The all-time favourite snack at home has been revolutionised in Japan, as so many things before. You might have seen some unusual flavours of various kinds of things, but have you ever seen wasabi potato chips? Or even lemon flavoured? Do not worry, with these potato chips you will not become a couch potato, they are usually sold in small quantities.
Check out the next supermarket or convenience store. Here are the top 5 of curiosities only available in Japan!
With 8 standard flavours, 13 area limited versions, 3 flavours only available for a certain period and four flavours sold only in convenience stores, the Japanese snack maker Calbee definitely found a nice summer flavour with these sour tasting salt and lemon chips!
This has a smart word-play to it: wasabi and beef are mixed into “wasa-beef”. The wasabi is not overpowering and you can get easily addicted to it, so be warned!
Though the plum blossom season is over, these original tasting potato chips never get boring. With a bit of a sour taste to it, those are the perfect snack for Japanese food lovers!
Standard flavours are salad, cheese, jaga butter (potato and butter), and tarako butter (fish eggs and butter). As usual, there are various limited variations on the market. Japanese believe (we do too!) that as long as it is not “always” available, people have only a limited time to buy it and the rarity will improve sales.
The snack’s name “Jagariko” is another word play
“Jaga” derived from “jagaimo” and means “potato”.
“gari” from “gari gari” means “crispy”.
And “ko”? Probably from “kodomo” = “child”.
So: “the crispy potato kid”, or “for kids, who love crispy potatoes” if translated freely.
Calbee has been selling “Jagariko” since 1995 and it is an extremely popular snack!
One rare flavour would be “Mozzarella Cheese Tomato”モッツァレラチーズトマト. But it is only available till the end of June 2015, as limited editions always are.
It is not that people do not know about crazy flavours in Japan, like Calbee’s salt & lemon peel or Yamayoshi’s Wasabeef. Other snack companies like Frito Lay bought also exclusively delicious, only available, in Japan flavours. Everyone outside of Japan must be insanely jealous and it is highly recommended to try these once you come to Japan: one would be Avocado & Cheese Doritos (トルティーヤチップス アボカド＆チーズ味) and the other Tomato & Basil Doritos (トルティーヤチップス トマト＆バジル味). Proving once more, that Japan is superior to other countries when it comes to snacking, one might wonder, how most of the Japanese stay slim. Let us have a more detailed look into the flavours, sold in Japan only.
Being made of tortilla dough, these perfect sized mini-chips are especially popular among girls. With a very elegant package, it is the first time these are on the market. Due to a double layered flavour, these chips are rich in flavour and quality. Enjoy the flavour of a soft avocado mixed with deep flavoured cream cheese.
These tortilla chips are again based of tortilla dough and have been double flavour coated to ensure a rich and wonderful taste. They taste like a juicy tomato with the sweet-sour taste of basil flavour, adjusted to the taste of adults, rather than children.
Another dorito flavour, this crispy snack has an excellent bite to it. Perfect for those adults, who are searching different kind of snack. The taste is described as a slowly spreading chicken flavour with a spicy touch to it.
Lining up next to the Indian curry rice themed potato chips, this flavour will definitely remind you of a Curry Rice restaurant. It tastes like chicken, cooked in a nice and rich tomato keema curry pot.