Eat with Melody: Pig Shaped Buns

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Have you been to Tokyo Hometown? If not, you need to go immediately!
It’s a wonderful Japanese grocer in the city that stocks some pretty cool Japanese and other Asian grocery items. On one of my wallet-burning visits, I found these buns in the freezers. Remembering all the instas I’ve seen of legit ones, I thought about how awesome it would be to be able to eat these in the comfort of my own home!

Of course, that is, hoping that they actually taste good enough to want to buy again heh

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Unfortunately (but not that surprisingly) they didn’t turn out that great haha. As you can see in the below image, the custard was rather chunky and not creamy in any way. They didn’t taste that amazing either,  so it was a huge bummer!

 But hey, at least they’re cute right? haha

Drink with Me: Pepsi Sakura

Hello! So I was pretty upset when I found out Pepsi released a ‘Sakura’ flavour in Japan for Spring after we returned back to Melbourne. Thus I was super excited when I found a bottle at Tokyo Hometown, which by the way is an amazing Japanese store in the CBD that can cure post-Japan snack cravings haha ♥

pepsi sakura

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While the drink was a super cute pink with a pretty design, the taste unfortunately did not live up to its hype.

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what I was expecting but the resulting flavour of Pepsi and Cherry Blossom ended up tasting rather odd. At first sip, you are met with the familiar fizzy sensation of Pepsi, but are then suddenly left with an overwhelming taste of too much sugar and a tinge of a peach aftertaste.

Overall, I was quite bummed by this but hey, it was a fizzy drink and I still ended up finishing the whole thing ♥

 

Eat with Melody & Irene: Giant Pocky!

Hello hello! If you follow my instagram, you would know that I went to Japan earlier this year with Ash. Being the food-crazy person I am, I came home with a suitcase and 8kg shipped package filled with snacks hehe. While I have heard not so great reviews about the Giant Pocky …it was too much of a novelty not to pass up.

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So here’s another Eat with Me post, featuring one of my coolest friends, Irene ♥ Her thoughts and opinions will be coloured in purple. 

For those travelling to Japan, you can buy Giant Pocky at the Glico Store, located at Tokyo Station. I definitely recommend checking out Tokyo Station to see all the wonderful and delicious souvenirs you can buy. I actually visited Tokyo Station alone, as Ash was too busy exploring Nakano Broadway, so I had no one to control my crazy shopping spree hehe. It was definitely awkward carrying so many bags on the train ride back woops.

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From left to right, we have Chocolate, Melon, Grape, Strawberry and Matcha. All pretty normal flavours hey?

As you can see, the giant pocky are individually wrapped in colours that represent the tasty flavours inside. You get 3 of each flavour, so there’s a total of 15 Giant Pocky in a box! Keep that in mind if you were planning on sharing it or not!

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First up, Grape and Matcha! Of course, the Matcha was delicious and reminded me of the good ol’ normal sized versions. Except with considerably more biscuit in a bite.

Grape tasted just like someone had taken a grape candy, melted it, and then dipped a pocky biscuit stick into it. Which wasn’t altogether a bad thing, once you got over the slight strangeness of a ‘grape biscuit stick’. While I agree with Irene, I actually really liked the unique flavour of Grape instantly – although this may be because I love grape candies too heh. The grape pocky was tangy, and also had tsubu tsubu on it, which are like little clumps of (?flavour) over it which gave the pocky an interesting texture.

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Next we have Chocolate and Strawberry, both which are flavours that are already quite well known. Like matcha, both of these taste like their regular sized versions, just in jumbo size and more biscuit. The strawberry pocky also had tsubu tsubu, which always gives it an extra layer of texture and taste! I definitely always prefer pocky that have tsubu tsubu over any smooth coated one.

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Finally, we have the strangest flavour in the box …melon!

Melon was the same as Grape – it tasted exactly how it was meant to, and was quite nice, though after trying it it became clearer why matcha, chocolate and strawberry were the standard flavours. This definitely wasn’t one of my favourite flavours, but as Irene said, it tasted how it was meant to – fruity and melon~y.

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So there you have it – 5 different flavoured pocky in jumbo size! Would I buy them again? Probably not for self consumption, but maybe as a novelty gift or souvenir to bring back from Japan! As the matcha, strawberry and chocolate (not sure about grape) are all readily available in Australia in regular sized form (which is definitely more of a convenient size for snacking), I think I’ll just with that for now!

Overall, a very exciting foray into the exciting world of pocky variations.