Mogu Mogu Nippon | Convenience Store: Häagen-Dazs Mini Cup Houjicha Latte Ice Cream

19.June.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

This is the first article of a new series here on MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON we are calling Mogu Mogu Nippon (“Gobbling Japan”).

 

It’s no secret that we here at MMN love eating. At any time of the day someone in the office is eating or drinking something. We have a particular weakness for new products and limited edition seasonal items that are released here in Japan. From time to time, someone will buy something and share it amongst everyone!

 

In Mogu Mogu Nippon, we will showcase a selection of food, sweets and more that we want to recommend to you―our readers. For this first entry, we are heading to the convenience store to review the Häagen-Dazs Mini Cup Houjicha Latte.

 

Here in Japan, Häagen-Dazs regularly scoops out a variety of limited edition ice cream flavours, many of which are tea flavoured.

 

The one we recommend is their Houjicha Latte. This flavour was first released back in 2017 and has gone on to become hugely popular. Demand for this limited edition product to return has been huge (and I’m one of those people!). If you love tea, especially Japanese tea, then you’ll find this one irresistible.

 

Matcha and matcha flavoured products are enjoying a boom around the world today. Like matcha, there are a lot of houjicha items sold here in Japan.

The Houjicha Latte Häagen-Dazs ice cream is on sale right now for a limited time. I ate mine during snack time.

 

Upon opening the lid you are met with a spiralling marble-like pattern in your ice cream which are two different types of houjicha. The ice cream is rich and has a full-bodied milk flavour. This is coupled with the fragrance and delicious taste of the tea making for a seriously refreshing ice cream. The balance between the flavours is perfect, so you get richness but your taste buds are also left feeling refreshed.

 

The ice cream isn’t overly sweet and has just the right amount of bitterness from the houjicha. The sweetness of the milk fills your mouth and harmonises it all.

 

We recommend the Häagen-Dazs Mini Cup Houjicha Latte to those looking to eat a dessert made in Japan. You can pick up a cup at most convenience stores across the country, so be sure to give it a try if you’re here for summer, especially if you’ve never tried houjicha sweets or desserts before!

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  • Häagen-Dazs uses first tea pick of the season to make luxurious matcha and hojicha tea ice creams!

    24.May.2019 | FOOD

    Häagen-Dazs Japan is releasing the matcha-flavoured crispy sandwich ice cream Green Tea Crème brûlée and a Japanese tea-flavoured latte ice cream in a mini cup called Hojicha latte. These two new ice cream flavours will be released on Tuesday 21st May countrywide at the same time for a limited period.

    Green Tea Crème brûlée crispy sandwich ice cream (for a limited time only ) ¥272 (RRP before tax) 

    The matcha crème brûlée made from matcha custard and caramel is the perfect flavour combination. This is encased in two crispy wafers. The rich aroma of matcha and the high quality sweetness is complemented with the creamy custard of the crème brûlée and provides a rich flavour for you to enjoy. A generous amount of caramel powder is used to create a deep-flavoured crème brûlée caramel. After biting through the crispy, fragrant wafer you will reach the subtle bitter flavour of the caramel.

     

     

    Mini Cup Hojicha latte (for a limited time only ) ¥272  (RRP before tax) 

    Two types of hojicha tea latte swirl together with a maple finish. You can enjoy the real taste of tea leaves and their delicious aromatic flavour. This ice cream became very popular when it was sold in 2017. It was made using leaves from the first pick of the tea season. These leaves are less bitter and less acidic, so you can enjoy the elegance of the tea along with the luxurious flavour of the milk. Both of these combined create an exquisite flavour. The temperature of the water in which the tea is brewed and the time it is brewed for has been carefully managed to produce a clear, refreshing aftertaste whilst maintaining the highly aromatic hojicha fragrance.  

     

    Indulge in these two exquisite  Häagen-Dazs ice creams filled with carefully balanced flavours.

     

  • Häagen-Dazs matcha salon opens in Roppongi offering a course full of matcha ice cream treats!

    27.April.2019 | FOOD

    It has been 35 years since Häagen-Dazs ice cream arrived in Japan in 1984. This year, Japan is also celebrating the arrival of a brand new era! That’s why Häagen-Dazs is celebrating with the release of a new course menu that you can enjoy with all five of your senses. The menu is currently available at the Häagen-Dazs MATCHA SALON which is open for a limited period only from Thursday 24th April to Sunday 5th May 2019. The salon is located at Hills Cafe/ Space in Roppongi Hills.

    The supervisor for this salon is Daisuke Kaneko, who is also the owner and chef of the famous French restaurant L’AS. The main concept of the matcha salon is to enjoy Häagen-Dazs’ specially-made matcha in all kinds of ways. There is a six-piece course overflowing with entertaining features for you to enjoy.

    Green tea and lime non-alcoholic cocktail

     This welcome drink is made by combining carefully-made matcha with carbonated water. Rich matcha is added to refreshing lime so you can feel rejuvenated as you enter the world of matcha.

    Matcha jelly made from matcha leaves grown in the dark! 

    The leaves used for the Häagen-Dazs green tea maintain their fresh colour and flavour from being grown in a covered area. The smooth and juicy matcha jelly and the sweet and sour fresh fruits bring about a delicious flavour. These flavours taste better together than one might imagine. All that’s left is to light the fire at the table and it’s complete!

    Matcha tiramisu made from three different strengths of matcha

    Matcha sponge cake cream is smashed up and topped with mascarpone mousse and matcha powder. There are three different matcha strengths of tiramisu so you can enjoy the changing flavours!

    Supreme bliss Häagen-Dazs green tea

    -5°C is the best temperature to enjoy Häagen-Dazs ice cream. This ice cream just melts gently in your mouth with a wonderful new texture. Allow yourself to drift away with the scent of matcha surrounding you as the matcha flavour on your tongue spreads in your mouth!

    You can even enjoy the sound of Häagen-Dazs ice cream! Immerse all of your senses in this range of Häagen-Dazs matcha ice cream treats with this special course!

  • Rich and a variety of textures ー my experience of Häagen-Dazs Decorations ♡

    04.March.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Convenience stores are just one of the many places you can buy Häagen-Dazs Decorations limited edition ice cream flavours Almond Caramel Cookie and Matcha cheesecake. The Häagen-Dazs Decorations series is a smooth, rich-flavoured ice cream with delicious toppings to compliment the ice cream.

     

    Once you open the lid, you will see the ice cream sprinkled with cookie pieces. Mix this with the deep-flavoured ice cream and allow yourself to indulge in a new texture.

     

    To understand just how delicious this new ice cream is, you’re just going to have to try it for yourself.

     

    …so I dug straight into both ice creams.

     

    After allowing it to melt slightly, I mixed the cookie pieces with the ice cream.

    The almond caramel cookie ice cream is topped with sliced almond, butter cookie pieces and a drizzling of caramel sauce. The ice cream is caramel butterscotch flavoured. The rich ice cream flavour combined with the crispy almond flakes and crunchy cookie pieces are balanced in perfect harmony.

    I then moved onto the matcha cheesecake! The ice cream is topped with matcha and cheese cookie pieces. The flavour of the cheese cookies with the matcha was a matcha match made in heaven. It was a bit like eating a cheese tart! The ice cream was made using matcha ice cream and cheese ice cream so you can fully enjoy both flavours in one!

     

    A perfect level of bitter matcha and creamy cheese ー each mouthful was like tasting it for the first time!

     

    These two ice creams are only available for a limited time! If you like cookies or almond flakes in your ice cream, this is definitely the ice cream for you!

     

    It’s still a bit chilly these days, but how about taking a moment in your day to enjoy this sweeeeet sweeet ice cream in a warm room?

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  • Top 5 Halloween Treats to Pick Up at Japanese Convenience Stores This Year

    04.October.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    October is here, meaning Halloween is right around the corner. If you’re not up for dressing up in a costume or going out this year, then you can still get in the Halloween spirit by picking up one of the many Halloween exclusive goodies now being sold at Japanese convenience stores. We’ve picked out our top 5 favourite for you.

     

    Starbucks® Sweet Caramel Pudding Latte

    Starbucks Japan is now stocking its sweet caramel pudding latte across most convenience stores in Japan. The golden-capped cup features a spooky Halloween design, decorated with ghosts, pumpkins and bats. Enjoy Halloween in a cup with the beverage’s rich and sweet caramel pudding flavour.

     

    ▼Starbucks® Sweet Caramel Pudding Latte

    Price: ¥200
    Available: Most convenience stores across Japan. Select branches not stocking.

     

    Calbee Jagabee Black Consomme

     

    These crunchy potato sticks are a popular savour snack in Japan. This Halloween, Calbee has coloured their sumptuous sticks black, and made them taste like delicious consomme. This is a 7-Eleven and Ai Group-exclusive. Its cute pot design will have you grabbing one off the shelf without even thinking.

     

    ▼Calbee Jagabee Black Consomme

    Price: ¥138 (Before Tax)
    Available: 7-Eleven and Ai Group

     

    KOIKE-YA Karamucho Hot Chili Flavour

     

    The classic thick-cut Karamucho potato chips have been sprinkled with extra spiciness for that heated kick. The packet features all the familiar faces of Halloween, from a witch to a pumpkin, bats, a graveyard and more. If you’re a spice-seeker then this one’s for you. Also a 7-Eleven and Ai Group exclusive product.

     

    ▼KOIKE-YA Karamucho Hot Chili Flavour

    Price: ¥128 (Before Tax)
    Available: 7-Eleven and Ai Group

     

     

    7-Eleven Marshmallow Chocolate Ganache Daifuku

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    7-Eleven is also releasing a range of its own original Halloween treats, including this sweet white daifuku which looks like a marshmallow and is filled with rich chocolate ganache. A Japanese and Western-combined confection you can enjoy with one hand.

     

    ▼7-Eleven Marshmallow Raw Chocolate Daifuku

    Price: ¥118 (Before Tax)
    Available: 7-Eleven (Except in Okinawa)

     

    7-Eleven Black Cat Sachertorte

    Black cats are a popular symbol of Halloween, particularly in Japan. This cake is made with chocolate cream and vanilla cream and is coated in a crunchy chocolate coating for even more tasty texture. This is a seriously cute choice you’re sure to love!

     

    ▼7-Eleven Black Cat Sachertorte

    Price: ¥308 (Before Tax)
    Release Date: October 15, 2019
    Available: 7-Eleven

     

     

    Did you enjoy our picks? There are plenty of Halloween-themed foods, confections and sweets to look forward to this year at convenience stores in Japan. Head to your closest one and see what they have in stock.

  • Starbucks’ Halloween Sweet Caramel Pudding Latte is Bound to Possess Your Heart

    15.September.2019 | FOOD

    The Sweet Caramel Pudding Latte will be infiltrating Starbucks’® Chilled Cup line of beverages from September 24 for a limited period.

     

    The ghostly touch of sweet and smooth caramel pudding is accented with a dark base note of strong coffee. If you are looking for a creamy and luxurious flavour, this is the perfect autumn treat.

    Starbucks never fails to raise our spirits with their adorable themed designs. This Halloween, the cup design been invaded with an army of ghosts, pumpkins and more Halloween-themed illustrations. The heavenly golden lid adds a touch of luxury to the design and is a premonition for the sweet and rich caramel that awaits underneath. 

     

    The Sweet Caramel Pudding Latte from the Starbucks’ Chilled Cup series is bound to send chills down your spine this Halloween!

  • Snoopy, Joe Cool & Charlie Brown Confections by Tabemas Are Coming to Lawson Convenience Stores

    08.August.2019 | FOOD

    Character-inspired Japanese confectionery series Tabemas has unveiled its new Snoopy, Joe Cool and Charlie Brown wagashi confections that will go on sale at Lawson convenience stores across Japan on August 20.

    The characters are made from a type of dough called “nerikiri” which is used in making traditional Japanese wagashi sweets. Each of their charm points have been recreated, including Snoopy’s collar, Joe Cool’s shades and folded arm pose, and Charlie Brown’s instantly-recognisable outfit.

    Their cute designs make it hard to decide where to start eating from, with Snoopy’s beady eyes, Joe Cool’s composed manner, and Charlie Brown’s smiley face.

    Each character is filled with different flavoured bean pastes, maintaining that traditional wagashi touch. Snoopy is chocolate flavoured, Joe Cool is salted vanilla, and Charlie Brown is custard. The three of them line up perfectly for a cute Instagrammable photo. They are limited in stock so if you’re in Japan this summer be sure to stop by a Lawson store.

     

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  • Mogu Mogu Nippon | Convenience Store: 4 Icy and Not-So-Pricey Frozen Treats This Summer

    30.July.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    The real heat of summer has finally hit us. As a result, it is getting harder to resist those delicious ice creams in the convenience store that are so easy to get hold of. Convenience stores are constantly refreshing their frozen dessert flavours and it is just too hard to decide which one to go for.

     

    Wondering what tastes good? Don’t break a sweat. Dessert-eating professional Yukko is here to help. Check out her Instagram which has plenty of information on the most irresistible frozen desserts at convenience stores.

     

    CREAM CHEESE MACARON ICE 

    Seven Eleven sells a macaron ice cream sandwich series which is massively popular every year. You just have to head there now to try the Kiri® cream cheese filling macarons which are collaboration-limited!

    Just by looking at the refreshing colour of the macaron is enough to splash life back into your parched body. Sinking your teeth into the crispy macaron sure is fun.

    The luxurious ice cream filling is made using 100% Kiri® cream cheese. The ice cream covers a juicy core of passion orange sauce that is thick like treacle. Its sharp, citrusy flavour is bound to instantly revitalise you. The rich cream cheese makes for the perfect balance. 

     

    ▼ CREAM CHEESE MACARON ICE 
    Price: ¥257 (after tax)
    Available at: Most Seven Elevens countrywide (excluding Okinawa)

     

    Strawberries & Condensed Milk Shaved Ice

     This is part of Seven Eleven’s flavoured ice series. 

    When you open it, you will be instantly hit by the revitilizing red colour of the strawberries. The strawberry sauce is sweet yet sour and the ice is crunchy. Allow it a bit of time to melt first and the texture will turn syrupy.

    The sweet and sour strawberry sauce is a perfect match with the condensed milk flavoured ice, which is both slightly sweet and refreshing. This is a flavour that adults will love just as much as children.

     

    ▼ Strawberries & Condensed Milk Shaved Ice
    Price: ¥149 (after tax)
    Available at: Convenience Store: Most Seven Elevens countrywide.

     

    White Peach Shaved Ice with Peach Pieces

    This is yet another dessert from Seven Eleven’s ice Series, and this one is bursting with peachy goodness! Despite being just ¥300, it is full of flavour.

    Open the lid and you will discover that it is full of delicious fruity pieces of white peach. 

    Starting from the top, there are large pieces of peach followed by white peach jelly, white peach shaved ice and then white peach sauce. The peach will immediately melt in your mouth the moment you take a bite. Its juiciness will spread all over your tongue and you will be enlightened with the true refreshing taste of summer. 

     

    White Peach Shaved Ice with Peach Pieces
    Price: ¥300 (after tax)
    Available at: Seven Eleven

     

    Essel Super Cup Mango 

    Having heard all the stories about just how delicious this ice cream is, I just had to try it for myself.

    There are four layers to this ice cream. The moment you open the lid, the tropical fruity mango sauce layer will be enough to revitalize you. Once you make it through the mango sauce which is enriched with mango fruit pieces, you will make it to the layer of tofu ice cream. Dig a little deeper and you will arrive at a layer of passion fruit sauce.

     

    If you reach the very bottom, you will hit the mango-flavoured ice cream. If you wait a little while for the ice cream to melt before digging your spoon in, you will be able to truly appreciate the rich-flavoured mango. This ice cream even has a special ingredient; mango pulp. This mango pulp enhances the flavour in an extraordinary way. The discovery of this new flavour will fascinate you to no end. The passion fruit sauce at the bottom has an element of crunchiness to it that resembles sorbet. The mango and mango pulp is an exquisite accent to the flavour, making it deliciously moreish as well as refreshing. 

     

    ▼Essel Super Cup Mango 
    Price: ¥238 (after tax)
    Available at: Convenience stores and supermarkets across the country.

     

    All these convenience store ice creams are just too delicious to miss out on. There are many frozen desserts that will always be available, however, those listed above won’t always be around, so try them while you can!

     

    Mogu Mogu Yukko introduces lots of desserts and sweets that are easily found in convenience stores and supermarkets on her Instagram so please check out her other posts.

     

    Writer and Photographer: Mogu Mogu Yukko

  • Mogu Mogu Nippon | Convenience Store: Top 3 Refreshing Summertime Drinks

    04.July.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Hi, everyone! I’m Heir from MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON’s editorial team.

     

    Our office is based in Harajuku, Tokyo’s hub for fashion and youth culture. When summertime rolls around and brings the sweltering weather with it, it’s ubiquitous to see people walking the streets of Harajuku with bubble tea or iced coffee in their hands to cool down.

     

    Personally, I really love the drinks sold at convenience stores and can drink them whenever. They are cheap and tasty with many new drinks stocking the shelves all the time. There were a lot of popular drinks that began sales in June.

     

    Today, I want to recommend three of these cool beverages to you, all of which saw much attention on Japanese social media.

     

    1. Coffee Beverage | Starbucks Iced Orange Brûlée Latte

    This chilled Starbucks drink was released on June 11 and comes in a very summery flavour: Iced Orange Brûlée Latte. Lattes mixed with fruit are always my weakness. This drink is extremely tasty, mixing full-bodied coffee with velvety milk, orange and crème brûlée. Its cute packaging and refreshing flavour make it the perfect choice for the start of summer.

     

    Released: June 11, 2019

    Price: ¥200 (Before Tax)

    Available: At convenience stores, supermarkets and department stores in Japan

    Product Page: https://www.starbucks.co.jp/beverage/rtd/4901777338579/

     

    2. Carbonated Beverage | Gabunomi Soda Float

    From the popular Gabunomi drink series comes the new Soda Float flavour. Its packaging alone is enough to cool you down. The drink itself is a cute blue colour which is what made me want to buy it. It’s soda mixed with a creamy ice cream float which has an authentic flavour. As is always the case with Gabunomi, they have the perfect balance of sweetness in their carbonated beverages. This drink just makes you want to buy one and head to the seaside!

     

    Released: June 24, 2019

    Price: ¥140 (Before Tax)

    Available: At convenience stores, supermarkets and department stores in Japan

    Product Page: https://www.pokkasapporo-fb.jp/products/soda/gabunomi/JE88.html

     

    3.  Carbonated Beverage | Coca Cola Clear Lime

    Clear Coca Cola became a topical drink on social media around the world when it was first released last summer. This summer, the drink is receiving a lime upgrade. By combining the colourless Coke with lime flavour, you can feel super refreshed during the hot and dry weather. Be sure to pick up a bottle if you’re in Japan this summer!

     

    Released: June 10, 2019

    Price: ¥140 (Before Tax)

    Available: At convenience stores, supermarkets and department stores in Japan

    Product Page: https://www.cocacola.jp

  • If you are wondering what Japan is particularly good at, matcha desserts is definitely one of them. However, you don’t have to go to a shop that specialises in matcha sweets to get your fill. Matcha desserts can be easily obtained from the convenience store and once you start, it is hard to stop. 

     

    Today, Instagrammer Yukko is going to introduce you to three delicious matcha desserts that you can get from Seven Eleven.

    Dorayaki Pancakes Filled With Matcha Cream ¥278 (before tax)

    Seven Eleven is always selling some kind of delicious matcha cream-filled dorayaki. This time, the name has been changed slightly. This dorayaki is just ¥3 more expensive than last time, however it looks just as good as it always has. You just will not be able to resist buying it. 

    As you take your first bite of this high-quality snack, the scent of the matcha will reach you first, followed by the flavour of the matcha which spreads instantly through your mouth. The matcha is rich yet so light that it will instantly melt on your tongue. The pancakes sandwiching the large creamy matcha filling are both fluffy and thick. Cut it in half and you will not be able to resist. 

    This is a wonderful snack to sink your teeth into while you walk. If you want to keep your hands clean, you could even use a spoon to scoop out the filling. Enjoy it in your own unique way as it is tasty no matter how you choose to enjoy it!

    Matcha and Matcha Parfait ¥278

    As the name implies, this matcha parfait is the perfect opportunity to taste a variety of matcha flavours in one single tub. From the bottom, the cup is filled with matcha jelly, followed by matcha mousse, milk mousse and matcha whipped cream. Within the layers of matcha whipped cream you will discover a goldmine of matcha jelly and a dorayaki pancake core. 

    The matcha flavour of the jelly is quite weak, however its wobbly and springy texture contributes to the deliciousness of the parfait. The moderately sweet whipped cream combined with the matcha flavour is perfectly balanced. The milk mousse has a rich, milky flavour. It may be sweet, however the matcha mousse underneath it is slightly bitter, so enjoy them together for a delicious overall flavour. 

     

    The fluffy matcha mousse and rich matcha is unbelievably delicious. The dorayaki centre is soft, fluffy and thick which accents the flavour. Overall, the parfait is not overpoweringly sweet and the matcha flavour is gentle on your tongue.  

    Uji Matcha Cream Mochi: ¥110 (before tax )

    Uji Matcha Cream Mochi is a soft, thin and chewy dough that is rolled out thin and then wrapped around a large spoon of uji matcha cream. This is always a popular pick. Last time, they served the uji matcha chocolate mochi. I wonder how the Uji Matcha Cream Mochi will taste!

    This time, the mochi has a slightly more springy texture. The outside is chewy, yet the inside is gooey. This mochi cake is bursting with matcha so you can really enjoy the matcha flavour. The bitter matcha flavour is perfectly balanced with a touch of sweetness. This dessert even come with a fork so that you don’t have to get your hands dirty. 

    I know, it is hard to choose which matcha dessert to try. Convenience stores are always refreshing the varieties of goods they sell, so if you are particularly attracted to any of the desserts mentioned above, it is probably best to try them before they are replaced.

     

    Mogu Mogu Yukko introduces lots of desserts and sweets that are easily found in convenience stores and supermarkets on her Instagram so please check out her other posts:

    Photos and Text: Mogu Mogu Yukko

  • Mogu Mogu Nippon | Indulging in Oniku no Osushi’s Matsusaka Beef Don in Asakusa

    27.June.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Asakusa is located in Tokyo and is home to many famous tourist and sightseeing spots such as Sensō-ji Temple and the Kaminarimon Gate. It’s also a place lined with restaurants serving up an array of gourmet dishes.

     

    We have covered many popular cafés and local specialties in Asakusa in MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON. Today, we will take a look at a sushi restaurant called Oniku no Osushi which opened recently where customers can eat sushi served with Japanese wagyu beef. It is the first big name restaurant from the Gion district of Kyoto to arrive in the country’s Kanto region. Since opening its doors, it has been much-talked-about and has enjoyed the hustle and bustle of hungry customers.

    The restaurant is about an 8-minute walk from Akasaka Station via the subway and just a 2-minute walk via Tsukuba Express. You’ll know the restaurant when you see it as the outside of it incorporates a wooden design. Inside, too, wooden planks and pillars decorate the interior.

     

    Matsusaka beef is a brand of beef in Japan made from the meat of Japanese Black cattle that are reared under strict conditions in Matsusaka, Mie. At Oniku no Osushi, customers are able to eat this beef in the form of sushi marbled and with a rare texture.

    I dined together with Chinese model and talent Etsuna. She loves eating out but this was her first time eating rare meat on sushi. We ordered the restaurant’s popular Oniku no Osushi platter and the Gyusen Don (served only at lunchtime).

    Oniku no Osushi Platter (8 Pieces): ¥5,000

    The meat sushi platter comes with eight pieces including two pieces each of lean beef, salted beef, roast beef, and fatty gunkan beef. Excluding the gunkan beef it’s recommended eating each piece from the left as pictured above. Everything is already flavoured so you can eat them as they are.

     

    The gunkan beef is best enjoyed while it is still frozen so I started with that. The cold beef just melts as it enters you mouth. It tastes sweet and has a fatty texture to it. The egg yolk mixes together with the beef on your tongue and gives it an even smoother taste.

     

    The meat of the lean beef, salted beef and roast beef sushi is soft and each is layered with refreshing grated lemon and daikon. When you bite into the succulent meat your taste buds are treated to the sweetness of the fat and the meats’ rich flavours. I was able to taste the distinct qualities of each type.

    Gyusen Don (w/ Cold Miso Soup): ¥2,480

    The Gyusen Don is served at lunchtime only. It contains Matsusaka Gyusen® flakes and Kyoto-style tsukemono pickled vegetables, condiments and bite-sized meat pieces. The presentation of the dish is beautiful! You add soy sauce to it and mix with the egg yolk, and it’s simple irresistible! We made sure to snap a final photo before tucking in.

    The beef of this dish melts in your mouth just like the gunkan beef and blends well with the egg yolk to create a velvety flavour. The dish also has condiments and pickled vegetables too adding to the variety of tastes. If you add wasabi or ginger the flavours are elevated even further, especially when eaten with the Kyoto-style pickled vegetables which creates a spicy tang.

     

    The miso soup that the dish is served with is also Kyoto-style. Wheat starch and pickled vegetables are added to the sweet white broth to create a mellow flavour that goes well with the dish.

    Etsuna gave high praise to the dish too: “It was so delicious. I think there are still a lot of foreigners that don’t know about meat sushi yet, so I think it’ll get popular soon. It’s a bit pricey there are a lot of foreign travelers who want to eat tasty Japanese food, so I recommend it to them.”

     

    Asakusa is famous for its takeaway food to be eaten while walking, but Oniku no Sushi serves up an Asakusa-exclusive gourmet experience too.

    Steamed Rice & Meat: ¥500

    If you’re walking around Asakusa and are feeling peckish, then you should go for steamed rice and meat (おにくの飯蒸し). It’s packed full of beefy flavour.

    What did you think of this little Asakusa lunch trip? Of course, Oniku no Osushi has an evening slot for dinner too, so if you’d like to try some Matsusaka beef then be sure to pay a visit.

     

    Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MMN Editorial Department)

    Model: 悦奈(Etsuna)

  • Authentic Uji Matcha Soft Serve Ice Cream Released at MINISTOP in Japan

    04.November.2018 | FOOD

    MINISTOP convenience stores across Japan released two new matcha soft service ice creams on November 2: the Uji Matcha Soft and the Premium Adzuki Matcha Soft.

     

    MINISTOP has served a range of Premium Soft ice cream products made with top quality ingredients since 2015 including their Premium Belgium Chocolate Soft and Premium Chestnut Mont Blanc Soft. This year’s ingredient is matcha, the hugely popular tea flavour loved both in Japan and overseas.

    Uji Matcha Soft / Uji Matcha Mix Soft: ¥270 Each (Tax Included)

    Premium Azuki Matcha Soft / Premium Azuki Matcha Mix Soft: ¥300 Each (Tax Included)

    The soft serves are made with full-bodied matcha carefully selected by the tea experts of Hokodo, a long-standing Uji tea shop. You can choose from the regular Uji Matcha Soft or go the full mile and get the Premium Azuki Matcha Soft which comes topped with adzuki red bean sauce and soybean mochi pieces.

    The cones are also made in the image of a matcha teacup. Their colour comes from brown sugar syrup which uses brown sugar from Okinawa Prefecture, offering a sweet sugary addition to the bitter flavour of the matcha.

     

    These ice creams are available for a limited time only so head to a MINISTOP convenience store while you can and try them yourself!

  • Chocolate Flavoured Purin Buns Releasing at MINISTOP Convenience Stores in Japan

    19.October.2018 | FOOD

    With the temperature beginning to drop, MINISTOP are releasing two new sweet steamed buns. The purin flavoured buns were released on October 19 while the chocolate purin buns will be released on November 9.

    MINISTOP’s sweet steamed buns are a popular favourite. The purin flavoured buns were released last year and blew up on social media. They are returning again this year in limited quantities. Both the purin and chocolate purin buns are on the small side making them perfect as a snack or to fill a hole. Their designs are eye-catching too.

    Marugoto Purin Bun

    This bun is stuffed with an entire purin which is a whole dessert in itself. It’s topped with caramel sauce and a sprinkling of cocoa powder to make the bun itself look like a purin too.

    Marugoto Chocolate Purin Bun

    This is a chocolate version of the purin bun. It’s stuffed with a rich and velvety chocolate purin. The outside is topped with chocolate to make it look like another chocolate purin.

     

    MINISTOP’s sweet steamed buns are a hit every year. Which one do you want to try the most?

  • Lawson’s Rilakkuma Chocolate Buns Are Kawaii and Piping Hot

    28.September.2018 | FOOD

    Hi, everyone. It’s Midori here from the MOSHI MOSHI BOX Harajuku Tourist Information Center.

     

    It’s gotten cold all of a sudden recently – are you all feeling well? When it’s cold in Japan there’s nothing better than popping down to the convenience store and grabbing a nikuman―a meat bun. So that’s what I did today. I went to Lawson to buy myself a meat bun and came across something very cute they were selling!

     

    And that was this!

     

    “Rilakkuman”―a Rilakkuma bun!

     

    It’s a Rilakkuma manjuu which is a steamed bun with a filling. It looks just like Rilakkuma’s face. So cute!

    I took a picture with it at the World Clock―the MOSHI MOSHI BOX’s iconic Instagram spot.

     

    It doesn’t pander to today’s social media and Instagram war which is nice.


    There'[s also a Rilakkuma panel displayed inside the MOSHI MOSHI BOX so I got two Rilakkuma’s in one photo! That’s a lot of Rilakkuma.

     

    It seems a waste to eat it but I went all out and wolfed it down.


    There’s sweet chocolate paste in the middle.

     

    Oh…

     

    Oops.

     

    I felt sorry for him but he was just delicious so I didn’t hold back. It was Rilakkuma from the outset and he was cute.

     

    The season is getting cold, so you all should try eating a Rilakkuman for yourselves too! If you’re eating one in Harajuku then please stop by the MOSHI MOSHI BOX and say hi.

  • Starbucks Japan’s Chilled Espresso & Matcha Tea Latte Gets Renewed

    24.August.2018 | FOOD

    Starbucks’ chilled cup line of beverages is renowned in the chilled cup coffee market. Two of their drinks, the Starbucks Espresso and Starbucks Matcha Latte, are being renewed.

     

    Starbucks Espresso
    The new espresso loses none of its rich flavour so its consumers can enjoy the taste of strong and full-bodied coffee for the coming autumn season. The cup also has a new coffee cherry stylish design inspired by the strength of the beverage.

     

    Starbucks Matcha Tea Latte
    This luxurious latte combines lots of milk with matcha from Uji, Kyoto. Tencha, another kind of matcha, is also added to strengthen the authentic tea’s richness and sweetness. The cup has a traditional Japanese design with tea leaves.

     

     

    Enjoy a coffee break with the new and improved Starbucks Espresso and Matcha Tea Latte.

     

    ■Information

    Starbucks Espresso & Starbucks Matcha Tea Latte

    Available: Most convenience stores and supermarkets across Japan

    Release Date: September 4, 2018

    Product Information (Japanese): http://www.starbucks.co.jp/rtd/

    *New product information will be released on September 4.

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