9 Japanese Snacks Available in Singapore You Gotta Get ‘Em All

If you haven’t heard the news, then surely you’ve seen the crazy amount of screenshots floating about it on your social media feed – Pokémon Go is finally available in Singapore.

In order to celebrate this long-awaited announcement, here’s a list of snacking pit-stops located around Singapore offering all sorts of Japanese treats to refuel at, just in case trainers travelling across the island get a bad case of the munchies while on the hunt for Magikarps and Charizards.

1. Umai-bou

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For the unaware, umai-bou (うまい棒), literally meaning ‘yummy sticks’ is a famous brand of corn sticks from Japan, and come in uniquely-Japanese flavours such as takoyaki and corn potage. While usually hard to find physically in Singapore, Yamakawa Super, a Japanese-product specialty store tucked away in a corner of Clarke Quay Central’s basement level stocks these savoury babies on its shelves.

Yamakawa Super: Clarke Quay Central #B1-28B, 6 Eu Tong Sen St, Singapore 059817 | Opening Hours: Daily 11:00am – 10:00pm | Tel: 6567 8200 | Facebook

2. Limited Edition Pocky

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Tired of the usual chocolate and strawberry? How about some Brazilian orange? Perhaps coconut will interest you as well? These are two of the limited edition flavours of pocky that Yamakawa Super stocks. Not feeling too adventurous? Don’t worry, Yamakawa’s shelves also offer long-standing crowd favourites such as chocolate-coated green tea.

Yamakawa Super: Clarke Quay Central #B1-28B, 6 Eu Tong Sen St, Singapore 059817 | Opening Hours: Daily 11:00am – 10:00pm | Tel: 6567 8200 | Facebook

3. Melon Bread


Also known in Japanese as meron-pan (メロンパン). This famous bun is topped with a sweet cookie crust, and has a taste and texture not unlike the Cantonese pineapple bun (aka po luo bao) that is familiar to Singaporeans.

Contrary to its name, this bread is not in fact melon-flavoured, but rather named as such because of its supposed resemblance to a rock melon.

Johan Paris: 3 Gateway Drive, Westgate #B2-01 (Isetan), Singapore 608532 | Opening Hours: Daily 10:00am – 9:00pm | Tel: 6465 9926 | Facebook

4. Baumkuchen

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Baumkuchen, meaning ‘tree cake’ because of its similarity to a chopped off tree trunk, is a pastry widely popular throughout Japan. Some say they resemble Singapore’s very own kueh lapis in taste, except less oily.

Juccheim’s branch in Singapore makes their famous tree cakes in a range of special flavours, such as the limited edition Kaffee Baum (coffee baumkuchen) and Schokoladen Baum (rich milk chocolate-coated baumkuchen).

Juchheim Singapore Pte Ltd: 391 Orchard Road, Takashimaya #B2-205-3-1, Singapore 238873 | Opening Hours: Tues – Fri 11:30am – 10:15pm, Sat – Sun 9:30AM–10:15PM | Tel: 6733 1556 | Facebook | Website

5. Cola & Ramune Gummy

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Ramune (ラムネ), originating from the Japanese corruption of the word ‘lemonade’ is the iconic Japanese summer soft drink. Followers of anime and Japanese culture will no doubt be familiar with this product, which comes in glass bottles with a single marble.

Now available in candy form, these ramune and cola-flavoured gummies are just as refreshing as the drinks themselves.

DAISO: (click here for branch locations) | Opening Hours: Daily 10:00am – 10:00pm | Tel: (check branch location)

6. Calpis Tablets

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Calpis is a famous Japanese yogurt beverage, often packaged in ready-to-drink cans or bottled concentrate for those who want to mix their own drinks at home.

Asahi produces Calpis-flavoured tablets, for those who prefer to chew and suck on the pocket-friendly candy version of this popular drink instead.

Meidi-Ya Supermarket: 177 River Valley Road, #B1-50 Liang Court, Singapore 179030 | Opening Hours: Daily 10:00am – 10:00pm | Tel: 6339 1111 | Website

7. Curry Bread

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Japanese curry bread (karee-pan カレーパン) is a satisfying creation consisting of a ball of dough stuffed with Japanese curry, coated with bread crumbs (panko), then deep fried.

Take note that authentic Japanese curry bread differs from the usual localised versions found in commonplace bakeries. The famous Pullman Bakery also stuffs their curry bread with cheese, a homage to their Hokkaido roots.

Pullman Bakery: 9 Raffles Boulevard, Millenia Walk, Singapore 0395964 | Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30am – 9:30pm, Sat – Sun & PH 9:00am – 9:30pm | Tel: 63373575 | Facebook | Website

8. Japanese Crepes

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One doesn’t have to be in Harajuku in order to get their hands on a Japanese-style crepe. Think soft, fluffy crepes, rolled into a cone and stuffed with fresh cream, strawberries, chocolate sauce and even a chunk of cheese cake.

Mazazu Crepe serves up a multitude of flavours, from Choco Banana Custard to savoury alternatives such as Mushroom & Cheese.

Mazazu Crepe: 177 River Valley Road, Liang Court #B1-30/30A, Singapore 179030 | Facebook | Website

9. Oden

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Anyone who has visited a convenience store in Japan would’ve seen this popular, comforting dish. Oden (おでん) is a homely hotpot comprised of simple ingredients such as radish (daikon 大根) and fishcake (chikuwa 竹輪), simmered in hot dashi broth.

A number of restaurants in Singapore serve oden on their menus, but few places offer it on-the-go style. Sushi on Wheelz provides a decent selection, including udon just in case you’re feeling a little more than peckish.

Sushi on Wheelz: CityLink Mall, 1 Raffles Link #B1-61, Singapore 039393 | Opening Hours: Daily 11:30am – 10:00pm | Tel: 6238 8396 | Facebook | Website

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