Bokksu: Discover Japan Through Snacks – July 2020

Bokksu: Discover Japan Through Snacks – July 2020

Bokksu is the only Japanese snack box that sources directly from snack makers in Japan, so many of our artisanal products cannot be found anywhere else. Start your cultural journey through Japan by subscribing to Bokksu and receiving a curated box of premium Japanese snacks and teas delivered to your door every month.

They have two levels of subscription: the Tasting, which is smaller, and the one I have received, The Classic. Subscriptions are prepaid for one, three, six, or twelve months.For the Classic box they work out at $39 (around £30), $37, $35 , and $33 per month.As usual, they are priced in dollars, so GBP conversion is according to today’s exchange rate. Obviously this will vary, but it gives you some idea of cost.

July’s box focuses on delicious flavours from the tropical island of Okinanwa!

This is the perfect theme for July, with a wonderful summer feeling.

The beautiful booklet insert lists all the items, together with an allergy list and flavour guide, and you also get a lovely snapshot guide to the specialty tastes and ingredients of Okinawa.

Kokuto Black Sugar Candied Walnuts.

These have an incredible flavour from the famous Okinawa sugar, rich and deep, though as you might expect they are very sweet, so a little goes a long way!

Okinawa Exclisive Mini Genji Pie with Beniimo.

Beniimo is purple yam, a specialty of Okinawa. It’s layered in light crisp pastry here, and they are very similar to the French palmier.

Okinawa Island Fruit Drops.

This little cake resembles a madeline, and is made from hirami lemon, a citrus fruit native to Okinawa. It’s a beautiful fresh and delicate flavour, and this cake is glazed with a little extra hirami jam.

Luxury Cafe Time Chinsuko: Cheese Flavour

This is a sweet/savory flavour combination. Chinsuko are a traditional shortbread cookie, and it comes in several varieties, this one being cheese! It sounds unusual but it is actually delicious.

Kabukiage Rice Crackers: Shiquasa Salt

This special version of fried rice crackers are coated with soy sauce and shiquasa, a native citrus fruit. This variety is only available in Okinawa, so it’s very special to be included in this box!

Natural Yeast Bread: Okinawa Black Sugar

Japanese yeast bread is rather like a cross between a bun and a bread roll. They often are layered with different flavours, and this one contains the famous Okinawa black sugar. These buns are soft and chewy and not too sweet, and go beautifully with a cup of tea.

Okinawa Soba

These crunchy soba noodle snacks have been flavoured with Okinawan chilies which are infused with rice liquor. They are spicy and flavourful, and are perfect to enjoy with a cold beer.

Okinawa Kokuto Black Sugar Cookie

This beautiful soft cookie is one of the most famous traditional Okinawan treats, with a beautiful deep sweet flavour.

Matcha & Chocolate Chip Chinsuko

These are another version of the traditional shortbread-like cookie, this time combining chocolate chips with matcha. The slightly bitter matcha powder pairs beautifully with the chocolate.

Ishigakijima Chili Oil Chips

Another spicy treat here, these rice chips are flavoured with chili oil, another specialty of the Okinawa prefecture.

Higa Granny’s Sanpin Cha Jasmine Tea

This beautiful floral tea has a base of green tea, and is the perfect drink to go with all of the tasty baked goods in this month’s box!

 

Our score: 9.8/ 10

I love it when Bokksu focuses on a particular region, and this month's items are no exception. The flavours in this month are delicious, and it's fascinating to experience the different ways in which they are used. Bokksu gives an a fascinating insight into regional variations of Japanese tastes, as well as a glimpse into the different aspects of the culture. On a purely practical note, there are always more then one of the smaller items, so you can try one before deciding if you want to share the other one or keep it four yourself! For anyone who is interested in travelling via flavours, this is the perfect way to experience the incredible country of Japan.

  • Quality of products10
  • Originality10
  • Packaging and delivery10
  • Value for money9
  • Selection of products10

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