Asian ?savory/salty treat
I am filling the Christmas stockings this year. Usually I turn to family traditions of chocolates etc...., but my sister in law (Taiwanese) is not a big fan of these sweets.
Can you guys tell me about a few, classic things I can buy to put in her stocking as little food treats? Looking for her preference of salty/savory snacks.
Although not Taiwanese, Japanese senbei/sembei sound like they might do it.
Senbei are rice crackers that are often flavored with soy sauce and sometimes wrapped in nori. They are very tasty, crispy, crunchy, and salty. Some have sugar on them for a salty/sweet contrast, but most do not, and there are many varieties. Some also have goma (sesame seeds) which add a pleasantly nutty and slightly bitter flavor. They come in all shapes and sizes, and are a very traditional Japanese snack.
Senbei can be found in most Asian food markets, especially those specializing in Japanese or East Asian foods. I'm sure they are also sold online.
Oh yeah! Definitely dried cuttlefish or squid for a Taiwanese snack.
Or green tea pumpkin seeds.
Or the tiny dried fish mixed with slivered almonds, or that dried fish/seaweed/peanut/dried chili mix that you have with beer. Here, I buy both in individual serving bags for quick snacks.
Garlic horse beans (aka broad beans). They're deep fried so that the outer coating goes crispy, with the crunch bean inside.
Wasabi peas or peanuts.
Deep fried seaweed snacks (wasabi flavour is pretty good).
I was going to suggest laver but it won't fit in the stocking.
It's like nori, but thinner, salty roasted and super good. I eat it alone or with rice.
Trader Joes sells some that are a much smaller size than the ones in Asian groceries but I still don't think it'll fit in the stocking.
Some great suggestions already. I am not Taiwanese but if you can get any... I love eating Asian-style beef jerky. It seems less dry than American beef jerky and comes in interesting flavors (spicy fruit flavored jerky is good; both sweet and savory, but not sweet the way candy or chocolate is sweet). I remember mostly seeing these sold in smallish portions in vacuum-sealed bags.