It’s that time of the year again, with colorful lights and lots of party nights! Here’s the perfect Japanese gift box: treat yourself or someone you care about! Filled with snacks, Japanese ramen and a unique drink, this is the Christmas gift box you were looking for:
Allergens: wheat, dairy, mackerel, soy, chicken, pork, gelatin Cooking time: 5 minutes Seafood and pork is a trendy combination in Japan right now, and of course Toyo Suisan prepared its own under the Maruchan Seimen (マルちゃん正麺) series. The thick soup, perfect for those noodles, is prepared with a seafood pork bone soy sauce flavor that combines the umami of chicken and pork with the umami of mackerel, dried sardines, and bonito. That’s a lot of umami: prepare your senses! The noodles have smooth texture and are prepared with Toyo Suisan’s (東洋水産) own method, which to this day, is patented by the company! No cup of noodles is complete without a few toppings, and here we have some delicious grilled pork, green onions, and menma.
Allergens: wheat, egg, dairy, crab, pork, chicken, squid, soy, sesame, gelatin Cooking time: 3 minutes Are you ready for some delicious noodles? This cloudy soup covers a pleasant seafood flavored surprise! Cup Noodle (カップヌード), the iconic series from Nissin (日清), has released so many different variations, but this one is a classic. The rich soup has a rich combination of pork and seafood broth, paired with smooth noodles. The umami of the seafood is enhanced from the pork flavors, and it’s what really makes this classic still popular and satisfying today. To make the cup even more tasty, it comes with plenty of toppings: squid, squid, crab-flavored kamaboko, scrambled eggs, cabbage, and green onions. And even better, because it’s such a classic, there have been a multitude of arranged recipes created for it. You may, for example, add milk, tomato juice, cheese or some more original ingredients.
Allergens: dairy, soy Strawberries (いちご) are one of Japan’s best treats throughout winter. Paired with some delicious Hokkaido milk (北海道産ミルク) and chocolate, this sweet surprise is a real pleasure! Hokkaido is Japan’s number 1 dairy production region, and they have very high standards when it comes to releasing quality milk on to the market. Apollo Hokkaido (アポロ北海道) is in our top 3 favorite treats this winter!
Allergens: dairy, wheat, shrimp, sesame, salmon, soy, chicken, pork, pork-gelatin Processed in a facility that also processes egg and crab Sending out the charm of Kanazawa (金沢), a beautiful city where traditional culture and contemporary art coexist. This city on the shores of the Sea of Japan is famous for its art scene, but also its sweet shrimp (甘えび). Koikeya (湖池屋) is always trying to source the best local products for their chips, such as 100% Japanese potatoes, and when the opportunity to work with local fishermen from Ishikawa prefecture and create a new flavor presented itself, they didn’t think twice. Those potato chips have a rich taste of sweet shrimp and salt. They are cooked in a flat pot, which is different from the usual preparation method, and gives it more flavor! Fun fact: the package was designed by students from the Ishikawa College of Arts
Allergens: wheat, dairy, soy Processed in a facility that also processes egg, almond, and sesame We don’t need to introduce you to Kit Kat, but this flavor is a little special: sweetness for adults (大人の甘さ)! Milk and white chocolate is a simple yet tasty combination, and comes with the classic Kit Kat (キットカット) waffles! Even the white chocolate coating includes some feuillantine, which might make it more addictive.
Allergens: wheat, beaf, soy, chicken, apple Processed in a facility that also processes egg, dairy, shrimp, and crab More snacks from Koikeya, Japan’s best potato-snack producer. Those hashed potatoes are sprinkled with fragrant rock salt (岩塩)! It’s a quite unique snack as they are cube-shaped, which allows you to enjoy the rich umami of potatoes with a crunchy texture. The reason for the rock salt, is that it brings out the rich umami and fragrant flavor (香ばし) of the potatoes, tightly packed in a square, it’s a real sensory experience!
Allergens: wheat Who didn’t like the experience of eating a sour paper candy (サワーペーパーキャンディ) while growing up? The tingling sensation on your tongue, tightening of your jaw, tears in your eyes! This one comes in a popular cider flavor, which you might get addicted to.
Allergens: dairy Here’s your afternoon cup of tea: Gogo-no-Kocha (午後の紅茶) Caramel Milk Tea (キャラメルミルクティー). It’s a unique flavor combination prepared for the cold winter month, and guaranteed to warm you up (we recommend warming it up before drinking). The tea is made with 20% Uva tea leaves from Sri Lanka, one of the world's three most famous teas. With carefully extracted gorgeous black tea and caramel scent, it’s your best source of comfort on a Sunday afternoon.