Wow. Just wow!!! I so totally adore this box. It is beyond awesome. Every single time that it arrives, it is guaranteed to be packed full of yumminess!
I love the red and white boxes that the snacks arrive in. They are smart and sturdy and easily reusable for other purposes.
First item out of the box was an olive oil salt senbei herb & vinegar flavour. Take a bite and discover a mouthwatering olive oil and herbal flavour that dissolves and reveals a sharp vinegar tang to the tongue. They are just delicious!
Then come the Okinawa soba. These savoury, deep fried soba noodles tossed in Okinawan red pepper are dangerously addictive and it’s crunchy texture and tantalising flavour will make it your go to snack. Sobs means buckwheat and commonly refers to a dish of buckwheat noodles enjoyed with either a chilled sauce or a warm soup base. Okinawa soba is unique in its use of thick wheat noodles and koregusu (Okinawa chilli peppers infused with rice liquor)
Next item from the box of yumminess is a slice of fruit pound cake. Fruit cakes are iconic symbols of the holiday season and come in nearly infinite variations. They can be light or dense, soaked in alcohol or dry, heavily spiced or simply sweet. But in the end, so long as it has dried or candied fruit, it’s a fruitcake! This slice of cake has a wonderfully soft and lightly sweet pound cake base with autumn fruits baked in. Dried raisins, oranges, cranberries and digs soaked in syrup add tang and texture lifting up this cake.
Next we have the white raspberry. Made in Hokkaido, this airy and crisp rye cookie is coated with a layer of white chocolate and sprinkled with crushed raspberries. A selection made by Michelin-starred chef Chikara Sono, this cookie is unique in its white chocolate coating made using world famous Hokkaido sweet corn.
Then comes the macha & white chocolate covered azuki beans. Usually called amanatto, this Japanese confectionery is normally made by dipping an azuki bean into refined sugar and drying it. Originally created in the late 1800’s, the store of its origin, Eitaro, is still open for business in Tokyo today! Magic beans don’t just exist in faerie tales. Dipped in matcha powder and white chocolate, these azuki beans are a dreamy, creamy confection.
Next comes the edamame senbei. With real edamame bits baked into the cracker, this senbei is made by finely grinding green soybeans and is peppered with kinako (roasted soybean powder), which gives it a powerful punch. White kinako literally means “yellow flour”, it is commonly known as “soybean flour”. Kinako is commonly used in sweets, but this rice cracker highlights the nutty flavour hidden within kinako.
The next one out of the box is known as Okinawa chinsuko (brown sugar). Chinsuko is a traditional cookie from Okinawa and is a very popular omiyage (souvenir gift) in Japan. Similar in texture to a shortbread cookie, this chinsuko cookie gets its incredibly rich flavour from kokuto, a special brown sugar made in only 7 of Okinawa’s 48 inhabited islands. The process involves slowly cooking down pure sugarcane juice to a soft crumbly sugar with a very complex flavour. These cookies combine both of these traditional Okinawa specialities in a delicious bite size.
Next out there comes kinako mochi. Echigo Seika uses mochi made from pounded 100% Japanese Glutinous Rice and a secret process to transform it into the crisp and airy texture of this cloud-like confection. The puffs are then finished with a dusting of kinako powder made by roasting soybeans grown in Hokkaido. This snack’s delicate texture and sweet, nutty flavour make it wildly addicting.
Then we have Takoyaki corn puffs. A classic Osakan street food, Takoyaki are pan fried balls of tako (octopus) topped with a special sauce, drizzled with mayonnaise and sprinkled with powdered seaweed, slivered green onions, and dried bonito flakes. These light corn puffs perfectly recreate the sweet and savoury umami-rich takoyaki flavour and are dangerously addictive!
Next out if the box comes sweet potato langue de chat. Langue de chat literally means “Cat’s tongue” in French and gets its namesake from its original chocolate form that resembles the tongue of a cat. In Japan, however, it is commonly baked into a square butter cookie with a white chocolate filling. Sweet potato Lange de Chat is a crumbly, buttery delight that soothes your taste buds with the perfect blend of delicate white chocolate and creamy sweet potato.
Last of all out of the box is Hoshu tea. Having a refreshingly subtle and smooth flavour, this premium tea is made using only the highest quality sencha tealeaves. Kagoshima prefecture is known for having the best green tea. Sencha is like no other and made by infusing the processed tea leaves in hot water. After just one sip of this rich tea, you’ll immediately see why sencha is the most popular tea in all of Japan!
This box is just awesome!!! Third box in a row where I have loved every single thing bar one item in the last box. That’s one heck of a record!
Another five out of five star box!
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