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On Vegetarian Chicharon

The line on the package really grabs you, doesn’t it? Vegetarian chicharonfaux pork crackling!

It’s one of the newer items from the Oishi stable and goes by the name Marty’s Cracklin’. I don’t know who Marty is – heck, I haven’t even the faintest clue as to who he is! – but I have a feeling that he’s either a recent convert to vegetarianism or a middle-aged fellow who was told by his doctor to cut down on fatty treats like chicharon.

When you open the pack, you’ll see that the munchies really do look like squares of deep-fried and puffed-up pork skin. To a certain extent (well, depending on which variant you’re eating), they even taste like the real thing.

These babies come in either plain salted or salt-and-vinegar. While I did like the plain salted kind shown at the top, I prefer the salt-and-vinegar; it’s more realistic. 😉



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

5 thoughts on “On Vegetarian Chicharon

  1. my wife introduced me to this chips. she’s more into this than me, and doesn’t forget to buy a pack whenever we go grocery shopping.
    not bad at all but i prefer potato chips 🙂

  2. when you go to baguio, go to bliss cafe and have their vegetarian chicharon. it’s amazing how they managed to replicate the real thing – down to the layer of fat under the skin 🙂

  3. Bought this for Garandee once, and she got hooked instantly. Now she always brings Marty’s to her office, and hides it in her desk drawer. She calls it a “HIT”
    We also love those SPONGE snacks by Oishi. Have you tried those?

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