What are some of the most unpalatable sandwiches, pastries or other food items you have seen in Japanese convenience stores?

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    Okinawamike

    Wasbi chips Those tasteless little Chocolate cookies Ten items in the warm water at the counter

  • 4

    zenkan

    Any number of pastries/sandwiches RUINED by awful mayonnaise substitute.

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    Maria

    I really like the natto maki - one of the very few vegetarian options on the onigiri shelves.

    I think those sandwiches with a big slab of fried meat in them look dreadful - even when I did eat meat (which wasn't very long ago) I would never have eaten one of those.

  • -2

    ChibaChick

    Shrimp and broccoli sandwich. I had to try it. I just had to know. Dont do it! Let me save you the trouble - it was awful!

  • 6

    Meguroman

    Sandwiches with noodles - why, why, why? When I first got here (maybe 2nd day out in my little town as a JET), I was grabbing a bite early in the morning at the 7/11, which was open from 7am - 11pm and surrounded by rice paddies on 3 sides. Since I was still jet-lagged and the sun rises at 4AM, I had to wait while my stomach growled noisily until it opened. My anticipated pleasure as I bit into what I assumed was a sort of a cinnamon danish turned into bewildered disgust as I realized it was curry inside and spit it out in the tambo. Was a good story on the expensive calls back home, too. From then on I eyed the myriad conbini products suspiciously. Of course, now I love curry in all its forms and can read Japanese, the surprise is gone. Still not a fan of lodoeur doden which reeks up most of the conbini in winter here. Enjoy oden, just not the funky-smelling, been floating for a day while underpaid, sleep-deprived part-timers manage the cooking conbini version.

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    Probie

    Sandwiches that have potato salad and/or pasta in them.

    Sandwiches that only have filling in the first 2cm and the rest just empty bread.

    Sandwiches are stupidly expensive here too.

    Those "mochi mochi" squishy bread things that just feel like sweaty bread in your mouth.

    The way they put kyuri in sandwiches- it just makes them taste like a headache.

    Those "lunch pack" things. Because the bread smells disgusting.

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    Kabukilover

    White bread, mashed potato, pineapple and mayonnaise.

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    Ranger_Miffy2

    Time for lunch!

    Natto anything, especially in maki rolls/onigiri. Learned to read the natto kanji after the first disgusting bite years ago!

    Otherwise, mayo on anything is fine. Spagetti in sando is weird, as is the word "sando"...

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    Spanki

    A curry doughnut. When I first arrived in Japan and I was feeling a bit homesick I went out and bought what I thought was a jam doughnut, gleefully skipped home with it and made a cup of tea, bit into it and shock-horror, curry!

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    ChibaChick

    Spanki - I share your disappointment hon! Who in the world thought it was a good idea to put curry in a doughnut? 11 years on and I still havent found a jammie one :(

  • -1

    Kakukakushikajika

    Yakisoba sandwich, strawberry and cream sandwich, potato salad sandwich, mayonnaise/corn pizza wrap

  • 0

    Weasel

    Peanut butter and sardine sandwiches.

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    Betraythetrust!

    I am rather a fan of curry doughnuts when in the right mood.

    I remember a few years ago seeing what was called a meat pie for sale in Lawson. Was rather excited so bought, it was repulsive, the pastry was buttery and sweet and the inside tasted like tinned bolognese sauce.

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    nikkeiboy

    I would have to go with the oden. Just the fact that it sits there out in the open next the register makes me cringe. There must be hundreds of people that walk by those every day.

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    Elbuda Mexicano

    Just had the WORST hamburger in my life the other day, at the Japanese Burger King, it was supposedly spicy, it was not, and it had a thin cheap slice of APPLE, so no more trying these weird things at the J Burger King, I will stick to the regular yummy Whoppers!

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    ThonTaddeo

    I can't get over how high a percentage of packaged sandwiches have egg in them.

    I love a nice basic ham sandwich, or ham and cheese, or with tomato, but time and again I've gone to the conbini only to see nothing but egg-infested sandwiches on the shelf.

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    Yubaru

    Why do people call the curry bread doughnuts?

    There is no hole in it, and it is typically clearly marked curry bread, albeit in Japanese,. Why doughnuts? And if curry bread is a doughnut, what about anpan or fried bread sandwiches (age-pan) do they qualify as doughnuts too?

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    Maria

    @Yubaru - doughnuts don't have to have a hole. I grew up knowing doughnuts to be sweet, fried, powdered with icing sugar, and with a fruit jam filling (plum jam was best). Ring doughnuts have a hole, filled doughnuts do not.

    I don't see why a doughnut can't have a savoury filling - different countries, different styles.

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    japan_cynic

    Spanki I could have written your post.

    The oden at the conbini counter is a nasty thing to encounter too.

    Potato salad sandwich sounds weird but is actually pretty good IMO.

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    Maria

    Going slightly off-topic, but nikkeiboy's comment about oden has touched on an issue which is gradually becoming a phobia with me, that of open food displays.

    I actually love oden, but in the last few years I've become unable to buy food which is displayed uncovered - no covers, no lids, no plastic trays... It's horrible! All those deep-fried seafoods and veg and one-pot veg you see at the supermarkets, the food samples, the pastries, the breads...

    I can't do the buffets either. Those ubiquitous Viking-styles just give me the willies.

    The lack of hygiene just appalls me now, whereas a decade or so ago it didn't bother me at all. Except for oden, in that respect I like convenience stores and their tightly-sealed, excessive packaging!

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    Frungy

    • Fruit in bread. Result: Soggy sandwich. Yuck!!
    • Regular hotdog covered in pastry and called a "sausage roll".... disgusting, and I keep seeing this abomination!!! A sausage roll is spice mince in puff pastry. Anything else is not a sausage roll.

    ChibaChickJan. 16, 2013 - 02:15PM JST Spanki - I share your disappointment hon! Who in the world thought it was a good idea to put curry in a doughnut? 11 years on and I still havent found a jammie one :(

    Try Krispy Kreme, last time I was there they had some jam-filled doughnuts. I was in heaven! ... but sadly it appeared to be a seasonal thing, because the next time I went they had none. Still, keep trying, they might come back.

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    Mark_McCracken

    Cucumber Pepsi.

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    Thunderbird2

    Onigiri with foul-tasting fishy-smelling black stuff inside. Bought it at a Lawson thinking it was chicken... tuna. Hey it was years ago and I didn't know the kanji for tuna. I still don't know what the black stuff was but it was revolting.

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    Thunderbird2

    Ignore chicken... no idea where that came from! O.o

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    lucabrasi

    @Thunderbird

    I still don't know what the black stuff was but it was revolting.

    Sounds like kombu. Full of fibre and very good for you. A bit off-putting though, first time around : )

  • -1

    Cos

    Fish "sausage". I'm not sure there is fish in it.

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    ChibaChick

    Try Krispy Kreme, last time I was there they had some jam-filled doughnuts. I was in heaven! ... but sadly it appeared to be a seasonal thing, because the next time I went they had none. Still, keep trying, they might come back.

    Thank you Frungy! One just opened down the road from me so this could be the year!!!

    Can I add matcha kit kats to the list? And I know many people love mugi cha but to me it just always smells like the ashtrays my Dad used to leave lying around when I was a kid.

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    Spanki

    The closest I have come to a good old jam doughnut recently, is the blueberry one from Mr Doughnut.

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    Disillusioned

    I saw one on RocketNews24 the other day. It is natto, coffee jelly and whipped cream sandwhich. I have no idea what it would taste like and do not intend to find out.

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    Homeschooler

    The oden stewing away in pots stinking to high heaven. The pizza in a non-chill cabinet with meat and mayo on it. I cant see how people are given food poisoning by them.

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    Thunderbird2

    Sounds like kombu. Full of fibre and very good for you. A bit off-putting though, first time around : )

    Thanks Lucabrasi... that's solved one mystery ^_^

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    Pukey2

    Natto, coffee gelatin and whipped cream sandwich

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    bass4funk

    Japanese breads, they have too much junk ranging from cream to strawberry to mayo, and curry and croquet, how can you let bread, that's NOT real healthy bread anyway sit on the counter in a plastic wrapper, all day getting soggy. Japan has Zero bread culture and the garbage I see them stick on the racks, atrocious! Pastry with stuff and mayo wrapped up on the rack, gross!

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    bass4funk

    Also, what is Japanese obsession with putting creme be it regular or chocolate in everything that is a bread or pastry or snack. Same goes for the donuts. It seems like in Japan, the only sweet thing available is chocolate, there are NO other sweets, except chocolate in Japan.

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    bass4funk

    Someone gave me the thumbs down? I don't know why. If anyone can make a sensible and debatable argument as to why they think Japan has healthy bread culture, I'm waiting. The ONLY time I ever see decent quality bread is either by a Japanese Baker that studied in Germany or a German or Austrian that opened up a bakery here in Japan. Otherwise, no heavy grains, 7 grains, Rogenbrot, Sunflower bread are NOT even close to the norm. White bread is bad enough, but cutting off the edges.....seriously??? That's the best and healthiest part.

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