Our Top 15 Food and Drinks to Buy at Muji!
We've already talked a lot about the Tokyo's special branch Muji Ginza and Japan's first Muji Hotel. Today I want to focus on a particular section of Muji products, something you might not think of when you think of the store: food and drink!
Yes, Muji also has a food and drink section, and I love shopping there. For this article I'm going to give you a little peek into this area and share with you my top 15 favorite products.
A whole area is also dedicated to Baumkuchen, the German cake that's so incredibly popular in Japan. These sweet cakes come in a nice size that you can enjoy on the go. I recommend you try the sweet potato one! Other flavors include banana, butter, matcha, coffee, and caramel.
2. Chocolate Coated Strawberries
These are one of the top-sellers, apparently almost everyone grabs some when they shop here. The whole strawberries are freeze-dried and covered in chocolate! Can't go wrong with the classic white chocolate, but if you're a lover of green tea you'll enjoy the matcha chocolate version as well.
3. Yolk Bolo
If you want a chance to try an old Japanese sweet, I recommend bolo. These tiny cookies made with potato starch, egg, sugar and milk are simple and delicious. They are characterized by the fact that they melt in your mouth, and they are moderately sweet. The name derives from the Portuguese word for "cake" and they have a very long history in Japan.
4. Soybean Flour Balls
Soybean flour, or kinako in Japanese, is a popular ingredient in Japanese sweets. I am a big fan of kinako and love it for its rich, nutty flavor that's not too sweet. If that sounds good, these chewy bite-sized treats won't last long in your hands!
5. Mini Ramen
Instant noodles are known by many as a quick meal, but what about a quick snack? These miniature ramen blocks can be munched on as they are, without adding any hot water. The crunchy texture is great and they come in different flavors.
6. Dried Squid Sheet
7. Fruit and Vegetable Sticks
For lovers of healthy snacks, these crunchy sticks have a natural and fragrant taste. The ingredient list is very short and they are made with domestically grown fruit and vegetables.
8. Fruit and Herb Smoothies
Muji also carries a selection of original smoothies with unique combinations of flavors. They usually contain three ingredients, with one of them putting an interesting accent on the mix. Orange, carrot and ginger might be my favorite but there are also other interesting combinations like banana, mango and turmeric or strawberry, beet and thyme!
9. Muji Original Coffee Blend
For coffee lovers like me, Muji sells an original blend of organic beans from Colombia and Honduras. It has a mild aroma with a clean aftertaste. You can get the bean version (whole or ground) and the bag version (drip or teabag style).
10. Seasonal Teas
I love the tea selection at Muji, because they carry things that you don't see anywhere else. Apple and Rooibos, Ginger and Lemongrass, Rosehip and orange peel are just some of their blends. What you should also look out for are their limited seasonal teas! I visited in spring and they were carrying Sakura Green Tea.
12. Rice Kit
There are so many Japanese rice recipes, but sometimes it can be hard to get all the ingredients and make them at home. With this kit you only need the rice and you'll be able to savor some homely Japanese dishes easily.
14. Canned Fish
Muji carries an interesting selection of canned fish (with a very sleek design). They focus on lesser-known species like saffron cod and include harder to process parts of the fish like tail and bones. A nice twist to a mundane product.
15. Seasonal Treats
Another thing that drew my attention was a shelf where everything came in cute little squares: cookies, cakes, brownies, and even chocolate. There are so many flavors and toppings, some of them changing every season (the items in the pictures were season specials too). They use a lot of dried fruit and nuts as toppings.
Bonus: Try the New "Sweets by Weight" Service!
You can find it in several of the bigger branches in Tokyo like Ginza, Shibuya and Ikebukuro, and in other cities like Kyoto and Osaka.
I hope you liked my list! If you visit Muji, don't forget to spend some time in the food section. I'm sure you'll lose yourself among the many shelves and stands carrying all kinds of delicious goodies!
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*The above article is based on information from March 2021.
*All prices are tax-inclusive.
*Prices and other information in this article are subject to change.
About the Author
Laura is an Italian living and working in Tokyo. She loves exploring hidden and unknown places, taking pictures and listening to Punk Rock music. When she’s not busy doing the above, she might enjoy a craft beer or play the sanshin (an Okinawan instrument similar to a shamisen).
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THIS ARTICLE IS BASED ON INFORMATION FROM 06 24,2021 Author：DiGJAPAN! Editorial Team