Family Mart opens across the causeway!
If there’s one thing we love about Japan it’s the amazing food you can find at the convenience stores. While Singapore has yet to open up a FamilyMart, our neighbour across the causeway just did! Head on over to City Square in Johor Bahru to satisfy your cravings for some freshly made oden and hot bars!
Here are our top picks on some must-try items in FamilyMart:
The FamilyMart classics, oden is a must-try at least once. Available in Original (dashi) and local favourite Tom Yam broth, these skewers of goodness are flavourful and incredibly addictive. Get it with the udon set and you’ve got yourself a simple but delicious meal!
How to order oden in FamilyMart:
Go to the oden counter and let the attendant know which broth you want. Pick the oden skewers of your choice and have it ready to eat or to-go. Pay at the counter and dig in!
FamilyMart oden menu:
List of oden choices: Udon, shabu noodle, atjisuke tamago, daikon (radish), corn, mini snow crab cake, seafood tofu fish cake, crab fish cake, veggie fish cake, king crab chunk, Korean odeng fish cake, lobster ball, chicken ball, white fish ball, fried fish ball, fish cake slice
The atjisuke tamago (marinated soft-boiled egg) won’t be found in the oden cooker since it’s stored separately, so don’t be afraid to ask for it!
2. Dessert sandwiches
While dessert sandwiches may sound strange or unfamiliar, don’t let it deter you from trying them out. So, get yourself a sando, a Japanese dessert sandwich filled with fruit, cream and various other toppings. Trust us, you won’t regret trying them!
3. Savoury sandwiches
Aside from the sweet sandwiches, there are also your typical sandwiches in FamilyMart like egg mayo, meatball sub, chicken slice sandwich and more. There have also been seasonal sandwiches like ayam percik sandwich during the Raya period!
A quintessential Japanese rice snack, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to onigiri in FamilyMart. From the classic favourites like tuna mayo, salmon, and ebiko, you can also find a myriad of other flavours. You can frequently find limited edition onigiri every few months.
5. Hanjuku cheese
If the thought of getting a whole cheesecake sounds jelak, you can still enjoy the treat with the Hanjuku Cheese from FamilyMart. This half-baked Japanese-style cheesecake has a rich & creamy cheese center.
6. Swiss roll slice
Moist spongey cake wrapped around a generous helping of flavoured cream, the Swiss roll slices in FamilyMart come in Matcha and Chocolate flavours. It’s the perfect size for a treat!
7. Hot dog buns
Not like any regular hot dogs, the ones in FamilyMart are topped with either Bolognese sauce or egg mayo. They’re basically instant comfort food in a box!
8. Mini desserts
For those with a sweet tooth, it’s hard not to be tempted by their mini desserts. You can find a selection of single-serving desserts from Strawberry Shortcake to Chocolate Mousse, Matcha Parfait, Original Pudding, and more.
9. Bento box
With bento boxes available in FamilyMart, it means there’s always a meal ready-to-go for you at any time. Available in various selections of rice and noodle boxes, simply get the FamilyMart staff to heat it up for you.
10. Ice-cream sandwiches
You can find all kinds of ice cream in the freezer section at FamilyMart but one of the greatest joys is having an ice-cream sandwich. Whether you’re in a Matcha mood, sorta Vanilla, or cheeky Chocolate, you’ll definitely find something that catches your eye.
11. Hot snacks
Head to the hot bar section by the cashier to find a selection of hot snacks. From sausages to cuttlefish tofu and curry puff, you can also get fried chicken freshly prepared upon order!
12. Dim sum
Next to the hot bar, you can also find a steamer with filled buns and dim sum items. Since they’re quite popular, you may find the steamer to be empty from time to time.
13. Freshly baked bread
With shelves dedicated to just their freshly baked goods, you can find everything from savoury buns to loaves of bread, and sweet treats. We reckon it’s gonna be a tough choice having to pick just one.
14. Soft serve ice-cream
Creamy and indulgent, the soft serve in FamilyMart is easily one of the most famous treats you have to try! While you can find the Matcha flavour all year round, they’ve been knowns to realise seasonal flavours from time to time. In the past, there have been unique flavours like coconut, cheese, melon, sweet potato and more.
This lesser-known drink in FamilyMart certainly deserves more recognition! To get your instant frappe drink, get your Cookie Frappe base from the freezer. Bring it to the counter and choose your flavour of choice (milk, coffee, or chocolate). Once the hot liquid has been added in, you’ve got your frappe without needing a blender!
16. FamilyMart snacks
Get one for the FamilyMart branded snacks. They have potato sticks, corn snacks, potato rings, cookies, chocolate cereal, and more.
17. Imported drinks
Browse the selection of imported drinks available in FamilyMart like the famous Taiwan milk teas, Thai probiotic drink, Korean flavoured banana milk, Japanese iced tea, and more.
18. Freshly-brewed coffee
In need for a caffeine kick? Get your freshly-brewed coffee from FamilyMart whether cold or hot. According to them, they use a speciality blend of 100% Arabica coffee beans from Ethiopia, Peru, Brazil and Uganda!
For non-coffee drinkers, you can get the Matcha Latte or Chocolate drink!
More convenience store snack hauls you need!
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Must-buy snacks from Thailand 7-Eleven