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You can often see hot snacks next to the cash register of convenience stores.
From piping hot Asian steamed buns to warm “oden”, there is a great range! You can just drop by for a moment whenever you get hungry. Unbeatable when it comes to taste, value for money, and ease of purchase! Let’s get to know the hot snacks of Japan.
-This is what winter is all about. Heat your body up from the inside out with “oden”!-
First, let’s introduce “oden”, a convenience store winter staple!
Oden has a long history, taking its name from “dengaku”, a Japanese traditional food and also rustic celebrations linked to rice cultivation. From the Edo period onward, oden with miso paste has been prevalent. The culture of eating oden has been handed down to the present, and when winter comes, you can see it in many places such as convenience stores. Definitely a food that is evocative of winter in Japan.
-Oden for the connoisseur. 2 points to look out for!-
[Point 1] Pursuit of the true flavors of natural ingredients
There are two categories of ingredients in oden: those that absorb the dashi cooking liquid seasoned with “tsuyu”, to become delicious, and those that add their own flavor to the cooking liquid to make it even more delicious. Thick-cut daikon slices, slow-cooked in the dashi, take on the color of the cooking liquid and have a pleasant, soft texture in the mouth.
[Point 2] A menu a cut above the norm, developed with attention to ingredients and production processes.
We recommend the irresistible umami of the coarse-ground sausages “Arabiki Wiener” made from matured pork!
Perfect as an accompaniment to alcoholic beverages.
-Particular about “Dashi” and “Seasoning”-
Family Mart covers 7 areas across Japan, and in each one a different “dashi” is used. In addition, in each area, different popular types of seasoning are provided. A “local delicacy” in Japanese, this means that there are types of oden that can only be eaten in that local area! Another thing to look forward to when you visit each region of Japan! *Some products may not be available in some stores.
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