Bokksu: Discover Japan Through Snacks – June 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.

This June we have a delicious Tangy Citrus theme, perfect for the warmer summer months.

Bokksu has also had a redesign of their lovely culture guide booklet, so we’ll have a closer look at that too.

You can see where each item originates on a map of Japan.

The item details are beautifully laid out, and include descriptions and a very useful allergen guide.

There’s also some interesting  background cultural information about the theme.

Seaweed Tempura: Setouchi Sudachi Citrus Flavour. This snack is small pieces of nori (seaweed) which has been battered and fried for extra crispness. The citrus flavour comes from Sudachi, a small sour green citrus which is used in Japan as an alternative to lemon or lime. The freshness of the citrus and the saltiness of the nori work together beautifully.

Setouchi Lemon Sable Cookie. These deliciously soft and chewy cookies contain Setouchi lemon chocolate. These Japanese lemons are sweeter than conventional lemons, and are frequently used in baking.

Yuzu Konjac Jelly. Konjac is a starch that is frequently used as a vegetarian alternative to gelatin. Here it’s used to make a delicious Yuzu jelly that can be chilled and squeezed straight from the pouch. Yuzu itself is a fragrant citrus with a distinctive fragrant taste that is somewhere between lemon, grapefruit, and mandarin. It’s a popular ingredient in Japan and the East.

Yuzu Anpan. This is a traditional baked bun, rich and dense. Traditionally it contains bean paste, but this version, exclusive to Bokksu, contains a yuzu filling.

Low Carb Style: Orange Tea Pound Cake. This cake is incredibly tasty and moist for a low carb item! The combination of orange and black tea flavours work beautifully together, and would go very will with a cup of tea.

Dry Salted Mikan Slice. Mikan is a type of mandarin which is native to Japan. This snack is dried segments of the fruit which have been lightly salted to give a wonderful sweet-salty flavour.

Setouchi Lemon Pie. These flaky cookies are similar to palmier pastries, light and crispy. These have been coated with setouchi lemon sugar.

Pom Ponjioce Mikan Orange Mochi. These delicious soft mochi have a sweet filling made from mikan juice. The citrus orange flavour is a great way to add some zest to the soft marshmallow of the mochi.

Hyuganatsu Monaka. Monaka are a sweet wafer mochi sandwiched with a soft filling, a type of wagashi (traditional Japanese sweet). There are many different types of filling, but this version contains white bean jam flavoured with hyuganatsu, which is another Japanese native citrus.

Arare Rice Crackers: Lemon & Vinegar. These are little crispy rice puff crackers flavoured with lemon vinegar for a sharp citrussy flavour that makes a lovely contrast to the light melting texture.

Mikange Mikan Meringue. This tiny meringue bites are flavoured with the mikan, and are melting and delicious.

Potato Chips: Yuzu Salt. The combination of yuzu and salted crisps might sound unusual, but the tangy taste on these very thin and delicate potato chips is absolutely delicious!

Ginger & Yuzu Herbal Tea. This is a powdered drink that can be drunk hot or cold, and is particularly lovely served chilled on a hot day.

Our score: 9.8/ 10

This month's selection really celebrates the incredible variety of citrus fruits! The different tastes and textures are a marvellous opportunity to sample these wonderful and traditional flavours in all kinds of different contexts. This is definitely one of the most interesting of the Bokksu boxes I've seen (though they are all wonderful!). It demonstrates how well Bokksu highlights the most wonderful aspects of Japanese products, especially often incorporating small producers and including interesting and exclusive items too. For anyone with an interest in food, Bokksu is a real voyage of delicious discovery!

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

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