From curry-flavored lemonade to oven-baked Kit Kat chocolate bars we explore today what exciting and unusual snack food Japan has to offer. So let’s dig right in and see what the vending machines have for us!
Item 1: Curry Lemonade
To the Japanese the innovative mixture of interesting flavors seem commonplace, and let’s be honest to some of us it is an adventure to try anything at least once. Top drink-to-try-out at-least once should go to Curry Lemonade, and no, this is not a Fear Factor challenge.
Before you think the concept alien, in Japan there are oodles of people that likes this drink, so tasting it might not be that bad. You have the spice taste of curry mixed with the acidy citrus taste of lemon and if you think rationally, there are curries out there with lemons as an ingredient. So bottoms up, friends and try a sip!
Item 2: Melon Pan/ Melon Bread
Those of you familiar with the anime Shakugan no Shana or Yakitate Japan!! might remember that in Shakugan no Shana, Shana eats it for breakfast and in Yakitate Japan!! Melon bread is one of the dishes Azuma bakes.
Melon bread (Melon pan in Japanese) is a sweet bun that is melon-shaped and tastes like melon (depends on the recipe). Traditionally it is melon flavoured and is crisp on the outside and soft and mushy on the inside. Some of them have maple or chocolate chips, cream or custard inside which means sometimes it does not even taste like melon.
Item 3 Taiyaki
Some of you might remember that in the anime Kannon there is a girl named Ayu Tsukimiya that loves hot taiyaki or you might remember this snack from the anime Clannad. Taitaki translates to ‘baked steam bream’ and is a fish-shaped cake. The most common filling for taiyaki is red bean paste made from azuki beans. Other filling may include chocolate, custard or even cheese.
It is made using regular pancake or waffle batter. The batter they pour into a fish-shaped mould (for each side), then the filling is added to the one side and the mold is closed. Both sides are the cooked until golden brown.
Item 4 Kit Kats
We all like to have a rest and eat a Kit Kat, but there are not a lot of different Kit Kat flavours to choose from, except maybe if we go to Japan. In Japan there are types of flavours almost for every food group.
In the fruit section w have the following flavours: Strawberry, Pear, Shinshu Apple. Or if you are in the mood for vegetable Kit Kat there is: Edamame Soybean, Purple Sweet Potato, Hot Japanese Chili or Grilled Potato Are you in the mood for baked goods flavours? Then you might want to try: Cinnamon Cookie, Strawberry Cheesecake, Blueberry Cheesecake. If you want something different you can always try Kit Kat that is beverage-flavoured: Macha-Green Tea, Hojicha Roasted Tea, and Brown Sugar syrup. Then there are the weird Kit Kats: Red Bean Sandwich and Wasabi, yes Wasabi flavoured Kit Kat! Oh and the most interesting flavour of all – Cherry Blossom.
We have a special treat, here is a video of a Kit Kat you can toast in a toaster oven. Please have a look by following this link: http://bit.ly/lets_toast_Kit_Kat
Picture Sources: wikipedia, tokyotimes and google