I think to most of us, consuming canned food is mostly limited to tuna, lychee or baked beans. And can you imagine pairing canned food with alcohol? That’s exactly the food adventure you will be going on at mr.kanso, a Japanese canned food bar recently launched in Gurney Walk, Penang.
Founded in 2002 and widely known as the largest chain of canned food bars in Japan, mr.kanso is where you can dine on the pairing of premium canned food and thirst-quenching alcoholic drinks. The chain has even created their own original brand of canned food, featuring meals such as takoyaki, curry and paella.
So what exactly is a canned food bar? It’s a pretty straightforward concept— walls are lined floor to ceiling with premium Japanese canned goods. After you have surveyed your selection, you pick up the cans of food that pique your fancy. Then, pass them to the staff behind the counter. The staff heats up what you want and you can pair it off with a glass of alcohol.
At mr.kanso, you’ll be able to find over 80 types of premium Japanese canned food. Products can range from familiar foods such as canned meat, fish, fruit, and meals, to a few more eclectic options like bear meat, and some really unexpected products like canned cake and bread.
Give their canned Hokkaido scallop with lemon butter flavor, Horse meat Yakiniku style, Crab Butter with Crabflakes and canned Tamago Mentaiko sauce a try. Pair if off with beers, craft beers, sake, Japanese wine or natural wine. Not in the mood for alcohol? Have your pick of four varieties of traditional teas: rose, peppermint, hojicha and pu’er chrysanthemum.
Well, what are you waiting for? After all, part of the fun at mr.kanso is browsing all the different canned foods and trying out new flavours.
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