You Can Get Them at Any Convenience Store! 5 Canned Goods Perfect for Souvenirs
Japan is a place where you can find all sorts of canned goods, including those that contain sanma (Pacific saury), saba (mackerel) and other fish and seafood, snacks for alcoholic beverages, and dishes from all over the world. Below are five of the best canned goods, available in many convenience stores in the country, that you should bring home with you as souvenirs of your trip.
1. Kokusan Saba Misoni (Seven & I)
Kokusan Saba Misoni is a canned good available at 7-Eleven that uses domestically bred fatty mackerel that is soaked in a mild, sweet miso sauce with a hint of ginger. The mackerel has a rich taste, so it can be eaten as a side dish for rice, and is perfect as snack. There are many dishes that use this canned good as an ingredient that you can try. You can cook it together with canned tomatoes, cabbage, onions and mushrooms to create a delicious pot of tomato stew.
Price: 138 JPY (incl. tax)
2. Yakitori (Yuzu Kosho Aji) No. GP4
This canned good contains salt-flavored yakitori (pieces of chicken grilled on a skewer) made with local chicken grilled over charcoal with salt, and then finished with yuzu kosho (a seasoning that is made from finely chopped Japanese citrus peel, ground with chili peppers and salt), a specialty condiment of the Kyushu region. When you put it in your mouth, the first thing you will get is the strong salty taste, but you will slowly smell the refreshing aroma of the yuzu and taste the tingling spicy sensation. The invigorating saltiness of this canned good makes it a great accompaniment to alcoholic beverages.
Price: 172 JPY (incl. tax)
3. Hiden Sanma Kabayaki
Hiden Sanma Kabayaki, containing sanma from Hokkaido that is broiled after dipping in a special sauce, is a canned good that is characterized by its aromatic flavor and luster. The salty-sweet sauce made with kombu dashi (broth made from kelp) draws out the delicious taste of the sanma. The best way to eat this canned good is to put its contents on a bed of hot rice to create a rice bowl. You can also make tasty pasta sauce with it by sautéing its contents with garlic and red chili peppers.
Price: 180 JPY (excl. tax)
4. Chicken Thai Curry (Yellow)
This is a canned good containing authentic Thai curry that is made in Thailand. It appeals to customers for the full-bodied mildness of the coconut milk and the addicting spiciness of the sauce covering the diced chicken. It is so delicious that you will surely be surprised that such level of quality exists in a canned good! By simply putting the contents of the can over hot rice, you will get to enjoy Thai curry already. The can contains 125g of Thai curry. So, if you want to eat a lot, then open more cans.
Price: Around 150 JPY
Photo shows the 115g can
5. Kantsuma ★Restaurant Atsugiri Bacon no Honey Mustard Aji
This canned good is a popular item in the “Kantsuma” series of canned goods containing snacks for alcoholic beverages that can be eaten straight out of the can. It is easy to eat, so it is a recommended for picnics, hanami (flower watching) and barbecues. Inside, you will find a bed of diced bacon. The acidity of the mustard and sweetness of the honey are perfect with sake. And since it has a robust taste, it is also delicious when eaten together with a salad.
Price: 400 JPY (excl. tax)
The canned goods featured in this article are popular canned items offering authentic flavors with formidable characteristics such as their ability to keep for a long time. You can eat them as soon as you open the can or turn them into a simple dish that makes use of the concentrated flavors inside the can, so enjoy these canned goods 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.
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