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15 Iconic Asian Snacks You Need To Try

Strange in conception, but tastes just like your childhood.

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2. Dried Squid

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Why You Should Try It: Before you make that face, reimagine these as basically stringy jerky with a tinge of seafood taste. It's a fun savory snack alternative that you won't feel guilty about consuming.

4. Lychee Jelly

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Why You Should Try It: If you like lychee, these tiny cups of jelly are dangerously addictive. They're packed with sweet juiciness and some even surprise you with pieces of real lychee inside.

5. Asian Rice Crackers

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Why You Should Try It: Another Asian childhood staple, these do not even compare to the "rice crackers" you find in your local grocery aisle. The golden crisps are packed with a special (albeit MSG-induced) flavor that really challenges the bland Western version.

6. Yakult Milk

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Why You Should Try It: Let's be honest...no one really knows what's inside a bottle of Yakult "Cultured Milk," but we've stopped wondering. This Japanese product offers the wonderfully tangy taste of yogurt in a shot-sized case, and it's become so popular, it's now found in larger bottles in a variety of flavors.

7. Umaibo Wafer Sticks

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Why You Should Try It: "Umaibo" means "delicious stick" in Japanese, and it's pretty accurate: These cylindrical puffs come in all sorts of yummy flavors (cheese being one of the most popular), and they offer a soft wafer-y crunch.

8. Real Mochi

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Why You Should Try It: You've probably already indulged in a delectable mochi with ice cream filling, but straight OG mochi is a little less accessible to the average palette. Still, the chewy snack can satisfy a slight sweet tooth while giving your jaw a great work out.

9. Aloo Bhujia

Why You Should Try It: The spicy curry accents of these Indian dried potato noodles are highly addictive. *Disclaimer: once you open a bag, you will find tiny trails of these in your keyboards, on your lap, and in your hair.

10. Fish Pastries

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Why You Should Try It: The Korean/Japanese "Bungeoppang" or "Taiyaki" snacks taste nothing like the depicted animal: It's a fish-shaped waffle casing with red bean paste (and sometimes ice cream!) filling.

14. Dried Mini Fish

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Why You Should Try It: As unappetizing as it may look, these extremely salty mini fish perfectly complement blander foods like rice, porridge, or bread. The Japanese version also comes with roasted almonds.

15. Sweet and Salty Dried Plums

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Why You Should Try It: If you want to take your taste buds for a ride, pop in one of these shriveled plum candies: It will start off salty, melt to sweet, and then kick you with a sharp sour.

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