8 Bizarre Japanese Snacks

8 Bizarre Japanese Snacks

I love Japan and it is not a surprise. I have lived here for quite sometime and everything here works as it should. The food are amazing, the culture is rich and the people are very nice. I have 101 reasons to like Japan. But there are just some stuff that drive me nuts especially when it comes to snacks. Japan has a wide variety of it and I will show you 8 Japanese snacks (in no particular order) that taste not just awful but epically horrible. I warn you to NOT try them.



 

8 Bizarre Japanese Snacks

 

1. Japanese powdered beer

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To drink it, just pour the beer powder in a glass then add water. It will foam up. Easy! It looks fantastic with the thick bubble on top. But don’t try it. It tastes like a bubble bath!

 

2. Mayotara

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Tara is a dried fish. Mayotara comes with little mayo packet that you squeeze on top of tara. It smells so fishy.It smells like the fish department in the supermarket.

 

3. Espressoda

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The name of it makes you wonder how could someone come up with such drink. On the packaging it says: “A twist of bold coffee and refreshing soda.” It smells like an ordinary espresso but it tastes like… Hell yah! It tastes so bad that it will wake you up! That’s the twist!

 

4. Umaibo – natto flavor

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Umaibo is a stick snack in different flavor. “Umai” means delicious and “bou” means stick. Nattou (fermented beans) is a staple food in Japan. Japanese eat it for breakfast. They believe it’s tasty. They ask tourist to give it a try to feel the real essence of their culture. But it makes foreigners ill. There are many kinds of snacks in Natto flavor (Ice cream, pizza, or chips) so umaibo in natto flavor is not unusual but this one has the strongest aroma! It smells so gross! It tastes like rotten beans.

 

5. Stew flavored ice cream popsicle

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Yep! Ice cream in stew flavor! It tastes like garlic and potato together in a popsicle. That’s unthinkable! But if you are experimental enough, by all means, please go ahead.

 

6. Spaghetti-flavored ice cream

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it really tastes like a real pasta. It has bits of tomato jelly and neapolitan sauce together in a popsicle! How obscure that is!

 

7. Tomato jelly

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Japanese thought that tutti fruity jellies are just boring so they made tomato-flavored jelly. It is too sour that it tastes like a cleaning product. It doesn’t taste like tomato at all!

 

8. Dried squid/octopus legs

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This snack has a very strong “fishiness” and you can smell it all over the room once you open it. It’s salty and it takes forever the break no matter how hard you bite. Better yet get a knife and slice then into strips. But then why waste your energy if you can have other easy-to-eat snacks?

 

Conclusion

Those were the snacks you must, by any circumstances, NOT explore. If you want to venture beyond sushi, try others except those mentioned above to save yourself from disappointment and from wasting your money. You can thank me later.

 

8 Bizarre Japanese Snacks

1. Japanese powdered beer
2. Mayotara
3. Espressoda
4. Umaibo – natto flavor
5. Stew flavored ice cream popsicle
6. Spaghetti-flavored ice cream
7. Tomato jelly
8. Dried squid/octopus legs