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Are These Potatoes A-peel-ing Enough?

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Potato acreage in Hokkaido accounts for over 60% of the total potato acreage in Japan. Hokkaido potatoes are rich in vitamin C and potassium as well as farina, and are most tasty when grilled, boiled or fried. A must-try snack recommended by travellers to Hokkaido is age-imo, deep fried potatoes. Deep fried sweet potatoes are common in Asia, but deep fried potatoes are not as common. The soft steaming hot potato is simple, but delicious. Other than age-imo, potatoes from Hokkaido are also used to make shochu, a Japanese spirit and of course, potato chips!

Jaga Pokkuru, available from ShiokJapan

Jaga Pokkuru
Every visitor to Japan is no stranger to this popular omiyage. Carefully selected Hokkaido potatoes are processed via a unique method with the skin on to retain the original flavor of the potatoes. This allows for a crunchy texture which makes a perfect combination with the specially roasted salt from Lake Saroma in the prefecture of Okhotsk.

 

 

 

Jaga Pirika Jaga Pirika, available from ShiokJapan
Did you know? ‘Pirika’ means cute in Ainu (the language of Ainu, indigenous people of Japan and Russia). These multi-colored diced potatoes are not genetically modified – they are merely different varieties namely Northern Ruby, Kita Murasaki and Toyoshiro. Northern Ruby potatoes are a beautiful pink and Kita Murasaki bright purple. All these three potatoes are special in that they don’t discolor even after cooking in oil.

 

Imoko & Kobutaro, available from ShiokJapan

Imoko & Kobutaro
Imo-ko (Mister Potato) are potato crisps that are slow-fried at a low temperature, creating a light and crispy snack that is not oily. These chips are also lightly coated with scallop powder, making you want more. Kobu-taro (Mister Kelp) are crunchy bite-sized Hokkaido kelp pieces.


 

Imo & Mame
Imo & Mame, available from ShiokJapanImo & Mame is the latest addition to the Potato Farm series of potato chips. Using edamame (immature soybeans) from the prefecture of Tokachi in Hokkaido, they undergo a freeze-drying process that makes them crunchy. Potato Farm comes up with more ways for us to enjoy our potatoes: these crisps are of course made from frying Hokkaido potatoes at a low temperature, and are seasoned with Hokkaido Marudai soy sauce – made from 100% luxury Hokkaido-grown soy beans. Its flavourful taste and light texture makes you want to eat more! Hint hint, this souvenir is the perfect snack alongside some beer.

Jaga JJaga J, available from ShiokJapan
A slightly different offering from the regular potato and salt chips, Jaga J is the result of a collaboration between curry chain restaurant YOSHIMI and Potato Farm. These potato chips are crinkle cut for maximum surface area for maximum enjoyment of the special spice blend unique to YOSHIMI. The curry spice blend makes these chips soo addictive you just want to come back for more!

 

 

Jaga Hokkori Jaga Hokkori, available from ShiokJapan
A simultaneous release with Osatsu Hokkori, these thickly cut chips are made from regular potatoes. Also exclusively available in Kyushu, the skin of these potatoes are left on and fried with a secret Calbee-only method! The result is a firm and crunchy potato chip. On top of that, these thick cut chips are seasoned well with salt from the clear sea waters of Gotonada in Nagasaki Prefecture.

Osatsu Hokkori, available from ShiokJapan

Osatsu Hokkori
What sets the Hokkori range apart from the Potato Farm range is that these omiyage are exclusively available in the region of Kyushu. Osatsu (sweet potato) Hokkori use 100% Anno potatoes from Tanegashima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture. It’s relatively healthy, as it is not even flavoured with salt. The underlying sweetness from the high quality sweet potatoes makes it the perfect snack for even children.

 

These may be a wonderful alternative to a Christmas gift to your friends and family who may not have a sweet tooth. Wonderful and healthy snacks that can be enjoyed by even the young and the old. Be sure to check out the online store catalogue for the full range of Calbee and Potato Farm items we carry. Stocks are extremely limited so order now if you don’t want to miss it!

Pocky Day 2014

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It’s been 48 years since Pocky was introduced to the world by Ezaki Glico. Starting from simple chocolate-coated biscuit sticks, the snack has branched out to having almond coatings, strawberry coatings and more. Today, the product line has countless variations with different seasonal flavours. For example, past summer flavours include coconut, pineaple and mango, while winter had seen cocoa powder coated chocolate as well as rum and raisin.

 

There is one special day that Pocky is king of the snack world where people all over the world celebrate Pocky Day on 11 November (11-11). This is similar to Pepero Day (pepero’s the Korean version of Pocky), where Korean middle school girls started the tradition of gifting each other a box of these long chocolate coated sticks to wish one another to grow ‘as tall and slender’. Nowadays Pocky boxes are exchanged amongst not only friends but also young couples on 11 November.

As an exclusive offer on 11 Nov 2014, just mention Pocky Day to our cashier at our retail outlets and get 10% off all regular priced Pocky and Pretz

 

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This year, Glico is celebrating Pocky Day on a whole different scale! They are attempting to set a Guinness World Records with Pocky (and Pretz, the cousin of Pocky) photos and you can participate too. Simply take a photo of a Pocky stick (artistically, or with you in the photo) and upload to the official website. If you would like to participate in this historical event, be sure to visit the official Glico Pocky website for more information.

 

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And if you are looking to buy yourself or your loved ones a gift for Pocky Day, ShiokJapan is where you should be at. Here, we have seen more than 30 flavours in and out of our stores. Ever popular are the matcha (green tea) and strawberry flavours. More than just the regular Pocky, we also carry the Giant Pocky range (in which yubari melon chocolate coating and rainbow flavours are exclusively available) and the Pocky MIDI range – a deluxe version with a whipped chocolate layer beneath a smooth outer chocolate layer! Be sure to check out our online store catalogue for the widest range of Pocky flavours available island wide!

Tokyo Banana

A sponge cake

A scrumptious sponge cake containing delicious banana cream is usually what comes to mind when Tokyo Bananas are spoken of.
However, Tokyo Banana actually comes in the form of biscuits (Gaufrette), cookie (Syally Mate) and a pie as well.

Tokyo Banana Gaufrette

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The Tokyo Banana Gaufrette is a wafer-like biscuits with the
trademark Tokyo Banana fillings, which melts in your mouths.
The biscuits are extremely crunchy and are round in shape.
Each box contains 10 pieces. 5 chocolate flavours and 5 plains.

Tokyo Banana Syally Mate

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The Tokyo Banana Syally Mate cookie is a cookie filled with Banana white chocolate as well as Banana milk chocolate taste. The chocolates are sandwiched in between the thin cookies.

 

 

Tokyo Banana Pie

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The banana scent in the Tokyo Banana pie is not as strong as the original Tokyo Banana sponge cake. It is also not as sweet. This Tokyo Banana Pie is crispy and is perfect for coffee and tea.

 

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Thunder Chocolate

The all popular Thunder Chocolate

There has been a recent craze for a certain chocolate in Taiwan.
The “Big Thunder Chocolate” has been a real hit in all parts of Taiwan in recent weeks.
So what exactly is this Chocolate?

What

The Black Thunder Chocolate bar is a chocolate bar manufactured by
the Yuraku Confectionery Company in Japan. It is a candy bar that was developed
with a dark cocoa-flavored cookie pieces mixed with Japanese rice puffs,
coated with dark milk chocolate.

The cookie bar has a heavy texture as it is pressed relatively flat on
five sides, with an uneven surface at the top of the bar.

What makes the cookie bar stands out is the rich coating of
dark milk chocolate. The chocolate is exceptionally strong and consumers
love it very very much.

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Influence

Another reason why the Big Thunder Chocolate is such a craze is
due to the influence of one of Japan’s finest atheletes,
gymnast Kohei Uchimura.

Kohei Uchimura is a gold medalist at the 2012 London Olympics
in the gymnastic competition. Prior to competing in the competition,
Mr Uchimura revealed that the Black Thunder Chocolate bar was his
fuel of choice before going out to compete. Since then, the Thunder
Chocolate bar became well known and have seen a huge demand for it.

It is named Thunder as a mean to give the product an impact among consumers,
while also with some bit of influence from the Japanese god of thunder.

The slogan of the chocolate bar is to allow consumers to be able to
enjoy some Delicious chocolate taste like a flash of thunder.

Shiokjapan @ Orchard Central!!

We are now opened at Orchard Central! Come visit us at #B1-03!!

Oreo Chocolates is back! Now available with Strawberry and Macadamia flavor!

Whole new range of Regional Kitkat is here!! Now comes with TWO sets of assorted flavors! Grab yours now!

Winter is coming!! Enjoy the taste of winter through this new flavor of Pocky!

Shiokjapan New Shop Opening Sale

 

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Up to 20% discount on selected items including Shiori Koibito, Giant Pocky, Kitkats and more!!!

 

 

 

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Tokyo Banana fans rejoice! You can now buy a box of Tokyo Banana Pie for $9* with total purchases over $50!! What are you waiting for?? Come visit us at Burlington Square now!!

 

 

 

*While stocks last, limited to one Tokyo Banana Pie per customer
 From 18 July 2013 to 25 July 2013 only at Shiokjapan Burlington Square outlet. 
 Address: 175 Bencoolen Street, Burlington Square #01-14, Singapore 189649

Bananas are here!

Wah! Bananas! In new store!! We are now located at #01-14 in Burlington Square!

Shiokjapan is moving!!

Shiokjapan Burlington Square is shifting! We will be moving into a new unit located in the same complex, from unit #01-37 to #01-14.

Assorted Kit Kat

Having trouble with all the unique Kitkat flavors? Fret not! Here comes the assorted Kitkat! We have selected 12 flavors out of the 16 flavors of Regional Special Kitkat and put them into ONE box!!

GRAB ONE

Flavors available,
Shinshu Apple
, Citrus Golden Blend, Hojicha, Chili Pepper, Brown Sugar Syrup, Lectier Pear, Wasbi, Strawberry Cheesecake, Edamame Soybean, Azuki-Sendo, Blueberry Cheesecake, Uji Matcha, Beni Imo, Rum & Raisin, Amaou Strawberry and Zundafumi Edamame

 

Shiroi Koibito in stores NOW!!

The all time favorite Shiroi Koibito 白い恋人 Chocolate Cookie from Hokkaido is in Shiokjapan! Drop by our store or visit our online store for more info.

Buy Shiroi Koibito here

Size availble:
12 pieces (white)
18 pieces (dark)
24 pieces (white)
24 pieces (mix, 12 white, 12 dark)
36 pieces (metal tin box, mix, 27 white, 9 dark)

p.s. Shiroi Milk drink is available as well. 😀

New Products in Shiokjapan!

The wait is over! Seasonal Glico products is now in store!

From left to right,

Top row: Giant Green Tea Pocky, Giant Rainbow Pocky, Giant Strawberry Collon Sticks

Bottom row: Heart-shaped Strawberry Pocky, Pocky Almond Crush, Giant Green Tea Caplico

Kitkat-R-Us !!

Behold! ALL 14 flavours of the new season is in store NOW! Come and indulge yourself in the all the different unique flavours of Kitkats.

New Products Available!

So many new stuff happening this season! Shiokjapan discovered some new yummy snacks from Japan!

And we have also brought back some ‘old’ products back due to popular demands. ^_^ enjoy~!

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*Hokkaido exclusive*  Corn Chocolate from HORI Confectionary

KIbana Tsuboya, Tokyo Campaella

Big Thunder

Pocky Heart-shaped Strawberry flavor, Pocky Almond Crush, One-Piece – Tonytony Chopper Candy, Diet Chocolate

Black Thunder

New Season Starts

Woohoo!! The new Kitkat Season is finally here! Here are some teasers…

More flavors coming up!

From top down we have..

Mount Fuji Edition of Blueberry Cheesecake

Strawberry Cheesecake, *NEW* Rum & Raisins, Wasabi,

Dark Chocolate, Halloween Special, White Chocolate.

Kibana Tsuboya Asahikawa

Featuring Kibana from Tsuboya Asahikawa!

Delicious almond galette sandwich cookie made with couverture white chocolate.

*limited stock*

$25 per box of 8 pieces

Shiroi Koibito in stores!!

Shiroi Koibito White (24 pcs) @ $37

Shiroi Koibito Mix (24 pcs – 12 white, 12 dark) @ $37

Shiroi Koibito Mix in Tin (36 pcs – 27 white, 9 dark) @ $59

NEW: Wa-Ichigo Kitkat

We have replenished our Kitkat stock. Wa-Ichigo, Uji Macha and Sakura Macha Kitkat are now in stores!

 

They are available in box of 10 packs. Each pack contents 3 minis. Thats 30 Kitkat minis for all your kitkat cravings!

Tokyo Banana is here!

Your Pre-Order of Tokyo Banana has arrived!!

 
Konnichiwa! We are glad to announce the arrival of Tokyo Banana. Please drop by our store to pick up your order.

 
Arigato gozaimasu!