The Adventurous Tastebuds Meet Japanese Eats

Japanese cuisine is famously eclectic, and tastes range from the traditional to well beyond avant garde.  Here are some Japanese foods to hook your attention, if not your tastebuds.

Tokyo Banana

Tokyo Banana (東京ばな奈) is one of the more popular presents people bring back from Japan. It is similar to a Twinkie, but banana flavored. Tokyo Banana is elaborately packaged and is typical of any quality Japanese product. The banana flavoring is not too overpowering; it is light, creamy, and a refreshing snack. An interesting and delicious gift to give to family and friends.

Tokyo Banana. | sk

Shirouo no Odorigui (Dancing Ice fish)

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Shirouo (シロウオの踊り食い) are small transparent fish that are usually eaten raw. You can still feel them moving or dancing in your mouth as you swallow, hence their other name: Dancing Ice fish. Your food can’t get any fresher than this! Shirouo can be found at most restaurants and fish markets in Japan. If your palate is itching for an adventure, try it.

Shirouo no Odorigui. | Poohjay

Matcha Green Tea Kit Kat

Kit Kat, a wafer biscuit covered with chocolate, is a commercially manufactured candy bar initially made by Rowntree’s of England. It is now being distributed worldwide by Nestlé since it purchased Rowntree in 1988. In the United States, Kit Kat is under license by The Hershey Company. Kit Kat is typically packaged in two to four wafer biscuits but there are larger variants called Kit Kat Chunky. It is a popular candy bar found in most candy aisles.

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The addition of unique variations to Kit Kats helped the brand gain a strong foothold in the confectionery industry. Limited or special edition variants are only offered for a few months, a strategy now also adopted by other key players in the candy business.

Matcha Green Tea Kit Kat. | James Whatley

Some flavors are less successful than others, but one flavor that has captured Japan by storm is the Matcha Green Tea Kit Kat. Its distinct green tea flavor pairs well with chocolate and wafers. A must-try, whenever you can get your hands on one.