What is Daiso you ask? Daiso is a large chain of franchise 100-yen shops originating in Japan. There are currently 2500 stores in Japan and 522 stores worldwide including countries such as Singapore, Canada, Thailand, Russia, United States and Australia. They specialise in a large range of products ranging from cookware to gardening equipment, cosmetics to stationery, ceramics to pet needs and many more. Not to mention the range of foods and drinks on offer, there is always something new to see and try.
Not your usual cakes, these are made of delicious sweet red beans, a common and popular ingredient used in Asian desserts. There are many flavours to choose from such as brown sugar, green tea, sweet potato, rich red bean and cake with red bean pieces. A definite must-try to cure anyone with a sweet tooth!
Who doesn't like a good warm miso during the colder months? Not only perfect for Winter, equally delicious for breakfast or lunch! These instant miso soups come in two flavours, seaweed (12 pack) and clam (8 pack). By instant, it means immediate soup -all you have to do is mix one sachet with 160ml boiling water and there you have it.
Noukou Cheese Sen Tasty cheese crackers that will keep you wanting more with each bite. You can't say no to the rich cheesiness, perfect for snacking on while watching a movie at home. There are also other delicious flavours in this range including curry and soy.
Salt Candy You might think it's impossible that salt and candy can exist in the same sentence, let alone a name! However these salt candies are not salty at all but rather contains salt that is harvested from the Katou Islands in Japan. Salt candies are not new at all in Japan, in fact they are very popular and are attracting a lot of attention with people who are curious with how it might taste like.
Pretzel Don't be fooled by the name 'pretzel', it has nothing to do with the knotted bread. But rather, it is a long stick shape biscuit dusted with flavour and seasonings. These come in a large packet with 8 smaller packs inside, great to put in a lunchbox or even to control your snacking portions (because we need that extra help sometimes). My favourite flavour is milk but it also comes in corn and barbeque.
Ramu Bottle A carbonated soft drink with a lemon-lime flavour. The full name given to this drink is 'ramune' which is from the English word 'lemonade'. Can you hear the similarities? There is a certain distinctive taste compared to the usual lemonade from your local supermarket. Japanese soft drink? A must try!
Ring Potato Snack More than just snacks, they are also the perfect size to fit on your fingers! These yummy snacks come in original salt and consommé flavour (Consomme, a type of clear soup made from a rich stock). Never heard of a consommé flavoured snack? Give it a go, you will certainly be impressed.
Last but not least my all-time favourite, caramel corn. These colourful smiley packets beckon you to take them home. Inside are toasted caramel corn snacks with a sweet coat and peanut pieces. It is a mixture of sweet flavours and crunchy textures –the best combination of all.
Now with all these delicious foods and drinks in mind, what are you waiting for? Be sure to head down to a Daiso near you and give them a try. It's a good chance to try something new and maybe you will discover something that you will be heading back for. However if you have any food allergies, make sure you check the ingredients label on the back or ask one of the friendly staffs for help.
There are currently 5 Daiso stores in Melbourne
Abbortsford: Shop 23, Hive Shopping Centre/313 Victoria Street
Box Hill: Shop MM66, Centro, 17 Market Street Doncaster: Shop G216, Westfield Shopping Centre, 619 Doncaster Road
Maribyrnong: Shop 2542, Highpoint Shopping Centre, 120-200 Rosamond Road Melbourne CBD: Shop 204, Midtown Plaza, 246 Bourke Street