Let’s learn about the snacks in October’s Crate that take after traditional Japanese foods!
In October’s crate, you received three of these Umaibo Sticks. Literally translated to “Tasty Sticks,” Umaibō is a flakey and crunchy snack created in 1979. These days, it’s available in a huge variety of flavors including Burger, Shrimp, and Mayonnaise.
This month, we wanted you to experience something completely new and unique, so we’ve included Gyūtan flavor. What is it? Well, Gyū means beef and Tan comes from tongue – so you have Beef Tongue.
Don’t let the flavor discourage you (and don’t worry–theres no real beef in these!), it’s a great savory snack that provides an excellent balance to all of the other sweets in your crate!
Other popular flavors of Umaibō include: Corn Potage, Natto (fermented soybeans), Cheese, Chicken Curry, Chocolate, Kabayaki, and Monjayaki. There are also several ways to cook using Umaibo because of its unique flavor and texture. Have you ever tried it? If so, what is your favorite dish that includes it?
We hope you enjoyed the unique flavor journey of Umaibō!
Chocolate Mini Pancakes (Dorayaki)
A contrast to the salty Gyūtan Umaibo, Dorachocos! Chocolate mini pancakes, based on the traditional red bean-filled Japanese snack, Dorayaki. These fluffy, mini pancakes are moist and delicious with a smooth chocolate filling.
The traditional Japanese confection is a red-bean pancake consisting of two small pancake-like patties, filled with sweet Azuki red bean paste. These are said to have gotten their name when a farmer used a gong (dora means gong in Japanese) left behind by a samurai to fry pancakes.
You may have seen them in the Japanese manga & anime, Doraemon, where the character Doraemon loves Dorayaki so much that he falls for any trap involving them! We can’t blame him; it’s so delicious!