A konbini, or convenience store, is a familiar sight across Japan. The country is home to over 50,000 of them that live up to the “convenience” part. From Seven Eleven to Family Mart and all other operators in between, konbinis are a treasure trove of items including delicious meals and treats. Here are seven of the best foods you can find in Japanese convenience stores.
Convenience store bento boxes are delicious and available at great value. Most convenience stores carry a wide selection of bentos most of which pack healthy options to meet different tastes and preferences.
Japan boasts of some of the best-tasting and unique breads in the world. They also make some mean sandwiches. A trip to the convenience store is a delectable experience of choosing from among a wide selection of scrumptious-looking breads like an pan (bread with red bean paste filling) , curry pan (bread with curry filling), katsu sando (pork-cutlet sandwich), korokke pan (croquette sandwich), melon pan, tamago roll (bread with egg filling), and yakisoba pan (roll with yakisoba filling) among others.
Convenience stores in Japan offer a wide array of instant noodle flavors. From well-known brands to unfamiliar names, the instant noodles aisles are just begging to be explored and sampled.
Oden is a Japanese dish made of boiled egg, chikuwa, konnyaku, Japanese radish (daikon), and other ingredients. You choose which ingredients you like and enjoy the dish with a sauce. This dish is a favorite treat during the cold season.
Onigiri is a triangle or round shaped rice ball that comes with different fillings. Some of the most popular fillings include tuna with mayonnaise, konbu seaweed, mentaiko (spicy pollock roe), salted salmon, and umeboshi (pickled plums) among many others.
Purin (custard pudding)
Purin is a popular dessert and treat in Japan. It is smooth, creamy, and sweet. It practically melts in your mouth and leaves an explosion of delicious flavors that would make you want to have more.
Special Kit Kat flavors
Japan is known for its wide array of special, and often unusual, Kit Kat flavors many of which are not available in other parts of the world. Some Kit Kats you can find in the country include the Apple Vinegar, Baked Pudding, Cherry Blossom (Sakura), Ginger Ale, Kinako Ohagi (Roasted Soybean Rice Ball), Matcha (Green Tea), Nihonshu (Japanese Sake), Sweet Potato, and Yawataya Isogoro Ichimi (Red Chili). While convenience stores do not carry all the different and quirky flavors available, they still are excellent places to find some of the special Kit Kats that are worth a try.