Konbini sandwiches
Photo: Kisa Toyoshima

The konbini connoisseur’s guide to sandwiches

Need a quick bite to eat? Pick up one of these tasty konbini sandwiches to keep your stomach satisfied

Kaila Imada
Written by
Kaila Imada
Advertising

You can’t go wrong with sandwiches (or sandos for short in Japan). After all, just about anything tastes good between two slices of bread. Whether on-the-go, for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even dessert, konbini in Tokyo serve up some of the tastiest (and cheapest) sandwiches in town. Here’s a quick rundown of some of our favourite finds for when hunger strikes…

RECOMMENDED: 10 reasons why Japan's convenience stores are the best in the world

Our favourite sandos

Fruit
Photo: Kisa Toyoshima

Fruit

Fruit in a sandwich? Yes, as weird as that may sound, the Japanese have a way of making everything taste good – fruit sandwiches included. The specific fillings usually depend on the season but always include fruit layered with fresh cream and (sometimes) custard, all squeezed between two pieces of fluffy bread. You’ll probably see strawberries in spring and other fruity mixes throughout the year. This mix of strawberry, kiwi, pineapple and peach comes from 7-Eleven (¥367).

Katsu
Photo: Kisa Toyoshima

Katsu

A classic sandwich that comes in a few different varieties, the katsu sandwich is typically a deep-fried cutlet sandwiched between two slices of bread – simple as that. You can usually find chicken, pork, ebi (shrimp) and menchi (minced meat) katsu sandwiches at most konbini. Although the fried katsu usually loses its nice crispy crunch when slapped in a sandwich, 7-Eleven's chicken katsu with cabbage and katsu sauce (¥334) avoids that trap and is always a satisfying option.

Advertising
Tamago
Photo: Kisa Toyoshima

Tamago

There are endless possibilities when it comes to egg sandwiches at konbini. Eggs are so versatile that you’ll see everything from tamagoyaki (Japanese omelette) and hard-boiled eggs to scrambled varieties. However, you can't go wrong with the classic egg salad sando (¥248) from 7-Eleven which sees eggs mixed with Japanese mayo for a creamy and satisfying sandwich.

Lettuce
Photo: Kisa Toyoshima

Lettuce

Another hearty option is a good ol’ lettuce sandwich – the signature one here from 7-Eleven is called the ‘shaki shaki’ (¥267). Usually accompanied by thin slices of ham and cheese, the highlight of this sando is the thick layer of crisp lettuce as the main filling. Other than adding to your daily serving of vegetables, it's a delicious option that pretty much hits all the essential food groups.

Advertising
Limited edition
Photo: Kisa Toyoshima

Limited edition

Keep an eye out for these special sandwiches as they come and go as the seasons change. Particularly at 7-Eleven, you can find tasty offerings like this protein-packed speciality (¥367) featuring roasted chicken, hard boiled eggs, vegetables, and a spicy chili sauce made with chickpeas.

More great finds at the konbini

Advertising
Recommended
    You may also like
      Advertising