I was and still am obsessed with Asian and Filipino snacks. However, there was a period in my life where I would hate bringing any to school. My friends would scowl at its "exoticness." They'd pinch their noses and if they ever attempted to taste it, they'd spit it out. Funny enough, those same friends are the ones I see skipping around the 626 Night Market and trying Asian "Mukbangs" on their mediocre YouTube Channels.
However, in college and the creation of Facebook groups like Subtle Asian Traits showed me that there was nothing I had to be ashamed about. I'm going to bring my not-bought-from-Ralph's snacks with me and EAT THEM without SHAME.
Seafood City Product Display
It's literally just twisted breadsticks dipped in chocolate. Also, 65% of the bag is air. BUT THAT'S OK.
2. Chrysanthemum Tea Drink
A teacher of mine once described this as SUGAR WATER.
FALSE.... but also true.
BUT MAINLY FALSE.
3. Hei Chiao Shredded Pork
AKA you're too broke or too lazy to cook real meat so you mix this in with rice.
ALSO someone once described this as MEAT FAIRY FLOSS. WHAT.
4. Choko Choko
It's melted chocolate. Not quite pudding. And it's difficult to get every last drop, but hey, it's totally worth.
Stomach medicine or a dessert? The line is very thin.
6. Marukawa Bubble Gum
Nobody reallllyyy knew what the frog one was. You always ate the strawberry one first and the grape one last (duh).
I could feel myself over-salivating already.
8. Lychee Coconut Jelly
WARNING: highly addicting. very tedious to open. you may fail to open the top multiple times. be sure to slurp the juices.
9. Hello Panda
This has gone to the mainstream nowadays. I mean, Costco even sells it. For some reason, the ones with the panda ears are always better.
You pretended to use this as a cigarette.
Nutty, chcolatey, mess.
12. Yan Yan
You always ran out of the bread sticks so you used your finger...ya nasty.
13. Choco Mallows
Soft, chewy, crunchy, chocolatey. Sometimes you ate a piece of aluminum foil.
14. Haw Flakes
Apparently these are stomach ailments? Seems like a snack to me.
15. Rice Crackers
One of my friends called these "Air Crackers."
16. Thai tea
THE OG TREAT
17. White Rabbit
YOU EAT THE PAPER. NO, NOT THAT PAPER. THE ONE INSIDE THE OTHER PAPER.
Apparently, it's a diet now.
But there was never enough cholocate on these sticks.
20. Shrimp Crackers
Somewhere in between Styrofoam and MSG
You ABGs ruined this drink for me ever since y'all were introduced to alcohol.
22. Filipino Dried Mangoes
If you prefer the Trader Joe's dried mangoes, please make your way out the door and exit my life.
Was I the only one who ate this out of a spoon and coughed like a maniac right after??
Addicting, cheesy, crispy, and way better than your Cheese Cheetos.
NO IT'S NOT COCAINE. NO YOU DON'T USE THE STRAW TO SNORT IT. AND BTW THIS IS A HORRIBLE ADVERTISEMENT PICTURE.
Somewhere in between making your mouth extremely dry and making you drool.
It's basically edible condensed milk.
RED BEAN AND UBE (TARO) FILLING FOR DAYS. NO DEBATE ON IT (OK maybe the yellow mongo is good too).
30. Butter Mamon
it's basically 99% butter. Let's just say it counts for your Keto diet.
31. Filipino Puto
Hi latinos/hispanics, we can explain. It's just rice cake with Eden Cheese.
32. Boy Bawang
Boy Bawang Co.
It's break your teeth and make your breath smell but you love it anyways.
Again, it'll break your teeth and make your breath smell but you love it anyways.
34. Gummy Choco
This is the treat you got when your mom was in a good mood. It would later be turned into a piggy bank or some sort of storage.
35. Coconut Juice
VitaCoco got nothing on this OG baby.