Japanese Vegan Snack Time

29 Jan

Like traditional European afternoon tea time, Japanese culture also has snack time (oyatsu). Usually it happens around 3pm. I found a few great items that can be found at the local grocery store that are vegan friendly. The most exciting item happens to be iced cocoa. In the U.S. you cannot find iced cocoa. This is NOT the same as chocolate milk. Iced cocoa is actually regular hot chocolate that is iced. This used to be my favorite drink when I was a child in Japan, but have not been able to find it in the U.S., let alone a vegan version. If you go to the alternative milk section you will find this cocoa. Also, I found a match green tea soy milk. For a snack, try a traditional japanese confection like this sakura mochi below. It is sweetened mochi (rice dough) wrapped in a cherry blossom leaf. The leaf has a little salty taste making this treat both sweet and savory. Perfect with a cup of tea. Day by day I’m finding my vegan way of living here in Satsuma-cho, Kagoshima, Japan.

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One Response to “Japanese Vegan Snack Time”

  1. John Silver (@BlueLanugo) January 30, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    I am going to make some in the U.S. by pouring hot chocolate over ice!

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