Iconic Asian Snacks You Should Try

Sweet, sour, salty, and umami flavors are what make the Iconic Asian Snacks a must-try. Like other country’s cuisine and delicacies, Asian munchies offer a unique taste; nothing can compare. 

They have a special place on my belly. As Asia’s influence goes global, from music and dramas to food and drinks, the demand for their products soar. People continually seek to try the different types of Asian munchies and delicacies from all over the world.

These are perfect for when you’re bored, and you want to try something new, for when you’re studying, and you just want to munch on something every now and then, or for when you’re enjoying a movie that popcorn can’t pair up with. 

If you have run out of munchies or nibbles for your movie nights, here is an Asian snack list you can try on your next snackventure

10 Iconic Asian Snacks

1. Rice Crackers

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Rice Crackers. Source: Choo Yut Shing

Crunchy and light, these crackers are usually individually packed with two crackers each pack. The rice crackers have a mixed taste of sweet and salty, and it is finely sprinkled with seasoning as well.

These individually wrapped rice crackers are perfect for sharing with your family and friends or for just eating them as a snack on-the-go.

2. Haw Flakes

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Hawflakes from Chinese Hawthorn. Source: kattebelletje

Made with Chinese Hawthorn, these dry fruit disc candies taste like cranberries. They have the perfectly balanced taste of sweet and sour stacked in one roll.

Their previously bright red color toned down a notch lighter, but the taste of this candy has remained to light up like fireworks in your mouth.

3. White Rabbit

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Creamy candy with edible rice paper. Source: Like_the_Grand_Canyon

If you’re Asian, then this candy is a staple for you. They look like tootsie rolls, but they are made of milk rather than chocolate. A not so secret tip from the Asians is that you don’t try to get or remove the thin translucent layer of rice paper covering the candy itself as it is edible.

Yes, you most definitely can eat the rice paper, and Asians swear by this sweet candy that melts in your mouth. 

4. Pocky

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Japan’s National Pocky Day is celebrated on November 11. Source: S.

These Japanese sticks are covered in different but enticing flavors of chocolate, strawberry, matcha green tea, chocolate banana, and cookies and cream, leaving an inch of biscuit to be held.

Some say that the cookies and cream, chocolate banana, and matcha have an inferior taste, but others think they’re equally deliciously sweet. In reality, the taste is subjective, so try to see for yourself.

Pocky fact: In Japan, they dedicate November 11 to celebrate the National Pocky Day.

5. Dried Squid

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Chewy seafood version of beef jerky. Source: paranoidnotandroid

Ever tried biting on beef jerky? Well, this dried squid is just the shredded version of it with a tang of seafood. The strong smell of seafood puts off some people, but the chewy texture and addicting flavor entice seafood lovers.

The dried squid comes in different flavors of spicy, peppered, and smoked. They may just be one of the Asian snacks you need while you enjoy a relaxing night in front of the T.V.  

6. Yakult

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Ya to Yakult. Source: Alexandra Ventura

If you’ve watched the movie To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, you might have seen this little liquid drink of goodness. Perfect with a snack or after you’ve had a heavy meal of BBQ, Yakult is a probiotic drink that’s supposed to aid in digestion and immunity.

This product offers a tangy taste of sweet yogurt. Because of its delicious taste, one shot-sized bottle is not enough to quench your thirst for sweet liquid. You can now get it in larger bottles and try the different flavors you might want to add to the list of snacks you need.

7. Hello Panda

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Meiji’s Hello Panda in Chocolate. Source: Choo Yut Shing

If you’re a fan of a surprise-filled snack, you will want to try Hello Panda. After you’ve bitten the biscuit, the flavored cream inside is one you will like and get the hang of.

This brand of Japanese biscuit consists of a small hollow shortbread layer, filled with either vanilla, strawberry, double chocolate, matcha green tea, or chocolate cream filling.

8. Yan Yan

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Meiji’s yummy Yan Yan. Source: Carlos San Antonio

Produced from the same company as Hello Panda, Yan Yan comes in a package with two compartments. One side has the biscuit sticks or the cracker sticks, and the other side has the cream for dipping.

The cream comes in different flavors you can get like chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, or yogurt flavored frosting. This gives the consumer the enjoyment of dipping the sticks with the flavored cream as much as they want.

The Pro-insider tip is to try not to go crazy when dipping the biscuit as this can leave you with more biscuits and little to no dip. 

9. Choco Pie

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Korea’s moon pie version. Source: JD

This round cake has two small round layers of cake with marshmallow filling and chocolate covering. This is Korea’s version of the American moon pie. These chocolatey treats of goodness get crumbly, but still, the satisfaction you feel after you’ve eaten is incomparable. 

10. Bungeoppang / Taiyaki

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Fish filled with sweet red beans. Source: Takanori Nakanowatari

Korea calls it “bungeoppang” in Korea, and Japan calls it “taiyaki”, but most people call it the “fish with the red beans in it.” Nonetheless, this fish has made its way to people’s hearts. In Korea, they even created a take-home ice cream version that comes in different flavors of creams.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What do Asians snack on?

A: Asians do like to snack on nibbles with different textures, tastes, and flavors. It all depends on their mood and preference, but the staples are chips, candies, chocolates, ice cream which comes in sandwiches or popsicles, or even yogurt drinks. If you want to try and experience them, you can find them in various markets offering Asia’s products.

Q: What snack/s to buy in China?

A: The country produces some of the best munchies you can find in Asia. The rice crackers, Hawflakes, dried up squid, and White rabbit cream candies are just a few of a long list of nibbles you can get from China and try. A lot of people like these snacks and definitely recommend them for others to try.

Q: What are the most popular food for snacking?

A: As every country’s food culture is different, their hunt for flavor varies as well. America has a different set of popular food good for snacking like Oreos, Kitkats, Lay’s chips, Ritz, M&m’s, and such. The popularity of food or a snack will depend on which place you want your snack from.

Q: What snack/s to get in Japan?

A: Famous for gracing the world with the addictive matcha and wasabi flavor, Japan offers a lot more flavor combinations in their recipes. In Japan, you can find and get Pocky, Yan Yan, Yakult, and Taiyaki. In Japan, you can also find and get nibbles like mochi, dried mini fish, dried seaweed, and a whole lot more to try.


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