Sunday, May 8, 2022

Japanese Snacks

My friend, Hiromi, whom I had met through a language app in 2018, and met in person when I visited Gunma in 2019, and who visited me in Cebu is 2020, sent me a box of Japanese snacks.


The parcel arrived in the Philippines three days after Hiromi dropped it off at their post office, but it took more than a month from arriving in my country to get to me! Hiromi was worried that some of it might have expired!


What I did not expect was for the parcel to be so big—she had sent about 40 kinds of snacks! So many! What should I eat first? Easy. By expiration date! There were three that were already past their expiration date (April), but we (my family and I) still ate them.

Mochi Taro 餅太郎
This one is somewhat like rice crackers with a light taste and has bits of peanuts.
★★★★

Cut Yotchan (White) カットよっちゃん (しろ)
This is a squid snack flavored with vinegar. It was very sour!
★★
Apparently, it is a popular dagashi (small and cheap Japanese snacks ranging from 10 yen to 100 yen).
Which reminds me—another friend, Yumiko, brought me to visit a dagashiya (shop selling dagashi) in Kawagoe in 2019.

Ama Ika Taro 甘いか太郎
This is sweet and salty squid in kimchi flavor.
★★★

Fried Potato フライドポテト
Lightly salty French fries-shaped snack.

駄菓子屋さんのカレー
This is a curry flavored snack. I like Japanese curry! I could not stop eating this.
★★★★

Komusubi Arare 小結あられ
Arare are rice snacks/crackers that go well with drinks (or so the Japanese say).
This snack is slightly salty.
Hiromi says this one is a hineri-age or twisted fried snack.
With or without drinks, it disappeared in our tummies in a flash.
★★★★★

Happy Turn ハッピーターン
Happy Turn are crunchy rice crackers coated with sweet buttery powder. This variety has 150% more powder! My first taste of this snack was maybe three years ago, when my Japanese coworker gave us a pack of Happy Turn original flavor (100% powder). It was so good that I hunted it down it when I visited Japan in autumn of 2019. So happy that Hiromi sent me a pack of Happy Turn. I miss this rice cracker!
★★★★★

Ika Mirin いかみりん
Ika Mirin are crunchy squid crackers seasoned with mirin so it is slightly sweet.
Really addicting! I could not stop eating this!
★★★★★

Cabbage Taro キャベツ太郎
An okonomiyaki flavored puffed corn snack.
The flavor, which was okonimayaki, wasn't anything special or memorable.


Sakura Daikon さくら大根
This is radish (daikon) fermented in plum, resulting in its pink color (I am guessing that's where the "sakura" comes in). This is quite sour (as one would expect from a pickles) but crunchy. Pretty good if you like pickled veggies.
★★★

Sumomo (Plum) すもも
These pickled plums looked so cute. The taste reminded me of Chinese pickles
we used to eat when we were young.
★★★

Edo Dagashi Fugashi 江戸駄菓子ふ菓子
The texture reminded me of Moby (a Filipino snack). The taste was very very very sweet! 

Mugen Ebi 無限エビ
Shrimp flavored rice crackers. It tastes light and not too salty.
★★★★

Cheese Arare チーズあられ
Did not taste like cheese to me. Thus, the one star.

Kameda no Kaki no Tane Noko Ume Zarame 亀田の柿の種 濃厚梅ざらめ
Plum flavored rice crackers with peanuts. This is sweet and salty.
This is the first time I have tried the plum variety.
(I often buy the original flavor since it is available in my local supermarket.)
★★★

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