I-Mei Fried Cookies (seaweed)

Posted in 1.0 Wasabi Pea Rating, Cookie, Sweet at 12:13 am by Boo


I am under the impression that SeanWhoseNameIsNate lives by the philosophy “You have to take the bad along with the good” because these fried cookies are…not as good as yesterday’s fried cookies. For one, they are sea weed flavored which…yeah. It is true that we have had some decent sea weed flavored things at the JSFR (these are not it) so I didn’t want to go into the review with my sea weed hate on. It is also true that we’ve had some pretty nasty tasting things flavored of sea entities so I did go into the review with a bit of caution.

Fried Cookies (sea weed) smell definitely sea weedy which didn’t surprise me all too much given the liberal dusting of green on the top of the cookies. It sort of looks like someone took the sea weed shaker and gave each cookie a healthy shake or two plus another to grow on. Or something. The point is that no one suspected the cookies wouldn’t taste like sea weed given the look and smell.

Sadly, Fried Cookies (sea weed) lived up to every word of their name. They had the crunchy crisp of a decent (fried) tea biscuit, which I’d like to add was a very serviceable base cookie, and then they also had the dead-fish-on-the-beach flavor of sea weed. Yuck. Two of my Guinea Pigs had this exchange shortly after biting into the cookies:

Pig 1: These are kinda horrid.
Pig 2: No, not kinda horrid, I take issue with these!

I hate to say it, but the Pigs are on to something here. These cookies are pretty fishy on the sea weed scale and despite the decent cookie base and the delightful crunch the sea weed just killed it. I was going to give a pea point for the cookie and half a pea point for getting sea weed as one might expect to find walking along the ocean but a 1.5 pea rating is entirely too high.

Rating of 1 wasabi peas out of a possible 5 wasabi peas.


  1. Sean K. said,

    December 20, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Hmm, I really know how to pick ’em, huh? Perhaps this treat would be better for the Smithees .

  2. Edward said,

    December 22, 2009 at 3:47 am

    I found your website when I was looking for info on the curious similarities between nude pepero and toppo. It seems we share a hobby! 🙂
    You’re lucky to be able to buy so many different types of pocky, I have a hard time finding them in my area.

  3. Boo said,

    December 22, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Yeah, badmovie was going to ask if you could pick up some of the sea weeds for ConBust. Yum!

  4. boo said,

    December 23, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Hello Edward! Welcome to the review. Also….ARRGH! I don’t read Dutch! Your site looks uber awesome and now I’m wishing that I took Dutch in college instead of German. Sigh.

    I have no idea why we have so many outlets for Asian snacks considering I live smack in the northern Midwest (not exactly an Asian hot spot) but I’m not complaining 🙂 I’m kinda surprised Amsterdam doesn’t have more Pocky places. Huh! (P.S. If you are Jonesing for Pocky and don’t mind spending a bit, check J-list [linked from the main page], they usually have something fun).

  5. Trish said,

    March 5, 2010 at 1:40 am

    I actually like these. Comes with being Asian and liking seaweed I guess. You are aware there are different flavors of these cookies- there’s peanut (with actual pieces of peanuts ) and sesame (with black sesame).

  6. Boo said,

    March 29, 2010 at 10:54 am

    We’ve tried the peanut and found them tastier and someday I will come upon the other flavors (these were donated to the JSFR by our friend who lives several states away. I have not yet seen this brand of cookie in the stores around here). I think our objection to these, as we have tasted and liked sea weed flavored things, was that the sea weed taste was poor.

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