Summer is here and this Rat is out and about! This is my favorite season in Japan. BBQs, beach, surfing and all that fun stuff. Word of warning, though. The heat can get quite nasty. Being a Singaporean Rat, I never thought I'd say this. It's even hotter and more humid than Singapore! Get ready to sweat, sweat, sweat! In this heat, it's important to rehydrate and refuel. With so many convenience stores in Japan, you'll have no problems doing that and since you are gonna have to refuel, might as well pamper your digestive system too. Here's 5 convenience store food items that will definitely cool you down and get them taste buds dancing!
1) Iced Cafe Latte (7-Eleven)
Not exactly food, but delicious and refreshing. Iced Cafe Latte from 7-Eleven will definitely cool you down and caffeinate you up. 7-Eleven has come up with some amazing products over the years and this is definitely one of them. Get yourself a cup filled with ice and little cream balls for 180 yen. Bring that cup to the 7-Eleven Coffee Machine and press a button. Voila! In less than a minute, you've got yourself an ice cold cup of coffee that will re-energize that sweaty body of yours. Confused at how to do this? Watch the video below to find out more.
2) Cold Pasta (7-Eleven)
Feeling hungry and snacking just won't do? You cannot go wrong with any cold pasta from 7-Eleven. Every summer, I look forward to having these plastic bowls of ecstasy. Want something Japanese? Go for the Steamed Chicken Cold Pasta. Its sour plum paste along with the Wafu Soy Sauce base will knock your socks off. Fancy a more traditional bowl of pasta? You cannot go wrong with the Tomato and Prosciutto Cold Pasta. Its basil, tomato sauce along with the saltiness of the Prosciutto ham will definitely hit the spot. Both of these refreshingly delicious bowls of goodness come highly recommended and a bowl costs only 430 yen!
3) Warabi Mochi (7-Eleven)
Another food item from 7-Eleven? You must think that I am getting paid by 7-Eleven, but that's not the case. I can assure you, everything that goes into my digestive system is being paid for by myself. I didn't have to stretch too far down my pocket to extract 100 yen for this. Warabi Mochi from 7-Eleven is a cold Japanese rice cake drizzled with Kinako powder and right in the middle of it, you will find brown sugar paste and cream. You don't need teeth to enjoy Warabi Mochi. Just put it in your mouth and let it melt away. Once it melts to the middle, close your eyes and embrace the perfectly sweetened combination of brown sugar and cream. A bargain at 100 yen!
4) Mango Popsicle (7-Eleven)
Okay, this is getting ridiculous. 4 food items from 7-Eleven?! Come on! It's starting to look like every Singapore parliamentary election. I guess this is the reason why 7-Eleven is the king of convenience stores and if there was one product that's the king of them all, it just might be this Mango Popsicle. Nothing I say will be able to justify how magical the Mango Popsicle is. This tastes exactly like a frozen mango. Somehow, someway, 7-Eleven created this without freezing a real mango fruit! The texture and taste of this is that of a mango. A really good mango fruit that was freshly plucked from its tree, frozen for about 10 minutes and served on your plate, minus the seed. If this does not cool you down and make your taste buds go "Merdeka", nothing will. A mindblowing experience for only 140 yen!
Finally! A member of the opposition party has stepped up to the plate. As 7-Eleven's numbers grow, Mini Stop is losing ground, but one product has stood the test of time. This is probably the only reason why Mini Stop is still alive and kicking. Meet Mini Stop's Soft Serve Vanilla Ice Cream. You cannot go wrong with anything on Mini Stop's menu that involves this item. Halo-Halo, Peach Sundae, Mango Sundae, anything! Feeling hungry? Get yourself a packet of X Fries and dip it in this baby. Creamy, milky, orgasmically brilliant! Need more positive adjectives to convince you? Watch the video below.