Enjoying Popular Drinks From A Japanese Konbini 

What do popular drinks like Sangaria Royal Milk Tea and Pokka Milk Coffee from Japanese convenience stores taste like?

Howdy, Everyone! 

So for those of you who may not know, I used to work at a Japanese cultural center.  

The job was located in the “Japanese” part of town, and allowed me to try all of the different foods, snacks, and bento I’d always wanted to – but never had around me given my hometown. 

Dainobu is a Japanese convenience store, or Konbini that I went to (literally) almost every day.  

There was always something new to try, and the prices were reasonable, and cheap. 

When I left that job, I had only sporadically visited the shop, along with Kinokuniya (and their bakery Cafe Zaiya), Sunrise Mart, GoGo Curry, and a bunch of my other haunts every few months.  

For some reason, I didn’t realize that they offered delivery options online. And, it quite literally took another place I enjoyed visiting (Midoriya NYC) closing for me to randomly search and realize Dainobu had a website the entire time. 

I ordered a bunch of snacks a few months ago, and I’m finally getting around to typing up the reviews I wrote, and editing photos to publish these posts. I’m not sponsored or anything – I just really enjoy Japanese snacks, and Dainobu had been (and still is) my favorite place to get them. 

Due to imports and laws against fresh food transport, a lot of the items I enjoyed are not able to be delivered. In addition, stricter mailing regulations coming from Japan mean a lot less inventory, and small hikes in pricing. 

The prices have changed since I last purchased snacks, but items are still relatively cheaper than Amazon, or other online stores that may be a rip off.  

Dainobu ships Nationwide in the U.S., and even to Canada, as well. 

If you’re interested in browsing their selection, check it out here

Now without further ado, let’s talk about and enjoy some of my old favorites ☺ 

Deliciously cool cans of Sangaria Royal Milk Tea and Pokka Milk Coffee from Dainobu NYC
Deliciously cool cans of Sangaria Royal Milk Tea and Pokka Milk Coffee from Dainobu NYC
What does Sangaria Royal Milk Tea Taste Like? 

This drink has a very sweet taste, reminiscent of bubble tea but without the tapioca ‘boba’ pearls. 

Sangaria Royal Milk Tea front and back labeling and can design.
Sangaria Royal Milk Tea front and back labeling and can design

Despite its name, it actually doesn’t taste too milky. However, the strong, bold flavor attributed to black tea has definitely been neutralized due to the milk. 

A photo of the back labeling and ingredients in the Sangaria Royal Milk Tea.
A photo of the back labeling and ingredients in the Sangaria Royal Milk Tea

It reminds me of the Golden Oolong Milk Tea from Kung Fu Tea in NYC I used to enjoy during my college years. 

Is Pokka Milk Coffee Gold Good? 

I’ve had this multiple times in the past, but it’s been a good long while – so I needed a second opinion. I asked my mom, who is somewhat of a coffee connoisseur. 

Pokka Milk Coffee Gold front and back can labeling.
Pokka Milk Coffee Gold front and back can labeling

“Strong, but not bad’ she said when taking a sip from a glass. Although she believes Pokka Milk Coffee tastes similar to peculated coffee, I would have to agree that there is something different about it.  

I drink coffee every day – and don’t quite remember it being so strong.  

There must be a lot of caffeine in this drink for it to be classified as a 'soft drink'.
There must be a lot of caffeine in this drink for it to be classified as a ‘soft drink’

There is a slight aftertaste, but it’s still great all the same! 

And… that’s it for now! Haha ☺ 

I’ve got more snacks to review, and may bunch them together in a single post.  

I should have another Konbini snack review up every other Friday, around this time, so be sure to come back around then! ☺ 

If you are someone who enjoys traditional wagashi, or Japanese sweets – check out my review for the Sakuraco November Snack Box.  

(The Sakuraco snacks are high quality, and uniquely themed as well!) 

But, tell me your thoughts. 

Have you ever tried Japanese snacks? 

If so, what is your favorite? 

Do you have a hard time finding snacks prominently featured in anime? 

Leave your thoughts in the comment section below, I’d love to hear from you! Also be sure to follow us for more Japanese snack reviews!  

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Author: In Asian Spaces

I write in my personal time and I haven't published much at all. I don't know if that qualifies me as a writer or not, but I'd like to change that. I have a deep passion for travel, cinema and (mainly) East Asian things, but I plan on writing various things to keep it spicy. Let's prosper together ~ よろしくおねがいします。

4 thoughts on “Enjoying Popular Drinks From A Japanese Konbini ”

  1. That royal milk tea is and will always be amazing! My dad lived in Japan for a while and when he came back to the states he introduced me to it. Whenever we go to an Asian market or grocery store we make sure to stock up on it, (we don’t go too often but we manage to get a lot). The strawberry milk tea that Sangaria makes is also amazing as well too.

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    1. You’re lucky you have a reserve on hand! I wish I lived by an Asian grocer, I would definitely do the same thing ☺

      I really want to try the strawberry milk tea one. I never saw it in stores, and while browsing Dainobu’s website last night noticed they had some.

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