One of my favourite things about Japan is convenience stores located across the country. Commonly called CONBINI in Japanese, and they are literally super convenient that offer everything we need for 24/7 including food, drinks, snacks, stationery, cosmetics, freshly brewed coffee, free seating spaces , free restroom.
Convenience store is a popular place to buy lunch among busy workers, and a huge variety of food is sold such as cup noodles, bento boxes, ready-made food, rice balls (onigiri), sandwich, hot snacks, etc. Many of you may think that the foods sold at conbini are kind of junk, but that’s totally wrong! Nowadays, cupnoodles and Karaage (deep-fried chicken) are not only the option, but you can find a lot of healthy dishes such as salad, steamed chicken and so on. Moreover, the taste of dishes has been improving day by day that taste as good as fresh food from restaurants. Buying lunch at conbini can save a lot of money as a whole meal should costs around $5~10 (500~1,000 yen), and of course save time if you are a busy worker.
Just like others, I sometimes go to conbini to buy my lunch when I have no time to prepare my lunch on the day before. And it’s kind of fun to think what to have and customize my lunch meal at the store.
In this article, I’m sharing lunch meals of mine and my colleagues from our favourite convenience store, 7-Eleven, and you may get some ideas how amazing meals you can create at the conbini in Japan!