Gallery: A Tour of Aji Ichiban, an Asian Snack Paradise in New York

Aji Ichiban
Aji Ichiban

New York's Aji Ichiban is located in Chinatown on 37 Mott Street, not far from Serious Eats World Headquarters.

Walk Inside
Walk Inside

Behind their tasteful presentation, you'll find the walls and floor are well-stocked with tasty snacks.

Dried Fruit
Dried Fruit

Kiwi, rose, guava, pineapple, and more. In all the colors of the rainbow.

Dried Mango
Dried Mango
Beef Jerky
Beef Jerky

Regular and Hot.

Beef Jerky (Fruit Flavor)
Beef Jerky (Fruit Flavor)

The fruit juice adds a surprisingly pleasant sweetness.

Pork Jerky
Pork Jerky

Like sweet, marinated roast pork, but dried. Why this isn't more readily available stateside is beyond me.

Coffee Plum
Coffee Plum

Dried plum, flavored with coffee. The bold bitterness and fruity sweetness also work remarkably well together.

Hokkaido Roast Squid
Hokkaido Roast Squid
Hokkaido Roast Squid
Hokkaido Roast Squid

Squid by the sheet!

Japanese Yaki Squid
Japanese Yaki Squid
Wasabi Peas
Wasabi Peas
Garlic Green Peas
Garlic Green Peas
Tao Kae Noi Crispy Seaweed
Tao Kae Noi Crispy Seaweed
Tao Kae Noi Hot & Spicy Seaweed
Tao Kae Noi Hot & Spicy Seaweed

Note the mascot's steaming ears.

Pre-packaged nuts, fruits, and seaweed
Pre-packaged nuts, fruits, and seaweed
Licorice Menthol
Licorice Menthol
Hawthorn
Hawthorn

It looks like chocolate, but it's actually made from a Chinese fruit.

More Hawthorn
More Hawthorn

Also available in wafer form.

Dried Ginger
Dried Ginger

Several flavors are available. Follow Kathy YL Chan's advice and put some in your tea.

Gummy Candy
Gummy Candy

Aji Ichiban also has a selection of gummy candy. Less exotic, but still delicious.

Gummy Sour Worms
Gummy Sour Worms
Sour Belts
Sour Belts

Blueberry, Watermelon, and Rainbow.

Sour Gummy Peaches
Sour Gummy Peaches

Ring and heart shapes.

Pocky
Pocky

What Asian candy tour would be complete without Pocky?

Strawberry Pocky
Strawberry Pocky

...and more Pocky...

Green Tea Pocky
Green Tea Pocky

...and more Pocky?

Red Bean Milk and Flower Candies
Red Bean Milk and Flower Candies
Mint, Loquat, and Red Ginseng candies
Mint, Loquat, and Red Ginseng candies
Oatmeal Milk Candy
Oatmeal Milk Candy
Yogurt Candy
Yogurt Candy
Yogurt Candy
Yogurt Candy

I was expecting a gummy, but this yogurt-flavored confection turned out to be a hard candy, and it tasted just like a vanilla Tootsie Roll. Note the Yakult-style bottle on the wrapper.

Tea, Milk, Chinese Valentine's, and Guava candies
Tea, Milk, Chinese Valentine's, and Guava candies
Espresso and Latte candies
Espresso and Latte candies

Both of these hard candies have creamy centers.

More coffee candy
More coffee candy

Who put lychee in my coffee?

White Rabbit
White Rabbit

Milky and covered in a thin layer of rice paper, White Rabbits are as quintessentially Chinese as Tootsie Rolls are American.

Ramune and fruit candies
Ramune and fruit candies
Ramune Flavor Gummy Candy
Ramune Flavor Gummy Candy

Yes, that's Ramune, as in the soda with the marble. The gummy is surprisingly dense, but it has the same lemon-lime-bubblegum flavor as the drink.

Maltesers
Maltesers

Aji Ichiban's small but proud British section.

Nobel Super Lemon
Nobel Super Lemon

Sour candy à la Roy Lichtenstein

Cadina taro and sweet potato chips
Cadina taro and sweet potato chips

Happy is yummy taro and sweet potato chips!

Preserved Plum
Preserved Plum
Chicken Noodle Soup: Black Pepper flavor
Chicken Noodle Soup: Black Pepper flavor

Follow the happy chick.

Burger Candy
Burger Candy
Red Bean Burgers
Red Bean Burgers

Individually wrapped, these burger candies are, if nothing else, adorable. The buns are are mini-pancakes, and the patties are made with red bean. They're quite sweet, but if you like red bean, they'll definitely satisfy.

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