Convenient and delicious Japanese pre-prepared foods are perfect for souvenirs for overseas travelers. You can buy them easily in convenience stores or supermarkets, and you can easily enjoy them when in your own country. Here are the top 6 products chosen by Amazon.co.jp's editors based on sales ranking.
1. Sato no Gohan
This is a pre-prepared package of rice that you can eat easily. All you have to do is put it in the microwave for 2 minutes (500-600 watts) and it'll be ready. It uses delicious brand rice and they carefully cooked it to certain specifications, so it's very delicious. You can eat it as a set with other pre-prepared foods! 1 package is around 200 JPY and it has a shelf life at room temperature of 10 months. That convenience has earned it the number 1 spot.
2. Knorr Cup Soup
This is a popular series that has around 20 variations, including corn soup with croutons, potage made with Danshaku brand potatoes, and onion consommé. Super corn, the base of the soup, apparently loses much of its sweetness when harvested, so it's powdered within 24 hours of harvest. It's individually packaged, so all you have to do is open the cup and add hot water so you can quickly enjoy some hot soup. Why not have it for breakfast with some bread? A package of 3 costs around 200 JPY, so it's recommended that you pick some up while you're here. Please try it.
3. House Kariya Curry
This pre-prepared curry is made with 29 kinds of spices, vegetables, and bouillon that's been boiled over a period of time. It depends on the store, but you can buy it for around 130 JPY. This is a delicious curry that gives you meat and vegetables and all you have to do is heat it up. Of course you can eat it with rice, but also putting it on bread and topping it with cheese before toasting it or using it as a sauce in a doria is also great. Japan is said to be a country where no one hates curry, whether they be adult or child, and this is one of the pre-prepared curries that has been loved for a long time. Please try it as a souvenir.
4. House Stew-ya
This series offers cream stew (around 130 JPY) and beef stew (around 160 JPY) that you can eat just by heating up. This stew is made like home cooking, with properly boiled vegetables and meat. If you add French bread or a salad, you'll have a wonderful meal. The creamy, thick stew is mellow and addicting. The beef stew uses a demi-glace sauce for a rich, slightly sweet taste. This pre-prepared stew is just as popular as the pre-prepared curry.
*Photo is for illustration purposes.
5. Nakamuraya Indian Curry
Nakamuraya was the first to sell pure Indian-style curry in Japan, so they created this pre-prepared curry so that people could enjoy Indian curry even in their homes. The ingredients are bigger than regular pre-prepared foods, so it's also slightly more expensive at 330 JPY. They have a wide variety, including beef, curry, and keema. Also, other than curry, they also have a popular genuine Szechuan line that includes mabo tofu and twice-cooked pork for those who want to enjoy Chinese food at home.
*Photo is of the vegetable Indian curry.
6. Amano Foods Oyako-Don
This dish is a mysterious dish that is ready in 30 seconds just by adding water and mixing it together. The freeze-dried ingredients turn into a fragrant broth and fluffy eggs and chicken in just moments. When you put that mixture on top of rice, you get oyakodon! A package of 6 costs 900 JPY for quality you won't believe. However, if you use too much water, it won't work properly up so be careful! Amano Foods has over 100 variations of freeze-dried dishes, and you can eat them at the Amano Freeze-Dried Stations in Tokyo, Yokohama, and Fukuyama.
You can't put pre-prepared curry and stew in your carry-on, so make sure to pack it in your luggage. Please pick up some cheap and delicious Japanese pre-prepared foods as souvenirs!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.