Introduced to Japan by the Chinese during the Tang Dynasty, these retro Japanese snacks (above) are made of toasted rice and are available in hundreds of flavours, shapes and colours. Kikumi Senbei is one of Tokyo’s most famous outlets, while in Osaka, make sure to try out the Okonomiyaki Senbei from Takobee.
Coconut Sugar Rolls, Vietnam
Making their first appearance in Ho Chi Minh City, these thin flour crepes are sprinkled with icing sugar and desiccated coconut before being rolled and cut. Sellers can even prepare the roll according to your taste – customise the amount of coconut, black sesame seeds or even candy to be added. Keeping true to their tradition, coconut sugar rolls are still sold on the streets by bicycle vendors today; look out for the ones that have white boxes with ‘bo bia’ marked in red.
Dried Banana, Thailand
A popular dry fruit, dried bananas used to be made from smaller bananas called ma-li-ong by villagers by peeling and drying them in the sun. While this method is not outdated, many manufacturers now use a microwave instead. This crunchy snack is available both packaged and loose and is sometimes coated with sugar or honey. The next time you visit northern Thailand, drop by Sunisa Shop in Phitsanulok for a serving of its organic, sun-dried bananas. Other retro snacks to try include the sweet or spicy banana chips, stuffed bananas and fried sliced bananas.