats humiliated the jets.

Image taken from http://www.fareastliving.co.uk

when the football-loving masses of this great nation gather in front of their HDTVs, there will be chips and dips aplenty to be passed around. how do i know this? from the rapidly diminishing stack of potato chips and sour cream dip, nachos and salsa at my local grocery story. i, however, have my own filipino-style chips and dip: KROPEK, or as the packaging referred to it “biscuit de crevette,” with vinegar dip. i’ve always liked the pink-colored ones with a delicate shrimp flavor, but i’ve also enjoyed the yellow ones that were shaped like rectangles. if i don’t watch myself, i can finish an entire bag without blinking πŸ˜›

the japanese have a version of rice crackers that’s also sold in fil-am stores. there are different flavors β€” some savory, others salty β€” but i like the ones that are a little sweet.

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  1. Betis Boy says:

    my aunt loves kropek as ulam, with a side dip of vinegar with pepper and crushed garlic. or sometimes, tomatoes with salt. yum!

    i love those japanese kropek too, and yeah, i like the sweet-salty-spicy mix. the korean ones are good too. must have gone through a thousand bags of those πŸ˜€

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  2. Guagua Girl says:

    man, i devoured the kropek; they were gone in a blink. mostly during the first quarter, when the jets were down 3 points πŸ˜› they won, though. beat those pats. yipee!!!!!

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  3. Betis Boy says:

    ha.ha. don't worry, they are mostly air (the kropek, not the gang green — sounds like gangrene) πŸ˜› do you remember the besuto prawn crackers that you just dipped in hot oil then they floated up and popped?

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  4. Guagua Girl says:

    of course, i remember! they look like colored plastic chips in uncooked form. some japanese versions are sold in the asian grocery stores πŸ™‚ i've been tempted to buy them once or twice πŸ˜›

    and yes, the jet's nickname is truly awful πŸ˜›

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