Do you know one of the most popular snacks sold in convenience stores throughout Japan, “Umaibo”?
“Umaibos” are snacks priced at reasonable price of 10 yen per piece, and it has a wide range of varieties with unique flavors that they are particularly popular among kids and young people in Japan.
They are readily available in convenience stores and supermarkets.
“Umaibos” on display
What they are is they are snacks made of corn with the length of approximately 12cm/4.7in.
Let us show you the flavor lineup:
Mentai (Cod roe seasoned with spicy seasoning) flavor
Corn potage soup flavor
Vegetable salad flavor
Teriyaki burger flavor
Tonkatsu sauce (sauce used with pork cutlets) flavor
Chicken curry flavor
Gyutan-shio (Ox tongue seasoned with salt) flavor
Sugar rusk flavor
Takoyaki (octopus puff) flavor
The lineup of all 11 flavors we have introduced!
There are other flavors available, including salami flavor and chocolate flavor.
In addition, they have launched “Premium Umaibos” in April, 2014, with two flavors, “Camembert cheese flavor” and “Mentaiko (cod roe seasoned in spicy seasoning) flavor” in package of 10 pieces for 200 yen.
The regular “Umaibos” are sold at 10 yen per piece, but these premium-types are sold at 20 yen per piece, a double the price. The manufacturer not only changed the dough from conventional types, but they also are using extravagant ingredients for the seasoning powders.
▼Mozzarella and Camembert cheese flavor
Although there is already “Mentai flavor” from conventional lineup, they are lavishly using dried mentaiko powder with this premium type.
That’s all for the introdution of “Umaibos,” Alex James, the bassist for the British band, Blur has praised them as “Umaibos are the Godzilla of snacks,” and we have been told that he had a suitcase full of “Umaibos.”
We hope you will enjoy these when you come to Japan:D