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lost squirrel Feb 21, 2012 11:46 PM

This is a thread to share your bottom of the barrel recommendations. When you have no choice but eat at a convenience store - what do you get?

I'll start with the Lawson's sandwich that is single-handedly responsible for an extra kilo or two of my love handles. The LチキHot. http://www.lawson.co.jp/recommend/sta...

Grab a small Hawaiian style roll, ask for the hot chicken and add the free karashi-mayo that's provided. The chicken is warm and crispy with a mild but definitely noticeable spicy flavor. The karashi-mayo is from Kewpie. Combine it all with a sweet Hawaiian roll and it's a pretty good sandwich for minimal costs and time.

I haven't tried the cheese version and I've never seen the yuzu chicken before. If you're someone like me or Mr Aso, you might want to grab to chickens for the bun - trust me, they'll fit.

Alternatively, Lawsons also has a pretty good bagged salad when you're sick of oily fried chicken sandos.

Anybody else care to share something good, or at least palatable?

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    anarcist Apr 6, 2012 05:49 PM

    For me, it's never a case of being "stuck" in a konbini and having "no choice but to eat" there... Whenever I visit Japan, I actively seek out konbinis to stock up on all my old favourites (Admittedly, for longer trips, the novelty does wear off)...

    Usually, I get some combination of: Oden, Nikuman, Onigiri (ikura or mentaiko, usually), Curry-pan, Gobo- or Potato-salad, a pack of Bonchi-age (FamilyMart currently has a variety called dashi-age)...

    ... One of those nasty Lawson bentos with 5 types of starch (rice, spaghetti, bread crumbs, batter, potato). Essential for a hangover.

    ... I never seem to remember that the Belgian waffles turn really hard if left until morning. Sweet ring donuts never fail, though.

    I love konbini chicken.

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      akated Mar 1, 2012 07:14 PM

      tonkatsu / egg mayo sandwiches for me. my comfort food before sleeping.

      maybe it's time to check out the rest of the things mentioned here the next time i'm back in tokyo (which incidentally is in 3 weeks' time!)

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        prasantrin Feb 23, 2012 03:37 AM

        Aside from the usual onigiri, my favourite combini buys are the potato hash? at Family Mart (or is that Lawson's?) and the cha siu butaniku from the same (either Lawson's or Family Mart--I can't remember which, I only remember it was the one on the way to work).

        The potato hash are just like McD's hash browns.

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          Asomaniac Feb 22, 2012 07:08 PM

          Nikuman and pizzaman (and whatever other mans they happen to have handy), fami-chiki, fried chicken legs, all sorts of oden (but in particular cabbage stuffed with minced meat or fish, tofu and eggs), the occasional yakisoba and onigiri (tuna mayo, salmon or teriyaki chicken). If I am in a particularly perverted mood, tonkatsu sandwich to which I add mustard. I have even toyed with the idea of trying one of those banana or strawberry sandwiches, but I haven't managed to pluck up the courage yet.

          What I eat also depends a lot on the time of day and number of beers or other alcoholic beverages consumed. The later and the more alcohol, the more of the deep fried stuff I go for.

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            Uncle Yabai Feb 22, 2012 07:11 PM

            I do draw the line at these items in general, but the ume nigiri can do the trick in the right setting.

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              Asomaniac Feb 22, 2012 07:19 PM

              Deep fried stuff is like a very unhealthy version of ramen at 5 in the morning.

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                Uncle Yabai Feb 22, 2012 07:30 PM

                Kaotan is the way to go. Conveniently located at the entrance to the cemetery, where according to Silverjay, I'm buried!

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                  Silverjay Feb 22, 2012 07:48 PM

                  Dinner in N.Azabu, drinks at Amrta, dancing or ping pong at Muse, late night ramen at Kaotan, then back to the crypt! The 1999 gaijin cycle is complete.

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                    Asomaniac Feb 22, 2012 11:27 PM

                    Amrta and Muse (or any other dark, loud bar / club) is my idea of hell (one of the more pleasant side effects of sliding towards middle age) but ramen and a beer at Kaotan in the early hours of the morning definitely hits the spot.

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                      Uncle Yabai Feb 23, 2012 12:08 AM

                      The funny part is that this would be the gaijin cycle in 2009. Plus ca change.

                      In 1989 it would have included a detour to Juliana's for a bit of nopan dancin', so there is progress.

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                        lost squirrel Feb 24, 2012 07:46 AM

                        You'll all be very sorry to hear that afaik Amrta has closed. I have fond 2009 memories of homemade olives at that place. They were eaten quite late at night, or more likely very early in the morning.

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                          Silverjay Feb 24, 2012 08:05 AM

                          I rather liked both places actually and neither was too loud. As a kind of speakeasy type place, Amrta was decent. The tables required you to sit and chill. Live jazz sometimes. I hung with Brandford Marsalis' group one night...The Muse bar area and the lounge downstairs were good. Never crowded and you could teach Japanese girls to play beer pong or darts. Though, I think they redid that level eventually......Ok, so I really can't seperate myself from my own snark.

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                          gkanai Apr 16, 2012 11:40 PM

                          Kaotan? If you're in Nishi Azabu, wouldn't you rather get a kogashi-ramen at Gogyo?

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                  OGguy Feb 22, 2012 01:01 PM

                  The Family Mart sandwiches on white bread, especially the egg salad and tuna salad, and also their soba noodle salads with chicken, corn and greens.....I have them for breakfast every time I am in Tokyo

                  1. Robb S Feb 22, 2012 01:00 PM

                    Grilled hokke at 7-Eleven.
                    Ebi-broccoli-mayo at Mini-Stop.
                    Ume, wasabi, and tomato renkon chips at Nat-Law.

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                      lost squirrel Feb 22, 2012 06:09 PM

                      I've never noticed the hokke at 7-11. I'll keep an eye out for them in the future.

                    2. Silverjay Feb 22, 2012 11:33 AM

                      Lawson's line of koshi hikari onigiri are good... And I'll sometimes get a pork skewer or two from the counter at Family Mart...I used to be really into the various nikuman. The fillings options seem to have grown over the years...Mini Stop is of course famous for good soft cream and they always have a place to sit eat in.

                      1. Notorious P.I.G. Feb 22, 2012 11:12 AM

                        More of a munchie but I can't resist Cheeza's which says a lot because I am lactose intolerant. I eat them and deal with the consequences whatever they may be. (sweating on the crapper for hours)

                        TMI?

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                          lost squirrel Feb 22, 2012 06:08 PM

                          TMI? I'll call it just enough information

                          Ms. Squirrel and i were eating cheddar Cheeza's the other day and kept we kept remarking on how they smell exactly like cat food, yet taste nothing like it.

                          How I know what cat food tastes like is a different story

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                            Notorious P.I.G. Feb 22, 2012 06:40 PM

                            Hahahahaha...

                            "How I know what cat food tastes like is a different story"

                            You have a cat and natural curiosity kicked in?

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                              Ninisix Feb 23, 2012 01:45 AM

                              And for dessert, dare I try to interest you in the 100yens choux a la creme ? at Family Mart ? can't remember which combini actually. You can take after onigiri,  that better micro-waved them.. hotty nigiri are better..

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