Look what I found! Japanese summer snacks (2)


I found the sweet ones on the same shops. A rather large shops (compare to the others) at Ameyoko market. One thing I could say about this shop, it’s adorable but quite busy. I don’t catch the name, but it near the cherry vendors. The front part of the store are piles of crunchy snacks, followed with spreads of sweet treats. All kind of mochi cakes; in square, round, rectangle, character shaped; translucent or colorful type; regular red bean paste filling or chocolate, almond, strawberry, pineapple and a whole lot more. The spongy cakey snack like Kastella, Dorayaki and others with red bean paste fillings. The assorted packed, contain the salty crackers and sweet treats. The next shelf is my target, all things chocolate.

They have so many varieties of chocolates truffles with different fillings in different brands. I’ve tried some of them at my previous visit, quite soapy and not very good. I’m sticking to my plan, buying as much as Kit Kat in different flavor I could find. Unfortunately, there were only two flavors available: Green tea and Dark Chocolate. I grab a bunch of those  and put it to my cart. Since then, every time I can find snack shops or Konbini, I always look for different Kit Kat flavor. Unfortunately, can’t find the summer special flavor or package yet.

Ooops, I forgot. I found a few of funky flavor at one of the corner of the Tokyo central stations. It’s a Cantaloupe,  chocolate orange dan strawberry. But the price they tagged on it, Oh my God! unreasonable. The smaller package size with the one I bought from Ameyoko for 215 Yen, they charged 800 – 1200 Yen. I think, for a tiny chocolate wafer with uncommon flavor, It’s not worth the money.

Moons stone on ceramic jewel box

Moons stone on ceramic jewel box

I’ve seen this at Singapore before. Looked a colorful tiny bevel for aquarium, they called it Moon stones. It really is a milk chocolate in candied colorful shell, carved like stones. It quite tasty and cheap too, I bought it in a huge plastic package to share with my niece and nephew back home. By the way, the ceramic case is actually a jewel box given by  a friend of a friend as memento from Japan.

There are a whole lot more snacks, food and spices at stores and stall in Ameyoko market. If I could, I want to bring a sample of every one of them, but that will cross my budget limit. At least I have my personal mementos from Japan, salty and sweet eatable nick nacks.

What’s your most interesting food/beverages mementos from traveling?


Soupy breakfast


For most of Asian, we have this urgency to eat rice or its derivative (porridge, rice cake, rice noodles) for breakfast. It’s won’t be a meal if there weren’t with rice. That’s the common phrase in javanese community.
Rice (and its derivative) is staple, even more, it’s a religious must for breakfast just like eggs for westerners.
Rice noodles in Laksa Singapore or rice cakes in Katupek Gulai padang are just example. If we eat rice on its original form, then it would be dry breakfast like Fried rice. But when we ate its variance, usually we choose the soupy ones. Although we may have fried rice noodles whom is less soupy for lunch, but we certainly will choose the one with light warm broth for breakfast.
We need to fill our tummy to the fullest and enjoy the warm sensation after eating hot and spicy broth.

Singapore: Soupy breakfast by hradcanska
Singapore: Soupy breakfast, a photo by hradcanska on Flickr.

Katupek Gulai Paku Jo Randang
If you observe the huge chunks of meats and vegetables on Katupek Gulai Padang, I’m sure it’ll more suitable for lunch than breakfast. But we like our hearty, filling breakfast to start our day (sometimes).