Japan has many snacks that are famous worldwide. Some are a bit more savory than others, so finding the right one that satisfies your hunger is important. Here are common snacks that is popular among the locals and is a great start to understanding the vastness of Japanese snacks.
Japanese Rice Crackers
Japanese rice crackers is a popular Japanese snack that is loved by all generations. Most of the rice crackers have a soy sauce flavor, which is what makes it very tasty. It is commonly eaten at room temperature since it is packaged, but if you go to certain areas in Japan, you can eat it warm! If you are not sure which one to get, try the rice cracker wrapped in seaweed; always a great choice.
Kaki no Tane
Kaki no Tane is a popular snack to have while drinking beer. When you go to local Japanese bars, many places serve this. It is a mix of Japanese soy-flavored rice crackers and peanuts. Quite the simple snack but it is sold in most Japanese grocery stores and liquor stores. Make sure to buy a few if you are having friends over for drinks!
Jagariko Potato Sticks
Jagariko are crispy potato sticks that came into the Japanese market in 1995. It is still one of the most popular snacks in Japan. It is mostly made of potato, so basically it is similar to potato chips but in a vertical stick form. There are a variety of flavors but the most common ones are salad, butter and cheese. Don’t worry, the salad flavor doesn’t actually taste like salad. It is surprisingly delicious. If you are in doubt, check it out!
Dorayaki is a popular Japanese snack made with two round, pancake like patties with red bean paste sandwiched between. Depending on where you purchase the dorayaki, it can be very sweet or more savory. A great snack to have in the afternoon with some tea!
Were you convinced by this list to try out Japanese snacks? I hope so! Not only are Japanese snacks delicious, it is also quite affordable and convenient to purchase anywhere, even online! Make sure you try at least one of these.
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