Fuwatoro Yamaimo Teppan May Be Japan’s 7-Eleven Dish of the Year【Taste Test】


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At SoraNews24, we’re big fans of Japanese food from convenience stores, whether it’s losing six kilos in a month or eating delicious food in general. Our Japanese-language reporter Maro recently won gold in 7-Eleven in character Fuwatoro Yamaimo Teppanor “Fluffy and melty Japanese yam barbecue.”

The main ingredient is here Yamaimaor Japanese yamwhich is known for its sticky texture and starchy taste. Yamaimo are often ground into a paste, and some restaurants in Japan mix them with flour to make a savory dish resembling a grilled pancake, which is one of Maro’s favorite types of bar food, so she was overjoyed to see that 7-Eleven now has its own version for just 360 yen ($2.59)

▼ It looks a bit like okonomiyaki with sauce and mayonnaise.

Maro heated the Yamaimo Teppan in the microwave and took a bite. In some pubs, the dish is so soft that you can only eat it with a spoon, but Maro has found that the 7-Eleven version can be caught with chopsticks.

▼ It’s still easier to eat with a spoon though.

Yamaimo Teppan from 7-Eleven is infused with dashi spice and tastes like Maro takoyaki (octopus dumplings). There were no extra ingredients in the dough base so if you love yamaimo as much as Maro you will love this. It comes with a packet of bonito flakes, but Maro recommends trying the dish without them first, then sprinkling them halfway through for a nice change in flavor and texture.

▼ With a bit of bonito flakes, it tastes even better.

If you fancy extra fillings, Maro recommends the octopus. After all, it already tastes like takoyaki.

Octopus or not, this won Maro’s 7-Eleven Japan Dish of the Year. She hadn’t wanted to eat any particular 7-Eleven product for some time, but she couldn’t control herself about it. It’s a great appetizer and goes well with drinks.

▼ What would you add to this?

The only downside is that it is not available in all regions of Japan. Maro’s research has shown that Fuwatoro Yamaimo Teppan can be found in Japanese Tokai (Shizuoka, Nagoya, Mie, Gifu), Shikoku (Ehime, Kagawa, Kochi, Tokushima), Chuugoku (Hiroshima, Okayama, Shimane, Tottori and Yamaguchi), and Kansai regions so if you are in the area, keep your eyes peeled!

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