Sometimes, all you need is a delicious light snack to enjoy in-between meals. While it's tempting to grab a bag of chips and eat your way through it, why not try making some Japanese snacks instead? We're talking onigiri, tamagoyaki, dorayaki and more! Look through our list of yummy light bites that'll surely hit the spot whenever your cravings hit ?
Onigiri (or Japanese rice balls) is Japan's ultimate quick and easy snack. Often sold at convenience stores (i.e. konbini) or made at home, it's perfect for breakfast, a quick snack between meals, or to add some bulk to your lunch or dinner. It's also very simple to make at home! Unlike sushi which requires flavouring the rice, preparing complex fillings and rolling them up, onigiri is easy to shape even just by hand. The ingredients are super easy to find in supermarkets nowadays too! So if you've every wondered how to make onigiri, it's time to make your own at home with our easy and halal onigiri recipe with fillings including tuna mayo, ebi mayo and teriyaki salmon or chicken!
Chawanmushi (savoury egg custard) is a classic Japanese appetizer that's super delicious. Its name literally translates to "steamed in a teacup/tea bowl", and it's made of a mixture of eggs and broth which is steamed, with fillings inside like fishcakes, ginkgo nuts and chicken. This light savoury dish is not only packed with umami flavour but is easy to make too. And you can use pretty much anything you have on-hand for the fillings! You don't even need any special cups or bowls either - you can use ramekins, small bowls, mugs or teacups that you have! So if you've ever wondered how to make chawanmushi, we've got you covered with our easy halal chawanmushi recipe.
If you love Korean fried chicken, then why not give Japanese fried chicken a try? Also known as karaage, this is a must-try for any lover of fried chicken. Juicy, crispy and incredibly flavourful, this halal chicken karaage recipe is perfect to treat yourself with and super easy to make at home ?
P.S. Can't get enough of chicken dishes? Have a go at these 5 easy halal Japanese recipes.
Looking for a healthier snack? Say hello to tamagoyaki! This Japanese rolled omelette that's commonly served as part of a Japanese-style breakfast, on top of sushi or as a bento box side dish. Fluffy, thick and amazingly flavourful, you only need a few basic ingredients to cook tamagoyaki at home. And while it’s usually made with a special square or rectangle shaped frying pan, it’s not impossible to make the dish without one! So go right ahead and check out this easy halal tamagoyaki recipe and let’s get to rolling ?
Prefer something on the sweeter side? Dorayaki is the answer you're looking for. This Japanese dessert features two small pancakes with a sweet filling sandwiched in between. While traditionally anko (or red bean paste) is used as the filling, nowadays you'll find all kinds of variations, including Nutella, peanut butter, kaya and more! Similar to other Japanese wagashi (sweets) we've featured, like mochi ice cream, strawberry mochi and fruit cream sandwich, dorayaki is really easy to make and delicious to eat. So why not make your own at home with our easy halal dorayaki recipe ?
6. Tamago sando
Tamagao sando may not be your typical light snack but it's definitely one that's heavy enough to tie you over till the next meal without filling you up completely! Found in many convenience stores (or konbini) in Japan like 7-Eleven, Family Mart and Lawson, there are many varieties of sandwiches sold at konbini, and tamago sando happens to be one of the super popular one! And if you've ever wanted to try it, you can now recreate it right at home with this easy halal Japanese egg sandwich recipe.
P.S. If you're into sandwiches, check out these 6 easy halal Korean & Japanese sandwiches that are perfect for lunch.
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