Snacks from China: Seleco Tempura Crispy Fried Seaweed – Extra Cheese Flavour

Our “Snacks from…” series treats you to different snacks found in the World Showcase pavilions at Epcot. Find more reviews here! Continuing our series, we head to House of Good Fortune at Epcot’s China pavilion!

Today’s snack is “Seleco Tempura Brand Crispy Fried Seaweed Extra Cheese Flavour.” These can best be described as vegetarian pork rinds, which was my first thought when I spotted them. I thought the concept was an interesting one, and cheese flavored? I’m pretty much sold!

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This “Tasty Unique Seaweed Snack” uses a “highly special frying technique” for a “low oil-absorbing characteristic.” In fact, if these become soft, you can microwave them to make them crispy again.

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The snack has an interesting appearance, with light, airy tempura batter on one side, and strips of seaweed on the back. They are dusted with seasoning as well. At first, they had a distinct oceanic aroma when opening the bag. Not so much fishy, but the salty smell of seaweed. The seaweed itself reminded me of unagi skin.

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The cheese flavor was mild compared to the tempura batter and seaweed, but noticeable. At first taste, I wasn’t sure how I felt about them, but found them strangely addictive. For $4.99 for 1.27 oz., the snack doesn’t come cheap, but the size of the pieces and their lightness provides for more pieces of the crunchy, fried snack. For a unique snack, it’s worth the splurge.

Have you tried Tempura Crispy Fried Seaweed or anything similar?

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