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Pop Some Chichapop Microwaveable Chicharon

Having an office near a convenience store (who doesn’t?), I find myself taking a break from work and heading over nearly every afternoon to grab some knick-knacks. During one of these breaks, I noticed a package with the label Microwaveable Chicharon.
Chichapop (p70 SRP)
I did a double take and thought- “Just like popcorn? That’s awesome.” A month or so after, I finally had the chance to try Chichapop Microwave Chicharon. While the outside packaging of the local version of microwaveable popcorn is larger than its foreign counterpart, the chicharon bag isn’t much different from what we’re used to. See?
There are instructions on the package on how to handle it, but being used to microwaveable popcorn, I merely glanced at the text and thought I could figure it out for myself (being a pro at cooking liek that). Pop this baby inside the microwave and within minutes, you get freshly-popped chicharon, all ready for munching. Easy peasy.
You’d end up with this after popping
It wasn’t that easy (kitchen noob alert). Although not rocket science, there are a few differences between popping popcorn and chicharon. For one, you can usually tell that the popcorn is ready if the bag is fully inflated. The chicharon bag doesn’t expand as much. 

For another, you know that your popcorn’s done when the intervals between the popping kernels get longer. Popping chicharon is a lot quieter than popcorn, you barely hear the chicharon popping (it’s more of a low crackling sound) and you’d have to garner a guess if it’s done.

Light and crispy chicharon straight from the bag

What you can do is to take it out of the microwave after the bag has expanded and you hear a few minutes of crackling and try to feel if the bits have popped. If not, put it back in the microwave to pop it some more. It took me a few tries, but some minutes later, I was happily munching on warm and crunchy chicharon.

Quite honestly, I thought it would come out a little bit tough. It was a nice surprise to find bite-sized chicharon that’s light, crispy and less-oily than regular chicharon. Chichapop would be perfect for Filipinos abroad who get a hankering for this crunchy Pinoy snack when they’re not in the country. With Chichapop, you can have freshly-popped chicharon anywhere at any time of the day. As long as you have microwave, of course.

Chichapop Microwaveable Chicharon is available in most 7-11 and MiniStop branches all over the metro. 🙂

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