It’s always the same few flavours that you buy: barbeque, cheese, original, sour cream and onion, so on and so forth. Every party you host, every party you go to – there’s your familiar friend, Lay’s Barbecue or Ruffles Original.
Aren’t you tired of the monotony — of eating the same thing over and over again? Oh, the terrors of boring potato chip flavours! Oh, the pain!
I know I’m being a little dramatic, but I’m here to tell you that your potato chip experience doesn’t have always to be the same ol’ thing. I’ve scoured through the aisles of many a supermarket, and compiled a list of 10 unique and wacky potato chip flavours you can buy for your next party!
— Korean Flavours —
1. Honey Butter Chips (Haitai Calbee)
If you’re an avid fan of potato chips, I’m sure you’ve heard of these Honey Butter Chips ($4.70) from Haitai Calbee. These were first popularised in South Korea, before they became quite the international sensation.
These thinly cut chips boast a very unique flavour. With each bite comes a strong honeyed flavour, as well as notes of saltiness that balance out the sweetness. I can’t quite describe why, but these chips are incredibly addictive and you’ll find yourself shoving chip after chip into your mouth.
Expected damage: $4.70 for 60g
Haitai Calbee Honey Butter Chips: Available at Lee Mart, Chinatown Point #01-37, 133 New Bridge Road, Singapore 0594132 | Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Daily) | Tel: +65 6698 0482
2. Yogurt Chips (Cosmos)
This is by far one of the wackiest flavours on this list. Yogurt flavoured chips? Don’t think I’ve heard of something like that before.
As the packet advertises, these aren’t your conventional savoury chips – they’re sweet. I’m assuming the flavour is a little closer to a yogurt drink, rather than actual yogurt, seeing as the packet displays an icon that looks eerily similar to a Yakult bottle.
If you’re the adventurous type, these chips should definitely be on your bucket list!
Expected damage: $0.90 for 22g
Cosmos Yogurt Chips: Available at Shine Korea Supermarket, Various Outlets | Website
3. Korean Barbeque Chips (Kettle)
Kettle has always been my favourite brand of potato chips; in particular, the Honey Dijon flavour is my go-to potato chip flavour. But recently, these Korean Barbeque Chips ($4.95) from Kettle that have really piqued my interest.
Packaged in bright purple, these chips are quite hard to miss even amidst the host of potato chips in the snack section of any supermarket.
I was curious to find if these chips truly tasted like Korean BBQ – I mean, how could you possibly replicate the meaty, oily, umami-filled deliciousness that is Korean BBQ?
But sure enough, Kettle has succeeded in doing that, well at least to some extent. When you first bite into the chip, you might be slightly disappointed to find that it tastes exactly like regular barbeque-flavoured chips.
But give it a few more bites, and you’ll notice a subtle sweetness and umami flavour that is characteristic only to Korean BBQ. And once that happens, there’s no turning back – you’ll be finishing the whole pack.
Expected damage: $4.95 for 142g
Kettle’s Korean Barbeque Chips: Available at Cold Storage and Fairprice
4. Kimchi Potato Chips (Jack ‘n Jill)
I’m a huge fan of kimchi myself, and I love anything kimchi-flavoured. And there’s a lot of that: instant noodles, seaweed, fried rice, you name it.
Kimchi Potato Chips ($1.40) are quite honestly a brilliant idea. Combining the pickled tartness of kimchi with the rustic flavour of potato chips is undoubtedly a recipe for a delicious snack.
Perhaps, instead of Calbee’s Hot & Spicy Flavour Potato Chips, consider these kimchi-flavoured ones for an extra kick of flavour!
Expected damage: $1.40 for 75g
Jack ‘n Jill Kimchi Potato Chips: Available at Fairprice
— Local Flavours —
5. Cup Noodle Black Pepper Crab Chips (Nissin)
Ah, crab. It’s not only one of Singapore’s favourite dishes, it’s also our national pride. So, of course, there’s got to be Black Pepper Crab Chips ($1.60) in Singapore, because if there weren’t, we could not call ourselves Singapore.
These come at an affordable $1.50 per pack at Fairprice, but you can pretty much get them at any supermarket or convenience store. In the spice arena, these chips are rather potent and do match up to a milder black pepper crab. There’s just a hint of the flavour of crab, but I assure you, these are finger-licking good and perfect for a party with your friends!
Expected damage: $1.60 for 70g
Cup Noodle Black Pepper Crab Chips: Available at most supermarkets and convenience stores
6. Hainanese Chicken Rice Chips (F.EAST)
I think I speak for all Singaporeans when I say that we can’t live without chicken rice. What else am I supposed to eat when I don’t know what to eat?
It is an amazing dish, and people have tried to replicate it in various forms – there’s even chicken rice cocktail! So it’s no surprise that there’s Hainanese Chicken Rice Potato Chips ($3) too. It’s basically chicken rice that you can snack on; it’s wonderful.
Expected damage: $3 for 70g
F.EAST Hainanese Chicken Rice Potato Chips: Available at Fairprice, Giant, 7-11 and other supermarkets and convenience stores
7. Singapore Laksa Chips (F.EAST)
From the same folks at F.EAST, there’s also the Singapore Laksa Potato Chips ($3). This is bound to be a hit with locals, as it captures and condenses the flavours of one of our favourite dishes into a single, crispy bite.
Laksa as a dish itself possesses an extremely rich, heavy and distinct taste. With every bite of the Singapore Laksa Potato Chips, the layers of this complicated dish slowly revealed itself. The taste of coconut milk was instantly picked up when we took a bite, followed by a light hint of dried shrimp in the aftertaste.
Read our full review on these Singapore Laksa Potato Chips.
Expected damage: $3 for 70g
F.EAST Singapore Laksa Potato Chips: Available at Fairprice, Giant, 7-11 and other supermarkerts and convenience stores
— Premium Flavours —
8. Black Truffle Hand Cooked Gourmet Potato Chips (Snackgold)
Truffle and potato are a tried and tested combination, so these Black Truffle Hand Cooked Gourmet Potato Chips ($5.90) ought to be good. I guess they’re a little like truffle fries that you can store and eat any time you want, so that’s great.
Of course, you can’t expect something with truffle in it to be cheap. One pack of this will set you back $5.90 at Fairprice, so I don’t think it’s something you can have too often.
Expected damage: $5.90 for 125g
Snackgold Black Truffle Hand Cooked Gourmet Potato Chips: Available at Fairprice
9. Caviar Potato Chips (TORRES)
Most of us don’t quite have the budget to eat caviar on a regular basis, or at all. So I guess we could settle for these Caviar Potato Chips ($6.95) – even if you might never get to eat caviar, at least you’ll get a little taste of it.
However, you must be warned that these don’t come cheap either. They are sold at Fairprice for $6.95 per 110g, so be prepared to fork out a little more money if you get these in place of regular potato chips. I’m sure your party guests will be impressed.
Expected damage: $6.95 for 110g
Torres Caviar Potato Chips: Available at Fairprice
10. Rosemary Potato Chips (Lorenz)
This is a great choice if you’re looking for something lighter and a little less oil. With each bite of these Rosemary Potato Chips ($3.15), you’ll be hit with the fragrant aroma of rosemary that’ll linger in your mouth until you’re forced to take another bite. They’re thin and airy, so it’s easy to eat a copious amount at one go. They’re so addictive that you’ll want to eat a copious amount anyway.
Expected damage: $3.15 for 100g
Lorenz Natural Potato Chips – Rosemary: Available at Fairprice