Giveaway #2: Supermarket Favorites from Japan

For the second giveaway, I’ve put together a few of our favorite food items from Japan:

  • 3 packages of CookDo Chinese sauces: Sweet & Sour Pork (or Chicken), Chili Shrimp & Stir-fry Pork or Beef w/ Peppers. Each package makes 3-4 servings (more like 2-3 American size servings). The three dishes could be served together for a complete Chinese meal, or each made individually, and they are meant to be served with steamed rice. Although there are picture directions on the back, I will include instructions in English.
  • 1 package soy peanut crackers (our favorite snack in Japan).
  • 1 package Asparagus Biscuits. These are lightly sweet cookies shaped to resemble asparagus spears (there is no asparagus in the cookies). They are the perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee or tea.
  • 1 package dark chocolate KitKat bars.
  • 1 200-gram bottle of Kewpie mayonnaise. Kewpie has a cult following among chefs and others in the U.S. – its creaminess and rich flavor are because Kewpie is made with just the egg yolk instead of the whole egg like most mayonnaise.

Here are the giveaway rules:

  • You may enter the giveaway once a day.
  • Leave a comment on this post with at least one about your favorite Japanese food, or whatever – each comment you leave equals one entry.
  • For a one-time additional entry, send a separate comment and let me know if you already follow The Occasional Nomads or if you become a follower.
  • Share about the giveaway on your own blog and let me know in a separate comment for one more additional entry.
  • The giveaway will end on midnight on June 19; one entry will be chosen at random and the winner announced on Friday, June 21. I will contact the winner by email to get shipping information. The giveaway is open only to readers in the U.S. and Canada (I’m sorry – I can’t afford the postage otherwise).

Thanks for entering – I look forward to hearing from you!

 

109 thoughts on “Giveaway #2: Supermarket Favorites from Japan

  1. Giveaway entry #1
    Love shrimp in tempura batter and of course ramen noodles!
    We have enjoyed all of your blog entries since before your Kauai move and to the present day. Counting down the days to our retirement and applying your frugal tips to our adventures.

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  2. Ah, so many favorite Japanese foods, so I’ll start with that delicate cheesecake-cake I still dream about!

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  3. I’ve been a follower since early in the “Losing It” days! Currently following via the “Feedly” blog app.

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  4. For a second entry – I’ve been enjoying your posts since “losing it” days in Portland, time in Hawaii, and now your world travels.

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  5. I want this! 🙂 I’d really like to try the CookDo and I live sampling Kit Kat’s from around the world.

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  6. Yes, I follow! Love the prep towards planning your big trip and the great adventure reading. Did I miss it, did you get the deposit back from you Kauai?

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  7. I much enjoy sake, and never expected that it would have the delicacy of wine, which it does!

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  8. Hi !Laura I have been a fan for over four years I started following you when I looked for frugal ways one day.I am retired and Blogs that I read our my daily reading !i often don’t comment but I would like to enter your sweepstakes 2.

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  9. Sesame ice cream! It looks so odd (to me) but tastes so good! I didn’t comment much on your last trip, but loved reading all about it.

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  10. I’ve been reading you for years, started while you were living on Hawaii, before you started ramping up for the Great Adventure. I always read your blog through Sluggy’s, but I just signed up to follow you. I read all your Japan postings and of course would love to win the food items!!

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  11. Hmm…favorite Japanese food? Sushi is a long-time favorite, but also katsudon, and tempura vegetables. Green tea ice cream to finish!

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  12. For my entry today, I’m saying that I wish I could have the opportunity to try Japanese cheesecake – it sounds so interesting and different from American cheesecake!

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    1. Hi Lori! The sauces are great, and so convenient. You can find some of them in Asian markets here in the States, but they usually quite expensive. We loved the variety and cost (less than $1.50/each) in Japan and we got to try several new ones.

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    1. They are so convenient, and make it easy to serve a tasty Chinese dish. We learned this time that they have 62 different varieties of sauces, although usually there are only around 20 available on the shelves.

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  13. Long time reader – love your travel posts and also the Sunday morning overview. 🙂

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  14. These all look really interesting and I would love to try them! (Well, I AM familiar with Kit Kats. ha!)

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    1. We tried lots of interesting KitKat flavors while we were there, but nothing knocked our socks off this time (some were actually sort of meh), so we stuck with dark chocolate for the giveaway.

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  15. Giveaway # 2: Up to now, I have only eaten the Japanese standards one finds in restaurants here – tempura, teriyaki, sushi. Like them all. Would love to sample the items in your giveaway…the asparagus cookies in particular!

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    1. It’s super good, and there is a definite difference in creaminess and taste between Kewpie and American mayonnaise. One of the reasons I LOVE potato salad in Japan is because of Kewpie mayonnaise.

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  16. Another entry…I’m intrigued by the Cook Do sauces since you’ve enjoyed them so much. Happy Sunday!

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  17. Entry #3 crossing my fingers that my name gets drawn! Curious to try these Japanese delights.

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  18. Entry #1
    I’ve been to Japan once and hope to return some day, but my favorite Japanese food is their ramen. A close second were these rice crackers I had there that were amazing. I wish I knew what they were called. I found something similar in an Asian market where I live, but they weren’t as good. I’m curious about the asparagus cookies.

    I’ve been following your blog since before you moved to Kauai.

    Thanks!

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  19. One of our favorite things to do while traveling to other countries (or other regions in the US) is to visit grocery stores. My souvenirs are typically things that I can cook with when I get home. We have not been lucky enough to travel to Japan, but our son went during high school and turned us on to a type of Japanese stick cookies called Pocky. I am really coveting those “CookDo” sauces! When we went to Amsterdam a couple of years ago, we came back with some Conimex wok sauces which were awesome.

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  20. Extra entry-I am a long time reader who has followed your current blog as well as the prior iteration of your blog from your Portland days. I love your Sunday lists!

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  21. Sushi! We much enjoyed our lunch at a revolving sushi bar in Tokyo one day. Wish they had those here in the USA!

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  22. I am already a follower of occasional nomads and read your blog every week. My family is planning to visit Japan in two years, so I am eagerly reading your adventures.

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  23. We went to a local grocery store looking for the Cook Do packets. The one I found was made in the USA. The only flavors that they had was a Szechwan style sauce. It was good but I was hoping to find some different flavors. I would love to try the ones in your giveaway!

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