日本製品コーナー ・ 第二

9/13/11      9:14

And here we are for another round of Japanese Product Corner!

First up…

Product: シークワサー・ソーダ [shiikuwasaa sooda]

Price: 100円
Description: Soda made using a citrus fruit found in Okinawa which has the taste between that of a lemon and an orange. I have a sneaking suspicion that the “shiikuwasha” is just a code name for the Philippine calamansi because this tastes just like calamansi soda.
Pro: Economy size! I like citrus and especially calaman… I mean. shiikuwasha.
Con: FRUIT THEFT

Rating: 6.5/10

Product: ピーナッツクリーム [piinatsukuriimu]  Peanut Cream

Price: [??] Host-mom puts it out for breakfast.
Description: This is not peanut butter. It’s peanut cream. Get it right. Tastes like peanuts and looks like brown jam. >_>
Pro: As someone who doesn’t particularly care for the stickiness of peanut butter, peanut cream does just fine for me. Maintains peanut taste. Easy to spread.
Con: Not peanut butter, if that’s what you’re into, I guess.

Rating: 6/10


Product: たこ焼き [takoyaki]  Octopus ball

Price: 6 pieces / 240円
Description: A signature product of the Kansai region, it’s pieces of octupus encased in a seasoned egg batter and drizzled with mayonnaise, takoyaki sauce, and bonito flakes.
Pros: Wonderful texture. I like seafood, so this is great.
Cons: I’ll hold the mayonnaise next time.

Rating: 8/10

Product: 抹茶アイス [maccha aisu] Green Tea Ice Cream – Baskin Robbins

Price: 250 or 300円 [I didn’t buy it, Julia did.]
Description: Ice cream flavored with green tea.
Pros: Good balance of ice cream vs. green tea. Not too bitter, not too sweet.
Cons: Ice cream is expensive in Japan. ;_; This is probably not as good as the house-made green tea we found in Kyoto.

Rating: 6/10

Product: POWER SQUASH

Price: 90円
Description: Energy drink advertised by Dragon Ball characters! Tastes like Red Bull. Although, I didn’t come to this conclusion at first. My first thought was actually, “this tastes like it should be in a Jagerbomb.”
Pro: Cheap alternative to Red Bull if you’re making mixed drinks.
Con: Tastes like crushed up smarties, like most energy drinks. I didn’t turn into a super saiyan afterwards. Actually I went to the library and studied.

Rating: 5/10

 

Product: アイス抹茶ラッテ [aisu maccha ratte] Iced Matcha Latte

Price: 100円
Description: Cold vending machine drink. Green tea, cream, and sugar?
Pro: Anything green tea flavored is awesome.
Con: There wasn’t more.

Rating: 7/10

Product: カルピスウォーター [karupisu uootaa] Calpis Water

Price: 105円
Description: If you’ve ever had one of those yogurt drinks, this tastes sort of like that. Definitely has some sort of dairy flavor in it. Also comes in a soda!
Pro: Refreshing.
Con: Has a name that sounds like “cow-piss.” Doesn’t taste like water, and is hence neither cow-piss nor water. FALSE ADVERTISEMENT.

Rating: 6/10

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