If you haven't heard by now, a convenience store in Japan is unlike any you will find in the U.S. When I ask my friends, “What is something you'll miss about Japan?" First thing that comes to mind for many of them is being able to go to a 7-Eleven and buy their favorite foods. Well, what kind of foods can you find that are not offered at a 7-eleven in the U.S?
Here’s my starter pack of Must try foods from a 7-eleven in Japan.
Do you remember biting into your first onigiri? I do! I was on a trip to New York with a friend from Japan. Her mom had prepared a quick breakfast for us. Hers had tuna bits in the middle and mine had salmon. That was my first encounter with onigiri and now living in Japan definitely not my last. What I found out in Japan was that I could conveniently make onigiri my breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With different kinds of rice, meats, vegetables, and toppings, I’m sure you will be able to find one that drives your taste buds crazy. When you’re in Japan make sure you find your favorite. I found out about this beautiful creation when a friend of mine went on a combini run. I asked her what she got and she said, “ Pancakes”, I saw those bite size pancakes and thought, “Those are going to be the driest pancakes I will ever have!" To my pleasant surprise, these little pancakes came pre-filled with syrup and butter. Now, if you live somewhere that does this let me know in the comment section below, but if not let it just sink in. Pre-Filled with syrup and butter…okay now you can continue reading and find out what other foods you can find in a combini.
Ask me what my food weakness is and every time I will answer “Chips!" Of course my weakness led me to pick out this easy to eat, easy to carry snack. My favorite form of chips are veggie sticks and this is one of the closest similar snacks I can find.
I had not even been in Japan a week when I heard about Chu-hi. “Be careful with Chu-hi, it’s scary easy to drink because it taste just like soda!” For some time I did heed the warnings, but curiosity got the best of me. Also, it didn't help that all my friends are Japanese and this is their go-to alcohol to get a buzz while saving money! “When in Japan, do as the Japanese do”, thats how the saying goes right?
Are you still eating ice cream the old fashioned way? Ice cream cone with chocolate all the way at the base of the cone? Let me introduce you to this mess free ice cream sandwich. Now, you get the waffle cone, ice cream and twice the chocolate in every bite.
These foods are the starter pack to my combini life in Japan. They have all impacted me in some gastronomical way. The possibilities inside convenient stores are endless. Trust me, I have lived in Japan for 3 years and still haven’t tried everything. Whether you haven’t been to Japan and all these foods look new to you or you live in Japan and haven’t tried anything from my starter pack. When the times comes make the right choice!