Every country has its signature flavours. Japan has several flavours that are uniquely Japanese. However, these are not what you would typically expect from Japanese food.
First is Shichimi Potato Chips. Shichimi means seven flavours, and that’s what it is. There’s a spice called shichimi that’s spicy, primarily from the paprika. It’s a popular spice you can find in many restaurants.
Second picture is another potato chip flavour. This is yuzu koshou, or yuzu and black pepper. Yuzu is a citrus fruit with a bitter flavour. Yuzu koshou is a popular condiment in Japan.
And this is the same flavour, yuzu koshou, but on a kind of rice snack.
Here is another flavour, shio wasabi. That’s salt and wasabi. Wasabi is a popular condiment for sushi and sashimi, of course.
This is probably the strangest flavour of all, strawberry shortcake. Potato chips that are sweet. Odd combination. I didn’t really like these, to be honest.
And finally, a couple very Japanese flavours combined into one: matcha azuki. Matcha is green tea, while azuki is sweet beans.
And then for some noodles, I had these tonight. They’re soba noodles. Usually, the popular flavours are soy sauce, miso, or salt. However, this was duck flavoured. It wasn’t bad.
Any unusual flavours in your part of the world? Share them with us.