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Jul 25, 2008 06:52 AM

Looking for Japanese Yogurt Powder?? Please Help

I can't read japanese, but someone in a japanese grocery said that it is japanese yogurt powder. My Mom loves this and can't find the box that it came in, nor can she remember which friend gave it to her, but has this last package which I have attached. We have scoured many of the japanese groceries looking for this item to no avail. We even went to the large japanese mall, Mitsuwa Mall in Edgewater, NJ and turned up empty. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. The only yoghurt powder i know of is the Pocari brand. See picture here

    If that's the right kind, you can get it in places like JAS mart, Sunrise Market...etc, and Mitsuwa for sure..maybe even in Tongin, the chinese grocery store in Chinatown on mulberry. Hope this helps.

    23 Replies
    1. re: HLing

      Actually HLing, that's not a yoghurt drink but a sports drink- like a Japanese version of powdered Gatorade mix. Good for replacing electrolytes- as if I know what those are...

      If G3B can zoom in closer on the package labeling, we might be able to figure out more details.

      1. re: Silverjay

        here is another photo, hopefully it is clearer. i zoomed it larger am having problems saving it. thanks for any help you can give.

        1. re: G3B

          Still can't read so well, but I think it just says "orange" on one stripe and something else on another. Is it orange flavored yoghurt powder? I searched in Japanese for "yoghurt powder" and "instant yoghurt" but didn't come up with any specific product.

        2. re: Silverjay

          i'm sorry if i gave the wrong info based on my assumption of that pocari is another one of those asian yoghurt drink - a chinese version being the Yan3 Le4 Duo1, little containers of peach colored yoghurt drink.

          But there is something good that came of the answer Silverjay gave, since just last week i was told that i may need to replenish my eletrolytes due to training in the nice heat we've been having lately. So now i know where to get my electrolytes...yes...whatever they are :)

          To stay on the subject, it seems that a hong kong company also makes various dairy prodcuts, including yoghurt powder, so i'll keep an eye out fr them when i go to chinatown, and will report back.

          1. re: HLing

            Silverjay and Hling,

            Thank you both so much for trying to help. In answer to your question, it is orange flavored. According to my Mom, the powder inside is beige color with an orangy fruity flavor. Any more info or help would be greatly appreciated.

            1. re: G3B

              you're welcome. It's always a good chance to learn more about food, and in this case i learned by being wrong.

              By the way, is it for making yoghurt per se? or for drinks? Or for custard/jello-like dessert?

              1. re: HLing

                She actually just adds hot water to it and drinks it.

                1. re: HLing

                  HLing, for the record, I've been reading you for years and you were one of the first people I made sure to track when the site changed.

                  Your fan,

                  1. re: Silverjay

                    awh..thanks Silverjay! I really don't deserve such must'nt encourage my already obsessive chow-titude :).

                    I feel i must redeem myself somehow, so i ran to a JAS Mart earlier, and had a "doh" moment when i saw, side by side, the calpico concentrate next to the Pocari powder, both with blue & white color know, somewhere back in time when i first saw the pocari powder, i had already thought "how nice, calpico comes in powder form..." (now, why can't it really? Would be nice). So, that's the source of my confusion. Phew!

                    Unfortunaterly, i still need to find a source for my electrolyte replenishment. The Pocari powder lists High Fructose Corn Syrup as one of the ingredients. I don't need that in my system for sure.

                    1. re: HLing

                      Do you know the M2M market up near Columbia? I'm sorry I don't know the exact street crossing, but it is certainly between 110 and 116 (closer to 116). They have Japanese imported food products of (to me) the oddest kinds from floor to ceiling.

                      1. re: summerUWS2008

                        I have never been to the M2M market, but just looked and found another location in the East Village. Does anyone know which location is bigger with more variety? Both locations are far for me and I am pretty much in the middle, so just wondering which one is better to go to. TIA

                        1. re: G3B

                          I've been to both. They are laid out differently. EV one might be a bit larger. They are like glorified Asian bodegas, but they might have something like that. Surprised Mistuwa doesn't have it.

                          If you can zoom in closer on the package, there is still some writing that might provide more info.

                          1. re: Silverjay

                            I tried again to zoom, hopefully this one gives you a clearer picture of the writing. Thanks so much for your help.

                            1. re: G3B

                              not sure why the picture won't attach, is it because it is a doc file? I took the original jpg file and enlarged and cropped it and saved it into a doc file.

                              1. re: G3B

                                Yes, you can't load a .doc file - you may want to try to attach the cropped .jpg file instead.

                                1. re: The Chowhound Team

                                  attached is the cropped jpg file, hope this one is clearer

                                  1. re: G3B

                                    Found it. It's made by a company called Kenbi. Product is called "Yoghur-Gen". Here is the Japanese website- . It's a sort of digestive over-the-counter medicine by the way, not a soft drink. I can't understand the medical kanji so well. Something about lactose...

                                    Found a company that imports it: JFC International, ☎1-800-882-7773. Try giving them a call. Maybe you can order directly or they can point you to a local retail place.

                                    1. re: Silverjay

                                      Good work, Silverjay! I wish i could have seen this post earlier today, as I just came back from Mitsuwa 2 hours ago...(hmm.Santoka Ramen, even got Boloniya bread!) Even though the OP said they didn't see it in Mitsuwa, now that we know it's an over-the-counter medicine, maybe that Japanese drug store in Mitsuwa would have it. Even the little medicine section within the supermarket could have it if only we knew to look for it as a medicine, not a food item....For that matter, before heading out to Mitsuwa next time, i'll look for it in the "health medicine" context when I'm next at the Japanese/Chinese markets in town.

                                      Also, I meant to post about my finding.

                                      Not exactly the powder drink, but apparently there are chewable tablets that are, again, semi-health supplement, that Calpis has proprietory method of manufactoring, though going by the name AmealPeptide, for lowering blood pressure.

                                      1. re: HLing

                                        Actually, I should clarify. It's not a medicine really, but a type of "health" product. It's a big industry in Japan and no doubt Chinese countries as well. But you're right, it's the sort of thing you might better be able to find at a drug store. It's not the sort of thing that has gone through clinical trials like the link you posted.

                                      2. re: Silverjay

                                        Thank you so so much. Fantastic detective work. You don't know how many places my sister and I have gone to try and find this for my Mom.

                                        I will make the call and report my results. Yes I know it is a digestive drink. My Mom takes it for that reason. Sorry I was not clear when I originally posted. BTW, when we went to Misuwa, we did look in the pharmacy and through the health products and could not find it.

                                        1. re: G3B

                                          After numerous calls and emails, it turns out that JFC's sister company PMAI carries this product. I emailed and spoke to a very nice person in their West Coast office who was extremely helpful and actually spoke English very well which made it a little easier than some of the other people that I spoke to at JFC. But everyone was extremely nice and responsive. This company certainly is great at customer service which all too often is lacking, these days. She told me that the East Coast rep. insisted that Misuwa had it in stock but when my sister went she combed the store and asked many people and turned up empty. So anyway rather than take another trip out there and with no NYC locations, they were able to ship it to me and I ordered 2 boxes, one in the orange flavor which is the one I posted and also one in the yogurt flavor for my Mom to try. She said that anytime I needed another order to just call her.

                                          Silverjay: I want to thank you again for helping me find this. I would never have found it on my own. You are going to make me look pretty good and my Mom thanks you too.

                            2. re: G3B


                              At the location uptown the staff is really very friendly. If wherever you looked to find both locations, there's a phone number, you might call, even if only to find out which store is bigger!