I was fascinated when a successful dairy-free ice cream creator turned his interests to spicy Asian snacks. His new venture, Tuk Tuk Herbs & Spices, sources bold flavors and manufactures them into munchies right at the source: in Thailand.
Asian cuisine is like a culinary paradise for the dairy-free diet, so there was no way I was going to turn down the chance to sample these new products. And while I hoped for intense and fragrant flavors, I kept in mind that most Americanized “Thai” snacks tend to fall short. But not Tuk Tuk. Rich nuts, aromatic seasonings, and a wonderful heat give Tuk Tuk Asian snacks authentic appeal.
The fledgling products from Tuk Tuk include Thai Summer Heat Spicy Peanuts and Spicy Cashews, both in 2-ounce double-serve bags. The ingredients are very similar (with red onion, salt, sugar (but just 1 to 2 grams of sugars per serving), garlic, lemongrass, makrut lime leaf, and Thai chili), but the cashews also have sesame seeds.
I’ve never been a big peanut fan, so by my tastes, the Spicy Peanut snack was good, flavorful, full of spice, but just not my favorite. The Spicy Cashews, however, had a creamy sweetness that I adored combined with an abundance of complimentary spices and the perfect smattering of seeds. And in terms of heat, I would describe both as spicy, but not on fire.
Both varieties of these Tuk Tuk Asian snacks have thin, intense onion wafers for textural interest and loads of chunky, dehydrated herbs and spices. While good as a snack, they also make an amazing garnish on salads and Asian-inspired soup, rice and noodle dishes.
Certifications: I did not notice any certifications on Tuk Tuk Asian Snacks.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Tuk Tuk Asian Snacks are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, verify on the label and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes, ingredients, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Tuk Tuk website at www.tuktuksnacks.com.