Snack At A Glance (SNAAG)
Product Name: Baby Star Chow Mein Flavor Crispy Noodle Snack
Manufacturer: The Oyatsu Company, Ltd.
Genre: Fried Chow Mein Noodle (flour)
Year of Introduction: 1990-1991
Nutritional Data: Unknown
Primary Seasonings: chicken flavor, soy sauce, sugar, monosodium glutamate
Having enjoyed Calbee stuff in the past, I figured I’d try venturing into some unknown Japanese snack territory this time, from a different vendor. Well, sometimes when you go down a different road, you end up shooting off a cliff, or puking your guts out — thus my experience with Baby Star.
Now, I really wanted to like Baby Star. It had a really cute picture of a baby dressed in traditional Chinese Mandarin attire with really retro color Japanese packaging, evoking classic anime from the 1960s. Plus, the actual shape of the snack was interesting, and I’m a big fan of chow mein noodles. It had all the makings of a fun snack.
That’s all well and good, but this had to be one of the most god awful tasting things I have ever put in my mouth. The MSG is absolutely overwhelming, particulary in combination with the artificial chicken flavor, which tastes like chicken boullion if you chewed on a cube before actually boiling it in water. I’ve had vurps that have tasted better, really. After two or three tastes to try to accomodate myself to the flavor, I threw the whole bag out. Nasty.
Apparently this stuff is quite popular with kids in Japan and Oyatsu is a very long established snack company. Perhaps I picked the wrong flavor, but it’s not a good sign.