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Cute Nikuman

Bear faced nikuman. (image from Asahi news)
Bear faced nikuman. (image from Asahi news)

Has anyone seen this cute looking niku-man (肉まん) at your local convenience store? Imura-ya will be selling these niku-man with the face of a bear from the 15th of this month. All of the face parts are supposedly edible. The meat inside is pork and should be selling for about YEN 160.

The inside of a typical nikuman (image from rakuten)
The inside of a typical nikuman (image from rakuten)

For those who haven’t tried a nikuman, they are a Japanese food made with dough, and normally filled with cooked minced pork. They are similar to the Chinese steamed buns. They are popular at convenience stores in the winter months, where you can find a selection of different fillings.

The word niku (肉) meaning meat and man from manju come together for nikuman.

Here are some tasty nikuman on sale at Raukten.

Meanwhile, my Rilakkuma has done a runner, thinking he might be next to turn into convenience store food. Rilakkuma in a bun!

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alafista September 4, 2009 at 11:45 pm

Awww its so kawaii that I wouldn’t bear to eat it >_<

shibuya246 September 5, 2009 at 9:59 am

very clever 😉

whipcracker September 5, 2009 at 2:51 am

RT @Shibuya246: Cute Nikuman, Japan Food | Shibuya246 You sure know how to make a guy hungry. I went to the Raukten website they all look like Iron Chefs. all the food they make sure is deliciouse looking. They sure do put they’re all into making all that food look Scrumptious.
Maybe Rilakkuma found himself a new friend, lol ^_^.
Well have a great weekend,
Your friend.

shibuya246 September 5, 2009 at 10:01 am

Whenever you buy a guide book for sightseeing, over half of the book is normally taken up with foods you can buy, and they all look good. 🙂 You can barely find photos of the scenery because of all the food


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