Manufactured by Glico, Pocky are magical biscuit sticks covered in a thin layer of cream in varying flavors. The genius behind Pocky is the way they are designed. There is about an inch of the biscuit that is not dipped in cream so that the cream won’t melt in your hands as you eat it.
These are crunchy and light rice crackers that usually come individually packaged with 2 rice crackers. They are often lightly coated with some kind seasoning. Rice crackers can be found on the shelves of 7-Elevens all over Asia; they're one of the most popular snack foods in the region. A bag really hits the salt spot as a light and crunchy treat. You can find many varieties of these rice crackers.
Chocolate-filled Cookie Snacks
Hello Panda is not only the oldest brand in this field, released by Meiji in Japan in 1979, it's also the clear winner. Most of the Serious Eats tasters chose this as their favorite due to its soft, creamy filling and crumbly, sweet Ritz Cracker/Milano-like cookie (either ball-shaped or panda head-shaped). The main complaint was that there wasn't enough filling compared to the amount of cookie.
Five years after Hello Panda came out, Lotte released Koala's March in 1984. Koala's March seems like a Hello Panda competitor, but it's pretty different (aside from also being part of the "chocolate-filled, cute animal-themed cookie" category). The Koala's March cookie is crisp, thin, and anemically pale, not crumbly and golden like Hello Panda's, and the filling is more solid and waxy instead of creamy.
Flavored Kit Kats
While many in the US love their Kit Kats that are made simply made with crispy wafers and milk chocolate, they might be floored to learn that in Japan they come in many different flavors and in white chocolate. While the Japanese like chocolate as much as anybody else, they apparently like variety more than Americans do. There is even a Saki flavored Kit Kat, along with wasabi, PB & J, strawberry, melon, matcha, green tea, and up to 300 other flavors have been introduced. The flavored candy is now making its way into South Korea. Nestle (the maker of Kit Kat) has even opened several stores in Japan that sell only Kit Kat.
Jelly Sticks/Jelly Cups
In stick form or cup, nothing is more exciting than buying a large jar of these wonderfully fruity jellos. Our biggest fear was getting squirted by the juice of the jelly when we ripped open the top. If you like lychee, these tiny cups of jelly are dangerously addictive. They're packed with sweet juiciness and some even surprise you with pieces of real lychee inside.
Tae Kae Noi, the brand pictured, is the largest seaweed manufacturer in Thailand, whose young founder has drawn comparisons to Mark Zuckerberg. (The 30-year-old, who launched the company in 2004, was even the subject of a film called "The Billionaire.") The thin fried strips of seaweed are seasoned with palm oil, salt, and white pepper powder—plus a pair of "flavor enhancers" that up the umami factor. Unlike many seaweed snacks, the rough surface of these strips is covered in tiny bubbles, which provide a light-as-air crispiness.
Prawn crackers aren't primarily made from shrimp—the base of the cracker is a starch like tapioca with some shrimp for flavor. These toasted, ridged prawn sticks add in some good old MSG (the bag helpfully notes they're made with "ingredients which are nutritious"). The pungent shrimp aroma is stronger than the taste, and they're not as salty as you'd expect. In addition to the original flavor, Hanami's dense, crunchy, and addictive crackers come in Hot Chili, Garlic and Pepper Shrimp, Nori Seaweed, Shrimp Curry, and Seafood Chili Paste.
Bento Squid Snack
Bento is a popular seafood snack in Thailand and loved by foreign consumers who enjoy the secret recipe for its unique spicy taste and munchy texture. Its crispy touch of original squid and its signature Thai spicy seasoning has made a unique experience of sweet taste available now at multiple Asian supermarkets. No preservative. Bento Squid Snack Sweet & Spicy is promised to bring bittersweet and spicy flavors to your tastebuds, leaving a watering "mmmmm".
Fruit and Soda Gummy Candies
Japanese gummy candies come in a variety of flavors and textures. Common flavors consist of fruit variations and soda types. Aside from the generic gummies, there are also ones coated with sour sugar and some with a hard candy-shell coating with a soft inside.
This cute beverage may be mistaken for a children's drink because of its size, but it is definitely for all ages. Yakult is actually a probiotic dairy drink, so it's great for your digestive system. According to the Yakult website, this probiotic dairy drink is not harmful for those who are lactose-intolerant, as it contains "very little lactose", though it does "contain skimmed milk". Pop these little bad boys in the freezer for an icy treat.