Don Quijote (Donki) is one of Japan’s most popular discount stores with over 150 stores around the country. You can find almost everything at the Donki stores including snacks, medicine, electronics, cosmetics, and more! If you’ve never been to Japan, you should know that its a popular souvenir shop among tourists.
When you’re in Japan, you’ll probably want to try some Japanese snacks at some point, so here are our picks for five must-try snacks from Don Quijote!
1. Kit Kat
Did you know that Kit Kat is commonly presented as a gift to kids in school who are taking their exams or anyone who is looking for a little luck? This is because Kit Kat sounds like “kitto katsu” in Japanese, which is a common expression of good luck. You’ll be able to find a huge variety of Kit Kat flavours in Japan. From matcha to wasabi to sake and even Tokyo Banana Kit Kat, the list is practically endless! Don Quijote has a large selection in stock at their stores, so be sure to check it out!
Here’s a little extra tip: If you’re a huge Kit Kat fan, don’t forget to check out the Kit Kat Chocolatory in Ginza where you can try some high-end flavours like Uji Hojicha and Azuki-sando (azuki bean paste sandwich) and indulge in Kit Kat desserts at a Kit Kat cafe.
2. Fujiya Milky Candy
Milky is an iconic Japanese candy by Fujiya. It is one of the most famous and well-loved sweets by locals. Founded in 1951, Peko-chan, the schoolgirl character on the package, is now a Japanese icon. She can be seen everywhere, from billboards to makeup sets!
The sweets have a delicious creamy milk flavour, kind of similar to caramel. Milky uses milk direct from Hokkaido, hence the rich flavour. You just have to try these sweets for yourself!
3. Giant Pocky
If you love Pocky and can’t get enough, then Japan’s GIANT Pocky is the one for you. It tastes just as good as the original sized Pocky, only gigantic. This is definitely a top-of-our-list souvenir material. There are 15 sticks of Pocky per box, so don’t be afraid to share 😉
4. Tirol Choco Matcha Mochi
When in Japan, do as the Japanese do. This means you’ve got to try matcha snacks. Tirol Choco Matcha Mochi are chocolates made with matcha powder, matcha chocolate, and mochi gummy. The sweetness of the chocolate and bitterness of the matcha are perfectly balanced to form the ultimate matcha snack. The mochi adds an interesting chewy texture as well. Grab a few packs because we think one might not be enough!
5. Ichiran Instant Ramen
Ichiran (一蘭) is a well known ramen chain restaurant in Japan. They offer Tonkotsu ramen (creamy pork broth) in an authentic Hakata style. If you think you have to stay in Japan just to continue eating their delicious ramen, that’s where you’re wrong (thankfully!).
You can now buy home packs of Ichiran’s instant ramen that you can prepare yourself. It tastes exceptionally good as an instant ramen and is quite similar to the one you get at their restaurants.
Although you can get these instant ramen packs at Ichiran outlets, we’d recommend you to get it at Don Quijote. They offer tax-free shopping so these noodles are priced slightly lower than the shops. It costs ¥1,852 (~RM 72) without tax and ¥2,000 (~RM 78) with tax.
These five snacks are our top picks, but are definitely not the only snacks you can find in Don Quijote. Take your time to browse through the shelves at the discount stores. You’ll definitely find something that you love!
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