Wednesday 24 January 2024

Trying some Oriental snacks and treats.

When we moved to Scunthorpe my dad would go to an Oriental shop to get curry powder and a few other bits, we always meant to visit but never got around to it until a few weeks ago. We were in town eating lunch and got on about noodles and how Becky and her friend had seen them on TikTok and were going to order them. I said we should try the Oriental shop first and off we went.

ramune drinks

Tradewinds Oriental Shop is a family run business in Scunthorpe specialising in providing the finest food and drinks, furniture, and kitchenware from Asia. Established in 1984 they have gone from strength to strength and now sell online too.

Ellie and I just went for a look, not planning on buying anything but we ended up coming away with a bag full of treats.

Lay's Potato Crisps Nori Seaweed Flavour. - £1.75.

They didn't smell anything like you would expect, I expected them to smell like Sushi, really fishy but they just smelled like ready salted crisps. I wouldn't try one at first but eventually did and they did taste like ready salted but with a little something else which was actually quite nice. Ellie loved them and has been back with her college friends for more.

Seaweed crisps and noodles

Soba Cup Japanese Curry Noodles - £1.50.

Soba Japanese Curry Instant Wok Style Noodles Pot combines the mouth watering taste of classic Japanese curry with the power of a vegetarian wok style noodle dish. Enjoy the taste of aromatic vegetables expertly balanced with the subtle heat of traditional Asian herbs and spices.

One of Ellie's favourite foods is instant noodles and she seems to love anything to do with Japan so these were a real hit with her and the bonus is we have found them since in normal supermarkets. They smelled and tasted so good.

Ellie loves the Japanese Ramune drinks but we have always found them to be so overpriced at at least £3 each so the orange one that she got was a real bargain. The bottles are really unusual, made from glass and sealed by a round marble instead of a cap and I think that is the appeal of the bottles because the orange drink inside just tasted like normal fizzy orange pop. Ellie is now getting quite a collection of the bottles and is washing them out and keeping them as they are so pretty.

Sunwave Japanese Style Assorted Fruit Mochi - £2.25.

A few years ago everyone went crazy for Little Moons Mochi ice cream and that was the first time that I had heard of Mochi. Mochi is a Japanese dessert made of sweet glutinous rice flour or mochigome. Mochi dough is often tinted with food colourings and wrapped around a sweet centre to form a small, bite sized confection with a chewy, smooth, elastic texture.

Fruit Mochi

This came in 3 flavours, passionfruit, plum & pomelo. I had never heard of pomelo before but it is the largest citrus fruit, and an ancestor of the grapefruit. You learn something everyday! The texture is so strange but they tasted so good, not as sweet as I expected but nice all the same.

The shop isn't big but they sell so much and we will be back for more treats when we are in town. Ellie already has a list of new things that she wants to try and I want to try some more of the different flavoured Mochi. Everything seemed reasonably priced and there was so much choice of things.

Do you like Oriental/Asian snacks?


  1. I love Tradewinds - great variety of products, good prices.

  2. January 2024 at 13:55

    Lays crisps are yummy and have interesting flavours X

  3. We love Oriental snacks, I recognised the Ramune straight away. The prices you quote are really good, we love to go to the Asian supermarket as they are so much cheaper. I love mochi and nori crisps, and the kids love the soba pot noodles. We also buy okonomiyaki flour, takoyaki (I hate these) and Kewpie Mayonnaise to name a few staples. x

  4. My kids would love this. Pierre is an instant noodles fan and the girls love mochi. Great to find such a wide choice and the prices sound reasonable too :)