foodstuffs from Japan
, Japan. The text on the right reads: "Is it sweet? Is it spicy? A new chocolate sensation!" You've got white chocolate in my Japanese horseradish! You've got Japanese horseradish in my white chocolate!
Godzilla's Egg Watermelon,
Precce Supermarket, Nakameguro, Tokyo. It's kept in a cage to keep Tokyo and your wallet safe.
Kinokuniya Supermarket, Aoyama, Tokyo.One melon:
A cup of ten cherries:
, Japan. "American Burger Flavour".
Every month in Japan, a multitude of new snack foods are born only to tragically die before their best-before dates a few weeks later. This is one of the more interesting ones.
, Japan: "EbiCch is a snack who has used by raw shrimp. It contains rich in natural calcium. We are baked it in a short time and keep flavor it's raw material."
, Japan: a Disney branded laxative?
, Taipei. You can find street stalls selling deep-fried fermented tofu in every night market in Taipei. It's easy to find, imagine the fine fragrance of rancid cheese lovingly mingled with the sweet odour of high school boys' feet after gym class. You can smell it 100 meters away. I've been told that it is very delicious, but some Japanese will tell you the same about nattou.
, Japan. "Winter's Potato Chips: Creamy Stew Flavour".
Every month in Japan, a multitude of new snack foods are born only to tragically die before their best-before dates a few weeks later. This is yet another one of them. While being somewhat creamy, they don't taste anything like the cream stew pictured. It's more like a sour cream and onion chip minus the sour and the onion.
Lotte Yogurt 100
, Japan. Yogurt-flavoured candy, mmm.
, Osaka. Takoyaki is one of the famous foods of the Osaka area. Literally translated, it means something like "burnt octopus", but it's much more than that. One girl translated takoyaki for me as "octopus balls", which lead me to reply: "Really, I didn't know they had any". Basically, takoyaki are a kind of small spherical pancake, filled with bits of octopus tentacles and ginger, fried, and covered with a delicious sauce. They are sprinkled with dried fish shavings and dried seaweed flakes.
, Japan. A coffee-flavoured chewing gum that leaves your breath coffee-fresh.
, Thailand. Mr. Squid baked cuttlefish: spicy, non fried, crispy and
Calpis Water, Onomichi, Hiroshima-ken.
Try saying "Calpis
Water" ten times in rapid succession. Mmm...mmm, nothing can quench a summer thirst like half a litre of chilled bovine urine. Quite wisely, this product is sold overseas as "Calpico Water". This product is similar to Pocari Sweat and Post water.