food, drink

Top 25 Best Japanese Gummies to Buy Online 2019 – Tried and True!

Top 25 Best Japanese Gummies to Buy Online 2019 - Tried and True!

Our editors searched Japanese e-commerce sites (such as Amazon, Rakuten, and Yahoo Shopping) and supermarkets and convenience stores for the best Japanese gummies. We then chose the 25 most popular products and taste-tested them.

We’re suckers for taste; we mainly looked at flavor and mouthfeel, though we took things like calories and nutrients–whether it contained vitamin C for skin and hair, for example–into account. We then compiled everything we learned into a buying guide about and list of the best Japanese gummies available online.

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Top 27 Best Japanese Beers to Buy Online 2019 – Tried and True!

Top 27 Best Japanese Beers to Buy Online 2019 - Tried and True!

Our editors searched Japanese e-commerce sites (such as Amazon, Rakuten, and kakaku.com) for the best beer. We then picked out the 27 most popular cans and bottles and tried them all. Lagers, ales, pilsners, Beglian whites, Sapporo, Kirin, Asahi–you name it and we drank it. (Testing was grueling, of course.)

We also asked experts in the industry about how to best enjoy a pint. We then sat down with all the beers, tasting and comparing, in order to find the most delicious of them all. Here are the brews that came out on top and how we decided.

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Top 19 Best Yamanashi Wines to Buy Online 2019 – Tried and True!

Top 19 Best Yamanashi Wines to Buy Online 2019

Yamanashi has been pushing its way into the forefront of the wine world in recent years, taking multiple medals at the Decanter World Wine Awards. Its alcohol has begun appearing as selections on lists of fine wines at international establishments. It’s contributed to the current surge in Japanese wine tourism.

The wine industry in Japan is still continuing to grow and develop, and we thought it was high time for an updated list of the best Yamanashi wines available to consumers now. So we pulled up a list of famous Yamanashi wineries, including the award-winning L’orient Winery and Grace Wine, and ordered their 19 most popular wines from Japan’s e-commerce giants.

We also consulted certified wine experts and sommeliers and hosted a wine tasting. We tested for the following point(s):

  1. Deliciousness

This is how we tested and found the most exceptional Yamanashi wine. We’ve got a good line-up, ranging from reasonable selections you can enjoy after every evening meal and more expensive ones for special occasions.

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Top 25 Best Packs of Aojiru to Buy Online 2019 – Tried and True!

Top 25 Best Packs of Aojiru to Buy Online 2019 - Tried and True!

Nutrition drink. Energy drink. Longevity drink. America’s obsessed with its health right now, so it’s no surprise that this green juice from Japan is getting laurels heaped upon it. Unfortunately, we have precious little information on aojiru in English, and it doesn’t help that nutrition and the human body are complex topics.

To clear up some of the mystery, we ordered the 25 most popular packs of aojiru from Japan’s e-commmerce giants (such as Amazon, Rakuten, and Yahoo) and drank them all. We then compared the following points:

  1. Nutritional Value
  2. Safety
  3. Taste (How Easily It Went Down)
  4. Cost

This is how we tested and found the most exceptional aojiru.

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Top 9 Best Packs of Japanese Mayo to Buy Online 2019 – Tried and True!

Americans aren’t the only ones obsessed with mayonnaise. Mayo’s a staple in most Japanese pantries and is used for pretty much anything: dips, dressings, stirfries, drizzles. But if you’ve ever picked up a bottle of Kewpie, made notorious by their commercials featuring spinning baby heads, you know that Japanese and American mayo taste quite different.

We’ll go into more detail later, but Japanese mayo’s made a little differently, most notably with a dose of MSG (though not at high enough levels that you have to worry about your health). This recipe has earned Japanese mayo an almost cult-like following: go Kewpie or go home. But Kewpie isn’t all Japan has to offer, and one has to wonder what the best Japanese mayo really is.

That’s why we ordered the 9 most popular packs of mayo off Japan’s e-commerce giants and tested them all. We also invited three certified seasoning sommeliers (professionals that have passed an exam proctored by the Japan Seasoning Meisters Association) and asked them to taste each product.  The three experts then compared the following:

  1. Acidity
  2. Savoriness
  3. Sweetness
  4. Creaminess
  5. Compatibility with Other Foods

This is how we tested and found the most exceptional Japanese mayo.

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Top 10 Best Packs of Wasabi to Buy Online 2019 – Tried and True!

Top 10 Best Packs of Wasabi to Buy Online 2019 - Tried and True!

If you’re a big sushi or soba eater, you know that some foods just don’t taste right without good wasabi. (Unless you dislike wasabi, in which case, we hope this article will brainwash you into liking it.) But wasabi done badly can be biting, astringent, and downright horrifying, so it makes sense you’d want to do your research before waltzing into a Japanese supermarket and buying a pack.

To save you the pain of having your nose burned off, we ordered the 10 most popular packs of wasabi found in Japanese supermarkets and on Japan’s e-commerce sites (such as Amazon, Rakuten and Yahoo Shopping) and tested them all.

We also invited three certified seasoning sommeliers and asked them to taste each product. (For those that are unfamiliar with seasoning sommeliers, they are professionals that have passed an exam proctored by the Japan Seasoning Meisters Association.) The three experts then compared the following:

  1. Spice
  2. Fragrance
  3. Flavor
  4. Compatibility with Other Foods
  5. Aftertaste

This is how we tested and found the most exceptional wasabi.

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Top 9 Best Japanese Soy Sauces to Buy Online 2019 – Tried and True!

Top 10 Best Japanese Soy Sauces to Buy Online 2019 - Tried and True!

Soy sauce※1 is the driving force behind flavor in a number of famous Asian dishes, be it stirfry, soup, or cold seaweed salad. That’s why there’s so many different kinds–each with a different color, depth, and flavor profile, some best when heated in a pan, some best when poured straight into a little sauce dish. Depending on the kind of soy sauce you use, you could completely rework a flavor.

And whether it’s because you love Japanese cuisine and want to be as authentic as possible or you live in Japan and need help navigating the supermarket, you’re interested in finding the ultimate Japanese soy sauce. Well, this time around, we ordered the 9 most popular bottles of soy sauce available in Japanese supermarkets and on e-commerce sites and tested them all.

We also invited three certified seasoning sommeliers and asked them to taste each product. (For those that are unfamiliar with seasoning sommeliers, they are professionals that have passed an exam proctored by the Japan Seasoning Meisters Association.) The three experts then compared the following:

  1. Savoriness※2
  2. Sweetness
  3. Fragrance
  4. Umami (or Fullness of Flavor)※3
  5. Utility and Compatible Foods

This is how we tested and found the most exceptional Japanese soy sauces.

※1 醤油: soy sauce
※2 塩味: savoriness (here, used to indicate saltiness and flavors opposed to sweetness)
※3 旨味: umami (while often translated as savoriness, here we use it to mean a lush layering of flavors, like what you would find in a full-bodied wine)

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Top 10 Best Healthy Energy Drinks to Buy Online 2019

Top 10 Best Healthy Energy Drinks to Buy Online 2019

We all get it–that mid-afternoon slump. It can be tempting to reach for an energy drink for that little boost that can get you through the rest of the day. But most energy drinks are full of sugar and processed ingredients that can quickly leave you feeling worse than before.

Luckily, there is an increasing number of healthier energy drinks with less sugar and less junk that provide an easier, more sustained energy boost. In this guide we’ll go over the factors you should look for when choosing a healthy energy drink. At the end we’ve also got a list of our 10 favorites to get you started on your search.

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Top 10 Best Healthy Breakfast Bars to Buy Online 2019

Top 10 Best Healthy Breakfast Bars to Buy Online 2019

As much as you try to get a balanced breakfast in every day, sometimes it’s just not possible to sit down and have a proper meal. While fast food and granola bars might seem like an easy fix, they can often cause sugar spikes and lethargy–exactly the opposite of what you’re looking for. Instead, it’s best to find a healthy breakfast bar that will energize you and keep you full.

But “health” is in right now, and every package seems to be trying to convince you that what they’re selling is good for you, so it can be hard to sift through the junk. In this guide, we’ll go over exactly what you should look for in a healthy breakfast bar. At the end, if you’re still stuck on all the options, we’ve got a list of our 10 favorites to help you along.

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Top 10 Best Healthy Ketchups to Buy Online 2019

Top 10 Best Healthy Ketchups to Buy Online 2019

If you think that ketchup is healthy just because it’s made from tomatoes and doesn’t have too much fat, then you might want to double check that label on the back of your bottle of Heinz. Unfortunately, although ketchup has the potential to be really quite healthy, most commercial varieties are full of preservatives, artificial flavors, and sugar.

Luckily, if you do a little digging, it shouldn’t be too hard to find a healthier ketchup. In this guide we’ll go over the things to look for when figuring out just how good for you a ketchup is. At the end, we’ve also got a list of our 10 favorites to help you get started on your search.

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