It’s always tempting to take go inside a specialty grocery, especially Asian groceries. You can find a wide selection of Samyang paste or kimchi in large containers at Korean groceries, while you can find bottles of hard-to-find spices in Indian groceries–but what can you find inside a Japanese grocery store?
There’s more to Japanese groceries than a variety of instant ramen and ready-to-eat sushi. New Hatchin Japanese Grocery, one of the more popular Japanese groceries in Metro Manila has several tasty (and kawaii!) snacks you should add to your cart. After all, Japan is known to have really creative takes on desserts.
1 Meiji Matcha Ice Cream (P100)
Matcha is a flavor that comes to mind when you think of Japan. Meiji’s matcha-flavored ice cream is creamy and has a vibrant green color and a strong earthy, bittersweet notes that love about matcha. This is perfect for summer and a quick-fix to matcha cravings.
2 Kit Kat in Melon flavor (P140)
Japan has a lot of innovative Kit Kat flavors, from Sweet Potato, Strawberry Cheese Cake, and even, Tokyo Banana. What you can find in New Hatchin Japanese Groceries are a little more uncommon. We spotted three fruity flavors: Melon, Peach, and Grape.
3 Meiji Rich Orange Biscuits (P122)
The orange-and-chocolate combo is great for desserts and Meiji’s Rich Orange Biscuits capture the balance of a sweet and citrusy flavors with chocolate.
4 Kasugai Milk Land Candies (P107)
One of the common candies you can find in New Hatchin Japanese Grocery are milk candies. Kasugai Milk Land are hard milk candies tastes like hardened condensed milk. What we love about these candies is that it has less sugar than usual while maintaining its sweet and milky flavor.
5 Fujiya Peko x Sanrio Chocolate (P105)
What would be a Japanese snack food haul without a cute dessert? If you’re familiar with Hello Kitty, Twin Stars, and Pecko, the classic Milky treat with an illustration of a lip-licking young girl–then you have to add Fujiya’s chocolates that are a collaboration between Sanrio and Peko!
New Hatchin Japanese Grocery is located at 7602 Sacred Heart Street, San Antonio Village, Makati City; Leveriza Street, Pasay City; and 2119 A. Mabini Street, Malate, Manila.