Tokyo Banana (東京ばな奈) are a series of banana flavored sweets that are often considered to be the #1 souvenir of choice to be given out as gifts by friends who have recently visited Japan. Tokyo Banana basically are banana flavored custard cakes meticulously wrapped and packaged in Japanese standards. Even though there are more unusual choices of quirky stuff that Japan has to offer as gifts, Tokyo Banana are the most widely commercialized and easiest to obtain souvenir (even from last minute shopping at the Narita Airport).
Granted, there are a lot of snack choices to choose from, given that Narita airport carries other snacks as well. But why Tokyo Banana? If you ask me, the word “Tokyo” does give a more personal touch to a gift which I will give out to friends. It brings forth a “here’s a very delicious snack from Tokyo, hope you’ll like it” impression.
As mentioned, Tokyo Banana is a series of banana flavored snacks but there are actually quite a few variations. In this post I will mainly focus on the original Tokyo Banana. For folks who are interested in checking out the different varieties available now, here a link to the official website of Tokyo Banana.
Having chanced upon Tokyo Banana a few years back from my own Japan trip, I have been constantly requesting them from any friends who will be visiting Japan. Fortunately, I managed to get a box from Sho’s Japan vacation.
Pictures and taste reviews below.
It’s a pretty gift but Tokyo Banana doesn’t fail in the taste test either, well at least not for me. I would not have bought these snacks time and time again just for the novelty of its packaging. The banana flavoring isn’t heavy on the palette, a light snack to munch on without it overpowering you. If there’s anything similar in Singapore to be compared to Tokyo Banana, I would say its the chiffon cake.