Archive for the Jerky Category

Review: Hong Kong Beef Jerky (?)

Posted in Aji Ichiban Candy Jerky, Jerky, REVIEWS on March 18, 2009 by chomposaurus

Aji Ichiban! It’s synonymous with snacks! At least in Hong Kong it is. In the U.S., it’s synonymous with, “I don’t know what anything in this store is, can we leave now?” Sparing me that experience, my friend K.N.L. purchased me a packet of candied beef jerky. She even told the cashier that “her friend would review it for his meat blog.” The cashier looked confused, smiled and said “you have a nice day, too.” Hooray for foreign relations.

I chose a picture that makes it look even shadier, so I would appear more brave for trying it.

I chose a picture that makes it look even shadier, so I would appear more brave for trying it.

So, what did it taste like? Beef Jerky marinated in grape jelly. Let me tell you, I wasn’t opposed. Sweet and salty have met with fabulous results in every culture since time immemorial. And whatever they did made the beef less chewy and more tender, something a lot of American brands lack. I didn’t eat the whole packet, though, and I washed it down with some Four Roses Kentucky Bourbon just to be safe.

If you want to chew your own, Aji Ichiban can be found in the shadier corners of New York City, Chicago, Richardson, TX, San Gabriel, CA and Rockville, Maryland. Next time I’m trying the dried crabs.

Review: Alaska’s Best King Salmon Jerky

Posted in Alaska's Best Salmon, Jerky with tags , , on October 1, 2008 by chomposaurus

Correspondent P. Sundae writes in to tell us that of all the wild salmon jerky he’s tried, this is definitely the best. Of course it’s the only salmon jerky he’s tried, but that doesn’t matter; it’s still delicious, if incredibly salty (our guess: preserving fish takes even more salt than beef or pork). The rich, red taste of salmon survives the curing, however, and combines especially well with the teriyaki flavor. It’s a perfect compliment to your Delaware scrapple for that vice presidential debate!

Review: Trader Joe’s Turkey Jerky

Posted in Jerky, REVIEWS, STUFF ABOUT MEAT, Trader Joe's Turkey Jerky with tags , , on September 3, 2008 by chomposaurus

You know, most people like to think they’re above impulse buying. “That’s for the morons with no self-control,” they say as they pick up their usual tin of Altoids by the register. I count myself among this hypocritical bunch after impulse-buying a pack of Trader Joe’s Turkey Jerkey (teriyaki flavor) while I was standing in the massive line of hipsters and shut-ins at the Union Square flagship store. And let me tell you, I did not regret my choice.

The jerky exhibited great texture, with a little artificial “tire tread” pattern making it easier to bite. Jerky should take some effort, but not work your jaw to exhaustion. It was hard to taste the smoke flavor that was added, but the turkey came through loud and clear. The teriyaki flavoring leaned heavily towards “sweet” and away from “salt,” a good thing if you enjoy devouring an entire bag at once. I’d say the taste had an almost cherry-like fruitiness to it, reinforcing jerky’s role as the true candy of the meat world.

For under five bucks for a big bag, this turkey jerky can’t be beat by your typical low-quality grocery store brands. Check it out the next time you’re buying a cartload of 2-buck Chuck.