Thursday, 19 March 2015

Stamina Gen Tare Potato Chips

Stamina Gen Tare is a delicious sauce produced by KNK,* a local Towada company that manufactures various sauces and dressings as well as soy sauce. It is a soy sauce-based sauce made with apples, garlic, ginger, and other vegetables. The soy beans, wheat, apples, and garlic used are 100% Aomori-sourced, making it a truly local product. It is delicious as a sauce for yakiniku grilled meat, and meat & vegetable stir-fries, among other things.

*KNK = Kamikita Nousan Kakou Nougyou Kyoudou Kumiai (上北農産加工農業協同組合) Kamikita Agricultural Products Manufacturing Agricultural Cooperative

And now, for a limited time, you can enjoy the taste of Stamina Gen Tare in potato chip form!
Stamina Gen Tare Potato Chips Calbee KNK スタミナ源たれ味ポテトチップス カルビー 上北農産加工農業協同組合
Stamina Gen Tare Potato Chips Calbee KNK スタミナ源たれ味ポテトチップス カルビー 上北農産加工農業協同組合
They are made with Aomori apples and garlic and have a very authentic Stamina Gen Tare taste despite not having any of the actual sauce in the ingredients. Just be warned that the garlic smell and taste are quite strong, so you might not want to eat them at work, for example. On the other hand, the garlicky taste makes it the perfect snack to go with beer (or other alcoholic drinks).

Moreover, a portion of the proceeds from the sales of the chips will go to The Michinoku Future Fund (みちのく未来募金 Michinoku Mirai Bokin), a charity established after the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011 that provides long- and medium-term support, particularly relating to education and professional training, to children in the Tohoku region who have lost one or both parents.

Look for them at local supermarkets. (I have seen then in Max Valu and Universe in Towada; I'm not sure about its availability outside of Aomori, though.) At around 100yen for a 58g bag, it is a cheap and delicious snack.

Highly recommended!

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