As you may know, I live in Japan. I’m from Canada, though. Japan is a great place, and I love it here, but there are some things that I can’t find here that I crave often. And by things, I mean food and drinks.
First of all, let’s look at the restaurants I want to go to.
- Harvey’s: think grilled hamburgers Subway style. You choose your toppings.
- New York Fries: I really want their fries and gravy.
- Kentucky Fried Chicken: There are many in Japan, but they don’t have Canada’s fries and gravy.
- Panago: Love their pizza. I don’t like pizza sauce, so Panago is a great place for me, since I can choose any sauce I like.
I know, it’s all fast food. Now, for the individual foods.
- Raspberries: Difficult to find in Japan.
- Dill pickle potato chips: Not an option in Japan.
- Old Dutch Arriba taco flavoured tortilla chips: Again, not in Japan, though there are taco Doritos.
- Rice Krispies: Can’t find here, and cereal tends to be expensive in Japan.
- Kraft Dinner: Also known as Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. Not available in Japan.
- Decent pepperoni sticks: There are spicy salami sticks in Japan, but they are not as good as in Canada.
- Beef stew: Proper beef stew, not the stuff that you find in Japan, which uses demiglace sauce rather than gravy.
- Butterfinger: Love that chocolate bar.
- Hot dogs: I can only find good hot dogs in one place in Japan, and that’s in Costco. Most hot dogs in Japan use these skinny little sausages.
And now for the drinks.
- C Plus: There’s orange Fanta, but it’s just not the same thing.
- A&W Root Beer: I can find it in a few stores here, but they’re not easy to access much of the time. Also, A&W Cream Soda.
- Chocolate milk: I found Nesquik in one store, but otherwise, this is something hard to find. It’s not a popular drink.
But you know, there are some things that just can’t beat what you find in Japan.
- Sushi and sashimi: It’s the real thing here.
- Curry and rice: I think all you get in Canada is Indian or Thai curry.
- Fanta varieties: There are so many seasonal flavours, it’s rather interesting seeing what they come out with.
- Doria: It looks Italian, but it was created in Japan. Doubt it’s available anywhere else. It’s rice with cheese on top and baked.
- Nori potato chips: Seaweed! It’s actually quite delicious.
- Wasabeef potato chips: Wasabi and beef! Great stuff!
- Pepper Lunch: I love this restaurant’s steak and rice dishes. You cook it yourself.
- Shabu shabu: I doubt you can find it this good outside Japan.
- Soy sauce: Although regular Kikkoman soy sauce is available in Canada, there’s an incredible variety of soy sauces in Japan, each with its own purpose.
- Shrimp tempura: This stuff I could eat all day.
I can keep going on, but I’ll stop here. If you live in a country or area of your country that’s far from your hometown, is there anything you crave?