Kanazawa Curry Cola lets you have your tonkatsu (fried pork cutlet) and curry on the go!

RocketNews 24:

Finally, the great taste of a fried pork cutlet drenched in thick curry that you can slip in your coat pocket without getting wet!

Sold by Japan’s Tombow Beverage Co., this cola is based on the Ishikawa Prefecture specialty dish Kanazawa Curry which is a large fried pork cutlet (tonkatsu) soaking in a rich curry roux and topped with a drizzling of tangy tonkatsu sauce and served with a side of shredded cabbage.

 

This isn’t the first time a curry beverage has been released in Japan, but Kanazawa Curry Cola may be the first to take a carbonated cola base and blend in the tastes of curry roux and tonkatsu sauce.

Whether or not that’s a winning combination will be knowledge bestowed on the lucky few who can acquire one of the 100,000 bottles Tombow is planning to bottle and sell this year.

You would be most likely to find one at the various service stations along highways in Ishikawa and Toyama prefectures as a part of the Hokuriku Regional Drink Series. However, Tombow said they will distribute around the country and if demand is great enough they’ll also consider ramping up production in response.

If you don’t feel like going on a wild curry cola hunt, you can always go to the Tombow website linked below to purchase a 20-pack for 3,900 yen (US$35). That’s not a terrible price considering, at the very least, Kanazawa Curry Cola sounds like it could be a highly effective laxative.

Kanazawa Curry Cola order page (Japanese)

Pepsi to release a “Sakura” flavor in Japan

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Pepsi is set to release a new “Sakura” (Japanese word for Cherry Blossom) flavor in Japan at the start of next month. This limited edition offering will hit the market just in time for “Hanami,” which refers to the traditional custom of cherry blossom viewing around the country.

According to NicoNico News the drink has a light pink color and smells of “sweet sakura.”

New garlic cola from Aomori, Japan’s garlic capital

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RocketNews 24:

Garlic flavored cola. Just let that sink in for a moment. Fizzy sweet cola with a pungent garlic taste. Yum? Over the years, we’ve seen a lot of weird food and drink come out of Japan, and as of January 9, there has been a new addition to that list.

Hailing from Aomori, the garlic capital of Japan, which has previously produced such delectables as garlic ice cream and garlic beer, “Jats Takkola,” is brought to us from the garlic center of the garlic capital of Japan, also known as “Garlic Town,” Sannohe DistrictsTakko Town.

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The town got its charming nickname from the fact that every July, so much garlic is harvested that the entire town, home to almost 6,000 people, smells of the pungent bulb. We have a feeling they don’t suffer from vampire attacks very often.

The town offers pretty much any form of garlic you could ever imagine, but the creation of the Takkola (get it? Takko + cola = takkola), took some trial and error experimentation. The real issue, apparently, was breaking through the stereotype that garlic should be used exclusively for food.

▼ Don’t you just want to plop a bulb of garlic in your next cup of Coke?

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The drink is just cola mixed with some finely ground garlic, pretty simple. It’s just as bubbly and tasty as normal cola, but you get the pleasant aftertaste of garlic. Who wouldn’t love that?! Really, if you think about it, it’s probably not much different than washing down some garlicky gyoza with cola and then burping. You just don’t have to eat the gyoza first.

Since the name of the drink doesn’t mention garlic at all, this could easily be used to play some tricks on unassuming friends who don’t know that Takko is the garlic center of Japan. Then there is also the fact that “Jats!” is local dialect for what you say when you are surprised, an odd feature for the name of a cola. That is, unless the creators of this drink had some tomfoolery in mind when they made it!

▼ The garlic clove on the label could go unnoticed to the unobservant.

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In reality, they chose the name because they want this item to leave a lasting impression and to “stimulate the heart” of whoever sips it. They advise that before you drink, turn it slowly to remix the garlic, open the cap carefully and then take a sip. According to the creators, there is no way that you won’t shout in surprise after tasting it.

So, if you’re itching to play tricks on friends, are just really scared of vampires, or are looking for a health-boosting cola, you can order a case of 24 bottles from the town’s merchandise website, for 7,200 yen (US$60) or if you’re in the area, head to the store itself where you can get single bottles for 299 yen (US$2.50) each, until the end of February. Also, please, if you do use it to play tricks on your friends, sneak a video and share it with us!

Starbucks South Korea Fizzio sodas come with flavored jellies

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FoodBeast:

 

Starbucks new Fizzio soda line hit U.S. locations earlier this summer, but while we’ve been fawning over fancy flavors like Spiced Root Beer, South Korea has been sipping on a more exotic assortment complete with flavored jellies.

 

Brand Eating describes the South Korea Fizzio Flavors in detail:

 

Lemon Ginger is described as ”Real fruit juice and spices create a light, citrus flavor with notes of ginger and rosemary that go perfectly with rich mango jelly.”

Passion Tea Lemonade is described as ”Refreshing bright citrus and floral notes and smooth hibiscus jelly provide a lively, balanced zing.”

Yogurt Citrus is mentioned in the following manner: ”real yogurt with creamy mango jelly for a tangy and fresh flavor.”

 

South Korea’s Fizzio line up sounds significantly more gourmet than our gussied up American classics menu. If you’re really looking for a Starbucks shake up, you could try to convince your favorite barista to carbonate your favorite drink.

 

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Japanese soft drink commercial featuring a super-detailed 1/48 scale model kitchen

 

Laughing Squid:

To promote their new Salt & Fruit soft drink line, Kirin released this commercial featuring a highly detailed 1/48 scale model kitchen in a soft drink bottle. They also created an office, fruit stand, and other dioramas for the campaign.

Tiny Kitchen in Japanese Kirin Ad

Tiny Kitchen in Japanese Kirin Ad

Tiny Kitchen in Japanese Kirin Ad

Tiny Kitchen in Japanese Kirin Ad

photos via catchball