This month’s TokyoTreat celebrates one of Tokyo’s coolest neighbourhoods with the Akiba Adventure! box.
Inside the menu booklet you find full descriptions of the contents of the box, including an allergy list. This is very useful, as of course lots of the items aren’t immediately obvious! And unless you can read Japanese it can be tricky to know what you’re going to get.
The booklet is also stuffed full of fun facts and information about the theme, lots of pictures, so you can read all about the theme and culture.
KitKat Autumn Chestnut
This unique flavour, one of the many amazing Japanese KitKat varieties, is utterly delicious and one of the ultimate autumnal flavours. There are ten mini bars, with wafers with chestnut cream covered in delicious chestnut-infused white chocolate.
Yamayoshi Potato Chips Spicy Green Onion Flavour, Polinky Lightly Seasoned Corn Snack
A little bit of spice in lovely in cold weather, and these crisps have a slightly sweet and sour flavour, savoury and delicious. The corn snacks are light puffy hollow wafers that taste exactly like sweetcorn, so while they’re not exactly a sweet snack they have that amazing buttery flavour.
Daikoku Kitsune Udon Noodles, Fanta Mystery Flavour
These ramen cups are very handy for a quick lunch! Kitsune Udon is a lovely noodle soup with fish cakes and a dashi broth. This cup doesn’t contain any actual fish cakes, but the thick noodles and savoury soup base is a proper comfort dish in the cold weather.
Japanese Fanta is another product that is frequently unusual! This time it’s a blue coloured soda in a ‘mystery’ flavour. I have to say that I can’t really figure out exactly what it is, but it certainly tastes sort of fruity, and it’s very refreshing.
Gudetama Custard Biscuits, Saucy Senbei, Puku Puku Tai Lemon Tea Taiyaki
Gudetama is my favourite kawaii character, so these little custard-filled cookies are extra special for me! The Senbei crackers are thin crispy rice crackers and come with a little sachet of soy sauce for dipping.
The fish-shaped wafer candy is inspired by the taiyaki street food, a red bean filled fish-shaped cake. Instead of cake, this has a wafer shell and inside is lovely lemon tea-flavoured bubbly chocolate.
100,000,000 Yen Fish Jerky, JR Express Chocolate Train, Miso Katsu Jerky
This brilliantly packaged snack is a very Japanese item indeed. It’s spicy dried codfish that is often eaten spread with mayonnaise. The little train box is filled with tiny balls of chocolates and it’s incredibly cute.
The second – really! – package of fish jerky is flavoured like miso katsu, and one again is a properly powerful flavour in a small package.
Lost Detective Candy, Mini-Cola Soda Fountain Candy, Camera Candy Dispenser
These cute little dagashi candies are some really fun presentation. I’m not sure the reason for the Lost Detective name, but it’s a bag of little sour candies that really pack a punch! The tiny cola can is filled with cola-flavoured ramune candy, which is one of the most popular sweets in Japan. The Soda Fountain is flavoured like every soda mixed together! And finally, there’s more ramune candy, in a variety of flavours, in the box that’s shaped like a retro disposable camera.