The best Asian snacks is a highly discussed topic among Asian food lovers. As Asia grows as a tourist hotspot, we find that local tidbits have also grown popular online. Accordingly, we have included both sweet and savoury nibbles in this list that we think you should try!
You may buy many of these treats online. We found a large variety of choices coming from China, Japan, Korea and South East Asia. You can order these delicious treats for a bite to eat at the comfort of your home.
Please note that the links provided under each Asian snacks description are for purchases from Amazon UK. In the case that they cannot be ordered via Amazon UK, we may provide a link to another online commerce store.
Pineapple cake is a Taiwanese snack which is popular all around the world. We deem this Asian snack suitable for gifting your family and friends when you return from your visit to Taiwan.
You will usually see the treat in the shape of a square or rectangle. Also, the pineapple cake is made up of a pineapple jam filling that is encased by shortcrust pastry. Though named as ‘cake’, this treat resembles something closer to a biscuit or hand pie instead.
As a delicious mid-day snack, we observe more people searching online for its recipe.
The classic pineapple cake usually just consists of a tangy jam filling. However, you may find all sorts of Asian snack recipes that add on to the classic pineapple cake.
You can also order pineapple cake online to be delivered to your home address, if you are looking for a quick bite.
Yuki and Love Pineapple Cake
Popularised by the very famous Japanese kids show in the ’90s called ‘Doraemon’, this popular afternoon treat is one of the best Asian snacks on our list.
Dorayaki is made up of two Japanese-style pancakes that sandwich a sweet filling. The original version of the Dorayaki has crushed sweet Azuki red beans as a filling.
You can discover Dorayaki in various sizes. Indeed, we can find them in small or big sizes to fit our appetite at the time.
If you visit the shop in Shinjuku, Tokyo that is referenced in the kids’ show, they even serve a dinner plate-sized Dorayaki! You can choose to share these speciality-sized Dorayakis.
However, you will find that most shops offering dorayaki close to the size of a common doughnut.
Apart from the original filling, we found modern versions of the Dorayaki that are served with different types of fillings.
For instance, popular ones are chestnut jam, matcha cream with Azuki red beans and chocolate cream fillings. You may order variations of this Asian snack online via websites such as Amazon.
Dorayaki Japanese Pancake Original
Seaweed Rice Crackers
Another common one is the seaweed rice crackers. Many tourists are introduced to this crunchy treat when they buy an Asian snack mix to eat.
The mix will usually include this umami-filled goodness. This treat is a popular one that many tourists buy in bulk and distribute to their friends and family when they return home.
This snack is made of rice crackers that contain dried seaweed bits to add the extra flavour. We found that many of them are also gluten-free. Consequently, it has grown in popularity among tourists who visit East Asian countries.
Though each piece of this refreshment is lightweight and not so filling, we can attest that once you have a bite, it is definitely hard to stop eating. If you are missing this Asian snack, do not fret as you can always order it online!
Gluten Free Rice Crackers – Seaweed
What is the most popular Asian snack in the world? Kitkat is without a doubt one that competes for that title. Though Kitkat originates from the United States, this snack started having a cult following due to the successful marketing campaign by the company in Japan.
In Japanese, the name of this chocolatey treat acts as a pun that means ‘absolutely victorious’, which has been used in many of their advertising campaigns.
On top of that, KitKat received many reviews from people around the world. This is due to the unique flavour variation Kitkat offered in Japan. One of the most popular flavours is the Uji Matcha Green Tea flavour.
From there, Kitkat in Japan continually manufactured limited edition flavours that can only be found in specific areas in Japan. Hence, this created a great opportunity for touristic adventures for many fans of the KitKat brand. Currently, you can purchase the many different varieties of Asian snack on Amazon.
Uji Matcha Green Tea KitKat
These egg rolls 蛋卷 are a popular Asian snack that can be found anywhere in China, as well as in Chinatowns all over the world.
In comparison to the savoury Chinese spring rolls, these egg rolls are cookie-type treats that are crispy and sweet. It is usually made of eggs and sesame, though many variations to the traditional delicacy can be found today.
The egg rolls are sometimes known as ‘love letters’. With such a lovely name, the egg rolls are especially popular during the Lunar New Year period where food plays a large role in the auspicious celebration.
Tins of egg rolls are usually passed around as gifts to family and friends. Due to its simple yet delicious taste with a deep cultural meaning, this treat is one of the best Asian snacks you should try.
Ching Kee Egg Cookie Rolls
Haw Flakes 山楂餅 is a delicacy that has beaten the test of time. This confectionery type treat originated from China, but has now extended its reaches throughout Asia, Europe as well as the Americas. Truly, a classic treat among those who grew up in Asia, Haw Flakes is a healthy Asian snack.
It is made with hawthorn fruit and only three other ingredients. Wrapped in a simple paper casing, the flakes are light treats that you could munch, nibble or suck on when you are feeling peckish.
This delicacy has a good balance of sweet and sour that would leave you wanting more.
Due to its popularity, Haw Flakes have grown to become a staple flavour that has been incorporated into different Asian snack recipes. These include Haw Flake flavoured soft serve, butter cake, layered cake and more.
Manufactured by the Korean company, Lotte, this Asian snack is a popular afternoon or after-meal treat in Japan.
Yukimi Daifuku is a thin mochi dumpling that is filled with ice cream. Offered in many flavours, the classic version consists of vanilla ice cream wrapped in a layer of white rice cake.
The name Yukimi directly translates to ‘snow-viewing’ which relates to the seasonal activity of watching snow in Japan.
During the spring season, the sakura flavoured version of Asian snack is sold as a limited version to correspond with the ‘hanami’ or ‘sakura-viewing’ seasonal activity that is popular.
The Yukimi Daifuku is favoured by many all over the world that even merchandise like mini-soft toys of the treat is made. With plenty of discussions of the popular Japanese treat can be found on forums on Reddit, we subsequently knew we had to add it on the best Asian snacks list.
Not available on Amazon UK unfortunately
Chinese Pork Jerky / Bak Kwa
Similar to its South African counterpart, the Chinese Pork Jerky is a savoury delicacy that we recommend you try. Also known as ‘Bak Kwa’ which is Fujianese for ‘dried meat’, this treat is commonly made of a mix of dark soy sauce, sesame oil, fish sauce, five-spice powder and cooking wine for its marination.
The barbecued jerky is wafer-thin and immensely a joy to eat and chew on. Though some may find this Asian snack weird, many people look forward to this treat as it is usually only served during festivities.
For many people, the Chinese Pork Jerky is one that you purchase from shops that specialise in making it. However, there are also many recipes online that you can find to make the Asian snack at home.
Moreover, there are also halal versions of the Chinese Pork Jerky that you could attempt making.
Chinese Pork Jerky / Bak Kwa
Chen Pi Mei
Chen Pi Mei 陳皮梅 is perhaps one of the most popular candies in China.
Essentially a fruit candy, this tidbit is a chewy soft black candy that has a strong citrus peel flavour. Made of mandarin citrus peel as well as plum, this sourish candy is a traditional treat that has made it into our best Asian snacks list.
Chen Pi Mei is a common childhood tidbit in Asia which is cross-generational. It is one of the traditional treats that you will find many shops offering as a simple giveaway to please your sweet cravings.
Chinese herbal shops, in particular, would always offer this sweet and sour candy to counter the bitter taste of the concoctions.
Chen Plum Candy
Not available on Amazon UK unfortunately
White Rabbit Candy
The best Asian snacks list would not be complete if it did not include the White Rabbit Candy. Another traditional Chinese candy that has been around since the 1930s, this sweet is a creamy milk candy that is wrapped in rice paper.
This sweet candy is particularly memorable as many would first find it weird that the rice paper wrapper is edible.
Originating from China, this nibble is now distributed globally and can be sourced easily from Amazon. Similar to Haw Flakes, we found this Asian snack becoming a key ingredient to many modern dessert recipes. Some of them include White Rabbit cookies, ice cream, bubble tea and more.
As a tip, hold the white rabbit candy in your hands for a minute to soften the candy. Once it is soft, pop it in your mouth to chew its creamy deliciousness.
If there is one candy you should buy from China, make White Rabbit Candy the one you bring back home.
White Rabbit Creamy Candy
Honey Butter Chips
Haitai’s Honey Butter Chips from Korea contends to be one of the best Asian snacks today. Coating deep fried potato chips with butter as well as honey, this sinful treat is very delicious.
Highly rated online, this potato chip is sweet, salty and buttery simultaneously.
This relatively new entry into the food industry blew up when it used K-pop stars to market the treat. Of course, Honey Butter Chips continued to grow in popularity. This is due to its own merits of being a rich and flavourful tidbit.
We highly recommend that you try this Asian snack the next time you are craving for one.
Haitai Honey Butter Chip
Want Want Rice Crackers
Originally from Taiwan, the Want Want Rice Crackers, also known as Wang Wang, is famous throughout Asia. This humble treat is mainly made of rice with salt seasonings that give its simple flavour.
Though rice crackers are ubiquitous in Asia, this rice cracker has dominated in terms of branding in many countries, especially in South East Asia.
Each packet consists of 20 smaller packets with 2 pieces in them. As a very light snack, some may even eat this Asian snack as an appetizer to fill their bellies.
There are varieties to the Want Want Rice Crackers but the most popular one is its classic salted rice cracker. Now, you can order the Want Want Rice Cracker from online stores like Amazon for you to stock up in your Asian snack cabinet.
Want Want Senbei Rice Crackers
Hello Panda is a Japanese treat that is popular and memorable, especially due to its cute Panda mascot. They are packaged in an easily identifiable hexagonal box with panda cartoons printed on them.
A hit with kids, this cream-filled biscuits are a must-try treat. Due to its large popularity, we have included it in our list of best Asian snacks.
Hello Panda that is manufactured by Meiji, consists of a small shortbread layer that is filled with either chocolate, strawberry, vanilla or any many more flavoured creams.
True to its Japanese roots, Hello Panda also offers seasonal flavours like sakura and matcha green tea. These Asian snacks can be ordered online from anywhere in the world.
Meiji Hello Panda Biscuits with Assorted Filling
We believe that Calbee’s Jagariko deserves a spot in our best Asian snacks list. Indeed, Calbee proves that you can package fried potato sticks in a box and still retain its crispy goodness.
When you open the packaging, you will find that the potato sticks are finger-length and pencil-thick. You can easily carry it around as the treats are packaged in a cup container. Jagariko is a very popular Asian snack among the Japanese and those who have visited Japan.
Its most famous flavour is the ‘salad’ flavour which is made of carrots and parsley mix. Furthermore, the cheese flavoured Jagariko is also highly rated.
However, we would like to recommend that you definitely try their Hokkaido Butter flavour. We would not want you to miss the rich and creamy butter that is infused in this Jagariko.
You can get your Jagariko fix easily nowadays without having to travel to Asia. You can order this Asian snack online to be sent to your home address.
Calbee’s Hokkaido Butter Jagariko
Wasabi Green Peas
This Asian snack is a healthy entry in our list. The Wasabi Green Peas is crowd favourite throughout many Asian communities.
Made up mainly of green peas and wasabi, this treat is packed with umami that you would not want to stop eating once you start. We find that small packets of Wasabi Green Peas are usually included in Asian snack mixes.
You can find many recipes online on how to make this Asian snack. However, we observe that the desired results are difficult to achieve. If you are looking to fulfil your craving quickly, we suggest ordering the Wasabi Green Peas online.
You will find many manufacturers offering this treat. However, we recommend Khao Shong’s Wasabi Green Peas to order online.
Khao Shong Wasabi Green Peas
Dahfa Dried Fish Fillet
We also include the savoury Dahfa dried fish fillet in our top snacks from Asia list. This Asian snack is very popular in South East Asia. For example, many in Singapore and Malaysia consider this treat as a childhood snack.
Similar to other tidbits on this list, the dried fish fillet is one that is often gifted during festive occasions too.
Obvious from its name, Dahfa is made up of dried fish that is then processed and cut into thin fillet strips. We find the fish fillet strips to be mildly chewy and full of flavour.
At first sight, we thought that the Asian snack was meant to be shared. However, once we tried it, we felt like just eating it all to ourselves! Indeed, Dahfa fish fillet strips are addictively delicious!
Dahfa Dried Fish Fillet
Orion Choco Pie
Are you are riding the K-wave and are looking for a Korean snack? We recommend trying Orion Choco Pie, which is one on our best Asian snacks list.
It is made of a marshmallow filling that is sandwiched by two fluffy biscuits covered in chocolate. Thus, we think Choco Pie is the perfect Korean treat for your afternoon break.
Apart from its classic marshmallow and chocolate flavour, Orion in recent years has released new flavours. They include strawberry jam, banana, pistachio, berry and more.
Orion Choco Pie was inspired by an American treat. This chocolatey tidbit is now widely distributed in South Korea, Japan and other parts of Asia.
Interestingly, Choco Pie has also grown in popularity in North Korea. We observe that there are several reported events in North Korea that referenced this popular Asian snack.
Orion Choco Pie
Best Asian Snacks
With so many Asian snacks options available to order online, here’s our list to summarise the top snacks to try:
- Pineapple Cake
- Seaweed Rice Crackers
- Egg Rolls (蛋卷)
- Haw Flakes (山楂餅)
- Yukimi daifuku
- Chinese Pork Jerky / Bak Kwa
- Chen Pi Mei (陳皮梅)
- White Rabbit Candy
- Honey Butter Chip
- Want Want Rice Crackers
- Hello Panda
- Calbee Jagariko
- Dahfa Dried Fish Fillet
- Wasabi Green Peas
- Orion Choco Pie
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