Top 10 Japanese Snacks

The Japanese have concocted so many snacks that you probably couldn't try them all in one lifetime. That's why anibee is here to talk about what we think are the 10 best Japanese snacks.

10. Black Black

The most popular gum in Japan, Black Black is a caffeinated chewing gum perfect for your morning rush.

9. Kara Mucho

These really crispy potato sticks are hot, spicy and super savoury.

8. Korokke

Derived from the French's deep fried potato croquettes, the Korokke has a crispy brown shell filled with soft potato mixed with peas, corn, and even beef or seafood.

7. Edamame

These young soybeans are picked before ripening. The pods are soaked in lightly-salted water then boiled. It is a popular appetizer served at Japanese restaurants.

6. Green Tea Ice Cream

Made from matcha, which is a particular type of green tea used in Japanese ceremonies, this exotic ice cream flavor transports you to Japan immediately.

5. Onigiri

Unlike sushi's vinegared rice, Onigiri is made from plain rice stuffed with pickles, salmon or tuna bits and wrapped with seaweed, and it is rolled into a triangular shape. It is a nice, filling snack, excuse the pun.

4. Mochi

First made by Lotte using ice milk and rice starch in 1981, mochi has become an international dessert. Its soft outer layer is now packed with ice cream.

3. Yakitori

Like barbeque? Yakitori typically refers to skewered chicken, beef, pork, seafood or vegetables, but its literal translation is 'skewered chicken'- and it's not just bite-sized chicken chunks, because you can also get chicken skin, liver, tail, cartilage and even heart.

2. Dango

Dango are rice flour dumplings shaped into small balls slathered with various toppings, like red bean/ green/ chestnut bean paste, soy flour, or soy sauce. This item has the most cultural value of all 10 snacks. There's even a Japanese idiom, hana yori dango, which means 'dumplings before flowers', or valuing usefulness above looks.

1. Takoyaki

Go under the sea with these dumplings! Baked in special Takoyaki trays and typically sold on the streets, the cooks put in real chunks of octopus and top the balls with fish flakes, sauces, and mayo.