Ramen, takoyaki, and sushi are only some of the many Japanese foods that many of us Filipinos enjoy. These meals come in different flavors and are perfect both as a merienda and also as filling meals. However, aside from meals, Japan also offers a wide variety of Japanese snacks that are worth giving a try.
With snacks, you can choose from chips, biscuits, ice creams, and even beverages. They can come in different flavors, ingredients, quantities, and even nutritional content. This article aims to help you know more about Japanese snacks and give you recommendations of some of the best ones available online.
Choosing snacks with labels in a different language can be tricky. If you're unfamiliar with Japanese snacks, you might find yourself lost and confused in the snack aisle, or worse, you might end up buying the wrong food item. To prevent this from happening, read our buying guide below to know more about the different types of Japanese snacks.
In any supermarket or convenience store, you'll be sure to find a wide variety of snacks to choose from. If you're still undecided about which to buy, the first step is always to determine what type of snack you need.
Go for light Japanese snacks such as biscuits, chips, and crackers if you prefer to eat something not too filling. These snacks have a wide range of flavors, from savory to sweet, and they are usually stored in travel-friendly, air-tight packaging to maintain their crispness.
Light snacks are perfect for eating in between meals, and they can also be consumed during school and work breaks, road trips, and even on movie nights and pool parties with friends and family.
If you’re health-conscious, Japanese snacks also offer a selection of guilt-free snacks made from natural and healthy ingredients. These ingredients include dried fruits, salted nuts, edamame or soybeans, and protein bars which are filling and nutritious enough to serve as a substitute for meals.
Supermarkets and convenience stores selling Japanese food are saturated with a wide variety of snacks that have different ingredients and nutritional content. So, if you want to stay fit and healthy while also enjoying your snacks, try to pick the healthier options that are available.
Japanese snacks can come in many different flavors but most are either sweet or salty. No matter which one you'll pick, you'll surely have many snacks to choose from!
Flavors such as seaweed, soy sauce, and wasabi are some of the many distinct Japanese flavors. They can be found in sushi and ramen, where they have an earthy and umami flavor that adds a savory kick to any Japanese snack.
Aside from these, other ingredients include sesame and seafood flavors which are already common in many Asian cuisines. Overall, those ingredients are great for seasoning different Japanese dishes, and they are also perfect as flavorings in chips, biscuits, and crackers.
If you have a sweet tooth, then Japanese candies and chocolates are for you. Japan offers a spin to the classic sweet chocolate as it incorporates flavors like matcha and cherry blossoms to make interesting combinations. Other Japanese sweet treats are mochis and ice creams, which are usually paired with red bean or matcha to give it a uniquely Japanese flavor.
What better way to end your Japanese-inspired meal than drinking a Japanese-made beverage? Read further to know more about the different kinds of drinks you can try to complete your Japanese snack experience.
With beverages, you can never go wrong with Yakult and soya milk drinks from Japan. These drinks are extremely popular not only because of their great taste but also because of their health benefits as well.
Chances are, you can already find Yakult in supermarkets and convenience stores, or you’re already familiar with it as it is a well-known probiotic drink among us Filipinos. However, if you want something that has more variety to choose from, choose soya milk drinks which can come in coffee and chocolate flavors.
Want something refreshing to quench your thirst? Then definitely try Japanese fruit-based and tea-based juices. There is a wide range of options available, and you can guarantee that they are mainly made from natural fruit and tea flavors. If you’re already a fan of matcha-flavored food, then you should try Japan’s green tea beverages.
On the other hand, if you prefer fruit, feel free to try fruit-based or even vegetable-based beverages with unique flavors such as melon, peach, corn, and cucumber. Lastly, be sure to try Ramune, which is Japan’s most famous carbonated drink that originally has a lemon-lime flavor but has improved over time to include flavors such as blueberry, lychee, orange, pineapple strawberry, and grape.
Now that you know more about Japanese snacks, it's time to look at your options. Check out our curated list of unique Japanese snacks which are available in online stores such as Shopee and Lazada.
**Prices may vary depending on the website and their campaign period**
|Type of Snack||Biscuit|
|Allergens||Milk, Wheat, Soy|
Butter Soy Sauce Flavor
|Net Weight||18g Per Pack|
|Calories||230 Calories Per Cup|
|Type of Snack||Potato Sticks|
|Calories||138 Calories Per Two Bars|
|Type of Snack||Chocolate-Coated Wafer|
|Allergens||Milk, Wheat, and Soy|
|Calories||140 Calories Per Pack|
|Type of Snack||Rice Crackers and Nuts|
|Allergens||Peanuts, Soy, and Wheat (Made in a Facility That Also Processes Tree Nuts, Milk, Fish, and Egg)|
|Net Weight||46g x 10|
|Calories||261 Calories Per Pack|
|Type of Snack||Chocolate|
|Calories||40 Calories Per 100ml|
|Type of Snack||Carbonated Drink|
|Type of Snack||Chestnut|
|Calories||552 Calories Per Pack|
|Type of Snack||Candy, Chocolate|
|Net Weight||100g Per Pack (5 Packs)|
|Calories||450 Calories Per Pack|
|Type of Snack||Instant Noodles|
|Allergens||Gluten (Wheat Flour), Milk, Soya, Sesame (May Contain Traces of Mustard Fish, Crustacean And Celery)|
|Calories||108 Calories Per 35g|
|Type of Snack||Mochi|
|Allergens||Sesame Seeds, Nuts, Soybean|
Pocky Sakura Biscuit Sticks
Jagabee Potato Sticks
Matcha Green Tea KitKats
Kaki no Tane Rice Cracker and Peanut Mix
Apollo Strawberry Chocolate (10-Pack)
Ramune Soda (Original)
Organic Roasted Chestnut
Instant Ramen With Sesame Oil
Marshmallow Sesame Mochi
A Classic Japanese Snack For Everyone
A Light Savory Potato Snack
Balance the Sweetness With a Matcha-Flavored Snack
A Perfect Snack for Your Pulutan
Enjoy Sweet and Fruity Goodness in Every Bite
Wash Everything Down With an Iconic Japanese Drink
Keep It Light and Healthy With This Chestnut Snack
Give Yourself a Chocolate Treat Everywhere You Go
A Perfect Rainy-Day Snack That Is Easy to Cook
Have a Filling Dessert With Sesame Mochis
|Price Starts at||₱69||₱505||₱199.25||₱185||₱385||₱99||₱240||₱145||₱42||₱109|
|Net Weight||37g||18g Per Pack||200g||150g||46g x 10||500ml||210g||102g||100g Per Pack (5 Packs)||120g|
|Calories||181 Calories||230 Calories Per Cup||138 Calories Per Two Bars||140 Calories Per Pack||261 Calories Per Pack||40 Calories Per 100ml||Not Specified||552 Calories Per Pack||450 Calories Per Pack||108 Calories Per 35g|
|Type of Snack||Biscuit||Potato Sticks||Chocolate-Coated Wafer||Rice Crackers and Nuts||Chocolate||Carbonated Drink||Chestnut||Candy, Chocolate||Instant Noodles||Mochi|
|Allergens||Milk, Wheat, Soy||Not Specified||Milk, Wheat, and Soy||Peanuts, Soy, and Wheat (Made in a Facility That Also Processes Tree Nuts, Milk, Fish, and Egg)||Milk, Soy||Not Specified||Nuts||None||Gluten (Wheat Flour), Milk, Soya, Sesame (May Contain Traces of Mustard Fish, Crustacean And Celery)||Sesame Seeds, Nuts, Soybean|
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Craving for more Japanese food? Feel free to click on the links below to browse our other recommendation articles featuring different Japanese food and drinks. Enjoy!
Buying unfamiliar snacks in a foreign language can be tricky. However, it should not stop you from exploring different food from different cultures around the world. With the wide variety of Japanese snacks, you will surely find the perfect snack for you. We hope that this article gave you helpful information to prepare you for your next Japanese-inspired meal.
Author: Katrina Balingit
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