Download the Official App!

View View


What’s This?! Lawson’s Latest Product is Too Dark to Be Believed!

The major convenience store chains in Japan are constantly updating their product lines. Lawson has recently introduced new sweet treats like its Akuma (devil) series and its BASCHEE snack (Basque style cheesecake). These delights pack a visual impact that means you won't be able to avert your gaze. Recently, a new and particularly striking item arrived in store.

A Jet-Black.......Something?

On Tuesday, September 3rd 2019, Lawson's latest line of delicious pastas, bentos, sweets, and other delights was released, and one of these products has particular been catching consumers eyes for its shocking appearance.

These jet-black colored balls are called Kuro Gyoza (black dumplings), and they are made with bamboo charcoal, black pepper, and squid ink (200 JPY incl. tax).

They look like simple bite-sized fried dumplings but their unique selling point is their pure and striking black color. While of course the skin is black, as you can see, they are in fact black right down to the filling.

Black pepper and bamboo charcoal are added to the skins, while the filling contains ground meat as a base, with squid ink and black sesame added for a spicy finish.

They May Not Look Very Appetizing but the Great Taste is Guaranteed

When I saw the black gyoza peeking through the transparent cups laid out beside the counter, I couldn't purchase one!

They were delicious and tasted great even at room temperature, as I decided not to heat them up in the microwave.

As they are fried, they have a great crispy shell, with a delicious combination of things like pork, cabbage, and onions for the filling. Because of the striking appearance I had some reservations about the taste, but these were ultimately unfounded as the Kuro Gyoza proved to be the kind of "normal" gyoza (in a good way) that are simply beloved by everyone.

They are perfect for when you are looking for a small snack or as a side dish for an evening meal. Moreover, there are 12 pieces of gyoza per cup, meaning that you can enjoy the delicious texture of gyoza until your heart's content and your belly is full. At a price of just 200 JPY per cup, you also get a great bang for your buck.

If this article has piqued your interest, then give them a try before it's too late!

The information in this article is correct as of September 10th, 2019.

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

Recommended articles for you

Can't find it in a guidebook? Looking through this app will definitely make you want to go to Japan.
Sightseeing information to make you say "Wow!", updated every day!